Pay It Forward Friday: D. Emery Bunn

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on D. Emery Bunn.

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D. Emery says this of himself:

“D. Emery Bunn is an author, editor, and engineer, though his pile of interests keep on getting larger. He got his start on writing thanks to National Novel Writing Month, and is an avid supporter of free culture, the power of writing, and the creative arts. Darkness Concealed is his first novel, but he will be working on the sequel and a cyberpunk short story collection. He lives at his home in Clovis, New Mexico.”

D. Emery is the author of Darkness Concealed, the first book in the Darkness Trilogy. (Click on cover to buy the book). I read this book, found it fantastic and reviewed it.

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Here’s a little blurb about the book:

“50 years ago, the dawn did not come. Again. Everyone in Telthan knew it would happen. Monsters roamed the land, killing virtually everyone in their path, laying waste to anything in their way. Only a precious few survived to rebuild the wreckage of civilization, just like last time. No one questions the Darkening. Not even the children.

That is, until four strangers set off in search of answers, braving a forbidden city, a forgotten library, and foreboding mountains for the truth that has to exist. But the past does not give up its secrets easily, and the truth is far darker than the blackest night.”

D. Emery Bunn has in-depth analysis of his book and characters in this page in his blog. He also gave interviews and answered questions–though no one has yet found out what the D. stands for in his name. 😀

That’s not all, D. Emery has written several other short stories based on this premise:

Normalization.

A near-future cyberpunk dystopia/utopia, where thanks to advances in technology on all fronts the government is able to enforce a directive to have all of society be within a pre-defined “normal” that is handled by a computer algorithm.  Those below the norm get free upgrades, while those above get two choices: colonize the solar system and never see earth again, or accept dampeners to be returned to normal.  In return, all of society is allowed to indulge in pretty much anything they want to, unwanted work handled by machines of some variety.

This isn’t popular with everyone,  so a black market of illegal augmentations and people willing to use them exists.  Every illegal aug, as they call themselves, has to be very careful on not ever being exposed for the deviant they are, as all caught deviants are shipped to the asteroid belt for a term of forced labor proportionate to their deviation from the norm they had at time of capture, then they are released to colonize space.  One twist to the setting is that government surveillance is illegal and thanks to several unalterable algorithms impossible to do so without getting caught.  Any deviant is reported by normals who got suspicious of the person’s behavior.  So 1984 without telescreens.”

These three are based on Rachel and April,

This one is based on Stephen Tesoro, Deviant Enforcer.

Between editing, Beta Reading and writing, D. Emery is a busy guy but I was lucky enough to get him to help me edit my book and I can honestly say, he was an incredible editor. Professional, sharp as a tack at finding my mistakes and dead on in his comments, his help transformed my book. I vowed never to let anything I wrote see the light of day unless it had gone through D. Emery first.

He can be found through his blog or on Twitter @DEmeryBunn.

If you’re looking for a great editor or a fantastic book, check out D. Emery Bunn!

Pay It Forward Friday: Luther M. Siler

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Luther M. Siler.

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He says of himself:

“Luther Siler was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, where he currently resides along with his wife, three-year-old son, two cats, and two dogs. In his spare time he works at a school helping other people be awesome. His favorite authors include John Scalzi, N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson, Cherie Priest, Salman Rushdie, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard, John Irving, Nnedi Okorafor, Saladin Ahmed, Helene Wecker and Stephen King.

He writes about space gnomes and Mars. His novel SKYLIGHTS and his short story novella THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES: VOL. 1 are both available on Amazon now. Another book in the BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES universe, as yet untitled, is expected early next year.”

Luther has written two books so far:

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They’re both available on Amazon. Click on either cover.

But that’s not all. Luther has written a ton of short fiction and is going to be a part of an upcoming collaborative work titled World Unknown Review with a group of other authors.

Personally, I’ve read Luther’s writing and find it highly addictive not only because it’s lively, fun and so easy to read but because his humour is contagious. Rare is the day when I don’t read his blog posts at Infinitefreetime.com. If you’re a fan of science fiction, check out his books at amazon and you’ll see why everyone’s ranting about them.

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Pay It Forward Friday: Crystal Goodwin

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Crystin Goodwin.


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Crystin says of herself: “First and foremost, I’m an author. *blushes* I’ve always wanted to say that. But seriously, my first book was released March 2, 2014. UnBlessed can be found in a number of places, mostly online. Amazon and Barnes and Noble both have links, or you could visit my personal estore if you want to be super supportive!  https://www.createspace.com/4695914

I have a lot of favorite authors, books, and series – which I’ll include below – but I wanted to mention my inspiration, idol, and hero first: Anne McCaffrey. Her diversity blew me away when I was in high school. After reading her Pern series and then diving into the totally different yet just as wonderful Tower and the Hive series, I remember thinking, “Wow. One person thought up these two rich, complex worlds. I want to be able to do that with just one.” Many years later, Myrillia was born.

As for some of my other favorites, they include: the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, the Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton, R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series, the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series. Yes, I’m a Harry Potter fan, and I’m not ashamed to say I like Twilight. Well. Maybe a little ashamed.

Another fun fact? I’m a HUGE World of Warcraft fan, and an avid player. Note I said avid, not accomplished. No, I’m not a raider. No, I don’t PvP. I don’t top DPS charts (well, I do occasionally – I’m not a bad player). I tend to lean towards collecting … everything. I have one of each class over level 20 (and that’s without refer-a-friend bonuses), and over five max level characters (pre-Warlords of Draenor). If your a WoW player, too, feel free to look me up: you can usually find me on Kieve – Lightbringer, Jahline – Lightbringer, or Teruaki – Earthen Ring.

Oh, my final note? I’m amateur artist, mostly with animation style drawings. Especially anime style. (Yes, I like anime, too. You couldn’t guess that from the reading and gaming clues?)”

These are her favourite books:

The entire works of Anne McCaffrey
The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore
The Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

She’s written UnBlessed, the first book of the series Blessings of Myrillia. The second book, Fire Blessed is due out in late 2014.

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I reviewed UnBlessed and found it outstanding. Click on the cover above to buy it from Amazon.com

She has her own blog at crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com where she does everything from share reading list to reviewing books.

So, want to know an author before they become famous? Check out Crystin Goodwin, an up and coming author with a very promising future and tons of talent.

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Pay It Forward Friday: Steve Vernon

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Steve Vernon.

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Steve says this of himself:

“I am a storyteller.

I am a writer.

Words are what I work with – whether spoken or written.

Over the last few years I have released three maritime ghost story collections – HAUNTED HARBOURS: GHOST STORIES FROM OLD NOVA SCOTIA, WICKED WOODS: GHOST STORIES FROM OLD NEW BRUNSWICK and HALIFAX HAUNTS: EXPLORING THE CITY’S SPOOKIEST SPACES.

A fourth collection – a follow up to HAUNTED HARBOURS – is due out in the fall of 2011.

I have also released a children’s picture book MARITIME MONSTERS.

I have recently released my very first Young Adult novel, SINKING DEEPER.

I have a cat named Kismet who ignores me. I have a beautiful wife named Belinda. I have a backyard full of blue jays, crows, the occasional chipmunk, and dandilions galore.

My Mom thinks I’m pretty cool too – or at least she tells me that.

Have a look through the blog and you’ll find out if mom is lying or not.”

Steven has written two ebooks:

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Click here to check them out.

He’s also the author of the very popular Haunted Harbour, among others.

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Haunted Harbours has sold over 7 000 copies! You can pick up copies at Amazon.ca , Amazon.com and Chapters/indigo/Coles.

A very talented writer, Steve warns that “…I have a bit of a split-personality when it comes to my writing. In addition to all of the wonderful family-friendly regional books I have released there is a darker side to my work.” Check out Steve’s blog here and find out more about this amazing Canadian author.

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Pay It Forward Friday: Elsie Elmore

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Elsie Elmore.

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A bright young writer who’s just starting out but is full of promise, Elise is also an incredibly kind person. She, however, describes herself with the following ‘factoids’.

Favorite color? Red, all shades. Always has been, suppose it always will be.

Favorite adult book?   There are just too many to list. But here are a few of the titles and authors I enjoy: Middle Sex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyDracula by Bram Stoker, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  And of course, Stephen King. That’s just to name a few.

Favorite young adult book? Michael Scott’s Alchemist series, The Heir series by Cinda Williams, Looking for Alaska by John Green were all wonderful reads. I also enjoy reading Stephanie Meyers, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen and Aprillynn Pike. And of course, J.K. Rowling.

Why do I write?  I love to breathe life into the stories drifting around my head. It’s an obsession, a passion, and an escape.

What am I working on now? THE UNDEAD, a paranormal romantic story of a 16 year-old’s encounter with the grim reaper, is complete and will be published by Curiosity Quills this fall (my official release date is September 3, 2014!!).  My Nanowrimo baby, a fairy tale retelling called RYDER AND WOLFE, is patiently waiting for me to finish edits for THE UNDEAD.  SEREN’S HEART, a magical realism story of a witch burdened with the rescue of her society, is in the rewriting stage.

Favorite season? Thanks to being raised in the south, I prefer fall. I love the crisp air and brilliant colors. But when the air becomes too crisp and snow falls, I hibernate.

Elsie has an awesome site: http://elsieelmore.com with everything from resources for writers to her books, to awesome quotes.

She has written the book titled: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

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Here’s a little blurb:

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

Click here to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk or here to go to her site and check it out.

A bright new writer, full of talent. Why not check out her book?

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Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Gene’O

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Gene’O, a blogger, writer and photographer just to name a few. He also happens to have a M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Creative English. He’s also one of those people I’ve mentioned above.

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Gene’O describes himself as a: “Compulsive writer, amateur photographer, and blogaholic.”

He’s is a contributor to several fantastic websites:

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He also runs his own site and is active on other media:

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His sites are filled with goodies like incredible photographs, writing resources, great posts, helpful tips for Social Media and more. I follow them and the day doesn’t go by when I don’t find something worthwhile on them. Why not check them out?

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Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Ellen Hawley

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read the post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I CAST A COUPLE PIECES OF BREAD ON THE WATER AND THE WAVES BRING ME BACK A HAM SANDWICH.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Ellen Hawley.

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Ellen says this about herself: “I was born and raised in New York, and it’s hard to talk about my life without talking about politics. My parents were organizers for a CIO union when they met, and my mother later helped found a New York tenants’ rights organization, Metropolitan Council on Housing. I grew up during the McCarthy period helping my mother pass out leaflets on the street and watching her speak at meetings and from sound trucks.”

She has a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing and has written two other books: Trip Sheets

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and Open Line.

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Her next book The Divorce Diet is due out in January 2015 and “is dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a relationship. Or a diet.”

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Check out her sites:

http://notesfromtheuk.com

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Or find out a little more about her writing here.

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Pay-It-Forward Fridays

I saw a wonderful idea in this post by Emily Guido and I got pretty excited about it. The concept is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that article, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

What do you think? Interested? Let me know about your blog or your book or anything you’d like to see get a little boost and I’m all over it.

If you think this might interest you, give me a shout!

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Toil and Trouble Tuesday: D’Oh!

Trying to sell our house, we’ve gone out of our way to make it as attractive as possible. We wanted to attract buyers. Problem is, we attracted something else instead.

There are three cats who love our house more than their own and there’s a chipmunk who’s set and determined to be the next resident. But worse than either of them, are the fruit flies.

One tiny, innocent fruit fly appeared in our kitchen one day. Apparently, he liked what he saw because the next day he brought fifty-two of his closest friends.

Gross and annoying they may be, but I don’t like to kill them. So, I searched in Google and created a trap. You use plastic wrap and cover a small container that has juice or wine or vinegar, then poke holes into the plastic. The flies smell the juice and go in through the holes. Since they’re not exactly mental giants, they forget how they got in and can’t come out.

It worked like magic and soon there were ten of the little flies buzzing away inside the container. Determined to save their insect lives, I took them outside. I thought I’d release them back into the wild (aka my backyard) where they would live happily with others of their kind. It would be a beautiful, cathartic experience that would enrich my cosmic Karma and their experience with humankind. I even heard music playing in my head as I lifted the plastic wrap…

And they flew right back into the house.

Maybe I should wonder about my own mental capacity.

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Full Circle

This video touched my heart. In fact, I might have shed a couple of tears. It has nothing to do with writing or romance or books either. But its message is so important.

Walking Your Path

Everyone we encounter holds a key to our future.

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