Monday, December 12, 2016

Lost Moon excerpt

The glacial air bit through to Kepriah’s skin as she buried her partner’s body. The ground beneath the snow was so hard she could not dig into it. She had tried using her belt knife, then her sword, but the ground was too hard, even for steel blades. She could barely see through the scarf that wrapped her face, and her breath filtered through in steamy spurts. She had lost many friends over her lifetime, but this death left her as numb inside as she felt outside. Disconnected. Like part of her had been cut away. ~ From Lost Moon, a new fantasy novel by award-winning author, Dana Davis. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kindle book sale!

My publisher is offering the award-winning Desert Magick: Superstitions for just 99 cents in the month of December. That's an entire year of my work for less than a dollar! What a deal!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Mask of Tamirella 10th birthday celebration giveaway begins today!

My firstborn is 10! My firstborn book that is. 
The Mask of Tamirella 10th birthday celebration giveaway begins today! Help me celebrate with a free Kindle download! 5 days only! In 2006, the very first edition of The Mask of Tamirella came out in paperback. Since then, the book has won 3 awards and is currently used in school classrooms as a teaching tool.
This free Kindle copy is my gift to readers for their support through the years. Nothing to sign up for and no hoops to jump through. Simply go to the Amazon link and download your free, latest edition copy during October 21st - 25th promo dates. Anyone can join so please share with you friends. Thank you and enjoy!

Friday, September 16, 2016

eBook on sale for a limited time!

My publisher's latest special on my books. Phoenix Lights (Bk 4) eBook is on sale for a limited time only! Just $1.98 at SynergEbooks Publishing. Various formats available.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My writing career so far

Being an author is a 2nd career for me (starting the fall of 1998) and every few years I like to look back at my writing accomplishments. This helps me focus on what I still need and/or want to do in the future.

Here's where I am so far - Several short stories and articles published, 14 novels written, 11 of those published (some are now 2nd editions), book 12 about to be published, book 13 set for publication next year, and a previously published book scheduled for a 2nd edition release. Not to mention the countless hours of marketing, speaking engagements, interviews, and book signings. And I can't forget the notebooks full of rejection letters. Those are accomplishments, too.

The perfectionist type A personality in me wanted to achieve a lot more in that time, but the realist in me has to remember this is a tough business and I have accomplished quite a lot. Now, if I can just get that movie deal... ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Desert Magick book 5 is now on sale!

Desert Magick: Haboob (Bk 5) ebook is on sale! $1.98 for a limited time only at SynergEbooks Publishing. Various formats available.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Facebook and twitter and blogs, oh my...

Keeping up with multiple blogs and social networks is time-consuming but a necessary evil for authors. I have different followers on each so I’m trying to find a way to connect everything. Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads are connected so that’s a bonus. But I’m trying to figure out a way to connect my blogs to each other. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Meniere's Disease - Have you heard of it?

When I was first diagnosed with Meniere's Disease back in 2003, there was so little information available. It took several years to get the diagnosis because doctors had never heard of it. It wasn't until I went to an ENT for tinnitus (ear noise) that I finally got a battery of tests to rule out other causes like MS and brain tumors. Yeah, that was fun. Fast forward to 2016 - I'm thrilled to see various websites and Facebook pages that are trying to bring more awareness of this awful and debilitating disease to the public eye. It's not a disease that kills, but there were times that I just wanted to die while having an attack.

Suicide rates are very high for Meniere's sufferers, so having support can make all the difference. Thankfully, I have a loving and supportive husband who helped get me through those dark early days. After all these years dealing with it, I know that each vertigo attack will eventually pass and I have learned to ride them out. I don't always ride quietly but I realize now that there is nothing I can do to stop them.

If you've never heard of Meniere's, please educate yourself. You never know when a friend or family member might develop it. Here's a brief explanation by the Mayo Clinic

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Show us the old dogs!

Two years ago, we walked into a local shelter and saw many people leaving with puppies. When an attendant asked if she could help us, I said, "Show us the oldest dogs you have." That seemed to perk her up and she began our tour. I would have loved to rescue all of them but we could only take home one.

We ended up with this sassy senior, who just celebrated her 2nd Gotcha Day. Little Miss Sophie is now between 10-14 years old. When she came to us, she had kennel cough and bad teeth and needed surgery. Today, she's a happy little dog who loves walkies, car rides, snuggles, and treats. We're so glad we can make her final years happy and comfortable.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

I never had a single childhood home

As we get older, hubs and I find ourselves nostalgic for our youth, when we felt like we could do anything and had our whole lives ahead of us. Not that we'd want to be poor students working minimum wage jobs again, but something about mid-life makes youth very appealing.

I never had a single childhood home because my parents moved around when I was a kid. The closest thing I had was the house they bought when I was 10 years old, after we moved to different state than the one I was born in. I spent 8 years in that house, the longest I lived anyplace as a kid, so I do have quite a few memories. My beloved childhood dog died there and I still miss him. I still dream about him and the big backyard I adored, though not as often as I used to. My parents sold that house soon after I moved out way back in the 1980s, and I haven't seen the inside of it since. I was a little upset when they sold it, but that feeling soon passed. The outside has changed so much that I drove right past it the last time I was on that street.

My husband had a different childhood experience. He was lucky enough to be born here in Los Angeles and live in the same house from birth to college. We met during our college years and celebrated many more holidays and birthdays in that home with his family. His parents finally sold the house a couple of years ago and, other than a new paint job, it looks exactly like it did the first time I ever saw it. In fact, it hasn't changed much since he was a baby and we have photos that prove it.

Hubby and I met while working at a long-gone bookstore here in Los Angeles and had our first date at the movie theaters in that mall. The mall was remodeled and none of the original stores survived, but at least the building is still there. And we shop at some of the new stores so it's still like reliving our youth whenever we go there, even if it has changed a lot. Many of our dates took place at various L.A. icons, like Griffith Observatory and the history museum, which are still standing and look very much the same as they did all those years ago. He proposed to me on a boulder overlooking the beach. Surprisingly, that very boulder is still in the exact same place and we visit it once in a while, taking ourselves down memory lane, while enjoying the amazing ocean view. 

Several years after we were married, hubs and I moved to Arizona and built a brand new house there that we lived in for almost 14 years. It was very hard selling that house when we decided to move back home to Los Angeles. We made a lot of happy memories there and still miss it sometimes. I never realized how attached I had gotten and I grieved that home for quite a while. We've been back in L.A. for 4 years and now own a house within walking distance of hubby's childhood place. We rescued a senior dog and have begin making new memories in this home with her. Who knows if we'll still be in this house in our elder years, but even if we move again, memories of this wood and stucco building we now call home will always be with us.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Famous cousins!

You may know from previous posts that I have direct lineage to several royal families, but did you also know I have some interesting distant cousins in my tree? Example: Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery (aka Samantha Stephens) is my 15th cousin 4 times removed. We're both distant cousins to Elizabeth Andrew Borden (aka Lizzie Borden), whom Liz Montgomery played in a 1970s movie. Feel free to visit my Extras page for more cool and/or freaky relatives in my family tree.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2013

I’m a genealogy nerd and have been tracing my family tree for the past 14 years. I descend from many interesting people, including kings and queens, and I am so grateful for internet sites like these.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St Paddy's Day!

Happy St Paddy's Day! Writers wear many hats and one of mine is that of family genealogist. Several years ago I located the cemetery of my great-great-great grandparents and 3 of their children in County Derry, Ireland.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Strange week of events

It's been a strange week. My father-in-law passed away last Thursday, so we were busy with those arrangements. Our senior dog was ill and on daily meds at the same time. Thankfully, she's doing well now. Then hubs and I had our 25th wedding anniversary two days ago. Talk about a mixed bag of emotions. I think at this point, we're both thankful for our work distractions, and hubby seems to be handling it okay. I think it helps that his father's death wasn't totally unexpected so we had made peace with the idea. But every year for the past 9 years, someone in our family has died, and several of them were young people, which is even harder. Hopefully, the rest of this year will be uneventful. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Kindle sale one week only!

Award-winning teen Kindle novel, The Mask of Tamirella, is on sale for 99 cents. One week only! Also available in paperback.

Friday, February 12, 2016

First time in paperback!

First time in paperback! Quest for Freedom teen sci-fi adventure at Amazon. Coming soon to Kindle and Barnes and Noble.

Monday, January 11, 2016

A name isn't just a name...

Though I descend from the Tudor and Plantagenet houses (really), my name is very common, so it's understandable when people on Goodreads and other book sites accidentally tag me as an author of a book that isn't mine. It's frustrating because I have to constantly check my book lists and fix those mistakes or message the admin to fix them, but I understand the mix ups. However, the news I got today about my name is the polar opposite of frustrating. My niece is having her first child and he will have my middle name as his middle name. Yippee!

This is especially touching to me for two reasons. One is that my sibs were named after my parents and I wasn't named after anyone in the family. And two is because no one has ever named a baby after me. And we have a large extended family. As the family genealogy detective, I see babies on our tree that were named after parents, grands, aunties and uncles in every generation. I will finally be part of this legacy and I'm looking forward to meeting my little namesake when he arrives.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Nag, nag, nag...

He-who-shall-not-be-named (I've been married to him for 25 years) promised to change the smoke alarm batteries by New Year's Day and I promised not to nag him about it. Last night we were snug in our bed when a loud beep roused us, followed a few seconds by another, then another. He-who-shall-not-be-named had forgotten about the batteries. 30 minutes later, we were still trying to coax a confused and trembling dog out from under our bed and into her own. When midnight rolled around, he-who-shall-not-be-named and trembling dog were fast asleep, and I was still wide awake. Next year, I'm nagging.

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