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July 22, 2014

Just wanted to share some gems from around the web!

Tonja Drecker at Kidbits offers up her spin on the 1865 prompt with a wonderful time warp.


Stephanie Faris shares some history that reminds us what real problems are.
And a few funnies...(yes, I do have a meme addiction)

Thanks for stopping by...be sure to visit today's challengers. You won't regret it!
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Published on July 22, 2014 08:24

July 18, 2014

Join the challenge HERE!


Next up for the challenge is my e-twinny's post. Leave it to Mark Koopmans to flip the "It was 1865..." prompt and turn it into a delightful contemporary mystery. Well done cyber brother, well done. 

And last week, Kyra Lennon was here to stump us Yankees to a slang challenge. She's back this week with the answers!
First, I'll refresh your memory on the slang...let you see the attempts at deciphering Here.
Slang quiz:“Have a butcher’s”“Starkers”“Knees Up”“Tickety Boo”“I’ll give you a bell”“Cheerio”“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!)“Skew-whiff”“Chuffed”“Rumpy pumpy”
Now, for the official answers!!

“Have a butcher’s” – This means “Have a look”. This is Cockney rhyming slang, which makes absolutely no sense to anyone outside the UK because the word that rhymes is missing lol. Butcher’s hook = look.“Starkers” - Naked“Knees Up” – This isn’t as rude as it sounds! A knees up is a term we use for a party or other celebration. So, IF England had won the World Cup, we’d have probably gone out for a “knees up” to celebrate! “Tickety Boo” – Not sure on the origin of this one, but it means “fine.” As in, “Hey, how are things with you?” “Oh, everything’s tickety boo!”“I’ll give you a bell” – This means, “I’ll call you.”“Cheerio” – “Goodbye”“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!) – Drunk – no idea on the origins of this one, either!“Skew-whiff” – The obvious word I could think of to explain this is also British in nature, and my end-of-the-day brain told me to go to urban dictionary for a proper description. - turned or twisted toward oneside.“Chuffed” – Happy, pleased“Rumpy pumpy” – Sex!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the fun – I had a great time looking at all the entries! My winner is: Kristin Smith! 
Congratulations Kristin!! Perhaps next time, we should try to stump the Brits!
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July 17, 2014

Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.
SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy
Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power.
And risk losing everything.
What people are saying about this series: 
"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer
"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX
"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer
Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend†(a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

COMING October 13, 2014

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Let's keep the awesome announcements rolling!!

David Powers King has a new book coming and an awesome cover to match!

Add Woven to your Goodreads ListAnd Tich Brewster has a new book out and on sale for .99 cents.

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Published on July 17, 2014 21:00 • 1 view

July 16, 2014

Join the challenge HERE!Melissa Maygrove is next up in the challenge, and her piece is right up my romance loving alley!

Read Melissa's piece HERE!

And for romance lovers like myself, you will read and want more, so you can buy Melissa's new book  Here!!

And if you haven't checked them out- here are yesterday's contenders. 
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The fabulous Suzy Turner is sharing secrets of her perpetual youthfulness.

The talented Roland Yeomans blends history, humor, and wisdom.

And to make a perfect trifecta, D.C. Legendre offers up some beautiful imagery and plot twists.

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July 15, 2014

Join the challenge HERE!

The challenge is on and the contenders have come out swinging!

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The fabulous Suzy Turner is sharing secrets of her perpetual youthfulness.

The talented Roland Yeomans blends history, humor, and wisdom.

And to make a perfect trifecta, D.C. Legendre offers up some beautiful imagery and plot twists.

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Published on July 15, 2014 09:12 • 1 view

July 9, 2014

There comes a point in time when foul ups and mess ups hit such epic proportions that all you can do is brag.

This weekend, I tried to set up the Bella's Point Blog Challenge with a linky tools sign up form.

Tried and tried. All I got was errors.

That confirmed it. I was jinxed going to have to try harder.

Refusing to give up, I sent an email to Brent Riggs, the creator of Linky Tools. We had several back and forths, trying to figure out why his website was hating eluding me.

The problem?

I was the straw that broke the camel's back. Linky Tools was over capacity and when I tried to sign up, it was crashing.

Mr. Riggs fixed the problem- totally great guy btw- being a jinxed dork blogger in need sometimes helps you make connections!

Now, there is a linky list available for sign ups, so if you haven't signed up...do it now...HERE!

Enough of my fails! I'd like to turn things over to a lady who makes this kind of stuff look easy.

Please welcome Kyra Lennon. She is here with her own challenge and some awesome, awesome prizes...I only wish I could win!!!

Hi everyone! Thanks to Elizabeth for letting me stop by today!
When Elizabeth asked me for a guest post about the differences between English and American words – because there are truly a lot of words we use differently – I did originally write that post, with pictures and everything. Elizabeth and many others were amused by Leah’s use of British words in Game On, and through the series, so it was definitely a good suggestion related to the books.
But then I thought, maybe everyone knows these already? My problem was, I couldn’t think of anything that was so unusual, people might not have heard it before. Chips/crisps, nappies/diaper, etc. So I decided to do a different slant on it. Leah also uses a lot of British phrases and there are SO many of those out there, that I thought I’d turn this guest post into a quiz!
Below there are ten British words/phrases. All you have to do is leave a comment right here on Elizabeth’s blog with a guess to one or as many of them as you’d like. You don’t even have to get the answers right (but I will give the answers to Elizabeth in a week or so); just for entering, you get a chance to win a selection of Leah’s (tasteful) tacky souvenirs! (In Game On, Leah explains her love of tacky souvenirs, and when I did this giveaway before it was ridiculously popular!). So – here you go:
Slang quiz:“Have a butcher’s”“Starkers”“Knees Up”“Tickety Boo”“I’ll give you a bell”“Cheerio”“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!)“Skew-whiff”“Chuffed” “Rumpy pumpy” A week? I have to wait a week? Ahh, come on!!

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

Buy Links: Amazon UK/ Amazon US/B&N/iBookstore
About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

Find Kyra online: Website/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Goodreads/Join My Mailing List

Speaking of awesome Brits...
Sharon Aldcroft has started a book review blog. She loves to read and support authors she likes. Check out her reviews and say hi to Sharon HERE!
Check Sharon's review of Kyra's book Sidelined HERE!

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July 7, 2014

Frank and Caroline Miller

Let's do an FAQ!

Why didn't I stop my mom from marrying her online beau? She's an adult.
Does it bother me that she replaced my dad? No one can replace my dad.
Why did I let her go to Alaska with him? See #1. Add to that- my mom never stopped me from dreaming big or chasing an adventure. I will miss my mom, but I'm happy she is looking forward to life and not sitting on Dodd Street sad and lonely.
How am I really doing? Honestly? I'm more worried about catching up with work and getting my new book launched than I am about my mother. She's a big girl, and I like Frank. He's a good guy. He's a welcome addition to the family.

That done...let's talk about that book!

Bella's Point is now available in paperback from Amazon. Full launch is set for July 15th, and I wanted to think of a fun way to spread the word; a way that is interesting and keeps people from getting sick of me and my posts.

So, I came up with the Bella's Point Blog Challenge!

There will be a prize package for the winning blogger, and prizes available for readers at each stop.

I'd love to have you join us! Get more info HERE!

Graphics: Forward Authority Designs
Whew. It's been crazy. Time for some normal...well, normal as defined by a gal who still plays with imaginary friends, calls it writing, and then pretends it's work. :)

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July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

My publisher, World Castle, is celebrating. You can get Fate Intended  and many other great books for .99 cents. Some of the books are even Free! It's a celebration of FREEdom.

Get Fate Intended HERE for .99 cents. You can also get Elissa Day's book for .99 cents this weekend!  Get it HERE!
Elissa, AKA Missy Davis, is a sweetheart. She's a fellow WC writer who is probably tired of helping my tech challenged self out. I invited her over today to share a little about her latest book, Land of Shadows

QuotesCover-pic92 Author Elissa Daye’s New Adult Urban Fantasy- When darkness falls, the shadows will rise! Journey along with Lyssa as she discovers a world she never knew existed in The Land of the Shadows.            
986593_10201575862825984_1123088241_nBook Blurb:When Lyssa was at her lowest, she found herself surrounded by dark entities formed entirely from shadows. Their darkness had eaten at her very core until she had almost nothing left to give. Tired of their corruption, the young witch decides to fight back by trying to locate their power source unaware that her attempts would lead her down a path that would change her life forever.
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July 1, 2014

Visit the IWSG website Sign Up for the IWSG Here
Special thanks to our host Alex Cavanaugh! 
Alex's novel, CassaStorm, is up for a efestival of words award. Congratulations Alex! You can cast your vote  HERE!!  
We are trying to get the IWSG on the Writers Digest Best 101 Websites list! Please email them at writersdigest@fwmedia.com, subject line 101 Websites, and suggest the IWSG - http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
Also, don't forget to stop by this month's guest hosts and say hi and thank you :) Krista McLaughlin Kim Van Sickler Heather GardnerHart Johnson
Insecure much?
Not me. My life is perfect, as is my house, my weight, and my sanity.
I have no worries. I'm living the dream.
I wake every day on a cloud and get transported to my always tidy work space where a pot of hot java is waiting to keep me quenched as I write epic tomes that will then be sold for thousands of dollars.
It's a good life.
One I won't complain about.
Because when I do admit that some days I feel like I'm so far behind that I will NEVER catch up, I get treated with sighs and eye rolls.
I play with imaginary people all day and cash checks later.
That's NOT work.
Not in reality.
That's why I should never leave here for long.
Remove yourself from the virtual world and you start to doubt everything. You start to wonder if you're still capable of tying your own shoes...if you could find the damn things.
Complain and you will get no sympathy from nine to fivers.
Come on...we sit on our bums for hours and hours a day. Our occupational hazard is what? Carpal tunnel? Waaaa!!!
Nope. If I want to whine, I've got to bring it to the blogosphere.
You guys are the sanity line. You will say, “Oh, we get it.” You'll pat me on the back and say there, there it will be all right. “Yes, you feel crazy, but crazy writers are better plotters.”
Then I will feel so much better.
It's an insecure writer's nightmare out there!
Stay connected and never stay in the real world very long.

Speaking of people in the virtual world who keep me up and going forward better than helium, Tara Tyler is all sorts of awesome, helpful, talented, and supportive. I'm lucky to call her a friend and wish her best of luck with her new book- Broken Branch Falls.

I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think of Elizabeth – because I can say I actually know her in person. She's such a sweetie! And we moms of boys have a common bond in our ability to deal with disgustingness. Thanks for lending me some time on your blog and helping me spread the word about BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Liz.

Liz and I showed off our new covers around the same time a couple months ago. This is her cover for BELLA'S POINT. Isn't it lovely!

During the A to Z challenge this year, I briefly touched on covers, but I think more should be said. They are the first thing a reader sees – and if they don't like the cover, they won't look at the back to read about what's inside. (Unfortunately, we usually do judge books by their covers!)

Covers set the tone for your book. The adorable flower of a girl on Elizabeth's cover reminds me of a fairer Scarlett O'Hara. Her almost-pout expression says to me, "I dare you to question me." But, she also teases and tempts just enough to keep her man wanting her.

At first, I thought mine might be too dark. But, it really grew on me. Those ogres are so realistic - mean and ugly! I think the cover enhances the fact that it's a fantasy adventure shadowed by dark feelings that need to be overcome.

Covers need to capture attention. That is hard with so many out there. Any of you get a daily offering of books, like from BookBub or the Fussy Librarian? It's like going to a bookstore and seeing what's new on the front shelves – if the cover catches my eye, I read the title and possibly the blurb. We all have so many books on our TBR lists, we can't add too many more, just the most promising!

Covers should be bold, yet simple. Many best sellers are only words or a single image. Too many details or colors can be confusing or distracting. And for goodness sake, make the title and author nice and big – and no crazy, hard to read fonts! (Unless it adds to the tone…)

Covers should look professional. If you can't tell your artist relative or friend what edits need to be made for fear of hurting their feelings, you better use a professional. And compare your cover to others in your genre. It should fit, yet stand out as unique (sounds easy, doesn't it!)

Here are just a few covers I recently added to my TBR list…

M.J. Fifield's EFFIGY – the cover just came out. So desperately beautiful!Enchanting. Perfect for an epic fantasy with a bit of romance.

Marcy Hatch's WEST OF PARADISE – a time traveling western with intrigue and romance. Can you feel it?

William Massa's SILICON MAN – a gritty sci fi android rebellion, my kind of fun!(One of my Fussy Librarian's recommendations.)
Consider your covers wisely and don't skimp on them - they're a foot in readers' doors!Thanks again, Elizabeth! This post made me want to get reading these and yours!
Do you all have any favorites covers? And why? Any pet peeves about covers?(And don't forget to enter the giveaway below!)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
B&N ~~~ Amazon ~~~ Kobo
Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.

Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!

Add it to your GOODREADS list!
Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
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Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL
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June 27, 2014

Conner, Cole, Carter, Caleb, Chad, and me

That's the family and me (I'm the girl with her eyes closed). That shot was taken by some nice lady who offered to snap our pic as we were saying farewell to our beloved sand and surf. I agreed, though I was in my comfy travel home wear, no make up, and my hair was styled by wind ad humidity. 
And yes, we are very white for having just spent two weeks surf side. It's called factor 70 and this cancer phobe bathes the family in it. 
So, let's catch up real quick....
My mom married her online boyfriend, Frank. My friends have gotten a great lot of fun teasing me about coming from a "broken home" and joining the world of step parents and step brothers and sisters- do I have some? Uh yeah, but not sure how many! Never asked. Anyhow. Frank seems nice. He didn't come off the plane carrying an ax to chop my mother up, so it was all good. 
Bella's Point got a new release date, moved from July 1st to July 15th. I'm planning a blog challenge (no Gary, I won't call it a hop, just so you don't hate me!!) to celebrate the release, but I'll tell you more about that next week. Still getting my ducks in their little rows, making sure they have all their feathers in order before I let you know the deets. 
**A very special thanks to Mark Koopmans for stepping in for me while I was away. If you didn't catch his Fairy Fails, you need read them now HERE!

Misha Gericke and Beth Fred host a monthly blog hop that's meant to support each other and keep ourselves looking forward and staying on track.

The last Friday of each month, tell the hop members how you've done- like a Weight Watchers weigh in. Time to put the cookies down and tell us how well you've done.
1. Decide what to do to launch Bella's Point...suggestions in the comments is greatly appreciated ;)
     I get a check for this one! I do have a plan...now to plan the plan!!
2. Get Bella edited...remind editor to edit...just joking. He's a pro, he'll remember.
     Okay, so this is sort of funny...checked in with my editor and time had gotten away from him. He was in the middle of a move, with young kids and a toddler...so, release date is pushed back two weeks. Better done well than done quickly. 
3. Get ready for vacation. Two weeks at the beach!!! Woot woot. Might even beg Dixie Browning (my retired novel writing hero) to get a picture with me.
     I didn't bug the lady. I kept wanting to, but totally chickened out. Maybe next year....
4. Do some promos for Past Due while on the Outer Banks and while it is on sale.
     I get another check!! Sold 16 paperback copies while on the island, placed rack cards at stores and rest      stops, and kept looking for places to advertise my 0.99 sale.

*Please pause a moment for more shameless self-promotion. For those of you who got it- THANK YOU!!!

For those who haven't...what are you waiting for? ;)

Buy it HERE

5. Add some exercise to my life. Graduation pics glaringly prove that my eight hour days on the computer are catching up with me!! I am naturally sedentary, so this will be a challenge!
   Score half a point  for me. Being active at the beach is so easy and felt so good. Now that I am back            home? Well, we'll see how next week goes. 

6. Break down the plot of Defying Reason. Must do this to make sure the story makes sense and every character has an arc (is that what you call a beginning and an ending?)
    It's stewing in my brain. Made some notes...think I am headed in the right direction. 

7. Start thinking about what to do on Cherries, the collab with that-Tammy Theriault. I am the weakest link here. I can't wrap my brain around a story until it starts to paint a plot picture in head and so far, this story looks a bit like a Picasso. But it's a great premise with such wonderful promise, so I have to start thinking it out.
    Still a fail. Sigh. 

For July:

1. Launch Bella's Point
2. Stay sane
3. Move more
4. Start polishing up Flip My Heart
5. Draft out new story in my head and find a title, right now going with Swept Away
Now, let's see if I accomplish my goals next month! Need a group to keep you on track?
Join us HERE!

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