Now She Flies

The Indie Author Community lost a member this past week and it has taken me this long to come to terms with how best to express my feelings regarding the situation. You see, this particular author was a friend to many, including me. Many days and nights were spent chatting with her through messaging. The days when our lives and schedules (usually mine) got in the way and our daily conversation could not be had, felt like they were lacking something. So here is my open letter to a dear friend, who is sorely missed.

Billie Jo,

Everyday I find myself signing in to Facebook, hoping that your smiling face will be there to greet me, as you were on so many mornings. You were such an amazing woman. You were a loving and caring daughter, wife, mother, and friend. You had so much compassion and positivity that it was infectious (even on my worst days). It literally spilled out of you and into the lives of everyone you touched.

During the past year, it became routine to sign on and chat with you throughout the day, share little snippets of books we were working on, and to encourage each other on this crazy career path we’d chosen to pursue. Now there is a huge void in my collection of ‘must talk to’ friends because you are no longer here on this plane to fill it. I read through our past chats, needing to feel your presence and be touched by your beautiful spirit just one more time. I know you watch over us all now and will be checking in, but it is not the same. I’m selfish and want you here so we can finishing planning a possible trip to Tahoe to do book signings, share a room, and stay up late into the night talking about pursuing a dream we both shared.

My life is better because you were in it, Billie Jo. My heart aches because you are no longer here. My soul is forever changed because you called me friend. Now you fly with your own wings, watching over us all from up on high. Fly to the angels, my dear friend. Know that you are dearly missed, that you are loved, and you are thought of every day.

Sweet dreams, angel. Sweet dreams.

Your sister in writing and eternal friend,
Moira

If you are feeling up to it, why not hop on over and check out the cool stuff up for auction from all the authors and friends who would like to be able to help out the family in this time of great loss and sadness – Memorial for Billie Jo Hanlin

 

Mystical Royal Love Rafflecopter!

I drew you in with the word Rafflecopter, didn’t I? You can admit it. It’s okay, I promise I won’t judge. Rafflecopter’s are totally cool and suck me in too. No, you came to just check out the new release? Really? Well however you came to be here, you won’t want to miss playing along!

Let’s go royal, shall we? Go forth and grab your copy of the newly released boxed set from The Mystical Boxed Set Babes. Ten stories for ninety nine little pennies. It’s available NOW! Get it while it’s hot! We also have a blog tour going on, so if you blog, please click on the link below and help us out.

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Mystical Royal Love Releasing Soon!

What could be better than getting your hands on ten paranormal stories by some amazing authors? Helping a good cause while you indulge your reading habit! The Mystical Boxed Set Babes consists of many amazing authors who are out to share their talents and support a cause they believe in. What are these stories about? The eternal fairy tale of the prince and princess…with a slight twist. You will find stories featuring wolves, dragons, fairies, witches, and love that is out of this world. These are definitely not your mother’s fairy tales!

Join P.T. Macias, C.A. Tibbitts, Darlene Kuncytes, Jami Brumfield, Bryce Evans, Joann H. Buchanan, Julia Mills, Marissa Storm, Billie Jo Hanlin, and myself in celebrating the release of this fabulous set.

For less than a cup of coffee you can help us support a great cause! All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. (Oh and if you would like to see what else is available from these ladies, just click on their names and get whisked away to their Amazon pages.)

Available for pre-order now. Releases February 1, 2015.

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Mystical New Love is Out!

Today is the big day for New Love! Want to know what stories await you in this lovely set? Well let me share!

A Wolff’s Love, Wolff’s Mystical Realm By P.T. Macias
A young, successful scientist meets up with her past. She’s changed. She lost weight and is now a confident young woman. But deep inside, she’s the same sweet girl. And she’s deeply in love.
The brilliant, famous, and sexy scientist returns to claim her in more ways than one.

ZOEY: A ‘Not-So’ Zombie Love Story By Julia Mills
Imagine having everything you want.
The job you always dreamt of, a guy that loves you completely and unconditionally just the way you are, and parents you’re not embarrassed to call your own.
Imagine losing it all in the blink of an eye.

TWICE FATED SHIFTER by C.A. Tibbitts
Zane Adams stepped up to take responsibility for his son, Clark. A note was the only warning Zane had to Dixie’s disappearing act. Two years later, when she returns, Zane brings Dixie into his and Clark’s home. There is more to Dixie than meets the eye.

The Vaqud Mate By Shyla Colt
This is a world unlike any we’ve ever known. In exchange for the technology to fix out failing planet, humans have offered up suitable woman to the Vaqud. The humanoid group of aliens were on the verge of dying out due to lack of females for repopulation when they discovered their compatibility to the human race. A deal is struck, and women with the right genetic marker are separated from the rest of the population. This women are raised to be the perfect mate until they are twenty-five, and the claiming process begins.
Kenna is one of the few females who possess the genetic make-up that allows them to breed with the Vaqud. When she turns twenty-five she’s brought to the Claiming she discovers things are not what they appeared to be when she’s paired with Vaqud warriors, Doce and Devass. Their mating might bring more than happiness. It could bring about change.

Sister Witches By K. K Weakley
Lisa Johnson is a witch with a secret. Powerful, beautiful and in love with Veronica Young. Both of the Sisterhood of North America, where unlike Lisa, Veronica longs for a life someplace free of death, furthermore a life free of the Supernatural World. That is until the younger generation of witches begin to go missing. Joining forces alongside werewolf Jimmy Knowles and necromancer Sean Mac Donald, they discover the Sisterhood is malicious from the inside out. Time heals all wounds…Or does it?

Stone Hearts By Diana Marie Dubois
Daphne Lavain lives in the illustrious city of New Orleans and owns a quaint antique shop on Magazine Street. After her husband’s death, she never thought she would find love again. But when her friend Ava convinces her to seek out the Loa Goddess of Love everything changes.
Jasper Lafavre, a 100 year old gargoyle in hiding, stumbles upon Daphne’s antique shop. Inspired by an object in the window, he realizes, he may be able to find love again since the murder of his beloved.

Beautiful Noise By: Tasha Gwartney
Mena has a secret that she must protect with her life. She has finally found someone, Reese, that accepts everything about her. Or so she hopes… But can she trust her instincts when everything around her seems to be falling apart. Mena must make a decision. Trust. Or throw it all away because of the chaos of Beautiful Noise that her life has become.

Better off Sleeping By E. L. R. Jones
Kiya awakens from a coma and remembers nothing about herself or her life. Strange occurrences continue to happen. She finds herself becoming more and more confused by the moment. The man/beast that keeps appearing does nothing, but confuse her more. He says that he is her husband, Phillip Belle, and she is supposedly Aurora Belle.
There is magic in the air. Every time they are near one another, sparks fly. There is a call on the wind and she doesn’t understand any of it. Her heart is torn between what it is that her mind is telling her and what her heart wants. Finding out the state of his life is dependent upon her remembering, isn’t helping speed matters along.

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Angela Ford’s Holiday Hop

Welcome to my little home on the web! I hope you are all having fun playing along in Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop! Keep in mind that this runs through December 15th!

Holidays get a little hectic for everyone. Around here, I don’t even know if I’m coming or going. I have kids birthdays, a holiday party to help get ready for, and of course, all the normal day to day happenings. If only I could find a moment to sink down into a nice cozy chair and escape into a book or two…or several. I know that makes it seem as though I don’t love the holiday. I do! It is one of my favorite times of year. So much tradition and family surround this time of year. For the most part, everyone seems in such good spirits. Every year, my family does a huge open house on Christmas Eve that is a ton of fun. Oh and this year, my boys and I have started watching one Christmas movie every evening (it gives us that chance to put things on hold, step away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday and relax as a family). In fact, I love this time of year so much, I wrote a short little Christmas novella for fun that released last year. Here’s a little teaser:

Isn’t that fun? Yes I’m biased. But guess what? You have a chance to win a copy of Frost! I’m going to give away two copies today. All you have to do for your chance to win is tell me what is your favorite thing about the holidays in the comments and I will draw two winners.

Now check out these amazing authors and enter for a chance to win more fabulous prizes!

2014 Holiday Hop Authors – Our readers are most important to us! We are celebrating by giving away a Kindle and a $25 Gift Card. Please stop by and visit the authors listed below for more giveaways. Happy Hopping!

Jamie Brumfield  Amanda Bennett  Michele Mathews  Julia Mills    Elizabeth Inglee Richards  Carol Ann Kauffman   Jennifer Chambers  Diane Rinella  Angela Ford Terri Carle  Sharon Kleve     Melanie James  Mariah Dietz   Serena Zane   Jennifer Conner  Amanda Bennett  R.E. Hargrave  Ella Medler  Aubree Lane  Rebecca Sherwin  Teri Riggs  Ava O’Shay  Andie Lea  Dzintra Sullivan  Andrea Perno  Jennifer Theriot Chris Karlsen  Al Parks L.A. Remenicky Emma Lee Skye     A.L. Wood Jayne Hyatt Amber Daulton  Joanne Jaytanie  Kelly Cozzone   J.D. Hollyfield  Patricia Kiyono Elle Klass  T.I. Lowe  Tammy Tate  Jackie Marilla  Casey Harvell  Denise Kawaii  Natalie-Nicole Bates  Kelly Ann Jacobson  Moira Keith Michele Gwynn  Tracey Alvarez  Mary Bernsen

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Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop Giveaway Link – Click Here

Here is the direct link for the giveaway raffle http://is.gd/jL5sYV

The raffle directs the entrants to a Pinterest Board called Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop of Favorite Christmas Stories – each entrant can PIN to WIN! By pinning a picture of their favorite Christmas movie or book to the board and enter their name in the description. Here is the link for the pinterest board.

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Happy Hopping & Happy Holidays!

The TouchStone Family Breast Cancer Awareness Event

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You Are Invited …

Author Sydney Jamesson and Fans of The Story of Us Trilogy, are banding together as a family circle to promote awareness and raise money to fight breast cancer during the month of October, 2014 – BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.This is a cause dear to all of our hearts, since we have all either personally experienced or known someone who has suffered with this dreaded disease. We wish to honor all of those who are fighting it today, those who have fought in in the past and help those who may face it in the future. Some members are participating in various other activities to raise awareness and money to continue the fight against breast cancer. As a fan community – and a family, we are proud to do what we can to support the work of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The TouchStone Family Fund Benefiting The Susan G. Komen Foundation

Author Sydney Jamesson’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

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Chrystal Bones by Billie Jo Hanlin

I am so excited to see this book released! Billie is a dear friend and seeing her vision come to life and reach publication seriously puts a smile on my face. I love when authors can realize their dreams. So check it out!

She was the only Chrystal Woman born in two thousand years. Born of legend with the ability feel the emotions of those around her and to hear their every thought with a touch. She was destined to save her dying planet. When she was nine the unthinkable happened and she was presumed dead in a fiery explosion on her first trip into space.
Thrown across the universe, her escape pod landed on a hostile planet where she was captured and held prisoner for two years before she escaped. Hiding among the street kids of Seattle she grew into a strong woman who didn’t trust anyone but her friend and partner Riley and the tiger who had become her constant companion. Together with their unique abilities she and Riley find and return lost and kidnapped children to their loving parents.
All hope was gone for Shillidon until a bizarre series of events led the space ship Trilleion to Earth. Among the crew was her brother Idris, and the man destined to be hers.
Jayden led a small but elite group of men that were called in as a last resort to solve the problems that others created, by any means necessary.
Join Blue and Jayden on their journey to learn to love and trust each other. With danger behind every star will they make it to Shillidon in time to save the dying planet from the Ragillians or will the Ragillians succeed in making sure that this time she stay dead?

 

Closure by Angela Ford – 99 cents! At Amazon! June 4th-6th

Closure – Gripping FBI search grounded by an unrealized love story… Agent Jessica Resario’s compulsion to protect only puts her life into the hands of a serial killer. Escaping to her family beach home, she discovers postcards marked “I Crave You”. Old ghosts, secrets and an inevitable attraction to her boss send her on an emotional roller-coaster.

http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Angela-Ford-ebook/dp/B00E905NLS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401836274&sr=1-1&keywords=closure+angela

 

Book Spotlight ~ Redemption by Heather Gray

Hello lovelies! I’m so excited to give Heather Gray’s newest release the spotlight today! Isn’t the cover lovely? I know I say that about a lot of covers but seriously, Astraea Press does have some fabulous cover artists! Anyway, take a peak at this fabulous book and be sure to grab a copy if you haven’t already.

Redemption

(Ladies of Larkspur #3)

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Blurb:

Murder, mayhem, marriage, and a horse named Mutiny…

Minnie’s impulsiveness has been getting her into trouble her whole life.  She never expected it to land her on a suspect list for murder, though.  With nothing left but a few trunks of possessions and her own defeat, Minnie leaves San Francisco behind and returns home.  In an effort to protect her family and friends, she keeps them in the dark about the ongoing investigation and the possibility that danger may have followed her to Larkspur.  When events force her to trust someone with her secrets, she turns to the sheriff and finds both a friend and an ally.

It may have been four years since he last saw Minnie, but how could he ever forget her?  When Art finds her sneaking through a back alley in town, he knows something’s wrong.  The once vivacious Minnie is a mere shadow of her former self, all sparkle gone from her eyes. Art knows that time spent with her will be dangerous to his heart, but he can’t turn Minnie away.  Even if it means protecting her from her own impetuous decisions, he vows to keep her safe.

In her attempt to take responsibility for her own choices, Minnie shut out her friends, family, and God.  An unsolved murder isn’t all that’s chasing Minnie, though.  Will she find her way back to the heart of her faith before it’s too late?

 

Excerpt:

August 1882

Minnie needed to get home quickly. It was imperative. William would be displeased if she was away too long. He was not kind when angry.

She rushed around the corner only to be stopped by the familiar sight of police gathered outside the tenement building where she and William rented a room. Given the area they lived in, seeing police was a matter of course. The sheer number of officers present, though, was anything but routine.

At the time she’d married him, Minnie had expected to have a grand life with her husband. She was but the daughter of a small-town mayor, but William, why he was a gifted and recognized journalist. Her dreams of that happy life of travel, investigation, and collaboration had evaporated within their first month of marriage. The wonderful man who had courted her, caressed her with silver-tongued words, and danced into her heart had disappeared.

He’d left in his place a man who was bitter and angry because she, while the daughter of a politician, had no wealth to her name, no grand dowry to finance the illicit habits he had kept from her during their brief courtship. She’d had to adjust to a life far removed from her dreams, a life where the only thing more common than police at their building was the stench of squalor in the air.

Minnie hurried through the gathering of policemen and rushed up the stairs, hoping that William would still be asleep and wouldn’t realize she’d been out. As she approached their room, she saw an officer standing in the hallway by the already-open door to the small space she shared with her husband. “Pardon me, ma’am,” the officer said, “are you Mrs. Drake?”

Nodding, she craned her neck to see around the officer. He tried to block her view, but she caught a peek inside. A strangled gasp escaped her lips. With strength out of place in her small frame, she shoved past the policeman and dashed into their quarters. Her husband of not quite three years, William Drake, lay in a pool of blood, almost unrecognizable. His corpse lay there beaten – nay, bludgeoned – to death. His lifeless eyes stared off into the distance. “W-what happened?” she asked, her voice hoarse.

“Mrs. Drake.” The man speaking wore his somber expression as comfortably as he wore his suit – both were threadbare from too much use. “I need to ask where you’ve been these past two hours.”

Trying desperately to pull her eyes away from her husband’s corpse, she fought to speak. “An errand.” The words felt as if they were being pulled from her throat. “I had an errand to run.”

“Where, Mrs. Drake?”

About a year into their marriage, William had stopped pursuing his journalism career. He was always either deep in his cups or giving up their every possession at the gaming tables. Going to work had become necessary, but she wasn’t sure how she felt about exposing that part of her life to the man in the suit, a virtual stranger. It had been easy enough to step into Will’s shoes and take over his position at the newspaper. She did her writing in secret, and everything was published under the name Will Drake, the byline her husband had used.

Minnie didn’t know how to explain her job to these men without feeling the shame and embarrassment of having to admit both facts – that her husband was a sluggard who’d forced his wife to support him and that most of San Francisco believed her to be a man. Little encouragement was to be found in the stern faces of the officers, and she began to question whether either claim would be believable.

Looking into the eyes of the suited man, she saw something dreadful. Minnie lifted her hand to her throat in foreboding. “You suspect me, then, in my husband’s death.” It wasn’t a question. She could see the truth of it on the detective’s face.

“Answer the question, Mrs. Drake. Where have you been?”

“Everywhere but where I should have been, it would seem,” she said softly.

 

About the Author:

Heather Gray is the author of the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption.  Other titles include Ten Million Reasons, His Saving Grace, and Nowhere for Christmas – everything from Regency England to modern-day America.  Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family.  She decided years ago that she’d rather laugh than yell.  This theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.

You can purchase Redemption at these fine retailers (just click on the link):

Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Smashwords  /  Kobo  /  iTunes

 

Where to Find Heather:

Her Website – http://www.heathergraywriting.com

Her Blog – http://www.heathergraywriting.com/blog

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/heathergraywriting

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+Heathergraywritingnow

Twitter – http://twitter.com/LaughDreamWrite

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/LaughDreamWrite

 

Life, Love, and Music ~ A Playlist

Happy Friday everyone! Like quite a few authors out there, I love to listen to music while I’m working. It can sometimes help drive my scenes forward, or keep me motivated to push forward. I’ve been working on a YA/NA novella project along with several other things. I will reveal the cover (yes I already have it) as I get closer to being able to release the book. In the meantime, here is the playlist of music I listen to while working on this story…