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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Break Time

I'm pretty beat. So, from now until January of 2017, I'm going to be mostly absent. I probably won't be on Facebook much either.

My plans are to work on revising and editing a young adult novel I wrote several years ago. It's going to take concentrated effort because it's set in Tibet in 1950 and will require my getting reacquainted with the characters, setting, and history. Plus, I have something small in the works for Christmas which I will post about here and on Facebook if and when I get it all put together.

I want to thank all of you who helped with and stopped by to visit during my blog tour for The Bowl and the Stone. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Until next time, 
have a wonderful Thanksgiving

 a most joyous Christmas 


Monday, November 14, 2016

A Visit from Joylene Butler - Mâtowak Woman Who Cries

Author Joylene Nowell Butler is on tour this month featuring her new novel, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries, which was released Nov. 1 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.

You can follow Joylene's tour schedule HERE for excerpts, and chances to win copies of her book and more.

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...

Here's and excerpt!
Chapter 19
Corporal Killian excuses himself, and I walk downstairs with him. He goes out the front door without looking back. I watch until he disappears, wrap my sweater tight and avoid making eye contact with anyone. It's bad enough I feel their eyes upon me. Too many of them are wearing outlandish aftershave and perfume. I turn in hopes I can make it to the kitchen before someone asks me something. No such luck. Cold fingers touch my arm. I stop and look at her face. I watch her lips move. The man next to her adds something. Out of my peripheral vision my sister moves in my direction from across the room. She thinks because she and her husband are doctors, and Leland was only a politician and I, a nobody, they're better than we are—we were.
I'm so tired of her condescending ways that I excuse myself from this couple expressing their shock and dismay. Not soon enough. Too many guests circling. Closer. Tighter. Condolences come from all sides. I glance back at Shirley. She looks as if she's lost her best friend. She's the only family I have left and since she appears healthy enough I wonder if I really care what's happened to upset her. She never once cared about what happened to me.
Yes, I am a callous hag. No wonder no one but Digger ever loved you.
Is that Leland speaking inside my head?
But why couldn't Shirley, just once, say she was sorry for deserting me?
I escape into the guest washroom and splash cold water on my face. I pat my face dry and then sit down on the toilet lid and imagine Digger with me now. He adored me so. It was wonderful being loved that much. I imagine patting him and feeling his soft fur under my fingers.
Someone knocks loudly on the bathroom door.
“Sally, when are you coming out of there?” Shirley says.
“Give me a few minutes, would you?” I place cold hands over my eyes. I don't want to let go of my memories just yet. They're so comforting.
More knocking on the door. I'm too numb to answer. Instead, I try to go back to the place where Digger's face is alive in my memory, alive and happy and such a comfort to witness.
Again, someone knocks loudly. The impulse to get up and smash the door in their face is strong. I picture throwing it open to see whomever it is pressing a hand to a bloody nose, then shouting at them to leave me alone.
My chest tightens. “Just a moment, please.” I hear nothing in return.
A minute passes, I get up and exit the room. I would like to yell for them all to leave my house, but of course I won't. I cannot soil my mother's memory. Actually, yes I could.

Nattily dressed politicians and their Pilates-sculpted wives smile at me. I smile back. They speak of things my brain is too lazy to retain until I concentrate and hear someone say, “If you need anything...?”

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is available in eBook at the following sites:

The print copy is available at: 

When Joylene's father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father's Child. Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steampunk collaboration Break Time. While she'll admit being published didn't fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.

Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog then connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author Page.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Crystal Collier Shares Medieval Funnies!

Help me welcome Crystal Collier as she shares her new book and some medieval funnies!

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Thank you Bish for having me here today!

Writing is my hobby (a little more than a hobby if you couldn't tell). It gives me a reason to dream, a reason to stretch, and a reason to LEARN ABOUT EVERYTHING. How cool is that? (You might hate research. That's fine. All the more for me!) But you have something you love. One thing I've learned from studying across time periods, the environment may change, but the humans have always been the same. We've always craved love, survival, and healthy recreation. (Or sometimes not so healthy.)

This month, TIMELESS, the third book in my Maiden of Time trilogy is out! (Knights, battles, time travel, an epic love story, and special powers...WHAT?!) Today I'd like to share some medieval hobbies with you. (Pick your favorite, eh?)

PE (Physical Exercise)!




Oh wait, how did that get in there?

Hobbies have always been a part of life, but how wonderful when someone (ME) can share my happy place with others (YOU)? And now the shameless plug: go buy my books.

What hobby would you most miss if you lived in medieval times? What is your favorite medieval movie/story? What's your favorite hobby?

Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her online HERE.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Posting the first Wednesday of every month, The Insecure Writer's Support Groupis  the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. YOU can sign up HERE to participate. Either answer the monthly question or share your thoughts on the ups and downs of being a writer.

Let's give our co-hosts  a warm welcome! 

Joylene Novell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!

Today's question is: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer.

This is an easy one for me. It's the process of developing an idea, the research, the note taking, the making of maps (if needed), figuring out time-lines, developing characters. Although I don't work up an in depth outline, all of the work I do before hand gives me a pretty clear picture of my story.

After I do all that the rest is easy. Writing the story is ice cream on the cake, it's dessert following a favorite meal.

What about you?

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Grand Tour Grand Finale and Encore! Being Thankful

Happy Halloween! 
What a great day to end this tour which has been all about a ghost story! And what better place to end it than with a woman I've never met, but whom I consider a friend.

31st - Lee McKenzie, The Write Game - The Mysterious Moving Grave (The Real Story)

Last chance to win a copy! The contest closes at midnight. (Mailing only within the USA)
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And the winners are: Jess Haight and Shannon Lemoine O'Donnell! I'll be contacting you.

Being Thankful
Today I am ever so thankful to everyone who hosted me, who visited and commented and, who in a myriad of different ways, made this tour a most wonderful experience.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Continuing Wanderings of a Ghost - The Bowl and the Stone

Here's where I'll be the rest of this week!

26th - Shannon Lawrence, The Warrior Muse - More interesting *facts* about jumbies

27th - Jessica Height, The Secret Files of Fairday Marrow - Annaberg, a sugar plantation

28th - Karen Walker, Following the Whispers - The St. John slave revolt of 1733

Available at:

PLUS, you still have a chance to win a copy of my book! (Mailing only within the USA)

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AND, look for my article "Myths and Folklore: Finding Old Stories to Make New" in the next IWSG Newsletter. If you haven't signed up for the newsletter, go HERE. You'll get a free gift if you do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Welcome, Lynda R. Young

As many of you know, Lynda Young is a very active member of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, someone who is generous with her time and knowledge. 

As if she weren't busy enough moving, her daily devotional, CLING TO GOD, was released on October 18th. In an effort to help spread the word, here's all the important information you need to know about the devotional and Lynda.

Cling to God: A Daily Devotional. 
By Lynda R Young
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press

Tagline: Cling to God in the chaos of life…

Blurb: Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.

Author Bio: Lynda R Young writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. 

You can find Lynda here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
and as an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Her book is available at the following places:
Kindle,  Amazon, NookBarnes and NobleKoboITunes,