Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#NewRelease #SpecFiction #fantasy #supernatural #ghosts #ebook #anthology

Hey, have you checked out this anthology by Untethered Realms 

Enter our mysterious realms where the stories are as varied and rich as the types of soil on this and other planets. Enchanted forests are knotted with roots and vines. Dreaded paths take us through strange, unexplored places.

Investigate new worlds and houses frequented by ghosts. Come across witches and wizards and an assassin tasked to kill Death.

Meet hot robots, hungry winds, and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien lands, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead.

Encounter paranormal detectives, imprisoned dragons, dark demons, cursed jewels, and handsome prophets. Search shifting worlds trapped in mirrors and a disturbing future where a president aims to rid the world of Otherkind.

Experience a haunted journey on a riverboat, water sprites borne of pennies, preternatural creatures, ancient serpents, and the Lady of the Lake who lurks in dark waters.

From USA Today bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Elements of Untethered Realms, a supernatural compilation of the anthologies Twisted EarthsMayhem in the AirGhosts of Fire, and Spirits in the Water. These forty thrilling tales feature authors Angela Brown, Jeff Chapman, Cathrina Constantine, Julie Flanders, River Fairchild, Gwen Gardner, Misha/M. Gerrick, Meradeth Houston, Graeme Ing, Simon Kewin, M. Pax, Christine Rains, Cherie Reich, and Catherine Stine.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

#PrahConstantineBaryehReviews #western #romance

Buffalo, New York is entering my favorite time of year. Autumn. I love the sights and smells and cooler weather. Also, our awesome review team is back with our bi-monthly review of an old time Western novel:
Mail Order Bride:
Mail Order Mayor
Ashley Walter

Cadence Fairbanks was supposed to be a mail-order bride, until things went wrong. 
She’d left her old life behind her and tried to start over, but the man she was supposed to marry is back. 

He wants a second chance. 

Cadence doesn't know if she loves him anymore. 

Or does she? 

Austin Wilkes has to prove himself to her. 
But he’s got his own secrets, and he's still mourning for his first wife and child. 
She's not sure she can trust him, but he's not sure he can trust her. 

When the women of Angel's Reach start to go missing, Cadence vows to hunt down their kidnapper. 
Austin promises to help her, and the two embark on a journey that will teach them 
things aren't always what they seem. 
Can Cadence and Austin find the missing women before she becomes one herself? 

Cathrina's Review

This is an old time western story, except, you won't find any weak kneed women. Mail Order Mayor is filled with strong women who manage their own town devoid of interfering men. 

Men do come a calling, and women town-folks aren't too happy and find it hard to trust them. 

Austin lost his wife and child a while back and seeks companionship with a mail order bride, then changes his mind. And Cadence just so happens to be that bride and puts down roots in a small town not far from Austin. 

Austin is falling for Cadence, but she feels spurned, and he has to prove himself to her. 

Town women have suddenly gone missing. It's a mystery which has the men and women combining efforts to find them. 

I felt the book was a bit longer then necessary, but it's a sweet story with western action, trickery, and romance. 

Now, head over to read Nana and Empi's reviews!! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Major life events definitely affect my writing, one way or another. Sometimes during a serious situation I can't put a sentence together. My muse is focused on the circumstance, happy or sad. These life events also help to inspire me. Emotions play a big part in books. And I dig deep into my own feelings to try and describe certain scenes. I'm not always successful, though, we each feel differently.

Writing has also helped me get through many difficult times. 

One example: This past spring, when my mother was physically failing, I wrote to get away from reality. It truly helped me to forget what was transpiring and what was quickly approaching, for a short while. When I get entranced with my characters, they take me away, and I get lost in their journey.

This summer has been very busy ~ in a great way. Two of my daughter's have newborn babies. Needless to say, I've been with them as much as possible, enjoying and savoring every minute. I might have written a paragraph or two.

The Best Gift

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Alex's awesome co-hosts are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

September 5 question - What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

After I completed my first manuscript, I attempted to learn about the publishing process. I learned how to write a query letter, and it must've been pretty good because I received a partial request from agent, Jodi Reamer. (She's the agent behind Stephanie Meyers and the Twilight Series) I was psyched. But, my manuscript wasn't top-notch, wasn't ready. And it took many, many revisions and rewrites. The lesson here is: don't rush it. Have a beta reader and/or a critique partner or have a group read your work. 
Afterward, I did receive more requests, and more rejections. I was ready to throw in the towel, until someone mentioned Small Presses and Independent Publishing Houses. Within a week I got 3 offers of representation. I went the small press publishing route.

However, I couldn't quell that spark of acquiring an agent. I'd recently completed a project and decided to again send out queries. 

Let me be clear, if you go this route, grow a thick skin of armor. Be aware of the unsettling depression that can wreck havoc on your brain with each rejection letter, or the new thing agents do--no response is a rejection, which is frustrating. After years of this, I think my skin is made of chainmail, and I don't get depressed anymore. I look forward to improving my project and query letter.

My new manuscript did get the attention of an agent. I signed with her. The edits are completed and it will be going out on submission sometime this month. It just might flop altogether, who knows! But I tried.

Basically, I've ventured down two paths. And, I'm very happy with my independent publisher, she's wonderful and extremely easy to talk to.

In truth, I believe both paths are equally adventurous. My advice is, whichever path you turn onto, be happy with your decision.

What path have you chosen, or which path do you plan on venturing down?

Friday, August 24, 2018


**This week I'm Celebrating New Life**

My fourth grand-baby was born on August 2, 2018.
Meet Penelope Marie
Going through labor and pushing for 3 hours, my daughter wasn't progressing. A C-Section was performed. Then, 2 days later we had a scare. Penelope was transferred to a children's hospital for possible surgery. But, when all the tests were resolved, no surgery was necessary and she came home! Thank God! 

Mama, Daddy, and Penelope

Two Proud Grandmothers!

Hazel with her new cousin.                           Sam with Penelope.

Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. 
Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge