I Grew

And, I became stronger, wiser person

I grew

I spread my wings

Onward I flew

But I never



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Big Decisions & Beneficial Changes

Due to the changes in my health, I am unable to sit at the computer and do any tedious work for a long period of time.  I’ve split my writing time into 15-20 minute intervals throughout the day.  This allows me to give my eyes some rest, and will hopefully prevent (or at least lessen) these severe migraine headaches I’ve been suffering from.

In addition to this I’m no longer creating my own book covers.  I can’t do the work that I used to be able to do, as far as graphics and design.  Therefore, the covers the Daughters of Oberia series are the very last ones I will be doing myself–as they’re already done.  (I just have to finish the books! heehee.)

The cover art for the first novel in the Corithian Saga was made by SwoonWorthy book covers. I absolutely love it!  When I saw the mock-up I went ahead and purchased it even though the book’s not finished yet.  heehee! :)  Check it out! Prophecy Revealed book cover-FINAL

Also check out some of her other designs.  I have got my eyes on 2 other covers already. ;)

I am really confident that this will be a change for the best.  Better covers, more time writing, and hopefully less headaches can only be a good thing.

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My First Open Stage Event

On Friday night, I had the privilege of sharing two of my poems from Angelic Visions at D & S Music Hub’s Open Stage Night. This was the first time I actually had the opportunity to take part in this. I really enjoyed the experience. I confess to being more than a little nervous. But, the overall experience went well.

The two poems that I shared were EVICTED! And Beauty & the Beast. I think I read the second a little fast, due to nerves. But, the feedback I received was all positive. I got many compliments and praise for these two pieces, and was glad that they were enjoyed by the audience. In addition to that, I got to listen to other poets, short story authors, musicians, singers, etc. Plus, I met a lot of really cool, creative, and friendly people.

The things I would have done differently (or will do differently, next time I do this):

  • Relax, and be confident. It’s a casual atmosphere, not like I’m meeting with the press or a lot of big name publishers and editors.
  • Carry my tote-style purse, with a few extra copies of my book(s) in it, in case anyone is interested. And of course, keep a pen for signatures.
  • Have some kind of swag on hand, be it business card or bookmarks. It’s the perfect opportunity to give someone a card with your website/blog/author page url on it.
  • MENTION THE BOOK! Doh, I totally missed out on the opportunity to mention that these poems are from the anthology Angelic Visions. And, that they can download the book for FREE. Double DOH! I blame my nerves, and not knowing what to expect as it was my first ever Open Mike Night opportunity.

Also this one thing I did do: Thank the host and the person who invited me. I really appreciated this opportunity.

If any of you live in the Pittsburgh/Harmar/Cheswick/Springdale, Pennsylvania area I highly recommend you check out any and all events at D & S Music Hub. It’s a nice little place, run by very nice people and I’d really like to see their business flourish and expand.

If you have any questions, or advice for Open Stage events feel free to email me at dragondreamzpublications@gmail.com.

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Character Connections: Cayden Etherwood


If you read Wishful Thinking, you remember Cayden. The tomboyish, youngest Etherwood sister. She’s grown up a bit at the start of Charmed Lives. Thus, her role in the family—and in the series—is a little more prominent.

Where Wishful Thinking focused on Mave and Xandria, Charmed Lives focuses on Cayden and Fiona. Cayden gets Fiona to agree to let her quit “wingless” school and help her out at the toy company. Cayden’s motives are not purely selfish, but rather unselfish. She sees Fiona’s health fail as she starts to suffer from The Sickness, which claimed the lives of their parents. Fiona struggles with the toy corporation started by their father years ago, and keeping up “normal” appearances in the real world. Cayden’s help is needed more than ever.

When the family of Mave’s late “wingless” husband brings wrongful death charges against the whole Etherwood family, it is Cayden’s spell that helps deflect the suspicions as well as avoid the entire world finding out about the Faerie sisters. Yet, she cannot prevent the tragedy that occurs in the Outer Wood, nor can she stop the traitors in Oberia from escaping their homeworld via dark magic.

I hope you check out Charmed Lives this fall. I will have a special paperback give-away the week of Thanksgiving, just in time for the Holidays. ;)

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What I’m Reading

For those of you who have been following this blog for a long time, you might remember my “Speaking as a Reader” posts. There was a year when I read mostly indies, followed by a year when I read exclusively indies. Once again, for 2015 I am limiting my reading list—but not based on who wrote/published them. I am reading mostly fantasy & PNR, an occasional romance or nonfic included.

Another peculiar reading habit of mine: I tend to read more than one book at a time. I tend to read one paperback, one audio, and one ebook.

Current Ebook: The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien (nearly finished) . And, yes it’s about the 100th time I’ve read this classic. I will probably follow up with Lord of The Rings.

Current Audio Book: Game of Thrones, George RR Martin. Actually, I purchased the whole Song of Ice and Fire series through Audible, and plan to listen to its entirety.

Current Paperback: The Snow Queen, Mercedes Lackey. I’m a long-time fan of both Misty and Hans Christian Andersen. Both are tremendous influences of mine. I am really enjoying Mercedes’ take on the Andersen story. (NO, it’s nothing at all like Disney’s Frozen. LOL but it does put me in mind of the Shelley Duvall Faerie Tale Theater version).

So how about you?  What are you reading?  Is there a book you’d recommend for me?

Feel free to comment.

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New Poem: Drowning


Drowning in a sea

Of unpleasant

Deja vus

Yes, I said

I would always

Remember you

Yes I said I would



Every moment

We spent together

But what kills me

Is the memory

Of all the times

You walked away

Left me drowning


Crying out

For you

Struggling to break free

Struggling to breathe

The air that was

Your love


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Character Connections: The Demi-goddess Desirae

Character Connections: The Demi-Goddess Desirae from the upcoming series The Gifted Saga.

Once a beautiful goddess, Desirae as her name implies was the sovereign goddess of sexual desire and intimacy. A century before Book I takes place, she overstepped her bounds with tragic consequences.

The tribe that worshipped her was to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy princess to a noble young man. But, the goddess grew jealous of this princess, and wanted the handsome young groom for herself. She lied to herself that she would never be caught, if she lured him to the garden and seduced him. She had tricked him, and told him that if he sacrificed his passion to her then she would bless their nuptials.

But the most High God, ever watchful witnessed the sin of this demi-goddess and she fell from his favor. Her ivory skin now covered with eggplant toned splotches, her platinum hair was streaked with blue-black strands. Likewise, the Prince was rightfully punished as well…living for nearly a century with his shame. As for , the Princess and her family—in fact the whole tribe—they abandoned the goddess, never worshiping or honoring her again. They either followed other gods or became agnostic. When the people fail to believe in the deities, they lose their power.

In the upcoming series The Gifted Saga, Desirae becomes so jealous of favored demigods Saphyra and Zanthar that she plots against them, until she is double-crossed by the cruel demigod Oglis. She seeks redemption in the end, and makes a bargain with Saphyra.

As I write about this villainess, I picture a combination of Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman and Cercei Lannister from Game of Thrones. Seductive, cunning, and in the end paying the ultimate price.

The Fallen Demi-Goddess Desirae

The Fallen Demi-Goddess Desirae

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Wednesday Poetry: Catacombs


I will not run

And Hide

In the catacombs,

Praise silently,

Hide my light

Under a bowl.

I will speak loudly,


His Name.

For it is the key

That unlocks the door

To my


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Wednessday Poetry: Mercedes Part I

He drove a new


Pride and Joy

Shiny, red.

He drove his new


When he wanted

To show off

His trophy,

Took care of it

For a while…

But then started to neglect Her.

Let her sit in his garage…


Was she too high maintenance?

He felt he could no longer afford her…?

He traded in his


For something reflecting

His insecurities, guilt, self-worth.

He traded in his


For an old-beat up

Rusty Pinto.

Too many miles on it,

Driven by many.

He was only asking for


As he drove down the road…

And Trouble

Was all he got.

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Earworm ~ Video Post: Case of the EX by Mya


It’s been a long time
Since I heard
That song

I remember
Every word
Mya sang
Described events
Of that day
Exactly what
I wanted to say
But, dared not speak
Just hummed along
On Eggshells

Been a few years
Since I felt
That way
Sunk down
Into despair
Every lyric
Was true

Been a while
Since I was stuck
In that place
So glad
That I’m not
There now
So glad
His lies cannot
Hurt me
So proud
He cannot
Reach me now

I’m long gone
From his Realm
Of misery and pain

Been a long time
Since I heard
That song
Heard its rhythm
And danced
On solid ground
Sang each word
Out loud
Even laughed.

So glad
I am not
That girl,

So glad that
Song is just
An earworm
Catchy tune
Instead of
A Lyrical

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Originally posted on K. Crumley rambles on...:


…the words are so fitting! And, the dancing is pretty cool too…

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