Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z: V Celebrations!

A to Z is here! For more info - click that link!

I'm part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault.

IMy theme is celebrations! All month long, I'll be celebrating authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style. At the end of the month, I'll have a blogaversary celebration with giveaways . . . 

Today, I'm celebrating:

Yvonne Ventresca -  fellow Muffin Commando, blogger, and writer of non-fiction and fiction work, is fun to visit, and writes excellently informational posts for writers of all ages with a special day for teen writers on Tuesdays which I love to glean for information for teen writers that I know. Yvonne's enthusiasm for giving back to the writing community is beautiful! Check out her blog and her novel, Pandemic.




And, a short bit about the podcast interview from yesterday: host S. Evans Townsend rocked! I love the way he keeps the show moving. Addie J. King, my fellow guest, was really fun to get to know, too. On my part . . . well, I was nervous - even more than I realized, and it came out in the fact that I couldn't seem to talk about my novels coherently, and when I read, I stumbled over my book - even though I had practiced a dozen times. So, I'm glad I did it and I learned a bit about myself: I need to stand up and talk on the phone for a podcast, just like I stand up and talk on the phone normally.

And, if you want to listen to or take part in a speculative fiction podcast, I highly recommend S. Evan Townsend and the Speculative Fiction Cantina!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z: U Celebrations, Celebrate the Small Things, and Do You Have Goals?!

A to Z is here! We're almost to the finish line! Keep up the good work!

I'm part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault.

IMy theme is celebrations! All month long, I'll be celebrating authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style. At the end of the month, I'll have a blogaversary celebration with giveaways . . . 

Today, I'm celebrating:


Unicorn Bell is an excellent place to find writing, publishing, and marketing tips along with author interviews, and sometimes writing contests. Seven amazing authors keep Unicorn Bell alive and going, and I highly recommend checking out this site for every writer!



Untethered Realms is a site for writers of speculative fiction and for geeks who just love speculative fiction. It's a great place to hang out, read some interesting posts on spec fic fandom and ideas, and get to know thirteen excellent speculative fiction authors. 



1. My oldest daughter (always busy) had her first professional (paid) modeling job last weekend. She worked as a hair model at a hair stylist convention - and it included 10-12 hour days of having her hair styled on-stage in various up-dos that would make Princess Leia and Padme envious.

2. Today I have a live interview podcast at Speculative Fiction Cantina! Come join the conversation at:
Central: 5:00 P.M.5:00 P.M.
Mountain: 4:00 P.M.:00 P.M.
Pacific: 3:00 P.M.

3. I have goals. :)



Do You Have Goals? is a blog hop that encourages wild, crazy dream goals!

1. Writing and Write 1 Sub 1: Subbed six new stories to SpeckLit - if you go there, read their submission process carefully. :) Champion's Destiny has been limping along in content revision without much progress. :(

2. Publishing/Marketing:  No new stories published this month. 
Had to miss the "all local authors" poetry reading last weekend due to a crazy busy family weekend (we were going four different directions and I decided to be the one that gave up "my" thing to make things work - I also had a huge acne outbreak from eating something I shouldn't and was a bit embarrassed to be seen by anyone I knew - so much better to hang out in a different city).
 Speculative Fiction Cantina interview today! 
And, I'm signing books at a local bookstore tomorrow. 
Whew. 

3. Invitational Attitude: Um. Well, I invited a few people to Gig Harbor Paddle Cup, and I . . . well, I'm not sure what else I did.

4. Spiritual: Prayer, some Bible Study, might finish Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Every Day Christians some time soon - I've been enjoying it too much to rush it.

5. Exercise/Health: Back to walking and riding the exercise bike, but not enough. Bad habits have formed and must be changed. 

What or who are you celebrating today?

Please join me for the Speculative Fiction Cantina

And, until then . . . if you would like to watch the Junior and Senior (not Master class) Time Trials for Sprint Canoe and Kayaking, go to this link! It's happening live today in Oklahoma City, and the kids with the yellow jerseys are from my daughters' team! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z: T Celebrations

A to Z is here! For more info - click that link!

I'm part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault.

IMy theme is celebrations! All month long, I'll be celebrating authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style. At the end of the month, I'll have a blogaversary celebration with giveaways . . . 

Today, I'm celebrating:

Tammy Theriault is a biker babe, blogger, and writer from my home state of Washington. She even, coincidentally/providentially, knows one of my dance mom friends who is also a biker babe. Tammy has written articles for the Whidbey News Times and her company, "The Essay," and made it to the semi-finals of Write Club in 2013. She also has three novels in progress. Check out her blog for humor and writing wisdom/tips. She's also a fun muffin commando! 

Tara Tyler is a sweet blogger who writes poetry, speculative fiction, middle grade fiction, and who gives great tips for writing, book signing, and organizing. :) She's also a fun muffin commando! And, she's written Pop Travel (the first book in the Cooper Chronicles) and Broken Branch Falls. The second book in the Cooper Chronicles, Simulation, will be out this September! 

Middle Grade Fantasy at its finest!

Time Travel Mystery!

Who or what are you celebrating today?


Upcoming news for me: I'll be on a live podcast tomorrow with Speculative Fiction Cantina at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, 4 p.m. Mountain Time, and 5 p.m. Central Time. Not sure when that makes it on East Coast Time? 6 p.m.? Anyway, if you can, please stop by. I'm kind of terrified, but I'm also excited.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z: S Celebrations

A to Z is here! For more info - click that link!

I'm part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault.

IMy theme is celebrations! All month long, I'll be celebrating authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style. At the end of the month, I'll have a blogaversary celebration with giveaways . . . 

Today, I'm celebrating:

Shelley Sly writes thought-provoking, humor-filled, heart-warming, middle grade fiction and has an excellent blog! I highly recommend checking out her blog; her first novel, Wishing for Washington; and her latest novel: One Hundred Thirty Stars! 


Shannon Lawrence is an incredibly helpful blogger and excellent short story writer who has a few novels in the works. Some of her work can be found in Under the Bed Magazine, Of Mist and Magic, Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond, Tree of Life, Beyond the Binding, and Sunday Snaps: The Stories.
Shannon always reports the latest links for short story submissions for various markets - which is incredibly helpful for short story writers.


Susan Gourley-Kelly is a novelist who writes science fiction and fantasy romance. She also has a wonderful blog to visit, with thought-provoking posts from writing, publishing, marketing, and life. I highly recommend checking out her blog and some of her science fiction romance, starting with these titles: The Warrior and the Biologist, and Marine's Queen. I haven't read any of her fantasy romance, but if the covers are any indication - they might be hotter than I can handle. However, I can say without a doubt, that she is an excellent writer. :)


SK Anthony is a super encouraging blogger with a heart of gold who writes excellent, speculative fiction! She's currently on a blogging hiatus, but I'm hoping she comes back soon! And, I'm hoping to see the second book in her Luminaries soon, too. Here's her first novel: Kinetic.


Who and what are you celebrating today?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z: R Celebrations!

A to Z is here! For more info - click that link!

I'm part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault.

IMy theme is celebrations! All month long, I'll be celebrating authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style. At the end of the month, I'll have a blogaversary celebration with giveaways . . . 

Today, I'm celebrating:

Cherie Reich, is an inspiring blogger and author! She's a librarian by day, hangs out with the Untethered Realms crew, makes and keeps big goals, and writes excellent fiction. I highly recommend checking out her blog, or her latest re-released novel, Once Upon a Nightmare which is only 99cents until the end of April! Go get a copy!


Christine Rains is another inspiring blogger and author. She's a geek mom to junior Batman, loves her husband, and writes excellent speculative fiction. She also hangs out with the Untethered Realms crew. I highly recommend checking out her blog, and her latest novel, Of Blood and Sorrow.


Who or what are you celebrating today?