Books by Debi Ennis Binder

Fantasy worlds. Magical inhabitants. Timeless battles between Good and Evil.

This Great Promotion is Almost Over!

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Mayra uses her magic and sword to fight from the back of a horse. Can a dragon be that different?

In Dragon Rings, Ring-Witches Mayra and Wolfe, and the Prime dragon, Gaulte, led a savage battle, killing the blue human tormentors. They freed the male dragons, but they also freed the Ring-Witches from serving a tyrannical king who would have used the dragons to bring every country on their landmass to their knees. The Ring-Witches and the dragons are proof that trust earned is trust given. They leave Nesht without ever looking back.

Mayra, Wolfe and Gaulte now face a greater problem. Where, in the vast icy mountains, would a thief hide an Aerie-full of females dragons and their younglings? And why does Mayra sense that Gaulte is keeping a secret connected to the missing dragons? Scarcely do the Ring-Witches locate the thief’s lair when they, too, are captured. Mayra learns that somehow, their captor, a savage, evil rogue dragon, holds the key to Gaulte’s secret—and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. When Mayra learns why the rogue seeks a precious baby dragon more valuable than anyone can imagine, she finally realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if the rogue succeeds with his unspeakable plans—to destroy every dragon and Ring-Witch in Nesht and beyond.

Click HERE for Dragon’s Revenge

Welcome to My Blog!

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Happy Middle of the Month New Year. OK, I admit, it’s a bit late to wish everyone a happy New Year. But that’s intentional! I mean, everyone was wishing everyone else, so I figured I’d wait! Now I can ask how the new year is going so far, and you might actually think about it, right? All two or so weeks about it!

I’m so happy to welcome new subscribers. I live in the mountains of northern-ish New Mexico, USA, with hubby and daughter and our eight cats, who are terribly spoiled indoor babies who have their own catio. I have an off-kilter way of looking at the world that finds its way into my books. If you skip back to My Home, you’ll find all my quirky, funny, or even informative posts. I’d love to hear from you!

And that leads me to my books. I can get lost in worldbuilding and populating those worlds with every kind of being my imagination can produce. I have many friends on Facebook–my account–who I enjoy interacting with to discuss my plots and characters, as well as getting input on new ones. Any idea we discuss, and I use, will get an acknowledgment in that book, as well as a free e-copy. I mean, who wouldn’t want to acknowledge ideas that make my books shine?!

The Future– I have books lined up waiting to be completed and edited. One is a time-travel romance (needs an ending and editing). Another is alien-driven; however, there’s a twist I haven’t seen out there in book-land yet (not happy with what I have planned so far; we’ll see what happens). Another is a romantic mystery (completed, just needs editing). And through that, I’ll be working on the third book in Summerbird and the Otter’s world, as well as Mayra, Wolfe, Gaulte, and the baby dragons. Both are planned out and started. So much planning! You can see what’s available so far, here.

That’s it for now. Hope I hear from you, I love comments from readers, even the bad ones, as long as you’re willing to discuss the issue! See you in your imagination!

Debi

The Winter Fantasy Promotion is Halfway Over

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit this promotion, you have only until the end of January to download some great fantasies. I love seeing my book among those written by authors well-known in the genre!

Summerbird Rises won’t be free for much longer! I’ve finished my final edit of the sequel, Summerbird’s Quest, and will soon be sending out the Advance Reader Copies.

And I want to again thank Adriana Musetti Davila, for updating the cover for Summerbird Rises, showing SUmmerbird and Orkey awash in Summerbird’s magic as she revels in what was veiled when she taken from the magical realm. She also created the beautiful cover for Summerbird’s Quest, which I’ll be revealing quite soon.

Find Summerbird Rises FREE HERE!

Miffin Griffin has returned Summerbird and Orkey, her cattu, to magical Emythor. She hasn’t been there since her grandfather took her to the mundane realm when she was a baby. The sensation of her magic brings her so much joy, but she hasn’t forgotten she owes Miffin a task. As Summerbird busily learns her magic, she also sees and hears things that make her wonder if there might be other reasons she was returned to the land of her birth. Her world reels when she discovers that something evil has crawled up from the Dark Drift, seeking to destroy Treaty—the all-powerful entity that created Emythor. She wasn’t supposed to know that; now that she does, her friends try to distract her. But her curiosity is as compelling as her magic seems to be. The deeper she digs, the less things make sense. Who can she trust, when no one will tell her the truth about her past, and they seem overly concerned about her future? Why is her magic so different from the other Fey? And why is she guarded so carefully everywhere she goes? When she’s attacked in the palace forest, she is saved by a striking man who opens her eyes not only to her sensuality, but to realities regarding Treaty, Emythor, and the Fey. Only then does she begin to understand—sometimes it’s impossible to know who is trustworthy until it’s too late. Her powerful lover shares a frightening truth with Summerbird. Treaty, the entity everyone adores, hides the greatest secrets, especially from her. She is not Fey, but no one knows just what she is. Hers is a unique and powerful magic—and it’s just what the creature from the Dark Drift yearns for.

Does This Bug You Too?

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I survived quarantine and a bout of COVID, but being the paranoid person I am, I am now a part-time hermit. Thus, I’ve had time to ponder issues that bug me. These are far beyond the eight hotdogs/six buns crisis that occasionally rears its ugly head, and more pressing than how to use the twelve-foot receipts from a certain store to decorate for holidays and birthdays. These are hard-hitting issues that will transfer from my head to yours forever. Warning: some of these have been stewing for quite a while!

  • Why, oh why does Amazon send me such tiny items in such large boxes? I open the box and find the pillows they stuff in the box. I pull and pull and… etc., and finally, at the bottom, is the gadget I ordered. It’s not fragile or liquid. Why do I now own seven feet of puffed-up plastic (granted, my cats love it), one huge box, and one small gadget?
  • While I’m on the subject of over-stuffing… Why do so many vitamins and other pills come in large bottles where half the bottle is filled with cotton? I know it’s to protect the pills, but can’t the bottle and the cotton amount be smaller? Just asking.
  • Why, when I’ve already called my pharmacy to check to see if my refill is ready, and let them know I’m on my way, does it then take them fifteen minutes to find my little bag of pills? I know you checked the bags under “B” because I heard them rattling. Did you take the bag out and put it somewhere where you’d never lose it, because I do that a lot. Should I ask you to leave it right where you found it so you can find it again?
  • Why do stores post their hours so tiny that you have to get out of your car and walk to the door to read them? Come on, people, get some BIG lettering. I’m not as young as I used to be. Hint: take a picture of the posting and enlarge it on your phone. It works.
  • Why is it that as soon as I find a product I must have in my life, it’s immediately discontinued or changed? It’s like I’m on some cosmic list, and as soon as I’ve purchased the requisite number of items, some box is ticked somewhere in the ether and word is sent to the manufacturer–change this. The Binder family likes it too much. Don’t want to change it? OK, then raise the price to where no one in their right mind is going to buy it. And somewhere, someone cackles and rubs their hands together. My happiness is foiled yet again.
  • I do a lot of online shopping for everything. But what I find teeth-clenching is how products change from order to order. I realize shrinkflation is a real thing, but the last time I ordered a shirt from a big box store, identical in every way but color, it was two inches shorter! I mean, come on. But as hubby later pointed out, I didn’t complain. That’s because I know things won’t change. I can’t remember the last time any product out there actually got larger!
  • OK, this one has been rattling around in my head for years and it has a YUCKY WARNING. Why is the toilet paper holder always placed on the wall so that men’s splash back might contaminate it? There are often better places on the wall the TP holder could go, but since the ones putting it there are usually male, they don’t think about it. Convenience over cleanliness, I guess. BTW, I don’t have discussions about hubby putting the seat back down. Call me crazy, but I’m perfectly happy for him to leave it up, because then I know he actually put it up before using it. Very thoughtful of him.

I think people need to vent more often. We’re in the clutches of manufacturers and stores and don’t seem to have any recourse for our complaints. They know we still need their products, so we’ll still shop. Hubby thinks every time there’s a commercial on TV, there should be a link to the product so we can tell them what we think about both commercial and product. I think that’s a very good idea. Of course, given how many commercials our family mutes, the airwaves would be overcome with complaints. The most awful commercial on TV now–brace yourself–the ad where the man smells his beard, then offers it to his friend. OMG, is it for real? It turns my stomach! It’s for insurance and just because of that commercial, I’d never purchase it.

That’s it for now. I’d love to hear from you regarding your pet peeves! Bye!

Winter Fantasy Presents:”Summerbird Rises” and a New Cover!

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Join me in a new promotion for 2023–Winter Fantasy, where you can fill your reader with so many great fantasies, you’ll be able to curl up all winter while you discover new worlds. Summerbird Rises is among these select books; I hope you’ll download her and start her journey, as the sequel, Summerbird’s Quest, will be out soon.

Summerbird’s new cover is so beautiful! Thanks so much, Adriana Musetti Davila, for updating Summerbird and Orkey, showing them awash in Summerbird’s magic as she revels in what was veiled when she taken from the magical realm.

Find Summerbird Rises FREE HERE!

Miffin Griffin has returned Summerbird and Orkey, her cattu, to magical Emythor. She hasn’t been there since her grandfather took her to the mundane realm when she was a baby. The sensation of her magic brings her so much joy, but she hasn’t forgotten she owes Miffin a task. As Summerbird busily learns her magic, she also sees and hears things that make her wonder if there might be other reasons she was returned to the land of her birth. Her world reels when she discovers that something evil has crawled up from the Dark Drift, seeking to destroy Treaty—the all-powerful entity that created Emythor. She wasn’t supposed to know that; now that she does, her friends try to distract her. But her curiosity is as compelling as her magic seems to be. The deeper she digs, the less things make sense. Who can she trust, when no one will tell her the truth about her past, and they seem overly concerned about her future? Why is her magic so different from the other Fey? And why is she guarded so carefully everywhere she goes? When she’s attacked in the palace forest, she is saved by a striking man who opens her eyes not only to her sensuality, but to realities regarding Treaty, Emythor, and the Fey. Only then does she begin to understand—sometimes it’s impossible to know who is trustworthy until it’s too late. Her powerful lover shares a frightening truth with Summerbird. Treaty, the entity everyone adores, hides the greatest secrets, especially from her. She is not Fey, but no one knows just what she is. Hers is a unique and powerful magic—and it’s just what the creature from the Dark Drift yearns for.

Can a Miraculous Baby Dragon be Saved?

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The conclusion to “Dragon Rings” is the only place to find out. And it’s free for only a short while longer!

What does the future hold for unruly, high-spirited humans who move in with scholarly, sophisticated dragons? Nothing like she ever expected, she soon learns.

Ring-Witch Mayra is accustomed to the luxurious life in the Nesht palace her position has brought her. She leaves that life behind without a second thought, only to find herself in a new home—a dragon Aerie that’s surprisingly comfortable and nearly as lavish as the palace. What will it be like to live with huge dragons? Why do the dragons ask that the witches all stay together in one large room… just for now? When Mayra and Wolfe sneak out and stumble into Gaulte’s chambers, they’re beyond stunned. Is this what the humans who raided the aerie were looking for? Who knew Gaulte’s mate collected jewels of every kind imaginable? Hundreds of— No, thousands of huge, glittering, priceless jewels… Gaulte is flummoxed. All dragons collect such baubles to please their mates and amuse their younglings. Humans want these things? What are we waiting for? Start gathering them up!

Find Dragon’s Revenge FREE HERE.

Be sure to look at the other great books in this promo!

Ring-Witches Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht, carried skyward by the Prime black dragon Gaulte and his kin. It’s a long, cold journey north to the Dragon Aerie and a dismal one, for they know it’s empty. Or is it? Though Mayra senses the dragon Prime, Gaulte, is keeping something from her, she promises they will find the stolen females and younglings. But locating them in a deep cavern makes her promise hard to keep. Still, the witches lead the first effort to free the prisoners, only to be captured themselves by mysterious, irrational humans as mad as the savage, malevolent dragon who enthralled them. While the dragons and Wolfe distract their captors, Mayra goes deeper into the cave, seeking the dragons, as well as a stolen talisman—an evil thing that only a wielder of dark dragon magic can use, and only with an act so horrific it sickens Mayra. Once freed, witches and dragons join in a relentless hunt for the rogue dragon, for he makes no secret of the fact that he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch in the world. When Mayra learns why the evil dragon has hidden a baby dragon more valuable than anyone can imagine, it leads her to the terrible secret that the dragons have hidden from the witches. And at last, she realizes the dire destiny awaiting the Ring-Witches, the dragons, and even Nesht, if one demented dragon succeeds with his plans.

Have I Forgotten How to Blog?

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My apologies to you! It’s been a long time since I sent a blog that wasn’t dealing with one book promotion or another. But when people and their worlds are running around in my head like feral cats (of course), I have to get them down on “paper” and then share with as many people as I can, in hopes that they’ll love reading them as much as I did writing them.

This will be a difficult Christmas for one little girl (I’ll call her Kitty. That’s not her real name, but it makes her smile). She’s our 8-year-old granddaughter and she’s just moved into our household. We’ve taken very temporary custody of her from another state, while her mother is in the hospital in isolation with a horrible bacterium/ bacteria (they don’t know if there’s more than one). The last we heard, it might be March before she can get out of isolation. Poor kid, she’s so lonely! Add to that, her father (our son) is struggling with serious gastrointestinal issues, where he’s been admitted to the hospital once, is in and out of the ER, and seriously suffering, but he works nights. They had no one to take care of Kitty for an extended time. So, we swooped in and carried her off. We’re also paying our son’s bills now because of how much work he’s had to miss. I figure two ulcers, gallstones, and gastroenteritis gets him more than love and sympathy-type support from us. Of course, he has to listen to me fuss for allowing problems to get that bad! These are the times when it doesn’t matter what we pay, only that he gets better and can have his family back together.

I haven’t had an 8 y.o. around for 30 years. It’s amazing how much you forget. Our adult daughter lives with us; she teaches, but at the University. Different world all together (they’re freshmen; some of her tales make me wonder). Kitty isn’t a difficult child, but she’s been homeschooled, and lacks a lot of the sociability she’d get around other kids. So far, we’ve taught her please, thank-you, and you’re welcome, and not to whine when we ask her to follow the house rules (whew, that’s so much fun–not). Now we’re working on trying new foods. That’s not going very well at all. We eat a lot of Asian food, but also, just a variety of everything. She doesn’t want to try anything new! If anyone has any ideas, I’m listening. But she loves Jeopardy. When she hears something new to her, she very quietly repeats it to herself. This is a kid who is starving to learn more about the world around her (starving yes, just not for the food). My daughter and I can’t wait to start back with her once the holidays are over.

One thing that has returned to me is that children don’t have autonomy. They have no control over anything other than themselves. And now Kitty has three adults she hasn’t met since she was a toddler, telling her what to do (nicely, of course 😊). Even grumpy Grandpa is trying to be gentle. Children watch the adults around them for cues, and as I said, hubby and I haven’t had a kid around… And that kid hasn’t ever lived with children. Kitty is becoming fond of her, as her auntie has a lot more empathy than we do! We have to watch the language a bit more, the commentary about some TV stuff– Oh, and be careful what’s on TV in the first place. At least we don’t watch much mainstream TV, but even A&E or the History Channel catches us by surprise when viewed by an 8 y.o., at times.

On our end of a Merry Christmas, we’re all sick now with varying degrees of either a nasty cold or some flu that found its way in. It’s spread out among us so that none of us should be out. Doesn’t that always happen around the holidays? Christmas shopping= Amazon, Etsy, eBay, Walmart, and various little companies we’re trying to support. That always gives me a nice little feeling inside! I would have liked to take Kitty shopping but can’t do it this time.

In closing, I truly hope everyone reading this has a wonderful Christmas with family, friends, and cats. OK, and dogs and ferrets. And hamsters. And snakes (you know who you are). If you can, please support your local shelters for homeless people and animals!

Love, Debi and her Family–three adults, one Kitty, and eight cats

P.S.–Just had to sneak in some links!

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Witches and Dragons Make a Great Gift!

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Mayra uses her magic and blades to fight from the back of a horse. Can a dragon be that different?

In Dragon Rings, Ring-Witches Mayra and Wolfe, and the Prime dragon, Gaulte, led a savage battle, killing the blue human tormentors. They freed the male dragons, but they also freed the Ring-Witches from serving a tyrannical king who would have used the dragons to bring every country on their landmass to their knees. The Ring-Witches and the dragons are proof that trust earned is trust given. They leave Nesht without ever looking back.

Mayra, Wolfe and Gaulte now face a greater problem. Where, in the vast icy mountains, would a thief hide an Aerie-full of females and younglings? And why does Mayra sense that Gaulte is keeping a secret connected to the missing dragons? Scarcely do the Ring-Witches locate the thief’s lair when they, too, are captured. Mayra now senses that somehow, their captor, a savage, evil rogue dragon, holds the key to Gaulte’s secret—and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. When Mayra learns why the rogue seeks a precious baby dragon more valuable than anyone can imagine, she finally realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if the rogue succeeds with his unspeakable plans—he seeks to destroy every dragon and Ring-Witch in Nesht and beyond.

Click HERE for Dragon’s Revenge

Can Cultured Dragons Live with Unruly Witches?

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Delve into an epic fantasy that reunites two long-separated allies—witches and dragons, a force created long ago to protect the realm of Nesht. But Nesht has forgotten their formidable guardians, until fire and death descend from the mountains. The witches and dragons join once more, but things aren’t quite as peaceful as the realm remembers. These dragons don’t breathe fire. They’re benevolent and peaceful. They have families. There are baby dragons! But all that changes when the females and younglings are stolen. Humans will then see a side of dragons previously told of in mythos and seen in their nightmares!

Find Dragon’s Revenge FREE HERE.

Be sure to look at the other great books in this promo!

Dragon’ Revenge

What does the future hold for unruly, high-spirited humans who move in with scholarly, sophisticated dragons?

Ring-Witches Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht with the dragons they rescued. The icy dragon Aerie is empty. Though Mayra senses the dragon Prime, Gaulte, is keeping something from her, she still promises they will find the stolen females and younglings. They find the missing dragons in a vast cavern, but the savagely evil dragon who holds them traps the witches. There, Mayra learns the secret—and to fulfill it, something utterly innocent must die. The Ring-Witches relentlessly hunt the rogue dragon, knowing he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch. Mayra then learns why the evil dragon seeks a baby dragon more valuable than anyone can imagine. And only then does she realize the dire destiny awaiting the Ring-Witches, the dragons, and even Nesht, if one dragon succeeds with his plans.

“Summerbird Rises” for .99 Goes Away After Today

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Summerbird Rises is on sale for only $.99! But it’s the last day!

Despite life in mundane Isterr, Summerbird is happy in her tiny cottage, with her cat, Orkey, plying her trade as the world’s worst seer. How can she possibly tell people what she really sees? She’d end up in the witchkeep, for sure! When a tiny griffin appears in front of her, she panics. Despite her trying to get rid of him, somehow, he beguiles her into returning to the magical realm of her birth, Emythor.

There’s a lot the griffin forgot to mention. Like, her grandfather is Emythor’s most powerful sorcerer. Ever. And a monstrous evil being is hellbent on stealing the realm’s magic. The horrific beast is working with the missing Queen of Emythor, who is evil personified. Her magic is powerful, and she hates Summerbird. Oh, and Treaty, the disembodied entity that created Emythor? He wants Summerbird and her friends to find him—is he hiding from the evil creature? What? To top it off, there’s an evil sorcerer following Summerbird, trying to kill her friends. He really wants her. And Summerbird? How can she help Treaty and Emythor when she might have found a kindred soul, hiding in the shadows of her bedchamber?

Click HERE to get Summerbird Rises for only $.99!

While you’re there, check out all the other enjoyable books in this promotion!

A man appears in the shadows of my bedchamber.

He reaches out; his hand engulfs mine, and his power shocks through me. Did I see a glimmer of red in his eyes? Is he human? How can a man so beautiful be one of the evil beings I’ve been advised about since stepping into the magical realm? His first fiery touch should have forewarned me. Instead, I’m enthralled. He knows my future and what I must become to fulfill my destiny, yet he cannot help me. He can only guide me to the evil creature I must battle as my magic grows within me. But not all monsters are the same… How do I tell this one I love him?

I am Summerbird. I don’t know—no one knows—who or what I am. A changeling? A weapon…a destroyer? The magic that fills me must be perilous, for it bursts to life from within me. Myriad points of light dance lovingly around me, touching me, teaching me. And once they equip me to kill, they warn me of the dire future awaiting me. Do I defy Fate and choose my path? What will become of me if I refuse to face my future without the fiery man forbidden to love me at my side?

Click HERE for your copy of Summerbird Rises for only $.99

The Fantasy Sales Promotion closes today. Don’t miss out on the magic!

You’ll find Summerbird’s first story HERE.

Bingeable Dragons Ends Today!

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Today is the last day to pick up my two bingeable books HERE. You’ll find yourself in an ocean of fantastic books! Keep scrolling until you find “Dragon Rings” and the sequel “Dragon’s Revenge.” And once you do, please, stay a while and check out all the other enjoyable books in this promo!

Delve into an epic fantasy that brings together two disparate worlds—witches and dragons, a force created long ago to protect the realm of Nesht. Nesht has forgotten their formidable guardians, but when fire and death descend from the mountains, the witches and dragons join once more. But things aren’t quite as peaceful as the people—or the king—remember.

Dragon Rings and Dragon’s Revenge are only $.99 each and today is the last day! Over 850 pages of strong women and men who find their destiny on the backs of mighty dragons. My dragons don’t breathe fire. They’re benevolent and peaceful. They have families. There are baby dragons! But all that changes when the females and younglings are stolen. Humans will then see a side of dragons previously seen only in their nightmares!

Dragon Rings

Solitary in spirit, Ring-Witch Mayra rides beside the Warlord of a Clan of powerful reevers. Until she meets Ring-Witch Wolfe, a mysterious man who somehow touches her lonely soul. When her Clan responds to a horrific attack on the realm, an unseen but formidable presence connects with Mayra’s mind; when she pushes back, it sends her mind rending pain—then begs for forgiveness. When Mayra finds a huge talon, she finally knows her adversary. Dragons have returned to Nesht. But these aren’t the altruistic dragons of the distant past, a time when dragons cared for and protected witches. These dragons are ready to battle all humans, for there are some causes even mighty dragons will die for. And Mayra and Wolfe have little time to uncover that cause.

Click HERE for your copy of Dragon Rings

Dragon’s Revenge

Ring-Witches, Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht with the dragons they rescued. They know they’ll find the icy dragon Aerie empty and why. But Mayra is connected to the dragon Prime, and she senses he is keeping a secret. When they find the missing dragons in a vast cavern held by a savagely evil dragon, he traps the witches. There, Mayra learns the secret—and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. Mayra relentlessly seeks the rogue dragon, knowing he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch. When Mayra learns why an evil dragon seeks a baby dragon more valuable than anyone can dream of, she realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if one dragon succeeds with his plans.

Click HERE for your copy of Dragon’s Revenge

Fantastic Females!

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Writing about fantastic females who own their worlds is my true passion. But I had to do a lot of reading through the years to find my voice. If you’re looking to find yourself in a powerful book-friend, or just love reading about women who don’t need a man (though one is nice to have around sometimes😏), you’ll find what you seek in this promotion! And of course, with Mayra being my own fantastic female—a young woman who combines her magic and her sword to take on the direst of evil—my two Dragon-Rings books are included.

Ring-Witch Mayra, the magical sentinel for a large clan of powerful, vicious reevers, is ready to fight when her realm is attacked. A simple plan—find the attackers and kill them—is hindered when she meets two mysterious males. A Ring-Witch whose icy blue eyes want to make her forget everything else and a dragon who needs her help more than anything ever has. Can an independent female overcome a lifetime of cynicism and do the most challenging thing imaginable—trust a male? Trust earned is trust given–whether to men or to dragons. And it’s enough for Mayra and her Ring-Witches to flee their kingdom and join the dragons they’ve saved as they seek what was taken from them and fight a thief whose evil knows no bounds.  

Click HERE for “Dragon Rings” and “Dragon’s Revenge.”
Please take some time to enjoy books from great authors and their Fantastic Females.

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Dragon Rings

A realm is invaded. People are massacred in a brilliant blue fire that flows like water. Unable to defend themselves, they scream out for help. When Nesht’s powerful Ring-Witches find the intruders, what should have been a short conflict becomes a question of loyalty. And the witches hide the truth. Not only that, but they also promise to help—the invaders. What happens to cause Nesht’s protectors to change their allegiance in one fell swoop? The realm has forgotten that Ring-Witches owe their magic—their very existence—to beings lost to mythos. Dragons. Dragons have returned, and though the realm might not be ready to meet them, angry dragons won’t stay hidden for long. Theirs is a dilemma only Ring-Witches can solve, and dragons don’t ask twice.  

Dragon’s Revenge

Ring-Witches, Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht with the dragons they rescued. They expect to find the icy dragon Aerie empty—at least they know why. But Mayra is now connected to the dragon Prime, and she senses he holds a secret that might endanger the witches. They find the missing dragons in a vast cavern held by a savagely evil dragon, and he quickly traps the witches. Fighting for her life, Mayra learns the secret, and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. Mayra relentlessly seeks the rogue dragon, knowing he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch opposing him. When Mayra learns why an evil dragon seeks a baby dragon more precious than anyone can dream of, she finally realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if one dragon succeeds with his unspeakable plans.

A Book Fair– Paranormal, Sci-Fi & Fantasy!

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His hand engulfs mine; the intensity of his magic disturbs me. Or is it him? Huge and menacing, he appears in dark shadows, and he touches me. Is he human? Chills dance through me. Can he be one of the evil beings I’ve been warned about since stepping into this magical realm? That first scorching touch should have warned me. Instead, I am enthralled. And then, he’s gone.

He knows my future and what I must become to fulfill my destiny, and yet he cannot stay away. He will guide me toward the evil creature I must battle someday. As magic grows within me, I learn that not all monsters are the same… How do I tell this one I love him?

I am Summerbird, and I don’t know—no one knows—what I am. A changeling? A destroyer? Am I the monster now? With perilous magic that bursts to life from within me—myriad points of light that dance lovingly around me as they teach and enable me to kill, I just might be. And he is there, warning me of the dire future awaiting me. Do I defy Fate and choose my path? What will become of me if I refuse to face my future without the fiery man forbidden to love me at my side?

Get Summerbird Rises HERE for $.99! And take a look at the other fantastic books while you’re visiting.

Summerbird Asii knows she doesn’t belong in Isterr. Magic is forbidden in the realm and just a hint of it could get her imprisoned, tortured, or executed. Or all three. Born in Emythor of magical parents, Summerbird lives every day terrified someone will notice she’s…different. When a tiny griffin from the magical realm visits her, she panics. No matter how intriguing his story of needing her help is, it doesn’t move her—but getting to leave this realm behind does. As the griffin fades away, his parting words are a luring temptation to a young woman desperate to find her lost life—Would you like to learn your magic?

Click HERE for your copy of Summerbird Rises for only $.99

With the sequel, Summerbird’s Quest, nearing publication, this is the perfect opportunity to read the first book. Join Summerbird as a fast-talking griffin lures her into returning to the realm of her birth. She agrees to help him, but only if she gets to stay in Emythor. Life for Summerbird will never be the same—nor will Emythor, once she starts learning her magic.

Badass Women of Fantasy!

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Are you Ready for— Badass Women of Fantasy! Dragon Rings.

Enter the world of Ring-Witch Mayra, the magical sentinel for a large clan of powerful, vicious reevers. Mayra is ready to fight when her realm is attacked until she meets two mysterious males. A Ring-Witch whose icy blue eyes want to make her forget everything else and a dragon who needs her help more than anything ever has—Stop that! You know better than to trust males! Can an independent, badass female overcome a lifetime of cynicism and do the most challenging thing imaginable—trust?

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I’m a strong female! I succeeded in an industry staffed primarily with males. I can do this!” Those were my words when I began a book about witches and dragons. “Okay, dragons and witches—it’s a trope. But this one will be different!

This female witch will be like me—solitary, a bit salty. She lives by strict Rules—Do not try to protect me. Do not allow me to win. Do not treat me like a woman. Violate any, and I’ll fry your hair. All your hair. Don’t mess with this lady!

And the dragons! These aren’t fire-breathing, virgin-eating dragons—well, they once were, but that was long ago. No, these dragons are benevolent, wise, and peaceful. Mythos says they created life-altering Dragon Rings for witches, protecting them and enhancing their magic. They left Nesht long ago to raise their offspring in safety and solitude. But someone has violated their home and done terrible things. Dragons suddenly have no problem reminding humans they have teeth and claws! And they’re terribly intelligent…

A realm is invaded. People are massacred in a brilliant blue fire that flows like water. Unable to defend themselves, they scream out for help. When Nesht’s powerful Ring-Witches find the intruders, what should have been a short conflict becomes a question of loyalty. And the witches hide the truth. Not only that, they promise to help—the invaders. What happens to cause the Ring-Witches to change their allegiance in one fell swoop? Ring-Witches owe their magic—their very existence—to beings lost to mythos. Those beings have returned, And though the realm might not be ready to meet them, angry dragons won’t stay hidden for long. Theirs is a dilemma only Ring-Witches can solve, and dragons don’t ask twice.

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Delve into an epic fantasy that brings together two disparate worlds—witches and dragons, a force created long ago to protect the realm of Nesht. Nesht has forgotten their formidable guardians, but when fire and death descend from the mountains, the witches and dragons join once more. But things aren’t quite as peaceful as the people—or the king—remember.

Dragon Rings and Dragon’s Revenge are only $.99 each, until the end of the month! Over 850 pages of strong women and men who find their destiny on the backs of mighty dragons. My dragons don’t breathe fire. They’re benevolent and peaceful. They have families. There are baby dragons! But all that changes when the females and younglings are stolen. Humans will then see a side of dragons previously seen only in their nightmares!

Dragon Rings

Solitary in spirit, Ring-Witch Mayra rides beside the Warlord of a Clan of powerful reevers. Until she meets Ring-Witch Wolfe, a mysterious man who somehow touches her lonely soul. When her Clan responds to a horrific attack on the realm, an unseen but formidable presence connects with Mayra’s mind; when she pushes back, it sends her mind rending pain—then begs for forgiveness. When Mayra finds a huge talon, she finally knows her adversary. Dragons have returned to Nesht. But these aren’t the altruistic dragons of the distant past, a time when dragons cared for and protected witches. These dragons are ready to battle all humans, for there are some causes even mighty dragons will die for. And Mayra and Wolfe have little time to uncover that cause.

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Dragon’s Revenge

Ring-Witches, Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht with the dragons they rescued. They know they’ll find the icy dragon Aerie empty and why. But Mayra is connected to the dragon Prime, and she senses he is keeping a secret. When they find the missing dragons in a vast cavern held by a savagely evil dragon, he traps the witches. There, Mayra learns the secret—and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. Mayra relentlessly seeks the rogue dragon, knowing he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch. When Mayra learns why an evil dragon seeks a baby dragon more valuable than anyone can dream of, she realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if one dragon succeeds with his plans.

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Summerbird Listened to the Griffin! Now What?

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Summerbird Rises, Book 1 of An Act of Entreaty, is on sale now, for only $.99!

Despite life in mundane Isterr, Summerbird is happy in her tiny cottage, with her cat, Orkey, plying her trade as the world’s worst seer. How can she possibly tell people what she really sees? She’d end up in the witchkeep, for sure! When a tiny griffin appears in front of her, she panics. Despite her trying to get rid of him, somehow, he beguiles her into returning to the magical realm of her birth, Emythor.

There’s a lot the griffin forgot to mention. Like, her grandfather is Emythor’s most powerful sorcerer. Ever. And a monstrous evil being is hellbent on stealing the realm’s magic. The horrific beast is working with the missing Queen of Emythor, who is evil personified. Her magic is powerful, and she hates Summerbird. Oh, and Treaty, the disembodied entity that created Emythor? He wants Summerbird and her friends to find him—is he actually hiding from that evil creature? What? To top it off, there’s an evil sorcerer following Summerbird, trying to kill her friends. He really wants her. And Summerbird? How can she help Treaty and Emythor when she might have found a kindred soul, hiding in the shadows of her bedchamber?

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A man appears in the shadows of my bedchamber.

He reaches out; his hand engulfs mine, and his power shocks through me. Did I see a glimmer of red in his eyes? Is he human? How can a man so beautiful be one of the evil beings I’ve been advised about since stepping into the magical realm? His first fiery touch should have forewarned me. Instead, I’m enthralled. He knows my future and what I must become to fulfill my destiny, yet he cannot help me. He can only guide me to the evil creature I must battle as my magic grows within me. But not all monsters are the same… How do I tell this one I love him?

I am Summerbird. I don’t know—no one knows—who or what I am. A changeling? A weapon…a destroyer? The magic that fills me must be perilous, for it bursts to life from within me. Myriad points of light dance lovingly around me, touching me, teaching me. And once they equip me to kill, they warn me of the dire future awaiting me. Do I defy Fate and choose my path? What will become of me if I refuse to face my future without the fiery man forbidden to love me at my side?

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Dragons are Looking for You!

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Gaulte gazes into the distance. The mighty black dragon seeks his mate, Hesta. His Aerie has been attacked, all the females and younglings stolen. When the Prime and other males return, puny blue humans await them, knowing they have the upper hand.

The dragons will do as they’re told. They will help the blue humans attack other humans. Gaulte doesn’t know why these attacks take place. All he can think about are his mate and his younglings. And his youngest, a tiny dragon born with magic unseen for hundreds of years. Yes, he knows why his child was taken. But how does that help him?

Not until he meets Mayra, a powerful Ring-Witch, does life return to him. He touches her, not even knowing what species she is. But her magic entwines with his and he senses the kind of untapped magic that tales are written about. When his mind touches hers, he feels something he thought was lost to him forever. Hope.

Dragon’s Revenge, book 2, The Ring-Witches of Nesht series.

Jump in and find Dragon’s Revenge, the sequel to Dragon Rings. It’s only $.99 until Nov 11. If you haven’t read the first book, grab it at the same price. They won’t be around much longer!

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Fall into the Worlds of Dragons & Urban Fantasy–Now through November 12

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Dragon Rings and Dragon’s Revenge are still available HERE for .99 each. Snag them at this low price before they’re gone!

Solitary in spirit, Ring-Witch Mayra rides beside the Warlord of a Clan of powerful reevers. Until she meets Ring-Witch Wolfe, a mysterious man who somehow touches her lonely soul. When her Clan responds to a horrific attack on the realm, an unseen but formidable presence connects with Mayra’s mind; when she pushes back, it sends her mind-rending pain—then begs for forgiveness. When Mayra finds a huge talon, she finally knows her adversary. Dragons have returned to Nesht. But these aren’t the altruistic dragons of the distant past, a time when dragons cared for and protected witches. These dragons are ready to battle all humans, for there are some causes even mighty dragons will die for. And Mayra and Wolfe have little time to uncover that cause.

Ring-Witches, Mayra and Wolfe flee Nesht with the dragons they rescued. They know they’ll find the icy dragon Aerie empty and why. But Mayra is connected to the dragon Prime, and she senses he is keeping a secret. When they find the missing dragons in a vast cavern held by a savagely evil dragon, he traps the witches. There, Mayra learns the secret—and that something utterly innocent must die to fulfill it. Mayra relentlessly seeks the rogue dragon, knowing he craves the destruction of every dragon and witch. When Mayra learns why an evil dragon seeks a baby dragon more valuable than anyone can dream of, she realizes the dire destiny awaiting Nesht if one dragon succeeds with his plans.

Books by Debi Ennis Binder

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Dragon Rings
Enter the world of Ring-Witch Mayra, the magical sentinel for a large clan of powerful, vicious reevers. Mayra is ready to fight when the realm is attacked— until she meets two mysterious males. A Ring-Witch whose icy blue eyes want to make her forget everything else and a dragon who needs her help more than anything ever has— Stop that! You know better than to trust males! Whose side will Mayra take, if any?

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I’m excited to announce I’m part of a promotion absolutely made for my writing passion—strong female characters! “I succeeded in an industry staffed primarily with males. I’m a strong female! I can do this! Yes, there are a couple out there already, but this one will be different!” Those were my words when I began a book about witches and dragons. The female witch would be like me—solitary, a bit salty. She’d live by Rules (hers are different)— Do not try to protect me. Do not allow me to win. Do not treat me like a weak woman. Violate any, and I’ll fry your hair off. All your hair. Don’t mess with this lady!

And the dragons! These wouldn’t be fire-breathing, virgin-eating dragons—well, they once were, but that was long ago. No, these dragons are altruistic, kind, and wise. They created life-altering Dragon Rings for witches to wear, protecting them and enhancing their magic. But someone has pissed them off, and they remember they have teeth and claws!

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A realm is invaded. People are massacred in a blue fire that flows like water. Unable to defend themselves, they scream out for help. When Nesht’s powerful Ring-Witches find the intruders, they hide the truth with promises to help. The invaders. How can the king deal with the mass betrayal of his most powerful warriors? How could the Witches change their allegiance in one fell swoop? Ring-Witches owe their magic—their very existence—to beings lost to mythos. Those beings have returned, and the realm won’t have to wait long to meet them. Angry dragons won’t stay hidden for long. Theirs is a dilemma only Ring-Witches can solve, and they won’t ask twice.

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It’s the Hottest Place in Town

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Late afternoon is the best time to visit The Patio. The place starts to come to life. The customers have finished for the day and are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some exciting entertainment. Welcome to the Hottest Place in Town!

Bob is always one of the earliest to arrive. He saunters in through the front door, runs up the stairs to the top balcony, grabs himself a length of bench, and settles in for some relaxing lady-watching. Bob is husky, known to throw his weight around sometimes, but he doesn’t mean anything by it, just a young guy who hasn’t learned a lot of restraint. He has a gorgeous tattoo of a sword on his back; he’ll let you see if you ask nicely. We like him here.

Fred and Wally follow him in, though Wally opts to jump onto a stool near the door. Short and slender, he’s kind of jumpy and likes to keep an eye on the place. The two aren’t the greatest of friends, though they’ll indulge each other if it’s convenient for them. Fred’s long, white-blonde hair and blue eyes are show-stoppers, but he’s too shy to do anything about it.

PeeWee ambles in next. He’s an older gent, though he also wears his black hair a bit long. He’s a favorite, with one of the odd nicknames The Patio members sometimes hang on each other. He doesn’t go much for watching the dancers anymore—and if he caught one, he probably wouldn’t know what to do with it. No, Wally is the one to watch out for; he has natural talent. And he knows what to do with his catch!

Uh, oh. Some trouble might be stirring. Excuse me, I’ll be right back. Fred just noticed that Riker has planted himself by the door, and the elder gentleman is frowning and muttering under his breath. Fred needs new glasses; he’s cross-eyed, and it’s hard to see what Riker’s expression is. Is he looking for a fight or just a night out on The Patio with friends? Fred decides it doesn’t matter. He hurries out the backdoor just to avoid any confrontation. He’s a lover, not a fighter. He’ll get a snack somewhere else, maybe look up an old friend and try out some new digs tonight—I’ve heard The Garage is a swinging kind of place.

And Riker, well, he’s the silent, brawny type, always a bit standoffish. I thought he’d bring his brother, Dodger, with him. They look like twins, both given to formal wear, but there are a few years between them. Dodger, with another of those hilarious nicknames, is getting a bit older and doesn’t make it onto The Patio too often, usually only when Riker drags him out. You don’t argue with Riker; you just go. Riker hops onto the bottom balcony and makes it clear—he doesn’t want to share.

The door slams open and Cookie appears. Cookie is one jazzy lady. With luxurious black-and-gold-streaked hair, she carries a bit of extra weight, but somehow, she turns it into some luscious curves. But what a mouth on that woman! She’ll make some sweet goo-goo eyes at a man, then turn around and slap him into next week. If she’s really agitated, she might even sink her teeth into him.

With so many regulars here, the place is starting to come alive! Winky has finally arrived, and his brother Bob joins him. Winky is older by minutes but smaller than Bob. While Bob keeps his dark hair cut short, Winky wears his golden locks long. He’s definitely a flirt. They settle on the second balcony to enjoy the show. Bob stares at the dancers as though he’s choosing something for dinner. I can practically see him drooling. He looks like he plans to put a finger on one of those ladies and start singing her a sweet tune to get her attention. He knows better.

Just about everyone we expected has made it here— Wait, there’s Chiisei, decked out in a gorgeous cream and brown fur. Our lovely Asian lady is a lot taller than one would expect. A bit fleshier, too, not that you should let her know that. She’s fast with those blades she carries and doesn’t care who she maims. She’ll just flash those baby blues at you, and somehow, you know it’s all your fault you’re standing there bleeding.

I guess that’s it for now. We have a diverse group here on The Patio, but they know the rules. Take the fights outside. Hands off the Rainbow Dancers. And if you bring any weed, you have to share it.

How else will nine cats on their catio watching hummingbirds possibly get along?

Free Books—A Strong Female Lead! Still Going Strong!

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Free Fantasy Books with Strong Female Main Characters

I can’t believe how much fun this promotion is! Books with women as the strong protagonist have been skyrocketing in popularity over the last few years, and you only need to go through the free books offered in this promotion to realize why. The pure talent of these writers is off the charts! I highly recommend you follow my lead—download each free book and put them high on your TBR list. (Umm…that’s To Be Read…)

And now, I’d like to tell you a bit more about my book, Dragon Rings!

Dragon Rings is the first of two books (so far) that starts with an investigation of terrible acts of destruction but quickly turns into rekindling an ancient affinity between Ring-Witches and dragons. Neither can turn away from their connection—the enhanced magic of wrist Rings created by the dragons for only the most powerful witches, those able to control and use them.

Mayra is a daunting young Ring-Witch, raised in the harsh, nomadic world of reevers, the king’s formidable enforcers. The reevers fear her position and her power, and like most men, she doesn’t care much for them—they don’t bathe enough and eat like pigs. Wolfe is a Ring-Witch in hiding and a highly effective assassin. He has a job to do and doesn’t plan to be distracted by anything, let alone a diminutive, elfin Ring-Witch. And Gaulte, the mighty black dragon, is the Prime of his Aerie. He and his dragons are enthralled by a terrible device that fills them with shocking pain at the whim of their captors. Forced to comply by the threat to their females and nestlings, the dragons are ridden by evil humans who kill and ravage seemingly without cause.

Declaring an uneasy truce, Mayra and Wolfe investigate the ongoing—and very puzzling—destruction. How can something be formidable enough to incinerate entire villages and tracts of forests, slaughtering people and animals, yet leave behind massive amounts of valuable gold and jewels? What do these savage invaders want? The two start to hear and feel a large, powerful presence in their heads as they investigate—but it refuses to show itself. When they probe, it brings scorching, mind-rending pain to Mayra—and then inconsolably apologizes for its actions! When Mayra finds a huge, bloodstained talon, she finally knows what that destructive force is—a dragon. A creature so long unseen they are a myth.  

Once upon a time, dragons treasured witches as allies and friends. What has changed? Why are they attacking humans? Mayra and Wolfe must learn the truth to stop a war the humans cannot possibly win. But joining the dragons would be more than just betraying their king, it could mean their deaths. For Mayra and Wolfe and their small, fierce assembly of witches have learned that there are some things worth more than life. There are some causes even mighty dragons will die for.

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The king has sent the Kioreu Clan of reevers to hunt down and kill what is responsible for the mysterious and deadly attacks on the kingdom. Ring-Witch Mayra meets—and is annoyingly attracted to—dark, mysterious Wolfe, despite believing he isn’t who or what he claims to be. She questions his presence so near the latest destruction site. What does he know about the unknown predators? Why does being near him make her feel so peculiar? And could he know anything about the eerie voice she has started hearing in her head? Wolfe, a Ring-Witch in hiding, has good reason to be near the last attacked site, but he isn’t going to share his mission. But as they must be, his plans are soon thrown to the wind. First, by the haunting voice, he hears in his head, and then by a diminutive, elfin Ring-Witch. Gaulte and the males of his Aerie survive on dreams of the blue humans releasing the magical reins holding them captive—for then they would die with one terrible bite! Meanwhile, the dragons sleep and reserve their energy. Until one day, Gaulte’s mind touches an astonishingly spirited creature—by the Great White Dragon. It is a female human brimming with magic. Could she have the strength to help him escape and save his Aerie? When the two witches finally come face-to-face with the dragon, three lives are set on a course that will forever alter the futures of witches and dragons.
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One little note I’d like to add—the Rings worn by Ring-Witches aren’t simple metal bands. They’re placed on the wrists of children by a medical procedure. You’ll have to read the book to learn how it’s done, but I’ve heard from a few readers that it made them squirm!

Uninsured Brain

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It has to be the #1 accident in my state. I’m sitting at a stoplight, waiting to turn, when a car plows into me. It hits me so hard that my rearview mirror flies off, just missing me, and winds up in the back seat. My head and shoulders are well-cushioned by the headrest. I look over at my kiddo. “You ok?” She nods. She’s an adult now and looks more excited than scared. Kids.

I glance at the two outer mirrors. The car that had hit me is about the same size as mine; however, I have a hefty trailer hitch on the back. I don’t expect much damage, at least not for me. Two women, probably in their forties, are exiting, and they look pissed. I punch up the rear camera app and download the crash to the family account.

“This should be pretty quick,” I tell kiddo as I grab my phone, driver’s license, and the wallet with the car info, and open the door. “You stay here.” She nods again and goes back to her phone. Probably a video game I’ll never understand. No, wait. She’s a little older now. She’s probably sharing the video I just downloaded and spreading the joy to everyone she knows. “Don’t tell your dad,” I shout as I walk away.

When I get to the rear of my car, it’s just as I expected. It has a few scratches—the trailer hitch, not the vehicle. But wow—that thing did a number on their now-Pekinese-faced car. The driver glares at me, her hands fisted at her side. She’s shaking. The other driver is—I kid you not—holding her neck, then her stomach, then her neck again. She keeps glancing at me to see if I’m looking.

So, this is how the meeting goes:

“You hit me!” the driver screams as I open my mouth to point out the same thing.

I look at my car, then hers, behind me, and ask her how she figures that. By that time, kiddo has appeared next to me. She’s so danged protective.

“It’s your fault because you didn’t turn fast enough,” the driver says in that tone people reserve for their stupid children. We’ll call her Clueless; it’s better than Karen. That’s the name of a dear friend, and believe me, she’s no Karen.

Kiddo has already called the cops. Clever child.

“The cops should be here soon, meanwhile we can—” I start to suggest we exchange information.

I hear this strange, snorting sound. Now I know what it means when someone’s eyes bug out. Wow. Fascinating. Clueless is really pissed that we called the cops. After a bit more back and forth, they huddle together for a discussion, and I pick up on a few things. They live together, doesn’t matter why, but what does matter is the neck-stomach clutcher is responsible for household upkeep, and she didn’t pay the last car insurance bill. Oh, and now her head hurts, too.

“They don’t have insurance,” I say to kiddo, aside. She chuckles in that kid way that suggests she wants to roll her eyes. “I know, I know. I remember what Dad said. This is why we get Uninsured Motorist.”

Amazingly, the other conversation comes to a halt. I see Clueless’s face light up. She turns to Clutcher—“It’s ok, Tippy, they got that uninsured thingy.”

Me and kiddo exchange a look. I shrug, lean against the car, and cross my ankles. Clueless is making a call, and she looks so damned happy. She’s chatting away. I hear her tell the other person some yahoo didn’t turn quick enough, so she bumped her stupid car. Only there were a lot of f-bombs in that snippet of info. And she really called me a yahoo. Wow. Then she says triumphantly, “She’s got Uninsured, so we’re all good.”

I hear that weird, keening sound kiddo makes when she’s trying not to laugh. She’s so polite. She decides to head back to the car.

As soon as Clueless hangs up, I mosey over to her and Tippy. “You sure look happy for someone with a radiator in their front seat,” I say casually, looking her car over. 

Clueless peers at me and glances at Tippy, probably wondering if it’s safe to talk to me. Her exuberance wins. “Well yeah! You didn’t turn. You made me hit you! But I heard you say you got the Uninsured Motorist, so we’re ok.” Big smile.

Hmm. How to address this… “Umm…do you know what Uninsured Motorist is for?”

“Well, sure! Your insurance pays to fix the uninsured motorist’s car. Like me.”

As I mosey back to my car, I see the cop car approaching. I lean in the window to ask kiddo if she heard that—never mind. She’s howling with laughter.

“Go ahead and call your dad,” I tell her. “We might be here a while.”

🎼Music Doesn’t Always Make the World Go Around🎶

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I love music of just about every type. I was raised on a steady diet of country music, which I no longer listen to. But as soon as I discovered Steppenwolf and the Doors (yes, I date myself, but I was far younger than most when I went to the Dark Side). While my young friends were listening to the nefarious bubblegum music, I would present my Mom with a new 45 from the Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent), Deep Purple, or Iron Butterfly. When we were 6 and 12, my sister and I were sent to live with my uncle in LA. After the summer, he sent us to our grandmother in Savannah. I later learned he told her he couldn’t take that awful music any longer. Yes! At the proud age of 12, I was already making people crazy! I planted myself in the music of the 70s and 80s, and there I sit to this day–although some of the 90s and 00s do occasionally creep in. I listen to music when I write unless Word is reading my book back to me and always have it on in the car.

This brings me to another kind of music I seem to enjoy less and less as I get older—the ubiquitous “background” music out in the world at large, melodies I can’t seem to get away from. This blog began with a conversation hubby and I had recently. We went to a popular drugstore chain, so I could get my second Covid booster (yes, my arm is sore, but I feel fine). As soon as we stepped from the car, we were assailed by the intense, blaring notes of a funeral dirge. WTH? I kid you not! It poured from hidden speakers like some weird version of Phantom of the Opera (which it wasn’t). Was the pharmacy doing a haunted house in July? Actually, I admit, I liked it—we both did. I felt like I was watching Dark Shadows or something. We went inside. As we waited at the pharmacy for my shot, a weird mix of artists making up the store music screamed at us— Billy Joel, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Adele, plus some hip-hop I admit I don’t recognize. It was a bit loud, but I liked most of it. I understand where they’re going with the mix. Music is so personal that it’s impossible to please everyone. As we sat, I thought about all the music the public is subjected to, so I pulled out my phone and started cataloging the music I encounter on a day-to-day basis.

  • Book store music is creepy and makes me look over my shoulder to see if anyone is following me. It’s supposed to be quiet, so all those people reading the book or magazine they don’t want to buy can concentrate.
  • Music in the grocery store makes you boogie up and down aisles. If the customer gets lost in the music, they buy a lot of things and then wonder where they came from when they get home.
  • Another note about drugstore music—it’s so loud I don’t feel bad about calling out for hubby two aisles over, so he knows where I am.
  • Music in the bathroom at my doctor’s office is also loud, so you don’t have to hear someone else do their bits of business.
  • Restaurant music is set at just the right volume, so it isn’t overpowering. However, you can still talk about people at other tables. You do have to shout a bit at your server. Maybe they’re slowly losing their hearing!
  • Hardware store music is usually country music. It’s designed to either make you stay and browse and buy more than you need or get you out of there fast, so you don’t take up good ole boy space.
  • Big Box store music is like that drugstore— Mixed up for the customers; it keeps you moving happily through the store and again, buying lots of stuff. You usually fail to notice the lack of employees around to help you.
  • Malls are strange. They play a lot of seasonal music. Whatever the time of year, what’s in the background is usually soft and nonintrusive. I often wonder what those of other faiths think of the Christmas music playing. Maybe they don’t know the words, so they just enjoy the notes. I also wonder where they get some of those truly awful versions of carols.
  • Department stores (anchor stores) often have the same music playing as the mall. Because the store is enclosed, the music is usually louder. I can deal with this, but not the occasional customer I run into who insists on singing aloud. Why are they always off-key and one note behind the melody? I used to glare at them when I was younger; now, I just scurry off in another direction. Let them sing. I don’t know what’s happening in their world…but I don’t have to listen to them!

My take on my list? Wear earplugs when you shop!

Music is very emotional to me. It can make me cry, raise me up, inspire me, and soothe me. Once, long ago, I was asked, as part of some idiotic exercise at work, would I rather lose my hearing or my sight? I don’t know what they thought they’d get from that reply. I still can’t answer the question. For me, it’s impossible to give up either. So, no more loud music, eye examinations every year, and I hope both last a long time!       

How Do I Tell Thee?

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Recently, I purchased a book I’d been looking at for a while by an author who’s new to me. It starts out great, full of great world-building, characters, and action, then four pages in—bam. I’m jarred out of a promising new fantasy world by a significant grammatical error. A slap-you-right-out-of-the-book error. I start to get that awful feeling… Has he let me down (yes, I take it personally), or is this just a fluke? Should I go on? Look at how many books he has out. This has to be a one-off. I decide to give him another chance, settle back, and read on. Soon, I begin to notice a few more errors, here and there–a missing comma, oh, there it is. It doesn’t belong there. Then–another biggie! My bubble bursts! I know I’m not going to enjoy this book because I’m genuinely vexed. So, I start doing that terrible thing we obsessed readers can’t help but do—I look for mistakes, rather than enjoy the story. NOTE: Also, it’s because I’m an old-fashioned fusspot. I’m sorry, but I just can’t help it!

After a while (and a couple more small mistakes), I find a lulu—one phrase within a long sentence is repeated at the end. I figuratively toss the book to one side and go to the reviews. All concentrate on the story, quite a few 5 stars, with good supporting comments, leading me to believe they read the book. That surprises me a little bit—no one mentions the errors. Maybe that’s how we do things now… NO! I can’t— I refuse to believe that! However, this piques my curiosity. I ask about it in a few book-related chatrooms. I learn that people seldom chastise writers for errors in reviews, but one reason is mentioned that surprises me—they figure errors shouldn’t be there in the first place, so the writer doesn’t care. That’s harsh!

I’ve chatted with this guy a few times, and he’s a nice, upbeat person. I wonder–Does he have any idea about the errors? Or do people really care more about the story than a few errors here and there in today’s world? This wouldn’t be the first time I pondered over that incredulous possibility. A few years ago, I alpha read a book for someone I scarcely knew and found quite a few mistakes. When I told the writer she needed a better editor (and copy/pasted a few examples), I received that famous quote in reply— “Those don’t really matter,” she scoffed. “People care more about the story.” When stupid me offered to correct her errors for free, she declined, saying, “Most people just skim over them.” Well, I’m no skimmer, and that was the end of that!

I’m not an English major, but I really try hard to make sure I catch the biggies. I’d hate to have this happen to any of my readers! I’ve even started placing a page at the end of my books called, FOUND A TYPO? NOOOO…. It tells you what to do if you find one. I’ve never gotten anything… Gasp! Maybe only skimmers are reading my work. I’m disappointed!

I have a love affair with words. I love writing. I used to write plans and procedures for the government and loved it! Yes, people thought I was crazy. But if you’re going to be a writer, do your best. In fact, whatever your career choice, learn your job and always do it the best you can. If you don’t, then you don’t respect your craft!

Just to show you that I’m not above all this: I recently downloaded my third book, “Dragon’s Revenge” to look at how something looked on the Kindle page. Being idle, I began reading it. A few chapters later—Noooo! I found an error (surely you saw that coming)! Suddenly, I was on the other side of the page. I was the writer with mistakes! But I have only great reviews with content that shows they read the book! Gasp! What a quandary! Was I skimmed, or didn’t the readers care? Wow, talk about having the rug pulled out from under one! Still, no sympathy from this indie author. I pulled the book. I can’t stand it! I’m embarrassed! So now I have to fix them. A writer’s work is never done. Grumble. Guess I should have been a bit quicker at getting the “Found a Typo” link in this book!

OK, the lecture is finished. Glad I got it off my chest. This whole experience has been a revelation for me. Perhaps readers do skim over errors nowadays. Or perhaps, in the case of a good tale, it doesn’t matter very much. I admit I’ll read on if I see a little typo here and there if I’m loving the story. As an indie writer whose budget doesn’t allow for a professional editor, I believe a few minor mistakes should be excused. But I promise you writers out there who think significant errors don’t matter, you will be noticed and there’s an incredibly good chance your book won’t be finished or reviewed. And your book sales might also start to be skimmed. NOTE: That doesn’t look as clever as it sounded in my head. Oh well, you know what I mean.

Enjoy a Free Peek at “Summerbird Rises”

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The publication of Summerbird’s Quest, Book Two of An Act of Entreaty, looms on the horizon. In this epic fantasy, you’ll meet familiar characters, as well as new ones in new surroundings. Summerbird and her friends face terrifying experiences as they join Treaty in defending their world from a formidable evil being–a creature that has finally found the magic it seeks in the land and people of magical Emythor.

I promise you’ll enjoy it more if you read Book One first! Scroll down for a free preview, then purchase the book for only .99, where it will remain until Summerbird’s Quest is published when it returns to its usual price of $2.99.

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