From the Ashes Has Been Published!

I am now officially a published author! From the Ashes went “live” on’s Kindle book store at a little before three a.m. this morning. I sat staring at the page for several seconds, clapping with glee. No, not at three a.m. If I’d still been up at that time of morning, I doubt I’d have had the energy or mental capacity to do anything with glee. It has taken so long to get to this moment that it almost doesn’t seem real. In a way, I suppose you could say that I’ve been a published author since 1998, when I put my first fan fiction story online, but, of course, that isn’t quite the same thing. I’ve made the introductory price $0.99. Sure, that means I’ll only make $0.35 per sale on, but since I’m a new author there, I think it’s wise to start out low. Also, this not being a long novel, I don’t think the price should be high. I’ll probably never go over $1.99 on it – unless it becomes wildly popular. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she? 😀 Now comes the task of marketing. Since I have no spare money to speak of, … Continue reading

From the Ashes Excerpts

Here are a few excerpts from the story to give you a little taste. Enjoy! Unsure what to say next, Falon didn’t speak for a moment.  He was about to make a comment about the nice weather when Beth suddenly blurted out, “Would you like to go for a hike with me?” Taken completely by surprise, he didn’t reply for a few seconds, which was apparently long enough for her to regret her outburst.  Her cheeks turned pink, and she exclaimed, “I’m sorry!  I didn’t really mean to say that.  It just popped right—” “Yes.” Beth paused.  “Yes?” “Yes, I’d love to go on a hike with you.” A brilliant smile beamed across Beth’s face, making him want to kiss her right then and there. “Really?  I-I mean, that’s great!  It should be perfect weather for it.  We should probably pack a lunch, that is unless you just want to take a short hike.” “We’ll pack a lunch,” Falon said, letting her know with those words that he didn’t want just a short hike.  “I will have to get some proper shoes, though.  When I started this trip, I wasn’t intending to do things that would require that kind of … Continue reading

How “From the Ashes” Came to Be

Though definitely not my first original fiction story idea, this one won the race to be the first one completed.  Once the idea took root in my mind, my muse grabbed hold of it and wouldn’t let go. So how was this plot bunny born?  When I began reading Kindle eBooks, the first genre I went to was fantasy, it being my favorite.  From that genre, I segued into paranormal romance.  I soon found one in which the leading man had the ability to command the seas.  That one got me to thinking about stories in which the hero could control one or more of the other “elements,” earth, air and fire.  Those of you who have read my Stargate SG-1 fan fiction are probably familiar with the series in which I gave one of the main characters the ability to control fire, an ability I have always thought would be tremendously powerful.  Thoughts of writing an original fiction story starring a hero who had the same ability began bouncing around in my head, but they had no real direction to take. That changed one day while I was out driving in my car.  I spotted a teenaged boy who … Continue reading