Happy Spring and a Blessed Ostara!

It is the time of balance and renewal. The earth has rested. Now it is time for life to burst forth and flourish. May the world share in this balance. May all living things thrive. May there be harmony among all and peace throughout the world.

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Author Rant Ahead!

I am an Indie Author. By choice. I started out with a publisher and left. A couple of my first books are still with a boutique press and I keep them there because they are still available in all the places I want them to be. When CreateSpace was bought out, luckily, those books were grandfathered and remain available for independent bookstores.

I thought the others would follow suit, being with the company that bought CreateSpace. They did not. I learned I have entered a whole new ball game. And, yes, I’m slow on the uptake. I work full time because of expenses we need to meet. My husband has had 3 cancers and major heart surgery. He’s going well, by the way. But it is imperative that I have a good, steady income. We can no longer be the adventuresome kids taking risks like we once were.

Yes, I have been approached by a few publishers (yay, that means my stories are good). But, when I considered the ramifications of what was needed, I felt I had to decline. My stories would change to match their market. Each novel would take longer to hit the market. And, I would be under constant deadlines to produce as many books as they wanted within a short time frame. Given our circumstances, I just couldn’t.

So, now I’m finding out the limitations placed on Indie authors. Publishers will limit where you can publish, if you use their “free” ISBN’s. I just purchased a block of ISBN numbers. They aren’t cheap. But, they afford the author a bit of freedom. Still, it’s a mess. The companies are vying, trying to kill off each other. Mergers are going on. Formatting is different for each one. Even the major publishers are having printing issues. I just purchased a book at a store, written by a favorite author, published by a huge press, and found horrible printing issues–pages out of order. So, it’s not just small and Indie that are suffering. But, trying to keep up with everything has become daunting.

Now, I have heard where “people”–not legit authors–are being allowed to publish a few pages as books or blank books and further ruining an Indie author’s options. Authors work hard to bring stories to the public. If it were figured in a per hour wage, we’d make next to nothing. Besides being a good story teller, we need to be a grammatician, editor, graphic artist, formatter, marketer, and public speaker. That doesn’t include the business acumen needed to run a business.

I finished my latest novel late last year. My editor loves it. I finalized the design for the cover. It’s wonderful. Then my husband was diagnosed with cancer again and had to go through radiation treatments. My novel took the back seat. When I got to where I could publish, I found that things had changed. I’ve spent months trying to figure out the best way to get my books to the largest number of readers. I have bought those expensive ISBN’s. I am looking at my options, because, damn it, I refuse to give up. So, for all of you patiently waiting, thank you for that. Thank you for letting me know you care. I haven’t given up.

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Goodbye December. Goodbye 2021. Hello 2022.

I’ll tell you what, I am not sorry to see 2021 go, even if it does make me another year older. It was exhausting. I actually wrote my eighth novel, but everything turned on its head and I finally caved and decided to wait and publish it in early 2022. My editors love it and think you will, too.

My husband’s radiation ended in December but we have stayed very close to home with him recovering and Covid cases rising. He’s doing well. My sister and BIL did share Thanksgiving and my birthday (yesterday) with us, but my children couldn’t visit this year.

My wishes are for all to have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2022. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas

From my home to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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Come to Ruthorford

In Ruthorford, every season holds magic. Ruthorford stories by Shanon Grey are available in e-book and/or print on Amazon.

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How It All Began – The Shoppe of Spells

Morgan isn’t who she thinks she is. She’s about to find out she’s much more than she ever dreamed. Coming to Ruthorford to find out will put her on a course over which she has no control.

Ruthorford – A town of promises; a town of secrets; a town like no other–where science and magic merge. Revered by neighboring tribes for hundreds of years, the exquisite area was settled by the few special families chosen by a tribal counsel. Those families and their descendants were and are protected and helped by the original Native Americans and their descendants, sharing a bond and a secret that forms their legacy.

Visit Ruthorford and explore their legacy, their lives, and their magic. Perfect for any season.

THE SHOPPE OF SPELLS by Shanon Grey: available in e-format and print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also find it on Smashwords.

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Looking Back

As I start editing my 8th novel, I realize how far I’ve come and where it all began. A culmination of circumstances–Katrina, a child’s illness, and my husband getting laid off–brought us to the low mountains of Georgia. Honestly, writing novel after novel while working was not in the forefront of my mind.

But, something else was in play. The area called to me, teasing my brain with imagery and ideas. So, I let it take over and started writing. The Shoppe of Spells was born and Ruthorford was created. During this time, I learned that my best friend and surrogate mother had cancer and was not doing well, so I made a trip to Virginia to see her. No sooner had I walked into her room than she smiled and asked, “Is it finished yet?”

“Almost,” I said.

“You create a place for me?”

“I think so,” I told her and proceeded to describe my concept of Ruthorford. When I got to the bed and breakfast, she smiled.

“I can see myself running a bed and breakfast,” she said “You know I always wanted to.”

So, now you know. Teresa was based on Mary, a very talented empath and kindness personified.

Sadly, Mary didn’t live long enough to see it published, but I know that she knows. (In fact, I wrote about that in “A Real Haunting” under the heading Ruthorford on my website.)

If you haven’t had a chance, give The Shoppe of Spells a read. Follow Morgan Briscoe to Ruthorford where she finds her differences aren’t all that different–at least not in Ruthorford. You’ll find yourself returning again and again, just as I do, falling in love with the people of this perfect southern town where science and magic merge.

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September is Prostate Awareness Month

My husband has given me permission to share this with you. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is already a survivor of bladder and kidney cancer. Had it not been for checkups for those, the prostate cancer might not have been found. Fortunately, it is contained and he will be able to do radiation treatments for it.

What makes this different is what it has taken to get where we are. It took a second opinion to get an actual biopsy. We already knew, but watchful waiting was not an option we agreed with, since an MRI has shown it had increased in size from when they found it a year or so earlier. A biopsy, multiple PSA’s, a genetic test, and several MRI’s gave us the information needed and a more thorough education on Prostate Cancer. After much vigilance and many different doctors’ appointments, we, finally, seem to be on the right track.

With September being Prostate Awareness Month, I am attaching a link to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, where my husband got some very useful information. Please, it is imperative that you be your own best advocate. As we keep being told, “Most men die with prostate cancer, not from it.” But, they can die. It is silent. Men–get checked. Women–make sure your men get checked. Don’t become a statistic!

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9/11 Ingrained Forever in My Mind

I will always remember what I was doing on 9/11, not that it was anything significant. What is significant is that our lives changed forever that day. Our sense of security was destroyed. I wanted my family within arms reach forever. We, as a nation, gathered as one in a single purpose. Something I thought would never change. Time eased the pain and the fear, and a mere two decade later, we are so divided, we can barely stand one another. When our fellow citizens were faced with a deadly pandemic, we turned away, rather than work together. When our capital, and our very government, was attacked, we took sides–even the government took sides. I pray that, on this day or remembrance, we all look within ourselves and remember that once we were all a part of a single purpose, defending our wonderful nation and its amazing people.

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Embrace the Difference

Being born different led to the desire to create a place where being different would be considered normal. Hence, Ruthorford was created. And, like any good town, it’s grown. Each story stands alone and, yet, weaves more and more together. Embrace the difference. Come to Ruthorford where differences are celebrated.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Shanon-Grey/e/B004Z9TS7I…

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Shanon+Grey

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Shanon+Grey?_requestid=1195237

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