Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Release! Shine 10--Never Say Reven--Goes Live TODAY!!!

I'm so excited to be the first to tell you about the release of my newest Shine novella, Never Say Reven. Do you need to read the previous installments? No. But you'll miss out on some great writing if you don't! Shine 10 is the first of a three book story arc. The next books will be released in the coming months.
Here's what it's all about...
June Brighton has the ability to hear a person's heartbeats. On the night of her senior prom, she uses her talent to track down a Reven--a Shine bounty hunter--named Memphis Stone. He's ruthless, cunning, and smarter than any Reven she's ever encountered. And as it turns out--he's also the only Reven who has ever been able to capture her. Almost before she knows what happened, she's on a boat headed to a Shine "facility." But she's astonished to learn that Memphis isn't after money. His motivations are darker--and much more dangerous. Will an alliance with him save her? Or will she spend the rest of her life as a prisoner--or worse?
Shine 10 is available here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Battling the WHAT IF Monster

The WHAT IF monster--does he plague you? Does he bring worries to your mind that only make your problems worse? If so, be warned. And read on.
I have a confession to make. I worry. A lot. Too much. I've got a nasty stomach ulcer to prove it. I know I shouldn't worry so much, but sometimes my mind gets swept away with my worries, and I can't concentrate on anything but the WHAT IF's. For example, "What if I can't find a good school for my kids?" "What if my husband works longer hours?" "What if I can't publish my book?" "What if my car breaks down?" "What if I can't pay my bills?" "What if my kids get sick?" "What if I'm a bad mom?" "What if I'm not thin enough?" "What if another hurricane comes...?"
You get the picture. Some of my what if's are based on actual problems. Some of them are legitimate concerns. But do I really need to worry about them? What can worrying do except make my stomach ulcer hurt more?
So I've decided to shut up my WHAT IF monster. If a thought comes into my head that starts with a WHAT IF--I reverse it. For example, "What if I can't sell my books?"
Instead I reverse the thought. "What if I can sell my books?"
Or, "What if my husband works really long hours?" Switched around, "What if my husband doesn't work long hours?"
The truth is, I don't know what the future holds. It may be really awful or it may turn out just fine. I've faced trials and challenges before. I'm still here. I'm still happy. Even if the worst outcome happens, I'll deal with it just like I've always done in the past.
Will I be able to never worry again? Doubtful. But at least I'm confronting a weakness and trying to improve. And I'm not going to worry about it!
Do you have a WHAT IF monster lurking in your brain? If so, how do you overcome your worries?

And now, to shamelessly plug my own book...Overcoming your fears is a theme I've incorporated in my latest novella. Shine 10, Never Say Reven, is now available on Amazon. Click here for a free sample!