Gratefulness, a Winner, and an Autumn Reading Challenge

Gratefulness

The brakes on the goblin railship squeal. The crystal-powered engine rolls into Ka Radiff in the Borderland. I clomp down the stairs to the dusty platform, the first to disembark. It’s the end of the tour through the known world beneath the Veil.

I wait at the bottom of the steps, smiling, grateful, so amazed at your kindness and enthusiasm. From beginning to end, I had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those who traveled with me, hosted the parties along the way, and stopped by to cheer my book on. As you descend to the station, I smile and wish you amazing adventures ahead.

A Winner

As part of hosting my official tour, I offered to draw a name from a hat (plastic container). The winner would receive my very best effort at a book or blog trailer. My husband did the honors. These terrible blurry photos are:

Randy’s hand in the container

Randy opening the crinkled paper

And the winner is:

Miriam Hurdle

I’m so excited to work with Miriam and create a trailer for her book Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. Yay! Congrats to Miriam.

 

 

An Autumn Reading Challenge

My kindle overfloweth. One of the surprising results of a book tour is how many books I purchased from hosts and visitors. OMG! A clear consequence of unquenchable book-enthusiasm. Lol. To whittle down my pile, I’m challenging myself to read 60 books this season. No writing, no silly games on my phone, no mindless TV. Just lots of reading on the treadmill while trying not to trip! Wish me luck!

Thanks again to all my tour hosts, to everyone who visited and commented and visited and commented and visited. Lol. I’m so grateful all the readers who picked up a book and to the generous souls who provide the world with reviews. Happy Reading!

 

Liars and Thieves – Book Launch Central

Welcome to Launch Central for Liars and Thieves, the opening book of the fantasy series: Unraveling the Veil.

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who offered their support and encouragement, and a special thank you to everyone who agreed to share the news on your blogs. I am overwhelmed by your kindness.

First, a little Happy Dance from your hostess:

Then help yourselves to some refreshments:

And hop aboard the goblin railship.

Below is a list of tour locations. Click on the blue link to get to the blog site and learn a unique tidbit about the book.

And while you’re there, I hope you’ll take the time to visit the posts of these generous and talented bloggers and writers.

Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

August 29

Jacqui Murray – Worddreams

Check out: A First Review of Liars and Thieves!

Jacqui’s Book: Against All Odds

 

 

August 30

Cage Dunn – Cage Dunn: Fibber, Fabricator, Teller-of-Tall-Tales

A Post from Cage: Diaballein 

Cage’s Book: Diaballein

August 31

Kennedy j. Quinn – Miss Liv Adventures – A Journey through Time… and Time Again

Q&A: Does Liars and Thieves have a map? 

A Post from Kennedy: The Lost Train Anthology: New release

Kennedy’s Book: Miss Liv Adventures Book Series

 

September 1

Kayla Brown – A Couple of B’s

Q&A: Your goblins aren’t stereotypical goblins. How did that come about?

A Post from Kayla: Top Ten Tuesday: Kayla’s Top Ten Audiobook Pick 

 

Staci Toilo – Staci Troilo: mulitgenre author also writing as DL Cross

Q&A: Which character was the most interesting to write?

A Post from Staci – Five Cover Reveals

Staci’s Book: The Gate: An Invasion Universe Novel (Astral Conspiracy Book 1)

 

Kim Laettner – Peace, Love and Patchouli

Q&A: Fantasy is a broad genre. Can you narrow down the description of this series?

Kim’s Book: Diary of a Middle-Aged Mermaid

 

 

Miriam Hurdle – The Showers of Blessings

Q&A: How do changelings shift into animal shapes?

Miriam’s Book: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude

 

A.S. Akkalon – Fantasy Author – Fantasy books, terrible advice and random silliness

Q&A: Do you have an image that shows a goblin city?

A Post from A. S.: Why I haven’t read your book

September 2

D. L Finn – Author D. L. Finn

Q&A: On and off, Talin spends a decade as Slink, a marten. What’s a marten?

Book: Just Her Poetry: Seasons of the Soul

 

 

Elizabeth Gauffreau: Elizabeth Gauffreau

Q&A: This series took almost 3 years to write. Why?

A Post from Liz: Where the Story Wants to Go

Liz’s Book: Telling Sonny

 

September 3

acflory – Meeka’s Mind

Q&A: Do you create the plot to suit your characters, or do you create the characters to drive the plot? Or a bit of both?

Andrea’s Book: Miira (book 1 of Innerscape)

 

Jan Sikes – Writing and Music

A Post from Jan: Sunshine Blogger Award!

Jan’s Book: Flowers and Stone

 

 

Elizabeth Merry – embookstuff

Q&A: Do you write for a specific audience?

Elizabeth’s Book: We All Die in the End

 

September 4

Robbie Cheadle – Robbie’s Inspiration

Q&A: What kind of magical skills do the elves in your story possess?

A Post from Robbie: Covid-19 twisted fairy tale cake

Robbie’s Book: Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

 

Teri Polen – Books and Such

Q&A: What kind of magical skills do the goblins in your story possess?

Teri’s Book: Subject A36 (The Colony Series Book 1)

 

Debby Gies – D. G. Kaye, Writer

Q&A: Author Chat with D. G. Kaye

Debby’s Book: Twenty Years After I Do

 

 

Pete Springer – Pete Springer

Q&A: Why does shape-shifting cause the environment to heat or cool?

A post from Pete: A Funny Memory

Pete’s Book: They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher

 

Dawn D. – Dawn’s Nights

Q&A: Do you have an image that shows your inspiration for the Borderland?

A Post from Dawn: Black Lives Matter

 

September 5

Sue Vincent – Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Q&A: What draws you to the fantasy genre?

A Post from Sue: France and Vincent… Finding Don and Wen

Sue’s Book: The Initiate (Triad of Albion Book 1)

 

Marjorie Mallon – MJ Mallon YA Author and Poet

Q&A:What prompted you to write in your chosen genre?

A Post from Marje: A Warm Welcome to Kyrosmagica – Crystal Magic – The Magical Home of Books, Writing, and Inspiration

Marje’s Book: A Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

September 6

Jina S. Bazaar – Jina S. Bazaar – Author’s Inspirations

Q&A: Naj’ar’s weapon of choice is a glaive. What’s that?

A Post from Jina: About Heir of Ashes

Jina’s Book: Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files Book 1)

September 7

Tessa Pulyer – Tessa Talks Books

Q&A: Why are you releasing the whole trilogy within 60 days?

 

 

Felicia Denise – Felicia Denise, Author

Q&A: Which character was the hardest to write?

A Post from Felicia: #Teaser, “Malice and Forethought: Short Stories of Malice and Murder”

Felicia’s Book: Malice and Forethought: Short Stories of Malice and Murder

September 8

Trent McDonald – Trent’s World (the Blog)

Q&A: In the Unraveling the Veil trilogy, what skills does a mage possess?

A Post from Trent: Embers – Short Stories 

Trent’s Book: Embers: Short Stories

 

Julie Holmes – Facets of a Muse

Q&A: How did you come up with the titles for your books in this series?

A Post from Julie: It’s Here! #mystery #aviation #amreading #newbook #releaseday

Julie’s Book: Murder in Plane Sight (Sierra Bauer Mystery)

 

September 9

Bette Stevens – Bette Stevens, Maine Author

Q&A: Why are changelings vegetarians?

A Post from Bette: Happy Birthday Maine! + #Writing Challenge

Bette’s Book: My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons

 

Audrey Driscoll – Audrey Driscoll’s Blog

Q&A: What was the biggest challenge in writing this story?

A Post from Audrey: New Book: Tales from the Annexe

Audrey’s Book: Tales from the Annexe

 

September 10

Mae Clair – From the Pen of Mae Clair

Q&A: At one point the story suggests that all people are changelings. What does that mean?

A Post from Mae: New Release: Murder They Wrote

Mae’s Book: Murder they Wrote: An Anthology of Short Fiction

 

September 15

Leonard White – Len’s Diary

Q&A: What part of writing is easy for you?

A Post from Len: In Between

 

 

September 16

Gabriela Marie Milton – Short Prose

Q&A: How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite of your books and if so, why?

A Post from Gabriela: Moonlight Love 

Gabriela’s Book: Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

September 19

Steven Baird – Ordinary Handsome

Q&A: How do you define success?

Steven’s Book: Ordinary Handsome

 

 

September 22

Jessica Bakkers – Jessica Bakkers Creator of Speculative Fiction and Dark Fantasy

Check out: A Review of Liars and Thieves

Jessica’s Book: Guns of Perdition

 

 

Book Information:

Title: Liars and Thieves

Series: Unraveling the Veil, Book 1

Genre: Fantasy

Kindle Global Link

Soon available in Paperback

Pondering Time Zones

All images from Pixabay

Andrea (acflory) from Meeka’s Mind and I were emailing about time zones relative to my launch. Our discussion made me think of this old post from the archives. I hope it gives you a smile. 🙂

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No stranger to discussions of the fluidity of perception, I’m often pondering the different ways we interpret events, places, and people. I include myself in the mix. Who I am is entirely based on a host of perspectives, mine and others, and it changes minute by minute.

Even the date and time of my birth is subject to interpretation depending where you and I live relative to the International Date Line. Time is real, I suppose, but it’s also invented. When my brother used to fly back from Guam, he would arrive in Seattle an hour before he left Guam. Weird, huh?

When I started blogging, I became more aware of the play of time zones. I’m closer to the time-flip than quite a few readers so while I’m posting over a coffee and buttered bagel, some of you are slipping into your pajamas after a long day. If I post in the afternoon, you’re snoozing or rushing off to work… tomorrow.

WordPress occasionally confuses me. My stats show views on Tuesday while here it’s still Monday. My posts are time-traveling into the future! You’re commenting into the past.

Then it gets more complicated…

According to Kiss Metrics timing is everything and knowing when to post is “mandatory” for any successful blogger.

  • The highest percentage of bloggers read posts in the morning. Therefore, I should post occasionally at night?
  • A higher percentage of men read blogs in the evening and at night. Oh, so perhaps I should post in the morning…
  • The average blog gets the most traffic on Monday.  So, now and then I should post on Sunday which is Monday in half of the world.

To be fair, these recommendations are based on Eastern Standard Time, so it shouldn’t be all that muddling to me. Yet I care about my readers across the oceans and continents, and I think about them and where they are in their “times,” so near and yet thousands of miles away.

To finish off the stats here are the rest (based on EST):

  • The average blog gets the most traffic around 11 AM.
  • The average blog gets the most comments on Saturday.
  • The average blog gets the most clinks on Monday and Thursday.
  • The average blog gets the most clicks at 7 AM.

According to that round up, the best time for me to post is just before 4 AM on Saturday morning. Not gonna happen.

I’d love to hear about your slice of agreed-upon time. What day and time is it for you? When you blog, do you pay attention to time zones?

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries 2020- Pot Luck #Writing – Why to avoid “ing” words in fiction by D. Wallace Peach

I’m over at Sally Cronin’s today with a reblog of a writing post about why to avoid “ING” words. If you missed it, stop by for a gander. And while visiting, be sure to browse Sally’s smorgasbord of offerings. Happy Friday and have a glorious (and safe) weekend!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the first post for Diana Wallace Peach and this week some help when navigating the grammar rules regarding the ‘ing’ words..

A few weeks ago, I had a blog-conversation with Jacqui Murray of Worddreams  about editing out “ing” words. I’ve heard many times that these words should be avoided when writing fiction but never understood why. While some writing no-nos stab me in the eye every time I read them (such as filter words words), “ing” words never really bothered me.

So, a…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Extract from a Previous Book- #Fantasy – Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 1) by D.Wallace Peach

I’m over at Sally Cronin’s with an extract from my book, Soul Swallowers. Sally is an amazing supporter of indie authors, and a beautiful storyteller and poet. Her blog offers a smorgasbord of information, including some daily laughs. I’ll be hanging out in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore for a few days. If you have time, come by to say hello. Happy Reading.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

The next author to share a review from one of her prevous books is D.Wallace Peach for Soul Swallowers  (The Shattered Sea Book 1)

About the book

When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.

When his brother…

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Especially With a Muse.

My muse subcontracted to this guy – DISCIPLINE for a while.
Amazing artwork by Peter Pham

 

There was a short time, a few years ago, where several bloggers posted about encounters with their muses. They were not only entertaining posts, but our muses all knew each other and ended up in relationships. Lol. Well, Greg’s muse showed up again. If you enjoy a little muse-drama, you’ll get a laugh from his post. Have fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the hulk above who kicked off a bunch of muse posts, click here Muse for Hire. I also reblogged all the spin-offs, so they follow that post.

If you have a conversation with your muse during this strange time, pingback to the Muse for Hire post, and I’ll reblog as many as I can. Happy Musing.

Almost Iowa

My muse arrived at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

The only problem was, I had not seen her in months.

I tried to contain my sarcasm.

“Glad to see you made it on time.”

She didn’t even look in my direction. “I just stopped by to pick up a few things,” she snapped.

“I could use your help with this essay.”

“You don’t get it, do you?”

“What?”

“We are done, through, finished, finito – no longer an item.”

“I know we were having issues,” I stammered, “but can’t we try to work things out?”

That really made her angry.

“Try? Oh, now there is a word. Trying is something you never tried.”

“Huh?”

“A writing relationship takes trying. It requires dedication. It means putting your butt in a chair every morning and working at it.” She was on a roll. “It takes…”

“Don’t say it,” I shouted.

“…discipline.” she shrieked – and…

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Book Review: Legacy of Souls

Blogging has been a blessing during this virus, helping me stay connected, providing a few laughs, and some heartwarming kindness. HRR posted a wonderful review of my book Legacy of Souls and made my day. ❤

Let Me Tell You the Story of...

Last year, I read one of D. Wallace Peach’s earlier works and ended up choosing it as my favorite indie book of the year. Excited by the prospect of truly enjoying an author’s work, I wanted to continue reading some of her repertoire and moved to one of her newest series – The Shattered Sea books.

I recently read the fantastic Soul Swallowers, and I decided following that up with the second entry in the series was worthwhile.

The Book

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Author: D. Wallace Peach
2018
Amazon Link

I thought the first entry in the series was absolutely fantastic and I suggest it to everyone. I thought this seemed like a Game of Thrones done in a way more fantastical and more up my alley (i.e. less flopping wieners). I’m excited to see where this goes.

Non-Spoiler Review

Peach continues to amaze me and convince me that…

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Welcome Diana Peach #wouldyourather

Back before the world turned upside down, I answered some “would you rather” questions for Jill. If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighthearted, head over to Jill’s, and I hope you end up with a smile. And while you’re there, if you want a dose of sweet romance, check out her books. ❤

Jill Weatherholt

Today I’m excited to welcome friend, writer, blogger and devoted daughter, Diana Peach. At the risk of sounding corny, Diana is a real peach. The support she provides to writers on her popular blog is incredible, not to mention quite time consuming, I’m sure. For those of you who are familiar with her gift of world-building, you can understand why I was excited to read her answers. Thanks so much for playing along, Diana!

Would you rather be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

Funny, definitely. I’m not funny. For a period of time (back in the olden days) I tried to memorize jokes and kept a little notebook for reference – yes, I was a dork. But humor never came naturally. It’s a special kind of intelligence that I lack despite my valiant efforts at joke collection. I love spending time with spontaneously witty people, but I wish…

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At the Mirror: Just So

I’m taking a wee bit of a blogging break to prep for draft 3 of my WIP (focusing on characters).

I leave you with some breathtaking prose by Violet Lentz. Notice the exquisite choice of details that brings her character, Willard, beautifully to life. I’ve closed comments here; please click over to Violet’s blog for a writing treat. ❤

Just So

by Violet Lentz

Though Willard had always pictured himself in the subtle gray pinstripe, he decided against it at the last moment. Years of maintaining a keen edge on the trouser crease that was once the definition of a well groomed man, had weakened the fabric and left what now appeared to be a light gray chalk line running dead center down the front and back of each pant leg.

He chose instead a polished silk blend, in charcoal. He had always loved the tapered waist on the jacket and hand carved ornamental buttons on the sleeves, but felt the tri-pleat on the front of the trouser insinuated a pauchiness that distracted from the otherwise clean cut of the suit and therefore was never comfortable wearing the jacket open.

There would be no reason to wear the jacket open today.

Scrupulously shaved, and every hair oiled into place, Willard chose a muted striped tie that would neither add to nor distract from the sheen of the suit, and…

(Continue reading Just So)

Storm #Writephoto

Storm – copyright Sue Vincent

The First of Chaos strode into the Borderland, summoning the rains with his raised palms. Would their thunderous return drown the land and all those toiling in its dust? He harbored little doubt of that outcome. Would they quench the thirst of a parched and dying land to foster new life? Of that end, he was curious. Chaos wasn’t devoid of hope, but it was always unpredictable.

He turned to the peaks, the land of goblins and raptors, of hooved climbers and burrowing rodents. Towers crumbled. Ridges eroded, swept down by torrential rains. Giant trees toppled like kindling, hillsides laid low by mud-clotted waves, pummeled by sand and stone.

The storm crushed all in its path. Caverns collapsed. Tunnels flattened and filled. Goblins died. Changelings died. Elves died. The noble and treacherous, the innocent and immoral, the young and old. By chance alone, others would survive. They fled down the mountainside on his mighty heels.

He strolled the perimeter of Ka Radiff, a once-thriving center of commerce, an open and welcoming city. Now, a crater, a receptacle of his brown deluge and a raft of bloated bodies. To the west, ash and dust shrouded the land in a ghoulish film the color of old bones. Soot joined with the billowing smoke of the forests where the inferno raged, consuming all in its path—human, plant, and animal, the common and plain, the rare and beautiful. Gone, gone, gone. A waste. He would wander in that direction eventually. But first, he’d satisfy his curiosity.

There was a war on.

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A cheery snippet for Valentine’s Day from my WIP ( book 3: Lords of Chaos), slightly modified.

In response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday #writephoto prompt. Thanks, Sue!

And Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

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