The Fulfillment Series

The Fulfillment Series

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Rhews Go To Washington...DC, that is.

I know Deek already told you a little about our trip to DC, but here I am tagging along on his coattails. Ha!

I'm from the South, so when we say Washington, we mean DC. If we want to indicate the state, we say Washington state. But when I lived in the PNW, I found out that Washington means the state there, and DC is what they call Washington DC. Confusing, huh? But Deek and I managed to get those wires uncrossed. Now, we both say Washington state and Washington DC to be most clear.

Washington state

Washington DC

So, join me as we tour the nation's capital!

The first day, we went to AwesomeCon! We'd considered getting a booth there, but someone advised us to visit it first. So we did! Since it was near my birthday, Deek surprised me with an autograph session with Val Kilmer--my lifelong crush. I turned around and surprised him with an autograph session with Weird Al--one of his all-time favs. And since everyone was getting something, we bought his parents a photo session with the cast of Star Trek Next Generation since his dad is a huge Trekkie (as are we)!

I think this is some teenage dream come true for Deek! Haha!

They let me come in and meet Weird Al too! 
His staff was so kind, and he was beyond sweet!

I met Val Kilmer (sadly he didn't do selfies)!!

We stayed at an apartment complex that rented out rooms until all the units got sold. 
A very cool concept, and a VERY nice place. 
It had rooftop balcony with a fire pit overlooking the Capital building. 
Um, yes, please!

I love this pic of them!
Did I mention I have some rockin' in-laws! <3

The second day, we focused on military sites. My father-in-law is career military, but this was his first visit to DC.

No words for this...

Or this...

Pentagon Memorial

The next day, we went to see monuments.

Many iconic moments happened here.

Love him! 
I'm so glad my husband modeled himself after such an amazing man! <3

Mr. Lincoln

Anyone else want to sing the Hamilton?

And then my mom texted me a pic of where she was... LOL!

The next day, we went to appointments at the three branches of government. Shoutout to our congressman's office for putting that part of the trip together for us and getting us all of our security clearances!

We started the day bright and early at the White House.
Deek was so excited to be there!
I was relieved to have made it past the eighteen levels of security without incident!

Deek's parents in the Green Room.

Such history in those walls!

Next, we had a surprisingly entertaining lecture at the Supreme Court.
I learned a lot!

Kissing in front of the Capital Building before our tour.

And we found a lovely surprise!
The Shakespeare still my heart!

The next day, we took it a little easy and visited the Washington Zoo. It's free!

Deek and iguanas is a running joke in our family, 
so we had to get this picture!

The baby gorilla was *SO* cute!

The tunnel o'doom!

Then, we spent the following day at museums.

The Bat Mobile

First Ladies Collection

Top hat worn by Lincoln on the night of his assassination

The Holocaust Museum -- there are no words

Smithsonian Castle

Deek and I hung out on the rooftop balcony 
and chatted by firelight with a view of the city!

And of course, no trip to DC would be complete without seeing the Air and Space Museum. We learned that it's the 3rd most visited museum in the *world*!! 

Space shuttle

Amelia Earhart Exhibit

Wright Brothers first plane -- the original

These two Trekkies love this exhibit! 
(PS. I did too--total Trekkie girl)

When you've walked 10+ miles for days and days,
sometimes you need a pick-me-up!

For perspective...
this is how big the inside of the Smithsonian Castle is!
Those little dots are me and Deek!

We found a *really* cool restaurant to eat at!

Titanic Memorial.
I had no idea they had one in DC!

Walking and smooching along the Potomac River

After that, it was time to say goodbye--to DC and to Deek's parents. We *loved* getting to spend that time with them and look forward to seeing them again very soon. Thankfully we live in a technologically advanced world, so goodbye isn't really goodbye anymore. It's more like, "See you in a few days on FaceTime, and see you again in real in a few months."

So, when you do keto, you have a lot of bacon... LOL!

On the train again.
Back to life, back to reality.
PS. Ain't my man sexy in his new Superman glasses?

Traveling essentials...

Sooooo super embarrassing picture, 
but it highlights what keto has done for me (2015 vs 2019).
No, I don't get money from keto or sell products (those aren't legit anyway).
I'm just someone for whom it made all the difference.

If you get the chance to go to DC, I highly recommend it. There is so much to see and do there, and most of it is free.

Until next time, adventure on!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Book Deal Alert!

Hello, everyone! I know it's been a while, but here I am! There's lots to tell you about, so I'll start off with this amazing book deal!

Our friend, Josh David Bellin (aka: The YA Guy) has his amazing trilogy on a limited promotion. In fact, today is the last day, so hurry to take advantage!!

In a far distant future, Earth's environment has mutated into the Ecosystem, a collective sentience that has pushed human beings to the brink of extinction. Only those individuals who are born with the psychic power known as the Sense can negotiate the Ecosystem's deadly maze in search of the food, water, and fuel their people need to survive. When Sarah, a seventeen-year-old Sensor with a grudge against the Ecosystem, sets out to avenge her mother's death, she learns more about the Ecosystem--and about herself--than she ever bargained for.

Book One: Ecosystem

Miriam, an apprentice Sensor, is lost in the Ecosystem, and Sarah sets out to rescue her. Joining Sarah is Isaac, a boy who claims to possess knowledge of the Ecosystem that will help their people survive. The harrowing journey to find the missing apprentice takes Sarah and Isaac into the Ecosystem's deadliest places. And it takes Sarah into the unexplored territory of her own heart, where she discovers feelings that threaten to tear her--and her society--apart.

Book Two: The Devouring Land

When Sarah’s village is overrun by monstrous creatures from the Ecosystem, she shepherds the survivors into the forest surrounding the village. Her own Sense badly damaged in an earlier attack, she must fight through a host of new threats in hopes of discovering the place where her mother was born, rumored to be home to a community of healers. But the City of the Queens is haunted by a dark secret of its own, and Sarah will have to learn the truth of her lineage in order to save the people she loves and protect the world she knows.

Book Three: House of Earth, House of Stone

The City of the Queens is under attack. Sarah is forced to flee into the treacherous mountains to the far north, where she hopes to gain allies to contest the power that assails the city. But to wage this final battle, Sarah will have to overcome an ancient curse that threatens not only the survival of her people but the existence of the Ecosystem itself. And she will have to decide whether to save Isaac, the boy she loves, at the cost of losing everything else she holds dear.

I hope you take Josh up on this amazing deal! And if you give these books a read, be sure to leave a review (author's love that stuff)!

Stay tuned for the latest Deek and Erin adventures! Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Transhuman Project Is Here!

Wow, after many years in the making, The Transhuman Project (called the Molly and Ryder book for forever) is available to the world. Wut?


My friends and family keep asking me if I'm excited about the release, but I think I'm honestly just in a state of shock. It felt like this day would never come, and now that it's here, I can hardly process it. 

So, here's the skinny:

Back Cover Blurb:

When a video of Molly Richards is taken out of context and goes viral, she’s thrust into the upper echelons of social media stardom and becomes an overnight success in a country where Life Channel ratings reign supreme. As Kadar’s fastest-rising celebrity, her life becomes a media circus, a show put on for the shallow national audience salivating for the next new thing.

But in a world where image is king, danger and death hide among the shadows. In the nearby country of Pacifica, the brutal Caezar turns his citizens into robotic weapons who infiltrate Kadar as sleeper transhumans. They walk among the populace, unaware they are pawns in the madman’s personal arsenal.

Only Molly, her friends, and an elite group of Kadarian fighters known as the Cyber Knights fully understand the transhuman threat, and only they can break the Caezar's terrorist grip on both Pacifica and Kadar. Battling Fire Bots and humanoid agents, they seek to put a stop to the Caezar's tyranny by unraveling the secrets buried between layers of deception.

And they have to do it all while smiling and waving for the cameras.

As Molly and her friends peer behind the glitz and glamour, they discover something more frightening and more sinister than anything they’ve encountered yet...the truth.

Thank Yous:

I'd like to thank: 

--Anita Carroll from Race-Point, who put together this amazing cover from my incoherent babble and sample photos.

--The Dream Team because they always step in to save the day when I need them!

--My new honorary Dream Team members--Jennica, Nicole, Becky, Parker, and Jess, who stepped in to read and re-read my book until we got the kinks worked out. And who weren't afraid to tell me, "This has gotta go."

--My publisher, Tenacious Books Publishing (which is now open to submissions, BTW), and the publishing team for taking on this project and helping it grow to fruition!

--My friends and family who supported and encouraged me to keep at this dream, and who promote me more than I do.

--My PaPa. Losing you has been one of the hardest things that's ever happened to me. I miss you every single day, and I still can't think about you without choking up. You always loved, encouraged, and supported me. You don't even like to read--and you surely aren't the YA reader type--but you proudly read my other books. The way you loved me and the rest of our big ole Southern family is something I'll cherish always. But now there is, and always will be, a PaPa shaped hole in my heart.

Ya know, Mac reminds me of you a little. He's always after a laugh, and he loves his family like crazy.

--Deek, my Deek. Where do I even start? I think you're even more excited about this book release than I am. LOL! You are my rock. My companion, my partner, my best friend, my true love. When you came into my life, you filled with sunshine what was once dark. The brilliance of your soul is blinding, and I am thankful to bathe in the light of it. I could not adore you more, and yet, every day, I do. I'll always love writing because it led me to you. Thank you for supporting and encouraging me on this long and sometimes painful ride through Molly's life. I had several false starts on the offense, but you always had faith I'd get it right. Without you, there would be no book. I love you beyond beyond! 

So, if you made it to the end of this blog post, thank you for reading. If you're so inclined to give Molly, Ryder, Jason, MacCoy, and Tasha a read, I'd be very grateful! 

Until next time...