Changelings on Tour: Dean Kealy

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I love the artwork Dean created for his header. It’s just awesome!

Last, but certainly not least on the Changelings Blog Tour is Dean from It’s a Wee Bit Wordy and Dean’z Doodlez.

Dean is an Irish student, artist and writer, who not only beta-read Changelings, but offered some editing tips on the line of Irish dialogue (Google Translator, it turns out, isn’t a fabulous idea!). I gave Dean the early draft with some trepidation – after all, it’s been a few years since I lived in Ireland, and given that self-doubt is a second skin I wear, I wasn’t sure it would measure up. Imagine my relief when Dean gave that early version a thumbs-up! Dean and I have traded guests posts over the two years I’ve known him – we were first introduced through The Community Storyboard, first through his art, and then through his writing. I’ve enjoyed reading and watching him hone and expand his talents in both areas! Not only has he published a short story, Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton (buy it!), he also runs an online store selling his artwork!

Dean is one of those bloggers who really gives us a picture into this life – many things on Dean’s Doodlez are drawings and his projects-in-progress, but over at Wee Bit Wordy, he opens up and allows us into his world, either through his goal posts for Building Rome or just general musings. It’s always a pleasure to see and read what’s happening with Dean’s life, and I am so pleased that he’s showcased Changelings on both his sites! Thank you so much, Dean!

Dean’s World

A Week in the Life: Building Rome, Week 20

Doodlez: A is for Abe Sapien

Musings: August Blues

Adventures: Luke Jensins Day from Hell


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Changelings on Tour: Helena Hann-Basquiat

The one, the only Helena Hann-Basquiat, everyone's favorite dilettante

The one, the only, Helena Hann-Basquiat – everyone’s favorite dilettante

On the 8th * day of the blog tour, Helena gave to me . . . friendship, and time and the very best she has to offer: a voice.

*Of course, the 8th day was yesterday, but a combination of factors, an uncooperative scheduler and a visit to the doctor included, prevented me from posting about it until just now!

Helena Hann-Basquiat is someone you want in your corner. I’ve written about her before, but it bears repeating. She is a steadfast friend, and a writer of uncommon talent. Words, images, terrors, heartbreak and joy pour forth from her pen in ways many writers – this one included – only wish they could master. Add to that her adoration of all things musical (well, all *good* things musical), and Helena is in a word, fantastic. She is the author of several books and short stories, including Memoirs of a Dilettante, Vol. One (buy it!). You can check out all of them on her Amazon author page.

I actually met Helena through Andra – a random comment on one of Andra’s posts led me to “Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat” and after reading for just a short time, I decided that this lady and I were going to be friends. I think I was just nuts enough (I do talk to a character in my head, after all) that she went along with it for kicks.

Two years later, Helena is one of my sounding boards, a beta reader for Changelings, and a truly dear friend to boot. I was honored when into my hands she put CHUK, the Bayou Bonhomme serial from her blog. It is my pleasure to help shape her creation for publication. It is my pleasure, too, to be a part of the wonderful collaborative world Helena has created through her site and writings. It’s eclectic, supportive and above all, quite talented.

But words don’t just fall forth from Helena. Oh no. There’s another writer, formerly locked up in Helena’s basement, named Jessica B. Bell, and it is from her pen some of the most horrifying pieces man’s imagination can be host to are given life. And I say that with all the love and admiration I can muster. Her stories are fantastic.

A deliciously creepy collaborative piece of meta-fiction, the book born from the collaboration of several bloggers and artists, JESSICA, can be purchased on Amazon, and if you do, there are 50 additional pages to what erupted across the internet. I just finished my copy, and believe me, those 50 pages take a wonderful story and make it so much more!

You can read more about Jessica on her new site, Who Is Jessica? but be sure to stick around Helena’s site to see what she cooks up – there’s the second volume of the Memoirs coming and her diary postings this week hint at an amazing trilogy, the People of the Manatii. So, stop over at Helena’s and tell her I said hi – and Helena, thank you so much for your support, your ear and above all, for being you!

Being the Memoirs…

Life: Postcards from California

Music: The Prettiest Songs I know

Terror: Fear in a Handful of Dust

Fiction: Stardust

Just a taste: JESSICA, Part One

Changelings on Tour: John W. Howell

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John W. Howell

John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites is playing host to the Changelings blog tour on this, the seventh day of its march across the interwebs.

Like so many of the wonderful people on this tour, I met John at the beginning of my blogging journey, and got to know him better through the Community Storyboard. He is bursting with talent. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out his thriller, My GRL (buy it!). John has a way with dialogue that is brilliant in its simplicity.

While John blogs about a variety of topics – and is a wonderful promoter of other authors – there are three cornerstones to his site. All of them are unique, and really quite wonderful. Mondays set us off with a Top 10 what-not-to-do; Wednesday is story day, while John saves Friday for a poetic interlude, the TGIF Haiku (or Johnku as it is known in some circles). And, on the occasional Saturday, he treats us to a stream-of-consciousness story.

The Top 10 is both amusing and cautionary, while the story almost always features an amazing twist (usually with that irascible card, Frank, as the hapless protagonist). The Haiku is a brilliant short-form poem that sums up the week – and the hope for the weekend – beautifully.

John is one of those marvelously gifted individuals who is there supporting you, 100%, and his quiet appreciation does wonders for the soul. At the same time, his sly wit does wonders for the funny bone (you should see/read him match wits with D, as he has on this blog a few times – it is marvelous!). I have been blessed with John’s friendship and wisdom and it is a real treat to be featured on his site. Thank you for your support, John – it is most appreciated!

John’s Favorites

Top 10 Monday: 10 Things Not To Do When the Weather Turns Cold

Story Day Wednesday: Feelings

Haiku Friday: November 14 – Paradise Lost

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Element


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Changelings on Tour: Andra Watkins

The amazing Andra Watkins

The amazing Andra Watkins

Have you ever met someone who is just one of your people?

On day six of the Changelings Blog Tour, Andra Watkins, author of To Live Forever: The Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (buy it!) is host.

Andra has to be one of the most amusing and insightful people I’ve met on my blogging journey. I quickly fell into her blog, The Accidental Cootchie Mama when I first started blogging and after a few telling comments, was overjoyed to realize that Andra and I had quite a bit in common (Harrison Ford – Indy – Han – yes!). Her tongue-in-cheek provocation more often than not gives way to poignant wisdom, and her words are always – and I mean always – a joy to read.

She’s taken her pen to D – and spoke to his deeper, haunting presence in such a way that made me respect him more (but don’t tell him that). She is a masterful storyteller who has penned a delightful tapestry of fiction and history in To Live Forever (and you know you want signed copies to give away at the holidays), but more than that, she is a steadfast friend, and I am beyond honored to have Changelings grace her page. Thank you so much, Andra.

Andra’s Amazing Accidents

Recently: I’m Dating Another Man

Fun: A Recipe for Sound (Because she used the word MacGyvered… she is my people)

Beautiful: Haunted

Inspirational: It Ain’t Easy Being Inspirational (Perhaps, but that might be why we think so)

Coming Up: Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is Andra’s autobiographical tale of her recent journey through the Natchez Trace, and it is going to be spectacular! Mark January 15 on your calendar, because you are going to want to get your hands on this book.

Changelings on Tour: Charles Yallowitz

Charles Yallowitz

Charles Yallowitz

Day five of the Changelings Blog tour has the amazing scribe of Windemere, Charles Yallowitz, as host.

Like so many, I met Charles and Green Embers right around the same time, and got to know Charles as a varied writer through The Community Storyboard, as well as his own site, The Legends of Windemere.

Let me tell you, Charles has legions of stories hidden away in his soul. And remarkably, he has a story arc and a general idea for most of them (although I suspect there are a few hiding away in the crevices of his mind, waiting to surprise him).

The Legends of Windemere series currently has five books available, which Charles putting out at least three per year since his debut in 2013. To say he is prolific is an understatement. Prolific wishes it was Charles.

On his blog, Charles keeps readers entertained with a variety of posts – from the mechanics of writing and fantasy tropes, to very amusing dalliances amongst the “Ye Olde (Spell/Magic/Assassin/Magical Creature) Shoppe,” which are hilarious.

Charles is also a diligent promoter of other indie authors and I am so very honored to be amongst their number. Thank you so much for the last two years of learning, and inspiration, Charles!

Charles’ Legends

Writer: Because the Legends of Windemere aren’t the only things he’s written, check out Charles’ author page on Amazon.

Educator: When Titles Simply Don’t Work 

The Question of Fantasy: Elves vs. Dwarves… why does this thing exist?

Ye Olde Shoppe: House of Pointy Ears