Blog Schedule

I post on Monday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG, Cover Reveal, and Being Thankful

Posting the first Wednesday of every month, The Insecure Writer's Support Group, is  the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. YOU can sign up HERE to participate.

Let's give our co-hosts  a warm welcome! Stephen Tremp, 
Fundy Blue, Viola Fury, MJ Fifield,Loni Townsend, 
Susan Gourley, Stephanie Faris and 
Bish Denham (Yes, that's me co-hosting. If I lose my mind I'll blame on the A to Z Challenge!)

In an effort to keep these posts short I will be sharing a quote.


Albert Einstein at the age of three (1882)
Isn't this the cutest picture?

Today's quote is from:



Albert Einstein, no introduction needed.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.





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Today I'm thrilled to help C. Lee McKenzie show off the cover of her latest book, 
THE SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON. 
You can read my review HERE.

Summary: When a wall of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons.

Bio: C. Lee McKenzie is a 4 & 5 star reviewed author. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets

Want to Read Link: Goodread:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29415474-sign-of-the-green-




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Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for COMPASSION

Kids compassion
I particularly like the last line.

What are you thankful for? Any thoughts on the quote from Einstein? Does it ring true for you like it does for me? Have you read Lee's latest or have it on you TBR list?  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cover Reveal! I'm and Winner and Being Thankful

Today I'm happy to help author Medeia Sharif show off the cover for her latest book. 
I've enjoyed every book she's written. She brings a perspective to Muslim families and life that is both challenging and endearing -- depending on the subject she writes about -- and also brings home that not matter what our nationality, race, or creed, we are not so different from one another. We all have the same emotions, the same longings and needs. I'm sure A LOVE THAT DISTURBS will add another layer!

A LOVE THAT DISTURBS by Medeia Sharif
Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. Meanwhile, as a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader, Aamal, is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon

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I'm a winner!
Back in the middle of April, in the middle of the A to Z Challenge (did you survive?), I visited the lovely Natalie Aguirre's blog, Literary Rambles and entered the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop she was participating in. Being busy with the challenge I completely forgot about it. Much to my delight and surprise, I won a $10 Amazon gift card! If you haven't been to Natalie's blog, I strongly suggest you do. She interviews agents and authors, and has regular giveaways.

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Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for
 the color GREEN!
Although we had a mild winter, seeing the trees all leafed out is soothing to the heart and eyes.
Plus, after so many years of drought we've had a wonderfully wet spring, and for the first time in at least six years we have... a lawn!

 And greenery is coming up everywhere, both planted and volunteers.

What a treat. In this bed alone there are irises, pavonia, horsemint, 
standing cypress, brown-eyed Susan and cone flowers. 
Our beds over-floweth with flowers!
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What are you thankful for? Have you read any of Medeia's books? Do you follow Natalie's blog? Is spring busting out where you are?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for...


It's our last day people! I hope you've had fun and that you've enjoyed these insults and compliments.


Welcome to my 7th Challenge. Thank you Arlee Bird!  I know a certain Brit with a certain dog, who's a modest internet star, who thinks we are all crazy for doing this. So I'm doing something off the wall and a bit different just to put a smile on his face (and yours too I hope) and her muzzle if they so happen to stop by.



It's all about the A to Z of:



Shakespearean Insults
First Folio





Today's insult: Thou art a ZEALOUS ZERO, a swollen ZED.






AND







Surrealist Compliments!
Alexa szlavics oilpainting


Today's compliment: No ZESTFUL ZOROASTRIAN can equal the disturbance of your calico eyes which bring the treble clef into discordant harmony. 
















May they cause you to smile.
May they lighten your day and help you take things less seriously.
Pass them on if you would like.
Make up your own and share in the comments.
Or visit the Shakespearean Insult Generators HERE and
the Surrealist Compliment Generator HERE.

If you'd like to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge, go HERE.

I am a minion with:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for...

Welcome to my 7th Challenge. Thank you Arlee Bird!  I know a certain Brit with a certain dog, who's a modest internet star, who thinks we are all crazy for doing this. So I'm doing something off the wall and a bit different just to put a smile on his face (and yours too I hope) and her muzzle if they so happen to stop by.



It's all about the A to Z of:




Shakespearean Insults
First Folio





Today's insult: Thou art a YEASTY YELLOW mound of greasy tallow.






AND







Surrealist Compliments!
Alexa szlavics oilpainting


Today's compliment: I must demand your pleasing YIN & YANG! How it passes like a leopard searching for its misplaced frontal lobes.
















May they cause you to smile.
May they lighten your day and help you take things less seriously.
Pass them on if you would like.
Make up your own and share in the comments.
Or visit the Shakespearean Insult Generators HERE and
the Surrealist Compliment Generator HERE.

If you'd like to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge, go HERE.

I am a minion with:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for...

Welcome to my 7th Challenge. Thank you Arlee Bird!  I know a certain Brit with a certain dog, who's a modest internet star, who thinks we are all crazy for doing this. So I'm doing something off the wall and a bit different just to put a smile on his face (and yours too I hope) and her muzzle if they so happen to stop by.



It's all about the A to Z of:




Shakespearean Insults
First Folio





Today's insult: Thou art a XENOPHOBIC ass-head.






AND







Surrealist Compliments!
Alexa szlavics oilpainting


Today's compliment: XYLOPHONES produce a cacophony of delight whenever you appear.
















May they cause you to smile.
May they lighten your day and help you take things less seriously.
Pass them on if you would like.
Make up your own and share in the comments.
Or visit the Shakespearean Insult Generators HERE and
the Surrealist Compliment Generator HERE.

If you'd like to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge, go HERE.

I am a minion with:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for...

Welcome to my 7th Challenge. Thank you Arlee Bird!  I know a certain Brit with a certain dog, who's a modest internet star, who thinks we are all crazy for doing this. So I'm doing something off the wall and a bit different just to put a smile on his face (and yours too I hope) and her muzzle if they so happen to stop by.



It's all about the A to Z of:




Shakespearean Insults
First Folio





Today's insult:  Thou art a WITHERED WEAK-KNEED Satan.






AND







Surrealist Compliments!
Alexa szlavics oilpainting


Today's compliment: WARTHOGS bow to the pond scum of your passage way.
















May they cause you to smile.
May they lighten your day and help you take things less seriously.
Pass them on if you would like.
Make up your own and share in the comments.
Or visit the Shakespearean Insult Generators HERE and
the Surrealist Compliment Generator HERE.

If you'd like to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge, go HERE.

I am a minion with:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for...

Welcome to my 7th Challenge. Thank you Arlee Bird!  I know a certain Brit with a certain dog, who's a modest internet star, who thinks we are all crazy for doing this. So I'm doing something off the wall and a bit different just to put a smile on his face (and yours too I hope) and her muzzle if they so happen to stop by.



It's all about the A to Z of:




Shakespearean Insults
First Folio





Today's insult: Thou art a VAIN and VILLAINOUS clapper-clawed apple-john.






AND







Surrealist Compliments!
Alexa szlavics oilpainting


Today's compliment: Your VITALITY ferments without the need of oxygen. 
















May they cause you to smile.
May they lighten your day and help you take things less seriously.
Pass them on if you would like.
Make up your own and share in the comments.
Or visit the Shakespearean Insult Generators HERE and
the Surrealist Compliment Generator HERE.

If you'd like to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge, go HERE.

I am a minion with: