Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Did y'all like those scary photos on Friday?

Well, here's what's hanging around my house.

Decidedly UN scary!

But that's OK. We have mostly single-digit kids around here, and many aren't even in school yet, so we keep that in mind. They still react when a witch with-a-smile or zombie who-likes-cookies-instead-of-brains opens the door :)

It's the unexpected twist.

And we all know how valuable twists can be when constructing our story. See? You didn't expect that, did you :)

Twists are cool in the plot, but don't limit yourself. Character twists are awesome. Twists in the setting can work well, too.

They don't need to be jarring or over the top, either. Subtle shifts can sometimes be even more effective.

How do you use twists in your work?

Speaking of twists, Hurricane Sandy is twisting her huge self into a frenzy right about now. Many of you will be subjected to her wrath for at least a few days. Please ...

Follow guidelines for your area.

Most of all, Stay Safe.

And as soon as you can, let us know when the danger has passed for you.

You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

And to all ...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday's Top Ten

My top ten spooky sights for Halloween:

And my #1 spooky sight for Halloween:

All images licensed through morgueFile

Monday, October 22, 2012

WISH, The Awakening by Laura Eno

I'm so pleased to be part of Laura Eno's latest book release. Just look at this gorgeous cover!

And now I'll let Laura tell you about her new book.

Wish, The Awakening – YA dark fantasy

Most residents of Pine Hill shy away from seventeen-year-old Lelah without knowing why. It's the Djinn magic surging through her blood. She lives in a world where wishes are really curses, dark power meant to twist and deceive in unimaginable ways.
When a fit of temper exposes Lelah for what she really is, she must flee to a sanctuary only whispered about, before her family is exposed and enslaved by their ancient enemy. What she discovers is a treacherous path filled with power, lies, and betrayal – a path that's destined to ensnare her and destroy a civilization.


About the Author
Laura Eno lives in Florida with a very tolerant husband, three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in college but never figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld. And, no, she still hasn't grown up but that's okay.

So now that you've seen the cover and read the blurb ... what are you waiting for? Click on one of the links and immerse yourself in Lelah's story.

Have a wonderful and productive week. I'm wishing this for you and for me - especially the productive part. Last week came with a lot of interruptions, and I started falling a little behind.

And stop in at Linda Kage's blog to learn which one of the events she listed on Friday happened to me. Did anyone guess? And thanks for visiting over there, too :)

See you Friday!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday's Top Ten

We've had a lot of family time lately. So ... pretend you're watching a first or second grader tell you a funny, screwing up her face so she gets it just right, and giggling before she ever reaches the punch line.

Top ten jokes from kids:

10. Why did the cow cross the road?
Because the chicken retired

  9. Why did the tomato turn red?
Because it saw the salad dressing

  8. Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9

  7. What fish costs the most?
A goldfish

  6. What goes up and down but doesn't move?

  5. Did you hear the joke about the roof?
Never mind! It's over your head.

  4. What flies around the kindergarten room at night?
The alpha BAT

  3. What time is it when a whale runs into your boat?
Time to get a new boat

  2. What's black, white, green, and bumpy?
A pickle wearing a tuxedo

And the #1 joke from kids:

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Witches who?
Witches the way to go home?

Did you giggle?

Linda Kage is playing a fun game on her blog starting today to match a few authors to something wacky or strange they have done or accomplished in their lives. Pop over and see if you can figure out what I did :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Poltergeists Need Not Apply

Hold on to your spirits ... Partners in ParanormYA are on the blog today!

And I'm over at Arlee Bird's TOSSING IT OUT!

So read and comment here. And I hope you'll hop over and visit me, too. I'm talking about Controversy and Harmony.


A young girl who suffers at the hand of someone meant to love her – though this is something I can’t speak to personally, I’m aware of what it is like to devalue self, keep quiet and fake a daily smile because, well, who’d believe the truth?

Being different.


The outsider.

These are the kinds of topics that people tend to relate to. So why the paranormal angle? Well, neither Gwen nor myself – Angela – have sat down with a ghost to have a conversation about their daily lives stuck on Earth in the hereafter. I did not seek out a Harvestor to better understand what it is like to be in the service of the Devourer. As writers, we’re often told to “write what we know.”

However, as Partners in ParanormYA, we have not put out any advertisements to have one-on-ones with zombies, vampires, werewolves or any of their ilk.

Writing paranormal stretches “writing what you know” to “writing what you can imagine”. That is often the best part: making up the rules of the new world, society, environment or sub-hierarchical system just beneath the known. Oftentimes, rules are piggybacked upon, like the way Gwen uses ghost whispering in Givin’ Up The Ghost. Neverlove takes the idea of angels and demons and gives them a humanistic bend by going with Cleansers and Harvestors.

Though neither of us have died – thankfully, or we would so be functioning zombies right now – we were able to mold and form our worlds, set our characters up and have them play out scene after scene in this place we only “know” in our imaginations.

When it all comes down to it, writing what you know can help with the believability, but when your imagination is involved – and working with fiction here – the only real limits are the ones self-bound upon your mind. Otherwise, let it soar, free your words and write more than what you know, write what readers can thoroughly enjoy :)

Are you writing from your imagination today?


For Abigail and Basil, there is a choice they both fear making. Duty or love?

Purchase Angela Brown’s NEVERLOVE at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE.

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Indigo Eady's life erupts into mischief and mayhem when a ghost enters her teen abnormal life demanding answers for his death.

Purchase Gwen Gardner’s GIVIN' UP THE GHOST at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "someday" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "someday" you'll do it. Too often "someday" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "someday" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "someday" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

And there are two giveaways! Visit Partners in ParanormYA for the Big Swag Giveaway and for the Week Two Giveaway,


Don't forget to come say hi to me over at

Monday, October 15, 2012

Summer and Sales

Our subdivision's semi-annual garage sale was on Saturday. The HOA holds one in the spring and one in the fall. We really didn't have enough to participate this time, but it didn't stop us. And we ended up making a couple of hundred dollars for a treadmill, some metal shelving, and a few old dishes and pans. To give proper credit, Live-In Handyman did almost all the work.

I'm continually amazed by things that sell and don't sell. This sale was no exception. Thought for sure the bicycles would go, but probably spring is a better time.

So the fall garage sale is history, and Halloween is the last day our pool will be open until March. November 1 will mark the official end of summer here in San Antonio.

I planned to tie this into writing, but I'd have to work too hard for that to happen - LOL! Maybe I should have titled this post Smoke and Mirrors :)

Do you have blogs like this? Ones that start off one way and end up something else? How do you handle it?

It's happened to me before, but not too often. Because it did today, I decided to share a few photos to help you hold on to summer for a day or so longer. And a couple of the doggies, too, of course.

Wednesday Alert #1! This Wednesday, Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown of Partners in ParanormYA will be visiting the Tiki Hut. Please give them a warm welcome and make them feel at home.

Wednesday Alert #2! This Wednesday, I will be the guest blogger at Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out. I hope you'll drop in and say hi. I'll be chatting about Controversy and Harmony.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday's Top Ten

The top ten things I eat for breakfast when I should eat plain Greek yogurt with cereal and fresh fruit:

10. Nachos

  9. Donuts

  8. Cold pizza

  7. Eggo waffles

  6. Cheese toast with lotsa cheese

  5. Cookies

  4. PB&J

  3. Cinnamon toast

  2. Cold chicken

And the #1 thing I eat for breakfast when I should eat plain Greek yogurt with cereal and fresh fruit:

  1. Bacon, eggs, and biscuits made by Live-In Handyman

What about you? What do you eat that you shouldn't. You can tell me . . . no one else will ever know :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

What Day Is This?

Here in the States, today is Columbus Day. In honor of Christopher Columbus, his ships and crew. Thanks for finding us!

For our northern neighbors in Canada - Happy Thanksgiving! Save some pumpkins for us, eh :)

And for two of my blogging buddies, today is Release Day! I wish you both the very best of luck with your novels :)

Indigo Eady is NOT clumsy. At least, not until she moves to Sabrina Shores. Can she help it if she’s off-kilter since moving to a modern day medieval village in England? Who knew it would be teeming with afterlife? Ghosts are coming out of the woodwork: Franny Bishop, an interfering nineteenth century madam; Hannah, a technology-loving seventeenth century serving wench; and Cleo, a prissy ghost cat. Not to mention Bart Bagley, the murder victim!

With the overwhelming psychic overload, it's no wonder Indigo somehow manages to bowl Badger over every time they meet. She is becoming hazardous to his health, not to mention her own. If it weren’t for the murdered spirits and interfering ghosts vying for her attention, her life would be so much easier!

To top it all off, why did Badger have to be so cute? That is no doubt the problem. Mix needy dead people and very-much-alive cute guys, and you have the ingredients for a world totally out of whack. Even so, sparks fly in more than one direction!

But who has time for romance? They have a murderer to catch, and time is running short as the body count mounts.

Ever have big plans for "some day?"

Too often 'some day' never comes. But Gwen's did. She woke up one day and realized that 'some day' had arrived.

She quit her corporate job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, isn't it? But even crazier? Is getting to the end of your life and realizing that your 'some day' is too late.


For seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V'Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.

Basil's off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.

Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.

Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE?

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time I gave birth to my forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that I really took writing seriously. After all, how could I teach my child to follow her dreams if I hadn't tried myself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, I favor the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbor a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series.

That's it from me.

Get in touch with your creativity, treat your muse to a massage, and have a great week.

See you Friday!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday's Top Ten

This week's top ten is an "email thingie" that I couldn't pass up. Kudos to the anonymous author!

The top ten things about wine:

10. Wine is not the answer; it just makes you forget the question.

  9. Coffee keeps me busy until it's acceptable to drink wine.

  8. Making dinner with wine didn't turn out so well. After five glasses, I forgot why I was in the kitchen.

  7. Remember to buy a bottle for Mom when you visit. After all, you're the reason she drinks.

  6. It doesn't matter if the glass is half full or half empty. Clearly, there is room for more wine.

  5. I drink wine because I don't like to keep things bottled up.

  4. You'll feel better if you wine a little.

  3. The secret to enjoying a good red wine is opening the bottle and allowing it to breathe.

  2. If the bottle doesn't look like it's breathing, give it mouth to mouth.

And the #1 thing about wine:

  1. From zero to 1.2 bottles of wine!

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's So Good To Be Home!

OMG! I'm like a smiling, wagging puppy rolling over to let my bloggy family rub my tummy. I am so happy to be back here.

A full month is entirely too long to stay away. I've kept somewhat connected at Facebook, but it's far from the same. I have missed every single one of you!

While I was out, I accomplished a lot - the whole purpose. Now I'm back and ready to rock!

Writing-wise I worked on three projects. I'll talk more about those in a later post. I wanted to come back with a short, snappy post today, but due to circumstances beyond my control that's not happening.

You know I tidied up here. One of my followers let me know she's having trouble viewing parts of the updated look. Everything looks right to me, so I asked my techie friend to take a peek. She sees it the same way I do using a variety of browsers.

This particular problem instance involves Firefox, so I'm especially interested in Firefox user comments. But no matter what browser you use, if you have any issue with the the way things appear on your screen, please let me know. I may not be able to fix the problem, but I'll try.

What you should see at the top is Under the Tiki Hut, tabs for the pages, and the header photo.

Then the actual meat of the blog follows. I now have three columns instead of two. A left sidebar, the posting area, and the right sidebar. Things in the sidebars should be contained within the sidebars. Nothing should lap over into the posting area or fade off into the background sunset. Beneath the post area and sidebars are the Blog Archive and Labels.

As I said above ... if you see anything different from this, please let me know.

And make sure I didn't scrub you from any of the blog rolls. Some of you have let me know this already. Thanks! 

There are three blog rolls - one on the left and two on the right - and your link should be in one of them if you're a somewhat regular commenter. If you've been following me for a while, you're probably on the left. Newer followers should be on the right. This is not a political statement :)

If you'd like to share your links for the Writers' LIKE ME Project, you may do so at any time. The initial response wasn't all I had hoped, so perhaps this isn't as good an idea as I originally thought. I'll continue to mention it once a month or so in hopes that more of you will leave your links and tell your writer friends about it. The page will stay up at least until the end of the year. Maybe it will get going yet of its own accord. If not, I'll let you all know if I decide to take it down for lack of interest.

That's it for me.

Oh! Almost forgot.

I'm now blogging only two days a week - Monday and Friday. Although there may be a Wednesday from time to time, it won't be the norm. I'll let you know in advance.

How about you? Catch me up! What happened with you during September?

See you in the comments, on your blogs, and back here on Friday!