Now on!

First it was on Kindle, then at CreateSpace- now we have hit the big time- Amazon! And…it’s at a discounted price! (A surprise for the author also…) Who knows how long Amazon will keep the price down, so get ’em while it’s low! Thank you all for your support and enjoy the adventure!

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” 
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

Some of the characters in “The Red String” have names with a deeper meaning. In many cultures, the origin of a person’s name is a story in itself. Take a minute and look up your name’s origin. Where did it originate from? What does it mean? Maybe your parents can share with you the story behind exactly why they named you “Maximus Longfellow,” followed by a grand apology… Maybe there’s an interesting story surrounding someone who shares your name.

But, dear soul, a name is just a name. It’s your choices, personality, and actions that make you who you are! Whether your name means “of the forest” or “divine”- you are a unique person.

You’re the only you there is.

Try this site to begin your search-

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean...

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean phrases (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Print version is available!!!

The print copy of “The Red String” is now available! Here is the link to the Create Space estore, where you can buy it today! will have it available in the next 5-7 days. I will post a link as soon as I know it’s there!

I am so excited to share this story with you! It has been an important part of my life for nearly 3 years. Now that it is out and about, I can devote more time to the second volume of the “Days of the Guardian” series- “The Red Cloak!” Image

Upcoming Release of “The Red String!”

After many late nights, crossed eyes, neglected family members, and edit after edit, “The Red String” is making its way to CreateSpace and!!!

Am I excited? Yes! Am I scared? Yes!

Cover of "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions...

Cover via Amazon

Excited to see a dream come true and scared that it was all in vain.  Of course, in my heart of hearts I know that no dream is dreamed in vain. So, whether the book never sells or if it miraculously makes the best seller list, I am satisfied.

The author, Anne Lamott, in her book on writing, ‘Bird by Bird’ says, “Writing can give you what having a baby can give you: it can get you to start paying attention, can help you to soften up, can wake you up. But publishing won’t do any of those things: you’ll never get it in that way.”

Amen, sister!

So, look for the news that the novel is available for purchase in the next few days! And, hey, if you want to purchase it, go for it! Either way, this author is one happy gal. I have a new baby helping me to see life in a new way. Life is good.

“The days are dark, the ocean surrounds.  My fate is unseen, my fate is not ground.  For God orders all, I am just a mist, hovering still, waiting for bliss.  The dark hides me well, my heart longs for light.  I live by this creed- it is all for the bright!”


Chapter One Excerpt

Mr. Reynolds still held no expression on his pale face as he deftly handed the computer pad over to his superior. The doctor took it and promptly touched the screen to open the file. The holographic image of Ainsling Anne Reid, age 16, appeared before them.
A slender, blond teenage girl with a dozen or so freckles painted boldly on her ivory face grinned self-consciously and gave an awkward giggle. She held up a small hand, as white as her face, and waved wildly at him.
“Hi, I’m Ainsling!”
She spoke cheerfully, full of optimism. The clip repeated. Reynolds, of course, gave no further comment. Dr. Griffin’s eyes studied the replicated miniature image of Ainsling and he smiled slowly. He clicked the device off and gave a full grin to Reynolds.
“She is quite spirited… but only I can make her a spirit.”

(From Chapter One, “The Girl Meets Boy”)

Writing Encouragement

This book was written because I answered the challenge- to write 50,000 words in 30 days during the month of November.  NaNoWriMo– the National Novel Writing Month is where this happens!  If you want to participate, it’s time to start brainstorming because November will be here before we know it.  (Don’t even think about Christmas!)

Take the challenge.  Discover the story inside of you and give it life. It was one of the most rewarding adventures I have ever been on.

Charity and Freedom

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the book, “The Red String,” there is limited freedom, specifically, limited economic freedom. Charity is not a choice: it is forced.  So what, people that have too much stuff should give it away anyhow, right?  Well, taking freedom away in the name of fairness is in itself robbery.  ”Joyful giving” is charity done from the heart.  I once considered promoting my book by stating that I would donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to a specific charity.  I may still donate proceeds to charity, but I won’t tell you which one or how much.

Why? Two reasons- #1- I respect your freedom to find and be generous to your own charity- one that your heart, conscience or God tells you is where you should give with a joyful heart. #2- I refuse to use charity to lure you into buying my book.  Yes, I give to charity. Sure, I hope you do, too.  But I also value freedom.

That being said, I would love to suggest a few charities that you may not have heard of.  There are many people out there in the “rescue business”- similar to some of the characters in “The Red String.” They sacrifice their time, money, and sometimes their lives to help those who have lost hope or are in desperate need.  They should be supported. Pray, donate money, give your time. Whatever you feel led to do.

Here’s a short list-

The Eternal Threads

Samaritan’s Purse

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Justice Mission

Alpha Relief

Blood Water Mission


All Girls Allowed


Summary Using Chapter Titles

This is the story of when The Boy Meets Girl. The Chick believes in the old legend of The Red StringThe Lessons she learns with and without The Good Boy are all part of The Cure.  The Loss is great until The Remnant finds him. The Device is both a blessing and a curse. The Mission to rescue the girls goes well until someone makes The Mistake, which is followed by The Prayer we’ve all prayed at one time or another. The Withdrawal symptoms are bad, but distraction comes from The Kiss and The Dream, which is followed by the command to save The Scar-faced ManThe Monster is discovered. The Guardian’s Message says “You are special.” The Stranger is strange.  The Road Trip to get to The Reunion brings The Punishment foreshadowed in The Plan.  But The Trigger of The Laughter is discovered before The Letters are read and The Question is asked. At the end, we know who The Guardian is and are left in suspense following The Epilogue.

Synopsis for “The Red String”

Ainsling Reid has a singular dream- to be normal. Her present condition labels her useless. Amazingly, she is selected for surgery and promised a cure. Her dream is about to come true.
Li Griffin has no dreams. He barely graduated high school due to anti-social conduct. Now he is stuck working at his father’s Clinic, where he clashes with an important patient.  Despite their blatant differences, these two teens will find much in common- missing mothers, lonely hearts…and a red string. Dreams disappear and change, leaving them to wonder if the better thing is to hold on to something bigger.
Fate and free will entwine in this unusual tale of dashed hopes and redemption.

Sometimes there is no going back.  You need a rescue.