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Skin Walkers: Taken by Susan Bliler

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  ― Marilyn Monroe

“What about anal?” Sigh. From the minute Nyree was chosen to help civilize the Keepers, wilder pseudo-cousins of the Skin Walkers, things have been interesting in the Chinese “May you live in interesting times” sort of way. Assigned to teach them subjects ranging from the Skin Walkers, humans, food, and weapons so that they can begin fitting into their new lives at StoneCrow Manor, things haven’t gone all that well for Nyree. Of course, she has a difficult group to work with. Keepers are pretty much on a level with wild animals, especially when it comes to women and their “place” – i.e., in the Keepers bed, will she or nil she.

It wasn’t until the inquiries turned to the great mystery of American females that things flew out of control. There has to be one in every class – the guy who has to push all the buttons, as well as pushing the teacher to do something she really wouldn’t have done if she had taken a moment to think about it. Yep. That was embarrassing. To top it off? Her big mouth got her assigned a bodyguard. You guessed it. Rohmulus. The very asker of the infamous question.

That’s hard enough. What’s harder is the fact that Nyree and Rohmulus have been Taken by the Megalya during the attack on StoneCrow by human mercenaries. Caged in a hidden Megalya facility, Nyree is being tortured, while Rohmulus is being forced to fight a Skin Walker, also captured during the raid on StoneCrow.

Susan writes such realistic, strong women characters you can’t help but like. Tough, yet still feminine, Nyree has worked hard to gain her place as one of the only humans, and females, working as Skin Walker Sentries, and succeeding as the Keeper trainer should have raised her standing among the Sentries. But now? There is a very strong question of whether she, or Rhom, will survive their imprisonment. And if they do, what they will find when they return to StoneCrow. Will the home of the Skin Walkers be totally destroyed?

As always, the pace is fast, the action believable, and the story entrancing. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Lovers of Urban Fantasy are sure to enjoy Taken. If you haven’t picked up the other books in the series, you should, starting with book 1, King. Enjoy!

I work with Susan on her books. All thoughts are my own.

Wow! Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!

It’s that part of the year where all I want to do is be out in the yard, to garden, watch the birds, plant flowers in the yard. It has been a weird summer, cold then hot, wet then miserably dry, then miserably humid. Pah! Let’s see what I have actually accomplished while not blogging!

20160718_084726First, the garden. The constant rains earlier on means a big, lush garden. Some of the plants, i.e., the zucchini, are way TOO big for my garden! I will have to plant them separately in their own bed next year. They are choking everything else out, and I am

having to strip out leaves in order to let light in to other plants. And of course, there is always the one that ‘got away’. In this case, the one nearly as big as Koda!

The peppers are coming along nicely. This is a photo of a Spanish Spice pepper. Yummy!  20160718_084749Spicy, without blowing the top of your head off while burning off all your taste buds 😮 (The pot? An apricot tree!) I even have Corn!!! 20160718_085220

20160718_085634The little flowers you see where I laid a couple of the zucchini I harvested? Yep. Those are morning glory vines. They grow absolutely everywhere, and choke out the other plants unless I rip them out every day. They seem to grow a couple feet a day!

20160718_085437Koda is, of course, my constant companion and helper. I love having his company, and he still adores the taste of mint!

The rare black Russian tomatoes (left photo) seem to be doing well, the ones that starting developing are already about three 20160718_08504920160718_085233inches across. The Zapotecs (right photo) are doing well, and the new, tiny Sugar Tomatoes are making a lot of clusters. I am most thrilled, however, with the Grapes! I have always had one or two clusters a year 20160718_085319that the birds and other critters get first, but as you can see from the photos, the vine is loaded this year! Me being me, I went out and wrapped the branches around where the clusters are growing with dog fur (Shelties really shed!) hoping to scare off the critter so I can actually get most of the grapes for myself!

Here is the fabric for my next quilt project!

20160707_155141I am helping out Jan Krentz, who is wheeling around in a wheelchair right now from a broken leg. I am making the quilt from one of her test patterns, taking photos and checking for measurement errors in the pattern as I go along. I will send photos when I am done. The one below is going to be for sale when it is done… lots more to do on it, of course, but the top 4 diamonds are all sewn.

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I “interview” a lot of fabrics for the spaces between the star and the outer ring of stars. These are three of the first I picked out of my “stash”. The light is bad where I have my big layout board, it always turns everything orange! 20160725_183958

Of course, I ‘interview’ several fabrics before deciding on a color palette for the stars as well. Losers?

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And another:

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This is how I decide if a star is really going to “work” or not. I make one diamond, then use two mirrors to check out the overall flow. These two still have “possibilities” but I wound up liking the one I have on my board better.

I have a ton of reviews to get to, so off to do that! I have been doing edits for Susan Bliler and Michael Angel this summer, as well as some “technical” edits for a couple of businesses (Ugh! Dry, dry, dry stuff!), so I need to get the book edits done, and I have actually read a few books (and listened to more!) since the last time I posted as well.

More soon!

Yep, I Haven’t Been Around – See What I’ve Been Up To!

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Once upon a time, Native Americans of the plains tribes survived on the Buffalo. They used the whole animal, from snout to tail, hoof to horn. Then? The White Man came, and to destroy the native population, the white man slaughtered the buffalo, leaving their bodies to rot in the sun  until they were, literally, nearly extinct. As were the Native Americans.

The few that were left were pushed onto reservations. Food was brutally scarce, shelter and warmth nearly nonexistent.  White men’s leftovers, including ‘trade cloth’, were the only things available. You certainly can’t grow food in the middle of the desert, and you can’t build homes from sand.

The Plains tribes, especially the Lakota, began making Star Quilts, variously known as Lone Star, Mathematical,  and many other names across the world. Made from trade cloth, feed bags, any sort of cloth that became available, the quilts were made for warmth, but also as trade goods. Their most important function, however, was to be given as gifts. Weddings, births, deaths. They are an integral part of Native American culture, handed down through the ages.

A Spectacular Collection of Native American Quilts
Smithsonian Magazine: A Spectacular Collection of Native American Quilts

I have made classic Lone Stars before, and they followed the tradition, becoming gifts. I lost my photos long ago in a computer crash (I made them a good 12-15 years ago) but I have always considered the Lone Star one of my absolute favorites, for its history, beauty, and complexity.

From then:

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To now:

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Iris Allrunner, Lakota Quilter

The history continues. So, when I wanted to make a gift for a friend/editing client who is Native, and lives in Montana, I decided I wanted to do something a bit diffrent that still links back to history.

So, I took the basic drawing idea:

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But I wanted to make a quilt I have always adored – a Broken Star.

To bring in my own personality, I worked in Batiks. To honor my friend’s writing, I added these drawings:

moosewolf mountain goat elk eagle cougar bison bighorn

And Came Up With This

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What do you think? The pic would be a lot better if It were stretched on the wall, but I wanted to get it in the mail. I am pretty much in love with it! 😉

Oh, just for giggles and grins, here is the math for creating the center star.  See – you DO use math in Real Life! ROFL!!!

math of star quilt

 

Thank You, Susan Bliler! An Editorial Recommendation ;-)

Thank you, Susan!

I so love working with Leiah Cooper!

Starting out, I figured I’d go it alone. Who needs an editor when you have a college education? Me, that’s who. Most of my negative fan feedback was about my lack of editing. Luckily, Leiah found me and the rest is history.

She’s such an easygoing individual. She experimented with different styles until we found the perfect fit for me, which I love. Most other editing agencies do things their way period. Not Leiah. She finds what suits the author best and works from there. She’s also extremely flexible. If I tell her I’ve got a deadline and need an edit ASAP, she makes it happen. Book reviews are also something she provides and they are phenomenal. Honestly, I’m almost reluctant to write this review. Like a child with a toy, I’m not keen on sharing. J Thanks Leiah for all you do, you’re the best!

About Susan

susanMy pack territory is in North Central Montana. Born and raised in an untamed location that bridges the gap between rolling prairie and majestic mountain peaks, I am born to a family that also bridges the gap between cultures. My father’s people boast a fiercely proud Scottish ancestry while my mother’s tribes descend from two savagely beautiful and unique nations that inspire my Skin Walkers series.

I’m a huge fan of MMA, boxing, hockey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, DMX, the Killers, and 21 Pilots (“sometimes quiet is violent…”). I also love to read because it encourages me to write. ( I always hate it when authors add that they love coffee and chocolate. Really? Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate?) Anyway, I love beer…kidding. I don’t love beer, but we are engaged in a very serious relationship. (Mom, please don’t call me when you read this.)

Check me out at www.susanbliler.com

A’hau.

The Skin Walkers Series: The ones with links are edited – the others are coming soon.

King (Skin Walkers, #1)
RedKnife (Skin Walkers, #2)
Bishop
Mason
Conn (Skin Walkers, #5)
Leto (Skin Walkers, #6)
Monroe (Skin Walkers, #7)
York (Skin Walkers, #9)
Gauge (Skin Walkers, #8)
Remy
Legion
Tyce

Territory

Book 1 – Territory Prequel (Territory, #1)
Book 2 – Territory (Territory, #2)
Book 3 – TerrIIItory (Territory Book 3)

Musing Mondays!

https://i2.wp.com/adailyrhythm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MusingMondays-ADailyRhythm.jpgMusing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to answer:

I’m currently reading…

Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1 | [Steve McHugh]Listened to Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1 by Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1 | Ben AaronovitchBen Aaronovitch

Read Crimes Against Magic: Hellequin Chronicles: Book 1 by Steve McHugh.

 

Up next I think I’ll read… Path of the Horseman Path of the Horseman by Amy Braun

I bought the following book(s) in the past week… 

Pest Control for Organic Gardening  by AmberPest Control for Organic Gardening: Natural Methods for Pest and Disease Control for a Healthy Garden Richards.

I also got from Netgalley.com The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler and Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder by
MaryAnn Kempher.

I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…

I just finished the rough edits on Michael Angel’s next Dayna Chrissie novel – Woo Hoo! It is about 1/3 done right now. I am also working on a full re-edit with Susan Bliler on Leto: Skin Walkers.

I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…

Amazon withhold services from Canadian and Australian Authors… check my review for Grumpy Old Wizards for my discussion with Deborah Jay… I love my authors from other countries, and they deserve just as much respect as US and UK authors do!

I can’t wait to get a copy of…

So  many books, so little time! harperleeI want Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman but as it is coming out on Kindle at $15.99, I can’t afford it, so will have to wait for a Library copy. Sigh.

I wish I could read ___, but…

25217322Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson, but I can’t afford $16.99 for a Kindle book – or any book really. I would rather spend that on my garden. Will have to wait till I can get it from the Library. Also, I have lots of books I have to get done soon:

For Netgalley.com

The Juan Doe Murders: A Smokey Brandon ThrillerThe Book of Speculationhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/netgalley-covers/cover65263-medium.pngMocha, Moonlight, and Murder (Under The Moonlight #1)

For StoryCartel.com:

Murder Over KodiakPath of the HorsemanDon't Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an EditorThe Cat's Maw (The Shadowland Saga, VOL 1)Br

For the Author:

The Keeper: A Martial Arts Thriller (US title: Keeper of Light and Dust)

I blogged about ____ this past week

Some Were In Time: Shift Happens Book TwoSome Were In Time: Shift Happens Book Two by Robyn Peterman

The second in the Shift Happens Series, click the title above for my review of Ready To Were: Shift Happens Series Book 1.

Review: The Brothers Cro-Magnon by Roger PepperThe Brothers Cro-Magnon

Science is good. But bad science? Well, that can be deadly…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION:

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever read a book? OR… Where is the strangest place you’ve ever found a crazy-good book, unexpectedly?

Wow, so MANY places! Up a tree. In a closet. On the roof. In a horse stall. Hiding between hay bales in the hay barn. Floating in an inner-tube. Those are just a few!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

Thanks, as always, to ADailyRhythm.com for Musing Mondays!

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Oh, Poo

Well, speaking of poo…. my new friends the Whislers at Fairmount Stables were good enough to gift me with a mountain of horse manure from their own personal mountain. Woo hoo! Free Poo! The thing is, I had to get it here. They are just around the corner and up, but hiking back and forth with the wheelbarrow didn’t appeal. And borrowing a truck and shoveling it in the back (especially after all this bloomin’ RAIN), bringing it here, shoveling it out, shoveling it into the wheelbarrow, shoveling it out where it needs to go… nuh uh. Just nuh uh. So, what to do?pofinal

In steps Bin There Dump That. William Blauvelt, the owner/operator of this neat little one man show showed up bright and shiny early this  20150516_073857 morning at the stables and Greg used his backhoe to load up the back of his big green truck. Then, not only did he bring it to me, he also pulled off the gate for me, then put it back on – and he put it on so that it actually opens without having to struggle! Score. . . I am sharing, of course, with Ruth. Hey, she got me back into this whole permaculture thing, she deserves some poo as well!

I have been doing a lot of yard work, and I have two books on my desk! A third of Michael Angel’s next Fantasy and Forensics (happy dance!!!) has Dayna on her next adventure on Andeluvia, the alternate 11918436world where centaurs, griffins, and other ‘mythological’ beasties The Deer Prince's Murder: Book Two of 'Fantasy & Forensics'roam. Poor Dayna. She has fought and bled for the human and non-human population of this gorgeous world – and the jerky humans are just as bitchy, jealous and ungrateful as always – meaning Dayna and Shaw the Griffin are on their own, this time without even the help of Galen the Centaur Wizard who is forced by the king to remain behind in his position of Court Wizard. There are still dark forces poisoning the King’s Court – and darker forces overshadowing the world. I am sooo excited to have this first third on my desk. And I can’t wait to read the rest!! Don’t miss the first two in the series – click  the covers above and pick up your copies today!

I also have the next in Susan Bliler’s Skin Walker Series. I have been honored to edit the new ones and re-edit the previous editions, which is a great pleasure. If you haven’t read them yet, these are some great paranormals with wonderful characters, developed story lines, and solid word building. If you haven’t checked them out yet and you like paranormal romance, I can highly recommend them! Click the photo to order and read King, Book 1 of the Skin Walkers saga. I am re-editing Leto for publication in a couple of weeks – I will let you know when it comes out! Leto is Book 6 in the series. Leto (Skin Walkers, #6)The complete series is:

BOOK SERIES
Book 1 – SW: King (published 2013)
Book 2 – SW: RedKnife (published Feb 2015)
Book 3 – SW: Bishop (Coming soon 1-2015)
Book 4 – SW: Mason
Book 5 – SW: Conn (published 2012)
Book 6 – SW: Leto (published 2013)
Book 7 – SW: Monroe (published 2013)
Book 8 – SW: York (published May 2014)
Book 9 – SW: Gauge (published Feb 2014)
Book 10 – SW: Remy
Book 11 – SW: Legion
Book 12 – SW: Tyce

I am going to the High Plains Plant Propagation Cooperative – Semi-annual Symposium and Plant Sale tomorrow at Living Systems Institute, at 14020 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. Wish you could come as well!

The Cooperative was formed to make plants available to the public from
– stock that is proven to thrive on the Colorado front range, that
– fits into plant groupings (guilds), that are
– beautiful,
– productive, and
– low maintenance,and lead to a healthy, thriving habitat for humans and other living things. We also get to see a demonstration on Hugelkultur Mulching (apparently that is what I am doing in the garden – who’d a ‘thunk? Here are some photos of other people’s beds:

Hugelkultur

Wishing I had hay bales – I bet the bunnies would have a chore getting over these!

I am LOVING using up things that would  normally go into a landfill to build something GOOD for the environment! I am putting in a bed in the front as well, with columbines, wild pansies and “Bee Plants” for Ruth’s bees to come down and enjoy. And in turn, I get to enjoy FRESH honey!

Maybe if I kept the good stuff up high and planted alfalfa low, the bunnies wouldn’t eat my stuff!

 

 

So, lots of stuff going on, and I reallllly need a nap!

And I hit 500 followers!

500 Follows!

 

Review: Skin Walkers: RedKnife by Susan A. Bliler

24974213There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. – Lord Byron

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only. – Joseph Wood Krutch

The snow is falling. Howling winds, blizzard conditions unlike any Montana has seen recently. What the heck? Well, RedKnife is upset. And when RedKnife is upset, the skies are upset as well.

RedKnife is alone. The sole Indigenous Skin Walker, RedKnife KillsPrettyEnemy accepted the invitation of King Mulholland, under whom he earned his trident, to move to StoneCrow Estates, the secure home developed by Monroe StoneCrow. StoneCrow, the Dominant Walker, runs the Estate with a strong hand, working to provide a safe home for “his” Skin Walkers. But RedKnife has reason to distrust the Dominant – and that distrust may cost him what he has searched for his whole life. His “One” – the person who completes his soul.

Imagine his surprise when he is accused of murder by an incompetent detective with a nasty attitude – and his salvation comes from the most unlikely person on the estate – the bartender from the Crow’s Nest, Cindy Sambrano. Stepping in to protect him, and lying in the process, Cindy gains his trust. But when a misunderstanding convinces StoneCrow that Cindy is a traitor to the Skin Walkers, it is up to RedKnife to protect her from torture, and possible death.

Two isolated people, running into the storm, work to protect one another not only from the blizzard that threatens their lives, but from the Walkers who would rip them apart.

This is another in the Skin Walkers series by Susan Bliler, and it is a much awaited joy. RedKnife KillsPrettyEnemy has always been one of the more interesting characters in the series in my opinion. An opinion which is shared by many of the readers who share my passion for Susan’s work. This is the newly edited edition, so enjoy!

Once more, Susan trusted me with her work, and I am honoured beyond measure. If you enjoyed my review, please click “Yes” on Amazon – it helps draw attention to my friend’s work!

W W W Wednesday! Wanna Play A Game?

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 To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen. Yep!!! The lovely people at Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine have been gracious enough to offer a copy of Ms. Gerritsen’s newest for a Read For Review. Uh, Yea!!! I am thrilled to be trusted with a copy and I am sure everyone is just as thrilled to know that it will be out December 30th. What a way to spend New Years Day, curled up with a fluffy quilt, a cup of tea and a box of chocolates, exploring Jane and Maura’s newest case.

When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

• What did you recently finish reading?

22421257I just finished editing (well, of course that requires reading!) Territory by Susan Bliler!

This is the second book in the Territory Series, which precedes Susan’s amazing Skin Walkers series. The new edit will be on shelves soon, and you HAVE to grab your copy!

Kya woke to find herself chained by the ankle to a towering tree in the middle of the forest. Pine needles crunched under her slight weight as she pulled at her ankle, frantically struggling to free herself.

Yep. Strong story line, strong women characters, and hunky heroes. What is not to love about Susan Bliler!!

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• What do you think you’ll read next?

OK, I admit it. I am a Natasha Mostert Junkie.

Yep. And I don’t even need a 12-stepprogram – I just need to enjoy every single book that Natasha writes!

Her newest, Dark Prayer is, as New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose puts it:

“Unique, haunting, provocative, riveting and beautiful, it is a novel that asks questions and somehow magically leaves you to find the answers yourself… a mesmerizing story you’ll never forget.”

Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing, to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH, comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.

 

Whatever you are reading, Enjoy!!

Edit Finished! Skin Walkers: Conn By Susan Bliler

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Follow Susan Bliler’s blog for the publication date of the new edit for Skin Walkers: Conn and all the rest of her wonderful series!

I just shipped off the edited copy of Skin Walkers: Conn to Susan for checking and approval. Yea!

You can see my review of the original at here on my site, of course.  It is just as good as it was before, just grammatical and continuity changes made. See Susan’s site at www.susanbliler.com for more about her Skin Walkers series. If you like action, adventure, fantasy and romance, this is a series you should NOT pass up!

For those of you who have the books already, check Amazon.com for a list of Susan’s works, including all newly edited books. You should have access to the new edits there!

Enjoy!

 

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Go here to Susan’s Goodreads Page!

About Susan

My pack territory is in North Central Montana. Born and raised in an untamed location that bridges the gap between rolling prairie and majestic mountain peaks, I am born to a family that also bridges the gap between cultures. My father’s people boast a fiercely proud Scottish ancestry while my mother’s tribes descend from two savagely beautiful and unique nations that inspire my Skin Walkers series.

I’m a huge fan of MMA, boxing, hockey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, DMX, the Killers, and 21 Pilots (“sometimes quiet is violent…”). I also love to read because it encourages me to write. ( I always hate it when authors add that they love coffee and chocolate. Really? Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate?) Anyway, I love beer…kidding. I don’t love beer, but we are engaged in a very serious relationship. (Mom, please don’t call me when you read this.)

Check me out at www.susanbliler.com

A’hau.

 

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