Family issues

I haven’t wanted to write about the things that are stressing me the most recently, as they involve family members. Out of respect for their privacy, I haven’t specified anything, but please understand that, although the issues don’t involve me personally, I am very close with my family. These things affect me more than you would think, and I’m losing sleep and having physical symptoms from stress and anxiety.

I want to focus on promoting my books and planning events. I want to tell everyone to read them and that I hope they love them. But I’m monumentally distracted, and I can’t seem to find the focus to do so. I do want people to like them, and I do have events coming up. I hope that you will join me at one of the book signings or one of the podcasts. Obviously, I’m looking forward to those, even if my family issues are stressful. But meeting readers and potential readers cheers me up immensely. If you have read on of my books, please consider leaving a good review at your point of purchase and/or on Goodreads. I would be very grateful. You cannot imagine how good it feels to hear that someone loved my books.

In the meantime, I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post. I’ll try to update with book-related news, but the family issues are becoming more involved, and I may not be able to write incisive posts. I apologize that I haven’t been able to write any of the posts I’d actually planned. Trust me, they were more interesting than this one!

In the meantime, please check out my Upcoming Appearances page for my current schedule. I’m also updating my social media when I have new announcements. Thanks for your patience during this difficult time.

Reviews!

I hate to ask, but if you’ve read Descent of the Vile and liked it, please leave a good review at your point of purchase and/or Goodreads. I only have 2 reviews currently. Thank you so much, everyone!!

Toxic meds

I apologize again for not posting more regularly. My doctor prescribed a routine medication for me, but when I took it, I became very ill. It’s been several days now, and I’m finally on the mend. Perhaps it was a toxic reaction to the drug, or maybe it was just too strong. But I will not take it again. My doctor said to follow up with him, and I did the right thing by stopping it.

I don’t have any more writing news, but I’ll update you when I hear something about The Blood Hotel or The Chimera Gambit. In the meantime, if you’ve read Descent of the Vile and loved it, please leave it a good review at your point of purchase and/or on Goodreads. Thanks so much!

Next book signing!

My next event will be a book signing at the Boerne Bookshop in Boerne, Texas on March 11. More details are on my Upcoming Appearances page. Can’t wait!!

9 years

9 years ago at 7:30 am California time, my life was changed forever. My twin sister stopped breathing, 14 hours after we made the very difficult decision to turn off life support. Her condition had been deteriorating steadily, and even though she’d made her wishes known prior to the brain aneurysm, we didn’t want to let her go.

My sister was a loving mother to 2 sons, a loving wife, and friend to many. She suffered from depression and often thought she would never be missed. She was very wrong. We all miss her every day. She had 2 parents and 2 sisters who loved her. At this point, I’m still learning who I am without her. I feel like a part of me is missing. I thought she and I would grow old, rescuing poodles and living on a farm somewhere. I never thought this would happen.

She was a talented artist. She loved dogs. She loved going to concerts. She loved reading. She worried about all of us so much and only wanted us to be happy. She gave horrible advice, but she made it sound reasonable so that you’d get in trouble when you took it. She loved sushi. She missed Texas. She loved traveling, especially the beach.

I can’t accurately express the pain, the hurt…the gaping hole left in me when she passed will never heal. Maybe I can talk about her now. I could barely do it in the first year. I cried and cried. I still tear up thinking about how much I wish I could just call her. I still dream about her every night, having adventures. If only they were real.

Miss you, sis. 💔

Robin at House of Blues Dallas August 2010

First Editorial Review for Descent of the Vile

So grateful to Literary Titan for providing the first editorial review for Descent of the Vile. It’s a great review, but I’d only say that they called it “dystopian”, which isn’t entirely accurate. It’s really more “post-apocalyptic” sci-fi than dystopian. However, like I said, I’m extremely grateful for the review. I only mention the difference so that potential readers know what to expect.

Read their review here:

https://literarytitan.com/2023/01/18/descent-of-the-vile/

Sophie

I apologize for the scarcity of my posts. I’ve been dealing with a lot, as I have posted before. The latest is with my baby girl, Sophie. She’s been more lethargic lately, and I know that could signal a worsening of her cancer. Canine lung cancer is particularly aggressive. Therefore, I’m trying to keep her as happy and comfortable as possible. She was relatively well, considering. But then she took a turn for the worse. She stopped eating.

My vet gave me some tips to encourage her to finish her food. I will try to entice her to eat more of it. But we’re also trying an appetite stimulant for a few days. Only time will tell. I’m just so devastated as she is only seven years old. I just really hoped I had more time with her. She is the sweetest dog and just loves everyone. She deserves better than this. It breaks my heart.

In the meantime, I am trying to arrange events to tie in with Descent of the Vile, but it is difficult when my mind is on other matters. It cheers me up to see people reading it and enjoying it, however. So, if you’ve read it, please leave a review. I certainly hope you enjoy reading the book. As things get scheduled and confirmed, I will try to update this site. The Authors Over 50 podcast will be available after it is recorded in April, and I will get the date then. I hope to arrange another book signing and some other events later this year.

I’m leaving you with a photo of my baby girl, Sophie. I take photos of her every day, as I never know when one will be the last. Hopefully, I have a few more months with her.

Authors Over 50 Podcast!

Excited to announce that I will be featured on the Authors Over 50 Podcast to be recording in April. The podcast should be available for viewing/listening soon after, but I will let you know the date when I have it. So excited!

Postponed

My appearance on the Writer’s Parachute podcast has been postponed by the organizer. I’m told this is due to health reasons, and I can only hope she has a swift recovery. I will post as soon as I have the new date. The main thing is that Ms. Cowan gets better. I am disappointed, as I was looking forward to it, but nothing is as important as her health. I will shuffle my schedule accordingly. Updates as soon as I have them.

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