Friday, October 31, 2014

Spooktoberfest '14 Winner and Runner-Up's

Happy Halloween!!!

As always, the entries for Spooktoberfest were AMAZING! Dani and I had fun hosting. Thank you to all the participants for joining and letting us enjoy your awesome flash fiction pieces!
It was incredibly hard to choose, but after reading and rereading, you'll find my runner-up's and winner below.

My Runner-Up's...

To read, "I Am" by Lily at lilicasplace, click HERE

To read "12 past 2" by DRC at Writing Through Fiction, click HERE

And my pick for Spooktoberfest and the winner of an e-card is...

To read "Under the Glass" by Sarah at Sarah Marsh Writes, click HERE


To read Dani's choices for Winner and Runner-Up's... go HERE

Thanks again to all of the participants for entering and for sharing your amazing writing talents with us!!! We hope to see you next year for Spooktoberfest 2015!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooktoberfest '14 - Home

It's the 3rd annual Spooktoberfest hosted by Dani and I at Cover Girls. For details of this fun contest, you can go HERE for details.
Next year, I hope Dani and I will go with a 300 -500 word count... Getting my piece down to 300 words took forever! Of course, if I wouldn't have procrastinated in the first place, then it might not have been so difficult. :(
Anyway, thanks to all who participated in Spooktoberfest, and I look forward to reading your stories!

     My morning routine consisted of switching off coffeemaker, checking locks on doors, and watching the garage door close. So, why is that door open now?
     I park my car and pocket my keys. Inside the garage, I pick up a baseball bat I used in college. Funny. My dad wanted his firstborn son to play major league ball, but my dreams were of the music variety.
     I turn the doorknob. It’s unlocked, and even though a chill crawls up my spine, I enter.
My furniture’s rearranged and seated on the sofa is my ex.
     “What are you doing here, Lisa?” I sigh and lean the bat against the chair, thankful it’s her and not an intruder.
     She stands. “I came to say goodbye.”
     “We already did that.” Or at least I did when I broke things off with her last week.
     “Oh, Drew.” She tugs on my shirt and kisses my cheek. “Let’s not fight.”
     I back away and fall on top of the coffee table that isn’t in its rightful spot.  
     Lisa kneels. “Are you okay?”
     “Yeah, but why’s my furniture—” I’m cut off by the prick of a needle against my skin. Cool liquid pumps through my veins. “What’d you do?”
     “It’s a cure for your virus,” she says. “If only you’d continued your meds.”
     I try to let out a string of curse words, because I’m not sick, and I’ve never taking medication, but my voice won’t cooperate. My vision blurs, and my eyes grow heavy until they close.
     Commotion stirs me awake. I’m on a cot, in a small room. Dr. Vex, Lisa’s psychiatrist, stands next to me with a smile.
     “What’s going on?” I writhe in the cocoon-like-blanket I’m wrapped in. “Where am I?”
     “Home,” the doctor says. “We’ve missed you.”

Thank you for reading, and thanks to the wonderful Spooktoberfest participants! 
You can check out other stories below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bucket List Blog Hop

At one time or another we have all experienced the loss of a loved one or know someone who has had to go through a life threatening illness. Sometimes that makes us reevaluate our lives and what we want to accomplish before we die. Some people make a bucket list to help them rethink about what is important to them.

This blog hop is being co-hosted by Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries
 and Susanne Drazic at Putting Words Down on Paper.

  • Attend Cherokee Festival/ceremonial dance
  • Visit Ireland
  • Visit New Zealand 
  • Have my work published
  • Ghost hunt/investigate - I'd like to find something similar to what the people on Ghost Hunters do, and then it'd be fun to take it an extra step ... a ghost investigating/amazing race type thing to do with my girl, Dani. 
  • Take my hubby to a UFC event, front row
  • Volunteer/start a project to help others and get my kiddos involved in the project, too.
  • Learn a new language, maybe French or Italian
  • Do another 5K, but run the entire way
  • Front row at a Maroon 5 concert
What would be on your bucket list? Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the other participants in the Bucket List Blog Hop!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Express Yourself - Halloween plans

Express Yourself is the weekly meme where Dani @Entertaining Interests and I ask a question or discuss a topic for other bloggers to share and learn more about each other. 

Some topics and/or questions could be repeats, but we do that because things change with time. This way, it keeps things updated. 

Please join us HERE!

Oct 13 - 17: Do you have any Halloween plans?

Most likely, the traditional things - take the kiddos trick or treating, have movie fest, eat tons of candy. 

Speaking of candy, I've been loving NutRageous lately. Oh my goodness - delicious! Basically, it's peanut butter, peanuts, and caramel covered in chocolate. And the bar itself isn't a typical size candy bar; it's smaller. But with all that yummyness going on, I think it's the perfect size. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Kit & Crew Bloghop

Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Kit & Crew Bloghop

Details: Build your zombie apocalypse dream team and survival kit... pick ONE person and/or ONE item for each of the topics listed in the categories below.
(And since this bloghop is all about having fun, if you have kiddos and/or pets, we can assume they are safely tucked away in a safe haven somewhere while we’re out in the world fighting off zombies, so do not worry.) 

My zombie apocalypse dream team and survival kit


1 The Walking Dead character -  Daryl Dixon. He's a hunter, can build a fire, and his crossbow is his best friend.

1 book character -  Dr. Nevelle from I am Legend, because he's a brilliant doctor and has excellent ideas on traps, shelter, weapons, and discovering a cure.

1 movie character -  Alice from Resident Evil, because killing zombies is kinda her thing.

1 TV character (other than TWD) -  Klaus Michaelson from The Originals - he's a hybrid... half vamp, half wolf, and he's immortal, so he would be an asset on my team.

1 loved one -  My hubby, for his zombie knowledge, ideas, and well, he's my heart.

1 friend -  Dani, my soultwin. We bounce ideas off each other and can come up with great plans. Also, she can stay calm in a crisis.

1 freebie -  Hulk/David Banner - if he gets bit, he won't become a zombie. He'll turn into the Hulk and take out a ton of other zombies, a.k.a. Hulk Smash. Also, when he's not the Hulk, he's a physicist, so I'm hoping he'll work with Dr. Nevelle to find a cure.


1 comfort item -  my fave blanket, It's the perfect size and lightweight.

1 weapon -  I want a lightsaber because that would be just badass, but if not that, then I'd go with a combat knife.

1 luxury item -  manual can opener

1 food item -  trail mix. It's easy to carry, lightweight, and I can ration it out for long periods of time. Plus, I love it!

1 medicine/first aid item -  antibiotics

1 hygiene item -  toothpaste

1 freebie -  duct tape for it's multipurpose benefits


Outpost -  An old two-story library a few blocks from the ocean.
Outbreak -  I'm not sure where it started, but it's worldwide...
Cause of it -  Some sort of new flu-bug strain
Cure (if applicable) -  I'm banking on the two smarties, Nevelle and Banner, to come up with a cure, and I think it'd be amazing to help, and  to learn from them!
1 item you NEED to find -  that straw thingie that purifies water
1 item you WANT to find -  coffee. Yep, I just wrote that.
Method of travel -  some type of military vehicle. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cover reveal - Kyra Lennon's Nobody Knows

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Book Info

Title: Nobody Knows

Author: Kyra Lennon

Genre: NA Romance

Type: First in Series (Razes Hell Book 1)

Cover Design: Najila Qamber Design

Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography

Release Date: November 3rd 2014


Book JacketKyra Lennon's Nobody Knows Book Jacket
It’s not easy being friends with rising rock stars – especially when you’re the glue that holds them together.

Razes Hell has taken off in the charts, and Ellie can’t believe her childhood friends, Drew and Jason Brooks, are on TV and drawing crowds after years spent playing in dodgy bars. From obscurity to overnight success, Ellie soon realises life in the public eye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as dark secrets become headline news and old conflicts are re-ignited. When a fake feud meant to boost the band’s popularity threatens to rip the boys apart for real, Ellie finds herself torn – a position which only gets more uncomfortable when her loyalty to Jason collides with her blossoming relationship with Drew.

Nobody knows how deep their issues run; nobody but Ellie. With friendship, a music career and a new love on the line, can Ellie keep their tangled pasts from ruining their futures?

Pre-Order Links

AmazonUS | AmazonUK


Meet Kyra LennonKyra Lennon
Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Express Yourself - scary reads & movies

Express Yourself is the weekly meme where Dani @Entertaining Interests and I ask a question or discuss a topic for other bloggers to share and learn more about each other. 

Some topics and/or questions could be repeats, but we do that because things change with time. This way, it keeps things updated. 

Please join us HERE!

Oct 6 - 10:  What's the scariest book/movie you've read/watched?

(We did this question back in June, but in case you've read or watched anything scary since then, and because it's the spooky season, we thought it'd be good to ask again.
If you haven't read/watched anything new, then tell us what you'd like to read/watch this Halloween season?)

Paranormal Activity
After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

Super scary!!!

This Halloween season, I'd like to see:
The Conjuring.... Based on a true story, ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren help a family terrorized by a dark spirit.

It looks creepy!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG - Oct 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. His co-hosts today are Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness,and Fundy Blue! 

To join, click on the name links above and post on your blog the first Wednesday of every month. Sign up and meet some awesome people!

Is anyone doing NaNo next month? For the past few years, I've wanted to participate, but haven't because of my inner editor who refuses to shut off. 

But I REALLY REALLY want to do this! It seems a tad daunting, but I think it could also be fun and different. 

Any tips, from past participants, for us newbies?

I was feeling in a bit of a slumpie slump. I've had a lot of those lately. But Morgan Shamy's post was help in the right direction. You can read her amazing post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, happy writing, and...

And happy anniversary to the Insecure Writer's Support Group website!!!