This last winter I knew was going to be brutal, so I planned for it. I had projects lined up all winter long with the intention of writing, writing, and oh yeah…WRITING! But I also proofed for fellow authors who publish under the Shadoe Publishing label. I am NOT nor would I EVER claim to be an editor. I proof. That means I can catch some snafu’s that we all make, the common things that drive authors crazy because when we read our OWN work, we don’t see them. Sounds silly but all authors go through this. It’s demoralizing because it’s usually silly stupid stuff that have us banging our foreheads on the proverbial keyboard.
So what did I manage to get out for myself this last winter? How far back should I go? Well, since Winter officially starts Dec 21, I’ll start with:
In the midst of the Great Depression, Cassandra (Cass) Scheimer is trying to keep the family farm afloat in the Big Woods of Wisconsin…alone. As a local midwife and struggling backwoods doctor, she certainly doesn’t need more mouths to feed.
Stephanie Evans is a widow enceinte with her third child. She accepts a kind stranger’s offer of marriage in exchange for keeping house for him…but he never shows up to claim her. While dealing with unrequited guilt and the desperation of impoverished motherhood, falling in love with Cass is the least of her worries.
For Cass, having been in love with a woman once before, she feels it couldn’t possibly happen twice. When it does, Cass is convinced the love cannot be returned. Can she and Stephanie keep it hidden from the prying eyes of children and the meddling neighbors in this small rural community?
Can Cass deal with the guilt she feels over her brother’s injury, an injury that prevents him from doing his duty for their country? Joining the Nursing Corps may put too much stress on her newfound relationship with Stephanie. The woman who returns from the war and the woman left behind on the farm are not the same people who once fell in love. Can they return to being lovers after years spent apart? Destiny put them in each other’s path, but World War II has tearing them apart.
This is The Journey Home.
Then in January…after releasing a couple of our authors books besides mine…I stopped slacking off and got myself to work again (that WAS a joke) and released:
Among the majestic shoreline of the Central Coast of California lies a secret…Leah Van Heusen finds a hidden staircase….
The ancient house she finds among the overgrown foliage is amazing…and eerie, most wouldn’t even step a foot closer but she is intrigued and feels drawn to the old mansion….
Leah finds more than she bargains for after seeking out the owner and purchasing the entire estate for a dollar. As she starts to restore it, she finds out who her real friends are, she also finds out who her family really is…What’s a few ghosts between friends?
Between repairs, upgrades, and finding out the houses secrets, Leah has her hands full. Finding out her sexuality and dating is the least of her worries. As her beloved dream of an Inn becomes reality she finds it suddenly in jeopardy, who will kill for it or the immense fortune that she has found?
Then as January came to a close with a lot of drama and fanfare and a release of another authors book…I got off my backside and REALLY got to work as I released a short, then four novella’s, and another short…or two:
I meet the love of my life, a whirlwind romance, love, passion, and happily ever after…right? Marriage, until death do us part…..
What makes Alice, well…Alice?
From an early age she was always, ‘different.’ People noticed it, from her unusual eyes that changed when she felt intense emotions, to her brain, and her peculiar habits.
Is a ‘serial killer’ actually ‘born’ or is she ‘made?’
Here we find out more about the Alice of her youth and why some of the things in her life made her the way she is…
Alice is tired of the killing; she wants a nice, normal life. Circumstances won’t let her though and although she has tried to do the ‘right’ thing, the ‘moral’ thing, life won’t allow her to do anything but what she needs to do to protect her family from those that would hurt them.
The possible end of Alice’s marriage means that she has to leave the home she has built with Kathy. She moves back to New York to start over. Running into her college roommate and former lover sets off a chain of events that even Alice couldn’t anticipate or control.
Meeting new people and renewing old friendships we learn a bit more about Alice and who she was to become the person she is. The new people in her life though means new changes are in store for our beloved Alice. Changes she might just not like.
Left alone to deal with the enormity of the estate that was willed to her Kathy must go on alone. Can she deal with the children, the finances, the legitimate and not so legitimate business dealings? The many surprises in store for her, some welcome, some not so welcome begin to change Kathy.
Meeting the ‘other’ women in Alice’s life as well as many people she didn’t know were in her life may prove to be too much for Kathy. Will she rise up to the occasion or fail horribly? Perhaps Alice saw more in Kathy than she herself knew was there?
A short story~Living out a fantasy in your mind is one thing, having that fantasy come to life is another…the title is self-explanatory
My dream lover takes me on an adventure…into the Garden
And not that I haven’t been working on a new novel for your enjoyment but we re-released another one under a new title. Apparently some people are ‘shy’ about the word EROTICA so we released the book under a new ‘title’ called SHORTS in paperback ONLY:
Formerly released as EROTICA, this book is being re-released as SHORTS containing 20 short stories including: 1. Bent over Backwards 2. Fantasy 3. Wet 4. Family Night 5. Bikini’s are Dangerous 6. Quickie ~ Against the Car 7. Kept 8. Quickie ~ Against the Wall 9. Quickie ~ Over the Couch 10. Mile High Club 11. Ghostly Love 12. Quickie ~ Under the Pier 13. Bikini’s are Dangerous 2 14. On the Parkway 15. Stable Affair 16. Dream of the Beach 17. Bikini’s are Dangerous 3 18. Heel or Heal 19. Wet ~ Again 20. Kiss
So as you can SEE it’s been a busy last few months…I hope you caught one of these and enjoyed it and look for NEW one(s) coming soon!
Also, we updated the website, you know in my ‘spare’ time…so check it out and let me hear from you, the fans! It’s why I do what I do!