Rising From the Ashes, A Charity Anthology For Australia

To say I'm thrilled understates things. Rising From the Ashes is the culmination of weeks of effort. I'm humbly grateful to every author in the set who signed on for my charity anthology project. And to Fiona Jayde Media who donated the artwork.

**All proceeds will go directly to Australia’s State Emergency Relief Fund and WIRES, an Australian Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service.**

21 Authors; 22 books; 3200 pages; 3.99 

I have oodles of hours committed to Rising From the Ashes, and I truly want it to be a success. For Australia. The fires are out, but now they are dealing with floods and mudslides. Millions of animals lost their habitat and are starving to death. Thousands of people lost their homes.

I hope we raise enough to truly do some good in Australia. The anthology is up for preorder and goes live on 2/25. Thanking you in advance for your kindness and generosity supporting Rising From the Ashes. You’ll find some new-to-you authors that will make your day.
If you buy Rising From the Ashes, I will give you a free copy of Blood and Magic, the full length historical paranormal romance that kicked off my award winning  Coven Enforcer Series.

This is the honor system, folks. As in, please don't take the freebie if you haven't purchased the anthology. Time limited offer. Good through 2/20 only!!
Click here for a path to your download link. 

Love will always rise.
Rising From the Ashes is a Charity Anthology and a labor of love.
We’ve assembled a delectable collection of amazing romance and fantasy by New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. We hail from many countries, and we’ve joined together to help Australia recover from its devastating fires. Everything from stories to cover art to formatting has been donated.
This limited-edition anthology includes fantasy and romances of all genres, with hot men and strong women. Every single book proves love and perseverance and grit really do conquer all.
Featuring books from:
Angie Fox
Ann Gimpel
Brandy Wilson
Candice Gilmer
Dawn Montgomery
J.K. Harper
Jessica Marting
Kate Richards
Lauren Dawes
Lisa B. Kamps
Liza Street
Marie Long
Melissa Snark
Michele Bardsley
Renee George
RJ Blain
Russell Nohelty
Skye MacKinnon
Tasha Black
Traci Hilton
Victoria Pinder

If you loved Charley Davidson and Alex Craft, you'll adore Cait Carrick. And the Gatekeeper series is definitely an add-on for your TBR pile. 
Shadow Reaper is still just 2.99. I've been keeping the first books in my series at that price until the entire series is available. Rebel Reaper is out, and Untamed Reaper releases on 3/2, so soon.
4.9/5 star rating!

The dead are restless, and a whole lot less cooperative than they have been. That was true even before I drew the short straw and ended up with Vampire duty.
Since then, Reaping has taken way more time. So much, I’m worried I’ll lose all the clients from the career that actually feeds me. I run a small private pilot school. It pays most of the bills and means I don’t have to keep regular hours.

Death wants me to remain in one piece. She’s bailed me out often enough, she’s all but ordered me to find other employment. I just smile and nod after our little talks, and then I climb back into a cockpit.

Our last toe-to-toe didn’t go so well. She went and assigned Vampires to me. That’s when Reaping turned into a million-hour-a-week job. I can almost hear the Reaper who was stuck with them before, laughing his head off.

I shepherd souls to the other side. Vampires have zero interest in leaving, but I have a quota to fill. Means I have to trick them, but it didn’t work for long. They’re onto me. Damn Death, anyway. She painted a target on my back, and now the Vamps are out for blood.

In more ways than one.
My usual kick-your-year-off-right post is a wee bit late, but better late than never.

What do You Dream About?

In your secret heart of hearts, what do you wish would happen? Is it something you ever talk about, or does it stay hidden away for fear if the world looked too closely, they’d throw sand on your rainbow?
Do you have friends, or mostly acquaintances? How can you tell the difference? That’s easy. Friends respect confidences. They’re there for you no matter what. They don’t preach and they don’t judge. They support your rainbows and your dreams. Most of us are heavy on acquaintances and shy of real friends.
Back to my original question. Do you turn your dreams into goals, or are you convinced they’re simply too farfetched to ever leave the dream realm? If that’s true, have you asked yourself why? Not much is truly beyond our reach. The main thing standing in the way is us. Yup. You heard me.
Once upon a time, they taught problem solving skills in school. Most of my college education was an exercise in problem solving. Even beyond actual problems, my professors—the good ones, anyway—taught flexibility. If the first attempt to address something didn’t work, it’s actually a learning experience, not a failure. It gives a golden opportunity to assess just why things didn’t pan out, so we can craft a better solution.
I’m absolutely convinced all problems can be broken into components and the components addressed individually. It’s how I’ve taught myself things I really had very little aptitude for. Like flying, for example. People need spatial ability to fly. That’s the skill of judging three-dimensional space. Mine is so non-existent, even topographic map reading is a struggle. It took me twice as long as it would have taken anyone else, but I did manage to get a private pilot’s license a number of years ago.
Another issue is I really do not like it when someone tells me I can’t do something. It hurts my feelings and kicks up a stubborn streak and an, “I’ll show you,” attitude that’s gotten me into hot water a time or two.
How about you? What do you struggle with? If something is hard, does it make you try harder or give up? I’d love to know what you think.


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