Being the Miracle

  

My writing has been slow these last several months and my attention to my books has been shifted in a new direction. No, I’m not stopping, but I needed to take some time to go on a journey of self discovery.

It’s been a crazy year of changes and learning about life and what makes me tick. Writing has been an outlet to expel negative thoughts and emotions but also to celebrate victories. It just wasn’t quite enough. There was one event that really had a huge impact and it forced me to take a step back and evaluate where my life was headed.

In going through my journey, I’ve noticed how many others are in the same boat I was. I’m definitely not perfect, but shifting myself to better places takes time and effort. With healthcare being what it is, I feel that every single person in our world deserves to enlighten themselves, if they so desire.

Through many hours of prayer, meditation, and brain storming, I’ve decided to continue working on a project I had started a couple of years ago: Being the Miracle. 

This book is designed to be a journal that spans the realms of feeding the body, moving the body, and loving the body. It’s aimed at raising the personal energetic vibration of those who use it and inspire a collective sense of well being in our communities. 

My journey has been very profound and I wish that for all people. Discard the rigid, negative shell that you’ve built as a fortress around your heart and start living life as you were intended to!

  

I have no release date at this time, but I am working hard at getting it finished and finalized. So keep watching for more information and share with those who would benefit. Uh, that’s everyone.

Time to go recharge at the lake! Have an amazing week!

From the Record Book of Aspen Darktower: Autumn’s Splendor

  

It has been a while since I have posted from Aspen’s diary. Today seemed like a great day to find an entry that fits. As some of you know, I have spent the last couple of months moving from one state to another. Here in my new home, the mountains above me are changing color and the canyon I drive through to work each day is showing signs that fall is here. It’s my favorite season. Not my nose’s favorite season, but I still love it. Happy Fall!

“Little Harbour is a pretty little place when I can step back and appreciate it for what it really is. This was freedom for a handful of people before my father was even born. It’s this small, heavily treed area next to the sea, set back in a slight cove of sorts.
This was where my father fell deeply in love with my mama, where the visions of his future with her took root. I sit here beneath a sweet smelling tree and close my eyes to the pain and frustration of being here and I try to imagine a time when my father smiled and spoke words of adoration to his Lyndsay. I try to hear the sound of her laughter and I wonder if she was as docile as a young woman as she was when I left her side. I like to think she had some sass to her, a mind all her own. 
And now, I shed my cloak of duty and see this place through child-like eyes where I can appreciate the unique colors of the leaves surrounding me: the gold and yellow hues, the reds, browns, and oranges that have dropped over all the leaves on the trees, as if the sprites had been hard at work painting a masterpiece for the world.
Here, beside the sea, there are few days of sunshine. But to feel that occasional beam on my face makes me smile and to breathe in that crisp, sweet air that blends with the brine of the sea, fills my body with comfort and hope before I puff it out in a cloud of smoke from my mouth.
The Autumn Splendor shows me that there is always hope. That all things are temporary. Everything changes constantly. I need to take comfort in that knowledge. It isn’t always easy, but it is beautiful.”

I have a handful of short stories that tell the tale of Aspen’s mother and father, long before she was born. I call these short readings “The Tales of Elgolan”. They are short supplemental readings that expand on a certain story from The Aspen Series. Right now, the first story in the “Tales” stories is available to you at no charge when you join my Lords and Ladies Club. This first installment is called “The Serpent Strikes” and is not available anywhere else, unless you buy the book from my publisher. 

  

I published the next story on Amazon last month, “The Devil’s Lair”. And today, “Brimstone’s Ashes” went live! There are two more installments about Vatric and Lyndsay to go! They will go live on the first of the next two months! All of the “Tales” stories, except #1 are only .99! This isn’t because they are crappy stories, it’s because they are shorter reads than a full novel. So pour a cup of tea and get lost in the dramatic “Tales of Elgolan” stories!

   

 

And on a side note, if you have not yet read Noble Courage, the first of the Aspen Series, you have a couple of options: A. Download from Smashwords for FREE or B. Download from Amazon for .99 (they refuse to match the free price for me, but they might for you). Either way, you get a full novel to read, to love, and to enjoy. I decided to price it lower because it was the first in the series and I love my readers. It’s a great adventure, in my own biased opinion, and I want EVERYONE to feel like they can enjoy it. So how can you give me some love? Read the books, leave me your thoughts, and be a part of my club. Members knew about the release of the “Tales” stories weeks before anyone else. I love to stay in touch with my biggest fans! And the greatest compliment to my work would be to share it with someone you know. Thanks for the love!

  

What’s Better Than Releasing Your First Book?

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The answer: Releasing your new and improved first book!

When I wrote Noble Courage almost ten years ago, I was a very green writer with the dreams of being a bestselling author. I fantasized about my series becoming a movie series  or some blockbuster television series. I had my cast lined up and I could see the whole book in motion picture within my mind. I did have high hopes.

The problem was that I chose badly when I submitted my work to a publisher. This company did not care about my book, me as a writer, or my aspirations. They just wanted my money. I haven’t sold a single copy in many years because they didn’t care enough about anything to do it all right the first time around. Luckily, I never signed my digital or movie rights to them and I am free to publish ebooks as I wish. I’m wiping my brow…that was close!

Long story short, I finally had an editor look through my manuscript and make some suggestions and some changes to Noble Courage. These have been a long time in coming! Her efforts in cleaning up my baby do not go unappreciated!

And so after waiting and waiting, I am finally able re-release Noble Courage and feel proud. Holding my head up high, I am preparing for a great promotion! A Kindle giveaway! I have the machine, still in its original packaging, not even opened (Although I am dying to look at it!).

As soon as Noble Courage is made “live” with the new manuscript and cover, I will be putting it on sale…this is supposed to happen tomorrow, 12-15-14!

So what’s this promo all about? Well, if you do me a HUGE favor, I will do one for you! I’m looking for reviews, guys. There are some pretty scary ones on Amazon that have to do with typo errors and such. I’m offering you a copy of my book next to nothing and I’m asking you for a review in return. When you leave your thoughts on Amazon, I will enter your name into a drawing for the Kindle on December 21st!

Please note that there is only one entry per person. Amazon does have to approve your thoughts before it will post. If you have issues with that, please email me: darktowerfamily@yahoo.com. If you have already left a review for Noble Courage, feel free to review any of the other books and it will still count! I do not want to feel like I’m punishing anyone for being a great fan!

Let’s have a great time with this…help me make it a GREAT event! Please share me, reblog me, and talk about me all you want! I will smile!

The Christmas Spirits is LIVE!!

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I had a goal to get this Christmas story up on Amazon before I went to bed last night. Well, I was up until midnight just jumping through the Kindle hoops…and this morning I received the email that my story was live!

So I am most pleased to tell you that this sweet and magical read is LIVE and ready for download! Get it here!

And I must also say that this would be such a treat to read on the Kindle I will be giving away later this month! Stay tuned for that!

Okay… Now go read!

Christmas Traditions from Another Time in History!

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For those of you who might follow my Aspen Series, you know that Thorne and Aspen are very relatable people! Well, they have been haunting my mind as of late. So several weeks ago, I decided to bring them out in a Christmas story.

In preparing to create the plot and characters to bring in, I researched the medieval Christmas traditions. Here’s is a few things that stood out to me and how certain ones had spoken to me even before I knew about them!

* Christmas carols were frowned upon by the church. People were not allowed to sing them in churches and were in trouble if caught singing them in their own homes.

* Holly was used in decoration, usually on the front doors of homes. The green leaves that are thorny symbolize eternal life and the crown of thorns Christ wore. The berries start out white and turn red symbolizing the blood shed by the crown of thorns.

* Christmas Eve was called Adam and Eve Day. This was a day that everyone would hang apples in the trees outdoors. There were no indoor Christmas trees.

* Christmas Day was a somber day, not really a fun day. Mass concentrated on the death and resurrection of Christ, not His birth.

* The day after Christmas was Boxing Day, a day that nobility would give clay jars called “piggies” to peasants. We get the term piggy bank from that tradition.

* The 28th of December was a day where children would be beaten. This symbolized the murder of all the children killed under King Herod’s orders after Jesus was born. Bad day to be a kid!!

* The Twelve Days of Christmas was celebrated after Christmas Day.

* The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was actually a game played at celebrations. It was a memory game. People would sit around and say a gift that could be given and repeat the gifts from everyone before them. So every time you played, it was different.

There are many, many more traditions! These were just some that I hadn’t known much, if at all.

The Christmas Spirits will be available on Amazon for download this week! Keep watching for it!

Happy Birthday To Me! Oh Yeah! Aspen Too!

Yes, today is my birthday. I’m a whopping 41 years old! I just graduated my second son and will have 5 grand kids by the end of the year. I’m getting up there for sure.

So what’s so awesome about the day of my birth? I get to share it with the fictional part of me. Aspen Darktower is a very important woman in my life. You see, she is me in many ways.

Aspen is very much the girl I once was and grows into the woman I wish to be. She is how I think of myself when I was young, a dreamer, shy but intelligent, and a hopeless romantic. Yet she blossoms into what she was destined to be: a leader of people, a strong mother, a devoted wife who still values her independence. Yes, that’s still me. But she endures unimaginable challenges in her lifetime that I feel would break me. Perhaps that’s why I love her so much.

When I wrote Noble Courage, I had grand ideas of what the perfect story would be. It started as a book that I intended to be a male smack down. I spent air of my life fearing men and then as a young adult, my heart was shattered time and again. So much of my personal drama made a compelling story for one wishing to wallow in another’s misery. So I twisted the story, pulled at the story, and evolved it to be the hauntingly addictive story that it is today.

However, as I readied to publish my work, I did a horrid job in editing. I will say it again, I’m a writer not an editor. So I will be the first to say that it just sucked unless typos and errors do not bother you. But it bothered a lot of other people. I have endured my years locked in a contract with another publisher, one who didn’t care about my work or even as me, the author, unless I was handing them more money. I was embarrassed to hand a book to anyone at all and consequently, my work has gone unnoticed by just about everyone.

But that’s about to change! Noble Courage is currently with an editor and is about to re-release on July 29th! The new and improved story will upload to Kindle and we are praying to get it done in paperback again as a second edition!

While we are working hard with these changes and meetings on changes and dreaming about changes, you are about to be offered an awesome opportunity to win a Kindle just for you, complete with my series in the library! And I will take it even further and gift you the final installment of the series, Key of the Kingdom, when it’s ready for release! That’s right! You get the very first copy!

What I need from you is to stay tuned. Watch for my posts that will have updates and fun moments with my characters. Then, when the time comes, one lucky person will win the Kindle I have sitting in my home, unopened and brand new!

Sound good to you? It sounds pretty dang awesome to me! So spread the word, reblog my posts, recruit readers and help me make this the best celebration ever!

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Across the Threshold Book Tour: Character Interviews

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So today’s stop on the tour for the anthology, Across the Threshold, is an effort made by all of us involved. We devised a standard interview form with questions that all of our main characters were to answer. This should prove to be most interesting!

You can visit my website for the full story HERE!

Then, pay the other authors a visit and see how their characters answered all the same questions!

BOOK TOUR! Across the Threshold!

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So today was the official release of the anthology I have been so blessed to be a part of. The tour kicked off with a post at Twisted Willow Press. Then, we had loads of fun at a release party on Facebook. If you weren’t there, you can peek in and see what fun we had!

This book was a long time in the making. We started it with a group of people that all worked together. I can still remember the exhilaration I felt when our “Imp” asked if I would join the group. We had a deadline  of January 2013 so I feverishly abandoned my NaNo last year and wrote “On Wings of Silver”. It was an easy story for me to write since it plays as a prequel to my YA series that I will one day get to finish. I love Nahdea, my stubborn little faerie who falls in love with a human…instead of it being the other way around.

As time went on and we hit one deadline after another, we all sort of lost touch. Finally I grew impatient. I had worked so hard on that story that I was not about to do nothing with it. So, I contacted some of the original authors of the group and some that were new.  Together, we put together a collection of stories we are most proud of. We do miss our Imp very much.

When you download a copy of this book, you support the dreams of six authors who call themselves the Twisted Willow Wordsmyths and encourage future anthologies of different genres. This book gives you a variety of short stories to enjoy. Some are really short and some are longer, but they are all full of action, adventure, wishes and spells.

Be sure to catch my post on December 1st on my website. Should be a fun one! 😀

Pick up your copy in paperback or in Kindle versions! You know, Amazon has free Kindle apps so you can read books on virtually ANY device now. They also allow you to purchase a book as a gift and schedule its deliver by email. Perhaps you know someone who is getting a Kindle for Christmas??

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“Take my hand and come across the threshold where nothing is as it should be, yet everything is an adventure!

This collection of stories comes from a group of authors who have aptly named themselves “The Twisted Willow Wordsmyths”. Their imagination will take you to places you never knew existed. From the power of a human tree to the fanciful Three Little Pigs, the trials of a stubborn little faerie to the rhythm of ancient drums, the curse of an old ship to the possibility of stars making wishes. There are no dull pages, no putting the book down, but hours of wonderful moments with the characters that come alive in these pages.

We all hope you love this book and look forward to many more!”

Meet the Cast of the Aspen Series (Part 4)

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King Rothan is that person in your life who is very centered on themselves and truly believes that they serve others. He is respected by most because his title demands it. Most fear him and loathe him for his temper and his arrogance. When he sets his eye on a prize, there are very few things that can stop him.

I once dated a man, many years older than I, and he had a very jolly personality, loved life most of the time and knew what he wanted in life. He loved my boys and taught them things that I could not. I AM a girl, you know. In fact, I had never before ripped a worm in two and put them on hooks for fishing. Never until I met him and he spent that time with my sons. While I know he cared deeply for them, I feel that he did a lot of things to impress me. To make me think he was a different person than he was. You see, he loved his alcohol. That was his downfall and that ultimately led to me moving on with my life.

I did care about him, but he cared more for his drink than he did for me. When he yelled at me one night because I begged him to leave the beers alone, that was when I saw this very selfish side. He wanted his “trophy”, but he also wanted his life to go uninterrupted. I lost that battle to Budweiser.

Why do I tell you my sob story? Because that was how Rothan came to be. This man’s actions paved the way for this king who found his false happiness within himself. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. When you are so sufficient in comforting yourself, no matter how bad you want something, you can’t bring yourself to swallow that pride and reciprocate what others are giving you. For example, a man lived alone for ten years and kept the same routine each day. A stray puppy happens upon his stoop and he feels a pang of compassion so he lets the little guy in. The puppy gives him love and attention, wagging his tail when the man would come home and licking his face with adoration. The man merely shouts at the puppy and shuts him outside so he can continue to enjoy his peaceful evenings. He thought he would enjoy petting the animal and talking to him, but it was too much effort. One day, the puppy digs his way out of the backyard and disappears forever. The man shrugs his shoulders and tells himself that he is better off without the puppy anyway, that he doesn’t need anyone.

This is Rothan.

I was the only son of my parents, so I had no choice in what I would do as I grew older. This great city was not always called Farrin, mind you. I changed the name of the city when I married my beautiful bride. I named it for her.

But marrying Farrin was somewhat of a challenge for there were many who sought to become bound into a position of power and my father decided upon Farrin. I did love her. I think back to the years we had together and a warmth comes over me. Yes, I loved her.

The day she was taken from me was the day my life ended. I cared not for anyone or anything…even my own sons. I pushed them away from me emotionally because it hurt so much to feel anything. I sent my sons away to study and be educated with the most learned monks of our time. It was then that I learned to look at things differently. I was utterly alone in the world and I just did not care.

Farrin CasleIt felt like a lifetime passed, a certain gloom having settled about my great city,  and although I entertained those of noble blood, there were many around me who held such contempt for me! I took offense to their antics and my fist came down hard on the peasants that lined my pockets with their gold. I found that I could stretch my limitations with them and they would beg me for mercy, cowering before me like children and I loved it. I found myself often goading them just to see them squirming in desperation.

Everything lost its luster. My days felt bleak. I missed my Farrin.

And then it was on a pilgrimage that I happened to meet one soul who pulled my thoughts from the depths of Hell and showed me there was more out there. There was that light that could make you chase after it. I did chase. I ran and I ran until I was angry! That opportunity was taken from me by the most greedy, most obstinate lord of a southern village in MY territory. And like a fool, they lost the light. Snagged from right beneath his nose.

I felt something then. It was akin to the feeling I had when Farrin passed away. The despair and the panic gripped me and I did the only thing I could do; I banded with the very lord I despised. He was the only way we could be victorious. This man was not a fighter, he was not much of a leader either. He raped his own peasants because his title gave him a right to use any means necessary to govern his village. Most ruthless, I must say.

Ah, but alas, I found myself in quite the predicament and took up my sword to fight beside him. I will admit, I came to care for the bastard, I really did. However, he held something that belonged to me and I had to retrieve it. I began to put my plan, my very witty plan, into motion as we camped on the ground and ate off the land. For months, my mind turned, my eyes seeing the reward when it all came about.

War divides people. Where I was confident that I had allies, I had none. So, again, I was forced to do only what I could and that was to stand with the men that supported me and followed my orders. Everyone else, I cursed to Hell.

I remember seeing that gift before me…my hand outstretched with the sun on my rings nearly blinding me with its brilliance…That was the moment my heart began beating again and blood flowed through my veins at long last. My world became infused with color where before it had been void. Tears were falling and others around me wailed in sorrow, but I couldn’t stop until I secured what I had been after for so many years! I would not stop until my fingers closed around her, this one whom I played like a stringed marionette.

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I am not so sure what else to say on this man’s behalf. Rothan stands for all those people living lonely, shallow lives that don’t know how to care for others. They live in the moment, but always seek out those things which they desire. Look out! You might be the next conquest for another. There are more Rothans in this world than we could fathom. We see it on the news daily and we work with these kinds of people. We trust in them blindly and often get hurt by them. Guard your heart and don’t be too quick to fall into their trap!

Who do you picture as Rothan on the big screen? My pick is the very ingenious Oliver Platt. He won me over in The Three Musketeers many years ago and if he just had lighter hair and blue eyes, he would be perfect. I think Mr. Platt had that ability to exercise an air of arrogance with a little smugness and serve it all up with a side of being the master in charge. He has such a commanding way about him. Love him. However, I do feel that the man who posed for my photo shoot did a great job in capturing the essence of the king. He appears so…kingly and holds that look in his eye. The one to make you shiver a little in trepidation.

Looking for something new to read? Here are some links to help you out:

The Aspen Series (All five books on one page for download)

All books are eCopies unless stated otherwise…

Noble Courage: Book One of the Aspen Series  (paperback rights are about to expire.)

The Price of Power: Book Two of the Aspen Series  Paperback copies available HERE

Tears of Penance: Book Three of the Aspen Series  Paperback copies available HERE

Salvation of the Forgotten: Book Four of the Aspen Series  Paperback copies available HERE

The Benevolent Light: Book Five of the Aspen Series  Paperback copies available HERE

Tales of Elgolan: Prequel to The Aspen Series  Paperback copies available HERE