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Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…

For those interested in Book promotion...

I've come across two great blogs today with tons of information on how to promote your latest release. Even pulling one or two ideas could go a long way toward getting your name out there for readers and booksellers.

For ideas on what to do with all your tons of bookmarks you produce, check out the Thursday Thirteen at Bookworm Bags - http://www.bookwormbags.com/?p=20 (I found #2 hilarious)
Or...
For 101 ideas for book promotion, check out http://www.bookmarket.com/101way5.htm

Maybe this will inspire you to come up with your own list of ideas for promotion.

In honor of tax day...

and even though my taxes are done I decided that today was the day to get organized and get started on next years taxes. I updated all my expense info from last weekend's trip to NEC and made sure to file the slips in my nice little tax tote. I should be good for awhile... or the end of the year when I once again pull out all my receipts and go through them again. So much for preparation and good thoughts!

Happy Tax Day to all! May you get big refunds or at least have the money to pay what you owe!

Just back from conference

And if you haven't attended one of the NECRWA conferences then you've missed quite a bit. I've been attending since the very first one that they held, back at the hotel near the bay. That was the first conference I'd ever attended. I was very scared, very inexperienced, but I also was very determined. I learned a lot from that first conference. I learned that taking a chance is still a step forward, good or bad. I learned that unless you are open to what others have to say then you will never grow. And I learned that not everyone's experiences will work exactly for you. Now, almost 13 years later those same rules still apply. One of my very good friends and resilient travelling companions had an appointment with an agent. But after an uneasy night with little sleep and bit of nerves she feared that her appointment didn't go well. She spent the better portion of the day feeling as if she'd screwed up. I know that feeling well. I've had many a times and e…

Good news...

or at least it is for me and for anyone looking for a good book in large print. Obsidian will be released in October as a large print! The publisher decided to consider it a "clean" read meaning that there are no words stronger than a damn, the sex is off the page (or behind closed doors) and there is no graphic violence. Lucky for me that Obsidian met the requirements. I just glad that there are going to be a whole new range of people out there who will get a chance to enjoy a great read.

Ghoulies and Ghosties and Orbs... Oh My!

One thing that I don't talk a lot about is the paranormal side of my writing. I had thought to do a weekly post on some part of the paranormal, but with the influx of birthdays over the last couple of months I haven't made good on my promise. Mainly, when I talk about paranormal I'm not referring to werewolves or vampires. My interests are in ghosts and ghost hunting. It's an interest that my daughter and I share. This is a knowledge that we have been slowly accumulating over the years and using a technological background to prove or disprove. One of the things that my daughter has an interest in is photography and using it in many forms, including proving and disproving ghosts. This brings me to my topic. On our way to Florida last summer we stopped at a rest area and I picked up a brochure for Ghost & Haunt Tour. I won't tell you where they were... and with good reason. The flyer for their tours drives me nuts. You see... they PROMISE that you'll get para…