As part of the SPFBO (details here) all the bloggers taking part have been assigned 30 books. By the end of a six month period the aim is to choose one book to put forward into the next stage. So, I’m aiming to check out 5 books a month. My list first appears here and I’ve picked and […]
On this week’s Thrills and Mystery podcast, my horror story “Talebones” http://bit.ly/1ScjQQq Give it a listen for free! And let the dread seep through your own bones. Then go buy my ‘Skin and Bones’ story collection on Amazon Kindle (where you’ll find the written version of “Talebones”)
The latest update from the authors at XC Publishing:
Cheryl continues working on the third book of the Gauntlet Trilogy.
Erotic, kinky tales occupy Deb’s time…with more to be published for her eager fans soon. (She promises!) And who could think of a more fun way to occupy one’s time anyway?
Janet has released the 2nd Edition of her horror/dark fantasy anthology “Skin and Bones” to include a new story titled “Zombitos” (yes, zombie bobitos – if you’ve ever been bedeviled by those annoying flies in Baja – this story is for you!) “Skin and Bones” also sports new cover art. Find it for sale on Amazon.com
Janet also released a new piece of erotica “Ivy League” (sex with plants!) which you should find on Smashwords.com, as a free introduction for you to try out her stories. (Note: it can also be found on Amazon.com, but Amazon has not yet changed its price to “free,” so go to Smashwords first.)
Xina has been very busy promoting her “The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior” as well as an audiobook “Out of the Bag and Other Quirky Short Stories” (tales of romance, science fiction, and fantasy by Deb, Janet, and Xina). You can find the latter on Podiobooks.
She’s also put together “The Ruling Elite and Other Stories” as a free teaser to introduce you to the fantasy stylings of herself and Janet.
We’re all hard at work blogging and writing new stories for you to devour.
When you walk the streets of Oakland, there are eyes upon you. No, not pick-pockets or pick-up artists. Well, maybe some of those. These eyes, tiny little black eyes, belong to gnomes: the Telephone Pole Gnomes of Oakland.
They first began sprouting in 2012 in the Lake Merritt neighborhood. Found always at the base of telephone poles, nearly all of them face the sidewalk, rather than the street, casting a friendly gaze upon passersby.
No one knows who created them. Or why. It is believed they are a way to add beauty to the city, or maybe just a sense of whimsy. The artist has successfully remained anonymous while growing his (her?) flock and even while fighting to preserve the beloved gnomes from the predation of PG&E.
I’ve lived and shopped in this area since before the gnomes’ first appearances, but I must admit I never noticed them until the PG&E controversy arose. Claiming that the little 4-5 inch high wooden portraits – which are fastened to the poles with sturdy screws – were somehow damaging the poles – PG&E was threatening to remove them in early 2013.
Not realizing how much Oaklanders love their gnomes, PG&E was inundated with enough protests that the gnomes were granted a reprieve. Now, there are reportedly more than 2000 gnomes spread throughout the city.
Take a walk, a slow walk, around the city – feel free to pause at one of our ever-growing number of hip bars and restaurants – and, when you pass a telephone pole, be sure to look down. You just might see someone looking back.
For more gnome photos, and some gnome humor, be sure to visit The Fairy Room.
Actually we do. In fact, we encourage it! We let our friends bounce ideas off of us. We help each other set and track goals. We give each other feedback. We offer words of understanding and sympathy when things don’t go well and those rejections roll in. And we promote each other.
So if you’re a fan of the fantasy genre and would like to try some new authors, please check out these terrific offerings from my good friends Xina and Cheryl!
And if you’re a writer, keep writing. Get together with your friends. Create your own writers workshop group. Don’t let your friends give up. And don’t you give up either.