My husband and I are still hard at work on our house. This past weekend, my husband and I finished taping and mudding the living room. Now the joyous sanding begins (I like textured walls because it helps hide imperfections) because my husband loves smooth walls. So I got the kitchen how I like: old farm & logging tools, red walls and texture, so my husband gets the living/dining room. Either way, I'm glad the house is slowly coming together. July 1st will mark 2 years in Kansas, so I'm really hoping to have the house done before then. Then after the living room and dining room is complete, we can move to the upstairs and finish the office, bathroom (tape, mud, sand, paint) and the rest of the house that needs pretty much the same things. I cannot wait to be done with construction. I hate it. I hate the mess and disorganization.
Opening Danger is getting a revamp. I have gotten some negative feedback (I looked at reviews on amazon & goodreads), about most people not liking that it ends on a cliffhanger (it's a series) but one reviewer in particular was really cruel. So, I decided to get back in and see what I could do to make Opening Danger better. It was redundant in places and some of the wording was interesting. So, after I went through it, I have my editor Tiffany taking another look at it. Opening Danger, like all my books, gets developmentally edited (to look over plot & cohesiveness) and then line/copy edited (to look over grammar & punctuation) and finally proofread to see if anything is missed or wrong. And even with all these measures, sometimes shit just hits the fan and fails. I've learned a lot of lessons since beginning this author journey and the most important one, is choosing the right editor. Now, I'm not blaming my former editor (not Tiffany) for my rework of Opening Danger. Nope. That's allll meeee... I didn't follow my gut instinct and it landed me here. So for those of you who want to purchase an original paperback (also signed), reach out and let me know before the end of the month when I upload the new version.
Coming Spring 2023!
This new Clean (some light swearing, no f bombs) Fantasy Romance novella is part of a 3 book standalone series that will be launching this year. If you want to check out the world and the map I created, on my website, click on published books, then click on Zerelon World Novel. The Gods are meddling, and the people they rule over dislike them. This series is what I wrote prior to the Castre Series and now, after finding it (after loosing it 7 years ago, my bad) I decided to take a look and create novella's. This book is with my fabulous editor Tiffany. After this series is complete, I will be working on a 2 book Contemporary Mafia Romance (no s*x) that will be set in my small Kansas town, but of course, I change the name, but some of the people might remain the same lol.
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Someone wants his son dead. The evidence points to the lands in the north, but the greedy king ruling those lands wouldn’t be frivolous enough with his coin to begin a war. Nay, the culprit must come from inside Theron’s land, his keep. But who would want him or his child dead?
The child in her care comes from the lands in the south. Her former husband desired the coin in his ransom, but after seeing how the coin wasn’t forthcoming, he cast her and the child from his lands. Azlyn vows to protect the boy at any costs, but how can she protect him from evils she doesn’t know?
Come on an adventure to the land of Zerelon, where everything is more than it seems.
Just last week we finished hanging sheetrock on the living room walls and now we are taping and mudding. Bryan likes smooth walls, so I foresee a lot of sanding in our future. I prefer texture because it totally hides all the boo-boo's made. It's been a butt to hang the sheetrock over the lath and plaster walls. Bryan and I have really struggled with it. But it's almost over, thank goodness! The other half of the downstairs (the dining room) will be put on hold until spring. Mostly because there is a giant a/c unit under the window on the south wall that was put in the house, via cutting out a section of outside wall... yeah... It's super fun. So, because we don't rightly know what problems we may encounter with that future project, we decided to wait until the weather is warmer. We are hopeful that by Christmas, the living room walls will be completed and we can start laying flooring down. Slowly but surely, we're getting our house put in order. Still waiting on the plumber to come and finish the downstairs bathroom. The man is super busy but there's not much left to do on our bathroom.
THEN, just a few days ago we had a HUGE thunderstorm with tornadoes. That was interesting considering the day was super nice out and there was no suspected anything then BAM, thunderstorm with tornadoes. My kids and I evacuated to the Methodist Church since we have no basement while my husband was on patrol (he's a part-time cop for our small county). My kiddos were freaking out and wanting to move back to Oregon for the day lol. But of the possible 3 tornadoes in our area, they all dissipated, and we were fine and home within 2 hours. Never heard of tornadoes in December for Kansas. Usually, from my understanding, its a spring event. Either way, super thrilled it's all over, don't care to repeat lol.
A friend of mine persuaded me to put a book I have been working on, on the new Amazon platform called Vella. From my understanding, Vella works much in the same way as Webtoon or Manta Comics just without the pretty pictures. So, I decided to put Aiding Azlyn on Vella to see what happens. These chapters are unedited, as I just wanted to test this new platform and see how it works. I still don't understand it. And when asking for advice/help in the author community, most don't know how it works either LOL! It's all good though. Vella is a learning curve. Azlyn does have bi-weekly updates of new chapters every Sunday and Thursday. Chapter 3 just launched today.
Also for this month, I wrapped up the clean & sweet fantasy novella, Aiding Azlyn. I still haven't figured out a good blurb (description) to share on Amazon or with the rest of the world yet. Blurbs are a serious pain in the butt. I'm NOT good at them but I try. But the book is done and now waiting for my editor, Tiffany. Currently, Tiffany is still diligently working on Saving Home, the Sci-Fi Alien Prince RH. That final RH is on preorder for $.99 currently. Now that Azlyn is finished, I'm off and writing the second novella to this series Killing Karlyn. These novella's were books I started prior to the Castre series. My old Toshiba laptop crashed and I lost pretty much everything but the beginnings so now, I'm just going back in and writing it all fresh and new. I gave up trying to replicate what I was able to remember and am just going with what I think would be better. I'm just surprised I could replicate the map from memory. Phew, that's lucky talent haha.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Holiday's, happy reading, and stay safe out there!
The house is finally coming along! We got the kitchen most of the way done, just need to put on the finishing touches like door knobs and trim. I also need to get some decorative and pretty hooks to hang all my antique lanterns from. I am obsessed with old lanterns. I have one from the early 1900's. It still has a stamp where you can read the date on it. I also have 2 old miners lights. One is from the 1930's while the other is from the 1920's.
The next project we are going to be tackling will be the living/dining room ceiling. We're headed to Hutchison this weekend to get sheetrock and 1/8" plywood underlayment so we can lay the rest of the flooring. I wish the cost was a little less spendy, but such is the way of the world now. Once the sheet rock is on, textured, and the walls and ceiling painted, we can lay the flooring. Just little steps, but progress is progress. It's been a long time doing this remodel. The master bathroom is still needing finished. Just patiently waiting on the plumber to come back. He's the only one in several counties so patience is a virtue.
Last month and this month have been super busy. I've gotten a lot of writing accomplished. At the end of October, I wrapped up the sci-fi reverse harem series. There is a lot of drama in this book and less seggy scenes, like maybe 2. My editor Tiffany Purdon (Eyes On Your Story Editing) has the book and is already hard at work on it. I hope she likes it. I scheduled to release this book at the end of January 2023 as I don't think it will be ready in December. If it does happen to get done sooner, then I may release sooner too.
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What we all thought was long dead, has come back to haunt us.
What’s dead is supposed to stay that way and whatever former decrees my mother-in-law had should be null. But not on this damn alien planet. Their laws are still unlike anything I’m used to. To top it off, my husbands received a message from someone who claimed to be their brother.
When my husbands left to check into the claims threatening their planet and their monarchy, is when I realized something more sinister was afoot. They won’t make it back to me in time to stop it, so I’m forced to take matters into my own hands. The only problem is, what I am carrying makes me a large target. Our life, our planet is a desirable district to have; only the life we’d created stands in their way.
I will do whatever it takes to succeed, even at the cost of my own life or limb. The dead will not haunt us forever.
Saving Home is a Reverse Harem Alien Prince Romance were descriptive, consensual sex is guaranteed. *** WARNING – This book contains difficult scenes: assault, battle scenes, detailed sex, loss of a child, and foul language that some readers may find disturbing and/or triggering. Read at your own personal risk. ***
Also, for those who have been wanting to read the beginning of the RH series, I have made Securing Freedom $.99 until the end of November. Snag it while ya can.
Onto the next series of books! Pictured on the left is a book I have been working on. This series will be clean fantasy romance, unless I change my mind, but that's the plan as of right now. I found outlines and pieces of this series off my old computer (Toshiba that's long dead) that I transferred to my new one (and I kinda forgot about it until now). I would hate to waste the thought and detail that went into this series, so I figured turning these into novellas would be fun. This series is what I wrote prior to the Castre World. But when Toshiba got the blue screen of death and did a slow death, I was able to get what I could off, which was 4 books, and some world building. Unfortunately, I lost all the endings. So I am going through, editing, and adding more than what was originally there. This will be a 4 book novella series and then it will onto a new contemporary mafia romance series. I hope when I release these in Spring 2023, you enjoy it.
Have a wonderful Turkey Day! Thank you for reading and enjoying my books.
Minnie the lab/hound and Paige the beagle wish you a Howling good holiday!
October has certainly flown by quickly. It feels like yesterday I turned 32 on the 4th. And now half the month has gone by. In that month, a lot of progress on the house has been made and I couldn't be more excited.
I'm absolutely thrilled with how the kitchen is progressing. It feels like it's all finally coming together. If you liked that red color, it is called Rushing Red by Valspar in semi-gloss. I love it. But man, it was hard to paint. I need to re-trim out the white due to the red bleeding over. But anyhoot, progress is progress. We were without a stove for a few weeks because I'm a genius lol. I went to Lowe's and got new appliances: stove, hood vent & dishwasher, back on September 17th. Thinking that the back of the previous stove and the new stove match, I sold the old stove. Well... It never matched. Thank goodness for a propane camp stove. But last night, our wonderful electrician (who has been on vacation) came back and is finishing out the electrical this weekend. I'm so grateful to him and his lovely wife for helping us. After the kitchen, it's onto the living room to put up sheetrock on the ceiling, tape, mud, spray texture, paint, then finally flooring. Slowly, but surely this complete remodel is getting done.
Also, I am doing a little something fun here soon. So, please come join my Facebook Group - Shanniak Shenanigans - on October 31st for some spooky fun and a chance to win a signed paperback boxed set of Dangerous Ties. Halloween marks the release of the first novel in this series: Opening Danger. And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!
(My kiddos wanted me to dress up this year for Halloween, so I will be passing out candy as a Viking. My son wants to be R2D2 and my daughter wants to be Leprechaun haha.)
For those who enjoy military scifi, I got into another anthology hosted by Bayonet Books. This short story is about Bryon Claus who is dedicated to his work and prides himself on his morals... That is, until he can no longer take it anymore.
I try to convince myself that I’ve given up punishing the naughty children who never learn. But I’m too old and too stubborn to let the lack of morals and ethics slide. This is a war. One I shall be victorious in, if I don’t lose myself to the euphoric nature of the massacre I’m about to wreak.
This anthology is set to release next month. Perfectly in time to ignore relatives with the coming holiday if that if that is your wish lol.
Mark your calendars for November 22-29 because the first book in the RH series will be discounted for a limited time to $.99! I wanted to be able to give you some reading material before the congregation of the holidays. It can be a bit much. This Thanksgiving will be our 2nd here in Kansas and basically our second on our own without family to share it with. I'm looking forward to eating a whole bunch then cuddling on the couch with my family. And hopefully I can get some amazing books in too. I have a huge TBR pile by author Catherine Banks.
The second standalone novel to this series is coming along. Saving Home will be going out for an edit in the middle of November. This second book is more dramatic, action packed, and is sad in parts. But I promise, there will be a happily ever after. I hope to wrap this book up soon because I know my editor, Tiffany is waiting impatiently.
Well, that is all the updates I have so far. Once my kitchen is completely done, I will post pictures. Hopefully by Christmas I can put up an actual tree and hand decorations.
This August has had a lot happening. Whenever I've had a day off, I've been working on my house. My amazing dad has been a god-send and helping do a lot of things I didn't know how to do but now know how to do. So, the house is finally coming along. We are starting in the kitchen first since the cabinets and countertops are in the dining room and have been for the past 10 months. I got the kitchen walls and ceiling painted in a bright white. New flooring has been laid today. It's a pretty wood laminate. On Thursday, the 1st of September, I have men coming to hang cabinets and install the floor ones as well. This has all been a long time coming. I'm so excited to finally have a fully functioning kitchen. I'll post pictures in next month's blog.
My first Reverse Harem is releasing on September 1st! Several years ago, I wrote a short story for a - Bayonet Books Anthology - about storming Area51 when it was a thing that was supposed to happen in September of 2019. I didn't expect to get into the anthology at all. And when I did, it made a few people not too thrilled. I was told I would ruin the sci-fi genre because I'm a woman romance writer and should just stick to that. I was like "huh, that's cute," and here I am. This full-length novel follows Army Specialist Adele Folsom after the fall of Area51 and her being brought on an alien spacecraft. I'm hard at work on book 2 - Saving Home - as I feel that there is a little bit more to tell with Adele. If you happen to pick up this Alien Prince RH, I do hope you enjoy it.
After this series, I have covers for a Contemporary Mafia Romances that I am going to set in my small town (names will be changed). I got covers for it, forgot I had covers, found the covers, and now feel bad that I've forgotten about it for so long. This series may be more on the novella side. I really don't know. Either way, there will be two books. I don't know how other authors do it, by writing all kinds of books at the same time. I cannot do that kind of sorcery. I have to work on one series until it's done otherwise my mind explodes. So off I go to wrap up the Alien Prince RH. I'm 24K words into it as the plot thickens. What plot, I couldn't tell ya. I wing every scene by the seat of my pants. So your guess is as good as mine lol.
I hope you have a great day. Stay safe and healthy.
This month has certainly flown by. I'm loving my new job as a emergency 911 dispatcher. I've been there for just over 3 months now. The kiddos start school here in two weeks and they are excited. It's crazy to think that soon I will have a 5th and 4th grader! Where the hell did the time go?! Also, my husband and I celebrated our 11 year Anniversary on the 24th. We're getting old, haha. We're still loving this Kansas life. Even more awesome is that we are getting our electrical figured out, so hopefully I will have a fully functioning kitchen by my birthday (October 4). Fingers crossed. After the home repairs, we will be building a shop and my current shed will go to my chickens. I have plans to be THAT chicken lady lol.
In between the family and life, I've managed to get my Alien Prince RH (Reverse Harem) finished and to the editor: Tiffany Purdon. She finished editing it yesterday and LOVED it. It's not super sci-fi where all the acronyms make it hard to follow along. The characters are all diverse and fleshed out. You may hate a few, but I'm sure by the end, you will love them all. I will be releasing the paperback early once I get it back from the formatter. This is a long book, well over 90K words. Then later, I will release an omnibus of all the sci-fi stories. Currently, I'm working on book 2 of the series titled: Saving Home.
After the Alien Prince Reverse Harem, I will start a Contemporary Romance set in this small town I currently live in. I've already kind got it going, but put it on the back burner to finish out the sci-fi series. I even found older works I had started prior to the Castre Series. I've been dabbling on one of those to eventually upload to Vella.
I apologize the update is rather short. With the new job, we are alternating every month from working days to nights. My night shift month is this August, so off to handle things before the end of the month. Take care and have an amazing day. Next month, I will post a snippet of the upcoming RH Release.
This month feels like it had absolutely flown by. And the weather here has been erratic. I will say, it not raining all the time like Oregon did, is definitely a nice change, but rain is welcome. I'm still in love with Kansas though. I saw my first bull snake last night and those suckers are aggressive!
This month has been packed full of camps for my kiddos. Teaghann had art camp at the beginning of the month. Then both kids did swim camp. No longer are they really good at drowning haha. They are level two swimmers. Braedyn passed his swim test so he can go off the diving board now. Braedyn had his final baseball game yesterday and lost. It was a good game from what I heard (I was at work). Now, for the rest of the summer, I am just going to let them live their days at the pool.
As far as books go, the final regency romance - Love Ever Lasting - is set to release on July 14. The paperback and hardback are available for purchase. Michelle is working on another book in the series. I backed out to work on my back log of books, ideas and utilize covers I completely forgotten about.
The Sci-Fi RH novel - Securing Freedom - is up for preorder and is now with my editor: Tiffany Purdon. This book contains a lot of sex, one group scene, and is just shy of being what is called an epic novel (over 100K words). Adele isn't as aggressive as my other females main characters tend to be. She is mellow, calm and level headed. The characters are all very different than my typical style. I hope ya'll like it. This is probably gonna be it for me in the sci-fi department for a while because I do have a set of contemporary covers I need to write books for. I will probably come back and do a spin-off of this sci-fi once I get my contemporary done.
Since my sci-fi is off with my fabulous editor, I am working on a new contemporary mafia romance series - Serendipity Café. I have no idea really what I am doing or where I am going with it. I had an outline for it, lost it, so now, I'm just flying by the seat of my pants. All I really know is Tiffany will be editing it, it's taking place in my current small town of Coldwater and it's gonna have cows in it. Bonus, is I already have covers for it (purchased from Keyminor Publishing) and I use the same company for the majority of my formatting too. They also made my amazing logo at the beginning of my website.
Well, that's my life in a nutshell. Between working, family, writing, it's been a lot. Hoping that I get more time home with my kiddos this next month. I am working days, so it would be 8am-8pm. It's not too bad, though I do love my days off to spend with them. The next time I get time off, I plan to take them to Woodward for some Chinese food. Last time we had Chinese was a year ago in Oregon.
Take care and have a wonderful day.
Hey Everyone! I hope life has been treating you well. For those wondering, this is my NEW website, since my old one crashed and I couldn't get it back. I have no idea why or how, but I like this website a whole bunch better. I hope you find it easier to navigate.
Also, I had major life changes that occurred from April to now. I'll break them down :)
1.) I quit my job of medical billing after 3 1/2 years to be a 911 emergency dispatcher. This change came with all sorts of life changes for my kids and myself - different hours, more time at home being home. Like with medical billing, I was home but not available. Now, when I am home, I can spend it being home and there. My kiddos are loving it as am I. My husband is also now a deputy (waiting excitedly to be handcuffed.) But these new and exciting life changes have definitely been for the better. It's always daunting starting over or somewhere new. I'm grateful for this fresh start in a new direction.
2.) Here in Kansas, we got to experience our first ever tornado! It absolutely freaked my kiddos out. I was actually dispatching at the time of the tornado - super exciting, intense, and cool. I didn't get to see anything though (kinda grateful for it).
3.) Our house is still not finished. I was hoping it would be since we have been here in Kansas for 11 months now, but getting anyone to come back is like pulling teeth. It's frustrating since I have bought literally everything for the house, cash out of pocket. Warranties for my $6K in cabinets are expired so whether they are great or not, I am now stuck with them while I keep getting told: "Don't worry, we haven't forgotten you." -_- Yeah, I beg to differ. One day my house will be finished and that will probably be when inflation gets to much to buy any food for my family.
4.) Book wise - Love Ever Lasting has been completed and is with the proofreader. This finale is set to release July 14th. Another book releasing this year is a Sci-Fi Alien Prince Reverse Harem - Securing Freedom. This novel is set to release on September 1st. I thought about releasing that book sooner, but with my new job and training, I don't want to panic if time becomes an issue.
5.) This summer is going to be chaotic with all the summer programs I've signed my kiddos up for. Teaghann & Braedyn are both doing 4H with the Loyal Hustlers showing off their poultry (Buff Orpington hens & rooster). After which, Teaghann is doing an art camp, Braedyn at the end of June is doing a basketball camp. Both kids are signed up for swimming lessons, Braedyn is also playing baseball. Then in July, they are in the summer reading camp. So if you don't hear from me, this is why haha.
I hope you all have a great and safe weekend. Take care.
This year certainly feels as if it has gone by quickly. My son got to play his first year of basketball. He loved it. It was great seeing him be able to play on a team and have some games since the past 2 years he wanted to play sports and couldn’t due to the constantly changing restrictions from the virus. My daughter even wants to play sports. We are going to sign her up for soccer and softball. I’m so proud of her. The only issue I may see arising is when Braedyn and Teaghann both have games. So I can only hope they are in the same vicinity or at different days/times. Everyone is thriving here in Kansas. I even had made some friends which is hard for me to do since I work from home for my day job and then writing. Everyone in this small town is super nice.
I have released 3 books so far this year with more on the docket to come – including more paranormal romances and fantasy romances. Burning Danger, the series finale released today – St. Patrick’s Day – and will be available for a limited time at $.99. I may do spin-off’s of this series later because I really do love the characters and their dynamics. I love how fearless, loyal, and honest Zuri is and how nicely it pairs with Evander’s protectiveness and loving heart. I tried to make this series interesting and fun, filled with humor and puns. If you do snag this series, I hope you enjoy it.
The next book to be released will be this Alien Sci-fi Reverse Harem. This book follows Adele Folsom, a former army specialist, as she is now trapped on an enemy alien ship and headed to the Ubsolvyn District Planet #11. Adele is a strong woman, who has a dry wit and sense of humor. What she thought was her worst nightmare of being captured by 3 handsome yet brutish alien men, is actually a walk in the park compared to what she is about to discover. This book is set to release in September but may get bumped up depending on work, kids and life in general.
Since the Clean & Sweet Regency Romance – Love At Last - released on Valentine’s Day, Michelle and I have been diligently working on the next 2 books in the series – Love That Lasts (book 2) – and – Love Ever Lasting (book 3). I fell in love with George in this sweet book so he got his own for Love That Lasts and a bit of redemption. George is such a sweetheart of a character. Love That Lasts will release sometime in April. Meanwhile, the final book – Love Ever Lasting – features Mariah’s eldest brother Matthew. Michelle and I are currently working on that particular book with a release day sometime in May.
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It’s crazy to think that January has already flown by so quickly. This year we got our first Kansas snow. it was interesting the contrast between what we knew in Oregon (wet and large flakes, very wet climate) to that of Kansas (dry, cold but even -1 doesn’t feel to bad) and the snowflakes were tiny, cute and so so fluffy! The dog’s absolutely loved it. Minnie kept burying her face in the snow; Paige rolled in it. And a few days later, Paige got to experience jail for the first time (she took off on me while I went pee) and she loved jail. I however, didn’t. Paige has no regrets haha. It’s also interesting here that when it snows, nothing really shuts down unless it gets icy, whereas in Oregon a 1/2in shuts down the entire town. Our family is still loving the rural Kansas lifestyle. Both kids are making friends and Braedyn joined a basketball team. He loves it!
Flirty in Kansas City, MO — Date: 2/19/2022 — Where: Hilton Embassy Suites — Time: 9am cst
February is here and already half way over. It’s crazy! I am doing my first ever event in years since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. I’m so excited. I will have all the series books there and large prints of the western’s too. I even got new bookmark swag made for this special event. If you’re feeling up to it, come and say hi. There will be 60+ authors and numerous good reads to get your hands on.
Also, this love month, a clean and sweet regency romance is releasing on Valentine’s Day, also my dad’s 58th birthday. Already Love At Last is getting some amazing praise! This Jane Austin inspired era novel will keep you wanting more. It’s delicious in the forbidden love between an Earl and a parson’s daughter. I cannot wait to launch book 2 – Love That Lasts – featuring a handsome regimental soldier from the first book. Already, Michelle and I are hard at work writing book 2 and the editor is itching to get her hands on it.
Another book that may release this month is – Burning Danger – the epic series finale to the Dangerous Ties Series. My editor Tiffany is hard at work correcting all the things my avid brain might have glossed over. I hit all the key points to express upon so there weren’t any lingering questions from the previous two novels. Also, there is active, non-fade-to-black-crap romance. Oh no, no, it’s active and sexy! Shortly after this releases, there will be a boxed set of this releasing where large print will be offered as well. I will be writing more paranormal romantic adventures too. I just have no idea as to when as I have a list of things to get through first that I have unnecessarily stuffed on the back burner, like what I’m about to describe below…
After the Regency Series and the completion of the Paranormal Romance series, there will be an epic novel releasing at the end of summer – A Sci-Fi Alien Reverse Harem Romance – for those that don’t know what a reverse harem is: it is a romance between multiple men but only one woman. I’ll letcha imagine all the fun and naughties that can happen in space. This book follows Adele Folsom, former army specialist who helped stopped civilians raiding Area51 (when people were really supposed to raid it 9/20/2021 but it was a bust) where they let loose a plethora of aliens. Adele hates space, thinks the aliens are weird and cannot believe what they have planned for her. It’s fun, sexy and one heck of an adventure that will come out this year
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