Don’t wait on Friday.

Today when I got up, I grabbed my gratitude journal, my devotional and a hot cup of coffee in my favorite mug (peacock!).  I turned on the fireplace and settled in to began writing in my journal. A sense of peace and contentment came over me. I quickly realized that it wasn’t because of anything special happening that day, or that some event was coming up. It was simply because I was just being in the moment.

We live our lives, waiting for things like success, money or a level of accomplishment that we forget to live in the now. How much time do we waste by just waiting to finally live?

Stop sleepwalking through life and wake up to the endless possibilities around you. Discover your talents, work your butt off, and appreciate all the little things in life.

So stop waiting on Friday to start enjoying your life. Start now. You’ll look back on your life in a year and realized how much living you’ve done!

Valentine’s Day. The dark side.

I’m going to tell you a secret. When I was in high school I hated Valentine’s Day. HATED. Not for what it represented, but for how it validated me. I was a shy introvert who preferred books to boys and hiding in the shadows to standing out. You see, while all the cheerleaders and popular girls got flowers, candy and balloons, I  never received a thing.  Year after year, the same thing. I even asked my mom to let me stay at home on February 14. She never let me.

Isn’t it funny how we let things and people validate us as a person. It’s not until we reach an age of adulthood where it doesn’t really matter so much what people think of us. It’s then we realize that the most important relationship we will ever have is  relationship with ourselves. So we really should LOVE ourselves. Right?

Ah, to go back in time and have a talk with my younger self. To tell her that high school is so fleeting and a lot of those relationships won’t matter in five or ten years. Better relationships will come along, some that last forever.  I’d also tell her how great she is, just as she is, and she should never try to please anyone but live for her destiny.

So this year, on Valentine’s Day, I’m going to love myself and treat myself to a lovely bottle of wine by the fire. I’ll count my blessings and I’ll reflect on how far I’ve come and how many more adventures I have left in me!

Halloween Blog Hop!!

halloween blog hop! Welcome everyone! It’s that time of year again! JoLynne Valerie’s Annual Halloween Blog Hop! My name is Jodi Vaughn and I am the author of the RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES series. I’ve just released the fourth book, DARKSIDE OF THE MOON, a few weeks ago and am writing the fifth book as we speak! While you’re here, go check out my novels and what events I’ll be attending next! Let’s get started!! I’m thrilled to be participating in this year’s blog hop! So put up a chair, grab your favorite cup of cider and let’s have fun! I love Halloween. I love the cooler temps, the evening fires, and snuggling under a blanket. Most of all I love thinking back to when I was a child at this time of year. I grew up in the countryside of Mississippi and sometimes when my busy mother could manage, she would make my Halloween costume. Some favorites were Old Mother Hubbard (she even made me a bonnet) and Raggedy Ann (this was the only time she let me dye my hair and yes it was red!). I also remember my dad making popcorn balls from scratch to hand out to the trick-or-treaters when we were running low on candy! There is just something special about a homemade gift. So when my son was little I wanted to make something for him for Halloween. Before I started writing full time, I used to quilt. So for Halloween one year I made my son a quilt with his handprints. I turned his handprints upside down in each quilt block so they looked like ghosts. I even added some fabric that looked like cobwebs for windows. Every year I pull out that quilt and display it. Check it out below!! ****Giveaway alert***** I’m giving a signed copy of DARKSIDE OF THE MOON to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave me a comment below! So what are your favorite Halloween memories? 2015-10-26 13.52.30 2015-10-26 13.52.44 

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Angi Morgan Interview

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Interview Questions

1.)    When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Always? There’s never been a time when I didn’t want to be one. Crayons to laptops later…it’s the best job ever.

2.)    Which author inspired you?

In the beginning there was ROSMARY ROGERS & KATHLEEN WOODIWISS. Then and always NORA!! But I found my voice and style after reading Suzanne Brockmann.

3.)    What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career?

That not everyone would like my stories. But even an intense DISLIKE meant that my writing was connecting with the reader emotionally.

4.)    Where did you get the idea for this story?

I’ve always wanted to write some kickass heroines that hold their own with the heroes. The BODYGUARDS IN HEELS series was a spur of the moment inspiration. HIT & RUN HALLIE has been a difficult writing experience. Building a new world for my agency is an adventure that I’m glad is behind me. Coming back to this world in the series is going to be very fun.

5.)    What’s your writing schedule like?

Write. Write. Write. Edit. Suffer a lot of anguish. Edit. Write. Write. Write. Repeat.

6.)    Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?

For HIT & RUN HALLIE… I might as well shoot for the moon. Hallie would be Jennifer Lawrence and Gage would be Chris Pine.

7.)    What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers?

I’m not sure I have any secrets any more. Is it surprising to know that my fingers THINK faster than my mind? I love it when I’m completely surprised by the words that get on the page.

8.)    What’s your favorite quotation?

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~Dr. Suess

9.)    What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you?

I umpired girls fastpitch softball for fifteen years.

10.)  Where can readers find you in the next six months?

Wow. That’s so far in the future. Seriously, track me on Facebook and you’ll find me every day.


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“Gage Owens, please.”

The maître d’ didn’t say a word, just scooped up a menu and preceded her, weaving through the close tables. All too quickly, he pulled her chair away from the table and a pair of deep-green eyes she’d never wanted to see again smiled up at her.

“Hallie. Glad you could make it.” Gage stood and leaned in for a welcome kiss.

At the last moment she remembered their breakup and his pucker connected with air as she turned her cheek at the last minute. “I thought you were bringing a client. Is this just a ploy to see me while you’re in town?” She tried to smile, but he wasn’t offering much encouragement.

He hadn’t changed in the past two years, making her wonder if she had that much. He oozed the impression of a fit man under thirty. It didn’t take much imagination too picture just how fit–especially after their relationship. With the tone muscles of a swimmer and a light brushing of blondish brown hair covering his chest, he…

No doubt about it. She didn’t need to dwell on how great looking. It was just another fact of life she needed to accept and move forward.

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Guest Author, Mary Behre

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I’m so excited to have my friend, and fellow author, Mary Behre on my blog today! She’s here to talk about her second novel, GUARDED!

Hi Mary!!

Guarded—A sneak peek into the second Tidewater novel.

Hi Jodi! Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. My name is Mary Behre and I write paranormal romantic suspense. Guarded, which released August 5th is the second book in the Tidewater series. These stories are filled with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection.

The hero of the story is Devon Jones. Dev is a police detective with the Tidewater PD. We first met Dev in Spirited where he was assigned to the burglary division. At that time, he was afforded the chance to work on his first homicide case when his theft case turned to murder. In the beginning of book two, Dev is still pumped from the success of having solved a series of jewelry heist cases and three murders.

In Guarded, Dev is asked to consult on the strange case of disappearing zoo animals by his former college crush, Shelley Morgan. Shelley is now a veterinarian in a small town just outside of Tidewater. The moment the two see each other again, the sparks fly.

Dev isn’t your typical alpha hero. He is confident in his role as a police detective but the moment he sees Shelley, he’s clumsy and a bit shy. But he’s always brilliant. He also knows and easily accepts that Shelley has a crift—a cursed gift. She’s crifted with the ability to talk to the animals. This can lead to some pretty unusual situations—like a scene with an attack ferret. Yes, you read that right.

A great deal of research went into this story. For the past two years, I’ve attended the Writer’s Police Academy in North Carolina. While there, I grilled the chief of police of a parish in Louisiana to make sure what Dev did in the story to help Shelley fell within the guidelines of plausible deniability.

I also emailed a veterinarian about some of the animal aspects of the story. Despite Shelley being an animal whisperer, there were small details that I couldn’t afford to overlook—like whether or not a vet would call Golden Lion Tamarins monkeys. (Yes, they do call them that.)

Also, Shelley sees Dev’s aura, much like Jules did with Seth in the first book. I actually keep an aura chart with my laptop at all times and use it as a reference. Several weeks of research and a trip to a local psychic helped me stay true to the psychic ability.

This book was fun to write and I really love this series. I hope you enjoy it too.

A psychic veterinarian who can talk to everything from naked mole rats to ferrets, stumbles onto an exotic animal kidnapping ring. When a zoo owner is murdered and all signs point to the vet as the killer, she enlists the aid of her super sexy cop friend.
Will he be able to help her clear her name before he’s forced to arrest her?

Here’s an excerpt of Guarded (A Tidewater Novel #2)

“Dev, the last time Jules and I saw each other—”
“You were both children.” Dev scooted closer to her on the couch and took her hands in his. “I don’t know everything about what went on with you two, but I remember enough to know the last time you saw her was hard. On both of you. Shells, give her a chance. I’ve gotten to know her. She’s a great person. A lot like you. And I know she misses you.”
“She does?” There was no missing the doubt and confusion in her eyes.
“She does.” He nodded. “Give yourself a chance. You deserve to know your family. Take it from someone who will never get an opportunity like this. What you have here is a gift. Grab it with both hands, Shells.”
The touch of her cool, delicate hands between his much larger ones sent a jolt of awareness through his body. From the way her eyes widened, she must have felt it too.
Shelley sucked in the right corner of her bottom lip. The sight of it thundered straight to his tightening groin. “All right. I’ll go with you to Tidewater, tomorrow. But that ocean view had better be spectacular,” she joked.
“Satisfaction guaranteed.”
“Thanks, Dev.” She beamed at him, then cleared her throat and pulled free from his touch. “Your girlfriend is one lucky woman.”
“Shelley, that relationship ended a long time ago. I . . . uh, don’t have a girlfriend.”
“You broke up? I’m sorry to hear that.” But the smile on her face and the dilation of her pupils belied that statement. She licked her lips and leaned closer to him. Her soft fingers entwined with his rougher ones again. “Really sorry.”
Awareness rocketed through him.
“Don’t be. I’m not.” And, oh God, her lips were right there. The scent of Shells, vanilla and sugar, teased his senses. His mouth watered for just a taste. Dev craved a taste of her, just a sample. Slowly, giving her time to pull back, he lowered his head.

Thank you again for having me on your blog, Jodi.

Mary Behre is the author of The Tidewater Series. Stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection. Her debut novel, SPIRITED (Tidewater Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. GUARDED (Tidewater Novel #2), is already receiving praise from reviewers and readers.

The Tidewater Series features three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. They search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities. In each book, they’re tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

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Upcoming Events

I’m back from the RWA convention in San Antonio, Texas! I always feel recharged when  after being around other authors and this time was no different.

Upcoming Events and book signings! Mark them on your calender!

Authors After Dark -August 7-10 Charlotte, NC at the Westin

Dragon Con – August 29-September 1

Sweet Tea and Chocolate Cake reader luncheon – November 8 ( My table is sold out, but you can still find me at the book signing afterwards)

As of right now, I’m working to get my paranormal romance series released the beginning of 2015. I also have a sexy small town series that will be coming out in 2015 as well!

Summer Memories

I wandered through the farmer’s market today looking for one very specific item . Blackberries. Apparently everyone  else wanted them as well because they were gone.


Blackberries remind me of sweltering summers in Mississippi where my mom would make blackberry soup out of berries and milk and sugar.  Blackberries remind me of my childhood spent outdoors, lost in make-believe worlds and fairy tales and that dreams were possible. Blackberries reminded me of  a simpler time when worries, heartache and reality was not even a factor in my head.

What are some of your fondest summer memories?


Upcoming Events

Hi guys! I’m putting up my schedule for so you’ll know what’s coming up for April and May. My website is getting a makeover and I can’t wait to see what my web designer comes up with! There has been some talk about a contest to name my peacock that you see in my header, so be thinking of some good names!

April – TBA

May 3 – Governor’s Day in Lexington, Mississippi. I’ll be participation in the book signing.

May 13- 18 RT Convention in New Orleans, La.

Writing Process Blog Tour

Welcome to the continuing Writing Process Blog Tour where authors are invited to answer the same four questions.  My thanks to Lynn Cahoon who invited me to join the tour group.

What am I working on?

I am promoting the first book in my paranormal romance trilogy, VEILED SECRETS. The second book, VEILED ENCHANTMENT, will be out later this year.

Here’s a snippet about VEILED SECRETS. Enjoy!


“When Fairies and Demons collide, all hell breaks loose.”


Celeste Hart has never been accepted by society because of her dark visions and has vowed to let nothing stop her from uncovering what she is, good, bad or evil. But she is distracted from her quest when sexy Eric Nordstrom charms his way into her heart and into her bed. He leaves her even more confused by her intense feelings for him and she soon realizes their one night of passion has resulted in something that will change them forever, a child.

CEO Eric Nordstrom has no interest romance and even less in a relationship. His company has always been his mistress, but he can’t stop thinking about the elusive Celeste, who has made him feel more in one night than he has in his entire lifetime. When he learns of the pregnancy, he convinces Celeste to marry him on the pretense of keeping the company from another scandal while trying to seduce her back into his arms.

While Celeste tries to fit into Eric’s elite world, she discovers her visions are a result of having Fae blood. When the vengeful Queen of the Fairies sends a demon army to take her unborn child, Celeste must embrace her fairy heritage and enlist Eric’s help in her fight. Thrust into a world he doesn’t understand yet determined to protect the woman he loves, Eric joins forces with Celeste to protect their unborn child from the evil that has invaded their home.

Fate brought them together, will destiny rip them apart?

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write paranormal romance, which is sub-genre of romance which blends fantasy with romance, my two favorite topics! My characters, even though they have supernatural abilities, still have to deal with real life difficulties, just on a much stronger level.  Nothing says I love you like giving up your life to protect your woman from a demon. *wink*

Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always loved fairy tales, even now. I want my characters to have super human abilities, whether they are fairies or werewolves, so that they can overcome impossible odds and make the villain pay.

How does your writing process work?

I try to write during the week and take the weekend off to be with my family. Balancing writing and family obligations has been a struggle. This year I’m learning how to manage my time better and “be in the moment” instead of thinking of my next story.

I am a pantser. I hate plotting. But I do start with a rough outline of where I want the story to go. Once I have that, I start writing. I  write anywhere from 10 to 20 pages a day to get my first draft done. After it’s done, I don’t look at it for a week. I go back and start revising it. It then goes to my critique partner who gives me her valued opinion.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Your next traveling companions are :

A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.

Gina Danna is a historian living in historic St. Louis, Missouri where her love of history has led her to two degrees in it, working as a museum educator and curator, being a Civil War reenactor and college instructor, typing her historical romance novels under the guidance of her three dogs, three cats, and her horse.

KC Klein is an award winning, multi-published author who’s lived most of her life with her head in the clouds and nose buried in a book. She did stop reading long enough to make a home with a real life hero, her husband, for over eighteen years. A mother of two precious girls, she spends her time slaying dragons, saving princesses, and championing the belief in the happily-ever-after.

Author Angela Myron and The Hero’s Journey

Short synopsis:
When a mysterious curse threatens to transform everyone into shadowy demons, a magical eleven year-old girl must travel to a sunken city ruin—fighting pirates, monsters, and an undead sorcerer along the way—to find a weapon that can save her world.

The Hero’s Journey
Ever wonder why it is that some stories just resonate with you, as though the hero, in undertaking his journey, has guided you through your own darkest moments? Many of us feel the same way, which is why the most popular books and films are just that: they have identified with a deeper language of symbolism that many can interpret and take meaning from.
In the late 1940s, late author and mythologist Joseph Campbell studied world myths surrounding heroes. His work studying myth influenced the early work of many Hollywood storytellers, including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Campbell’s defining work, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, was eventually retold in 1998 with Christopher Vogler’s plotting structure referred to as Mythic Structure. Using the studies of myth and archetype by Carl Jung, Vogler sought to define what it is within the traditional myths that resonate within us and keep a story relevant despite being decades, centuries, or even millennia, old.
Since then, mythic structure has been used for many novels and movies, one of which is my debut novel, Ennara and the Fallen Druid. The structure follows a basic three-part act with twelve steps interspersed throughout:
1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD
2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. are encouraged by a MENTOR to
5. CROSS THE THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
7. They APPROACH THE IN-MOST CAVE, cross a second threshold
8. where they endure the ORDEAL
9. They take possession of their REWARD and
10. are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESURRECTION, and are transformed by the experience.
12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the ORDINARY WORLD.
Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces and Vogler’s Mythic Structure have influenced movies ranging from Star Wars to Titanic. Can you find stages of the hero’s journey in your favorite book or film?

Angela Myron is the author of the middle grade fantasy series Ennara, the upcoming paranormal mystery A Hair of the Dog that Bit Her, and a stack of technical manuals on everything from nonlinear editing to data encryption. She lives in Whittier, California, with her husband and their twins.

Learn about Angela Myron’s stories at:
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Twitter @AngelaMyron

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