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.




What other celebrations are going on out there?




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


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

  1. Thank you for sharing! I love that you’ve been talking about patience . . . I’ve been in big need of it. And again, thank you for the review. I think it turned out great!

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  2. Ah, patience … There’s the rub. Everything we do takes a little of that! In the ‘misery lives company’ vein, I can assure you you are not alone in launch delays. If there’s one thing worse than that kind of delay for yourself and family, it’s when you are trying to open the doors of a store or restaurant and have employees counting on paychecks while opening date gets moved for one reason or another.

    I’m glad you weren’t completly buried and left without power 😋 definitely grateful for those kind of small things!

    You put forth a great book review – just enough details presented in a way that makes the book ubique and intriguing. Good job!

    Who are you rooting for?? I just hope it’s a fiercely contested game -those are always such fun to watch!

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    • Oh, that would be awful. Those poor employees. I tell myself all the time, things could be a lot worse. Thanks for the compliment on the book review. It’s hard to know what to say to give the flavor of the book without giving away too many details. At the risk of offending my fellow New Englanders, I’m not rooting for either team. I’m a Giants fan. Unfortunately, they didn’t do so well this year. Like you, I’m just hoping it’s a good game and not a blow-out.


  3. You have the right attitude – patience is necessary for every part of the publishing journey. I’m glad to hear you didn’t get too much snow, and that you get to watch the Super Bowl with your Dad. I bet you’ll have a great time. Great job with the review – Kylie’s book sounds hilarious! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  4. Congrats to Kylie!

    You’re doing great for your first book release. I was 2 months late with Thanmir War, intending to release in October and getting it out in December. Yeah, I was a bit disorganized. So you’re way ahead! 🙂

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