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There Comes a Day: Stranger or Friend


In the middle of preparations for the blogging challenge — scanning photos, thinking up words that start with letter Q — my publisher sent this message:

“Your book link is live,” and the link followed. There was more to that email, but I don’t remember another word. I clicked on the link, and there it was.

The mystery novel I’d spent somewhere in the neighborhood of five years writing, re-writing, editing, and shopping around. Available for pre-order on amazon.

The novel will be released on March 24th, but pre-orders help an author (especially a newly published one like yours truly), move up the amazon ranks.

Here is a short excerpt from Stranger or Friend, published by Solstice Publishing:

“Across the gravel road Zoe’s childhood home looked smaller, as if shrunken under the weight of life. Smoke from the chimney caught the moonlight in a slow dance, blurring into the night sky. A place of happiness, but Zoe knew better. She pushed the car door open and stepped out, ready for her final visit home.”

There comes a day, an old friend once said, when you will understand that writing the book was the easy part. :)

A Blogging Challenge.


What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  I’d hang out with spiders in a dark box falling from the sky with a parachute.

No, absolutely not, but is that me speaking or my fear?

Probably a combination, but I will tell you what I did do a few years back, despite all sorts of reservations, fears, and more than enough reasons to say no. 

I signed up for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, wrote A LOT of posts, blogged every day of April, except Sundays, and commented my heart out on a long list of wonderful blogs from all over the world.

I’ve made a lot of friends in the process, learned much more than I ever though possible and had a blast along the way.  My eyesight suffered a little from reading print size and colors that should be taken out of usage, but hey, small price to pay.

And, so, A-Z Blogging Challenge is just around the corner.

Will I see you there, come April 1st?



Stranger or Friend — Cover and Peaking Nerves

Stranger or Friend-3COVER

Preparing a novel for publication is fun, exciting, and positively nerve-racking.  Even though I’ve had short stories published, nothing compares with the release of a novel.

This speaks not only to the process itself — working with a copy editor, cover artist, editor-in-chief, but the idea that my book will soon be out there in the world … an event at once amazing and a bit scary. This is what I’ve always wanted, sure, but now that we’re here … or almost here … I need to sit down for a moment.

This is the book cover, and I am happy to announce the tentative release date of March 22, 2015.

Here is a behind-the-process snippet — what led to the writing of this mystery novel.


Inspiration, at times elusive, rushes at us like a storm of images when a story can not be left untold.  And so it happened in the writing of this mystery novel — the culmination of two lives at a confluence of cultures: an Eastern European immigrant — yours truly — married to a California native of Hispanic descent.  The result is a fictionalized story, an observation, of many lives across such cultural spectrum, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the wilderness of Wyoming. 


Is there something in your life you must absolutely write sing or paint about?

Today in History


As I was going through my blogroll today, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the quality sites out there, the dedication,  the amount of research bloggers put into their posts.  So much I learn from you, dear talented bloggers.

In that spirit, I would like to shine the spotlight on one particular blog — a treasure trove of information for literary works and history lessons.

But first, let’s quickly go back in time with this question, and below the link to said blog:

“What legendary French writer and philosopher made a triumphant return to Paris on this date after a nearly thirty year exile? I’ll give you a hint. He was one of the greatest writers of the 18th century and of all time.”

The Internet Writing Workshop has the answer. This is a blog I highly recommend, by the way, a wonderfully delightful place for the incessant curious.

Do you know a blog so amazingly interesting and thought-provoking you’d like to share? 

~~ Next week’s blog is dedicated to my book cover reveal: Stranger or Friend, a mystery novel, coming this spring from Solstice Publishing.  Hope to see you then.


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