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Monday, May 16, 2016

More About the #atozChallenge #reflections & Hats Off Corner Welcomes Libby Heilly



Last week I listed some of the blogs that I visited again and again because they were interesting or funny or I knew I'd learn something if I stopped in. I'm continuing with that because even though the AtoZ REFLECTIONS is officially over, my reflections aren't. Here are more bloggers who worked hard on their post and who delivered some great content in April.




BB Creations had some of the best movie information all month along with some special and creative cards she crafts. I have enough movies to keep me busy forever.

Rhyme Time chews up your brain and spits it out so you either set everything to rhyme or you dream of cats every night.




J.H. Moncrieff, One of Queens of Horror, did her best to scare me to death with her posts. Unfortunately, she had to drop out before she finished me off. 

Journaling Woman had my attention when she revealed her theme--Dying Oddly. To me dying in any fashion isn't appealing, but Oddly intrigued me. And her posts kept me hooked. Death by scarf, death by zorbing, death by grief and on and on. Highly imaginative theme, JW.

We lost another super blogger due to "life interference," when Hilary had to stop posting in Positive Letters. . .inspirational stories, but she'll be back next year, and I hope we get to see more of those posts. 

Again, I can't post all that I enjoyed and visited daily, or your eyes will glaze over, but if I was there a lot, you know I loved what you were doing.




Hats Off Corner Welcomes Libby Heilly




Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.

Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy's friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models' parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.



Brief Bio:


Libby Heily began writing after spending years as an obsessive reader. Nothing was safe from her eyes – she tore through books, magazines, cereal boxes, and shampoo bottles with equal enthusiasm. Libby's written plays, screenplays, flash fiction, short stories, and novels. When not spending time in made up places with invisible friends, she enjoys running, hiking and performing improv in Raleigh, NC. 

Enter to win a copy of Welcome to Sortilege Falls – hosted by Goodreads:






Where to find Libby on the web:



Excerpt:

Grape is being taken by her new neighbor, Graeson, to meet his friend, a club owner who wants desperately to be a vampire. Grape suspects that the vampire wannabe knows more than he is telling about the mysterious illness gripping the models. Below is the beginning of their exchange:

Stale air filled the club. The smell was so old, so ancient, that it distracted her for a few moments from the man sitting on a throne in the middle of the room. Even in the dim light, she recognized Graeson’s vampire-wannabe friend. It seemed as if he recognized Grape as well, judging by the pointy-toothed grin he gave her. His tailored black suit and red tie made him look even more like a member of the bloodthirsty undead. Stretched out in front of the throne lay a woman wearing a green bikini beneath a sheer body stocking. Her silky red hair lay splayed out around her. The woman glanced at Graeson and then sealed her gaze on Grape.

“Graeson, you brought a friend,” the vampire said in his clipped accent.

The door shut behind them, sealing out the sunshine. Dull yellow and blue light bathed the room. Candles and strings of Christmas lights provided most of the illumination in the club—that, and the faint glow of the vamp’s skin.

The few patrons in the room looked up from their board game to inspect the newcomers. They sat tucked away in a booth in the far corner. Mugs of steaming coffee were the only things on the table that Grape recognized. She wasn’t sure what their costumes were about, but she noticed that none of them were dressed like vampires, though one did seem to be wearing a werewolf mask.

“Role playing,” the vamp said, catching the direction of Grape’s gaze. “It is a specialty here, no?”

“I can see that,” Grape said, glancing from him to Graeson, the only two people in the room dressed in costumes that were suitable for real life as well. The woman on the floor could have worn hers to the beach, she guessed, but it didn’t look appropriate for an afternoon out.

“Would you like something to drink?" the vamp asked. “Or to eat? This one, I’m sure has a great appetite.” He nodded his head to Grape as he spoke.

“I’m not hungry. What do you mean about my appetite?” How the hell could he know she ate all the time?

“I meant no harm. You are a teenager. Teenagers eat constantly.”

“I’ll have some wine," Graeson said, not looking up from the woman at the vamp’s feet.

“Dear, get our guests some wine.”

The woman stretched out her lanky body. She stood in one elegant motion. Her red hair trailed down her back to the tops of her buttocks. There was no sign of the white cream that Graeson wore, but her skin was deadly pale nonetheless.

“That’s my ex-girlfriend,” Graeson whispered to Grape as the woman walked away.

“No way.” She couldn’t imagine a world where that woman and Graeson dated.

“So, Grape Merriweather has decided to speak to me again,” the vamp said, his eyes twinkling. 

“Not  on  purpose,” Grape  said, her voice flat. She didn’t feel nearly as nervous as she had the day before in the hospital, but that was mostly because it was hard to be intimidated by a man when just behind him sat a boy in troll makeup arguing that the spell he’d used should have vanquished the wood nymph to his right.

“You know her?” Graeson asked his friend.

“We have been acquainted,” the vamp said. “Grape is such an unusual name.”

“My name isn’t the most unusual thing in this room.”

Graeson glanced quizzically from the man on the throne to Grape. “Liam, when did you meet Grape?”

“Liam?” Grape tried hard to keep herself from chuckling. “Like the actor?”

“I was Liam first,” the vamp said. “Many, many years before this so-called actor.





Quote of the Week: Maybe stories are just data with a soul." Brene Brown, Author


Are you still reflecting on the bloggers you connected with on the @atozchallenge? Want to try Sortilege Falls? Sounds interesting, right? I'd like to know what's wrong with those models and what their parents are hiding.




105 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm so intrigued by Welcome to Sortilege Falls. Sounds like such a dark, engaging mystery!

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    1. Libby's an excellent writer, so I'm sure it will be engaging.

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    2. Thanks C Lee! And thanks Heather! I definitely tried to make it as engaging as possible. :)

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  2. Big congratulations, Libby!
    JH had such a cool theme. She emailed me and let me know she had to drop out, and I understand why. Next year, though!

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  3. It sounds as if Heily has come up with an intriguing plot.

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    1. Guess we'll have to read and find out.

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    2. There's definitely a few twists and turns. :)

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  4. Pat's always a hoot to read. I can't believe he does a poem for his blog every single day. He's amazing.

    As is Libby. I think I might have met her years ago during an A to Z challenge.

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    1. Those poems are a challenge! I couldn't do them, for sure.

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    2. You did! Our paths have crossed a few times. :)

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  5. Your book sounds intriguing, Libby. You named some great blogs, again, Lee! Great challenge, and interesting reading this year!

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I know there are more out there I missed, but there's only so much time.

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  6. Libby, congratulations. Your book sounds intriguing.

    Lee, so more great blogs I'll have to check out that I didn't get a chance to during the challenge. I know it sounds strange, but I enjoyed Journaling Woman's posts on odd deaths.

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  7. Congrats on your book, Libby! And thanks for sharing more blogs you really enjoyed, Lee!

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    1. It's fun to meet new bloggers like this each year, or discover what some of your friends have cooked up to blog about for the month.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the A-Zers that had engaging content.

    And congrats to Libby!

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  9. Congrats to Libby! I love the name Grape Merriweather. So intriguing.
    There were so many amazing blog posts during the challenge. And it's lovely to continue with the new connections made.
    Have a great week, Lee.

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    1. Thanks, Nicola. And Grape Merriweather is quite a name. I agree.

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    2. Thanks Nicola! That name was pure inspiration.

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  10. Congrats, Libby!

    Lol some brains are a bit more chewy than others, so says the cat.

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  11. Congrats, Libby! Your story sounds interesting. :-)

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  12. Congratulations, Libby. That's one interesting excerpt. Had me feeling nervous. Haha.

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  13. Congrats to Libby! Awesome excerpt.

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    1. Purple seems to be the color for covers this year! What is that?

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  14. Libby's Welcome to Sortilege Falls sounds riveting and mysterious. Best of sales to her. I love to read JOURNALING WOMAN and J.H.'s blog. You are so gracious to your friends, Lee. :-)

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    1. I would like to see everyone I know through this writing experience succeed. So many good stories are out there.

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    2. Thanks Roland! I'll take all the good luck I can get. :)

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  15. Thanks for the mention! Researching those were the most fun I'd had in a long time. Yes, I need to get out more often.

    Libby's obsessive reading has paid off. :)

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    1. We all need to get out more. I'm going to do that as soon as I get the last edits done on this next book. That a vow I just made, BTW.

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    2. Thanks T! And I'm still an obsessive reader. :)

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  16. Congrats to Libby. You linked to a bunch of my favorite bloggers

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  17. Congrats to Libby on her book!

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  18. I love the silhouettes on Libby's cover. Very eye-catching.

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  19. Dying Oddly is indeed a super cool theme. As a mystery writer I'm headed over there right now. Thanks for the tip :-)

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  20. Thank you for the shout out:) You made my day! I have to check out some of the others that you talked here although I was following J.H. Moncrieff's A to Z and her blog which I love. Congrats to Libby with her new book

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    1. Love making people's days! Glad I made this one for you. You made a lot of them for me with your posts.

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  21. Congratulations to all the A-Zers. Life got in the way and I stopped reading towards the end of the month, but had a ball until then. I learnt, I laughed, I wondered...
    And big congratulations to Libby too. I do love writers. You enrich my world.

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    1. Without readers where would writers be?

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  22. Congrats to Libby! The colors on the cover really catch your eye.

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  23. A to Z was a great success this year. Didn't participate but did catch s good handful of posts. So many good ones! Congrats to Libby! Thanks for the info on her book.

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    1. We can't do it every year. At least I can't.

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  24. Congrats Libby! What a fascinating premise for a story...

    Yvonne

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  25. I wasn't able to catch much of the A-to-Z due to the conference I was working on, but I keep hearing about all these great posts. I wish I could zoom through and visit everyone!

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  26. Hi Lee - I loved your Cuba posts - they were instructive and so informative in a brief and simple way ... Teresa's Dying theme was fun to read - just sincerely hope I never get into a pickle!

    Thanks so much for mentioning me ... I will be back - you are right .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Brief is my middle name during the AtoZ!

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  27. Congrats to Libby. I've been seeing her book around. Great spotlight on these blogs.

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    1. I like to spotlight good stuff. Thanks Medeia.

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  28. Congratulations to Libby. Her book sounds very interesting and like a book that I would love reading. She's now on my TBR List.

    Also, I am loving your reflections.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. She'd be happy to hear that if she stopped by.

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  29. I learned so much from many of the blogs I visited in the Challenge.
    Thanks for a wonderful post great to read.
    Yvonne.

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  30. Libby's book sound intriguing. Wishing her much success!

    Lee, I felt like I was on a blogsphere vacation in Cuba. Thank You!!!

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    1. Glad you could take the trip with me. I enjoyed your company.

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    1. Have to keep checking in to see what she's up to.

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  32. This has been such an adventure and I've kept a log of the blogs I found most interesting so I can check back in periodically.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. I think that's a great idea. I hate to lose touch with blogs that I enjoy just because April's over.

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  33. I love purple, so that cover really caught my eye. Intriguing premise, too. Thanks for giving me more blogs to visit!

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      Hope you enjoy your visits to those blogs.

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  34. Congrats Libby on the release. Sounds like an interesting read. Enjoyed the reflections Lee and made curious about more blogs, lol.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  35. Your reflections are great, as were so many of the A to Z posts. Unfortunately, due to my move I missed most of it. I guess there's always next year.

    I love the idea of an MC named Grape.

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  36. I only visited blogs a little during the A-Z. I'm a sucker for 40s movies, especially Ginger and Fred. I LOVE them! Birgit did a great job!

    Congrats to Libby! :)

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  37. Sounds like a great, spooky read!!
    Those blogs all sound fabulous! Great A-Z ideas!

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  38. Ooh, Libby's book sounds so different. Nice! Best of luck to her. Sounds like you had an eventful A to Z Challenge, C.Lee!

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  39. Yay for Libby! I missed the challenge this year but I'm grateful to people for sharing their favorite parts. Many fun reads ahead...

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  40. What an intriguing plot. I'm curious to see what happens. Congratulations, Libby.
    Thanks for more of the A to Z challenge. I missed those.

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  41. I think that stories are soulful, with bits of data to help us communicate them. (That's my reaction to the cool quote.

    Nice to meet Libby!!!

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  42. "Grape Merriweather" now that's an awesome character name! Looks cool:)

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  43. Congrats, Libby! I love the purple in that cover!

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  44. Congrats, Libby! Love the cover and the book sounds awesome. I second Mark's comment about Grape's name - love it!

    Thanks for sharing more blogs, Lee. There are so many great ones!

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  45. I absolutely love Libby's cover! Purple is my favoritest color, and I love all the different shades and hues on display.

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  46. Congrats, Libby! Love the cover and the book sounds awesome.

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  47. Sorry I'm late to the party, I had to head to a wedding over the weekend. :)

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  48. I think Blogger thinks I'm a robot and won't let me reply to any more posts, but thank you C Lee for having me over and again, sorry for the delay in my replies. Thank you all for your kind words!!!

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  49. It is hard to stop reflecting. There were so many wonderfully creative blogs.
    Libby's tour is going gangbusters, I hope the sales are too! Congratulations!

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  50. Love seeing Libby's book here! Wishing her all the best! You listed so many of the blogs I enjoy- and of course you included one's I will have to check out. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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