Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Writing- Tips, tricks, news.

My new article "Infection Prevention in a Rescue Population" will be on next week. I'm excited. Can't wait to see it. Go visit the site if you enjoy great articles and tips about cat care, cute pictures and all that fun cat stuff.

How do you revamp your writing career? For me it has so far consisted of writing fiction more and bringing back the nonfiction writing. I'm working on freelance articles for Catster and Dogster as well as applying to write for on a regular basis. Next trick, getting into a good routine that gives me time to write fiction, nonfiction and up my marketing, including this blog.

I'm sure there are more things I need to be doing but this is where I began. Sure am enjoying working from home. Less make-up, jewelry and dress clothes involved, comfortable shoes. More time for writing and art. Now I just have to figure out why blogger won't let me add pictures to my blog right now.

Have you done anything new lately?

Would love to hear from you here, or on Twitter @realmonsters or visit my website at I'm also on facebook at

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cats and More-Changes

I am so totally enjoying being retired, (except for the fixed income, but that's another post altogether.) I now have time to write, paint, play music and read. I'm spending more time on Zentangle projects and taking up nonfiction again as well as fiction. I'm even going to write about pets again, fun writing in addition to the medical technical writing and my urban fantasy addiction.

I really went crazy and submitted to but not sure I will hear back. Catster also has an article they are considering. So, activity going on here. Dead Fairies on the downhill stretch for the first draft, finally. I've begun the latest CME course for nurses.

Not sure how I had time to work before because I'm pretty busy with writing, occasional lunches or plays with the girls, Zentangle with friends on Monday afternoons and Lori's needs.

I have a goal of being a more regular blogger now, so stay-tuned for more Privy to Murder and Dead Fairies news in the future, plus Infection Control at home tips and pet news. Jasper and Poppy both want to be in the spotlight.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Good news on the writing front. Have a freelance contract with Catster for a new article.
Starting the new CME course on environmental hygiene in healthcare-so exciting.
Trying to finish Dead Fairies.
Want to begin the new pastel painting I sketched out, an Indian shawl dancer.
Word for today, the week, Notice, be present. Enjoy every moment of retirement.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fairy Dust Launch Day

Official Wild Rose Press Launch day for Fairy Dust

Comment on this blog, tell me your favorite book, the one that influenced you the most. Enter to win a print or electronic version of Privy to Murder to Bloody Murder. Contest on until July 10. United States only. Be sure to leave your email so I can let you know if you win.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fairy Dust Interview

Join me for a fun interview at:
Find out all about me and Fairy Dust.
Also, Post a comment on my blog, right here,  for a chance to win a copy of Privy to Murder or Bloody Murder.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Zen Your Art

Here's an example of a Zentangle. This is my zen meditation thing. Love pen and ink drawing with art pens, also pretty with colors added. If you too want to zentangle, go to to learn how. You will love it. It is addicting.
Below are some Zentangle inspired Art. Just for fun.

Next, journal tangle.
Took a zentangle class, some art from class below.

Finally, some pastel penquins for a cool moment on a hot day.
This is what I do for relaxation, stress relief and fun, when I'm not vicariously fighting demons and wicked fairies with my heroines.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fairy Dust-Release Date July 3.

Can a half-fairy and a were wolf find true love and save the world the same day?

Fairy Dust by Carol Shenold

Half fae/half witch, Ande Ryan’s deepest desires are simple: a stress-free, fun evening with a nice guy, to earn the respect of her peers in the Paranormal Investigation Unit, and at long last, learn to use her Goddess given fae magic.
Instead, she fights a demon, gets mugged by a pixie, meets her soul mate and oh yeah, has to try and defeat a wizard with the help of a six-foot elf and a wolf—Cal Masterson.
Cal had no idea that his first encounter with Ande Ryan would include a fight with a demon or an intense attraction to the red-haired fairy who displays as much courage and determination as any wolf in his pack. Will Cal overcome his need to protect her as they both fight the odds and allow her fulfill her destiny?
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The thing coming at me barreled out of the trees, leaping from shadow to shadow
Its rotten-meat smell drove me back. It didn’t hesitate before it threw itself at the circle shield. Sparks flew off, crackling in the air and weakening the shield. It kept coming, like the crazy it was, slamming itself into the arc, weakening it more and more until one of the impacts threw me back, into my own energy and through it.
Okay, out of protection here. I threw myself over to land on my knees and came up in a crouch.
The ghoul looked around as if it couldn’t figure out where I went. When it saw me, it let out a snarl and flew toward me. I sent a stream of earth fire at his sorry ass but missed because I levitated at the precise moment I let the stream of fire loose. Ahhhhh.
It always happens at the wrong time. If I ever get control of the flying thing, it will be so great.
Now the darkling was truly confused, and I sent another tiny but forceful fire stream toward him. This time I didn’t miss, and he burst into flame, at least his arm did.
He screamed with frustration because he couldn’t see where I was, flailed around a bit, and ran back into the trees.
“Damn it.” I needed down before the hell dog came back so I could get rid of it.

What if some kid came along. Not one child but several, in a group, with a leader came skipping toward the bridge. Damn, I shouldn’t have had that thought out-loud.
“Go back,” I yelled as loud as I could. “Hurry. Run.” The kids were chattering at the top of their lungs. The leader tried to push them faster, wanting out of the park before the sun set altogether I guessed. They didn’t hear a word I said.
Shadows crept toward them, and one shadow moved away from the others. It was back and heading straight toward the kids.
“Up here, idiot. Leave the kids alone. I’m your prey. Come on, use that one cell you have for a brain.”
“Oomph.” I dropped like a dead fairy, directly in front of the thing. I was toast.

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