31 October 2012

Ladies, You'll Want to Lock Up Your Husbands After Reading This

I love a good horror story, and I was so excited to read the Widow's Walk League, by Nancy Lynn Jarvis.




The book starts out innocent enough - a Halloween celebration in on my favorite cities in California - Santa Cruz. Everything is going fine until someone dressed up as Death, hands out small cards to passerby's with a date on it. The date is of their death.

But, it's all fun and games, right?

A silly Halloween trick.

Until someone reads that their death is that night. And a few minutes later, they die from a stab wound.

Everyone saw Death that night, but no one can be certain of who the real killer is.

But when real estate agent, Regan McHenry, puts her nose into the middle of the investigation, things get a little more interesting. And suddenly, everyone starts to hold their husbands a little bit closer as many more die one by one.

Nancy's books gives me exactly what I want out of a mystery - a classic whodunit. While at times I had a little difficulty keeping track of character names, it didn't stop me from enjoying the exciting caper she wrote. I also really enjoyed the main character. I love anyone who can't help but put themselves in everyone else's business!


The Widow's Walk League is perfect for Halloween and will make you think twice about dressing up as the Grim Reaper this year.

You can purchase a copy of your book via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also, make sure to check out Nancy's website for further details on her publications. You can also read Chapters 1 and 2 for free, so click this link to find out how!

Weekly Writing Prompt - Get Inspired!

Our host, Tena Carr, has the blog reigns this week! And away we go!

YEAHH!!!! It's my turn to host:




First take a look at last weeks stories:

Story Time by Carrie Sorenson


The Neighbor and Secret Lives by Scotty Watty Doodle All the Day


Letting Go by LeAnn Sype


Next Time Let's Go to an Island by Nicole Pyles


Live My Dream by Tena Carr


Before we go any further, lets set some ground rules (for those of you new to the Blog Hop)...

1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.


2) There is also a 500 word maximum.


3) You have until the next Tuesday to create your post. (Actually, I extended the deadline to be Wednesday morning, but if you want to be eligible for the Monthly "Wednesday Writer Blog Hop Winner" drawing you'll need to submit your story by 8pm on Tuesday.)


4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!


5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.


Ok so now that we got that out of the way...... Here is the photo you have to work with



And the Five Words are:

Hovel


Jackpot


School


Autonomic


Needlepoint


Be sure and link your stories by clicking on the inlinky below:






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30 October 2012

Next Time Let's Go to an Island - A Bit of Short Fiction

I am finally taking part in our weekly blog hop! This concludes the adventures of my ongoing blog story (although it may not be the end of Marco and Figaro)! Enjoy and make sure you tune in tomorrow for our weekly writing prompt!





The flash of light blinded Marco for a second, but when he came to, he sighed with relief at vision of their apartment complex.

"Ah, home sweet home."

"Dear Saviour, we're back!" Figaro exclaimed. Marco turned to see Figaro on his back, flailing about like an overturned turtle. Marco reached out his hand and pulled his companion to his feet.

"Think the girls made it back?" Marco asked. He had some concerns over his friend's ability to actually use magic properly.

"Hang on, I'll check Facebook."

Marco watched as Figuro pulled a smartphone from his pocket and tapped furiously into it. He decided not to ask where it came from.

"Ah! See? Becky's status says, 'It's good to be home.' and Brenda..."

Figuro jumped. "Whoops! She may not be in the right spot. She's talking about joining a bullfight later." His shoulder's sagged in disappointment. "Ah, wrong Brenda. Here she is...yup, back home too."

Marco breathed another sigh of relief. "Let's go home, Figaro."

He walked to the entrance of their first floor apartment. Their regular performances as a magician and assistant team afforded them a luxury two bedroom apartment. Yet, they never seemed to stay home long enough to really enjoy He picked up the stack of newspapers on the welcome mat and unlocked the front door.

"Ah, peace and quiet." Marco said as he stepped inside.

"Quiet? I can be as quiet as a mouse!" Figaro said, following closely behind Marco.

Marco rolled his eyes as he shut the front door. "You mean you don't want to sing another verse of that awful song?"

Figuro flopped on the couch and grinned at Marco "Hey, what say I take us to a beach island resort next time?"

And for once, Marco realized, his friend didn't have such a bad idea.

29 October 2012

I Was Expecting You - Bit of Collaboration Short Fiction

I am so excited to be part of another story challenge! This part four, so make sure you read part one, part two, and part three first!




Two hours later, Jack was still weaving in and out of the twisted pathways of the Black Hollow forest. By this time of day, the sun was in the center of the sky, but Jack didn't feel a single ray of that sunshine and neither did Morgan.

"I'm cold." Morgan whined for the hundredth time.

"I know," Jack replied. He had learned very quickly that if he didn't acknowledge Morgan's pain she would screech her complaint louder and louder. He only had to learn that lesson once.

"I'm hungry."

"Me too." Jack bit his tongue before the words "knock it off" escaped his lips.

A special crunch on the ground stopped him. He glanced down at the map while Morgan freely put her finger in her nose. The map explained a fork in the road and to take the hidden path down the center. According to the messy handwriting, the path could only be found by crushing it's spine. Jack looked down at his feet and the twigs crossed one on top of the other, forming a sort of vertebrae on the ground, we're now in disarray and many of those twigs were broken.

Jack looked up and as if by magic, and it probably was, the trees that blocked the center of the path fell away like the curtain of a stage. The warm sunlight shone through the forest and like a waterfall of light, enveloped the small cabin that rest up ahead.

"This is it, Morgan." He squeezed her hand and walked to the dilated house.

As they got closer, the door burst open. It was her. The old woman who helped Jack before and who he was certain helped Morgan. She would help them now, he hoped.

"Excuse me?" Jack called out, his voice shaking with nerves.

The old woman turned. Like the stereotype, she was dressed all in black. She had a beak looking nose with a wart on the crook. Her black hat was lopsided and she swept the front step with a broom that Jack assumed she also rode on at night.

"Oh hello! I was expecting the both of you!" She took off the hat and the nose and revealed a quaint older woman with bright eyes and probably belonged in a library reading books to children rather than keeping the Black Hollow forest safe.

"Ignore the silly costume! It's for Halloween!" She replied, reading Jack's mind.

"We have a -"

"Yes, yes." She squatted down to Morgan's level, who looked up at the old woman with eyes as round as the moon.

"You've caused some trouble young lady! Now...this won't do..." The woman grabbed something from her pocket and blew it in the face of Morgan.

"Hey-hey!" She shouted out, coughing all the while. But as she coughed, the dust swirled around her and with a blink of an eye, the beautiful girl he had fallen in love with stood before him once again.

"Wow, what happened?" Morgan said.

"Come in, my dears." The old woman said. She spun around to her cabin entrance and bolted through. "We have some business to tend to! It's finally time!"

Morgan and Jack exchanged glances.

"Time?" They said in unison.

The old woman appeared in the doorway again. "Yes, yes. You know. Destiny, fate, you two belonging together, ruling the magical Black Hollow forest together." She went back into the cabin. "Come in! I have scones!"

Tune in next week for the ending!

24 October 2012

Writing Prompt Wednesday - Will You Join In?

Okay, we are back, and I get to host the prompt this week! Yay! I'm so excited!

We had some awesome stories last week, and I'm so sorry I haven't been able to get to everyone's stories. Next week I will get better, I promise. And I know for sure once my birthday roles around and I get that laptop I've been hoping for, I will be especially better at reading and checking out everyone's blogs.

Anyways...back to business...check out these amazing stories -

Saskatchwean Flats by Scott Taylor
Big Bird Blues, Saskatchwean Flats Part 2 by Scott Taylor
Traveling Man by Carrie Sorensen
A Gift by Tena Carr

For everyone able to write, we are happy to enter you into our monthly ad contest. You can read about the rules on this page. If you're into creating visual art, you can click over there as well to see what we have going for you. You can help spread the love of our blog hop by grabbing the button below.
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1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

Here is the photo:

hugo häring, siemensstadt housing, 1929

And here are the five words:

Bullfight

Island

Mouse

Verse

Saviour

Yay!! I'm so excited. So, use the link below to post your story when it's ready!

17 October 2012

Weekly Writing Prompt - Are You Writing Today?

Carrie has the reigns for this week's post!

Welcome Wednesday. Let's have a quick review of this past week's talent.



Looking Back by Leanne Sype

One Line Wonder by Carrie Sorensen



Thank you. :) I know we're getting to the busy part of the year and we're grateful to everyone able to participate, whether it's through writing or reading the prompted stories.



For everyone able to write, we are happy to enter you into our monthly ad contest. You can read about the rules on this page. If you're into creating visual art, you can click over there as well to see what we have going for you.



You can help spread the love of our blog hop by grabbing the button below.






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The rules for the writing:




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




The Photo:


















The Words:



bird



kid



loom



soldier



ostrich












14 October 2012

What Movie (or Book) Scene Scares You the Most






I am joining together with a bunch of awesome bloggers in the 2012 BlogFEST! I have the reins for today's writing challenge and in the spirit of Halloween, my prompt is this:

Describe a scene from a book, movie, or television show that scares you the most.


Immediately two scenes come to mind for me. First, the ending to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," where Donald Sutherland's character screams at the end. I can see this movie fifty times and this still freaks me out. Here's the movie clip:



And then the second movie clip that freaks me out is the ending to "Neverending Story" where that kid is about to plunge into the waterfall. I don't know why but that freaks me out every time. I couldn't find a clip of it, but if you have ever seen that movie, you will know what I'm talking about!

Take part in today's challenge by commenting below or writing your own post! If you write a post, share it on the Facebook page for the blog event - http://Facebook.com/BlogFEST-2012.

What movie, book, or television scene scares you the most?

11 October 2012

Finding The Silver Lining in a Dark Cloud

Today’s post is in participation with Women On Writing’s mass-blogging event, Everybody is Talking About Finding the Music in Life. We are celebrating the release of Sonia’s Song by Sonia Korn-Grimani. To read Sonia’s post and follow our symphony of participating bloggers visit The Muffin at http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/.

Share your comments on any participating blog for a chance to win a copy of Sonia’s Song!
Sonia’s Song is the story of one girl, who rises from war's ashes to sing the songs of hope and love world-wide. A heart-wrenching and poignant memoir, by internationally renowned singer Sonia Korn-Grimani. Learn more about Sonia at http://claygrouse.com/sonias_song/.





As part of this amazing blogging event, I wanted to talk about what it means to struggle through difficult times and still finding a way to focus on the positive and count our blessings. And just as Sonia did, find the music in life.
Just last week, I faced an extremely difficult situation. As some of you may know, I have a brother with a serious mental illness. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and most recently considered high risk for suicide.
Last week, my mom and I went to see him and meet with his doctor and show support. And let me tell you, it was not an easy visit. It was very emotional, and on top of the visible impact of his illness, he also lives in a bad neighborhood that is notorious for crime and gang violence and we are especially concerned that he may be taken advantage of one day, because of how vulnerable he is.

Is it possible to focus on the positive when this situation seems so dreary and sad?

You bet. In fact, today and last night both my mom and I took steps to help my brother into a better situation. It means so much that we were able to do that and we are continuing to fight for his well-being. My mom inspires me to do this and I have learned so much from her on continuing to fight for what you believe in. And my brother inspires me as well and he has taught me a lot about respect for others and kindness towards others no matter what.

Now in spirit of the today's subject, I will end this post with a song. "Fields of Gold," by Sting, is one of my brother's favorite songs. In fact, since I can remember, he has always been a fan of Sting (and listened to this very song last week with my mom and I).



How do you continue to find the positive in a difficult situation? What song inspires you? By leaving a comment today, you have a chance to win a copy of Sonia's Song, either in print or e-book form.

10 October 2012

Weekly Writing Photo Prompt

Carrie hosts this week hop!



Scotty Watty Doodle All the Day! Here is your button. :D












Congratulations again Scott! You will be featured for a month on the front page of my blog and the other blog hosts.



How did he do it? Find out about on The Rules page for both writers and photographer / artist submissions.





Now, for last week's stories.









Thank you, you three. :)



Now for a quick grab-a-button moment.


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On to the rules.




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




The Photo:


















The Words:





blame





earth





walking stick





picture





trap








Now show us what you got. Link up your story below and be entered for a chance to win an ad spot of your own.






03 October 2012

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Carrie has this week's prompt. I also know that I owe a few of you ad time on my blog and once things settle for me I'll make sure to have your pretty ad spots on my side bar!

Today is the first Wednesday of October. This means I have a prompt and a winner in today's post. Have you been waiting on pins and needles to find out who our winner is? Well, it's:








Congratulations to Scott! Want to know how he did it and what he won? You can find out about the contest on The Rules page for both writers and photographer / artist submissions.





Before we head off into our prompt, let's review this past week's submissions.










And since we haven't shared it in a while, here's our lovely blog hop button. Feel free to grab one for your blog if you love the hop.


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A quick reminder of the rules:




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




Now for your photo:















The mandatory words:





weather





cemetery





lump





printer





recipe








You have a week to get your story in. Link up below for a chance to win October's Ad Contest. Good luck!












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