Raine's Secret Garden


I’ve enjoyed dabbling in drawing & painting for some time now. I was even fortunate enough to have a few pieces hang in a regional gallery. (Sidenote–highly recommend the book “Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain” by Betty Edwards, which taught me a great deal, as I had no natural talent).

But I’ve never felt the urge to be a Graphic artist. I already need frequent breaks from staring at a screen, & my computer isn’t equipped for the task.
HOWEVER! Even though the indie book was all set for publication, I discovered this model’s photo & had to do SOMETHING with it. She looked almost exactly as I’d pictured Serafina–Sera–the heroine of “INCUBUS.”
So I tinkered with the contrasts, changed the background, tried to fix a mood, & pretty much got on my own nerves, lol. :big:

This program won’t present a larger image here. And it’s not a cover. I suppose it’s called a ‘teaser’.
But this is Serafina, feeling the presence of her lover.
This is Sera.


Category: Publication News,Writing — Raine @ 3:46 am ·   Comments Off
Still Green

apple tree
For the first time in over two years I was able to walk far enough to visit my favorite old apple tree.
And I’m sure it would sound pretty trivial to most people, but it meant a lot to me to get there. :wink:

She’s a little the worse for wear (just as I am, lol). Last summer was incredibly wet here, & there are at least two huge branches downed, I think, by their own weight, & I can’t wield a chain saw as I used to. She’s looking a little sparse at the moment. But the branches that are intact are budding, some already pushing out leaves. And I think she’ll be showy with blossoms within a week or so.

It’s old but magnificently gnarled, which is probably why it was my fav, & in the evening light looks like a wizened, wiry old soul, still standing & putting out the green despite everything that’s been thrown at it.
I’ve really missed that tree. Looking forward to visiting with her this year. :big:

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 2:35 pm ·   Comments Off

Well, I can’t say whether I’m cut out for this or not. It’s quite a learning experience, so that remains to be seen. But I can say that, after many diversions, much frustration, and a plethora–yes, plethora–of profanity…my first indie release, “INCUBUS”, is LIVE, yaayyy!!
:big: :big: :big:

Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping.

It may be because she’s on the verge of breaking up with the fiancé who can’t keep it in his pants.
Or because she’s isolated in a strange, pagan place that whispers secrets in the dark.
Or perhaps thoughts of Gabriel, the sexy stranger who wants her body and soul, are keeping her awake.
Or because the shadowy creature who visits her nightly is driving her to erotic, hungering insanity.

But Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping…

It’s currently available at the following vendors:

There’s also a lengthy excerpt posted in my Wattpad pages, along with a few free reads.

And finally, may I just say…

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 3:53 pm ·   Comments Off


So it seems that Samhain Publishing has decided to close its doors.
I don’t suppose the announcement was entirely unexpected–but the suddenness certainly was.
I imagine most, if not all, e-publishers are feeling the effects of the mighty Amazon.
But I really enjoyed working with Samhain, & learned a lot from the experience. I also liked the cover artists, & collaborated with the best editor I’ve ever had there. :sad:
And if I was looking for a decent read, I knew I could turn to certain e-publishers, knowing that there was something about the book that made them think it was worth backing. There is so much dreck on Amazon that you risk imploding with every purchase by an unknown-to-you author.

But one of the major reasons I hate to see this happening is the writing on the effing wall. With big NY publishing also cutting back on releases & personnel, the only way to go without e-publishers will be self-publishing. And while that has its advantages, I sort of resent not having more options in the process.
It’ll be indie pub or bust. And, as in all publishing, not everyone is going to take to that particular process.

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 9:48 pm ·   Comments Off
Locked & Loaded


Somewhere between health issues, one more surgery (hopefully the last), & daily living, I’ve been trying to get “Incubus” out as my first indie publication.
I can already see it’s not going to be my favorite process, lol. At the risk of repeating myself for the umpteenth time–all I ever really wanted to do was write. It almost seems like that’s the LEAST important part of the process now. :roll:
But I have managed to wrangle my way through getting it uploaded to Kindle. Now I need to go for B&N, & take a look at the other options. And while I had aimed for February 29th as a release date (I thought Leap Day would be good for taking the leap, lol), I’ve already pushed it back a week, & will see if I can make that.
I’m going to force myself not to worry about numbers initially. I don’t have a big name, & there are thousands of people posting on KDP right now. Just trying to take it as it goes.
And I still haven’t given up completely on traditional publishing. I’d still dearly love to get my vamp trilogy there. It’s sort of special to me.
But again–we’ll see. :wink:

Category: Adventures in La-La Land...,Publication News,Writing — Raine @ 2:51 pm ·   Comments Off
Black Op


The Ninja Kitty is letting secrets slip, bit by bit.
I pretended not to notice when he ran to respond to my voice mail this morning, mewing & listening intently. I think he’s expecting a message from his handler. We’ll see.
I’ve also discovered that he likes to tear into paper with his sharp little teeth. Useful, no doubt, when shredders for secret documents aren’t readily available.
Good to know our operatives are so well-trained. I feel safer already.

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 10:21 pm ·   Comments (2)

***** *****
One of the first things I did for this shiny New Year was to take myself out into the cold & snow…and get a new cat.

At least, I think I got a new cat.

It wasn’t exactly a necessity for me. At the moment, the fewer chores I have, the better. But my cat has steadily become more bored & listless since the death of the last one. I thought companionship & a youthful spirit might help.

That is, if he ever makes an appearance. Since being in the house for over a week and a half, there have only been two 5-second sightings of the newbie. I understand fear of a new place, but Ninja Kitty has gone into deep stealth mode here. Unknown. Unknowable. Only small signs that he’s in the house at all. A bit of food eaten here. A plant knocked over there. I was beginning to wonder if I’d imagined getting him!

But two days ago, my cat spotted the newbie from the bedroom. He charged into the living room & I went on high alert,ready to break up any fight. But my cat stopped at the corner, wiggling his behind, playfully ready to pounce. But by the time he made his leap—too late. Ninja Kitty had disappeared.

Maybe he’ll deem us worthy of his presence eventually. Maybe not. But since it’s unlikely I’ll be getting any photos soon, here’s an image that sort of resembles him.
Unless, of course, he was wearing his camouflage gear. Then…who knows? :roll:
stealth kitty

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 5:01 pm ·   Comments Off
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