I'm behind on blog posts simply because life seems to be in the way a lot. I've released one teen book in paperback for the first time this year and am doing re-writes on a brand new sci-fi book for adults. We're pushing for a end-of-year release on the next book, so I'll keep everyone posted. Also, I just began writing a dark fantasy novel, which is a new sub-genre for me, and one I've wanted to try my hand at for some time. That one is in the very early stages, so I don't expect it to be ready for publication for at least a year. After that, I have another paranormal fantasy series planned, along with several stand-alone novels.
Meanwhile, a few family members are having a rough year, so we're helping them out as much as we can. We're also taking lessons from Houston and Mexico and have added earthquake coverage to our insurance here in SoCal, as well as scheduled seismic upgrades for our home. We want to protect ourselves as much as possible in case "The Big One" hits in our lifetime, which experts say is a matter of when, not if. Of course, this means putting off renovations on our original 1950's bathrooms and the bad kitchen remodel previous owners did, but safety is important. We have put off traveling because our elderly pets can't be left alone for more than a few hours. Once they're gone, we plan to travel again. It's not such a big deal, since we've been to every country on our "must-see" list, but we enjoy traveling and seeing new places.
I've continued with my family tree detective work, which keeps me busy on the side. And hubby was able to take early retirement this year, which has reduced stress for both of us. He's a great helpmate and does the housework whenever I need him to, so I can get more writing done. We enjoy walking to the beach, bike riding, or going to movies or grocery store on a weekday. Outings are much more enjoyable when we're not fighting traffic and crowds. I've cut back on my writing hours so that we can spend more time together, but I will never stop writing and publishing books. I don't think I could without my head exploding. All that creative junk in my brain has to go someplace. I am interested in writing stage plays again, something I haven't done in over 20 years, but I'm too busy at the moment.
So, that's about it from my little corner of the world. This weekend, we'll be decorating our house for our favorite holiday, Halloween! And the pets need baths. Feel free to pop over to my website for info on all my books and upcoming releases. http://www.danadaviswriting.com/
Just released - First time in paperback! Breach of Worlds, teen fantasy adventure. 4 Suns by Aurora Reviews! ~ "...magic, evil, warmth and trickery. All the things to make you read to the end of the book."
Adelsik followed the others as they walked toward Mindona and prepared herself for what they might have to do to the errant woman. For my kin. For my sisters. I will kill if I have to. ~ From City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies. http://www.danadaviswriting.com/Teadai%20Prophecies.html
Her toes were black. Infection would soon follow and Kepriah cursed under her breath. She would have to sear her feet after she severed her snow-bitten toes, and she looked around for kindling with which to start a fire. She glanced at the journal that had fallen from her pack last night, and noted the markings and numbers that represented passing days, then looked at her feet again. Happy sarding day of birth to me. http://www.danadaviswriting.com/Lost%20Moon.html
Quite often, I get genealogy questions from distant cousins and online friends. While I'm not a genealogist, I have been researching my family tree for 20+ years and am happy to share information. But if you wish to compare ancestors, my best advice is to upload your tree to a website like Ancestry. Even knowing an ancestor's name, birth date and other info, it still means searching our family tree software for the names and visually comparing each individual to make certain they are a correct match. For example: I have 5000+ names in my tree and those are just my direct lines, so you can imagine the time it takes to make connections without online algorithms helping us out.
And if you can afford it, also do a DNA kit because that will help confirm your research and any family tree connections. Believe me when I tell you it's so much easier now than it was back in the day. I remember having to send a snail mail letter to each city for each ancestor just to get birth, marriage, and death information. And you had to pay for each certificate, whether or not they could locate it. Either that, or you had to get on a plane and do the footwork yourself. So get those trees online if you want family connections! Good luck and enjoy the journey, wherever it may lead!
Got young teens? Check out The Mask of Tamirella. Eric Hoffer Award Finalist, Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist, and Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards calls it "...a very well done book in a highly competitive category." Available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback. http://www.danadaviswriting.com/Teen%20Adventures.html
Summer is on the way! Time to start loading up your Kindle reader/app with beach and poolside books. The award-winning Desert Magick: Superstitions (Bk 1) is a great place to start. And it's just $3.99!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. I've been uber-busy the past couple of months, doing interviews and working on my next novel, while entertaining guests and taking care of a sick dog. I hope to be back to regular blog posts by late spring.
In the meantime, I invite you to check out my newest fantasy novel, Lost Moon.