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.


  1. Congratulations Patricia and Heather on some awesome covers.
    That is one sharp young man.
    And we're getting some good signups for the reveal.

  2. Shubham Banerjee is an amazing your man. Not only smart but thoughtful!

    Congratulations Patricia and Heather!

  3. That story about Shubham made my date. Awesome that he cared enough to create this and now has financial backing to take it forward. And congrats to Patricia and Heather!

  4. OMGosh! You go, Shubham! That is so inspiring! Congratulations to both Patricia and Heather!

  5. Congratulations, Patricia and Heather, on your new books.
    Congratulations to Shubham on his invention. It's wonderful to hear such great news about young people today.
    A great beginning to a new week.

  6. Lee, you keep spelling my name wrong. LOL!

    That is so cool about Shubham and the printer. Way to go!

  7. Um, is it possible for a kid to adopt an adult? lol! Because that young man sounds like he's on a path to so much awesomeness for engineering a product to make a less expensive product for the blind.

    Many Congrats to Heather and Patricia for their new releases. The both sound very intriguing.

  8. That may be the longest post I've ever seen you have. Lots going on and the theme reveal is filling up fast.

  9. Despite what's going on in the world, there are some amazing kids out there. Give's this old misanthrope hope.

  10. What an amazing kid. Congratulations to Heather and Patricia. I'm seeing Heather's book everywhere!

  11. There are a lot of talented young people out there. I love to see the way they think and it's fresh and new without being tied to adult feelings of, 'oh you can't do that it won't work.' Kids don't see that adult nay-say stuff that shoots them in the foot before they even take a step. Cool that he's put his mind to something and succeeded.

    I honestly don't know what I'll be doing for A-Z my style. Theme? I've barely thought of it.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  12. Shubham has done an amazing thing - so awesome!
    Great covers too!

  13. I love stories like Shugham's. We watch Ted TV and see stories like this. Amazing what students can come up with that can reach the masses at a fraction of the cost.

  14. Congrats to Patricia and Heather! That's an incredible story about the printer.

  15. Thanks for the inspiring post and congrats to Patricia and Heather on the new books. And the theme reveal -- can't wait!


  16. I especially like that cover on Heather's book--it makes me more curious. And best wishes to Patricia. I wish both authors well.

    And that first story is quite a publicity coup for Lego, "the new essential for quality science fair projects"--who would have ever thought? I guess Shubham did.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  17. Whoa! That Lego braille printer is SUCH a great idea! Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I was appalled to find out how much braille printers cost now, and I hope he is able to change this.

  18. This is my second year doing the Challenge but this is my first time revealing a theme and I'm excited to do it. :)

    Congratulations to Patricia and Heather!

  19. Wow, that's so exciting about the boy inventor. It's amazing!

    When I participated a few years ago, I did 80s music I liked for my theme. It was fun.

  20. Lego's are so inspiring! I love that kid! He really is going places.

    What a great cover for Michael, Patricia! Best of luck!

    Thank you so much for sharing my cover today! I really appreciate it!


  21. MICHAEL cover is both lovely and hilarious :)

  22. Plenty of great stuff happening! Looks like A to Z will be fun. Wishing participants the best with it! :)

  23. That is so awesome about that kid building such a thing out of Legos??? Wow. Good for him.

    All signed up for the theme reveal!

  24. Wow, a braille printing machine made from legos? That's so fantastic!

  25. What a sweet story. I love when people do good for others!
    Michael's cover looks stunning and Patricia's story sounds like a must-read. Best of luck to both authors!
    I wish I had more time to participate in the A to Z challenge. It looks like so much fun and such a great way to stumble upon new blogs!

  26. great blog, very inspiring
    lets follow each other! just let me know and I will follow back :)


  27. That kid is brilliant.

    I will be sitting out the month of April. So much reading, so little time. And I get a little sarcastic at writing too many posts a month, lol. Wishing everyone a happy time for the challenge though.

  28. LOVE that Dempsey quote! I think I needed it today. :)
    And, I have to say - wow, that kid is amazing! Nice highlight!

    And way to go, Patricia and Heather!

  29. Awesome covers indeed. Wow, lego can sure do a ton

  30. Lots of good stuff here. One of my cousins is blind. I'm going to tell her about the Braille printer project!

  31. Shubham sounds like a brilliant individual.
    Great covers.

  32. Yay for Patricia and Heather! And what a marvelous story about that young inventor. I can't wait to see what everyone's theme is this year! :)

  33. Both Patricia and Heather's books sound awesome. Love the young Braille inventor. People are so smart!! I haven't come across too many themes yet. I like the idea...:-)

  34. Hello Lee! Congrats on your new books! You've been super busy while I've been out of the loop! I hope all is well with you and your family. Shubham's creation is amazing. That kid is going places! Wow!

  35. Congrats to Heather and Patricia on their new books. They sound very intriguing. I can't believe the 13 yr old and what he created-this is simply amazing!

  36. Patricia and Heather are rocking BloggyVille!
    I'm all signed up for the Theme Reveal Bloghop... and at this particular moment, only four more are needed to reach #100 sign-ups! Yay!
    I LOVE that Muffin Mascot - he's SUPER-CUTE!!!

  37. Congrats to Patricia and Heather!!
    Your good news is always so wonderful to read. I'm amazed at the ingenuity of some people and this young man definitely fits the bill. Amazing.

  38. The kid who invented the braille printer certainly is creative!

  39. The kid who invented the braille printer certainly is creative!

  40. A braille printer sure is impressive. This young man has a very promising future.
    Also saw you over at Nick's blog. Congratulations on your new book!!

  41. Congrats to Shubham Banerjee! He is one smart young man! He has done something amazing. Thanks for sharing this and the good book news with us. :)

  42. Congratulations Patricia and Heather! Love the covers.

    And geez, I want to give that kid a hug. What a great thing he did.

  43. Congrats to Patricia and Heather! Those books sound amazing. Yay for the Muffin Commandos - I'm sure they'll be rolling all over the place leaving crumbs of goodness wherever they go during the challenge. :)

  44. Grats Patricia and Heather!

    If I stay in the A-to-Z challenge, I will have a theme... I just need to figure out what that is.

  45. Congrats to Patricia and Heather! Love those covers! And that is a great story. I'm not surprised braille printers are so expensive. I'm glad he's coming up with a way to make them cheaper.

  46. Hats off to that young inventor. Wonderful initiative.
    Congratulations to Patricia and Heather.

  47. Congrats to Heather and Patricia. What a fantastic invention! Kudos to him. He's done an amazing service for others.

  48. Cool what that kid did. We had stuff like that growing up, i.e. Gate programs, etc.

  49. Children often see the glaring obvious, and at times with remarkable results. Bravo!

    Have a great weekend Lee X

  50. Congrats to Heather and Patricia!
    I am so amazed by the young man's genius! It's good to remember there are lots of good kids in the world.

  51. Congrats to Heather and Patricia and good luck to all the brave souls doing A-Z! Looking forward to everyone's posts come April!


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