For those of you interested in reading a contemporary women's fiction novel about motherhood, forgivenss, growing-up and infidelity, Body of Ash, is now availble in print and on Kindle through Amazon and through Lulu.com.
In the rolling hills of Litchfield County, Connecticut, Brian
Jones has everything: an elegant home, a respectable wife and a well-mannered
daughter. His position as sole preacher in an affluent church affords him a
comfortable income and a tantalizing mistress. Canaan is the ultimate “promised
land,” far from his abusive childhood in rural Georgia, but even Brian must
learn hidden secrets have consequences.
daughter, Rachel, may look like she has it all, but feels invisible at home.
When Rachel learns her parents are sending her to boarding school, she packs a
bag and climbs out her window. Hiding in a nearby city, the last thing she
expects is to end up alone on the streets. While her mother, Angela, searches to
find her, Rachel begins questioning her religious background, discovering
redemption in an unlikely place.
Katie Finch is tired: tired of being
hungry, tired of going without, and tired of being alone. Ever since her parents
divorced, she starves in her father’s absence, skipping school and experimenting
with boys and drugs in search of relief. Her mother’s latest fixation is a
married evangelical preacher, but Katie isn’t convinced Pastor Jones is the
salvation her family needs. What makes it worse is Brian’s daughter is none
other than Katie’s ex best friend. Once Marge’s binge drinking and irrational
behavior leads to physical abuse and plans for murder, Katie is powerless to
stop her mother from destroying what’s left of their strained relationship.
After a wild obsession results in death, both teens are forced to
evaluate who they are compared to how the world sees them. Finding comfort in
their shared pain, Rachel and Katie learn to forgive the past while discovering
there is both beauty and heartbreak in growing up.
Liz leaned back over, this time keeping her voice a hushed whisper. “You don’t."
“Don’t what?” he asked.
“You don’t disappoint,” she said honestly. “You’re just different than I expected.”
He smiled, causing her heartbeat to hasten. “What did you expect?”
She didn’t know whether to look in his eyes or at his perfect mouth. “I’m not sure,” she admitted. “I guess someone dark and dangerous.”
Braden’s hand snaked out and caught her wrist. Surprised with how quick he moved, she sat frozen and just watched as he trailed his fingers along the vulnerable flesh of her inner arm. His fingers left a wonderful warming sensation trickling deep into her skin.
“I can be dark and dangerous sometimes,” he whispered, his intense blue eyes holding her in place. The slight huskiness of his voice made her breath catch, but she gently pulled free from his hold.
Liz swallowed; completely stunned by the physical reaction she had to his touch. He wasn’t the first attractive guy she had ever been around, but he was the first to make her melt with a single stroke of her skin.
For a moment, she thought he might kiss her. What shocked her more was that she would have let him.
What was it about Irish guys? The only guy she allowed herself to fantasize about was Danny O’Donoghue, the lead singer from The Script. But he was unreachable and safe to have a thing for from a distance. Braden was right beside her and leaving her acutely aware of his presence.
As Liz sat back in her seat willing her heart rate to slow down, she couldn’t help but grin. The damphyr was full of surprises.
Now that I have completed my contemporary women's fiction novel Body of Ash, I have determined to finish Blood Twist. How I have missed my young adult series!
There is a tentative deadline set and I hope to have Blood Twist released on Kindle September 1st. The release dates for Soul Kissed, Flame Played, and Fate Fallen are still unknown, but I hoping to be more productive with my writing schedule now that I have completed my studies at the amazing University of Connecticut.
My time studying creative writing at human development and family studies at UCONN was well spent. One of the surprising turns of events in obtaining my BA was the oportunity to study writing with poet Ira Joe Fisher and prose/ poet author Davyne Verstandig. While taking two full back to back semesters with Davyne, she pushed me to dig outside of my comfort zone and write a novel that didn't have vampires, damphyrs, werewolves, or magic. Instead, I explored a story where mother and daughter relationships are strained when a local pastor's sexual addiction sweeps them into a world of uncertainty and obsession. I would describe it as an observant novel about losing yourself and having it all. Motherhood, forgiveness, infidelity - coming home is never easy. Although I have sent out a few queries, I will probably self-publish Body of Ash. I would love to experience both traditional publishing and continue indie publishing. As soon as the decision is made, I will release my news here.
One of my absolute favorite topics to read about is another author's story of how and why they entered the writing life. I find each unique story to be inspiring and insightful!
Tonight, I read Elizabeth Gilbert's (best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love) article on the subject. I am attaching the link, so please check it out. One important point she made is not to "pre reject yourself" - especially without ever having tried to share your work. I also love how she explains that writing is for all ages.
So, lately I have been asked about Blood Twist and when my readers can expect Book 2 in The Erris Coven Series. I have decided to post here the update on the the status of my work in progress. As I posted late last fall, I was offered the opportunity to take a writing class with legendary author and poet Davyne Verstandig. Upon meeting her, she challenged me to temporarily put Blood Twist on hold until I have completed a few months of writing training. Reluctantly, I agreed - after all, I want to be a better writer of course. So, I put the mostly completed manuscript aside and began writing Body of Ash in class. My class will end in April - in which time I hope to begin working on Blood Twist again. The only problem is....the computer I have Blood Twist on has crashed and died. Yes, Yes, I know - how could I have not had it backed up times ten? I keep asking myself that same question. But, all that remains is a few sample chapters I have on email that were sent to beta readers early on. I have my notes and my outline - but I wonder how long it will take to rewrite and complete the new novel? I don't think it can be exactly the same, but hope the new writing skills I have developed and the love I have for Lexie, Torin, Braden and Liz, as well as the rest of the Erris Coven family will help me rewrite - revise - reinvision the novel that was almost completely done before.