It’s a silly blog title, isn’t it? Considering the gravity of the situation, I don’t mean to be blasé about it.
I moved to Florida a couple of years ago to be closer to my family. After I moved, I met a wonderful man who makes me ridiculously happy.
Ryan has an equally wonderful family who have welcomed me into their lives and for the most part everything has been… well… wonderful.
Except we’ve known for a long time that Ryan’s dad was terminally ill.
On New Year’s Day, Ryan’s sister found him collapsed and burning with fever. Since then, it’s been a roller-coaster of slow, painful decline as he passed through the final stages of liver cirrhosis.
Last night, that decline came to an end.
I’m sorry he was hurting so much. I’m sorry to see him go. I’m sorry for what it’s done to Ryan and Emily as they had to watch their daddy die by inches. But they got to spend time with him, and say their goodbyes. They got to tell him how much they loved him before he went.
I’m glad he’s no longer in pain.
I’ve spent a lot of time these last few months dropping everything to be as supportive as possible to this family. It’s been hard for me to sit by and see what it did to Fred, but even harder to see what it was doing to his kids. To the man I adore and want to spend the rest of my life with. It’s made it difficult for me to balance work and writing and everything else, but family comes first.
So I hope you’ll understand why it has taken me so long to get back on the road to publishing. Why it’s probably going to continue to take me some time to build back up some steam and get more books out.
But there will be more books. For as long as I have a keyboard available to me, I will always be writing something. Even if it isn’t meant for public consumption, even if it’s just to amuse myself, writing is my escape.
It’s publishing and marketing that takes more time, effort, and other resources than I currently have to spare.
However, I don’t want this situation to cast a total pall on my latest release.
Sometimes life is hard, sometimes it hurts, and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Life isn’t always about the good, but damn it, you need to keep soldiering on and living it anyway even when the ones you want to spend it with can’t always be there for you.
It’s taken a long time for me to get this story ready, but now that it is, I’m not going to hold it back–even though I might be taking a little more time than expected away from the social media and blog tours I usually tackle at release time. I need a little time to collect myself, so you may not see me being as vocal about this book as I usually am about my book releases–but don’t let my radio silence fool you. This story means a lot to me, and it’s one that’s very dear to my heart.
This book is dedicated to the man I love, the one who just lost his dad.
I hope you all fall in love with this story the way I fell in love with Ryan and his family. Unexpectedly, unabashedly, and with a dash of pulled heartstrings along the way.
A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she’s just like all the other magi.
A dragon who sees through her lies.
Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.
Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she’s got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can’t afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.
The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.
As an illusionist, she doesn’t have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems…
Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.
Coming May 1st, 2016. Now available for pre-order from:
(Coming soon to print!)
On a related note, I know I have not really made mention of this one yet, but I will also be in another book in the near future. They are still looking for additional authors to jump on board, too! Pure Textuality presents…
#AmWriting – A Collection of Letters to Benefit the Wayne Foundation
On June 7, 2016, Pure Textuality PR will play publisher once again, this time as we release #amwriting, a charity publication to benefit The Wayne Foundation.
And now, we need YOU.
#amwriting will be a collection of letters written by authors to their fledgling-writer selves:
Knowing what you know now of writing, publishing, and putting your art out into the world, if you could go back to the day you sat down to start typing in your very first manuscript, what words would you offer to yourself? Words of encouragement? Words of advice? Caution against certain pitfalls? Would you change anything about how you got to where you are today?
The publishing community is so much bigger than it was before the self-publishing boom and it continues to grow exponentially every day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a handbook or support group. The book is to provide words of encouragement or advice to those just starting out or those who have become discouraged in their art. At Pure Textuality PR, we believe in supporting each other as a community, and we felt this project would be a good way to bring writers together and maybe give some new artists just the right nudge to keep going.
100% of the net proceeds of #amwriting will go to benefit The Wayne Foundation, a charity dedicated to offering aid and services to young women victimized by illegal sexual exploitation and the sexual trafficking of minors. The Wayne Foundation was co-founded by Kevin Smith, writer, director, podcastic guru, and (as I’m sure you’re all *very* sick of hearing by now) my artistic hero.
DEADLINE FOR LETTERS: May 16, 2016
NO MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM WORD COUNT.
__ About The Wayne Foundation __
The Wayne Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States.
The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. We are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.
Drop in Center
The Wayne Foundation operates the third drop in center in Florida recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services. It is located in Charlotte County Florida, and serves clients throughout Southwest Florida. Our target clientele are young women aged 13-25. Our DIC is equipped to provide daily services that include, but are not limited to: Food, New Clothing, Access to Shower, Media Center, Mental Health Assistance, SNAP/ Medicare Benefit sign-up/renewal, Family Counseling, Education Assistance, and Transportation To and From the Center.