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Fresh Weather, Fresh Books!

Hi all! And the rains came! The City’s air quality is back down to its usual wonderful normal of around 16 or so. There is much rejoicing in our little part of the Pacific Northwet!

Today I bring you fresh reading as well. Bestselling author KateMarie Collins’ third book in the Waystation Guardians series was just released this month, and for those of you who have been following the series, I know it has been eagerly anticipated. For those of you who haven’t started it yet, grab Book I, Guarding Charon.  And keep going through Guarding Amber and Guarding William, the most recent installment. This urban fantasy series, put out by Solstice Publishing, does not disappoint!

I asked Kate to share some thoughts with us about the series. It seems it rather surprised her!

CJL: Kate, when you wrote the first book of the Waystation series, were you originally planning it as a series? What got you started on the initial book, and what has kept it going for you?

KMC: It wasn’t a planned series. I was working on a different book, Emile’s Blade, when I woke up one morning with the entire first chapter for Guarding Charon in my head. Dialogue, descriptions, character names…all of it! When the muse speaks that loudly, you listen. The world I created intrigued me and readers both, so I turned it into a series.

CJL: Do you find that your motivation, incentive, plan, etc. has changed as the series has developed a life of its own?

KMC: Not really. Sure, I’ve had a few moments where I thought of something that made the series take a sharp right. LOL. But, for the most part, it’s staying true to being about Amber and her transition from a small town woman who had little control over her life into someone who has the strength to live it her way.

CJL: Do you feel connected with your characters? How real are they to you? Do they keep you up at night? What about the settings for the stories?

KMC: I absolutely love the characters. Like most authors, there’s a part of me in each one of them. They don’t keep me up at night, but there’s been times where I went to bed not knowing what would happen next, only to wake up and find out my subconscious figured it out for me. LOL

CJL: What are your future plans for the series?

KMC: There’s definitely going to be a 4th book. Beyond that, I’m not sure yet. If that’s where it ends, that’s where it ends. If the story goes on, it goes on.

CJL: Where can readers find your books?

KMC: They’re all available on Amazon! Absolute best way is to check out my author page ( That way, you can see all my titles and pick the one that sounds most interesting to you.

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One should always read the fine print…especially with an inheritance from a relative you didn’t know existed.

In a rut doesn’t even begin to describe Grace’s life at 22. Her ex is using his position as a cop to stalk her, getting her fired from every job she finds. Her parents, not knowing how abusive he could be, believe all her problems would vanish if she’d simply marry him.

After losing yet another job, a lawyer arrives. A relative has died and left her entire estate in Maine to Grace. Eager to shake the dust of Bruce and small town Texas off of her for good, she leaps at the chance. She even changes her name.

Then she learns that her great aunt was a Witch…and the house has some big secrets. Secrets that she has to protect for six months if she hopes to inherit the entire estate and truly be free of her past.

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Life in Cavendish, Maine is great. The Cauldron’s busy. Amber’s relationship with Heath is good. Except for the small problem that she won’t let him spend the night on the full moon.

When her phone wakes her up after a particularly hard night of guiding souls onto Charon’s boat, her world is rocked. Someone left a bomb at the store, and Kate was in the hospital.

What started out as trying to help her friend becomes a journey like no other. She has to call on Charon, and have him take her to Hades, in order to save Kate’s soul.

Can she find Kate in the Underworld before it’s too late? Who would want to hurt her friend? Or, even more unsettling, what if Amber was the real target?

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Amber has a roommate. William’s curious, kind, and intelligent. He’s also gorgeous.

Wanting to do something to help him connect his past life with now, she takes him back to Toulouse, France. Where he was born over 900 years ago.

What starts as an impulsive vacation becomes something far more sinister.

The full moon is coming again. Amber must be back to do her job as Guardian. Will she make it in time?

And what if that means leaving behind the man she’s starting to love?

KateMarie Collins

KateMarie Collins





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Transition Point

Hi everyone. It’s been a month of fearsome aspect–the sun and moon have been pink, orange and red–a Fall show come early from wildfire smoke. We are safe here, and the rains are coming.

There have been days when the air was chewable, a thick fog leading into a void. Surreal.

Today the sky was blue with water-weighted clouds aloft; tonight the Moon’s face glows glorious pure white.

May the rains come and quench the fires. May the Powers continue to keep those who struggle with their peril safe.