New Book: Family and Foes is Available Now!

New Book! Family and Foes is available now!

My second book in The Psychic Traveler Society series, Family and Foes, is available now in both paperback and Kindle editions! You can find it here.

I’m very excited to share the next phase of Amanda Jones’ continuing story. As you may have read in previous posts, Family and Foes picks up about six months into Amanda’s PTS training. She is learning more about being a psychic traveler and about the secret society that will now shape her future.

The more Amanda learns, the more she questions her place. Does she really want to focus on being a psychic traveler? Or would she rather hang out with her friends and have a “normal” high school experience?

While it’s always exciting to release a new book, Family and Foes is special because it is part of my first series, and the first time I’ve written a sequel to a novel. There was a lot of information I needed to cover to take the story from Healers and Thieves (book 1) to the set-up for the third book. I’m happy with the result and I hope you will be, too!

Given the current pandemic, I will not be having a public book signing any time soon. I will, however, be offering a different promotion to celebrate the release of Family and Foes. Check back here later or follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram for more on that soon!

Thank you for your support! Happy Reading! 🖤

Learning from Flowers

Learning from flowers - they are beautiful just as they are

The other day, a friend dropped some surprise gifts and flowers on my porch. It was a lovely gesture during this time of social distancing. I smiled each time I caught sight of the bouquet, learning from the flowers as they settled into my home.

The flowers I received are tulips, which I haven’t had in my house very often. I cut and arranged them, not surprised by the way they gently draped over the rim of the vase. Tulips are heavy flowers and I’ve often seen them droop under their own weight.

They were lovely regardless, with pink-and-yellow petals that capture the beauty of late summer. I set them on a table near a large window, where I could see them often. As expected, the tulips didn’t do anything. They rested in their vase of water, simply existing. However, I felt calm each time I slowed down to look at them. I appreciated them for the beauty I saw in them.

As the day went on…

Learning from flowers - drink more water

The tulips began to gradually perk up. The water and sunlight had given them the strength to lift their heads high. It delighted me to see what improvement could come from plenty of water and simple care.

I considered my own self-care, remembering the times I had been too busy to slow down and refill my water glass. Or too busy to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine.

As a result, I stepped outside and appreciated the joy of simply feeling the sun on my skin and the breeze in my hair. I listened to birds in the distance and kids happily playing nearby. The next day it rained, making it cool enough to crack open the terrace door, letting the tulips enjoy a breath of fresh air as well.

When the rain cleared…

Learning from flowers - enjoy the sunlight

The tulips reached for the sunlight after the rain had passed. I could see each bloom turning itself toward the light. The flowers knew what they needed to feel strong and healthy, and they reached out for it.

I considered how many times I’ve known what was best for me but made a different choice anyway. Staying up too late when I was clearly tired. Eating too much when I was clearly full. Pushing too hard when I clearly needed rest.

The tulips reached for the sun with ease, making their own needs their focus. If flowers can be beautiful by simply existing… If they can enjoy the elements that sustain them and reach toward them… Why can’t we follow their lead?

We can learn a lot when we slow down and appreciate nature. Even when that means learning from the flowers in your own home.

Author Cards and PTS Stickers

Author cards and PTS stickers

Family and Foes is available now!! While I’m excited to share this 2nd book in The Psychic Traveler Society series, I won’t be celebrating its release with a book signing. Instead, I’m offering a new feature: signed author cards!

You can now get a free, personalized author card to tape inside your paperback book or use as a one-of-a-kind bookmark!

Simply post a picture of yourself with your copy of Family and Foes on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #PTSAuthorCards, and tag me in it. (Find all my social media links here.)

I’ll PM you for your mailing address and send you a handwritten thank you card and a personalized author card. I’ll also send you a PTS sticker, while supplies last.

The offer is good for both paperback and Kindle editions. For the Kindle edition, use a picture of the Family and Foes cover page or title page on your device.

Family and Foes is the 2nd book in the series. If you include the 1st book, Healers and Thieves, in your picture, I’ll send author cards for both books!

Still need to order? Buy Family and Foes here and Healers and Thieves here.

Don’t worry, your mailing address will be used for this offer only. It will not be shared or used for other promotional mailings.

I look forward to seeing you at future signings, once it’s safe for public events. Until then, post your picture to get a free, personalized author card.

Thank you for your support! And, happy reading!

The Story Continues…

The proof for Family and Foes has arrived! I have everything else set, so once I give this a final review, we’ll be good to go with book 2 in The Psychic Traveler Society series!

I often say that being an indie author is a labor of love. The last few months have had more emphasis on the labor, but I love that you will soon be able to read Amanda Jones’ continuing story.

Family and Foes will likely be available by the end of this week, pending any last-minute publishing issues. Check back here or on social media for the announcement of when it’s available!

Family and Foes – Coming Soon!

The Psychic Traveler Society series will soon continue with the release of Family and Foes. 

Six months into her training, Amanda Jones longs to advance her psychic travel abilities, while still managing a “normal” high school experience. As she explores new worlds and new relationships, she soon begins to wonder who she can trust and where her journey will lead.

The first book in the series, Healers and Thieves, is available in both paperback and Kindle editions here.

I Don’t Belong in the World Today

Our world can be a harsh place to live. I’m not just talking about the social challenges, the awkwardness and pain of feeling like an outsider, or the fear over the divisive political climate. I’m talking about the literal, physical act of living in this world. The things that seem to say I don’t belong here.

For one thing, I’m allergic to the world. I have been from the time I was a tiny baby. Milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, cats, dogs, pollen, mold, trees, and bees, the list goes on and on, and on and on.

Allergies make me feel I don't belong in the world

My food allergies are bad enough that I don’t go to restaurants or eat many prepared foods. (Plain sashimi/nigiri has an acceptable risk/reward ratio!) I used to brave restaurants, but I’ve had too many bad outcomes.

That makes travel difficult, too. I have to bring my own food everywhere I go, find a place to store/eat it, and stay in hotels that have kitchenettes.

I manage, but our world wasn’t designed for that. Our social world was designed around eating out, enjoying dinner parties, and vacationing where someone else can cook for you.

Beyond allergies, swift shifts in the barometric pressure kill me. They trigger fatigue, joint pain, irritability, and migraines.

By migraine, I do not mean a bad headache. I mean, my entire nervous system goes to hell. (a.k.a. basilar migraine). I have light/sound sensitivity, dizziness, double vision, lack of coordination, muscle pain, face/jaw pain, nausea, and an inability to think. And a killer headache.

Weather-related migraines make me feel I don't belong

If the migraine is bad enough, it triggers fibromyalgia (musculoskeletal pain, brain fog, and mood swings). The inflammation often concentrates around my ribs and chest, making it hard to breathe and often requiring a just-in-case EKG or other tests. And it all lasts for several days. It’s super not fun.

When I’m not in a fibromyalgia flare, I’m still managing a hypermobility condition that causes chronic pain and frequent injuries. Much of my life is spent finding just the right amount of activity/exercise. Too much, or not enough, and I’m in pain. Just the right amount keeps my body happy.

My body is friggin’ Goldilocks.

Balancing chronic pain makes me feel I don't belong

I also struggle with social anxiety, trauma, attention issues, imposter syndrome, and the anger/helplessness of living in a cruel, unjust world.

All of that is my normal. And it can be physically exhausting. Even if others can’t see it.

Invisible pain makes me feel I don't belong

That exhaustion is also hard emotionally. I don’t want to throw myself a pity party. I don’t want anyone to feel bad for me. Overall, I’m doing well. I’ve raised two kids, I’ve written multiple books, I teach yoga.

I look around and see so many people who are dealing with worse health challenges. Or with social stigmas. Or with a million painful things. They aren’t complaining. They aren’t whining about feeling like the world is out to kill them. I want to be strong, too.

But sometimes I’m not strong. Sometimes, I fall apart.

Sometimes it feels like the whole world is telling me that I don’t belong here.

It all makes me feel I don't belong

I often don’t recognize how depressed I’ve become until I look around at all the things I’m not getting done. Honestly, 2019 is a blur. I’m struggling to recover from the incredible setback of last year’s broken foot, and every time I’ve started to get back on my feet (ha!), something has come along to knock me down.

But here’s the important part: I’m still here.

I may not feel like I belong in this world. I may feel like everything is stacked against me, like every day is an uphill battle, but I’m still here.

It feels like I don't belong, but I'm still here

What if that’s enough?

What if I belong here, simply because I am here?

What if you belong here, simply because you are here, too?

What if that’s true for every single one of us?

I think it is, and that’s a comforting thought. ❤️