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Did I say February?

After traveling in an RV for the last eight months, we’ve recently returned home to Seattle. Though this move was unexpected, we’re thrilled to be back in the Emerald City! Unfortunately, with all that goes into relocating I’ve had to push the release date of the sixth (and final) book in the Witches of Spring Hill series to late March/early April. I’m currently editing and will have a more definite release date as well as a cover photo soon.

So, if you haven’t read the series, you still have time before the exciting finale!

My Soundtrack

Isn’t it amazing how a song can instantly transport you back to the time and place in your life when you first heard it? I can recall who I was with, what I was doing, and amazingly, often remember all (or most) of the words – even songs from 20 years ago. It makes me think seriously about the songs I’m listening to right now, as one day they will be the soundtrack from this period of my life.

When I’m writing, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately, I listen to Kenny G. There’s something about the smooth sound of the saxophone that soothes me and takes me to a place where nothing else exists – just the sax and the effortless flow of my fingers across the keyboard. My writing playlist tells me that I’ve listened to the Ultimate Kenny G album more than 160 times! It’s to the point that if/when I hear Kenny G away from my computer, my fingers tingle and my mind immediately switches to creative work mode. Although this is a good thing, it’s time for a change. So in the spirit of sharing, I’m looking for some suggestions.

What do you listen to when you want to be inspired? When you need music, but don’t want to be distracted?

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Sparks of Creativity

Ah, summer. The perfect time of year to spend more time in the great outdoors. Earlier this year, my husband and I decided that this was the summer that we were going to camp, hike, and visit as many new places as possible every weekend. And then something amazing started happening. After these weekend jaunts, I’d come home inspired to write. And write. And write. I quickly discovered that our weekends in the woods sparked my creativity. Whether the new experiences made me more creative, or if it was just spending time in nature that brought me to life, I’m not exactly sure, but one thing I did know… I wanted more of it.

So, on my 40th birthday, my husband and I made a huge change in our life. We took a leap of faith and gave away most of our belongings, left our lovely city of Seattle, and hit the road in an RV. I’m currently writing this post from the Newport Public Library in Newport, Oregon. We’ve traveled through Washington, hitting up national forests, state parks, and the occasional RV park. One day, I woke up 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean and that same night went to bed in a rainforest, my lips still salty from the ocean breezes.

The best part of this new life? Writing anywhere and everywhere. I’ve discovered a deep love for sitting outside in the brisk morning air, surrounded by 100-year-old pine trees, bees buzzing by as my fingers click on the keyboard. The stillness of the forest at night inspires me even more than the rain tapping against the windows back in Seattle.

So, I’m currently working on the sixth, and I think final (whenever I think it’s the end, the characters call me back) book in the Witches of Spring Hill series. The words are flowing like never before, and the story is twisting and arcing in ways I never could’ve imagined. And to stay in the creative flow, I’ve taken up photography and will be adding a page or a link with pictures of our adventures. Stay tuned for more updates – though they may not be as often as I’d like since they depend on an internet connection, which is rare on the road! 😉

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Echoes of Secrets is now available on Amazon

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**I strongly recommend reading the series in chronological order. This novella follows Distracted by Fate, Book 4 in the Witches of Spring Hill series.**

Synopsis:

When Kaiden Alexander left Aspen, Colorado, to search for Sophia Markham three months earlier, he had no idea it would take him on a journey he didn’t expect—a journey into himself.

Assuming Sophia is the only person who knows the truth about his past, he’s willing to do anything to find her. But he quickly learns that nothing is ever as it seems—and sometimes it’s necessary to stop fighting against fate and just let the road take him where he’s meant to go. Only then will he begin to unravel the secrets and discover what is missing from his life.

The discovery of a grand illusion, with an untold number of secrets attached, could destroy the trust his family has built. So before he can explain his discoveries to them and Brianna, Kaiden needs to understand it all himself, which means keeping his own secrets from the people he loves. What he finds will change everything he knows about himself. The journey will stoke the embers already burning inside of him, creating a fire that won’t ever burn out.

Coming Soon – A Short Story

Actually, it’s a novella, which happens to be one of my favorite words now. I do recognize that the reason I like that word may be because it makes me think of Nutella, but I digress. This post is not an announcement for a short story about Nutella, rather an announcement for book 4 1/2 in the Witches of Spring Hill series.

Echoes of Secrets, A Novella, will be released mid-May. It’s a quick read that will bridge the gap between book four, Distracted by Fate, and book five, which will come out later this year.

Echoes of Secrets is about Kaiden’s journey, which leads him to the discovery which was introduced at the end of Distracted by Fate. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you’ll want to do that first because this is not a stand-alone story and, therefore, it needs to be read in order.

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The Need to Read

Happy 2015! This year my New Year’s resolution is to write, edit, and repeat! And when I’m not doing that, I’m going to READ.

Back in the fall, I was emailing with one of my favorite bloggers, Gabby, from What’s Beyond Forks and she inspired me to write this blog post about how life sometimes interferes with our need to read. I absolutely love to read! I have loved reading since I was a child and it’s from that love of the written word that my desire to become an author blossomed. But I’ve discovered it’s difficult, if not impossible, for me to write my own books and read for pleasure at the same time.

I’ve been writing more than reading for the past couple of years, so I haven’t had the opportunity to read for pleasure at all. It had been way too long since I sat down and got lost in a book – well, I need to clarify, it’d been too long since I read a book that a) was not my own writing and b) was not read for the purpose of proofreading or editing.

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Well, I had to fix that! But I have to admit that I’ve probably indulged in my need to read for a little too long. One of my amazing friends, Circe, who also happens to be my favorite librarian, suggested some amazing books and I haven’t been able to stop reading! So often the right book comes into my life at the right moment. Reading is more than just escapism for me, it’s also gives me a chance to learn more about myself—words are not just words thrown together to make up a story, they are arrows that pierce my heart and soul with inspiration.

People who aren’t readers don’t understand the Need to Read. To me, the need to read is similar to thirst or hunger. The desire becomes stronger the longer you go without and once you have filled up, you vow never to wait so long to drink/eat/read again. So, I’ve been on a bit of a break from writing…. but don’t worry, it was only temporary—I’ll be getting back to the fifth book in the Witches of Spring Hill series very soon, but in the meantime, I’m working on short story for in between book 4 and 5. More to come on that later! In the meantime, if I’m not writing, you’ll find me in the coziest places, lost in another author’s words, letting go of everything except the pure pleasure that comes from reading a good book.

I hope your New Year’s resolution is to read more books!

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