Monday, June 27, 2016

Join me and my fellow Lei Crime writers at the Facebook Event today at 5pm CST. There will be fantastic prizes: Kindle, Book sets and all kinds of Wonderful goodies. I'm going, are you?

Facebook Lei Crime Facebook Party

Saturday, June 18, 2016

My new release for Kindle Worlds should go live next week. So excited, can't wait. Also, next week is the Kindle Worlds Facebook party. Come and join us for fun, and free books and prizes.
Facebook Party

The fate of the world rests with unlikely heroes.
Power comes with a terrible price …

Katsuko’s not exactly normal, but she’s never truly been challenged either.

All that’s about to change because somebody knows she’s special.

The murder of Kat’s guardian and the sudden discovery of her powers leaves her reeling.

 She can control fire, conjure lightning, and summon a dragon, but will it be enough to help her save her world and herself from dark magic?

(This story takes place before Blood Orchids, on Hilo.)

My favorite genre’s are mystery and urban fantasy with some romance and paranormal thrown in. I’m a hybrid I guess. I love to pitch a normal person into an extra-ordinary circumstances as they find out the monster under the bed is real.

I loved the idea of setting some stories in Hawaii, just for fun, like a mini-vacation. I knew I’d need to do some research, but dragons and Hawaii seemed such a good fit.

I hope the readers will learn to love Kat because of her resilient spirit, and ability to carry on in spite of all the loss in her life. She hasn’t built up walls to keep people out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Release, New Contest

      A sadistic serial killer is staking fairies with iron and taking their wings. Ande Ryan is on the case as part of the Paranormal Investigation Unit. Being forced to work alongside her werewolf former lover, Cal, has made the case even more problematic. Now, she must deal with her difficult Fae half sister—who she didn’t know existed—as well as the possibility that she might have to keep the dark forces from taking over the world. 

    It's preorder time for Dead Fairies. So its time for a contest. Anyone who preorders Dead Fairies in the next ten days will be entered in a contest. Two people will receive swag like bookmarks, post card and a notebook. One person will also receive a signed print copy of Dead Fairies. Please comment on this post and tell me when you order.
    Would love reviews on Amazon once you read it.
    I will announce the winners , on Facebook, by Sept. 29th and you can private message me you...r address at that time.
    Unfortunately, the contest is for the USA only at this time.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why I Write Blog Hop-Why Does Carol Shenold Write



My best friend, Amy Shojai, tagged me to join her in a “Why I Write” blog hop. Amy and I have been in a writing group together for twenty years. She not only is she an animal behaviorist with multiple cat and dog care books, but she’s written two “Thrillers with bite.” “Lost and Found” and Hide and Seek.” Visit her at

     Why I write has always been a difficult question to answer. So, here are several reasons.

  1. By the time I was in third grade, I realized I could read every book in the library, even if I couldn’t understand it. I was so excited. That’s when I fell in love with books and words. I couldn’t get enough of reading and listening to others read, like my grandmother.
  2. In school I was in the library club, wrote book reviews, and was the kid who enjoyed writing essays. My sister and I took the bus to the downtown Dallas library every week during the summer and checked out as many books as possible. I should have known even then that I would be destined for the writing life.
  3. I wrote my first book when romances were the first big thing. I saw writers on television talk about being writers and for some reason figured out you did not have to live in New York to be a writer. I was a little slow to pick up on that.
  4. I wanted to be published, but even more, I wanted to give other people the same pleasure of getting lost in a book that I also enjoyed. I’ve learned a lot.

The writing life is hard, long, and difficult to break into. If you focus on the on the end product, you might get lost. Focus on the journey, enjoy the writing and editing, send off the manuscript and write the next one. To make a living as a writer, be willing to write fiction, non-fiction, teach and spread your wings in multiple directions.

  1. Back to why I write. I love books and stories. My grandmother was a wonderful story teller. She told me and my sister scary tales at bedtime, to my mother’s lasting horror.  For me, the creation of worlds allows me to get lost in other lives and reading allows me to enjoy worlds created by others. I love Post apocalyptic and paranormal tales. 
  2. I’m finally retired from 50 years of nursing. As much as I love writing fiction, nonfiction pays more quickly. I’ve been writing non-fiction, medical-technical and pet related. So, even though I can now write full-time, I have to divide writing time between paying gigs and fiction. But, I’m doing what I always wanted to do, full-time, and love it.
  3. The most difficult part of the writing life for me, is the fact that writing time takes away from reading time and I love reading. Never have enough time for reading, never have too many books. Never have enough time for all the art I want to create.

Now it’s time for me to tag a couple of other writers.

Rinda Elliot has written the Beri O’Dell series,”Dweller on the Threshhold” and “Blood of an Ancient.” She also loves making wine and gardening. Go visit her at


Tabitha Shay is a romance writer who writes witchy titles such as “Witch’s Brew” Witch’s Heart” Witch’s Moon” Now she’s added angels to the mix and you can meet the Angels from Deadwood. You can visit her fun website at


Be sure to come visit me at or “Fairy Dust”, “Privy to Murder” and “Bloody Murder” are all available at










Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Discovery

I've discovered Elizabeth Von Armin and "Elizabeth and her German Garden." Beautiful writing, and can so identify with this Edwardian writer, her views on nature, gardens, babies, books, neighbors and visitors. Solitude is to be prized when you can find it.

Don't make the mistake of thinking the real life Elizabeth was a shrinking violet. Born in Australia, raised in England, married a duke, lived in Germany, had a divorce, an affair with HG Wells among others, died in the US in 1941. Acerbic sense of humor and definitely a feminist.

So enjoying a book I would never have picked up if my Grand daughter had not invited me to join her book club. Many thanks to Nikala.

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