Thursday, October 31, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Celebrations and Breaks

Excuse me as I take a 3 week or so blogging break. I should return to blogging in early November. I hope everyone will have a safe and fun Halloween!  God bless.



I’m excited about this week’s Celebrate the Small Things, hosted by VikLit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. There’s been much to celebrate, and there's an announcement to make.

This week, I’m happy that:
  • The weather’s still beautiful. Always something to rejoice about.
  • I went to my mom’s church on Monday night, the church I was raised in. She invited me to hear a guest preacher, and it was good to remember the church – with some of the same deacons and musicians as when I was a child. The sermon was nice and the worship pretty good, and my mom was happy I was there.
  • Had several work meetings to go to that were quite interesting, but which allowed me to get off work early. :))
  • I won Brandon Ford’s book Merciless in a giveaway, and am excitedly awaiting it in the mail.
  • Was able to help a new friend, Lissa Bryan, in the reveal of her book The End of All Things.

Now, for the announcement: I will be taking at least a three week break from blogging starting Monday, October 14, but will do some blog visits during this time. 

Work and life have been very busy and I feel bad when I’m not able to visit others. Also, because of lack of time, I hadn’t been writing much or submitting stories to eZines. After this weekend, I'll be a bit more silent. :( :)
                                                                                                                                       
See you this weekend! - as I’ll try to do lots of visits before my break.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cover Reveal of Lissa Bryan's The End of All Things



From the author of The End of All Things comes a collection of short stories about the Infection that swept around the globe, decimating the population, and leaving behind a small number of survivors, unprepared to deal with the brutal new world which had replaced the one they'd known.

The End of All Things told the story of Carly Daniels, a young woman in Juneau, Alaska, left in a state of shock after the virus ravaged her home town. She ekes out a meager existence by scavenging for herself and Sam, the wolf puppy she found starving in the streets. Sam gives her a reason to keep going when giving up seems like the more attractive option.

Carly is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to a warmer climate before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey. They travel across a shattered nation in search of a safe place to settle, but it's also a journey into love. There is still hope, a light among the shadows. If the old world is gone, it is up to the survivors to build a new one.



Carly finds strength in her faith that things can be even better than they were before, that compassion and charity are not luxuries; they are what make us human. Life endures, and so does love. The End of All Things is only a beginning.

And now, Lissa Bryan gives us three new stories in Tales from the End

Three of them introduce us to new characters you will meet in the upcoming sequel to The End of All Things, and the fourth, "Birthday" is a visit with old friends.



The Horsemen
L.A.'s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming ...

Veronica
When Veronica's mother doesn't come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. The television shows her nothing but confusing images she doesn't understand. Veronica decides it's up to her to find her family. "Veronica" is the story of a little girl's courage in the face of the end of all things.

"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"
They called her Shadowfax-- the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.

Birthday
A previously-published bonus story. Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.


Tales of courage, tales of survival... Tales from the End.


Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot ... though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

Her first novel, Ghostwriter, is available through The Writer's Coffee Shop (which is the least expensive option), AmazoniTunes, and Kobo. Her second novel, The End of All Things, was released on January 24, 2013, and is available through TWCS, Amazon, and iTunes. She also has a short story in the Romantic Interludes anthology, available from TWCS, Amazon and iTunes. Her third novel, Under These Restless Skies, is scheduled for release in spring of 2014.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Journal Past Blast: What's strange about love?



It’s Journal Past Blast time again, a weekly posting of my old journal entries. As with many of my journal entries, there is no date on this one. All of my journals are from college years on, that’s from 1986 on through 2009, when they tapered off significantly. 

Yes, many of my journal entries, though not all of them, have to do with love – yearning for love, fear of love, the lack of love. Some of the postings are fictional or poetic, but many are factual or creations based on my real emotions. This poem is based on real emotions, although I don’t think I was talking about anyone in particular.

Here’s the untitled poem:

Strange wasn’t when
you looked at me.
Strange was when
you let me worry
about your love.
Strange was when
you let doubt
touch my heart, when
you let my eyes wander,
and my tears flow, when
you followed the path
they led
to your lips which
were there all along.
Strange wasn’t when
you said
never leave me.

Do you have any old writings that express those yearnings from years gone by? 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Celebrating: I'm Here!



I tell you, I’ve been off a day all week! This is starting to be a pattern. ;)  But, because of that, VikLit’s Celebrate the Small Things post is late, but I didn’t want to not do it.

This week I’m celebrating:
  • A good busy week in my new office. The move was delayed a few days because of IT stuff, but now I’m there, and it’s great.
  • Looking forward to the future. Things feel almost static right now, but I think it’s just a holding period for something more to come soon.
  • Being grateful for so many great blogger friends.
  • Three days off of work, starting today!

What do you have to celebrate about this past week?

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