A glimpse at the muse….

This is my sweet little brother on the cancer floor. Note the video game controller in his hands. That was one of his other big loves besides Halloween and scary movies. You maybe can’t see it under his hands, but he’s wearing an “Army of Darkness” t-shirt.brother

I “inherited” it from him.

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Like I said, l’il bro’s the reason I’m donating to the royalties from the sales of my Antique Magic series (through January 8th) to the  Fibro Foundation. In fact, that pic (the top one, not the one of my funny-looking self in the same shirt) is of him getting chemo for his #Fibrolamellar cancer–hence the IV in his chest. I think it rocks that the hospital let him take his video games).

Thanks to all who’ve already bought the Antique Magic books yesterday. I hope you enjoy them!benefitsalebanner

Shades snippet

This is from my new release in the Antique Magic series, Drawing Down the Shades.

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Trevor’s footsteps scuffed across the floor and he greeted the man. The old gentleman turned his attention back to the box, carefully removing the item inside. Caitlin peered over the top of the box curiously.

The man set down a small statuette of a woman, pouring something from a pitcher. Caitlin tipped her head. “That’s lovely, I must say.”

Trevor grunted and leaned forward. “Looks Greek.”

“German actually,” the man said.

“1920’s.”

“1960 give or take.”

Trevor pursed his lips and stepped back from the statuette, eyeing it thoughtfully. “That’s a little outside my range.”

The man pressed, “It’s a find, I can tell you that.”

“Rare?” Trevor asked.

“Oh, yes. One of a kind.”

Trevor glanced at her and back to the customer, holding out a hand. “May I?”

“Go right ahead.” He set the statuette gently—almost lovingly—into Trevor’s hands. “I think you’ll find there’s not a scratch on it. My children are tired of looking at it, you see. They say it gives them the creeps.”

Caitlin raised a brow. “How odd.” The little statuette looked lovely to her.

“Well, they have active imaginations. So here I saw your shop and thought you might have a solution for me.” He touched the statuette as if he didn’t want to part with it. “After I’m gone, I’d like someone to have it who’ll appreciate it.”

Trevor grunted again as he turned the little figure. Caitlin smiled at the man. “I told you, it’s his shop, his expertise.” She winked at Trevor. “I just keep the books.”

Trevor laughed under his breath, studied the item for another moment, and set it down. “It does look in mint condition. Do you have any documentation?”

The man sucked in a quick breath and reached into his coat pocket. A packet slid forth through his old fingers.

Trevor opened the packet, scanned it. He met the man’s gaze, startled, Caitlin thought. “Are you kidding me?”

“What’s the matter, honey?” Caitlin looked from her husband to the customer. When they said nothing more, she glanced over Trevor’s shoulder at the document in his hands. She caught the name Donavon before Trevor’s grip tightened on the form, crumpling the text out of view.

“Not in the slightest,” the man said as if she hadn’t spoken.

“You can’t be him,” Trevor said.

“I assure you, I am.” The man reached a hand into his coat. “Do you need to see my ID?”

Trevor narrowed his eyes. “I thought he’d died. I mean, you. I thought you’d died.”

The man pursed his lips and shook his head. “Not yet.”

“Who did?” Caitlin asked completely confused by this conversation.

“I thought everything she had,” Trevor barreled on, “was in the Museum of Fine Arts.”

The man chuckled to himself. “Not all of it.”

“Are you saying she gave some of the collection to you and you want me to have one?”

“Yes.” The man smiled sadly meeting Caitlin’s gaze directly. “Because I think you and she have more in common than you’d believe.”

Caitlin frowned. What did they have in common with whom? Who was this Donavon person? “Excuse me. What are you talking about?”

Trevor waved a hand. “Forget it, Cait.” He pointed to his office. “Of course we’ll take it. Let me just get some information from you.”

They disappeared into Trevor’s office and Caitlin stared after them, wondering. What in the world was that about?

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What was that all about? You’ll have to read to find out!

Synopsis:

Synopsis:

Business can be hell…

Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.

If you’d like to read more, it’s available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. January 5th to 8th, any royalties I get from the three titles in the Antique Magic series will go to The Fibro Foundation, for youth Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. You can read the previous post to see why. Thanks for reading!

Special Drawing Down the Shades

I know I promised this quite a while back but the whole package took longer than I thought. Finally though I can reveal the next book in my Antique Magic series is set to release in January. With that in mind, I have a pretty little cover to show off!

Wow, right? Matt did another great job. :)

Synopsis:

Business can be hell…

Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.

It’s available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, Smashwords,

The first two installments in the series are:

The Artist’s Inheritance

The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords (for all e-reader devices), and in paperback from Createspace.

Caitlin’s Book of Shadows.

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

What will the holidays hold for Caitlin? Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior’s shield.

 

This is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

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I have a special event going on this week, too, for the release. Did I ever mention my little brother? If you’ve read any of my works you’ve probably seen his name. Well, he loved all things paranormal and, really, was the inspiration for what Caitlin goes through with her ghosties. He  passed away from a rare cancer called Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a few years ago.  So I decided with the release of Drawing Down the Shades, I’d take the royalties I receive from the sales of the entire Antique Magic series  from …. actually I’ll start the sale today if you feel like going over– to the 8th and donate them to the Fibro Foundation (AKA The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation).

The books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Royalties are, admittedly, a pittance but if you’ve been on the fence about the Cait and crew series, if you know anyone who might love a ghost busting gal and her friends,  now’s the time, get a great read and help a good cause. Thanks….

Oh and Drawing Down the Shades is also up on Good Reads now.

Light it up blue–final. Marble experiment

paintitblueSo for my final post in the month, I tried water marbling. I think I showed y’all how my dry marbeling experiment came out. I’ve seen others do water marbling on youtube and elsewhere, and though I heard it was a mess, I tried it.

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They who said it was a mess were right. I had to clean up each nail as I went along and fouled up at least two nails in the process. So trying those again made the process even longer. These two pictures here were from my third attempt and I think it came out interesting….

Yes, there is some blue in there. I was actually surprised at how green some of it came out. Navy and orange = green, yes I know. I should’ve expected that from my art classes. ;)

In the final tally, the result I came up with was different for each nail, and it actually brought the term splatterpunk to mind, more than looking like the marble I’ve seen others achieve, despite my best attempts to mimic the technique. I just kept ending up with this film rather than the swirls I mapped out (so to speak). Not what I was hoping for. It looks more like Monet’s work than anything else and interesting in the end. (Though you can see my ringfinger there on the edge it did sorta marble correctly)   All in all I probably won’t be doing it again, given the time it takes, but it’s something a little different. Messy, messy, but different.

If you want to see what I was going for this gal does a much better job.

All in all it was an interesting month, and undoubtedly might show up on one of my characters in the future. :) Not sure I’ll be blogging much more about it though, until next year’s Paint it  Blue. ;) I think y’all have seen enough craziness to know, yeah, I’m a bit of a nail dork. *laughs*

Light it up blue and a review

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This is week three, and my manicure for Monday (Okay, the weekend). This is Wet n Wild Blue Bijoux, with the dots being Sally Hansen’s X-treme Wear in Virtual Violet.

DSC00019Yes, I tried a little art. It takes a bit of experimenting but all in all, I  like how it came out. The right ring finger, that you can’t quite see there? Has a very Super Mario  Brothers Mushroom look to it. :)

However. Gotta say? X-treme Wear? Not. The stuff, when I use it alone, peels like a madman.

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I guess you can’t see it that well, but two are peeled there. I actually seem to have a problem with this no matter what the brand. Doesn’t matter what base coat I use or top coat, eventually this happens. Huh. I guess it’s just me. Some brands I won’t buy anymore because I’ve been made aware they have Formaldehylde,  toluene DPBs, and other cancer causing agents, and some brands I’ve read test on animals. Wet N Wild was one brand that didn’t. And no, I can’t justify paying the price of some of the really high end ones when I’m not sure they won’t just peel too. I’m trying some different things, hoping that might work. We’ll see what happens. So, *throws up hands* I’m at a loss here.

Another week of blue

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I’ve been neck deep in final revisions this week and just finished another one for a charity anthology call for subs. But I wanted to get this in here for Tammy at Lacquer and Leather. :) This was what my hands looked like the end of last week. I was invited/challenged by a gal on the FB group (*waves to Crystal*) to try marbeling and this is how it came out. Not too bad. I wasn’t brave enough for water marbeling yet but with the help of a broken q-tip, this is how it came out.DSC00011

Nice huh? Gotta tell you though, I think my nose is getting really sensitive. My top coat (Sally Hansen’s Double Duty for you polish fans. ;)) I swear stinks to high heaven.  I think I might take to doing them outside more often than not.

Don’t forget, Tammy’s still giving away that autism bracelet. Check it out here.