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A Vision

Vision boards, dream boards, or wish-your-butt-off boards have become all the rage lately. Oprah talked about them quite awhile ago. I’ve encountered them no less than five times in the last year. And I know people who swear by them.

I happen to believe myself, simply because I believe in myself.

If you’re a skeptic and/or a scientist by nature, skip to the CBT section of this post. If you’re a spiritual person, find the Universal Truth section. If you don’t find something to fit your idea of how nature and the human mind works in either section, please offer your own theory or story in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Whichever you choose, please check out a quick story at the bottom of this post.


CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Theory)

One of the simplest tenets of CBT is that all feelings come from thoughts. For example, if your best friend promised to pick you up from work and then didn’t show, what’s your first reaction? For most people, the answer is either “anger” or “annoyance.” Both these emotions are driven by a thought, though: “Where is s/he? How dare s/he leave me here?”

Our dreams for the future are also driven by thoughts. Not so much by “I wish I had…” but “I deserve” and “I’m going to work toward.” A vision board helps to focus those thoughts into something tangible. For most people, seeing is believing. Having a physical projection of what they desire is the first step to making it real.

It’s a critical step. Without seeing or knowing what you want in concrete terms, many ideas remain ideas. (Please see the story at the end of this post.)

Vision Board: Wealth

Universal Truth

Our society teaches us to think negatively. It surprised me, but I was forced to accept it when I began examining commercials. “This makeup (outfit, car, drink, need I go on J ) is essential.” The implication being we’re not complete without thus-and-such product.

If I’m incomplete, my thoughts become centered around what I’m not, what I don’t have. In my case, I don’t have a car. (Granted, I can’t drive, but isn’t that beside the point?)

The universe is made of energy. No matter Who created that energy, the energy exists and influences us. The energy we put out is the energy returned to us. So why would negative energy produce positive results?

“But Emily, that’s easy for you to say. I have high bills.”

How much money do you want to have? Think of an exact figure and write it down. Next step, believe in that number instead of concentrating on what you don’t have. Even believing in the negative things you have, like bills, will only attract more bills to you.

What else do you want? Create a picture or collage about it. Do you want a new house or something less visible, like good friends and someone to love? Create an image of the exact house, inside and out, or collect the words from magazines that make up the person or people you long to have in your life. Positive energy draws more positive energy.

Brief Story

With my thesis behind me and my days partially my own again, I’ve realized how much I’d like someone in my life besides my wonderful pets. However, when I sat down to my vision board, all I could think to put on it was “must love dogs.” Less than a week later, a distant acquaintance invited me to a Labrador Club advertised only by word of mouth. It’s about time I finish that vision board!

Just something to think about.



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Dragon in Training 3: Dragon’s Bane: Unofficial Blurb, Excerpt, and Cover

Dear Readers,

Good morning! I hope this finds you well today. I’ve had an interesting week as my cat learns to explore new heights. She’s found a way onto the top of my fridge where I keep the cat and dog treats. Luckily, the treat container has foiled her plans thus far. Tune in next week.

Please visit my excerpts page for an excerpt from Dragon’s Bane. But before you take off, here’s an unofficial blurb for the last novel in the Dragon in Training trilogy.

“Atlas, a genie-god with nearly limitless power, has one task to complete. He must find the modern equivalent of Cerberus and kill it. He discovers the three-headed dog’s incarnation are three figures which surround his current master, Dan. These three are Dan’s current lover, Reese, Mark, a water dragon and Reese’s obsession, and Luke, Mark’s genie. Luke possesses nowhere near Atlas’s strength. If Atlas fails, he will be unleashed upon the world, insane and unstoppable.


“Mark and Luke, still uneasy in their unequal relationship and with Mark’s reluctance to fully embrace his true nature as a dragon, find themselves under attack. Their memories are altered and untrustworthy. They forget key information, including Atlas’s existence, and how much they love and need each other, long enough or consistently enough to effectively fight back against this powerful new threat. And they aren’t the only ones whose memories and realities are being violated and altered. As their uneasiness around each other grows, Mark and Luke may lose sight of the one thing that has always protected them. Only their love for each other can save them — and everyone at Searchlight — from Atlas completing his terrible final task.”

Also, until a miracle occurs, the cover for Dragon’s Bane is still beyond my reach. To that end, here’s a link for another place to find it:


Peace everyone,



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For love of M/M romance

Dear Readers,

Usually television is seen as the enemy of the written word. I actually don’t even own a T.V. at the moment. But television set up the dry kindling for my imagination. So I’m curious. Did any T.V. shows change how you look at books?

I’ve been re-experiencing certain T.V. shows over the last few weeks, and they all seem to have the same buried theme. In the midst of cartoons and dramas, I’ve found the seeds of my love of male-male romance.

When I first began creating my own worlds instead of living in fan fiction universes, I couldn’t understand why relationship stories drew me more than pure science fiction or fantasy. Hadn’t I grown up with the likes of Star Trek, Knight Rider, and Ronin Warriors? I had, not to mention a dozen others, but beyond the action of each show were relationships. And not just the heterosexual ones showcased every few weeks. I’m talking about the friendships that lingered a little too close, and the intimate understanding between certain characters that belied any definition of friendship I knew as a child or young adult.

My kindling pile looks something like this:

Books: LotR*/Force of Nature**/Best Gay Romance of***

Star Trek: TNG/The Ronin Warrirors/Knight Rider/Star Wars

The Real Ghostbusters/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Jem and the Holograms

What does your pile of kindling look like? What television shows led you to the books you love?



*LotR Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; There isn’t any explicit or implied gay romance here, but there has been so much speculation about certain characters that I was intrigued by this story beyond my love of the world and the adventure.

** Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann; To my knowledge, this is the first novel in mainstream romance where a gay couple gets their happily ever after. Go Mrs. Brockmann!

***All the Best of Gay Romance (several years now) have been edited by Richard Labonte



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Dragon’s Bane cover, Next Book contest, and…

Dear Readers,


My goal is to post every Saturday from now on. Now that I’ve made that goal, I’m being called out of town for the weekend. So I’m posting early. 🙂

I’m having a technical issue trying to post the cover for Dragon’s Bane, but you can view it on my Facebook page, which can be reached by clicking on the FB link at the bottom of my homepage. I’m pretty sure the “technical difficulty” is a user error, so if anyone is a whiz with WordPress and knows how to upload and insert a new picture, I would be grateful.

I’ve signed the contract for my next book, Heartwood. This is a stand-alone coming out story based in a small village a lot like the one I grew up there. The comparison stops at that door, but I’ve learned quite a bit from working with my main characters, Mike Delaney and Aidan Kelly. Heartwood will be released in October from Loose Id, Llc.

Oh! Just a quick note. Loose Id has opened their new website. It looks great. Speaking as a person with a disability, it’s much easier to navigate than the old website. Check it out here:

I have one last thing to share before I dash off to finish the packing I should have started three days ago. My next series will be centered around one or more werewolf packs (planned before your answer, Calvin, but I hope this makes you smile). I’ve come up with the names for most of the lead characters, but I need the names for some of the minor secondary characters and walk-ons. I’m looking for names (first and/or last, male and/or female) from the following countries: England, Spain, Mexico, Ireland, and Scotland.

This contest will run until November 1st, and I will choose winners based on the following criteria:

1. Culturally appropriate: let me know which country this wolf is from, and how long his/her family has been in the United States

2. Creativity and Research: If a wolf’s family has been in the U.S. for several generations and you can give me a good reason for the different spelling of his or her first or last name (a reason it’s spelled differently over here versus in the home country) your score will greatly improve

1st Prize: Any two books from my backlist and a copy of the book(s) in which the name(s) chosen were used.

2nd Prize: Any one book from my backlist and a copy of the book(s) in which the name(s) chosen were used.

Good luck!



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Magical Creatures

What is your favorite magical or fairy tale creature?

When I was growing up, I had a love of any storybook animal that could talk. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was one of my favorite books for that sole reason. I pretended all of my stuffed animals could talk, of course, and I hoped one day to meet a real talking lion.

Upon discovering science fiction in my early teens, I enjoyed the various kinds of alien species… because they were people that sometimes looked a lot like animals. Ewoks, anyone?

Once I began my writing career, it seemed the most natural thing in the world to write about intelligent animals, or people who could turn into animals. I haven’t gotten to meet my talking lion yet, but my talking dragon and a few talking wolves have wandered across my stage. Their presence has left me wondering, though…

What is *your* favorite magical creature?



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Dragon in Training 3: Dragon’s Bane release this month

Dear Readers:

The final book of the Dragon in Training series has arrived.

Dragon’s Bane

We first met Mark Tavery, stubborn SearchLight employee, in

Dragon in Training 1: Dragon Food

Mark’s expertise in dragons is his pride, but he can’t say the same about his romantic relationships. When he picks up a lamp during a hunt, he’s shocked at his instant attraction to, and all-consuming need for, the genie inside.

Dragon Food

Continued in next post…

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Dragon’s Bane release (cont.) :-)

With Mark and Luke’s love established but built on a house of sand, Luke decides to take matters into his own hands in

Dragon in Training 2: Dragon Fire

What’s an all-powerful genie to do when his lover won’t give him the beating he so desperately desires? Get Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Christmas all mixed up. What else?

Dragon Fire

Now these two are coming up on the third anniversary of the first day they met.


From Dragon Food: [Mark] froze in the arch that separated the hall from the living room.

“What?” Luke, blond god from the hair on his head to the hair on his…legs…lounged on the couch with his shoes off. With everything off. Except a thong.


Continued in next (and final) post…