The Golden Egg

After nearly losing her powers, a weekend getaway sounds just about perfect to Michelle. Elron has planned it all, from the bed-and-breakfast to the little town that caters to people like them who need a break from their lives for a few days.

The bed-and-breakfast is as lovely as promised, the town just as quaint, and the afternoon’s entertainment is a scavenger hunt with a free dinner for two as the prize. But as they work their way through the clues, Michelle starts to wonder if partaking is a good idea. However annoying, it’s only a scavenger hunt. What’s the worst that could happen?

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A Witch’s Concern Audiobook

It’s been a while, but Michelle’s adventures are continuing in audio! There’s been a small change and Laurie Catherine Winkel is now voicing Michelle. She sounds amazing, and lets Jeff Hays continue to shine as Elron and the other male voices.

Get A Witch’s Concern Audiobook at Amazon or Audible!

Haven’t listened to the first three? They’re now in a box set so you can binge all the way through Witch for Hire, A Witch’s Path, and A Witch’s Trial. Get A Witch’s Path Box Set at Amazon or Audible. 

Onward into 2018

It’s late morning the first day of 2018 and there are a thousand things I should be doing other than this. But, I really love my yearly wrap-ups.

The past two years have been so hard, but also very lovely in their own way. 2017 had its share of ups and downs. For a year when the downs always seemed to follow an up, or stand in the way of progress, I’m really proud of what I did accomplish and very much looking forward to 2018.

This time last year, I was still recovering from an ulcer and digestive issues were a problem for half of 2017. Thankfully those seemed to have improved. Though, I did have some additional health issues in the fall. In October, I managed to cut off a tiny piece of my finger while cooking. (I recommend not adding that to your 2018 resolutions. Trust me.) November was full of mostly the wrong type of excitement. A deer ran into the side of our 4Runner while my husband was driving us to the gym. I ended up with some tooth/face injuries and the 4Runner was totaled. Unexpected car shopping is always great fun, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas. After a long search, we’re now the happy owners of a Subaru Outback. RIP 4Runner. Long live the Outback!

I also struggled with repetitive stress injuries in both hands forcing me to switch from typing to dictation. Learning an entirely new way to to process the story and push it into words had been both interesting and challenging.

But, even with all of that, I wrote:

Flash Fiction Words: 6,319

Short Story Words: 53,381

Novel Words: 202,300

For a grand total of 262,000 words!

Those were hard words. They were words to fix things I did while very sick in the second half of 2016. They were words that came from learning new writing methods. They were words that happened around pain, fatigue, and days when my best seemed far from good enough.

However, because of the work I put in throughout 2017, I have five books in progress. Earth Born is going through edits right now. Earth Born 2 is being written, as are two other books, and Earth Born 3 is slowly getting a plot. Plus, I have more short stories waiting to be published.

Today, I look at my 2018 to-do list and feel behind. The holidays have a way of making everything pile into January. So, for the next few weeks I’ll be digging deep to see several projects into their next stage. After that, I’ll be doing my very best to make 2018 a fabulous year for writing and publishing. And, with a lot of hard work, and a little luck, I’d like to break 350,000 words written in 2018.


About that Mystery Project

Some of you may have noticed the progress bars on my website. If you didn’t, this is what was there for the past three months.

Mystery Project Progress Bar


I’ve been working on “Witch’s Path World Mystery Project” since the middle of July. With that title you might have thought it was a full length Logan novel. It isn’t.

Let me introduce you a new series in Michelle’s world, one I hope you’ll love as much as I do.

Earth Born

A Dragon Lands Mystery

At twenty-two years old Shasta Oaks finally has her first job with the family business, Oaks Consulting. However, instead of tracking down criminals, she’s in the Dragon Lands of Wyoming teaching adolescent dragons how to behave should they venture into the rest of the country. Some groups are better than others. The current lot is not better. In fact, they keep falling out of the sky. It’s a good thing she’s a half-elf half-witch or she’d have some very squished dragons on her hands.

With such an straightforward job, it could’ve been the solo assignment she requested. Instead Oaks Consulting, and more accurately her parents, gave her a partner. Cord is a perfectly nice elf, but he’s hiding something. Even though it’s causing strain in their relationship, she isn’t inclined to discuss the issue. Shasta has a secret of her own, one she’s spent her entire life hiding, and she’s afraid he’ll ask questions she can’t answer.

When one of her dragons goes missing, Shasta quickly discovers that the job isn’t as safe as everyone thought. There’s evil brewing in the Dragon Lands. If she wants to save the dragons, she’ll have to embrace the parts of her she’d been hiding and show the world the real Shasta.

Read an excerpt.

Earth Born will be released January 2018.