Thanks and Giving #Giveaways #BlkFriExtra

# 1: My knightly prizes arrived! Thank you, thank you, M.Pax for your generosity and for hosting this most awesome joust. I'm extra excited to dive into The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear AND to wear my steampunk knight pin by Dire Steampunk. In the spirit of giving I'll let the kiddos have the chocolate...really!

#2 The sassy, sweet & sexy Janie Junebug is hosting a great giveaway of books, gift cards, T-shirts & editing!  And because she's such a giver, she's giving bonus points for anyone who contributes a birthday card for a special person who's celebrating a BIG birthday. 

#3 It's here - the Black Friday Extavaganza!!! Enter to win one of four $50 Amazon Gift Cards by following authors of these fabulous books. Laura Howard has been the amazing ringmaster of this event, and you can visit her blog to enter. Also, if you're on Facebook, be sure to stop by the event page for additional Black Friday giveaways all day long.

I hope you're all in for a fun Friday!  Right now, I'm off too enter some giveaways, do a little online Black Friday shopping and knock out some editing on draft 2 of my WIP...all while still attempting to digest all that food from yesterday, oy.


We Did It!!!

Sing it with me... We are the champions, my frie-ends, we'll keep on fightin' 'til the end...  Or if you like it 2005 World Champion White Sox style... Don't stop believin'...  But you know who says it best? YOU! Your faithful cheers and poetry and songs not only made my day every single day last week, they took us straight to the top. Thank You! And thanks for your comments on the animaknights featured here---I'm so happy everyone enjoyed them as much as I did.

Let's let the Fallen Monkey say it for all of us, eh? This was her 3-part Joust comment on Friday:

I sought a soothsayer to divine Lady Elson’s fate,
and what she had to say was great!
“Gather three vine leaves with spots,” said she,
“as the first of which you must bring to me..."

“Next fetch me twenty rodents’ toes,
and you will ease Lady Elson’s woes.
But not before you bring of thine
that which you hold most divine…”

“But Lady Elson is whom I hold divine!”
And to my plea, she replied, “That’s fine.
Bring her to me so I may hold her hand
and only then shall we understand
how vine leaves, toes, and the Lady three
can only spell out VICTORY!

I must also thank my fellow knights. For without them, there would've been no one to knock off of the ponies, am I right? I tip my giant stick thingy to the fabulous Star Knight (a/k/a Ellie Garrat), K.E.N. (a/k/a K.E. Nowinsky), Sir Burns (a/k/a Melanie Schulz), Xanthus Ehrensvard (a/k/a Christine Rains), Ghost Knight (a/k/a Angela Brown), Lady of the Lab (Sandra Ulbrich Almazon), Sir Elias Gargarin Tavish (a/k/a Karen Elizabeth Brown), Lady Patricia Lynne, and especially Lady Mary (a/k/a Mary Waibel), who put up such a formidable challenge, I was left with no choice but to activate my own personal Torchwood on the final day.

And gramerci (that means "thank you"---I looked it up) to M. Pax and all the other hosts of Realms Faire events. It was a splendid and most excellent good time. All I hoped to gain from this experience was to have some fun and make everyone on the internet just a little bit a'scared of me, but it turns out I get prizes too!  I'll share a picture of my spoils when they arrive.

And again, thank youuuuuu!


No Joust is Complete without a Dark Knight... #grogz

I've be dying to share this clever cat with you. Isn't it freaky? And it turns out Lady Elson just may be the dark knight of this joust---I had no expectations of getting this close to the lead; I just didn't want to show up with nothin'---but yesterday we closed the gap to 6 votes!!!

So I humbly ask, if thee hath energy left for one last push, get thee to the final joust and cheer Lady Elson, Divine, and Three. Each cheerer will be allowed to leave three comments, earning a total of 9 points, if it be not too much trouble...

Let us make the other knights Feel the forsooth*!
(*quoted from Sir Chris Fries, who spoke Medieyoda yesterday

The prizes at today's Joust are: 
  • ebook copy of either Being Human or Snapshots by Patricia Lynne
  • A signed paperback of choice by M. Pax
  • CD of Czech Fairy Tales by Dennis Strachota
  • $25 Amazon Giftcard from Kimberly Afe

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for making this week so funneth!


Jedi KNIGHT (geddit?) #grogz

The force is strong with my loyal cheering section!

My goblet overflows with gratitude. Today's peanut gallery is open here if ye be not too hoarse to shout another round of Lady Elson, Divine & Three.  A simple sentence will do, but below you'll see two knaves true, who hath taken their service to the extreme.

In yesterday's cheers, Sir Chris Fries hath created his his own language
I call it Medieghties:

Like wow and forsooth! Methinks it would be most totally gnarly if Lady ELSON were to win this rad and regal joust. Fair Dudette, I’d be quite enchanted and all like, “Wow! How un-bogusly DIVINE and huzzah-ish!” Verily, I would refrain gagging myself with a spoon at least THREE times by the morrow, lest I miss the bitchin’ merriment that would ensue!

If ye be the kind to start you day with a song,
be enchanted by Lady Jennifer Lane's seranade:

She’s a Lady
She’s a Lady

Lady Elson is fine
She’s damn near divine
She's a Lady

She’s a Lady Lady Elson feels free
To snog Daves, yes all three
She’s a Lady

Your comments at today's Joust will get you entered to win:

  • ebook copy of either Taking Time or Passing Time by Ellie Garratt
  • A character named after you in Ellie Garratt’s upcoming science fiction series
  • ebook of Lyon’s Legacy by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
  • handcrafted steampunk pin by DireSteampunk from M. Pax
  • ebook of choice by M. Pax (Backworlds series, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear, and Semper Audacia)
Plus Untethered Realms is offering a Big FAT Kindle giveaway!


Medieval versus 80s - What's Your Poison? #grogz

Aww, dost though think yon squirrel is verily stuffed into yon suit of armor?

The Joust continues at the fair M.Pax's blog, so if ye be so inclined, pray thee go thither, my lords and ladies, and speakest these good words (cheering open until 8pm EST):

Lady Elson * Three * Divine  

Ugh. You have NO idea how long it took me to write that. Every time I try to talk Medieval, it comes out all piratey...or drunk Irish. So now I revert to 80s-speak:

I, like, totally appreciate all the awesome comments you're leaving at the Joust. You guys are cracking me up! Totally. Don't forget, your way cool comments at the Joust get you entered to win prizes. Cool beans, right? Today's awesome prizes are:

  • ebook copy of either NeverLove or The All Fall Down by Angela Brown
  • $25 Amazon gift card from Melanie Schulz
  • copy of The Newstead Project by Melanie Schulz
Medieval Poison

80s Poison


Let's Kick Some Metallic Booty #grogz

I found exactly five adorable pictures of animals all knighted up, which means you can expect one each day of the Realms Faire & Joust. Here's a link to today's post, where you have until 8pm EST to cheer for the knights. I just realized that Lady Elson counts as one of my words, so, if you'd like to cheer for me, simply leave a comment at M. Pax's daily post using any combo of these words:

Lady Elson *  Three * Divine

If you're not sure what to say, here are some of the comments that made me smile big yesterday. Cutting and pasting is not against the rules. ;)

This is Three times Divine

Divine things come in threes!

Huzzah for the divine Lady Nicki Elson.

Three cheers for her quest and what-not…Hip, hip huzzah!

The tale of Lady Elson is indeed most divine, with her daring-do against the Daves a-three!

Thank you, thank you for helping this Lady to not feel like a loser. Your comments at the Joust get you entered to win a prize!  Today's prize is:

  • ebook copy of the 13th Floor Complete Collection by Christine Rains
  • $20 Amazon gift card from K. E. Nowinsky
  • copy of Going Off Dreams by K. E. Nowinsky


What am I supposed to do with this massive stick in my hands? #grogz

The Realms Faire and Joust, a blogstravaganza hosted by M. Pax and lots of other great bloggers, has begun, and this wayward knight needs your help!  I'm precariously perched on a pony with a reaallllly long stick in my hand, and I have no idea what to do with it. You can keep me from getting pummeled by getting thee to the daily Joust and leaving a comment that includes the words "three" and "divine".

When you leave a comment at M.Pax's post by 8pm EST, you'll be automatically entered to win that day's prize package. The joust is going on all week with a new prize each day. I'm one of Monday's featured knights (with a little story about how Lady Elson came to be), so Monday's prize includes a choice of eBooks from both me and Mary Waibel as well as what you see below (angel wing earrings, set of 4 chalice charms & beaded angel wing bookmark):

Huzzah! And thank you.

Also, happy Veterans Day!  Where would we be without all the courageous and selfless men and women who put themselves on the line for us every day?


IWSG: Picking up the Breadcrumbs

My mind went running in so many directions for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group , but in the end, I think I'll piggyback on Crystal Collier's post about keeping the faith, which I'm so happy I didn't miss (thanks to D.L.'s Blog Blitz). You can go ahead and read that first. I'll wait.

Oh good, you came back. :) You see, I live my life based on the cues I get along the way. I tend to not ask a lot of questions when making life choices; a gut instinct is generally good enough for me. The danger in living on instinct, however, is that the Good Guy isn't the only one trying to get through to me. Lesser forces are whispering to us all. the. time. and it's often difficult to know the difference.

Sometimes I go skipping off down the wrong path, at times get pretty far along it, but at some point I've always hit a wall of resistance---and it grows barbs when I try smashing through it. That's how I know I've been listening to the wrong voice. So I lick my wounds and abort the mission. And the thing is...I've been waiting to crash into the wall on this writing thing. I feel like I almost want it to happen.

Because what am I doing? What in the hell am I doing spending all this time writing and polishing and marketing and dreaming and failing and trying and putting myself out there and failing again??  Why don't I just chuck it all and give more of that time to my kids, to my friends, to my day job, to my poor, poor garden and house?

I know what you're thinking---the failing, or at least what I perceive as failing (*ahem* sucky-ass Amazon sales), is the wall. Maybe my lack of topping the charts is telling me that I'm lost in Wonderland and better get back to Reality pronto. But here's the other thing...every time I start thinking this way, I'm given a breadcrumb, a little nugget of encouragement to let me know that I'm on the right path and am meant to stay on it. These nuggets come in the form of an unexpected and lovely review, an unsolicited and genuine compliment from someone who I didn't even know was reading what I'd written. It comes in the form of being asked to speak as an author at local events---and people actually showing up to listen.

Click on the image if you'd like to see more from the event

I just can't believe these bits of encouragement would come at the exact times that I need them if I was meant to abort this mission. So I won't. I guess I'll pick up these breadcrumbs when I get 'em and let them nourish me until...until I know not what. Just gotta have faith.

Does it ever feel that way to you---like just when you're ready to give up, you get a little nugget of encouragement that keeps you going?


Double Feature: Dragonfly Warrior Cover Reveal & Release of Seeing Past Sickness

First up, check out this super cool cover for Jay Noel's Dragonfly Warrior. It'll be released on January 6

Dragonfly Warrior Blurb:
The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot... At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him. Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns. He is called upon to somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Book Information: Dragonfly Warrior is a steampunk adventure like no other. It's a dynamic mix of Asian and European mythology, the Wild West, martial arts, traditional fantasy, and high powered steam action that will keep you turning the pages.
Dragonfly Warrior is the first book of The Mechanica Wars, and will debut on January 6, 2014.

Author Bio:
After doing some freelance writing and editing for more than a dozen years, Jay decided to stop procrastinating and pursue his dream of being a novelist. He's been blogging for over eight years, and even had a comedy podcast syndicated all over the internet. All of that was fun, but all the steampunk-inspired stories in his head just wouldn't leave him alone. Jay spends his days working in medical sales, but he can be found toiling over his laptop late at night when all is quiet. He draws inspiration from all over: H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov. And Jay loves cookies.

Jay Noel's website: www.jaynoel.com - Visit him to see how to win a very cool steampunk bookmark! You can also find Jay on: Facebook Twitter


And next....

The community writing project, Scripting Change, is incredibly excited to announce the release of their inaugural project: Seeing Past Sickness!

Absolutely every piece of this e-book, from the coordination, to the contents, to the beautiful cover art, was volunteered, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the MSTR Scholarship Foundation.  Read on to find out why!

About the Project:

Scripting Change is a new writing initiative that aims to bring together the vast community of writers and readers in support of responsible nonprofit organizations. 

The project accepts submissions from writers, relating to a theme that reflects the mission of a chosen nonprofit.  The selected pieces are combined in an anthology, which is published as an e-book, in this case: Seeing Past Sickness.  Proceeds from this and any future e-books' sales will be donated to the related organization.  Ideally, the project will be repeated, with each e-book supporting a unique nonprofit organization.

By focusing on the compelling words of writers, Scripting Change is able to raise not only funds but also awareness for the causes of the organizations they support.  The time and talents of everyone involved are offered freely, so the project has absolutely no overhead costs, which means every dollar raised is donated to positively impact our society!

About the Nonprofit:

Chronic illness doesn't disappear at age 18, but aid and understanding for those affected often do, despite the exorbitant and crippling costs of perpetual healthcare. In additional to the emotional and physical toll of chronic illness, those affected face significant challenges in seeking the personal and intellectual development afforded by continuing education.

The recipient organization for Seeing Past Sickness is the MSTR Scholarship Foundation, which aims to help those students affected by chronic illness, who nevertheless have the passion, drive, and determination to seek or continue their educations, by providing financial scholarships in recognition and support of their perseverance.  This decision was based on the impressive mission, fiscal responsibility, and enthusiasm for the project of the MSTR Foundation.

Now It's Your Turn!

Scripting Change depends entirely upon the support of the community as a whole.  The writers, and our cover designer, have done their part; the coordinators have brought it all together; the bloggers have graciously helped us spread the word – now it's up to the readers.  We hope you will enjoy the anthology!

Seeing Past Sickness is available through: 

Smashwords ~*~ Amazon: US; UK ~*~ Barnes & Noble

Learn more about this project at: ScriptingChange.blogspot.com 
Find them on Facebook or Tweet using: #ScriptingChange