Christmas Ghosts is LIVE on Amazon!

For your Kindle reading pleasure, here is the link to Christmas Ghosts! 

Dealing with the unexpected loss of his mother isn’t how carpenter Steve Billings planned to spend his Christmas. Hoping her costume jewelry can bring some happiness to others, he takes it to the local community theater, where he runs into his first love, Trey Baxter.

Trey’s trying to help his sister put on a gender-fluid version of A Christmas Carol, but no one on the cast or crew knows which end of a hammer to hold let alone use a power tool. Then a face from the past brings a present-day miracle… one that could lead to the happy future they both thought they gave up back in high school.

Why I love Spock (and Star Trek)

Subtitle – in which I try to distract myself about Christmas Ghosts coming out tomorrow! I might be just a little too excited.

You are neither Vulcan nor human, and therefore you have no place in this universe.

I was drawn to Spock because I did not fit in. I was born with a physical disability yet I am very intelligent. In the Dark Ages when I was growing up, the disabled were ostracized and bullied in the ‘normal’ schools. For years, groups of children would corner me in the hallways and tease me for walking on crutches and for being different from them. The school board was so sick of my mother getting in their face about how I was treated that they pretty much forced her to send me to the ‘special education’ center with the other disabled children—the ones no one wanted to teach or see.

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Time Flies – Christmas Ghosts

Last spring I was challenged by a senior editor at Dreamspinner Press who I’d worked with for many, many years to write for the 2019 Advent Calendar. I don’t focus on romance. It’s always the side course in my writing, but for this it had to be the main event. I had 2 weeks to write 15K. The theme was ‘homemade for the holidays’, and imagine my surprise when I had a plot in 10 minutes!

I pounded out 14000 (ish) words and created Christmas Ghosts, which will be my first officially published work for DSP. Had I more time, I’d have gone for the upper limit and done an entire novella, because I really love the characters I created and the story hit me where I live.

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Experimenting with Polymer Clay

One big lesson learned from my clay yesterday, 2 oz blocks are not at all big enough. Will need to get larger blocks of black, since I know I’ll be using it a lot. It comes in up to a pound, but I don’t want the clay to get old and be a bitch to work with so 8oz will probably be it.

The Nesco was dusty inside, so I need to wash and let it dry before I attempt the first baking. All my stuff will need to be either short or baked on its back/side. I learned from youtube that you can bake on a pile of cornstarch if you need to lay something flat that shouldn’t be, so that should be OK.

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