Sunshine Blogger Award

Agnes Bookbinder nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award!

For those of you who don’t know, a Sunshine Blogger Award is a recognition bloggers bestow upon one another.  Anything that builds community in a positive way is a very good thing, and it was kind of her to think of me.

I am supposed to nominate some other bloggers, but in my contrarian ways, I’m not.  I’m breaking the rules.

*The Sunshine Blogger Award fine print (best fine print ever):
The rules are as follows:

  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write eleven (possibly fiendish) questions for them to answer.


1.  What is your greatest source of inspiration for writing?  This may sound strange to many of you, but I my writing is inspired by my loneliness.  My mind creates stories to remain active.
2.  What did you have for breakfast this morning (if anything)?  Chicken Biscuit
3.  What was the first book you remember reading by yourself?  It’s been so long, I don’t remember.
4.  What is your favorite color and why?  I like all colors.  My least favorite is green.
5.  Where would you visit in your transporter? Scotland.
6.  When would you visit in your time machine? 19th century
7.  What is your greatest strength?   Oh, I don’t know.
8.  Who do you most admire (living or dead) and why?  Dan Fogelberg has been my biggest musical influence.
9.  Okay, MacGyver -save the world. What will you use & how will you do it?  Depends on the circumstances.   But I don’t think I have the skills for such a task.  Goodbye, cruel world.
10. Which vice?  Dt. Mt. Dew  Which virtue?  I’m prude and proud.
11. What is your favorite genre to write?  Historical Romance  To read?   Historical Romance and mysteries.

Book Blurb

Unexpected Refuge.jpgYa know those blurbs you read on the back of the covers of Novels.  Here’s mine for Unexpected Refuge.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment.

Circa 1800

Running from his shameful past, Niall Elliot escaped to the mountains of North Carolina to build a refuge to heal from the wounds of his heart. All he wanted was to be alone in hopes that he could forget the dreadful events that haunted him.

Uprooted from her innocent life, young Rebekah Tucker and her mother were taken by her father on a secretive, westward journey. Soon Rebekah found herself in the hands of an unsavory couple who forced her into “indentured servitude”.

When Niall answers Rebekah’s plea for help, both their lives will change forever.  They will find an Unexpected Refuge.

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Wounded at Gettysburg

   Infectious wounds can make everything seem off kilter.  Asher was lying still on a cot not sure exactly where he was.  The pain in his leg was excruciating.  With that in combination with the fever, he was in and out of consciousness.  When his body reached a point that he could sleep, scenes from the battle would fill his dreams.  Awake, again; pain, again.
Sometimes, however, he would dream about Jane.  This was odd since the woman was not yet born.  Right now he was Stokes McRae, not Asher.  However, the feverish dreams would bring her laughter and her dry sense of humor to his mind and he would have relief.  Then the battle would take it all away:  gunfire, artillery, mortar fire.  All he had was a bayonet on the end of a rifle with little ammunition.  Artillery blast.  Awake.  Pain.
Couldn’t they give him something for the pain?  Maybe even put him out of his misery?  He believed he would die in that bed.  Through the fog of his mind, he saw a face.
“Water, Major?”  Water.  He guessed that’s all they had.  Asher took a sip and returned his head to his pillow.  “You can have more, sir.”  The young corporal held the cup into his field of vision.
“No, son.  That will be more water for the other men.  I’ll take some on your next round.”  Asher’s words sounded lucid but his mind was not.  He had memories from two different centuries roaming in his brain and he never knew which ones would pay him a visit when he closed his eyes.
Smoke.  Gunpowder.  Marching.  Shouts.  Explosions.  “Asher?”  He heard Jane’s voice through the smoke.  Jane’s face.  Artillery explosion.

Asher woke up choking on gunpowder and Jane’s head resting on his shoulder.  Asleep.

Asher’s Dream

Asher went to bed to take a nap.  It had been a strange few days.  He hoped he could sleep without the strange dreams.  He did.  Instead, he dreamed of Meggie.
They were sitting in their living room with books, like they had every Sunday afternoon of their life together.
“Asher,” said Meggie.
“It’s ok.”
Asher looked up from his book.  “OK to do what, baby?”
“To move on.”  She looked back down to read.
He opened his eyes, alone in his single bed.  He closed his eyes again to fight back the tears.
He felt a hand brushing the hair from his forehead.  “Mr. McRae?” a soft voice said.
Opening his tear-filled eyes, he turned his head toward the voice.  Emeline Pigott smiled at him and disappeared.


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When the bed was made,Asher turned to get towels for a shower and he caught a glimpse of a woman glide away from the door.

   “Jane?” No one answered. He ran out the room and into the living room. No one was there and the front door was locked. The back door was locked. He searched every room. No one was there.

     Clearly, I’m imagining things.

     Grabbing his keys, he left the house and walked next door. Leaves were blowing across the brick steps of the porch. He kicked them away, marched to the door and knocked. The porch light illuminated him and he saw Jane peek through the curtain as she usually did. He heard the bolt unlock on the door and open. It didn’t open completely. She obviously did not want him to see inside.

Phoenix Awakens – Eliza Nolan

smlizcover1Phoenix Awakens
by Eliza Nolan
Release Date: 10/12/15

Summary from Goodreads:

Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic.

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was part of the Phoenixes — a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she’s discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

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My Twitter friend, Eliza, has just published a young adult fantasy, Phoenix Awakens.

A teenage girl’s life seems to fall apart, as typical of teenage girls, but she wasn’t quite ready for what was about to happen to her.  As events were heating up in one part of the country, her hidden powers were amping up in another.

The characters were likable and well developed.  There were several plot twists that kept the story moving.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of The Phoenix.  Book 2 please.

About the Author

Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota – where she now lives with her two cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is FINALLY getting ready (to get ready) to publish her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

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Teaser for my Novel-In-Progress, Unexpected Refuge.

Rebekah let her hair down to let the summer sea breezes flow through it while Lee pushed her on the old swing.  She could feel his gentle touch lightly push her back each time she swung back.  Her skirt billowed with each push forward.  She loved this swing.  It always made her feel like flying

As the swing made its descent once more, Lee’s hands stopped her.  She didn’t look at him when he moved her hair and placed gentle kisses on her neck.

“What are you doing?”  she asked with a playful tone.  She did not stop his advances.

“I love you, Rebekah,” his voice was raspy with desire.  As he slid his hands around her waist, she felt his blonde hair on her cheek.

Rebekah shot up and away from him.  “You will just have to catch me to prove it,” and with that, she ran to the old live oak tree.  The limbs were almost to the ground, giving easy access.

As she climbed, she felt a familiar hand on her ankle.  She turned to him to protest but met him face to face as he pounced upon her, holding on the the large limb.

“Tease me, will you?”  He put his lips to hers and kissed her urgently.

Lost in his embrace, she was startled to hear Isaac and pushed Lee out of the tree with a thump.  She jumped down and went to the family servant who was waiting by the swing.

“Your mother and father are looking for you,” Isaac’s words held no emotion.

“Is everything alright?” she asked with concern.

Isaac swung his arm gracefully toward the house gesturing her to go ahead of him.  Rebekah ran away, leaving Lee in the garden, little knowing she would not see him again for a very long time.