Queen of the Hollow Release Day!

Jacci DeVera is taking over my blog today. Run out and get her latest release: Queen of the Hollow.

“Queen of the Hollow”

So what’s going on here?

I was raised on a dairy farm. If you weren’t working, you were wasting time. I enjoyed nothing more than reading a book, which was frowned upon. There were times when the stories I read ended, and I didn’t want them to. Or occasionally, a TV show episode wouldn’t go where I wanted it to go. So I started fanfiction without knowing it was “a thing.” From Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys to The Big Valley, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars was fair game to fanfic on. The added bonus was that I could write and carry around a pencil and notebook and therefore it was assumed I was doing homework. Which was deemed more acceptable in farm life than just wasting time reading.

Very likely from the early beginnings of preferring Trixie Belden to picking up tobacco leaves, I had no intention of staying around these parts. I’d go to college and I’d get out and see the world. To a certain degree, I did. And I got my first taste of culture shock learning that women – and colleges – from “the South” were not viewed as up to the standards as the rest of America. I took offense to that, moved back to my hometown, and now proudly say not only am I from the Appalachians, I also like to create stories from the deep, rich history most people overlook when considering America’s roots. I discovered I’m not alone. And Southern women and Appalachian writers, like the history and magic of Appalachia, are starting to come into their own.

appqueen07“Queen of the Hollow” is set in a small community in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Sometimes referred to collectively as “mountain folk,” they do not like outsiders. Outside the state, outside the community, even sometimes from hill to hill is too far outside the clan. In “Queen” the only person who is willing to help young Calla, is an outsider from another continent. In any future tales, I foresee that will only add to the problems Calla is apt to face.

I would like to see “Queen of the Hollow” be the first book in a series. We took a vote and decided we all really liked the name High Lonesome for the series. It also happens to be the (fictional) West Virginian town in which their stories Cover(2)take place. Moreso, I have this dream of the series being “interactive” in that I would hear from readers about what they liked and what they’d like to see, and I could help paint this enigmatic world with a global perspective. I want to show what wonderfulness we have and live in here; but I also enjoy learning about it, often times by looking at it from outside the hollow.

Below is the blurb and a short Excerpt from it. (A short excerpt for a short story.) I hope you enjoy!




Calla is a young shifter, the only female within miles of High Lonesome, her CougarShift02small town in southern West Virginia. Her mother has managed to keep her safe from the bounty of mountain lion males in their hills, but now Calla finds herself alone, without a protector, and the moon is full.

Haben hasn’t been able to get close to Calla since their meeting right around Valentine’s Day a year before. When he shows up at her house, he finds the wounded spit-fire determined for him to keep his distance – despite his instinct to keep her safe.

Calla has to trust an outsider in Haben or fight off every male mountain lion between here and Charleston with just her wits and a shotgun. With sheer numbers against her, the stakes are higher than she knows. And when the fight is over, she has to face the last cat standing as he succumbs to the raging Heat himself.



She wouldn’t lie down. She told him she had no idea if she’d be able to get back up or not. Which was true. But she wouldn’t put herself in that position of submission with a tom here so close and her in her Heat cycle. That was just asking for trouble.

He kept his attention on her injuries, on wrapping them securely, on looking for her a crutch or a cane to help get up the stairs. She focused on his eyes and his lips. His eyes were the most beautiful she’d ever seen. They’d been dark brown in the store. Here they were the color of creamy caramel and it made her heart beat in her ears every time they met her gaze. His lips were dark and shaped with a stern current underneath, which looked positively suckable when he bit the bottom one in concentration. She wondered if maybe God had made them so dark so his teeth would shine all the more white when they flashed a quick smile. She bet his teeth were long and sharp when he shifted.





Available on Dark Hollows Press



All Romance

October 29th, 2015

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Monday Monday

I survived! I made it through the week of training and lived! Working 30 hours between my two jobs was hard and I spent most of Saturday asleep, but I survived. Whew! So glad it is over and things will get back to normal except for the evenings or weekends when I am working.

I’m proud of myself though. I have proved I can do two jobs. I have the stamina for it which I was beginning to doubt after the last two years dealing with migraines. That really altered my lifestyle.

Gotta get to writing and finish my Christmas story. Today is the deadline and I am very close to writing the end.

TGIF … Friday

Wow! That is all I can say about this week, except TGIF!!!! I have taken a part-time job in the evenings and I have been training all this week. It has been pretty intense working two jobs, not getting the sleep I normally get at night and still being able to function. I haven’t been at 100%. I know that, but tonight is the last night of training and then I will not have to work until midnight anymore and get up to be at work by eight the next day. TGIF!!

I can say there were moments when I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I did and I am amazed because ever since I began having migraines I have not been a morning person and I definitely haven’t been a night person either. So being able to function and drive home at that late hour without running off the road was  a challenge at first, but miraculously as the week went on I was handling the late night like a pro. It’s the mornings that has not been so easy.

I plan to sleep in tomorrow. Yeah. I plan. But will my body allow me to? Maybe. Maybe not. Sometimes when you can sleep in you’ll find yourself waking up early and you won’t be able to go back to sleep. I’ll keep my fingers crossed though.

Next week will be much easier. The latest I’ll work is 10 p.m. So we’ll see how it goes. My biggest concern is working two jobs cutting into my writing time, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to pay medical bills. I am grateful for the hospital allowing me to set up a payment plan, but I don’t want to be paying on it forever either.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Rumor Has It Wednesday

My mother has been having problems with her knees for months now. She’s been to the orthopedic doctor and she’s been on steroid shots, etc. to try and help her stand for long periods of time and get around. However, lately her legs are giving out on her, or buckling. This happened on Monday and she fell, tearing her rotatory cuff. Now she has to go for an MRI on her shoulder to determine if she should need surgery. What she needs is knee replacement surgery. But we all know how insurance companies are, they want you to try everything else first (which isn’t a bad thing, surgery should be the last option), but sometimes enough is enough when it leads to other injuries.

From what I have been hearing from her, getting dressed is a comical endeavor. My dad has been assisting, curling her hair with a curling iron (because she can’t raise her arm above her head) and trying to put on hosiery to go to church may be impossible right now. She hasn’t decided if they are going to attempt it or not.

Getting old is the pits. I don’t believe anyone enjoys it. We lose more than our ability to do certain things, we lose our independence. I’m already seeing it at my age so I know it is even greater at my parents.

So has anyone found that fountain of youth yet?

Random Thoughts Tuesday

Went to Pigeon Forge yesterday. Weatherman said it would be foggy. True. Weatherman said it would be in the 60s, but would slowly climb to 71 by noon. False. In Pigeon Forge it was in the low 80s. Sun was shining so it was hot. Hot. Hot. I was dressed too warm. I was uncomfortable.

So my thought is Weatherman get with the program. Talk it out with mother nature before you tell us wrong. Right?  It happens all the time. The forecast will be for one thing and we get another. We always have to guesstimate whether to believe it or not, but it makes it harder when you are traveling for an outing.

But despite my being uncomfortable in my clothing, we had a great day. I got to go to Margaritaville and have overpriced Key Lime Pie (BTW, it was delicious) while listening to Jimmy Buffett sing “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. I spent time with my son and didn’t embarrass him too much, hung out with my friend and writing pal, Juli Alexander. We plotted, discussed writing while my son steered us away from the Ole Smoky Moonshine store. I guess he was afraid we’d try too many of the samples and he’d be stuck on The Island.

Today looks like another warm, sunny, and beautiful one. Enjoy it! We might not have too many more before cooler weather sets in.

What are you Reading Thursday

Day 9 & 10 – Jury Duty

Jurors are not needed on Thursday and Friday. This ends your period of service.

I’m bummed. I didn’t get to serve and yet I was glad to not report each day I wasn’t called to do so. Mixed feelings. Yep. I would have liked to experience of serving. Not sure I would have liked being responsible for deciding another persons criminal fate, but the research would have been great.

What am I reading? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Why? My son is reading it and I told him I would too so if he needed help with his English paper I could answer any questions about the story he might have. I had never read it before. I’ve only seen the movie. So far Jem, Scout, and Dill are very interesting characters and it has been great seeing how kids in this time period thought and acted. I will report more as I read. Until then, enjoy what you’re reading.

Random Thoughts Tuesday

Day 7 – Jury Duty

Not needed. Check on Wednesday.

So glad today I did not have to go. I have a lunch meeting and then a meeting at my son’s school this afternoon. At this point I’m not sure I want to report tomorrow, especially if jurors are not needed on Thursdays and Fridays. Would one day matter?

I guess I will wait and see what tomorrow brings.