Monday, July 14, 2014


5.0 out of 5 stars A Sultry Foray into the World of the Were.July 14, 2014

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Calls Of The Untamed: Dearhart Clan Series, the complete series with never released Book #4 Time To Call Wolf (Kindle Edition)

Author Eri Nelson locks the reader away in the sultry Were World she has created and with finesse she unfurls the inner primal needs of her characters.  Secret government operations intent on using them as weapons then forcing them to be self-contained after a scientific based exodus, for decades they strive to survive and stay hidden from an unwitting human populace.  There is no choice in the solitary life within the clan and females are rare. The threat from their own kind, a vengeful rogue from the past of the pack's leader and a dastardly shapeshifter are added to the mix as the hope for the continuation of their species is jerked away when Owen's mate, Kristen, is taken hostage.  Caged behind silver bars to be used as bait for a forced confrontation between the rogue operative and the leader of the pack, a dance begins for survival at its basest level. 

The soul of a Were longs for its mate and time will only serve those fated to find one with love being the ease to their pain.  Imprinted, they can not deny their mate or control the overwhelming desires, giving them no choice in the primal couplings intended to save their dwindling race.  Creatures of duality with feelings, both wolf and human, they are vicious defenders of their species.  The details of the pain they must endure and  physical changes when unfurling is 'hair raising' to say the very least.  

Unorthodox?  Yes and that is a good thing.  Nelson gives the reader a World of the Were, filled with fast paced twists and turns, free of inhibitions from a breathtaking view. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

I have been tagged. Shocker, right?

What am I working on?
This is a very loaded question, so here goes….

After I killed my third laptop, (I bring this up because my tech guy has me standing in the corner for the way I work.  I do not like the restrictions but so far my current laptop is still functioning.=0)  I am working on the print editions of No Harm to Charm, Test of Faith and She Becomes You; which are currently available in eBook formats.  Loss of the five books that were ready to publish last summer means I am doing re-writes on: See the Light, Yes Dear, She Loves You to Death and two from a new series of spookies and shorts: Tales from the Tomes.  I have been blessed to be a co-author on another project with a dear lady friend, Paula Trujillo.  The working title is: The Last Road Trip.  It’s a story that is sure to touch the reader’s heart and is filled with real life hilarity.  If we can stop laughing long enough to get some work done, we will be sure to publish this one.

I do a lot of the conceptual work and plan to use some of my own creations but my favorites are the ones by other graphic artists.  Having a connection with another creative that produces a work of art that I have envisioned, simply inspires me!

Wicked Book Cover Designs by Char, who is also an Indie author, did an amazing job for my Sanctuary Saga covers.  Her ability to put my choice of elements together proves she has a unique vision into the mind of ‘the OG’.

See the Light: Book 3 of the Sanctuary Saga (And yes, that is Jimmy Thomas on the Harley)

You can see Char’s diverse talent as she switched it up for my foray into writing a psych thriller

Gloria Thompson did the cover for my ‘psych thriller’ sequel and she literally left me speechless with this one.   (definitely video worthy)  

And bless if Gloria didn’t turn my nightmare into a cover with this spooky for Tales from the Tomes.

Candace Bowser, author and artist, offers a well of inspiration when the kindred spirit hits.  You can find her at Dark Water Arts.  She also writes under her pseudonym, Hardgrove Perth.

Kristen Faith ~ Youth Warrior ~ Sanctuary Saga 

Erin Aurora ~ Youth Warrior ~ Sanctuary Saga 

Her latest inspirational graphic had a book file and some 7000+ words shortly after I received it!

I have been graced with the task of helping another author in preparing to take the plunge into the swirl of self-publishing.  I am really, excited about this project as the first book gets closer to being published, (book 2, ROGUE is already in the works) and the fun of promoting it will begin.  Go and offer up some Indie support for Darcee VanMullekom and because we all know the ‘stage fright’ experienced when you are down to hovering over the ‘publish’ button, go like her page on FB: Myth of the Raven, RAVENOUS, book one  which has a tentative release date for this Fall.  Candace Bowser did a magnificent job on the cover!
“Considered to be the harbinger of both good and evil this infamous creature has a plethora of lore surrounding it.  Playing a prominent role in many myths and legends, the raven has captured the imaginations of many.  Yet, its greatest myth has yet to be told.”

I am always doing research.  My search history is probably illegal at best and there is no doubt I am on watch list somewhere.  Bwahahahaha ‘undetectable poisons to the strength of human skin’ and a boat load of in-betweens.

I love them.  I am constantly gathering content.  I can get lost for hours playing with them.  Currently, I have added a new member to my team and his custom sounds are the best. He has some really cool professional programs for video editing!  Charlie Carroll is a student at Full Sail University, and is working toward his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Production.  He is a gifted composer and his music inspires me to reach further and higher.  You can find his works on SoundCloud.  Here is a video we made last year with his custom sound: FEEL GOOD FRIDAY 5.O music: Flowing ~ Charlie Carroll

How does my work differ from others in my genre? 
Even though my writing has been compared to that of other authors who write in a specific genre, and admittedly it makes me smile, I believe my works differ because I may or may not start out within the confines of a genre.  I tend to cross the traditional lines that separate in search of a character, a situation or a twist.  I have refused to color inside the lines since  I was a child and honestly, why should I start that now?  Just like when I mix mediums in my visual art: pencil and watercolor; charcoal and pastels… these mixtures give a depth to my work, a unique texture AND I strive to have that in my writing also.

Why do I write what I do?
I live to write and write to live.  My children’s stories were for my children and now my grandchildren.  Everything after that is for me and of course the readers.  I love to create and entertain.  I spent many years locking my muse away to accommodate caring for others and now that I have the freedom to let her run free, well, you get the idea.  I no longer do the ‘40 hour day’ gig, but all in all, I LOVE BEING A WRITER.  The one true dream of this writer can be defined by this: "I want my works to be famous, not myself, so that it may survive me."
Imagining, years after I am gone, that someone’s heart is touched; a reader is brought to tears, rolls with laughter or stops reading because I have scared them with a story…. Just the thought gives me purpose, keeps the coffee brewing, and fuels my muse.

How does my writing process work?  
1 part muse/ 2 parts determination/ shake gently
Anything can set my muse off.  A look in a person’s eye, a smell, a sound, a conversation overheard, a tone of voice, music, even a printed fabric; a curtain billowing in the breeze from an open window, the tinkle of ice cubes being dropped in a glass.  So, it all begins with the observations of life going on around me.  I use story boards, timelines to avoid plot glitches and listening to music to set the mood for whatever I am working on.  I have written the ending first and I have started with building a single character then let the plot unfold.  I use cover art as inspiration as well.  Sometimes it is just various scenes flashing through my imagination that I make notes of and go back to later.  I keep a notepad on the nightstand for those middle of the night epiphanies and ALWAYS WRITE IT DOWN when it hits, otherwise it might take months for it to return.  The foundation of my process would be making notes.  I am the proverbial absent-minded professor when it comes to this.  If ever I find myself without a notebook and the muse strikes, I have been known to use the back of receipts, napkins and even the edge of a newspaper.  I file these snippets away for later reference and woe be unto the person who might try to toss away these precious items.

Just last week I pitched a fit when my daughter tried to toss out a torn apart drink cup while I pumped fuel.  It had notes of a torture scene re-write, complete with dialogue, WRITTEN while I waited in the parking lot of a local grocery store with a van full of grandchildren.  Somehow, that doesn’t seem right but I am sure there are odder things I could have been doing.  ‘Mom’ got a lecture from the ‘wee one triad’ ‘bout not touching Grandy’s notes.  I drove away with a smile knowing I had added something to their being raised right. 
As the two year old said:
"You gotta 'spect da crwatif'....."

Hmmmmmm, now who to tag?
Tagging:  Marilyn Dieckmann .....Paul Wade.....Jake Drake.....Mitt Winstead.... and, and Candace Bowser!

Tag, Your'e It! Blog Tour...with Cp Bailois

What am I working on?
Okay, I guess the best place to start is with my almost finished project, The Lightwalker. It took a year to get to this point, but the third installment of The Sword and the Flame series is currently with my beta readers to hammer out any inconsistencies, plot holes, or stupid moments I may have had before heading in for edits.
The story picks up four years after the events in The Purging with the character dealing with their current situations when whispers of a Darkness rising pulls them into another adventure. Where the first two novels had a coming of age theme, The Lightwalker and the fourth book, The Dragonmaster, will have a growing up and maturing theme. At least that’s my hope. As always, the readers will decide the theme as they see fit, so who am I to argue?
As I hinted at, I’m currently writing The Dragonmaster. It’s an interesting challenge, as it’s the first time I have so much material from The Lightwalker I felt would be better served in this book. I have roughly 40k words to rewrite for the beginning of The Dragonmaster so it’s interesting. Sorry, but I’m not sure how to explain it further than that. I’m sure others could word it better than I can, so I’ll have to pass on that for the moment.
The Dragonmaster will pick up right after the events of The Lightwalker and the characters will… well… I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
I’m also bouncing between a couple of other projects. One is a western I started about three or four years ago but never finished and the other is a collection of horror short stories for a second Skeleton Key collection. Each story is inspired by a different Metallica song so we’ll have to see how it goes with that as I keep getting stuck. lol
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I know I ask this question a lot, and answer it, but I have to be honest in that I hate it. lol I’m sure others do this as well, but I try to take cliches and turn them on their ear. There’s something about making someone feel comfortable before jabbing them with a cattle-prod I find entertaining.
Why do I write what I do?
As a child, I loved to read and escape into other worlds where I could be the hero. It’s something that helped me cope with the joys of being picked on in school or by my friends. As long as I had a world to step into, their taunts didn’t bother me as much as they probably hoped it would. Because of that, I’m a firm believer in the power of escapism and I want to give others a chance to forget their troubles for an hour or so here and there.
There’s something special about fantasy, horror, and science fiction that is freeing. despite their popularity, these genres tend to be largely ignored like they’re the red-headed stepchild locked in the basement by many. It helps engender a feeling of community among the authors and readers. Plus, they’re fun to read and share our thoughts on particular topics in a mostly relaxed forum if we choose to. To me, they’re the best to read as any message usually isn’t preachy or heavy-handed.
Also, humbly I say this, I write stories I want to read. No matter how great another writer was or will be, I’m the only one that can tell my stories my way. I believe each of us have a voice and how we express it is up to us. Some prefer others to tell it, while those like myself want to give life to it ourselves.
How does my writing process work?
How does with a great deal of pain and agitation sound? Just kidding. It’s not like that for me (The headaches come from our fur babies when they refuse to leave me alone).
I usually sign online when I wake up to do any networking or other tasks so I can focus on what i need to do for the day. After that’s done I break out the pen and paper. Yep, you heard that right. In this day and age of computers and voice recognition software, I go old school.
Writing by hand gives me a certain focus I don’t have when using the computer. It’s harder to skip down half a page to work on another idea without confusing the crap out of myself, so I have to focus my thoughts before getting started. Once I finish, I start transcribing the ream of paper onto the computer. As sad as it sounds, I only type about five pages an hour. I blame my handwriting. Even my printing is horrible.
Of course, I can’t forget about having music playing. While I prefer crypt-like quiet, I love when I find music that brings the story to life in my mind. It’s like I’m watching a movie play out. Each of my books have been written to different cds. It’s amazing how no two books work with the same music. Or am I just being weird? Oh well. I can live with that.
Well, that’s it in a nutshell. Thank you all for taking the time to read my ramblings. As I’m sure you noticed, I tend to be one of those complicated individuals that refuse to be categorized and drive people crazy so I hope I’ve offered something of worth you can use or found interesting.
Now to tag a few authors to answer the same questions. Let’s see… who’s that hiding in the back… AHA! Got ya!
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, OG Tomes, and Shay West. Ladies, come on down. The floor is yours.