London KidRated 10/10!

Check this out friends and followers! The brilliant Stanley Laney gave Rowan of the Wood a KidRated score of 10 out of a possible 10!!

Watch for yourself:

Stanley doesn’t give out 10s easily, either. In fact, the only other thing to have ever rated a 10 by this London Kid was the hike over the O2 Dome.

Not even a cool practice operation on a stuffed animal with a proper veterinarian rated a 10…that’s just how highly Stanley thinks of our Rowan.

Cheers, Stanley. xo

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Books & Reviews


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Read the Actual Words for a Change

20140803-230739-83259458.jpgI’ve gotten several messages and emails lamenting the death of O. M. Grey or to express a sadness that I’m quitting writing…only I’m not quitting writing.

I got so many messages, in fact, I doubted my own memory of what I wrote just two days ago, so I went back to “Caught in the Cogs” and reread the “RIP OMG” post.

Turns out. I’m not crazy.

I didn’t say I was quitting writing. Not even once. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Personal


Ukiah Corner Gallery Art Show

Edgar & Me

Edgar & Me

For the entire month of July, my visual art and books will be on display in the front window at the Ukiah Corner Gallery. I’m ever so excited about this! It’s the first time in my life that my visual art has been on display in public.

There will be a reception for this month’s featured artists, me and one other artist, during the town’s “First Friday” celebration, which actually occurs on the second Friday this month because of Independence Day.

July 11, 2014. 5pm – 8pm.

So far, the response to my work has been overwhelmingly positive. While completing several of the pieces, I’d post them on my Facebook page in progressive images. From the background through the finished work, followers and friends got to see the painting transform in stages.

Due to the great response, I’ll be offering prints to several of the pieces. All of my available art is listed in this public photo album on Facebook, and it will soon be on art sites like Fine Art America and our Etsy page. In this Facebook photo album, examine each piece of art more closely along with its description, medium, and price for the original.

UCG1I’m accepting commissions at the moment, too. Email me if you’d like to see my rendition of your favorite author or musician…or even a cityscape or landscape.

See these paintings close-up in my Facebook photo album entitled Original Art & Prints. Leave a comment here or there and let me know your thoughts! Email or message me directly if you’re interested in a print, and I’ll get a quote to you ASAP. I’m working with photographer and founding member of the Ukiah Corner Gallery Elliot Little to get high quality prints made for those who are interested.

If you’re in northern California, stop on by the Corner Art Galley during the month of July and see them for yourself! Remember, the opening reception is July 11th between 5 and 8pm. Although I will unfortunately be at another scheduled event in Colorado (busy! busy! busy!) during the reception on the 11th, there will be plenty of other artists to speak with.

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Books & Reviews, Personal


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Valhalla Renaissance Faire

Rowan as Green Man

Rowan as Green Man


Ethan and I have the great joy of being part of the 22nd Annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire this year in South Lake Tahoe. We’ve been trying to get into this faire for years, so we’re super excited about it.

Look for our booth, then come in and say hello! We’ll be doing live demonstrations of wood carvings (Ethan will be carving magic wands) and woodcut printmaking from a Green Man I carved. Also, find the complete set of the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, all of O. M. Grey’s books, and books by Triscelle Publishing and Robert Stickmanz. Plus, magic wands, Scottish spurtles, fine art (including the big Rowan as Green Man painting, left), and fun little amigurumi crocheted goodies like octopus clips, baby Cthulhus, and voodoo dolls.

So if you’re in the Tahoe/Reno/Sacramento area, consider reveling in the joy of the Renaissance this weekend and/or next at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire! If you mention this post, you will get Witch on the Water FREE when you buy a copy of Rowan of the Wood.


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Be Heathy & Save Money, The Easy Way

It was a great day when I discovered Lindsay and Happy Herbivore. For those of you who follow me here or on Facebook, you know I’ve been struggling with some health and digestive issues. Since doctors keep dismissing my symptoms as “all in my head,” even though the lab results are suspect, I’ve had to take a lot of my health into my own hands.

Much to my horror, I realized my husband and I (yes, just the two of us) were spending nearly $800/month on groceries and supplements! We’re far from rich people, so this is far from okay! It’s absurd. Even though we eat mostly organic and mostly fresh, $800 is ridiculously high. We were going to the grocery store 2 or 3 (sometimes 4!) times a week. We’d find ourselves cooking up wilting kale or other greens before they went bad. We ate well, but I still usually felt hungry (part of the digestive problems).

The HCL and enzymes helped with some of the GI issues, but slowly they crept back. The supplements given to me by the very expensive naturopath made me put on 5 lbs (thankfully not more), and I haven’t been able to take if off since, no matter how much I limited calories or increased exercise. Yes, thyroid problems, as well. Although the elimination diet helped me uncover some food intolerances that went a long way in improving my mood stability and minimizing both the dark times and the GI issues, the other diets I tried just increased anxiety. I’ve stopped all supplements except 5HTP every other day and sporadic digestive aids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Healthy Living


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Review: “Delightful” and “Exciting”

Zephyr-4WEBBitten by Books just released their review for Book 3 and 4 of the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Special thanks to Lori who has reviewed all four books so far. Although she didn’t like the third book, Fire of the Fey, as much, I’m quite grateful she kept reading the series…especially because she loved the fourth book Power of the Zephyr! I’m looking forward to her thoughts on the fifth and final book, Spirit of the Otherworld.

Here’s what she has to say about Power of the Zephyr…(excerpt)

This fourth book in the Rowan of the Woods series is every bit as delightful as the first two books. Filled with magic, excitement and even zombies, this is a fast-paced and exciting page- turner. I must admit that I was a little worried as to where the series was going as it seemed to have taken a wrong turn in book three, but Ethan and Christine Rose have definitely found their way back to the highway with Power of the Zephyr.

Lori gave Power of the Zephyr FOUR STARS! Sweet!

In fact, I’m glad for her two-star rating for Fire of the Fey because then her four- and five-star ratings mean so much more. I know she’s not just being nice; she’s being honest. Book three is interesting. We’ve had some readers say it was their FAVORITE of the first three, and then we’ve had others say they didn’t quite get it or, like Lori said, it felt too disjointed. Fire of the Fey has become an important bridge between the first two and last two books. It gives more in depth conflict in some of the characters, and it’s the last book in which we visit the past throughout, a pattern established in the first book. Books 4 and 5 stay mostly in the present with the only visit to the past happening at the very beginning. This makes for a more cohesive storyline. Besides, you know all the characters so well now, there is no need for more background.

A few years ago, Lori reviewed both Rowan of the Wood and Witch on the Water, books 1 & 2, respectively. Rowan of the Wood earned a four-star rating from Lori, and Witch on the Water got a whopping FIVE STARS!


Thank you so much, Lori. I can’t wait to read your review on the conclusion.

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Books & Reviews


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Review: “The best book ever made.”

Hyperbole. I use it often for emphasis, especially when overwhelmed with joy or another passionate emotion, so I deeply appreciate this glowing 5-star review by reader K. A. Schaefer for the 5th book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series: SPIRIT OF THE OTHERWORLD.

Awesome! The best book ever made. The ending is the best, and the green man- amazing! I can’t think of a better book to read! ~ by K. A. Schaefer (Dallas, TX)

This review made my morning. It made my entire week!

K. A. Schaefer’s review is super special because of a few reasons:

  1. It wasn’t prompted. I haven’t asked for reviews, as I have done in the past because sometimes people just don’t think to leave one. This was a complete surprise today.
  2. Although I might know K. A. Schaefer personally, since they live in Dallas where my family lives and where we’ve done many events, I don’t recognize the name right off the bat. An unprompted review from a reader inspired to post solely on their joyful experience from reading our book is huge for this author. Certainly not unprecedented, but like many independent authors with limited distribution and marketing budgets, it is rare. This review is all the more beautiful because of it.
  3. The review specifically compliments the ending of the book, and for those who have read my stories or those I write under O. M. Grey, you know that endings are something with which I struggle.

This review renews hope in my heart.

It’s truly amazing what a few nice, genuine sentences can do for the artist’s soul. Please keep this in mind, dear readers, after you’ve read our books. A few heartfelt sentences keeps the creative fires burning and costs you nothing more than a few minutes of your time.

Thank you, K. A. Schaefer, for sharing your joy with me and the world.

May you find peace.


OKAY! Who’s next to fall in LOVE with ROWAN OF THE WOOD? Remember book 4, Power of the Zephyr, is FREE today and tomorrow on Kindle. Book 1 (Rowan of the Wood) is only $2.99. Book 2 & 3 (Witch on the Water and Fire of the Fey) are only $3.99, and book 5 (Spirit of the Otherworld) is $5.99. For under $20, you can get the entire series on your KINDLE (or through your free Kindle app).

They’re also all available in paperback if you prefer.


Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Books & Reviews, Emerging Authors


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