Apologies + Teaser

Hi all! Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I am alive and things are a bit wacky in my writing world at the moment.

Currently I am working on some short stories, doing world building for the novel the short stories are building up to, and figuring out the finishing bits of A Royal’s Undoing so that I can try and get it out by end of Summer this year.

As an apology, here’s a teaser from the short story I am currently working on:

As I walked out the back door, the doors that led to the main baking area flung open, startling me. A very large, but oddly handsome, orc covered in flour, walked out carrying a bunch of covered containers that he placed in the van that was sitting right outside.  I stood there quietly watching him, intrigued. He’s extremely tall, so well muscled his arms were bulging under his t-shirt sleeves, and although he has skin the color of dark green olives, it looked very smooth, and I found myself wanting to run my hands over him. I’d been coming to this bakery for the past year and had never seen this orc.

He turned around and looked directly at me with the most intense green eyes I had ever seen.

“HEY!” His voice gruff, but not as harsh as I’d heard some orcs sound. “What are you doing back here?”

“Oh…uh…sorry.  I…uhh.” I clear my throat, shaking my head. What is wrong with me? Just answer his damn question stupid! “I come here every day and usually leave before the lunch crowd and didn’t make it today so I just snuck out this way to avoid the crazy.”

He stared at me for a moment, raising an eyebrow.

“I completely understand that. That’s why I work in the back. Hate crowds. You better go. Got an order that needs to get to Furs, Feathers, and Fins by 1230.” He coughs and starts to walk back into the bakery.

“Oh!! That’s right they are having that big celebration thing today aren’t they? Celebrating 25 years or something?”

I have no idea why I tried to keep him talking, but there was just something about him.

“Yep. It’s amazing what they’ve done with that place. I remember when it was just a small little pet store.” He clears his throat. “Enjoy the rest of your day Miss York.”  He disappears through the doors and is gone before I realize he knew my name.

From Kar’gan and Rebekkah – An Unconventional Love Story ©CynASnow2018

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Links for where to find me across the interwebs!


Hi all! Here is all the links you can find me at! But I appreciate everyone of you that has followed me and supported me through all of this. Faery blessings!

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Today I have started on a new journey. I started a writing course specifically for children and the YA crowd AND I have started stenciling to try and make some money while I hone my writing skills and continue writing stories.

Starting new things are not easy and I have done that a lot over the last few years. I used to feel bad and stupid because I kept changing my mind. Then I met some people (other than my hubby) that have shown me that it is okay to try new things until I find my ‘niche’ (looking at you Debbie Burns, Ginger Baker, and my soul sisters!).

I am a person who hates to be bored and when people are like ‘then go get a job’! Well, unfortunately I cannot go out and get a ‘normal’ job like everyone else due to a variety of health issues so I have been trying to find things that I can do from home that I can sell online.  I can make jewelry *not as much as I used to do to nerve damage and Psoriatic Arthritis in my hands*, I can paint, I am a photographer, and I am a writer. So as you see, I have a lot of talent that I can pull from, it’s just getting my things out there and sold.

I posted pictures up above so you can all see what I’m starting on. First picture is my first book for my Writing Stories for Children course and the second is the stencil art I did in my sketchbook using colored pencils. I am going to attempt paint tomorrow so keep an eye out for my post!

I am looking forward to this new adventure and I hope you will come along with me!


Camp NaNoWriMo


Hi all. So I decided to do something new and be brave this year. I am currently in the Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the month of April and thought I would start blogging about it and keeping you all up to date!

I set my goal of 30k words and am currently at 3,692. Am running behind a few days but am hoping to catch up!  Added a new member to the family — a 7 month old orange/white tabby named Boots that we adopted and he wants 100% attention most of the day lol I have not been feeling well off and on and I have been working on some personal growth and spiritual things that have had my focus elsewhere but I think I am getting back on track!

Y’all have a great weekend and I will let you know how things are going. Wish me luck!


WIP: Guardians of Galrena




The sacred owl throne, believed to have been lost three centuries ago, right here in front of her! It sat beneath a beautiful and ancient oak tree covered in vines, flowers, and bird nests. Lily couldn’t believe her luck.  From what she had read during her research, the beautiful throne was made from bits of the sacred oak tree that had stood in the Whispering Grove and had gone missing after the queen of the wood elves had been killed 300 years before.. This grove is deep in the northern reaches of Cumbria County, England, and has been for thousands of years. The Children of Galrena, wood elves that have lived in the grove for eons, had made this throne in honor of their goddess Galrena — Goddess of Wisdom, Owls, and Trees.

Lily Kerleau, supposedly a descendant of these elves (descendant because no one had seen the elves in about 50 years), was in England doing research for her newest novel. Most writers will tell you the need to find out if mythical places really exist call to them more than most and Lily was no different. Being as her book was about elves, her mother Talia had suggested she take a trip to the area to see what information she could find on her descendants. When her mom first suggested it, Lily had just rolled her eyes but went anyway because she knew Talia would keep nagging her until she went. She’d been trying to get Lily to go since she had turned 18 — something to do with an elven rite of passage or some such nonsense — and finally, at age 22 she stood on the land her great-grandmother (on her father’s side)  had lived on.

Lily called out to her assistant, her voice a bit shaky, “Dmi…Dmitri! Come here! You are NOT gonna believe…”

Her call was interrupted by the sound of breaking twigs and branches and a loud “HELP!”

Lily went running to where the sounds came from and found her assistant had fallen into a cave. She ran to the hole he had left and peered inside. With them being in a shadier part of the Whispering Grove it was hard for her to see him.

“Hang on, Dmitri. I need to grab our backpack and lantern. Don’t move!”

He responds, his voice echoing somewhat due to the cave and shaking from his fall, ” Where am I gonna go exactly? I can’t see a damn thing in here!”

Lily chuckles as she trots back to their jeep and retrieves their backpacks and lanterns, lighting one as she heads back to the cave. She glances at the throne once more and whispers, “I will be back to clean you up soon, I promise.” She shakes her head after saying that, not really sure where that came from or why she was talking to a throne.

Once she reaches the hole, she sticks the lantern just inside and sees Dmitri sprawled on the floor of the cave, covered in dirt and twigs.

“Now how in the world did you fall into a cave?”

As she says this, she carefully climbs up the brush a bit and steps inside. As soon as her feet touch the ground of the cave, the entire inside lights up in every hue of the rainbow, the cavern walls start shifting around, and soft music starts to play. She and Dmitri look at each other, both backing up, finding they are now up against what is now an actual wooden door. They grab and hold on to each other, both of their hearts racing, breathing hard, and looking at each other terrified.

“There is no reason to be afraid. We will not hurt you Princess Liliana.” Lily turns at the voice and sees the most beautiful creature she has ever laid eyes on. A tall slender elf glides towards her. His hair falls in soft leaf green waves down to his knees, his bright eyes, locked on to her face, swirling a mix of emerald and gold. He is dressed in a tunic and leggings, both a mix of deep brown and greens, with dark brown boots on his feet.

Dmitri steps back from Lily and stares at her indignantly. “P..PRINCESS!? GURRRLL why didn’t you tell me!?” Dmitri huffs at hearing his best friend for almost 16 years was a princess and hadn’t told him.

“How..what? Liliana who?” Lily stammers. “How could I tell you something I didn’t know? And this is ridiculous!” She is still watching the elf walk towards her, and her eyes widen as he gets closer.

“It is very much true, Princess. We are so glad you have finally come home to us,” the elf kneels down in front of her once he is right in front of her.

“This is …ridiculous. Please stand up. You…you…seriously stand up,” Lily sputters, not sure exactly what was going on or how to react to all of this.

As they are standing there, five more elves come from out of the darkness at the other end of cave. Four of them are dressed in silver ornate armor with various swords and daggers at their hips. The fifth one is a stunning female elf dressed in dark green robes with a thin, but glistening silver and gem-studded crown laying upon the elegantly piled hair that is the color of the richest cherry wood.

“Liliana! You have come!” The woman’s face lights up in a beautiful smile, reaching her hands out to Lily as she gets closer. Lily looks at the woman quizzically, her eyes widening, and she shakes her head looking at Dmitri, then the group of elves, then back at the woman standing in front of her.

“This…this can’t be. Great,” Lily swallows hard.”….Great-grandmother Talinia??” Lily’s trembling voice is barely a whisper and the disbelief can be heard in her tone.

“Yes child. It is truly me.” Talinia moves forward and pulls Lily into her arms, hugging her tightly, weeping gently in sheer happiness. “I cannot believe you have finally come home!”

Lily, at first, puts her arms around Talinia hesitantly , then tightens her embrace as she hears a familiar voice. “It is alright my Starflower, it is really her.” Lily starts crying as she looks over her great-grandmother’s shoulder and sees her father, Theren, coming towards her. It had been five years since she had last seen him and thought he was lost to them forever. She lets go of Talinia and runs into her father’s arms.

“Papa!! You are alive! What is,” she sniffles, “going on? ” Lily sobs into her father’s chest.

“I am. It is alright sweetheart,” her father holds her close. “All will be explained as soon as we get you both out of here and somewhere safe.”

Lily looks up at Theren and nods. She looks over at Dmitri, who was sitting on the floor staring up at everyone with a look of confused awe on his face, and smiles through her tears.

“Come Dmitri. Papa will explain everything, including this princess nonsense, right?” She looks back at her father.

“Yes, everything. And there is no nonsense my daughter,” Theren states matter-of-factly  as he steers her towards the back of the cave, nodding at the others to collect Dmitri and their things.

As they reach the very back of the cave, Theren knocks on the wall three times. The cavern shutters and a portal comes to life before them, like a shimmering mirror, and he leads her through it.

The other side is more beautiful than Lily could have ever imagined. As they step through, she feels as if she’s stepped into a forest wonderland. The trees are so tall she can’t see their tops and their bark is a deeper brown than even the darkest dirt in her garden back home. Their leaves are such a vibrant green even leprechauns would be jealous. Every color of the rainbow was represented in the flowers that dotted the field just past the trees and the elven city at the end of the field was lit up like New York City on New Year’s Eve. Lily just stood there a moment trying to take it all in.

Theren stood patiently waiting for the shock to wear off of his daughter, although he had a feeling it wasn’t going to be any time soon. She had been gone too long and living in the human world for the past one hundred years was not going to be an easy thing for her to get over. That should be a fun thing to explain. His eyebrows furrowed together as these thoughts go through his head and he sighs softly.

Hearing her father sigh, Lily turns to him and sees the look on his face.

“What’s wrong Papa?” She looks at him worried.

He sighs again because he knows he cannot lie to her. “We have a lot to discuss, Starflower, and it is not going to be easy for you to hear or understand, that is all.” He puts his arm around her. “Come. Let us get you to the tower and we can discuss things more while you both are given appropriate clothing to wear before your return is announced.”

The small group moves quickly and quietly through the field, soft ‘oohs and ahhs’ coming from Dmitri and Lily at their new surroundings, and Theren and Talinia look at each other worriedly as they get closer to their home, Galna Alari.

Calling all Kid Lit Authors and Book Bloggers-You Can Make a Difference to a Child in Need…

Definitely doing this!

Michelle Eastman Books

I would like to reach out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids.

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Throughout the month of March, I am collecting new children’s books to benefit children of incarcerated parents. Authors, I hope you will consider donating signed copies of your books. Book bloggers, please help us by sharing this information with your readers.

I am a children’s author, teacher, and mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of children’s books. When I learned nearly 2/3 of children, living in poverty, DO NOT own books, I was moved to act. I founded the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On, to raise awareness for literacy issues and get books to kids in need.

Three years ago, the Picture Book Pass it On initiative grew to include a month-long book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids.

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Ad for Nita and the Honeybees!


A Novel Connection Presents Nita and the Honeybees written by the lovely Cynthia Pilcher! “Come along on a fun adventure through the Forest of Dreams in this first book in The Woodland Adventures series.” Find Nita and the Honeybees on A Novel Connection June 2017 www.anovelconnection.com





The Death of Neverland


A novelette with a horror take on the Peter Pan story. What if we were told a lie? What if Peter and his lost boys were not what we had been led to believe? Be forwarned, this is an adult tale and is violent and filled with darkness.

The death of Neverland

by Serena Mossgraves

Faery tales are not always for children….

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An introduction to the castle on the Island of Truth


The castle has been there for two millennia, home to beauty and tragedy. Most of it’s history has been revealed, or so it is believed. Built of solid stone, blood and sweat. Dreams of happiness hide in the darkened corners inhabited by the ghosts of the castles grisly history.
Lovingly restored before it drove it’s owner insane. Now, a group of ghost hunters seek to explore the castle and discover the secrets that lie within. Five go in, how many will survive? And will they have their sanity in the end?

Keep an eye out for information on Madness and Truth. By Serena Mossgraves.

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14 literary (wordpress based) journals worth following and submitting your work

Business in Rhyme

As my previous list of journals was very well received by you, my dear readers, I thought to do a similar, follow up list, but this time looking at some great magazines here at wordpress.com.

These sites I follow and read as regularly as I can and I hope you’ll find them interesting.

  1. Smoking glue gun: is my absolute favorite. Here I have discovered many new authors I adore like Kelly Boyker. As they say:

we look for the flashy, fresh, feminist, grotesque, avant-garde, minimalist, startling, etc. We accept original unpublished art in all forms: text, sound, video, image, hybrid, etc. we welcome simultaneous submissions.

2. Eunoiareview: I’ve been also following for some time. I like reading their poetry as it is very inspirational. In their own words:

It‘s an online literary journal committed to sharing the fruits of ‘beautiful thinking’. Each day, we publish two new pieces of writing for your…

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