Monday, February 7, 2011

Guess Who's Back

So I spent the day with one of those headaches that make you sick to your stomach. Yes, a migraine. My favorite kind. I mean if one is going to have a headache, they may as well go about it full scale. Not. So because I was sick today, I spent the whole day sleeping. I woke at 7:13 thinking it was morning, but it was night. I slept literally all day. But at least my headache is gone. I would have taken something to get rid of it sooner but I'm not to take anything for a week before my surgery. Yes, I'm having surgery. It is time for my gall bladder to be removed. There is a large stone in there, I'm told, that has to come out. Which is fine with me. I don't need it, anyway.

This evening I have been working on the sixth book in my series. Immortal Vengeance. I know it will be a while until I even have to give any effort to writing it, but when an idea pops into your head, you must write it immediately, or it will be lost forver. I've experienced this many times and have no desire to experience it again. I have also begun work on the fifth book, Immortal Awakening, which will be released some time after Immortal Decision. As I said before, all my books are titled and plotted and the main couples are in place. I have only to sit down and write them now.

As you can see if you checked the different pages of my website, I've added a song to the excerpt pages. It is called "Lovesong for a Vampire" by Annie Lennox. It is from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack. I find it fitting and will use it on all my excerpt pages to set the mood when folks are reading. I was introduced to the song about 10 years ago and have loved it ever since.

Well, it's time to write. I started some tonight on Immortal Decision before I was writing Vengeance, now I need to get back to Decision before I lose what is in my mind for that one. It's gonna be good if I can get it all out the way I want it to!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Still Hoping to Write

Well, I still haven't been able to write but what I did do was to print out all the books I'm working on so I can go over them with a fine toothed comb and possibly see where my mistakes are and hopefully that can get me writing again. I am going to try also staying up tonight to go over them as much as I can and maybe the blockage will go away and I can get a bit written. Now the problem is deciding which book to work with. I have five in the works and I never know which one I want to work on most.

I haven't done much of anything but crochet and I'm bored with that. Hopefully that will pick up too because I have all these projects started for xmas gifts and I have to get them done as well. I just have no motivation to do anything lately.

I've been trying to read over what I've printed out, but it's all so overwhelming, just like the crocheting projects. Perhaps I'll get out of this funk I'm in and get with it soon. I hope so. I don't like sitting idle like this at all. I'll cross all my crossable appendages and see if anything transpires.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

So so day

Today has been terribly boring, but other than that, it's been fine. I spent the day sitting up in bed crocheting and am almost finished making my scarf for the winter. And I've been watching Ghost Adventures but all that is getting boring so I thought I would come in here and write but that's not happening either.

I printed out two of my books that are in the making. A Closed Bloom in the Sun, I am going to make into a non fiction book. I made that decision last night. And Blood Ties: In Pink & Blue needs to be edited and finished. I guess Blood Ties will be the first one that I finish and will e-publish it because The Vampire & the Demon is no where near finished yet. I've only got 22 pages done on that one so far and Blood Ties has 173 done so that one is going a little faster.

I've been thinking about starting yet another book but I don't have enough ideas in my head yet to even make a start to one. I don't know how Nora Roberts belts out so many in a year. Just working on the five I have started is very overwhelming. I've got to get over this funk I am in though so I can get back to working hard but I just can't seem to get the words out lately.

Anyway, that's all I have to say for today. I hope tomorrow is better and that I can get some real writing done.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Guess Who's Back

I've been concentrating more on my crocheting today, making a winter scarf for myself. I was trying to write but the words still will not come. It's driving me crazy. I don't like not being able to write at all. I mean it's been over a week now and nothing comes to mind to put on the paper.

I see a lot of people have stopped by today and I'm real happy about that. Keep coming back and seeing what's new. Pretty soon I'm going to put up an excerpt from Immortal Destiny.

I have been considering what to do with A Closed Bloom in the Sun. I think after it's published as my autobiography, that I am going to rewrite it as fiction where I can add to it and make it a much bigger book and go into more detail than I did the first time writing it.

You can also keep up with me on my new website and blog at and at  Once I am done with my present publisher, I'll be using those websites exclusively because I'll be epublishing my books from now on. So be sure to come see me over there, too.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wide Awake

I have serious insomnia. Here it is after 2am and I can't sleep. I took my sleeping pill 4 hours ago and I am wide awake.

I wanted to try to write but no matter which story I open up, the words won't come. There are just too many of the voices in my head and I can't hear myself think long enough to write even one sentence. So, I'll babble here for a while and hope something I say stimulates my brain into action and I can get back to writing.

PA says they hold the electronic rights to my books so I can't go publish them with an e-publisher, yet they want $99 before they will publish my books in the e-book format. And on top of that, they charge $9.95 for the e-book, which I think is just too high. People aren't going to spend that on an author they know, let alone an unknown one.

I can't wait until the seven years is up on my contracts. I will republish all my books then with another publisher. At least I can set the prices then to something that is a bit more fair for the everyday reading consumer. I wan't my rights back to all my books but that costs $99 also, per book. Sometimes I just wish I'd never heard of this company.

I shouldn't be talking bad about them on my own site but I really can't help it when I see how they work and how they treat their authors.

All of the 5 books I am working on now though will go to Pub It and be published in e-book format. I think I like that idea much better. I can set the prices and I get a much higher royalty. I went to a webinar last night to see how Pub It works and I was impressed, to say the least. Barnes & Noble runs Pub It and I know they are reputable, so I believe I will be using them from here on out. If you want to see anything of my new books as I write them, you can go to and see it all there.

It's been a while

Well it's been a while since I wrote here. I figured I better write so that no one thinks this site is abandoned. Still waiting on the last three of my books to come out. We are waiting on my autobiography which will come out in February of 2011 and in October of 2011 Immortal Reunion will be released followed by Immortal Destiny in February of 2012. That's the line up. After that, I will be seeking a new publisher for the remainder of that series. I will probably be publishing them in e-book format because it is so much easier to do. Barnes and Noble has a Pub It program that allows authors to publish their books as e-books that can be downloaded to Nook, Kindle, iPad, PC, and a few other venues.

If you have been here before then you will see that I took down the forums. No one was using them so they were just taking up space. If anyone would like to see them up again (and intends on using them), just let me know and I'll put them back up.

Be sure to visit my CafePress shop, too, where you can get items with my book covers on them. Each book in my series will have their covers put on the merchandise.

I haven't been able to write lately. I have a wicked case of writer's block that just won't seem to let go. My mind is a blank and I'm in the process of writing 5 books at this time. The words just won't come for any of them. Wish me luck because I am determined that tomorrow I am going to write whether the words come or not. I have to edit anyway so if I write poorly, at least I'm writing and it will all get fixed and be perfect in the end.

I hope all is well with everyone and that everyone keeps visiting me here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Interviewing Rachel Stolle

1.      Tell us about your latest book?

My first Christian Children’s book’s official release date was September 12, 2010.  It is titled, “Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou?” is written in a very broad manner in order to aid children experiencing any form of crisis in their life.  My goal with this book was to help children who have experienced hardships or trauma in their lives to understand that God is by their side.  I credit my earliest foundations in Christianity to a wonderful woman named Louise Ritchie.  Aunt Lou, as everyone knew her, was a caring, Godly woman who devoted her life to service and the Lord.  Louise passed away in September of 2009; she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. 
“Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou?” is the first in a series of stories all to be narrated by this warm and loving character, Aunt Lou.  Future titles will include but are not limited to, “Tell Me About Easter, Aunt Lou”, “Why Do Our Loved Ones Die, Aunt Lou?”, and “Tell Me About Christmas, Aunt Lou”.
One of my most recent reviews:
When young children experience trauma, it is very important to acknowledge that trauma and help a child come to a place where they feel safe again.  “Why did This Happen to me, Aunt Lou?” is written in a way that opens the door for dialogue and healing to begin, from a Christian faith perspective.  Beautifully illustrated, it offers hope and encouragement for children who need a message of unconditional love.  This is crucial in helping a child understand that they did not do something “wrong,” but rather, are cherished by God.  It is the message that so many children never hear and as a result, grow to be adults with a wide variety of mental health challenges.  One thing known today is that we must help children because they cannot help themselves. This book may be one thing that offers a “life ring” to a wounded child.
Nan Holmes, Waco, Texas
Talitha Koum Institute

2.      What is it like being the author of children’s books?

Being a children’s book author is a humbling experience.  I wake up each day worrying that it was all just a really pleasant dream.  The process did not seem completely real until I received my first shipment of hardcover books.  I literally ripped the box open, grabbed a book, and cuddled with it!  My husband thought the whole situation was so comical that he actually worried that I might sleep cuddling with my book that night.
I have had 5 of my books to be released in the series written for about three years.  But with the passing of my Beloved Louise Ritchie last summer I revisited getting published with a renewed fervor.  I am so very blessed that my path crossed with that of Publish America.  While many authors grimace at the mention of a print on demand publisher, Publish America was a perfect fit for both me and my books.  I give God the glory for my ability to write them, illustrate them, and share these stories that he has lain on my heart.

3.      What inspires you to write?

My life experiences and my faith inspire me to write. I born and raised in a little town called Jefferson, in North East Texas.  As soon as I was born, God never left my side.  He guided me through economic hardships, sexual abuse by a distant family member, an attempted kidnapping turned carjacking, and years of spiritual warfare.
While I choose to keep the details of my childhood sexual abuse private, I do very openly share my experience with the attempted kidnapping turned carjacking back in 2001.

It was October of the same year of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  I was still dealing emotionally with seeing the images of the attacks, and I was not aware of my PTSD at this time so I didn’t limit my exposure to the trauma.
I was walking to my car through an apartment complex parking lot, headed to school  I remember I was going to wear navy blue addidas shorts that day, but I melted the athletic material with the clothes iron (should been a sign).  So I changed.  I remember that outfit in detail as well--Tommy Hilfiger flare jeans, a grey Baylor tee with a red and blue University logo and tennis shoes.  Something told me to ride with my husband that morning, but I ignored the instinct.
As soon as I was outside, I saw him.  He was far enough away that I felt safe, but close enough that I wasted no time getting to my car.
I remotely unlocked my driver side door, sat down, put my drink in the cup holder, threw my backpack across to the passenger side, and tried to close the door.
The weirdest door wouldn't close.  There was resistance.  I turned and there he was. A black male about 200lbs and a bit over six foot.  He had something sharp in his hand--I assumed it was a pocket knife.  He threw open my door, put the object to my neck and said, "Get over".  He wanted me to scoot to the passenger side and let him drive away with me.
My first instinct was to obey this large, angry man wielding a sharp object dangerously close to my throat, but then...RAGE!
I WAS NOT going to be victimized AGAIN!  This attack took place no less than nine years after my sexual abuse stopped--that meant NOTHING!  It was like it had happened yesterday, and I was TICKED!
I put my left hand on the horn of my car--it was early morning, everyone was home asleep and would come out ticked at the noise.  I knew help wasn't far away.  I leaned through the opening of the door and him and yelled with all my strength for JASON!  He started jabbing and slashing at me with what turned out to be a broken glass bottle in a paper bag.  I knew he would probably cut me, but not bad enough to kill me. 
I looked up the stairs of the complex and there was Jason.  Tee-shirt, boxers and a very angry look.
I can only imagine what the attack looked like from his vantage point, but from mine I saw hope.
Jason has always brought light, truth and security to my life.  The image of him-- and God's protection, gave me the strength and courage to somehow miraculously fight through my attacker and exit the same door he was blocking.
I distinctly remember having one hand gripped tightly to his shirt once. I realized I was now outside the car and he was inside all my anger and pent-up rage overwhelmed me for an instant and I wanted nothing more than to drag him out of the car, take a few shots at him and then let Jason finish him off.  But yet again, God intervened and I let him go.
I watched him slam my car door, fumble for the keys and take off.  Jason got to the car door about the time he closed and locked it.  He beat on the window screaming words that I dare not repeat.
It was at this point that I realized blood was coming from somewhere. I didn’t know where or how bad.  I just ran to a wall collapsed to my knees and screamed, "I AM BLEEDING". 
Jason instantly left the car to drive away, and came to my rescue.
To this day I am certain that I had an angel in the car with me that day.  All that shuffling and fighting and flailing and I walked away with only a scratch on 3 fingertips, a slash through my shirt and my bra (but not to the skin).


Today I am a 29 year old
Baylor University graduate, teacher, poetic monthly staff writer, cake decorator, and stay-at-home mom in Waco, Texas.  As I look back at my childhood with great appreciation and respect for the unending love of her Heavenly Father, my relationship with God grows even stronger.

4.      If someone wants to purchase your book, where would they find it?

My books are currently available thought my personal website at

Direct from my publisher
$24.95 hardcover link to purchase:
$9.95 Paperback link to purchase:
My books are also listed at

5.      Where do you get some of your best ideas for a book?

All of my book ideas are inspired from raising my two young daughters.  I am a stay-at-home mom with a 4 year old and a two year old.   Their pure and inquisitive spirits manage to ask some very difficult and trying questions that a Christian child should be contemplating.  My daughter likes to ask me about death, and why things die, and if she will die.  She likes to know why it is raining, why it is windy, and why God gives the plants water and feeds the birds.  The sheer innocence of it all has moved me to take all the little one-on-one stories that I tell her and her sister and put them down on paper.  I truly hope that one day my books will help Christian parents integrate God and scripture into every aspect of their life and every explanation they give their children on a daily basis.  I would love to have my books be just that resource for them.