Albion Fellows Bacon Center

February 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm (Uncategorized)

I am a volunteer at Albion Fellows Bacon Center, a safe shelter for people who have been sexually abused or are in a domestic violence situation.  This blog is dedicated to everyone who has been, is now, or ever will be in an abusive situation:

For a domestic violence or sexual abuse victim, the world seems to be a place of darkness.  Wherever we look, the light is just out of reach, or has disappeared altogether.

When we look in the mirror, we see a face full of pain.  Even when we smile, if you look closely, the pain is visible in our eyes.  It only lasts for an instant, then it is no longer visible, but lurking in the recesses of our minds, shoved deep inside to keep it from consuming us.

Most of us are women.  Some are children.  And others are men.  But NONE of us are responsible for what happened to us.  We are everywhere.  We are your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and neighbors.  Or you.  And me.

Is this you?  Did you wake up?  Did you open your eyes and get out of bed?

If so, you just took your first step as a survivor.

I know because I took that first step.  I am a sexual abuse survivor.



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A New Year

January 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm (Uncategorized)

With the start of a new year comes the hope that our lives will be better.

We promise ourselves that we will lose weight, eat healthier, work harder, stop unhealthy habits, and improve ourselves.


Spirit loves us no matter what.

So why can’t we accept that even though we may have things we can work on, we are worthy no matter how many mistakes we make?

Love is what we need.  Love for ourselves and for others.

Deeply we are one.

Have a wonderful New Year!




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Interview for Next Big Thing

December 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized)

To my followers, thank you!

To everyone who downloaded Chimera: 1911 C. E.,  on during “Chimera Fest” thank you!

To everyone that was at the recent workshop “MVP – Marketing Value Platform” co-hosted by Valley Brown (aka Terry Mominee) at Oaklyn Library in Evansville, Indiana.

Thank you to Valley Brown for passing on the “interview” for Next Big Thing!

Take a moment to thank someone else that has helped you in some way.

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Family Support During the Holidays

December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Holidays can be a most wonderful time when we reconnect with friends and family.  Positive smiles, greetings, food and fun fill the air.  Then it happens.  The stress of all the things you must do, and still have not completed catches up to you.  Time is running out!  How will you get everything done?

How about trying something new?

Stop!  Take a deep breath.  ASK FOR HELP!!!!

No excuses.  And yes, you probably can do it better, faster, blah, blah!

How about this?  When you do stop a moment and take a deep breath BEFORE you ask for help, THINK about how much it might mean to someone that YOU ASK!

Aren’t Holidays about sharing, after all?


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The Next Big Thing Interview

December 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm (Uncategorized)

In case you are not familiar with “The Next Big Thing”; it is a network of authors helping each other to find new audiences for their work, and serves as a place to possibly meet like-minded spirits in the process.  We’ve each agreed to be “interviewed” and to provide the next jumping-off point for followers and readers to discover “The Next Big Thing”  for still more authors.  It has only confirmed for me that authors need to work every day to make sure they are doing everything they can to gain new readers.  Author Valley Brown at http//: tagged me for THE NEXT BIG THING.  SO, HERE WE GO:

NBT:  What is the working title of your next book?

VS:  Chimera:  500 B.C.E.

NBT: Where did the idea come from for this book?

VS:  The idea came after a meeting with my book editor.  I realized that the books I had completed were not just about two families, but an entire community of people whose stories should be told and that spanned generations.

NBT: What genre does your book fall under?

VS: Erotic Paranormal Romance

NBT: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

VS: For this story, Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz

NBT:  What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?

VS:  Chimera: 500 B.C.E. is the second book in the series, which is set in ancient Persia, and is the story of the first vampyre and warlock chosen to be Chimera.

NBT: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

VS: Self-published.

NBT: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

VS: Approximately four months.

NBT: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 VS:  This was a tough one, but perhaps R. G. Alexander

NBT:  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

VS:  The story is the continuation of the tale of the ruling Chimera families and the people in the community.

NBT:  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

VS:   There is lots of love, lust, magick and mayhem!

And now I am passing on the “interview” to Lisa April Smith.  Have fun!

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A word of Caution!

November 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm (Uncategorized)

For those authors who have self-published, just a word of caution:  Do your research!

Make sure that the publishing company you are considering has a good reputation and check them out!  Ask for references.  Not all of them are reputable!

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Odes to Dogs and Marching Bands

October 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm (Uncategorized)

This weekend I am babysitting a friend’s dogs.  They are so well behaved it is scary!  Or so I thought!  Normally, they are no trouble and we get along well, and they mind better than children OR grandchildren!  Until – Last night.  I have no idea what was going on with them, but they woke me up at 2:00 AM.  No, you did not misread – I said 2:00 AM, and then AGAIN at 5:30 AM.  I was so not amused.  This time the one dog who does not necessarily have to sleep in her kennel was smarting off to the others who were in the kennels, letting them know that SHE did not have to be there!  And then they had the nerve to try and take a nap!  Seriously?  Boy, if I had a Marching Band, I would put an end to that!!

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Fake Reviews

October 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Some of the latest discussion amongst authors is the Fake Review.  As I understand it, the fake review is one that you pay for and it can be done by anyone including your friends and family, who give you a glowing review of your book, but it is not “real”.    After doing research myself, I have found that that are some reviewers who charge, but none of them I’ve seen charge to give you a “great” review.  They charge to do a review, period!  Good, bad, or ugly.  I have also noticed that a lot of the reviewers are so busy they are not taking anything new for three to four months from now.  I do wonder if paying for reviews might be one of those things that continues to happen because there are not enough reviewers, and because most people nowadays can always use a little extra cash for providing a serice.

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Woo Hoo!

September 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Just wanted to let everyone know that I finally finished the first draft of Chimera:500 B.C.E., the second book in my series, which is set in ancient Persia.  Had a lot of fun doing research, but still find it amazing that you need to know so much that you might not even use! I did research on furniture, transportation, food, architecture, clothes, and more!  Amazing!  Now it is in the hands of my Book Editor, who I am sure will have me add, delete, change and no telling what else!

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The End of Immediate Family

September 21, 2012 at 3:30 am (Uncategorized)

I am the youngest in my family.  Until recently, I thought that was the best!  You get spoiled, waited on, catered to, protected and loved by all those other family members that were there first.  Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and even all their friends dote on the youngest.  They can’t seem to help it.

Then one day you realize that all those people that have spoiled you, waited on you, catered to you, protected and loved you are slowly leaving you.  You are the last in your immediate family.  Your mother, father sister and brother, aunts, uncles, counsins and all the others have moved on.  And you cry because you miss them.  Then when your tears are spent, you begin to recall all those memories of how they loved you.  And your smile returns.

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