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.


  1. Congrats to Kacey!
    You are an amazing person for enduring country music. (Can you tell I'm not a fan????)

  2. LOL! I don't think I could sit through that much country music...

  3. Congratulations, Kacey!
    That's love, Heather. No way I could sit through a country music concert. And playing Kashmir? If those guys were dead, they would've rolled over in their graves. Wait, some of them are...


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