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Anita and Jaye are two super supportive authors and bloggers. They’re here to present their new book, Lazy Days.


This novella is the true story of our family’s first proper holiday back in the Seventies. Looking back, I wonder what made us think it was a good idea, but despite all the things that could have gone wrong, we had a fantastic time. I was the Skipper most of the time, and for some reason decided to record our adventures in a small notebook. We were young and without husbands, Anita was a widow, and I was glad to be rid of mine. (and that is another story) Money was precious and scarce back then, but all the saving and sacrifice turned out to be worth every single memory we all cherish.

This notebook has been treasured and kept safe, despite numerous house moves and family disasters, as…

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Buses, Books, Bedlam, and Bloodsuckers

Is it 2019 yet?  I mean, this week alone has been making me feel like I’ve gone a few rounds with an angry gorilla who thinks I owe it money . . . and it’s beating me with a flailing grizzly bear.  Not saying it was a terrible week, but it was exhausting to the point where I just want to sleep.  I’m just going to get right into the things on my mind and events of the week:

Bus versus Car

No, I didn’t get in an accident.  I probably mentioned this last week where my son refused to get on the bus in the morning.  We couldn’t even get shoes and a jacket on him.  The attempts were met with episodes that I realized on Tuesday weren’t the usually ones where he doesn’t get his way.  Those typically had shrieking, foot stomping, and the other signs of anger.  The bus ones had tears, an almost curling up of the body, very little speaking, and signs that one would normally associate with fear.  When he was crying before his eyes opened, I had a feeling this was worse than we thought.  So, we used this week to see if he’d try on his own.  Before anyone asks, we tried rewards of all types, both of us walking him to the bus, and every other trick.  Nothing worked and I had to drive him to school every day.

It isn’t too bad a trip and me changing my bike schedule to 15 minutes every day instead of 30 every other means I can do that and shower before we leave.  Am I happy about this?  No, but I’m not angry either.  He’s already easing up on the food battles to the point where he’ll eat most of his breakfast at home on a school day instead of all of it at school.  He still takes the bus home because it’s only the morning bus that he’s scared of because he thinks he’ll throw up.  We’ve cancelled the morning bus until he’s ready to face his fears, which I feel is the best because the situation was steadily getting worse as we pushed.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and find that this was the cause of all the behavior issues or at least a bigger factor than we realized.

War of Nytefall

I finished the editing and got a few sketches of the cover.  Totally forgot to ask if I could post one of them, but maybe I’ll do that on Thursday.  As far as the book goes, I’m a little more confidant about it.  The story isn’t messy like I thought and I cleared up a lot of continuity issues.  It’s much harder than Legends of Windemere because there’s more intrigue and manipulation among the characters here.  So, I had to have a lot of characters act one way while they were really wanting to act another, but couldn’t because it would break their cover.  Future volumes will be easier since this one was all about Clyde being set off by the manipulations.  The villain problem is kind of fixed too since I set them up a little better than I realized.  Character profiles are going to start going up on Thursday in February, which might turn that day into War of Nytefall day.

I’ll admit I’m still nervous since this is going to be a fantasy vampire adventure.  That middle part is tough because everyone has their own thoughts on what a vampire should and should not be.  It’s what’s given me pause about getting a bunch of beta readers here too.  I’ve had some people read it on this side of the computer because I’m physically here to talk about it on a chapter by chapter basis.  Beyond that, I keep wanting to keep this close to the vest, which could end up being self-destructive.


I’m not doing a Bedlam story this year, but the one for next year is written.  This part is mostly because I’ve had people suggest that I publish Protecting Bedlam with or instead of Derailing Bedlam.  After thinking about it and jumping around the idea, I think I’m going to leave the blog story there.  It’s for two reasons:  1)  Some of the influential material has changed so much that it doesn’t feel right any more.  2)  I think it would be funny to have an adventure that Lloyd and Cassidy don’t really remember because it might not be canon.  This feeds Lloyd’s belief that they’re fictional characters and the move seems oddly right for this series.

Quest of the Broken-Hearted

I really need to decide on a hyphen or not here.  This is the story that I”m going to start writing on Tuesday.  It will hopefully be a summer release as long as I get all of the writing and editing done.  This one is hard to talk about because it’s a spin-off of Legends of Windemerewhich means its existence is a small spoiler.  This makes beta reading and teasers really tough.  I probably won’t even do a lot of detailed promos for it until we’re a month away.  You won’t learn about everything that happened in the finale, but you’ll get an idea of the fate of at least 3 champions.  Guess we’ll see how this goes in general.  If it comes out bad then I have no summer release because I still haven’t finished outlining the next Ichabod Brooks collection.

Goals for the week?

  1. Drive kid to school.
  2. Keep up morning biking.
  3. Start writing Quest of the Broken-Hearted
  4. Write profile posts for War of Nytefall.
  5. If time, do a few posts for March.
  6. Cooking and sleeping when I can.
  7. Drink more water.
  8. Eat less Taco Bell.
  9. Finish reading Trigun Maximum
  10. Get last 14 volumes of One Piece and start on that.
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Frisky February – Bundle

Library of Erana

Now on preorder!

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February is the sexiest and most romantic month of the year. Grab something hot and sensual and settle down to enjoy it slowly…This collection of steamy reads should keep you simmering for the whole month. From aliens to elves; from romance to red-hot; from ladies enjoying ladies; from sexy vampires to sex-starved superheroes.
Fantasy, romance, erotica, LGBT fiction, science fiction, and more in this 19-book collection.


1. “The Overall Effect of Them” by Harvey Stanbrough
2. “Tales of the Golden Mask” by Alexa Lynsey & Belle De Ver
3. “Rescue from Planet Pleasure” by Mario Acevedo
4. “Kiss of the Acolyte” by Robert Jeschonek
5. “Flying High” by Gail Roarke
6. “Broken Women” by Anne Hagan
7. “Siren’s Garter: Issue One” by Miriam F. Martin
8. “Alpha’s Heir:” by AJ Tipton
9. “Star Sex” by Robert Jeschonek
10. “Midnight Show & Other Erotic Stories”…

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Promoting A Long Series: Guest Post By Charles E. Yallowitz

Thanks for having me as a guest.

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles is on a blog tour to promote the latest release in his celebrated Legends of Windemere series, Warlord of the Forgotten Age. After 19 years, his series is coming to an end, so he’s the perfect person to discuss the challenges of promoting a long series.

Promoting A Long Series

Thank you to Nicholas for letting me be a guest and helping me promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  After 19 years of writing, editing, outlining, and toiling, my big fantasy adventure series comes to an end.  One thing I didn’t mention there was all the marketing. So many promos and ads and guest posts and fretting over numbers.  It really makes me wonder how I found any time for actual writing, especially since I wrote the final 12 volumes in…

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Life of an Innocent Bystander

Independence Day

Do we really consider innocent bystanders when we’re writing action or disaster scenes that take place in residential areas?  I mean, we know they’re there and write them in to show the carnage.  Maybe we purposely put one in a spot for the hero’s attack to hit them by accident and cause an inner conflict.  Some are even there to be rescued and stay alive to be the cheering section afterwards.  Yet, it really does feel like we take these nameless characters for granted at times.  They have lives, right?  Well, I guess they don’t if we didn’t give them one.

This post is more about the mentality of an innocent bystander than how to use them because they’re fairly simple.  Put in place of danger or in the background and utilize when bodies, screams, chaos, or peanut gallery noises are needed.  Not sure if you would categorize people standing around the main characters kissing as innocent bystanders, but I’m sure some of them would feel awkward.  It isn’t like we would know since fiction doesn’t go into their minds.  Once a character gets named and develops beyond the level of a potted plant, they get listed as tertiary or secondary cast.  Innocent bystanders are those who are in the area during an event and aren’t supposed to be involved, but get dragged in by accident.

Now, I can say I’m 100% right on what I said before.  It’s entirely possible to write a story that focuses on a character that ends up being an innocent bystander.  At least, I think they can start that way, but they would need to remain at the whim of the situation to retain that title.  A person that tries to influence the events is no longer standing by and could also lose their innocence.  So, this is something that can easily be shed for most genres if the author wants.  It would be interesting to see a story from the perspective of someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but has no control.  I could see it work for a short story or micro-fiction.  A lengthy novel might be fairly difficult.

Now, I did run into several quotes that basically stated that innocent bystanders aren’t really a thing.  The idea is that nobody is really innocent or that they had to be in that area for a reason.  I thought it pertained to destiny and fate, but mostly it seemed like it was a lack of empathy.  People end up in these situations every day and some are terrified of that moment because it rarely ends well.  Ever hear of an innocent bystander winning the lottery?  Not really.  They’re usually victims of violence and misfortune.  This might be another reason authors don’t put much thought into them because getting connected to what could be literary fodder doesn’t make a lot of sense.

A sudden idea just popped in my head too.  It’s possible that we don’t really think much of fictional innocent bystanders because of the real world use.  As stated, it’s rarely used as a positive when a real disaster happens.  Typically, the innocent bystanders are those hurt, killed, and/or traumatized by whatever occurred.  It’s painful to hear about when you consider the loss of life and, for some people, it can be difficult to wrap one’s head around the whole thing.  At some level, we like there to be order and sense in our world, but bad luck or negative fate counter that desire.  Many consider that it could be them that get labeled innocent bystanders, which makes the term and role one of a helpless, unaware victim.  That’s a mentality that is difficult and exhausting to work with when writing a story.

So, have you ever considered the role or existence of innocent bystanders in fiction?

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The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring Lyn Horner

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Welcome to 2018 and my new author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year. I am honored to continue this series with Lyn Horner. Lyn is a Texas author…

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Easy Blogging for Authors: 10 Tips for a Successful Author Blog…

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By Anne R. Allen

I’ve made some spectacular blunders in my blogging career. But since we learn from our mistakes, I’ve got a boatload of information now.

As Ruth and I say: “We made the mistakes so you don’t have to.”

The worst decision I made was trying to turn this blog into a monetized business blog. That lasted about six months— until my doctor said I was going to have to choose between blogging and living to see my next birthday.

This is the second anniversary of the beginning of that failed experiment, and I’ve been thinking over what I’ve learned.

My biggest mistake was that I didn’t see that an author blog has a different purpose and goal from a business blog. Author blogs aren’t about making money directly with ads or sales.

Instead, they provide a platform for your writing and a way to communicate with readers…

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