Global Ebook Awards – a triple!

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The 2015 Global Ebook Awards were announced yesterday. I am very pleased to announce that I WON the following:

“Best of” Categories:
Ebook Cover: GOLD: By Light Betrayed
Ebook Photography: SILVER: By Light Betrayed (no Gold medals awarded)

Category: Poetry
SILVER: By Light Betrayed (No Gold medals awarded)

One gold and two silvers! And my silvers are as good as gold to me since no golds were awarded in those categories!

Normally, I don’t like to tout awards or brag very much but I am honored and proud and wanted to share with you. And in case any of you wonder, yes, awards do matter to some readers who are trying to chose between books. If you could get an award-winning book over one that isn’t, might you choose the winner? Especially with poetry, you want any edge you can get.

I’m also pleased that my photography won an award! That really has me over the moon. Cover, poetry and photography. Whee!


Other News: My novella, Midnight Assassin, A tale of  lust and revenge, is in production. Release expectation remains Sept 2015!

And more surprises coming soon!

Thanks for hanging in!
Keep writing.

Yours Between the Lines,


New and Future Happenings


Hello out there! Long time no share. I do apologize but have been busy. Let me share some recent events.

First, I am pleased to announce that I was included in a wonderful anthology entitled Mirrored Voices: Best Contemporary Poetry, compiled by poet/author Paul Morabito. The anthology was ranked #1 on Amazon’s best new poetry anthologies. I’m pleased to be included with some of these quite extraordinary poets. If you are looking for a small compilation of current poets, you might consider this one. I do not get anything for this anthology (it all goes to the editor) but it is a good kindle present! Click here.

In case you missed it on Facebook, I’m delighted to announce that By Light Betrayed received a 5 Star Review from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards AND I was named a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. So, my vampires are happy.

Next, I’m delighted to announce that I have finished Midnight Assassin, the novella that was promised in the back of By Light Betrayed. Expect a release in 60 days or less! I’ll keep you posted.

While I work the publishing (and promotions and all that good stuff), I’m busy finishing some other works (a memoir, a fairy story, a vampire novel/series).

And of course, a part of me is thinking ahead to National Novel Writing Month because I am one of two Municipal Liaisons for the Charlotte region in North Carolina and it’s time to start planning for this month of hell. Seriously. Month of HELL. What to write? What novel can I get 75% finished in November? Oh the pain.

Finally, looking forward, I am going to appear on The Ron Shaw radio show on Oct 26 (more on that as we get closer) and then next year I am already planning on two author signings (on in NC and one in FL).


Lots to keep up with and I promise you’ll be in the know going forward! Also, I’ll be publicizing some of my friends’ releases and I hope you’ll join me in helping them launch some terrific books.

If we haven’t connected on Facebook or Twitter, please lets do. I’m more often there than here for personal stuff but this is where the key events are happening.

Thank you for hanging in there. I’ll be back in a day or so to talk about more serious things.
Now, go back to your writing!

Yours Between the Lines,

5 Stars for By Light Betrayed!

By Light Betrayed – Poetry of the Vampires has received a 5 Star rating by Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards! I’m so very pleased and I wanted to share with you. This is the first step in the preliminaries for awards. Only four and five star winners will be eligible for awards, so I’m in!


Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers’ Favorite

By Light Betrayed: Poetry of the Vampires by Sherry Rentschler is both a distinctive and interesting read. There are over thirty poems featuring haunting and melancholy vampire themes. For example, in the poem Crossing the Line, it reads: “Sunlight teases behind the tomb. Dandelions wilt against the concrete. I dance on sidewalk shadows, death between the lines.” And in the poem Royal Street, the author states: “Time is for memories, frayed recollections, fraught with our chaos and short on regret. We are the remnants of innocent wishes lost in the pavement, too sharp to forget.” The author does a good job keeping each poem distinct and includes various color pictures (mostly graveyards and such) to accompany the poems.

First off, the cover for By Light Betrayed: Poetry of the Vampires is superb (both alluring and haunting) and really sets the tone for the book. I typically do not read very much in the poetry genre, but I did enjoy reading this book. The flow was nice and I liked how it included pictures to go along with the text. The empty graveyard scenes went well with the atmosphere and narrative of the poems. I felt the author focused on the dark, struggling, wandering and mysterious aspects of vampires (and not the sparkling, angst-ridden kind). You can tell through the poems that the author is really a fan of vampires and understands all of the myths and popularity that goes along with them. I think the book would appeal to fans of both vampires and poetry.


No sparkly vampires for me! haha

If you were wondering if you should give the book a try, I hope this might encourage you. Thank you to Readers’ Favorite for their generous comments.

Feel free to see the review and leave comments (via Facebook or the site) from the page. Thank you.

Honorable Mention for Paper Bones!

Good morning to you all!

Previously Paper Bones was a Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Six finalists were chosen in the General Poetry category from 1900 entries. I could not have been prouder of this achievement! Then we waited for the final judging to take place and the announcement of the award-winners. That announcement came on Sept 1.

I am pleased to tell you that Paper Bones is the Honorable Mention award winner!


A gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention awards were announced. The other two finalists in the category will remain as finalists (which is an award in itself, by the way).

Again, I’m proud but humbled at the success of Paper Bones. I hope these accolades will nudge some of you to give the book a try!


If you haven’t browsed around my newly designed blog, please check out the weeded, and great improved, set of Links. The writers, artists, and authors I’ve listed are fun and immensely talented. Plus, links open in new windows, so you don’t have to leave here.

Then pop up above for a sneak peek at new work before you cruise over to the Books tab and click to make a purchase if so inclined. I appreciate your support (and part of all purchases to I Wish You Joy goes to the American Heart Association).

Finally, look for a BIG surprise next week! That’s your cliffhanger. Now go and spread the word. Someone’s coming….

As always, I remain, yours between the lines!

Paper Bones wins Gold!

The 2014 Global Ebook Awards announced their winners early this morning and I am delighted to announce that Paper Bones is a Gold Medalist in Poetry! I am completely amazed, as I hoped to “place” but truly did not expect the win. This comes as a most welcome surprise. Here is my virtual “sticker.”

gold medal

Click here for a complete list of winners!

Do book awards matter? I have to tell you the answer is a resounding YES. Book publicists, literary agents, publishers, librarians, book bloggers, and more will tell you that when a book wins an award, the odds are significantly increased that your readership will increase. People who might not look at your book under normal circumstances are more intrigued when a book wins an award. The more awards, the more interesting.

I’ve heard it said to me, too. “This award convinces me that I need to read your book sooner rather than later.” And, “I didn’t know you had a book until I saw the press release for the NIEA awards! I ordered it right away.”

So, if you are wondering if you should, then yes, you should! There are some reputable awards that most authors recognize. Here is a great list that you should consider. One thing though. You do have to pay. You are paying for quality judges. They get honorariums for their time and effort. So, you pay an entry fee. This does not guarantee an award, so understand this up front. Some awards can be up to $80 per book, per category. So, select carefully and spend your entry money wisely. Here’s your list.

I don’t know if sales will increase as a result (there is evidence that sales do), but if you haven’t read Paper Bones, click on my Books tab (see the left column) and click on Paper Bones. It will take you to a place where you can get your copy in ebook, hardback or softback. My thanks for any support.

I need to add a special thank you to Mary Deal who wrote the Foreword to Paper Bones.  She told me years ago that I needed to publish and believed in me. An award-winning, multi-book, multi-genre author, Mary carries weight when she speaks. I listened. Boy, I’m glad now that I did. I remain humbled by her faith in me, as I do from others who have stood by me for many years (my sister, my best friend and my husband to name the keys).

So, Paper Bones wins Gold! I’m going to play the National Anthem now and quietly appreciate my Olympic moment. Thanks everyone!

News with Thanks

I want to begin with Thanks.

The Goodreads Giveaway was a success and I thank all 630 people who entered! I am humbled by so many interested parties. The winners were chosen and are from Florida, Texas and Minnesota. I’m mailing your books on Saturday!

The other great part about the giveaway is that I gained a lot of folks who added me to their “to read” list – over 250! That’s just amazing.

Overall, the giveaway experience was wonderful. I plan to add my name to others’ giveaways and see if I can’t win an autographed book or two myself!


Now, the News!

I found out Monday that Paper Bones is a 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Finalist! Out of 1900 books of poetry, I am one of only 6 finalists! That’s just fantastic!

From the finalists, winners will be judged, based on possible scores. They give out gold/silver/bronze and honorable mentions. It all depends on the overall score I receive whether I win a medal or not. But I’m honored to have done so well!

I hear tell that there is a HUGE award ceremony in Miami in November that coincides with the big Miami International Book Fair. I’m told that Finalists are recognized, so no matter what happens, I plan on going. I just can’t believe it.

So there you go. Its a good day all around! Here’s the sticker for the Finalists!

Readers' Favorite Int'l Book Award Finalist

Finally, just a bit of business. My Author’s facebook url has changed. Having both my timeline and my page be the same name was confusing. So you can reach me at my author page:

Don’t forget I’m on Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn too!


I haven’t forgotten my promise to you. Changes ARE coming. Soon now. I don’t want to move the furniture until I’m absolutely certain. You can sign up for notices and then you won’t miss out when it happens.

Thank you for your support!

Reader’s Favorite!

More delightful news to share with you!

Today I found out that I received a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Review on Paper Bones!!!

I am so proud, honored and humbled. Okay, dang it, I cried too. Big croc tears of joy.

So now in addition to the NIEA Finalist stickers, I will have beautiful silver 5 Star review stickers for my books.  I’ll show you what it looks like after both stickers are affixed. That way if you get stickers from me, you’ll know where I’m placing them.

Alright everyone, let’s do some happy dancing!!

5 Stars for Paper Bones!

5 Stars for Paper Bones!