Writing is NOT for sissies, especially if writers promote. For the past week and more I planned a Facebook event that happened yesterday/ Sunday. Scarlet and I decided that offering a monthly venue for authors to promote would help us build our own name and provide a place to promote our own books. I am not an organizer or the person to direct traffic and I suck at chats, so it plumb wore me out!  http://www.Facebook.com/ARomanceCaper. Did you know that using an event page to comment means the transcript disappears after the event ends? Did you know that using a Facebook page for comments means the transcript remains live? Check out our page for each event! Did you know that people don't read directions and get lost? YEP!

Editing is not for Sissies!  Editing an anthology is time consuming! Scarlet/ Melba Moon, and another partner, Jackie Rod, and I edited Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake, a wonderful anthology and are editing a Christmas anthology now. What were we thinking? I remember! That we as part of Gilded Dragonfly Books could make a dreams come true for folks! Editing is a lot of work! I am also editing a YA book for a client.

I need to do something meant for sissies and another LONG nap!

Today I wanted to share with you a Dave Barry Classic about Halloween:

“Carving the pumpkin is a Halloween tradition that began in the British Isles, where one magical night several centuries ago, a group of people decided to put a lit candle inside a hollowed-out pumpkin to symbolize the fact they had been hitting the sauce pretty hard. Today, pumpkin-carving is an activity that the whole family can enjoy, except for Dad, who gets stuck with the job of actually carving the pumpkin, which means he has to stick his hand inside and grasp the pumpkin slime, knowing that at any moment he might encounter the North American Gourd-Dwelling Scorpion, whose toxic sting claims more American lives each year than cell phones and asteroids combined.”

Do you carve pumpkins? If so, please share your ideas.
Martha Stewart seems to have her pumpkin carving down to a science. Mine are not quite so elaborate.

In my mythos, vampires never died to be resurrected corpses.  They are mutants, a virus having altered their mortal DNA into immortals with powers greater than their original human selves.  Interestingly enough, I found the information below on the internet.  My viral mutations are actually possible (maybe not to the extent in my books yet still within reason):

Date:  January 8, 2010
Source:  University of Texas at Arlington


 “About eight percent of human genetic material comes from a virus and not from our ancestors, according to a new study. The research shows that the genomes of humans and other mammals contain DNA derived from the insertion of bornaviruses, RNA viruses whose replication and transcription takes place in the nucleus.”

In the 2000s, a scientist at the University of Michigan studied people with HIV and found other viruses in the blood of these subjects.  Surprisingly, these viruses came from within the patients’ own DNA.

Retroviruses, including HIV, share three common genes:  gag, which gives rise to the inner shell that stores the virus’s genes; env makes knobs on the outer surface of the virus, allowing it to adhere to the cells and invade them; and finally pol.  The latter makes an enzyme which introduces the virus’s genes into the host cell’s DNA.

Actually, the human genome contains segments of DNA matching pol, env, and gag.  Scientists have found sizeable quantity of retrovirus DNA in our genes, in fact, as stated above, eight percent of the human genome.  Both in human and other species, studies of these endogenous retroviruses reveal that they have genetically merged with the human DNA.  Retroviruses regularly infected our ancestors, but rarely infected sperm or an egg, but when they did, they managed to permeate an embryo, new cells in the embryo inheriting the retrovirus DNA.  When the child grew into an adult and produced offspring, the DNA of the virus was transmitted as well.

So, Morgan, Lucien and Sterling could possibly exist.

Happy Friday!  You have viral altered DNA. 

The book video for Sinners' Obsession, a Paranormal Romance Guild 5-Star Review:


My romantic suspense novel has been out for just over a year. It's been a fun roller coaster ride. I've had several book signings, attended several writer's conferences as a published author and had the pleasure of holding my published book in my hands! What a thrill.

Here's the buy link in case you missed it:

My publisher even made a trailer for my book! Here is the link:http://youtu.be/dM5jJO9KZCY

I've had many wonderful reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. But what now?

Well, I've been busy writing my next book. I've also published two short stories in Anthologies. The latest one is a Halloween anthology with nine stories by really amazing authors. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Tales-Spirit-Lake-Melba-ebook/dp/B00N3NVB0Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414125811&sr=1-1&keywords=haunting+tales+of+spirit+lake
Now I am working on a new suspense novel with a hero that is a computer geek turned FBI agent on loan to the JTTF and a special education teacher who is pulled into his covert op when one of her students runs away. This one is proving to be a challenge because the editor who requested it said, no paranormal! Oh dear, that makes it really hard for me.

What about you? What are you working on? What are you reading? What do you like to read?