Monday, January 26, 2015

TaDa! The AtoZ Challenge is Upon Us AND Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Diane Salerni

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:


Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Author Stephen Tremp
Heather M. Gardner
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion
C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
Susan Gourley @ Susan Says
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing
Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

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Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!

Hats Off Corner. 

I'm really excited to host Dianne Salerni here today. Her books have fantastic covers and some powerful story lines. I love the combination of old myths with the modern day slant.

In The Eighth Day, 13-year-old Jax Aubrey discovered a secret day of the week hidden between Wednesday and Thursday and a mysterious girl living in the house next door who existed only on that day.  Jax learned that he and his guardian, Riley, and the girl, Evangeline, were descendants of people out of legend, tasked with maintaining the Eighth Day Spell and keeping the world safe from the dangerous and powerful Kin race imprisoned in that day.

Now, in The Inquisitor’s Mark, the adventure continues … and Jax has a terrible choice to make.

After the battle on The Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline have gone into hiding from rogue Transitioners and evil Kin lords who want to gain control over the Eighth Day.

So when Finn Ambrose, a mysterious stranger, contacts Jax claiming to be his uncle, Jax’s defenses go up—especially when Finn tells Jax that he’s holding Jax’s best friend, Billy, hostage. To rescue Billy and keep Riley and Evangeline out of danger, Jax sneaks off to New York City on his own. Once there, he discovers a surprising truth: Finn is his uncle and Jax is closely related to the Dulacs—a notoriously corrupt and dangerous Transitioner clan who want Riley dead and Evangeline as their prisoner. And family or not, these people will stop at nothing to get what they want.

“Combining modern intrigue and ancient magic, this second volume in what continues to be an inspired series does not disappoint. Jax is an endearing mix of heroic and awkward as he struggles with his new identity. An exciting blend of Arthurian legend and organized crime.”  ~Kirkus Reviews

Eighth Day (paperback release date January 6, 2015)

Inquisitor's Mark (release date January 27, 2015)


My Quote for the Day: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Are you A to Zing in 2015? Hope so. Don't Dianne's books look interesting?  I hope you'll stop by and give her books a boost. She's a talented writer.


  1. Congratulations, Dianne!
    And glad to have you on the co-host team.

  2. I have Eighth Day on my TBR list. I love the unique premise.
    Wow, those signups are counting up fast.

  3. Best wishes to Dianne!

    A to Z off and running! Thanks for all of your help and support, Lee.

    Tossing It Out

  4. Congrats to Dianne! This is a fantastic sequel. And awesome how many people already signed up for A-Z.

  5. Can't wait for the A to Z! I should probably get started on those posts...

    Dianne's books sound really cool. I'll have to check them out.

  6. Thank you for having me here today, Lee! And good luck to everyone participating in A to Z this year!

  7. Congrats to Dianne.

    Good luck with the A to Z.

  8. So may good things happening, I hope we all can keep up with it all...

  9. I added my name to the A to Z link. Though, I haven't the foggiest idea what I'm going to blog about!

  10. Okay, okay, okay... I've decided to do the challenge. I've even begun to work on my posts!

    Congratulations to Dianne! Those are, indeed, fabulous covers!

    Your mission, Lee, should you choose to accept it is to pick up an award on my blog. As always, should you be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

  11. Congrats Dianne! I've seen so much great stuff about your books.

    I've signed up for the A to Z challenge, but I'm still debating what I'm going to do for the posts. >_<

  12. Three Cheers to Dianne for The Inquisitor's Mark. I've had a chance to read both books and loved them!

  13. Wow! I can't believe you guys are gearing up for A-Z already! Good luck to all who are participating ... I don't think I'm brave enough!

  14. Have fun co-hosting! And I love the sunflower logo for Tina, what a perfect tribute to her.
    Congratulations to Dianne!

  15. Yep, we're on our way. Ms. Salerni's plots do sound interesting.

  16. Congratulations, Dianne!

    I'm signed up and ready to go! :D

  17. Diane's book looks great!
    Just signed up for A-Z. It's amazing that it's that time of year again.

  18. Good luck to Diane and her releases! So far so good with the A to Z kickoff!

  19. Dianne is a wonderful writer and person, and I loved the first book in her trilogy! I wish her huge success with the second book. :)

  20. Will they get thousands to participate in A TO Z like some of the years before?

  21. Congrats to Diane on her new book and I signed up for the A to Z

  22. Love the sound of Dianne's books! :)

  23. My best to Diane! And silly me, while I was reading the codes, instead of reading "Photography" I read "Pornography". But I don't have dirty thoughts, I swear!
    Good luck as co-host of the A to Z!

  24. Congrats to Dianne! What awesome covers!

    I'm participating in A-Z with Untethered Realms (#152).

  25. Yay for A-Z! :) And congratulations to Dianne. I've been seeing her everywhere lately.

  26. Congratulations, Dianne. Your books sound interesting. Best of luck to you.

  27. Congrats to Diane.

    The A to Z challenge sounds fun, but definitely not something I could keep up with!

  28. Congrats Diane.

    All done and signed up at my sea #41 it is.

  29. Hooray for A to Z and congrats to Diane!

  30. I also signed up for A to Z! Congrats to Dianne!


  31. These books sound exciting! And best of luck with A-Z!

  32. I love Dianne's book and the covers are so cool.

  33. Great covers from Salerni! I'm doing the A to Z with Untethered Realms. That way we each take a few days so I'm not blogging every day. A manegable amount.

  34. CONGRATS to Dianne! I enjoyed reading The Eighth Day. I'll be sharing a review of The Inquisitors Mark in a few weeks. Both covers are great!

  35. Dianne's books sound fantastic and congratulations to her!
    I would love to do the A to Z challenge but sadly, I won't have the time this year. I will be following my fellow bloggers as they dive into this epic challenge!

  36. I always love reading the A-Z posts! Wish I had the time to participate- one year I am going to get organized ahead of time so I can participate. :)

    I have the Eighth Day to read and The Inquisitor's Mark will be arriving at my house sometime in the next week or two! So I hope to read the Eighth Day in the next couple of weeks. Both of Diane's books sound amazing! Wishing her the best of luck. :)

  37. Hello Clem. I don't like being a party pooper, but I've decided to set my own challenge through April--writing my novel every day. I've participated for years in the A-Z and it is really exhausting when you have so much else to do. I do drop by and read posts that interest me. Diane's books sound wonderful!

    Denise :-)

  38. Those really are some fantastic covers!

    Hooray for A to Z. I'm so excited!

  39. Yay, it's almost A-Z time! I had so much fun when I did it in the past, and I'm still considering doing it this year, but I'm not sure I'll have time.

    Dianne's books sound awesome, too.

  40. Awesome covers! Congrats to Diane.

    Signed up with Untethered Realms for AtoZ.

  41. Diane has the most gorgeous covers... aaah, a feast for the eyes!
    All signed up for the A to Z!

  42. Yay, Dianne! Beautiful covers. A-Z will be a blast this year.

  43. I can't believe how many people have signed up already! This may be the best year yet. Y'all have fun :)

  44. Hey C.Lee and Dianne,

    Those are superb covers. Even better than my duvet covers. Well done and congrats.

    Personally, I think, no matter what time of the year, blog posts should be kept short. Very much like the brevity of my sporadic but must read posts.

    Look at all those fanatics joining the Alphabet cult. Very worrying, indeed. Why do people insist on using "brainchild"? The perpetrator of the A to Z Challenge should be whipped with a wet noodle!

    A to Z, kids. Just say NO!!!!!!!!

    Gary, the official anti- A to Z spokesman!

  45. I'm signing up...later. Giving myself room to wiggle out if I need to !

  46. I love these covers. So fun! I've definitely signed up for A to Z. I met so many great people last year--I highly recommend it if you're interested in meeting new blogging friends (and willing to put a little time in reading blogs of other participants, of course).

  47. The Eighth Day especially attracts me. What fun it would be to discover a hidden day that others don't know about. Kind of like Brigadoon, isn't it?

  48. The A-to-Z Challenge looks like a lot of fun, but I'll probably be too chicken to try it out, heh. I can barely keep up with regular blogging anymore, so I'd hate to sign up, only to fall behind!

  49. Looks like A to Z is going to be a great event. Congrats to Dianne!

  50. I recognize those awesome hosts. :)

    I've been meaning to read Dianne's books. Great covers.

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  52. I love those covers!
    #atozchallenge rocks!


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