Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SM Johnson ~ Love Letters ~ H is for Homestretch!

I. Am. Almost. Done. With. Grad. School.

And it was almost as grueling as I expected.

There have been wonderful moments. Great colleagues. Amazing connections. A whole new life, no kidding. And as terrifying as it was to begin this journey, it's been worth every challenging step and every dang student loan.

I never ever ever thought I'd receive a Master's degree. And no, it's not a degree that has anything at all, really to do with writing. But yet, here I am.

Life, why you do these things?

Yes, I expect to be writing regularly again, very soon. Books, not blog posts (wink).

Thank you all for finding other books to read while I've been on this hiatus. I am confident, as always, that there is room for all of us to pursue this writing gig. After all, it takes me a day or two to read a book and a year or more to WRITE one.

And thank all of creation for that - because when I have a little down time, I want to read great books.

A few more weeks, my Darklings, and perhaps I will kickstart my writer motivation with an excerpt from the new Dungeon book! Watch for it.

~SM




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

School Winds Down... and Life Ramps Up!

Good evenings, Darklings!

Just a quick update... a few more assignments to tweak and wrap up and I will be done with grad school - whoo-hoooo and Yay!

Yanno... I'm probably never going to have my old life back, much as I enjoyed it, but new horizons are interesting and interesting is fascinating in a whole new way.

I have been learning and growing in directions I never could have imagined

It's been a while since I released a full-length novel, and it will be awhile still. On deck is the 5th Dungeon installment, still untitled, and also a re-write of DeVante's Coven (fingers crossed on a fall 2016 release for both, but no hard and fast promises), and eventually the novel version of Reserved in 2017.

I had coffee with with "Chill"  today - a semi-autobiographical character from my dark novel Jeremiah Quick - and I am pleased to report that he is alive and well. So my apologies, my friend, for killing you in my book - I honestly never knew what became of you. Getting killed off in a book is sort of an unfortunate side-effect of having been in the life of a novelist. (shrug). No offense, I hope?

I am overall a little brain fried, so I'm going to stop here. But I never forget about you, my Darklings, and after a very busy April and May I expect to be able to post more often!

~SM




Friday, January 15, 2016

SM Johnson ~ Review ~ Finding Home by Jackie Weger

As my week winds down, I find myself seeking the sort of isolation that an introvert needs to re-energize. What I am doing right now is at my clinical internship is like... man, it's hard to explain. It feels like I've been given an opportunity to learn about something that could very well become my passion.  I've been exposed to such amazing and brilliant and valuable people, and they astound me.

But still. Social. And introverts can only take so much social. So when my week ends, I'm looking for good books. And this week I found a great one!

This one isn't dark or dreary or erotic. It isn't my usual fare whatsoever.

And yet -  delightful! I'm not going to rehash the plot, you can follow the links to Goodreads for that, but imagine if Dicey from Homecoming and Dicey's Song  (Cynthia Voigt) had been an adult searching for a good man to fall in love with her and take her and her siblings into his humble home.

Finding Home by Jackie Weger is kind of like that.



Phoebe's voice took a bit for me to get used to - or rather, took a bit for me to embrace her as an adult, because honestly, she sounds enough like I remember of Dicey to trip me up. I say this as a compliment - so don't go thinking this is a cheap knock-off - because Finding Home is definitely a story all it's own.

This book has spit and vinegar and and character and wit. I found myself laughing out loud several times. I read it in one extremely enjoyable sitting, and I highly recommend it for that moment when you're looking for a fun, engaging, and humorous male/female romance.

I won't be forgetting Phoebe and Gage anytime soon.