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

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You Might Be a Writer If…


This is so epic, so I’m reblogging!
I can relate to ALL of these.

Also, just wanted to add one:
You might be a writer if …
You’ve actually lived on a steady diet of coffee and toast for two whole days because you’re so into this scene you’re writing you can’t be bothered with things like cooking, or grocery shopping…and you NEED MORE COFFEE!

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain dead I had to google how to spell “massacre.”

Masicker? Missucker?

WHAT AM I DOING???? *breaks down sobbing*

I am supposed to be an adult an expert okay, maybe functionally literate. Fine, I give up! I have nothing left to saaaaayyyyyy. I am all out of woooords *builds pillow fort*.

I figured it’s time for a bit of levity. Heck, I need a good laugh. How about you guys?

We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us. Am I the only person who watches Discovery ID and critiques the killers?

You are putting the body THERE? Do you just WANT to go to prison? Why did you STAB…

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Wishful Thinking ~ Free Dates

In honor of the release of the second book in the Daughters of Oberia series, I’m offering Wishful Thinking FOR FREE Today through Friday.  It will also be free on the 22nd-23rd.

Future dates to be anounced soon!

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New poem: Ghosts of the Past

Ghosts of the past

Haunt me

I can’t sleep

You were here


Now we’re worlds apart

Your choice

Not mine

Never mine.

Ghost of the past

Like a mystic dream

Sorrowful, mournful, bittersweet

I think about that place

Where we used to be…

And all I can see…

Is your eyes.

And, I wanted to say sorry

But why should I be?

Sorry we’re not

Even friends

I guess.

And I wanted to say “Miss You”

But do I really?

Were you ever who

I thought you were…?

You said you had tried

Tried to be the man I deserved…

But that wasn’t you…

Took me a while to realize….

What you said…

Almost all of it

Was true.

Still love, but not

In love with you.

Still miss you,

But don’t miss

The pain.

Still, haunted

By you and

Our memories


Just like ghosts

From the past.

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