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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Listening To My Muses

I have two muses. Many writers will admit to having one. Many non-writers think the rest of us are a touch crazy. Maybe I am—not sure. My ideas come from somewhere, and many are ideas I never dreamed I would have.



My first muse’s name is Angel. She reminds me of an angel. Dressed in white with gold tipped wings, her voice is gentle and quiet when she whispers ideas. Her ideas are sweet and loving. She helps me with my children’s stories, love scenes or descriptions of beautiful gardens, etc.

Blooderfly is the extreme opposite of Angel. They could be twins, but Blooderfly's color of choice is red. She also whispers ideas, but they are about how to kill off a character or fight the evil spirit attacking my characters. She helped with the descriptions of creepy, dilapidated houses and abandoned haunted insane asylums. She’s excellent at describing a walking corpse or how words, written in blood, should appear on a wall.  

Since I write supernatural thrillers with a touch of horror at times, Blooderfly is usually fluttering on my laptop. Angel is very patient and sits quietly until I need her. When I begin to write a scene that could be sweet and tender, Angel is full of ideas, but Blooderfly doesn’t like to wait. She flies right in with ideas on how to change it into a scary scene. Sometimes they fight and Blooderfly can be a bit of a bully. She usually wins. I think that’s why I don’t write many soft, romantic scenes into my books. A menacing creature back from the dead descending a staircase is more likely to appear in my stories.

If I said I had seen my muses, I would be committed, but I have them sitting where I can see them as I write. My mother, God rest her soul, brought them back from a trip to Germany where she grew up. She said they always had them on the Christmas tree. They are less than two inches tall and look like tiny fairies. The one dressed in white is the well-behaved angel and the one in red, the mischievous angel. Mom used to tease me that I was a lot like the red angel.


Perhaps that is why I love to write supernatural stories filled with mystery and thrills. My ideas must come from somewhere. Are they only in my mind and my imagination dreams them up as I need them? That’s a scary thought, my mind is full of all that craziness, but then my family will tell you I do walk to the beat of a different drummer. I see stories in things and places, they don’t. Is that my imagination or do Angel and Blooderfly have the ability to turn invisible and flutter around me as I walk out my door? I’ll never know, but I do know I love writing, and if they are helping, I hope they never stop. Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Heavenly Corners (An Annie Ryan Cozy Mystery) -- New Release

Annie Ryan was born and raised in the quaint town of Heavenly Corners. She owns the local bookstore and is an upstanding and civic-minded resident. A widow with a daughter away at college for the first time gives Annie time to relax and enjoy life on the lake she dearly loves. That is until her life is turned upside down by a death, a Yorkshire Terrier, an attempted murder, a handsome man who returns to Heavenly Corners after twenty some years, an eccentric aunt, a hard-boiled detective, and a young officer sweet on her daughter. Will Annie and her BFF and partner-in-crime solving, Georgie, be able to keep Annie from prison or worse? This is the first in the Annie Ryan Cozy Mystery series
Available on Amazon


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

These sentences are from one of the two WIPS I'm currently writing. This quote is from chapter one of Heavenly Corners a cozy mystery and an out of the box project I'm enjoying. It should be out January 2015. That's next month. Time flies. Enjoy.

I’m not ready for all of today’s gossip. I know much of it will be morbid. Why? I’m sure most people will be discussing poor old Inga Kelleher. She was ninety-one. I suppose her death might be expected, but in the middle of the City Council meeting it was a shock. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

SUMMER OF EVIL - NEW RELEASE

***NEW RELEASE*** Kellie Conley's latest adventure battling evil. 

SUMMER OF EVIL finds Kellie and Taylor facing evil on two fronts. Kellie needs to clear spirits from property her children's charity inherited. Will the strong evil roaming the woods and old monastery win this time? As if battling evil isn't enough, a bully from Taylor and Kellie's childhood is now a convicted serial killer. When he escapes from the prison's hospital for the criminally insane, his sights are set on the two young women.

Get your copy at Amazon or get it free with Kindle Unlimited. 





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just Cause (A Madison Knight Novel) by Carolyn Arnold - A Review

Just Cause is the fifth book in the Detective Madison Knight series. It is also the fifth book I read in the series. Am I a fan? I must be honest and say yes, but that being said, I write honest reviews. Anything less would be a disservice to Ms. Arnold, her readers, and me.

Madison Knight is the type of detective anyone would want to solve a crime they’re involved in except for the criminal. She’s tenacious, quick-witted, smart, and loyal. Detective Knight is a workaholic and could easily be the neighbor you barely see unless she’s walking her beautiful chocolate lab.

Ms. Arnold has a talent for writing believable characters. Madison and her partner, Terry, work together well and joke around the way you would expect from partners and friends. There is nothing pretentious about the way Ms. Arnold portrays her characters. They have the same feelings and reactions any of us would in their situations. It is one reason the book pulls you in and keeps you turning page after page, but not the only one.

Ms. Arnold’s descriptions of characters and places are clear. The reader is never left wondering what the characters are doing or where they are. Whether Madison is in the office discussing a case over bad coffee or racing to a crime scene, the reader can picture what she is doing.      

The plot is unusual. It is rich and flows. Madison not only faces the Russian mob, police station politics, possible corruption, her emotions, but also the loss of some of her memory. Will she recover it in time to save her career and solve the case? You will have to read the book.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday - Kellie Conley Mysteries

I haven't posted my Six Sentence Sunday post in a few weeks. I'm going to add a few sentences from two chapters to make up for it. I have a title for my Kellie#5 book. It's Summer of Evil and due out November/December of this year. I hope you enjoy the peeks into Kellie's latest mystery.

Chapter Six
“The inspector found a secret room. He says the wall is newer than the rest of the cellar, and it isn’t an outer wall. There must be a few feet of space behind it. It’s creepy. Why would they build a wall in the cellar?” Clarice dropped into a chair.
Chapter Seven
Mike caught up to them and said, “We’re here to check out the graveyard. Let’s do this while we still have enough daylight. Time got away from us down in that cellar.” Kellie walked up to the overgrown graveyard. “No one has been here in years. I can hardly make out the names on the headstones.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Mystery/Thriller Bundle – You Name the Price

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