Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stalking the Wyrd and Fae

I have been stalking following LK Rigel's facebook and blog posts for news of the next installment of the Tethers Series, Tales of Wyrd and Fae.  Give Me was the first book, and I absolutely fell in love with it.  This story came into my life at a time when I really needed it.  My grandmother had just passed away and I was having a hard time engaging in everyday life.  So I downloaded Give Me on the advice of a friend and lost myself in LK's world.  I read it in one sitting and it took me a week to digest everything.  Then, I couldn't just review the book, I had to wax philosophical with a few tears thrown in.

And afterwards, I stalked followed the author and nagged her about the next book.  When Bride of Fae came out I was over the moon when she gave me the chance to beta read it.  Now, I'm waiting anxiously for her to be done with whatever it is she's writing that isn't Tethers related and get working on Tethers, again, dang it.

LK Rigel puts magic in her stories.  I don't know how she does it. I aspire to breathe spells into tales the way she does.  Hey, LK, do you mix up potions with herbs and secret ingredients and drink them before you sit down to write?  Do you chant magical incantations over your keyboard?  Or do you pour your heart into your work? Do you ferret out the details that distract and leave the ones that absorb our attention? Do you intuit the emotions that we connect with and animate your characters with them?

I picture you waving your magic wand over a wooden Pinocchio, fairy dust lighting him up from the inside out until a real boy emerges from your brilliant mind.

Well done, LK Rigel.  Well done.

Who else is being stalked?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Sale


27 books dropped to $0.99 for Valentine's Day. Get yourself a little something!


Click on the books to read more about them and buy.

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Root Chakra OR I Put My Root Down

I just returned from the Olde City, New Blood Mini-Convention in St. Augustine and I am in the throws of post-vacation blues.  But its more than that.  I spent a week traveling, talking, connecting, complaining, commiserating, praising, thanking, laughing, sharing, eating, drinking, creating and being.  It was wonderful to meet up with my writing buddies and to take our friendship to the next level.  I came away with a deep sense of gratitude for having such wonderful souls to share my passions with.

I also came away with a serious case of the blues.  From the moment Christine dropped me off at my house after our 16 hour drive home, I deflated.  I came off a lofty high and slumped into bed with a glass of wine.  My husband said something I didn't like, so I sank deeper.  I woke up fuzzy and confused about the ache in my chest. What the hell?  I mean, really?  This felt like the day after Christmas when I was a kid. All the anticipation and excitement surged through my blood stream like sugar, only to abondon me and then-- CRASH.  Ugh. Post-sweets blues.

And without my sweet friends nearby to hug me back to normal, I have been fumbling around for a cure.  After trying laundry, a healthy lunch and meditating, I finally knocked on my husband's man-cave door.  I needed a hug.  I needed to reconnect with my family.  I needed to root down.  Find my balance, once again.

And the key to balance? Our connection to home and family.  Think for a moment about subtle energy theory - the Chakras in particular   Our root chakra, located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region, governs instinct, security, survival and basic human potentiality (see for more info).  We learn our first lessons in these areas in our nuclear family.  Sometimes these lessons are solid and affirming, sometimes they create anxiety and a life-long sense of insecurity.  Regardless, we can always turn to the root chakra to bring a sense of safety and security back to our lives.

When I knocked on my husband's door looking for that hug, that's exactly what I was doing.  The family I've created gives me a strong sense of safety and I'm grateful for it.  After hugging on my man, I decided to comfort myself some more and worked on balancing my root chakra with essential oils.  I rubbed a blend on my feet that contains tree oils like spruce, frankincense and rosewood.   Trees represent the ultimate in rooting down. I also diffused some sandalwood, another grounding and balancing oil.  Then I practiced rooting yoga poses like Mountain pose and Tree pose.

Anything red is supposed to help with the root chakra, so I donned a red sweater, ate some dried cranberries and put on my garnet ring.  A good night's sleep and exercise is the foundation for any day and recommended for stabilizing the root chakra.  So, I'll make sure I get to bed at a decent hour tonight and take a walk later today.

Whether you put any credence into chakra theory doesn't really matter, its the intention behind the actions you take that makes all the difference.  My intention today is to re-ground myself and steady my nerves.  Its also to incorporate my new family members, my writer friends that I just spent an amazing weekend with, into my made family.  I'm going online right now to reconnect with them because they are now part of my root-down practice.  Isn't that amazing?? That I now have friends all over the country I can root-down with?  Wow!  I am so blessed.  Adding them to my circle as my supporters and supportees is a privilege and an honor.

NOW, I think I can get back to work and feeling better.  For more information you can follow my Root Chakra pinterest board.  I'll be adding new stuff every day.

Namaste, dear friends.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

First Draft? Done! Samskaras is on its Way

I couldn't wait until morning to share the news.  I finished the first draft of Samskaras, Book 2 in the Love and Light Series.  Woo hoo! Its been a trickier book to write, to be honest. I'm trying to keep several storylines interwoven and moving forward at the same time. It all works together and each feeds off the other. Its quite the chore keeping it in line--like herding cats. lol!

But its all worth it as the story unfolds.  There will be more updates as I work through the editing process and prepare for its release.  In the meantime, here's a tiny morsel to tweak your taste buds until it arrives.

Excerpt from Samskaras:

     “No. Stay still. I want to take you in. I want to remember you just like this.” His eyes glowed.
     “Like what?” She looked down. She was naked and her hands jerked automatically to cover herself, but she shrugged and dropped them. Looking back up, David was now a ways off, maybe half a football field. “David?” She shielded her eyes from an increasingly bright light. “David?”
     He ran towards her, picking up his pace until he was running full-tilt. Loti took a step back, wrinkling her forehead. What was he doing? Then he leaped at her with arms stretched out as if he were diving into a pool. Loti screamed as she threw her arms up. His body crackled with criss-crossed lines of blue lightening. Morphing from a man into a man-shaped piece of light, he plowed into her. She stumbled back, but instead of knocking her to the ground, he plunged into her. He disappeared inside her. She wrapped her arms around herself and screamed.