Friday, November 22, 2013

November is Sharing


Denise Covey over at Write...Edit...Publish is hosting this blogfest for bloggers to share a bit about what their working on this month. I know it's NaNo, and writers around the globe are pounding out first drafts, but since it's also my book's debut month, I couldn't possibly participate in that. To all you out there who are, I'm sending you creative vibes for your writing mojo.

So what AM I working on then?

Now that Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is out in the world, I'm hoping to focus on a sequel over the next month. But since that'll take me awhile, I'm going to try something a little different in the meantime.

Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler

Every week, I'll be sharing diary entries from my main character, Bianca Butterman. These will be from her life BEFORE the first installment of Butterman Travel begins. Like a prequel. These will be free on Wattpad, and I'll post the links here weekly, as another way to get to know Bianca.

So today, I'm sharing her very first diary entry with you. Here's the link:

http://www.wattpad.com/30492924-diary-of-a-teenage-time-traveler

And this is an interactive endeavor, so I'd love to hear your thoughts as I go--on anything at all that you'd like to see more or less of. Of course, if this doesn't interest you, no worries. That's why it's going up on Wattpad, so you can visit of your own volition.

See what others are sharing this month by clicking on the picture above to get to Denise Covey's blog and links of participants.

Also, my giveaway is now closed and winners are being notified. A few have already selected prizes, but more are in the works. :D Thanks again to everyone for all their support and sharing during my book launch!

What are your thoughts on prequels or creative marketing attempts? Are you on Wattpad? What's been your experience with it? 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

NA Thursday & 10 Things!

Hi there! And thanks for stopping by! I have to apologize for being behind on my blogging these past couple of weeks. This month of debuting a book has been an enormous, and fun-filled project. More on that later. 

Recently, Chrys Fey awarded me with the Sunshine Blog Award and wanted to know the answer to some questions. Find them below.



1. When and why did you start your blog?

I started in 2010 because of this rumor going around the writerly world that I needed to build a platform. I don't know if I've succeeded with that, but I've made some amazing friends in the process. :)

2. What is the one best blog post you feel you've ever posted?

Hmm... not too sure on that. But I did have a fun one called The Writer-All-Nighter that I need to put up again, just for you NaNo-heads who could really use it. :)

3. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

I love reading everyone's blogs.. We have such a great variety of tastes and styles out there. Ales J. Cavanaugh's is like the Ninja News hub. Julie Musil always has awesome writing advice, William Kendall does funny cat-themed posts, just to name a few. There are plenty more!

4. When you were little, what did you wanna be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Indiana Jones who doubled as a marine biologist. 

5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

My kids

6. Any pets?

A big fluffy cream-colored labradoodle named Ripley. He's my best buddy.

7. Where do you live?

Sunny hot FLA. Yep it's like 80 degrees F today.

8. Fave books?

The Hobbit, Dracula, Gone with the Wind

9. Fave TV?

Right now it's Fringe. But the best shows ever are Northern Exposure, Cheers, Star Trek, Little House on the Prairie

10. Fave movies?

LOTR, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Romancing the Stone, Goonies, Star Trek series, Memento... just to 
name a few ...

Thanks Chrys! And I'd like to pass the award on to all who read this. If you like, post it and answer these same questions on your own blog, and link back to Chrys



Now for this week's NA feature:


Book 1 (Musicology Series) (Diamond & Ryder)
New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
Mature Audience 18+

Screwed out of a job promotion, twenty-two year old aspiring songwriter, Diamond Anderson moves to New York determined to make a name for herself. Along the way, she falls into a whirlwind love affair with gorgeous singer, JT Simons, sacrificing everything to support his career, only to be betrayed by him. Now her life, her job, her future depends on the help from the one person that she never thought she would ever need. Ryder Gillian. The first man to ever break her heart.
Another Man’s Treasure
Book 2 (Musicology Series) (Diamond & Ryder)
New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
Mature Audience 18+
Twenty-four year old, Ryder Gillian, former lead singer for the Stone Ryders, returns to Atlanta, GA after being away for five years. There’s only one thing on his mind. Stay away from trouble. Well, trouble didn't get that memo. Entangled in a web of deception Ryder is desperate to break free from the shackles of his past. Freedom has a name. Diamond Anderson. Freedom has a price. His heart.


Yolanda Allen known to her friends as Yogi is a best-selling contemporary & new adult fiction author, poet, actress and a certified Accessory Junkie! She was born and raised in Georgia and considers herself a natural born storyteller.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to accept and pass on the Sunshine Award. And head over to tell Chrys hello if you get the chance. She's great! Pick one of my questions and answer it in the comments here! And then, if you feel so inclined, post on your own blog. Have a fantastic day!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Remembering Andrew and Interview with Liz Crowe

Happy Friday! Today I have a special guest that I know you're gonna love. She calls herself the Beer Wench, but she's also a bestselling author. And her new book, Good Faith, is out now.

But first, I wanted to take a moment to remember someone who touched the lives of writers around the blogoshpere:


If you don't know already, our blogger and writer friend, Nick Wilford lost his son a few days ago. Many of us collaborated for an anthology called Overcoming Adversity in honor of Andrew. Today, writers and bloggers around the world (and I mean literally around the world) are remembering Andrew by changing their profile pictures to red balloons, as well as releasing red balloons into the sky. If you do release a balloon, be sure to take a picture and email it to Kyra Lennon, who's making a collage to send to Nick and his family on this heartbreaking weekend.

Be sure to click on the picture above to get to Andrew's special Facebook page and show your support.

Now for the interview. I'm excited to have Liz Crowe here today!


1  Thanks for being here today, Liz!  Tell us a little about yourself, and why you call yourself the Beer Wench.

I am part owner of the Wolverine State Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor, a craft microbrewery specializing in lager beer (I’ll spare you the boring beer lecture but here is the Readers Digest condensed version: Lagers take longer. They are more expensive to make. But they are NOT “just like Bud.”). As I began my journey learning about craft beer and the industry I started a blog to chronicle it www.a2beerwench.com which became very popular. I’m sort of a smart ass, and have a naturally dirty mind, so combine that with half decent writing skills and beer and VOILA! Instant nickname.

2 * Your bestselling Realty series is unique. What prompted the idea?

I sold real estate for nearly 10 years before I U-turned into the beer biz. I had a lot of down time to sit around and stare at walls and empty rooms at Open Houses and ponder “what ifs.”  Those turned into a scene, which developed into 2 very strong characters (Jack & Sara) which then morphed into this major series where even side characters wanted their stories told. It’s a best seller in “urban fiction” and “family saga” on Amazon at various times. This final book is the end of it, in novel form, however, and is less sexually explicit than the first few books. (What? I hooked people with sex, my voice, and these characters and they found themselves enjoying stories about even a male, bi-sexual couple in Essence of Time and now…well, I end it. Period.) It is classified as “mainstream, NA” fiction with an over-18 warning for adult content (not just the sex which is toned down but other, equally mature topics).
  

3 *  Are you a plotter or pantster when it comes to writing? Any tried and true methods you stick to?

I am Liz. I am a pantser.
 And I now have a new project wherein a writing coach is making me plot.
It sort of burns.
But I’m doing it because the new project is a total departure from anything I’ve done before and I am aiming for the fences with it. Ergo, the giant whiteboard with scribbles and the little bald spot at my temple where I’m yanking hairs out in frustration. “It is all good for me.” (I keep saying that).
He (mentor) did say “Ok, go write Act 1. Then stop and send it to me.” Which was a relief along the lines of getting to pee after drinking a gallon of water…on a 5-hour car ride.

4*   A lot of my readers are also writers, what advice would you give in order to reach bestselling status?

Write. A lot.
Get edited. A lot.
Don’t take it personally. Take it professionally, change, grown and learn. The original Floor Time (which ended up in a 3 book format when it finally found a small publisher) went through a dozen versions or so and then STILL got more editing.
Your first draft is shit.
Don’t kid yourself.
You must get critiqued, edited and edited again for anything to be really worth reading and buying.
 Yes there are (big time) exceptions to this rule. They are flashes in the pan and total exceptions. Get edited and get over it.

5 *   I bartended and waited tables for many years during and after college. I know customers can be, shall we say … challenging, at times. Have any unruly customers or scenarios stuck out for you that you can share?

Other than people who come in and constantly tell me what I should do to run my business…Oh, and I have had to ban a couple of rowdies…now. I have a fellow female brewery owner here in Ann Arbor who gave me the best advice EVER:
“When someone starts the conversation regarding your business with the words ‘you know, you really ought to…’ you should stop listening, smile and nod and walk away.” The temptation to get up in people’s faces who have never:
1.       made a payroll
2.       counted cash flow over and over again to make payroll
3.       considered not going to work one day then remembering all the people who expect their paychecks
And still want to give me advice, especially when my business has done nothing BUT grow and expand and get national publicity (recently) is very great. But I just remember my fellow lady-brewery-owner’s advice, smile, nod and hand them a beer.  I will say a few of my bartenders have gotten VERY good at sliding between me and some of these people, shoving me behind them with a “Hey, um, ET (my name to them) can you go and … check the ladies room for toilet paper?” or something. God bless them.

    *  Has your bar experience seeped into your storytelling art? If yes, how so?

Well, I have 3 books set right in the brewing business (which is really more what my “bar experience” entails.) I worked the bar myself for about 4 months (literally, opening and closing every single day). Then, once I could afford it started hiring and just recently installed an amazing guy as Tap Room manager. So now I’ve backed away from it long enough I can look back and go “dear God that sucked. But I’m glad I did it.” It’s sort of like owning a car company but not being able to change the oil or a tire. It won’t fly. Nor will a bunch of excuses from my staff. I know their job. I know it sort of sucks at times. So I reward the ones who work extra hard at it. I have a great team!
My brewery books are:
Paradise Hops
Cheeky Blonde
Honey Red
Although there are elements of the business in the Stewart Realty series too as 2 of the character own either a brewery or a brewpub. All of my characters are small business owners of some sort. THAT has definitely seeped into my story telling!

7  *    What were your new adult years like personally? If you could sum it up in just a few words.

I was a preacher’s kid, a bookworm, in the band, danced ballet in a teensy town in Southeast Kentucky. Met them man I would eventually marry my first day of college, his senior year of college (Louisville) with a warning from my cousin (his roommate and fraternity brother) NOT to EVER date him.

But yeah, I was a preacher’s kid. That stuff about us is…mostly true.

8  *    If there was only one thing readers could garner from your stories, what would you want it be?

That I love to explore relationships…the “what happens after” when 2 people finally get their acts together to me is way more interesting than any contrived “happily every after.” I like to go into deep points of view on both sides, men and women (I’ve been told I channel the male POV better than some).  And I love intertwining storylines but with twists and humor, a la Robert Altman films. 

And there you have it, folks! Straight from the Beer Wench's mouth. ;)


Strong personalities—volatile marriages—stressful careers—conflicting goals—difficult children. 

Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the crucible that forges a new generation. 

Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement of their parents’ longstanding emotional connections, but one’s star will burn brighter – and hotter – than the others. 

With a personality that consumes everyone and everything in its path, Brandis Gordon struggles to maintain control as he ricochets between wild success and miserable failure. His life proves how even the strongest relationships can be strangled by the ties that bind. 

Brandis and Gabe Frietag are as close as any brothers, bound by both loyalty and fierce rivalry. The strength of their ultimate alliance is tested time and again by Brandis’ choices. 

Companions from birth, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson share loner tendencies, but come to rely on each other through adolescence. As they mature, both are forced to confront their feelings for the men they knew as boys. 

Somewhere between the tangle of good memories and bad, independence and addiction, optimism and despair, the intertwined destinies of the new generation finally collide, leaving some stronger, others broken, but none unscathed. 

As a chronicle of three families navigating the minefields of teen years into the turbulence of young adulthood, Good Faith holds up a literary mirror to contemporary life with joys and temptations unflinchingly reflected. Its fresh, real-life voice portrays the sheer volatility of human nature, complete with the hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks of marriage, parenthood and “coming of age.”


Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger and beer marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town.  She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse. While working as a successful Realtor, Liz made the leap into writing novels about the same time she agreed to take on marketing and sales for the Wolverine State Brewing Company.   

Most days find her sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, unless she’s writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications. 

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).  More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and many times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate, and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

If you are in the Ann Arbor area, be sure and stop into the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Tap Room—but don’t ask her for anything “like” a Bud Light, or risk serious injury.



Hope you enjoyed getting to know Liz. She's a fun lady for sure! 

The EPIC GIVEAWAY is still going on, so enter as many times as you like for more chances to win!

And Liz has interviewed me on her own blog today, so head over and see what I had to say about writing and blogging! I'd love to have you. :)

So how about you? Has your job or jobs ever inspired your stories? I know mine have. Let's hear it in the comments .... HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Surviving in the Indie World


**UPDATE**  NA Thursday Post is at the bottom! Checkout the featured author and Rafflecopter!

So today (second Wednesday of the month) is when Indies around the blogosphere share tidbits about the experience, brought to you by The Indelibles. And coincidentally ( I swear I didn't plan it this way) I JUST became an official Indie. So, yay! But I'm eager to share some of the process with you, because it's a totally different animal being a self-published author than it is being simply a writer. I've learned so much.



                                                Click the pic to get to Indelibles HQ


In the coming weeks, I plan to share my choices and path with you. But today, I want to promote a book by a fellow indie author that has become my Indie Bible:


Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously? Stop what you're doing and buy this book. Now. If you're a writer--whether trad or indie- you should read this book. If you're an indie, you NEED to read this book. I felt like Susan was holding my hand through the process, telling me it was going to be okay, calming my fears, showing me how to do things right.

I didn't start reading it til I'd already soft launched on Amazon as an eBook, and I admit, I was feeling like a doofus. I was convinced I'd gone about it all wrong because I didn't wait for the Big Launch Day. I wasn't even %100 sure I was going to do a big launch day, but reading this guide set me straight and reminded me what was important.

This isn't just a how-to book, this is a writer's warm hug. Something we all need every once in awhile. And again, I can't recommend it highly enough--even if you're going the traditional route, you should read this.

Okay, my endorsement is over. Big thanks to all who supported, posted, shared my launch yesterday. I appreciate all of it, and all of you so very much.

The GIVEAWAY is still going on, so get thee to the Rafflecopter and enter to win!! Keep sharing! I can't wait to see who walks away with the prizes!!




a Rafflecopter giveaway


Today I'm also featuring this week's NA author, so keep reading!




Gabe Thompson enlisted to help out his buddy, but three years later he's 100% US military bad boy, serving in the desert of Afghanistan where the days are hot, but the nights are hotter.
Alexis Garcia is out to save the world. The University of Texas freshman has come to Afghanistan to do aid work with the United Nations. She's all about the peace, and she has no use for the camp's biggest, baddest, gun toting player.
But, sometimes camouflage is more than a color, and people aren't what they seem. When conflict develops not only between Gabe and Alexis, but also all around them, they're forced to look deeper, and what they find will rock their worlds and change their hearts forever.
Selena Laurence Bio:
I love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It's an Escape from the Everyday.
To enter the giveaway, go to each of the listed blogs and enter the corresponding code into the RAFFLECOPTER.
So tell me, what are your fears in the indie world, or are you ready to face the brave new publishing world? Interesting fact, I read super agent, Chip MacGregor, say every writer needs to be self-publishing something. What are your thoughts on that?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Launch Day GIVEAWAY!

It's here! Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is officially on the market in print and eBook! And to celebrate, I'm having a GIVEAWAY!!

Check out all the great prizes you can win! And be sure to spread the word for more points!

So far, Butterman Travel has managed to stay in the top 100 bestsellers for its category since it's release day. Let's see if we can keep it there! I need your help, because I sure can't do it alone. :)

Thanks to everyone for their amazing support so far!



Now on to the good stuff:


a Rafflecopter giveaway




You can enter as many times as you like til the 19th! Good Luck! And thanks for sharing this uber special time with me!!

Here's a peek at some of the prizes listed:

                                                    BETTIE BOOKPAGE PIXIE ORNAMENT

                                                          TIME TRAVELER PENDANT

                                 MR. GAIMAN SIGNING THE BOOK YOU COULD WIN!

If you're on Facebook, post your status as "I'd book my time trip to ...." and include Butterman Travel, Inc somewhere in the comment and tag me for extra entries!!

You'll notice one of the entries on the Rafflecopter is to like Queena's page. Queena's my charity of choice for very special reason. And I'd love to share the love with her on this special day. Check out her video to see why:



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG -Throwing Out the Baby


It's that time of the month again ... well, not THAT time, but the time when writers around the blogosphere come together for a snuggly wuggly group hug. *squeeze*

For a list of participants, click the picture above to get to Alex J. Cavanaugh's HQ. All are welcome and you can post anytime today. Hey, it's like church--we'll take anybody not matter how naughty you've been! ;)

I have a very special guest today, JM Bray, and you'll want to read all about how he almost threw out his baby, but real quick first, I wanted to let my fellow IWSG friends know that I included you all in my acknowledgments of Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. You've been with me on this journey, so it was fitting to acknowledge you in my debut. Yay!

Okay, take it away, JM ...

There’s an old saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” In days gone by, the process of preparing a bath was not a simple thing. If you had a container large enough to fit a human, water was heated on a wood-burning stove or over a fire, pot by pot until you eventually had a tub of hot water. Since it was such a process, the whole family would take a bath, one after another, using the same water.

Right now you might be thinking. “So…who gets to go first?” Usually it was determined by their “importance” in the family: from dad or mom down through the kids and finally to the baby. By that time the water was so murky you might ‘lose the baby’ in it and toss them out with the water.

What does that mean for us as writers? In our rush to finish or our despondency over rejection we may toss away something precious.

I started Tearing the Shroud 23 years ago. After typing 30 pages (yes on a typewriter) it went in a notebook and into a desk drawer. Thankfully, it moved with me through the ups and downs of life. In 2011 I found it and re-read the pages and now, through Escape Publishing, the novel is out. In spite of the odds, the baby survived the murky water of all those years. But it didn’t end there.
Like most writers, I faced self doubt, agent rejections, the strain of “trying to stay positive”, the countless hours of editing and re-editing, of building a platform, of wondering if the story was any good at all. There were times when I nearly tossed the bath water and if I had, the baby – a publishing deal and the chance to get Tearing the Shroud out there – would have gone with it. When I have the chance to share my journey with someone and they ask advice the first is always: ‘Don’t throw any writing ideas away…ever. You never know what might come of them.’
Don’t give up folks, there’s a baby in there somewhere.

Awesome words of wisdom, JM! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

You can find JM on his website, and be sure to check out his new release, Tearing the Shroud.

And hey if you have a chance, one click will get you to the COVER WARS on Masquerade Crew where you can vote for my cover (or any you prefer) and I'll send you a big fat virtual smooch! Mwah!

Also I'm featuring another NA author so check it out:




Arianna always felt like she didn't belong in the world where she was born. Ever since she was little, she used to hide behind the rocks in the sea, and watch the human family who spent their summers on that island. Over the years, there was nothing she wished more than to be like them, especially so she could get close to Blake, the human boy who she saw turn into a troubled teenager and then, an unhappy man. Once her dad grew tired of her dreams and hopes for a reality that is not her own, Arianna is thrown into an arranged marriage, and her only way out of it is to make a deal with the power-hungry man who will give her everything that she has ever dreamed of. Dreams that turn into nightmares as she watches Blake's world fall apart, because of her and Blake's inability to control their desires for one another. (Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+
AUTHOR BIO:
Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and Mermaid's Curse.

She has a bachelor's in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn't take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.

She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent...vampires... ghosts... She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.


To enter the giveaway, go to each blog and enter the corresponding code into the Rafflecopter b y clicking HERE!

This is Blog #16 and the code is DANIELEPK


Thanks SO much for stopping by! How do you deal with rejection and self-doubt? Do you have any old stories that are worth another look? Please share ...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Somebody Stole My Sweater!


                                                HAVE YOU SEEN ME? 
                                                           REWARD IF FOUND

Well, IT'S not MY sweater, but my guest blogger will explain.

I'm excited to have Heather Raglin Quartetti here today, a fellow kid lit writer, and she's sharing a bit about distractions .... and her favorite sweater. :) I met Heather through the Writers Helping Writers movement, and she's definitely someone you'll want to get to know.

Take it away, Heather ...

Thanks, PK! Great to be here today. I read your post on Distractions the other day, and wanted to share my own take on it:


Distractions in the Form of Silver Linings Wrapped in a Sweater

Somebody stole my sweater. I know, not a big deal. It was just a sweater. (A tags-just-off, never-been-worn, bought-on-sale with a gift card from Anthropologie sweater.) And after a fantastic two days at the SCBWI-Carolinas conference I got home and basked in the inspiration and information gleaned from some amazing writers. But then the temperature dropped and I went to my closet to get my sweater and...it wasn't there. I remember putting it in the closet at the hotel, but I don't remember taking it out. I called the hotel but no one turned it in. I'm obsessed with my lost/stolen sweater.

The first half of October is rough for me. An awful thing happened a few years ago and every October it's brought back to surface. And this year the anniversary of the awful thing coincided with losing my sweater. I got choked up and often cried whenever I thought of the awful thing but do you know what I thought about more? My sweater. A friend and I decided the loss of my sweater was distracting me from the crummier thing that happened, and the crummier things that are happening. (It's a rough year.)

So maybe the theft of my sweater has a silver lining. And it occurred to me that we all do this—use something to distract us from other terrible, or maybe just bad, things. Or things we're not ready for. Like writing a story that's been on our mind. Distractions like Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest are always right there, just waiting for a comment. Or you can just sit back and read for hours what other people are posting. Meeting a friend for lunch, shopping for the perfect gift for someone—these things are necessary, sometimes. But when we allow them to suck too much of our time they become just that, a time suck.

Distractions definitely have their place. They can help us keep our sanity or just get us through a rough day. Besides distracting me from the awful things, my lost sweater offered another silver lining—I could use the idea in a story. A character who gets distracted from something awful by the loss of something trivial. But of course the awful thing is still there, lurking, and must be dealt with eventually.

So allow the occasional distraction. Shiny object! Dark chocolate! I’m trying not to berate myself too much for leaving my sweater at the hotel. It was a mistake. And I’ll certainly double-check the closet the next time I’m at a hotel.

But it doesn't change the fact. Some s***head stole my sweater.


What distracts you? And what do you get distracted from?

Thanks so much for being here today, Heather! 

Heather doesn't have a blog yet, but you can find her on Twitter by clicking HERE. And she'll be quick to return the follow. :)

Also, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan has interviewed me on her blog so check it out by clicking HERE

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dragonfly Warrior!

Happy November! This month is full of festivities, as it not only holds my real birthday, but my book birthday as well! Plus Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday.

Last night's Halloween extravaganza was spooktacularly fabulous! My kids rated it at a 10 out of 10 possible points. LOL

Here they are now ....


My son is in the middle, his buddy is on the left. And that's Little PK in the cowgirl get-up. My son was so proud he was able to scare so many toddlers. LOL. Our neighborhood goes all out for Halloween. Yards become graveyards and haunted trails, and spooks roam the streets while creepy music plays on loud speakers. It really is a blast.

Guess who's revealing their cover on this stupendous autumn day??


My friend Jay's book, DRAGONFLY WARRIOR, is emerging into the world early next year. Check it out!

The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot...
At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.
Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns. He is called upon to somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Book Information: Dragonfly Warrior is a steampunk adventure like no other. It's a dynamic mix of Asian and European mythology, the Wild West, martial arts, traditional fantasy, and high powered steam action that will keep you turning the pages.
Dragonfly Warrior is the first book of The Mechanica Wars, and will debut on January 6, 2014.

(Steampunk and Iron spiders?? Oh yeah, all over this one!)

About Jay:

After doing some freelance writing and editing for more than a dozen years, Jay decided to stop procrastinating and pursue his dream of being a novelist. He's been blogging for over eight years, and even had a comedy podcast syndicated all over the internet. All of that was fun, but all the steampunk-inspired stories in his head just wouldn't leave him alone. Jay spends his days working in medical sales, but he can be found toiling over his laptop late at night when all is quiet.
He draws inspiration from all over: H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov.
And Jay loves cookies.

Jay Noel's website: www.jaynoel.com

Big congrats to Jay! If you don't know him already, head over to meet him.You'll be glad you did. And don't forget to check out some more great book features in my previous post below. 

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