Resolved to The Year of the Squirrel


Artwork by Gary Medley (FIL)


It’s that time of year again where I think big thoughts, make new plans and the year ahead is filled with possibilities. I blame the eleven days of Christmas break for all that.  Being off work somehow makes me dream unrealistic dreams and think I can accomplish far more than is actually humanly possible.

I’ll realize that by January 4.

But until then, here’s my plan for 2017: The Year of the Squirrel.

More on that later.

Last year ended on a down note, with my mom passing away Nov. 10, and my book sales are all but nonexistent. Seriously, I’m making around $150 a month on seven books. It all seems like way too much work for very little reward. I made half the total income last year that I did the year before (which was the all-time high at a whopping $7K).

I’ve been trying to psych myself back up and get back into the groove. I ran some ads (spent $100) to try to respark interest and revenue, but all it really accomplished was brief stint at Amazon #1 FREE and then four new reviews. I even wrote a couple thousand words, but it’s just not happening. The motivation is gone.

I’m not saying I’m quitting writing completely. I am saying I’m going to let it slide and pick it up as I feel like it. I’m sure at least a dozen people in the world will be sad about that, but it is what it is. Ultimately, I’m the only one putting pressure on myself to make it happen. I’ve given it a good go. I’ve pushed hard for the past five and a half years but gained very little financial traction. I’ve proven I’m not a one-book-wonder and now…I’m moving on.

The beginning of a new year seems like a good time to do that. A clean break.

It’s harder than you’d think to wind down, however. Trust me. I’ve tried quitting before. Ideas don’t stop coming and characters don’t stop talking. Once Pandora’s box is opened, it won’t be closed again. I’m going to keep collecting those ideas and conversations and one day–in the future–I’ll give them the attention they deserve. I also have a few events to attend. Fun events like VisionCon in February and Ozarks Indie Book Fest next October.

Until then, I’m going to participate in the Year of the Squirrel. No, the Year of the Squirrel is not one of the Chinese Zodiac signs (I checked). Nor is it an actual thing. It’s my thing. The Year of the Squirrel will be my chance to follow all the little interests and passions that speak to me this year along with the things I must/need to do. Believe me, there are plenty of need-to-do things. Cleaning out Mom’s house is one of the biggest ones right now.

The things I’m passionate about at the moment include: crocheting, FitBit walking, reading and watching the Gilmore Girls. I think that’s a pretty good start.

There is however, actually a Squirrel Appreciation Day if you’re so inclined to participate. For real, it’s Saturday, January 21 this year. Plan accordingly.

One big goal this year is to get back into shape. Last November, I was in a good place and ten pounds from my goal weight. Right now I’m two pounds above my highest weight ever. I have some work to do.

The biggest fun thing on the horizon for 2017 as far as personal entertainment that I’m looking forward to is the Supernatural Convention in Chicago in July. Bryon and Grace gave me that AMAZING gift for Christmas. I still can’t believe it! Front row, baby! And I get to ride the Amtrack there. Bryon and Grace are going to meet me there after the con is over, and then we’ll have a family vacation in the Windy City.

It’s going to be a looooong time until July.

The good news is I have plenty of time to catch up on my review of the eleven seasons of Supernatural before I go. I’ll have a Masters in Supernatural by that time.

As is my way, I’ve started my Year of the Squirrel List so I can store a few of theses nuggets away for later. It will definintely be a work in progress this year.

Year of the Squirrel List

  1. Crochet all the things
  2. Read all the books
  3. Walk 10k+ steps every day
  4. Finish all seasons of The Gilmore Girls (I’m on S3)
  5. Rewatch all 11 seasons of Supernatural
  6. Reacquaint myself with our garden, wait…which way is it?
  7. Read my magazines the day they arrive
  8. Reorganize my recipe boxes
  9. Clean out and reorganize the bath/medicine cabinets
  10. Donate more clothes out of my closet
  11. Empty Mom’s house of contents and sell them
  12. Read, file or delete all the SAVED articles on Facebook I’ve collected
  13. Surf way too much Pinerest
  14. Can and preserve the garden bounty
  15. Make good food
  16. Eat good food

That’s a good beginning, I think.

I’m sure there will be much more to add during the year because…SQUIRREL!

What does your 2017 look like from here? Do you make resolutions?





Books and such

I launched my first self-published book, Haunt My Heart, on January 5.

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I had a little launch party at Hebrew’s Coffee in Springfield simultaneously with my online Facebook party.

It was a blast! Hectic but fun.

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I even got to enjoy a delicious coffee treat.

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If you’d like to get your own copy of Haunt My Heart, you can find it on AMAZON here in ebook and print.

Haunt 3D small jpgA Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here

Writing Update: A year of publishing

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Authors at Art Walk in Downtown Springfield with Rosalie Stanton


So much happened this year in my writing career I can’t even begin to put it all here. That’s why I have an entire website devoted to it. You can see all the gory details of my journey over here at

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

March 2014Reap & Repent published in a box set

May 2014 – Attended Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in New Orleans

June 2014Reap & Repent published as a single-title

July 2014Reap & Redeem published in a box set

September 2014 – Attended Ozarks Romance Authors Conference

October 2014 Reap & Redeem published as a single-title

November 2014 – Attended Authors at Artwalk

August 2014 – Finished Haunt My Heart Manuscript and sent it off to the editor

January 2015Haunt My Heart publishes on Amazon in e-book and print.

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My table at the Ozarks Romance Authors convention.


There’s so much more on the horizon and some really big news regarding the Reaping Series I’ll share just as soon as things are finally firmed up. I’ve been sitting on that news since Sept. 29.

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My first PRINT copies!



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I was pretty excited 😀


Yeah, I’m not really that patient but I can’t share it yet.

Trust me though. It will be good news.

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Or if you’re only interested in new releases, you can sign up for my New Release Newsletter. You won’t get more than 5-7 emails a year from that one. I’ll only send when there’s actual new release news 😀



A brush with the King. Stephen that is.

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I almost missed the boat on my chance to see Stephen King in the flesh. Thankfully, my author friend, Beth Carter, saved my bacon and produced a ticket for me at the last minute.

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Beth Carter and Lisa Medley on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.


I had seen a post on Facebook that Stephen King was going to be in Kansas City. The appearance was sponsored by an independent bookstore called Rainy Day Books. I wanted to go. For whatever reason though I hesitated.

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Folks, carpe diem. Every time. Because if you don’t seize the day, you’ll miss the day.

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I’d given up until Beth said a few of the friends and family she’d thought would want to go bailed out on her.

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Photo from Rainy Day Books’ FB page


I said yes, immediately. Even though it was three hours away. And after dark in KC. On a weeknight.

Getting to eat at the Cheesecake Factory was an incentive as well.

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The man is a writing legend. And not getting any younger.

It was so worth the trip.


Stephen King is such an inspiring guy, both as a writer and as a human being. His book On Writing is one of the pivotal books that pushed me to make the plunge into writing.

Talk about a guy who’s spent a lifetime seizing the day.

Booklovers Convention in New Orleans


I got to spend a week cavorting with authors and readers in New Orleans this spring. I have two long posts on my author blog if you’d like to

read the details.

#RT14 – Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2014, New Orleans


Ghosts, Vampires, Voodoo, Tarot Readings, and Mardi Gras Floats – NOLA Had It All!

Here are some highlights.

IMG_6063 (800x600)Why yes, that IS Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse series and more.

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Dinner with my fellow Ozarks Romance Authors.

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The view of Canal Street from our hotel room. Our second hotel room.

The first room had an air conditioner leak and this room was an awesome upgrade.

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Food. Lots and lots of food. It was wonderful.





My Harlequin E Urban Fantasy Romance is PUBLISHED!

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Welcome to the world, Reap & Repent.

This was a big week for me. Three years after I wrote the first words, Reap & Repent is now out in the world, I thought I’d share some of the rules of my reaper world. If you’d like to read more, visit my author blog at . Reap & Repent released Monday in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance box set with three other authors at a great value. It will release as a single title in June. Enjoy!

Reaper Rules: The Basics

How will you know if you meet a reaper? Two ways. One you’re dead already and it will become obvious rather quickly or two…you’ll never know. Reapers blend into the background. You may have already crossed paths with one. If you did, and you’re reading this now (which means you are NOT dead), you’ll never remember him.

You’ve probably heard the stories of the “mysterious angel” who showed up at the scene of an accident and lifted the car off a child, pulled a driver to safety, saved a drowning person, _____________ (fill in the blank), and then disappeared. No one got a description. No one took a photo. No one remembers clearly what the helpful stranger actually looked like.

There’s a good chance they met a reaper on his way to or from collecting a soul.

There are two rules of survival as a reaper:

  1. Keep your energy.
  2. Keep your head.

Everything else is survivable, but it also means that even reapers aren’t immortal. They can live for a long time but usually flame out after a couple of centuries. Ferrying the dead is a soul-sucking job (pun intended).

Reaping is a full-time proposition with a human population over seven billion. And that doesn’t even count all of the other creatures with souls that need reapers. Yeah, there are reapers for every creature with a soul. And they all meet in one place. Purgatory.

While they might not all get along topside, Purgatory is supernatural Switzerland. Forced détente. Conflict will get you smited lickedy-split.

And no one enjoys a smiting.

Want to read more? Reap & Repent, from Harlequin E, now available at all e-book retailers.






Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy my world and reapers.

Meanwhile, Back In The Writing Cave…

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December Wrap Up

December has been a month filled with holiday activity. As for the writing, I’ve taken the month off but will be back at it Jan. 1 for the Fourth Annual JANO Writing Event with Sleuths’ Ink.  If you are a writer or interested in writing, join us!

In the meantime, you can catch up with the Medley’s here.

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December 7, Bryon and I took Grandpa Gary (Bryon’s dad), my mom, my aunt and Grace to Silver Dollar City. This has become an annual trip. The Grands and Aunt go see a show while Bryon, Grace and I ride, ride, ride. It drizzled on us on the way down but was still warm so we forged ahead and hoped for the best. It turned out to be a fantastic night! The crowd was much lighter than normal for fear of the rain so we got to ride over and over.

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Grace was lucky enough (even though she was actually still a half inch too short) to ride Wildfire. She loved it! It was the first time for me to ride it in the dark, and it was pretty awesome.

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I was even lucky enough to get the last smore of the night before the stand closed down.

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We also participated again in our church’s live nativity. Bryon and I have been Mary and Joseph several times and a few times Grace and I were angels. This year I got stuck being a shepherd because we were pokey in signing up. Once again, we got really lucky with the weather and it was a warm, clear night. We’ve frozen our buns off a few years.

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Hundreds of visitors drive through the nine outdoor scenes each year.

Grace was in the church Christmas pageant this year for the first time. She was nervous for a few practices but ended up volunteering to sing a short solo and say a line. She did a great job! You can watch it on YouTube here.

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And last but not least, Grace was a Candy Land Flower in the Niangua version of The Nutcracker at school. Now I’ve never actually seen the real Nutcracker, but those kids did an amazing job. How Mrs. D got that many kids to do such a great job, I have no idea but they did a great job. You can view her performance here.

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Holy What Happened To August, Batman?

Wow, time sure does fly. This has been a busy month. You couldn’t tell from this blog, however. Sorry for the delay. I’m on it!

Here’s your Medley Update:

I’ve been writing like a mad woman this month. I started my second paranormal romance, Reap & Redeem on July 13 and as of tonight, I have 42,166 words. That’s halfway to my goal of 80-85,000 words. If you’d like to hear about my first rejection letter and validation as an official writer, you can check out my Author Blog here.

On the writing front, I also got voted in as President of Ozarks Romance Authors for 2013. To be honest, I was the only one who wanted the job, ha!  I’m very excited for all the opportunities it will bring in the coming year beginning Oct. 6.

This month I spent some time with my girlfriends at Lake of the Ozarks. We read, we ate, we talked, we ate, we relaxed and we ate. It was a blast.

Bryon, Grace and I went to a Springfield Cardinals game one of the 100 degree nights at the beginning of the month. We lasted about an hour before a big storm started blowing through, and we bailed before we got soaked.

Grace started the 2nd Grade with her teacher Mrs. Lollar. She’s doing great and really likes school.

Grandpa had an art show in Marshfield at Art On The Square.

We all went to see our friends Lynsey and Brayden pull their lawn tractors at the Marshfield Saddle Club. You might be a redneck…

And finally, Bryon spent all day last Saturday helping put together this cool new playground equipment  at Grace’s school.

This weekend we started working on cleaning and staining the back of our log-sided house. We got the other three sides refinished last fall. Log siding seemed like a MUCH better idea when it was all shiny and new. My dad was right about the siding being a big hassle to maintain…don’t tell him I said that 🙂

I should have taken a before pic of the back of the house, but my brain cells are fried. Hopefully, I’ll have an after pic in a few weeks.

I’ll be in Rolla all this week for the first of my big university drives this year. One good thin about that is I hope to get some writing done each of the three nights I’m up there. Of course, it seems as though every time I PLAN to write, something happens. Apparently, I can only write on stolen time.