Legacy, Birthright and St. Judes Research Hospital

It is out, actually has been out for some time now!  From what other readers have been saying it’s keeps you on the edge of your seat!

I will say it is much longer than Birthright and alot more darker, bloodier and involves a few new immortals that are very powerful.  Candra has her hands full and this time Kane is never around when she needs him most, which is good for her, because learning more and more about herself she has been testing herself to see just how powerful she truly is.

I wanted her to shine in Volume II, without Kane.  Candra truly is what her father made her out to be (won’t give out any spoilers here), and even though she finds out everything, she sometimes finds things out on her own.  Usually those times of finding out are not in the most opportune time either, but it makes the story that much more thrilling.

Writing has been such fun for me, well, let me rephrase that, has been interesting.  It has had its ups and downs, times of pure frustration, but the best part is meeting those who truly loved the first book Birthright and meeting those of you who have never read my books.  The world is an awesome place and so, I’d like to make it more so.

Every year at JFK Middle School where I am a Special Ed. Teachers Assistant, we do what is called a Mathathon and every year, I bring in all the change I have been saving all my change from purchases that have concurred over the year and given it to St. Judes Research Hospital.  This year was my biggest gift, $90.00 all in coins, but I want to up it even better.  Every book of mine, Birthright and Legacy that gets sold, I will donate half of my royalities to St. Judes.  I want to reach out to all those little angels whose lives have been touched by cancer and I want to make it a brighter and bigger world for them…one filled with hope.  Won’t you help me? I’d like to reach my goal of a million people reached and hopefully, books sold (I dream big), till Spring Break, which is in March.  WE CAN DO IT!  I know I’ll never reach a million people, but if I can reach some, it would be better than nothing.  Please, search your heart and help me help them.

Please share this article with family, friends, anyone! Get the word out, because they deserve a chance at life.  Let’s reach the millions shall we?  Click on the tab that says, “Author Books” and click on the book you would like to purchase…that’s it!  Simple isn’t it and I will donate half my royalities to St. Judes.

So, lets bring on the smiles, spread the word and lets give these children a fighting chance…what do you say?


I know people who loved Birthright, have been asking when is the sequel  going to be out and I have been saying in a few weeks, and I’m so glad that I have fans who really love volume I of my series, which brings me to this… about what it takes to being a writer, but I’ll give my little dissertation on it one more time…

Writing a novel is so much more than getting it down on paper or computer, whatever you prefer.  It takes many rounds of editing to smooth out the glitches and typo’s (if any), and little common grammar errors, not to mention to make sure that the story line is reading smoothly or the ever present issue with using a certain word too many times, bad habit of mine, is not happening.

Then, once the editing is done, you’ve got to copy and paste it into a formatted manuscript template and hope for the best that when you submit it for review that no errors will be found, if so, then you got to fix the errors and re-submit it for review.  Now that’s just the interior part of the book, you’ve got to get your cover to fit the interior portion of your novel.

If you don’t stick within the measurements of the book cover template and don’t go over the ‘bleed line’ you have a good chance that it’ll be fine and you’ll have no errors with it, but that doesn’t always happen and you have to re-adjust the cover, the seam and back cover to make sure all is correct.  It’s a bloody pain to do and I get quite frustrated with it.

Now, this may not be an issue if you are going through a publishing house, they do all the work, but if you are publishing yourself, like me, you do all the work and let me tell you, it’s not easy and writing is not my job, it is my hobby.  I don’t make enough money writing to support myself, so I work seven hours a day, five days a week, then I come home to make dinner and whatever else I need to do that a housewife is required to do to maintain a happy home, then I can write and even then writing doesn’t always happen.

I’ve been in loads of art and craft shows selling my book and my photography, so that has taken up much of my writing time.  It has been quite successful and in fact, at the Burgoo Fest in Utica, Illinois, I sold all my books, thirty five to be exact, so It’s been profitable and one that I’m glad I participated in.

So, you see, it’s not just sitting down and cranking out a novel, there’s so much more to do that people who don’t write, really don’t see, so please, don’t become frustrated that when the sequel or any other book you’ve been waiting for by the author isn’t out when you would like it to be.  We’re doing our best to please all our fans and sometimes, things other than writing get in the way.

Thanks for purchasing my book and Legacy will be done tonight for those of you who have been waiting.

Glen Ellyn Book Fest

I’ve been a bad girl.  I’ve been gone from my website here and haven’t kept you all up to date on what has been happening with my sequel (due out this month) and all the many thousands of events that I have gotten myself into, lord…I have gone overboard!

I’ve got four events happening next month all withing days of each other.  Dumb mistake on my part, so I am going to be one busy girl here.  I do, however, want to talk about an event that I had attended yesterday, Glen Ellyn’s Book Fest.  It was amazing!  I attended this event last year and was not impressed with the organization of it and wasn’t about to attend ever again, but as it stands I did sign up and I’m so glad I did too!

The first part of this event was called the ‘Pitch Fest’ where all of us authors pitched our novels and had only a minute to do it in.  I did some research into this and read what/what not to do…I rocked it!  As I sat down to listen to the others pitch their novels, there was this one author, whose book struck such a cord with me that I connected with her in more ways than one and had to talk to her.  So, after the pitch fest was done I went over to her and said, “My childhood was exactly how yours was!” You see, her book, Ripples of Connection, was about remembering her childhood  and those in it that make it so memorable.

My childhood was the best, if I could, I’d want to go back and re-live it all over again.  I lived in a time where playing outside was the video game of our time ( I know I said ‘time’ twice, bad me).  Our imaginations were put to the test constantly, not only in the games (not box games) we played but how we used the outdoors to help create those imaginations.  Not like todays kids, where the only thing they do is video games, video games and more video games.  They’re never outside playing B-ball or riding bikes or just out capturing what sun they can.  It’s very sad.

Mary Kanak is the author of Ripples of Connection and during the part where we authors sat at our perspective tables with our books, I went to visit her table, upstairs during a lull.  I had no idea how much we had in common.  Both are parents had died and not only with their passing, we both had childhoods that were the same.  We did the same things and loved the same things and we connected spiritually.

Oh, we cried when we spoke of our fathers.  True ‘blubber boxes’ we were, but we weren’t ashamed of our vulnerability.  Mary told me that this woman (can’t remember the lady’s name, sorry Mary) told her that the reason for such heartache is that we were loved and we loved to such extreme that even when years have passed of their deaths, we still grieve and it’s ok.  “Miss you Daddy and Mom.”

We are keeping in touch and are true kindred spirits.  That even far apart, we are together spiritually.

Another, great thing about Book Fest is that I met yet another woman, Patricia.  Don’t know her last name, but we too connected, that both our children’s books were about a ‘line’.  She now wants me to illustrate her next children’s book.  I am thrilled to pieces.  I am so honored to be a partner with this lady.

So, even though I did not sell a single book, I connected with two awesome ladies that will forever be a part of my life and I thank God for them walking into my life.  God bless.

Book Reviews

Book reviews can be informative, praising, a welcome and then sometimes you wished they would crawl into a hole and die, but with all that being said, they are who we write for and you have to take what they say with a grain of salt.

My eBook, Birthright, even though I have a fan base and pretty much all that have read my book can’t wait for the next to come out, but there are a few in which I didn’t get such rave reviews and that’s ok, we can’t be perfect, we can’t please everyone!

But, I have to say, that she hit a note with me and I praise her for all she had said, in fact, I welcomed it, because it was helpful and it made me a better writer and when my sequel comes out I plan on sending her a copy as my way of saying, “Thank you.” Because she did open my eyes to some things and I have become a better writer since then.

I don’t know how many authors do that, but I’m not your typical author.  I’m not one to sit by idyll and not connect with those who went out of their way to first, buy my book and secondly, review it.  I wish those who bought my book would give me a review, it’s how I know what needs improving on or if they just liked it!

Know this, I love writing, I love conversing with those who buy my book and can’t wait for the next one.  I’ll never be the next JK Rowling, and that’s ok, because having people like what I write is worth more to me than anything else.

So, the next time I get a review and I thoroughly enjoyed what they had to say, or if it wasn’t all that great, I may reach out to them and at least thank them for buying and reviewing my book.  It can only make me a better author and person.

Book Store #3!

Well, I did it again.  I went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to spend some time at the beach and saw a book store there.  So, as a author needing to get her books out to the masses, I always bring my books and novel postcards and business cards with me.

It was a cute store, small, so I walked up to the owner asking if he supports local authors and he said ‘yes’.  So, I told him about my books, Birthright and Line’s Big Discovery and he now has them on consignment in his store.  I’m also going to do a book signing there as well!

I love this!  My books are in three bookstores, one in Ottawa, Illinois, Galena, Illinois and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and I have 2 book signings in August and another one whenever we set up a date at this new store.

It pays to bring your stuff with you no matter where you go!

Bad thing about this trip though is that I got over-heated and couldn’t make it back to the car.  My face was beat red and extremely tired.  I sat under a shady tree, pouring water over my head while hubby went and got the car 3 blocks away. I survived obviously.

Writing Prompt “BOOT CAMP”

Starting July 29th, I am starting a writing prompt boot camp, to help our brains and our muses get in tip-top shape, plus, it’ll be fun to see what we all write about!

So, I am inviting you and your friends to come participate for the next two weeks for some great fun and great writing!  Pass this on to your friends and get them involved, the more the merrier!

See you soon!

My Sequel…a work in progress.

I know some of you have been waiting, and waiting for the sequel to Birthright to come out, but I’m trying hard.  I can’t make the editor work any faster than what she is doing, so it’s gonna take time.  I’m hoping by the end of this summer. Not going to name what month, because if it isn’t that month, then you’ll be disappointed.  

Writing a novel isn’t simply writing it and publish it.  You write it, and several rounds of edits to polish it up perfect then you format it, send in the files and if it meets approval, then you publish. 

This is what I do in my spare time, I do have another job, because frankly people, unless you’re the next JK Rowling, you don’t make money. That’s why when you buy my book or any book for that matter, its really important that you do a review of it when your finished reading it.  Books sell better with reviews, lets others know what their buying and if its worth it or not. 

So, if you have bought my book, please give it a review.

In the meantime, I am getting the edits done on the sequel, just be patient.  It’ll be there.