I’ve had that Thrift Shop song running through my head all week. You know, the one where the guy has $20 and is headed off to purchase a whole wardrobe of octogenarian hand-me-downs that will secure his reputation as an avant guarde fashionista? Part of me applauds the man’s gutsy stand. He’s determined to fly in the face of acceptable dress code guidelines and march to his own drummer. But is he boldly setting new trends, or is he in reality as delusional as the Emperor prancing around naked in his “new” clothes? Continue reading
I’ve been taking a critique group course at our local college. It’s part of their writing tract under personal enrichment in continuing education. I love reading everyone’s first twenty pages, and giving feedback – makes me feel like I’m returning the favor so many have done for me over the years. My motives are not totally altruistic though – I benefit from their feedback as potential readers. The first twenty pages are generally when gets put on Amazon as the sample, so they’re key to getting readers to hit the “buy” button, especially with a relatively unknown author like me. Continue reading
The Kentucky Derby was this past Saturday, and while I’m fond of horseracing, I don’t live in Kentucky and I prefer to be a little closer to the action. So we loaded the family in our trusty Chevy Tahoe along with beer, snacks, and lawn chairs, and set off for the races – the Howard County Cup Race Meet.
The race is on a fixed course, along beautiful rolling terrain and over a series of jumps and obstacles. The idea is not just to promote speed, but to test jumping ability and stamina, both in the horse and rider, over a course that resembles what foxhunters encounter in the field. Continue reading
I’m visiting 21 blogs from April 29th until May 24th! Come along for the fun and comment to win some awesome prizes. At each blogstop I’ll award an e-copy of A Demon Bound, and for a tour grand prize I’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire. Comment at each stop to increase your chances to win.
Reah is a young girl, broken and cowed by her family. She is conscripted into the military only to receive the same bullying treatment at the hands of her military colleagues. When a horrible prank goes wrong, she finds herself on a hostile planet, enslaved and having to pretend to be a local to avoid execution.
I wasn’t sure how the author was going to pull this one off as her main character started out too afraid to even meet anyone’s eyes. Reah’s sole coping technique was to fade into the background, to obey every order and hope no one lost their temper and beat the crap out of her. Her only solace is in her love of cooking – it’s in the kitchen that she can let her creativity and sprit come to life. Unfortunately, even in the kitchen, Reah finds herself a victim. Demon Lost begins as a Cinderella story without the mice and fairy godmother, but quickly takes an action turn as Reah is forced out of the kitchen to battle horrific demons intent on “turning” or eating everyone they find. Continue reading