The King of Horror

When we learned Stephen King was going on tour it was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss. I mean…Stephen King!Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.40.15 PM

Ryman line            It took almost eight hours to drive to Nashville, Tennessee, where our tickets were. His End of Watch tour was being held at the Ryman Auditorium and the line to get in wrapped around the building. We stood in the 100-degree weather waiting with the rest of the audience for entrance into the sold out show. Approximately 2400 people filled the auditorium.
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He didn’t disappoint. For quite some time Mr. King entertained us with engaging stories from his youth and adult life, as well as details of his writing career. He talked about what it was like growing up in a small community, how his experiences influenced him, his failures, and his successes.

all three of us in TN

 (from left to right) Taylor (my daughter), Victoria Van Tiem, and me

When we spilled out into the Nashville streets with our hardcover books in hand, the CMS Fest was still all around us. Before traveling home we made sure to take in the sites and listen to some excellent bands.SK Taylor and Mecmsfest

Cover Reveal

I’m excited to reveal the cover for TAKEN, the second book in the Five Fates Series, releasing June 6, 2016!

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Synopsis

Forged through trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla evolves into a mortiferous weapon. When the prophecy activates, what is honed for protection becomes a misused tool for death.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice with the onset of the soul-divide. But when a premonition of a deadly female offers hope, he gambles his very existence.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

 

Retro 80s Summer

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A friend recently told me of a summer mentality a neighbor of his adopted. She’d decided to have a retro 80s summer. And it worked!

She worked from home and, with the kids out of school during the day and providing constant interruptions, she decided to try a new approach to the usual stress-filled dog days of summer.

They’d sleep in, usually waking around eight-thirty. Lunch? No worries, take in a movie with a lunch of popcorn. The beach was another pastime they’d enjoy and really…who wouldn’t? Sunscreen? Eh… She wasn’t worrying about it. They had a bottle of sunscreen, if it was used or not, no stress.

At home the neighborhood was a playground and the kids were sent out to roam for an hour or two of freedom. It worked. The usual micromanaged days of camps, clubs, or classes passed by them without a care or worry. What they had was fun and relaxation.

What do you have planned for the summer?

Soon to Release!

I’m excited to announce that Champagne Book Group has contracted for Hidden, the first book in the Five Fates Series, a paranormal romance scheduled for release in November, 2015.

Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?