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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!

 

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.

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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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Love It Like You Stole It Will Be Coming to Kindle Unlimited

The publisher released Love It Like You Stole It back to me! Now I have to play the waiting game before I can release it back into the wild. Wish me luck!

 

 

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Ki Brightly’s Patreon!

patreon-logoSo, I decided to do a thing I said I would never do, which is basically put myself “out there” as me, in all my awkward, fumbling glory.

Let me break it down:

For a while I have been struggling to live off of what I make as a writer, as it is not the easiest thing to do in the world. For various reasons I have been doing my work from home with my kids, which is also not easy if you’ve ever done it. This is not a litany of complaints post (though I could likely do that), but about a million things have conspired, in various ways, to make me chronically short on cash.

So…a friend convinced me that I should start a Patreon, something where I’m not simply begging for money, but allowing people access to new or unusual “Ki Brightly” content that they may not otherwise get a chance to see.

Okay.

I literally have zero idea about what I’m going to do with this thing, but here it is. And you get to see me, if that’s something you’re interested in. Here is the link to my Patreon account.

If you haven’t been convinced that you would like to participate in my Patreon here is some of the content you might expect in the future if you were to become a Patron of my art. (I am snickering as I type that. I have no idea why my brain has decided it is so funny.) Here I am doing a partial reading of “If You Give an Incubus a Cookie”.

All right friends, and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m hoping that the enticement of a couple of bucks a month will make me more dedicated to working on my blog. I don’t know why I have so much trouble sitting down and doing the “blog” thing (other than my general lack of five minutes to sit down and think when my kids are home), but…wait…no, it’s probably the kids. (I love them, really I do.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Happy reading!

kibrightly


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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Writing Fugue

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(Mark Ruffalo as  Bruce Banner from The Avengers)

This is basically how I feel when I’ve been writing for two hours straight and finally resurface.


Check out my book The Shape of Honey!

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Available on Amazon , Dreamspinner Press, and other retailers.

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

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Language of Love

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I’m putting together a character bible for a short shifter story I want to submit to an open call at Dreamspinner Press. That in and of itself is not unusual. I usually end up doing an unholy amount of planning for short stories that I may not even touch for novel length works, just because if I don’t know where I’m going I have almost no way of getting the story done under word count. (In this case, it tops out at 18,000 words, which isn’t actually that constraining, but still makes me sweat.) I’m the worst at trying to write short stories, though I’m working on it.

(Writing short stories is a skill, my friend. Don’t let anyone make fun of the short story. They’re so much harder to write than books.)

Anyway, I decided to use a sheet of questions for my character bible that isn’t the typical questions I use (I have about 50 that I’ve compiled myself over the last few years.) I figured, what the hell. A short story would be the perfect time to try out these new questions.

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Well, here’s one of the questions:

How does your couple express love for each other? (Examples: Acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, or receiving gifts?)

I laughed and laughed. These are from the book The Five Love Languages, which, a good while ago, I had a therapist tell my husband and I to look into. We’re two of those people who love each other more than anything, but don’t necessarily communicate the best, which leads to misunderstandings that don’t need to happen. I’d never considered breaking down the love needs of my characters in quite that way. There is a list of about twenty questions in the book I’m talking about that helps you determine what you need to be happy in love. Acts of service are things like: your partner washes your car or takes out the trash. That’s what I scored highest on. Mow the lawn for me? You’ve got the inroads to my heart. My husband scored highest on physical touch and words of affirmation. We’re polar opposites in so many ways, yet still we work. He likes it when I cuddle him (which I like too!) and tell him how wonderful he is. In my own life I realized how easy it is to get away from doing simple things like that when there are a million and one other things that need to happen in a day.

It’s easy to avoid things like HOW a character loves when I’m writing because they’re all in the honeymoon stage. The ooey gooey goo goo eyes, I LOVE YOU, stage, but it’s good to remember in real life, and just all around for character development, that over time people’s true temperaments are going to be slightly different than that head over heels stage. That’s not good or bad or any other thing, it just is. And sometimes we have to take the time to get to know our lovers all over again after a year or so if we want to keep them happy. We have to pay attention. We have to take an interest in them.

I know that sounds stupid, you have to take an interest in someone you see every day, but it’s easy to start taking someone for granted. My goal is to love the people in my life in such a way that they never feel like they’re extras. I want everyone, from my lover to my best friend, to feel like they matter. That’s not always easy because there is only so much time in a day, but if you know what those people need from you most—be it cuddles and touches or for you to change the oil in their car—it makes each relationship easier to maintain.

And, damn it, a hot sweaty man who has just re-roofed my house is where it’s at.


You can pre-order my book The Shape of Honey! It’s a m/m werewolf romance!

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