Monday, May 23, 2022

Dragon's Treasure Cover Jigsaw Puzzle

Dragon's Treasure Puzzle 

Dragon's Treasure Cover Puzzle

As I have with my other book covers, I have created an online jigsaw puzzle for Dragon's Treasure.

Online puzzles are great. You can't lose the pieces. You can do the puzzle as many times as you want to. And, you can explore the site for even more puzzles.

I'm not the only author who does this. As of the last search, there are 4,139 book cover puzzles on JigsawPlanet.com

I did a search for book covers to get that number of results.

Everything from nursery rhymes to first readers to comic books to romances to science fiction to fantasy to classics and more! There's bound to be a puzzle you will enjoy putting together. 

Enjoy!

Take care and stay safe,

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Three books in the Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series
Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series




Sunday, May 22, 2022

Dragon's Treasure Published

Available on Amazon

Dragon's Treasure Cover


While working on Tala Ridge Witch, I realized that Magnus, the dragon who slept for a century in the caves behind the Tala Ridge chalet, would be a necessary character for the plot. 

At the weekly (sort of) writer's meeting I attend, we were asked to write about being banned from the library and how and why it happened. With Magnus on my mind, he was the perfect main character for the story. After writing for five minutes, time was called, and I realized I had the beginnings of a story that fit with Tala Ridge Witch.

I intended to make this story part of the book, but when it took 6,000+ words to finish it, I decided to make this a backstory and just touch on it in the book.

So, SURPRISE! I have a new, unplanned, unexpected (even by me!) short story about Magnus' first, and probably last, trip to the local library.

Blurb:

Never make a dragon shifter laugh...the flames can be deadly.

Yeah, it's pretty short, but it's all I could come up with without giving away the plot.

As usual, the story is enrolled in KindleUnlimited.

Enjoy!

Take care and stay safe,

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Three books in the Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Tala Ridge Witch Update: Cover Reveal

What's Going on with Tala Ridge Witch?


Here is the cover of the next book in the Tala Ridge Shifters series.

While working on what I thought was a chapter of Tala Ridge Witch, I realized it was a completely separate, but background, story about Magnus.

So, I am writing a short story about Magnus and Bess titled Dragon's Treasure. This story will explain why Magnus moves to the Tala Ridge Ranch for a while with his mate, Bess. 

Here's a snip of Dragon's Treasure:

A frown marred Magnus' face. “Romeo and Juliet?”

“It’s about star-crossed lovers. The Montagues and the Capulets were enemies. Their kids met and fell in love. It’s so sad. They both die.”

Magnus’ mouth dropped open. He opened the book he held, found Romeo and Juliette in the table of contents, and thumbed through the book until he found the first page of the story. After reading two pages, he snickered. By page five, he was laughing out loud, his robust voice filling the library.

“Shhh, Magnus! You can’t be so loud in here.”

He laughed until he choked. With each breath, first smoke, then flames flashed from his mouth, setting the book in his hands and the library table beyond it on fire. Bess squealed and started beating the flames with her denim jacket, but dragon fire was too hot to beat out. Magnus was laughing so hard, he was no help. He couldn’t pull the flames back. Bess inhaled sulfurous smoke and started coughing. Somewhere, a smoke alarm started blaring.

Suddenly realizing he was endangering his mate, he coughed once, then sucked in all the flames, leaving the book a pile of ashes at his feet and the table badly burned. “Bess, are you alright?”

Waving a hand in front of her face to try to get a clean breath of air, she shook her head. “What are you doing?”

Magnus sucked in the smoke and held it until it soaked into his lungs. As a dragon, smoke and flames didn’t damage him, but his mate was a bear shifter. She could not only be hurt, but she could die if the smoke inhalation was severe. He caught her shoulders in his hands and held her away from him, inspecting her face. “Are you okay?”

“I’ll be okay. Give me a minute for my lungs to heal.”

Four men wearing helmets, turnout jackets, and pants rushed into the back of the library hauling a fire hose with them. Finding no fire, they stopped and stared at the burned table. As one, they turned and looked at Magnus.

He looked down at his scorched clothes and swallowed hard. “Uh oh.”

Other News


Free Books 

Today, May 21, 2022, through May 25, 2022, I am setting two of my short books, Wolf's Heart and Wolf's Sorrow, free on Amazon! If you don't have them, be sure to get them. If you do, please let your book friends know they can get them free for a limited time! 



Audiobook: Wolf's Man

I have selected Brian A. Powell and Warittha S. Powell as narrators for Wolf's Man. Their audition was fantastic. I look forward to hearing their rendition of the rest of the book. My target date was a bit off for what will be required for the narrators to complete the work and for ACX to approve it and publish it. When I have a solid target date, I will let you know when the audiobook will be available. 

After my hospital scare, I am feeling much better. The meds prescribed seem to be helping. I am home and working again. I hope you, too, are doing well. 

Take care and stay safe,





Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series




Thursday, May 12, 2022

Wolf's Man Were Character Pronunciations

Were
Character Pronunciations 

Did you ever wonder where the werewolf, werepanther, and werebear names came from? 

Some of the names I used for the animal characters, such as Koreth, I made up. 

Some I researched and found on the Internet. 

When I read the book out loud, I use specific pronunciations. 

So that you can hear how I say the names, I recorded them. Click the link below to hear the names pronounced:

Sound files for were names used in Wolf's Man.

(Sorry for the terrible background noises. I'm not really set up for quality audio recording. Which is why I needed a good narrator!)


Other News


Wolf's Man Audiobook


I have offered a contract for my narrator, and it's been accepted. If everything goes to plan, the audiobook for Wolf's Man should be available early in July. I'll provide more information on that as the time grows nearer.

Amazon Sales


For a limited time, Amazon has put two of my paperback books on sale. This sale did not originate with me, so I have no way of knowing how long the sale will last. 


Wolf's Duty


Regular Price: $14.98
Wolf's Destiny


Regular Price: $39.98


Take care and stay safe,








Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series




Sunday, May 1, 2022

Wolf's Victory Available in Paperback

 

Now Available in Paperback!

I said I would get this book published in paperback by the end of April. Due to my brief hospitalization, it was April 30 before I could get it uploaded to Amazon. It became available today, May 1, 2022.

If you have been waiting for the paperback edition of Wolf's Victory, it's available now. After reformatting to make sure it was the same physical size as Wolf's Destiny, I went through it and re-edited it, too. 

Wolf's Victory includes the last six books in the series:

  • Wolf's Queen
  • Wolf's Enemy
  • Wolf's Rage
  • Wolf's Quest
  • Wolf's Guard
  • Wolf's Duty

Other News

I am in the process of selecting a narrator for Wolf's Man. Soon, sometime in the future, I will have an audio version of the book. As each book becomes available in audio format, I will get the process started for the next one.

The work-in-progress (Tala Ridge Witch) is coming along. Starting Friday, I intend to start posting my weekly word count again. A few short stories are swimming around in my head, too.

My Health

During my short hospital stay, doctors have regulated my prescriptions so that I'm feeling much better. I still have lots of tests and visits ahead, but at least I'm not lost in a fog, anymore. Writing is fun again. For a while, it felt like work and too difficult to do.

Take care and stay safe,






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Sunday, April 17, 2022

My Birthday Gift to You

 

My Birthday Gift to You

Because it's my birthday today, for today only, you can download my newest ebook, Tala Ridge Hunt, from Amazon for FREE. After April 17, 2022, the book goes back to regular price.

Other News

Over the next few days, I'll be making a decision as to what to rename Tala Ridge Alpha, the first book in the Tala Ridge Shifters series. Due to advertising rules, I can't advertise the book because it has the word Alpha in the title. 

So, I'm changing the name. Possibilities are:

  • Tala Ridge Ranch
  • Tala Ridge Wolf
  • Tala Ridge Pack
  • Tala Ridge High
  • Tala Ridge Hostage
The cover will remain the same, but the second line of the title will change. If you have an opinion, please let me know.

Take care and stay safe,









The Tala Ridge Series





Sunday, April 10, 2022

Tala Ridge Hunt Published in Paperback

 



Tala Ridge Hunt Available in Paperback!


If you prefer paperback books to ebooks, Tala Ridge Hunt is now available in paperback

Blurb:

The Huntsmen attack!

Terrell and Buck, Brother Pack alphas, face daunting odds when the Huntsmen attack two schools.

With the king missing and unable to help, the two alphas must find a way to save the children of their packs. As if that isn't challenging enough, they must ensure the human children survive as well.

In the midst of this problem, a new group of shifters moves into town. Friends? Foes? Only time will tell.



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Thank you to all who provided feedback on Tala Ridge Hunt. I made editing changes to correct the issues. 


What did you think of Patricia and Jaxon? This is the first time I have included a non-Progenitor shifter or a witch in my books. Both these characters, and their families, will be in future Tala Ridge Shifters books. 


Much like the Texas Ranch Wolf Pack series, I only intended to write three books for this series. Again, my characters are demanding that I continue writing. At this point, I don't know how many books will be in the series, but I know there will be at least two more. I don't have titles, yet, for the two books, but I'll let you know when I do.


Do you like TikTok? If so, you can follow me on TikTok. I'll be honest. I'm not very good at it, but I'm enjoying learning. 


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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Tala Ridge Hunt Published!

 

Tala Ridge Hunt has Published!

The ebook version of Tala Ridge Hunt is now available on Amazon! The paperback will be out soon. I'll let you know when.

This story has introduced some new characters, including Jaxon, an eagle shifter who claims his people were in North America long before the wolves came to Earth, and a young witch, Patricia.

Both Jaxon and Patricia will show up in the next book, though at present I do not know when that will publish. Right now, I'm just starting the exploration/plotting phase.

I don't usually plot my stories, but I'm learning that when I have three or more books in a series, plotting becomes vital to make sure all the plot loops get closed.

On a personal note, I'm feeling much more like myself. Writing has become a joy again. I look forward to writing many more books and short stories.

Take care and stay safe,






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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series in Chronological Order

 

Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series, Book 1

Texas Ranch Wolf Pack and Texas Ranch World Series in Chronological Order 

I've had several readers ask about the chronological order of the books and short stories. While I have tried to make sure each of the books is a complete, stand-alone story.

Each link below takes you to the book page on this blog. From there, you can click forward to Amazon to read the books in KindleUnlimited or purchase them if preferred.

The Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series

Wolf’s Sorrow

Wolf’s Son

Wolf’s Encounter (newsletter exclusive, opt-in required)

Wolf’s Man

Wolf’s Claim

Wolf’s Mission

Wolf’s Huntsman

Wolf’s Trust

Wolf’s Reign

Wolf’s Queen

Wolf’s Enemy

Wolf’s Rage

Wolf’s Mate

Wolf’s Quest

Wolf’s Guard

Wolf’s Duty

Wolf’s Heart

Wolf’s Dragon

Wolf’s Princess 

Panther’s Choice

Panther’s Task


Other News

Just a reminder that the third book in the Tala Ridge Shifters series, Tala Ridge Hunt, will publish March 19!

Off to write more...

Take care and stay safe,





Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series




Thursday, January 20, 2022

Tala Ridge Hunt Pre-order

The Tala Ridge Hunt Pre-order is Live!


After a slight snafu in which I had to prove to Amazon that I was the author, the Tala Ridge Hunt pre-order is finally (!) available on Amazon. 

I appreciate that Amazon has my back and is actively trying to make sure no one else publishes my books to their site. This actually gives me some comfort, since I have neither the time nor the resources to scour the net to make sure my work isn't being pirated.

The pre-order delivers on March 19th. With over 18,000 words complete, I plan to finish early to give plenty of time for edits and possible rewrites. 

Here's a sneak peek from chapter 1:

Chapter 1

Terrell groaned. Vampire dust tastes like crap, he told his wolf. Ainle yawned, unconcerned with Terrell’s distress. Even two nights after the battle at the Tirsdagr, his mouth tasted like acetone smelled.

Moonlight filtered through the gauzy curtains over the windows, highlighting the sticks in Terrell Pace’s hands. He sat on the edge of his queen-sized bed and stared through the darkness at the sharpened drumsticks he held. He swiped his right forefinger across the wood, wiped away the remaining traces of vampire dust, and heaved a sigh. Two nights previous, before the king appointed his daughter Ophelia as his heir at the Tirsdagr ceremony, vampires attacked. Again. And again, sharpened pencils saved the day.

The Horde, once slaves to the vampires, fought with clusters of pencils, while Terrell used weapons more formidable, the drumsticks Buck, the Outcast Pack alpha, gifted him before he left for the ceremony. Others broke the wooden folding chairs for makeshift stakes.

Terrell tapped his knees with the drumsticks. Maybe he should have Dusty purchase a boatload of drumsticks and sharpen them. Just in case the vampires ever attacked the Tala Ridge Ranch. He blew out a loud breath, the rank taste of vampire dust still in his mouth. Setting the drumsticks on his bedside table, he kicked off his shoes and stretched out on top of his comforter. Tomorrow, he’d have Dusty or Joshua mount them on the wall in his office. Closing his eyes, he tried to avoid thinking about the problems he came home to.

His phone vibrated in his pocket. Pulling it out, he glanced at the screen. Buck. For a moment, he considered letting it go to voice mail, then swiped the green phone icon. “Hey, Buck.”

“Hey. Took you longer to get back than you thought.”

“Yeah. We had to fly. The king was too busy to bring us home. Any problems while we were gone?”

“No. It’s been quiet. Sheriff Jameson wants to verify we’re having the barbeque for his deputies Saturday.”

“Might as well get it over with.” Terrell rolled to his side and stared at the drumsticks. “Thanks for the drumsticks. They came in handy.”

Buck snickered, his soft laugh coming over the speaker. “Don’t tell me you ran into more vampires.”

“Actually, I did. At least this time, I had a weapon that wouldn't break when I stabbed them.”

“Wait. Really? You fought vampires again?”

“They attacked during the ceremony. They almost killed the king, but he survived.” Terrell rolled to his back, pressed the speakerphone icon, and set the phone on his chest. He laced his fingers together, slid his hands behind his head, and stared through the dark at his ceiling. “I’m too tired to go into it right now, but I’ll fill you in after school tomorrow.”

Buck was silent for long moments, then sighed. “We didn’t have any excitement here. Oh, when you didn’t make it back Monday, I told Josh to get your assignments at school.”

“Yeah. He gave them to me.”

“Um, Terrell, Mom offered to help with the side dishes and the deserts for Saturday.”

“Sounds good. I’ll let Nettie know. She’s coordinating everything.” They chatted about the school assignments for a few minutes, then Buck hung up.

Terrell rolled to his feet and headed toward the bathroom for mouth wash. Maybe the next time he fought vampires, he’d remember to keep his mouth closed.

The next morning, Terrell used half a bottle of mouth wash. The taste of dead vampire wouldn’t go away and seemed to get worse overnight. His stomach roiled. Rinsing with clean water, he spat it into the sink, then washed the sink out. After dabbing his face with the blue hand towel hanging over the sink, he tossed the towel to the counter and walked into his room.

Dressed in his favorite black jeans and a grey t-shirt, he slipped his feet into his sneakers and tied them while thinking about the assignments he hadn’t bothered to complete, yet. He grabbed his backpack and hurried downstairs to the kitchen. Nettie stood at the stove, preparing breakfast. With a nod at her, he sat at the head of the table. She smiled and turned back to her cast iron griddle.

Tig, the golden Labrador Nate brought to live with Dusty stretched out across the backdoor. With a wide yawn, he scrambled to his feet and walked to Terrell, his toenails clicking on the hardwood flooring. He nosed Terrell’s leg and whined. Absently scratching behind Tig’s ear, Terrell pulled his books out of his backpack. With his algebra book open, he worked on graphing quadratic equations. He looked up when the chair next to him was pulled away from the table with a loud screech.

Mattie plopped in the chair and leaned toward him. “What’cha doin’?”

Terrell scooted his chair away from her and frowned at her. “My homework. You need something?”

“Yep. Laney called yesterday. She wanted to know if I could go to Marianne Gleason’s house with her next week for a painting lesson. Can I go? You said I could take lessons.”

Without waiting for his answer, the girl scrambled up on her knees in the chair and leaned over his book, staring at the equations he worked with. “That looks hard.”

Clearing his throat, Terrell cast a frantic glance around the kitchen. Nettie stood at the stove, pouring batter onto the griddle. “Um, Nettie?”

“Yes, Alpha?” She turned with a smile that morphed into concern. “Mattie, go get your shoes on.”

Mattie dropped to her bottom, raised one foot over the edge of the table, and wiggled it. “Already got’em, Mom.”

Nettie’s eyes narrowed. “Are you supposed to have your feet on the table?”

“My feet aren’t on the table,” Mattie protested.

“Go get your books together. I’ll talk with Terrell and your dad about your painting lessons.”

“But…”

“Now, Mattie.”

Terrell sat, shoulders and back stiff until Mattie left the room. Blowing out a breath, he bowed his head. “Thanks, Nettie.”

When her hand landed on his shoulder and gave him a squeeze, he looked up at her. The compassion in her gaze eased his tight muscles. “You could give her command to stay away from you, Terrell.”

“I know I could, but…” He swallowed hard and tried to blink away the painful emotions burning his eyes. “I can’t bear to be around her, but I can’t bear to be away from her, either.”

“Have you thought about talking to Nate?”

“I did, but how can I watch over her and make sure she’s okay if I don’t remember?”

Nettie gave him a tight hug, then tousled his hair when she pulled back. “You’re a good alpha, Terrell. You’ll make a good mate for her, too.” 

"Yeah," he groused. "In ten years." He ignored her snicker.

The smell of burning pancakes filled the kitchen. She squealed and rushed back to the stove. Terrell ducked his head to hide his silent laughter.

Nettie was the only person in the pack who felt comfortable touching him so easily. The other women in the pack didn’t understand how she got away with treating the alpha like a child, but the other women never acted like they cared about him, either. Nettie was the closest thing he had to a mom. A smile on his lips, he focused on his homework, while Nettie threw the burned pancakes into Tig’s bowl, and poured more batter on the griddle. 

The golden Labrador attacked the pancakes like someone would take them away if he didn’t scarf them down. Terrell glanced at the Labrador. With the taste he couldn’t get rid of still lingering, he wasn’t sure he would be able to eat. Sighing, he shook his head, reread the problem, and started writing the equation in his notebook.


The chapter above is a first-draft, so it is subject to change, but I hope you enjoyed it. The Tirsdagr ceremony mentioned in the chapter occurred in Wolf's Guard, book 11 in the Texas Ranch Wolf Pack series. Events in later chapters of Tala Ridge Hunt will reference happenings in Wolf's Duty, the final book in the 12 book series. 

All the books in the series, and most of the companion novellas and short stories, are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. 

Take care and stay safe,






Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series




Friday, January 7, 2022

Veronica Snoopsalot Interviews General Brighton

 

The General Brighton Interview

 

Studio Manager:

And…you’re on!

Veronica:

Good afternoon! This is Veronica Snoopsalot and the Snoopsalot Report on your local radio station! Today, we’re joined by General Samuel Brighton, a Marine commanding the President’s Elite Forces Unit. Welcome to the program, Sam. May I call you Sam?

Brighton:

Actually, Ms. Snoopsalot, I prefer to use honorifics. Please call me General Brighton or just General.

Veronica:

My apologies, General. I must say, I expected you to be wearing your uniform, today. You don’t seem the kind of person to wear jeans.

Brighton:

Yes, well, I have a picnic with my daughter to go to in a few hours.

Veronica:

Then let’s get right to it, General. I understand President Whelan has assigned your Elite Forces to monitor the shifter problem of which we’ve recently become aware.

Brighton:

Shifter problem, Ms. Snoopsalot? What problem is that?

Veronica:

Why, having monsters potentially living amongst the normal humans in this nation. Are you not concerned that your neighbors might become deadly animals if you anger them?

Brighton:

Are you referencing an actual event, or trying to manufacture fear in the general populace?

Veronica:

Of course not! We would never try to create panic in the streets.

Brighton:

I see. What events have transpired to worry you?”

Veronica:

Umm. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot. So, tell me, how many shifters, percentage-wise, do you figure are in the country?

Brighton:

Enough that you probably know several. What are you going to do now, Ms. Snoopsalot? Start stalking your neighbors and friends to see if you can determine which are shifters? I wouldn’t do that. I know a few shifters, and I can tell you that people snooping around, excuse the pun, will not be appreciated.

Veronica:

So, you admit we, the normal humans, have a reason to fear for our safety?

Brighton:

How many centuries do you think shifters have lived as a part of the general population?

Veronica:

Sir?

Brighton:

How long do you think shifters have lived next to humans? How many times have you heard of people dying by animal attacks? Did it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe, there are some humans that survived because their shifter neighbors stepped in, in bad situations?

Veronica:

Bad situations?

Brighton:

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes. The shifters I know are very, pardon the expression, humane. They care about their communities, including the humans who might be prejudiced against them if they knew who or what they were.

Veronica:

So, you’re trying to tell me the lunch lady at school, or the grocer stocking the grocery shelves, or even the police officer answering your call for help might be werewolves?

Brighton:

Who told you all shifters are wolves?

Veronica:

I beg your pardon. Are you saying there are other shifter creatures out there?

Brighton:

Wouldn’t it just make sense? Who knows, maybe there are lions, or tigers, or bears. Or even other creatures. You know, vampires or ghosts? Only someone extremely narrow-minded would deny the possibilities.

Veronica:

Oh, my! So, do you know any of these creatures, General? Have you ever met a real vampire? Why are you laughing at me?

Brighton:

It’s time for me to go, Ms. Snoopsalot. But before I leave, I want to impress upon you and your audience that shifters, and other creatures—if that’s what you want to call them—tend to be like anyone else. They have their bad guys, just like humans do, but overall, they’re good citizens. Don’t lump them all together.

Veronica:

But…

Brighton:

Good day, Ms. Snoopsalot.

Veronica:

Well, there you have it, listeners! The general has left the studio. Perhaps, he doesn’t really know the answers to our questions. Then again, perhaps the general is a shifter, himself. Thank you for joining us on the Snoopsalot Report. Join us tomorrow when we interview Senator Drake Zimmerman on his thoughts concerning the Shifter Issue.

Studio Manager:

That’s a wrap. So, Victoria, you don’t really think shifters and other creatures are dangerous to humans, do you?

Veronica:

Why wouldn’t they be? After all, they hide themselves. Anyone that hides who they really are, has reason to hide, right? Are you…are you growling at me?

Studio Manager:

Hmm? Oh, no, sorry, I was just clearing my throat. See you tomorrow, Victoria.



General Brighton first appears in Wolf's Claim and plays a large role in Wolf's Mission. He is mentioned or shows up throughout the rest of the series, too.

Take care and stay safe,








Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series