Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Corbett Thomas, a one-hit-wonder of the 90s, now works as the lead
sommelier at Napa Valley’s hippest restaurant. Set to become one of
the few Master Sommeliers in the world, Corbett self-destructs during
his final exam, ruining his last chance at capturing the stardom and
adoration he got a taste for in his youth.
John Taylor has been writing about wine since 2012, but his meanderings on life began way before that. Born and raised in San Diego, California, John moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue dreams of screenwriting and filmmaking. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Shattered Dreams and False Hopes, with a minor in Getting Gut Punched By Reality. After being handed a degree in Journalism in 1987 as a consolation prize, John dove into a career in music. Because getting gut-punched just isn’t painful enough.
Monday, September 21, 2020
has always been one of my favorite hobbies, even as a little girl.
When I was a toddler, my parents would read stories to me over and
over. I would hear them so often that I had the books memorized and
could recite the story word by word.
favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. So
of course that's what I'm inclined to write.
have a husband, two young daughters, and a mini Australian Shepherd.
I've lived in Tennessee the majority of my life and love the
extremely addicted to caffeine and enjoy drinking coffee and lattes.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
To multiply your happiness, divide it with others
Fortune Cookie Wisdom makes us think, even the cute ones that talk about how someone’s stink maybe perfume to someone else.
I love people, animals, gardening, and anything to do with nature.
Mitakuye Oyasin means we are all related. (Lakota) We all have a connection with each other. We have been given the gift of life, the earth, plants, and animals. We’ve heard these words many times in our lives, but have we really heard them. Even Disney celebrates the gifts of Mother Earth in the lyrics to Circle of Life.
Which brings me to why multiplying happiness is so important to me.
Sadness is contagious.
Anger is contagious.
Frowning is contagious.
Emotions are contagious.
Smiling is contagious.
And most of all happiness is contagious.
Sometimes when life messes with me, I just have to go outside and let nature envelop me. Let the sunshine on my face and warm my soul. It stimulates peace for me, which in turn makes me happy.
I want to spread happiness. I don’t want to be remembered as that woman who was always unhappy, never smiling, bitter, etc. Life hasn’t been perfect for me. Trust me, I could tell you some things about my life that’d make your soul weep. But I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to hold onto the sadness or anger.
Like I could change what happened anyway…so I’ve accepted it. Allowed it to bruise me, superglued the cracks in my heart and soul, and refused to let the tragedies keep me down. I’ve picked myself up off the ground and wiped off those bloody knees and was determined to not let it ruin me. (Although, I will admit some things took longer to recuperate.)
I found that helping people and keeping a positive attitude is an excellent way to spread happiness. Because, oh my goodness, how well do happiness and contentment feel? Why not share the warmth in your heart?
Smile, and watch people smile back.
Pay it forward.
To you, all my brothers and sisters, I offer a virtual hug. And if we ever meet at an author event, chances are, I’m giving out hugs. They’re free you know!
Have a good moments day,
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Write personal notes, thoughts, and reflections. It's perfect for
self-guidance to strengthen your faith, and give yourself positive
expectations, and encourage positive living.
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your journal today.
Ackerson’s storytelling all began with her younger brother,
creating wonderful children’s stories on vacation trips to keep him
occupied. Later, she started writing poems and short stories as a
and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pam lives
on the Space Coast of Florida where you are encouraged to reach for
the stars. She’s just a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando and Disney
World, where imagination and fantasy abounds. She has three children,
all girls, three grandchildren, and a wonderful husband who puts up
with her writer quirks.
may have majored in child psychology with a minor in English, but her
distinguished choice of careers never made fruition. Instead, life
led her to work in restaurants, interior decorating, owning an
advertising business, content editor for a publishing house, teaching
and owning a ballroom dance studio, and real estate investments. She
is a practicing herbalist and has been involved in the use of natural
treatment with raw herbs for over thirty years. As her day job, she
currently works as the V.P. of Marketing and Advertising for the book
review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
By Danielle Ackley-McPhail
I can’t really say when I became a writer. I can tell you it started with reading. Voraciously. I remember the feeling of never wanting my favorite books to end. I remember telling myself bedtime stories in my head, continuing the story with myself inserted into the plot.
I will never understand how I was ever able to fall asleep. Talk about counterproductive…waking my brain up when I should be sleeping. Anyway, I survived my wild and crazy childhood ;) and somewhere along the way I began to tell my own tales.
Then I grew up and went to college, and by the time I got the hang of adulting and finished my degree, it was several months after I graduated and finally managed to get a job that I realized I had stopped writing.
I tried getting a friend to give me writing prompts. Big mistake.
That is when I discovered, having just joined AOL, that there was a site there just for writers. The Amazing Instant Novelist. What? Never heard of it? I am not surprised…this was a LONG time ago and the site, as far as I know, is long gone. It was there when I needed it, though. I dare say that if it wasn’t for The Amazing Instant Novelist I would not be an author today. Eventually, I volunteered for the site and began my first novel there. What drew me in to begin with, though, was their weekly themed contests. For one, you had to write a story in 250 words or less; the other you were given all of 1500 words.
I lived for those contests.
Each week, I would wait to find out what those themes would be and then I would come up with the most unexpected way of meeting that theme. You see, a lot of people entered, and the prize was to have your internet service free for that month. (Yes, that is how far back this goes…AOL wasn’t free and I was on dial-up!) I was determined to stand out from the sometimes hundreds of entries, knowing that the majority of writers would take the same approach to that week’s theme.
I know…a long build up to get to the point. But there is a point. Those contests not only gave me confidence that I could write things people wanted to read, but they also set my mindset when it comes to writing. There are no new stories, just new approaches. I have striven to defy expectations in my writing ever since.
My novels, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen, are prominent examples of that. A decade or so I ago edited the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies. Those books blazed the trail when it came to taking the fairy back to it dark and dangerous roots. See, the Great Mouse had soft-pedaled the fae so thoroughly that most people had forgotten they had ever been anything else but bright and cheery and pleasantly magical. Far cry from the fae of lore. Mischievous at best, murderous at worst, malevolently indifferent or dangerously mercurial. To aid us in our campaign to de-disnify the fae, authors were given one guideline, they had to take a faerie (generic, of their own creation, or one from lore) and pair it with something people automatically thought of as bad-ass. Having had the awestruck pleasure of witnessing a biker stampede only months before we formulated the series, I claimed bikers for my very own. I have been having fun defying expectations ever since.
Three of the four anthologies finaled for awards, two of them won the prize. The series was cited in the New York Times as an excellent example of the (then-new) trend in faerie fiction. Over the many times the books had been reviewed, my own stories about the biker fae were often highlighted in the reviews. This gave me the idea of a spin-off series. Novellas based on the most popular stories from the anthologies billed as Bad-Ass Faerie Tales. Sadly, only three books were ever written, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Three Chords of Chaos, by James Chambers. I have not given up hope on their being more. Actually, I have already begun to write the third installation of my faerie tale, it will be called The High King’s Fool, but don’t ask me when that will be done…Too many tales to tell…I may have to go back to writing in my sleep.
Bad-Ass Faerie Tale Book 1
Your Bad-Ass On!
rumble of a Harley...
gleam of black leather...
shine of polished chrome...
freedom of the open road....
meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The
Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered
by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.
his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and pissed-off road gremlins, all
Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes
toe-to-toe with the high king's champion over an ancient dagger and
his claim to the throne.
will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm? Either
way, the Hunt is on!
Bad-Ass Faerie Tale Book 2
Hunt is On!
strength becomes weakness…
hope becomes doubt…
the past collides with the future…hard…
Suzanne—Wild Hunt biker chick and one-time member of the fae High
Court—stand strong as her world falls apart? She survived an
assault by redcaps, an all-out battle with the High King’s armies,
and her first encounter with roller derby… but how will she fare
against her inner demons? Caught in the midst of a transformation she
scarcely realizes and does not understand, her hard-won convictions
are tested as never before.
is left with only one question—what if they’re wrong?
truth could mean the difference between saving her sanity and losing
Thursday, September 17, 2020
- Why did I want to write about going back in time and living forward?
When I was a boy, my father read Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court to us, enjoying the story of a modern man who found himself far in the past, as much as my sister and I did. It wasn’t until I was writing this novel that I understood why Dad might particularly have enjoyed it, as I savored the idea of a second chance at doing something significant. I came to see this diary of my falling back to early adolescence and living forward as a perfect medium for bringing to life many things I care about. Ah, and my body was literally rejuvenated.
- Why did I choose the diary format?
As I wrote, the novel transformed into a worldwide saga, with a sizeable cast needing to feel their lives, blending eventually into a great friendship, a noble undertaking. To keep track of them all, for me and readers, a blended diary let me economically identify the POV in each diary entry, along with the place and time. It also let me give immediacy their strands—a goal that also led me to write it always in the first person, present tense. I enjoyed, in the process, playing out some events from different points of view, like the son who had no idea why his mother broke off with the man he wanted as a step-father….