Celebrate the Small Things! and New Book Release: The Quest for the Holy Something or Other

 

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I’ve learned a lot about patience this week. I keep running into delays and haven’t been able to set a firm release date for my novel. I guess the best way to look at it is that, since this book has been many years in the making, another couple of weeks or three won’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

So, on to celebrations:

  1. We only got 5 inches of snow in that “monster” snowstorm that went up the east coast this past week. Of course, we got another 4 to 5 inches today, but that’s okay. I can take it better in small doses.
  2. Super Bowl Sunday this weekend! Per tradition, I get to spend time with my Dad watching the game.
  3. I wrote my first book review. Entering new territory here. And that review was for:

Kylie Betzner’s debut novel:

The Quest for the Holy Something or Other

Happy Release Day, Kylie!

 

The_Quest_small_coverEnter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin–but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.

 

Meet Kylie —

Kylie BetznerFor starters, I’m an incurable nerd. I love all things fantasy and even do a little cosplay on the side. I’m a natural-born comedian, self-identified coffee junkie, and now leader of The League of Comedy Fantasists! Did I forget to mention I’m an author? My first novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is available now in both paperback and e-book formats! But seriously, the titles I am most proud of are sister, auntie, and friend.
Growing up in a small town surrounded by cornfields, I had nothing better to do than fantasize about unicorns and elves. As an adult, I still refuse to grow up, and spend most of my time creating stories of comedic fantasy. When I’m not writing, which is hardly ever, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family and friends. I also run, although I don’t enjoy it so much.
I currently reside in Indiana with my sister, nephew, horde of cats, and one very silly dog.

 

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What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

 

Cathrina Constantine’s Don’t Forget To Breathe — Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal:

Don’t Forget To Breathe

By

Cathrina Constantine

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COMING FROM:

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RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 7, 2015

GENRE: YA/HAUNTING MYSTERY

 Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.

After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.

When Leo allows her friend, Henry, to drag her to the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead her to her mother’s murderer.

Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse, or will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?

Come to the Facebook Release Party on February 7th! It’s for one hour only. There will be a Giveaway and ebook Prizes. If you wish to join, here’s the site:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1585061445043407/

 

Cathrina Constantine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wickedly333

Web: http://cathrinaconstantine.com

Blog: http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com

Twitter: @cathconstantine

Celebrate the Small Things!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

I’ve been on pins and needles this week, waiting for the designer I’m working with to finish up the book cover. I had originally hoped to release the book in about ten days, but at this point, that might be pushing it.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on setting up a blog tour for when my book finally does come out. I’m a little nervous about it, but I think it’s going to be fun! Some things I’d like to celebrate:

  1. Watching the old Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys TV series from the ’80s with my kids. We got the series on DVD for Christmas and just started watching the episodes. My kids love the books and the shows as much as I did at their age. (Okay, I admit I still like them, too.) 🙂
  2. Making progress with my blog tour plans.
  3. Going to IHOP with a friend for no other reason than to celebrate the fact that it was Tuesday. (I know that sounds silly, but it sure tasted good!)

What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

The Official Map!

In two previous posts, Western Kingdoms of Alltyyr, Part 1 and Western Kingdoms of Alltyyr, Part 2, I described some of the various kingdoms that comprised the fictional world I had created for my fantasy novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble. I always draw maps to go with my stories, partly because I love drawing maps, and partly because I need that visual reference to plot characters’ movements.

A couple of people commented that they would like to see the map, so — here it is! It took me a while to ink it in, which made me wish I hadn’t drawn it in quite so much detail. 🙂 I’m worried that it won’t look professional enough, compared to the maps I see in traditionally published books, but it’s the best I can do, so hopefully, it will work.

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Right now, it’s just black and white. Someday, I want to color it in and hang it on my wall. I think it would be really neat to have a section of wall covered with maps of my fictional worlds.

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

Loni Townsend’s This World Bites

Happy release day for Loni Townsend’s Cera Chronicles: This World Bites!

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It’s her first day on a new world and Cera’s already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.

Everyone tells her there’s no cure, but Cera isn’t one to be deterred. She’s willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she’ll find a cure for Michael. But she’s not the only one hunting for something.

Something is hunting her.

Add it on Goodreads. Pick it up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don’t let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That’s part of being a ninja—blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Find her on her blog or social media.

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Celebrate the Small Things!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

This has been a completely frustrating week. I had planned to put the finishing touches on my book file and have it all ready to upload, but every time I thought I had everything all set, I’d find something else I had to change or add or fix or redo. I reached the end of the week, and I feel like I’m in the same spot where I was at the beginning of the week.

Ah, well. I will chalk it up as a learning experience and move on. Some things to celebrate:

  1. My daughter got an A on her midterm exam in math, her most difficult subject! I’m so impressed and proud of her!
  2. We have a three-day weekend coming up!
  3. We’ve actually had sunshine the past couple of days. Even though it’s really cold out, it’s nice to see.

What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

Celebrate the Small Things!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

This week flew right by. I wish time wouldn’t go by quite so quickly. I still have a lot to do before the planned release of my novel in February. Some great things I’d like to celebrate:

  1. All the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging! So many of you have been so welcoming and friendly and helpful. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!
  2. My new Kindle! I converted my book file, uploaded it, and now I can read it on the Kindle, just like a traditionally published book. Woo hoo!
  3. The more mundane pleasures of getting my hair cut and actually finding the things I was looking for while shopping and running errands.

What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.