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Clandestine, the first installment in the Young Adult Paranormal series Bound In Blood is available in both Print and EBook. It can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Create Space

Monday, January 6, 2014

Moving day is approaching

Hello all

I have made a decision for Nicole Ray's blog! That's right, me, myself, I actually made a decision in a timely fashion! Alert the media… No applause please

I have decided that I am going to combine my two blogs. That means this blog will be moving over to playing the blind card. I hope that you all will consider following that site.  It really would mean a lot to me.

There has just been a lot going on with my life. It would make things a lot less hectic, if I only had two update one blog. I'm sure many of you out there understand what that is like. Family, writing, and normal life, have just gotten to be too much. In order for me to stay devoted to you as well as to my regular day today life, this move is a necessary evil

I absolutely love having both blogs. I like being able to keep the two worlds separate. Nevertheless, both worlds have always collided from time to time. There has always been random blindness topics discussed on this blog. Or there has always been a time where I would talk about my writing on playing the blank card. Therefore, this move is it a huge stretch I suppose.

I am going to be asking for a sighted persons help on transferring all the posts and links from this blog over to playing the blind card. Some of them, are already there. I appreciate yo blind card. I hope to see you all there as soon as you can. I don't want you to miss out on anything new. From this point forward all new posts will be done on playing the blind card. There will only be one last post on this site to let everyone know when things are official.

My YouTube channel will remain the same. I don't have very many subscribers on that yet. I hope that you all will consider signing up for that as well.  I do understand that my videos are a little boring for sighted people. I haven't yet done one that isn't completely black. The reason for this, is to give sighted people a chance to see a little bit of what a blind person sees. This is not how all the videos will be however. I plan in the near future to do an actual video where you can see me. Yuck! I admit I am not looking forward to that. I am a bit of a self-conscious person. You know what they say, we are our own worst critic.

Please continue following. I hope this hasn't caused any inconvenience. I look forward to chatting with you all in the future. I have also decided that the Facebook page for the Corprate is potentially going to be deleted. I hope that you will track down the playing the blind hard Facebook page and like that one for any future book updates

I really do love you all! You are a very important part of my creativity, my career, and my passion and reason for writing. I hope that you stick with me through the chaos patience while the rest are being transferred. I am not sure how long this move will take to be officially affective and permanent. So, it is a good idea to sign up for playing the bl

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Where have you been Nicole?

Hello all!

I have missed you all so much! I promise I have not forgotten you. Things in life have just been crazy lately. On top of that, I am still having computer problems. Probably worse than ever.

I will not bore you with details. However, I will say that things are going pretty well. I'm getting them sorted out anyway. In other words, I'm still alive, I'm still kicking, I haven't given up.

I must tell you in case you notice there are spelling errors or anything, for right now, I am blogging from my iPhone. That being said, you should know that I am too lazy to spend for ever typing on a touchscreen. So, I am using the dictate feature. Because of this, it is incredibly possible that there will be serious errors! I apologize in advance. In fact, there probably has already been some so I guess I apologize pre-advance. If you follow playing the blind cart also, you will know what I'm talking about. I just finished that post and there are definitely errors.

In other news…

Clandestine is in production currently. I hope the audiobook will be done and in your devices soon! The new narrators are awesome! I am lucky enough to have two, a male and a female. This will bring a new dynamic to the story. Hopefully, it will bring it to life right before your very years. The duo is very talented. I am also lucky enough to call them my friends. They are a husband and wife partnership. Their names, Joy and Andrew strobe. I'm guessing the dictate feature has butchered their last name. If so I apologize to them a lot! Joy has been my friend for a while. She is the owner at dreamscape covers.  If you haven't seen her work yet, I recommend you check out her website. She's been having a lot of amazing sales and deals lately. Totally worth it.  I put the link in for the site as I normally would, but this stinking app and also the dictate feature and also the talking program in general, will not allow me to do so. Sorry about that guys

I am also currently working on a short story that will be in an anthology in the future. I think you guys will like it. It is a prequel to my story sightless spirits. Which of course, I know has not been released. It will be soon. I am working on it I promise. I am having to put things on hold until the computer problems can be straightened out. When it is, I will let you know and get back to work so I can bring you the material as fast as possible.

Divinity the second book in the bound in blood series is finished!! I am in the middle of still getting with an editor. I only have the second half left to be edited. I have think I have found someone. She comes very highly recommended. I will keep you posted as that progress is made

I am also considering changing the name of clandestine. I have decided that it is possible but not all young adult readers know what the word clandestine meetings. How, I think I know some adults that don't have a clue what that word means. I understand. So, I am wondering if I change the name if that will get people more interested in the title.  Crap… See what I mean about errors in this paragraph? Anyway, I am considering changing the name to simply the series name. Bound in blood. What do you guys think? I would love to hear your thoughts. Send me any type of email private message or comment if you have any.

I am also planning to update my YouTube channel more frequently now that I have an updated iPhone. The video feature works much easier. So please be on the lookout for more videos coming soon!

The other situation is with this blog in general. I have thought about doing this before, but now with the problems with my computer I am thinking about it more heavily. I am considering combining my two blogs Nicole Ray and playing the blind card.

If I do, chances are this blog will be moved over to playing the blind card. This is because I have more followers on that page. It is also more established. It is been around longer. I would also like to hear your guises thoughts about this change. I don't want to do anything that you guys aren't okay with. Let me know what you think.

If the change is made. And if Nicole Ray, moves permanently to just playing the Blenkarne, I can't automatically transfer followers from this blog to that one. I will give you guys plenty of notice however, so that you can get to that one. I hope that you will all consider following playing the blank card either way. I will keep it updated on Facebook and on the blogs on what I did. A decision should be made in the next few days.

I have some funny posts bouncing around my head the last week. I haven't been able to post them however, due to the computer issues. I'm hoping now with this app that I will be able to. It is undecided whether they will be put on the site or I'm playing the blank card. So please consider finding both so that you will be ready and able to read as they come out. I'm not even going to try to post the link to playing the blame card through this dictate feature. I really hope that all of you are able to see the other links on my page surrounding this post. If UR you will find links to not only playing the blank card but also to the YouTube channel and also to descriptions about my books. You can also find links to things that I mentioned earlier such as dreamscape covers. 

Once again, I am sorry for my absence. I am also sorry that there is so many spelling errors in this post. I hope you all can find in your heart to forgive me for all of it. I will try to be more diligent in the future. I promise that you all mean very much to me. And I am still plugging away. I will get back to work and back to writing very soon.  As I mentioned, stories have been bouncing around my head for days. This really sucks in fact, I'm in the mood to write! Finally! Writers block ended. The only problem is I can't right I have no computer in which to write on. How frustrating! Hopefully the stories will stick around in my head long enough to be put down onto the keyboard in into the my computer's memory

So I am done rambling for now. I hope to talk to you all soon. I'm hoping this app will continue to work for me so that I can update things more frequently. Because I am on my iPhone, I should hopefully be able to maybe post pictures now and then too. Please understand if there is no private pictures of my family however. But I will try to post other random pics as they come along

Love you all bunches! Keep on reading!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Talking Programs Are Not A Blind Girls Best Friend

Greetings and salutations!

Though it's probably seemed like it lately, no I have not dropped off the face of the Earth. There has been a lot going on that has prevented me from posting. The first and most annoying is the talking program on my new computer.

It doesn't like me much and believe me, the feeling is mutual. I am a JAWS girl through and through, but unfortunately, that is not what I'm running on my new laptop. Therefore, I come to you now after charging up my old one. The new program won't let me access Blogger for some God foresaken reason.

I'm sure it isn't the fault of the program and that is why I am not naming it here. I don't wish to give it bad marks in the virtual world. As we all know, those can be quite damaging and last forever.

I think the problem boils down to simple operator error and nothing more. I assure you that I'm working on it and one way or another, will figure it out. I have to... even though it's seriously cramping my style.

I will if nothing else keep this laptop charged just for the blog and promise to post again soon. Thank you to all my loyal followers. I love you all and will talk to you soon.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Narrator For Bound In Blood: Melissa Strom

The release of Clandestine in audio is rapidly approaching. It is going through the last round of edits now!

You will be able to buy it at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

The narrator that will be performing the book for you is extremely talented. She really brings Emily and the gange to life. Her ability to juice up the creep out factor with the vampires is spine tinglingly amazing.

Melissa has worked very hard to put forth a great product that I think you all will love. Even those of you who don't normally go to the audio version for a good read will love this audio book. I would encourage you to pick it up and listen to Melissa Strom as Emily Jameson.

You can also find more titles read by Melissa Strom on Audible too. So when you're done listening to Clandestine, be sure to check out what else Melissa has to offer.

Are you an author or publisher looking for a great new talent for your next book? If so, check out Melissa's website. There you can find samples of work and a steller resume that will grab your interest and have you picturing her in the role of your main character. Please visit www.melissastrom.com to find out more about how to hire a fantastic narrator, producer, acriss and all around amazing woman.

Click HERE to find out more about Melissa.

Clandestine in audio will be out soon! Can't wait? Check it out on Amazon in print ($9.99) or in eBook ($2.99).

Stay tuned for the next post... I'll be talking about the insanely good musician I hired to produce a wickid cool music set for the Bound In Blood series.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cassandra Clare is Coming Here!!!

Yep, that's right! Cassandra Clare is coming to a town near here to help kick off the relase of her newest book Clockwork Princess: The infernal Devices book 3!

The talented mega author is also responsible for the amazing Mortal Instruments series. Which by the way, just happens to be one of my absolute favorites.

Did I mention that Cassandra Clare is coming to Portland??? I am so frickin excited I can hardly contain myself!!

I admit I don't own any books that are signed by the author. So, the fact that my very first one will be by one of my favorites... is the coolest thing ever!!!! Can you tell I'm excited? If you can't, let me tell you... I AM!!!!

Do any of you love these books as much as I do? If so, do you plan to check out one of Clare's tour stops?

Back To Nature

On Friday little Peanut had her very first field trip. We visited a tree farm that was responsible for both the growth of regular trees, as well as the beloved Christmas tree.

Although the kids all range from four to five years old and have the attention span of Dori from Finding Nimo, they all did excellent. They payed attention to our tour guide and loved seeing examples of Pine Cones of all shapes and sizes. They were especially enthralled with one that was over a foot tall. Which of course, for some (my Peanut included), the large cone was over half their size.

They were also show pieces of trees to demonstrate the aging process of the wood. They didn't seem to understand the ring concept, but they loved it nevertheless.

At the end the kids were allowed to pick out a sapling Douglas Fur. This was of course the coolest thing ever!

Peanut has already acusted the services of her well enduring Papa to plant her field trip prize.So needless to say, we are now the proud owner of a baby Douglas Fur. In about six years we can even use it as our Christmas tree if we so choose. Personally, I intend on leaving it in the yard for good to serve as a memory for Peanut of her very first outting with her classmates.

It might not have been something mega elaborate, but she had a blast. She can't wait for their next field trip. It is especially cool now because she actually knows the meaning of the word field trip.

Have your kids gone on any cool outtings this year? If so, tell us about them in the comment section of this post.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Just Throwing It Out There... Jodi Arias

So I've already blogged on this today. But, I've been watching HLN this evening and the informative commentary of Nancy Grace and I just picked up on something...

Jodi Arias claims that before she got the gun from the closet, she exited the bathroom and ran down the long hall. She said that she had a sense of Travis chasing right behind her and could hear his feet running on the tile floor toward her.

If that is true, wouldn't he then have been shot in the hallway? But by her stoy, they were in the bathroom at the time of the shooting. She says that after the gun went off, they fell to the floor. He was still trying to get on top of her and is yelling threatening profanities about taking her life.

Now this is just speculation, but how could he be yelling profanities if she just shot him in the face. Don't quote me, but I believe it was said in the beginning of the trial that the bullet lodged in Alexander's cheek. If this were true, wouldn't be a little difficult to verbalize threats, let alone yell them?

Either way, it sounds like she can't keep her own stories straight. Maybe she should have chatted with Casey Anthony before carrying out her deviant and psychotic plan.