Friday, December 14, 2012

Newtown's Tragic Christmas

I live in Canada.  I'm not saying we don't have gun problems, but compared to the US we have a minuscule amount of violent deaths. (550 compared to 13,000)  I can sigh with relief in the knowledge that I can send my kids to school and not worry if they're coming home or not.  I take that back.  I do worry, or course, I'm their mother and the worst thing I could think of would be to lose a child.  Knowing there are insane people possessed by the devil roaming free with the "right to bear arms" scares me beyond words.  If I lived in the States, frankly I would never send my kids to public school.
I think there are a few points of historical significance here.  The first being the constitution.  Why was man given the right to bear arms in the first place? To free themselves from British rule.  To become a free state.  Like a kid gaining independence from their parents.  To defend themselves.  So how did it turn into the right to shoot and kill innocent kids?  The problem lies in the lack of boundaries.  Like a kid leaving home for the first time, out in the world with no one to tell them what to do, many times they "go off the deep end" and break every rule their parents ever game them just because they can.  The leading cause of death among Americans age 15 to 34 is homicide, suicide and (avoidable) accidents.  They willfully rebel against the rules, thinking it is freedom, but really it is chaos.  If 9/10 people in the US own a gun the thing is going to get used sooner or later. (Every year approx. 500 people die from guns accidentally going off. )
The idea that Americans must (still) fight for their freedom is being grossly abused.  It began with a bloody battle that is still going on today.  I'm not history buff, but I'm pretty sure when Canada wanted independence from England we just asked nicely and no one was killed. I think in general this gave us a better relationship with our "parents" and calmed us of our "rebellious tendencies.
According to the saying, "history repeats itself" Some people (especially undiagnosed mentally unstable ones) resort to violence to defend what is rightfully theirs.  Whatever warped sense of entitlement the gunman in Newtown thought he had, he sure screwed up life for a lot of people.  The great American dream seems to continually involve mass shootings.  I'm glad I live in Canada.

Take a look at this article and see how Japan has dealt with gun legislation.

My hear and prayers goes out to those who lost love ones in Newtown.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Quilts for Christmas




Don't show this post to my kids, but I just finished their christmas presents and I can't help but share.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good Bye NaNo

Well, I can't say I didn't try, but I can say I had a heck of a time not doing other things. As a mom it's not like I can get someone else to cook supper.  My kids can make mac and cheese, and I'm sure they'd be happy eating it every night for a month but I don't think that's a good idea.  There are something that aren't worth writing a 50k book over.
So, November is over (practically) and I will finish my book when I get time - the good kind of time that doesn't ignore my kids.
In the meantime, check out this new group I joined http://www.facebook.com/groups/375779645844671/  and this funky poetry anthology I'm in
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W9G52DYS8NH5L
And send a copy as a Christmas present to the family poetry lover.  I'm making quilts for my kids for Christmas and I can't wait to show you the pics. stay tuned!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

school vs learning



as wise as a sooty owl
I hardly remember anything I learned in high school or college.  Most of that information was crammed into my brain short-term so I could pass a test and then forget it, because I never needed it again.  So what was the point?  School taught me how to take tests, but how many times in my adult life have I been given tests?  Not many. What I do remember about school, is getting bullied, partying, dating, and more than anything, constantly running out of money.
Students used to rely on teachers to give them knowledge out of a textbook.  This put everyone on the same level to produce a batch of children factory molded to think and act the same.  Maybe cookie-cutter people were necessary for the work force during the industrial revolution. Many times our society spawned solid, well-defined roles that people were squeezed into in order to appear useful, but in reality those confining, oppressive roles lead to unhappy victims of the norm.  For example, think about the 1950's wife with her picket fence and perfect hairstyle.  That image was short lived and terminated with the rise of feminism, protests and burnt bras. Times have changed. We no longer need batches of identical people.  We no longer want to be told what to do and how to think. Luckily, knowledge is available everywhere and we no longer have to search for it.  Formal education prepares us to cope with certainty - but in life there is no certainty. Learning can not be standardized. What we need to be taught is HOW TO LEARN.
Access to  inexpensive education is a revolution that destroys an imperfect system and enable unique and diverse possibilities. We can create environments where students are engaged in learning.  Instead of teaching them to memorize problems that have already been solved, we can teach them to solve problems.

I have more control and interest in my education now than I ever did as a full-time student.  Now I learn what I am curious about, I have much more extensive resources, I learn at my optimum pace and I USE what I learn in practical, everyday moments.  For example, I'm taking a free on-line course on the History of English - to help me write my next novel, extend my vocabulary, and teach my kids.  My 7 year old daughter was asked in class to share some of her fancy words.  The other kids came up with "fantastic" and "crazy" She said "extricate" and "plebian". Ok, maybe she won't use those words in every day speech, but she knows how to learn new words and that's what's important.
Here is an amazing video that shows the evolution of learning and how it is making traditional school obsolete. http://tnw.to/o5xo 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

happy halloween

Happy Halloween and congrats to our Spooktacular winner:  KIPHA! she has won a copy of WITHER by Lauren DeStephano, the first in the Chemical Garden trilogy.  Thanks to everyone who participated and gave me support!

In other news:
Some disturbed soil revealed the dead rising from their graves thanks to hurricane Sandy.  So freaky Halloween was had by all.

Next: It's NaNoWriMo! So instead of doing housework, Christmas shopping or anything else, this month I'm gonna try to get the sequel to SHIFTERS written in ONE MONTH! Click on the link and you can see my stats, send me encouragement or donate to the biggest write-in in the world.  Yes, it's a bit crazy, but I never would have finished SHIFTERS when I did without the awesome help of NaNoWriMo.  They are truly the best.

And: My publisher Imajin Books is having a paperback sale here so stop by if you need some Christmas gifts.  Also on November 15th we are having a tweet party so come to twitter using hashtag #ImajinAuthors and you can chat live with us ALL DAY.  Should be fun.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spooktacular give away hop




Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
Halloween is my favorite time of year.  Mostly because it smells really cool. I look forward to meeting some strange and unusual creatures, turning my kids into monsters, and carving the 20 pumpkins from my garden.  I also look forward to giving away a freaky book to one of my (international) followers.  And that book is WITHER by Lauren DeStephano.  The first in the Chemical Garden series. This book was freaky disturbing, morbid and my favorite cover image for 2011. And just in case you've already read this, I will provide a second choice which is Spirited by Leap Books a ghost anthology of which I am one of 13 writers.  I can't go a Halloween without giving one of those away.  So, easy rules: one entry for any of these:  follow my blog, join my facebook page, add SHIFTERS to your goodreads tbr page. Leave your actions and email in the comments section.  Then check out the over 400 other giveaways at I am a Reader not a Writer. But most of all - have a happy Halloween, and have a nightmare because you've read something scary.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Personal Libraries

John Ruskin said, "I would urge upon every young [person] to obtain as soon as they can, by severest economy, a steadily increasing series of books, for use through life; making their little library, of all their furniture, the most studied and decorative piece."

"It is a [person's] duty to have books.  A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life." - Henery Ward Beecher

"No money should be wasted upon whims and experiments, but every dollar should be devoted to the acquisition of improving books." Ainsworth Rand Spofford

Monday, October 1, 2012

Memorizing Poetry

Beowulf fighting Grendel
From John Miller Dow Meiklejohn - "Poetry stands at the head of all the literature of the imagination.  Some people of highly utilitarian views decry poetry, and desire to feed all readers upon facts.This is a great mistake.  The highest expressions of moral and intellectual truth... are in poetic form.  Take out of the world's literature the works of its great poets and you would leave it poor indeed." 

Verse is the earliest form of literature because it was easiest to memorize.  It passed from father to son for generations.
The poems of Homer are another example of oral memorization that was passed down for hundreds of years before they were ever in writing.
The original author of many oral works is unknown.  Beowulf, the oldest head rhyme poem in the English language, wasn't written down until the 9th century, but surely it was sung by warriors and families at feasts for 400 years prior.

It researching his novel "Roots", Alex Haley returns to Africa to find the village of his great grand father who was taken into slavery.  This small village had a shaman, or story teller who was responsible for archiving the history of the village within his memory.  Sometimes these men can memorize the names, dates, deeds and disasters of a village for hundreds of years.  Indeed, when Haley questioned the shaman about his great grandfather, the shaman knew his name, and how old he was when he disappeared.

Memorization is a lost art.  We think we write things down to relieve our brains from the hardship and drudgery of memorization, but we do ourselves a disfavor. The more a work is written down, the more our minds and hearts are lost to it.  How many things do you have memorized? Can you recite something for me?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A book for all readers

Guy Laramee book carving
"When we survey the really illimitable field of human knowledge, the vast accumulation of works already printed, and the ever-increasing flood of new books poured out by the modern press, the first feeling which is apt to arise in the mind is one of dismay, if not despair. The reflection comes to our aid that, after all, the really important books bear but a small portion to the mass.  Most books are but repetitions, in a different form, of what has already been many times written and printed.  The rarest of literary quality is originality.  Most writers are mere echoes, and the greater part of literature is the pouring out of one bottle into another.  If you can get a hold of the few really best books, you can well afford to be ignorant of all the rest."

I have been studying the history of the English language and came cross this tidbit of interest.  Ainsworth Rand Spofford wrote "A Book for All Readers" in 1910 in order to give libraries and book collectors a list of approved texts.  He says:

"Weak, flabby and silly books tend to make weak flabby and silly brains.  We are told that for some unformed readers to read a bad book is better than to read none at all.  I do not believe it.  You might as well say that it is better to swallow poison than not to swallow any thing at all."

Strong words. I wonder what he would say about the libraries of today with their babysitter's club, geronimo stilton and diary of a whimpy kid?  I think he'd have a bird.  And to some extent I agree with him.  Just look at his vast vocabulary and eloquent writing style.  Even the best English schools in the country can no longer produce that kind of quality.  Then why do I, as a librarian, encourage kids to read fluff?  Because reading is as essential to the mind as food is to the body and kids these days don't understand the dangers of illiteracy.  If a child can't read, what is he/she doing? Because, unlike 1910, there are far worst things in the world today than "swallowing poison".

P.S.  My 10yr old son has a grade 10 reading level.  That is higher than 90% of the grade 6 kids in the country.  I let him read whatever he wants  because I'd rather have him reading Calvin and Hobbes safe at home than... who knows what.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The battle between MY worlds

I told myself that when school started I would hunker down and get back to writing.  However good my intentions, this blog post is the first thing I've done.  It's not that I'm reluctant, it's just that I forgot I had a 1/2 acre garden to harvest and I also forgot about my addiction to sleeping once I get the kids down to the bus.  I forgot told myself I'd make each of them a quilt for Christmas, catch up on my scrap-booking, help with the library inventory, renew our passports, do my husband's accounting, bla BLA BLA.
What is really going on here? I think I tricked myself. I gave myself excuses NOT to write.  Why would I do that?  I thought I loved writing?  I mean I do, it's just that underneath I see that my family is not so happy with my obsession.  They sense my detached, distant self who can't quite shake off the make-believe world and return to the real one.  I might love getting lost in a good story, but they don't.


So how can I keep good relations, but still follow my passion?  I have to FORGET the imagined world. TURN IT OFF somehow so I can fulfill my role as coherent, logical, bill-paying, diner-cooking mother.  Not so easily done, especially when it goes against my artistic instincts.
HOW do I do it?  I ask myself one simple question.
Which do I want more? Then the answer is simple, I want my family of course.  I have the strength to focus on them for a few hours at least until they are in bed.

OK so if it's 9:30 am right now, I have six hours until they are back.  I've got to CHOOSE WISELY what I do with my time.  Characters can wait, they'll still be around after I'm dead.  My family needs me NOW. (and so do my organically grown veggies.)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Some of my fav quotes



Photo: Okay, so it isn't a foodie thought, but you KNOW what I am talking about! Alas, some of the best things in life are indeed, temporary!Haven't been writing all summer so I can't enlighten you with any b=deep literary epiphanies, but I can show you a few of my fav quotes.giggling while singing in my head.profoundPhoto: More Pics at http://humortrain.com/
Like on Facebook Absolutely madnessPhoto: Why boys need parents.  With appreciation and thanks to artist Ron Francis: www.ronaldfrancis.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

OUR WORLD OUR ART


OWOAlogoSmallI have been focusing on promoting my book WAY too much and I need to get back to the more artistic side of my life. That's why I'm joining OUR WORLD OUR ART put on by the Whimsical Bohemian.  Writing is my outlet from life, but I have a few outlets that save me when I'm tired of writing: photography, art journaling, book making, scrapbooking and a new one - quilting.  So I would like to share these with you.  besides the images I post here, you can look under the "Art" tab for other things I've done.  I don't have a business as such, but I would love to make you something upon request.  As part of OWOA I will be giving away one of my hand bound books.  All you have to do is follow the epitome and leave a comment.  If you want to you can follow my author group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/147239652049490/  twitter @hallililburn or http://pinterest.com/hlilburn/
You can participate in OWOA by following the link to Lisa Swifka' s blog.  Here is a quote from her - Look within yourself and ask yourself "what is my artistic passion?" and go with it. NOW you may be one of those who likes to do MANY varieties of things....you may make art dolls, paint, do altered art and whatever. You may feel hard pressed to pick just one because frankly, you're passionate about all of them. So show us. All of them. Only YOU know what makes your heart pound and what gives you that feeling of complete and total abandon when you are creating it.
Pretty cool.  I would love to hear what your passions are and see them on your blogs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Guest Post: Emotobooks: The Fusion of Written Fiction and Expressionistic Art Ron Gavalik

As a writer and publisher, it’s always been a goal to bridge the gap between the cerebral gratifications of well-plotted fiction writing and the visual stimulation of illustrative art. The one day I had a mini-epiphany. Insert expressive, emotionally representative imagery in written stories, during moments of emotional consequence. By delivering a visual of what a character feels, the reader becomes more intensely immersed in the story.

Emotobooks are written fiction stories, not comics or graphic novels. The few emotional abstract images woven in the stories are the dream-like visuals each of us experience in the middle of the night.

The term Emotobook is a portmanteau word I conjured as a memorable label for the very first fiction medium for smartphones and tablets. For the first time, readers can now see actual representation of character emotions right on the page for a fun, interactive experience.

Stories are published as EmotoSerials or EmotoSingles. EmotoSerials are monthly-released, continuing stories, much like TV dramas or miniseries that continue until their climactic ends. EmotoSingles are individual experiences.

Emotobooks accommodate a new audience, who desire a fast “full story experience” on smartphones, iPods, computers, or tablet readers in about 30 to 60 minutes. They can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Our editors are currently seeking the best genre fiction for the Emotobooks transformation. It’s required that fiction writers read our submission guidelines and the free handbook, How to Create Emotobooks, before submitting. Our publishing model is unique and we require long-term participation from authors for everyone’s success.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the Emotobooks Revolution, I hope you’ll join our Readers Cult and begin collecting the coolest titles. Thank you.


Ron Gavalik’s Bio:

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ron Gavalik is a seasoned freelance journalist and fiction author of the successful Grit City thriller series. As Publisher for Grit City Publications, he oversees the Emotobooks Revolution. Ron holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Point Park University. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

A rant, a free book

So I noticed that my blog view records spikes way up on Mondays.  That tells me people love to blog browse on Monday, probably because they're expecting a new post. I should always have a new post up on Monday in order to keep my followers entertained and interested in returning.  Unfortunately, I'm not the greatest at coming up with new material on a time limit.  Soooo, this is all I got.

I'm trying not to watch the Olympics until the wee hours of the morning, but those chick volley ball players are sooo tall and they can jump sooo high that I covet their every move (not that I want to be 6 foot 5, but a couple more inches wouldn't hurt).  And the cute ones are black, I wouldn't mind that either.  Actually it would be cool if I could change my skin color back and forth, think of all the money I'd save on suntanning... (actually I don't pay for suntanning) I wonder what the indoor volley ball players think of the beach volley ball players "uniforms" or should I say bikinis.  I just don't see many athletic chicks being so immodest (not even the divers)  Are they looked down upon because of their unnecessary and degrading objectifying of themselves. 

It reminds me of Coach Tyler, one of my characters in SHIFTERS.  Was he an awesome trainer (and hottie) or did he have a darker side?  Were his intentions strictly pro?  Lina finds out when he tells her "It's my job to judge you". Creepy.  TODAY you can find SHIFTERS ebook free on Amazon.   http://amzn.to/K3qs4O 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

the evolution of creating characters


So I keep getting reminded of a regret of mine named Jim Henson (the company).  I took costume design in college with the idea that when I graduated I would work for Jim Henson's creature shop.  That was the place where designers were given creative license to invent their own characters. Alas, it was not meant to be, as the creature shop closed down before I got the chance.  Instead, I worked at International Mascot Corporation.  It was still fun, slightly reminiscent of a sweat shop, but I made my mark, designing a few choice characters.


Well, I was never happy following someone else's designs, so I eventually quit and changed my focus  - I became a librarian.  The greatest thing about working with books, is no one can dictate how I imagine the worlds within the pages.  Plus, in my spare time, I can still create some funky characters.  Here are two pics of my elements fairies I hope to someday see published in Art Doll Quarterly.  Now I have the brilliant idea of combining my costuming skills with my novels and I am going to make the characters in my books.  It will be a fun new project that I will sit on until the garden is harvested. (I do have proirities kind of).
So who should I make first?  My steam punk chick pirate, my tri-racial exorcist, my humanoid alien with a simbiotic plant growing up his back or my reality shifting red head warrior?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Sizzles from Imajin

My publisher is doing some cool promos for the summer I thought you should know about

July is "Rewards for Our Readers Month"

Great things come in threes this July!

  1. 'Share the Imajin Books Buzz' contest- share our events on Twitter and Facebook and receive entries into a draw for a KINDLE FIRE or KINDLE TOUGH 3G--winner's choice! Open to US residents (Kindle Fire) and US/UK/Canada residents (Kindle Touch 3G.) Void where prohibited. Draw will take place the first week of August. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form on our home page from July 1-31.

  1. 'Ultimate Reader' contest - show us your Imajin Books! Post photos on our Facebook page of you reading one of our titles (book cover must be legible) or a photo of one of our titles on your ereader. 5 prizes of $20 Amazon or Kobo gift cards; plus "ultimate reader" prize of a $100 Amazon or Kobo gift card. Contest open from July 1-31. Photos will be judged by Imajin Books authors. Prizes to be awarded the first week of August. Open worldwide. Void where prohibited by law.

3. Free ebooks all month long. Watch our blog and check it throughout July to see which book is free.

August is "Meet Our Authors Month"

Great things come in threes this August!

  1. Meet the talented authors at Imajin Books. During August, our authors will be posting on our blog, sharing interesting tidbits about their lives, their characters and their books. Ever wanted to ask an author a question? Here's your chance. Check our blog each day to see who's up next.

  1. Twitter Party - for three days in August 15-17, we'll be holding a Twitter Party online and giving away prizes (ebooks, paperbacks and gift cards from Amazon and Kobo.) Join us by searching for #ImajinAuthors. Leave us a question or comment by including @imajinbooks and #ImajinAuthors in your tweet. The party begins each day at 10:00 AM EST and goes 'til 10:00 PM EST. Our authors will drop by when they can. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/imajinbooks

  1. 'Share the Imajin Books Buzz' contest - we're ding it again! Share our events on Twitter and Facebook and receive entries into a second draw for a KINDLE FIRE or KINDLE TOUGH 3G--winner's choice! Open to US residents (Kindle Fire) and US/UK/Canada residents (Kindle Touch 3G.) Void where prohibited. Draw will take place the first week of September. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form on our home page from August 1-31.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stay Tuned

 July 2nd Come to the Authors Show and listen to my interview about SHIFTERS. Check out this cool blog supporting indie authors.  Right now for Indie Week you can read the prologue for SHIFTERS.  I also would like to announce my BOOK LAUNCH at the Wee Book Inn in Edmonton July 27th 6-9pm.  Hope to see y'all there.

Monday, June 18, 2012

What it means to be Steam Punk

Literary steam punk is a strange and mysterious genre or sub-classifications within a larger genre.  For example, a science fiction or fantasy story, were it to have an airship or automaton would have elements of steam punk, or a steam punk story, were it to have fairies or aliens, would be considered to have elements of fantasy or science fiction. The word “punk” is used as a method of “stealing” ideas or inventions from another time/reality/ or world. The term steam punk seems to envelope a large mass of ideas that need sorting out.  The history of steam punk is well defined in Wikipedia and other sources, but an analysis of this genre is controversial, so here is a rational layout, using definitive terms:
Victorian:  Lucky for us Queen Victoria ruled Britain for many years during a time in the world of high stakes and adventure.  Many Steam punk stories are set in this era also because it was the age of science where new inventions were conjured constantly.  They can include glamorous fashions from the time period while ignoring cultural convention or proper etiquette.  In short, an author has many options with setting, and Victorian works well.  Most settings help define genre such as American Wild West, Gothic , Industrial Revolution etc.
Alternate history, retro futurism, retrotronics:  Taking a moment in time and blending new elements to rewrite history. i.e. giving Napoleon ray guns or making Abe Lincoln a vampire slayer. Jules Vern and Edgar Alan Poe were originators of this genre.
Speculative fiction: usually refers to future events that could possible happen.  They can be post apocalyptic and dystopian.  What if Britain won the American Revolution?  What if there was a nuclear holocaust?  What if?
Cyberpunk: Infusing cyber technology into a historical setting such as computers, electricity, robots, aliens, or laser weaponry.  Think Cowboys and Aliens.  I will include time machines in this category because whatever the source of power, steam/clockwork/gas/electrical, the warping of time creates an element beyond any technology we could imagine.
Gas Lamp, Urban myth: Includes paranormal events that take place in a historical setting such as Bramstoker’s Dracula.  They include elements of magic, mad science, optical illusions and creatures beyond normal rules of existence.  These legends are well known for eliciting fear in the hearts of readers and therefore get re-approached many times.
Clockwork: Often synonymous with steam punk, this includes clockwork inventions that go beyond the confines of reality i.e. the automaton and other devices based on simple and complex mechanics like booby traps, weapons, locks, vehicles and so on.
Kite work/ Air work/ Water work etc.: Inventions using the power of wind water and air with the ability to supersede average travel before it’s time i.e. gliders, ballooning, dirigibles, air ships, blimps, hydrogen or gas powered flight, steam ships and submersibles.
So the next time you are asked to classify the Invention of Hugo Cabaret do not merely say, steam punk.  Saying a speculative, clockwork fiction set in historical France would give a more accurate description.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Hard to tell what this is?  It's Darth Vader using the force against the New Jersey devils in last night's playoff game.  The dark side did not prevail, however and crunch time is upon us.  Seriously, I stop watching the playoffs once all the Canadian teams have been eliminated.  It seems hypocritical to cheer for a team in a sport with ice, when the city itself never sees ice all year.  Sorry, L.A. The best thing about this pic/video is the way it combines the passions of both of my brothers.  One is a hockey maniac, the other is a sci-fi nerd.  Who would have thought they could both be represented in the same photo.  So bros, this one's for you.
The Bone CageSo I just got back from the Writer's Guild of Alberta. conference and I really enjoyed myself.  The Hotel Arts is an amazing place (the tiles in the bathroom were so cool!) and the food was exquisite.  From my observations I noted that all the writers there were friendly, artsy and completely lacking is any name brand clothing or sports regalia.  I wonder if any of them would admit to following the playoffs.  I did get to meet Angie Abdou who critiqued some of my work and gave me a signed copy of THE BONE CAGE.  Then I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman again.




Hope all of you had as cool as weekend as me!

P.S. 4 days left until my blog tour giveaway is drawn, don't miss out!

Monday, June 4, 2012

no licking computer screen
I've got an unhealthy connection with movies sometimes.  Don't judge me.  I need an escape from reality and it is mere coincidence that Kristen Stewart plays the character I wish I was.  My state of shock over this movie still hasn't worn off.  Chris Hemsworth? The broken, isolated angry warrior that is transformed into a hero with the simple inspiration of your presence.  Wow. His strength lies in his arm, while his will is weak and she, with the will of a Bengal tiger, depends on his physical strength with all reluctance and humility afforded an imprisoned princess.  Yes, the fairytale story is rehashed, but if it never changed, my daughters might stay convinced to wait for a perfect prince to rescue them.  Betrayal, distrust, and grief are unknown concepts to them and I weep for the day when they are forced to deal with them, especially if the source is that handsome prince they thought was perfect.  Freaking hot, yes and amen, but is that enough?

P.S. SHIFTERS e-book on Amazon is FREE today and tomorrow! It is currently #15 in kindle action adventure list http://www.amazon.com/Shifters-ebook/dp/B0083PRBG0/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338830531&sr=1-1

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Paperback!



Here is an extra link for SHIFTERS https://www.createspace.com/3883699.  Thanks for your support! The blog tour promo is still on if you join there are 3 free copies to be won!  Now I will hussle my butt and finish the sequel.  Happy reading!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 Dear friends, It's good to see you! Here is some great incentive to spread the word about my new novel SHIFTERS.  You can find it at http://www.amazon.com/Shifters-ebook/dp/B0083PRBG0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337358574&sr=1-1 The contest goes all month and you can enter once a day as many days as you want.a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Blog Tour for SHIFTERS and Cover Release!

Here it is folks!  My debut YA speculative fiction novel SHIFTERS will be out on e-book on Friday and paper back by May 30.  So who would like to join the blog tour?  I will be giving away e-ARC copies for those willing to do reviews as well as 10 critiques of the first 500 words of your manuscripts for those who are writers.
Here's what you have to do: Anytime between now and June 15th put up a post about SHIFTERS.  I will give you the cover art, my photo and a quick interview for you to use.  If you have additional questions for me fire away. Entries for contest you post can include following my blog, my twitter or my face book page.  You can also ask for winners to write a review for Good Reads or Amazon etc.  Your amount of involvement is up to you. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Here's what I will do: 10 of you will receive a personal and thorough critique of your own work as well as any questions you have about the publishing process.  You will all receive an e-ARC of SHIFTERS to spread the word for me.
So, please reply with a note about your participation in this blog tour and I will facilitate as best I can.  I appreciate your help with this.  Every word counts.


And now... the cover...

  

I'm pretty happy with it, It looks like a video game and the book could very well be turned into one.  The art isn't typical of stuff coming out right now so it stands out.  The details from the book are all included even Lina's imprint on her neck and her computer screen glasses. 
 Does it make you curious?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Winners for The Spring Fling

Spring is here.
Tracy and Steph!  I have sent out emails to these lovely ladies. Congrats and happy reading.  Now, for other news............ 

MY BOOK IS COMING OUT!!!
 End of this month!!! Stay tuned for the cover release next week.  Extra info is under my SHIFTERS page.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Fling


So my dears, it is time for another great giveaway hosted by Eve's Fan Garden.  I don't have anything really springy or romantic, but I do have TWO PRIZES.  The first name I draw will get to choose between SPIRITED the lovely ghost anthology of which I am proud to be a part of, and BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP a new thriller with the unique perspective of a woman who looses her memory every night while she's sleeping. The second name I draw will get which book is left.

Here's what you have to do.  Follow me on face book. I'll also take a tweet or blog follow for an extra ballot. Leave your e-mail in a comment and we will be best friends.
the best of me
Speaking of best friends I have found yet another kindred soul mate who is  very good at analyzing my potential.  Her favorite thing to say about me is, "she knows everything, she's a librarian."  Very flattering!  It makes me realize there is a cult following for libraries and many times that includes the librarian as well.  I work Thursday nights and there are patrons who only come in on Thursdays.  Surely it's not a coincidence. This new friend, the little sister I always wanted, met me at the library.  So a big thanks to all who support my blog, support their local libraries and support us radical militant librarians all over the surface of this planet.  We couldn't do it without you.  Actually we could, but it's nice to be appreciated.