Excerpt from Chapter 22

Chapter 22 of Taylor  – Paranormal Operations, Inc. book 1 is done. This will the last excerpt from 22 as I’m moving on to Chapter 23! And remember all comments are welcome!

Devon drove toward the exit, watching Taylor in the rear view mirror. Her arms were wrapped around her middle and she looked like she was cold. The SUV rounded the corner and shoot down the street in front of HQ.

Taylor watched the vehicle as it turned out of the garage before turning back to the door with a frown at the camera. She wasn’t pleased with Shay, but she would do as he asked. As she walked through the door, the cell phone in her back pocket vibrated several times. She pulled it out and her lips tilted up in a small smile. The text messages were from her aunt Lily.

U will survive without him.

Not the end of the world.

Will bring toys.

Taylor chuckled even as her cheeks flushed. She quickly typed out a reply.

Toys?

RU coming to Dublin?

It was only a second before Lily messaged back and Taylor laughed out loud.

Yes be there tomorrow. Toys to replace Devon.

Taylor’s fingers flew over the small keyboard of her phone.

Do not bring toys!

Lily’s reply was short.

Killjoy!

Taylor laughed again as she tucked her phone back into the back pocket of her jeans. A tingle ran down her spine and the tiny hairs on the back of her neck stood up. She stopped walking down the hallway and her head came up. When she turned around she saw O’Grady standing a few feet behind her.

“Crap!” She exclaimed, placing a hand over where her heart was. “Don’t snick up on me like that!” The leprechaun didn’t speak, he just grinned at her. Taylor shivered, it didn’t reach his eyes and something was off about him.

“O’Grady?” Her brows came together and magic swelled inside of her. She stepped back as he raised his arm, pointing an odd looking gun at her.

“What the hell…” she hissed as O’Grady fired his weapon. Her reflexes kicking in, she threw herself to one side of the hall hoping to miss the bullets flying her way. Taylor wasn’t fast enough to escape them all. She felt the pricks as darts embedded themselves in her shoulder and thigh. Not bullets, tranqs, she thought as her mind went fuzzy and she collapsed against the wall, he tranqed me!

O’Grady watched as Taylor slid into a setting position and clumsily reached for the dart in her shoulder, trying to pull it out. All she could do was swat at it, her fingers lax.

“Won’t do yer any use ter remove dem, girlie.” His spoke to her, his voice seemed to come from far away. Taylor’s hand dropped, ceasing her fertile efforts to remove the dart. Her eyes grew heavy and she felt rather than saw the leprechaun crouch down next to her.

“’Tis a powerful sedative yer ‘av runnin’ through yisser body. It won’t kill yer, but you’ll ‘av a nasty head ache whaen yer wake.” With that he stood and grabbing her ankle, tugged her way from the wall and toward the garage just steps away. He dropped her leg and Taylor groaned. Two muted booms rumbled through the building causing it to sway slightly.

O’Grady looked up at the security and chuckled as he raised the middle finger on each hand in salute. He’d planted two small charges, one just inside of the elevator and the other on the stairway that was next to the elevator. Effectually sealing the parking garage off from the rest Paranormal Operations long enough for him to escape with his prize. A black van pulled into the garage and came to a stop next to where he stood, Taylor at his feet.

The door on the side door slid open and a big, bald man climbed out.

“This the right girl?” He asked.

“She’s de wan de master wants.” O’Grady answered. “We nade ter be movin’ before de place fills wi’ agents.” The bald man grunted than picked Taylor up like she was a rag doll and dumped her into the van. She groaned as she hit the hard floor.

“You coming with us?” O’Grady nodded and climbed into the van, settling next to Taylor’s limp body. The big man slammed the door closed and got into the front passenger seat. The driver, another big, bald man, punched the gas pedal and the van fishtailed out of the garage and disappeared into the traffic on the street.

Lady Liberty has her say about The Wall: Mitch Albom

Straight talk from a great Lady!

Impromptu Promptlings

morrie_and_mitch1Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom is one of my favorite books of all time. If you’re not familiar with it, Morrie Schwartz was one of Mitch’s college professors at Brandeis University. He was his mentor. He lost track of Morrie over the years, then one night saw him on TV being interviewed by Ted Koppel on Nightline about how he was dying of ALS.

Mitch, author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster/sportscaster , and musician, reconnected with Morrie for the last while before his death, and subsequently wrote the beautiful book about the lessons he learned from Morrie.

This morning I found something Mitch posted on line yesterday. I thought it was very poignant. I wanted to share it with you…

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Lady Liberty has her say about The Wall: Mitch Albom

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I went to visit the Statue of Liberty. I missed the last boat back. As I gazed…

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Feb 3rd. 2017 WIP Update

I’m going to do a quick WIP update. I have a lot of writing planned so I really need to buckle down and get on with it. Oh and a note about how I do this. You’ll notice I have, what I call, temporary covers for some of my WIPs. The reason I do this is that it helps me stay focused and excited about each book I plan to write. I also use a Excel spreadsheet and Onenote as a book bible of what I want to write. Now..on to the updates.

WIP

Taylor – Paranormal Operations, Inc. (Book 1): I’m back working on Taylor and Devon’s story (mostly, I have jumped between this and my Dark Warriors WIP). I finished chapter 21 and I’m 508 words into chapter 22. Things are going to get interesting from this point on. Bad guys are going to do bad things and I’m introducing a new player. He’s Russian and his name is Mikhail Romanov. I’m still a bit unsure what he is. Dragon shiftier, Phoenix shiftier, or a Vampire. He’s a hottie but I’m not sure I like his man bun.

 

Demon Incubus MC

Demon – Incubus MC (Book 1):  The first book in my planned PNR MC series about the Incubus Motorcycle Club. And yes, the members are just what their cuts say, Incubus. I haven’t done anything on this for a while.

 

tarkir-dark-world-warriors

Dark World Warriors – Tarkir: My SciFi romance novel started as my Camp NaNoWriMo project. It’s at 7,312 words and I’m just starting chapter 5. I’ve done some work on it between working on my Paranormal Operations, Inc. WIP.

 

WIP

Kai and KekipiA Hawaiian Legends Short Story: I haven’t worked on this for a while.

 

Now for some future projects I have planned:

polar-shift

 Mistletoe, North Pole – Polar Shift (Book 2) – This will be the second book in my Mistletoe, North Pole series. It’s Commander Sig Olson’s story. I do have a starting point for this one and I know where I want it to go. Now I just have get it written.

Mistletoe, North Pole – Frosted (Book 3)- Jackson Frost is getting his own story! The title may change on this one before I’m done with it. I have 1,242 words in it as of right now and a short synopsis. No temp cover for this one yet.

Mistletoe, North Pole – Kandied (Book 4)The third in the Mistletoe, North Pole series will feature Rudy and Kandy’s story. The title is really just a place holder for me right now. I may end up changing it. This is still a ways out there in my schedule and I don’t even have a staring place yet. And no temp cover.

Viper Incubus MC

Viper – Incubus MC (Book 2) – The second book in my planned PNR MC series brings us Demon’s brother, Viper. I know how this one starts but that’s all I have for it besides a temp cover.

I also have 3 more books planned for the Paranormal Operations, Inc. series but haven’t done much more then jot down some ideas for each. I don’t even have titles or temp covers.

 

 

On Sale! Santa Baby – A PNR Christmas Romance – $0.99!

Starting tomorrow (Jan. 18, 2017) at Amazon (and later in the week at other retailers) Santa Baby, my first PNR novel will be ON SALE for $0.99! Pick up a copy for mere pennies.

 

 

Welcome to Mistletoe, North Pole. A small town hidden away at the top of the world where the summers are short, and the winters are long. And Christmas is what the town does best.

Jamie Winters’s life was almost about perfect. Growing up as part of a loving family living in the lush green of the Pacific Northwest, she had her life planned out. Until one night before Christmas, fate stepped and took everyone she loved away from her. Years later she finds herself in Mistletoe, working as a waitress at Rudy’s Diner alongside her best friend, Kandy. Jamie’s not looking for love, but in a place like Mistletoe, you never know what you’ll find all wrapped up with a bow.

Christen Kringle never expected to find his mate in Mistletoe. Having been born and raised in the small town, everyone was like family. Then one night after work he meets his crew at Rudy’s. One look at the curvy brunette outsider with the dark chocolate eyes and he knew she was his. And when she touched him? His body blazed to life like the Aurora Borealis. It was fate that brought her into his life. The same fate had found mates all the men in the Kringle line.

But a menace is creeping into Mistletoe. One that not only threatens Chris and Jamie, but could end Christmas worldwide.

Copyrighting And Protecting Your Work

So it seems that some indie, self-published authors are dealing with something called copyright claim-jumping. What is that you ask? It’s when you, as a author, get a notice from one or more distributors (i.e. Amazon, Smashwords, etc) that someone has filed a  DMCA (DMCA” stands for “Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice on YOUR book. That means that someone, somewhere has said that part of your book has material from another source. That someone sends a notice to your book’s distributors and they in turn have to (by law) shut down, lock, block, whatever you want to call it your work on their site.

This means that you can’t update files, readers can’t buy your book, it’s just gone. Why would someone do this? There could be any number of reasons. It could be someone with a grudge against the author, someone doesn’t like the story (or they are offended by it), a reader feels “cheated” somehow after buying the book (this could be true even if the book was a freebie), and someone is trying to scam the author.

Scam how you ask? By taking part of the author’s work (from posting bits and pieces form blog posts or right from the eBook itself) and inserting it into older blog, book, post somewhere. They send the DMCA, the book gets taken down and then, as “concerned’ readers/fans offer to “help” you with your DMCA problem. For a small fee , of course. Now I don’t know of anyone that has actually had to pay to get their work “freed” but it’s possible.  So how can a writer/author protect all the hard wok that goes into writing and putting a book (or anything really) out there?

Really you can’t prevent something like this from happening, you can only lock your work as tightly as you can. After reading a few blogs and Facebook posts lately about this happening I took a big step in protecting Santa Baby, my first book. I registered it with the US Copyright Office. Yes, there was a small fee, but for my own piece of mind I decide to do it. And I will be doing it for any and all of my writings from now on. Here is a good blog post with great instructions from Marcy Kennedy’s Blog () with guest blogger Kathryn Goldman.

Taking this step is a decision that each of us, as writers/authors need to make for ourselves. I’ve linked the copyright office page above. But it’s kind of sad we have to worry about this kind thing.

And So A New Year Begins

Happy 2017 everyone! Lets hope it’s not as turbulent as 2016 turned out to be.

I took two weeks off from work to get a few chapters done on book 1 of my Paranormal Operations, Inc manuscript. That didn’t work out as I planned it would. A lot of distractions popped up each day, even through I was home alone (except for the cats and they just ignored me!) the first week. And second week, well, my sweet hubby was home so that was a MAJOR distraction (in all kinds of very good ways!). So in the end I ended up with half a chapter done (about 900 words). Oh well…I’m back at work now and can get back to writing at lunch.

I got my first Amazon review on Santa Baby and it was a 4 ****! Then I got a second one and this one wasn’t as good. It was 2** and a lot on the snarky side. So that gives me a 3*** average so far. I’ll take it because I really need the reviews. So if anyone one has read it, please leave a review on Amazon for it.

Also Amazon paid me out for my earning for 2016. A whopping $10 and 36 cents ($10.36). Still I’m proud of each penny I made! I also sold $40 worth of paperbacks myself. Grand total for 2016? $50.36!) WOOT!

But seriously, writing, publishing, and trying to market Santa Baby taught me a lot about this writing thing. I’m excited to get my next book out!

So for 2017 I hope to get Taylor and Devon’s story out there (Paranormal Operations, Inc. #1). After that I plan on working on my SFR (Tarkir – Dark World Warriors #1) and at some point start the 2nd Mistletoe book (I have readers that are actually asking me when the next one comes out!).

But you know how this goes. If one set of characters stops talking to me, I can always jump to another set. Besides, I have a few new ideas running around in my head.

2017 To Do List:

Write for at least 1 hour a day during the week

Finish Taylor and Devon’s story

Work on Tarkir – Dark World Warriors

Start Mistletoe book 2

Work on book 1 on Incubus MC seires

Move all my notes from excel to One Note

Get back on the treadmill 5 days a week. (OK, this isn’t a writing thing but I can’t write well if I’m not healthy or happy with who I am, so yeah, putting this on the list!)

Dayum…looks I need to get my cute butt in gear! 🙂