I love living on the Monterey Bay. I’ve always had a deep connection to the Pacific Ocean and taken great inspiration from it. From my early days on one side of the bay, to my later days, on the other.
It started with the fog. And the otters, the cypress trees across from where I lived… Jacque Cousteau specials…so many things! There is something very life affirming about the ocean. About water in general. And although I don’t know how to sail, I do enjoy the opportunities I have to go sailing.
A few weeks ago, the Lady Washington visited Moss Landing, at the apex of the bay. And my husband and I booked ourselves on a two hour excursion tour. Beautiful day, sunny, a fair wind and a sweet bit of swell. I. Was. In. Heaven.
Alas, it was too short, but such a delight. For those who aren’t aware, the Lady Washington is the tall ship which appeared as the Intrepid on The Pirates of the Caribbean; Curse of the Black Pearl. She was blown up and sank – oh – midway through the movie. Ah, the magic of Hollywood, she still sails!
And pirates? Well, they are my favorite thing to write about. From my first published series, The Kraken’s Caribbean to the present series, A Caribbean Spell. I never give up the opportunity to include an ocean, a ship and a bit of pirates in my writing. Or a lot of pirates.
The Kraken’s Caribbean is a trilogy that may well morph into a four volume series, with several shorts along the way. I adore this world. As I write of sailing without being a sailor, I also write of historical eras and places without being historically accurate. But I have fun! The tagline of this series? Where anything can happen – and usually does. Take care if you enter this world. It will surprise you…a mix of paranormal, some time travel, steampunk… I not only ignore the rules on this one. I trashed them. Oh, and did I mention the romance in the first book is between a fifty-three year old widow and a seventy year old pirate?
A Caribbean Spell has just started, even though the fourth in that series just came out. But it is all considered a start, because there will be, at least, thirty books in this series. And one couple. (I believe that sexual tension and a rewarding adventure doesn’t end with finding your match. It never stops, if you’re doing it right.) Join the adventure… Pirates! Romance! Adventure! Sexual Witchery! And More!
The newest, Magic’s Hostage, is on sale now! For a limited time, only 99 cents on Amazon!
I was asked to write of the coast, a coast, a body of water, my books…and I believe I have.
Tell me, what your favorite body of water is and why… I’ll pick from the comments someone to receive a stone trivit, with a handsome pirate ship painted upon it. Now, Follow the link to the next blog!
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For a limited time, A Caribbean Spell, book one of my new series, is .99 at Amazon! But take advantage of the deal fast! I’m taking part in the new Amazon promotion, called the Kindle Countdown Deal… the ebook will be 99 cents for three days, then 1.99 for two days, then 2.99 for two days…then back to full price! Which isn’t really all that much at 3.99. Click on the image to purchase!
Why am I doing this? Because come December 4, the fourth book in the series will be available. Magic’s Hostage…where Miranda finds that Jake was right. She needed to be more careful regarding her magical abilities. Now, she’s in trouble, at the mercy of those who want to use her magic. And will do anything to force the issue…
I spent the second weekend of November in New Jersey, attending PhilCon. The oldest scifi/fantasy convention in the US. And as far as I know, anywhere else.
I had a very good time, and sat on many a fun and fascinating panel. And I came in second on the hilarious contest of which character makes a book a winner… Pirate/Ninja/Steampunk/Dragon.
I know now, I really needed to pull out the Pirate Mad Libs book, but I plain forgot. That, and a bottle of rum might have done it. And maybe an issue of Pyrate Magazine.
But Steampunk, represented by Savan Gupta, was impossible to beat.
I did, however, bring home a costume ribbon! Well, my hat did. I was but a prop to show off the hat…
Maybe next year, the hat and I can manage a ribbon together…
It started as a lark…a challenge presented by my fellow writing pirates on the group blog, Romance Writers Revenge (now gone, alas).
With all the new Sherlock Holmes adaptations in the media, I decided to play with the character…and No Place Like Holmes was born. It was fun, it was challenging and it is now available on amazon. It’s a novella, approximately 40,000 words and includes a the first chapter of A Caribbean Spell.
Here’s the blurb…
Not your ordinary Sherlock Holmes story, this novella finds Holmes playing caretaker to the time-traveling Jennifer. She literally drops at his feet, from out of nowhere. He finds the woman intriguing and a wondrous diversion from his life of poverty and solitary existence. The fact that she claims she travels thru time is surprising, yet not unfamiliar to him.
Jenny knew how chaotic time travel was, but she didn’t expect to find that Sherlock Holmes existed. But in her own words – “She accepted that there was no wall between truth and fiction, history and story. The two bumped up against each other, swapped DNA, fell apart, came back together… None of it made a lick of sense.”
Together, she and Holmes will discover the truth of needing people and finding a place to belong.
Give it a try! No Place Like Holmes
Yup, but…of course, it’s all about stuff for the conventions I attend. Be it romance, scifi/fantasy or steampunk…
Firstly, I’ve been attending assorted cons for…well…ok, decades. And I have a whole lot of badges from them. I recieved my initial fabric badge at a WorldCon, held in San Francisco. And no, I don’t remember the year.
They might be complicated, with pockets at the front, back, a zipper compartment underneath the velcro.
Since then, I sometimes get the fabric ones, sometimes plastic, sometimes…not much more than the pin on your clothes.
Well, I’d like to make sure from now on, that I get one I like. So, I’m going to make myself one. I took my idea to my first sewing class and was advised on how to make the pattern, put in the grommets, what to use around the edge, and to manage the clear pockets.
Next step was more fabric. Because…making one for myself isn’t enough!
Guess which one is mine?
This Friday, I cut them all out, pin them and maybe, start the sewing. Depends on the time. I need to head north, for…another convention.
Now, on with the regular blog…thought I do want to let fans of the Kraken know that his continuing adventures with his captive humans in Washington DC will be available, next week…
NOW! On with the blog!
Yes, what I learned from watching Oracle Racing come back from an 8/1 deficate to keep the American’s Cup in America…
1) Being down by 8 losses, when only one more loss means you really lost…doesn’t mean a thing
2) Tweak, tweak, tweak
3) Adversity at the start is just one more challenge to rise above (start with a two point deficient)
There is more, I’m sure, but wow, watching the Cup race, even when on vacation, was something to behold. I admit, I’m a total coward and when we left California, it already looked really bad for the home team and I didn’t have the heart to watch much. I knew one more loss and that cup was heading for New Zealand.
But my husband? He is ever the optimist and he had faith in Larry Ellison – yes, the man is the devil, but he’s our devil – so he watched. I’d sit on our hotel bed, reading, while my husband strapped earbuds on and found the race online so he could watch.
And they kept winning. Three in a row. After losing seven…then the lost another and one more meant the cup belonged to the Kiwis. But that was the last time they lost…
Everynight, they’d disappear into their boat yard and tweak, and review film and drill and…they kept getting faster. And sometimes it was just a break that saved their asses, but in the end, they were simply the faster boat. They hung in there. They didn’t give up and the cup is still in America’s hand.
And I feel very buoyed. I think Team Oracle needed a little Dori painted on their boat… Just keep sailing… Just keep sailing…
So, I’ll just keep writing…and I’ll just keep publishing…
But first! Don’t forget The French Gambit is still 99 cents on Amazon! Once I get back from DC…no guarantees how long she’ll stay that way. Don’t miss out on a chance to get the third book in the Caribbean Spell series…and books 1 & 2 are only $3.99 each. $7.98 for three books! Big books, too. A Caribbean Spell is 87,000, Red Sean’s Revenge is 106,000, The French Gambit is 110,000 words, that is 303,000 words! WHAT A DEAL! Because of you, I hit the Hot New Time Travel Romance list and the Top 100 Time Travel Romance list…I was floating! Love ta float again… (hint, hint)
Okay, onto the trip.
DC. We started the day with a walk down toward the White House, where the Kraken took over the podium and the Oval Office. First order of business was to make it a felony to eat calamari. And because the Kraken is partial toward all ocean predators…anyone caught eating shark fin soup will be keelhauled.
Happy with his conquest, we boarded the DC Metro and wandered to the Eastern Market, where a large flea market & farmers market impressed us with the variety of wares. And where we were automatically singled out as from out of town, because we were wearing colorful clothing.
Half a mile toward the Potomac, we found the National Museum of the US Navy. Ah, a walk down memory lane as the Kraken remembered the many ships he tangled with, the sailors he escorted into the deep…the canon and ship wheels he enjoyed as make-shift merry-go-rounds… He became quite nostalgic!
We left the Navy Yard and hiked another half mile to another Metro Station for a juggle of on/off/on/off until we reached Union Station. The human’s turn to eat, shop, arrange for bikes to ride tomorrow and the evening Monuments by Moonlight tour. Then back on Metro where we left one station beyond ours because…for some insane reason, we thought we needed more walking. But this way we did get by Chocolate Moose where we picked up a few pieces of candy/chocolate and headed for our hotel. And just managed to avoid some twitty political discussion getting out of hound. Some loudmouth with a bullhorn upped the ante and the cops arrived.
Now, back in our hotel…and my Asus computer, not even a year old, freaked out in an epic battle between my touchscreen and my touchpad…and no one winning. A temp fix until we get home where I can scream at Best Buy… Now, to use the husband’s computer to post this!
Anyone else been to DC and have an recommendations for us to visit? Have you read the book, haven any comments to make?
Nothing is constant in life, but change. Simply truth. What changes am I talking about?
Well, I’m going Kindle Select with my Caribbean Spell series. The newest book, The French Gambit is starting on Kindle alone, and the first two will reach eligibility in a few weeks. Print will still be available, never fear!
It’s an experiment and we’ll see how it goes!
Meanwhile, the newest book is only 99 cents! Yes, another bit of a different tack…putting the new book on sale and leaving the first two at $3.99… Now, that price won’t last…when the husband and I get back from our trip to Washington DC, toward the end of this month, I’ll be raising that price to match the other two…
This cover…gods, isn’t it fabulous!? Big kudos to my cover artist, Maria Zannini of Book Cover Diva for having an eye to finding the right image.
Coming into fall, my favorite time of the year. This is when my inner gardener wakes up. My craft maven registers me for a sewing class, my fitness personal cheers me on… I hope autumn delivers it’s bounty to you!
When I get back, another big announcement coming from me…stay tuned. And…the return of my newsletter, later this month!
Been a wonderfully productive few weeks. Right now, I’m a few weeks away from my drive to Las Vegas and the Romance Novel Convention. Right down the Central Valley of California and across the desert…in August. Not looking forward to that heat, but it is what it is! I’m going to overnight in Barstow, then slide into Vegas on Wednesday morning.
I’m about ready, though I still need to polish my panel presentation. I’ll be speaking on “What I Learned About Writing From Nearly Dying.” The write up is wonderful and it’s certainly a topic I know well. I take credit for the first three quarters of this, but the last few lines? I don’t know who did them, but thank you! Brilliant, just brilliant…
You can learn a lot from nearly dying, especially about fear and how it can hold you back. Although, once the worst has happened, that’s when second chances appear… and third, or fourth; however many it takes. Let me inspire you with my story of going from Sudden Cardiac Death and ten days in a hospital, to attending my first romance convention a year later, pitching a year later, to an agent a year later and signing my first book that next year.
At eight books now, I’m still writing, still publishing and still believe in facing the fear and laughing in its general direction. It is possible; I’m proof. My story will inspire you to see past the roadblocks and hold onto the fun of writing. You can survive rejection, criticism and not knowing how to do everything perfectly from the very beginning. We all start somewhere, I started at death’s door.
So, that’s the next project, polishing up that panel. Meanwhile, I’ve done the work and the print version of The Pirate Circus, book three of The Kraken’s Caribbean, is available at Amazon. And…at the same time, the print version of Red Sean’s Revenge, book two of A Caribbean Spell Series! Plus, been fiddling with a million things to finish up so I have some neat stuff to hand out at the convention.
But! What am I not doing?
I’m not recovering from the RWA National in Atlanta. I didn’t do much on the convention circuit this year. I hear the convention was wonderful and three cheers for my dear friend, Terri Osburn, who is conquering the world with her contemporary book, Meant to Be. If you need a good beach read, this is the book for you. Sweet, charming and wonderfully fun!
And congratulations to Eloisa James who finally broke from being nominated for a RITA Award to winning one! And what did she win with? A pirate novella! In fact, I remember speaking to her about pirate stories at Moonlight & Magnolias a few years ago… Wonder if I inspired her…? Seduced by A Pirate…RITA Winner!
So, stay tuned, I’ll be blogging about the prep for the Romance Novel Convention, my panels, and where I’ll be in the next few months… Hint? A vacation…Hot Mojave Knight…Convolution…PhilCon…
Now, I’ve made myself tired!