Monday, December 30, 2013

The End of a Series or Just the Beginning?

I'm sitting in my writing group - crying. No, they're not being mean to me - just the opposite actually. This group of woman I've been writing with for quite some time now has been extremely supportive. We bounce ideas of each other, celebrate good news, offer support when we I receive rejections, drink coffee, eat snacks, and of course, write.

So why am I sitting here teary eyed? Well, I just typed "The End" on my latest project - my last Nate Rocks book - Nate Rocks the City.

"Are you sure it's the last?" someone asked.

"Yup."

It's time for me to say goodbye to a good friend - one of my babies. When we first me he was only 10 years old and in fourth grade. Now four books later he's 11 and in fifth grade.

We've been through a lot together - a crazy family, rescuing the earth from impending darkness, dinosaur attacks, a crazed classmate, and most recently ninja pigeons and aliens. He's been a lot of fun to be around and at times he hasn't always behaved, but hey, what can you expect from a tween?

Even though I'm saying goodbye, a part of Nate will always be with me. He's taught me a lot about what it means to be a hero, keeping me laughing and entertained every step of the way.

Thank you Nate for everything. I hope you continue to show kids the one thing I truly intended when I started writing your books: READING ROCKS!

Rock on Nate!



HEY NEW YORK - ARE YOU READY FOR NATE?  
The Final Installment - COMING FEB 2014:



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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Author Spotlight: A.B. Shepherd




It's been a few weeks since I've done an Author Spotlight, but I couldn't let my good friend A.B. Shepherd's new release pass without having her back on my blog! You may remember her from her 1st release, Lifeboat (which I loved by the way!) Well, now she's got a new book out, a novella, called "The Beacon." I had an opportunity to read it - here's my review:



The Beacon tells the tale of a woman shipwrecked on an island. She finds herself rescued in a home (a lighthouse really), taken care of by a woman who carries her own burdens. Yet, is she real? Are her burdens real? I read The Beacon in one evening - in one sitting actually, and not because of its novella length. I honestly couldn't put it down. Even after I finished, I found myself sitting for an extended period of time thinking "wow." The Beacon reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode - it was intense and awesome.

A.B. Shepherd tells a masterful tale that not only tackles tough topics, but had me questioning dreams from reality long after the story ended.



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Blurb:
This novella contains discussion questions making it ideal for book clubs.

A book that will leave you questioning what you believe.

Shipwrecked on an isolated island...

How far would you go to help a new friend? Would you kill someone?

How do you know what is and isn't real?

When The Beacon beckons safe harbour isn't guaranteed.

Buy link: Amazon

About the Author:
"Never stop dreaming or reading." - A.B. Shepherd
A.B. Shepherd grew up in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Australia in 2009. She now lives in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, with her husband and their imaginary friends. She can usually be found seaside at Port MacDonnell, or lost in a fantasy world.
Lifeboat is her debut novel.


Her second book, is a novella titled The Beacon.


If you'd like to learn more about A.B. Shepherd please visit her website at http://www.abshepherd.net/


A.B. loves to hear from readers. Feel free to email her at TheRealABShepherd@hotmail.com with your thoughts regarding her books, or anything else that takes your fancy.


You can also connect with her on Twitter @ABHPShepherd and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/AB-Shepherd/336336493057737.


Thanks for stopping by A.B!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

So There's This Game Called Football...

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For the last I don't even know how many years, football season has meant two things -

One: I lose my spouse to football games, and
Two: football makes for great background napping "music" for me.

But something strange happened this year. Oh football season started out just like every other season. My hubby and I took our positions on the couch. He yelled at the television (because as you know - the players could hear him and would of course promptly run faster, catch the ball, throw the ball or do whatever other instruction he was screaming) and I comfortably dozed.

However, somewhere along the way, in between naps, I started becoming  - um - interested. Trust me - I was as surprised as anyone.

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It started as little peeks over my laptop as I worked. A question here - a question there. But then I noticed I was only working on the commercials, that I was actually watching... with interest... that football no longer put me to sleep.  Dare I say I even enjoyed watching it?

Okay, okay let's not get ahead of ourselves here. But I will say this - I do find it entertaining, particularly college football (HOLY COW AUBURN!)

I'm still on the fence about the NFL, and I'm definitely NOT at the point of yelling at the TV yet, but looks like I'll have to find another time for my naps. Luckily, I still have basketball season.



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