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Blog Awards!

 

I was quite surprised to be nominated for several blog awards by Jen Wagner!  This lady has been a blessing in my life. Her comments make me feel like a best seller and I haven’t even published YET 😉 If you haven’t visited Jen, stop by her blog and say hello. She has amazing YA book reviews and fun posts 🙂

Now for the awards ~

 

1. Thank the nominator

2. Nominate others that are worthy of that award in your opinion (see below.)

3.  Tell us 7 things about yourself (and let us know where to read them, you can use your blog, but not everyone does).  Make sure the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

OK, to begin, here are 7 things about me that you may not know…

1. My favorite breakfast food is scrapple. If you live on the east coast you are familiar with this delicious breakfast meat! Since I am living on the west coast, I miss it something fierce.

2. I’ve worked in 2 Washington zoos. In research and as education coordinator. It was an amazing experience and I miss the animals. I used to share my morning cup of tea with a cougar named Merlin. He would purr and ‘tell’ me all about his evening while the zoo was closed. I miss that!!!

3. My favorite chocolate is infused with chili peppers.

4. I worked my way through college as a nanny. Several of ‘my kids’ are now in college themselves.

5. I quilt by hand the way my grandmother taught me. I prefer to hand piece. It’s soothing, almost like a meditation.

6. Jasmine tea is my favorite tea. I’m a tea drinker!!

7. I have a huge collection of rocks. When I was little, my dad would take me to caverns and I became fascinated with them. Now I have calcite, galena, malachite, quartz and dozens of other rocks from around the world lined up in my windowsills.

 

 

 

Rules for Reader Appreciate Award

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer the 9 questions below
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number. My nominations are below.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Questions for me to answer for the Reader Appreciate Award :

What is your favorite color?

Orange or yellow has always been my color of choice. They just make me so happy. My office is a pumpkin color and my entryway is a buttery yellow. When the rays of sunset hit them, it has the most beautiful glow.

What’s your favorite animal?

Don’t think I have a favorite. They all have a charm and beauty all their own.

What is your favorite pattern?

stars!!! I’ve always had a thing for stars since I was a little girl.

Favorite number?

13

Favorite day of the week?

Friday, what do you expect from a Fringe addict? And before Fringe, there was Stargate SG1. Gotta love SciFi Fridays!

Favorite flower?

Jasmine

What is your passion?

World building. I absolutely love creating a storybook world that opens readers eyes, makes them think in different way or see things in a new light.  It’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing.

 

For this award you are supposed to list 7 things about yourself which I did above 😉

But since you’ve read this far, I’ll give you one more…

I’ve traced my family tree on my dad’s side back to the early 1600s and the Brady family originated in Scotland. When I visited Scotland a few years ago, before my research, I fell in love with Scotland. Almost the feeling of coming home!! Makes me very curious about genetics and preferences.

 

And now for me to nominate some amazing writers for these awards:

D.T. Dyllin (@DTDyllin) Check out her bog, she has exciting news!!

Nicolette Reed (@Nicolette_Reed) She has a fantabulous sense of humor and  wonderful person!!

Cyndi Briggs (@DrCyndiBriggs) She is an amazing woman full of insight and inspiration. She even took time from her busy schedule once to talk to a very nervous beginning blogger (me!) and helped me through the fears.

 

I completely understand if you do not wish to participate in the awards. Time is a premium in the writing life. YOU are a creative and inspiring group of bloggers and I am blessed to know you!!

 

Thank you Jen Wagner, Cathy Givans, and Sarah Fox. You each are a continued source of inspiration and friendship. HUGS to each of you!!!

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Six Sentence Sunday #7

 

 

 

Last week, Tori had just landed in Starlight Cove. When the ferry landed she found Otis and Janine waiting for her. This section is after they say hello and Otis offers to drive her up Main St. Hill to her mom’s house. ~

After he put her bag into the trunk, Otis opened the back door and climbed in the backseat beside her. Tori did a double take. He sat looking straight ahead, his skin thin and crinkled like worn parchment.

“I’m sorry to hear the news about your mom Satori. Everyone loves that lady.” He took a handkerchief from his inside jacket pocket and blotted his eyes. “I hope they find her soon.” 

 

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“The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge

 

 

Yes, it is another challenge 🙂

I’ve been tagged in”The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge not once, but twice, by my friends Cathy Givans and Jen Wagner.

So here is how it works:

  1. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
  2. Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers! ~ this part I will skip, it is a holiday weekend after all 🙂

 

What is the title of your book/WIP?

I have it narrowed down to either ‘Siren Song’ or ‘Awaken’.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest I have been hypnotized by the Native American culture and mythology. Soon it blossomed to the Pacific Cultures and mythology. Asia, Russia, Alaskan tribes, BC Tribes, Northwest tribes and Hawaiian cultures intrigue me. I created a magical world based on these myths and legends. It exists within our reality, only the magical can see it. Siren Song is the first story and gives the reader a glimpse into this world.

What genre would your book fall under?

Young Adult / Paranormal with a taste of adventure, mystery and romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is such a difficult question. The best visual representation can be found on my ‘pinterest‘ board titled character reference. I use pinterest as a visual storyboard, character reference tool. Satori is the lead character in Siren Song and the 1st pin on the board. If Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth)  had green eyes, she’d be the 1st actress of choice for the part!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Satori Winters is forced to return home to Starlight Cove when her mother vanishes, only to uncover a magical world she forgot.

Is your book published or represented?

I’m Indie!

How long did it take you to write?

The world has been building in my imagination ever since I moved to Seattle. This story is still being polished. I’d say a year so far.

What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

Harry Potter meets Gilmore Girls!!

Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I think the biggest influences are of course, J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, and P.C.Cast’s Partholon books.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

These books will open your eyes to a magical world that has been here all along, if you only believe! I have a huge affection for animals, I used to work at 2 local zoos. That affection will be incorporated, hopefully, in surprising ways.

I love comments and questions!! Thanks for visiting.
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Flash Fiction Friday #2

 

 

 

The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

Hope you have fun!

 

And here is this Friday’s prompt ~

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday ~ A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

 

 

My Tuesday Teaser this week is from Penelope King’s

A Demon Made Me Do It, a very fun read!!

The thing people don’t understand about demons is that we’re not all the horrible, evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil, rotten, eternally-damning monsters everyone makes us out to be.

Okay, I admit, some are pretty terrible, but who amongst us can throw stones?

p 79 A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

 

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has never been a “normal” girl. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron Ambrose.The more she falls for him, the more worried she becomes. She can’t let him know she transforms into demon named ‘Lucky’ at dusk…a demon with an entirely separate personality who spends her nights drinking, tormenting humans, slaying unsuspecting demons, and lusting after her gorgeous and unattainable incubus/hellhound BFF. But it turns out Kieron has a few dark secrets of his own. Secrets that will either save Liora…or completely destroy her.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one who fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is total hell.

 

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Mythic Monday ~ Portals

 

 

 

What images stir in your imagination when you think of portals? You’ve met several in childhood, I’m sure. The magical doorway to another place, another time or quite possibly another dimension. A land of mysticism, wonder, and adventure, far away from the mundane world.

By this definition alone, a portal can be the dream you float into when you close your eyes at night. The book you stay up late with, hypnotized by its magic, eagerly turning the page. It can even be the heart of someone you love. They are energetic portals to another realm.

Childhood literature abounds with physical ‘doorways’ into another world. Alice had the rabbit hole. Mike and Sully had a closet door. There is also the famous train platform in London! No muggle could ever walk through it.

My novel’s portal can only be unlocked by the siren’s song. What happens when the siren doesn’t believe in magic any longer? That is the hurdle I’m working with as I write.

Long ago, Native Americans and Aborigine peoples believed that dark caves were portals that led into the land of the Gods.

Portals are a valuable tool. They allow our imagination to soar and believe anything is possible. Through them we can meet interesting new people, visit extraordinary worlds, and return to the mundane world a new person.

What is your favorite portal? That ‘thing’ that whisks you away from the ordinary and mundane to the land of possibilities…

How did it change you?

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Six Sentence Sunday #6

 

 

 

Recap: Last week Satori had just arrived in Starlight Cove to find her missing mother.

Here is this weeks six 🙂

Out of the mists, the familiar yellow curves of Janine came into focus. Otis Meriwether was bent over her, buffing the curves of his beloved taxi. Janine looked like she was ready to whisk Tori away to a speakeasy. Some things never change. Otis had been driving that taxi since cars landed on the island.

“Hello Otis.” 

 

 

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Flash Fiction Friday #1

 

 

 

Twitter has been a wonderful tool for me as a writer. I find amazing links to articles, new authors and their books, and I’ve made incredible friends. Yesterday, my friend Sarah Fox tweeted about an ant in her pool. Just a normal 140 characters tweet. An image of a SYFY horror movie flashed in my imagination complete with theme music. Those small sparks of the imagination can fuel the rest of your day!

So I wanted to start Flash Fiction Friday for other writers, readers, and maybe even the candlestick makers too! Perhaps something here will fuel your day.

The Guidelines Are Simple:

 

 Look at the photo posted each Friday.

 

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

 

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog. 

 

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

Hope you have fun!

 

Here is the first photo prompt ~


 

 

Here is my FFF 🙂

Walter opened his eyes. That car accident must have knocked more than the wind out of him. His joints were stiff and heavy. How was he going to explain wrapping dad’s classic Lotus roadster around a tree? Walter couldn’t resist, it was built to go fast. There was nothing like the wind in your hair as you flew down a winding road.

The world was moving in slow motion right now. He must have conked his head into the steering wheel. There was even a hallucination of a mountainous strawberry sitting right before him. Why was it all he could think about? Vibrant red and the most enticing aroma, if he could just get to it.

Walter stretched his neck and opened his mouth. Why couldn’t he reach out and grab that darn thing? He looked down at his hands and for the first time he truly believed in karma. 

 

 

 

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Six Sentence Sunday #5

 

 

 

Happy Sunday!

Since I was tagged not once, but twice, this week for the 777 challenge, I am using my passage from the second 777 challenge today.

This is from my WIP. This scene is where Satori has just learned her mother is missing and heads back to her childhood home.

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The stars twinkled on the cheerful ‘Welcome to Starlight Cove’ sign up on the hill. They’d always flickered, but now there was more flicker than light. Town council hadn’t gotten around to voting on fixing the lights, they were still debating Stella’s delivery date.

The thick fog parted like a gossamer curtain as Tori made her way around the circle. She did a double take when she saw a figure sitting atop of the old R&R building. As she walked further around, Tori’s eyes realized it was Mrs. Potter sitting on the roof with binoculars pointed further ahead.

“The song bird has landed,” drifted down from the handset in Mrs. Potter’s hands.

 

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Tagged Again? The 777 Challenge #2

 

I was tagged again for the 777 challenge.

Thank you Cathy Givens!

So I’ve wandered into my first draft 7 more pages, where Satori has just arrived ‘home’…

 

The stars twinkled on the cheerful ‘Welcome to Starlight Cove’ sign up on the hill. They’d always flickered, but now there was more flicker than light. Town council hadn’t gotten around to voting on fixing the lights, they were still debating Stella’s delivery date.

The thick fog parted like a gossamer curtain as Tori made her way around the circle. Tori did a double take as she saw a figure sitting atop of the old R&R building. As she walked further around, Tori’s eyes realized it was Mrs. Potter sitting on the roof with binoculars pointed further ahead.

“The song bird has landed,” drifted down from the handset in Mrs. Potter’s hands.

 

And now to tag 7 Lucky writers 🙂 If you wish to participate, please leave a link to your 7 in the comments.

Kelly Hashway

D.T. Dyllin

Nicolette Reed

R.G. Lawrence

Catherine Russell

Beth Barany

Katie Conigliaro

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