Monday, October 31, 2016

BLOODWALKER REVIEW AND HALLOWEEN

Quote for the week:  Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.
Ronald Reagan


Even though it's not a Halloween story, I think Author L. X. Cain's new novel BLOODWALKER is a good one to share with you this Halloween. If you haven't read  it yet, why not?


This Cover is Spooky. Perfect!

BLOODWALKER Review

By L. X. Cain

A circus is fun for both children and adults, right? Wild animals, magic shows, and clowns make people laugh and have a good time. So what happens when children start disappearing when the circus comes to town, bringing horror and fear instead of joy and pleasure?

In Author L. X. Cain’s new novel BLOODWALKER, Rurik, once a circus strong man, until lightning struck him leaving him scarred and ugly and who is now security guard for the circus, sets out to discover the fate of the children. Rurik stole my heart. Even though his outward appearance is scary, inside he’s a gentle man who cares for others. I was with him every step to keep other children safe from the killer.

In addition to seeing the story through Rurik’s eyes, Sylvie, a Bloodwalker, has a story of her own. As a Bloodwalker, she prepares the dead for burial, a custom of her ancestry. She’s also the victim of a bad marriage with a man that beats her and who she wants to escape from. Sylvie is a sweet, sympathetic character, the opposite of Rurik.

There are some pretty gruesome scenes in BLOODWALKER. The author also adds a tender romance. This is a beautiful story of love, loyalty, and regret, as well as secrets, curses, and survival.   

 L.X. Cain’s writing is vivid with descriptions that put the reader in the story. I read very few creepy novels, but I’ve enjoy the author’s short stories so knew this novel would be a good one. I was right. Recommended. I think you’ll enjoy BLOODWALKER too. Maybe read it with the lights on.
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DANCING LEMUR PRESS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FAVORITE HALLOWEEN STORIES

Halloween is next Monday, but parties and trick-or-treating are already going on. Many churches are having Trunk or Treats. A lot of businesses and organizations have plans for the children. When I was a kid, back in the "olden" days, we went from door-to-door for treats. Some people ignored us, so we sprinkled confetti on their porches. I know ... naughty girls.

We also had a lot of parties when I was older. We bobbed for apples and went on scavenger hunts. I wasn't a reader in the kid and teen years, so I don't have any favorite Halloween stories from those times. I do now. THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving.

 
Cover from Good Reads
 
IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is my favorite Halloween TV show.
 
 
 
Image from Wikipedia - Title Card from 1966 TV Special
 
Created by Charles M. Schultz
 
What's you favorite ghost story and/or TV show?
 
 
 
 
I've written two ghost stories. The latest, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT, is for MG and tween readers. It would make a nice stocking stuffer for the young readers in the family.
 
Short Excerpt:
 
When something brushed against my bare leg, already creeped out, I jumped. "Yeow!" A cat, gray as the shadows, a green mist surrounding it, tilted its head and grinned at me. Yup. It grinned, a vicious I-know-you-hate-cats-and-I-will-torture-you-for-being-you grin.
 
James scooped up the cat. "Dixie was on the ship with me. She wants to know what happened to her kittens left on board while she and I went ashore."
 
"The cat's a ghost, too?" I asked.
 
"She is," Star said.
 
I almost choked on my own spit. I had entered the wildest nightmare in the universe.. First, a ghost blockade runner. Second, a ghost cat. And me, the guy who knew ghosts did not exist. Notice, I used the past tense knew.""What next?" I shouldn't have asked.
 

 
 

 
 
Then there's LISTEN TO THE GHOST, which won't be for sale for much longer. Watch for 2017 though. I may try something new.
 
 
Blurb:
All seventeen-year-old Jade Dalton wants to do is show her paintings at Charleston, South Carolina's, annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival, swim in the ocean, forget Kurt Sinclair, her ex-boyfriend and his lying lips, and prove she's as perfect as her brother, David. So how does she end up with Phoebe, a ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost; Doc, a one-hundred-year-old neighbor who talks in riddles; and Matt, a gorgeous saxophone player who changes her opinion about guys?
 
 
Jade and Matt are soon caught up in a desperate search for two wedding bands that will set Phoebe free. They must find the rings by Jade's eighteenth birthday, the same day that Phoebe was to marry her fiancé, Isaac, in 1923, or she is doomed to remain a ghost for eternity.

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This cover will soon be gone.
 
Happy Reading!



Monday, October 24, 2016

SHIRTS AND CATS AND GHOSTS

Quote for the week:  No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher

Today is just a bunch of jumbled thoughts. Enjoy.
 
First, you have to see this. Isn't it great?
 
 
My son said to look up. I did. Don't see a thing except the ceiling.
 
The shirt is the main object. It's the cover of my book. My awesome publisher has T-shirts for all her books, along with mugs and playing cards. Take a look at Dancing Lemur Press. Thank you, Diane.
 
 
Patches says, "So what?"
 
 
 
Tiger says, "I'm bored."
 
Have a lovely week.
 
 
 

Friday, October 21, 2016

IF I WERE A MOBSTER BLOGFEST

 
If I were a Mobster, this would be me.

My Mobster Name: Crazy Granny
My Rank: The most important minion in the mob. The leader can't do without me.
Crime Zone: North Texas
My Look/Disguise: Thick bifocal glasses, silver-haired wig, dress from the early 1900s
Weapon of Choice: My evil eyes that hypnotize a person
Mobster vehicle: 1908 Model T Ford
What I'm known for: My sweet little smile and my deadly eyes. Who would suspect a crazy old lady to be a Mobster?
My Catch Phrase: "You should of listened to me, kid."
The Name of my Mob Leader. I'm not allowed to tell.

Just stay out of my way.

If you were a Mobster, who would you be? See below for a story about Mobsters.

 
 

30 SECONDS BEFORE BLURB:

Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever
since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up
the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other
plans.

On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn
into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to
avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered.
Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.

Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger.
Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he
make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?

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To celebrate, 30 Seconds, the follow up story, is on sale for 99 cents!





Sale Oct. 21st – Nov. 4th

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BIO:

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane
Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press:
30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter





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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH LYNDA R. YOUNG

Today I have the pleasure of being a part of Author Lynda R. Young's book launch for her new book, CLING TO GOD: A DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

 
This is a beautiful cover.
 
Cling to God: A Daily Devotional.
by Lynda R Young
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press

Tagline: Cling to God in the chaos of life…
Blurb: Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.
 
(Here's what Lynda has to say about writing her book.)
 
 
The Setbacks Faced While Writing Cling to God
by Lynda R Young


Thank you Beverly for lending me your blog while I share my happy news about Cling to God, my debut daily devotional with an inspirational thought for every day of the year.

Getting to this point of publication wasn’t always an easy path, so I thought I’d share some of the setbacks I faced while writing this book.

1. A slow start. Cling to God hadn’t started as a devotional book, or any kind of book, for that matter. It simply grew from a collection of random thoughts I’d scribbled in a journal to clarify my understanding of certain Bible verses. This meant it took a long time before it became a focus pieced of writing.

2. Lack of credentials. Once the idea of turning the thoughts into a book blossomed, I had to do my research on how I was going to make it happen. I learned quickly that with non-fiction, a platform or some kind of actual credentials were required. I had nothing. I was just a girl who loved her Lord and wanted to share her understanding of Him and what it’s like to live a Christian life. All the big name publishers were looking for the next Max Lucado or Joyce Meyer, which clearly I wasn’t. I tried building a platform but I didn’t want to be a big speaker and I still had no kind of official authority, so I gave up and put the manuscript in a drawer and started writing fiction.

3. Doubts. I often thought about my devotional gathering dust. It never felt right to leave it untouched, hidden. I’d put an awful lot of work into it. It was polished and ready. But my doubts held me back. It wasn’t until a personal experience of loss reminded me that life was too short for doubts. So I thought, ok, I’ll self-publish it.

4. Time. Time has a way of slipping past when there’s no external deadline. Self-publishing had a steep learning curve and I kept putting it off in favour of my many other projects. That’s when I decided to send it off again to see if a publisher would accept it after all this time. And they did! I was so thrilled. I now had real deadlines to work toward, and a sharp-eyed editor who found all my little mistakes. And now it has been released into the world.

So that was the book’s journey to this day. I encourage anyone thinking of giving up to try again. We have so many options now as writers. Explore them all!

 
 
 
 
Thank you, Lynda, for "borrowing" my blog today. I'm so happy to hear about your new book. Come back anytime.

Monday, October 17, 2016

SAYING GOODBYE!

Quote for the Week:  Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.  Benjamin Franklin

As much as I hate to, the time has come to say goodbye to two of my earliest books: LISTEN TO THE GHOST, published in 2003, and REBEL IN BLUE JEANS, 2008. The publisher has returned my contracts. They weren't selling well, so now they are mine to do with whatever I want.



On a brighter side, if you have a chance today, stop by Mason Canyon's blog and see my guest post about writing  my YA novel UNDER A PURPLE MOON. Thanks. Looking forward to your visit.

Saturday, I had a table at our local library's craft show. I even sold a few books. Now that was fun.

Happy Reading and Writing. Have a good week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ORDINARY MIRACLES REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday. I'm excited today to share my review for ORDINARY MIRACLES, Author Wanda Snow Porter's latest novel for young adult readers, and older readers too. Do you believe in miracles? I do. Enjoy.



ORDINARY MIRACLES Review

 
By Wanda Snow Porter
 


We hear of the men and women who come home from war, and even though they’re miles away from the battlefield, the experiences they had stay with them, perhaps for the rest of their life.

 

In ORDINARY MIRACLES, Wanda Snow Porter’s latest novel for young adult readers, seventeen-year-old Tobi’s dad, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, came home from the war a changed man. He is obsessed with a cataclysmic war he expects to happen soon. To keep his family safe from the dangerous world, he moves them to a farm.

 

If living in the middle of nowhere, no friends or school, isn’t bad enough, Tobi’s mom decides to go to the city and look for a job.  No one seems to consider or care what Tobi wants, so she makes her own plans, determined to reach her goals.

 

ORDINARY MIRACLES is the story of a broken family attempting to put their lives back together. The author knows how to create real-life characters.  Tobi, with her low self-esteem of herself touched my heart. I think she will be an inspiration to teen readers who have similar problems to Tobi’s. Some readers might also recognize her dad’s illness in someone they know, which would help them understand their behavior.  

 

Wanda Snow Porter’s novel shows how the kindness of people and faith in God will help them through tough situations. I recommend this story. It would be a great addition to high school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library.

 

Available at Amazon and other stores.

Happy Reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK AND BUTTERFLIES

Quote for the week: Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott





October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. This year, they're stressing replacing your smoke alarms every ten years, as you can see by the poster.

After watching my neighbor's house burn to the ground at midnight a few years ago, I suddenly realized how quickly everything we have can be gone. They lost a dog and cat, along with the house and everything in it, but one cat woke them up to a houseful of smoke. The cat most likely saved their lives. Ever since that night, they've called him Hero.

The National Fire Protection Association has a lot of material available for teachers and others for Fire Prevention Week. You can learn more at their site. Back in the olden days when I was teaching we had a neat program about fire safety in the home. Of course, the school had fire drills.


I have some more pictures I'd like to share with you today. Our area is on the Monarch Butterfly's migration path, and I've been snapping pictures like crazy. They've been around longer this year than usual. I guess it's the rain and wind keeping them from flying away I'm not complaining.  Enjoy.

 
I don't know what kind of flowers these are, but they grow wild in our pasture. I need to look them up. Do you know what they are? The butterflies love them.
 
 
Do you know how hard it is to catch a butterfly when it's not flapping its wings? Very hard. I have a lot of pictures of blurred butterflies cause they moved while I was snapping their picture.
 
 
Bedtime.
 
 
Oh, this praying mantis was jealous because I was ignoring it, so I took its picture too.
 
The frogs and fish enjoy the pond.
 
Happy Reading. Have a great week.
 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

 
 
Wednesday, and you know what that means.
 
 
 
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
 
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
 
 
 
 
October question: When do you know your story is ready?

His awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

Umm, yes, that's me. I'm a co-host this week. My first time. So excited.

And don't forget you have until November 1 to enter the IWSG Anthology Contest

And now to answer the question:

When do you know your story is ready?
 
Every time I read over my story, I find something that I think needs changing. When I'm just moving commas around or using different words, I have to force myself to stop. My story is as ready as I can make it. Say "Goodbye" and submit it. And pray.
 
How do you know?
 
Happy reading and writing!

Monday, October 3, 2016

WORTH FORGIVING REVIEW and #INKRIPPLES

Quote of the week: We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. Charles R. Swindoll

A few weeks ago we did a cover reveal for Author Janet K. Brown's latest novel, WORTH FORGIVING. Today, I'd like to share my thoughts of the story with you, a good way to start the new week, I think.




WORTH FORGIVING: Book 2 in The Wharton Rock Series, Review

By Janet K. Brown

 

 

Do you have a friend, acquaintance, or family member that once was in prison? What happened when they were released? How were they accepted once they moved back into the community and tried to make a new life for themselves?

 

I have no personal experience with such a situation and never thought about it, until I read Author Janet K. Brown’s latest novel, WORTH FORGIVING,  Book 2 in The Wharton Rock Series. Boy, did she open my eyes to what an ex-convict faces. Maybe not all of them, but I imagine a percentage of them experience the same problems that Katie, the character in the story, has to deal with.

 

WORTH FORGIVING is a story of hope, forgiveness, and family. Janet K. Brown has a knack for creating characters that are so real, I could feel Katie’s pain and disappointment as her plans and dreams for her after prison life all went wrong. I wanted to help Larry, the man Katie could love if she wasn’t so damaged, solve his dilemma about God’s plans for him. I wished I could shake them and tell them what to do.

 

I recommend WORTH FORGIVING for everyone that enjoys a story about family, not a perfect family, but one that is trying to do God’s will in their lives. It’s a sad story; it’s a happy story; it’s a story that will stay with you for a long time and make you appreciate your own life.

 

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Since today is the first Monday of the month, it's also #InkRipples Day. #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate.


The topic for October is masks. Since I know nothing about masks, I did the logical thing. I Googled masks. I found a lot of information, but here's just a little. Check Wikipedia for more.

The word "mask" appeared in English in the 1530s.

The oldest masks that have been discovered are 9,000 years old, being held by the Musée "Bible et Terre Sainte" (Paris), and the Israel Museum (Jerusalem). Most probably the practice of masking is much older – the earliest known anthropomorphic artwork is circa 30,000–40,000 years old– but insofar as it involved the use of war-paint, leather, vegetative material, or wooden masks, the masks probably have not been preserved (they are visible only in paleolithic cave drawings, of which dozens have been preserved) and are used in rituals or ceremonies, or for protection or ornaments. At the neanderthal Roche-Cotard site in France, a flintstone likeness of a face was found which is about 35,000 years old, but it is not clear that it was intended as a mask.

Other than what I read at Wikipedia, I know nothing.

Here are some examples of modern day masks. They'd be good for Halloween parties. And that's all I have to say about masks.


 
There are lots more.
 
If you want to participate in #InkRipples, you can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule. Just be sure to include links back to the three of them (Katie, Kai, and Mary). Use any of the images on their sites. Have fun.
 
 
The topics for the rest of 2016 are:
 
November:  Heritage
 
December:  Cookies
 

Happy Reading!