A New Chapter

Well, friends, I have been missing for a LONG time. A year ago I was working on an edit of “Unbidden” when a terrible thing happened. And then two months later another terrible thing happened. I’m not going into the details, but suffice it to say I was emotionally gutted, and my day-to-day life was hijacked by the needs of others. Writing was out of the question, both from a time standpoint and from lack of creative drive. (I did participate in a boxed set of novellas, Hearts Aflame, with some other Love Historicals authors. Luckily I had the story “Rowan’s Legacy” written prior to July 2015, and only had to edit to get it ready.)

Five months or so ago, in the midst of the very stressful and time-consuming task of forcibly downsizing my parents’ living situation, a wonderful thing started to happen. An opportunity for a full-time job sort of evolved in an industry I left in 2003 and never thought I would re-enter. All I can say is this path felt more clear, sensible, and stimulating than the idea of continuing to write when I can’t seem to earn the support of more than a few people who buy books. So, I’m starting this week on a new/old professional journey.

Local readers often ask if I’m working on the next book. I have a few in my head, in both my existing series and one totally different story, but writing them is another thing. The inclination exists, the love for the written word and my characters is still there. I just can’t imagine I’ll have time. If I choose to continue, it will begin again as a hobby, which is how I started, after all.

Thank you for visiting my blog and website, and for being one of the fans who enjoys my writing. I’m sure I’ll be distracted by this new chapter for awhile. Hopefully, one day, some characters will become so loud in my head that I’ll start to let them out again. And when that happens, I’ll definitely be talking about it here!

La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess on First Sight Saturday

This week on First Sight Saturday, Mariana Gabrielle shares a first meeting excerpt from La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, her historical romance featuring the daughter of an Indian paramour and a nobleman of England. Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym of Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and designer. Her fun fact is that she ran… Continue Reading

My Outlander Obsession – Good Guys!   #MFRWHooks

My Outlander Obsession – Good Guys! #MFRWHooks

I’ve been having a serious problem balancing my need to read the entire Outlander series immediately—if not before—and my real-life obligations. I realize I’m a little late to this party considering the first book was published in 1991, but I’m here now and I’m a fan! I’ve been double dipping by voraciously reading while getting caught… Continue Reading

New Hotness on Hot for Fridays

New Hotness on Hot for Fridays

So happy that my favorite book boyfriend, Boone, will soon be burning up ereaders. Rhyolite Drifts: Yellowblown™ Book Two, my New Adult contemporary slightly apocalyptic romance, is available for preorder—at a discounted price—and will be released on May 5. Here are a few of Boone’s swoon-worthy lines, spoken to Violet, that reminded her why she… Continue Reading

Charlemagne – Talking Points

Everybody’s heard of Charlemagne but many of us have no idea why his name has endured through history. Today is Charlemagne’s birthday, so here are some talking points to grow your brain and impress your friends. 1. Charlemagne was born on April 2, 742 or 747 or 748. (Historians can’t agree on which year, and really,… Continue Reading