“Promptober” 10.04.17

This is extremely un-edited, and I’m up well beyond my bedtime and extremely overwhelmed with life…ha! I don’t even know if today’s writing makes any sense, but…here you go.


Taking the hat from the coat rack by the door, Raggedy Ann slipped it on her head before heading out of the house.
She was free.
The last straw had been when she was thrown up into the attic with the other toys that Sara had outgrown, stuffed into a cardboard box and forgotten.
It was bad enough that she had been separated from her brother Andy for years, leaving him behind at the orphanage where Sara was adopted from.
At first, Ann was grief-stricken when they left all those years ago.  But she had soon come to learn that she was Sara’s best friend, the one she would cling to night and day as she adjusted to her new life. Ann grew happy for Sara, seeing how much her new parents loved and cared for her, and she too felt at home and welcomed.
It soon came to pass, however, that Sara had left Ann sitting on her shelf for days at a time, not even giving her a second glance.  Those days turned into weeks and months, and eventually years. Ann longed to be held again; for she missed Sara’s welcoming embraces and playtime tea parties, and sleeping under the covers in her warm bed.
It was Sara herself that put Ann in the box that day, and if Ann could cry human tears, she would have. Her best friend, who at one time went everywhere with her, had abandoned her forever.
Now an orphan herself, she gathered dust with the others, lacking the ability to fend off the random spider now and then that passed through. She hated spiders.
She began to dream of the “good old days” back at the orphanage, when she met Sara for the first time. How her and another little girl would play with Ann and Andy for hours, inventing adventures for them to go on together and pretended that they were as real as the girls were.
She missed her brother again, and thought perhaps reuniting with him might bring about happiness once more.
But how? She was a doll stuffed in a box in an attic. And Andy was God-knows-where.
It was pointless.
Ann gave up hoping until one day, a bright light shone through the attic window, practically blinding her. She quickly covered her eyes, as they were burning like never before.
Wait, she thought. She removed her hand from her eyes and looked at them.
What the…
She stretched out her arms in front of her and sat up, looking about the attic. It seemed a lot smaller than before.
Then, almost instantaneously, the realization came over her that she was no longer a worn-out old rag doll, but human.
Escape was the first thing on her mind. If she could get out of this attic, this house, perhaps there was a chance she could find her brother again.
Hope renewed her sense of purpose as she climbed down from the attic, careful to avoid any random encounters with Sara or her parents.
Sensing that the house was empty, she grabbed some clothes from Sara’s room, her heart pounding and her hands shaking as she dressed and headed towards the door.
I’ll find you, brother, if it’s the last thing I do.


Inktober = Promptober

If you’re an artist, you have probably heard of “Inktober,” where you ink a sketch every day in October. The visual version of NaNo, really. Well, my husband is participating this year, and I thought it might be interesting if I took his drawings and used them as a “prompt” so to speak, writing a brief few paragraphs (or whatever) about the image, bringing it to life.

With my latest WIP (work-in-progress) of Enzo’s Story, I am not going to be doing NaNo this year–I need to focus on only one large story, as my schedule is beyond the point of insanity. However, I am doing my “Promptober” as an exercise to get my mind challenged, writing about things I normally wouldn’t write about. For instance, I write romance, not about zombies and superheroes and monsters. So needless to say, this will be a HUGE challenge for me, but I am hoping that I can take what I learn from it and not only apply it to my writing, but help perhaps my students’ writing as well as they head into their NaNo prep.

I didn’t think of this until yesterday, so I am a bit behind.

I DO want your feedback! Please, let me know what you think–I’d be interested to hear from you. And if you want to do your own “Promptober,” well, I’d love to have you join me!

So without further ado, here we go, for both yesterday and today:


He donned the mask, the final piece of the costume, before heading out onto the set. He walked with a purpose, the cape trailing behind him with a slight lift from the breeze his stride created.
He was ready.
He was Batman.
“What the hell is this?” the director called out, gesturing towards him. “Whoever heard of Batman with a beard?”
“I think it suits the Dark Knight quite well if you ask me.” The director’s assistant rose from her seat and walked over to Elliot, sizing him up the way any woman would do to an attractive man in a tight uniform. “Not only is it sexy, but it brings out an even more ‘I’ll kick your ass with my hands tied behind my back’ attitude.”


So that’s the thanks I get.
He picked up a copy of the Daily Planet, with the bold and large headline: “Super-Tired of Superman?”
The article went on to read about how the citizens of Metropolis were angry at the lack of protection their once-favorite superhero had provided for them. The recent devastation left them pleading for anyone else to step in and take his place, forcing him to either retire or leave their city. One citizen went so far as to wonder if Batman would restore order should he be reading.
Batman! Really?
He threw a sideways glance at the Daily Planet building, disgusted with the idea of hanging up his cape and remaining nerdy Clark Kent for the rest of his life.               I’ll show them who the real hero is in this city. And it’s not the man with the most toys.
He lifted off and flew towards Gotham City.
Time to pay a visit to good-old Bruce. Let’s see if he’s got something on his belt to deal with me.

“The Brotherhood” is Now Available!

The final book in The Bard Trilogy, “The Brotherhood,” is now available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle format, and will soon be available for nook as well! But the “official” awesomely cool release date will be Saturday, October 14th, when I will be a part of the Indie Author Fest at the Plainfield Library. There, you can purchase a signed copy (or all three!!) as well as a copy of “Another Lifetime.” I will post a schedule of events for that day soon!

I am also looking forward to starting the second year of our creative writing club this week where I teach–we have some pretty amazing kids, and I am excited to work with them once again! And while they will be participating in NaNoWriMo, I am forcing myself not to partake this year–as I am in the middle of working on the follow-up book to “Another Lifetime.”  I can’t leave my characters stranded. Who knows what they would run off and do? 😛

Hope you all have a fantastic week! Drop me an e-mail or FB post if you want to chat!

Kindle Countdown Deal on “Another Lifetime”

Still thinking about getting a Kindle copy of “Another Lifetime?” I am running a “Back to School Special” Kindle Countdown deal from August 4th – August 10th. The sooner you purchase it during that time, the better the deal will be! Be sure to mark it on your calendar and share this info with your friends and family, mailmen, baristas–you get the idea! As always, if you have read it already, please be sure to rate it and leave a review–I would greatly appreciate it!

Ciao, per adesso!

Save the Date!

Happy Friday everyone! 🙂
I wanted to share with you an upcoming event, so be sure to save the date!

I will be participating with over twenty other authors in Indie Author Day, a national event where libraries all over the country host programs to support their local writing community.

It will be held on Saturday, October 14 at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street in Plainfield, IL.

There are plenty of events happening throughout the day which you can attend, but please be sure to stop by my table during the 11:00 am hour to say hi! I will be selling and signing copies of all of my books!

As it gets closer to the time, I will share the other happenings that day, but I would love to see you all there!!


Looking for a Summer Read? “Another Lifetime” is Available NOW!

It’s finally here! Another Lifetime is now available for purchase from CreateSpace and Amazon! I am super excited for this day to finally arrive!! So if you’re looking for a good summer read, go on and check it out! Be sure to let me know what you think–reviews are always appreciated!

Order your copy here by clicking on the links below! Available in both paperback and Kindle:

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