Monday, August 31, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the starts this week!


I'm actually NOT ready to change seasons, but I am ready for the 9 year old to go back to school!


He goes to his first day of Middle School, which starts 5th grade here, this Thursday.

Yes, your math is correct. He only has to go to school for 2 days this week.

I suppose its enough to get his feet wet.

And then a three day weekend!

UGH. Happy Labor Day!

And a three day weekend the next week, too. 

Huh. Rosh Hashanah.

And an early dismissal that same week. 

Damn. He's like home all the time!

Oh well. We will make it work.


Our last exciting day-event for the summer was going to the NY Air Show at Stewart International Airport here in the original OC. (That's Orange County, NY.)

It was also a day of remembrance. A pilot crashed and died on Friday while he was practicing for the weekend.


The air show was truly amazing to watch. I'm always in awe of what these pilots can do with an airplane. I'll share a few photos at the bottom of this post....but FIRST....




Okay, here are a few air show pics!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blog Tour stop for Lisa Voisin & Rafflecopter giveaway!

I really need to win the lottery so I can purchase all of these amazing books!

Please say hello to fellow InkSpell Publishing author ... Lisa Voisin!

She's having a Blog Tour with ... 

The Angel Killer (The Watcher Saga #2)
by Lisa Voisin

The Angel Killer

Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

Buy it here:
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About the Author:
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa also leads a writing group for teens in North Vancouver, works as a technical writer, and teaches meditation. Her debut YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction.
A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancĂ© and their two cats.

Twitter: @lvoisin

About The Watcher (Book One in The Watcher Saga):
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

To celebrate the release of The Angel Killer, The Watcher is currently 99 cents on Amazon Kindle.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Best of luck, Lisa!


Don't forget to check out Kacey Vandekarr's new YA Contemporary Fantasy -- Stepping Stones from yesterday's blog post!

Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Heather does grown-up stuff and it's RELEASE DAY for Kacey Vanderkarr's Stepping Stones!

There are times that I never leave the house to do anything ... adult. 

My husband, well, he noticed.

He politely asked if I would like to go to a concert with him.

Politely, because he knows I'm not a big fan of giant crowds of people all stuck in the same small space.

Well, I figured I could bend my 'people are evil, don't go outside' rule a little and head out into the big bad world if he really wanted to go.

So, we went to see the Zac Brown Band at Bethel Woods, NY.

Photo borrowed from their website. Under the pavilion is where the bands play. Then they have actual seats, followed by lawn seats where everyone has blankets, but no one actually sits on them, so no one behind them can actually see.

Now, growing up with a dad from Oklahoma, you get to hear a lot of country music in the house. A lot. It's not really my favorite music and if I can avoid it, I will.

But, the husband is on a country kick at the moment, so we went with some friends who go early and tailgate before the show.

We did have a nice time and the concert was good. The band is very talented.

I have a little problem with a few of the songs they played. I'm all about bands doing remakes. It's a nod to your favorite artists. Yet, some songs are a little 'big' for others to tackle.

They played Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. Not sure they should have done that. They also took on Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. They definitely shouldn't have done that.

My biggest peeve was when they did Can't You See by the Marshall Tucker Band. They did a good job, but they played the song for 20 minutes with introductions and individual musician solos.

That's great an'all, but play your OWN song for 20 minutes. I went to the concert to hear you play YOUR music.

Okay, I'll shut up now.


It's RELEASE DAY for Kacey Vanderkarr! Best of luck Kacey!

Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, Book 1)
Release Date –  August 25, 2015

Publisher – Urban Fey Press
Pages – 332

Genre – Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy


Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.

About the Author:
KACEY VANDERKARR has a penchant for fantasy and frequently listens to the voices in her head—most of whom are teenagers. Her favorite place to write is an old salon chair in her kitchen, with coffee in one hand and adoring cats sprawled across her arms. She prefers her music loud and her skeptics quiet. When she’s not writing, Kacey coaches winterguard, works as a sonographer, and hangs out with other weirdos like her at the Flint Area Writer’s club. In addition to her novels, The Reflection Pond Series, Antithesis, and The Stone Series, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.