Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"The Woman in Scarlet -Volume 5 -City of Coal and Steel"

Hola. Hope everyone's having a good day so far. I just wanted to pass some of my own news along. The fifth installment/episode of "The Woman in Scarlet" is now available on Amazon for $0.99 for Kindle. It should also be available for Nook and Kobo as well, the same with all the others. This particular story is set in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression. I definitely enjoyed writing it, though I don't know how the kids survived without role models like Ant-Man, Superman, the X-Men and G.I. Joe. Anyway, I hope you like this one. Only one more story left to the series.
Here's the link on Amazon.
And here's one for Nook, though I guess "City of Coal and Steel" isn't up yet. Oh well. Check back in a couple days, hopefully I'll have something.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Words of Encouragement #8

Hi everybody. I hope this little series has lifted your spirits a bit, put a smile on your face. This is the last entry. It's from my sister, reminiscing about us as kids.

I can't believe at this park we all used to play in the creek and get our pictures taken in cheesy sundresses. Now we are celebrating your victorious end of Elementary, Middle and High School and I feel as if this calls for a moment of page silence.......               .......                   ...               ....
....                                ....                   .....                       ...                                    Shh!               ...
...                  ....                 ...                             ....             ...                 ....                    ...               ...
....          ..                  ...               ...                ...                     ...                  ...              ....                 ...
Still going....            ..                     ....                ...                   ....                            ....               ...
....                ...                                  yawn.....          .. CONGRATULATIONS!

I still love reading this one. It always makes me smile. :-)


Monday, March 18, 2013

Words of Encouragement #7

"Congratulations on making it to your next BIGGEST STEP in your life. Pick your studies based on what you long to do and you enjoy going to work everyday. Put your trust in the Lord and continue to keep Him first in your life.
May God Bless you always."


Words of Encouragement #6

"Congratulations on your accomplishments and all those hours of homework you have done. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and I pray for this for you. Thank you for your devotion and sharing of the Lord in your music, writing, and living -God's grace be upon you in all you do! Thank you for reflecting His joy in your beautiful smile and life. Blessings!"


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Words of Encouragement #5

"May God always give you direction and wisdom wherever you go, whatever you do. May you always feel his love and protection. May Christ live in you and through you so that everyone you know and meet in this life will see Jesus.
Grace and Peace & Love..."


Friday, March 15, 2013

Words of Encouragement #4

Alright, alright, so I missed a day or two. Don't judge me. Hahaha! Here's another snippet of encouragement to brighten your day.

"The Lord bless you abundantly... exceedingly abundantly! I pray that your life... your words... spoken, written and sung will bring glory to God. May your words be words of wisdom, insight, hope, and love that turn hearts to the Father."


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Words of Encouragement #3

"God has given you many gifts and talents. As you pursue Him with all of your heart, those gifts and talents will develop to the fullness. Keep the Lord as your center and blessings will come your way. It has been a privilege watching you grow up and become a godly young woman. Live your life with passion and a pure heart for Jesus!
Love in Christ..."


Monday, March 11, 2013

Words of Encouragement #2

Yes, I'm actually sticking with this. Someone shoot me off a comment if I forget tomorrow.

"Blessed by the Lord in abundance! That is you *insert name here*! May His Spirit reign in your life every moment of every day. May He take you into the Holiest Place showing you and revealing to you His plan! Seek His heart, seek His face, seek His way, seek His Word. You can NEVER have too much of him! I pray His guidance in your life and that His favor will be upon you."


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Words of Encouragement #1

I've decided to start a little series on my blog here, nothing fancy, just words of encouragement. I have this notebook I got for my graduation party where people wrote little things, words of wisdom, things like that, and I wanted to share them with you (whoever "you" may be).
This one is probably the one that has stuck with me the most, and I hope it helps you, too.

"Dear Grace,
Thinking back on the time that has passed since my high school graduation, I want to offer this:
Don't wait until tomorrow!
Obey the Lord and then follow your dreams with relentless vigor and passion. Do not let obstacles deter you. Don't wait for the 'perfect timing' to occur. Make it happen with prayer and persistence. If you delay, time is lost. And you can't get it back. (At least this side of Heaven!)


Saturday, March 2, 2013


I have a whole new respect for historical fiction writers, especially those who prefer the 1930s. Geez! The other day I found myself looking up the history of ice cream, ice cream sundaes, hot fudge, milkshakes, cars, radios, meals, Little Red Riding Hood, all surmounting to my fifth story which I am desperate to come out in the next couple weeks. Otherwise I've been crunching my time to finish this story THIS WEEK for nothing. Did you know that DC Comics, Inc. wasn't founded until 1934 (four years after my timeline) and Marvel Worldwide, Inc. aka Marvel Comics didn't start until 1939 (you do the math)? And even then it wasn't "Marvel." It was something like Timely Publications or something, went through a name change or two, and it wasn't until, like, the 60s that it actually became Marvel Comics. None of this is crucial to my story, of course, but I did want maybe Ant-Man to be a role model for these kids, but no, Ant-Man didn't appear until 1962, I think. Even G.I. Joes didn't come into play until the 60s. Bottom line: I couldn't find any action figures for these kids to play with or look up to. All they had was reality and books. Granted, a healthy dose of reality is good for a kid to aspire to; I'm just saying it was a real wake-up call. These kids had to depend on their own imagination, something that I think was lost in the generations that followed. When I watch kids, they want to listen to music or watch t.v. or play on a cell phone. Yeah, it's not even a computer anymore. Smartphones are the new computers. The other day I forbid myself to go on Youtube for one whole day. I did it. Felt pretty good. It felt... refreshing. That's not to say I wasn't on my computer, because the whole point was to stay off Youtube so I could get some writing in. Which I did, I'm proud to say.
Crap. I forgot my point. It had something to do with researching ice cream. Oh yeah!
You know I don't think I had to be this careful when I wrote my last story, and that was written in a foreign country before 1920! Perhaps it was because I was so in-tune with the time, character, and country. How sad is that? I'm not even in-tune with my own home.
I really want to get this done. It's hard for me to concentrate on one thing for so long, or maybe my attention-span has shortened. I remember in high school I could spend hours upon hours just writing stories. I wanted to spend the whole day doing it, but I knew I might get tired of it, plus I had other school work to do. Writing was my escape. It got me out of my head for a few hours. Now that it's all I'm doing, I'M the one who needs a healthy dose of reality. Kathryn Miller Haines, author of the Rosie Winter books, said when she writes, it feels like this forbidden thing. She'll be at her day job and a flash of inspiration will hit her. She'll bring up a new window and start writing, even though she's technically on the clock. I guess I'm just hung up on getting this series done, but I'm trying to stay on the positive side. It's almost done (both the story and the series) and then I can move onto something else. In the meantime I'm becoming a master procrastinator.
Anyway, look for my next story, whose title I will think of eventually. In the meantime here's a link to "Tried and Treacherous." It's only $0.99 and a sure pleaser for Russian diehards, fiction-lovers, conspiracy theorists, and Disney addicts. Okay, 50/50 on the Disney thing, but still. Enjoy!