Thursday, September 26, 2013

Chill pills for passionate fans and Maguire's Corner, now made with real paper!

I'm passionate.

I know it.

Especially about things that mean a lot to me.

Like my favorite books or comic books made into movies.

So, I get it when people get upset when their personal casting couch is ignored and the 'powers that be' choose their own actors for our favorite characters.

Like... IMHO... I think Ben Affleck is going to suck as Batman. I feel he had his chance to be a superhero, Daredevil, and he couldn't pull it off.

Did you see Daredevil 2? Neither did I.

Now... I did not read the 50 Shades trilogy. I know all about it.

I'm not going to read it.

I know they have recently cast Charlie Hunnam as the lead character.

Thank the ever-lovin' universe for this man.

I know some 'fans' are all kinds of pissed about it.

That's fine. Be pissed.

I was pissed when they cast the movie from the book One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. None of those actors were right for their parts. None. I watched the movie when it came out on DVD and still thought the same thing.

But... I didn't protest against the movie or the actors. I didn't start an online petition to get the actors thrown off the film so that it could be recast with other actors. I didn't send hate mail or write threatening notes on social media to the actors.

But... some of the 50 Shades fans are doing just that. The movie studio has had to hire security for Mr. Hunnam because they are concerned for his safety.

That's just bull.

And, one of their major complaints? He's blond!

Have they never heard of hair color? People color their hair all the freakin' time!

I do it at least four times a year!

How can people be so nasty?

It just doesn't make sense to me.

Actors act.

Actors change their appearance.

Actors become their characters.

Actors can do amazing things when given the chance.

Let's all take it down a notch and just see what happens.

*** book is out in paperback.


I'm writing.

A few thousand words in the last couple of days.

Let's hope its good.   :)


Pics like this make me wish I was crafty!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stormy the Weather Gnome interviews Tara Tyler, Author of Pop Travel

Stormy the Weather Gnome is a big fan of Science Fiction Thrillers. He’s got a huge library collection on his GNook.

So, I asked him to interview Tara Tyler about her new Sci-Fi Thriller, Pop Travel.

All yours, Stormy.


It’s about time you let me back onto the blog! I haven’t been on here since ... forever! I!

I have the great pleasure of hosting Tara Tyler! Her new book, Pop Travel, hit the e-shelves in July and I know you’re going to love it as much as you love me!

So, in order to get to know Tara, and her book, a little better let’s ask her … 7 Awesome Questions!

1. Does Pop Travel take place in our future?

2. What are your favorite traits about your main characters? And, do you share them?
J.L. Cooper used to be outgoing and fearless, but when his wife died, he turned sarcastic and cynical - I have a little bit of each trait.

3. If you could be a super-hero, which one would it be?
I don't want to be one, but since we're fantasizing, I'd love to be the Hulk's girlfriend! Ha!

4. What toppings do you put on your pizza?
Sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms. Mmm, pizza.

5. Are your characters based on real people?
Not in this book. They were in my first WIP, but that's another story...

6. If magic brought your characters to life what would you say to them first?
Let's make a movie!

7. Have you ever thought about dating a gnome?
Aww, aren't you cute! But, no. I'm not a beard kinda girl.

Tara, no matter how you answered #7 thank you for taking the time to be with me today!

Thank you so much for the unforgettable interview! It was an honor to meet you, Stormy. I'm a big fan! (but I guess most of your fans are big!)

You can find Tara:
Goodreads  <==>  Trailer  <==>  FB Author Page  <==> Blog

You can find Pop Travel:
Available as an ebook or in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cooper thought he could get through
life without having to pop...
Pop Travel by Tara Tyler
A tale of deception and teleportation.

When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife's death and would love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Goodreads  <==>  Trailer  <==>  FB Author Page

After having a hand in everything from waitressing to teaching math to rocket engineering Tara Tyler now writes and teaches in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Storm is here and Stormy the Weather Gnome has got you covered!

Mr. Alex, what can I say? You're a really good sport.

On that is Stormy the Weather Gnome.


It's me, Stormy the Weather Gnome coming to you from my porch with a weather related update!

It's nice out here.

Back to you in the studio.

Wait, what is that? What's that dark cloud on the horizon? Did the wind just pick up?

There's a storm coming.

I can feel it.

It's big.

I asked Mr. Alex one simple, mind-altering, universe-changing, end-life-as-we-know-it question.

When your books become movies would you consider casting a gnome for a lead part?

And, like the good man that he is...he responded.
Stormy, you might be just a bit too short to play Byron. You’re probably closer to Bassan’s size. You might need to shave though. And get a tan. How well can you read minds?

I knew he was going to say that.

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.”
- Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…”
- Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:
Amazon -

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

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Alex! Best of luck! Congratulations! Enjoy every moment!

Friday, September 13, 2013

9-13-2013 - Friday the 13th - The 13th Floor Complete Collection Cover Reveal!!!

Like it was meant to be!

Have you read the 13th Floor Series by Christine Rains?

Six separate phenomenal all in one complete awesome package!

Did I say six stories?

Six doesn't sound right.

No. It's not six.

It's seven.

Seven stories.

There's a new tenant.

They're scared but fierce.
They have too many secrets.
They're truly suffering but...there is hope.

Look for this bonus story when The 13th Floor Complete Collection becomes available on October 13th, 2013.

Christine's tour stops here on October 17th, 2013.


Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection

Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance

Release date: October 13th, 2013

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Add it to your TBR list!
Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.


Monday, September 9, 2013

A quick thanks and...Indiestructible!

A HUGE BIG THANK YOU to my 'editors'! Between last week and this weekend you guys really helped me by listening while I talk (ramble, rant and rave) about my story issues, bounce around ideas and then helped me to have a real breakthrough! Thank you!


And now a few words from Jessica Bell!

by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder …  what’s everybody else’s story?
Then Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?
What are you waiting for?
Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!

eBook: $0.99 USD
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
ISBN 10: 0987593102
ISBN 13: 9780987593108
Language: English
Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors:

About Jessica Bell:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet, and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

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