New Blood Awards – Nominations Open Until June 14th


This new award recognizes authors who are new to the Southern Vampire/True Blood Community.  Click on the picture and nominate your favorite author/story .  Nominations close on June 14th.    Anyone can participate – no log on required!

The Far Reach begins its wider journey

Chapter 11 signals the start of our couple moving into the wider world.  Where Swimming was almost entirely set in the larger world of vampire politics, the first part of Far Reach has focused on the ties that are forging to keep our heroes together.  I find that I have missed the characters of Swimming: the kings and the Stackhouses; Alcide and Maude and Isaiah.  For Eric and Sookie the time they spent as ‘just them’ is over and the job of creating a kingdom begins.

TFR 1-11086683_10202615483863142_130170048_n (2)Click the graphic to go to Chapter 11- Coasting to the Banks



Fanatic Fanfics Awards

The Voting Booths are now open for the Multifandom Awards …. several people from the TB/SVM fandom have been nominated … Hisviks has put up a list of these here.

This is just the 1st round of voting and it ends June 14, 2015.  Please go vote (you don’t have to vote for me but I would love it if you did) LOL.   Let’s show the very talented authors, betas, artists how much we appreciate all their hard work and generosity.

Before you begin to pick your favorites, a few things to keep in mind:
YOU CAN ONLY VOTE ONCE, so make that vote count.
You can pick up to 10 nominees per category,
or 5 if there are less than ten nominees.
1st Round of Voting closes on
June 14th, 2015.

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Stolen Time

I sit on the edge of another time of transition.  These come every so often in all our lives.  We transition from infant to child; from school days to working world.  We transition from friend to lover; from lover to husband or wife.  And sometimes (twice my my case) we transition from wife or husband to independent again.  My youngest child; my baby is poised for a transition.  He will transition from elementary school to university student.  He will move away and no longer live under my roof and the last of my chicks will have flown triggering a transition of my own.

It is during these times that I think we are forced to look at our lives and wonder about the choices we have made.  Have the roads chosen been the best?  Were there opportunities missed; friends that might-have-been passed by in the rush to get to that next place?  Are there forks in our past; forks where we turned left still visible, offering the opportunity to try the right road?  And when we lift our eyes from the things that lie just over our shoulder, what does that path that now shines before us hold?  What future choices will we be presented with and what adventures will we find when we make those choices?

I have spent some time in my life agonizing over choosing paths.  I have spent years staring at crossroads, paralyzed by the unknown.  And during those times I have watched others on parallel paths pass by or double back.  But rarely do I see a person who steps forward with purpose; who makes bold choices find that those choices ultimately led no where but to a great mistake.

I believe that life is like a river; that some part is the free will and decisions you make but some part is the fate you were born for.  I do believe that your choices can steer your fate, but I have come to a place that tells me that the large, open canvas of fate can never be truly altered.  It is in accepting and then steering within that current that you can find your best happiness.

As The Far Reach addresses the transition of becoming king, our heroes are likewise discovering that their lives belong to fate.  There have been so many crossroads for them that fate decided.  He is vampire.  She is fairy.  He was turned at a time of great secrecy.  She was made aware of her heritage during a time a great revelation.  They will be faced with more choices as their days advance; some they can control but many they can only hope to influence.  It will be in accepting their fates and finding a way to steer the current together that will bring them to happiness on their distant shore.

Thank you as always for sharing this journey with me.


Southern Vampires Mysteries/True Blood Exchange Update

Calling all writers. Think of this as the best cookie exchange ever!

Greetings, all.
I would like to thank everyone who showed interest in the exchange. I believe there is enough interest to go ahead with the first of what will hopefully be many exchanges. Sign ups will begin on Monday 8th June and be open for two weeks, closing on 22nd June. Assignments will go out on the Wednesday 1st July and you will have two whole months to complete them, meaning they will be due on the 1st September.

As this might be the first exchange for some of the participants, I will include a sample sign up so you can see how it is done. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either by leaving a comment or directly by email @

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The Far Reach – Chapter 10 – Beating for Home

TFR 1-11086683_10202615483863142_130170048_n (2)Time for a new chapter in the story.  I am hoping to have one more chapter to you before I head out on vacation next week.  This will be the first of two treks planned for this summer.  My younger son and I are headed for France for mostly camping and exploring Verdun, Ypres and the Embarkment beaches.  Then a pilgrimage to Notre Dame Cathedral and back home.  He heads off soon for his summer job and then college and the attractions of no raised toilet seats or runaway socks looms large.   Well – I’m smiling!  Hope you enjoy the new chapter.