Monday, March 30, 2015

Good News, Meet the Muffin Commandos, and Hats Off Corner Welcomes Patricia Lynne

Good News with a touch of Gossip.

George Clooney received a lifetime achievement award and was roasted a bit by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They pointed out that his wife, who is a human rights lawyer, has a significant list of lifetime achievements to her credit and didn't it seem strange it was her husband getting the award. Read More

Last Day for Goodreads Giveaway for The Great Time Lock Disaster. Hope you've entered to win. 

Muffin Commando Squad, Part 2 A couple of weeks ago you met one half of this #AtoZChallenge Team. Now here's the other half. 

Q. What's your latest WIP/publication?

BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG fantasy) was published last June and SIMULATION (techno thriller) comes out in September!

Find out more about Tara Tyler

Q: Who are you anyways?

I'm the sugar in your muffin, the cup liner in your tin, the hotness in your oven, and the muffin flavor with a spin. I am the Muffin Commando that goes commando every now and then. No shame...

Find out more about Tammy Theriault

Q. What's your latest book, short story, publication?

A Jumble of 500+ Writing Prompts, A Pocket-Sized Jumble of 500+ Writing Prompts (paperback), and Jumble Journals 1 and 2. Like they sound, these are books chock full of writing prompts.

Find out more about Tyrean Martinson

Q. What's your Favorite Food?

Peanut butter. I bet you thought I'd say chocolate. A gal can't live on chocolate alone, but she can survive on peanut butter. 

Find out more about Elizabeth Seckman

Hats Off Corner With Patricia Lynne

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.

Tweets to share:
Walk the path. Face evil. Defeat it. #PathOfAngels
#urbanfantasy #NA #NewAdult

Michael thought he knew what lay on his path, but he didn’t see Lake coming. #PathOfAngels #urbanfantasy #NALit

Lake knew he was divine, but is he strong enough to prove it to the world? #PathOfAngels #NA #lgbt

About the Author:
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Connect with Patricia

Quote for the Day: "Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away." Dorothy Parker

Hope you'll help Patricia by sharing her Tweets. And be sure to connect with her on her social media. Are you a George Clooney fan? Why did he have to marry and why did she have to be someone absolutely perfect? Are these Muffins fab or what?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Good News, AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal and Hats Off Corner Welcomes Nick Wilford

Good News

Principal Kyle Niederman deserves a pat on the back for putting his Cincinnati school kids at the forefront of concern. The school was to be closed for the 5th day in a row due to severe weather, and many of his students depend on free or subsidized lunches to guarantee one meal a day. No school. No lunch. So this principal asked his staff to deliver bags of food to those kids most in need. Now that's a caring kind of guy.

 And Now. . . The AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal!


If you've been here a few times this past year, you know I was in Burma (Myanmar) in November. Some of you who've stuck with me for a few years know I have the travel bug, and it bites quite frequently, so it can't be any surprise that my theme this is going to be. . .Burma from A to Z.

I've added a small T/F quiz at the end of each post, so you can test you knowledge about this part of the world.  No grades. Just a bit of a challenge to pique your interest.

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Nick Wilford

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behavior under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humor, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armor of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

Quote for the Day "The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball." Columnist Doug Larson

Will you be AtoZing? Does learning a bit about Burma interest you at all? (Lie if the answer is no.) Was the news good enough about the principal? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good News, More Good News with the Muffin Commando Squad, AtoZ and Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Heather Gardner

Good News

James Robertson's car gave up the ghost ten years ago, and James had no way to replace it. Then Detroit cut its bus services and James had no way to get to work--no way except to walk. And he did, everyday--21 miles to and from. He got very little sleep, but he never missed a day of work, and he was never late. The good news is someone heard about it and now James has over $300,000. because people cared, because people admired this man. Read More

More Good News

Some of you may have heard about the #AtoZChallenge 2015, right? If you haven't signed up yet, now's your chance.  If you want to read a little about what make good THEMES, I've posted about them today.

And look who's here to help your AtoZChallenge experience be the very best. The Muffin Commando Squad. Today you have a chance to meet four members of this amazing team. Please visit their sites and read their answers to all of the questions. Each of us will answer 3-4. Stay tuned for the rest of team!

(Kind of :-)
We're the muffin commandos. 
As delicious as we can be.
Mixing it together to whip the A-Z. 
Fully baked, crispy crusts- we'll make it to the end.

We're the muffin commando, the net's sweetest blend.

Q. What was your theme last year. Why did you choose it?

“ My theme was writing inspiration. I wanted a theme specific enough to interest me, but broad enough to help other writers. I have links to last year's posts here and on Pinterest.”
Find out more about
Yvonne Ventresca, author of Pandemic

Q: What’s your latest book, short story, publication?
"LOYALTY (Mark of Nexus #3) is slated for March 7th release
the pre-order is available now!—with the series’ boxed set hot on its heels."

Find out more about Carrie Butler

Q. You have to evacuate your home in three minutes. What would you take?
"My children, hubby, pocketbook and my favorite Graf von Faber-Castell pen."

Find out more about Donna McDine, and her Award Winning Books

Q. If you really were a muffin, what kind of muffin would you be?
"There are so many different kinds of muffins. I have a cookbook devoted to them and cupcakes. I would be a mixed berry muffin with a hint of lemon (that's because I LOVE lemon in dessert.)"

Find out more about  Patricia Lynne, author  of Snapshots (Patricia Josephine)

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Heather Gardner 
The cover is here! Ta da!

Quote for the Day: "You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute." Tina Fey

Does good news make you feel that some things are right in the world? Are you ready for April 1? Are these AtoZ team member top notch or what? Hope you'll give Heather a hand with her new book.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Some Good News, Hat's Off Corner with Angela Brown and AtoZChallenge!

Some Good News

Yes, there is some. It doesn't hit the headlines all the time, but it exists and it makes me hopeful that more will follow because of it. So here's one bit of good news from Kentucky.

Raymond Burse, President Kentucky State University
The President of Kentucky State University took a pay cut of $90,000 (imagine that salary). That meant that all the minimum wage employees got a $3.00/hr. raise. 

Now on to the. . . 

Hat's Off Corner

Here's to Angela on her latest Evernight Teen book. Here's her character having a bit of a chat with that hunk of a Vampire, Edward Cullen. Shiver me timbers. A vampire on my blog!

Beacon and Twilight
I want to thank C. Lee for making the magic happen. My name is Macie Breen. Angela Brown is the author who created me. I’m not sure what she was going through when she wrote Beacon. Are all authors so cruel?

Wait, will Angela see this? Because, if she can… I think you rock, lots and lots, Angela!! (Please don’t torture me so bad in the next book).

Anyway, C. Lee asked me here to have a chat with a character from one of the books I recently read from the banned books list. Hey, if The Colony wants to censor it, I HAVE to read it. I chose Twilight. Some of you know of this novel, maybe? Vampires that sparkle, werewolves that seem to always be shirtless, and a girl who is sought after by both a were and a vamp. I would not want to be her, all confused behind two guys. Give me Thane any day. 

Wait… there is Rig…
Yeah, let’s not go there. Oh, look, Edward Cullen just arrived.

*Macie stands up, offers her hand, but Edward quickly settles into the chair opposite her.*

Macie: Uh, okay.

*She drops her hand and sits back down.*

Macie: Nice to meet you, Edward.

*Edward sniffs the air a couple of times then dissolves into an even more pale state.*

Macie: I hope the lights are okay. C. Lee said she adjusted them so they are dim enough for you. 

Edward: The lights are fine.

Macie: Oh, good. So let’s get started. Now, I have to know, do you and Bella really - 

Edward: What are you?

*Macie’s mouth is left wide open by the sudden interruption but then she closes it.*

Macie: I’m a character in Angela’s novel, Beacon. It’s a YA urban fantasy dystopian. I think it’s pretty cool but I’m probably a little biased.

*Edward leans forward, eyes narrowed.*

Edward: C. Lee told me that. But she didn’t tell me what you are. 

Macie: I’m just a girl nobody likes. That’s all.

*Macie’s eyes widen.*

Edward: No. You’re not. And that’s a big problem.

*Macie visibly shivers*

Macie: Uh…why?

Edward:  Because I was also told that you liked Jasper so I brought him along to surprise you. One whiff of you and he will go berserk. Honestly…

*Edwards casts his eyes downward.*

Edward: I’m having a hard time holding my bloodlust back.

Macie: Uh…wait…what?

*Edward jumps to his feet, breathing hard.*

Edward: Seriously, what are you? You smell so… delicious.

*C. Lee enters the chat*

C. Lee: And that will be all for now folks. Edward, thank you for coming today. Macie, I suggest we find a different exit for you. And for anyone wanting to know what Macie is - which I better go find out myself - check out Beacon.

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My Quote for the Day: "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." Thoreau

Any good news in your part of the world? Would you chat with a vampire? Are you entering to win Angela's GC? Hope you've already entered the #AtoZChallenge. If not, sign up now!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Insecure Writers' Group and AtoZChallenge 2015

IWSG Sign Up 

I'm getting good reviews on my books, so I'm very lucky, but there are times when reviewers write things that make me feel like the kid caught doing something bad and hauled in front of the principal. That principal thing only happened to me once, but when I remember the experience I know what insecurity and shame for not doing the right thing feels like. 

We writers are such a vulnerable lot. We want to do the right thing. We don't set out to make ourselves insecure or ashamed by writing badly, but we can't wow everyone, can we? And when we fall short, one thing we can do to keep our keels on the even, is to remember we have a lot of people who support us, who understand exactly what it's like to be called up in front of the principal.

AtoZ Challenge Sign Up

Now I hope you're all signed up and ready for the April Challenge. If you haven't done that yet, get going. It'll be fantastic. Click on the Sign Up List and look at all the people you can hang out with--Including the Muffin Commando Squad. Yvonne Ventresca, Carrie Butler, Donna McDine, Patricia Lynne, Elizabeth Seckman, Tyrean Martinson, Tara TylerTammy Theriault, and me. You'll get to know more about us in the weeks to come.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Good News and On The Writing Side of Life

Good News

Ronnie Polaneczky To The Rescue

A young couple had lost 13 days of work waiting for the reliable and ever-efficient technicians from Comcast to arrive, but to no avail. When A news columnist, who is used to hearing complaints about Comcast service or lack thereof, was so touched by a young couple's story that she took desperate measures. Ronnie Polaneczky called CEO Brian Roberts's 92 year old mom.  

The couple had their service the next day. This is double good news: someone cared enough to step in and help strangers, and Mom still rules!


On the Writing Side of Life

Last week I visited SARAH FOSTER'S blog and read her post about symbolism and getting messages out to others. 

I'd just been having a conversation with someone who knows me quite well, and he said, "Your books are all about who you are and what you believe in." I think I said something like, "You're nuts." I can be subtle once in a while.

But Sarah's post caught me up short. That guy who knows me, knows me, I guess. Because when I thought about each of my books, they did have messages about things that are very important to me. It has just taken me a while to figure all of that out. And here I thought I was simply telling stories.

What I hope is that my work never moralizes. I'd hate to be accused of using my writing as a soapbox. Didactic writing is a bore.

I've just started to shred an old manuscript and set it free from some very self-conscious prose. So this was a chance to think about the underlying messages this story might have. I was surprised to find one of my lifelong philosophies dead center. I've always loved to see justice in our world, and this story will be all about finding it, even after death. I'm a romantic at heart, and if you can't have your justice in this life, then I think you deserve it afterward. It's never too late. 

What about your own stories? Do they have your philosophy at their core? Have you read books that you recognized their underlying message, but appreciated it because it deepened the story? Any favorite books with messages? 

Have you signed up for the #AtoZChallenge yet? If not, better get going.


My Quote for the Day

"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself." Elie Wiesel