Futuristic Dystopian Series and Nature Pods for Relaxation!

•April 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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I’m currently writing my 2nd book series, and this time it’s a futuristic dystopian series related to the Enneagram if you’re familiar with that. I am BEYOND EXCITED about this series!

Although the series isn’t meant to be heavily about technology, it is 50 years into the future and I wanted to make it believable. I’m not going to give a bunch of details about the series yet, but I wanted to share with you an amazing invention I came up with that I truly feel should actually be invented and installed in all schools and workplaces. NATURE PODS!!!

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(Note: There are relaxation pods at least! I found this picture on this cool site!)

How would you like a private, relaxing space where you could not only unwind but also be transported to a realistic nature sanctuary of your choice? It would be like you’re really there in some beautiful place around the world because the experience is made real through 3 of your senses – sight, sound, and smell.

Here’s a sneak peek into the scene I’ve written that describes the beginning of the nature pod experience. You tell me! DOES THIS SOUND AWESOME OR WHAT?!!!

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I pick one in the back corner and scan my thumb for it to open. As the door of the clear glass pod slides up and back, the neutral scent of freshly sprayed deodorizer wafts out, and I hop onto the cushioned reclining seat.

“Hello, Cass,” a soothing, female voice says after the door slides back down and seals shut to make it soundproof. The glass all around me turns opaque and then transforms into a giant screen with a browse menu and a menu of my history. “What scenery would you like today?” the voice asks.

I lift a finger and flick through my history for a favorite – the Mossy Forest in Malaysia. I touch the picture and the screen in the entire glass pod morphs into a pristinely clear video of the forest. The nature sounds of the forest slowly start to filter through the speakers and a small square appears on the screen that says, “Add music? Yes or No.” I click No and it disappears. I prefer only the nature sounds most of the time. It just makes it more real.

Before leaning back again, I wait for the last option to pop-up. A box that says, “Matching scent? Yes or No.” This time I hit Yes. As the woodsy scent gently sprays through the vents, I settle back into my seat and close my eyes, trying to relax and get comfortable. Then I open them again. With the sounds, the smell, and the gently alive forest surrounding me, I can almost imagine myself actually there.

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Shadow Eyes Book 1 is FREE on Release Day!

•February 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It’s finally here! Yay! Happy dance! Find Sacrificial Souls, Book 3 of the Shadow Eyes Series here!

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And on this Happy Release Day, I am giving away Shadow Eyes, Book 1, for FREE!!! The ebook will be free on Amazon from today, 2/1, through Tuesday, 2/5, and the whole series is on Kindle Unlimited. Seriously, you have no reason to not go and get it, right now! I mean, like, right now!

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Just think, it’s a completed series that you can binge-read in the comfort of wherever and then wake up with a lovely book hangover.

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For those who need the synopsis for Shadow Eyes, Book 1, here you go:

Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year-old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with watching shadows harass everyone around her, Iris is soon forced to question everything she thinks she knows about her world and herself. Her sanity, strength, and will power are tested to the limits by not only the shadows, but also a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows, a new friend with an awe-inspiriting aura, and a mysterious, alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend. As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, Iris must ultimately accept the guidance of an angel to revisit the most horrific event of her life and become the hero she was meant to be.

 

HAPPY READING!

 

Also, a shout out to the amazing blogs who are helping me promote this release!

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Sacrificial Souls Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

•January 28, 2019 • 2 Comments

Here it is in all of its glory…the cover to the FINAL book in the Shadow Eyes Series! Also, the book is now ready for pre-order! Go check it out here!

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Sacrificial Souls, Book 3 of the Shadow Eyes Series, will be released February 1st, 2019, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have a completed series out there in the world. Mostly because there is something so satisfying about being the proud author of a completed series – something like a child graduating. Also, I know my old readers won’t have to wait anymore and my new readers can binge read!

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On top of all that, I do feel that this book is probably the best in the whole series. It will take you to places you’ve never been and has twists and turns and surprises like no other. For that reason, I am so excited to share it with everyone!

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However, I wouldn’t be entirely truthful if I didn’t say that a part of my excitement is because the end of the series means the beginning of a new one! As much as I have loved and still love the story of Iris Kohl and all of her crazy adventures, my mind has been spinning a whole new world for a futuristic dystopian series for the last several months. Building a world is such a fun process! Complicated and time-consuming…but super fun!

Anyway, a big thank you to all my readers and a sincere apology to those who’ve been with me since the beginning with the first release of Shadow Eyes back in 2012. You’ve waited patiently. Now the wait will finally be over. 🙂

 

P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with the series or haven’t read the first one, click on the cover below to check it out.Shadow Eyes Ebook cover

Sacrificial Souls, Book 3, Tagline and Blurb

•January 5, 2019 • 2 Comments

Sacrificial Souls, The Shadow Eyes Series Book 3, is almost here! I can’t wait to release it to the world! For now, here’s the tagline and synopsis to whet your appetite.

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Tagline:

Iris’s job requires sacrifice, but this is one sacrifice she won’t want to make.

 

Synopsis:

Iris never asked for the role of leader, but her mentor seems to think she’s leader material and her friends don’t argue. Sometimes she wishes she could just be a normal girl with a normal boyfriend and a normal life… But who is she kidding? With her job and one of her enemies still out there wanting to kill her, her life would never be even close to normal.

Throughout the summer, Iris’s old adversary keeps showing up at her work and on shadow hunts, but not to kill her. Not yet. Each time, his message is clear: Join him or die. To make matters worse, Iris’s mentor seems to be hiding something. Iris wants him by her side when her enemy actually attacks, but she’s not sure she can trust him anymore. Nothing can prepare her, though, for when the tide’s turn and what she thought she’d never have to sacrifice becomes the very thing she needs to let go of in order to fulfill her final calling and eliminate her enemy for good.

 

Check out Shadow Eyes, Book 1, here! Don’t forget, the series is on Kindle Unlimited!

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Check out Luminous Spirits, Book 2, here!

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Book Lovers: Use Your Amazon Gift Card on this Deal!

•December 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Sacrificial Souls, Book 3 of the Shadow Eyes Series, will be released January 25th, 2019! With that, the series will finally be complete!

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In anticipation of this epic event, I am discounting Book 1, Shadow Eyes, to ONLY $1.99!

Four big reasons why you should totally go buy this book and start this series!

  1. AMAZON GIFT CARDS! If you got one as a Christmas gift, this book would barely make a dent if you bought it during this promo week! Even with the other 2 books at $5.99 for the digital format, you’re looking at $14 total for the series! Buy Shadow Eyes heredownload
  2. CHRISTMAS BREAK! If you’re a student or teacher, you have free time for the first time in forever! Use it to immerse yourself in another world and catch up on some much-needed “you time”! giphy-1.gif
  3. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! According to a poll from The Statistics Portal, “Read more” was the 5th most common New Year’s Resolution in 2018! So add that to your  list and get started. 🙂 download.jpg
  4. IT’S A COMPLETED SERIES! I know a lot of people don’t like starting a series that isn’t finished because they don’t want to wait forever for the next installment. Like Netflix, we often like to binge-read our books. I get it. Which is why, I’m so excited about this series finally being complete, officially on January 25th! You go ahead and binge all you want. Nobody’s judging. bingereading

 

New Cover and Title Reveal!

•November 19, 2018 • 1 Comment

Exciting things are coming for the Shadow Eyes Series! I’m not excited about self-promoting, as probably all authors, self-published or not, will tell you. However, there are many things to get me excited about this series right now.

  1. REBRANDING! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve begun the process of rebranding the series before the 3rd book is released by having my covers for books 1 and 2 redone. The same AMAZING photographer and graphic designer, Tara McKinney, will then do the 3rd book as well! I’m IN LOVE with my new cover for Shadow Eyes Book 1! When I originally had the idea of Shadow Eyes forever ago and starting thinking of a cover, I wanted something to resemble the shadows wrapping around and overcoming Iris. That’s what I was going for with the first cover here. Shadow Eyes new coverAnd now, I finally feel we’ve achieved that look! Way to go Tara! Not only does this get the point across that I was going for, but it is also extremely eye-catching. She did the photography and all the design work herself. Like I said, I’m in love! And the cover for Luminous Spirits will be coming soon! So, my advice…feel free to GET YOUR COPY OF SHADOW EYES now (click here), but wait on Luminous Spirits until the new cover is ready to go. 🙂Shadow Eyes New Ebook Cover
  2. The RELEASE of the long-awaited 3rd and FINAL INSTALLMENT of the Shadow Eyes Series is just around the corner! The manuscript is finished and awaiting editing by a new editor that just happened to cross my path (totally a God thing if you ask me). We plan to have edits done by the end of the year and then, Lord willing, the book will be released either tale end of 2018 or early next year. So save those Amazon gift cards you’ll be getting for Christmas. 🙂 download.jpg
  3. To PROMOTE the release and the new covers, I’ll be majorly DISCOUNTING the first book soon. I haven’t nailed down a time yet, but some time in December and after the cover for Luminous Spirits is ready.treat_yo_self-amazon-prime-day.gif
  4. I’m finally going to REVEAL the TITLE of the 3rd Book. Drum roll, please…tenor.gif

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Well, there you have it. Sacrificial Souls will be the title of the 3rd and final book in this series. I hope you like the new cover of the 1st book and the new title for the 3rd. And I hope you feel you can go check out the first book now that you know the end is in sight for this series and that you won’t have to wait too long for the final book. Sincere apologies to my readers who have been with me since the first release of Shadow Eyes, lol. Happy Reading!

 

 

 

No Straight-Party Voting!

•November 6, 2018 • Leave a Comment

(View your sample ballot here to make an informed decision.)

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From what I understand, Oklahoma is only 1 of 8 states who still allows straight-party voting on ballots. Why is this even a thing? I’ll tell you why. So lazy, uneducated people can continue to put into power individuals who have no business being in a position of power.

Sorry if that stepped on anyone’s toes, but I’ll be honest…I wish someone had said that to me when I first started voting. It’s been a while, but I am pretty sure there was one election early on where I only knew who I was choosing for the big office (president or governor) and hadn’t done my research on anyone else. So you know what I did? Straight-party voting. My family was Republican. I was Republican, to the best of my understanding at that young age. And so I stood there in my little cardboard cubicle and with blind faith checked a box to vote for so many people whose names I had never even heard of before.

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The memory embarrasses me now, but I know I wasn’t and am not the only one who has done that. This shouldn’t be an option, but for now, it is. And never has it been more of an issue to me and to so many other educators and pro-education voters in this state than it is this year.

As I said, I’m a Republican, but my voting today will not reflect that. I AM NOT VOTING TODAY BASED ON PARTY AFFILIATION. I am voting today based on convictions, beliefs, personal records, history, facts, and good old-fashioned research. I am so thankful that my school district, Yukon Public Schools, let us have this day off so I could finish the necessary research needed to make an informed decision about ALL the candidates.

Here’s my advice, especially to young voters: IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE RESEARCH FOR THAT OFFICE…DON’T VOTE FOR IT! I know that sounds unconstitutional, but trust me, not voting for anyone would be better than voting for someone that doesn’t deserve to be elected or re-elected. And there are several candidates who don’t deserve to be elected or re-elected this year!

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DO YOUR RESEARCH! Google. Ask around. Ask a teacher. Read between the lines, not just what they put in their ads. If you haven’t figured this out by now, politicians will say anything to get your vote. I hear even Kevin Stitt was trying to get teachers on his side last minute. Good luck with that.

On a normal election year, I’d say look at all the issues and weight the pros and cons of each candidate, but this year… THIS YEAR I’M A ONE-ISSUE VOTER. AND THAT ISSUE IS EDUCATION. Again, I wouldn’t condone one-issue voting normally, but this year is different because the topic of education has some long-overdue momentum that will not last. If we’re going to make any headway with education reform (budgeting and everything else) in our government, NOW IS THE TIME while we have everyone’s attention! While the memory of the Teacher Walkout hasn’t yet faded completely from everyone’s minds. While we have so many pro-education candidates ready to take office and make the monumental changes needed to get our government on track to ensure a more positive future for the children of our state. Now is the time!

The next election can be the time for other issues to take center stage again. BUT FOR NOW, LET EDUCATION BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

I can’t tell you who to vote for, but I can tell you who I’ll be voting for for some of the offices and why. Take it or leave it. 🙂

GOVERNOR – Drew Edmonson D. No-brainer here. Kevin Stitt is not for teachers or education. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

LT. GOVERNOR – Matt Pinnell R. He is a gray area with education for me, but since the Democratic candidate is a little too far left for me, and since she’s been for school vouchers in the past, I’m sticking with Pinnell.

STATE AUDITOR – Cindy Byrd R. She is definitely pro-education!

ATTORNEY GENERAL – Mark Myles D. All I can say is do your research and make your own decision. I wasn’t impressed with what I read about Mike Hunter and Mark Myles has specifically put education into his campaign.

SUPERINTENDENT – I’m still a little torn but I will probably vote for Joy Hofmeister R. I have heard great things about John Cox D, too, so I will not be upset if he wins. However, Hofmeister supported us in the walkout and still does, so she hasn’t done anything to lose my vote.

COMMISSIONER OF LABOR – Fred Dorrell D. I honestly don’t know much about him, but ANYONE would be better than Leslie Osborn, who is directly tied to the Taxpayers Unite group.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER – Glen Mulready R. I voted for Glen in the primaries, so I don’t feel the need to change that now. Though I don’t know that I’d be disappointed if Fobbs won.

STATE TREASURER – Randy McDaniel R. I’m not super confident on this one since I’ve only done minimal research, but again, I’m not opposed to voting for my party if there are no red flags to deter me. He seems to fit the bill.

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER – I’m still not sure, lol. I voted for Bingman in the primaries, although I wasn’t completely opposed to Bob Anthony. This position doesn’t necessarily directly affect education, so it’s hard to find any information about how these candidates’ views could affect it directly. Just do your research and make an informed decision. The candidates are Bob Anthony R, Ashley McCray D, and Jackie Short I.

LOCAL OFFICES

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For my personal district of YUKON and CANADIAN COUNTY… I will give my two cents.

State Senator District 22 – Stephanie Bice R. She’s proven to be an advocate for education. Even though some, including me, may disagree with a few of the bills she proposed, I do believe she has the best intentions and will continue to work for us.

State Rep District 43 – Chantelle Cory D. I am NOT voting for Jay Steagall, who has aligned himself with the Taxpayers Unite Group, and who tried to use a manipulative phone survey before the primaries to get me to see him as a better candidate than a “younger” teacher. I don’t like being manipulated.

District Judge for District 26 – Jack McCurdy. I was not impressed with John Paul Jordan when we met him during the walkout as he did nothing but talk in circles and never really address our concerns.

Associate District Judge for Canadian County – Bob Hughey. I cannot say enough of how much I respect this man as he has helped countless children in the system have the best future possible by doing everything in his power to stand up to DHS and the tribes when necessary and working with them when possible. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have been able to adopt our two precious girls.

As for all of the judges and state questions – DO YOUR RESEARCH OR LEAVE THEM BLANK.

That is all. NOW LET’S GO EXERCISE OUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

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