Two Recent Reviews on the Sword’s Edge Chronicles

Two recent reviews, one on each of the first two novels in the Sword’s Edge Chronicles series:

book one –
Sword’s Edge: “A Gem of a novel”

book two –
Children of the Enaisi: “A Sequel that Tops the Original”

And yes, I’m working hard on book three!



Holding your own book in your hands – wow!

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles started from a dream I had in about 1985. It slowly grew in my head, and finally I caved and began writing it in the late 90s. Many of the stories and subplots have changed over time (the overarching major plot that encompassed many years was tossed into the midden when a Ranger I had never thought of or planned for swaggered in with a wink and grin and took over the whole bloody thing), but still, I have read and worked and polished the stories for a very long time.

And Children of the Enaisi is no exception. But as many times as I’ve read it, I never read it as a book. Since it’s been published, I’ve been floating around, as happy as a mother with a newborn who goes around bragging and showing it off. I’m sure all my friends are tired of it by now.

But I did something today I hadn’t done yet, even though I’ve had the print edition in my possession for some days: I sat down and read it, well, not all of it, but parts of it. It’s a heady experience to see the story you’ve sweated over for years and lost sleep over, and mulled and rewritten, and polished, and re-polished finally in your hands.

For my writing friends: what emotions did you feel when you finally held your book or books in your hands, and read them – this time as a published book, not just a manuscript?


A Sequel that Tops the Original – a review of Children of the Enaisi


I eagerly awaited the sequel to SWORD’S EDGE and was highly gratified when I finally got the opportunity to read it. The story and the characters who carry it moved forward in their history logically but with unexpected and marvelous twists and tight action that kept me glued to the pages. It is going to be difficult to rein my impatience until the next novel is released.

What a nice review of Children of the Enaisi!

Here’s the review, if you want to read it for yourself on Amazon.



Looking back on 2017

It’s been a wild ride this year.

So much has happened in my family. It’s not my place to say much about my children and grandchildren’s lives, but I can say I am proud of every last one of them. There has been adversity, and heartache, and tough decisions, but through it all, my “babies” (I include my children-in-law and step-grands in this as well – they’re all mine) have shown the highest quality. I pray this coming year brings them an abundant harvest with all the manure that has been dumped on some of them.

It’s been a strange up and down year for me as well. Big changes at work – struggling to fit the shoes my friend-and-boss asked me to fill when she knew she was ill and needed an extra hand at work. Losing her, and the jolt and loss that followed, but having to keep going. The pride in not only seeing our coaches rise to the challenge to keep the gym at the level of excellence she expected, but also the new owner giving his all, despite his grief, to keep her dream alive. Perhaps I say too much, am too personal, but I think it deserves to be said.

It’s also been just over three years since I lost my husband. In some ways, it’s easier. Time does that, I’m told. But that scab is still there, and gets pulled loose and bleeds. Trying to pretend the scab doesn’t bother me takes all my attention at times.

I remember how he pushed for me to get Sword’s Edge published; it wasn’t a genre he cared for, but he knew what it meant to me. A story slowly woven over time from a dream I first had in 1985. And I got it published that year. He got to see it before he died. And now, this year, book two has been published. It took a lot longer to finish than I thought it would, but you know, grief does that to you. Writing was hard for so long, a slog through icy muck up to my chin at times. So tough. Almost too tough. But, to quote from one of my late husband’s favorite movies, I “endeavored to persevere.” And I succeeded. I think he’d be proud of Children of the Enaisi. I miss him being here to tell me so. Ah well.

May you all “endeavor to persevere” and have a happy and blessed New Year.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!

If you’re still looking for that last minute gift for someone else or yourself, a book is always a Good Thing.

Oh yes, I know, I’ve posted quite a bit in the last few days about my new book, Children of the Enaisi, but hey, guess what? I slaved to get this book to you by “late fall.” And I made it! It was out three days before solstice, so it was officially still autumn, and yet only days away from Christmas.
My Christmas present to my wonderful readers – a new book!

Today is a day of rest for me, except for working on book three (see how I slave away trying to get the next book to you?), and my tomorrow will be a brunch with family, then Chinese for my own dinner.

What are your own plans for today and tomorrow? Is it snowing where you are? I hope and pray this season brings joy and peace to your heart, and that any burdens or grief you have encountered this year are set aside for a brief time, at least. Hugs to you all!


Mistletoe Gone Crazy!

While out and about, I saw a tree so filled with mistletoe that after my errands were done, I circled around, found a place to park and walked back to it to take photos.

Yes, I love plants and trees, and the strangest things fill me with delight. Perhaps because it’s the Christmas season and mistletoe is a part of it.

So here it is:


And no, there is no mistletoe on my world. Perhaps there is something comparably parasitic on my world, but the closest I can come is a relationship between a type of fruit called keeberries and neena trees.

Keeberries grows on vines which wrap around neena trees, due to similar soil needs. Neena trees have sharp leaves and short, twisted and gnarled trunks. The keeberry vines stunt the trees’ growth, and make them more deformed than usual. Not quite symbiotic or parasitic.

Both keeberries and neena trees are mentioned in Sword’s Edge.

And yes, since it was just released, I am going to mention that book two of that series, Children of the Enaisi, is now out in e-book.

Children of the Enaisi

Merry Christmas and watch out for the mistletoe!