I write science fiction, urban fantasy, high fantasy, action, adventure all with a little romance and comedy thrown in with lots of attitude with an 'in yo' face' style!
09-17-2017 ---- It's been a while, but we've all been preoccupied! The storms, then loooong power outages. I hope everyone was safe. A lot has been happening and one of them did not include my web page, I apologize for that. Can't do much when the power stays out for days. But things are on the mend and I'm getting back into the swing of things! If you missed it, I should have a link soon, but I did a LIVE radio interview on the 15th!! It was seriously freaking me out! I was so anxious I almost talked myself out of doing it, but then I had to remember that it would be VERY unprofessional for me to back out last minute and I would probably never get the chance to do one again. 2 hours I talked about my books, inspiration, support, advertising, he made it easy to talk. If you talked to any of my friends I am not one for talking more than about twenty minutes on the phone. But I did it! I'm so proud of myself for getting over one of my social hurdles. I hate talking on the phone, I don't like talking about myself, and I dislike public speaking in any form! But I did it. (Won't deny, I was more than relieved when it was done.) On top of that is the spark necessary to continue on my story, the final book to my Red Summer series. Sketching ideas for my next 'home-made' book trailer. Oh, Yeah! I have to show you the trailer I made for Mostly Human! I was really proud of myself for that too! I'm still looking forward to having a professional one made(But money is REALLY tight at the moment!)
09-10-2017 ---- There's a lot going on this week. Back to back hurricanes, lots of unrest and price gouging. My mind isn't able to be as creative as usual, I'm actually suffering a creative block of sorts. Still waiting on hearing if the school system I work for will be closed or not for tomorrow. they are waiting until the last moment. the other systems have already shut down. Haven't done any writing and the crafting I've done don't impress me. I do have some news. I have a friend creating a new AuthorPage for me, I'm excited for that. So depending on how well that turns out, this site will be closing in February. I'm looking forward to when my creativity returns. I want to re-write Red Summer at the same time I want to complete the third book in the trilogy. I'm also interested in restocking new items for my ETSY shop. Concentrating more on unique bookmarks and some new wire rings.
08-31-2017 ---- ONYXCON is done! It was definitely an experience. Meet some cool people, got to see Aaron again! Did some interviews and had a lot of pictures taken. I even met one of the Ravagers from 'Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2'! So far, conventions are great places to make contacts, most assuredly. I need more cards! I want to do more conventions, I will be looking into that. I have one more, but it's not until February. Currently looking for those interviews I've done. They would be neat to show off. :p Right now, it's back to writing and creating.
08-25-2017 ---- Tomorrow is the day! Onyxcon is here and I am SUPER EXCITED! Actually looking forward to this! Make sure you come out to see me and check out my books as well as come to get a couple new ones! I have swag and bags to give away and looking to make new friends! On top of seeing all the cosplayers and maybe meeting a few special guests from some of the sci-fi shows I love watching. (The Magicians!) I will be taking more pictures this time around! Right now, I'm checking my list and packing the care getting ready!
08-22-2017 ---- YES! It has been a while since I last updated! I'm sorry. Things have been ... interesting. Getting used to the new schedule with the new job and then I got sick and now I am kind of in a frenzy as I prep my stuff for the ONYXCON THIS MONTH! It promises to be more fun than the Kickback as it is going to be full of geeks! Yes! I will be giving away swag and selling handmade bags with my sampler books. I'm excited! Very much ready! Looking forward to meeting more authors like myself! I get to hang with my buddy and my brother (who's also a total geek.) Gonna be fun watching those two go nuts. All the the cosplayers and the speaceal guests! I'm ready for the weekend!
08-09-2017 ---- <Really big sigh> It's slow going trying to get back into the swing of working! But the job is much easier and I'm hoping to be there for a long time. (unless I strike it rich or get famous over night) Two months of doing nothing but what you want really ruins you. But I got to shake that off quick. Still looking forward to the Onyxcon! Gotta get the money to get some samplers printed out before then! Still hoping to for, but time is getting short. If I am unable to get the samplers I'm still looking forward to the convention. To be surrounded by authors that are into what I'm into will be FREAKINFANTASTIK! I'm going to be like a star struck geek! I know I'm a noob at this so I've got questions and will look forward to all the advice and book trades I can do!
08-01-2017 ---- School's back in! The grumpy look on my son's face said it all. Summer was too short! And honestly it was. But there's nothing I can do about it.
My next Convention is coming up fast! ONYXCON! August 26-27th! Geared toward my audience so I should do a whole heck of a lot better here! I find myself getting nervous again. I wonder if I'll ever truly get over the shyness. I mean, I can talk to you, but when it comes to talking up my own stuff it just feels horrible. I'm not good at it, but I know I've got to do it. ( I'll be glad when I get all rich and famous and I won't have to do so much pushing!) I am looking forward to it. And I won't be alone. I've started sending out newsletters. Nothing major, just little tidbits about what I'm doing here and there. Once a month I'll send it out to those that have signed up for it. I've started back to work, so my schedule will be a little altered. I was absentminded in thinking that I would be able to do the Heritage Farmer's market until Sept. Not going to happen. This will be the last Thursday. Boo. I'll try to make the most of the market on Saturday.
07-23-2017 ---- I DID IT! I survived my first Book convention! I was exciting and stressful at the same time. needless to say, i slept well when i got home! No, I didn't sell a lot of books, but I didn't think I would as 1. I'm still an unknown and 2. This convention was more geared toward Urban fiction or 'Street Lit' as I heard it called. Not my cup of tea. I was only 1 of 7 sci-fi/fantasy authors there and our genre was not really what folks were looking for. Thank you to Milton Davis, Aaron Michael Hall, C. Micheal, Yvonne Nicolas, Kieth Williams, Jeff Carroll, Balogun Ojetade for talking to me and inspiring me to keep going! I'm not giving up, it was a learning experience! On top of that, I did do a few interviews and blog spots and gave out a lot of cards! I couldn't do any of it without my best friends; Kellee and Tagan! Oh my goodness, without them supporting me I would have simply sat at the table the whole time. Well the good news is I don't have to come out of pocket for the next convention! <3 I've got plenty of items to give away and books to sell and this one will be more my genre! I am not deterred!
07-17-2017 ---- This weekend was very busy. My wedding anniversary on Sunday and my son's birthday today! Tomorrow is training for the job and then upon my return home I have to get my stuff ready for the Kickback Convention. (Wow, I'm so nervous!) I don't want to take too much but I don't want to take too little. My creative flow has been stifled by my nervousness of the convention and the return to work. I'll be glad when I get back into routine. I will be over the new kid syndrome and have an idea of how to better plan for the next convention! Until then, I'm still trying hard to write on my next stories.
07-14-2017 ---- I've already forgotten the name of the tomato that was given to me at the Henry county Farmers Market. but it was pretty and streaked with black. When cut it was dark on the inside and firm. I got some bread, put some mayo on it. Took slices of that 'black' tomato and then sprinkled some Old Bay, salt and pepper on it. O. M. G. So simple and yet I am so sad that I have no more. Next Thursday. Next Thursday can not get here fast enough. But i know what I'm buying and will plant! Tomato sandwich; my new favorite food♥
Tomorrow I will be at the Hampton Farmer's Market. I hope to do as well as I did at the Henry County one.
07-10-2017 ---- I'm looking for beta readers to help me out with Wonderlost. I'm coming to the end of the 2nd edit and I need some new eyes to give it a once over before I send it off to the editor! Anyone interested can get in touch with me via Twitter, Facebook or even here! While I'm trying to perfect my epic fantasy, I'm also making new stuff to sell at the up coming markets. But the main thing giving me anxiety is that book convention on the 22nd! OMG! I'm really driving myself crazy. I have gone through my goody bags probably ten times making sure they've got enough in them, that my books or packed right. that I have enough extra stuff to sell! I gotta make sure my camera is charged and my ipad has enough space and I got room for more pics or videos.
07-05-2017 ---- Well I hope y'all had a safe holiday! I chilled at home with my little family. Did some more writing and made some more jewelry. I also signed up to do another weekly market! Every Thursday at Heritage Park in McDonough. Looking forward to it. I think mostly, because I ain't gotta carry that ole' heavy tent! It's in a covered area! Whoo-hoo! I'm looking forward to it. On the other hand, I'm also starting to get nervous about the Kick-back as it looms closer. I'm not a public speaker. I get tongue tied talking about my stories when a stranger asks me about it. So I've planned to write up a spiel on my work and memorize it. I know I won't repeat it word for word, but it'll be better than going 'well, uh ... it's uh ..." you know?
06-28-2017 ---- Ack! Creativity is in overload! I'm making new bookmarks for sale at the market , using all of my brass and copper to make some intriguing new looks. And I suddenly have the need to get started on one of my older stories that I've kept on the back burner for years now. Gray's Spring be @3!%ed. I'm excited and all about the need but I've kind of promised myself I would have the final book to Red Summer done before winter. I'm torn about that. at the same time I've still got to go over the first edits of Wonderlost and get the money together for its pro-edit. I'm resisting the desire to wish time could speed up so I can get this first convention under my belt. Anxious to see what I'll need for the next one and to get the experience.
06-22-2017 ---- I have complete Wonderlost! At least book one anyway. Now I have to come up with some cash to get it edited and then published. I have no clue what to put on the cover, There's an old drawing I did of the characters that I did a while back, but of course I have to find it. But there's no rush, still got to edit it myself and then work on getting it pro-edited. I'll be posting something els in its place soon but if you don't get the chance to finish it here it will be avaiable until it published, on Wattpad. The first chapters have hit the ground running. I've already got ideas for the ending, but of course no middle. got to work on that. Someone sugggested I do a fourth book to my Mostly Human Trilogy. I'll think about it. Right now I really REALLY have to concentrate on getting Gray's Spring out. That's supposed to be the next book. My mind keeps wanting to fiddle with my timeslip story. We'll see what happens, especially with the book convention so close now. With all the Authors I'm going to meet there, I bet I come up with something new to do.
06-16-2017 ---- I have been busy! Working three stories at the same time is fun and exciting and I'm so surprised that I am able to keep the extremly different story-lines and all the characters separated! Wonderlos :Book one is coming to a close and Book two is already two chapters in. Gray Spring well in progress, but it's cover is still bothering me, and I have agreed to work on a graphic novel with my brother! The concept is really freakin' cool and I can't wait to finish getting the basis of the first book down to see the art that goes with it. At the sametime I'm finalizing last minute details on the conventions and getting ready to sign up for a weekly festival here in town! Wire wrapping is great for stress relief and motivating my creative flow. I look forward to giving some of my new items new homes!
06-06-2017 ---- I have signed up for a total of THREE conventions! I'm stepping out of my comfort zone, y'all! I'm getting my self out there to mingle! Here's to meeting new friends, contacts and fans! I'm so excited! Of course at the same time I freaking out, too! Do i have enough swag to give? will I freeze up? I detest public speaking, but I have to do it if I want to get my stories out there, you know? I can't wait! I think I over did it with the swag though. I got all kinds of stuff on top of the handmade stuff. Still debating on whether or not to sign all the books now or wait and do it there. Man! I am anxious! New adventure new experiences! Nervous as all get out. But, here I come!
05*29*2017 ---- It's going to be a great summer! I hope y'all are having a safe holiday! Lots of bar-b-que and family time. Me and mine went to Stone Mountain. To say I was tired is an understatement, but my son enjoyed himself. (Slept like a log all morning!)
Anyway! Excited to tell ya that I have signed up to do another convention! Onyxcon! In August! I will be there with my brother, the wonderful artist that has done all my covers! So I will be braving the more public areas of authordom twice! The Kickback in July and Onyxcon in August! I am excited. I'm still looking to do a festival as well, still looking into that, but I have created some new items to be posted to my ETSY page. As far as writing, my mind has taken a break. I'm supposed to be working on Gray Spring, but it's just not coming. So I'm not going to push it. But it's will be done before winter. (I hope) Along with the revamping of all the Red Summer series covers.
05-22-2017 ----- And it's live! Beyond Human is now available on Kindle! the paperback has a few days before going live, but it's out! I'm so happy! Oh! And Mostly Human is availible, for a limited time, for ONLY $.99 CENTS! Get your copies while it's cheap! Start the trilogy off cheap! Both Mostly Human and Semi Human are on sale as a set for under $6 bucks on Amazon!! Now to get prepped for up coming festivals and conventions!
05-15-2017 ----- Wow. With the new job schedule and summer break coming, I am being pulled all over. I'm moving on! Taking a break from the old and prepping for the new. Beyond Human is DONE! I simply have to publish it. Looking to create some posters and get the money to get a good amount of paperbacks. I'm getting everything I can to be ready for this convention in July! I'm still nervous and excited about that. Already got some folks looking to get copies now. I'm stoked! That week is going to be busy! My wedding anniversary, my son's birthday, and then the convention! No stress as I won't have to be to work until August. Keep up!
05-08-2017 ----- Yep, I'm making the attempt to rearrange this site. I'm in a great mood! Probably will be for a while. Making a move to change things in my life. Give myself a chance to truly do what I enjoy. Training for a new job and forgetting the old. Looking into do more festivals and attempting to contact indie bookstores. I'm a bit nervous about it, but you either step out or step off. Never too old to learn new things.
In other news, the cover is completed and it's fantastic and I'm currently in the final edits of Beyond Human. Looking forward to getting some printed out by the end of May. I'll have new books to sell when the convention arrives. I'm excited.
05-01-2017 ----- And we are almost there! Cover is being done and the editing is being finished. We're talking days! A few more days and Beyond Human will be completed and ready to publish! I'm excited! Not only because it's being released but because now I get to move on to another project. With plans to be done with this next book before the Fall. the artwork is fantastic and I can't wait to show you once all the little details are completed! Now I simply have to get some money to print out a few copies, my fifth book! I have written five books! Wow. Lol. No time to rest, on to the sixth!
04-24-2017 ----- Editing and cover work are well under way. in about two weeks I'll have completed my fifth book! I'm really proud of myself. Keeping with this has really been good for me. Thanks Cuz, for convincing me to publish my first book. Thanks to my family for supporting me and my Hubby for always being there! Love the people in my life, I have been truly blessed! The plan is to complete this last book for my Red Summer series before the fall, hoping. I think I've gotten comfortable with the title of 'Gray Spring'. To be similar to Red Summer. Still finalizing the concept for its cover. the cover for Red Summer and Wil's Winter have been decided and I can't wait for them to be completed, but I have to be patient and get Beyond Human done first.
04-17-2017 ----- Beyond Human is complete and off to the see the Editor! Hopefully she'll like it and won't rip my work apart too much. :p
On to the next project(s)! I have completed and three possible covers for BH, the revamp of Red Summer and Wil's Winter. As soon as they are done Grey's Spring (Or whatever I finally decide to call it) will be the next book. I'm hoping for before fall as it's already pretty much halfway done. So currently I find myself with a little time. I'm creating swag for the Book convention and Etsy. So make sure to take a look and Good Morning!
04-10-2017 ----- Morning! I am still very excited about the book convention. I may have over done it, but I'm not too mad at myself for what I've done so far.As long as Beyond Human comes out before then, then all is well. I have the money necessary to get it edited and the cover done. that's the main thing. I think I have every thing covered as far as the convention goes I may order some more books just in case. Not too many as I'm still an unknown and even I know I can't afford to simply give inventory away. I've planned raffles and there's lots of swag and I hope to have a lot of fun and meet some new buddies! On the other hand I'm still learning this internet thing as far as creating a subscription/ newsletter thing. Eventually I'll figure it out and then ... well still working on that. :p
04-04-2017 ----- Heya! Yes, I'm a day late, but with good reason! I gotta lot of stuff to do to get myself planned out for my FIRST BOOK CONVENTION!!! I'm overly excited and probably will spend more money than I should, but i want to have this planned out well. On top of that, is my making most of my swag by hand. So, for just a little while, I won't be posting an Author of the week. It's the most time consuming thing for this site and I need that extra time so I can knock out the last few chapters of Beyond Human. I really REALLY want to have this book finished before the convention in July. (COLLEGE PARK CONVENTION CENTER! ATLANTA KICK BACK! JULY 22ND!) Going to be a raffle for the amulets I made and other handmade items with my book themes. But most of it is by hand so I really got to get it together. I'll keep posting updates via Tumblr and I won't forget to post the next chapter to Wonderlost!
03-27-2017 ----- This morning started off weird. We'll see what happens the rest of the day. Woke to my alarm and proceeded to get my son ready for school. While he was brushing his teeth, I headed to my 'Woman-cave' to get my computer booted up and ready for my own morning routine.
And then a bus rolled by the window.
I looked at the clock and realized a little late that my son was going to be late for school. My husband and I rushed to get him ready as he whined about wanting breakfast, I'm still trying to figure out why I woke thirty minutes late when my alarm went off? I've lost time! I've never slept through an alarm before and yet it was the second alarm that woke me. Beginning to think I should start drinking coffee more.
But, besides that, I've come up with the cover concept for my Beyond Human!
03-20-2017 ----- So the Yellow Pollen Fest started miserable and wet. The wind, wow, the wind was truly pissed off. It was trying its hardest to upset the vendors by ripping tents up and about. It was cold and of course, this lasted for like the first half of the festival. We had to fight to keep dry, warm and from losing the tent and table. But the sun won out in the end. the last three or four hours it was like a totally different day. The clouds cleared and the heat got turned up. The wind was still trying to fight but the customers began to show up and we made some money. I sold books and jewelry and I am quite sure if the first half of the fest was as sunny it would have been a fantastic day. As it was, it was still better than last year. Still trying to decide whether or not if being thickly dusted in pollen is better or worse than being cold, mildly wet and wind battered. Haven't decided. On another note, now that the fest is out of the way I can fully concentrate on Beyond Human! While in the last few chapters I was hit with the inspiration for an amulet. I'm moved to give away at least three along with the third book once it's been edited and then published. Be on the look out!
03-12-2017 ----- I am now forty-two years old! 4-2. My Birthday was pleasant! Spent the day with my Hubby and son (poor kid passed out before we got back home and then put himself to bed.) Now for the vacation part of my week! Spring cleaning to commence in a few hours, it's early but necessary. Then I can organize my creative space with the new containers and then go back to working the last few chapters of Beyond Human. It's going well and should be completed before the summer, maybe sooner if my brother would stop being a brat!
03-06-2017 ----- March is here! My month! Birthday is next week and so is my vacation! I'm so giddy it's ridiculous. Not to mention that I can't stop reminding folks at work that: 'Hey! I will NOT BE HERE!' (I'm so mean.) NOT! Anyway! I'm looking forward to some down time, some me time and some vacation Time! Not to mention that the Yellow Pollen fest. is on the last day of my vacay week! I'll be rested and ready when it gets here.
02-27-2017 ----- Hi.
So, I'm in the last stretch of preparation for the Yellow Pollen Festival. I'm excited. I have a lot of new stuff to offer as well as more books to and book swag to give away. I'm really looking forward to it. At the same time I've come to a decision, on my birthday things are going to change. I've never been one for new year resolutions or whatever, but when my age goes up another year, I am determined to change. I am steadily moving to the end of this book and determined put out two books this year.
02-13-2017 ----- I am saddened and still in shock, but yesterday I cried a lot. Lost a friend to a heart attack ... she was only 5 years older than me! She was always positive and had smiles to spare and the fact that she's gone is heartbreaking. I find myself spacing out for the past couple of days. thinking about how nothing is guaranteed. If you're going to do something, do it. Tomorrow is not a given.
02-06-2017 ----- It's called Timeslip! It's an actual genre! I didn't even know, I guessed and I was right. But that is what 'The Amulet' is, it is a timeslip story. I can't wait to get into it again. but I broke my block with Beyond Human. I'm on a roll again. The days are passing quickly and my self-imposed deadline is fast approaching! I have GOT to get this book done! At the same time I am becoming more and more anxious about the Yellow Pollen Festival in March! I have some really cool and unique stuff to sell and my table mapped out. I'm not going to overload myself as I did last year and try to keep it simple. So glad for friends and siblings!
01-31-2017 ----- My body hurts.
I don't know what's going on with me, but the procrastination is getting worse! I should have posted yesterday, but I was too tired and I slept a good portion of the day away. I eventually got myself together. I did some writing and some creating for the festival. Getting my inventory situated. Got my table and mapped out a scheme for my jewelry. I at the point where I'm excited about the festival, but at the same time, I can't wait till its come and gone. I think it's starting to stress me out. But it was so much fun! As far as my writing goes, Book sales have picked up and I really need to pick up the pace to get this last books out. Maybe that's why I'm stressing over the festival. Too busy trying to make sure I have it together. Okay! I've got to shake this off. Beyond Human Is halfway done, but it still needs time for editing and perfection of the cover!
MOVE IT! MOVE IT MOVE IT, Toni!
01-23-2017 ----- I've gotten anxious. I want my story to be ready for my editor already! But I keep finding issues with it and changing whole chapters about! And I'm rather cut-throat about them too! Once the decision is made to change it, I immediately delete it and empty the trash file so I can't go back and flip-flop over it. On a different note, I have been extremely creative with my jewelry. I'll have some really unique stuff to sell when the festival comes about. I am excited!
01-16-2017 ----- The Ideas have picked up again! Yes! For a moment there I thought I was going to be in major trouble. The flow for my story had lagged big-time and nothing was working. But A couple of days ago it started up again! I'm so happy, but I still have a long way to go to getting these notes and ideas organized into chapters. At the same time is the concern for this year's Yellow Pollen Festival i will be going to. I had a lot of fun last year so I plan on going again, but with changes, of course. not going to take so much, better organized and just like last year, enjoy myself. I'm determined to get this done before the end of summer, but it's proving to be a difficult task. Not giving up. Still have yet to finalize an idea for the cover, but I'm working on it!
07-09-2017 ----- It's cold! I don't like the cold! I can't wait til spring gets here! OMG! I feel like a friggin' popsicle! Anyway, I've already planned to join the festivities for the Yellow Pollen Festival in March! I'm so excited! Looking forward to doing that again! Got new items to sell and more books to hand out! I even have cards! :P Still plodding along with Beyond Human. i have hit a spot in the story where I just can't seem to get it to 'feel right'! I have re-written and re-written the same chapter over and over again. I've even tried writting a totally different scene but I just can't seem to move past this point. I;m thinking it that time to switch gears and try writing on another story until something hits me. My deadline is still Summer-time so hopefully this little 'block' won't take too long to deal with.
01-02-2017 ----- It's a new year! I hope everyone brought it in safely and with determination to do new and fantastic things! I think I'm ready! I have plans and I'm going to succeed in them!
I've change the site up a little, not much and I have concept ideas of re-vamped covers to post! It's going to take a while to get them done but I'm pushing for it! Vacation time has come around again for me! I've plans for the week of my birthday in March and determined to complete two books this year! Of course it's the last in the series for both Red Summer and Mostly Human - but I'm proud of them as neither were supposed to be more than one book in the first place. But thanks to all those that have helped me along the way!
My first LIVE Radio Interview!
My first book trailer!!
Got the 2nd Convention under my belt!