Progress Report on Winter’s Icy Caress

The tension continues to build as I near completion of my second novel–Winter’s Icy Caress.  I’ve reached the 60,000 word mark as of today, and I am looking forward to the coming days.  The excitement of bringing my ideas to completion is an emotional “high”, and the excitement spurs me on to my next projects.

In Winter’s Icy Caress, Clare Thibodeaux is hoping to find her “happily ever after” despite a past littered with death and sadness.  But life in the Northwoods of Wisconsin has been anything except normal when two young women from the area turn up missing.  Clare’s determined to find the connection between the missing area women in the hopes of uncovering the person who abducted them.  As her personal life begins to fall apart, Clare finds herself embroiled in the search for a serial killer who has selected her as his next target.

I have some plotting started for the third book in the Clare Thibodeaux Series.  At this time, I don’t have a title for the next book, but the “Clare” junkies out there should be reassured there are more adventures and danger ahead.  Not everyone is who you thought they were, so expect more surprises.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Exodus, I hope you will check it out.  It’s available for  $0.99 on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

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Book Updates

I’d like to thank all of the readers who have purchased Exodus.  The best thing about writing is finding out someone enjoyed your book.  I’m excited by the enthusiasm surrounding the characters of Clare, Wyatt, and Lee.  I love when readers talk about them like they are real people living in Bayfield, Wisconsin.   In essence, they are real as they live and breathe in my head filling it with their conversations and adventures.

Before you think I’m a bit crae crae, I want to reassure you I’m not.  Yes, I talk to myself and say dialogue out loud while driving in my car wishing I could write it down immediately.  I pull over as soon as I can and use the voice recorder on my cell attempting to replicate it instead of trying to text and drive.  (I’m not THAT crazy!)

Work on Winter’s Icy Caress is progressing and I’m anticipating the first draft of the book to be complete by the end of the month.  With over 56,00 words written and thirty-four chapters completed, I’m hopeful I can keep my publishing deadline of May 2017.

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An Exam Called Life

An insightful look at how an examination can prepare us in more than one way for our future by fellow OMP author and blogger, Moinak.

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THE LAST EXAM

Up until my high school days, I hated almost all my exams. I hated the competitive ones and I hated the non-competitive ones. I hated them just religiously, without any discrimination. And I hated them because I thought exams were a discrete hammering on a child’s natural intellect. But as the numbers on my age changed, so did my views and beliefs.

Surprisingly over the last three years at college, after sailing through a university level of education and a gruelling series of examinations, almost on my own, I have understood one simple thing; exams are more than just a reality check. Exams are actually the stimulants that trigger your intellect and enhance your ability to cope with the real world. It helps you deal with the insane amounts of difficulties that you face ahead in your life.

My under-graduation is nearing an end. Only a few…

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Resolutions, Repentance and Rebirth

The promise of a new year brings the hope of happier times ahead.  The days get longer, the temperatures warmer, and Spring brings the birth of colts, calves and baby lambs.  The honking chorus of geese heading north can be heard over the Mississippi flyway.  Soon other birds will migrate using the Mississippi River to navigate their way to locations warming with the changes the new season brings.  Daffodils and tulips will push through the black dirt reaching for the warming sunshine.

We, humans have made our resolutions with the promise of losing weight, getting to the gym more often and decluttering our homes.  I confess I seem to have forgotten my good intentions in the passing months.  My house looks like a war zone, and I don’t even want to talk about my lapses in the area of healthy living.

Christians around the world are entering a time of spiritual renewal and repentance.  We enter into the Lenten season showing repentance through fasting, prayer, and sacrifice.  The conversation in my family during this time of year includes declarations of what “I’m giving up for Lent”.  For forty days, we abstain from certain foods and give up something/s we enjoy in recognition of Jesus Christ’s sacrifices in the desert.

For many, including myself, once Lent is over I return to my pre-Lenten routines.  This year, I am thinking of this time as preparation for my personal rebirth.  Lent should be a time of making myself a better “me”.  If I only try to curb my bad habits during a period of forty days, I miss out on the opportunity to change over the next 325 days.

I’d like to think I’m strong enough to keep the promises I make to myself and others. Strong enough to recognize my failings and correct them.  Strong enough to celebrate the opportunity to change and evolve as I grow older.  I don’t want to become stagnant and fixed in the same routines.  I want to experience this world, bring joy to others and help where I can.

Resolutions, repentance, and rebirth–I believe are the three steps needed for self-awareness, accountability and self-actualization.  As an author, my characters go through a similar process over the course of their story.  We expect them to overcome their obstacles, learn from their mistakes and grow as a person.  It’s not unrealistic to expect the same from ourselves.

 “You can only run for so long before you have to fight back.”     Discover how Clare Thibodeaux overcomes her fears in Exodus