Wednesday, February 03, 2016

February IWSG - Do You Believe In Coincidences?

Welcome every one to the February IWSG! Our awesome co-hosts for today are Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!. Please visit and thank them!

My post this month is different from the usual because I need to share this, write about it, mull over it, and, it is in keeping with our theme of growing as writers and being there for each other.

I've started reading a book called The Alchemist. I'm sure many of you have read it. Why do I say that? Because...
It "started" with a call from my mother telling me I needed to read this book, she raved about it. She was very sure I would love it. So, I ordered it from Amazon in paper back and when I got it I saw I'd gotten the 25th Anniversary edition (PB), and that his name seemed familiar to me. I began to read the foreward, written by the author, Paulo Coelho, whose name kept stirring something in my brain, and within minutes sat up straight and gasped, literally.

Now, on Facebook I sometimes follow people I don't know if I like what they post. For the last two years, or maybe more, I have followed a man named Paulo Coelho because his words speak to my heart, his silent photos speak imagery, emotion. I have "followed" Paulo Coelho because I liked his Facebook presence and when I signed on to Instagram last year, I followed him there too.

So, holding The Alchemist in my hand, I grab my phone, look up Paulo Coelho on FB and yes, they are the same person, AND the very first photo he posted yesterday (when I began reading his book) was the 25th anniversary edition of The Alchemist. (On the NYTBS list for over SEVEN YEARS) I have followed the man for 2 years online. I never made the connection between him and his most famous body of work. I don't know how that happened but it feels mystical to me.

Reading this novel now I see how blind I was to this "omen." I wasn't ready yet to know this story. I am obviously ready now. If you want an experience, as a writer and a reader, that you won't forget, The Alchemist is a must read. Paulo Coelho hears the many languages of the World and speaks to your heart. He has been helping me for two years without even knowing it, to find my Personal Legend.

This post is too long. I apologize for that. But now my eyes and my heart are seeing/hearing new lessons and I had to share them with you.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

If You Love Zombie Stories....

 Calling zombie lovers everywhere!!

"For me, zombie stories are never about the killing. They're about the survivors and how people deal with the apocalypse. To this undead end, David Powers King has come up with the most original spin on zombies I've ever read." 
                                                                              - Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus

I am so please to be able to announce to everyone the newest release of my friend David King Powers' The Undead Road, a zombie novel unlike any other. I hope you take advantage of the contest and the special deal running .99 cents for this week!

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One
Cover by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon
Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Look at The Undead Road's Amazon standing 
before it even came out!

There is a contest! Don't miss it!

Visit and leave and comment and/or tweet about The Undead Road (at least once) for a chance to win a free ebook. One out of every 10 comments and tweets is a winner! Use the Twitter Button below to ensure the author will see your tweet. Thank you!

Blog tour hosts: In case you want to see the other blogs hosting this amazing book!

Alex Cavanaugh         Jan 25th
Donna Hole                 Jan 25th
Chemist Ken               Jan 26th
Elana Johnson             Jan 26th
Nick Wilford               Jan 26th
Susan Gourley             Jan 27th
Tara Tyler                    Jan 27th
Kristin Smith               Jan 27th
Lidy Wilks                  Jan 28th
Elizabeth Seckman      Jan 28th
M.J. Fifield                 Jan 29th
Michael de Gesu         Jan 29th

About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

First IWSG Post of 2016!!!


Of course this post must start with a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I send lots of happiness and success in this new beginning...
I stopped making New Year's resolutions a few years ago. Instead I like to take time in January to think back on the year before, to learn from both the pluses and minuses when it comes to my work because sometimes it's hard to be happy with my accomplishments, to pat myself on the back and say "good job!" Yet I'm learning that a lack of recognition causes unnecessary stress and takes all the joy out of doing what I love to do.
So I look forward to this new beginning, this new year of 2016 and to the new lessons I will learn, to the changes that will, inevitability come, and to the new novel that will be born!
What do you do each January of a new year? I hope you love what you do and enjoy where you are and/or where you are going. Good luck! 

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

My Son's Birthday, and IWSG Wednesday December 2, 2015


Our awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG will be Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!
When you visit them, don't forget to thank them!
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Tristan on his wedding day
Today is my son's 29th birthday. Happy Birthday Tristan! I am sad I won't be with you to share it, but I will think of you and of course call.
Thinking of the very big year of change both he and my daughter have had (both got married!), made me think of how change is a part of growth both for my kids and my other "babies" my novels, especially the works in progress.

My children and my wip's are not at all the same and yet they share characteristics. They were/are both "birthed" by me. They all have "minds" of their own. They all test my limits. And they all make me smile and frown. And the biggest thing they have in common is that I am in love with all of them, my kids and my books. Yes, for different reasons, but I still am totally smitten by each of them.
The one thing that my books do not share with my kids, is that my children (if we parents have done our jobs) are in a constant and necessary state of change while my novels, once they are "Done" "Finished" "Published" are not. My published novels will forever stay in the state they are in (unless someone buys the movie rights!) because I will not go back and change them. As a writer I work to recognize when a novel is finished. As a mother I hope my children are never finished, that they continue to grow and change all of their lives.
I am happy to be a mom and a writer. Each of my "babies" take/took A LOT of time and sweat equity to create. They have all frustrated and soothed me. They all make my life worth living.

Before I finish today, I would like to apologize to my blogging friends and followers. I have not posted much since the last IWSG, and especially, I was supposed to do a post for a friend (Chrys Fey) that I did not get to (I did tweet), and I am soooo sorry. I promise you Chrys, if/when you need me to do something else after Christmas, I will be all over it.

Also, it looks like Chrys's book "30 Seconds" is still on sale so click on Chrys Fey to find out how to order.
Chrys Fey

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Mark Koopmans Revival: How a Tenor Lost his Voice, but Found his Calling

Please welcome my favorite Irishman Mark Koopmans to my blog. This "Oirish" lad knows how to tell a story and, lucky us, we get two of them today, Donald's and one of Mark's own from his childhood in Dublin. His first book 'Revival' is now available! Take a look....

Donald Braswell
Five years removed from his 1990 Juilliard graduation, Donald Braswell is set to be “the next Pavarotti.”
Braswell’s successful career ends, however, not with a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, but alone, lying in a dirty ditch. Following the hit-and-run accident that steals his voice and future, the “Texas Tenor” struggles with depression and despair—until the night his daughter, Aria, is born. Understanding this new and immediate life change, Braswell fights to relearn how to speak, sing—and share this gift of second chances with others.
Working as a plasterer, a car salesman, and many jobs in-between, it takes thirteen years—and a musical miracle—for Braswell to battle back and sing on a professional stage. His dreams and ambitions collide with a tired and angry crowd when he auditions for America’s Got Talent. For his family, his faith and his entire future, can the Rocky Balboa of the operatic world find the courage and strength to win just one more fight?

 REVIVAL" is more than the story of one man's struggle to overcome—it's a testament to the power of God.”
                      ~ Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon Best Selling Author of Dragon of the Stars

Love #AmericasGotTalent? Check out this memoir from a Season 3 finalist!

REVIVAL by @DonaldBraswell w/ @markjkoopmans is now available at...
#inspirational #book #memoir #amreading #singer
#inspirational #book #memoir #amreading #singer

See Donald sing, hear that voice on...

THE VIDEO #amreading #inspiration

And now from the author himself...
Crikey. I can’t believe it’s the second week of the REVIVAL – The Donald Braswell Story Tour.
Lisa, one hundred thousand thanks for hosting me today, and you were wondering about my roots, and life growing up in literary Ireland.
The best thing about Ireland was (and is) the “craic.”
No, it’s not the Oirish way to spell an illegal drug. Craic is the fun one has when you’re around good friends and the conversation (among other things) is flowing.
I grew up on Dublin’s Southside, in what remains a working class neighborhood. Our little gang of “gouriers” (lads) were always causing trouble, and I probably need to apologize to many parents around our neighborhood for the general corruption of their sons!
Seriously though, there was nothing like growing up with my small band of brothers. Funnily, from the seven in our “gang,” four of us were “Mark,” which meant nicknames were soon applied, and the lads to this day still call me “Koopo.”
Though we don’t get together much, when we sit for a few hours and have a pint or two, the stories of our mis-spent youth come flying back in seconds—and the craic is always great.
I may never again live “In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls were so pretty,” but it’s nice to see how metropolitan Dublin is. Construction continues to change the city I once called home, and I’m always amazed by the amount of cranes that dot the skyline. (It wasn’t like that in my day!)
They say “you can take the man out of Ireland, but you can’t take Ireland out of the man,” and it’s completely true. I still support the Irish national soccer squad as passionately as I did in 1989 when I left the “Oul’ Sod” (even if many of today’s squad were born in 1990 and later.)
Ah, the joys of growing old-er... (Is it time for a pint?)

Where did you grow up, and does it still hold a little piece of your heart?

Thanks Lisa for asking a fun question, and for hosting me today. Tomorrow, it’s Donna Hole who has to put up with me. (She wants to know the history behind the book title.) Wednesday, it’s David Powers King turn who wants to know about REVIVAL’s timeline.

REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell Story was released on Nov. 3, 2015 from Pen-L Publishing.

Mark is a husband, writer and stay-at-home dad to three boys under the age of eight :)

Mark's Blog
Normally he posts on his blog on Wednesdays, but has been known to add a bit of humor on other days to mix things up with a touch of seriousness.