A very humble THANK YOU!

So my first novel, Waxing is Useless has been out for nearly 2 months now. It’s still somewhat surreal that it’s out there, but what’s even more surreal is the sweet, positive comments and reviews I’ve been getting!

To all out there who’ve taken the time to visit the Amazon site and leave a review,

You guys make me feel like this. . .

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My mom the werewolf – #BlogBattle

This month’s #BlogBattle word was ‘Educate’. With that in mind, here’s another small installment on the Luna Chronicles’ Moon family. Enjoy 😉

Tammy watched as her mom loped out the back gate to join Walt. Pack historian and Beta of the Spokane Guardians, he greeted Miranda in the alley before they both disappeared into the moonless night. So much had changed since her mother had been diagnosed with Lupus and joined the pack Tammy wasn’t sure her brain could keep up.

A few months ago she’d been so angry about her mother’s poor health, blaming her for wrecking family outings by being too tired, using up family funds for, what she had thought at the time were, unnecessary doctor visits, and for not being there when Tammy needed her. The super reliable, highly motivated and organized mom she’d grown up with had slowly disappeared over the course of the last year. She’d given up her PTA duties, stopped teaching Sunday School at their parish, and didn’t make it to a single one of Tammy’s volleyball games. Mom said it was because taking on an office job after fifteen years as a stay-at-home parent was too much for her, but Tammy suspected it was due to all the extra weight mom had put on. She blamed it on the steroids, but Tammy had assumed it was because she ate too much and rarely got off the couch anymore.  Isn’t that what usually happens when people do that?

Tammy cut her mom a little slack when she injured herself. Mom was a total klutz, but the last accidental injury had been really bad. Miranda’s knee had given out and she fell face first onto the washing machine, breaking her nose and gaining a concussion. That had scared Tammy into considering the possibility that her mom really did suffer some illness, but it wasn’t until Dr. Reynolds diagnosis –  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (or SLE) –  that Tammy really began to understand what it was her mom had been struggling with.

Dad had shared the pamphlets Dr. Reynolds gave him and asked both kids to read them. Matt read them over immediately (of course) but Tammy was still too angry. She’d thrown them aside and ignored them. They’d lain on the floor of her bedroom for weeks until something terrible and miraculous happened. Her brother was kidnapped and her mom came out of the closet – as a werewolf! It had been a harrowing night that, thankfully, ended well.

Now her mother was one of the Spokane Guardians. Mom’s friend and Mentor, Sherryl had explained that they weren’t like the movie werewolves. Silver did not bother them, the moon didn’t force their transformations, and they didn’t go nuts and kill people. Well, hardly ever. They were, according to Sherryl, a pack of werewolves created by an unknown saint, and charged with the protection of whatever community they happened to be a part of. Tammy thought that was pretty cool, but the best part as far as she was concerned was her mother’s new ability to eat anything and never gain an ounce! She sort of wished she could do that too, but didn’t really want to deal with all the follicular challenges mom now faced. Especially since that hilarious Nair incident.

Tammy chuckled as the memory filtered through her brain. She still needed to get copies of those pictures from Stan, the Alpha of the pack! Tammy’s smile dissolved into a sigh. Time to get back to the books Walt had lent her. There were three of them: Spokane Guardians – A Short History, Lupus: A Disease for Humans and Canines, and last but not least, So Your Family Member’s A Werewolf – A Guide To What Comes Next.  She wandered back to her bedroom, shut the door and started the playlist on her laptop. As Drake’s song God’s Plan filled her room Tammy cracked open the first book. “Time to get educated.”

WIP = Vol. 2 of The Luna Chronicles

WIP = Vol. 2 of The Luna Chronicles

Lilac City Lunacy is in the works!
So I’m about ten chapters in and it’s reminding me why a first draft is called rough. Good grief! I’m struggling a bit, but still enjoying the world of the Spokane Guardians.
I’m digging deeper into my original characters back stories (esp. Hank and his mysterious family tree), introducing new characters, and creating a monstrous new menace!

Miranda and the pack will have their relationships and creativity tested, and their pack history, territory, and shoe sizes expanded. 😉

Stay tuned for more news about “Lilac City Lunacy – Vol. 2 of the Luna Chronicles!

**Mini-spoiler** There may also be a bit of romance involved this time. Crikey!

Happy Howl-oween!

Hey everyone,

I hope you all have a Halloween fun enough to howl about! 

Tail wags & shoulder bumps to you all,

M.J. 

P.S. If you are looking for a good, clean Halloween read, check out my first novel in the Luna Chronicles, Waxing is Useless.  What happens when a middle age soccer mom faces adversity? She grows fur and a tail, of course! **Excerpt below. 

Miranda closed her eyes and tried to concentrate on breathing, but the minute she shut them her other senses seemed to explode. Her heart raced, a bass accompaniment to a symphony of dripping water, crackling ice, a light breeze, and somewhere a few blocks away, tires on icy streets. She could feel every blade of mushy grass beneath her hands and feet. She felt the mud and the slight temperature fluctuations in the wind. Even the moonlight felt like waves of mist against her burning skin.

Lifting her face to the sky, she inhaled deeply. Scents she’d never recognized before sifted into her brain. She identified crocus shoots, compost, and weirdly, earthworms. She turned her face north into the wind. Someone was smoking marijuana in a nearby home. The Kollyers had apparently grilled chicken earlier. George burned it a bit. The chemical floral scent of someone’s dryer stuck in her throat, making her gag. She sneezed to clear her nose and continued to explore the scents of the neighborhood. Wood smoke from someone’s stove and beer and cigarettes from the bar four blocks away. She couldn’t believe what all she was sensing!

Miranda opened her eyes. She had spent so much time analyzing scents that the moon had slipped lower in the sky, and the temperature had dropped even further. She knew it was cold enough to become hypothermic but didn’t feel cold at all.

She focused on her surroundings. She could see everything so clearly! Details she’d never noticed during the day jumped out at her in the dark. Despite the strange new clarity of her eyesight, Miranda was finding it hard to think. Her brain felt foggy. She considered calling for help, but she couldn’t work up the energy to vocalize her need.

Fighting the urge to lay down in the now semi-frozen grass, she forced herself to stand, and swayed unsteadily for a moment before she turned toward the house. She’d taken two lurching steps when something metallic hit the cement floor inside the garage. Someone is in there!

Those magical words. . .

Alright folks, I finally got those magical words from Amazon in my email this morning.

Congratulations, the paperback edition of your book “Waxing Is Useless” is live in the Amazon Store.”

All I can say is WHEEEEEEEEEEE!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Waxing+is+Useless

Available soon – Waxing is Useless

Available soon – Waxing is Useless

Hey everyone, I promised a while ago that when my book became available I’d let you know. Well, I finally hit that publish button on KDP and it’ll go live in approximately 72 hours!  Look for it on Amazon, and thanks for reading.

Here’s the back cover blurb. – Cover art kudos to former interviewee, Shannon Potratz .09-21 werewolf_bck_cvr

First time at #BlogBattle

So taking a left turn this month, I’ve decided to post an entry to #BlogBattle . I learned of this event recently and love the idea of supporting other writers this way. If you are interested in learning more click here.

BlogBattle word prompt = Moon

Image result for wolf howling at the moon Guardians Run

Pale shafts of weak light pierced the canopy creating pools of grey amidst the black roots and rotting pine needles on the forest floor. A cool breeze carried the first hints of winter to Miranda’s nose. She shivered, not with cold, but with anticipation. Tonight was her first official run with the Spokane pack as a full fledged Guardian. Her mentor and new best friend, Sherryl sat next to her at the edge of a clearing, waiting for the rest of the pack to arrive.

They sat silently and watched a family of skunks navigate the clearing in front of them. Black and white bodies held low to the ground, they waddled quickly across the space toward the relative safety of a hollow fallen log. A moment later, a small coyote crossed the clearing going the opposite way. It paused to scent the air, looked toward where Miranda and Sherryl sat and took a step in their direction before the wind shifted. A low grade skunk smell wafted on the air causing the coyote to turn and bolt. Sherryl and Miranda grinned at his retreat until the scent hit their noses causing them both to sneeze. The skunks, sensing predators scooted out the other end of the log and waddled away into darkness.

A few moments later a sneeze sounded nearby shortly before another large canine padded softly into the clearing. It’s bright reddish coat was muted in the moonlight, but there was no mistaking their Alpha, Stan McKenna. He took a position in the center of the clearing before he looked directly at them and nodded once. Ladies.

Miranda was about to walk out to join him, but Sherryl stood and placed herself in front of her friend. Not yet, hun.

Oh, okay.

Another massive wolf stepped up to the edge of the clearing, then another. Ten minutes later the entire circumference was ringed by massive wolves. All of them Guardians of eastern Washington. Miranda recognized their Beta, former astronaut, Walt Prescott, as well as her friends Chris and Dave Burrel. Sherryl’s daughter Maggie arrived with Dr. Reynolds, and super realtor Jennifer Caldwell. After that, the only wolf she recognized was her new friend Seif. A recent immigrant from Egypt he was currently searching for a house and spending lots of time with Jennifer. The two were night and day polar opposites, but had become fast friends. Miranda wondered if there might be more developing but would never dare ask. At least not until she knew them better.

Miranda’s eyes continued around the clearing. There had to be more than thirty-five Guardians gathered! She’d had no idea there were this many in the area. She was wondering what they looked like in human form when Stan mind spoke to the group.

Guardians, thank you for coming tonight. We have a new Guardian among us and this will be her first run. A series of happy yips and small howling vocalizations filled the night. Miranda will you join me here, please?

Sherryl stepped aside to let her friend pass, then slowly followed her to the middle of the clearing. The moonlight shining on her fur, Miranda stopped in front of the Alpha, while Sherryl sat slightly behind and to her right.

Miranda Moon, newly Changed, Initiate,  Luna, Demon Slayer, Guardian. Your Mentor, Sherryl Lee has vouched for your readiness, as have your actions. As Alpha of the eastern Washington pack, I cede leadership of this run to you. With that, Stan stepped aside letting the Beta, Walt take his place.

He nodded at Miranda and Sherryl before addressing the pack. All right everybody. Miranda will now lead us along the path that brought her into our kinship. Starting from her first experiences within our group where she faced down a sickly grizzly with our Alpha, to where she defended Spokane and vanquished a Vampire demon. Follow, remember, and honor her journey!

Miranda remembered that this was her cue and as excitement shuddered through her she threw her head back and – for the first time in her life – she howled at the moon. Before the last echo died, all her fellow Guardians lined up behind her. She looked back at her Mentor, Sherryl who gave her a tongue lolling wolfy grin and a nod. It was time to go. The strength of the pack surged through her as Miranda Moon, wife, mother, PTA President, and Sunday School Teacher took off at a ground eating lope through Riverside State Park. Their path would eventually take them back to her house, where her family had enough food and drink ready to satisfy a pack of werewolves. This was going to be epic!