Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring is not my favorite season

Can you believe it's already May? There's only a few weeks left of school! And that means summer is right around the corner. And being the first week of May means it's also time for an IWSG post...

So, Spring. Spring is not my favorite season.
Spring is like a two-year-old child. It's cute when it first arrives, with a sunny disposition and hints of warmth. Then it goes through ten mood swings in a short span of time, turning all plans into disaster and no one knows what's going to happen next! Completely unpredictable.

Spring is also supposed to mean rebirth. And I do love the baby animal videos. But for writing, my calendar is off. I don't start new in Spring, I'm usually way behind, ready for summer to kick in because I think I'll get more done when school is out. I don't know why I delude myself each year! Oh, it's warmer, I'll go for more walks with my dog. Oh, baseball season starts, I can write between innings at my sons' games. Oh, summer is coming, I'll get on the treadmill and respond to some blogs. Oh, look at all the inspirations of nature blooming - and bugs and bees and pollen - ACHOO! Yeah, right.

So yeah. Spring. Not my favorite season. Fall. Now THAT's a season!

Anyone else un-enamored of Spring? Got any advice for my anti-spring lamenting?

But I can't leave you on a downer! Take a gander at the Thing That Turned Me anthology cover!

Add it to your GOODREADS list!
Comes out May 31!

Lastly, a HUGE THANKS to all the entrants in my JOLISSA giveaway. Here are the winners!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm back baby! Last days for #giveaway and #GOTseason6 hmm

I've had an awakening! I finally came out of my long winter slumber and participated in a book event!

Ohioana was my first and favorite book event and I look forward to it every year. I always love hanging out with author friends and meeting new awesome people. I love doing panels - you know how I love to talk.

It also felt great to interact with readers. Some even told me how much they liked my books! And I was invited to a couple of other events while I was there.
me and my buddy Terri-Lynne Smiles
I had an awesome weekend and I'm looking forward to more, sooner! I encourage everyone of you to go do a book event, or if you aren't published yet, go visit one (I did and it's worth it for the experience to see what it's all about) I just need to take more pictures!

I'd also like to say a big THANK YOU to those visiting me. I know tons of folks are participating in the A to Z Challenge. Good luck! You're in the homestretch!

And one last mention for my Jolissa giveaway contest...
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PS - Did anyone watch Game of Thrones? Do you think it's still George RR Martin caliber? I'm not so sure... I feel like they're rushing it and making things happen. Hmm.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hold onto your SOCKS, I'm about to knock them OFF! #SneakPeek

Below I've compiled a list of the contributors and hooks for their stories. So much awesomeness and in every genre! Something for everyone. I know you will be as anxious to read them as I am! (Most of these images are from free clipart, chosen by me as inspired by the blurbs...) AND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN DOING US A SOLID WITH A REVIEW, ARC COPIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!

Title: Malice
Author: Melissa Maygrove
Genre: Reality-based Thriller
Blurb: Everyone has murder in them. All it needs is the right situation.

Title is: The Journey (essay) Book it's related to: Tails of Sweetbrier
Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Genre: non-fiction, children/young adults
My turning point led me to create an award-winning autobiography about a handicapped child's journey to a champion equestrian.

image from Crystal

Title: The Shadow King’s Pet
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Katia loved Grandfather's stories of the Shadow King, until the king of darkness came for her.

Title: George and the Dragon
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: speculative fiction
Blurb: Saffi thinks the man she meets in the Underground is a loon declaring he's there to slay a dragon. But when he stands face-to-face with a dangerous, serpentine machine, she believes he just might be a true knight.

Title: Wednesday's Child
Author: Roland Yeomans
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Blurb: A crippled girl, a mysterious Greek physician, and a Hollywood party to die for ... literally.

Title: The Blanket
Author: Harper L. Jameson 
Genre: Paranormal romance
Blurb: A chance encounter with chaos. A destiny determined. To have her, he will destroy us all.

Title: CassaDawn
Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Genre: Science fiction - space opera
Blurb: Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough without a good navigator…

Title: Finding My Voice
Author: Sherry Ellis
Genre: Nonfiction (Inspirational)
Blurb: One caring teacher plus a little music equals a life changed for the better.

Title: Letting Go: A Siren Song
Author: Tyrean Martinson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Rozzie knows she can keep her siren power under control if she just doesn't sing, but who can stay in control in every situation?

Title: Invariant
Author: K.D. Martin
Genre: YA - Coming of age
Blurb: She always lived her life by the rules, no deviation meant no complication. Until she decided to play by her own.

Title: Rising Star ~ Falling Heart
Author: Cathrina Constantine
Genre: NA
Blurb: Capri gives up everything to become a star, even love. But when Bo steps back into her life, she's torn between her dreams and her heart.

Title: The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins
Author: Michelle Athy
Genre: Historical fiction
Blurb: Boston, 1793. Mary is young, pregnant, and indecisive—but the time for decisions about the baby's future is coming on fast.

Title: Through Shades of Gray
Author: Michael Di Gesu
Genre: NA Contemporary
Blurb: Through winter's shades of gray, a young man finds his long-lost muse in a very unexpected place…Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Title: Remember the Trampled Rose
Author: Randi Lee
Genre: Romance/Romantic Comedy
Blurb: When Tess apologizes to Mark for her harsh attitude, he can’t forget about the trampled rose. But then she says his name, and everything changes.

by Jenny Vyas

Title: RISE
Artist: Jenny Vyas
Genre: Mixed Media Art
Blurb: Jenny is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and attempts to reveal human frailty through her monochromatic paintings where she creates abstracts of human silhouettes and fluctuating forms in half-light.

Title: Hard to Love
Author: Madalyn Beck
Genre: Drama
Blurb: When the love of your life falls in love with someone else, the only person left to love you, is you.

Title - Revelation
Author - L. Diane Wolfe
Genre - New Adult Contemporary
Blurb - A car accident results in more than one crisis. Still haunted by his troubled past, can James handle the situation?

Title: Finding the Light
Author: Nana Prah
Genre: Paranormal
Blurb: When all hope is lost, providing it for others may be the only way to redemption.

Title: A Glowworm
Author: Tonja Drecker
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: After years of struggling to survive, Ilse might finally have the chance for a better life. But if she decides to take the gamble, she'll have to give up the very last things she's fought so hard to hold on to.

Title: Rehema
Author: Imani Allen
Genre: Drama
Blurb: Peter experiences a radical encounter with a woman who shows him compassion while challenging him to be a better person. Was this woman real or was he imagining it?
by Jenny Vyas

Title: Don't Be Koi
Author: Samantha Redstreake Geary
Genre: Romantic Comedy (with a fantastical twist)
Blurb: An ordinary box with an extraordinary secret sends one woman on a comical misadventure where love and loss meet fortunes and fish.

Title: Shades of Deception
Author: Michelle Wallace
Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Cassandra is on the run when an encounter with a woman from her past leads to a showdown, culminating in a stunning revelation.

Title: Shadows Falling on Rainbows
Author: Celeste Holloway
Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Cold, desperate, and on the run, she has nothing to lose until she crosses a stranger’s path, and nothing becomes everything.

Title: Shifting Sands
Author: Elizabeth Seckman
Genre: Women's Fiction
Blurb: Sex. Lies. Obsession. It's only the beginning. (A prequel to the Coulter Men series.)

Title: Before We Break
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: As Jack Munro struggles with an old demon, Maggie Maguire attempts to show him there's always another way.

Title: Ryan
Author: Misha Gerrick
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Ryan spent almost a thousand years hunting other immortals. Then the Blitz happened... (An Endless story.)

Title: The Window
Author: Diane Carlisle
Genre: Literary Fiction
Blurb: A window can represent many things. It can be a timeline, a physical barrier, or even a passageway. For one woman, it might even be her salvation.

Title: The Reader
Author: Melanie Schulz
Genre: Magical Realism
Blurb: Most anyone can read a book. Only Liz can make the book read her.

Whoops! Almost forgot mine!
Title: The Day Dave Broke the Internet
Author: Tara Tyler
Genre: Apocalyptic Romance (and Humor, of course)
Blurb: Dave didn't know he was lonely until his friends pointed it out. But when he finally joins an online dating site - the internet and the whole world goes dark - talk about a bad omen.

THE THING THAT TURNED ME anthology will be available MAY 31!

Put it on your "TBR" list on Goodreads HERE.
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And one last reminder - only one more week for my Jolissa giveaway!

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