Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Yolanda Renée © 2016

I can't resist the colors.

Hi, everyone. I'm at a bit of a standstill when it comes to the NANO challenge, due to other issues popping up, but I'm not giving up. I hope during this last week I'll make good progress, although making 50,000 may not be possible, the story is coming together.

I hope you'll check out Patrick Hatt's guest post over at the WEP blog. He's giving advice on writing. It's great stuff!

Today I'm posting on the Parallels Blog about "Challenging Yourself!" Please visit.

While on a break this week I read Christine Rains first book in her Totem series,

I loved it. 

Christine is one of my favorite authors. This time she took me back to Alaska with her Polar Bear shifters. 

Ametta Dorn is a sexy, headstrong designer with big plans, and Lucky Osberg is a handsome firefighter with a desire to alter those plans, but a killer is on the loose and family is the target.

It's an exciting journey through the wilds of Alaska with Ametta and Lucky and a host of shifters. Christine weaves her tale of the paranormal and romantic suspense with mystical native lore that only adds to the adventure

A page-turning mystery that does not disappoint.


Blurb for Dark Dawning

It’s a dark day when someone murders one of their own.

Shifters across Alaska are going missing. When up and coming interior designer Ametta Dorn rescues the gorgeous Kodiak shifter Lucky Osberg, she comes into the crosshairs of two relentless hunters. While Lucky sets his sights on wooing her, the killers seek to not only capture her in her powerful polar bear form but to also take her skin.

To prevent her murder and the deaths of other shifters, she must work with Lucky to track down and stop these merciless hunters. After all, their enemy’s plan for shifter skins is something much more terrifying than collecting mere trophies.

It’s not only the dead who whisper upon the wind.

An ancient totem pole has gone missing, and its pieces are scattered across Alaska. Restoring the seven totem tokens may be the only way to save every shifter in the world.

Kinley Dorn, a geeky architect with a heart of gold and a polar bear shifter, jumps at the opportunity to help her family find the lost pieces. Their idea of “helping” involves staying indoors to research online. Work leads Kinley to sexy lynx shifter Ransom Averill. He coaxes her away from the safety behind her computer and into the path of a rampaging giant. Terrifying as the monster might be, she must brave its mountain because the owl totem is calling to her through silent whispers.

                     Cloak of Snow

No one messes with Saskia Dorn’s family and gets away with it.

The same murderous shifters who had hunted her sister have attempted to steal a magical totem pole. Since the pieces are scattered across Alaska, Saskia, a polar bear shifter, takes her search to the tundra for any signs of the lost totems.

Instead she finds Sedge, the latest reincarnation of the old Inuit Bear god, who just happens to be the man who broke her heart.

They come across a small native village tormented by the Jinxioc, evil gnomes with an appetite for human flesh. Sedge declares he will rid the people of the menace, believing a totem token is nearby affecting the devils’ behavior. At his side, Saskia battles to save the tribesmen, but it could mean sacrificing herself.

Have you finished NANO, are you almost there? 

Is turkey on your menu this week, and did you heed Pat's writing advice?

Are you a Christine Rains fan?

Either way, it's a great weekend to curl up with a good book and the
Totem Series might just be it!

Happy Reading
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Warning: Heeding me may turn one crazy lol

    Best you can do is get as much done as you can. 50K will get meet sooner or later. Hope a happy thanksgiving is had at your pad.

    1. It's a great post, Pat, hilarious!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Yolanda. I hope your holiday is filled with lots of reading, relaxation and fun. Pat's post made me smile first thing this morning :)

    1. Thanks, Nicola, appreciate your visit at both the WEP and Parallels too! Awesome! Pat did a beautiful job! I smiled for an hour after reading his post!

  3. Thank you so much for the awesome review! I'm happy you liked it. More thanks for answering all my Alaska questions that I sent you. You were such a big help! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm off to the library with my son this afternoon. Must stock up on books! :)

    1. You are more than welcome! I love your books! Hope to read the other two stories this weekend!
      I hope you enjoyed your afternoon at the book place! One of my favorites too!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  4. As long as the story is coming along, that's all that matters. Keep it up.

    Congrats to Christine on her three releases!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both! :)

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Don't worry about the 50,000. You've done amazing considering your month! Great review on Christine's book. Might give it a whirl. :-)

    1. Hey, Denise, thanks. It has been an odd month, and will only get worse. :)
      Enjoy your holiday!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Yolanda! 50k will happen, if not sooner then later, don't stress about it. Nov has been kinda best-of-times-worst-of-times writing month here, to say the least

  7. Happy Thanksgiving.

    You will get there. All the best!


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