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Release date!!

The Blood Hotel has a release date! It will come out on May 1, 2023! There will be an ebook, paperback, and hardcover, as well as audiobook! Also, for anyone who would like a free ebook, you can get one on Booksprout. Just leave your reviews by May 1. I’ll post a link below.

I’ve updated the trailer with the release date, as well. I’ll update the Written Works page with the new trailer.

Lastly, you don’t have to wait until May 1. You can preorder your copy now! It’s already available for purchase, and you should receive the book by the release date.

The Blood Hotel is the sequel and conclusion to Descent of the Vile. If you haven’t already done so, I would very much appreciate a favorable review for Book 1, as well. Thanks to everyone who has purchased or read my books! I couldn’t do this without your support!

Second round done!

Just completed reviewing the second round of edits from my publisher! I made a couple of small changes only, so we’ll see what happens next.

Also, the weather may or may not work out for my book signing. There’s a thirty percent chance of rain, but if the store doesn’t postpone the event, I hope you’ll join me. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

Keep an eye on this blog for more updates on release dates and more!

First round edits

Received the first round of edits for The Blood Hotel, the sequel to Descent of the Vile! I returned my changes to my publisher, so hopefully things are moving along. I’m excited to bring this book to you because it was immensely fun to write, and I hope it will be fun to read, too.

I’ll post updates when I have them, so keep an eye on this space. I added the trailer to my Written Works page, so you can get a preview.

Also, if you’ve read Descent of the Vile, I can’t say how much I’d appreciate a good review left at your point of purchase and/or on Goodreads. Thanks so much for your support!

Preparations for a memorial

I managed to finally find a shadow box for a reasonable price. I’ve been looking for quite a while. I got some wall shelves, as well. So I can move the books and some of the other clutter. Soon, I’ll have some free space to set up a mini-memorial for my little Sophie.

In the shadow box, I will put her paw print plaque. I had some photos printed to put in there, as well. And I will put her collar and name tag.

Even though this has taken some time, I know I’ll cry putting it together. I cry at the slightest thing. The empty room when I come home. The empty space under the table when we get food. The silence at the doorbell. I miss her cuddles in the morning. Such a sweet soul.

I’ll post pictures when it’s completed. I may add tributes to my late twin as well. Perhaps it will be finished for Dia de los Muertos this year. We’ll see. in the meantime, here is an old photo of Sophie.

New diagnosis?

I’ve been curious for quite some time how a family member could have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism without any other known cases in the family. However, it’s recently been called to my attention that there have been signs in other family members for some time. I just never realized it. Finally, it occurred to me that these are things I do, too.

Even more so, I read an article about people with both autism and bipolar disorder, and this lines up with my experiences perfectly. The article stated that people with both disorders tend to show symptoms early, as my bipolar symptoms were evident (even to me) in early childhood. Usually, it is more common for these symptoms to appear in a person’s late teens or early twenties. This was not the case with me. Another thing that drew my attention was the frequency of nightmares. I have them almost every night. I never realized this was unusual. I simply thought it was something my anxiety was creating.

Another thing is that I’m sensitive to noise. It causes me great anxiety. Again, I never thought this was unusual. I never realized that other people don’t feel that way. Of course, there are plenty of other signs (limited number of interests, becoming obsessed with things, being unable to read social cues, inability to look people in the eyes, etc.) that probably contribute to my social awkwardness. I thought I was just odd, but perhaps there’s a reason for that.

Anyway, I will bring this up with my doctor at my next appointment. At the last one, I was dealing with grief, and that dominated our session. However, I definitely want to discuss the possibility that there may be more to my diagnosis than previously thought. Something to think about.

Back to my schedule

Although I’ve suffered losses recently, life doesn’t really allow you to take a break. You move on. Even when it hurts.

But in this case, it’s a book signing. The last one was fun and, despite my stress level, I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to meeting some potential readers, and I hope you’ll join me at The Twig Bookshop on April 15. Details are on The Twig’s website or on my Upcoming Appearances page.

Also, my appearance on the Writers’ Parachute podcast has been rescheduled and will be recorded in May. I’ll post more when I have the air date. Looking forward to speaking with Donna Cowan, and I hope you’ll tune in.

I’m still working on my schedule, and I’ll update my page when I have updates. Right now, I don’t want to overload myself when I’m still not feeling one hundred percent. But I think it will help me to distract myself.

One last thing: if you’ve read either of my current books, I would very much appreciate a good review. Thanks so much, as always. Hearing that someone enjoyed one of my books always makes me happy.


After the funeral, I got a text that Sophie’s ashes were back at the vet. So, my baby girl is home again.

Sophie’s urn, carved cedar box
Sophie’s paw print


Tomorrow morning, I’m going to the funeral of another family member lost this year. So far, it’s been one tragedy after another, one crisis after crisis. I don’t want to post about it too much, but times are definitely challenging.

I’m not sure when I’ll get Sophie’s ashes back, but I’ll at least post a pic of the paw print. Will miss her more than words can say. She was a bright ray of sunshine everywhere she went. It’s hard not to miss that when it’s gone.

Family is everything, and I’m sad that we had another loss. I don’t know that I’ll be able to post anything tomorrow, but please hug your loved ones and let them know how you feel. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Make sure you take advantage of every moment.

Sophie’s life in pictures

This is a video tribute I made for my darling Sophie. Miss her terribly, and I hurt all over from crying. Will never forget her. She was the best girl.

Sophie’s life in pictures video tribute

Sophie 2015-2023

So not long enough, but I said goodbye to Sophie today. The mass in her chest was pressing on her heart and causing fluid to build up in her abdomen. As difficult as it was, I didn’t want her to suffer. Any treatment would have only bought her days, not years.

She was a very sweet girl who was loved by everyone she met. She never did anything bad, but very minor things. She was cuddly and cute and very affectionate. I can’t say how much I’ll miss her. She was a big part of my life. I can’t imagine being without her.

This is the last photo I ever took of her. I took it last night after she watched her favorite movie, The World’s End, and came over to cuddle with me. I was with her at the end. I held her in my arms one last time and kissed her and told her I loved her.

Sophie 3/12/2023

Might be a while before I post again. Please forgive me for any delays.

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