Wednesday, June 08, 2016

We've All Been There: Tales of Tenacity Released

In 2014, I had a mental breakdown about the time that would have been my twenty-fifth anniversary.  I realized I had given half my life at the time to the same man and became overwhelmed with this thought.  I wrote a story about how I managed to make it through that many years married to a manic-depressive.  At first I only thought I wrote the story for myself but then I shared it with a few friends who believed the story would touch many lives who had been in a similar situation.  I had submitted it to one anthology but didn't make it in that one so submitted to another anthology and it was accepted.  Today, the release of We've All Been There: Tales of Tenacity has come to fruition. 

All the proceeds from the sales of this book are going to Project Semicolon which is a group that encourages those with mental illnesses to reach out and get help, no matter what form it comes in but not to feel like you are in this alone.  The stories in the book are by no means exclusive of situations that we have faced but are out there to also encourage others to know that they are not alone and they can make it through anything life has thrown their way.

If you would like to order a print copy from me, it will be a couple of weeks before I have copies to sell and I will sign my story for you.  Please feel free and email me at and reserve your copy.  If you would like to order directly from Amazon, please go here for the print book and here for the ebook.  Remember you are supporting a good cause as all the proceeds will go to Project Semicolon.  Thanks for all your support, not only for me but those who need some inspiration and encouragement out there.  E :)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

TeachersPayTeachers/Decatur news/GoFundMe Campaign

An update on the gofundme campaign - I've had one donation (and it is much appreciated) but need to raise more funds to pay off my illustrator so I can get started with a new illustrator and get my state series back on track and out there.  If you can contribute or can recommend someone who can contribute, please stop by here and leave a donation.  Every little bit helps get me closer to paying her off. 

I've opened my TeachersPayTeachers store for my state stories to start selling in digital format.  Once the first illustrator is paid off, I will be getting that series back on track with (hopefully) three republished titles this year and at least the four new ones next year and probably two to four more as well (depending on how quickly my illustrator can get things done and how quickly I can format the stories for publication).  So if you have been following the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series, please stop by the store and help me build my followers.  Also, please help spread the word to all teachers (especially social studies teachers) and homeschoolers that you know who would like to supplement their social studies curriculum with a fun state mystery series.  The files include the book specific study guides, all for one low price.  You can find my TpT store here and the more followers I have the better as you will receive updates when new items are added to the store.

The last thing is the Decatur Book Festival - the place I got my start when the first state story was first published under a publisher.  I've wanted to participate several years since then but haven't been able to afford it.  This year I get to participate with two groups so will be represented in two different booths.  The Sisters in Crime Atlanta chapter has asked the Palmetto chapter (SC) and the Upstate chapter (SC) as well as the Low Country chapter (SC/GA) and a chapter in Tennessee to participate with them in a booth.  I've already filled out my survey and hope to be hearing back from them soon about how they are going to do participation and what not. 

I'm also a member of the YA Authors Rendezvous group and one of the members actually lives about 45 minutes from Decatur and we're going to have a YAAR booth as well; of course with the help of the other members so as to keep cost to each of us low.  You can check out the group's website here and see what we have to offer.  A huge variety from paranormal to children's to everything in between geared for the younger readers. 

I know it sounds kind of crazy to be in two booths at the same time but here is the breakdown - The Kelly Watson stories and Imogene will be in the Sisters in Crime booth; the Kelly Watson series, A Moose in the Shower and the state stories published up to that time will be in the YAAR booth.  I will also help in both booths as needed but more than likely more in the YAAR booth than the Sisters in Crime booth as I think it will be a bit crowded with all the folks who will be represented from 5 chapters (as well as the national organization being promoted) to be there.  I've been ecstatic since finding out about being in Decatur again this year.  I've a lot of work ahead of me in the upcoming months so I should sign off now and get some shuteye so that I can start anew tomorrow, working on my crochet projects that need completing as well as some writing projects.  See you all in the postings - E :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Two Fundraising Campaigns

Hey All,

I started two gofundme fundraising campaigns Sunday morning.  One is more in need of being funded immediately; the second one has roughly a 6 month time period. 

First the immediate one - my youngest son is getting married in February; the soon to be daughter-in-law wants a bridal shower and my daughter, Hailie, and I are planning the bridal shower.  The shower is to be held 5 days before the wedding (wedding date is February 18 with shower date February 13 - I know the Saturday before Valentine's day).  With a little help from my friends and readers out there, we should be able to raise enough to host the bridal shower.  I just found out last week the other Hallie's (my soon to be daughter-in-law) brother is running a gofundme campaign to pay for the wedding.  So please help out.  Click here to help with the bridal shower and click here to help the wedding campaign. 

The other campaign I'm running is to help pay off my prior illustrator as I have gotten in arrears and need to clear her up before moving on to the new illustrator (at a much better cost to me and probably one I'll campaign to fund later as the need arises once this first one is cleared up).  I'm running it through June and hopefully will be able to start around August with the new illustrator so I can get the 50-state mystery series back on track.  If you have a little extra and would like to help fund that, please click here and help.  Any donation will be much appreciated. 

Lots of good things coming up as previously noted.  I formatted the Moose story today in publisher and will probably need to do a little tweaking once I get the illustrations but I'm excited to take on this adventure with Anita Fricks. 

I have one other story I'm in the processing of editing to submit to an anthology.  This story was written in 2014 five days short of our supposed to be 25th anniversary and I had a meltdown and sat and wrote about 4500 words over a 2-hour period.  I felt relief once I wrote the story and hadn't intended to really share it with anyone but a few special people and then I gave it to Anita and she edited it and has given me a second run through now so I have a few changes or tweaks to make to it before considering submitting it for the one anthology.  This story may show up in two anthologies depending on how I feel once I've edited it.  I needed to get this out of my system to move on with my life and I have.  My mental health has improved since writing the story.  Now to just get my physical health and finances back on track I'll be good as gold or right as rain. 

Thank you all for continuing to follow me even though I haven't been a regular poster.  You all are truly angels in my life just for believing in my books.  If you haven't already picked up a copy of The Ties of Time, the second in the Kelly Watson YA Paranormal Mystery series, it is available in all formats except audible, which is the next thing on my list once I have cleared a few other projects out. 

Please pass the word about my fundraising campaigns and thank you all in advance for helping out anyway you can.  See you all in the postings.  Mrs. E :)

Friday, January 08, 2016

News, Updates and a little Excitement

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted here and haven't been a regular blogger in a while.  I have some updates for all of you.

First, my youngest son is getting married February 18 with a baby due around the end of May.  My soon to be daughter-in-law is just as sweet as she can be.  I'm excited to get to know her more.

Both my sons now officially live in Greenville which is much closer to me than when they lived in Hickory. 

My daughter lives around the corner and has just recently purchased a car and we are fighting the contract because she got scammed and bullied into taking this vehicle at $450/month payments.  What's being financed is almost 3 vehicles which is totally outrageous.

I had all the kids and significant others together for Christmas dinner the day after Christmas.  I got called grandma by the oldest son's girlfriend's 3yo son, which came as natural as you please.  My heart swelled and I felt accepted at that moment. 

On the writing agenda, there is a lot going on this year with some exciting news for my JGDS series.  For the update on that drop over here to see what's happening. 

 (This is my mock up attempt at cover which will be done soon by Chasity Nicole from
The Ties of Time has been print published since the middle of December and ebook published since the first part of November and sales have been very slim on that book but hopefully once the third one in the series is out the sales will take off.  But Dark Truths will be the last in the series and my heart is still and has been with the JGDS series (as you can see from the linked posting above). 

Publications this year will include Dark Truths, the third and final in the Kelly Watson YA paranormal mystery series, Imogene: Innocence Lost, and a children's picture book, A Moose in the Shower, along with republishing several in the JGDS series. 

Once these projects are off the table, I'm going to concentrate on the children's state mystery series for a while and see how long before I can have all 50 books published.  Hope you all keep following me through this busy, chaotic, fun time.  See you all in the postings.  Mrs. E :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Wishes

As the holidays are upon us, I want to wish all my readers and followers and their families a wonderfully blessed holiday. 

I know I haven't posted much this year but it's been a whirlwind year as I have gotten back into doing events and writing books.  In case you missed it, The Ties of Time, the second in the Kelly Watson YA Paranormal mystery series, finally published in print.  I'm awaiting my small order that I placed last week.  No fretting though the books will get here when they get here.  If you are still in need of a gift, remember books do make great gifts.  No guarantees as to when they will ship but ebooks are always available and if you purchase The Ties of Time ebook and send me a copy of your receipt, you will receive a free ebook of Finally Home

I've also been busy crocheting and creating items for all the events I've been doing including my market bags or library book tote bags or whatever you decide to use them for and have added several new colors to the bookworm colors for a total of 24 colors available now.  I found an angel ornament pattern I like and have been busy with the angels until recently. 

I have started Dark Truths, the third in the Kelly Watson YA paranormal mystery series, but haven't worked on it much of late but that will be one of my first projects in the new year to get that series completed.  I will also be working on Imogene:  Innocence Lost in the upcoming year.  Those are my two goals for next year, writing wise that is.  I'm also making a resolution to post more on my blog and I'm starting a mailchimp campaign so that my followers will get updates as I post them.  A few changes, hopefully in the right direction. 

I've also become a member of the YA Author Rendezvous group and have started following several of those folks (more to come, I'm sure) and have found that the group is such a wonderful supportive group with loads of information available.  There will be more from this group too as I'll share postings and other information as available.  If you haven't read Kimberly Readnour's series, I recommend it even though as of now I've only read the first one - Visions.  There are almost 80 authors in this group and we are all about promoting YA authors.  If you get a chance to check out the website, I highly recommend that you just pop over for a browse.  You never know what new author you will discover. 

My biggest announcement is that I'm going to be a first-time grandmother next year.  My youngest son and his fiancĂ©e are expecting in May and they are planning on tying the knot in February.  So I'm gaining a daughter and new grandbaby within the first part of the year. 

Below are the covers and other items I've been working on. 

Notice I've added the series to the cover of Finally Home

The cover is so fitting for this story.
When I saw this cover, I knew this was the third story as Anita Fricks and I had already brainstormed a bit on where the story is going. 

This cover also spoke to me, portraying exactly what I want it to.

Since taking this picture of the bookworms, I have added several colors and sold out of a couple with one or two being replaced.  I will have to do an updated picture of all the colors on my board (after I do a new display board for my samples to showcase all my new colors).

This is one of the market bags - all are 100% cotton and machine washable - all measure about the same size as a plastic grocery bag.  They are very sturdy and several have sold.  If interested in purchasing these bags, please inquire as to other colors or check out my facebook page, photos, albums to see what is available.

These were my latest addition to my crochet collection.  Again, this is only one color of about 15, so if interested in these, please inquire or check out my facebook page for all colors available.
Again, I wish you all a happy holiday season and a blessed new year.  See you all in the postings - Mrs. E :)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Special Deal Through the End of December

For my readers, I am offering a free copy of Finally Home ebook with the purchase of The Ties of Time - the second in the Kelly Watson series.

The Ties of Time has been out for 4 weeks now and I have only had one sale across the board.  If you haven't read Finally Home yet, now is your chance to get it for free.  Purchase a copy of The Ties of Time (available on all ereaders), send me an email ( of the proof of purchase, put - Redeem Coupon - in the subject line and I'll send you a copy of Finally Home for free.  Both are stand alone stories in the series - different mysteries being solved but are tied together by recurring characters, Kelly and Emma. 

I'm awaiting finalization on the full cover to send to createspace for review so I can order my proof copy and hope to have The Ties of Time in print within the next week or so.  Orders are being taken - $14.50 (includes shipping cost); if wanting a print copy, just email me with Ties of Time order in the subject line and include your mailing address and to whom I should make the book out to and I'll send out as soon as I have copies on hand. 

Here is the almost final full cover for Ties of Time -

I think Chasity_Nicole on has done a great job - working with a premade front cover (purchased a while back from one site) in order to come up with a full cover.   She will be designing some covers for me (for only $5 for ebook covers and $10 for full covers - you can't beat that price) in the near future. 

See you all in the postings - E :)

Monday, November 09, 2015

The Ties of Time published

I've uploaded The Ties of Time to kindle and Draft2Digital so it should be available for purchase within 24 hours (at least on kindle).  It's been a long time coming and hope all my readers will enjoy it.  I hope to have it in print within the next few weeks (that's another thing I have to work on is formatting my own books and it may take a little longer for me to do so).  Happy reading - see you all in the postings - Mrs. E :)