Wow!

It’s been a bit of a whirl-wind lately. The end of winter (hopefully), all of our work and school schedules getting busier, and then lots of book logistics and events. All of it is exciting, and keeps us busy and looking forward.

This week also saw an uptick in activity about Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude being released next month in stores. The kindle version of the book vaulted to #85 on the Grief list on Amazon, which was amazing. Then I was interviewed for an upcoming article in VTDigger, booked several radio interviews and several podcasts, and was invited to several more book events.

All of it is so exciting. Obviously, I would much rather have Sam coming home for Easter dinner on Sunday, then preparing for an interview about losing him, but I still hold onto the idea that he is proud of our commitment to love, the earth, great music, and gratitude.

Let’s welcome Lynne Marino!

Today I am thrilled to welcome fellow Solstice author Lynne Marino!

Please tell us about yourself. 

I was born in north county St. Louis, which is part of where “Five Things” takes place. My grandparents were German immigrants who had a small bank account and an enlarged work ethic. My father’s side of the family have an amazing sense of sarcastic humor. I lucked in the marriage department, as my husband is a far better cook than I am (it’s an Italian thing). I have two children that we tried to instill a sense of humor into regarding life and all its vagaries.  Like my characters in “Five Things”, I strive to find something good in every day. As Mel Brooks might say, “Hey! You’re alive! Shut up and quit your complaining.”  Oh! And I could easily spend the rest of my life touring Roman ruins. Do you know of any in Ohio?

What are some of your favorite things to do?

Sleep! Just joking. I like to walk dogs, dance with my husband, read, read, and read some more. Did I mention reading? I also like to hike, if it’s a flat path. Seriously, one of my goals in the next few years is to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall, although I hear there’s a bus that will take you to every spot along the wall, so faking it for Facebook is also a possibility.

Why did you decide to write novels?

To empty out all the “wouldn’t it be funny” and “what if’s” running around wreaking havoc in my head. You know, people really stare at you when you laugh out loud in public settings.  

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

More than I want to think about. My characters do some crazy things.  And, they can never keep their mouths’ shut.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I won a contest for best story in the fourth grade. After that, I think I was hooked.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

No, I’m half German. There is no flow, there are only schedules.  Really, just joking. I try to write every other day for at least four hours.  After that, I try to put in some time studying marketing.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing – or are there constant interruptions?

Are you kidding? They haven’t a clue, but I love them so I will put down anything to help one of them out – if they need it.  And there’s the rub.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

My husband and I do ballroom dancing. No laughing. Seriously (and I really hate being serious), there is not a time when I haven’t come out of a dance class or a dance party when I haven’t felt happier than I did before I went in. I also love to people watch, and walk dogs.

Where do your ideas come from?

I think they’re a mix between watching people, hearing stories, reading the news, and incidents in my own family life.

Do you feel humor is important in your writing, and why?

Humor forms the basis of everything I write. The drama comes second.

What kind of research do you do?

Whatever is necessary. For example, when I wrote the “Cha-cha Affair”, I had to research Medicare fraud and cheating the IRS. That was interesting. With “Five Things”,  I researched public health campaigns and academic tenure, as well as Italian hand signals. Researching the meaning of those hand signals was a blast. It’s amazing the things you can tell someone with those hand signals, and they don’t even know it.

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?

Frederick Backman is my favorite right now, but he didn’t write my favorite book. Probably, “The Book Thief” is my favorite, and I will confess to loving the Harry Potter series.Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?

Carl Hiaasen, Jennifer Weiner, Markus Zusak, Gillian Flynn, Jojo Moyes, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Charliane Harris, and every author at Solstice Publishing.

What do you think of critique groups in general?

My critique partners are necessary evils. Just joking. You are a lucky writer if you have a small group of writers who will tell you the truth. Sometimes you don’t want to hear it, but if more than one of them is saying the same thing, you’d better listen up.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully, not in the mirror. Seriously, I intend to write several more books that I hope bring tears of laughter and joy to people.

How many books have you written, how many have been published?

I’ve written five novels, and only tried to publish two.  I am half way through a third comedy romance that I like enough to try and get it published. It’s called, “The Third Time’s The Charm”.

After you’ve written your book and it’s been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

A one-word answer. No.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?

I like all my protagonists, or I wouldn’t have been able to finish the books.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Ha! Finishing the book.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Thinking about writing.

What is your greatest desire?

I’m living my greatest desire.  I’m writing things that make people laugh about life.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Make sure you enjoy the agony of writing. Have your writing professionally edited prior to submission. Do a cram course in marketing before your first few books come out.

Please tell us about your latest book.

I had two comedy romances published within months of each other, both by Solstice Publishing. The first was, “The Cha-cha Affair”, and the second was, “Five Things.”

What can we expect from you in the future?

More humorous novels with all too human characters, and a short story collection called, “Tales Of The Tucson Almost-Angel”.

How do we find out about you and your books?

Go to Solstice Publishing online to find out about me, as well as the publisher’s other authors. I also have an author page on Amazon and Facebook, as well as a website.  Click on the links below to find out more.

https://lynnemarinoauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lynnemarinoauthor/

https://www.amazon.com/Lynne-Marino/e/B07G2Q86FS?ref=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

http://solsticeempire.com/

 

 

 

When is a tree more than a tree?

This past Saturday, a day I long had dreaded arrived. It was the day to finally take down the old wild apple tree on the side lawn.

Now this tree was there long before I met my husband. One of the earliest memories I have of going to his house when we were dating, was sitting on the edge of the sandbox under that tree while Ryan played with his cars and trucks in the sand. Over the years, all four kids played there. The box had to be replaced, so Paul built a new one, then that one was replaced with plastic turtle sandbox with cover. The swings were under that tree. Each fall we picked the apples, and in the winter, the deer came and ate the drops. That tree was part of the family.

Last year, the tree was almost dead, but we kept it. Then a wind storm last month ripped a large branch off it, and even I had to admit it was time.

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Saturday morning came, and I walked outside to look at it one more time. In the gray, cloudy, damp weather, it looked tired and old. It was time for it to come down. As I went to do some raking, tears flowed as I heard the crack of the branches as they dropped to the ground.

Later in the day, as we started to clean up the branches, and bring the larger pieces to be split for firewood, our oldest son and I realized that a big piece of the trunk made a nice seat, and we all decided to keep it there, as a place to sit and rest for a while. Our son made a comment that it was our very own Giving Tree, just like the book we read to him as a child. The tree had given us shade, apples, beautiful flowers, and now firewood and a place to sit.

Even as I sat, I couldn’t quite explain why I was so sad about the tree coming down, then it hit me. Early on in our marriage, I had operated a small daycare. Each day, the children played outside under that tree, laughing, talking, creating, sharing. Two of the children from that daycare have passed away since that time, and then our Sam played there too. Three young lives enjoyed the tree, enjoyed the sandbox, enjoyed life — and they are all gone.

Then, I cried. And as I cried, I also remembered the good times. I remembered Jenna, who so loved her friendship with Ryan, so much that when I saw her as an adult, she always asked how he was. Jenna who always was kind to the younger kids, who always offered to help me cook or clean. And Frankie, who I later had the pleasure and honor of teaching in middle school and high school. Frankie who had a such a temper, but was so very loyal and protective. Frankie who would sit with our daughter each day at lunch time when she was struggling in high school, and who so carefully protected Sam when he played basketball (at five years old) with the high school students. I thought about how Sam loved that tree, climbing up in it to pick apples, even when we told him the tree wasn’t safe. I remembered when Sam was so proud and excited when Paul built the boys a playhouse on top of the swings, and named it Camp Sbeckles (after their cat).

I remembered the laughs under that tree, the nights snuggled up watching movies eating apple pie made from those apples. And I mourned for those lost, and mourned that we don’t get to make more memories with those three young people who we love so much.

A couple days have passed, and the lump in my throat isn’t quite as big now as it was on Saturday. Now we will make new memories there, and tell the stories of what was before.

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Introducing Author Marie Lavender!

Today, I am so excited to introduce fellow Solstice Publishing author Marie Lavender! I as so happy to share Marie’s thoughts about her own writing journey, as well as information about her books.

 

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An Author’s Identity

by Marie Lavender

Who am I? First of all, I’m a fiancée, a daughter, a sister, and the proud mom of two fur babies. I am also the great-granddaughter of a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, a woman who married an Irishman. Diversely, on my father’s side, there’s a mix of cultures, French and Norwegian among others. But I digress.

Identity is everything to a writer, and being a writer is at the core of my being. Writers define themselves a certain way. They may stray for a while at times, but they’ll always come back to writing. This is my habit as well.

I write to give a voice to the characters who want their stories told. I write because I can’t imagine any other career that suits me more, or anything that would be as satisfying. I write what the muse leads me to – all the unknown paths. I write fiction because it’s as naked as my heart can get, when it’s conveyed on the page through the actions of the characters I represent.

The call has always been there. As a child, I portrayed stories through the interactions of dolls. Later, when I could finally string a sentence together, the pen was scrawling across my one-subject note books and decorative journals until my hand ached. I had something to say, and this was the only way I knew to accomplish such a task. From the time I was nine, I wanted to be a novelist. To see one of my books in a bookstore someday. It was never about fame or fortune. No, this was about passion. Pursuing the one thing that felt so natural, and I just knew I could never walk away.

I’d always wanted to find a traditional publisher on my writing journey, but in 2010 I decided to try my hand at the indie approach. It took a few years to get the hang of it, to figure out that editing, compelling cover art, and a good book description were a must. In 2011, I finished a historical romance manuscript. I began querying literary agents and publishing companies. By August of 2012, I’d landed an official book contract with Solstice Publishing, and when February of 2013 came along, the Victorian romance was released to the public. I’ve been with the same publisher ever since, but I haven’t given up producing books on my own. To date, I have 24 published titles in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry.

Was it easy? Not at all. I would be nothing without the ups and downs that pushed me to persevere despite the naysayers and moments of discouragement. All of it made me who I am.

Recently, the cover for my Victorian maritime romance boxed set was updated! The Heiresses in Love Series has a special place in my heart, with characters that readers have loved again and again. I hope you think so too…

So, who am I? A writer with more works in progress than I can count on two hands.

Why do I write? It’s because I’m following the call of the muse. Beyond that, I write for the readers who could use a unique character to root for. Maybe they’re reminded of themselves , or someone else in their lives.

Through my work, I just hope to touch people in some way.

Blurb for Heiresses in Love Trilogy (boxed set)

An unforgettable, sweeping saga of romance, passion and history rooted in tales of maritime suspense…

Three heiresses…three novels like no other.

UPON YOUR RETURN

Fara risks her heart every time she’s with him, but she cannot deny him.

UPON YOUR HONOR

Chloe never imagined that the man she deceived would be the one man she can’t stop loving.

UPON YOUR LOVE 

Adrienne must decide whether to succumb to desire or fight for love.

 

…Will these remarkable women at last find what they’ve always wanted, or lose more than they can bear?

Genre: Historical Romance – Victorian, maritime, family saga

Book Links:

Universal reader link: https://books2read.com/u/4EMMPe

Publisher: http://www.solsticeempire.com/products.aspx?categoryid=262

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43819892-heiresses-in-love-trilogy

So excited!

I am thrilled to announce that the first of our “Do A Sam” items are now posted on the “Do A Sam” Products page on this site. Here’s the link: “Do A Sam”

There, you will find our rainbow and black/white buttons, and our rainbow magnets. Each item ships free of charge, and the profits will go to our “Do A Sam” fund.

Right now, when you add the products to your cart, it shows two shipping options, “Flat Rate” and “Free Shipping.” Please check “Free Shipping” so you won’t be charged for the shipping.

More items will be added soon!

L.K. Simonds — welcome!

Continuing with the idea of welcoming fascinating new authors, I am proud to welcome fellow Morgan James Publishing author L.K. Simonds! Read carefully, dear friends, as she is offering you a free book!
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L.K. writes:
To begin, thank you, Kris, for generously giving me space on your website.
Back in the 1990s, I was vacationing in NYC with my buddies. We got out the phonebook—as we often did while traveling—to see how many people with our last names were listed. In that thick Manhattan phonebook was one listing for a person with the same name as my friend’s. Two initials and a surname, as a single woman might’ve listed her number in those days. The address was only a few blocks from our Midtown hotel, and we joked about calling to see if she was a long-lost cousin, who might take us to her favorite shops and restaurants. 
We didn’t call, but the “what if?” stuck with me. What if you did call? What if the person you called was in crisis? Or about to face a crisis? What if that serendipitous phone call resulted in a friendship that became a lifeline? That notion was the inception of ALL IN.
I toyed with the idea of writing the novel from the viewpoint of the Christian who made the phone call, Kate Davis. I quickly realized the story would be more interesting from the viewpoint of the young woman Kate called. Thus, Cami Taylor was conceived. When you read the novel, you’ll probably think Cami is selfish, promiscuous, sarcastically funny, and undeserving of devotion . None of this is news to Cami. She knows she doesn’t deserve to be loved; she just doesn’t know what to do about it.
The epigraph at the beginning of the book is Isaiah 65:1, which pretty much sums up the narrative arc of ALL IN.
I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’
To a nation that was not called by My name.
I wrote the original manuscript almost 20 years ago. After a lot of rejections and a foray into self-publishing, I put aside writing for the sake of my career in air traffic safety. Years passed, and I retired in 2012. The unknown future felt the same as it had when I graduated from high school. What was I supposed to do with myself? 
I’m an instrument-rated pilot. I love to fly, but airplanes are expensive and time-consuming. So, I got the bright idea to flight instruct, a job that doesn’t pay much, but the flying is free. Besides, the joy of teaching others something I love seemed priceless. I took the required written exams, and I even went as far as telling everyone I was getting my flight instructor certificate. A few friends expressed interest in flying with me, and I enthusiastically agreed. Then a funny thing happened. I remembered all the knowledge a flight instructor has to impart about things I’ve long forgotten and don’t want to think about anymore. Then I imagined sweating out the Texas summer heat in a Cessna 172, with some frightened primary student who was trying to kill us both. All of a sudden, flight instruction didn’t sound like very much fun at all.
I turned back to writing, and I spent a few years drafting a sprawling manuscript for a historical novel inspired by my aunt’s life. I got involved in writers’ groups again. I read craft books again. I worked with a writing coach. I read. And read. Good work and not-so-good work. I found reading was the most valuable thing I did to help my writing.
Then, at the beginning of 2018, I remembered Cami.
In his Masterclass on storytelling, author Neil Gaiman talks about having an idea that’s better than our ability to write it. I believe that’s what happened to me with the manuscript that would become ALL IN. I needed to learn more about writing in general and my writing in particular. I needed more life experience. I needed to grow up. Most importantly, I needed to write for the right reason, which isn’t money. I brought all of this to bear on Cami’s story. I rewrote the book and hired an editor, Leslie Karen Lutz of Elliot Bay Editing. Leslie is a writer too, and she edited ALL IN beautifully. Then Terry Whalin, an acquisition editor at Morgan James Publishing, expressed interest. By the summer of 2018, I had a contract.
So, finally, after a long journey, after many detours, I am a novelist.
Now, I’m in marketing season. If you follow Thomas Umstattd’s podcasts—he posts weekly on the Steve Laube blog—you’ve heard him say that you have to sell a book twice. Once, when you get it in the hands of a reader. The second time, the book has to sell itself by keeping the reader engaged. By the second sale, the book is on its own, out of the author’s hands. 
Over the coming months, you’ll see me post frequently on social media, trying to make that first sale. Sometimes, the first sale isn’t a sale at all; it’s a gift. Such as donating copies to Bookmates4inmates, a non-profit that distributes books to women incarcerated in Texas prisons. Such as sending a book to you, who are reading this now. I’ll mail you an autographed advance copy paperback, no charge, while my supplies last. All you have to do is let me know where to send it. There’s a contact form at www.lksimonds.com or you can email me at lisaksimonds@gmail.com. Stay turned to Facebook to learn how you can use the book with your beautiful face to win $100 and help me spread the news far and wide.
Why give away so many books? Simply to make the first sale. That’s my job. The second sale belongs to Cami, and she has never once let me tell her what to do. 
Thank you for reading. Grace to you!
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66 Months

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Yesterday we reached another milestone, 5.5 years since the day Sam died. 66 months. That seems like such a long time.

As I have said before, I rationally know that one day shouldn’t hurt more than any other, but I fully admit that I cried as I drove to work yesterday. 66 months. 5 years, six months. It hurt. It hurt a lot.

Each time we hit one of these milestones, I try to reflect on what I have learned, and remember to be grateful for the good things. So here it goes:

  • I have learned that we are stronger than we ever knew. Those first days, I thought it might break us all. Not only have we not broken, we have found inner strength that I didn’t know we had.
  • That inner strength shows in so many ways. Yes, I wrote a book about my grief, but I have watched my husband, our children, our parents, and our closest friends come to my book events and support me, even as they smile through their tears. When I decided to write this book, I made my own decision, but wasn’t always cognizant that I was asking all of them to go along on my journey. Their strength inspires me daily.
  • As I’ve said before, I have learned that love doesn’t die when a heart stops beating. I can feel Sam’s love for all of us on a daily basis.
  • There have been days when I have lamented that people I thought would be there for us, haven’t been. Instead, I want to focus on the amazing number of people who have stepped forward, out of their comfort zones, to surround us with love.
  • I have learned that living life with a “Do a Sam” view is a great way to live.

And gratitude? I am thankful for our families, our friends, our creatures, our gardens, the beauty of Vermont, our health, our sense of humor, our love of music, our creativity. I am thankful for all the people who support and celebrate our journey.

More than anything, I am thankful for those who love Sam and keep his memory alive, and I am thankful for the new people who are getting to know him through the book.

66 months.

Let’s Welcome Author Greg Scott!

Today I am thrilled to welcome fellow Morgan James Publishing author Greg Scott!

Greg writes:

Here’s a little bit about me.

By the time I received my high school diploma, I had attended twelve separate schools. Thirteen, counting kindergarten. It didn’t take me long to figure out my circumstances growing up were different than pretty much everyone, and so I worked to keep as much in my head as I could. I figured, sooner or later, all those experiences would come in handy.

In 2013, I decided to write it all down. My wife told me nobody would care but me, but I wrote it all down anyway. She was right – I wrote 35,000 words of growing up stories that read like long business memos.

I found a hybrid publisher here in the Twin Cities and sat in on a meeting for aspiring authors in September, 2013. When it was my turn to share, the presenter asked me what genre I wrote. I didn’t know what a genre was.

I shared my not-yet-completed masterpiece and a few days later, they emailed me a reading list of books about stories and invited me to come back later with something better. I read all of them cover to cover. Stephen King and Robert McKee and others taught me about inciting incidents, emotional turns, editing, all writing is rewriting, and a whole bunch of other ingredients that go into great stories. Who knew there was a whole discipline to this stuff?

I put the memoir on the shelf and started another project I’d been thinking about for a long time. I’m a cybersecurity professional and I’ve read lots of how-to books. They all put me to sleep, except for the few paragraphs where authors shared war stories. I figured I could write a better cybersecurity book by illustrating the howto material with a story, and then maybe the public would sit up and listen to the threat we’re all up against.

And that’s how “Bullseye Breach: Anatomy of an Electronic Break-In” came to life. It debuted in April, 2015. It’s a story about how Minneapolis area retailer, Bullseye Stores, lost forty million customer credit card numbers to Russian mobsters, and what Jerry Barkley and an ad-hoc group in Minneapolis did about it. Real-world data breach victims should take a lesson from fiction.

I started “Virus Bomb” after publishing “Bullseye Breach,” and decided to try a different publishing path. “Virus Bomb” is a more aggressive story about what might happen if an overseas attacker gets serious about attacking the US over the internet. “Virus Bomb” doesn’t have as many cybersecurity details, but it does have deeper characters and higher stakes than “Bullseye Breach.” I also invested in the Jerry Jenkins Author’s Guild and “Your Novel Blueprint” course offering. I learned even more about the writing craft and did my best to incorporate it all into the new novel. Morgan James and I found each other in early 2018.

“Virus Bomb” ebooks are available now from Amazon. Paperbacks debut everywhere May 14, 2018.

I put lots of information about both books, including a growing catalog of character backstories and deleted scenes on my author website, at http://dgregscott.com/books/.

Jerry Barkley, my main character, is a middle aged, bald guy from Minnesota. He taught me that real superheroes are ordinary people who step up when called. Even when they don’t want to. I like his attitude. And for anyone interested in a few real-world memoir short stories, just hover over the About menu on my website at http://dgregscott.com.  These are way better than the versions I first did back in 2013. One of these days, I’ll be ready to finish that memoir.

In the meantime, I hope people enjoy “Virus Bomb” and “Bullseye Breach,” and learn about safety in the internet era. Cyberattacks really do effect real people, and when leaders like Warren Buffet say cybersecurity is the number one problem facing humanity, the world should listen.

I hope you will check out Greg’s books!

Finding joy, one little lamb minute at a time…

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As I have shared before, it was a long, hard winter for Ellsbury, our aging black alpaca. Ellsy has always been a happy, docile, really shy guy, who absolutely loved his alpaca buddies. When Kahuna died this winter, we did all we could to keep Ellsy company, but it was if he was so far in his own grief and sadness, that he was kind-of mad at us that Kahuna had died. Yes, maybe I am projecting a bit, but no matter what, he seemed down day after day. He even reached a point where he wouldn’t eat grain from our hands or even from the bucket when we held it. He basically ignored us and moped.

Then his lambs arrived full-time in the barn, and it is as if ever single minute they are there, Ellsy comes back to life and joy more and more. He’s making happy sounds, he’s following them everywhere, he sleeps right next to their pen at night. He shares his grain with them. And yesterday, for the first time in over two months, he ate from the bucket as it rested on my hip, while I gave Lana a bottle. He’s back to looking us in the eye, he is standing up straight, he even ran a little bit yesterday.

Having a purpose — that of being the protector of the lambs, is bringing him back to himself. His mood is improving by the day, and what a joy it is to see!

Introducing Author Cindy Keen Reynders!

Today I am thrilled to introduce fellow Solstice Publishing author, Cindy Keen Reynders!

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Cindy writes:

Why do you write?

I started writing because I had read so many books; I wanted to start making plots go my way. The idea that I could be the author gave me chills of excitement. It occurred to me that if other people wrote books, why couldn’t I do it? Sibling rivalry added to my competitive spirit. As the youngest in my family, it seemed my brothers and sisters had accomplished so much. I wanted my mom and dad to be proud of me. Plus, writing is just so darn cool! It’s become my favorite addiction to create plots and characters.

What has your writing journey been like?

In 1991 I joined a writer’s group and began attending conferences and workshops. During my first critique group, I handed out 10 pages of a manuscript for everyone to read. Pride and excitement bubbled inside of me. One of the ladies, a multi-published romance author, read a few lines and left the room in a big hurry. To this day, I hope it wasn’t my amateurish writing that made her ill.

After about 13 years of cranking out romances and mysteries, an editor called and expressed delight about the book I’d submitted to her publishing house. She wanted to publish it! The shock of acceptance nearly overwhelmed me, and I could barely speak. I didn’t believe it was real. I probably even pinched myself a few times.

I’ve had five books published to date and I’ve got many more in the works—either in my brain or in various stages on my computer. I’m enjoying the journey and because I’m a glutton for punishment, I set higher and higher publishing goals for myself. Retirement is coming up in a few months and I’m almost giddy about having so much time to write.

A perfect day for me would be to disappear into my office in the morning, a cup of hot coffee in my hand. If I had no interruptions, I’d probably write until the dead of night. There are so many places writers get to visit and never leave home. The beach, the mountains, and even back in time. Imagination is a wonderful gift, and it doesn’t cost a dime.

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“The Seven-Year Witch,” Solstice Publishing is Cindy’s most recent novel. Here is a little about the book:

Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once that is achieved, she’ll accomplish her lifelong dream—to become a High Witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan. In a last-ditch effort to locate the precious gem, she travels through time to 1877. Hidden within a dilapidated castle tower, Balthazar, a powerful young wizard, refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, he zaps Miranda into a field just outside of Merry Olde London.

Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streaking across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates and is surprised to discover a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes. Captivated by her alluring beauty, he cannot deny his instant attraction.

Miranda appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance. However, she finds his well-intentioned interference annoying because it delays her mission. It doesn’t take her long to realize Sir Maxwell holds the key to her heart, as well as her future.

A combination of fate, impractical magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease take the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure.

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P7HT6YD

Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625268777

www.cindykeenreynders.com (website)

https://wyomingfreelancemuse.blogspot.com/  (blog)

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn (facebook)