28 August 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Join in!

Tena has the reigns this week! 

Wow.... Is it Wednesday again already????

Time sure flies when you're having fun.... Or constantly hopping....

On to this weeks WWBH kick-off, but first last week stories: Looks like only one made it in (Do What!!!!):
Now for this weeks picture and 5 Random Words:

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 Neurosis
 Dogie (yes that is spelled right - NOT Doggy)
 Put
 Forgather
 Mule

 (ooops almost added a 6th here ---- hmmmm time for more coffee??)

  Some Quick Reminders:

 1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
 2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
 3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
 4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
 5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

  And Remember: The more the merrier, so share with your fellow bloggers and invite them to join in the fun PLUG: Keep an eye out for a possible brand new challenge in the works.... Details in the works (That's all I'll say for now)

26 August 2013

The Pact Book Tour - Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm so excited to take part in this awesome book tour! Not only can you win a copy of the book, the grand prize winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. 


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the_pact_coverThe Pact

Enter the world of Will Lesterall, a boy who’s grown up in the safety of his father’s castle.

Tales of the outside world ruled by warring kings and creatures of nightmare have never seemed a threat, yet on the night celebrating the two hundredth year of the sacred Pact that has kept Fort Lesterall safe, a secret intrigue ripens, and in the course of a few hours Will is confronted with a choice greater than he can comprehend.

Join an unlikely hero as destiny pulls him into the middle of an ancient conflict between fallen gods and ambitious women, one that demands blood, both holy and wicked, and the power of an ancient fire bound in steel. As swords clash below a watching wood, hope and betrayal war as fiercely as fear and valor.

 Whether he lives or dies, Will Lesterall will never be the same.

Buy Links: Kobo | Kindle | Other formats


Graeme_3 Author Bio:
  Graeme Brown is has been enchanted by the epic fantasy genre since he was a child, and consequently he started creating his own world with its stories at the age of thirteen. Influenced by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin, he has finally brought the first of those stories to life with his debut title, a short story called The Pact—48 pages that will whisk you away to a dark, medieval fantasy world with gritty realism. When he’s not writing, he can be found exploring number theory problems or writing computer programs, training for a marathon, or unwinding in a yoga hot room. He has also explored other facets of art, both as a hobby and a profession, including vector graphics, pen and ink, classical piano, and web design. Despite being a full time student and a junior editor for Champagne Books, he makes sure to do a little writing every day. He is presently busy with the first of many sequels to The Pact, A Thousand Roads.

 For more about Graeme, visit his website: http://www.graemebrownart.com/the_pact.html

Author Links:
 Website: http://www.graemebrownart.com/the_pact.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraemeBrownWpg
Blog: http://www.fantasywritingjourney.wordpress.com

Giveaway:

1st Prize $25 Amazon GC
Runners up: 10 x The Pact ebooks

Open internationally
 Ends 16th September
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25 August 2013

Frank's Coffee - Review and Coffee Giveaway!

So, a couple of weeks ago I went out of town to visit a family member and I took with me a bag of Frank's Coffee (with my trusty coffee bean grinder, of course).

I did have a small disaster with the coffee maker in the hotel room. In case you were wondering, it's very important to have coffee filters that don't have rips in it otherwise you will break the coffee maker. Especially when you try twice. Ahem, anyways.


This coffee blend - the Guatemalan Coffee - is a medium-dark roast. What I love about this type of blend is that it allows you to really taste the coffee bean and it's flavor. I am usually an "extra dark" type of girl, but it was a nice change from what I usually buy at the store.

This coffee is described as having a "spicy" quality to it and I definitely tasted that. It added an extra flavor to the coffee, which made me want to add cinnamon to it for an enhanced experience.

A lot of medium type coffee beans leave me with a funky "finish" when I drink it - sort of like a slight bitterness - but this coffee didn't. I think that was when the "dark" feature of the coffee made its appearance.

Aside from the disaster associated with the coffeemaker (not the coffee's fault), this coffee was a wonderful experience and I would highly suggest to anyone looking for a new brand to try.

And I'm so excited to announce that I get to give away a bag of the Guatemlaan Coffee to one of my readers! Enter with the Rafflecopter below (ends on 9/13).



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23 August 2013

Free Friday E-Books! Download - and Promote - Today!

I love free books - um, free anything - and I decided to try something new over at my blog. Today is all about the freebies - free e-books that is!

I have a few I would love to highlight that are free FRIDAY ONLY! So make sure you download them today when you get the chance!

First to promote my personal favorite freebie - the one year anniversary of our writing prompt e-book Flash 500!


Download today at Google Books!
And here are two more e-books you can grab free today!
Download on Amazon!
Download on Amazon!

But wait! If you are still wanting to download some freebies, I did a little digging myself and found a few of my Twitter peeps have their own promotions going on!

Now download away! If you find that any of the links or tweets I've mentioned above are not actually free, let me know in the comments and I will take them down when I can.

Aaand if you are an author and you have a book that will be free this weekend - post a link below to share with everyone!




21 August 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Leanne has taken the reigns this week! I'm grateful actually, I've been running out of energy to blog and to be quite honest, I am in desperate need of a blog change or face lift before I lose interest completely. This has just been a rough year for me, I think. Anyways, get writing!

It's Wednesday, which means another round of the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop is comin' at ya!

 First up are the fantastic stories from last week's photo:

  The Ascension of Freedom by Scott Taylor
  Hot August Night by Leanne Sype
  The Surprise by Sally Stackhouse
  Mistake by Heather Musk
  The Game by Vicki

 Here are the reminders of how the blog hop works. If you have never joined in, please do! Invite a friend, too. ;)

 1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
 2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
 3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
 4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, <Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
 5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow. Here's your photo for this week:
Alcatraz
Mandatory words:
corporation
bulldozer
ceiling
uniform
tartan

14 August 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

What do you get when you have an intriguing photograph paired with five random words?

The Writer Wednesday Blog Hop of course!

Last week's prompt lent itself to some really fantastic stories. Check these out... (Be sure to leave some comment love. Writers like that. ;) )

As The God-Child Sees by Christopher Shawbell
The Carousel Horse by Jessica McConaha
To The Proprietors of the Tin Shed by Scott Taylor
Trust Me by Sally Stackhouse
Escaping the Heat by Heather Musk
Dirty Little Window by Leanne Sype (hey that's me!)

By the way, Christopher Shawbell is this month's featured blog hop ad winner! In an effort to support one another in the community, once a month we draw a name of one of our blog hop participants and feature a button-ad on our blog sites. Here is Chris's button:

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Alrighty on to this week's prompt. If you've never joined in, you are definitely invited! Here is a quick run down of the rules:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

Your photo:

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Your (randomly generated) mandatory words:


prank


printer


profit


capsicum


goal


Ready. Set. GO!







12 August 2013

Does Fear Hold Your Writing Back?

I came across a unique stumbling block today. That stumbling block is called fear.

Somewhere between finishing my fantasy novel and saying goodbye to it, I developed a growing fear in the pit of where my inspiration belongs. It reared it's ugly head as I faced my next novel (and short story) idea.

What am I afraid of? What is holding me back?

Well, I will tell you. It's fear that I will spend my time, yet again, with a story that will never meet the light of day. That I will put my hopes and dreams into something that will sit in a drawer, picking up dust. That I will have to accept a growing and disturbing realization that I will not have the writing success that I wish for and that I will not have the energy to pursue it either.

These days every time I try to get something down on paper these thoughts plague me.

So how do you conquer fear?

I don't know yet, but I keep surging forward and resisting the quicksand that seems to determine whether my muse inspires me or not. But I'd love to hear how you handle all of this - how do you conquer fear that holds you back?

10 August 2013

I Missed My Two Year Blogversary! So Happy Anniversary!

I can't believe this happened - who let June go by without telling me I've been blogging for two years already?

Wow, has time gone by so fast!

I will have to say this has been a rough year. Lots of family stuff going on and lots of personal life (and work) stress. To be completely honest, I'm not that happy with my blog for this past year and neither am I happy with my writing progress. Maybe that's why I've missed this two year anniversary?

But that doesn't mean there isn't any reason to be proud! Blogging is not an easy thing to stay on top of all the time and sadly, life does get in the way sometimes. I am happy to say though that I have met some amazing people because of this platform and for that I am grateful.

I don't want to get too down on myself though! I did accomplish a lot this past year!

Okay, here's my list -

1) I got a post on a really popular writing site - Men with Pens entitled, "Ghostwriting - Not as Soul Sucking as You Might Think."

2) Launched the 1st Anniversary edition of our weekly writing prompt.

3) I've been inspired to write some pretty awesome stories for our weekly writing prompt (read this and this one to see which ones I am most proud of!).

4) I have also written blog posts that I am really proud of too (read my post about saying goodbye to my fantasy novel and read which libraries and bookstores that are on my bucket list).

Now, if I was to reflect on what I would like to change the most for this next year of blogging it would be this -

1) Take a more active role in the blogging community. 

Stress brings me down and fogs my head so I have the tendency to get very reclusive during that type of period. I'd like to start being more active on others' blogs more and more - even if it's just commenting three times a week.

2) Set (and exceed) my personal writing goals.

I haven't been setting writing goals and part of that is fear. Fear of not meeting those goals, fear that I will fail myself, and fear that I won't get the success I would like. But I want to start setting goals and as I set them, you guys will be the first to hear of it (and you will hear of it when I exceed them).

3) Read more!

Remember that stress thing? Stress also clogs my reading time. I actually just got back from the library and have a huge stack of books on my side table, so I am way ahead of this goal. Maybe I will even join a few book reading goals that I catch on a few blogs.

4) Respond to one weekly writing prompt a month (at least).

This is one I know I can do - I want to respond to the writing prompts that I post about every Wednesday. I know I can do this at least once a week. Doing this inspires me and inspires my writing.

5) Start a...something.

I've been itching to launch something bigger and involving more bloggers, writers, and authors. I'm not sure what that is exactly, but the thought is out there and we'll see what I come up with.



Well, happy anniversary blog readers and I hope you stay with me on the next leg of this blog journey!

07 August 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Get Creative!

It's been a rough time the past few weeks (err months) for me and your hosts, all for very different reasons. I realized this morning though that if you are waiting for a better or easier time to get more creative or get your writing career started, you are probably going to wait forever. Let today's prompt be a step in the right direction and take a break to flex creative muscle. It will make all the difference in the world!

There's a winner to choose this week! But first we will revisit the submissions from last week's prompt.




Cap't Monkey And Tooele Boy And The Impressive Building by Scott Taylor











is our lucky winner this month! Stop by next week and we'll have his button proudly displayed for the following month. If you would like to win, make sure you link up your prompt inspired flash fiction over the next few weeks and the next name randomly chosen could be yours.





And lucky you, there's a prompt right here to get you started! A reminder of the rules:





1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (NicoleCarrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.





The Photo by Kristoffer Sorensen:
















The Words:





passport





sunrise





carousel





travel





school





























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Excellent Horror Story With a Twist Ending - A Book Review


------What The Book is About------

Marty is a troubled young kid with an abusive father and mother and an older brother in a comatose state. His favorite escape is the attic where he has a world to himself. Outside of that world, he battles with the demons that surround him - signs that point to a troubled and violent past and a seemingly hopeless future.

Until a glimmer of something new sparkles from a handicapped girl next door and who takes an interest in him. Initially, her mother takes a protective stance against the relationship and warns her daughter, but soon a friendship buds.

This, of course, is only the beginning. Marty starts seeing creatures - horrible looking creatures that inhabit the bodies of his parents and make them do horrible things. Are they real? A figment of his imagination? Marty turns into the hero of this creepy tale and fights against the creatures to win a battle to protect his new friend and learn secrets from his past that will save his own future.

------What I Thought -------

When I first started the book, I felt so bad for the main character, Marty. Not much seemed to be going for him and his only refuge was a room away from his family. I wanted to take that character out of the book, feed him a good meal and take him to the park or something. He was just a little kid in a really rotten situation.

The thing with books like these is that after a while you begin to get really tired of seeing the character get hurt and abused. The writing was well done but it pained me to see this going on and I couldn't imagine him ever getting out of this situation. Sure, child services were called, but his parents were clever enough to keep them at bay and Marty never stayed in a separate home for long anyway.

Then something else was introduced - a world of fantastical horror that sets Marty's path in a new direction. i go from dreading reading onward to intrigued and I had to see how this finished up. This was a book that I  actually had to sneak into the bathroom at work to finish. I think this also nearly made me miss my bus stop when I was going home one day!

I wanted to share an excerpt with you from the book -

"He stomped, certain now that his foot was not alone in the boot. He didn’t know how it got in there, but the coolness wrapped between his toes, slid across the instep, and made its way up the back of his calf. It was as if he were lowering his foot into a tub of writhing, frigid snakes. With each second, they wrapped another length of icy coil around his leg and squeezed.
"He heard flapping in the darkness beside him and caught a glimpse of a black bird about the size of a child. There were wings and arms beneath those wings, but when he looked directly at it, it disappeared.
"He saw another one from the corner of his eye, this one near his leg. He drew his pistol, but when he hit it with the light, it was gone. He heard more of them thump to the ground. They hiss-whispered as they swarmed, and from his periphery he saw there must be five or six of them."
excerpt from Wink by Erik Trant

This excerpt is just scratches the surface! And I'm so proud to announce that I get to giveaway a copy of this amazing book!

To enter simply leave your name and email address. Earn an extra entry by liking the author on  Facebook. Earn another extra entry by subscribing to the author's blog. The contest ends August 16th. 

About the Author

Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novels Out of the Great Black Nothing and Wink from WiDo Publishing, out now! See more of Eric's work on his blog: http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/, order directly from  Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Eric is an advocate for organ donation and lost his 18mo son in May of 2012. Eric and his wife courageously donated their son’s heart, kidneys, and liver. The couple went on to begin  a foundation to support organ donor families. Eric speaks openly about this emotional journey on his blog and the topic of organ donation is very close to his heart.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book Wink in exchange for my honest review.

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