Sunday, January 8, 2017

Well then...

Hello there all you happy people...and depressed people.

I've had an awful fall...with some good in it. I now live in the Pacific Northwest's wet part of the Evergreen State. Good because I now don't sound like a horse when I sleep, didn't end up in hospital or almost dying, and can breathe loads better. Bad because money...costs a lot more to live where we're at. At least my family is together again.

I've been depressed. Severely depressed. A huge portion of it has been situational. Things I don't want to talk about in specific, but lies, betrayal, people pretending to be your friend, being apart from my kids during the week, being gone from youngest (whom I had with me) for 13-15 hours a day as I commuted to the job I found...yeah. Bad times. Depression like I've not known since Post partum hit me, only this was worst. I'd lost my center. I found it again. Depression is still trying to nip at my heels, but I finally have a grasp on its horns and can toss it out the window easier and quicker.

But I think why it hit me so hard, all the above things were happening and I had little to no time for my sanity. Ie art, writing, crafts. Didn't have time for anything. Well, I'm writing again. Pulled paints out of storage (I'm currently living in a friend's garage with my family!) and plan to paint again. Haven't painted in months due to time and space.

I love where my kids are going to school, but unless some miracle happens, we aren't going to be able to stay. Well, I'm trying to make that miracle happen. How? With my writing and art. I've started a newsletter, claimed all my books on my amazon author page, have marketing plans, new release, new covers being made, and am back at the editing job. Plus, I'm going to be back to selling my art. Have been through a lot of boxes in storage. I have found a few paintings that haven't been destroyed with the move (It was a bit depressing to see how many had been messed up) and will be putting the listings up.

I've added the subscribe list to the sidebar here on this blog.

I've put new stuff up in my Etsy shop here.

Point is, I haven't completely given up, though it was close sailing for a while. But onwards and upwards. Here we go!

First of all, let me show you our new release cover of the box set I'm in with some fabulous authors.

Isn't the cover gorgeous!! Pick up your preorder for only 99 cents here! You won't be disappointed.
PS Thank you to all of you whom have stuck around through my ups and downs. Time for more ups than downs, don't you think?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ballad of Grief

Thunder grumbles, lightening shrieks, rain surrounds me, the ocean laps at my feet.
Offering comfort, crying with me, darkness soothing as it hides the tears.
Pain, mine and more, tumbles through me, lancing my heart, causing retreat.
Energy pulses and streaks to the skies. Loneliness claws, grief slowly encroaches,
Threatening joy, tearing at walls. Each new learning, a wave crashing against the sand,
shrinking the peace, my heart, and reminding how I am so small.
But tall I will stand, bending, not breaking, until their grief is tamed, .
Until my sadness has passed into the bleak corridor of death, alive no more.
When the griefs borne before have settled, and solace is mine to behold.
Spilling of love with a whole soul, beholding of my blemished heart.
Friends and affection overcoming a lifetime of scorn and rejection.
Gentle return of love, of soft touches and whispered kisses.
But until then, I shall stand in the ocean's waves, loving her embrace.
Resting under Thor's force, apart but surrounded, the night holding sway.
My lips chilled, my cheeks heated with my tears, my eyes lost in the storm.
Crying hold me, feel me, see me, show me a way back to the warmth.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Shiny Bio aka Lesson One

Here's a kicker. For the next 10 weeks-ish, I'll be writing my blog on WordPress to then copy here. I prefer blogger's set up to my non tech mind, but the feature writing class I'm taking is insistent on teaching the other. Which is fine. I need to know both. LOL In the meantime, You'll be getting interesting stuff interspersed with my normal stuffs and things. Here goes first lesson.

Hello my faithful fans and followers who've stayed around despite my ineffectual use of WordPress to date. That is changing (at least for the next ten weeks! lol). First assignment, I had to do a bio.

*Holds up hand* Okay, you peeps in the background laughing, you can stop now. I hate the dreaded bio; it's number 3 under query and synopsis, but I did manage to spruce up my official bio to be inclusive of the instructions. No, really, stop laughing. I did it. *ponders* Perhaps I should send the updated bio to my editor?

Okay, well, while the peanut gallery of peeps who know me well get their laughter under control because I am forced once again to write a bio, you can all enjoy my freshly minted bio without waiting.

My biography: Leona Bushman goes by many names, but the most well-known one is superhero. She earned this name from preventing authors from annihilating whole words with the touch of the button and saving a dragon from a knight—and yes both are as hard as they sound—all from her home in Washington. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn't looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.

She lives with her husband and kids in a constant state of creativity from painting to writing to quilting—when she's not camping or visiting the ocean. She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
Twitter: @L_Bushman

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Gini and Solace

Today I have a special guest :D Please join me in welcoming the author of Solace, Gini Rifkin!!




Warriors Book 1

Gini Rifkin

Sexy Sci/Fi

Fantasy Romance

The Wild

Rose Press/248 pages

Can a six-foot-tall female Fae

Warrior from another realm, and a hunky ready for action ex-Army Ranger save

the earth from invasion?  

Solace Goodeve, one of Mother

Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet.

Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and

Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a

warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the

man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action.

Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last

one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even

though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after

Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider

that possibility.

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one

another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just

lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.

Buy Links:  



The Wild Rose Press  

Google Books


There must

be some mistake. The man striding toward her couldn’t be Tanner Jackson.

Dressed in a black t-shirt, camo cargo pants, and rugged lace up boots, he

looked ready for a special ops mission, not a day of wrestling with figures and

scientific data. Tall and well-muscled, he appeared rock solid, like he

belonged in the age of Athena. In fact, he seemed so overwhelmingly masculine,

she worried he might not be human. That gave her pause. Had the Reps already

established a man on the inside?

About the Author:


live in beautiful Colorado with my chaotic herd of abandoned farm animals. My

friends and family keep me sane, and writing keeps me hungry to learn new

things even as I research times gone by. 

When you

open a book and turn the pages, you breathe life into the characters and set

them free. My stories are adventurous romance, past, present, and into the

future, sometimes with a bit of magic or fantasy, but always with a happy


Please visit me at or

If I don't

see you in the future, I'll see you in the pasture (or the hat store).


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