Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year (of the Wood Goat)


Bring on the New Year!  As I said in an earlier post, 2015 is an "8" vibration year. It's also the year of the wood goat. You can read more about that here: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/2015-horoscope/ Overall, things should go more smoothly for those who had a trying year in 2014. (Count me among you!), so here's hoping the predictions are on the mark. Truth told, I haven't had a really good year since about 2012. Eek, I'm long overdue!

If you're into astrology and tarot, that sort of thing, get thee to YouTube. This is the best time of year to check out all the free, yearly predictions for your sign(s). If you need recommendations on where to start, some of my favorites are Michele Knight, Veerle de Bruyne, Kelley Rosano, and Tarot by Tilly. (No particular order. I love them all.)

I won't be making traditional "resolutions" this year. I set my intentions for the New Year a few months ago, and I've been doing my best to put them into practice.They're working for me, so I'm going to stick with them. You can read about my intentions for 2015 here:  http://corazane.blogspot.com/2014/12/happy-christmas-eve-eve-2014.html

As for celebration plans, I'll be hanging out with the family tonight. We're staying home to watch the ball drop on TV. Then tomorrow, we're going to my parents' house for dinner. In the meantime, I'll be working on the naughty novel - writing. Lots of writing. The story is due very soon, and I need to pick up the pace. Wish me luck!

Until next time, happy wishes! Here's to a blessed 2015. *clinks champagne glasses* 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas Eve Eve 2014


Well, it's Christmas Eve-Eve. The guys are watching The Dark Crystal, and I'm preparing to wrap Christmas presents. Tomorrow morning, we're going to my parents' house to celebrate with them, have Christmas dinner, and open presents. As per our family tradition, Christmas morning is spent at home, just hubby, the kids, and me. The kiddos get to open the presents that Santa brought overnight, and we have a smaller Christmas dinner - nothing formal. Of course, Oldest won't be here with us this year; he's still stationed in Bahrain, so it doesn't feel quite the same. Nevertheless, we're trying to make it as fun and memorable as possible for MiniBeast.

With the year almost over, and thank goodness for that, I've started to look toward 2015. Actually, I started looking toward 2015 at the end of October and set my intentions then. I've treated the last few months of 2014 as a kind of warm up period for building new habits. No resolutions for me this year, only intentions. I want to relax, slow my pace, and finish what I start. I want to both live my life and lift my creative energy to a higher vibration. 2014 has been a very dark place for me. I'm ready to shed that old vibe and move on to the next level. No mucking around in what used to be.

For Christmas this year, I wish for personal peace. I wish to tie up loose ends so I can let them go. That all sounds terribly cliche, but when you've been through the fire all year, been smothered under a perpetual dung heap of stress and personal troubles, getting to a place of peace again is pretty much all you can think about. I'll leave it at that.

So off I go to wrap presents, drink more tea, and take some more sinus meds. It's the season for feeling better (hopefully soon!) and dreaming big. However you choose to celebrate, or even if you don't, I wish you peace. ❄❄❄

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holly Days :: Holidays :: Holly Daze




It's the holly-days!  I'm very glad of that because I've been needing a break. Desperately. There has been so much stressful stuff going on lately that there are days I just want to resign myself to never leaving the house again. Seriously, with each new stressful thing that crops up and lands on my shoulders, becoming a shut-in begins to sound better and better. Peaceful, most importantly. Maybe once 2014 is over things will iron themselves out. If not, maybe I should start shopping around for wilderness real estate. You know, so I have a place to run screaming.  

The fall semester ended on December 9th, and presently I have a 4.0 gpa. Just think, I need only 48 more credit hours to graduate. (crazed laughter) I planned to attend the spring semester, but I'm presently out of financial aid. It's all good though because I really need to take care of a few things before I dive back into the academic fray. It will likely be summer before I can afford another class, but I'm not too worried about it. In the meantime I've picked up my writing again.

That's it for now. Merry Christmas and Happy Yule. Ooh, now that I think about it, I have a lot of holiday prep to get to - baking, shopping, wrapping. I still haven't bought any presents for hubby. He wants a Keurig, and all the trappings that go with it. Anyway, I digress. Wherever you are, and however you celebrate - I wish you a lovely holiday.  

Before I go, today's pic is my Christmas gift from Oldest, who is still stationed in Bahrain. He sent me the kitty cat mug with matching spoon. Sniff, sniff. He knows me so well. I miss the big guy bunches.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Hand Turkey Day!

Bizarre Thanksgiving Postcard courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Happy Thanksgiving! 

It's been a busy holiday week for me. Aside from family festivities, this is study week leading up to finals. I've taken my History 201 final already, so that's one thing off my list; however, I still have several classes left to deal with. Starting on Monday, Dec. 1st and running through Dec. 9th, I will be testing for my remaining classes. I'm so ready to get it over with, but even after finals are done, I won't be getting a break. I'll be right back in class on Dec. 10th, since that's when the winter term begins. It's a very short term, but it's going to be intense. Each class lasts about three hours a day. The upside is that it only lasts for fifteen days, and with a big break for Christmas and New Year smack in the middle of it. I'm crossing my fingers I can keep up!

Tomorrow we're going to my mom and dad's for Thanksgiving dinner. Like I said on Facebook, I'll probably eat too much then crawl onto one of mom's couches and fall asleep watching TV. I don't plan to do any Black Friday shopping, so I'll probably spend the late afternoon moving back and forth between studying and editing. In the midst of all this schoolwork, I'm trying to write a novella. Easier said that done. But that's a story for another day. 

Again, I hope you have a lovely Hand Turkey Day. It's shortly after one in the morning - I probably should get to bed. Until next time, happy wishes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In Love With Nine-to-Five Fantasies



I received my contributor copies for Nine-to-Five Fantasies on Monday afternoon. They're gorgeous! Lately, I haven't had a lot of time to read and write (aside from academic papers), so it was a refreshing change to read through some of the sexy stories from the anthology. 

Some of my favorites include:
Grimy, by Sommer Marsden
O For Effort, by Delilah Night
Kneading Lessons, by Tilly Hunter
and Close Shave, by Alison Tyler




My contribution is a hot mechanic story called Body Work. It features a buff, tattooed mechanic with nipple rings, a hot car, and a strap on. Library Journal called my story "surprisingly kinky".  *eyebrow wiggle* I hope you'll check it out.

Nine-to-Five Fantasies is available in both ebook and print formats. Readers can pick up a copy through most bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books a Million. ♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

New Release: Nine-to-Five Fantasies

Yay! It's new release day! 

Nine-to-Five Fantasies (edited by Alison Tyler) is available at Amazon and  Barnes and Noble in both ebook and print formats.

This anthology contains 18 incredibly hot short stories, including my naughty mechanic story called, Body Work. I hope you'll check it out!

For more about the awesomely talented Alison Tyler, her blog is here: http://alisontyler.blogspot.com   (NSFW)



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Dogs, One Dog Bed

Sassie and Jake wallowed their enormous pillow-style dog bed flat as a pancake. How did they accomplish this?

They would both try to take up as much space as possible on the pillow bed. Doing so keeps the other dog from having more room on the pillow, you see? To acquire more room than the other dog, they each wallow on it like pigs in mud. Whoever can stretch out the furthest wins more space.

Apparently this process is so much fun, CharlieCat decided to start participating in the wallowing contest as well. Three wallowing animals led to the inevitable collapse of the bed fibers. When I picked the bed up to move it, it had the density of a deflated balloon.

I haven't had a chance to pick up new Polyfill for the bed, which has a zippered inner and outer case so you can restuff it periodically. I'm estimating it will take roughly four bags just to get the bed to a decent "fluff" volume.

Now that the pillow bed is put away (until I can restuff it), Jake has begun sleeping in Mini's bean bag chair. Sassie whines about him stealing the chair, mostly because she has nowhere comfy to go. Yesterday, I decided to make a box bed for Sass to help her out. That way, Jake could have the chair, and Sass would have a comfy box to stretch out in while I'm doing my homework.

Behold, the results....

Jake - Box Bed
Sassie - Beanbag Chair


I do not understand dog logic.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Remember me?

Remember me?  I've been so focused on studying lately I haven't had time for much else. I wish that was an exaggeration. The house has stayed a mess since the first week of school, I can barely keep up with the laundry (I've stopped trying with the dishes), and I'm doing good to get four hours of sleep a night. I've even had several dreams where I'm looking down at my notebooks, and they're filled with Algebra problems. I'm ready for the end of the semester. My brain needs a rest.

Next semester, I'm going to cut down on the classes. Four is really too many at one time. I have two professors who like to substitute actual instruction with heaping on of homework. That doesn't teach anyone anything. You're so busy trying to rush through it, you don't absorb anything. With my other two classes, I'm not receiving any instruction at all. I'm basically paying the cost per credit hour to read a textbook. No more, no less. I hope studying closely will be enough to pass the finals, because I really don't want to have to retake any classes.

I wish I had something more exciting to say, but the reality is that these past six weeks have been a complete blur.  Oh! I guess there is one exciting thing I can talk about. Last week marked the first leg of the writing workshop I've been giving on critical reading skills for writers. We have one more week to go. Everyone has been so pleasant and patient with me, especially when I was having tech issues. I'm eternally grateful for that. (And I'm hopeful these tech issues aren't a sign on what's to come for next month's Mercury retrograde!)

This afternoon, after I cleared out all my maths for the week, I planned to relax and lounge on the couch, but I ended up putting together a new storage shelf instead. It's the type that fits six bins. With the new shelf I'm able to get all my books up off the floor. I had them sitting in a basket across the room. So that's one thing I can scratch off my to-do list. Now if only I could have hubby build a linen closet, we'd be set.

That's all for now. I'm going to take a hot bubble bath and settle in to do some reading. American History. I have a quiz coming up. C'est la vie. Until next time, happy wishes! ♥♥♥

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pucker Up! : A Snog For Sommer

http://smutforgood.co.uk/a-snog-for-sommer/

I'm late to the party! I just learned about the A Snog for Sommer tour. Authors are posting kissing scenes and excerpts, as well as giving away goodies in an effort to help support our writerly friend, Sommer Marsden. If you can spare a few dollars for the cause, please visit the SmutForGood.com.uk website. Every donation is appreciated!

Since I jumped in unprepared, I thought I'd take a different approach. Instead of excerpts, how about some facts about snogging...aka, kissing? Interested? Sure you are! ;o)

Here we go!


  • Kissing relieves stress. 
  • The world's longest kiss lasted over two days! 
  • Most people tilt their head to the right when the kiss. 
  • A person who studies kissing is called an osculologist. 
  • Philematology is the study of kissing. 
  • Kissing for 60 seconds burns approximately two calories.
  • A law in Indiana and Iowa prohibits men with mustaches from kissing women in public. Sorry, Burt Reynolds! 
  • According to Psychology Today, the average person spends about 20 thousand minutes of their life kissing
  • 68% of people close their eyes while kissing.


Instead of drawing for a single prize for only one winner, I'm doing something a little different. From now until September 20th, I'm offering What She Doesn't Know for FREE at Smashwords. When you go to the page, it will show the regular price. Simply use the code PL65E  (be sure to apply it!) at checkout for a 100% discount. What She Doesn't Know is a collection of short erotic stories, so please - readers 18 and older only.

Once more, in the spirit of the tour, please consider making a donation to help Sommer's family. You can find out all the details at SmutForGood.com.uk.

Monday, September 01, 2014

September? September!

In the hall, writing, snapping pics, waiting
for class to start. 
No. Tell me it is not September 1st. I can't believe it. Where has the year gone? It doesn't feel like there's been a summer break at all. It's like I blinked and the year jumped from February to the end of August, and now here we are, September 1st. Surprise! 

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

I have so much to do this month, it's kind of scary. I have a workshop coming up on September 22nd at Savvy Authors. That same day I have a court date and a paper due. No pressure, right? At this point, if I'm going to have a complete mental breakdown, I'm going to have to schedule it first, because I just don't have time for it otherwise.

My birthday was on the 28th (August). I was so busy with classes, I kind of forgot about it until Mom called me to find out what day I wanted to get together with the family, and what I wanted to do about a cake. We settled on getting pizza, and hubby bought a strawberry ice cream cake, which was ridiculously yummy. I didn't want any kind of fuss, so we settled for a simple Saturday get together at my parents house. It went smooth as silk. I ate too much pizza and too much cake, and I had a great time doing it. Also, Dad wanted to read my English essay, which I told him was about him. It's true; it was. Our first essay assignment was about our musical influences, so I had to write about Dad and The Beach Boys. The essay took top marks in class, but what's better is that Dad liked it. He took it outside to read it, because he didn't want to cry in front of everyone. Bless him. He's so tenderhearted.

Speaking of school and essays and such, I'm doing okay in all my classes, although I think if I'd taken even one more course it would've been too much. The first two weeks were enough to make me regret ever thinking about going back to school. Two of my professors decided we needed to immediately write two papers each. So, four essays within the first two weeks of college. If I wasn't into that whole writing thing, that might've been the end of me right there. Instead, I soldiered through it. I made a to-do list and scratched off assignments as I completed them. It was hell for that full first week, but I've managed to get the time frame for each class under control. Juggling classes is a little easier to deal with now. Whew!

I've been writing in the mornings before class. I take pre-req math on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and because I have a one hour and ten minute commute, I have to leave home early to beat the traffic. That puts me on campus about thirty minutes before class starts, so I've been sitting in the little lounge under the entry stairs to write in the mornings. It's peaceful over there. Not a lot of talking. So far I've been able to knock out two chapters of VN. Not too shabby.

I haven't delved too much into college clubs and such, but since its so close to November, I'm wondering if anyone at Delta will be doing NaNo? Maybe a couple of students would want to gather at the on campus Subway or the common room across from admissions to do write-ins. Hmm. I might have to ask around about that.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Adrift on the ocean of challenges, and Kindle Unlimited

Ah, where do I begin? It seems like I blogged something just last week, but it turns out that I haven't posted since July. What what? I'm sort of surprised about that, too. Sort of, but not really. I wasn't intentionally hiding away or purposely avoiding the blogosphere. Think of me as having been adrift in a yellow rubber life raft all that time. Think of me as a half drowned rat in tattered clothes, clinging to that little useless rope attached to the life raft, while violent ocean waves toss me around.

It's a fairly accurate analogy of my life right now. Actually life has been like that since right before my grandmother's funeral last month. It's getting better. Slowly. Kind of. At least, changes are happening. I guess it's too early to diagnose whether they're good changes or bad. It's probably safest to wait and see. So, while we wait and see, what have I been up to?

Well, I've been getting the family finances in order. This hasn't been a pretty process. Hubby's job is stable... for the time being. It's supposed to be stable. It's a good job and a good company, but I've learned not to trust the permanence of it despite company promises. You never know these days. You could have the most stable job in the world, and with times the way they are now, you could be presented with a layoff at any moment. So I'm taking it as it flows. Right now, the man is gainfully employed, and I am fixing all the damage a year of no work does to one's pocketbook. And credit. A year of unemployment, plus six months of being severely underemployed toppled us, and as much as I'd like it to be over quickly, it's going to take time to repair the damage done.

More goings on... I'm back in school. Well, as of this coming Monday, since that's when classes officially start. However, one of my professors has already begun assigning essays, and since I'm already organizing assignments, reading texts, and answering questions, I figure it's safe to say I'm a student again.

What else is going on? Let me think... Oh, I joined Kindle Unlimited. I joined July 18th. I realize that's hardly an event event, but still it's an interesting thing to talk about. Personally, I love the service. It might not be so good for authors, I have no idea, but for me, it's saved me a lot of money in downloads. The cost is $9.99 per month, USD. I've been keeping a spreadsheet listing all of the books I've downloaded from Unlimited, the prices of each book (had I purchased them outright), and whether or not I read a book completely or returned DNF - did not finish. To date, I've downloaded 15 books and read 14 of them (I'm currently reading Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, which is #15). Overall, I've saved a total of $67.84.

I wasn't charged for the first month of service. Billing starts tomorrow for me, so if I were to subtract the monthly fee, I can say I've saved $57.85 on books. I'm happy with that. Very happy.

Kindle Unlimited is basically a subscription service where you can download titles (only titles marked as part of the Kindle Unlimited program), read them for free, then return them. You don't keep the books you download, and you can only hold so many books at one time. I think the limit is ten. After I signed up, about a week or so thereafter, I went into the service and kept adding books to see what would happen, what the cut off point would be. When you are maxed on books, and you attempt to download another, it prompts you to go to your management dashboard and return one of the books you already have. Easy peasy. It's stress free. You don't have to worry about going over and then being billed extra or anything like that, which is something I had worried about. I know, I know...I'm a worry wart. I can't help it.

Like I said somewhere above, I'm not sure about the pros and cons for authors, whether it would be worth it to enroll your books. I've heard that a reader must read past the 10% point for the author to be credited any royalties. I don't know what the percentage of royalties is supposed to be. I've heard it's $2.00 per download read past 10%, I've also heard it's half the purchase price of the book. I don't know. But with many of the ebooks I've downloaded, regardless of the length, most of the books skip over the cover image, the TOC, and the introduction and land you right at the beginning of the story. To see the cover you have to scroll backward to view it. It was that way before Kindle Unlimited, and most of the books I've downloaded from the service itself start you out at 8-10% anyway. So, if the 10% rule is true, I don't think most authors have anything to worry about when it comes to the 10% mark. Which seems like a fair system to me.

However, if someone downloads your book, never reads it, then returns it to make space in their library...well, that just sucks. I don't think the author gets paid when that happens. But then again, the person didn't read the copy, so I guess one way to look at it is like this: a person in a digital bookstore is browsing. While browsing, they pull your book off the shelf, wander around the store with it for a while, but in the end, they put it back. No harm done.

At any rate, I like the service. I've gotten a lot of use out of it. Bonus points that a lot of classics are Kindle Unlimited books. I'll be needing several of those while taking classes, I'm sure.

Moving along... I wouldn't say I'm on a writing hiatus necessarily, but the words are flowing much more slowly these days. I have a release coming out later in the fall, and I'm scrambling to wrap up Vampyre Night for release. Also, a close friend of mine has reintroduced me to Wattpad (I joined in 2009), and I'm considering posting a story or two there for free. Nothing erotica though, since I don't feel comfortable posting it on a site that's so youth oriented, even though there are protections on the site in place. So what will I be adding there? Romancey stories, that's a possibly. Horror and sci-fi, probably. If you're on Wattpad, and you'd like to keep tabs on me there, my profile is listed here:
http://www.wattpad.com/user/CoraZane . If you'd like to get updates on when and what I'm posting at Wattpad, click the follow author button on my profile.

Last bits of news before I get on with Sunday chores... My website is down while I contemplate a new design. Also, I deleted my LinkedIn. If you were looking for me on LinkedIn and couldn't find me, I'm sorry. I deleted the page. I liked the site just fine, but the time I'm able to devote to social media is limited. Also, most of the people viewing my LinkedIn profile and sending me friend requests were marketers. I can see the value of a marketer, don't get me wrong, but five hundred of them when I'm interested in books and publishing industry related topics...well, it came across as unproductive. At the very least, it seems like my time would be better spent elsewhere. For example, Twitter and Facebook.

Over the next few months, at least through early December, I imagine my posts will be sporadic as I take on schoolwork, housework, writing work, and family life. To psyche myself up, I keep saying over and over, "I can do this, I can do this, I can do this." I may look like a shipwrecked, half-drowned mouse by the end of it, but I'm soldiering on. But enough waxing poetic for now. Take care, my friends. Until next time, happy wishes!  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cora's Top Picks : Summer Loving - 20 Sultry Stories


Get Ready for Summer Loving! 

Summer speaks of balmy days, white-sand beaches, itsy-bitsy bikinis and romantic flings. The 20 sublime stories in this collection celebrate those decadent days and naughty nights with lots of sizzling summertime sex. Erotic luminaries Donna George Storey, Sophia Valenti, Lucy Felthouse, Emerald, Jodie Griffin, May Deva, Teresa Noelle Roberts, A.M. Hartnett, Primula Bond, Sammi Lou Thorne, Elise Hepner, Tenille Brown, Tamsin Flowers, Kathleen Delaney-Adams, Thomas S. Roche, Cheyenne Blue, Delilah Night, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Justine Elyot, Angell Brooks, and Alison Tyler spin their sultriest stories ever. 

 Summer might only come once a year. But with this red-hot collection, you’re guaranteed to come all year round! 

You can buy Summer Loving for Kindle at Amazon for .99 cents. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Loving-Alison-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00M0DYL28/

Summer Loving is one of Cora Z's 2014 Top Picks for erotic fiction. 

Genre: Erotica 
For readers 18 and older only.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Conveyor Belt of Life



So much is going on at home, I can barely organize my thoughts. I've put off writing this blog post for several days, because it has felt overwhelmingly difficult dealing with anything and everything that requires more than five minutes of my attention span. 

My grandmother passed away on July 12th. She was my last surviving grandparent. The last of her generation. For the past several years she had battled with cancer that started in her breasts and later, after a double mastectomy, spread to her lymph nodes and throughout her body. Cancer ravaged her. I can't think of another word for it. 

I drove my mother to see Grandma last month. I think it was last month. The days blend. That's how it is for me lately. It's difficult to concentrate on anything, much less keep up with important dates. Anyway, the trip. Mom and I did a day drive, which is to drive across state, see the family, then drive back home all in one hit. It's a long long drive and a physically draining trip. It was worth it, of course, but I didn't take into account how mentally taxing that trip would be. 

I guess I was expecting to see the Grandma as I remembered seeing her last time. Frail, but getting around. Opinionated. Independent. I wasn't prepared to see a woman reduced to bones, and that's what I saw when I walked into the room. I recognized her face, she had the same curly gray hair, but the rest of her was bones covered with a sheet. You knew she was dying when you looked at her. I can't tell you how heartbreaking that is. You have to keep up good spirits, and you can see what's happening. You can't deny it.  

Mom didn't think Grandma would make it to her birthday (she didn't), so she brought Grandma's birthday gifts: a couple of pretty nightgowns with dragonflies on them. And then we sat with her for a couple of hours. Grandma didn't seem to know who everyone in the room was, but she did have a few lucid moments, and I know she definitely remembered who I was. She bragged to one my cousins that I'm the granddaughter who writes books - so, evidently she recognized me, remembered what I do, and was proud of me for it, which I will be eternally grateful for. Just that she recognized me. That was probably the only thing good I took from the entire trip. I was too sick with a cold to hug on her too much, because she had no immune system left.

I held it together for my mom while we were there, but this has been a terrible summer. Everything is in chaos. A couple days after mom and I made the day trip, Mom called grandma at the nursing home/hospice. Grandma didn't remember her daughter's voice, not even when Mama said her name. She didn't even remember that we had come to visit, due partly to her advancing dementia and partly to the amount of morphine they were giving her to manage the pain.

Her funeral was yesterday. We couldn't all attend. We had to arrange and rearrange to make it so Mom could go. So I ended up taking care of things for Mom while her and dad made the trip. This is the bad thing about living in a state away from the rest of the family. 

Today, I am empty. I feel like I've been baking in the sun. My skin feels hot and tight, and my nerves are on edge. I'm burnt out from the emotional roller coaster of the past month. We knew this was coming, and we've tried to prepare for it. But you can't really prepare for it. 

For the past three days - the day before the funeral, and today (Monday / Wednesday) - I've been wrangling with college scheduling, paperwork, registration. The college website is in need of updating. The information found there is incomplete or outdated, or otherwise there are important steps missing to what you need to do. In person, no one tells you where you need to go or what you need to do to satisfy requirements, you're supposed to magically know, I guess. They look at you like you're an idiot when you start asking questions, and try to quickly shoo you out the door. If I had a dollar for every time I've been given the deer in the headlights look, or the "you're an idiot" look over the past few days, I'd be able to buy dinner for four. That has been my experience with registration so far. Add to that, my heart isn't in it. 

MY HEART IS NOT IN IT, which makes it extremely difficult to weather anyone's bullshit. 

I just want to cry and sleep, but there's no time to do either of those things.   

Last night while dozing with SassiePup, I had this nightmare that all of humanity was on this large, slow moving conveyor belt. At the end of the line was this drop off into...I don't know what or where, but when one generation would reach the end mark, they would simply drop off the conveyor one person at a time, until none were left, then this bar would raise and the next generation would be progressed along another conveyor belt to the drop off point, and the process would start again. 

In the dream, I watched my grandmother, as I'd seen her on her death bed, dropped off the conveyor. The moment she was out of sight, the conveyor moved under my feet. I was moved forward to a waiting point, and when I looked around, I realized that was where my parents had been standing five minutes before. Terror shot through me. I looked up and saw my mom and dad's conveyor moving into the final section of the conveyor belt. The section closest to the drop off.  

I woke up with this horrible sense that everything was ending. And that it was inevitable. That life is just a short ride on a conveyor to a drop off point. Once you're tossed off, someone else takes your place, and life just keeps going. Rinse and repeat. It was a horrible dream. I haven't been able to forget it. It's still very vivid in my mind. 

I'm supposed to give a Savvy Author's workshop on Critical Reading starting the 21st, but I've postponed it til late September. I don't have any new dates yet. I'm terribly sorry about that. I hope those who registered will understand and forgive me for the delay. Our family needs time to grieve. I need time.

Until things settle down with family, I won't be online as  much. I'll still be reachable through Facebook and emails on and off throughout the day. I keep those channels open because Oldest is deployed, but for the most part, I'll be offline and focusing on family. Thanks for understanding. ♥♥♥

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

My Summer, Summer, Summer...Turns Me Upside Down

A cozy summer rain shower as seen
from the patio.

I have so much going on right now and so little time to cover everything. Last month an astrologer friend told me July was going to be a busy month for me. I thanked her and sort of let the news roll down my back, but man, she wasn't kidding!

I wrapped up A Trick of Light last month and immediately began revisions on the cowboy story. The cowboys are an ongoing headache. I got the edits back for Wicked Obsession last week, and just today I managed to work my way through the list of suggested changes. I want to read through it one more time, then it's off to a friend's formatting service to be formatted for both Smashwords and CreateSpace. When I know how many pages the finished formatted product will have, I'll start worrying about the cover. I have a stub cover ready, but I want to make a few improvements to it before the book goes live. I'm still buried under back list books that need my attention, and I can see already it's going to take time to sort it all out. Breathe, Cora. One book at a time. I have to tell myself that daily.

On the 1st of July, I registered for fall semester. I'm officially a Delta Knight. (If you've ever seen that movie, you know why I'm giggling about that.) I received my student ID a couple of days ago, so everything processed and is on track for August. I go in for orientation and to speak to my adviser next Monday. Once that's done, I'll be free and clear to focus on my Savvy Author's workshop that's coming up on the 21st.

Whew! That makes me twitchy just thinking about it. I won't have another free day until after August 3rd, and then I'll only have two weeks free until school starts for both Mini and me. I'm thinking an early August vacation is in order...if I've gone off my rocker by then. ;o)

That's all the news for now. I need to start the laundry and go pick around in the kitchen and start dinner. Until next time, happy wishes!

In the spirit of Summer, click here and *dance, dance* with me! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Writing Process – Blog Tour :: In Media Res and the BBE

Welcome to my stop along the "My Writing Process" blog tour!

Hi, I'm Cora Zane, the author of Wicked Obsession, How to Date an Android, What She Doesn't Know, and the Werekind Werewolf series of erotic romances. I've also appeared in several erotica anthologies, including The Dirtyville Collection, Never Say Never, Coming Together: Hungry for Love, and Morning, Noon, and Night

For a complete book list, please visit my website.

I was invited to participate in this intriguing write-craft Q and A blog tour by the lovely and talented Yolanda Sfetsos. Next Monday, Nancy Henderson will be joining the tour, and sharing interesting tidbits about her writing process. Her blog and website are linked below.


Onward to the Cora Z. Writing Process Q and A! 

What am I working on?


I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a backlist vampire novel that I plan to self-publish at the end of the month, and I'm revising a category romance novel that I plan to submit in July.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?


Everyone's perspective is unique. The same goes for a writer's style and voice. You could tell a room full of men and women to write a 100 word flash fiction story revolving around a popular trope or theme, and everyone in that room would bring a unique story and perspective to the table. My work is different, because I'm me. :o)

Why do I write what I do?

Everything I write about has to be deeply interesting to me in some way, or I'll end up abandoning the project. Regardless of what genre I choose to write in at a given moment, most of my work explores my characters' secret desires, both whom and what they've always longed for. Until the start of the story, they've simply been too afraid or too busy to go after what they really want in life.

How does your writing process work?

When I get an idea for a story, it may be a scenario or a character that catches my attention first. If I start with a scenario, I play around with a chain of possible events to see if my idea can be worked into something I can actually write from start to finish. If I come up with the character first, I open up a new file in Word and try to figure out where that character comes from, what their job is, who their friends are... A character may morph into someone else several times before I make the decision to actually use them in a story.

I also plot heavily before I ever begin writing. I do a lot of pre-writing. Many, many pages of pre-writing. I try to figure out what the logical plot points might be, and I build back stories for my main characters - profiles that may or may not ever end up being used in the written work. I do that to help cement their personalities, and when I actually start writing, I begin in the middle of the book, in media res.

I call the midpoint starting scene in my draft the Big Bad Event (BBE) of my story, because everything my character does after that scene is done in order to fix what's broken and resolve the conflicts in play. Everything at the beginning of the book leading up to the BBE is story setup and initial character development.

Most of the time, this process works for me. When it doesn't, it's usually a sign I didn't flesh out the plot or develop the characters enough before I started writing. 


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Thanks for dropping by for my stretch of the My Writing Process blog tour. Next Monday, June 30th, Nancy Henderson will be blogging about her writing process at Always a Story. Nancy Henderson is the author of Blackbird, Stranger in His Bed, Wicked Redemption, and Nathan's Return. She also writes humorous cat stories. If you're a cat person, you definitely won't want to miss Litterboxes and Hairballs

Until next time, happy wishes!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Revisions, Revisions Everywhere... and a Blog Tour Date

I sent off Wicked Obsession for copy edits/proofing today. Yay! I'm super thrilled about that. Once the files are back I'll move on with the formatting, but for the next two weeks, the vampires will be out of sight and out of mind. 

Instead, I'll be deconstructing and reconstructing the 50k+ cowboy novel I've been workshopping for the past week. Whew! This is going to be a job. I'm not even going to joke around about it. I'm a very messy first drafter. Most of the manuscript is already printed. There are only three or four chapter files left to go, and I'll have the entire thing ready for a read through and initial (post-it note) markup. 

I have Post-it notes and highlighters, and paperclips and pens. All that jazz is ready to go. I start feeling a little sick every time I look at the growing mountain of manuscript pages, but I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get her done.

One more thing before I go...

On Monday, June 23rd, I'll be joining the My Writing Process blog tour. I'm super excited about this blog tour. I love reading about author's writing processes, how they get their books written, and that's what this tour is about. My post will appear here on the blog, so if you're subscribed to my blog through Networked Blogs, Feedspot, or a similar RSS service, the post will appear in your feed aggregator, as usual. If you're a blog hopper, I hope you'll drop by on my special day to say hello. 

If you're an author and you'd like to join the My Writing Process blog tour, hit me up. I have an invite left, and I'm itching to use it. Send me an email (there's a contact form on my website), and I'll send you the easy-peasy instructions and your blogging date.

I'm off to read a before I zonk out for the night. I'm currently reading Horror 101: The Way Forward. (various authors) It's a collection of essays on different aspects of the genre, and the horror business - everything from film making to writing novels. Interesting stuff! 

What about you? What are you currently reading? If you have any recommendations (I read everything from non-fiction, to erotica, to romance, to horror), leave it in the comments! 

That's all for now. Until next time...happy wishes!


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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Ready for Revision

Updates. Yes, I finally have updates. I'm still working with Wicked Obsession and getting it ready to be proofread. Most of the issues I've faced with this book are spacing issues. I converted the novel from pdf to a word document, so I had a lot of words crammed together and nothing was separated into proper paragraphs after the conversion. What a mess. Nothing too taxing to fix, just time consuming.

I've been doing a light edit over the material as I go through it, and I've caught and changed a few little things. Nothing major. Overall, the manuscript is very clean. Then again, it should be, since I'm working from a previously published copy.

Anyway, I've about got all that spacing business fixed. I'm planning to hire someone to do the proofreading, but I have to be cost conscious about it. The most common price rate seems to be $1.00 a page and up, and Wicked Obsession falls into the 65k/200+ page category. So, I'm shopping around looking for someone experienced who will take less than the cost of my soul to do the proof reading. I may have to go with beta readers instead. We'll see.

A couple of days ago I announced that I'd reached 50k on the category romance I've been workshopping. It ended up a little over that mark, well within the target word count zone. Oh, I'm talking about the cowboy story, by the way.

Today I picked up extra Post-it notes, found my highlighters, and scrounged up several ink pens that still write. Now I'm all set. On Monday, I begin revisions on the cowboys. I'm hoping for a quick and dirty revision, if you know what I'm saying, but this book has already seen three rough draft incarnations, so I'll probably end up sobbing over this monsterpiece all the way to submission day. That said, I'm going into this with my eyes wide open. This book needs major revisions, and I'm not even going to kid myself about that. I'm rolling up my shirt sleeves, and in the weeks ahead, I'll post progress as it happens. I want this book finished. Wish me luck!

As of last Tuesday, I have all the stories pulled together for Twilight's Edge. I thought that day would never come. I have the table of contents jotted down, and now I just need to find the time to put it all together and begin revisions. The Desire comes first, so it will likely be August before I begin revising the fae stories. One thing for certain, I'm going to have a for real, girl's day out celebration once that book is finished and uploaded. I'm totally not kidding. This book has been a royal bugbear. More so than A Trick of Light could ever hope to have been. As of this post, I have the ebook version of Twilight's Edge scheduled for an October release. It's going to be my Halloween-ish celebration book for this year.

On the side, in my free time, I've been working on my vampire opus. I think this will be my next BIAM project. I have a full draft written for this book, half a second draft (lots of changes and tweaks) and a file containing dozens of subplots, still the book still isn't what I initially imagined it to be. More tweaking ahead, I realize. This book is the book of my heart. It's the book the experts tell you to write "just for yourself" because it's that magical book you yourself want to read. The experts failed to tell me the book of my heart is also extremely difficult to write. Yeah, I know. I need to just get out of my own way and get back to the core idea. That's so hard to do sometimes. I could probably write a whole blog post about nothing but that - taking a story back to it's core idea. Then again...meh.

Okay, I need to get back to work. Now that the house is settled for the evening, I need to jump on my to-do list and tackle a few things. Until next time...happy wishes!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Featured Author Samantha Lucas talks about Self-Publishing her book, Sanctuary

Featured Author Samantha Lucas talks about self-publishing her non-fiction book, Sanctuary 

I have been a story teller since birth, a writer since I was 8, a published author for nearly a decade now and an indie author for nearly a year and I have to say, this is absolutely my favorite season of this journey.

Sanctuary was my first foray into non-fiction and it challenged me in a different way than anything I’ve done in my life, in part because the content was so personal and in part because I knew people needed what I was writing. I knew my words had the power to change lives.

For those not familiar with the term Twin Flame, also known as twin souls, it’s believed to be the meeting of the literal other half of your soul. Only it’s not simply a wonderful romantic fairy tale, this relationship will tear you open and make you face yourself in a way you’ve never had to before. When I went through it, it was the greatest love I’d ever know, but also more pain than I’d ever felt and for people within the twin flame experience, we quite simply get lost in it at times. I just wanted to write something that would act as a light, give you something you could actually do during all this to help you keep going.

Since the book has been available, I’ve received so much positive mail full of heartfelt thanks that I know everything I went through, both in my twin flame experience and in writing this book was worth it.

People have been asking me why I went with self-publishing though, and truthfully, I’m not sure I would have, had I not tested the waters at the end of last year with a few erotic romances I wrote.

I wrote two books entirely from the hero’s point of view that weren’t a good fit with my usual publishers so I said what the heck, I’ll give self-publishing a try and see what happens. They were both very well received, in fact out selling a lot of my work at publishing houses, so I had the confidence to try again with this book.

Honestly, I feel the same way about self-publishing as I did about e-books and erotic romance a decade ago. Oh back then it so wasn't respectable to be e-published. If you didn't have an agent, if you weren't in a brick and mortar bookstore, you weren't really an author. There was a ton of prejudices against those of us with e-books, a lot of that based on the old vanity presses. E-books weren't vanity presses though, and it was a changing market. I'm a bit of a rebel and back then e-books were like the Wild West. Yes there were a lot of publishers who'd take any old crap, but there were also a ton of exceptionally talented writers finally finding a place for their voice in the marketplace.

I basked in the freedom of that time and a lot of my earlier work was very experimental as I figured out what it was I really wanted to write. We original e-book authors were of a different stock, and while our vanity still craved the big three book print deal with one of the big NYC publishing houses, we were learning all that really mattered was building a relationship with a loyal stock of readers. I love my loyal readers and appreciate them more than almost anything in the world. Now that I've ventured into self-publishing, they are literally the most important thing to my career and I recognize and respect that.

Self-publishing was a risk, there's no doubt about that, but I feel the same way about it as I did about e-books back in the day, it's a scary frontier, but it’s the right place to be.

Self-publishing for me is about needing to tell stories, needing an audience, and needing to combine the two in as few steps as possible. I can finish (polished and revised) a story and have it available to my readers the same day! With e-books you're looking at about 3 to 6 months and with traditional print, sometimes it can be as much as two years before your beloved story sees the hands of readers.

For me, I think what I love best, is I get to stick with a story from concept to publish, release it, then do it again. Where with other publishing, you finish, you submit, you wait, you start another story, you get edits back, you need to switch gears, then remember where you were in the other story... then second round of edits come in... then there's promotion... what was I working on again?

My ADD brain really appreciates the continuity that self-publishing allows me.

I've spent most of the last decade finding myself, building my life on my terms and deciding what's important to me. I want success in my career, but I want it on my terms, plain and simple. I'm a smart, talented woman who works her ass off every day and I have all the faith in the world in what I do and the choices I'm making right now to proceed with self-publishing.

As the trend grows, we welcome more and more voices to the fold as well. There are some big named authors going with self-pub these days and thing is, I think this is one of the best things to happen to readers in forever. There is no longer some faceless corporation deciding what we want to read and what we don't. I would highly recommend, if you haven't already, check out some of these indie authors and their stories that are now available without corporate sanitization. There's some amazing work out there and I hope my work will rise to the top with the cream as well.

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Sanctuary is a 30 day guide with meditations, affirmations and guidance to help you navigate your twin flame experience. 

Samantha has written something that is easy to read, pulling from her own knowledge and experience to help you with this amazing, and sometimes incredibly painful, journey. 

Each day has a mantra, either a meditation or an affirmation, and a look at crystals and stones that will help you open and balance your chakras as well as resonate with the higher energy of divine love. 

She finishes each day with a personal message of light and love where she shares her own experience and lessons learned along the way in the hopes of enlightening, encouraging and inspiring anyone walking the path of twin flames. 

Wherever you are on your twin flame journey, you can't afford to miss the insight and wisdom this little book has to offer.  

Where to buy Sanctuary

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Sanctuary-Salvation-Twin-Flame-Storm-ebook/dp/B00KCWWPE0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400707055&sr=1-1

Smashwords -  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/438902

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Doing the 50k Dance, Formatting Realities, and An Upcoming Guest

Last week I signed up for a fast draft, book in a month workshop to finish my category cowboy romance. It's...working. I hit the 50k mark yesterday, which is the minimum word count requirement for the line I'm targeting. I'm jazzed this sucker is finally picking up momentum. My goal is to have this book completed, revised, edited, and submission ready by the end of July.

I really wish I could afford to join a group like this for every new book I set out to write. The motivation of writing within a group helps. Accountability helps, especially when I don't have any concrete deadlines to keep me on track. Just saying.

Moving along... Wicked Obsession is about ready to be sent off for formatting. I've decided to pay to have the book formatted instead of doing it myself, because I've discovered just how much better a pro formatter can make a book look than I can. There really is no comparison. My formatting is basic at best, and I can never get Word 2010 to anchor images properly.

A few days ago, I uploaded a sparkly fresh (and totally updated) version of A Trick of Light to Smashwords. I hired L.K. Campbell of  LK Design and Formatting to handle the interior for me, and it was worth every penny. She is very good at what she does, and her prices are affordable for authors on a budget (which I am). After seeing the end product, I believe it's definitely worth paying someone else to do the formatting. Not only does it save me time and the headache of tackling the job myself, outsourcing that step results in a much better looking interior. So says me.

That pretty much covers all the business-y things going on for me at the moment. I'm actively trying to write new material and whittle away at my backlist. One more thing before I go...

I hope you'll drop by the blog on Monday, when author Samantha Lucas will be guest blogging about her non-fiction book, Sanctuary: A 30 Day Guide to help you Navigate Your Twin Flame Experience.


Are you single? Looking for your twin flame?  Interested in learning more about ways to navigate your relationship? Stop by and check out what Samantha Lucas has to say about her book, Sanctuary.

That's all the news for now. Time for me to crawl back into the writing cave. I hope your weekend has been a pleasant one. Until next time, happy wishes!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Featured: NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Bonnie Vanak talks about Self-Publishing

Day jobs, death and the NY Times: My adventures in self-publishing 

By Bonnie Vanak 


It began with a small story I thought no one would ever buy.

Traditionally published with Harlequin, I was between books and decided to write a short story for fun. I work fulltime as a fundraising writer for a charity, and romance writing is my outlet. The romance writing counters some of the horrific suffering I’ve seen in my travels to countries like Haiti and Honduras.

The story was about an overweight college graduate who happened to be a werewolf. After four years of living like a human, she returns home to her pack to find out that if she wants to remain at home, instead of facing up to life and finding a job like most grads, she has to shift into a werewolf. But she can’t, so she’s forced into choosing a mate. The hero is a cowboy on her uncle’s ranch who’s secretly loved her and couldn’t wait for her return. He’ll do anything to have her.

I added in lots of sex to give an erotic overtone and some mystery and adventure. And I had fun with it. Then I hired a designer to do a cover, an editor and proofreader, someone to format the book and self-published The Mating Chase, selling it for 99 cents.

The results stunned me. The Mating Chase became a Top Ten bestseller on All Romance ebooks and sales with other vendors, like Amazon, were very good. 

And thus began the series called my Werewolves of Montana, a series of PNR sexually-explicit books about werewolves who were cowboys, lived on a ranch in Montana and were searching for their mates. 

In August 2013, I published The Mating Hunt, Book 2, a longer book with a higher price.  A few weeks later, my good friend Jennifer Ashley asked me, “How would you like to be in a self-published book bundle with me and four other PNR authors?”

My response, “Oh hell yeah!”

The authors were Jennifer, Laurie London, Erin Kellison, Caris Roane and Felicity Heaton. I contributed The Mating Hunt to the boxed set. In October, we published Dark & Dangerous; six-in-one paranormal tales and sold the bundle for 99 cents. We promoted it heavily and it hit the USA Today list for three weeks straight.

The first week on the list, Felicity, who lives in England, emailed all of us. I was at work when I got the news and my coworkers wondered why I was screaming with joy.

I was a USA Today bestselling author! I’ve been published traditionally since 2002, but this was the first time I’d ever made a national list. Soon after, I published The Mating Seduction, a novella about a cowboy who promises the heroine she can ride a champion horse in a barrel racing competition…if she spends three days in his bed. Self-publishing was hard work, but it was fun and I enjoyed having control over my writing career.

About two weeks later, my joy at being a USA Today bestselling author turned into alarm and then real fear.

We received the news that my beloved sister-in-law, Glenna “Sissy” Fischer, was in liver failure. 

November and December turned into a nightmare, constantly worrying about Sissy. We live in Florida and my brother and Sissy lived in Tennessee. Our Christmas plans to visit them had been made months ago. We’d even planned a menu; Sissy’s delicious prime rib, and bacon-wrapped scallops and many other delicious dishes. I’d told Sissy, “I’d walk to Tennessee just for your cooking.”

Sissy was the sister I’d always wanted and never had. She had a warm heart, a terrific sense of humor, encouraged my dreams, helped me with book research, and every time I called, she’d tease me with, “How’s the writing of those sexy books going?”

Sissy had faith in my writing that I sometimes lacked. 

About the time Sissy was diagnosed, the other authors in the original book bundle decided to do a second bundle. They asked me to join them. I wasn’t certain I could contribute. It took everything I had to struggle through the day job. But they insisted. 

Caris emailed me, “But Bonnie, you HAVE to be in the bundle! It wouldn’t be the same without you.”

I promised I would have a story ready. We set a publication date and asked Alyssa Day and Erin Quinn to join us, making our bundle into eight stories by eight authors this time.

Christmas arrived. My husband Frank and I spent it in the hospital with Sissy and my brother. We were hoping and praying for the best, for a miracle, for a transplant.

Four days after Frank and I returned home, Sissy died.

Numb, I could not write fiction. But there was that second book bundle and I had promised the others I would contribute. 

I had barely started working on my story when my best friend’s husband dropped dead, two weeks after Sissy was buried. Another funeral. More grief.

But I’d made a promise so I forced myself to write. Baby steps. A paragraph here, a few sentences there. Finally, The Mating Heat, the prequel to my Werewolves of Montana series, was ready. 

Dark & Deadly; Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance, was published on April 14. It hit USA Today’s bestseller list the first week of publication. Three weeks later, it was a NY Times bestseller. 

I was a New York Times bestselling author. The night I received the news, we were sitting at the dinner table. I screamed, “Oh My God!!!” My husband looked at me with panic and asked, “Oh no. Now who died?”

Later, we laughed about his reaction. A shared sense of humor has helped my husband and I get through many hard times. 

Thanks to Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison and Felicity Heaton, I didn’t only make the list of all bestseller lists. I achieved something far more precious – I learned to push past the pain and learn to write through it. 

As I write this blog, I’m releasing The Mating Rite, Book 4 in my Werewolves of Montana series. This book is about Darius, a sexy werewolf who thinks his mate is dead and has grieved for her for years. He finds out she is alive and does everything he can to claim her. The book is bittersweet for me. In my personal life I have loved and lost so many people, loved ones I’d give anything to have back in my life again. But a part of them can live on in my stories and the happy endings I give to my main characters.  

I don’t know what my self-publishing career holds next. Publishing, like life, is unpredictable. But I’m on that roller coaster and riding it for all it’s worth. In my mind, I can see Sissy in Heaven, grinning like crazy, and telling me, “You go girl! Go write those sexy books!”
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You can purchase The Mating Rite on Amazon Kindle here: http://amzn.to/1o0Epmr


Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all...

Ten years ago, Darius Bryant fell in love and lost his mate before they consummated their union. He mourned her death and moved on, but innocent, carefree Samantha always possessed his heart, no matter how many women he had in his bed. When the sexy werewolf shifter discovers Samantha is alive, he becomes determined to claim her as his forever mate. He must convince the now-cynical Samantha that her heart, body and soul belong to him. 

Samantha Evers spent years waiting for Darius to return, and thought he’d forgotten his promise to make her his own. She’s vowed to live as a human, for she fears the sexual savagery of the wolf life. Now Darius is back and the only act that will seal them together is the intense sexual bonding of the mating rite. She will fight hard to resist Darius’ sensual allure and his tender words of passion. But a far greater problem awaits them both when they discover someone wants Samantha out of Darius’ life for good, and will stop at nothing until she is dead…

Find out more about Bonnie Vanak by visiting her website: http://www.bonnievanak.com/

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Trick of Light...Now in Print



A Trick of Light is now available in print on CreateSpace. It will be available on Amazon proper in a couple of days, and I'll go around and update the links. The back of the book reads as follows: 

A Trick of Light is a collection of four supernatural short stories. Find out how an old letter puts a woman face to face with a spectral train. Read the lost diary of a family man forced to make difficult choices in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. Witness a rebel angel's final battle against one of his own kind. A Trick of Light...where nothing is quite as it seems.

This is my first CreateSpace book, and I have to admit I'm hooked. I'm not entirely crazy about their cover builder for many reasons, but there is nothing to say you have to use it. Overall, there are so many good sides to having this kind of service. It's really fantastic. 

If anyone came to me and asked me if I'd recommend CreateSpace for self-publishing, I'd definitely say yes. Do it. If you've thought about self-publishing, but you've hesitated because it seemed too complicated or seemed to have too many steps, or that the process to produce a professional product is too difficult, or you were worried you might not like the result (I'm listing all the reasons I hesitated for so long!), I can honestly say it is worth it. And there is no reason you have to do all the steps yourself. You can hire someone to edit, to format, to create your cover. In the end, what matters is that you have a book in hand. It's worth it. 100%. I swear on my grave it is.

Wicked Obsession is next on my list to go to CreateSpace. I thought it would be harder to deal with because it's novel length, but it's actually been the book that has needed the least amount of work. I'm already working on the formatting. I changed had to convert the file from pdf to a word document, so throughout the text there are words pushed together and page numbers scattered throughout. I'm about 65% finished with the cleanup and it will be ready to go to a professional for formatting. I anticipate it being ready for release in June. 

I'm almost finished with the Crossing Borders expansion (for ebook release) as well. Slowly but surely, it's all coming together. Scary, but exciting at the same time. If nothing else can be said for the experience, it's definitely an interesting time to be involved in writing and publishing.