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December 21, 2015

One Year & Going Strong

2015 totally rocked my world! You see, a little over a year ago, Solstice Publishing released my first novel, A Life Without Living, book one in the Strega Series. Since then, I've been whisked into the crazy world...Read More

December 14, 2015

Book Release- The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

How can you fight to the death, when you've given up on life? A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will...Read More

November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Thoughts

As an author, I am always grateful that a publisher believed my work was good enough to take a chance on. In an industry that is quite competitive and very difficult to break into, it is actually quite a...Read More

November 9, 2015

New Release Alert!

For those of you who love spooky stories, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Vol. II, will...Read More

September 28, 2015

Welcome to OctoberFest ... the Solstice Publishing way!

If you already haven't heard, Solstice Publishing is hosting an OctoberFest ... for book lovers! An amazing line-up of free...Read More

September 21, 2015

Book Reviews, WIPs & Santa Rosa Comic Con 2015!

What's been happening in my world this week? Check it out here for the latest news....Read More

September 14, 2015

New Release Alert!

SERVANT OF THE BLOOD by Mel Massey is out this week! The Servant of the Blood, Allatu, will always come when called and has for generations. She will fulfill wishes ... for a price...Read More

September 7, 2015

Author Spotlight

Heidi Renee Mason always knew she would be an author. Heidi is passionate about writing, and writes fiction, as well as poetry. In her spare time...Read More

August 24, 2015

Why Sequels are Difficult to Write

I'm a series kind of gal. Harry Potter, Anita Blake, Lestat. Even when I was a kid it was The Babysitter's Club or Nancy Drew.  I just love a nice long....Read More

August 10, 2015

Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con

I am so excited about Toy Con 2015! I mean, what's more exciting than three huge spaces crammed with toys (vintage & new), comics of all kinds, artists, television and movie celebrities...Read More

August 3, 2015

La Festa di Cornucopia

Almost everyone who was paying attention to any sort of news about the night sky can tell you that last Friday, July 31, there was a blue moon. A blue moon is a phenonmenon when there are two full moons in a single calendar month. The next one...Read More

July 27, 2015

Jim Cronin, Author

Jim Cronin worked for thirty five years as a middle school science teacher. He is now semi-retired, working part-time as an educator/performer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Married for thirty-seven years to...Read More

July 13, 2015

Catching Up to the Modern World

Let's face it, whether we want them to or not, things move fast around here. The publishing industry has met the information technology era and...Read More

July 7, 2015

The Truth About Book Reviews

As a newly published author, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of reviews. After all, I am in the complex industry of book publication. An industry that mixes entertainment and art, and well,  I just want to make sure that my art is entertaining...Read More

June 29, 2015

Your Target Audience

As a traditionally published author, fellow writers often ask for advice on how to get published. And, I have to admit that thus far, my advice, although motivational, and which includes to just keep writing, keep persevering, and never stop, may not have been tremendously...Read More

June 15, 2015

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Each June, Strega celebrate the Summer Solstice as their Year of the Wheel turns. Like many pagans around the world, the Summer Solstice is a celebration to honor the sun God. To the Strega, it also represents the marriage of the God and Goddess. It is a celebration of...Read More

June 8, 2015

Summer Reading

With summer approaching, I'm starting to get that feeling again. That feeling of excitement ... anticipation. That inevitable feeling of freedom that comes with the warm days and the warmer breezes. Life for me slows down over the summer and with it...Read More

May 18, 2015

Sneak Peek: A Life Without Living

This week, I'd like to share an excerpt from my first novel, A Life Without Living. This book is very special to me for many reasons, but particularly because this novel comes from a place inside me that I thought would never...Read More

May 11, 2015

What do you Write?

"What do you write?" This is probably the most asked question at this stage in the game for me because, well, I'm virtually an 'unknown.' And, it seems like a harmless little question, but for many writers it is quite possibly the...Read More

May 4, 2015

Calling All Authors!

First time authors have a hard time getting their first contract. Many of us have been there and it is discouraging to say the least.  Solstice Publishing has published many first time authors and are actively seeking...Read More

April 20, 2015

Which Witch?

This past weekend I was at a book signing at a local independent bookstore (Thank you, COpperfield's Petaluma for having me!). It was a typical author Meet & Greet event, which basically is me sitting at a table with some of my books available for anyone to chit chat with. I love doing it because...Read More

April 13, 2015

A Little Off Topic

Now, I know that this is a little off topic...okay A LOT off topic, but I just have something to say. Please forgive my digression this week, but I recently read an article about an Italian scientist, Dr. Canavero, who claims that he will be able to perform the world's first human head transplant...Read More

April 6, 2015

A Life Without Living Cast

Lately, I've been working hard on Barely Living Alive, book two in the Life Without Living series. The first 10,000 words are always the trickiest for me (it really takes me that long to get some sort of flow going!). Of course, after that there's always mountains of more writing, including re-writes and edits, but those first 10,000 are just a pain in the you-know-what. Anyway, when writing that first 10G, I often use various tools to get the creative juices flowing. One tool that I use often is what I call a "visual motivator." Essentially, a visual motivator is a picture...Read More

March 23, 2015

A Creation of Reincarnation

So, I read this pretty cool article from the site Expanded Consciousness about reincarnation by Aletheia Luna called 11 Signs Your Soul Has Reincarnated Many Times. And, I mean, how cool is that, right? 'Cause I don't know about you, but the thought that I have been someone else in a past life really explains a lot...Read More

March 16, 2015

The Line Between Real Life & Fiction

Lately, and I'm not sure why this has just been popping up, but people have been asking me if the characters in A LIfe Without Living are based off of me. And, I know that it is not meant to be an offensive question, but I have to wonder...Read More

March 2, 2015

In Support of Support

Well, I came upon my first hater. I knew it would happen, sooner or later. I mean, there is not one thing out there that every single human likes. Everyone has different tastes and styles that they prefer. I mean, I have my tastes and preferences. I have my opinions. I have things I like and things that I don't like.

So, I knew the day would come when someone would...Read More

February 23, 2015

A Little Bit O' Vibe

This week, I kinda just want to vibe a bit on how I write. People ask me what happens in my brain when I'm writing- how do I come up with characters. It's a pretty difficult question to answer. I'm not sure I can even describe it. So, instead of trying to put words to something that is, for me, so much more than a physical act, I'm just going to do it here...Read More

February 16, 2015

East Bay Comic-Con

So, yesterday was East Bay Comic-Con. And, for those of you who don't live in Northern California, East Bay Comic-Con (E.B.C.C.) is the biggest 1-day comic book, science fiction, and fantasy convention...Read More

February 9, 2015

The Existence of More

Perhaps, it's because I've been sick for the past week- a nasty cold that just won't go. Perhaps, it's because my head has been in the clouds a bit more than usual- my brain has been packed full of stories. Or perhaps, it's because my birthday is quickly approaching and I am yet another year older. Whatever the reason, I've really been thinking about the Exisitence of More...Read More

January 30, 2015

Interview with Rachael Stapleton, author of Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire

Check in and see what's happening with author of the time travelling suspense series, The Temple Of Indra...Read More

January 26, 2015

Why Hearing is Hard for Me

Last week I shared a few "fun facts" about myself that you may, or may not have, known. One of those facts was that I am a...Read More

January 16, 2015

One Lovely Blog Hop

This blog hop is designed to show readers a more personal side to myself. I've been challenged by another author/ blogger to list seven interesting...Read More

January 9, 2015

The Woman Inside

This week I revealed the cover of the first installment of my new short story series, The Woman Inside. I'm super excited about it,  but there's been a little controversy about who the woman on the cover really is :) I'm not sure what I can do to clear it up, but what I can say is...Read More

January 2, 2015

New Year, New Possibilities

For those of you who don't know, I am a teacher by profession. I guess I just loved school so much when I attended, I just had to figure out a way to stay there. The reason I mention this is because I am currently on a lovely winter break. A winter break that has taken me all over...Read More

December 26, 2014

What Day Is It Again?

Dear Readers,

Once again, it's Friday, and I'm late with my blog post. I really need to come up with a better system. For a while I was doing good … Friday morning BOOM! blog post up and running, no problem. But lately, I've been kind of slacking with my blog postery and...Read More

December 19, 2014

Full-Time Writer

The idea of becoming a full-time writer is something that is always on my mind. That's the dream, you know. To have the privilege of spending my days lost in worlds that I create knowing that I will be able to share them with...Read More

December 12, 2014

Author Interview with Bernard Foong

Young (alias Bernard Foong) is first and foremost, a sensitivist. He finds nuance in everything. To experience the world he inhabits is an adventure which is mystical, childlike and refreshing. He has a rare ability to create...Read More

November 29, 2014


Well, I'm back from a wonderful vacation on Kaua'i. What an amazing place the Garden Island is! Although I was feeling reluctant to...Read More

November 21, 2014

Literary Limbo

The past week or so, I've been completely wound up. My nerves are shot and I'm second-guessing everything. I  think, no, I know it's because...Read More

November 14, 2014

Poet Spotlight- Francene Stanley

The type of person that could be referred to as a loner, Ms. Stanley is quite happy in her own company and can entertin herself without the need for intervention. Despite this, she does indeed like people. But perhaps, a lifetime of isolation ...Read More

November 7, 2014

Poet Spotlight- Janice Clark

Janice Clark lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the morning fog drifting over the coastal hills could easily conceal dragons or any number of magical creatures. She and her brother share a home on partially wooded acreage, frequented by a variety of...Read More

October 31, 2014

Grandfather's Coat

Happy Halloween, friends! Although I love, love, love this time of year, I must admit that I am a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to those creepy things that go bump in the night. But, in the spirit of Halloween (and because I love you all for showing your support), I would like to share with you a little creepy...Read More

October 24, 2014

Poet Spotlight- Rocky Rochford

Rocky Rochford is an out-of-the-box thinker with a committment to poetry, philosophy, and story telling. Dedicated to evoking emotion, a modern-day expressionist, his work crosses genres from...Read More

October 17, 2014

Poet Spotlight- Chrystal Vaughan

Chrystal (Christina) Vaughan (1976-present) was born in Ashland, Oregon and grew up all over Southern Oregon where she currently resides. She is married and...Read More

October 10, 2014

Poet Spotlight- Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin is a poet, aspiring novelist and singer/songwriter based out of northern California. Having a deep love of the written word since an early age, Jeff's first loves in literature were the fantasy series novels of...Read More

October 3, 2014

In Honor of Poetry

While yesterday was National Poetry Day in the United States, Great Britain began celebrating National Poetry Month. And while I could spend an entire blog debating whether giving poetry a day or a month is an honor or trivializes it as an art...Read More

September 26, 2014

Editing: Where the Real Magic Occurs

As a paranormal fantasy writer, I rely heavily on an audience that is more than willing to jump out of the real world and into my magical realm of "anything-can-happen" land. Faithful readers enter my story and...Read More

September 19, 2014

My "Muse-ical" Life

If you''re like me, music not only plays a big role in life, it practically directs it. After all, it is a language that connects all humans no matter what they speak. I listen to music every chance that I get. In fact, I'm listening to...Read More

September 12, 2014

An Interview with Kate Collins, COO of Solstice Publishing

As many of you know, Solstice Shadows, a branch of Solstice Publishing, is working super hard to get my book out to the public. We have finished the first round of edits and the cover for my book has just been completed...Read More

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