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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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.



11.11.14

Wisdom of the Creative Realms: Books #grogz

It's Day 2 of M. Pax's Realms Faire! Today, the fiesty Liesel from Hans & Greta has been challenged to a duel over at Cassandra Webb's. She needs your help! Please go throw some votes to Liesel and her lethal stilettos at

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 Books.

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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 book you have read---or written!---during your lifetime.

My wisdom is a quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
When I first read this one, the truth of it stabbed straight through me:

"Better for him that each sin of his life had brought its sure swift penalty along with it. There was purification in punishment." 

This pretty well sums up the crux of that classic novel. Everyone well knows that we learn from our mistakes, right? But what if our missteps weren't met by negative consequences? Would we still learn from them? Not likely. Cotton candy and rainbows are awesome, but it's our punishments that shape us into responsible humans, so as much as we may hate them, we do need them.

Be sure to read through today's comments for more wisdoms. Yesterday we got some wonderful early quotes in the comments. I'm posting them here to be sure you don't miss them:


"I thought that love would last forever. I was wrong." ~William Butler Yeats

"And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald



"…there was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired." ~Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

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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 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.
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10.11.14

Let the Realms Faire Begin! Wisdom of the Creative Realms #grogz #prizes

M. Pax's Realms Faire starts today & runs till Friday, November 14. Last year many of you, my loyal knaves, cheered me on to champion the Joust, and it was so much fun, I decided to host my own event this year: The Wisdom of the Creative Realms.  Through the ages, the arts have spoken truth and wisdom in away 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. I shall richly reward you for your wisdom with prizes. Each day will feature a different media, a follows:

Tuesday, November 11: Books
Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from any book you have read during your lifetime.

Wednesday, November 12: Movies
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 have watched during your lifetime.

Thursday, November 13: Music
Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from any song or piece of music.

Friday, November 14: Jester's Choice
Who is the Jester? You are the Jester. Either in the comments here or at your own blog, share with the round table a quote or piece of wisdom from any type of creative art---it can even be from something that you yourself wrote.

Earn points simply by sharing a wisdom in the comments of each post. 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 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.


I'm thrilled to have secured prizes from two wonderful authors of Arthurian novels!


2 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 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 will feature these books plus lots, lots more. Here's a sneak peek:





Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes:
Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ VelociRaffle

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.
10th Nov : Mary Waibel’s character Princess Zoe verses Peggy Bechko’s character Stormrider with an e-book copy of THE MYSTERY PRINCE and an Ebook Copy of STORMRIDER via Amazon Kindle up for grabs on the day.
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 http://cassandrawebb.com/?page_id=29 and leave a comment following the duels to be in the running for one, or more, of these fantastic reads.
And enjoy the power of words.