Walking to Mordor

Today, I was talking to my sister on the phone, and I told her I was walking to Mordor.

“One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor”


She laughed a little and said I was… I interjected that I was going on so many cool adventures, but she continued with …such a nerd.

Well, yeah…

Thing is, I love walking, and I used to walk a lot. A lot. We lived in a city, and I walked to the shop, walked to work, walked my two dogs, walked as soon as I was to see someone. I don’t have a drivers license, so I walk.

Now, we live in the middle nowhere, and there is no shop. It takes me fifteen minutes to walk to work, and, with the pandemic, that’s not happening very often. The kids go by bus to school, and hubby does the shopping when he’s out driving. The result is that I don’t walk nearly as much as I used to.

So, I decided it’s time for a change.

I started to walk to Mordor back in 2017 – I walked from Hobbiton to Rivendell, which is 458 miles (though I walked in the woods around our house, of course. I haven’t really been to Hobbiton LOL). Then I didn’t have the energy to keep track anymore.

I followed nerdfitness’ instructions, but I lost track, so I stopped. Now, I found an app! It’s called *drum roll* Walk to Mordor. I’m currently in Bag End, but hey, I’m starting now!

house-2616607_640I’m to walk 3109.17 km, or 1932 miles if you prefer that over kilometres. It’ll take a while…

But, come on, let’s walk to Mordor! 


“I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee…here at the end of all things.”


JMS-Books Turns 10!


If you hung around here last year, you might remember that we celebrated JMS-Books turning nine by writing stories with the number nine in them. I wrote Nine Stones and if you hop on over to the JMS shop and search for Nine or 9 you’ll find several other titles with the number nine in them.

But, this year, JMS is turning ten – 10! Firecracker

The celebrations started on July 1st and will go on the entire month. Every day there is an author blogging at www.jmsbooksllc.com/category/author-posts/, and that is also where you’ll find the link the daily giveaway.

I’ll be there on the 18th, so come see me then.

At the end of the month, there will be a sale, and every day there is a 40% discount on one author’s books, but for one day only! So you have to keep up not to miss out.

There is also an anthology called A Decade of Gay Romance, where the best selling short story from each year have been gathered.

So join the fun!

a decade of gay romanceJMS Books began in 2010 as a way of getting a few friends into print. Ten years later, we’ve published more than 2,000 books celebrating LGBTQ+ romance from over 200 authors. A Decade of Gay Romance is a collection of our ten best-selling short stories, one for each year (to date).

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by J.M. Snyder, Drew Hunt, JL Merrow, Wayne Mansfield, Terry O’Reilly, Edward Kendrick, Shawn Lane, J.D. Walker, Nell Iris, and Elizabeth Noble, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: My Best Friend’s Dad by J.M. SnyderTwelve Hours I by Drew HuntDead Shot by JL MerrowThe King’s Prize by Wayne MansfieldMy Beagle, the Yenta by Terry O’ReillyLet Go of Loneliness by Edward KendrickAccidentally His by Shawn LaneA-dork-able by J.D. WalkerUnexpected Christmas by Nell Iris, and Home Coming by Elizabeth Noble.



Summer Books | Ofelia Gränd

Summer is here!!!


…if you’re in the northern hemisphere like I am.

Back in the spring, I wrote a post about the books I’ve written that takes place during the spring, so I figured I’d do the same now that we’re entering the summer months.

I was afraid I wouldn’t have any LOL. While I love being in the garden, sowing and planting things, summer is probably the season I like the least. I don’t like the heat, and I definitely don’t like the bugs. That being said, all seasons have their charm.

I tend to write less during the summer than I do the other seasons, autumn probably is the season when I’m most productive. I love autumn! If we’re talking about favourite seasons, that’s it! And it shows in my books. When I went through my stories now, I have eleven autumn stories and only five that take place during summer, two of them written fairly recently. While writing Nine Stones, I realised just how few summer books I’ve written, so I wrote Cup o’ Sugar while I was at it.

And I’m almost done with another summer story, yay! See, I’m working on it LOL.

OK, so my summer stories are:

Silent Woods – This is the first story I write that wasn’t part of the DRitC event. It’s a tale about a married couple with two kids going camping. When the wood goes silent, strange things happen. If you like Scandinavian folklore, you should have a look at this one (and Pine Tree Mary).

Dazzle Me – This story is part of the Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology and it’s about Tom and Santino’s one year anniversary. Tom has planned to propose, but things don’t go as he’d thought they would. It’s a sparkly little tale that had me laughing while writing.

Happy Endings (Nortown 3.5) – A short little Tristan and Aiden story with lost of massage oils and slippery fun.

Nine Stones – Next month is the one year anniversary for this book. JMS-Books turned nine (Which means we have a ten year anniversary this summer!) and, to celebrate, those who wanted wrote a story that had something to do with the number nine. In my case, that was nine gravestones in Felix’s garden. Poor Felix LOL

Cup o’ Sugar – last and shortest is Cup o’ Sugar! JMS has a series called Hot Flashes where all stories have one of four covers and all are under 5k long. Cup o’ Sugar is about 4.3k and it’s about Roarak Halfhide a werewolf who hates coffee but finds his mate in a coffee shop.

If you click the title link you’ll get to a page about the story in question where you’ll find blurbs, excerpts, and links.

Have a lovely summer!