23.1.15

Let the Stomach Churning Begin: Revealiing #Vibrizzio @SwoonRomance

Today's the day the cover for VIBRIZZIO gets plastered all over the book bloggerverse! If you haven't bumped up against it yet, you can see it at Will Read for Feels. Or A British Bookworm's Blog, Collector of Book Boyfriends, The Phantom Paragrapher, BookSkater, Carol Oates, The Book Addict,  etc. etc. etc. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for organizing such a smashing event!

I'd love it if you'd come back here to let me know what you think of the cover.

The blurb is posted along with the cover, but at my place I'd like to give you just a smidgen more. Below is a teensy excerpt from a conversation between our leading lady & her BFF.  It's the gist of the story in few words:

“Just because he’s a guy doesn’t mean he and I can’t be just friends.”
“And just because you don’t have to insert batteries into him doesn’t mean you can’t be more."

VIBRIZZIO has it's first review! The lovely Jennifer Lane, author of chart-topper BLOCKED, a NA sports/political romance, was my valuable crit partner on this story. She's the partner that keeps on giving and took the time to write out a wonderful review. Thanks, Jen!

Add VIBRIZZIO to your to-read list at Goodreads



20.1.15

Something Wicked is Here! Congrats @CarolOates

It's heeeere, Something Wicked by Carol Oates.

Now available

For the enticing blurb & author bio,
please visit my cover reveal post.

Carol took time during her busy release week activities to stop by and answer one simple question:

If you had to choose one song that best captures the essence of SOMETHING WICKED, what would it be and why?

There were quite a few songs on an eclectic playlist when I started writing this. It’s difficult to pick just one.

For writing the 19th century scenes, I preferred something with a classical feel. I love Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi and listened to it while writing an early scene, which was particularly horrific for the main character. It was the scene where Henry goes through the final moments of his transition to a vampire. He doesn’t realize the extent of what has happened to him and is, in fact, filled with a sort of hope that he’s still alive and will see his family and his precious sister once more. This hope is cut short, followed swiftly by devastation and the corruption of his humanity when Henry takes his first taste of blood. The title is ‘To Become’.

A couple of times, Henry reflects on his nature as being somewhat stagnant, he talks about patience and habit as though he is stuck, which in his mind he is. He doesn’t see that the opposite is true and he is always in a state of evolution and on his way to becoming something other than what he is at any given time. As soon as one part of his journey completes, another begins. So, I think ‘To Become’ is very apt.

When I listen to a musical score in a movie and it is telling me how to feel through every second of imagery, I get frustrated sometimes. I like the idea of beautiful music and horror so my ears aren’t telling my brain I should be scared. I like the idea of being softly lulled with a rising dramatic score and feeling it in my heart rather than my ears.



When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history, old buildings, castles, and tombs.



7.1.15

Insecure Writer's Support Group: January 2015

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the first 2015 meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavannaugh. (If you haven't joined the club yet and are interested in learning more, click on either of the links in the preceding sentence.)

JUST read the memo about the brief introduction, so here it is: I live in the Chicago 'burbs w/ one husband, one bunny, one teenaged son, and a daughter who also lives across the state border at university. I work in digital and print marketing for a local retail icon so I get to do lots of writing at my day job. I realize now that I've written fiction in my head my whole life but I didn't start putting my stories into words until the summer after I turned 40. I'm so happy I didn't wait any longer.

I burrowed pretty snuggly into the Land of Offline the past several weeks, so I'm excited to bop about today to see what's up with all of you. My insecurities are the same ol' same ol' for January---a year's worth of new goals and concern that I won't be able to do it all. I've learned by now that setting a schedule & sticking to it is key, so that's what I'll do...and when I trip over inevitable obstacles, you'll get to hear all about it at future IWSG meetings, hehe.

The first super exciting thing that'll happen for me this year is the January, 23 cover reveal for my upcoming chick-lit romance VIBRIZZIO, If you'd like to post the cover on the 23rd (and get a slightly early peek at the goods), please sign up at Xpresso Book Tours.

Lyssa Bates doesn't need a man. Not when the world is fully stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon's health and sexual wellness category. Coming April 21, 2015 from Swoon Romance.

Yesterday I revealed the wicked awesome cover of SOMETHING WICKED by Carol Oates. Take a scroll down to see it. :)

6.1.15

Something Wicked...wait for it...Awesome! @CarolOates

I'm taking part in the cover reveal of SOMETHING WICKED by Carol Oates.


I think you're gonna like it...



New Adult
Historical/Contemporary Supernatural

Releasing January 20, 2015
from Omnific Publishing 

Hooray!!! Carol is a wonderful writer and I love it when she goes dark, so I'm really looking forward to this one. Here are some more deets:



Infected by the vampire virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a devilish sense of humor and a love of life.

Amidst turmoil in vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once again active.

When Henry meets a young American woman who sees past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers, Henry takes Ari into his home and under his protection.

As their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn't what she claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his wicked blood.

Add it at Goodreads 


About the Author 

Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge. 

She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper. 


When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history, old buildings, castles, and tombs. 


 

20.12.14

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop. Enter whether you've been naughty or niiice. #Prizes #Vibrizzio

Welcome to the Mid-winter's Eve Giveaway Hop sponsored by the I am a Reader blog and organized by Mary at Bookhounds.net.

Things are getting pretty exciting with my upcoming Chick-lit love story with good vibrations, Vibrizzio.

"Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category."

The big cover reveal will be on January 23---sign up at Xpresso Book Tours---and all sorts of fun things will follow. You can now read a very few teensy excerpts at my website (I'd put them in this post but I'm afraid they might cross a line on the G-rating of this hop).

To enter my giveaway, just follow the link in the Rafflecopter below to check out the full blurb for Vibrizzio at Goodreads---if it sounds like your cuppa, please add it to your to-read list. The prizes are a $5 gift card to Amazon, a choice of eBook (either Three Daves, a New Adult romance, or Divine Temptation, a love story of angelic proportions), and a beaded owl charm bookmark like the ones pictured to the right.

Since Three Daves is set in the 80s, I'll leave you with this super cheesy video that still makes me giggle three decades later. Merry Christmas!


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19.12.14

A Day Late & a Million $$ Short: Finale #Survivor

And so we have the predictable end to an unpredictable season. Overall I'd say San Juan Del Sur ranks about middling for me amongst all Survivors. It was fairly boring up until the merge, then it got interesting...but in really weird ways. It's dissapointing that of the final five, Natalie was really the only one still playing the game (but props to Jac for the impressive comeback win in the final challenge). It's pretty bad when Nat had to resort to making supposed "big" moves just to do something.

A trend in the game that I'm not personally excited about is the making of big moves simply for the sake of making them. Sometimes they're necessary to get to the finals, sometimes they're not, and I can appreciate a player who's stayed on the right side of alliances the whole way through whether or not they've had to make a big move to be there. Natalie's strength in the game was her subtle play and quiet manipulation. In my opinion she didn't need the big moves to be the strongest Survivor standing.

I was thinking about Natalie's "big" moves, and I'm not sure any of the them actually did anything to improve her position. Let's have a look at them, shall we? (Please let me know if I've left any out).

First was Alec. She said Alec was enamored with Jon & Jac, but he'd already shown his willingness to screw over Jon at an earlier vote. She thought she'd have more loyalty from Keith, which is probably true, but his big mouth was unpredictable and made him dangerous as an ally. Also, Alec wasn't nearly the threat that Keith was in challenges, and we all saw how desperate she was to get Keith out in the final five, so I'm not convinced she improved her position by prolonging unpredictable Keith's time in the game.

Next was Jon. That vote improved her position, but it wasn't really all that big of a move now, was it? The edit showed Missy being hesitant, but come on, she wasn't not going to vote him out. He had the idol that he'd have played the next tribal so this was their very last chance. Getting him out earlier would've been bigger.

Finally, giving the idol to Jac and voting out Baylor. That was pure showboating---which juries are encouraged to reward whether or not the move serves a purpose, so it is good strategy from that standpoint, buuuuut it did absolutely nothing to improve Natalie's position and could've possibly even hurt it. First, she sent someone to jury who absolutely wouldn't vote for her unless Missy landed there on the next vote. Second, Baylor had been her loyal little puppy since they'd met at Exile Island! In no way could Nat trust Jac more than Baylor.

I guess that's all I have to say about this season. I'm looking forward to the White Collar, Blue Collar, No Collar angle for next season! How about you?

Nicki has spoken. 

13.12.14

Two Days Late & a Million $$ Short #Survivor

If Jon has learned one lesson from this game, I hope it's to LISTEN TO HIS GIRLFRIEND! It must've been fun for those two to watch that episode together. Moreso for her than for him.

Since this is my last post pre-finale, I'm going to break down the remaining five from the perspective of a jury member---i.e. if I were on the jury and knew everything I currently know, would I give her/him my vote for the mil at the final tribal council?  This is NOT necessarily how I see the real jury voting.

Baylor - No vote from me. She's been spunky but has been led like a little lamb the whole way through.

Jaclyn - Too wishy washy. No vote from me. It's good to be flexible & willing to make big moves but she relied too much on the swing vote position and didn't build depth in alliances with anybody but Jon, who she knew was a primo target.

Missy - She hasn't been my favorite, but I could see possibly voting for her. She formed solid alliances and made herself the most trusted player, earning valuable inside info. Playing on through the busted ankle and never considering quitting doesn't hurt my opinion of her.

Natalie - She probably deserves the win the most of anybody left. She played a quiet strategy, earning the solid trust of others along the way. I was frustrated that she didn't make her move against Jon earlier, but I can see why she wanted to wait until more of the wildcard players were eliminated before moving against her solid alliance. After seeing how she played the Alec vote off as an accident, I sort of see why she didn't make the bold Jac move last week---but it was awfully risky to hope that Jon wouldn't win immunity. She earns points back for having been the one to beat him after returning from two days at Exile.

The only reason I might not vote for Nat is because of personality. At various points throughout the game, she's come off as mean-spirited and a blatant suck up. It's one thing to get rankled over a competitor that's bested you, but many of her comments about Jon are too personal and just plain mean. Certain of her actions, like giving up rewards and volunteering for Exile, were truly vomit-worthy in their obvious suckuppage. I don't think Survivor winners need to necessarily be nice people, but I do like to see stronger character than what I've seen in Natalie.

Keith - I can't imagine a scenario in which I wouldn't vote for Keith if he made it to the final. Yes, he's made some really, really horrendous mistakes, but he's also shown that he can learn. He was awesome at this week's tribal! He's great at challenges, and let's not forget he found that hidden immunity idol and kept it a better secret than almost any other player in the history of the game. Well, until we found out that he held onto the note, der. But come on, who doesn't love an underdog? Not to mention that in the end, we can see that he's a truly good guy. He was so great with Missy after she got hurt and even won over little Baylor. He made some chauvenistic mistakes earlier in the game but seems to have ended with a decent social game.

Nicki has spoken. Who do you want to see win it all? Who do you predict for a final three?

6.12.14

Two Days late & Still a Million $$ Short: Episode 11 #Survivor

This week, though it was a double episode, I've just got one question - WHY didn't anybody talk about voting out Jaclyn? As soon as Jon won immunity, it was like Jac became invisible. If Natalie was willing to show her hand by voting Alec, why didn't she take it a step further and actually accomplish something by voting Jac, thus weakining her prime target?

As I typed that, I had a thought about a possible reason. Nat knows Jon has a hidden idol...right? Is it possible she thought he might be spooked enough from tribal last week to give it to Jac? She wouldn't have had enough support to split the vote between Jac & Kieth or Jac & Alec, so maybe she didn't want to take that chance??

I give a salute to Reed for playing hard till the bitter end. And dammit, I'm back on the Keith train. He does't have any idea how to do subtle, but he does his best to get into peoples' heads, and he's kicking bum at the challenges against all those young 'uns. If he makes it to the final tribal, I'd give him my vote over anybody else still in the game.

 

5.12.14

Claiming Excalibur


This week is the promo tour for Claiming Excalibur by LH Nicole, the upcoming sequel to Legendary (featured here during the Realms Faire). Claiming Excalibur's release date is set for December 16. On that day, you'll find excerpts and other fun stuff at my Facebook page.

Today you can:



I asked LH one simple question: If you had to choose one song that best captures the essence of the Legendary saga, what would it be?  Here's her answer:



Meet LH Nicole 

I am a seasoned Pastry Chef in our nation’s capital and a lifelong fairytale (Disney and Grimm) lover, believes in love at first sight, is addicted to 80’s & 90’s cartoons and anything that can capture my ADD-way-to-overactive-imagination. Joan Lowery Nixon and L.J. Smith were the first authors I became addicted to and who inspired me to steal away whenever I could to read and write. 

JUST A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MY SERIES:

Legendary is a story I've had in head for years. The idea came to me during an english project about you guessed it- Arthurian legends. My teacher was against web research and allowed us to use textbooks only. I discovered different ways to spell the characters names, including Mordred. There are five spelling variations that I found, and I chose to use one that is much less known: Mordrid.

Other names I kept the same, and some I changed for the sake of the story. My reason for changing the names and/or spellings is this: my Knights of the Round Table, their enemies and allies are very different from what people are used to. I don't want to offend Arthurian purists and the "Arthurianlegend/history."

Legendary is pure fiction, straight from my imagination. I took some liberties with the different stories and incarnations. I changed the things I didn't like to the way I wanted them to be. I changed things to make them my own creation and tell you a new story. Hence Legendry’s summary "everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legends was wrong."


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3.12.14

#IWSG: I Heart Writing and #FeedTheHungryEH 

Welcome to the December 2014 meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group, brainchild of Alex J. Cavannaugh. I hear there's big news about the new guide a whole bunch of us contributed to, so head over to Alex's or the IWSG website for details.

Last month I told you about my own private NaNoWriMo, in which I vowed to spend 90 unplugged minutes a day writing. I'm happy to tell you that I succeeded in doing just that. I didn't set any word goals, just required myself to move forward each day, so I'm rather surprised to find that during the month of November I added 30K words to my WIP.

I actually found that it was good for me to set an upper limit on my writing time. On the few days when I had hours stretched in front of me to do nothing but write, my progress was sluggish. When I knew that I absolutely had to stop writing at the end of 90 or 120 minutes, I wrote with a greater sense of urgency and  therefore was more focused.

The best thing about this NaNo excercise was that it helped me give myself permission to make writing a priority. Instead of my writing getting lost at the bottom of the never-ending pile of to-do's, it was right up near the top.  And you know what? It's going to stay there through December. Because I'm knee-deep and totally in love with this story---and determined to finish draft one by the end of the year.

Whassup with you this month?

Before you go, please check out the cyber food drive sponsored by MJ Joachim at Effectively Human and consider joining in the effort. All you have to do is post about your local food bank on your social networks Dec. 4-6. I'll be promoting the Northern Illinois Food Bank. #FeedTheHungryEH at my Facebook page & on Twitter.



28.11.14

A Day Late & a Million $$ Short: Episode 10 #Survivor

Soooo...can we all forget that thing I said last week about Keith having game? He wasn't strategizing when he voted for Reed last week; he was just following orders. *sigh* I don't know why I so badly wanted him to turn out to be some kind of latent genius. But his comment at his week's tribal - you know the one - proved beyond a doubt that while he may have a good, practical mind, he ain't got no game.

It's pretty rare that we get to see the precise moment, the exact words that sway an outcome, but Keith sure did provide us with that. It wasn't Jon he swayed, though - it looked like Johnny boy didn't plan to use that idol until after Natalie told him to. Do you think she actually thought the vote was going to go toward him or do you think she was just using his shaken confidence to get the idol out of his hands?

Ever since the merge, there have been a lot of small, strange, un-Survivor-ike moments that have impacted whose torch has gotten snuffed:

1st: Josh looked poised to get Jeremy out, but John Rocker's girlfriend quit and the vote was delayed, changing everything because...

2nd: Keith, Wes & Alec were rude to Jaclyn, costing them her and Jon's vote.

3rd: Natalie & Jeremy gave up their reward, leading to jeremy going to exile and getting suspicious of Jon, who then got paranoid and led the vote against Jeremy.

4th: Keith made that dumbass comment at tribal.

What kind of weirdness are we in for next week?

I've loved seeing Reed step out of Josh's shadow and become a master strategist. Things didn't go his way this week, but he's really not any worse off for trying - he'd be at the top of their hit list regardless. Natalie is playing a quiet but very strong game. I'm so hoping she brings down her revenge on Jon soon. Honorable mention goes to Alec for steadying Jon's confidence before tribal. Too bad Keith screwed it all up, But how sweet was that moment between Keith and Wes when Keith tried to hand his son the idol and Wes told him to keep it? I awww'd.

Nicki has spoken.

22.11.14

It's heeeeere: #SavingPoughkeepsie by @Debra_Anastasia


Saving Poughkeepsie


Debra Anastasia

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On 11/22 Buy from:
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Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.













He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him-just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he's homeless.

21.11.14

A Day Late & a Million $$ Short: Episode 9 #Survivor

NOW we're playing Survivor! I have to say they gave the show an excellent edit this week. I was GOLing (gasping out loud) during the reading of the votes.

I cannot believe Missy flipped so easily. I'm not sure what her strategy was with that. Jeremy was an obvious threat to take the million, so I can see why she'd want him gone at some point, but there are still too many players left in the game to give up a solid ally like that. And for who? Jon & Jaclyn? They've already flipped...how many times now? Why would she trust them to stick with her? I like to think that if I'd been in Missy's place, I'd have gone to Jeremy with the news of Jon's idol so we could make a plan to flush it out.

I hope future contestants were taking notes this week. Never ever give away your reward thinking it will cement you in someone's favor. Here's why:

#1 It's blatant suck uppage. Nobody likes a blatant suck up

#2 Because of #1 it shows your tribemates that you're playing hard (if stupid) and might make them see you as a threat. (Perhaps this is one reason why Missy was willing to backstab Jeremy & Natalie??)

#3 You'll miss out on some good food ... and for no good reason becaaause:

#4 This is Survivor! It's not patty-freaking-cake!! Being nice to someone in no way guarantees that person's loyalty and only risks alienating other players (see #1 & #2).

Last night's giving up of the reward made even less sense because why would Natalie and Jeremy reward Jon & Jac for almost flipping on them? Why not give the reward to Missy for having been loyal from day one? Hmm...perhaps that's yet another reason why she was so quick to write down Jeremy's name.

I'm done trying to pretend I have any idea what's going to happen next, but what should happen is for everyone to turn on Jon & Jac. They can't be trusted, are too much of a physical threat, and are an unbreakable two-vote powerhouse. They only have one idol, so unless one of them wins immunity, I say the other 7 should split the vote between those two.

In other news, I've downgraded Keith from a misogynist to just a regular sexist. I love, love, love that he held onto the idol at tribal. He definitely showed this week that he's got game. He's in a bad place numbers-wise but he's not giving up. I thought it was brilliant of him to consider drawing the vote toward himself so he could surprise them with the idol and maybe gain control of the vote. Then Reed ruined that plan, so Keith, Wes & Alec did the next best thing---they figured the other alliance would split the vote between Reed & Keith (which is what they would've done if Plan Jeremy hadn't come about), so KWA threw their votes at Reed, eliminating the necessity to use the diol.

Jon & Jac and Missy & Baylor may be unbreakable alliances of two, but KWA are an unbreakable alliance of three, and Keith's clearly the only one among them with a brain, so...wait, no, I'm done making predicitons. ...but if I were to make a prediction it would simply be to not count Keith out as a contendor (like I was so ready to do last week).

Yep. This is definitely getting fun. :)  Nicki has spoken. 


17.11.14

Cover Reveals and Prizes Befitting a King @LHNicoleAuthor

How perfect is it that the cover reveal for LH Nicole's Claiming Excalibur is the very same day I get to give out prizes for the Wisdom of the Creative Realms event at the Realms Faire? Oh, how I love a theme.

I'm awarding one of the five owl bookmarks pictured at the left to each of the five bloggers who shared the most wisdoms last week. They go to:


Can I get a little Kermit style cheering?

Next we have two eBook winners of Legendary by LH Nicole (book #1 of the series for which Claiming Excalibur is book #2). Winners were chosen randomly from all comments during the week of Realms Faire.


Our final two randomly-chosen winners will receive an eBook of Shades of Avalon by Carol Oates.


Congrats to all the winners & thank you so, so much for stopping by to share your wisdom during the Faire. I'll be in touch with each of you by the end of the day to let you know how you can claim your prizes.


Speaking of claiming things, let's get to that cover reveal...


Cover Reveal
L.H. Nicole
Claiming Excalibur 




Aliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.
But the Destined One’s quest has only begun.
Before the knights can "unearth and reclaim their lost relics" they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they'll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio.
Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.
Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?







14.11.14

A Day Late & a Million $$ Short: Episode 8 #Survivor

Click image to watch this week's episode of KNOW-IT-ALLS
Well, Josh bit the dust. He had such a good game going before the merge, though it looks like his vote for Baylor in episode one may have played a role in his doom. She cited that vote as something that held her back from trusting him. So if he'd written a different name down at the very firt tribal (and really, why didn't he??), could he have built up that trust with her enough that she would've done more to work with him post merge? Maybe if they had a more solid relationship he wouldn't have resorted to playing that impotent you-owe-me card.

My soft spot for Keith is gone. He, Wes, and Alec are such dumbasses. Have they never watched a season of Survivor? Do they not have a freakin' clue that the social game matters? And that women's votes count? I'm happy happy with the way the vote went down because three weeks from now, I'd much rather watch Jeremy, Missy & Natalie strategize than KWA scratching their butts and belching in all their misogynistic glory (I 'm not one to throw that word around, but there's no other way to describe those Neanderthals. Oh wait, I guess Neanderthals works well too).

See the image this week? For the first time this season I was revved up enough about the show to listen to the Know-it-alls podcast at Rob Has a Website. That's Rob as in Rob Cesternino from Suvivor Amazon. He & Stephen Fishbach from Survivor Tocantins (a season that seems to have been deleted from my memory banks) get down & nerdy and dissect the latest episode each week. I highly recommend it.

Looks like Reed stirs things up next week. I'm excited to see how all of that goes down. My prediction & hope is that the misogynistic Neanderthals go out 1-2-3 and that we get to watch shifting go on within the alliance of 6. I'm thinking someone in that group will pull Reed in for swing votage.

Nicki has spoken. 



Wisdom of the Creative Realms: Jester's Choice #grogz

It's the final day of M. Pax's Realms Faire! As you know, all week long I've hosted the Wisdom of the Creative Realms.

Through the ages, the arts have spoken truth and wisdom in a way that resonates far deeper than the words from any textbook can. King Arthur's table was round to encourage equality and open sharing of opinions. From November 10-14, consider my blog to be a round table at which I invite you to sit and share wisdom from the creative arts. Today we're finding bits of wisdom from Jester's Choce: any wisdom from any of the creative arts.

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Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from any of the creative arts. Here's mine:


Monet's Series of Haystacks famously depicts the mundane subject matter of, you guessed it---haystacks---at different times of day and in different seasons to capture the effects of varying light. The wisdoms I see here are:

#1 The same subject can appear quite different when viewed in a new light.

#2 Nothing in this world is unchanging.

#3 Like the haystacks, all of us wear differenct faces depending on the time of day, season of our lives, and light of circumstances.

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Enter my giveaway simply by sharing a wisdom in the comments below. If you post your wisdom at your blog, let me know in the comments and you'll be awarded 5 EXTRA points! Points accumulate until midnight on Friday and winners will be announced the following Monday.

The prizes are:


To honor your great wisdom and the new wisdom to come through all those books you'll read, I'll award 5 beaded owl bookmarks to the people WHO've accumulated the most wisdom points.


2 random winners of eBooks of Shades of Avalon by Carol Oates.

Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright. In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the old, magical ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur. What exactly did the Council hide beneath the citadel of Camelot? And can it help get Caleb back without putting the world in danger?


2 random winners of eBooks of Legendary by LH Nicole.

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. 




The VelociRaffle for the entire Faire features these books plus lots, lots more.
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13.11.14

Wisdom of the Creative Realms: Music #grogz

It's Day 4 of M. Pax's Realms Faire! I'm hosting the Wisdom of the Creative Realms. It has been so much fun---as well as enlightening---to read all of the great quotes you're posting in the comments. I can feel myself getting wiser already. Thank you, thank you!

Through the ages, the arts have spoken truth and wisdom in a way that resonates far deeper than the words from any textbook can. King Arthur's table was round to encourage equality and open sharing of opinions. From November 10-14, consider my blog to be a round table at which I invite you to sit and share wisdom from the creative arts. Today we're finding bits of wisdom from Music.

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Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from a piece of music. Here's mine:


The whole song is rife with practicality and keen observations on the various walks of mankind. If you don't have time to listen to the whole song, here are a few choice lyrices:

It's man devouring man, my dear - then who are we to deny it in here?
A politician so oily it's served with a a doily
The clergy is really too course and too mealy
Try an actor, it's compactor - ah, but always arrives overdone

We're nearing the end of the Realms Faire, so yeah, I might be getting a little punchy...and now you see why I rely on you to up the ante on depth around here.

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Enter my givaway simply by sharing a wisdom in the comments below. If you post your wisdom at your blog, let me know in the comments and you'll be awarded 5 EXTRA points! Points accumulate until midnight on Friday and winners will be announced the following Monday.

The prizes:


To honor your great wisdom and the new wisdom to come through all those books you'll read, I'll award 5 beaded owl bookmarks to the people WHO've accumulated the most wisdom points.

2 random winners of eBooks of Legendary by LH Nicole.

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. 




2 random winners of eBooks of Shades of Avalon by Carol Oates.

Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright. In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the old, magical ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur. What exactly did the Council hide beneath the citadel of Camelot? And can it help get Caleb back without putting the world in danger?






The VelociRaffle for the entire Faire features these books plus lots, lots more.
Click the image to play:

12.11.14

Wisdom of the Creative Realms: Movies #grogz

It's Day 3 of M. Pax's Realms Faire! Here I'm hosting the Wisdom of the Creative Realms.

Through the ages, the arts have spoken truth and wisdom in a way that resonates far deeper than the words from any textbook can. King Arthur's table was round to encourage equality and open sharing of opinions. From November 10-14, consider my blog to be a round table at which I invite you to sit and share wisdom from the creative arts. Today we're finding bits of wisdom from Movies.

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Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from any movie you've watched during your lifetime. Here's mine:

(The wisdom starts at 13 seconds in)


Because really, if we don't just say "What the heck" every one in a while, what's the point of anything? Sure, sometimes it ends up being a huge mistake, but then we face our consequences (as discussed in yesterday's post) and grow wiser, eh?


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Enter my giveaway simply by sharing a wisdom in the comments below. If you post your wisdom at your blog, let me know in the comments and you'll be awarded 5 EXTRA points! Points accumulate until midnight on Friday and winners will be announced the following Monday.

The prizes are:


To honor your great wisdom and the new wisdom to come through all those books you'll read, I'll award 5 beaded owl bookmarks to the people WHO've accumulated the most wisdom points.


2 random winners of eBooks of Shades of Avalon by Carol Oates.

Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright. In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the old, magical ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur. What exactly did the Council hide beneath the citadel of Camelot? And can it help get Caleb back without putting the world in danger?


2 random winners of eBooks of Legendary by LH Nicole.

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. 





Today at Dueling Bards:
Two writers take a hero or heroine of their own creation and the readers get to decide who’d win if a battle took place. Join us on the blog at www.cassandrawebb.com to cheer your fav character on and meet some new characters to fall in love with.

12th Nov : M. Pax’s character Daelin Long verses Josh Hoyt’s character Samirah Bushra with an ebook set of THE RIFTERS AND THE INITIATE (Rifters Book 2) and not one but volume one and two of  ORDER OF THE ROSE TRILOGY.

Duels will go live the eve of their date at 6pm (Australian Time), and stay live until the following eve, giving 24 hrs to muster as many readers and commenters for each character as possible. Winners will be drawn from the comments as soon as the duel finishes. So be sure to leave a contact email in your comment, or check back to see if you won!

Head over to  and leave a comment following the duels to be in the running for one, or more, of these fantastic reads. And enjoy to power of words.