Birthday Bash Sale!

March 9th, 2014

giftIt was 21 plus years ago this week (I’m not telling how many plus years. ;) ) that I let the world know I was here. Because I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life since that day, I’m offering all my books on Amazon and on this post at a discounted rate.

For a limited time (March 9-15) you can buy Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat for $2.99 each and Secrets of the Malkin (Amazon only) for $.99. Scroll down to purchase the epub and pdf versions of Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat.

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, you’ll receive a special thank you gift that you can download for free. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late. You have until 12:01 a.m. CST March 16 to sign up and receive your free thank you gift to help me celebrate my birthday.
Here’s to another exciting and productive year!

 

 

 

Journeyman Cat

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Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised tobe another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

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Apprentice Cat

Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.

In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council.

Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

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Also available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Listen to a 5-minute demo now.

Apprentice Cat On The Fussy Librarian TODAY

November 13th, 2013

My book, Apprentice Cat, is being featured TODAY, at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 32 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It’s pretty cool — check it out!

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Apprentice Cat Audiobook Giveaway Winners!

October 31st, 2013

Congratulation to the winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be emailing you with the details. Enjoy your new audiobook and share the love.
Please remember to leave an honest review.

Curious about what these people are about to hear? Check out this sample of Apprentice Cat.

 

Want to know more about this book about a talking magical cat? Here’s the description:

Apprentice Cat CoverToby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him. In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council. Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

Want to know where you can get your own copy?

Also available in paperback and for KindleNookKobo and iPad via iTunes, as well as the audiobook on AudibleAmazon and iTunes.

 

Raves for Apprentice Cat:

“This is pure furry fun. Set in an alternative reality with horse-drawn carriages the mode of transportation, young Toby must prove to his mother…and himself…he’s a chip off the furry block when he applies to be an Apprentice Cat in a school for magical kitties who partner with equally magical humans. The writing is so seamless and matter of fact, the reader quickly becomes drawn into this world–magical cats? talking felines? evil magic? OF COURSE! In the book, it all makes sense. The author includes accurate cat behaviors to lend even more originality and credence to the fully drawn feline characters. Bravo!” – Amy D. Shojai, CABC

“I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!” – J. A. Dalley, Author of The Zochtil, Read by Nick Sullivan

“My daughter devoured this book. She is a fan of the Warriors series and she was so excited about this read.” – Kathy Baker, Williamsport, PA

 

Apprentice Cat Audiobook Giveaway

October 23rd, 2013

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I have four FREE codes to offer in this awesome Apprentice Cat Audiobook Giveaway (Oct. 25-30).

Click on the cover image or the giveaway link above to enter.

Enter as many times as you like, but do it before 11:59 p.m. CST, Oct. 30, 2013, or you’ll miss your chance to receive this wonderfully narrated audiobook.

Listen to this sample to see just what you’ll be getting:





Want to know more about this book about a talking magical cat? Here’s the description:

Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him. In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council. Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

Raves for Apprentice Cat:

“This is pure furry fun. Set in an alternative reality with horse-drawn carriages the mode of transportation, young Toby must prove to his mother…and himself…he’s a chip off the furry block when he applies to be an Apprentice Cat in a school for magical kitties who partner with equally magical humans. The writing is so seamless and matter of fact, the reader quickly becomes drawn into this world–magical cats? talking felines? evil magic? OF COURSE! In the book, it all makes sense. The author includes accurate cat behaviors to lend even more originality and credence to the fully drawn feline characters. Bravo!”Amy D. Shojai, CABC

“I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!”J. A. Dalley, Author of The Zochtil, Read by Nick Sullivan

“My daughter devoured this book. She is a fan of the Warriors series and she was so excited about this read.”Kathy Baker, Williamsport, PA

Remember, you may enter the Apprentice Cat Audiobook Giveaway as many times as you like, but do it before 11:59 p.m. CST, Oct. 30, 2013, for your chance at one of four FREE codes.


Also available in paperback and for KindleNookKobo and iPad via iTunes, as well as the audiobook on AudibleAmazon and iTunes.

Journeyman Cat: The 2nd Talking Magical Cat Book Coming Soon

August 10th, 2013

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Upcoming release.

Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised to be another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office  of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

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Apprentice Cat GoodReads Giveaway

June 1st, 2013

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Enter to win one of 2 signed paperback editions in this GoodReads Giveaway.

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

January 8th, 2013

Rules of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop Chain Engagement

This is a blog chain that originates from She Writes.  Each writer answers a series of interview questions and posts them on their blog or website while also linking to five other writers.  Those writers then answer the questions, post and include links to five other writers and so on and so on.  If you happen to fall short of five peeps, that is cool.  Just run with who you have.

On to the interview…

What is the working title of your book?  Following the idea of the my first book, Apprentice Cat, I decided to name book 2 Journeyman Cat.

Where did the idea come from for the book?  I’d already decided that there had to be at least two more books following Apprentice Cat because who would want to leave a character at just the apprentice stage? The idea for the story came from watching my daughter play and thinking about how terrible it would be if the bad guy from book 1 decided to use children in his war against humankind. From there it was just a little research and letting the muse throw plot devices in my lap until I had an outline to use for the first draft. Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I now have that first draft sitting on a virtual shelf cooling off while I throw myself into the next project.

What genre does your book fall under? I categorize it as Christian fantasy, but it would easily fit in YA/NA. It’s not your typical Christian fantasy because there isn’t any overt references to God and there’s a lot of magic. Besides that, I can’t say I’ve ever read a Christian fantasy with a full cast of talking cats either. However, there are definite Christian themes running through both Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That’s a good question. Obviously the cats would be CGI, but the humans? The only real person I actually thought about casting in a role was Patrick Stewart as Master Jalen.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Toby, a magic-wielding cat, must choose between saving his human partner or losing his father forever as he races to capture a feline terrorist determined to enslave humans.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It will be self-published just like Apprentice Cat, with an audio book coming out sometime after the release of the print and ebook editions.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Two months — and that was a lot shorter time span than for the first book. I think I’m getting faster. :D

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Harry Potter, of course, and Erin Hunter’s Warrior series, but I’d say the greatest influence would be Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald-Mage trilogy. I also patterned much of the cats interactions with humans on Joe Grey and Dulcie from the Joe Grey mysteries.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? The inspiration was a long time in coming. Book 1 was originally a short story I published on writing.com that grabbed the attention of some people who wanted to publish it in their magazine. The deal fell through, but I was left with a burning desire to tell the rest of the story. That was back in 2003, so when I finally decided to do this self-publishing thing for real, Apprentice Cat was the first fiction book I sat down and worked at. Journeyman Cat was the natural follow-up.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  If you’ve ever caught a cat staring at you with narrowed eyes and wondered if they were secretly planning to enslave you and everyone you knew, you might want to read this book. Then again, maybe not.

Unfortunately, by the time I got around to doing this post (which is among the last regular posts, so sign up for my newsletter for sneak peeks and awesome specials), I wasn’t able to tag five other writers. They’d all been tagged about a dozen times already. :D

It’s 2013, now what? Less blogging and a monthly newsletter

January 5th, 2013

Sometimes decisions are hard and sometimes you just need to wake up from a good nap and have an epiphany. That’s what happened to me today.

After what feels like forever, I’ve finally decided that I’m going to throw myself into producing books and put this blogging thing on the shelf. So from here out, I’ll be using this web site as just that: a web site.

I’ll be keeping my promise to the other indies I have scheduled to do book reviews, and if you have a book you’d like to have me review, then by all means check out my Request a Review page, but those reviews won’t be coming on any regular schedule. If you’re an author, I’m sure you can understand my reasoning behind cutting back.

Occasionally I’ll post updates or news or other interesting things, so don’t despair. :) It’s just not going to be every other day or even every week.

For everything else, like my fan page or follow me on twitter.

Here’s the great news for you, the fan/reader:

I have so many exciting things going on now that I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but there is a catch. You’ll need to sign up for my monthly newsletter if you want access to all the sneak peeks and juicy special prices for new releases.

To that end, let me start this first month of 2013 with an update of some of the exciting things you can look forward to if you sign up for the newsletter:

  1. I’ve contracted with someone through ACX to produce Apprentice Cat as an audio book. I’ll announce when it will be available in the newsletter first.
  2. The cover for Journeyman Cat is finished. I’ll be releasing a sneak peek later this year.
  3. I’m working on a novella set in the Apprentice Cat world called The Malkin, featuring a character from the first book. Subscribers will be the first to know when the ebook is available and receive a special subscriber price.
  4. I’ll be releasing sneak peeks at first chapters and other goodies, including special reduced prices from time to time, but only to anyone who signs up to the newsletter.

Get in on the great deals now by entering your email address in the “Subscribe to my monthly newsletter” in the column to the right. Remember to click the subscribe button, too. :)

Can’t wait to let you in on the excitement!

And The NaNoWriMo Craziness Continues…

November 6th, 2012

It hasn’t been easy, but I’m managing to stay up on my NaNoWriMo goals of 1,667 words per day. I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t have this nifty little gadget. (Yes that is an Apprentice Cat ceramic travel mug.) Of course, there have been some issues with it.

Modern technology is a wonder — when it works.

The first hurdle was figuring out how to keep the virtual keyboard from popping up. After some research I discovered an app called Null Keyboard. Of course, it doesn’t work unless you remember to select it from the shortcut menu. ;)

The second initial hurdle was figuring out where to save my documents. For some reason I wasn’t able to save directly to the folder I have in my Dropbox for this book. *shrug* It’s an irritation, but I decided to save my work to the external microSD card, then move it to Dropbox later. From there everything seemed to be working just fine, so I thought I was ready.

On the first day of NaNoWriMo I decided to give my new tablet with bluetooth keyboard a try. Thank God I only typed a couple paragraphs on it because when I plugged the tablet into my laptop to move the document over, I discovered 195 words were missing. Not a huge deal, but still irritating because I had to try to remember what they were.

I should have taken more time to figure out what had happened because the next day I lost about 400 words. When I opened the document on my laptop my entire day’s work was gone. The document was blank.

After some hysterics, which my poor husband had to endure, I discovered the preview on the tablet still showed all those words. At least I could re-type what I’d already done. Time consuming, but not impossible.

You would think I’d give it up after that, but this is not a cheap piece of equipment and I bought it specifically for this purpose. I was determined to make it work the way I wanted it to. (Hubby calls it stubbornness. :D)

So the next day I spent over an hour checking and re-checking ways to save my work and move it to my laptop without losing even a single period. What I discovered was that the microSD card was bad. :P Thankfully I had another tucked away at the back of a desk drawer.

I think I’ve got the bugs worked out at this point, though I’m saving to both the tablet documents folder and the microSD card, then emailing everything to myself as soon as I get to a wifi hotspot just in case.

What craziness have you run into during NaNoWriMo? How did you figure out a work around?

Taking a Break

October 10th, 2012

Once again I find myself wondering what to do with this blog. I’ve done quite a few posts on writing related subjects. I’ve written a few things on family life and our personal spirituality. I was posting a weekly Wordless Wednesday post for awhile. About once a month I post a book review.

Nothing has really sparked for me… at least not yet.

To continue doing anything for an extended period of time, one must have a passion for it or it becomes so much drudgery. When something becomes “just another job to do” then your clients (in this case readers) can tell.

I must apologize to you all because this seems to have become the case with this blog. I’m still looking for my way in the blogosphere, which means finding not only something worthy of your time, but also finding a balance between spending time here and spending time writing my next book.

(By the way, the official release date of Apprentice Cat is Oct. 29.)

Having said that, let me assure you that I’m not abandoning my blog. I am, however, going to be rather sporadic in my posts for a while. Here’s my plan for the rest of the year:

  • October — I will be updating everyone on Apprentice Cat, as well as sharing a fantastic interview with author Angela Wallace whose new release, Earth Tones, will be out later this month.
  • November — I’ll be in the writer’s cave participating in National Novel Writing Month, but I plan to have at least one book review to post.
  • December — I hope to have a new direction for this blog and I’ll let you all know what new adventure we’ll be taking then.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy each new post even if it’s not on a consistent schedule, and remember, life doesn’t have to be a chore if you find your passion.