One Very Inspiring Blogger

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Wee! Marigold, my bestest buddy and fellow blogger, nominated me!! How cool is THAT?? You should check her out too, at https://versusblurb.wordpress.com/ She has the bestest reviews, and you will want to jump on a plane immediately for Australia for a visit! Thanks, Sweetie! I would come over and bring you brownies and hot chocolate, but I don’t know how to swim, so I guess I won’t be jumping in the ocean and finding my way to you. . . sigh. Here is a cyber hug instead! { <3 }

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I’d like to congratulate Eliza Worner for receiving the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

*Cue Applause*

Eliza is a fellow writer and has published a children’s book, writes an online serial novel, contributes to online publications and is also editing her new novel which has been the inspiration for many an interesting post. She’s so dedicated and kinda puts me to shame ;) so I happily visit her blog to gain inspiration.

 Very Inspiring Blogger Award

And she has kindly nominated me to be the next recipient. And I have coddled it like my childhood teddy humbly accepted. Thank you Eliza! May we continue to be blogger buddies and prosper in the blogosphere!

So what’s the go? Well, this very encouraging award acts like a chain-mail thing. The letter kind, not the smithing upgrade to ringmail. Basically upon accepting the award you need to follow THE RULES:

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So THAT Is How They Do It!

I have to laugh. I keep seeing these absolutely stunning yarn cakes.

No, not This kind of cake . . . yummylayers(though it IS breathtaking, isn’t it?)

 

 

 

 

And not This kind . . . (Though, you have to admit, that is darn cute!)

 

And then there is this one, which is even CUTER!

 

 

 

Nope. We are talking This kind . . .

sockyarnPretty, huh? So, I was wondering how it was done. Droppers pouring? Nah…. So, I was cruising around youtube, taking a break and giving myself a reason to remember that when my work is done, I can go down to my studio and play . . .  and look what I Found!!

Of course, I wanted to show you photos of a bunch of these multicoloured yarn cakes at a shop I found and fell in love with, but of course I can’t find it now…. Ah, well!

So, next time I indulge myself with a dye job, you know what I am going to be doing!

And then, I happened to see something else that made me do a happy dance . . . I have a metric ton of acrylic yarn that I don’t like . . . bad colours, no colours, etc. So, I was thinking about giving it away, but there is some that I really like the texture of, just not the colour. Ta Daaa!!! Check this!

So, now I have great reasons to get my work done, so I can have some fun in the morning. Woooo Hooooo!!! So, yippee, skippee, time to work!

Hummm… and I have some gnarly acrylic based fabrics too –  great test subjects for doggy beds! Well, someone else’s doggy beds, cause my guys sleep in my bed . . . well, I guess it is really their bed, cause I wind up curled up in a tiny ball with them all spread out like rugs, hogging all the room!

Oh, and I found the cake photos on goodsearch.com/images!

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Spotlight & Review: Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P. A. DePaul

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Just found P.A. DePaul, and this looks TOTALLY awesome! Romance, suspense, Female Sniper!!, what is not to love???

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Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P. A. DePaul
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars

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Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…

Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and…

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Wanna Tour With “Bob” – Drop Teddy A Line!

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Bob is a “soft” science fiction that also could be called part fantasy. Please join this tour to see why Tegon Maus has such dedicated fans of his “wild imagination”.

This book would be rated PG-13.  There is some profanity but it’s net excessive.

 As always, Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested in this tour.

Review copies are available in ebook only. This tour is open internationally!  We have spots available for reviews, guest posts, interviews, and a limited number ebook giveaways. Priority for giveaways will be given to reviewers, however, there may be some left over for others.

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (September 5, 2014)
Category: Soft Science Fiction
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: ebook, Approx. 165 Pages

 After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away… at least it was… until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime.

Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement.   After helping her to escape she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from.

His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers.   The only thing he knows for certain… the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide…. “IS BELT.”

Praise for Tegon Maus’s ‘Machines Of the Little People’ (The Eve Project, Book 1):

Compelling Science Fiction.  As this story unfolds the characters are all so amazing, from psychic elderly ladies, to nine ‘sisters’ and sinister spy like characters and agents. Then, if that is not exciting enough, add to the equation a blossoming love affair, secret research projects and deadly weapons and you soon come to realise that this book is captivating from the first page.“-Susan Keefe, Book Reviews by Susan Keefe

“This novel is most extra-ordinary in how the author can take something and logically make it to be something else.  One thing is for sure. The Eve Project is filled with unique characters.  I think you’ll enjoy this author’s wild imagination! It makes for a good read. “-Kathryn Svendsen, Shelf Full of Books

“The plot is intricate and very cleverly written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction or fantasy. It is a quick read that can be read in a single afternoon. I’m pleased that this is part of a series. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Maus will do with this series.“-Belinda Wilson, Amazon Reviewer

The characters come alive, and the writing is fast-paced and exciting, keeping the reader turning the pages.”-Virginia E. Johnson, Amazon Reviewer

 

Praise for Tegon Maus’s ‘My Grandfather’s Pants':

Brilliantly written and a test of one’s affections.  While I found this creative fictional work both hilarious and seriously action-packed, woven within the pages are the internal struggles acted out externally.  Not only do I recommend this book as it is 5 star quality, but too do I recommend Author Maus fantastic science fiction delights. An Author with hopefully many more works on the horizon, I rate his creativity to be extremely high.”-Valerie Caraotta Top 1000 Reviewer, Amazon

My Grandfather’s Pants is a funny and surprising novel. An enjoyable combination of fantasy and suspense with a touch of romance. The protagonist, Jack is a likeable old soul thrown into a bizarre situation, and the way he handles the bizarre challenges he faces will keep you guessing . . . and laughing. Pick up this book if you want to take a ride on a saucy, madcap rollercoaster. You won’t be disappointed!“- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer

“A rollicking adventure. I laughed and laughed as poor Jack learns to be careful what he asks for as he just might get it-every man’s fantasy of being pursued by a slew of women. Tegon Maus is an amazing writer. You won’t want to put the book down once you start it.”-Terri Valentine, Amazon Reviewer

About Tegon Maus:

 

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

I have consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and I have been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Pack your bags – we’ve found out where the hidden city in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade is

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This is so cool! Sarah Musgrove did a great job of pulling this together. I have always wanted to see Petra . And I had no idea about some of these other locations. Utah isn’t far away, I will have to visit Blue John Canyon. How fun it would be to fit all these places into a world tour…. ah, if I only had MONEY! LOL

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Are you ready to find out where Indie found the grail? (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

Think all the sets you see in the movies are CGI or polystyrene? Think again.

If you’ve got even a hint of film nerd about you, there’s a good chance you’ll freak out over getting to visit these real life film sets.

Read on to find out where your favourite movies really took place (ie where to book your next break).

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CREDIT: Alamy/ Rex

Al Khazneh in Petra (Picture: Alamy/ Rex)

The hidden city carved into the rock face where they found the grail? That’s real. You might know it as the Canyon Of The Crescent Moon, but it’s really in a city called Petra in Jordan. And that building is an ancient temple known as The Treasury.

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FOR USE WITH &quot;TRAVEL MONT ST MICHEL&quot;--This is a  1997 view of Mont St. Michel, France. Through the ages, the mystery surrounding Mont St. Michel, a Gothic abbey perched high on a massive rock off France's Normandy coastline, has stretched far beyond its outstanding beauty. Now, almost 1,300 years after the first small shrine was built there, human development and tourism are posing a new threat. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)...I

Look out for Mother Gothel (Picture: AP)

This Disney Royal Palace was inspired by…

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Review: Silver Bullet by SM Reine

silverbulletPoor Cèsar. His old life was so Normal. Well, if you can call being a Witch employed by the Magical Violations Department of the Office of Preternatural Affairs ‘normal’. His day-to-day life consisted of getting warrants, performing arrests, putting the suspects on trial, and sendng guilty parties back to the Hell from whence they came – of course, with the travel forms filled out in triplicate. Hey, it was a job, right? And then, everything went to Hell. After finding a body in his bathtub in Witch Hunt, the first in the Preternatural Affairs series, Cèsar Hawke was suddenly on the run, desperate to find the real killer and clear his name. It wasn’t easy, and it definitely wasn’t fun . . . especially the whole “the Incubi now have a price on your head” part of the deal. Meh. After dealing with double dealing double agents (with really nasty tempers), vicious demons and various and sundry other nasties, a few Incubi shouldn’t be that big of a deal . . . should it?

Uh, well, maybe?

Now he is part of a special task force, made up of his old partner from Magical Violations, Agent Suzy Takeuchi, whose magical curses are only slightly less impressive than her verbal curses; Isobel Stonecrow, a necrocognaitive who raises ghosts and speaks with the dead; and Fritz Friederling, the brains and money behind the task force. A very secretive and possibly illegal task force now based in Reno Nevada, away from the LA basin and the Incubi who are intent on taking Cèsar down for spoiling a very lucrative bit of fun for them. Ah well, can’t please everyone all the time.

Following up on an infernal energy event in Reno, Cèsar meets with a confidential informant, Connie, in an abandoned building, only to have Connie commit suicide right in front of him. Who could know that a demon would be so afraid of a simple daddy longlegs? I suppose when you are a Daimarachnid, a truly horrifying spider demon under your skin suit, and you have a lot to hide, it isn’t all that surprising that that simple daddy longlegs could have been a spy for the mother of all spider demons. Well, if there really is a mother of all spider demons out there somewhere!

Oy. Can things get any worse? Oh, yeah, baby. Much. Much. Worse. Walking nightmares are bad enough, but throw in a demon overlord and various and sundry goblins and goulies and monstrosities (Oh, My!) an abandoned mine filled with spiders the size of eight-legged ponies, zombies werewolves and ethereal ruins, and you have a recipe for many a sleepless night. Oh. And let’s not forget the new price on Cèsar’s head, courtesy of his bosses boss. Can just one thing go right for Cèsar? Just one?? He will take a tiny, small little thing. Really.

Cèsar’s life just gets more and more interesting, in a very Chinese May you live in interesting times sort of way. Many of the cast from Witch Hunt make repeat appearances in this new edition, along with several new characters whom I expect to see more of in the future. And there is at least one shock that I never even saw coming, something that may change Cèsar’s life even more. I look forward to Hotter Than Helltown, the next in the series. Hope you enjoy this series as much as I am enjoying it!

I received Silver Bullet from the author in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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So Many Books, So Little Time!

Ok. These are left to do this month. It’s the 18th Already so better keep working!!

Word Press does a HORRIBLE job with layouts when you use photos. Glad my new site is being worked on!midnighteyes

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Review: The Deer Prince’s Murder: Book Two of Fantasy and Forensics

‘Hello, nice to meet you, you certainly look delicious this morning. I wonder if you are chewy or crunchy’.”

 You have us four. And sometimes, you need to find a sense of family with people who are good, rather than to try and find good in one’s own family.

Dayna Chrissie is at it again. Our intrepid Los Angeles CSI’s whole life changed in Centaur of the Crime. Pulled into an alternate world to solve the murder of Good King Benedict, Dayna finds herself in a world of hurt as she tries to find the guilty parties in a conspiracy to start a war. As she uses her scientific knowledge in a world locked into a medieval mindset, she finds herself magically bouncing between the world of Andeluvia and Earth as she uses her forensic skills, and the LAPD labs, to solve the murder and locate the guilty parties. Of course, she finds herself in trouble not only in Andeluvia as she puts herself in danger searching for the killer, but on Earth as well as her whacked-out Deputy Chief, Robert McClatchy, does everything in his power to destroy her career. Sheesh! Can a girl not get a break? Well, actually she can get a bit of one, as she makes some wonderful new friends who help her solve the crime, at risk of their own lives.

The Deer Prince’s Murder is book two of the Fantasy and Forensics series, and Dayna’s life isn’t getting any easier. Not. One. Little. Bit. Still on probation after going missing from her job as a consultant for the Los Angeles Crime Lab during Centaur (when people are snatching you back and forth across dimensions, it is a bit hard to keep up), she slips off to Andeluvia to spend time with her friends. Liam is a Fayleene, a magical white-tail deer, Grimshaw, better known as Shaw, a Griffin, and Galen, a Centaur Master Wizard are the wonderful friends Dayna made in Centaur. All rejected in one way or the other by their families, Liam for his lack of magical luck, Shaw for standing up for Dayna and offering to help against his rider’s wishes, and Galen, rejected by his war-obsessed father for being intelligent instead of brutal. Now, their little family faces an even more dangerous situation when the Fayleene Protector of the Forest, Quinval, is murdered, pulling Dayna into the most dangerous investigation of her life – and her friends right along with her. For here there be dragons . . . well, one dragon, Sirrahon the Stone Dragon, ancient, cruel and released from his three-thousand year prison. Who set him free? Why? And how will this all end?

When Captain Vazura of the Kings Air Cavalry, Shaw’s former Rider, is murdered by a shadowy figure, things become even more tense, and much more dangerous. With the help of a surprising new member of their little group, Dayna and her friends must work harder, smarter and faster than ever before to save this beautiful world. Oh, and to save Dayna’s job as a consultant to the LAPD Crime Lab as well. That McClatchy? Whew! He’s got some real issues in his tissues!

As always, Michael Angel has his criminal procedure down pat, which is always a joy. His wicked sense of humour is still as strong as ever, and his character and world building are exceptional as well. Not surprising, of course – he is always exceptional. If you like Urban Fantasy, mythology, and criminal procedure with a large dose of comedy, you can’t miss out on Michael Angel’s work. I am dancing on my toes as I wait for Grand Theft Griffin, scheduled for 2015! Until then, The Detective and the Unicorn is next on my Michael Angel list!

I received my copy from Michael Angel in return for a realistic review, and in thanks for my previous reviews. However, all thoughts are my own. I just really like his writing!

 

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World’s Toughest Horse Race Retraces Genghis Khan’s Postal Route

A photo of five riders on horseback finishing the Mongol Derby in 2010.World’s Toughest Horse Race Retraces Genghis Khan’s Postal Route.

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17 Bestseller Tips – from Trade Publishers

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Some really good tips!!

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If you ever see Marketing and Advertising from traditional puplishers, it’s for their Bestseller authors only, such as: Advance Book Reviews, posted on their book’s cover, Book Tours and Signings of celebrity authors, media coverage including reviews, speaking engagements, and placing at major bookstores who report to Bestseller lists.  How can author-publishers use the methods of global trade publishers to promote their self-published books?  You don’t need to travel to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, like Johannes Kepler did in 1620 – yes, self-publishing was en vogue already four hundred years ago!

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7 Million Self-Published Titles:  Stiff Competition
Since 2010 roughly 7 million new self-published books appeared, almost all at online retailer’s websites.  And these titles will be offered for many years to come, as most of them are in digital format. The “gold rush” seems to be over and self-publishing has been dropping almost 50% per…

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