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Hello out there….

So I am finally planning to pencil in some time each week to post some stuff, even if it’s just random updates and news… And I would also like to dabble in some more indie reviews soon as well, but my work/home balance is insane!!

One of the things I wanted to share is actually from a few months ago and I never got around to posting it, but it’s so cool I can’t not share it with you. A really good childhood friend of mine requested my books from her local library a while back and they agreed to purchase them, which in and of itself was incredible. So when the new cover for Harvest Moon came out, I gave her a signed copy for them to replace the original with and recently she sent me this photo!!

Photo courtesy of Rachael Duerr
Harvest Moon (Far Left). Photo courtesy of Rachael Duerr. 

I also wanted to share some up close photos of the awesome wrist bands Judy Davison designed for me to offer up as swag at my signings. I took all these awesome pictures and then never posted anything…are you seeing the same pattern here as I am?? Well, we definitely need to change that, starting…. NOW!!

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HM Bracelet

In other exciting news, Dark Moon (A Harvest Series Novella) and Full Moon, the final installment of The Harvest Series,  are well under way. The time frame I was hoping for will not happen, but I promise it’ll be well worth the wait to see how Lexie and Angela’s store started and ends. As you may or may not have noticed, the title for the novella changed a bit, from Dark Matter to Dark Moon. Thanks to my sweet and darling hubby who suggested that while Dark Matter made sense to him, because he knew the WHOLE story, I should really stay with the moon theme. Sooo, I went back to drawing board and began researching… yes I researched rather than just calling it Dark Moon. As with all my titles, theres meaning behind them and I want the title to fit, which is why when he gave me his opinion I didn’t hesitate. And here is what I found.

A dark moon, otherwise known as a balsamic moon… (yeah, there was no well in hell I was naming my book after a salad dressing…) signifies the bridge between the past and the future! When I read this line I knew I was set out on this path to research a better title for a reason. Dark Moon IS the bridge between the past and the future. It lays the foundation for all of the pain and torment Lexie and Angela endured and also will be what sets them free…. Eek, I can hardly wait to share it with you all.

Stay tuned for an excerpt of Dark Moon, later this week…

In non- Harvest Series related news… I am patiently anticipating the release of Crossroads. (I am sorry to those of you who won copies of this in a giveaway this past fall. I promise to compensate you once Crossroads is officially released!) I am still torn; however, because my lovely editor truly feels this book should not go Indie. I love this story and the format and hopefully I can write similar books after The Harvest Series is completed. Read here for a synopsis of Crossroads.

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Not Yet Released…

Stay tuned for a excerpt of Crossroads, coming later this week…

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Happy Birthday Melissa

Me and You
Danvers High School Senior Reception, June 2, 1998

Stories manifest themselves in the most incredible ways, and mine are no different. While the majority of The Harvest Series came about in a dream, there are facets, which have touched me personally. What writer doesn’t spill personal experiences onto the pages of their work ?

People who know me, often wonder if the story is my own. Not entirely. I know what it’s like to be afraid like Lexie, to walk on eggshells in your own home, and to be too afraid to tell anyone. However, my story is not Lexie’s story. But it was a story that needed to be told.

And more importantly, as I told Lexie’s story, what made it easier were her friends—cut from the same cloth as several of my dearest friends.  Some of the important relationships in Lexie’s life, are a reflection of the relationships that I know helped me get where I am today.

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Danvers High School Graduation, June 6, 1998

One of those friendships; relationships, was with my best friend Melissa and her beautiful family. Today Melissa would have been turning 34 years old, but instead she’s not here to celebrate. Therefore, I celebrate, as I always do, a life taken much too soon. And on Wednesday, when I light a candle, it will mark the 13th year she has been gone from my life.  What still remains, after all these years, is the love I felt for her, the friendship we shared, and the utmost admiration for how easily she opened up to me when she found out “my secrets”.

And for her family, who are still a part of my life, my gratitude for their willingness to open their home to me, as they had done, so many times before, without ever knowing its significance.

As I write the final scenes to Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) today, I will think of you and the friend you were to me Melissa. When I kiss my husband, play with my dogs, and carry on with my day…I will think of you and I will ponder, once more, about the person you might have become.

I dedicate Angela to you.

My Caitlin and my Angela…”Life has not been the same without you, and even though you are not here to share in this with me, the friendship we shared could never fade. Your love has always been my North Star. No matter how far I wander, or what obstacles have been placed at my feet, I know that you are always there, guiding my way.” excerpt from Harvest Moon Acknowledgments.

Melissa, the loss of someone like you is never easy. The weight of your absence never dissipates, I’ve simply learned to move forward… Because, you are and always will be, my best friend… and you are surely missed.

Melissa S. Barrowclough

♥ 7•27•80-7•30•01 ♥

The girls
Senior Prom 1998 From Left: Me, Krista, Rachael, Melissa

 

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When Life Gets in the Way!!

Hey everyone!

So it’s been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that. As some of you may know, I have been going through some medical stuff once again and we are in the process of trying to get it under control. However, it’s affecting my ability to type, which means my posts, emails, AND writing are all suffering greatly.  You’d think I would use this time to be reading  so that I could eventually post reviews, but the truth is, I’ve been a bit down due to the medical stuff, and reading…well, every time I try, I’m reminded of writing and I can’t stay focused. I’m working on this though and I will have some reviews up soon.  As for the writing, I was working on Angela: A Harvest Series Prequel before all this medical stuff started. I’ve purchased a dictation program, but haven’t been able to get comfortable with it. I have a digital recorder and I’m trying transcription as well. I refuse to give up on my dream; therefore, I WILL find a way to write through the pain. I’m strong and this is far from the worst I’ve been through. Just be patient and don’t give up on The Harvest Series, it will release as promised. 😉

Winter Solstice is set to be released sometime in July! I know this is later than originally intended, but I promise it will be worth the wait. WS turned out to be twice the length of Harvest Moon, so we are taking our time to make sure everything is perfect!

I’m still looking for a few more ARC sign-ups as well as bloggers looking to do a release blitz or giveaways.

Thanks for your patience and your continued support, it means the world to me.

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Lifehouse…

Lifehouse...

I’m a huge fan of Lifehouse. I love music in general and I find it hard not to incorporate it into my writing, just like my background in criminal justice. Today I sent a message to a band member of Lifehouse asking for permission to use these lyrics in Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series, #2).

*She raises her glass of wine and says, “Here’s to hoping I not only hear back, but that they’re willing to allow me to share my love for their music, with all of you… through Lexie!”