Hope you are doing well. March came and went bringing April with it rather too quickly. Day job has been keeping me busy these past few weeks so writing time has been cut down.
Damned and Confused has been turned into my editor at Changeling Press. I’m waiting to get edits back and the cover. It’s a short story about a woman who discovers a deck of cursed Tarot cards and the demon who comes along with them.
Been spending a lot of time with our Border Collie/Lab mix Cadence. She’s 13 so getting around is harder, but she’ll be damned if she doesn’t get to play ball once a day at least or trying to pull me away from the computer for belly rubs.
The dogs may be furry and get on my nerves, but they’re special. Both are rescues and Briar was severely abused before we got her. It’s taken her a long time to be the dog she is. Lots of love and patience.
With Damned & Confused done. Spelled for Love is out. I’m working on plotting a new Dark Fantasy novel that ties into the Forest of Bones book I have out. After that, I’ll be working on another Alien Vampire novel just because they are fun.
Do you have any favorite characters you would like to see come back from any of my novels? Or any questions about what’s going on with others?
Let me know. I’m always happy to talk books or ghosts.
Take Care Everyone. Thanks for taking a moment to read my little note.
Spelled for Love: Accidental Fairy Tales 3 is out with Changeling Press.
When the magic book deposits Jasmine, Micha, and Leon at a villains’ convention, all she wants is some time to unwind before their next adventure. Getting to be alone with her two mates means the world. All the while, the magic within her starts to go out of control.
Meanwhile, the evil Dorothy enlists some of the villains at the convention to kidnap the trio. Jasmine finds only her magic can save the men she loves and all of Oz. The only thing standing in her way is herself. She needs to accept her fate or all could be lost.
“There you are. I was beginning to wonder if you had received my invitation.”
Jasmine glanced up from the note. Somehow, she had been transported from the bathroom to a glassed-in patio from which she could see the dark landscape outside. The woman from the lobby gestured to the open seat across from her and sipped her champagne. The table was set with only two place settings. The queen wore a sleek dress made of black metallic scales. Her pale blue skin gleamed against the inky fabric. Light blonde hair rolled down her back in ringlets. A silver necklace with a yellow stone at the center hugged her throat.
“How did I get up here?”
The queen laughed. “Magic, darling. I felt you even before I came into the hotel. You’re one of the most powerful beings I’ve ever encountered, and that’s saying something with all these dark creatures under one roof. You shine like the emerald at your throat. Oz knows how to make them. Or at least it used to. Sit. Sit.”
Jasmine touched the jewel and felt it throb with a life of its own. “I think you have me confused with someone else. I’m not from Oz, but I did visit there. This magic thing is all new to me. I don’t even know how to use it. Why did you lock me in the bathroom?”
The queen gave her a sly smile. “I couldn’t have you running to your companions. I needed to get you alone. Forgive my antics — I meant no harm. Sit, please.”
Jasmine sighed. The woman wanted an audience with her. She had to endure this before she could go back to Micha and Leon. This meeting could be the whole reason the book brought her here. Jasmine had to see it to the end, so she sat across from the Erlqueen.
A butler popped out of nowhere with a tray. He set the dishes down and removed the domes. On the plates were steak and some green vegetable doused with sauce. Water and wine filled the glasses. Jasmine poked the food with her fork.
“It’s not that. You think I’m from Oz, and say I’m the strongest person in this place. You’re a queen and I’m nothing. Surely, there are others in the hotel who deserve to be sitting here.”
The queen cut into her steak. Blood ran over the white plate. She took a bite and licked her fingers as the juice slid down her fork. Her tongue flicked along her sharp nails. “You really don’t know, do you?”
“No, Your Majesty, I don’t. I appreciate the dinner invitation and the dress. I’m clearly not who you think I am.” She started to get up, but the queen grabbed her wrist. A surge of purple energy wrapped around Jasmine’s hand and traveled up her arm. The warmth of the emerald zigzagged from her neck and flashed down her arm. The green tendrils wound around the purple threads until it choked them out. The threads of magic dissolved and the emerald tendrils faded until Jasmine could pull her hand away, leaving her breathless but not drained.
The evil queen removed her hand and sat back with a smug smile. “Girl, you might not know what you’re doing, but I’ve just proven my point. That should’ve turned you into one of my nightingales. You defended yourself. Just then you were all Oz and now you’re all human. Very clever. Whatever switch you turn on, it certainly works. Let me guess — it’s that damn book. She knows how to protect the things she wants.”
Jasmine felt the blood drain from her face. “What do you know about the book?”
“Dig into your steak and we’ll talk. It’s not poisoned. I don’t stoop as low as some other wicked queens. I have subtler ways, and I have no desire to add you to my menagerie. I wanted to speak with you is because we have a common foe. When I saw you with the Scarecrow and the Lion, I assumed you knew why you were here. And you arrived just in time, too.”
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June 4-6th- ConCarolinas Charlotte, NC
If you’re in the NC area and are up to hitting a Convention, come say hello. I’ll be there in person, braving the crowds.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I’ve read this one before and enjoyed it very much. I love the idea of the whole novel. I won’t give any spoilers in case no one has read it. I like some of Stephen King’s stuff, but not all of it. This is one of the more recent ones of his I’d checked put. I’m due to head back to the bookstore to get more books in a couple of weeks so I needed to fill the time between now and then.
If you like conspiracy theories and time travel, I’d recommend 11/22/63.
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