Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat Book Blog Hop. Happy Halloween & Let's Celebrate the Small Things

We are now at my most favorite ever in the world holiday, Halloween!


Candy, of course!

No. Not really. I just like the macabre fun and in-your-face-MR. DEATH attitude of 

All Hallows Eve. 

Since I was a kid I've loved scary stories and reading ghost stories under the sheets with a flashlight, or. . . and this is the very best thing . . .telling ghost stories under the stars with night lurking beyond the bonfire where goblins and werewolves and ghoulish creatures hide in wait.


Gotcha, didn't I?

So to celebrate this ancient, pagan ritual that today is more about fun and treats, I've joined PATRICIA LYNNE'S Trick or Tweet Book Blog Hop. She's so right. EBOOKS ARE CANDY.

I'm giving you a choice of eBooks. For one simple Trick. Ready? Post a comment. (1. leave email 2. book you want 3. format you need) That's it. I'll choose 4 of the best comments and send those people a book. But if you want to give any of my books a LIKE on good old facebook, I'd really appreciate it.





I have one request. Be patient. I'm going to be gone from Nov.1-Nov. 20, so I won't have time to send my Treats until I return, that is unless I can do it from far far away, which I might be able to do, but only if WIFI is available.  


This week I'm celebrating that break I've put off for two years. 

I'm also celebrating getting some time to be with old friends and meeting some new ones.

See you in December.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The World Hop Rules, Some Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns & the Hats Off Corner With Beverly McClure

Thanks to YVONNE VENTRESCA for tagging me. Here's her POST

The World Hop Rules

Start with a quote.
Answer 4 short questions
Tag another writer

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”  Francis Bacon

1. Why do I create what I do?
One answer is it keeps me out of trouble, but I guess the best answer to this is because I love to see if I can get the ideas from my head to the page. It’s a true challenge, and sometimes it takes a lot of word wrestling before I succeed.

2. How does my creative process work? (note my editing of this question. There are days when the creative part just ain't there.)

But when it is there, I start with a single sentence. That sounds sooooo simple, doesn’t it? But it’s the toughest part of my job. Once I get a sentence that has a character I can relate to, a goal I can imagine, and some obstacles I can dream up, I start the story. Sometimes I write the end first. Sometimes I write scattered but important scenes I have in my head. I never know how the book is going to come together.

3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I guess one difference is my focus in never on romance. It’s always on the circumstances that the teen is stuck with. If love finds its way into the story, it has to have a purpose. In Sliding on the Edge, I needed the Sunday Boy to provoke my MC in a country boy lighthearted way and show her the truth. In The Princess of Las Pulgas I needed a no nonsense kid who could set the Princess on the right track. In Double Negative I needed one person Hutch McQueen could turn to and trust. 

4. What am I presently working on?
I’ve gone back to middle grade adventure fantasy for a bit to clear my head and have some lighthearted fun. I’ve finished a sequel to Alligators Overhead and called it The Great Time Lock Disaster. I’ll be subbing that starting December. I’m also in the middle of editing an ancient manuscript, Dragon Child. I say ancient because this is something I started years ago and never finished. I did a lousy job crafting it, so it has taken some doing to fix my mess. Still I’m fond of the story and hope to whip it into some kind of shape soon.

Next up on the blog hop, I’d like to tag CATHERINE STINE. Catherine is the author of several novels. Among them her Fireseed Series. She'll be joining this HOP in December.

Now. . . about that Jack-O-Lantern

Got your pumpkin ready to carve? Here are some ideas. Simple, and then the Not So Simple.

Love the Bats

My Carving Level
Ahhh. Sweet Bird Nesting


Hats Off Corner

A girl.
A dream.
An accident.
A dream shattered.

Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?


About BEV!

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats. 
For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

You can visit her here. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooktoberfest Flash Fiction & Celebrating Small Things

The Rules: 

  • no more than 300 words
  • use commotion, chill, curse, cocoon, and virus
  • post between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28
  • follow the COVERGIRLS

In the legend, a curse befell a large, blue diamond, eventually called the Hope Diamond,  when someone lifted it from an idol in India. From then on anyone who touched that jewel had horrible luck or a horrible death. The stories are interesting, but most likely the Hope Diamond had nothing to do with those tragedies. However, this myth had everything I needed to jump start my Flash Fiction. I'm titling it. . . 


 “It has been over three hundred years,” Sita shouted. The commotion in the chamber ceased, and her followers humbled themselves before her. “My patience is ended. One week, then I take charge.” 
     A deathly chill fell over the assembly. They cringed under her glare and didn’t move. Not one person doubted Sita’s power. She conjured curses that reached around the world—a virus in India, a plague in England, a revolution in France—all bringing lives to a sudden and horrible end. 
     Everyone knew she would wipe them out just as quickly, just as horribly if they didn’t finally restore her jewel.
     She stepped down from the dais and the congregation parted. They gave her a wide path and dared not raise their eyes. 
     The chamber echoed with the heavy thud of the doors closing behind their goddess.
     The eldest minister, looking pale, called his Jewel Recovery Committee to him. “My office. Now.”
     They huddled over the conference table, hatched schemes, then discarded them.
     “Been done.”
     “Too dangerous.”
     Then a new minister, Shanti, one steeped in magic and benevolence, raised his hand. “I think we should ask them to give it back.”
     “Ask?” The ministers inhaled as one.
     “Have you tried that?” Shanti asked.
     “Never.” They said.
     “Then how about, I give it a shot?”
     Nobody objected, but a lot of eye-rolling went on.
     The young minister caught the next plane to the U.S. When he arrived, he went straight to the Palace of Archives. There he asked for Sita’s jewel. The man in charge said no. 
     Shanti smiled and held out a tiny, glittery cocoon on his palm. “Give me the jewel, and I will give you something much more valuable.”
     The man inspected the object. “What is it?”
     “World peace.”
     Sita got her jewel back.

Visit some others and have some fun. Happy Halloween. 


Celebrating Small Things

  • I'm almost ready for my trip to Myanmar (I prefer Burma and so does the U.S. government so it seems.)
  • My typhoid shot was painless with no side effects
  • I haven't had a computer glitch in three days.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Lizard's Tale, Hat's Off Corner, and Survive and Thrive Bloghop

Here's wishing
Bish Denham and her new book, 
A Lizard's Tale, a great launch.

From the moment he hatches, Marvin P. Tinkleberry knows he is destined for greatness. For one, he has a marvelous, well-groomed tail. For another he can puff out his throat pouch in the most spectacular way. Maybe the other lizards in his colony don’t take him seriously, but he knows the truth. It lives in the marrow of his bones; he’s going to be a hero.

When a feral cat threatens the lives of all who live at Stone Wall in the Garden by the Sea, Marvin knows it’s HIS destiny to get rid of the fearsome beast. Traveling Over the Hill to find help should be as easy as snapping up a sleeping moth. But it doesn’t take long for Marvin to see that the world beyond Stone Wall is not the same as his pampered life back at the garden. From the deadly Sucker Cactus Forest to deadly mongooses, danger lurks around every corner and Marvin will have to decide if he’s willing to be the hero he’s long bragged about being.

Twitter: @BishDenham


Hat's Off Corner 

After Seeley is possessed by an evil wraith, Jordan must dig deeper into the Satanic realm. Against Markus’s direct orders, she offers herself, body and soul in a blood covenant to rescue Seeley from the clutches of hell. Jordan assumes her guardian angel will not leave her to fight alone. But there’s trouble in paradise, and Markus has been reassigned. Can Jordan defeat both her internal and external demons to win him back? Or is he gone for good this time?

Survive and Thrive

Hope you've signed up for this? It's worthy of sign-ups. 
Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, Diane Wolfe, and Alex J. Cavanaugh. 

A few years ago, my niece was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was thirty with two small children. If she hadn't gone in for her annual mammogram, those children would be without their mother today. As my gram always said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 

Get your check up. Now. 


Here's my quote for the day, which I think is right on for Survive And Thrive. 

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they have none."
Alice Walker.

You have the power to prevent a lot of health issues from becoming life threatening. Early detection is the key.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Write Your Best Loglines & Celebrate Those Small Things

Last week I posted one way to start crafting our LOGLINES. Well, there's more. Isn't that always the case? Just when you think, "Ah ha! I've got it, by golly," some smarty says, "But. . ." And you know you're in for more to deal with.

One thing you don't want is a blah protagonist. No. Those MC's have to take the bits in their teeth and run.  If you recall, I left my three fascinating MC's here. (Well, one of these *characters isn't mine, but he was so great, I wanted to create a logline in his honor.)

Here's my next step in making my MC's more proactive and my story more exciting. I've underlined the parts I've worked on.

My Talented Zombie

  • A talented zombie must elude his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.
  • A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.

  • A *heroic lizard must escape life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.
  • A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.

  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant must track down his killer to prevent his own murder. 
  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant sets up a sting to capture his killer and prevent his own murder. 
There's nothing I like better than the ticking clock plot, and if you can get that into your logline, all the better. I'll put the ticking clock element in red.

  • A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter out to destroy him before opening night.
  • A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community before a Cat attacks.
  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant has one week to set up a sting and capture the man hired to kill him
So there's more to consider. My loglines shift as write or I shift my writing to stay consistent with my logline. It all depends on what the characters tell me to do and if I can get the plot to cooperate. Piece of cake, right?

What I'm Celebrating This Week


Halloween is big on Small Things List.

I get to go to party and be crazy with other people who will dress in weird costumes and pretend to be scary. That's something to celebrate.

This wonderful month when the light shifts and you know fall is in full control for a time.

Hat's Off Corner

Sin City Collectors Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers and her blog:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Soulless Blog Tour & Hats Off Corner


The Soulless are coming.

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 Soullessówho then steal the only protection her people haveósheís forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Get your free copy of MOONLESS  (book 1) October 13, 20, 27, 31 and Nov 7.

Author Bio: 

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, four littles, and ìfriendî (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 BlogFacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.

Hats Off Corner


It's official. Tina Downey's Tribute Book is now available for download on AMAZON.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Breathless But Still Running To Catch The Small Things And Celebrate

I posted this, I thought for today, but due to pilot error it posted two weeks early. I know it's time for me to take a break, and November is a whisper away. Anyway, here's that post again when it was meant to happen.

What a summer this has been. 

So many friends' books I've featured.

So many bloggers I've visited. 

So many words I've set down on the page.

Then there was family and friends and gardens and the occasional visit to the beach. 

Did your summer swoop in and out with Small but very Important things happening? Now it's October! Good gravy.



LG KELTNER @writing off the edge
KATIE @TheCyborg Mom
CAFFEEMAGGIEATO @mscoffeehouse