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

Changelings on Tour: Sue Vincent

sueDay four of the Changelings Blog tour has Sue Vincent, of the blog, Daily Echo, as host.

I stumbled on Sue’s blog way back in the first fledgling days of my blogging journey. She not only expressed spiritual ideas I found familiar and inspiring, but showcased some of the most beautiful images of her corner of Britain that I have ever seen. If I hadn’t already wanted to make my way across the pond for a visit, seeing England through Sue’s eyes – particularly the spiritual and esoteric knolls and valleys she tramped across – certainly would have demanded my attention.

Then I found out not only was she a gifted writer, but her dog had a decidedly wicked and cheeky sense of humor as well. You can even purchase a volume of Ani’s musings on the world!

Sue is a very proud mum whose persistent optimism, tenacity and devotion are a stirring reminder of the unconditional love of a parent. I feel honored to have been allowed to peer into her corner of the world through her words, and even more honored that she’s let my work grace her page. Of course, she has an insight into a crusty druid like D, and something tells me he feels a little bit at home in Sue’s space!

Regardless, Sue, thank you so much for your support, your kind words and your encouragement!

Sue’s Vision

Words: Sue has quite a few books and all of them look wonderful, so I’m going to point you to her Amazon Author Page, wherein you can go wild, much like a child in the proverbial candy shop (I know I did!).

Life: When the Dawn is Your Teacher

Love: A Day to Smile

Spirituality: To Dare, To Dream, To Be 


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Changelings on Tour: Pamela Beckford

Day three of the Changelings Blog tour has Pamela Beckford, she of The Year ‘Round Thanksgiving Project and Poetry by Pamela, as host.

Pam, and her fabulous new haircut!

Pam, and her fabulous new haircut! was fortunate enough to meet Pam through Green Embers/Building Rome. I was immediately enamored with the premise behind her blog: that the act of giving thanks is not just a one-day event. It is a daily event, a challenge to see the good in the world around us all the time. In reading Pam’s words – her musings and her daily anecdotes – I am reminded to live mindfully and actively look for things that make me happy – no matter how small.

As I read her blog, I began to see that although Pam considered herself a reader first and foremost – and warm sunny afternoons on her deck buried in a book being her idea of heaven (mine too) – she had a way with words. She wrote regularly for the Community Storyboard and eventually released her first volume of poetry, Dreams of Love. Two more have followed, Voices of Nature and Love: Lost and Found, and they are beautiful. If you haven’t picked up your copy of these books, you should.

No, really – you should. Don’t worry. I’ll wait – because whether it is to give life to the beauty of the world around us, or the joy in a lover’s touch, Pam has a keen insight and a remarkable way with words.

And aside from being a very proud mama and grandma (of one of the cutest kids around), Pam is a diligent promoter of other authors and a proponent of early reading initiatives. I have a feeling that if one has Pam in their corner, they have a fierce and steadfast friend – and I am very pleased to be counted among those she encourages. Thank you so much, Pam!

Pam’s Poetry

Reader: The Night Ones Review

Poet: Suns and Moons (Triple Tanaga) 

Promoter: Read Tuesday

Educator: Calling all Children’s Authors


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Changelings on Tour: Marie Anne Bailey

Day two of the Changelings Blog tour has Marie Anne Bailey, of 1WriteWay, playing host. What can I say about Marie?

I love this picture of Marie, because you can just

I love this picture of Marie, because you can just see the last bits of pink in her hair. Yes, Marie dyed her hair pink. Yes, Marie is my hero.

She is one of the most genuine people I know. Her compassion and open heart are tempered with wisdom and good humor. I’m not exactly certain how I found Marie – I think it might have been through Building Rome – but she has become such a part of my world that the starting point matters little.

I really got to know Marie – and her work – through the creative collective, The Community Storyboard. She quickly became one whose opinion I valued, for its hsincerity and honestly. Marie is a wonderful promoter of other writers, while also being an accomplished writer herself. Many of her pieces have been featured on The Community Storyboard as well as her own site. She’s turned her characters into her reviewers, incorporated her blogging world into her writing world in ways I could only dream of doing. When she chooses to release her books, I am going to be the first in line to pick them up!

Finally, on a personal note – and as a personal thank you – Marie was one of the beta readers for Changelings. Her thoughts and opinions were a vital part of later revisions.  She made me think about the book as it was, and as I wanted it to be. I have to believe that the story is better because her eyes were on it.

So please, stop by Marie’s site – you won’t regret it (and do tell her I – and D – said hi!).

Some Write Highlights

NaNoWriMo: Clemency, the Novel In-Progress

Reviewer: A Different Kind of Book Review

Collaborator: A Date with a Druid

Vignettes (and a personal favorite):  A Love Letter to a Young Man in a Foreign Land

Guest Writer: A Random Act of Kindness


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Changelings on Tour: Green Embers

Green is also a fantastic artist. This logo – © Bradley Corbett – is a prime example.

To kick off the Changelings Blog Tour is my good friend and podcast buddy, Bradley Corbett, aka Green Embers.

He’s a cartoonist, html and css wizard, blogger and occasional writer (which he should do more of – he’s pretty good at it). He’s responsible for the colorful version of my blog tour page (thank you, Green), and he enjoys TV, movies and games, and all sorts of tech-geekery, which makes his opinions on Green Embers Recommends an entertaining read. And, considering I’m all over geekery, our show, the Not-So-Shocking News Dialogues, are more like conversational windows into an organized nerd fest. Which is fantastic.

His motivation of his fellow friends and bloggers knows no bounds – and has come in many incarnations. I first met ‘Green’ as I often call him, through the Building Rome project. Its mission was simple: Rome was not built in a day. To achieve one’s goals, one needs to take it a day at a time, and Building Rome was a place for people of all walks of life to do that.

© Bradley Corbett

© Bradley Corbett

That Building Rome site had hiccups and challenges of its own, but Brad now runs it through his main site, Green Embers, as a weekly reminder and update. It is a delightful and friendly way to keep on track and enjoy the encouragement of your blogosphere friends – as well as encourage your own support network. I also look at it as a way of holding yourself accountable to your own goals, but learning to forgive oneself for missteps and setbacks.

In that vein, Brad has been a wonderful cheerleader as I ignore everyone and everything in the effort to publish and now market the book. So, head over to Green Embers and Green Embers Recommends for a dose of fabulousness – and tell Green I said hi!

Some Green Highlights

Fiction: The Brothers Todd

Encouragement: Building Rome Week 46, Goals

Podcastery: The Not So Shocking News Dialogues, Episode 12: Rise of Marvel, Possibly Streaming

Review Mastery: The Flash (TV Review)


 

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Counting my blessings

3dfrontA: What a day, D.

D:Yeah, man. Whew. What a day—

A: What are you doing?

D: Um, commiserating?

A: Stop. It’s just weird.

D: Oh, thank heavens. So, are you a bestseller yet?

A: (Sigh) I think I liked weird better.

D: Whatever, woman. Don’t dodge the question.

A: I’m better than a bestseller – I’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of support, and that alone makes this day – not to mention this week (month, year, ect.) – amazing. Bloggers Dean, Pamela, Charles, Helena, John, Sue, Marie, Jack Susan, Andra and Brad either reblogged, Tumbled, Tweeted, Facebooked, reviewed – or did a combination of all four – the release of the book and I am so very thankful they did so. Then there are the people in my real life  who supported the crowdfunding, spread the word and allowed me to cajole them into buying a digital or hard copy in person (Christopher, Dawn, Mom, Christine, Jim S., Judy, KC, Molly, Derek and Pat – if you’re reading this: thank you).

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Spreading the word keeps us in ink and quills… er, or hard drives and software!

D: Counting your blessings indeed.

A: And that’s not all.

D: No?

A: Nope – the latest Not-So-Shocking News podcast at Green Embers Recommends went live today, and it is pretty awesome. Brad did a great job editing.

D: Now, about that – I’ve been thinking.

A: Oh dear.

D: Ahem. I’ve been thinking that—

A: Stop right there. I know who should be your voice actor.

D: Oh no, not again. If it’s another Keanu Reeves—

A: It isn’t. You’ll like this one.

D: . . .

A: Chris Evans.

D: You want Captain America to be my voice? Um, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m from what is now Scotland.

A: I know, I know – and I’m not talking about Captain America Chris Evans (although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that). I’m talking about Snowpiercer Chris Evans.

D: Oh. . . . What’s the difference?

A: Smolder.

D: Oh dear. Here we go again.

Not only was the movie fan-freaking-tastic, that's some lovely smolder.

Not only was the movie fan-freaking-tastic, that’s some lovely smolder.

A: Just look at the picture, D.

D: … All right. I’ll consider it.

A: Ha!

D: But that’s not who should really play me…

A: Oi! Spoilers!

In other news – if you’ve signed up for the launch party on November 15th, be sure to check out Facebook later this evening/tomorrow for contest updates and instructions for skype! If you haven’t signed up – what are you waiting for? Even if you can’t make it in person, just by saying “I’m going” your name will be entered to win a fabulous bundle of goodies, including a signed hard copy of Changelings, a beautiful tablet cover, a poster and a ridiculously awesome mug. There will be two winners drawn – one from the physical attendees and another from the virtual!

D: And if you don’t feel like leaving it to chance, you can always check out the IndieGoGo campaign page to order signed copies, t-shirts, bookmarks and all sorts of … inventive merchandise.

A: Admit it, D. You want a mug.

indiegogoheader - BLOGD: I admit nothing… Although, it would go nicely with my cloak.

A: And there you have it, folks – from the Druid himself! The IndieGoGo campaign runs through December 5, although if you’ve already contributed, your prizes are going out this weekend! Thank you all so much for all your support. I could not have gotten this far without all of you.

D: And remember, if you’ve picked up a book today, happy reading – and if you haven’t, check it out on Amazon!