Monday, February 23, 2015

Good News and Hat's Off Corner With Kai Strand

Good News

Benji Baker is one lucky guy. He was in Australia, about to reunite with a father he hadn't seen in years. Before the reunion, Benji went ocean kayaking where he suffered an epileptic seizure. Proof that fact is stranger than fiction, he was rescued by his father. Neither of the them knew who the other was until later.

Alligators Overhead gets a new look!

The Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Kai Strand!

Being good isn’t so bad – oh, but it’s so good to be bad.

Excerpt from Super Bad:

Source stepped in front of her, balancing on the edge of the curb. He grasped her shoulders and stared her straight in the eye. “Everything, everyone, will be all right. You have to believe that, Sandra.”
Tears flooded her eyes again. She hated that she didn’t believe him. “I’m scared, Source. I’m afraid Whisper will never wake up. Or that I’ll never walk right again. I’m worried about Mom’s state of mind. I’m scared the world will never right itself, and all this violence will become the new normal.”
Source drew a ragged breath and lightly dragged his thumb across her tear-stained cheek.
Closing her eyes, as though afraid to see the full truth, she whispered her biggest fear. “I’m scared we’ll never find Jeff.”

SUPER BAD The unexpected conclusion to the Super Villain Academy series.

The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or villain?”
Super Bad is scheduled for release in June, but there have been whispers of it releasing sooner. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list and be among the first to know.
King of Bad - Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. Is Jeff bad enough for SVA?

Polar Opposites - Heroes and villains are balanced. After Oceanus is kidnapped, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no longer care to get involved. Ironically Jeff’s superpowers are spiraling out of control. Will they find Oci before he looses it completely, and will they find her alive?
Win a $10 Amazon gift card or an ecopy of either King of Bad or Polar Opposites. Plenty of chances to win. Open internationally. Enter here:
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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,

My Quote for the Day: "Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person." Gloria Steinem

Do you think you could ever write a story like the Good News one of today and not be accused of using coincidence? What do you think of Kai's latest book? Great cover, right? And what do you think of Alligators Overhead's new cover? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Good News, A AtoZChallenge Theme Revel and Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Patricia Lynne and Heather Gardner

A Great Use For Legos
Good News: This amazing 13-year-old is from near where I live, and what a piece of good news this is. Shubham Banerjee created a Braille printer out of Lego pieces for a school science project. 

After researching Braille online and discovering that printers for the blind cost $2,000 or more, he set out to create one that was less expensive.  He has already received financial backing from Intel Corp to start his own company. 

If you haven't signed up yet, click HERE and add your name.

The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest!

Sign-ups for the 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge are already under way. If you have done it before, you know how much fun it is (good for you!) and if you have not, this is your chance to give it a try! You can sign up to participate here.

One of the most burning questions participants ask themselves every year is: 

"Should I have a theme?"

Themes are not mandatory, but definitely fun. They let your visitors know what to expect, and help you create posts that line neatly up from A to Z. They also have an added bonus: They let you participate in a whole separate blogfest!

Two years ago A to Z participant Mina Lobo started the Theme Reveal, and we thought it was such a great idea that we made it tradition. It's now our very own, grand and festive way of rolling out our themes together!

Here is how the Theme Reveal Blogfest works:

Sign up on the Linky list below, and on March 23rd (Monday) publish a post on your blog in which you reveal your theme, tell us why it's exciting, and give us a hint of what to expect from it! Then, once your post is up, use the Linky to visit all the other blogs announcing their themes. Enjoy!

This is a great opportunity for all of you to get a jump start on your A to Z experience. You can link up with fellow bloggers, scout out and bookmark themes that you look forward to, and set out delicious themed bait on your blog to lure in wandering participants! This way, by the time the frenzied posting begins on April 1st, you will already have an audience eagerly awaiting your posts.

Sign up below, ready your theme, and post March 23rd on your calendar!


The Muffin Commando Squad now has 9 members. Here's the gang: Tara Tyler, Donna McDine, Tammy Theriault, Yvonne Ventresca, Carrie Butler, Patricia Lynne, Elizabeth Seckman, Tyrean Martinson and Me!

Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Patricia Lynne and Heather Gardner

Path of Angels Book One

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Add to your Goodreads shelf
There is only one path.
Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role: hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell. He is determined in his mission, never straying from his appointed path, until he meets Lake Divine, and discovers there may be more to his beliefs than blind duty.
But Lake is not who he seems. Offspring of a human and a fallen angel, a Nephilim, Lake must choose his own destiny: give in to the coldness and embrace the dark, or seek the light and rise above the sins of his father.
Two paths lay before them, but only one has the potential to destroy them both.

About the Author

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Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

Patricia Josephine writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Follow Patricia on Twitter | Goodreads | Google+ | Website | Wattpad

One Good Catch
A Maguire’s Corner novel

Title: One Good Catch
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Ignoring a recent trauma that is affecting her everyday life, ER Doctor Kate Maguire engages in some high risk activities, but putting herself in these dangerous situations isn’t enough to feed her edginess. She needs something more. When her brother’s high school best friend comes back to town, it’s her chance for a ‘no strings attached’ fling with the man who still headlines in all her best dreams.

Rhys MacGrath’s days of one-night-stands are long over. The pro-football player might be side-lined at rehab for a shoulder injury, but that doesn’t mean he can’t admire and desire the all-grown-up, so-damn-hot, version of the tomboy he once knew. His sudden interest in Kate might be aggravating his best friend, who doesn’t approve, but it’s her indifference that’s driving Rhys crazy.

Everything heats up when Kate’s nosy nature sets her in the line of fire of an arsonist forcing them to deal with more than just the sparks igniting between them.


Heather M. Gardner's love of books began on the hand-woven rugs of her small town library where her mother worked. There she had a never-ending supply of stories to read at her fingertips. As a teen, her favorite genres to curl up with were romance and mysteries. When she started to create her own stories, they were the perfect fit.

Heather resides in New York with her best friend who is also her husband, plus her talented and handsome son. She is currently owned by four stray cats. Heather's a full-time mom, works part-time from home, a chocolate enthusiast, coffee junkie, cat addict, book hoarder and fluent in sarcasm.

Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Twitter: @hmgardner
Goodreads: HMGardner  
Facebook: HeatherWritesRomance 

Quote of the Day: "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." Jack Dempsey.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Good News and Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Tara Tyler

Good News

Georgie Craig has a rare disability that affects his ability to walk. But with this Thera-Suit he's able to take some very important 3-year-old steps on his own. This suit was designed to help astronauts regain muscle strength after long periods in space. Now it helps right here on old Mother Earth.

Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Tara  Tyler

I'm so excited to be here at Lee's! When Lee visited me, she mentioned she doesn't particularly care to write short stories. But I'm just the opposite! That's how I got started, with poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. I love getting a good prompt and popping out a little ditty! It's details I need to work on.

And speaking of short stories, I'd like to present an anthology put together by my publisher...

Welcome to a hidden world of wonder, wiles, and weirdness. CHRONOLOGY by Curiosity Quills is a collection of riveting short stories sure to keep you up at night for more reasons than one. Twenty-four to be exact! There's fantasy, magic, sci fi, paranormal, historical, humor, romance, superheroes, and more!

My story is THE COMEBACK - A tragic teenage love story, but death won't keep them apart.

Here's where you can find CHRONOLOGY:

I'm also hosting a giveaway this month! Haven't done one in a while, so it's about time! (Get it? Chronology? Time?)

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My Quote For the Day: "Nothing so dates an era as its conception of the future." Brian Eno, Music producer

What's our view of the future? Helping kids walk on earth while we learn how to walk on other planets, in other galaxies? Doesn't Tara's new adventure look exciting? Hope you'll stop in at Amazon and get your copy.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Insecure Writers Support Group and The Muffin Commando Squad Meets the Kargrandes

The LINKY's at the bottom ( if Blogger hasn't done another fail on me). Visit some others and boost their SECURITY.

Nobody escapes the thought that they may not MAKE it. They may not SUCCEED. They may not be the BEST or win an AWARD. Even the most successful among us have considered this emotion, this very real part of our human condition. Here are some of the quotes I dug up to share with you on this February IWSG Wednesday.

  • "There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity." Salman Rushdie
  • "It's insecurity that is always chasing you and standing in the way of your dreams." Vin Diesel
        And then there was Diane
  • "Insecurity is a waste of time." Diane von Furstenberg


Let me introduce The Muffin Commando Squad. The very fun, very exciting and very capable Yvonne VentrescaPatricia Lynne, Elizabeth SeckmanTara Tyler, Tammy TheriaultCarrie Butler and Tyrean Martinson are the Muffins with the most fiber in town. We're going to be one super team. 


And what are those Kargrandes? Anyone? 
The Muffins are armed and ready if they show up.

Here's our team's 
Head Muffin. Doesn't that make you want to sign up, like, now?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Good News, Book Launch and Awards...Just Keep It All Coming

Good News

Yes, there is always some good news in the world. We just have to find it. And here's one good news story. Josie Conlon rescued an abused border collie. The dog was never affectionate, having been so badly treated, but he suddenly started jumping on her, crying and nuzzling her chest. When she went to the doctor they found a stage three cancer. The detection of this tumor saved her life. 

Yay for that border collie and yay for the kind woman who saved him, so he could save her.  

Great Time Lock Disaster Launch

I know some of you have already said you'll lend me a hand when The Great Time Lock Disaster launches, but if you'll let me know in a comment, I'll be in touch. I'm aiming for Feb 24th as the L Day. I'd appreciate any of these:
  • Reviews
  • Guest Post
  • Interview
  • Character Interview
  • Standard post (blurb, image, buy links)

Awards are also Good News, and I have two to share today. Both are INSPIRING! 

Thanks you,  BISH DENHAM
My nominees are: (If you're too busy or have already done this or are adamantly opposed to awards, kindly disregard.)
  1. Beverly Stowe McClure Excellent Reviewer and storyteller
  2. Klahanie Anti Hop, but Pro Writers:Sorry about this. Send the gnomes to get me. Or stop being so damned inspiring.
  3. Angela Brown Ms. Happiness
  4. J.L. Campbell Helpful, Prolific Writer
  5. Lexa Cain Kept the Friday Small Things To Appreciate alive!
  6. Catherine Stine Marketing Queen
  7. Alex Cavanaugh Marketing King
  8. Loni Townsend Zombie expert
  9. Mason Canyon Cat Lady, and who can not be Inspired by a Cat Lady?
  10. Lynda Young A great Down Under Blogger
  11. Tammy Theriault Should do standup comedy.
  12. Al Diaz Knows how to control the dwarves. . .sometimes.
  13. Buddy Poet and Kilt wearer
  14. Gina Stoneheart Costa Rica Traveler who knows how to have fun.
  15. Michelle Wallace A Girl with the Words
My three inspiring things for past few weeks:
  1. My Good News Story about the border collie.
  2. The sign of rain possibly coming our way after several dry weeks.
  3. My book covers for Alligators Overhead (a new, shiny version) and for The Great Time Lock Disaster, my sequel.

Rules for this AWARD.

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog. 
2. Display the award logo. 
3. Nominate at least 15 other blogs (more or less) and provide 
a link where they may be found.
4. Then, go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept (rules).
5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.


VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD#2 and One Lovely Blogger Award
My nominees are: (Since these Awards have the same rules, I'm putting them together. If you're too busy or have already done this or are adamantly opposed to awards, kindly disregard.)
  1. Darby Karchut A Long-Time Writer Friends who really is award-winning.
  2. Chris Fey Looks for the Magic in Words
  3. Mary Pax The most Grounded, Space-Explorer I know.
  4. Sheri Larsen Supports Writers Always, and who won my copy of Sudden Secrets!!!!
  5. Julie Musil Writes up a storm on her blog.
  6. Hilary Always great history on her blog. 
  7. Gwen Gardner Writer of Great Ghostly stories.

7 Things About Myself:
  1. I write books. (Surprise!)
  2. I read books. (another surprise)
  3. I am a, that's not true. I am an award-winning author. Just look at this webpage.
  4. When I'm not writing I'm sleeping or eating or thinking about all three.
  5. My best kept secret is XXXXX. Not on your life will I reveal that!
  6. When I grow up I want to be an artist.
  7. I don't have a Bucket List because I don't intend to leave. I like it here.

Rules for this AWARD:

1. Display the logo on their website/blog
2. Link back to this page
3. Answer 7 questions about themselves
4. Nominate another 7 people

My Quote for the Day: "Happiness is pretty simple--someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to." Rita Mae Brown