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You’re Invited to Join me on Medium

I’ve started writing at Medium, and I feel like I’ve come home. I’m really enjoying the exchange of ideas, the people, and the dozens of stimulating articles. I invite you to join me there, and have a read!

I’ve created 2 publications:

Storytellers, Everyday — Everyday people pursuing extraordinary passions. I’m sharing not only the stories of the many fascinating people I’ve met over my 20+ year career as a writer, but a few new ones.

Storytelling, Everyday — Everyday —& not so everyday — storytelling for writers & other humans.

Here’s a sampling of my latest articles – I hope to see you soon! Cheers!

This is Why My Writing is a Moveable Feast

This is Why I Have to Tell Their Stories

This is Why I’m at a Parental Crossroads

This is How I’m Upcycling My Ideas

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author. Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com ~ Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.

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Stolen Moments & Storytelling

The Urban Dictionary defines stolen moments as ‘time set aside for a treasured activity’. Indeed. Songs and movies have been named after ’em. Undeniably their appeal comes from their spontaneity, and their novelty. But I believe equally satisfying stolen moments can also be planned. But perhaps the best ones are those you didn’t even know you wanted or needed, and take on a life of their own — giving you that delicious high that makes you feel like you’re getting away with something — it’s that good.

Case in point. I was reminded of this ‘stolen moment’ phenomenon when recently, I made an unscheduled sojourn midday to the county courthouse to get a document I needed for my Real ID driver’s license (seriously, that’s a whole other story for another day).

Anyhow, I left from the day job. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day, pre Spring, post winter. As I drove along, the window down for the first time in months, the air was sweet. Everything appeared brighter, sharper, clearer. During those two hours, the road seemed to beckon, calling me back to the streets and places I’d known all my life but hadn’t visited in quite some time. I got takeout from my favorite café, bought some chocolate at an old-fashioned candy store — one of my childhood favorites. Both missing work and enjoying the gift of the day made those stolen moments downright delicious.

The Real McCoy diner mug — bought it on a trip to Chicago and I’ve been enjoying stolen moments with it ever since. Yep, I love diners too and Eleven City is way cool.

But stolen moments sometimes take a more ordinary, though no less satisfying, form. I often take the opportunity to write in the morning upon waking, before I go to my day job. That time is sacred to me. It’s dark, no one else is up, and it’s blessedly quiet. It’s me, my laptop and my trusty diner style mug, filled with hot Joe. And my imagination of course. Some of my best storytelling happens during this time; the words I write are lucid and often surprise me. Where did that come from? Lots of times, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

I think as human beings, there’s something inherent within us that wants and needs, hell, even craves those stolen moments in our lives. Certainly, my greatest hope as an author is that my stories will be deemed ‘stolen moment’ worthy.

The lovely thing about stolen moments is they can be as simple as enjoying a chocolate in peace, reading a book, meeting with friends, or as momentous as taking a vacation to somewhere you’ve been dreaming about for years.

In a world, and a life, that sometimes feels overflowing with ‘have tos’, they excite me, delight my inner child, ignite my imagination, inspire me, give me respite, nourish, nurture and replenish me. They not only make me a better writer, they make me a better me.

What stories and stolen moments do you have to share?

‘Stolen moments’ fun fact: Oliver Nelson was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. “Stolen Moments”, a jazz classic, is regarded as the ‘centerpiece’ of his 1961 album, The Blues and the Abstract Truth, which is lauded as being among the most significant recordings of its era. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Nelson

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author. Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com ~ Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.

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This is Why I Love my Library

I originally wrote this post to coincide with National Library Week. However, I feel honoring our libraries is worthy of year round attention. I invite you to read on…

With the promise of spring just around the corner, the grass an undeniable shade greener than it was the day before comes National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019). It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

In honor of National Library Week, I wanted to pay homage to the local libraries I’ve enjoyed all my life, and the employees and volunteers who encourage, educate, inform and in general, make things happen. Thank you for all you do!

As a writer, I’m a voracious reader – I don’t think it could be any other way. It’s there I found and fell in love with the stories of Jean Auel, Shirley Conran, Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Janet Evanovich and so many more. The characters have become a part of me, and my journey as a writer.

And those stories and characters, along with the library itself, are part of my story. As a child, my parents – two more voracious readers – took my brother and I to the library often. In grade school, I checked out a book each week and heaven help you if you forgot it and it was overdue. (Recently, I paid fines for two overdue books and had an attack of conscience. I swear, I normally always return them on time.)

Throughout high school and college, the library became a place for research, group meetings, and study. As an adult and a mother, I found myself at the library often, enjoying not only the books, but the puzzles, the puppets and movie rentals with my daughter. Now, both she and I volunteer at the library. And it’s within walking distance! Yes, I’m a lucky girl 😊

I don’t think there’s a place that’s better on a rainy or snowy day. Or any day. Getting lost amongst the shelves, surrounded by words and quiet and imagination, is one of my favorite things to do. Always, it restores me, and brings me joy.

At 48, I guess you could consider me old school. My Smart Phone is turned off when I enter the hallowed halls of any library. I can hear my thoughts there, amid the lovely quiet and the sanctity of the shelves and stories surrounding me.

What other resource is free, yet offers so much? In the last two years, I’ve become a huge fan of Overdrive and the Libby ap – both allow you to enjoy all the digital media the library has to offer. For me, that means audio books. Now I can enjoy stories while I’m driving too! I never knew how much I’d enjoy someone reading to me.

The library continues to be a part of my life, and I, happily of its. To quote one of my favorite authors and books:

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Do you have a story to share about your favorite library? What will you do this week to show your library some love? Let me hear from you!

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author. Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com
Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.
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Celebrate THE BETRAYER release TONIGHT!

PARANORMAL ROMANCE LOVERS, YOU’RE INVITED!

Celebrate the release of THE BETRAYER, Book 3 in the Crossing Realms paranormal romance series tonight on Facebook, in the Wicked Party Room group!

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Thursday, March 21st from 7-9pm EST

Giveaways, Prizes & Fun!

FEATURED AUTHORS

Rebecca E. Neely ~ A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca writes the kind of stories she loves to read–gritty, suspenseful and featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.

Maureen L. Bonatch ~ Maureen Bonatch writes humorous paranormal romance and dark fantasy books filled with ghosts, magic, and other things that go bump in the night.

Deborah Garland ~ Her debut novel was a Golden Leaf Finalist for best long contemproary romance. She is currently writing paranormal romance and her first PNR, Drawing Bloodlines, The Princeton Allegiant Series releases April 3. Book 2 will be released October and Soul Mate just contracted Book 3.

Claire Gem ~ Claire Gem is an award-winning author of supernatural romantic suspense. She writes contemporary romances laced with history and set in haunted places.

Rayanne Haines ~ Rayanne Haines is an award-winning romance author. She believes in magic and loves to write about kick-ass women and the alpha men who love them.

Renea Mason ~ Multi-award-winning and best-selling author Renea Mason writes erotic romances which challenge the definition of conventional love. Whether it be contemporary or paranormal, the author of the 2016 Audie Award-Winning Curing Doctor Vincent, prides herself on bringing readers unique storylines, memorable characters, and top-notch audiobook performances in her tales of love, lust, and mystery.

Colleen S. Myers ~ Colleen plays many roles. Not only is she a veteran, a mother, and a practicing physician, but she is a USA Today bestselling writer of science fiction and contemporary romances. Colleen’s dreams include surviving her son’s teenage years, exploring every continent on this planet, except Antartica, cause that’s way too cold, and winning the Nobel peace prize. Dream BIG! Currently, she is working on There Will Be Blood, the second in her YA Paranormal Romance series.

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT – THE BETRAYER

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The countdown is on! THE BETRAYER, Book 3 in the Crossing Realms Paranormal Romance series, will release on March 13th!

To celebrate, I’m giving away some cool stuff – enter to win a Kindle edition of THE BETRAYER! 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift card 🙂

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The Crossing Realms series ~ Sacrifice or salvation? A chosen psychic few may be both. As Keepers battle Betrayers to save the human race, all’s not fair in love and war.

Can a Betrayer fight alongside a Keeper? ~ He’d betray his clan for her. She’s a soldier to the core – but for which side? As they battle to save the human race, how high a price will love and loyalty demand?

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author.

Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com
Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.
All books available on Amazon

FREE JAN 25-27 – THE KEEPER

THE KEEPER, Crossing Realms series Book 1 is FREE today, January 25th – 27th on Amazon – KINDLE EDITION.

If you haven’t gotten in on the series yet, now’s your chance!

Catch me over at Just Paranormal Romance, where I’m dishing up a delicious post…

FINALIST FOR RONE AWARD – BEST PARANORMAL 2016 – sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine

“Full of heartbreak and hope…A new series that I can’t wait to read more of.” Merissa, Goodreads #1 Top reviewer

The Crossing Realms series ~ Sacrifice or salvation? A chosen psychic few may be both. As Keepers battle Betrayers to save the human race, all’s not fair in love and war.

Nick Geary, jaded clan leader of human guardians, the Keepers, is doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years: Libby Klink, a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence.

When Nick is ordered by the clan’s guiding force to seek Libby’s help in defending the clan against enemy Betrayers, romance sizzles as the pair forms an unlikely alliance in their desperate search to discover the key to the clan’s salvation–which Libby alone holds.

But a haunting secret could cost Nick everything, and in a race against time, both will be forced to choose between their hearts and duty. Can their love, and the clan, survive, or will the very forces that drew them together ultimately destroy them?

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author.

Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com
Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.
All books available on Amazon

Epic and 80s – Love Stories That Speak to My Heart

The year? 1984. On the silver screen, all Samantha Baker wanted for her sixteenth birthday was for Jake Ryan to notice she was alive, and Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese were running for their lives from a lethal cyborg who promised he’d ‘be back.’ Fast forward five years to 1989. Sally Albright and Harry Burns had just begun a decade old argument about whether or not men and women could ever really be friends.

What do they all have in common? Sixteen Candles, The Terminator and When Harry Met Sally are all love stories that’ve become a part of me and my imagination, and continue to speak to my heart, years later.

And they’re all stories that convey the lasting, soul deep, quirky, crazy and desperate facets of romance, passion and love that I’m keen to put on the page for my readers.

I was an awkward, impressionable fourteen year old in 1984. I got Samantha Baker. In a lot of ways, she was me. And I wanted to be Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles. She gave me hope, along with thousands of other girls who didn’t have the perfect hair, body, outfit or friends, that love would find a way. And she did it by staying true to herself, and by being kind to Farmer Ted, a.k.a the geek. Lots of laughs to be sure, but the tender dreams in her young girl’s heart echoed my own—and that’s what permanently etched this flick across my heart.

Every time I watch Terminator, I hope Kyle Reese will somehow escape the clutches of the Terminator and have a happily ever after with Sarah Connor. How can I not? He crossed time to find and save the woman he loved. Is there anything more romantic? Or more thrilling than watching the pair run for their lives? From the safety of my seat in the theater, I still remember watching the eighteen wheeler almost run them over. The fleeting amount of time that Kyle and Sarah share is, to me, the indescribable essence of true love in many ways. And this flick captured it, beautifully. The End. As Sarah says, ‘they loved a lifetime.’ And so they did. Time, in and of itself, is meaningless, a paradox in a story about the future. And then, not at all. The special effects might be simple by today’s standards, but the music has me hiding under my pillow every time. This one’s a keeper!

Every time I watch When Harry Met Sally, I think I love it more. Kudos to the incomparable Nora Ephron. The stories within the story cover the gamut, from like to love, from marriage to divorce, from friendship to courtship. And the struggles and triumphs are just as relevant today. I love that Harry and Sally are the complete opposite of love at first sight. How fascinating in our world of instant gratification. Too, the couple interviews throughout not only endear, but echo their journey. Love wins. It works. It’s strange, sometimes unexpected. But young or old, we’ve all got a story to tell. Of how we’ve lost. And won. Too many reasons to count, but this one’s on my permanent HEA list, because I walk away with the message, loud and clear: love endures.

Stories don’t change. But we, the readers, the viewers, do. Not only because of life experiences. But because of the story itself, I like to think. I’ve revisited these epic faves as I’ve moved through the seasons in my own life. From the comical to the confused, the passionate to the paranormal, every time, I think I find a little bit of myself.

To bring us full circle, my daughter (who, interestingly enough is sixteen) was watching an episode of The Vampire Diaries recently on Netflix. As I was making dinner, I caught the tune playing at the end. A cover of The Thompson Twins song, “If You Were Here”, by the Cary Brothers.

Red Porsche. Bridesmaid’s dress. “This is the guy!” Need I say more?

Fun fact: Molly Ringwald actually played Sally Albright in a stage production of When Harry Met Sally, circa 2004.

This post originally appeared on USA Today’s HEA blog.

Rebecca E. Neely is a blogger, storyteller, writer & author. Visit her at www.rebeccaneely.com
Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.
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Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Werewolf

Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome paranormal romance authors C.D. Hersh. Today, this husband and wife team is sharing more about their Turning Stone Chronicles stories. Specifically, ‘Five Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Shifter World of The Turning Stone Chronicles’. As for the shifters? They’re not your typical werewolves…

The Turning Stone Chronicles – Three ancient Celtic families. A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift. A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind, and a battle, that is going on even today, to control the world. Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself and bring peace to our world? Find out in The Series The Turning Stone Chronicles.

The Turning Stone Chronicles is a paranormal romance series that is different than any other paranormal series you have probably read. We have shifters in our books, but they are not the run-of-mill werewolves you might be used to reading about. Our were creatures are based on the psychology of human Id, ego and ???

Here are five interesting tidbits about our unique world. We hope they will pique your curiosity enough that you’ll want to know more about the Secret Society of the Turning Stones.

1.Shifting abilities in The Turning Stone Chronicles series are not based on being bitten or drained of blood, or turned like the run of the mill vamps or werewolves, but on the concept that mankind has three distinct aspects to their beings: male, female, and animal. Accomplished, powerful shifters in our world can reach their tri-status. Less powerful  shifters—not so much.

2. To be part of our shifter world, one must have a magic Turning Stone ring in his, or her, possession and read the inscription inside the ring. But watch out! The initial Celtic recitation is a heart-stopper.

3. Have you ever wondered what happens to a shifter’s clothes? In the earliest introductions of shifters those cursed with lycanthropy would shed and hide his, or her, clothes before shifting. When they were ready to convert back to humans, they went back to the hiding place, changed, and put on their clothing. The bad thing was if someone moved their clothing, they were stuck being an animal. Our shifters are not like the tales of werewolves or selkies (seals who become people) who have to shed their clothes or coats to change and cannot get back without them. The ring’s magic absorbs the wearer’s clothing when he shifts to his animal ego.

4. So, you ask, where did this magic ring come from? Many eons ago, when magic existed side by side with man, an ancient magic Celtic bloodstone was given to three young Scottish men, along with the task of using the magic for the good of mankind. The three families cut rings cut from the heart of the stone, the power of each piece varying as it moved away from the heart of the stone.

5. The most powerful piece of the stone was kept by the Keeper of the Stone. But power corrupts, and over time power corrupted some of the factions of the Turning Stone Society. Now the members of this secret society, many living among us in positions of power, are locked in a battle to collect the rings, control the world, and thereby bring peace once again. But whose peace will reign? The peace of the good side or of the rogue, evil side?

To find the answer to that question you’ll have to read the books.

The Promised One (Book One of The Turning Stone Chronicles)
Blood Brothers (Book Two of The Turning Stone Chronicles)
Son of the Moonless Night (Book Three of The Turning Stone Chronicles)
The Mercenary and the Shifters (Book Four of The Turning Stone Chronicles)

Here’s an excerpt from The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) available from Amazon in e-book and print.

THE PROMISED ONE
By C.D. Hersh

Shaw’s heart stopped racing as she relaxed in his grip, then amped back up, pounding against his ribs. Shit. Assault, battery, and now . . . murder. Quick and easy money to pay for the wedding. That’s all he’d been after. They’ll put me away for life if I get caught. Lulu’s gonna be pissed if I screw up her wedding plans.

Pushing into a squat, he stared at the dark stain spreading across the dress front. He removed the ring from the woman’s finger. She should have just given it to him.

The woman stared at him, blood seeping from the corner of her mouth. “Return the ring, or you’ll be sorry.”

With a short laugh he stood. “Big words for someone bleeding to death.” After dropping the ring into his pocket, he gathered the scattered contents of her purse, and started to leave.

“Wait.” The words sounded thick and slurred . . . two octaves deeper . . . with a Scottish lilt.

Shaw frowned and spun back toward her. The pounding in his chest increased. On the ground, where the woman had fallen, lay a man.

He wore the same slinky blue dress she had—the seams ripped, the dress top collapsed over hard chest muscles, instead of smoothed over soft, rounded curves. The hem skimmed across a pair of hairy, thick thighs. Muscled male thighs. Spiked heels hung at an odd angle, toes jutting through the shoe straps. The same shoes she’d been wearing.

The alley tipped. Shaw leaned against the dumpster to steady himself. He shook his head to clear the vision, then slowly moved his gaze over the body.

A pair of steel-blue eyes stared out of a chiseled face edged with a trim salt-and-pepper beard.

Shaw whirled around scanning the alley.

Where was the woman? And who the hell was this guy?

Terrified, Shaw fled.

The dying man called out, “You’re cursed. Forever.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed the excerpt and peek into the magical world of The Turning Stone Chronicles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

C. D. Hersh is a husband and wife writing team (Catherine and Donald) who are high school sweethearts who know the meaning of true love.

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to the couple. They’ve done it separately since they were teenagers, although neither one will probably let you read those ancient manuscripts for fear you’d die laughing. They’ve come a long way since those days. But, hey, we all start somewhere.

When they aren’t collaborating on a book, they enjoy reading; singing; theatre and drama; traveling; remodeling houses (Donald has remodeled something in every home they’ve owned); and antiquing. Catherine, who loves gardening, has recently drawn Donald into her world as a day laborer. Catherine is an award-winning gardener — you can see some of her garden on their website.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

Connect with C.D. HERSH:

Website: https://cdhersh.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://cdhersh.wordpress.com/blog-2/
Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/cdhersh
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

Dreams and Vibes: Her Story Inspiration

Please make welcome Claire Gem, author of paranormal romance. Today, she’s sharing her inspiration for an upcoming story, CIVIL HEARTS, and you may be surprised to find out how the idea came to her…

Thank you, Rebecca, for hosting me today!

I’m taking advantage of the inspiration of November, National Novel Writing Month, to work on my upcoming supernatural suspense, CIVIL HEARTS. This one takes place in a haunted plantation home in a fictitious town in rural western Alabama. I’m proud today to share with all of Rebecca’s readers a little about the story-in-progress . . .

The inspiration for this book came from an actual experience in my past. Years ago, we were considering a move to Alabama. We toured an old Antebellum home on a lovely piece of land in a tiny town that was, literally, in the middle of nowhere. It had been empty a long time, and was for sale for a ridiculously low price. Our plans to move fell through, but I never forgot the regal old mini-mansion, or the strange vibes I experienced walking through it.

I had completely forgotten about that house until I had a dream about it just last month. Many of my story ideas come to me in dreams, and this one was delivered just about fully formed! I quickly rose and typed out a synopsis. Being November was right around the corner, I figured it was perfect timing. I’m hoping the book will be ready for an early January 2018 release!

But oh, the research! My ghost in CIVIL HEARTS was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. I will admit, my knowledge of that period in history is sketchy at best. I am fortunate that both my brother and his wife are fascinated with that time period, and have been very helpful in helping me get the details right.

So, here’s a sneak peek at the blurb for CIVIL HEARTS:

After her husband’s sudden death, Liv Larson finds herself out of place in her previous circle of all-couple-friends in Manhattan. With no family, no real roots to hold her fast, she questions whether she truly belongs in the big city–the only place she’s ever known. A dart thrown at the map lands on a tiny town in western, rural Alabama. Liv falls in love with the Belle Bride, an abandoned, antebellum home, the first time she sees it.

Heath Barrow lives a quiet, conservative life managing his antiques business in sleepy Camellia. Alone since his childhood-sweetheart-turned-wife left him for the big-city life, he has no intentions of removing the armor from his heart anytime soon. Especially for the new girl in town–a city girl, no less. Yet he can’t deny the synergy between them.

Then, Liv discovers she’s not entirely alone in her new home. And the previous occupant isn’t too pleased about a Yankee living in his house, since he fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War–almost two hundred years ago.

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Thank you, Rebecca, for having me on your blog today.

To anyone who signs up for my Author Reader Group HERE, I’m offering my award winning, supernatural short story SECOND CHANCES. I’ll also be selecting a random new subscriber to win a free e-book of ANY of my novels. You can find the complete list at my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE.

MORE ABOUT CLAIRE GEM

Claire Gem is the award-winning author of contemporary romance, romantic women’s fiction, and supernatural suspense. You can find out more about her at her WEBSITE or her AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE.

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