Tag, you’re it!


Hi everyone.

This Thursday’s blog is in answer to someone tagging me in a blog. Thanks, Daisy and to Zrinka too. I’m linking back to you both as well.


What are you working on right now?

At the present time I’m perfecting a novel, Conjured Lover.

Here is the premise:

Ericka Gilmore plays with life and death as she tries to resurrect her ghost lover. It isn’t until she meets Joe Reeves that she gets the chance to pursue true love…only to be lost if she resurrects her ghost.  Joe Reeves wants to get rid of his gift of prophecy for fear of seeing people he cares about die. He avoids relationships…until he meets Ericka Gilmore. She ignites a stronger desire to be normal—but he won’t risk seeing her die. A little known mystical Ley Line may be the answer to what they seek, but will they find what they are looking for in each other instead.

The Ley Line, pivotal location in the story, is an actual site. The Native American ceremonial ground has been researched and a visit to the site confirmed it as a perfect location for this story.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

An attorney who speaks to ghosts and an ex-cop who has the ability to predict (and possibly save) people who are to become spirits. What do you think?

Why do you write what you do?

Paranormal has always been a part of my life. My mother has psychic abilities, and I’ve witnessed my eldest son’s talent. At times of trouble, when my son was diagnosed with cancer and my youngest son had a life-threatening motorbike accident, I experienced paranormal activity. These experiences are the bases for several of my books.

The Watcher (guardian reassuring a female at the brink of change)

Believe (an evil woman uses chemotherapy drugs to alter the DNA of gifted children)

Melody’s Song (a mother loses her son to cancer and deals with the aftermath)

Shadow of the Hawk (conclusion of the above three)

Other titles of interest:

Dark Sun

Dark Shadows

Love Hurts

Jewel Heist

The Tarot Card

Trade Agreement

The Valkyrie and the Marine

CS: Pippa’s Rescue

Future: Memory of Love

How does your writing process work? My writing process varies according to the story and the inspiration. Events in my life influence my story line. Sometimes I need to research the background and more often than not I drag out my journals from trips I’ve taken to different states, Canada and Europe as personal references for settings. As far as characterization I often watch people for facial expressions or body motions to write into my characters.

Once I have the story line, plot, characters and maybe affectations I begin to write. I’m generally a pantster (writing as the thoughts flow rather than creating a detailed outline). However, I do create a GMC chart to keep the pace flowing at a steady rate.

If I encounter a block, I usually go through the previous chapters and layer in scenery, characters and pump the dialogue. This process tends to provide light into what should happen next…and if not a hot toddy and a good night’s sleep always gives me a fresh start.

After the story is finished I like to let it sit on my desk for a while and then I’ll review to get rid of duplicate words and try to fix the grammar ( I love commas!). When I believe I have the story tidied, I’ll print the pages and go over the text again. I tend to edit better with a hard copy.

That is my writing process. Is it similar to yours? How does your writing process evolve?

I’m tagging Zrinka Jelic, a phenomenal new author who is making a powerful impact on the romance world.

Thank you, Daisy for adding me to the blog hop.


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Horse Rescued by Marine

Pippa’s Rescue
Skogul, Valkyrie leader of the first squad in Valhalla, is supposed to offer immortality to former Marine Basil Vanguard. Too bad watching science fiction on the big screen is more fun. But if her assignment slips through the cracks, will Odin himself take a hand?

Basil wants justice. Determined to find the man who turned on his own unit and caused the deaths of many brave men, Basil tracks him to Horse Rescue Ranch. But the ranch owner is the traitor’s sister, and she’s not talking. Caught off guard by her beauty—not to mention the bizarre arrival of a leather-clad Valkyrie—Basil has a hard time keeping his mind on his mission.

Animal rights activist Pippa Wilson must find her brother before the bank forecloses on their rescue ranch. When a gorgeous Marine arrives looking for him too, she tries to resist the attraction—but will her heart listen?

Coming soon at The Wild Rose Press

jj Keller
Fantasies with spice and humor.
Shadow of the Hawk
The Valkyrie and the Marine, The Wild Rose Press
Coming Soon: Pippa’s Rescue
Dark Sun He’s almost an angel and she’s pure temptation.
Trade Agreement LASR Best Book.
All rights reserved.

Treasured Chest by Zrinka Jelic

In eight days my friend, Zrinka Jelic’s book  “Treasured Chest” is due to be released. Here is a snippet for you.
“I possess a map.” The man’s voice snapped her out of her planning.
She lowered her sword, and her glance, to his feet and flicked a crab into the sea. “Charts are of no interest to me.”
“Ah.” He stroked his chin, leaving sooty fingerprints on his blond beard. “But this is not an ordinary map.” His grin exposed a row of white teeth, a rarity. “It leads to a treasure.”
“Treasure means different things to different people.” Something familiar reflected in his eyes. She stepped back. Now, where had she seen him before?
“True,” he said, “but I believe this map is real.”
You can find her book (s) at Black Opal Books.


ESP…Dreaming of You

Precognition is a topic which keenly interest me because my son has been blessed (cursed?) with the ability to see events before they happen. Visions or random snapshots are more or less inevitable destiny…and sometimes life altering event.

Can they be manipulated?

Could he force his mind to ignore the dream, stop it from running through his head?

More importantly should he act on the revelation? How would he get people to listen to this parapsychological vision? What if his predictions were not accurate? Should moral acuity prevail?

I wanted to know more. To find out the bases of precognition and use the information obtained about prophetic futures and human behavior in a story I have in progress, Ghosts and Dead People (working title).

Precognition according to dictionary.com is:
1. Knowledge of a future event or situation, esp. through extrasensory means.

2. Scots-Law The examination of witnesses and other parties before a trial in order to supply a legal ground for prosecution. The evidence established in such an examination.

Theorists argue there may be layers or various dimensions in the universe, which would allow for precognition to exist. There are skeptics who see problems because if a future already exist, how can it be proven?

Logic, causality is a fact. Cause equals effect. Example: If you are stabbed with a knife (effect) the weapon must exist and be plunged (cause). However, if a mapped out future exists, then the order is abolished by altering the events due to precognition.

Another factor to take into consideration is free will. We make choices. I tell my children all the time, the choices your make lead to actions and those actions will determine the outcome of your future. YOUR future is determined by you.

Otherwise, we are mindless players (with or without strings) existing on Earth in this universe, which is a phantasm instead of reality.

Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot ISBN: 978-0060922580 (Harper, 1992) el Talbot (1953-1992), was the author of a number of books highlighting parallels between ancient mysticism and quantum mechanics, and espousing a theoretical model of reality that suggests the physical universe is akin to a giant hologram. In The Holographic Universe, Talbot made many references to the work of David Bohm (physicist) and Karl Pribram, and it is quite apparent that the combined work of Bohm and Karl Pribram is largely the cornerstone upon which Talbot built his ideas. http://www.crystalinks.com/holographicuniverse.html.

Does objective reality exist? Or is the universe a phantasm?

If intuition is a filtering of information using ESP, or by touch, smell, taste, sound or sight, our survival depends on intuition…on any universe.

Precognition is the filtering of future events, the act of knowing prior to the event that it will occur. Precognition is random and according to studies, 80 – 85 percent of precognitive experiences concern family or friends.

Think of it, the last time you experienced an emotional upset or and disaster…was the experience tied to precognition. Several passengers from the Titanic had a dream about the ship sinking. One businessman in particular didn’t get on the ship, not because of the third time he’d had the dream but because he missed the ship. The same with 911. Family or friends of passengers dreamed of the death of their friend/loved ones and did or didn’t act on the precognition.

Humans, in general, are comfortable discussing intuition. According to the Bible “A person with the gift of prophecy may receive messages in various ways, including visions (Ezekiel 1), dreams (Daniel 7), words of knowledge or wisdom, discernment and the operation of another spiritual gift such as teaching (Paul’s epistles, Hebrews, James). Very often the prophet’s message will come in a way that requires the prophet to find the words to describe the message. It may even be in the form of a strong emotional impression. http://www.participatorystudyseries.com/pss_full_pamphlet.php?sku=PSS016”

Most people are not comfortable discussing precognition; however, precognition may be the next evolution level.

I’ll share an excerpt from Believe

She raised her right palm up and lifted both shoulders. “I don’t know. The name or office begins with a ‘D’. Could be Day, DA, or Assistant DA or Commissioner Dauh. I know it’ll be a five-year-old boy who’s associated with a prominent figure. In the vision, I glimpsed an extremely large Georgian-style house. It sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Circular drive. Old house, early eighteen hundreds. Tall gnarled trees line the front and along the sides. The details are still a little murky.”

“That’s all the information you can remember from this dream?” The slightest movement, a turn of her head or body down or away, would indicate that she lied. She didn’t, but sat straight as a rod and locked her stare onto his, brown to blue.

“Vision. Look, I know you don’t have any reason to trust me. I’m sure you’ve heard all the stories about fortune-tellers, gypsies, and how they’re skilled at confidence games. I do not provide parlor tricks.” With twitching fingers, she rubbed the coin and kicked her foot with a steady pendulum swing and then as fast as the second hand on a clock.
BELIEVE http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/author/jjkeller.htm

How many dimensions are there in the universe?

jj Keller
Fantasies with spice and humor.

The Valkyrie and the Marine, The Wild Rose Press, July 18, 2012

Jewel Heist Diamonds used to be this girl’s best friend.

Dark Sun He’s almost an angel and she’s pure temptation. Cobblestone-Press

Trade Agreement LASR Best Book.
All rights reserved.

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