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I’m Still Here

Wow…a lot of time has gone by since I last posted, hasn’t it? I really must apologize for the empty gap of information. I know I get frustrated waiting to hear from authors on book releases after a month, so I can only imagine how you feel!

2018 has been a year full of hospitals, doctor visits, and general busyness. As you remember back in January, my grandpa had surgery for melanoma (cancer) and had undergone a diagnosis. He was at a somewhat advanced stage of the disease, but thankfully qualified for treatment. The cancer was caught just before it was able to spread through the rest of his organs. After treatments, he is now officially in remission! He continues immunotherapy to keep it that way, and thankfully the side effects have been minimal.

As for myself, I’ve had my own adventures with doctors. After a long bout of neurological symptoms and headaches, I was finally sent to a neurologist to see what was causing my debilitating symptoms. I’m sorry to say this is the main reason my writing has slowed a bit, as there were some days I was so ill I could not get out of bed. After an MRI and EEG, the neurologist diagnosed me with chronic migraines. Even though it sounds simple, I was both relieved and disappointed with the diagnosis – relieved in the sense that I finally knew why I was getting so many strange symptoms of auras and headaches, but disappointed because it meant having to deal with a chronic health condition I did not want to deal with. Such is life, I suppose, but on the bright side it has taught me some valuable lessons in self-care and what to prioritize in my life so I can get my work done at a healthier pace.

Now that the holidays are here, I’m happy to say that things are finally starting to return to normal, and though my migraines still bother me, I’ve learned enough of my triggers and what treatments work to better manage my symptoms. And what happens when symptoms are managed? Writing!

Heir of Vengeance has one more chapter to go before the book is finished (I plan on writing it tomorrow, so here’s to finally getting it done!) It is (as of right now) the longest book in The Ripple Affair Series and begins the setup for the ending of the series. There will definitely be a Book Six, and possibly a Book Seven depending on how well my characters behave, and then the series will be finished. It’s hard to believe it’s almost done.

This will leave Heir of Vengeance with a 2019 release date. I’m hoping it will be available for purchase in the Spring. As always, I will keep you posted on my news page.

As for The Adventures of Captain Patty, fear not! Work has already begun on the fourth and final book of the series, Captain Patty and Whalebone’s War. I’m also aiming for a 2019 release, though once I get further into the story, I will have a better idea of when in 2019. And even though it’s the last book, don’t worry- I have a spin-off story planned! We’ll get to see what happens to the characters after the war with Willy Whalebone. More details will come on that later!

With 2018 coming to close, I want to thank all of you for your continued support, encouragement, and prayers. My goal for 2019 is to make up for the time lost in 2018- to publish more books, blog more, and branch out into more activities related to writing and story. I am so thankful that you all are continuing this writing journey with me; I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

May you all have a wonderful holiday season!

January Happenings

Greetings, fellow readers!

I’m so sorry that I’ve been slow on updating.  Things have been a bit busy lately.  Between my grandpa’s cancer surgery/treatment, extra hours working, and getting in a car accident (me + icy roads = hello, ditch), it’s been hard to even find time to write.  The good news is I have gotten some writing done, and I’m happy to say that Heir of Vengeance is over half-way through!

I’ll admit that writing it has been a bit bittersweet, though.  Both Captain Patty and The Ripple Affair are nearing their series’ ends.  (So far it’s one more book for the former and about two more books for the latter.)  It’s hard to believe that these two projects, started over a decade ago, are almost complete!  I’m happy to say that there are more stories (and series) on the way, though.  Once these two are complete, I’m hoping to get a Captain Patty spin-off story and a sequel series to The Ripple Affair.   I’m also planning some separate fiction that will involve different worlds, different characters, and even different planets (what can I say?  I like sci-fi), so I’m excited for the days to come!

I hope you all are doing well.  Keep watching the site for updates on Heir of Vengeance and any news on upcoming promos for my already-published books.

Have a happy week!


Weekly Update – Oops…

I’m in the final edits of Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance, and I have to tell you…I’m regretting something major that I’ve done in this series.

(Incoming spoilers in case you haven’t read the first book in the Captain Patty series or are not wanting some small snippets from the upcoming book.)


Yes, Patrick.  The original Patrick Peterson and the second Captain Patty’s husband.  If you recall, there’s a small blurb about him in Book One that says he was shot and killed by Rudiger Bartleby during a pirate raid.  Patty (the wife) and baby Reuben escaped and went on to become who we know them as today- a chocolate-addicted cartographer and a sassy pre-teen with a love for all things stink pot.

But as I’ve been working on Book Three, and writing Patty’s backstory on how she met and fell in love with Patrick, I find myself saying, “Oops!”  Maybe I shouldn’t have offed Patrick so quickly before I developed his character to something more than a name.  He’s been too fun to explore and he’s brought a lot of comedy and life to the story.  Should I have really ended it so soon?

It’s one of the struggles of being an author: when do you write off a character?  Grant it, Patrick’s death leads Patty to get her own ship and keeps her and Reuben safe for a while from Bartleby, but still…when you grow to love a character so much, it’s hard to part with them.  (Believe it or not, character write-offs are sometimes just as hard for the writers as it is for the readers.)

So I guess this post serves as a giant “Oops” to my readers.  If you enjoy Patrick as much as I, I’m sorry to say he doesn’t come back (what happens in Book One can’t exactly be erased).  I do hope that, despite his appearance in only one book, you’ll enjoy his presence and contributions to the story, short as it might be.

And if people really, really, really enjoy his character, well…I guess there’s always a spin-off.  😉

Have a wonderful week!

Weekly Update – Captain Patty Hashtag Game

Remember last week when we used the old Twitter hashtag #MovieSynopsisIn5Words to describe The Ripple Affair Series?  Today, we’re going to do the same with The Adventures of Captain Patty!  Once again, book characters will be talking about what they know best – their own series!
Listed below are what some of my book characters have written for their own hashtag game: #CaptainPattySynopsisIn5Words…

Charles on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Smelly coat leads to capture.

Hammy on Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer

Pirate fails at singing career.

Franky on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Hamster survives; is suspected immortal.

Luc on Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer

Asthma and smoke?  Bad combo.

Samantha on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Girl discovers love of pants.

Bartleby on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Unbeatable captain beat by whale.

Louis on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Businessman makes parrot mortal enemy.

Reuben on Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer

Boy friendzoned by first love.

Patty on Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator

Chocolate addict obliterates unstoppable fleet.

Percy on Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer

Boy suffers sunburning without parasol.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!

Weekly Update – The Book Cover is Here!

Hi everyone!

In case you didn’t see the news earlier, the cover for Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance has been released!  We’re well into the final edits and the book is almost ready to be published!  I’ll be sure to update you when it’s ready!

You can check out the cover here:


Here’s the book description:


If you haven’t read Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigatorbe sure to check it out here as the Kindle version is currently FREE through Tuesday, September 5!

That’s all I have for now.  I’m off to go back to writing in Heir of Vengeance!  Have a wonderful Labor Day!


Weekly Update – 08/20/2017

Phew!  Sorry for the late post, but it’s been a busy weekend, and I’m happy to say that I finally have a final draft submitted for Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance.  Though I had an initial draft completed a bit ago, I wasn’t happy with the conclusion of the book, so a complete scrap-and-rewrite was necessary for the final four chapters.  It was tough, and there were a few days where I just sat staring at my computer screen with a blank mind, but the writing came through, and I’m much happier with the new ending and know it will be more enjoyable for readers.

In other Captain Patty news, the first round of the cover design should be available by the end of the week!  The back cover synopsis has also been finalized.  Stay tuned for the front cover and back cover preview in the coming weeks.  I can’t wait to show you!

That’s all for now.  If you’re in the United States, I hope you all enjoy tomorrow’s total eclipse!  Remember to keep your eyes safe.  🙂


Weekly Update – 06/10/17

Hi all!  I bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been.  🙂  Things have been pretty busy here lately, and with increased work hours, it’s been tough to find time to update the blog.  With summer here, however, I’d like to make some goals, and one of those is providing weekly updates on how the writing is going (or whatever else seems to be on my mind at the time, ha ha.)

I’m happy to say that Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance is about four chapters away from completion!  I’m so excited to have this book finished and published so you can read it.  It’s by far my favorite book I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share it with you!  Today’s writing will be wrapping up the action-packed ending and I hope to have the epilogue finished within the next few days.  Spoilers: the epilogue is going to reveal something big, and will definitely have some major repercussions going into Book 4!

As always, I will keep you posted on how everything goes and when the book will be published.  Keep watching the blog as there are some exciting promos coming up later this month!

Happy writing!  🙂


P.S.  In case your day needs something cute, here’s a picture of a little visitor I had a few days ago when eating breakfast. 🙂


Excited for the Future


I don’t know about you all, but I’m glad summer is over.

Instead of BBQ’s and swimming pools, my summer was spent caregiving at the Cleveland Clinic and dealing with my own health issues (side note: sleep apnea really, really makes you feel awful).  So with all of that on my plate, plus some other life changes, needless to say this poor website of mine was put on the back burner.

So no, dear readers, I haven’t disappeared or quit, ha ha!   I’m finally happy to announce that things are slowing down where I can pull my attentions back into writing.  There were a few big things that happened, like “The Ripple Affair” having a successful free promo and “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator” hitting the Amazon best seller list for teen and young adult pirate stories.  And speaking of Captain Patty, the sequel, “Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer” has been released!  I can’t tell you how excited I am over this one.  There’s a tiny bit of a ghost story in it, so I’m glad it was released around Halloween, and if you’re a Reuben fan like me, you’re going to be happy to know this story is told from his point of view!  It’s a lot of laughs, plus a few questions from the first book will finally be answered, so I hope you check out my Captain Patty book page to see the latest regarding the world’s silliest pirate!

So what’s next?  (Aside from the holidays?)  There’s a few things in store:

  • “The Ripple Affair” Series is almost to an end!  It’s hard to believe that only a few stories are left before this part of Edward and company’s tale wraps up.  “Heir of Vengeance” is currently being written, and after the shocking ending to “Heart of Deceit”, I can promise you that things are about to get juicy!  A new villain competing with the old?  I wonder who will win?  Hmmmmm…
  • “The Adventures of Captain Patty” Series is nearing it’s end as well.  I’m still debating on whether to do spin-off stories because this series has been a bit of a surprise hit for me.  People of all ages (who don’t even like pirate stories) are enjoying it!  I honestly didn’t think people would like it as much as they have, so I’m still deciding on how much longer to continue things.  I am dabbling with a Captain Patty backstory since I think there’s a lot to tell, so we’ll see where it goes!  Rest assured I’ll keep you all posted in the coming months.
  • Nanowrimo is here!  Writers everywhere are rejoicing while binging on caffeine as they try to write a novel in a month.  Though I can’t guarantee I can write that fast, I am working on a new project that is a tad different from what I normally write.  I’ve dabbled with this story idea for near a decade now, and I’m finally starting to put it to paper for this month’s Nanowrimo project.  I’ll give you a few hints though: it’s space opera (think Star Wars type science fiction) and it has my most favorite character I’ve ever come up with.  The sass is strong with this one!  On a side note, if you look very closely in my blog, you can see a glimpse of this character in one of my posts.  😉

That’s about all I have for now, but I hope you all are having a wonderful week and continue to stay tuned for more updates.  Thank you so much for you patience and support, dear readers.  You have no idea how much I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.  God bless!


Captain Patty Review…As Told by the Characters

Reviews…every author loves them.  Whether good or bad or mediocre, reviews show that a book is being read by an audience, and more readers equals more exposure (and let’s be honest…more sales…) for the writer wanting to make a living.

Getting reviews is all fine and dandy coming from real people, but what if the characters themselves got a hold of the book?  Would they leave a good review, bad review, or spam?  I decided to give the characters of “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator” a copy of the book they’re in, and here’s what they submitted:

  • From Samantha: “Captain Patty is the adventurous story of a young girl and her father braving the Seven Seas with the silliest pirate around!  There’s chocolate, hamsters, a big sea monster, and singing and dancing!  You’ll never want to go back on land after reading this fun and exciting story!”
  • From Reuben: “So…there’s this guy.  A guy named Reuben.  He’s a mighty fine chap.  I think he’ll go far in life.  He’s brave, handsome, strong…did I mention handsome?  If they make a movie version, I think they should cast him as himself.  He’d win an award for sure.”
  • From Charles: “It is in my most humbled opinion that ‘Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator’ is one of the greatest stories of our time.  It is a moral tale of bravery, compassion, loyalty, and love, and anyone who gets their hands on this book will have no trouble putting it down.”
  • From Moderator: “@Louis – the post above has been marked as SPAM.  Please do not solicit customers towards businesses that exist in a literary world.
  • From Bartleby: “This book is trash.  It makes that pompous frilly girl Patty look intelligent when she clearly isn’t and makes that CLEARLY VILLAINOUS FIEND Charles look heroic.  I’ve never read such a one-sided piece of filth.  IGNORE THIS BOOK.
  • From Patty: “I received this book for an honest review in exchange for thirty pounds of chocolate.  From beginning to end, this story captivated me.  I felt as if I were on the ship itself!  Oh wait…I was…
  • From Franky the Hamster: “Squeaky squeak  squeak squeak.  Squeaker squeaky squeak squeak squeaken squeak! 😀

Well, there you have it!   Honest reviews from the characters themselves!  If you’d like to read more about “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator”, visit the Books page for more information!