Sunday, October 29, 2017

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

Above is a screen shot from my NaNoWriMo page. I'm going to be writing my next young adult lesbian romance starting next month and hopefully finishing before Christmas. Here is the synopsis. I'd love to hear what you think so send me your thoughts either here, on Facebook, or send an email to

Theresa Garland is thrilled when her father, Richard gives her a remodeling project of her own to run. Theresa has been working for her father since she was a little girl and just finished her Associate's Degree in Construction Management. The project is to remodel an old house into a bed and breakfast for Richard’s high school sweetheart, Sandy McNeal. Theresa doesn’t realize it, but Sandy is the mother of Patty McNeal, a girl she had a crush on in high school.

Patty McNeal is having a very bad year. Her father was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver a little over a year ago. The insurance companies for her father’s life insurance and the drunk driver’s car insurance are trying to get out of paying Patty’s mom, so the two of them were forced to leave their beautiful new home by the river and move into Section 8 housing. Patty takes her father’s death very hard and starts self-medicating with drugs and alcohol until she finds out she’s pregnant.

When Sandy finally gets her money from the insurance companies, she buys and old house that she wants to turn into a bed and breakfast. Patty likes the idea, even if it means they will have to live with construction workers coming and going in their new house while they renovate it.

Right away problems start between Theresa and Patty. Although Theresa still finds Patty absolutely beautiful, even in her advanced pregnancy, she is disappointed to find out that Patty can be quite a pain in the behind.

Patty thinks Theresa is obnoxious and bossy. She can’t wait until the renovation is done so Theresa will be out of their lives. The sparks fly between Theresa and Patty as they always seem to be in each other’s way.

That all changes when Caleb Dalton, who denies he is the father of Patty’s baby, decides he can show up at Patty’s house and force her to sleep with him. Theresa and her crew come to Patty’s rescue and Theresa makes her mission to protect Patty from Caleb. Theresa and the Dalton family have a bad history and Theresa is not going to let the Dalton family ruin Patty’s life.

At first, Patty’s not happy about Theresa’s over protectiveness, but when Caleb becomes more aggressive with his harassment, Patty is glad that Theresa is around to protect her.

Patty starts letting her guard down with Theresa as she starts to find herself drawn to her. Theresa’s stable calmness reminds Patty of her father and she starts to rely more and more on Theresa to help her deal with her turbulent emotions.

Theresa realizes that Patty’s attitude toward her has been part of her defense mechanisms that she’s put in place since her father passed, and since she became pregnant as a result of a lot of bad choices. Theresa feels compelled to protect the younger woman. She knows Patty is straight, and tries to keep her emotions in check, but she can’t help but fall in love with her even though she knows Patty can’t feel that way about her, or can she?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What A Year It Has Been

It's time that I gave you all an update of what's been going on. I didn't even realize how long it had been since I'd posted to this blog. I don't have anything new coming out soon, but I do have several projects in the works.

Those of you who have been following me for a few years know that I have a boat load of grandchildren. My youngest daughter, Michelle added to my collection in June. She had a beautiful baby girl who was a little early, but healthy. Here is a picture of me with all 7 of my grandchildren from left to right on the couch at my youngest daughter's house: Jazmyn (11), Julian (4), Me (Old), Deborah (2 months), Gage (9), Samuel (7). On the floor, Jacob (13) and David, (10). Of these 7, my partner, Rosa and I are raising Jacob, Jazmyn and Julian. My oldest daughter, Jess had some drug issues that she has gotten over, but she still has not developed motherly skills. It runs in the family I'm afraid. My mother and maternal mother were not very motherly either. Of course, back in their day, mothers stayed at home to raise children, who were to be seen and not heard. They were to work on the farm, around the house, or babysit, depending on the family.

Both of my parents came from large farm families. My dad came from a family with 8 kids and my mom's had 10. I'm not real sure what kind of farmer my dad's father was, but my mother's father was a dairy farmer.

There would be no way we could get this crew of kids to work on a farm, not unless the tractors were run like video games, then maybe.

It's amazing how much things have changed in what we expect out of kids. It's no wonder so many of them get into a lot of trouble like my girls did. They didn't have anything to keep them busy and out of trouble and Rosa and I worked all the time. 

Anyway, since my last post, way back in April, I've had a lot going on. Besides finishing writing my trans story, I was dealing with the grandkids for the most of the summer, which definitely dug into my writing time. David, Gage, and Samuel are back in Colorado with their dad. Deborah is in Owensboro being spoiled rotten by her parents. Jacob and Jazmyn are back in school so I just have Julian when I'm not at work. Of course, that's like having 3 kids in one because he is all over the place.

As you can see, I've had my hands full, but I've also been juggling stories. I finished my female to male transsexual story titled, Finding Jenna. I got a rejection from an agent and a publisher. Both were positive rejections so I'm reworking FJ in hopes of getting it traditionally published. I know some of you are probably wondering why I'm doing that when I've self-published everything else. Honestly, I just want to go through the traditional publishing experience. And, I just kind of what to see if I can get published traditionally. So, that's what 's going on with that.

I have a lesbian romance that I've been working on for close to four years that is finally starting to shape up. It's one of those stories that is requiring a lot of research and I have no idea if anyone will like the story. It's just been one of those stories, like Finding Jenna, that is demanding that I write it.

I'm also working on a wedding story for The Wrong Place at the Right Time fans, and another sequel to Suddenly. The one I have out now, It's All New was just a tester sequel to get a feel for what the fans want.

I have a couple other stories that I've started that went no where. I have two that I published on the Royal Academy of Bards sight that I'm editing and preparing for publication on Amazon. And, just because I don't have enough to do, I'm going to write a whole new young adult lesbian romance next month during NaNoWriMo. 

Even though I have not published anything new this year, I expect to get two or three of these stories I've mentioned out to the masses next year. I'm also going to try to do a better job of posting on here, on my website and my other social media outlets. Thank you all for being patient. I promise to have something ready for you to snap up soon.

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