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Guess who's about to break a Guinness Book of world records???????


THIS GIRL!!! 😎


Check out the press release below


AND check out the website for pre-order information, sponsorship, and get to know the over 100 authors from around the world who are gathering together in one volume to make history!


https://celenicearthpublications.wordpress.com/anthologies/cea-greatest-anthology-written/

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So, a funny thing happened to me on the way to Cloaked Press. I had just submitted my short story, Six Degrees of Zombie Separation to Cloaked Press for the Fall into Fantasy Anthology, when out of nowhere, I got a fantastic email.

A small press was attempting to break the Guinness book of world records record for most authors published in a single volume.  Links and instructions led me to Celenic Earth Publications.


OF COURSE I WANT TO SUBMIT!


This all happened around a month-ish ago. The deadline for submission is August 31st, with a goal of 100 authors & 100 stories.

As of this morning, we have 93 confirmed, and since 50 was the record to beat,  I think it's safe to say WOOHOO!!


Anyhoo,  the real work is about to begin. We need to SELL IT! Pre-order is now available in the links tab.  I can't wait to come back and tell you guys that I'm an official holder of a Guinness record 😎

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I'm so excited about this anthology! The pre-order link is in the links tab. Thirteen authors, thirteen stories, featuring all things fantasy! My story start on page 53... just saying!

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Pre-release Buzz


I gotta tell you, I read 2 novels from Tierney James in 2016. Her latest offering, Dark Side of Morning, was given to me (pre-release) to review. To describe this book in one word...


WOW!


A little bit romance, a little bit Indiana Jones,  a little bit country, (and yes) a little bit rock & roll. As with her last book, "Dance of the

Devil's Trill", James takes a topic (this time American Indian culture) and pulls you in... completely.  she weaves a fantastic picture of history, and fills in the edges with all of the good and bad of the present. This blend of the "then & now" makes the reader feel as if the wild tale they are reading, could actually happen.


Her heroine,  Cleo, is smart and yet human. She makes mistakes,  she is sentimental and a total romantic ( in spite of herself). And Wind Dancer, (our tall-dark-&-handsome hero) is EXACTLY what a hero should be.  Dedicated to the woman he loves,  strong in the face of danger... and of course, easy on the eyes ♥


The whole book is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters,  who all do their part to keep you curling your toes in anticipation through to the very end. The story itself is filled with magic, danger, intrigue,  government conspiracy,  forbidden love, stray dogs, pizza.... well you get the idea! 


And then, as if the story wasn't already awesome, I find out it's Book #1! woohoo! This little fact made my day, because I blew through it in just a few days. I was a little bummed out that the book ended so quickly. ..  I wanted MORE! And it turns out,  I'm gonna get more. Yay!


So all in all, The Dark Side of Morning was a delightful read. Cheers to you Tierney James, your novels never disappoint.


5 stars!

*If you want to get in on the pre-order,  here is the Amazon link:


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCQN6FN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482952559&sr=8-1&keywords=dark+side+of+morning+by+tierney+james

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There is so much I could say about this book. I can only imagine the time and energy it took to research all the history and theological lore that went into The Devil's Prayer. The imagery was so vivid, I could see everything.


The author's  story telling is solid. I was apprehensive at first, when I realized virtually the entire book was basically a woman's journal. But I quickly found that telling this story through journal entries was the best way to do it. I actually felt like I was reading a real journal, like the events unfolding in those pages were real events. They pulled me deeper down the rabbit hole than I had anticipated, and it was marvelous.


The ending was rather abrupt & left wide open. At first I thought it was merely to leave plenty of room for a sequel. But the more I thought about it, the more I discovered that the ending had to be that way. It allows the reader to decide for themselves what the ultimate outcome should be. And believe it or not, the somewhat unresolved/cliffhanger ending gives the reader hope.


This book was one of the best books I read in 2016. I recommend this book to anyone who loves history, theology or mysteries.

The most shocking thing I found, was that this is a debut novel. Clearly this author is one to watch.  I cannot wait to see what he does next.


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A Year Of Creative Writing Prompts



I love, Love LOVE writing prompts. The challenge of taking a ready made idea and transforming it into my own unique piece of writing makes my mouth water. I participate writing in several prompt exercises posted to groups on Facebook. And I am  constantly checking out different FB pages to see what kind of writing prompts they have to offer.


I found the ultimate, the holy grail, the Atlantis, the El Dorado, the fountain of youth of writing prompts. Put out by Love in Ink, the book, “A Year of Creative Writing Prompts” is exactly that. 366 days (yes, they remembered leap year)  of various prompts, spanning a ton of genres.


The book is set up like a daily devotional. Three prompts a day: a single word prompt in the morning to get your juices flowing, a general prompt at midday, and a unique or unusual story prompt for the evening. Love in Ink did a masterful job at blending the genres, so everyday holds new and challenging exercises for your inner muse chew on.


Don’t  like the randomness? Only want to stick to one genre?? No prob Bob! The prompts are ‘re-listed by genre and prompt style in the later chapters. It couldn’t  be easier to use, no matter what you like to write. I have found that most of these prompts even work for those who write poetry/prose or children’s stories.


What a pleasure it was to read through these prompts. I have already used a few of them, and am having a blast. If you want to stimulate your creative side, sharpen your writing skills, cure a bad case of writers block, or if your out of ideas for the next great American novel, I HIGHLY recommend “A Year of Creative Writing Prompts”.


☆☆☆☆☆  All day long! :-)

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