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Happy Midsummer!

When I originally started writing this blog, I decided I didn’t want to get “too personal” on it for the fear that I would put people off my writing (aka HURT SALES), but I decided that about six years ago, back when I was young and naïve and didn’t really think about the fact that writing by its very nature invites people deep within your psyche.

So, there’s that. I thought I could write and write and pour things out from my heart and no one would ever connect those stories with “the real me” in quite the same way as a blog where I actually talk about my life in real terms.

I don’t always have a smart.

Anyway, I was raised by a staunch Protestant woman, a Methodist to be exact, to the age of twelve (which is significant to me in a lot of ways), and then basically turned out into the world. Around that same time that the woman who raised me deemed me to be an adult, I became Pagan and dedicated myself on a learning path. Alone, one dark gray morning, shivering in my underwear on a country hillside, surrounded by candles I donned the ferocious seriousness only the very young are capable of and made wild promises to myself and the universe to find something mysterious and strange in the lost frontiers of mysticism.

I had some very unformed and vague ideas about what that might mean then. After twenty-two years on the pagan path, I’m still not always quite sure what I’m doing, but I’m very happy here.

This is the long way around for me to say that I’m Pagan, and it’s Midsummer (the Summer Solstice), and this is a holiday for me. Pagans have a lot of holidays, though we don’t come anywhere near the mind boggling amount of holy days that institutions like, say, the Roman Catholic Church technically celebrate. And the number of holidays one celebrates depends on what brand of Pagan you are as well, but nearly all pagans agree that the Summer and Winter Solstices are holy days. For me personally, I celebrate the Wheel of the Year (4 high holidays and 4 lesser holidays), as well as the Esbats (full moons) and the new moons, which don’t have a special name, as far as I know. I just like the new moon as a “reset” time for my mental energy.

Today, I’m planning to celebrate the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, by writing an astronomical amount of words, (I’m shooting for over 10k.) and then I’m going to go to the beach. After the sun sets, I’m planning to head downtown and see the fountain illuminated in rainbow lights for Pride. Our city has been surprisingly supportive given the general conservativeness of the area that surrounds it.

So, in summary, I’m your local friendly pagan/witchywoo writer, I’m LGBTQ and I love weaving wonderful stories for you to read.

 

What am I up to writing wise?

Right now, Meg and I are working on the next Cherry Hollow books and will be plotting another big project this weekend that I am out of my mind excited for.

 

Midsummer/The Summer Solstice is for Abundance and making Wishes that will be fulfilled through hard work, hopefully by Mabon (the Autumnal Equinox). So, start wishing and working, and we’ll get there together.

 

Happy reading, friends, and happy holidays, whichever ones you choose to celebrate! Life is about the choices we make, so pick wisely and cheerfully.

 

Ki


 

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Welcome to Cherry Hollow…. Home of the Cherry Festival!

 

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Book #1 in the Cherry Hollow Series

Sheriff Trent Miller was happy with his perfect little life. Being a thirty-six-year-old omega with no partner or family suited him just fine, until it all changed. When he ran out of his heat-suppressant pills and his doctor refused to prescribe more, he had his first heat in years. Around the same time, a young alpha who drives him crazy started working as his partner.

Lawson Fisher hated Cherry Hollow. He only returned to his small hometown to help his papa when his dad was diagnosed with cancer. Working alongside Sheriff Miller was frustrating at the best of times, but when Trent went into heat, Lawson felt it was his duty to help him through it, like any good alpha. Besides, he couldn’t seem to keep his hands off Trent.

The more time Lawson spends with Trent, the more he realizes the omega isn’t as bad as he first thought. When they find out Trent’s pregnant, both their lives change. They need to decide the best thing to do for themselves and their baby, especially since not everyone in town is rooting for them to have a happily ever after.

Purchase Linksblack and white cherry

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NL89YN2

 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NL89YN2

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NL89YN2

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The Adventures of Ki, the Intrepid Writer

(Thought that was more attention grabbing than yet another “What’s Ki Working on This Week?”)

Well, this week Luke’s Omega Rommate is with our editor! (*cheering in the background*) So, I’m waiting for that book to happen. Meg is diligently working on a book that sort of folds into the universe she created in Sinner’s Ransom (from what I understand) and hopefully I will be editing that book by the end of the weekend.

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Shhhh… This is a sneak peek at the cover. 

So, there’s a lot of editing going on. 

I’ve also started working on a book we’re calling Jack’s Independent Omega. Haha. I’m doing this one alone. I hope you’re all ready for it. The story line is slightly darker than what we usually have in Cherry Hollow, but I’m trying to stick to the overall tone established in the series so far. I guess I’m just nervous. I feel like it’s going to be good. 

So as far as Love Me Real goes… I haven’t touched it this week, but I’m telling myself that means when I go back to it that the story will all come together for me. I’m not sure why I’m struggling so much with it, except maybe that it’s bringing up some unpleasant things from my own past. “Bunny” and I share some early life history, though he admittedly had it worse than I did, as is the way of fictional characters everywhere.

I guess that’s about that. Memorial Day (U.S based here.) was a day off for me, so I got less done than usual, and I’m gearing up for figuring out how to deal with the summer school break. I’m the “parent at home” with the kids when that’s necessary, and I’m going to have eight glorious weeks of trying to fit my forty hours of work per week around their schedule. Should be interesting, if nothing else.

Any tips on how to survive this would be appreciated. I wasn’t working more than fifteen hours a week last summer. (That’s just how things shook out, not what I wanted, but I can’t let it happen again.)

I hope everyone is doing well! Happy reading!


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Welcome to Cherry Hollow…. Home of the Cherry Festival!

 

Book 1 (1)

Book #1 in the Cherry Hollow Series

Sheriff Trent Miller was happy with his perfect little life. Being a thirty-six-year-old omega with no partner or family suited him just fine, until it all changed. When he ran out of his heat-suppressant pills and his doctor refused to prescribe more, he had his first heat in years. Around the same time, a young alpha who drives him crazy started working as his partner.

Lawson Fisher hated Cherry Hollow. He only returned to his small hometown to help his papa when his dad was diagnosed with cancer. Working alongside Sheriff Miller was frustrating at the best of times, but when Trent went into heat, Lawson felt it was his duty to help him through it, like any good alpha. Besides, he couldn’t seem to keep his hands off Trent.

The more time Lawson spends with Trent, the more he realizes the omega isn’t as bad as he first thought. When they find out Trent’s pregnant, both their lives change. They need to decide the best thing to do for themselves and their baby, especially since not everyone in town is rooting for them to have a happily ever after.

Purchase Linksblack and white cherry

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NL89YN2

 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NL89YN2

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NL89YN2

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What’s Ki Doing? 7/28/18

Ki_Brightly_AP_FinThis week has been fairly laid back for me. Work wise, I’m still focused on Incubus Lost, chipping away at that, as well as another project I’m doing with my group, Booklesque.

My kids are our of school right now, so we’re attempting to squeeze every drop of fun out of the summer possible. When Mother Nature dumps 7 feet of snow on your city regularly, sometimes beginning mid-October, you tend to do that.

Last night we went out to Sunset Point on Presque Isle to enjoy a beach illumination and twilight string quartet. The mosquitoes wanted to enjoy it too, and I left with 21 mosquito bites (maybe 22).  Miraculously, the kids were not bitten. (The miracle may have been bug spray I put on them and forgot to put on myself). Today we’re hanging around Erie, maybe going back to the beach, and I’m going to try to get a few chapters edited for Incubus Lost.

Also this week, the wonderful Lex Chase created a new author picture for me! I’m delighted with it, and she does great work if anyone needs art for anything.

Happy reading this week!

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The Creative Process Isn’t All Rainbows Farted by Unicorns

balloons                I’m a positive person. I’m the type of person who truly believes nearly anything can be done, likely attributable to the steady diet of positive 90’s movies with ridiculous endings during my childhood. But…I’ve been working on the second book in the Gem City Grit universe for nearly 9 months now. That is beyond the pale. It should have taken me four months to get this book done, tops. I’m beginning to think it will never end. At least half of the reason this is dragging out so long is my fault. I like to play the blame game, but there you are. I have, as yet, to figure out a workable, reliable daily writing schedule around my Sugar Plum’s job that he started last August and my children, whom because of that delightful schedule I am nearly entirely responsible for.

                I feel like Winnie-ther-Pooh, Singing a Complaining song.

                Yes, ther Pooh.

                You know what that means.

                I spend soooo much of my day with my children and I love them.

                But I really want this book done. I’m up at 5 am again even though I know it turns me into a bear by day three. I need this book to be done.

                Tut tut, it looks like I’m starting to loathe and detest every waking moment I don’t get to work on this book because I want it to be done so badly.

                That’s actually a slight exaggeration fueled by grumpy, up too early, melodramatic thoughts. Yesterday was Sugar Plum’s birthday and my living room is scattered with balloons I blew up for his party at the kids’ insistence, and all I can think as I look at them is, “So much wasted time”. That’s how I knew I had to find time to work on this story more, even if I had to steal it from my sleep and stop doing every other single “extra” thing I do that isn’t keep up the house so that it isn’t disgusting and take care of the kids. When I start hating things like birthday parties as wasted time I know.

                The creative process is so fun sometimes!

                Tut tut, it looks like a mild anxiety attack.

                So, the agenda for today is to find at least 4 hours to write without relying on Sugar Plum to pull his weight and give it to me because that so infrequently happens, teach my eldest pre-Algebra, teach my youngest to recognize the ABC’s, and potentially throw in a science lesson somewhere. Hell, I might even start teaching state capitals today. Why not?

                But I have to get this Gem City Grit book done before my brain declares war on itself. I’m tired of thinking about it without it going anywhere and getting done. I need to be thinking about new stories, new characters. I have to be done with it.


Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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The Cover for Trust Trade…Revealed!

Hello Everyone!

Overall, this has been a rather fantastic week. I got to see a good friend who lives out of town, my wee imps are off to spend time with Sugar Plum’s mother (giving me valuable writing/present wrapping time), and Erie, my wonderland by the lake, is scheduled to be buried under about 2 feet of snow.

Who doesn’t love FEET of snow? (I would be a lot more excited if I had cross country ski equipment, but we can’t get everything all the time.)

My kids will be ecstatic to try to build a snowperson. I would say a “snowman”, but honestly I’m pretty sure lumps of snow aren’t gender specific, and even if we did want to get all Michelangelo with it, I have a feeling our fingers might freeze off before we got anything more than a round bottom and …well, I’ll be real…it will be a big ball with sticks jammed into it, most likely.

We shall make snow blobs and put hats on them.

I’m lazy. Sue me. But they aren’t big enough to do more than cursory snow patting while I push around the big mound of snow.  

Ah…distracted, anyway, this week is one of the best weeks ever because I finally got the COVER for Trust Trade, my newest book!

Check it out!

 

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So freakin’ pretty. Thanks Bree Archer for the fabulous cover design!

 

Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

While you’re waiting for the release date on January 27th, why don’t you check out some of my other books. Threefold Love is M/M/M if that’s up your ally (also was a Rainbow Award Runner Up last year in 2 categories). The Paranaturalist is …well, paranatural. I like it. If werewolves are you thing, The Shape of Honey is pretty good, though be warned, there is a female POV in that one that some people aren’t a fan of.

I can’t wait for the release date on Trust Trade because I’m currently perfecting the draft of another book in the Gem City Grit world, tentatively called Love It Like You Stole It, but I’m not entirely wedded to that title, so don’t imbed it in your memory yet. I’m also in the process of rough drafting a third book in the Gem City Grit world…so, there’s definitely more to… come.

I just laughed at myself there…I think I need a nap, or bed, or something.

Have a wonderful night!

 

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Editing The Paranaturalist

Editing is equal parts joy and curse. Once again, I embark on it. While I’m editing I’m not really a human anymore. I’m a wreck attached to my keyboard, so I shall be abandoning the blog until next Thursday. Cheers folks!

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