Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shabby Chic Shoulder Bag - Music Festival Accessory - Bohemian Bling

Mermaid's Delight - One-of-a-kind Floral Design
Do you love Shabby Chic as much as I do? Anything Bohemian, Victorian, Shabby Chic, Music Festival, or Fantasy Fun, are all designs that have drawn my interest for ages. So I've decided to take my fabric designs in that direction and see what I can do. I don't know if I have any talent, but I sure am having fun trying! Hope you'll follow my progress as I add these creations to my Etsy shop at ICKY CHIC.
My blog readers can use the 15% discount code - BTP801

Mermaid's Delight - Front

Mermaid's Delight - Back


Leave me a comment and tell me what you like about Shabby Chic, Bohemian, or Music Festival Wear.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Book Spotlight - Red Devil 4 by Eric C. Leuthardt



Some Positive Tidbits About This Book:
  • Has a sense of reality since a lot of data is based on research.
  • A Sci-Fi plot based on technology that will allow altering the human brain and nervous system
  • Is a true techno-thriller
  • A virus that turns ordinary citizens into murderers.
  • A realism that is scary
  • Computer interfaces to our brains? *Interesting indeed!
  • A look at artificial intelligence of the future

READ MORE AT AMAZON



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interview with Author Misty Simon

Let me introduce my guest today, Author Misty Simon. Misty, I so enjoyed your interview; and I'd die for a pair of those comfy looking slippers. Misty, please tell us a little about your writing career.

Hi everyone! Misty Simon here. So glad to be on Lynda’s blog! I write romance and mystery and mystery with romance. I’ve been writing for almost fifteen years and love it more today than I did when I started. I’ve just returned from Romance Writers of America National Conference where I had a blast and am super jazzed to get writing again.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have any critters that keep me company while writing?

(Misty) I have three dogs – the one in the picture is Princess in her bowl chair. It’s supposed to be our furniture but she took it over and loves to snuggle on what she probably thinks is a huge dog bed. I also have Zavy and Shaggy.


(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, If I took a drive in the area I live, what might I see?
 

(Misty) Well, depending on what time of year it is, the Renaissance Faire might be going and you could catch tons of men in kilts!

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have a favorite writing spot inside/outside my home, such as a chair, corner, desk, patio area, etc?

(Misty) I love to write in my chair in my office.


(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I write for myself or my readers?

(Misty) A little of both really, I write a story I would want to read and hope my readers like it, too!

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, How would I be dressed while writing? 

(Misty) With my favorite characters and in super comfort.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I get excited over seeing my book cover for the first time?

(Misty) Every single time! The eighteenth book was and is as exciting as the first.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would my writing lean more toward stimulating imagination and thought, or taking-one's-breath-away and pulling heartstrings? 

(Misty) Definitely pulling heart strings. I love to write about ordinary people falling in love, people you might want to go grab a cup of coffee with and hear the struggles they went through to get their happily ever after.

Thanks so much, Lynda for having me!

You can find me at



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Spotlight/Review - THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS by Kevin J. Anderson

About The Book:
Amazon

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. 

In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.


My Rating:




Things I liked About This Book:

  • Returning to the world created in THE SAGA OF THE SEVEN SUNS.
  • A whole new set of hurdles and challenges for humanity.
  • Lots and lots of new characters. At first I thought there might be too many, but each plays a roll, be it small or large, and I can't imagine leaving any of them out.
  • Can be enjoyed by readers who haven't read THE SAGA OF THE SEVEN SUNS first.
  • Loved the connected Tree Forest World.
  • Complex story that isn't too hard to follow.
  • Good Sci-Fi



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Spotlight: WORDS THAT BIND by Ash Krafton

About The Book:
Amazon

Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon…and that makes it difficult.

Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in…or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.



My Rating:





Things I liked About This Book:
  • My first time to read about genies.
  • I found it humorous and intriguing.
  • Main Characters had unique personalities that gave a fresh feel to this story.
  • The plot was unusual
  • The ending fit the plot and gave satisfying closure.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Recipes and Writing Prompts - Figs and Fallacious Words


I'm having fun doing a series of blogs that I hope my readers will enjoy. I'll share some of my favorite recipes and devise some original writing prompts. Why not try some of both. Get creative, have some fun, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment. You're also invited to post a short example of how you used the writing prompt in the comment area. My first round of posts will use the Alphabet for inspiration. Grab a friend, tell your classmates, inform your writing class, whatever, GET CREATIVE!

(F) Day  Figs and Fallacious Words

Figs

Native to the Middle East and western Asia, it has been sought out and cultivated since ancient times, and is now widely grown throughout the temperate world, both for its fruit and as an ornamental plant.

Recipe: This one is easy and doesn't require a recipe. Just wrap any variety of figs you have with prosciutto or a similar cured meat, secure with a toothpick, and cook on the grill. Cover your grill with foil first to stop the figs from falling through the grates. A couple minutes before you take them off the grill, brush a small amount of molasses across each side.

    Writing Prompt: "Is it really true that God said not to eat from every tree of the Garden?" ~Bible Book of Genesis ~ Satan's words to Eve...

    What a perfect example of fallacious words. Words that are cunning, deceitful, and deluding have caused untold misunderstanding, misery, and murder down through the ages. For this writing exercise we'll focus on just two elements, (1st) devise a single sentence that fits the definition of fallacious words. (2nd) Describe the setting where those words were spoken.

    Coming Next: (G) Day - Grapefruit and Grapple Hooks




    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Book Spotlight: Luxor Book of Past Lives by Julie Bettendorf

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    Set against the rich tapestry of ancient Egypt, Luxor: Book of Past Lives is the story of Nebamun and Iramen, two brothers who are embalmers in Egypt during the era of the boy king, Tutankhamun. It is their duty to prepare the many bodies of the dead who land on their embalming table for a journey into the afterlife. Paralleling this ancient tale is the story of two different brothers, Abdul and Karim, who make their living by robbing the ancient tombs of Egypt in the late 1800's, when the theft and sale of artifacts was at its peak. Woven throughout the novel are the mysterious intersections of the brothers' lives, though separated by thousands of years. Luxor: Book of Past Lives is a masterful blend of fiction and historical detail, each chapter offering a window into the past, with details gleaned from countless historical accounts. It is a riveting tale of violence and greed, riches and poverty, and good and evil in the time of the pharaohs and beyond.





    MY RATING:






    THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK:

    1. Lots of history about the embalming process and the political arena surrounding the time of Tutankhamun with a little grave robbing technique thrown in the mix as well.
    2. Well written.
    3. The contrast between time periods and the two sets of brother and their respective viewpoints and trades.
    4. Except for a few places where the story seemed to lag a little, the story pace is good and the transition from one time period to the next wasn't jarring but flowed evenly.

    AMAZON





    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    COLORCRAZED'S IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Handmade Gifts - Giveaway


    (1) Snack-sized Mug Mat
    (1) Single-sized Mug Mat
    Bible/Book Cover Boho Style -
    Fits Standard NWT and others
    I'm celebrating the opening of my online shop, COLORCRAZED. I've been wanting to open a place to showcase my Handmade Gift Designs and Fiber Art. I've finally taken the plunge.

    One of the most fun aspects of the marketing platform I'm using, Bonanza, is the ability for shoppers to make offers or negotiate price. What buyer doesn't appreciate having the opportunity to bargain on an item of their choice? If you're shopping at Bonanza.com, be sure to hover over the letters OBO next to the item's price for more details. The next time you need a unique, one-of-a-kind gift, give me a visit.
    Desk Set For Her
    (1) Soft-cloth Eyeglass Case
     (1) Single-sized Mug Mat
    Desk Set for Him
    (1) Snack-sized Mug Mat
    (1) Single-sized Mug Mat
    (1) Eyeglass Soft Case
    To celebrate, I'm giving three people their choice of any item in my booth for free ($25 OR UNDER). One winner chosen in June, one in July, and one in August. Winners will be posted in the Rafflecopter form each month.

    Giveaway policy is listed on the tab at the top of the blog page.  (1 prize per winner)
    Winners will be notified by email and need to acknowledge that communication within 72 hours.


    OUR WINNERS ARE:
    June - Anne
    July - Holly D. B.
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    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS with William D. Prystauk

    My guest author today is William D. Prystauk. Mr. Prystauk is an award winning screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, and educator. 

    (Lynda) William, please tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey.

    (William) I began writing stories in first grade when I still had hair. My hard-boiled crime thriller, BLOODLETTING, is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bloodletting-William-D-Prystauk-ebook/dp/B00RB8FLZS. Currently, I teach English as an assistant professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. When not writing, I’m busy co-hosting The Last Knock horror podcast on iTunes. I enjoy life with my wife, author and editor Ally Bishop, and our two puppies, Suki and Karma. I’m proud of my alternative music and horror movie collections, and the fact that I never leave any sushi behind. The half-hou crime thriller I directed, CASE #5930, is in post-production, and the short family drama I wrote and directed, TIGERS IN THE SOUP, recently appeared in its first film festival.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, What would I sincerely feel about editing, and editors?

    (William) Thanks to my respect for teachers, and from the teamwork associated with all my years of marketing, I love editors. This is because I know the editor has only one thing in mind – my story. The goal is to make certain that the writer presents the best story possible, so to have an editor as a teammate is ideal.

    When I originally wrote BLOODLETTING, it was a mere 70,000 words, but soon ballooned to a hefty 120,000, and after editing with a mentor came in at 94,000. Two years later when the manuscript was accepted for publication, my editor, Gerald Baude, helped me bring it down to a respectable 80,000. Yes, I had to rewrite to maintain a strong narrative, and I had to cut many scenes, but I knew my editor’s recommendations were solid. Better still, every writer has writing weaknesses, and Gerald caught mine every time. In the end, I had a fast paced manuscript that made sense for the main tale as well as the subplots. (Plus, I am even better prepared for my next book since I view my editor’s work as a master class in manuscript preparation.)

    The point every writer needs to remember is that we are simply too close to our own projects, and regardless of how long we put the manuscript aside, we need that objective editor to help us reign in the narrative. Most important, and I must admit that I hate this term, writers are not “killing their darlings” during the editing process. The entire novel is the “darling” and we must focus on the overall tale.

    Thanks to Gerald and his commitment to the narrative, BLOODLETTING is the best hard-boiled crime thriller it can be.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I also read a lot, if so, how do I fit that into my schedule and why is it important to me?

    (William) As an assistant professor at a university who has had the pleasure of teaching over 3,000 students in nine years, all of my best writers are also avid readers. As a writer, I read as much as I can from Internet postings and magazines to novels. Granted, I am a slow reader, and due to my teaching commitment, I can only truly indulge in book reading during breaks, but I know reading strengthens my writing muscles.

    For writers it’s important to read as many books in the genre they are writing for. This doesn’t mean the writer should emulate other authors, but there are expectations within each genre and writer must know them. As with the rules of writing, it’s important for prospective authors to know the rules of the genre before breaking them, if need be.

    In order to write well, one must always read well.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I also have other hobbies, if so, what kind?
    (William) Since I was sixteen, I had always wanted to write and publish a novel. However, my skills were quite awful at the time. I may have had great story ideas, but I had issues with storytelling. Once I realized I had been producing the equivalent of garbage, I took a break from writing for almost three years. During that time I read, and decided as a final act, to write a screenplay. Writing scripts taught me most everything I needed to know about storytelling, and for over a decade I had the pleasure of creating award-winning scripts. In fact, before writing any novel, I write the screenplay first, which serves as what I call a “glorified outline.” Writing the book becomes the equivalent of “coloring in the numbers.”

    However, regardless of awards, it is rare to sell a spec script these days. This is why I have also become a filmmaker. To date, I have produced several short films, and directed two others. I hope to direct a dramatic science fiction of mine in the near future, as well as a character based dramatic horror from a fellow screenwriter.

    Otherwise, I love photography. My subject of choice is abandoned architectural structures, and my work is available for sale at Just Around the Corner, a local art gallery in Easton, Pennsylvania. Taking pictures has proven enjoyable because I can tell a story in one photograph, and unlike screenwriting and novel writing, which take time to create, photography is akin to instant gratification.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I write for myself or my readers?

    (William) If I wrote for myself, I wouldn’t have attempted to become a published author. I had always wanted to share stories, and BLOODLETTING has given me that chance. With this crime thriller, my intent was to keep it as hard-boiled as possible with as much realistic grit as a story based in New York City could have to keep it genuine. I also wanted to incorporate story elements from the fringe and alternative subcultures that are either overlooked or stereotyped to the point of becoming a sad joke.

    I want to introduce seasoned mystery readers to something new beyond the traditional scope of the crime thriller, while satisfying those readers who live outside the norm with a book that respects their world.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I have a website or blog? If so, where can they be found? Do I offer promo features for other writers on my blog?

    (William) I have a horror website called Crash Palace Productions (www.crashpalaceproductions.com), which features movie reviews, stories about filmmakers, and interviews with horror authors, actors, and directors. The main focus is to find thematic value in horror, and I approach the genre in as much of an intelligent vein as possible. The goal is to present the validity of horror instead of a childish or even disposable genre. People can even find links to my horror podcast.

    I welcome horror based articles from writers, and they can contact me through the website, or message me on the Crash Palace Productions Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/crashpalaceproductions), or on Twitter at @crashpalace. In addition, I love interviewing horror authors and would love to have more on my show.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I be doing lots of research?

    (William) A colleague told me that I did more research for BLOODLETTING than she had for her dissertation to earn her PhD. I indulged in heavy research because I do my best to be as accurate as possible. After all, writers should never skimp – there’s always someone somewhere who knows when we’ve shirked our duties in the research department, and this can clearly undermine our stories.

    To make BLOODLETTING work, I not only revisited New York City’s Greenwich Village on several occasions, but I reviewed hundreds of “street level” maps on Google as well as satellite maps. I interviewed a former New York homicide detective, an active duty police officer, and even a private investigator. To capture the minute details of the story, I also interviewed a former nun, and a water specialist, as well as several others. I read at least two-dozen fictional crime books as well as non-fiction works, including New York City police procedure, and studied noir films as well as alternative music. The list definitely goes on, but I wanted to present a novel readers could believe: a fictional story that could have taken place in reality.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I take manuscript rejections well. And how do I feel about reviews, both good and not-so-good?

    (William) I tell my student writers that if they cannot handle rejection to either just write for themselves or find another way to express themselves. Coping with rejection is part of the process. However, if a writer’s work is strong enough, someone should ultimately want that piece. Although BLOODLETTING had been rejected from some large publishing houses because they weren’t sure how to market the book, three small publishers ultimately offered contracts. It was wonderful to be in a position where I had to choose.

    Positive reviews are fantastic, of course, because all writers need validation, though it is more important to know that one’s work has connected with readers. I certainly do not mind negative reviews as long as they have value, just as the positive reviews must. The art of writing can never be mastered, but writers can certainly improve, and a well-constructed review can definitely help a writer with his or her craft.

    (Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I have preferred to live and write in a different era than the present?

    (William) When Woody Allen’s film MIDNIGHT IN PARIS came out, I thought he had written it for me. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, because I had taken a course about them, which ultimately propelled me to embrace literature on a grand scale, and to earn my masters in English. I also enjoy Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, and more, and loved the verve and vigor of the post-Great War era. To be an expatriate writing in Paris in the 1920s would have been amazing. Everything seemed to be carved out of solid stone, steel, or wood at the time – and I would have found a lack of plastic thrilling.


    Amazon "Bloodletting” hard-boiled crime thriller: http://amzn.to/1DotLMV
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    Podcast: "The Last Knock" on iTunes