Check out this author!

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First, Congratulations to Michael Kanuckel and Keisha Lyons on their engagement! Wishing you both the best that life and love have to offer!

Second, Michael’s only request regarding their engagement is that we share his stories and novels with the rest of the world. So, let’s give these two a great royalty check for their wedding gift!

Check out Michael’s books at amazon.com – under Michael Kanuckel.

My favorite is “Agent White”, but check out all of his books! He’s an incredible writer and a solid weaver of tales!

Hope you all get the chance to check him out, get some reading in during the week and, as I always ask, leave a review for anything you read! 🙂

Just Released!

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Have to share with you all! Two new fantastic anthologies by two great publishers:

“Kill for a Copy”       by Dark Chapter Press/Edited by Jack Rollins

and

“Urban Legends: Emergence of Fear”   by JEA Press/Edited by Scott Essel Pratt

These two anthologies feature short stories by yours truly as well as a slew of other talented, twisted, spine-chilling authors!

Get yours today!

 

A ghostly helping hand…

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I’m posting this tonight because it’s been on my mind since the incident happened last Friday night/early Saturday morning. Believe it or not – the choice is yours – but something has compelled me to write down what happened – if I can ever wrap my head around the incident myself, I’ll count myself lucky.

Let me begin at the beginning…

Last September, in 2014, I happened to step smack dab into a squirrel hole in my front yard. Some little furry devil decided to dig up a section in between two paving stones that we use to walk across the grass to gain access to our front porch. I happened to be carrying several empty boxes, which was why I did not notice said hole, and put my right heel directly into the deep indentation.  My right ankle buckled, cardboard boxes were tossed everywhere on the front yard, and I instinctively covered my face as I fell onto my left knee and shin, then rolled for about five feet down the slight hill.  I got up, left side hurting and scraped up, cussing a blue streak.  I put the boxes in the garage then went in to assess the damage to my bad self.

My left knee swelled to the size of a cantaloupe, my shin was scraped from about a foot below my knee to my ankle, my hip throbbed like a mad b….., and my right ankle was slightly sore, but nothing more – or so I thought.

As the days went on, I began to realize that my right ankle was hurt worse than I initially assessed. I kept soaking it in Epsom salt and warm water, massaging it, adding ice and heat, but it wasn’t getting any better. It got to the point, as the months wore on, that I could only walk if I kept my right foot and leg out from my body at a 45 degree angle, and walk like my knee was welded straight, like a metal rod. I couldn’t put my foot in front of me, or stand flat, because every time I tried, my foot would literally curl to the outside, turning my toes sideways. The pain was constant, a small, dull throb, unless I bumped it or tried to turn it to the left; then it would flare into a sharp, agonizing jolt. The only way I could describe it would be like hitting the funny bone on your elbow as hard as possible – a very painful reminder to keep my right foot positioned at the angle which caused the least amount of pain.

I even bought an ankle brace at the urging of my friend, Robin. It helped, and there were nights I even slept with it on, which allowed me to get at least some sleep. You see, the pain was  ever present, and if I ran the inside of my ankle against a lumped up coverlet, or accidentally brushed it the wrong way, the abrupt jolt from the nerve endings would be a quick reminder and result in a fast wake-up call.

This went on all the way up to last Friday – and this is when the weirdness happened. For reasons I will not got into, I could not go to the doctor for my ankle – but, on last Thursday, my husband got an offer for a permanent position at his job, and yay! We were going to have full  medical coverage within a month! I was thrilled and happy to know I could finally get my ankle looked at!

Friday night, Mark and I went to bed unusually early – it had been a stressful week and lots of news on the personal and professional level – and we were both very tired.

I cannot tell you what time it was – I only know that I was in the deepest sleep I’d ever had in a long time, on my left side, my bad ankle cradled on my left leg, when, suddenly –

I felt someone grab the heel of my right ankle, and the ball of my foot. This woke my up immediately, but not fast enough to sit up.

My leg was suddenly yanked parallel with the bed, then my foot was wrenched quickly down and to the left. A sudden sharp, agonizing pain, then POP! POP! POP! as the bones in my ankle suddenly lined up with the tibia and fibula. My darn ankle had been slightly dislocated this whole time!

It was amazing!  For the first time since last September, the pain was gone. I quickly sat up and looked toward the foot of the bed. Nothing and no one was there. I looked next to me, and both my husband and the dog were still sound asleep. I can’t explain it, but I suddenly felt very tired – exhausted, to be honest – so I simply laid back down and slept straight through to the sound of the alarm at 7:30 in the morning.

When the alarm went off, I gingerly sat up, and swung my legs over the side of the bed. I placed my right foot down, and for the first time in ten months, I was able to place my foot flat on the floor. I shifted it around, rolled it to the right and the left, and it was sore (still is; the soreness is beginning to ease up), but I was able to stand for the first time without having to thrust my right leg out like a stiff, wooden piece of furniture!

I walked to the bathroom, out to the cat room, took care of the dog and the cats, and was able to walk the whole time putting my right foot in front of me. I walked around the house looking at the ceiling and saying, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” for about fifteen minutes!

Once we get our new medical cards, I will go see the doctor and have my ankle checked, but in the interim, I am still stunned at what happened last Friday/Saturday night. I never, in all that time, ever thought it could possibly have been a dislocation – even though I have dislocated my hip and shoulder in the past and know what that feels like.

I don’t know who, what or why decided it was time to straighten me out, but I have no doubts that there are guardian spirits on the other side, keeping an eye on us all – and sometimes, they feel the need to step in and give those of us on this side of the veil a helping hand. For that, my ankle and I are very grateful.

It’s the boys turn…

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My last blog, I posted some excellent female authors whom I have had the pleasure to read their works. Now, I believe it’s

the boys turn.

Here, for your reading pleasure, I give you:

Shadows of the Inferno – Christopher St. John Sampayo

Harbinger – David J. Bright

Points – Brian Woods/Roy C. Booth

Random Scary Writings – T L Decay

Sanctuary from the Dead – R J Spears

Once Upon a Grave – William Bove

Stories I recommend for those who love that real tingle that runs up your spine every time you read a scary book!

Please remember to give a review – it helps us writers in the long run!

If you all have other books you would like to recommend, please be sure and spread the word via social media- we all want to add to our list of ‘to reads’!

Have a great week, stay cool – where I live, summer has arrived with a vengeance – and be sure to make some time for a good book within your day! 🙂

 

When life gets in the way of living…uh…writing…

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It has been a crazy two weeks, and my sincerest apologies for not keeping up with my blog…however, things have settled down, so I can catch you all up with what’s been going on.

First and foremost: Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

Next, I had two cats in the hospital at the same time. My 16 year old cat, Black Magic, had a stomach infection that began to shut her kidneys down. Three weeks and sub-cutaneous fluids every day later, she is doing much better.  At the same time, my 15 year old grey/black tabby, Baby, needed her hernia repaired. She had it her whole life, but it was getting to the point that we were worried it would rip through her stomach lining completely. So, she had the surgery, is doing well, and was confined to the upstairs guest room until her stomach stitches heal, much to her vocal chagrin.  We also have our cousin’s dog Trevor (a girl dog), for the week while she’s (my cousin, not the dog)  on vacation. My mom also came out for the next six months, and we drove to the airport (2 hrs one way) to pick her up two Saturdays ago.

Other than that, I’ve been polishing up two short stories for anthologies, signing new contracts and working on the final proofs for my Asian Vampire with Narcolepsy novel. The title is: “One Night in the Eternity Of…” I’ve also been helping a friend on his anthology of short stories as well – proofing and tightening it up for submission, in between everything else!

Hubby has been wonderful through all of the chaos and rushing around. He’s so Zen, it’s a blessing and definitely counterbalances my hyper-multi-tasking body and brain!

Also got to read a few more books in between. I highly recommend four little tastes of terror:

Turn Down the Lights – anthology edited by Richard Chizmar

Under A Twisted Moon – Susan Simone

When We were 8 – Catt Dahman

Warriors – Tabitha Baumander

Some exceptional novels guaranteed to keep you riveted!  Please remember to always leave a review!

Enjoy, will blog next week and wishing you all have a great one!