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:

ANIMALS: (AN)
ART: (AR)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS: (CR)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION: (ED)
FASHION: (FA)
FILM/MOVIES: (FM)
GAMING: (GA)
GARDENING: (GR)
HISTORY: (HI)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE: (LI )
MEMOIR: (ME)
MUSIC: (MU)
MYTHOLOGY: (MY)
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POLITICS: (PO)
SCIENCE: (SC)
SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)
SPORTS: (SP)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

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 Virág @ 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

We also have a Facebook Page
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
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)

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

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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.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Surviving the AtoZ April Challenge and Hat's Off Corner with Medeia Sharif






I survived last year and the year before. Let's see if I can do it again this year. 

I'm a new AtoZ Team Member this year, so I'm figuring out what I'm supposed to do or not do as a member of this group. Today I've posted on Blogging from A to Z. 

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Hat's Off Corner 

Medeia  is one prolific writer. Here's her latest book. Be sure to enter her GIVEAWAY!


52 LIKES, Evernight Teen, 2015

Purchase from Amazon, Evernight Teen (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

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My Quote for the Day: 

I learned early on that if you don't want your memos to get ou in trouble someday, just don't write any. Dick Cheney.

Are you thinking about a theme for the AtoZ April Challenge 2015? Did you sign up for a copy of Medeia's book? Write any memos lately?

I'm off to southern California for a few days, so I may not get around to say hi to everyone right away. Sorry. Have to take care of more of my mom's estate business. I'll be back to "normal" one of these days. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Evernight Teen and Win An iPad Mini

EVERNIGHT TEEN

Happy Birthday to EVERNIGHT TEEN!

EVERNIGHT TEEN turns two this month and we’re having a huge party to celebrate! It may be EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday, but you get the presents. So, grab a piece of cake, hop from blog-to-blog and discover EVERNIGHT TEEN!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more you blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by EVERNIGHT TEEN (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulous prizes. 

Have your TBR list handy because we have lots of new titles for you to add, including my featured book…

SUDDEN SECRETS

Enter for a chance to win EVERNIGHT TEEN’s GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini and my blog PRIZE, an eBook copy of Sudden Secrets, by answering this question (be sure to include your email address to be eligible to win):

What's one piece of advice you'd give a first-time published author? Something that maybe you didn't know, but learned by trial and error.

The birthday blog hop continues here:









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My Quote for the Day:
There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.
William Barclay

Did you sing Happy Birthday on key? Did you enter to win the iPad Mini and an eBook? 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year Again and Again and Insecure Writer's Support Group 2015

I'm Still Welcoming 

2015 

If I keep welcoming this  year maybe it will stay around longer.


I'll be at Dianne Salerni's Blog today, talking about the ideas that knitted together to create Sudden Secrets. Hope you'll stop by to say hello.





To start off this year, IWSG asked that we introduce ourselves briefly again. I think I'll do a bullet list for quick reading.

  • I'm a native Californian who travels around, but always returns to my state.
  • I write young adult contemporary-realistic books because I can't write picture books. 
  • I also write middle grade fantasy and even have a sequel to my first one on the way out this year, if the dog doesn't eat it first.
  • When I'm not writing I practice yoga, hike, garden and stare into space for inspiration. . . or because I forgot where I was going.
  • When I grow up I want to be tall. At the moment I'm 5' 1" and weigh in at 101. However, the upside of that is I can wear kids clothes when they outgrow them.
  • Before I stop writing, I want to write something really good and powerful, something I can call the "perfect" story (laughter is not appreciated).
  • My philosophy includes never saying I'm too old to do something, along with a bunch of other very deep stuff.


Here's to another year of writing, nailing biting and jolly good fun. Let's toss all of that with a nice dollop of INSECURITY just for the heck of it. I you need to DE-Stress, here are some tips from THE ODD PARTICLE. It has some perfect tips. And if you're in need of a wee bit of support, visit these other folks. There are 255 of them, and they'll have some super help to share.


Thanks Alex J. Cavanaugh

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sudden Secrets Blog Tour and January Goals for 2015



All of my covers seem to have knees involved. What am I to learn from this?








No Resolutions. Just Some Goals



Take time out to consider the world around you.

I'm not big on RESOLUTIONS, but I do like to have a few GOALS. So here are mine for 2015: 



  • Practice patience. 
  • Try for kindness when harshness comes to mind first. 
  • Take more time to "see" and "hear" what's around me. 
  • Accept that I'll have set backs. 
  • Forget the failed attempts and focus on the new endeavors.
  • Listen to more music and sing along.
  • Grow my garden. 
  • Love myself and others abundantly. 
  • Finish that novel that's moldering in the computer.

So I'm Slip-Sliding through January and thinking about the season we've just experienced--the Season of Giving. How wonderful it would be if this was a season that never ended.

It's interesting that just as I had that thought, I clicked on a news article and found some kids who are keeping the spirit of December alive all year long. Here are two.
Give a Hand All Year Long


Trajan Tushkan is a high school sophomore who mentors elementary school kids at the Mission Hope for Kids in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Connor Morgan volunteers at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He does things like help vets get to their appointments. What's wonderful about his story is that he plans to be a doctor and he's a military history buff. What a kid. He's combined his interests, and he serves his community.  

If you'd like to know about their stories, HERE's the link to the article.

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My Quote for the Day

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. 
Albert Schweitzer 

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What do you think about my "knee" covers? Any goals for 2015? Or do you like to make resolutions? Do you volunteer anywhere or are you thinking of it?