Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day


Henri, keeper of my heart

In honor of National Black Cat Appreciation Day, I want to introduce my favorite black cat in the world, Le Monsieur Henri, aka Mr. Fuzzy Face, who is also my muse for Skyler Sullivan’s black cat/familiar, Mordecai, in my book, Have Spirit Will Travel .


Chillin’ in the afternoon

In 2009, Hubby Extraordinaire found this precious little love abandoned at a job site and brought him home to join our family. He was a blessings from the start.


My new momma already loves me

He grew to have the soul of a warrior. We live in the country and one time when Henri, along with our pittie mix, Lilly, were both outside, they saw an armadillo sniffing around the yard. Henri and Lilly went at it from different angles, scared the poor thing to death, (did you know armadillos can jump 3 – 4 feet high? No shit!) and chased it out of the yard.



My boy is extremely warm hearted. Three years ago a tiny kitten showed up at our house and was hiding underneath an old building. Henri coaxed it out, and over to our porch. Not bad for a Tom cat, huh?


Hide and seek

And of course, he always enjoys hanging out with his buddy, Buster, the other half of the yin yang duo


It always pays to have friends


Does this shirt make my butt look big?

It pains me to know there are still people holding on to superstitions dating back to the 16th century when it comes to black cats. And because of that bias, these beautiful creatures are usually the last to be adopted in the shelters.

Please help spread awareness of how special these amazing felines are, and if you have room in your home, consider visiting your local shelter. You may just find you’ve been looking for a black cat all your life. The universe is funny that way.

Wishing many blessings come your way.



Writing and Business Goals for August 2017

Aug 2017 Goals

Happy Friday to all! It has been such a busy, yet exciting month. I published my first book, Have Spirit Will Travel, and the final prep and proofreading was both time consuming and stressful because I wanted everything to be, (oh I can see my sister cringing as she reads this sentence), perfect. I finally got over my neurotic self and remembered that perfection is an illusion. I’d done the best I could, and it was enough. And since I can’t overlook an opportunity for self promotion, you can find links to purchase my book by going to my “Home” page above. 😉

So in the month of July I managed to complete all 8 goals. (Cue the applause!) Type A much?

July Goals:

  1. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series – Done. Synopsis brainstormed with my sister and tons of notes taken 
  2. Review comments from last beta reader – Done
  3. Research MailChimp – Done. Now I need to learn how to use it   
  4. Follow 8 like-minded blogs (I don’t know why I chose 8, but it feels right, and I am all about instinct) – Done
  5. Complete my author page on Goodreads – Done
  6. Research and plan a book launch – Done
  7. Read Let’s Get Visible – How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books, by David Gaughran – Done. Awesome read full of practical and needed information. A solid 5 star. In addition to this, I read, Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print, by Joanna Penn, which is definitely another solid 5 star read.
  8. Publish Have Spirit Will Travel.  What???  I know. It is exciting. – Done

I will be taking a week or so off from the business of writing, so I’ll have fewer goals in August.

August Goals:

  1. Draft a Skyler Sullivan short story
  2. Update and organize my Skyler Sullivan mythology notes
  3. Write the first two chapters of Book Two
  4. Set up Author’s Page on Amazon
  5. Read Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books by Chris Fox
  6. Read 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

Wishing you a wonderful August.


Veggie Garden Love


Each year Hubby Extraordinaire puts out a gorgeous organic vegetable garden.


Cherokee Wax Beans


Green Beans

I love watching the plants go through their various stages of growth.


Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers


Summer Squash

Sometimes they grow and develop so quickly I wonder if fairies sprinkle their dust in the night while we sleep.


Florida 91 Tomatoes


Husky Cherry Red Tomatoes

Or maybe the gnomes are spreading their magical fertilizer. (A little known fact: Garden gnomes poop perlite)


He also grew lettuce and green onion, which is not shown. I can’t wait for harvest time!

Wishing you a wonderful summer day!


Happy 4th of July

4th of July

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”                                                                                                – Abraham Lincoln

May we all honor our own individual freedom and stand strong in our beliefs. Wishing a safe and happy holiday to you and yours.

Peace to all,