The Tragedy of Influence

Excerpt from Sword of Cho Nisi book 2

In my novel Sword of Cho Nisi, there’s a supporting character, an incompetent wizard, Kairos, who could very easily be offered the throne, but he refuses despite the fact it would mean marrying the woman he loves so dearly. His incompetence comes from an unfortunate circumstance concerning the death of his father. You see, his father was a wizard (it’s in the genes) and fought many battles with King Tobias. During one of the battles he died. Not by enemy fire, but by generating so much magic that he had a heart attack and it killed him. Kairos was so traumatized by this, that his fear of living up to his full potential prevents him from being the whole person that he is. In this scene with Arell, the possibility of accepting the throne comes to him once again and he responds with this answer to Arell.

“I am not happy about taking King Tobias’ place. I didn’t even want to be king of Cho Nisi, but that was inevitable,” Arell said.

“I understand completely. I’m glad it was you and not me.” Kairos grinned briefly and then shrugged. “I would make a terrible king.”

“I disagree. I think you would be a fair king. And you have influence.”

“And that is the rub. I do not always make moral decisions. I’m a coward, and so my influence would cause tragedy.”

Arell reflected on what the wizard said. “The tragedy of influence,” he repeated. “How much better our world would be if every king understood those words and considered them before he played with people’s lives. Your wisdom alone would put you above others, Kairos. In reality, I’m not so sure I would be a righteous king either.

We live in a world today that is bent on creating influencers. It’s everywhere. Our children are taught in schools to be self-confident, to take the world by the horns, so to speak, to get to the top, to influence people and be leaders. Even in the work place the same teaching thrives. Self-help books pound the message into employers and employees both. The Internet is plagued with influencers in the market place, in politics, even in churches, synagogues and mosques.

The problem is, there are not enough ‘time outs’ to consider the tragedy influencing people down hurtful, wrong, unjust, or immoral paths has upon humanity. It doesn’t take an expert to count the influencers in history who led masses of people to destruction. Caesar, Napoleon, Hitler, to name only a few. And there are less notable influencers that have created cults and led unsuspecting believers to destruction.

“To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

Or as Spiderman puts it. “with great power comes great responsibility

If we teach our children to become influencers, let us teach them to consider their followers above all things and to act and influence in love, kindness, and humility.

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I have some author friends who just opened a new business which sparked my interest and thought it might spark yours as well. Ghostwriting. It looks like the offer is for more than just writing your book, so you might want to check them out! I know I will.


Here’s a little excerpt from their website.

How Can A Ghostwriter Help You?  

Gather knowledge from your years of business experience and earned wisdom and fashion them into a book that will grow your business.
Put your life story into words to share with others.
Take that story that’s been rattling around in your head for years and flesh it out into a novel with your name on the cover!
Write informational blog posts for you to draw the interest of potential clients and position you as an expert in your field.
Write articles spotlighting your expertise through sharing useful information which is beneficial for both current and potential clients.
​Rewrite and polish that manuscript that’s been gathering dust on your desk or hasn’t been opened on your computer for way too long. 

It looks like they have a lot to offer and if I find myself using their services I will definitely leave a review! Thanks for looking!It looks like they have a lot to offer and if I find myself using their services I will definitely leave a review! Thanks for looking!

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Just a little sample…

You know how much fun it is to go into one of those grocery stores (before mask days) and walk around and taste all the samples? In the mall there used to be a Sees Candy store and they always had chocolates to sample. I’m dangerously addicted to chocolates so those were the best.

This isn’t really an ad for See’s Candies, (unless you’re craving chocolate right now). Sees was my mom’s favorites. This is just to let you know that samples are a marketing strategy used by folks (of course you know that) to get people to taste a bit of their wares. In some places, like Pikes Market, people slice into one of their fruits to show you how tasty and juicy they are. Other places like Costco station people in white aprons, hats and plastic gloves with little ovens and tiny cups to give out samples. We used to go there for lunch (just kidding, kinda). FYI I actually worked that job at one point in my life.Nice part time job and quick cash.

Anyway…I have a sample for you, in case you haven’t guessed. I hope to have more in the future. I may even be giving out samples of other peoples books at some point, we’ll see. Today it’s my newest release. You guessed it. Hoarfrost to Roses. I’m giving you 3 chapters so you can get a taste and hopefully are intrigued enough to want the entire book. Just CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken to Book Funnel where you can download the sample chapters. Please do let me know what you think, if you feel like reading more. If you want to skip the sample, go to Book2Read and purchase a copy. It’s on sale until March 1 2021

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Sometimes Dragons Win

I don’t know how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but it’s snowing like crazy here in western WA state. Another reason for everyone to be tucked safely inside practicing social distancing. Being retired bus drivers, my husband and I no longer have a need to drive around on icy roads. So here I am editing the second book in the Cho Nisi series and cooking chicken soup!

We don’t have little ones at home anymore, but if you do and you’re in the house by the fireplace, or heater, or where ever you keep warm, I want to give you a free short story to read to them. I was going to send this off to my newsletter subscribers on my website, but since it’s free it doesn’t matter when I send it and a snowy day is a good day to read Sometimes Dragons Win. It’s just a little tongue-in-cheek humorous tale that might give you a smile and a warm heart.

Just follow the link and download for free!

You’ll be hearing from me tomorrow. Hoarfrost to Roses will be launched then and I’ll post the links and maybe even another excerpt. Enjoy the cozy day!

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Sweet for the Sweets

Are you looking for a sweet romance to read this Valentine’s Day? Look no further. I’ve joined a few other Indie Authors to bring to you our sweetest stories for pleasure reading. Included is my novel Cassandra’s Castle, a time-travel story about a teen who lands in the midst of a 1908 revolution and must choose between a cause she believes in or the heir to an assassinated king whom she falls in love with.

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Reflections: Hoarfrost to Roses

The first ARC reviews are filtering in for Hoarfrost to Roses. Launches Feb. 14.

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The Joy of Writing

I must admit, my newest book Hoarfrost to Roses was incredibly enjoyable to write! After penning The Far Side of Heaven, I discovered how much I love a love story. Granted almost all my novels have a romance of some sort in them, but the novella and now Hoarfrost are true genre-valid romances.

Paranormal? How so?
It’s not that there are shape shifters or evil spirits in Hoarfrost. The whole intent, actually is to show the spirit world as a much more loving world than humanity. When our male protagonist Grai Madison is assaulted and nearly slain by a couple of thugs, he’s separated from his spirit in a near death experience. His spirit, however, nurses him back to life and helps him find shelter in what is now the remnants of his grandfather’s estate.

He may be a ghost, but he’s not evil. In fact, Grai’s spirit provides comic relief throughout the story and I truly did enjoy imagining what it might be like to speak to my “better half” when I’m depressed.

Grai is hiding out, afraid he may be assaulted again, day by day mistrusting the world. His spirit…not so much. In fact, it’s his spirit that woos Adele before Grai even sees her.

His spirit trailed him through the tunnel like a badgering old woman. Grai resented being told what he thought, what he felt, or what he should do. The spirit had no mind, no common sense, but prodded him with emotions he didn’t care to have—that he’d be better off not having. 

“What are you going to do, Grai?” his spirit asked.

“I’m going to think. I’m going to make a decision and try to keep your opinion out of it.”

“A decision on what?”

On whether I should drown you in the fountain.”

“You can’t do that.” 

“I can,” Grai argued.

“You’ll die. I’ll live. It will give you no satisfaction.”

“I’ll take my chances.”

Hoarfrost to Roses will be published on Valentine’s Day, but you can pre-order a copy now on Apple or Kobo. Find the links at Books2Read.
If you’re interested in being an ARC reader to review, please contact me.

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Man’s Role in Life – The Garden

My husband and I like to take walks, and our favorite place to go is Banner Forest, very near our home. There are so many lovely wild trails. I go to the woods for inspiration, and this morning, with the cool Pacific Northwest breeze chilling my face, the mist coating the air with a musty scent, and the subtle green of the fir trees, I got to thinking.

There are two kinds of gardens in this world. there is the man-made garden. The one with neatly mowed lawns, rock beds filled with flowers, neatly pruned hedges. Gardens that have been manicured, often poisoned to keep the weeds away, (unfortunately, and hence make them incompatible with bees and butterflies) but to the visitor they are impressive.

Man’s first assignment on this earth was to take care of the garden. I do not know if the Creator understood where that would lead to, if He knew it would lead to environmental concerns or not, but what I do know is that human beings demand control. Granted many contained gardens are lovely and I’m not saying they aren’t I’m just equating this to how people handle their lives.

I was thinking how this relates to other things in life. When humans have the power to tend to something their primary method is control, especially when it concerns governing others. Prune them, contain them, prevent the undesirables from invading them by any means possible.

When God grows a garden, He lets his plants grow free. He does not judge one species above another. His world is open, unprejudiced to all. To me, God’s garden is not only beautiful, but breathes life, and I love to walk in it. My grandson thinks I’m daft because I talk to trees, but they’re alive and have a meaningful presence here in this world.

Maybe I’m too radical, especially in my old age. But I come home from a walk in God’s garden more refreshed than in any park like setting. I love the freedom there, the harmony between one plant and another, the gifting of them all to nourish each other. It seems to me this is how human beings should live.

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Blast through the Portal!

For those looking for some exciting reads during lock down, I’ve teamed up with a few authors who all write portal fantasy and science fiction.

What is portal fantasy you ask? Well…it’s like stepping into another world, with the ability to return to this one if perchance you want to. Frankly I have my doubts anymore as to whether I want to.

I love C.S. Lewis’ quote I use for my blog. You can make anything by writing.

There are other worlds out there that are good worlds, filled with heroes and honor and courage and all those things we see missing in this one sometimes.

Pick up a book and lose yourself in the story for awhile. If enough people do so, maybe it will rub off on us!

Take a look at all the wonderful worlds to explore right here at your fingertips. Enjoy!

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New Year Blog Tour and Giveaway

I’ve had much success with my series the Ian’s Realm Saga. It was first published in 2013 by Hydra Publications and has had quite the publication history after that.

I believe that my writing has developed over the years and so this new year of 2021 is a new starting point for me with a new adult fantasy series coming out, and another stand alone novel.

I’m kicking off the new year by discounting all the books of Ian’s Realm and to add to that there’s a blog tour with a Rafflecopter going on this month. I’m giving away a

Illustration from the first edition

$25 Amazon gift certificate

and a pair of handmade earrings.

I’m probably not going to be promoting this series again even though it’s proven to be a favorite among teenagers and parents. The paperbacks are much more popular than the eBooks, but perhaps because I can reach the target audience better at cons and fairs.

As an Indie-published author with thirteen books out and four more coming, I need to focus and my focus this year is going to be the Sword of Cho Nisi series and Hoarfrost to Roses. Two adult novels that I think are better works with a target readership who is online more than the YA audience.

So if you haven’t read Ian’s Realm yet, do grab it while you can at these prices. The trilogy (over 500 pages) is half price at $5.99 and all the sequels are 99 cents each, and that includes my favorite novel Cassandra’s Castle.

Visit Silver Dagger. All the videos to the books are on that site as well as an excerpt from every sequel, and an interview!

And good luck in the Rafflecopter! Come back soon to learn about my new series!

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New Fantasy Series for 2021

I am thrilled to announce that my new series Sword of Cho Nisi is complete. I’ll be publishing book 1 sometime in the new year and invite you to come and watch its progress here, on Facebook, and on my website.

Timing has much to do with when I publish. I am intent on reaching my goal of 1,000 followers on BookBub. I currently have 847. If you want to help me, please follow and share my link.


This is fresh waters for me,

Sword of Cho Nisi is an adult high fantasy romance, between a young princess who thinks she’s a warrior until she makes a fatal mistake, costing her everything she’s ever hoped to have…

…and a young man who’s thrust upon a throne he never wanted, is pitted against an enemy he never asked for, and falls in love with a woman he is forced to exile.

But there’s a lot more than a love story to Sword of Cho Nisi in this trilogy.

There are kings, and emperors, castles and river towns, skrua, falcons, a dragon and a wizard who has gained enough power to rule the world but seeks one more treasure…

…to gain immortality at the expense of mankind.

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Cyber Monday BEGINS

Ian’s Realm Saga’s sale begins today but the boxed set will be on sale at 1/2 price for the eBook until December 30. I don’t believe in impulse buying. Give it time, make up your mind. If you want to gift the series in eBook format, sent me a note with your email and I’ll make up a little PDF gift card you can download and put in a stocking for Christmas or for Hanukkah or whatever else you celebrate in the winter.

When Ian and his dad step through a portal, they’re separated and overcome with calamity ending up in a battle between good and evil. The Trilogy includes edited versions of the original three books. Deception Peak, Dragon Shield, and Rubies and Robbers.

Included in this boxed set are

Layla: Born at Night and Fallen Morning…the COMPLETE adventure of Ian and Abbi in the Realm. Watch the videos on the website and pick up the bargain collection before December 30, 2020.

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Historical Women’s Fiction

Interested in reading some good historical women’s fiction, come check out these books.

Women’s Fiction

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