Writers Block?

I have been “working” on the latest book in the Closet Door series for two years. At first I blamed it on moving to South Africa and having that fantastic view. People told me to turn my computer away from the ocean view. As if I could do such a thing…

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But now we are back. First we went to New Mexico for a few months. I wanted so much to like it. I really tried. It was beautiful, just expensive. We ended up in a one room Casita which was nice but I couldn’t concentrate on writing at all.

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Everyone said that it was one of the rainiest springs ever. All the wild cactus were in bloom. That was pretty spectacular. I’m from Virginia so even the rainiest weather there is still dry as hell to me. I watched as the rainstorms would end and the water would just evaporate instantly. A mist would rise up and the pavement, tables, chairs, anything outside would be completely dry again.

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So the contrast from the beach to the desert was too strange and harsh.

 

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So we came back to Virginia. I have no excuse not to write but I have not been able to write like I used to.

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I am still processing my time in South Africa.

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I think maybe I have just moved around too much and am having a hard time figuring out where in the world to be.

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Maybe I’ll write novels again. Maybe not. I’ve been working on a Reiki One manual so that I can teach classes. It’s a different kind of writing but still writing.

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Awesome Pottery Studio For Sale

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Hi all, I just wanted to mention something here on this site since it will be a great thing for the right person. My Husband and I are selling our pottery studio. It is in a really cool place known as Yogaville. If you haven’t heard of Yogaville, Google it, it’s a very interesting place. It’s located in Virginia.

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Beautifully built Studio on over three acres of land

This lovely studio is situated in the heart of Yogaville. It offers privacy, surrounded by woods but is also walking distance to all the venues at Yogaville, including meditation Hall, dining Hall, dorms and more.

This property is unique and will need the right person. The building is stick built, slab construction. However, there is no well and septic. When we built it, we lived in the house nearby. It has been perked for a septic system and there is also another building site on the property. This is perfect for someone who knows construction and can add a bathroom and the well and septic or for someone who wants to get creative by installing composting toilets and other off the grid measures.

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There is electric. The building is fully wired and lighted. There is also a wood stove and propane heat.

Here is a link to my author page. I’ve posted a video of the studio if you’d like to take a look. Email me at shariandbodie@gmail.com if you’d like more information. It’s a really nice place for a really good price. This would make a great starter home for someone wanting to live out in the country and yet be near a spiritual community. It is located in Buckingham Virginia. Walking distance to Yogaville.

 

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Wyatt and other Books

If you’ve read Behind the Closet Door and Blood Brothers, you’ll enjoy Wyatt. As the third installment of the series, Wyatt delves into the lives of Rex Roland and Henry Peterson. Wyatt is grown now and is searching for answers. Here’s an excerpt.

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Wyatt sat by the edge of the creek on a large boulder
watching the trout. They were just out of reach, their
spotty sides shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. He was
distracted and a bit disappointed that his work had
followed him out here, and on such a beautiful day.
Wyatt was thinking about his name at the moment. He
realized that he didn’t hate it the way he used to. A leaf
fell into the water and circled around like a little boat
caught in a storm. He cast his line and the fish scattered.
He chuckled and went back to his thoughts.
His name had been difficult for him to accept because
of where it came from. When he was a boy, he’d gone on
a search for the truth about his past. It seemed strange to
dislike something that was such an integral part of who he
was. “What’s in a name?” he said and looked thoughtfully
at the water. If not for his past, he probably wouldn’t have
given it a second thought. It defined him, even though
most new age gospel would have said you shouldn’t let it.
Wyatt figured anyone who ate tofu couldn’t be trusted
anyway.
He was working on a new case and it wasn’t going
well. He’d had three recent successes and at twenty-three,
he had been gearing up for a promotion. Instead, he got a
transfer.

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If you haven’t read the first two, here’s an excerpt.

Henry stood gazing at the closed door, his shoulders
hunched as though an invisible weight pushed them
forward. His day had been quiet before this. He had been
in a stupor because of the rain. It had been pouring
buckets for days on end. He wondered if he should start
building an ark. This thought made him chuckle, the
corners of his mouth turning slightly upward, making him
appear quite handsome for a moment.
Henry was not usually noticed, a smile on his face a
rarity. He was twenty-four and had lived a nearly invisible
life in Lakeland for the past six years. His apartment was
nice enough, a little run down perhaps. His parents had
been middle class but they were gone now. He had no
other relatives so there was no one left to criticize his
living arrangements.
The door led into a closet. It was a standard walk in,
not big by any means, but large enough to store boxes.
There were hangers for his clothes and a bit of extra room
to spare. Henry’s was a closet filled with the typical items

for day-to-day living, as well as boxes of books and other
bric-a-brac left over from a time in his life that was best
left forgotten.
It was a closet in which his girlfriend stood, on the
wrong side of the door, clawing and scratching wildly.
This made him smile, broadly this time. He was not used
to this kind of attention. No, his girlfriend had barely
noticed him these last few weeks, but now she was
shouting his name to the rafters. Some of the words were
unpleasant, but he was starting to think that the tradeoff
might be worth it.

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Here’s a blurb for the second book in the series, Blood Brothers.

Henry Peterson is trying to change his ways. After his escape from the nightmare he created in Virginia, He is turning over a new leaf. After committing one last crime as a favor to Rex Roland, he heads to Florida.

He meets a pretty girl named Shelby and they hit it off. He’s happy for the first time in ages and relieved that his tortured past is staying in the basement where it belongs. The sunny weather, Shelby’s friendship and her dog Misty, all seem to help Henry become a better person and keep his inner demons at bay. The voices have stopped as well as most of the nightmares.

Wyatt Courtland is an eleven-year-old boy on the run. He’s on a quest to find the brother that doesn’t even know he exists. Wyatt has always carried the burden of rumors and speculation that his Dad is somehow tied up with Tom Willin who later changed his name to Henry Peterson. Finally, his Dad admits that Henry and Wyatt are brothers. Wyatt is an extraordinary boy whose lucid dreams sometimes predict the future. He uses these dreams to help him find the person he thinks will lead him to Henry, ex-cop Rex Roland.

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Featured writer this month

I’ve been featured again this month in Aneis De Vida magazine. But, before you read my latest essay, check out the essay I did for the December issue called “Fed a Strange Baby an Orange. It’s a funny slice of life story. Y’all will enjoy it. Here’s the link.

 

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Hi all, just wanted to say that I’ve been featured in the wonderful magazine, Aneis De Vida – The Circle of Light. Check it out here.

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I wrote about how to make a Christmas Centerpiece. There is also one of my recipes featured this month. It’s a great magazine and free. Click the link to read the current issue. They also have back issues that feature other stories I’ve written as well as a few humorous essays.

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Writing, Writing, and More Writing

I don’t know what it is about fall. Suddenly my energy level goes up, my annoyance level goes down and I feel inspired to write. I just recently noticed that four of my five books take place in the fall. I finally figured out it’s because that’s when I write most of them. In the long, dark, cold winter comes re-writes and then a spring mania of editing. It’s the circle of life.

So, I’ve just published a new book. Instead of publicizing it, I’ve started on the fourth sequel in the series. This is why hardly anyone has heard of me. My parents have although they haven’t read my books. Sigh… Why is it that family can be so weird? I gave a copy of Through the Cane Fields to my Mom and she was so proud and happy that she put it right on her bookshelf and it’s been there ever since.

So, the new book is really fun and I hope those who read it will enjoy it. It’s a thriller but not too heavy. It’s like the series is getting lighter with each book. The first one, Behind the Closet Door, was quite the somber little tale about a guy named Henry who after being jilted, locks his girlfriend in the closet. The whole thing takes place over a rainy weekend.

The second book, Blood Brothers has a faster pace. My husband Rog likes that one best. I’m partial to the first one, but that’s probably because I love writing Henry. He’s a fantastically creepy character to write. In the second one, Henry’s little brother Wyatt who is only eleven goes on a search to find the brother he’s never met.

The latest book called Wyatt is about Henry’s little brother who is now grown up and working as a cop in Lakeland, the fictional town where the series takes place. He gets caught up in a cold case and re-connects with Henry who helps him. I enjoyed writing this one a lot and as with all the others, it takes place in the fall.

The new one I’m writing now will be called Dear Prudence. It will be a departure from the others in the sense that it is written in the first person from the perspective of the main character, Prudence Ravenswood. It’s definitely the lightest of the four and is more of a mainstream fiction novel rather than a thriller. I’ve finished the first draft and am now fleshing out some stuff. Guess what? It also takes place in the fall. I think I’ve just had an Ephiny.

So, pick up a copy of Wyatt and let me know what you think. Even better, leave a review on Amazon if you can.

Also, to all you authors out there, I am totally open to a review swap. I’ll send you my book if you send me yours. Email me and we’ll talk about it at shariandbodie@gmail.com. I think it’s a fun idea and we’ll see what happens. It’ll be totally honest feedback. If I think your book is not worth at least three stars, I’ll email before I leave a review.

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day. May you have a lovely fall full of pumpkin flavored everything.

Here’s the link to Wyatt.

Cheers, Shari

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http://www.amazon.com/Wyatt-Shari-Rood/dp/1613097646/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1443038056&sr=8-3&keywords=shari+rood