It’s the topic on everyone’s mind and social media feed.
Covid-19 or the Coronavirus has been the source of much anxiety, and even panic, these last few months. I’ve seen more jokes and memes and re-purposed songs. Humour is a great coping device. It distracts us from the very sobering reality that is our world now. We are at war. The enemy is a virus. We are all fighting for our lives. For a piece of normalcy. Armed with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes (or your “weapon” of choice).
Slowly, bit by bit, pieces of our normal lives have been eroded away. March break was extended by two weeks. Now, we are told school will be closed until at least May 3. Public gatherings are now restricted to five. Only essential businesses are open. Our local forest trails are closed.
How have you been coping? At the beginning of March break, I optimistically started in on my huge list of outstanding projects. But, only a few days in, I became too anxious to do anything. I have the time, but not the right mindset. This pandemic is exasperating my pre-existing mental health issues. I want to write. I’d love to finish my two work-in-progresses. But it’s not happening right now. Not today anyway.
I’m still looking for the positive. The good things about sheltering-in-place... I’ve spent more time with my kids. I’ve caught up on a decade’s worth of Disney movies on Disney Plus. I’ve been reading a lot (an essential hobby for writers). Thank goodness for eBooks. Zero wait time for delivery.
Since I missed my NaNoWriMo goal in November, I've been focusing my time and efforts on finishing Book 3 of The Magicals Series. If you receive my spring newsletter, I gave a pretty good update on where I am on Book 3. Sum-up: I'll finish it this year. <<fingers crossed>>
My husband has been keeping me informed of the COVID-19 pandemic. I don't read/watch the news because it's usually bad news. I prefer my reading time to be spent immersed in fiction...preferably the happily-ever-after kind. But this health crisis has infiltrated my bubble to the point where I can no longer ignore the personal impact. I'm scared. I'm not heartless—I've been concerned about the world for months now. But now I am faced with the reality that if my immunocompromised husband gets sick, then he could die.
I felt this same fear twice before. Once, before he was diagnosed, when he took an ambulance to the hospital. It was the middle of the night and we had a two-month old baby. Once when he travelled from our home in Ontario, Canada to New York state for elective angioplasty for the hypothesized cause of multiple sclerosis (MS)—chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI). My dad accompanied him to New York because our kids were so little at the time. Our oldest son had just turned three, and our youngest was sixteen-months old. The procedure had shown such miraculous results for other MS patients that we had to try. Even though I worried he might die and I'd never see him again. My husband did not recover from his initial, incapacitating MS attacks, however he has not relapsed since the CCSVI treatment. We hadn't planned on travelling for March break this year. Instead, we planned a fun "staycation" with sleepovers in the clubhouse, Mario Kart tournaments, and pizza delivery. Then we heard that our school would be closed for the two weeks following March break. Then I started receiving a flurry of emails from stores and businesses about closures and service interruptions (fifty-six emails as of this writing). We altered our plans. We picked up some extra groceries and we haven't ordered any takeout. These are scary times. Significant enough that this event could change the world as we know it. Forever. I started March break with a very positive attitude. We wrangled the boys into some early spring cleaning. I started a digital photo organization project that's been on my to-do list for at least five years. We watched movies, played games, and hiked in the forest. Then we landed in the middle of the week. I couldn't concentrate on anything. (Exasperating an already existing mental health condition.) I know that I know nothing. But I'm afraid that in light of this virus' newness we all face a lack of information. I'm terrified that people aren't taking this seriously enough and nothing will stop the spread. I think we've truly encountered a worst case scenario. I'm sure you have been as bombarded by anxious people and (possibly) your own anxiety, but writing helps me to process my thoughts in this tumultuous time. Maybe, sometime in the future, we'll look back on this as an overreaction of a non serious issue. Right now, my perception of threat is very real. It's difficult to believe that I am safe because I have no idea if I am or not.
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The last thing Detective Octavio Hernandez expects to find at the scene of a mass gang-related shooting is a brown-eyed angel standing bravely in the midst of the chaos. One look at Faith Donovan and the homicide detective knows there's more to her than meets the eye. She's keeping secrets that just might help bring down Los Zetas, one of the biggest drug cartels in Los Angeles.
He just has to convince her that trusting him is worth the risk.
Forced upon a mother who didn't want her and enslaved by a gang that refuses to let her go without a fight, Faith's life has never been her own. She thought she'd made peace with her fate…until Octavio sweeps in and carries her out of her blood-soaked cage.
Faith trusts no one, but the hardened detective makes it difficult to remember why. The way he cares for her makes her ache for what she never thought she'd find: love and a family of her own. But trusting him when she knows he has an ulterior motive is one of the most difficult things she'll ever do.
He swore to give her the freedom she craves, but when the secrets she holds paint a target on her back, keeping that promise will prove no easy feat.
To secure her freedom and win her heart, this detective will move mountains. And take down anyone standing in his way.
Kill for You is the second book in a series of interconnected full-length novels featuring law enforcement officers willing to do whatever it takes to protect the women who need them most. Each book can be read as a standalone, has no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.
A Wizard's Choice, The Magicals Series Book 2, is about Kurtis Warde. Kurtis was introduced in Book 1 as a wizard apprentice. In Book 2, Kurtis must decide whether to follow his heart and pursue a love interest OR do his duty to the guild by becoming a full-fledged wizard and saving the world. Life is full of hard choices. Kurtis faces choices that are harder than most.
"Readers will be thrilled to escape into the magical world Maya Tyler has created." -- InD'tale Magazine "...Not your ordinary vampire, wizard and faire pulp this book dares to explore some modern ideas of the self and age old struggles with do the sins of the past dictate your future..." -- Megan, Goodreads "...I read this book in one sitting because the story was so engrossing..." -- Suzanne, Amazon
“A Vampire’s Story” is not about the typical Hollywood vampire with which everyone is familiar. Corgan Halton sets the reader straight in telling his life’s story. Corgan is a well-written, full-bodied character who is brilliantly described in this tale. He has a lot of depth and grows even more as the story progresses. Marisa Clements is artistic and a wordsmith, the perfect biographer for Corgan. She can be hard-headed and tangled up with folk-tales about vampires, but she is loyal to Corgan. It is interesting to see how the “magicals” all interact in order to achieve a common goal when the wizards help to protect Marisa at Corgan’s bidding. The world building is excellent as we get to know Corgan’s lair, Marisa’s home, and Waldor’s abode. Another vampire, Dee, adds darkness as well as humor to this enlightening story of good and evil. An unusual story, a must read for vampire lovers everywhere!
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2.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd be bulletproof. I'm real sick and tired of getting shot and stabbed. It's not exactly fun. I do have some wicked awesome scars though.
3.What do you want most from life?
To wake up fifty years from now with my girl by my side and know that I managed to keep her safe despite all the bullshit.
4.What is your greatest fear?
Telling January the truth and losing her for good. She's the center of my world. I spent 10 years trying to live without her, but I never forgot her and I never stopped loving her. Losing her would destroy me, and I am legit terrified once she knows the truth, she'll kick me out of her life for good.
5.What is your greatest regret?
I have a lot of those. My biggest though? Destroying January's life. Had I known then what I know now, I would have made so many different choices. If I could go back, I'd do everything different, keep her from losing everything that mattered to her.
6.How do you decide you can trust someone?
I can count on one hand how many people I trust. They earned it by stepping up and handling business. When your back is against a wall and you're fighting for your life, very few jump into the trenches with you. Those who do though? Those are your people. You fight for those people. You die for those people.
7.What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
Does terrorizing gang members count? Because I gotta say, ripping their shit apart doesn't exactly suck.
8.What or who is the greatest love of your life?
January James. I met her when she was four and I was seven. She looked like a tiny little doll, running as fast as she could to get to her big brother. When she fell down, instincts I didn't even understand told me I needed to protect her. And then she looked up at me with those big green eyes, and I knew I'd do anything to make her smile. All these years later, I'm still so gone for her it's ridiculous. She's still so tiny and so damn perfect. I'm wrapped around her little finger and I'm not afraid to admit it.
About Fight for You
Some things are worth fighting for. Some people are worth dying for. For me, January James is both.
Too bad she hates me.
Ten years ago, I destroyed her life and lost everything that mattered to me. I've been in hell since, desperately trying to forget her even though I've never been able to do it. She still haunts me.
Now a dangerous enemy from my past has it out for her. He isn't going to stop until he gets what he wants. I know I should stay away before I hurt her all over again, but I can't do it.
It's time to stop running and start fighting for her.
My name is Michael Kincaid, and this is my swan song. When it's over, I'll either be the monster at the end of this book…or I'll be the man January deserves.
Fight for You is an angsty and emotional brother's best friend, second chance romance. It the first book in a series of interconnected full-length standalone novels featuring alpha male cops willing to do whatever it takes to protect the women who need them most. Each book has no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.
Fight for You is currently available in Kindle Unlimited!
Ayden K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of fifteen years, and their furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army.
She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law.
She puts her education to use as a 911 Dispatch Supervisor, where she's responsible for leading a team of dispatchers as they watch over police, EMS, and firefighters for her county. Her books feature law enforcement officers, the women who love them, and the difficult cases that drive them.
An excerpt from A Wizard's Choice, when my protagonist Kurtis Warde meets the protagonist of my work-in-progress Alina Lehrer...
Behind a polished wooden desk sat a petite woman with bright green eyes and blonde hair. She walked around the desk, extending her hand to Kurtis. “Alina Lehrer. Nice to meet you, Mr. Warde.”
“Kurtis.” His heartbeat pounded in his ears. What the hell am I doing here?
“Kurtis.” She welcomed him, inviting him to sit. When he chose one of the armchairs, she settled onto the other. “Here at Vibrant Life, we hold your privacy with the highest of respect. Before we begin our session, I’d like you to read and sign our confidentiality agreement.”
Kurtis took a minute to read the document, found it to be pretty standard, and signed it.
Alina placed the signed agreement on her desk and sat back down. “Tell me a little about why you made an appointment.”