Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You Are Not Going To Get Rich Writing! Maybe..

The life of a writer, author, creator of words means a life of ups and downs. Yep, and I must say - I LOVE IT!

However, there is a more realistic side to writing? It's a BUSINESS. Which means that those dreams of becoming a multi-million dollar author who produces Best Sellers, Movies, Product and more...isn't for everyone.


1) Learn the Biz as though you were a Literary Agent, Publisher, Foreign Rights Agent, Movie Producer, Script Writer...every aspect.

2) Create a quality product.

3) Pimp your product in the direction of choice (a) Lit Agent on up (b) Self-Publish with help of Lit Agent or Rights Agent.

4) Learn the Subsidiary Business (other places to sell your book)

5) Be creative, tenacious, and continue to pump out good products (one may hit at the right time and place.)

LASTLY, never give up.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Oh! My! Gosh! Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Oh My Gosh!!!
This is a Must See to kick off your Spring Break !


After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.
Director: Anthony Russo - Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders

My Review.

Truthfully I was skeptical and didn't put this on my 'must see opening night' list - oldest son texted me from the movie theater and said, "Mom! This movie is good. You'll love it."
So, I dragged my happy hubby and the rest of my crew to the movie thinking that I would at least be entertained. But stop the phone! This movie had it all (except a serious romance) including a mild flirtation at an attraction. You want action? Got it. You want intrigue and twist? Got it. You want depth of characters? Got it. You want a good story line (no it's not Oscar worthy but it's darn good for a Comic Book Based movie) Got it. Definitately family friendly (if your kids don't mind violence). And...and it's got diversity. Lots of mixture of different types of characters. I-did-not- want the ride to end. 

4 out of five 'shields' because well the storyline was good but not quite Oscar worthy.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Stone of Valhalla by Mikey Brooks

Welcome to The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour!
A middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Mikey Brooks.

Don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom this post
for a chance to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift card and other great prizes!


Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of losing his own.

Breaking into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town...literally. The good news: Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his own?
Check out what these talented authors are saying about it:

The Stone of Valhalla is one of those books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn't just create a world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will not be able to put down!”
—J.R. Simmons, author of Ragesong: Awakening.

 The Stone of Valhalla drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The Wizard of Oz. Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve ever experienced!”
—BBH McChiller, author of The Monster Moon Series.

The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end. Fantastic!”
—L.R.W. Lee, author of The Andy Smithson series.

Excerpt From: Chapter Two: The Penalty of Witchcraft

Aaron thought he’d been transported to some kind of renaissance fair. People milled about in the street, all dressed like they belonged on the set of some medieval movie. Most of their faces were stained with dirt, and they wore soiled clothing. Large, wooden buildings, held together by plaster, loomed overhead and all around him. Some had signs announcing specific trades and goods. The sweet smell of bread came from one shop, clearly a bakery. A rotund man stood out front, arguing with an old man who had a silvery- white beard and a long, purple cloak. He was telling the baker that the rolls he had purchased tasted ‘day-old’ and he required a reimbursement.
Several passersby gave Aaron odd glances. One little girl with a group of women dressed like nuns pointed at him and giggled. He thought he heard her call him a buffoon, but she was quickly shushed by one of the women and pulled into a shop.
This is so unreal.
Aaron couldn’t figure out what had happened.
How did I get here? Who are these people?
Aaron waited for someone to jump out and yell, “Surprise, you’re on camera!”
It never happened.
The seconds drew on like hours, and Aaron stood unmoving like a statue in the middle of the dirt road. The sweet smell from the bakery was drowned by the stench of a sweaty mule pulling a cart packed full with what had to be manure. The wind blew and the wafting smell of poo filled Aaron’s nose. He coughed and tried to cover the reek with his shirt.
“Witchcraft! Witchcraft, I say!”
Aaron turned around to see a middle-aged woman with only three teeth shouting hysterically. She pointed directly at him. He looked over his shoulder to ensure no green-skinned, broom-commandeering, warty-faced lady in black stood beside him. There wasn’t anyone there. The noise on the street stopped dead except for the woman. She grabbed a small wooden crate from a cart filled with fresh flowers and stood on it. “Fetch the constable! Don’t let him get away, or he’ll set a curse on our town.”
Five large men formed a group behind the woman and advanced toward Aaron. He didn’t know what to do.

Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
Exclusive price for the eBook release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
And only $9.99 for the paperback! (List Price: $12.99)
On April 12th 2014 the price will return to the List Price

Another special offer:
During The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour
Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low price of just $0.99!
The Dream Keeper:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo
The Dreamstone:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo

You’re Invited to PARTY!!
The online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm (MST). The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime. The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes! We have slew of eBooks to giveaway, as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card! It is hosted by LovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook. Just follow this link to join the event:

What’s that? Another Party!
That’s right! If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party. We are having a launch party to celebrate the release of this awesome new book. Of course there will be plenty of giveaways there too, but what’s even better are the guest authors! Just check out these fabulous names: J. Scott Savage, Chad Morris, Lisa Mangum, Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more. The Launch Party is: Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm at The Viridian Center in West Jordan, Utah. Follow this link for a map:

About Mikey Brooks:

Mikey is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast. You can find more about him and his books at:

The Giveaways!

Enter the giveaway below to be entered to win one of the following prizes:

$25 Amazon Gift Card
The Stone of Valhalla Necklace
Autographed Paperback of The Stone of Valhalla
Autographed 11x17 Poster
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Interview with Mad Man, Gavin, from Purgatory Reign

Interview with a Billionaire, Washington Times News Paper, Ms. Daisy Wilson.
Introducing, Gavin Steele from Purgatory Reign.

First, let me give you a little background on out evasive guest today.

Gavin Steele is thirty years old, gorgeous, fit, blond, a billionaire owner of several multi-million dollar companies which specializes in exotic metals, bio-genetics, drugs and uhum some other sordid dealings. It is rumored that he has an obsession with killing things slowly and slicing them up. Also, he's a loving older brother to Lucien who is the playboy of the family but has an uncanny loyalty to his older brother.


Reporter: So Mr. Steele, what do you have to say about the rumor that you’ve made many of your family members, even your secretaries disappear when you’ve been displeased with their actions.

Gavin: What makes you think I have time to concern myself with people who obviously don’t do their jobs. My management handles hiring and firing of my secretaries. I had no idea any of them went missing. Maybe someone is obsessed with me and trying to make a statement.

Reporter: Well that could be. You are known as the most sought after billionaire – other than your brother, Lucien. Some man could be envious of that and try to set you up. However, an anonymous tip came directly to me proclaiming you were a leader of some underground movement to bring hell on earth.

Gavin: I’m sure many of my competitors say that when I’ve taken over their companies. Again, Ms. Wilson, another rumor spouted by those that can’t seem to catch up with me.

Reporter: You do admit that one of your former secretaries was found mutilated near one of your estates. Her body buried in the woods nearby. It was one of the estates you frequent.

Gavin: Unfortunate. However, I frequent all of my estates as I travel all over the world to keep Steele Industries alive and well.

Reporter: What about, Peter? Peter Saints, the boy that is accusing you of holding him and a girl named Angel hostage?

Gavin: Time is up Mis. Wilson. I only agreed to one question. My butler will show you out. Good-day.

Well, ladies and gentleman, as I am being all but kicked out of this lovely Floridian estate, one must wonder if, just maybe, the rumors about Mr. Steele are true.

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

Description:Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.

Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give—his blood. Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race.

On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Meet Tamora Pierce

The Utica Writers Club presents award-winning author Tamora Pierce.  She has written more than 20 fantasy novels for young adults; many have been translated into multiple languages.  In 2013, Tamora Pierce won the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association. 
Tamora Pierce will discuss reading, writing, and fantasy fiction.  Bring a copy of your favorite novel for her to sign after the discussion.
June 7, 2014 – 11:30am to 1:30pm – Kirkland Town Library
55 1/2 College Street, Clinton, NY 13323
Join us for a day of fantasy, romance, and adventure.
 $5 for early registration, $6 at the door. 
Please email or call 315-733-8236 for the registration form.
The Utica Writers Club is a non-profit organization that has been promoting good writing in the upstate New York community for more than 70 years.
For more information about the Utica Writers Club, the Tamora Pierce event, or possible sponsorships, please visit the website: