The Zoraida Grey series is about a small town girl learning to navigate in the big, wide world. But the big wide world she finds is filled with witches, haunted castles, and ancient curses.

Book News, Virus College, and Healing Magic

Here we are at the Autumnal Equinox and I have to marvel at how quickly the summer flashed by. And what a summer it was! Let’s hope Mother Earth calms down a bit—but sometimes you just have to scream and throw things before anybody pays attention. Who can blame her?

Things are brewing in Sorchia’s Universe—as they always do at this time of year.

  • Look for a bunch of guest posts on Halloweenie topics from now through October AND a sale on Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones at the end of October.
  • I’m teaming up with several outstanding authors to present a newsletter. This month, my contribution is a recipe from the Scotch and Salad Diet. You’ll also find freebies and giveaways galore. Sign up the newsletter HERE.
  • Witchling, An Anthology of Zoraida Grey Short Stories is nearing completion and will be available to subscribers to this blog for free for a limited time. I hope this is available by Halloween, but I’m not totally in control of that. Fireworks will explode right here when it happens.
  • Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen is in the pipeline. More news soon on release date, cover reveal, and all the other bits and pieces that go with it.
  • Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes is in progress. I’m about 20 K in and you’ll be seeing snippets and tales from research in the coming months. My goal is to get the manuscript to my editor by the end of the year but we’ll see how that goes.
  • I didn’t do a fantastic job of getting the word out about my Novel Magic guests, so here are links to some excellent books for Autumn Reading.

Why Be Normal When You can be PARANormal? by Debra Doggett

New Release in Casi McLean’s Lake Lanier Mystery Series

Some Whisper, Some Shout by K.K. Weil

Paranormal Elements to Boost Mainstream Stories by Connie Johnson Hambley

Now, I have to apologize for being AWOL for August and most of September. I’ve had some sort of brain-zapping, energy-sucking mutant virus which infiltrated my personal biosphere sometime in July and not only made itself comfortable but built a duplex and invited its college buddies over for the summer.

Yes, my virus went to Virus College.

DLGNCE body sick cold GIF

Mercifully, I don’t remember most of it since I self-medicated myself to the edge of a coma. I’m afraid I lost a few brain cells. Unfortunately, I did not lose any appreciable weight. This is how illness works for me—all the suffering and none of the benefits. Nobody felt sorry for me (I did quite a lot of this all by myself, but it would have been nice). Nobody took care of me. And I still don’t fit into my skinny jeans.

Now that I’m on the road to recovery, it’s time to make good on those fever-induced promises I made to the Universe.

As far as I can recall, one of them was to cut down on the drinking—only on holidays. Fortunately, we pagans have a holiday of one kind or another at least twice a month—so there’s a little wiggle room with this one.

Another promise was to lose weight—which means getting back to the exercise and healthy diet which resulted in a loss of about thirty pounds a few years ago. Unfortunately, many of those pounds have crept back when I wasn’t looking. So back to square one.

And all that got me thinking about those little gems of healing magic I’ve come across as I researched.

I did a whole series on healing crystals. Here is one post which will lead you to the others. OR you can select the Category Crystal Fix from the category list on the right.

Crystal Fix: Beryl

 

Stones, Gems, Minerals, Crystal

Survey Says . . .

I’m looking for a little advice!

 

Check out these quick surveys and help me get the next Zoraida Grey cover in the works. Seriously, It will take less than 5 minutes to do both and you will build a mountain of Good Karma!!

or paste this in the address window of your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/mIp9Pwwrix12DWBI2

or past this in the address window of your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/bYfPptHx3Ky2yMnM2

Results posted here on August 26 and again on September 2.

 

News!!

I’m teaming up with four fantastic authors. We call ourselves the Wild Roses of Prose and our first newsletter will be out in September! Use the handy sign-up form at the top of the page and get yourself on our list. Don’t miss the prizes, the freebies, and the general mayhem we intend to cause. 

New Contest in Sept. at www.SorchiaDuBois

One thing you’ll find in the newsletter is a contest for e-copies of Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones and tarot readings by yours truly.

 

 

Help Design a Book Cover PLUS Prism and Rita Award Winning Books

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I need your help designing my next book cover, but first read about the big doin’s in Sorchia’s Universe this past week.

This Week’s Breaking News

  • Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones won a third place Prism Award from Romance Writers of America’s Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter. While I would have loved  1st or 2nd place, Zoraida was in elite company. The 1st place winner in my category took Best of the Best and the 2nd place winner got a RITA .

  • See all the Prism winners and RITA winners  and add them to your reading list.
  • Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen is with an editor right now. Voodoo, pirates, hurricanes, earthquakes, romance, whisky, and at least one vampire.
  • I’m off to a great start on Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes which will be the last book in the Zoraida Grey series. What do you think about dragons? Yeah, well, me too.

Upcoming Events

  • Witchling: A Zoraida Grey Anthology— Near Halloween (Subscribers to Sorchia’s Universe get this for free.)
  • Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones is entered in a couple more contests which end in December.
  • Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen—probably released near the end of 2017.
  • Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes—Sometime in Spring 2018.
  • After that, I have a nice murder in mind. Probably in book form.

 

Here’s where I need your help!

 

Covers are a bit of a sticky wicket with me—I have opinions on what makes a good cover but not everybody sees it my way. For one thing, I like my covers to be different–not the same old stereotypical romance covers. For another, I think they should be fairly clean and minimal. Not a lot of busy-ness. Historically, I have not always gotten what I want which sometimes is a good thing.

Tell me—Am I nuts?

 

Take a quick survey—Honestly, it won’t take more than 2 minutes–and let me know if I am just too picky. If you don’t want to take the survey, just leave your advice in a comment. What kind of cover makes you drop your latte and fork over your lunch money for a book?

Sorchia’s Book Cover Survey

I’ll post the results later this month. When it comes time for me to tell the artist what I want, I’ll have the weight of your advice to use to make the next Zoraida cover something special.

News–A Guest Post–and a Request for Happy Thoughts

Greetings and Felicitations!!

I have had the mother of all summer colds which has spiraled into one of those dark nights of the soul. Never fear–I’m treating it with liberal doses of Scotch. I should be completely cured in a matter of days. From my bed of pain, I’ve managed to write a guest post on an intriguing site called Compelling Beasts.

Despite the plague, I’ve got a bit of exciting news.

First, Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones is a finalist for a Prism Award presented by FF&P a chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’m one of three finalists and am so thrilled to be mentioned along with these talented writers. Here is the complete list of finalists–every one of these books should be on the summer reading list! The winner will be announced at the RWA convention in Orlando, Florida, Friday, July 28 at 7 pm EST, Hold a happy thought around that time.

 

Second--and this is huge–Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen is one step closer to publication. My editor is looking over the synopsis right now. I hope to have really good news in a couple of weeks. As all my writer friends know, once the publisher accepts a story, the work really begins with edits, revisions, cover details, and innumerable little things that have to happen before launch day. Still–I’m so happy to be standing at the edge of this cliff. This book took longer to write than it should have and I’m determined the last book in the series will not be delayed.

Last but not least, I’m guesting at a lovely place called Compelling Beasts BlogMale Witches: Boys of the Hood.

Check it out for  an excerpt from Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. 

 

BY THE WAY–

If you have any sure-fire cures for colds/allergies/plague, post a comment. 

Join me next week for another guest post at another fantastic site.