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No Resting on the Laurels

Breathe Me to Life in the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set has been out for a little over a week now. It’s now available on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a KU membership and have been waiting for it to switch over…your wait is over. 😉

So, what have I been doing since release day? There is no rest for the weary, wicked, or authors.  I’ve been working on Celine and Coipeail’s story. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a shortish story, but who knows…characters sometimes throw you for a loop and insist certain events that weren’t initially planned happen. I’ve also agreed to do a short story anthology…and there may be another project in the works…I’ve also agreed to do an anthology that isn’t going to be released until next year. In other words, I’ve been presented with a writing challenge that will not only push me, but will introduce my writing to different audiences. Of course I answered that challenge with a “yes”. Pray for me and my sanity. I promise to let you all know what is going on with these other projects as they come up.

In the meantime…I need to get back to Coipeail and Celine.

Until next week…Happy Reading! 




Teaser Thursday

Remember that light in the tunnel I told you about a couple of posts ago? Well it’s getting brighter! WooHoo!

That being said…I thought I’d share another unedited snippet from The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2, with you.

“I love the reaction your body has when I pay attention to that particular spot.” Iauron whispered in her ear, his hands skimming up the sides of her torso to cup her breasts. His thumbs brushed across swollen peaks of her nipples pushing at the cloth of her shirt. “Now this is a glorious sight.” She gasped as his fingers and thumb tweaked the sensitive buds only to release them and take a step back.

An incredulous expression across her features, Daria spun around to face Iauron. “Where are you going?”

A knowing smirk curved the corners of his mouth. A teasing gleam shimmered in his blue eyes. “Exploring of course.” Holding a hand out to her, he started walking backwards. “Are you coming?’

Daria glared at Iauron. The amusement radiating off of him had her gritting her teeth. “Fine.” She grumbled, bending down to pick up her discarded sweater.

“Leave it.” Iauron uttered, stalling her reach.

“I might need it if it gets cold.” She argued.

“I promise to keep you warm should you catch a chill.”

Daria walked towards him. “I’m going to hold you to that promise.” Daria warned, placing her much smaller hand onto his.

Iauron raised her hand to his mouth, “Trust me to see to your every need, mo chroí.” He beseeched her, brushing the back of her fingers with his lips. Tucking her hand into the crook of his arm, he winked at her. “Come, lass. We have much to see and much to do.”

“You’re awfully bossy, you do know that, right?” Daria asked, falling into step with him.

“Consider it one of the perks of being King.”

She shook her head. “Tell me another perk.”

Continuing to hold her hand against his arm and walk, Iauron looked down at her. All joviality left his face. “Claiming you as my Queen once again.”

Feeling the flush heat up her cheeks, Daria tore her gaze from his soul piercing one and scraped her teeth across her bottom lip. “I don’t know what say to that.” She confessed.

Iauron halted their walk an stood in front of her. Lifting her chin with his free hand, he pressed his lips to her forehead. “Fret not about a responding, little one.” He replaced his lips on her brow with his forehead, and stared into her eyes. “It is but a truth that needs neither acknowledgment nor a response. It just simply is.”
The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2©Jolanthe Aleksander

Until next week…Happy Reading!


There is a certain pressure in writing the sequel to a published book. A lot of it is internal. Some of it is doubt of your ability to create the same magic you did with your first book. And some of it, is the desire to live up to the readers’ expectations. All of it in a nutshell add up to fear. The kind of fear that can shackle you. Tethering you to a place where you can neither go backwards, but you cannot go forward either. It throws you smack dab in the middle of limbo. Those who know me, know that limbo and I are never a good combination.

I have found myself fighting my story. Not because it wants to go one way and I want it to go another, but because I have been trying to edit as I write. It’s tedious and it stifles the creative flow of words. No first draft is going to be perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I can do this. I need to remind myself of that.

Sometimes, you have to remind yourself of your gift. Whether that gift is acting, writing, singing, dancing, drawing, or sports. YOU are your biggest cheerleader, and your worst critic. If you do not believe in yourself, you can hardly expect anyone else to either. So take a breath, lift your chin, spread your wings, and FLY!

Until next week…..Happy Reading!


Writing Is A Curious Thing…

Books. I LOVE books. In fact, I would rather spend any spare money on books than clothes and or shoes. Books take you away from the humdrum of everyday life. The good ones stick with you, become a part of you.

Go shopping? Is there a book store nearby? No? I’ll pass, thank you. Go out to party? Have you seen my TBR pile? There are books waiting and waiting to be read. I must give them my attention.

I have travelled worlds, lived lives, fell in love and lust, and have been swept away to different time periods. All through the magic of books. So, as I sit…working on the second book in The Veil Series, I want to give that gift to those who read the story.

There is a theory, that you should vomit out your story onto the page, and clean up the mess later. Frankly, I’m not a fan of vomit. Though, the theory may have some merit. I have been accused by a few, of overthinking things. The small details can be added later. My fear is, later…I may not know what the small details I was struggling to include were any longer and I will miss something. There is no doubt that that something could very well be pointed out by an editor, but I would kind of like to avoid the sea of red ink on my manuscript. lol. I’m striving for perfection on the draft, and it would be fair to say, it’s kicking me solidly in the hiney.

There are times when I can see the whole scene, and yet the words to convey what my mind’s eye sees escape me. Other times, it all unfolds as I type each word and there is no thinking to done at all. I love those times. I marvel at the authors that can produce more than one book in any given year. I recently read a post by a well known writer that she had three manuscripts heading to the editors, and another author was working on multiple books at the same time. It boggles my mind and leaves me in awe. Will I ever get to the point that I can claim to be doing either of those things? Who knows. In the meantime, I will keep plunking at the keys to get my one book out this summer. Wish me luck and send coffee and beignets!

Until next week….Happy Reading! ~ ❤ ~


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Hello 2016!

Hello 2016! The holiday madness is done. The manuscript I was beta-reading for another author is now safely back in their hands. It’s time for me to turn my full attention to the second novel in The Veil Series, Veiled Path to Destiny.

Like so many, I’m basically a pantser. I have a vague idea of where there book is going to end. The path, however, is a wee bit on the murky side. Some may even say it’s veiled. (See what I did there? 🙂 ) I can admit to envying the plotters. I look at a fellow author’s colorful plot board and think…I’m going to learn how to do that! But until that day, I’m going to have to wing it.

Pantser, plotter, or somewhere in between…I think the main thing is to keep writing.

Until next week….Happy Reading!




Good Wednesday to the ‘Worders’…

I’m tackling a different thing just now…editing. Or, perhaps more aptly…consulting. I am actually finding it to be quite enlightening as well. We have a new author debuting in October whose manuscript has a spot of a fantasy bend to it, so the owner asked if I’d give it the once over on world-building, etc. I con honestly tell you that never not once have I stopped to think about the process. Which could be part of why Kingdoms has been such a paradigm shift for me even after working with a plotter. I never would have claimed it before, but I am a total pantster when I write.

It would seem that this journey watching someone else’s development is a good thing for me as I look at my own. The introspection is valuable. It is also nerve mashing as well. I’ll keep you posted on what I learn as I go. So far I have learned that fantasy reading/writing is significantly more challenging when you don’t know the tale. 🙂


’til next time. Read something amazing!