Our lives are ever evolving storylines. Just like a book, but not as dramatic. Or maybe some lives are more dramatic? I certainly see that in the world around me. Even when our lives are going well, sometimes we focus on the dramatic and forget to stop and enjoy what is good and right. You […]Read More Evolving storyline
Are you on a great road right now? Don’t forget to look back and see where you’ve been. You can’t always go back, but you can ALWAYS move forward.Read More The roads we travel
I am thrilled to announce my newest book in development: Out from the Under: Book one of Bearers and Nobles. This is a dystopian young adult sci-fi story featuring lesbians as the main characters. I’m excited about this series and can’t wait to share more about it with you! Visit my website to see more […]Read More New book series and an update…
I have a few free codes to get a copy of my Audble book available to give away! Subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t already at RaeMcDaniel.com (or become a member by clicking login) head to the blog page and leave a comment to pick a number between 1 and 25. Facebook comments will […]Read More Into the Emerald audiobook for free?
Just a quick note to say that Into the Emerald is on a Kindle countdown deal for the UK until the 31st. Grab your copy here at a reduced price:Read More UK deal
Now that Jo is gone, I’m distraught that she left. I’m mad at her for leaving, I’m feeling guilty for making her go, and I’m absolutely positive that she doesn’t love me anymore. My mind is racing. Suddenly my chest feels heavy, my heart is pounding, and I can’t breathe. I call out for my mom, and she comes running. At the hospital, I am told that I had a panic attack. As I come to grips with that my mom is reaching for her phone.Read More Excerpt from book two…
It’s amazing to me how different life feels when I am out in nature. All the BS dissappears. I leave the stress of the daily grind behind and just enjoy the sights and sounds of mother earth. I can sit in wonder for hours watching the water coming over the falls, carving its way through […]Read More Waterfalls and Life
As I am writing this, I am awaiting final approval of the finished audiobook for Into the Emerald! I’m excited to bring it to you but also excited to finish the first draft of the second book to continue the story of Sarah and Jo.Read More Audiobook, book two, Scifi book oh my! I’m juggling!
I’m sitting here listening to and doing a final review of my Into the Emerald audiobook. I look back and realize it’s been a little over a year since I started this journey. My life has changed for the better in so many ways.Read More One year journey
To me, February 14th has always been just another day. I don’t like the commercialism that this day has always been. It’s a way to spend your hard earned money to prove your love for your significant other and line the pockets of others that sell such gifts that you would typically give, like greeting […]Read More Happy Valentines Day!
I just wanted to give you an update on audiobook progress. We are on track for an early March release for the Audible version of Into the Emerald.Read More On Track for early March
It feels good to get on with the story of Jo and Sarah. They have so much more of their lives to share with you and I’m proud of the story being told. My working title for book two of the Coffee and Emeralds series has the words Crimson and Amber in it. If you’ve read my first book, then you got a sneak peek at the beginning of the second book. The first draft is nearly complete. Soon I will begin the editing process.Read More Progress at last
New Year, new books. Coffee and Emeralds, book two is in the works and my goal is to release it by May. I’m hoping for the end of this new year for book three, but I have other books in the works and will likely get those done prior to book three.
Now that my author update is out of the way, on to more personal things.
I want to wish all of you a very happy, fulfilling, and productive new year. I want it for myself also and will strive to make it happen. Positive thinking I tell you. Positive thinking.Read More 2018 was life-changing, bring on 2019
The Holiday season is a wonderful time of year. A time to spend with family and friends, eating, exchanging gifts, catching up on everyone’s lives. Rejoicing in the love and friendships we have no matter your faith. It’s also a hard time of year for many of us. Probably all of us. The stress of […]Read More Tis’ the Season
My first novel in the Coffee and Emeralds series is now available on Amazon as an E-book and paperback. The audible version is coming in the next few months! You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJ582XT Also, please visit my author pages below and give them a like if you have a moment. Thank you for […]Read More Into the Emerald
No matter what the day brings, I find myself constantly looking for the positive. For the bright in the darkness. For the calm in the whirlwind. Because… I know it’s there. Just under the surface. When the ripples in the water slow or stop you can see it. But not if you don’t look for […]Read More The generosity of spirit-Please VOTE!
I spent some time in the woods this week. Looking at all the changing leaves and fall colors and decided to push the button. Nervously stepping into the fray. Into the Emerald is now live on Amazon. Available as E-Book or paperback. I’m still deep into the second book. It’s coming. Thank you to all […]Read More Stepping into it
Everything needs revision at one time or another. I’m not just talking about writing here. Your personal friendships and relationships, your daily life, your home, car, and workplace. Revisions are a way of moving forward regardless of how it takes place. Over the last several weeks, every time I tried to get back into it, […]Read More Revision
Have you discovered like I have that sometimes there is no sense in things? Things happen that we have no control over, yet we still try to find a way to exert it. Our brains make us do this. We can’t help it. We can’t let go because that seems like giving up, so we […]Read More The sense of it all
I have been plagued with computer problems of late and have been so busy with personal things that I haven’t had much time to do any writing. And technology frustrates me lately, so… I took a little mini vacation over the last week and it was wonderful. The time away was great, the company was […]Read More Renewal
This week so far has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Between work and home, writing stuff and other personal things, I have struggled to get to my blog this week. So here I am. 7am. Writing a quick post before work. I am moving ever forward in my writing process. The second […]Read More Whirlwind
In the last 7 months, I have written a 71,000 word novel, gotten healthier and achieved a level of joy and happiness that I didn’t think was possible. The best part? I did it myself. I found the motivation and followed through. I brought myself to this point and it is empowering. Of course, there […]Read More Big steps, small shoes
Inspiration comes in many forms. Sights and sounds. The wind and the rain. People. How do you find inspiration in troubling times? I ask this question in no way referencing anything political. Yuck. We’ve all been there. Times in your life when you struggle to get through the day so you can move on to […]Read More Love, Not Judgment
I spent a wonderful morning out in nature yesterday. I got out Into the Emerald green of the beautiful state that I live in. A hike, a waterfall, a friend. Lots and lots of trees along with white clouds and blue skies. I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Days like this […]Read More Getting out Into the Emerald
I wasn’t sure what to write about today, then I started thinking about the first chapter in Into the Emerald and decided that would be a good starting point. I’m not completely happy with it. It doesn’t flow like the rest of the book does. I think it’s because I was getting into my groove […]Read More First Chapters
Making time for writing lately has been a struggle. When I do make the time, it’s exhilarating. Even now as I am making slow and steady progress with my synopsis for my first novel, I feel joy and am encouraged with every little inch of ground. I’m also a realist and know that soon when […]Read More Balance
I had some things in mind to talk about today, but they weren’t quite right for this space. I’m on this personal journey called life trying to focus on the good and beautiful. It’s hard to do with so much going on in the world. I live in Oregon, a place I moved to in […]Read More Beauty of life
You know how you can be going through your day, enjoying life and something will come to you that’s painful? A memory or a glimpse of something in the past that you cannot change. An event that you will never be able to forget? As I’ve been writing lately, there have been many moments like […]Read More Events of Life
Witnessing love in all it’s shades and forms. It was beautiful. I hung around the stage most of the afternoon listening to the artists perform and they blew me away. I had a blast!Read More PDX Pride 2018
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a very good week and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Need something to read or listen to? Head here if you so desire: Have a great weekend!Read More Happy Friday
And iTunes and Amazon! Can you tell I’m excited?! Find it by clicking here ! I can’t wait for you to hear it!Read More Into the Emerald now on Audible!
Despite the Oregon Blizzard of 2019, it’s been sunny here for the last several days. There is evidence of Spring all around me. The nighttime temperatures have still been below freezing, but at least the snow is gone, and I can get out of my driveway again.Read More Not yet!