Monthly Archives: July 2015

What’s a Snow Day – TBT

Me and Peanut

Snow day? What’s that?

This is one of those “when I was your age” stories.

The picture above is me with my pony, Peanut. It was taken sometime in the summer or fall of 1951 when I was eight years old. That fall, I lived with my grandparents and went to school at Pleasant Ridge, a one-room school about a mile from the farm. The school was located between two asphalt roads. From our side, it was accessed by a narrow, dirt lane. From the other side, the road went down a very steep hill. The road from the farm to the asphalt was gravel and there were two or three hills between.

That fall, I entered the fourth grade and rode Peanut to school. I’d tether him to a post, give him hay and water, and store my saddle in the shed that held fuel for the school stove. I can’t remember if the stove burned wood or coal, but I think it was wood.

Sometime that semester, we had a snowstorm. The drifts in the lane to the school were too deep for me or Peanut to walk through. Grandpa couldn’t even drive the pickup through them. To go around to the other blacktop and down the steep hill was about six miles.

Even though Grandpa had a tractor, he still had a team of work mares. To get me to school, he harnessed one of the work mares and pulled me up behind him.
I’m not sure how the teacher got to school that day. She had to drive from town.

Now, when I hear of schools being closed because of snow, I just shake my head.


Fen does it again

Once again, Theo Fenraven has managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. I first met Fen’s writing two years ago when a friend lent me the first of the Procog in Peril series. As soon as I finished it, I had to get the other two.

In Half Moon House, Fen melds murder, the supernatural, and betrayal into a love story. I compare it to going from point A to point B down an unknown road. You know you’ll get to point B (where Jon and Cass become a couple), because it’s a love story and that’s what happens in a love story. But, you don’t know what you’re going to find along the way.

When Jon and Cass decide to go into partnership building ‘little’ houses, they have no idea what’s going to happen. Ghostly sightings. Murder. Infidelity. Theft.

I will warn you. If you’re looking for a gay love story with hot man-on-man sex, Half Moon House is not for you. If you want a story you won’t want to put down to go fix supper, this is it.

Also, check out Fen’s blog on WordPress. Almost every Monday there is a new flash fiction story. Some with unexpected, bizarre endings.

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Half Moon House

Good news

Got a couple of good notes on Facebook:

I started reading Travelers, and of course, couldn’t stop until I finished it. I had to know what was going to happen next. Love how you tied together a reason for their time travel. This was a very interesting and fantastic story. It makes one think about if we could time travel, would we try to change things. I definitely think you should do more time travel stories. Thank you so much for allowing me to read it.

Thank you for the copy of your short Christmas story, Old Spark/New Flame. I really enjoyed it. I love a good story about people falling in love and having a happy ending together. I am looking forward to reading Travelers. Thanks again.


Travelers pre-sale

Travelers is now being processed for pre-sale with a publishing date of Aug. 1.

It’s very different from any of my other books. It’s in a whole new genre – time-travel. No gay characters.

2nd draft

I’m still here

I can’t believe it’s been nearly three months since I posted anything. I need to get more active on here.

An update:

Shifter Born has been picked up by a publisher and is at the editor.

Travelers has been at the proof reader since April.

Cousins is still in progress.

New Christmas story in the works – Old Spark/New Flame.

Negotiating with an Italian publisher to translate and publish Shifter Born.