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From Me to You

Well, I’m about to embark on another decorating adventure! This time I’m only painting, not tearing out plaster, dry walling or tiling! Just painting. Seems kind of tame, lol.

The room my granddaughter is in is a lovely shade of bright yellow. I’m taking my Menard’s rebate and purchasing paint. Pink and purple. Of course! For Christmas she got wall stickers of My Little Ponies for her wall. It will truly be a girly girl room.

Of course, she’s only three so I guess we’ll allow it, lol.

I’ve been trying to get a bit of writing done each day. I just bought the cover for Finding Faith! Another JM Walker. She did one of my previous covers. A Dragon’s Treasure I believe. So you know it will be awesome!

And until the blurb (Oh God NOT the blurb)is done, no one will see it, lol. Finding Faith will be out by May 4th, 2019. I’m aiming for sooner, but I can’t see it happening. I’ll have it finished by the end of February, then I’ll send it off for editing. Part of it was already done by my bestie, Tamara Hoffa before she passed away in October. I’ll have to find a new editor for my paranormal romances now.

Ah, well. I have to go wrap my hair to try to keep the paint out.

Have a great Saturday. I’ll try to add pictures of before during and after!

Ooops!

Here I thought I could be lazy and do a release blitz for another authors book. NOPE! I was off by a month. It is January 29! So I have to post any how. Late, but that’s okay. Hopefully everyone is having a lazy Saturday, or is so busy that you didn’t even notice, lol.

I’m super busy right now. I’m getting ready for retirement. Filling out the paperwork, setting up retirement seminars, and setting up book signings for the coming year. Adding to that, I haven’t had time to write in over a month. I’m trying to find a location in my house to write. I’m going to try to be a full time writer, but that is even going to be hard as I’ll be babysitting close to full time.

We’ll have to hash that out, lol.

I want to be able to write, but I need space for that. Right now every space is occupied. Over occupied even. I’m trying to find a space that I can write without being bothered. I need peace and quiet to write. It gets a bit expensive going to the coffee shop each day. For some reason the background music and talking don’t bother me. Of course, they are not trying to get my attention.

I want to get three books out by the book signing, Authors Invade the Beach (Myrtle Beach SC) in May. May 4th to be exact. So from my retirement on February 28th to April, I’ve got to buckle down and get working. Luckily, I’m close the end so shouldn’t be too bad of a stretch! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

In addition, I’m taking a couple of classes at the local community college. Welding for art is one of them. Figuring out the cloud is another. I just don’t get it, so I’m willing to go to a class on it. Hopefully that will make my brain click.

To end today, here’s a sneak peak at a bit of Finding Faith, unedited of course.

Skinning the rabbit, careful to keep the skin intact, she laid it on the largest leaves she could find. Sprinkling some rosemary on it, Faith wrapped the leaves around the meat. She tucked it in the outside of her satchel. She needed to keep moving. If anyone was out hunting and saw a fire, they would join her. Then expect her to return with them. So, a little further along and she’d feel safer from being found.

Circling the outside of the meadow, staying hidden in the trees, Faith headed further from home.

Hopefully no one would realize she was gone until tomorrow.

Her eyes widened at the snarl of a big cat. Faith froze. The sounds of the forest stopped. The cry changed to a snarl of pain. Faith crept beneath a tree, hiding from sight beneath its branches. Curious, she moved silently, trying to peek in the meadow. She gasped.

A shadow flew overhead, darkening the grass of the meadow. A large cat dangling from its claws.

Faith gasped, stunned. It couldn’t be. Fairy tales depicted them, showing the devastation they caused. She stared, heart thundering. Hidden beneath the drooping branches of a pine, she was invisible from the sky. A second one swooped down, snatching its prey and flying away. Faith shrank back then froze. The scream echoing through the woods, was all too familiar. It faded, more and more distant as the dragon stole away his prey.

Her breath caught, her heart stuttering. Oh no, it was Hope! Faith couldn’t help but recognize her own sister’s voice. Frozen, she stared, watching the monsters fly away.

Shaking her head, tightening her lips, she scrambled forward. She had to rescue Hope. There wasn’t time to go home for help. Sliding her knife in her belt, she ran, taking care to stay out of sight in the trees. Crossing the meadow might be shorter, but if there was one cougar there would be more. No use becoming a meal through carelessness. She had a sister to save.

No matter how long it took, she would follow. Hope would do the same for her. Thoughts of finding a new life fell away. She had to save her sister.

 

Read the prequel and the first book in the series!

Rise or the Dragons

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUN4KHT/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MUN4KHT/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MUN4KHT/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rise-of-the-dragons-beverly-ovalle/1125683813

Universal link: https://www.books2read.com/u/mvYPRl

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rise-of-the-dragons/id1202566236?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/rise-of-the-dragons-1

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/338402426/Rise-of-the-Dragons

Inktera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/d2803bd9-735e-4f64-9b5d-eddb447bbacc

Stealing Hope

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYDCQEG/

Universal Amazon http://mybook.to/StealingHopeDFH

Universal ebook books2read.com/Stealing-Hope

From Me to You

I woke up to a pillow covering my face. It was dark.

The bed shifted. I pushed the pillow away but it covered my head again. A weight pushed it further down.

I moved, sliding to the side. No matter what I did, the pillow pressed against me.

Heart pounding, I slid out of bed.

 

Sound like the beginning or blurb of a book?

NO. Just how I woke up this morning! My husband who works graveyard shift tossed a pillow down, followed it and fell promptly asleep. No matter what I did I couldn’t move the darn thing. Otherwise my head was covered and I couldn’t breath. I finally got out of bed and went downstairs.

Luckily I had Beck Bear by TS Joyce to read so I didn’t mind too much. (It’s awesome by the way!) But I’d wanted to sleep in this morning. 5:00 am was NOT when I wanted to get up.

Hope you have a less adventurous morning to wake you!

Now, I’m thinking about writing. I’m going to have to erase part of a story. It’s the only way I can see to bring it to the place I need it to me. Here’s hoping! If it works, I’ll be almost done with Finding Faith. FINALLY, lol. I still haven’t found a cover I like so that is another whole issue. Not to mention the blurb. Ick.

So, writing, possibly swimming at the YMCA or to the library for a Pete the Cat party. Only one of these is not child driven, lol. I might stay with the adult option. We’ll see.

 

Heading to the Dells!

This is the last book signing I’m doing for the year. And what a place to do it. The Wisconsin Dells. Water park capital of the World. Or at least Wisconsin! The signing is free for readers on Sunday. 1:00-4:00 pm at the Wintergreen in the Dells. Conveniently located across the Highway from the Kalahari and next to the Outlet Mall!

I know I’ll be getting in a little retail therapy while I’m there!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1655023381453098/

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So if you feel like coming to the Dells head on over to the Wintergreen Resort and visit!

I’ll have a raffle basket at my table. Every purchase gets another ticket.

There will be raffle baskets that are donated and all the proceeds will benefit Pets for Vets. An awesome cause. Heck, I’ll be bringing a check from my AMVETS group to donate to Pets for Vets.

All my paperbacks at the signing sell for $2-$3 cheaper than purchasing them online. So why not!

See you there.

 

 

Saying Goodbye

As some of you may have heard, my partner in crime, Tamara Hoffa passed away on Monday 10/22/2018 in a fatal automobile crash.

I’m sad, so sad. Grieving is an awful process. All the plans we had, the calls and messaging are done. I can’t imagine how hard this is for her beloved husband and children. Tamara was the best.

I won’t be posting until after her memorial is done and I get home. I’m heading from Wisconsin down to Tennessee. I will return on Monday with regular postings.

We made this blog, our facebook and twitter pages, and the SSLY Reading Room together. Posting anything will be bittersweet. It will bring her memory to me everyday.

From making snow angels in the snow in our PJ’s to making plans our husbands didn’t know about, we have been friends since high school. Even when we lost touch for a couple of years, we made our way back to each other. Life will be a little less full without her.

Tamara’s Memorial will be this Friday from noon to 3:00 pm at the Hurricane Chapel Freewill Baptist Church 500 N Hurricane Creek Rd. McEwen TN 37101-4401.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1940611169366982/

A Gofund me account has been set up to help pay Tamara’s Memorial Expenses.

Hug your family tight. Talk to those friends you’ve been putting off calling because you just didn’t have time. Tomorrow might just be too late.

https://www.gofundme.com/author-tamara-hoffa-memorial-fund?fbclid=IwAR08NgzTcMM5gjb4Q-frf18YZ6tjoQuZPORvMziqvhPnJmRwrBXnGQH5HNs

Don’t forget to check out her author page! Tamara was a very talented author and any book sales will still go to her account.

https://www.amazon.com/Tamara-Hoffa/e/B009FG9PCE/

 

From Me to You

I had a panic attack! I couldn’t get my computer to turn on and I hadn’t updated ANY of my manuscripts. It updated and everything went black.

I restarted my computer 3 or 4 times – NOTHING. My daughter suggested taking out the power cord. I did and it finally came up. I’m getting ready to save all my documents! I don’t want a scare like that again. She suggested I back up to the cloud but I don’t know how.

I’m sure it’s easy but, well, I don’t know how. I can and will email the files to myself. If it will let me.

I’m planning on taking it easy this weekend. I babysit on Sunday so my daughter can study for her test Monday. My only price is a cup of coffee. She’s studying at the coffee shop, lol.

I’ve been running a migraine for a couple of days now. Not even the meds work for long. So I’m planning a lot of sleep this weekend. If my migraine goes away, I’ll get some writing in.

But this week was fun. I spent Thursday night at the Women’s Expo in Beaver Dam and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a booth with Juls Berghammer, Christine Keleny and Kathy Collins. Lots of fun!

I will try to update my mailing list this weekend and get out a newletter. It really has turned into a semi annual effort. Sad, but true. For those of you that have stuck with me from the beginning, THANK YOU! At least I don’t send out a ton of junk!

Have a good Saturday! I’m hoping the weather will be good. BUT SNOW IS PREDICTED.

In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming and hopefully writing about dragons!