Check this out. Holy Crap!

Holy Crap is right!! Great news especially first thing Monday morning!! So excited!!  Read the entire post here.

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I get this email from my blog:

Name: Ellen Datlow
Comment: I would like a print review copy The Box Under the Bed to cover in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR #10. My mailing address is
Ellen Datlow
PMB (numbers)
(numbers) Avenue of the Americas
NY NY (numbers)
Ellen Datlow

Now, I get a TON of spams, and this isn’t likely to REALLY be Ellen Datlow, you know? But the name sounds familiar. I Google her; she’s legit – Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and co-edited the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series; she was editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror…

So I show it to Allison (by email).

We are both kinda suspicious

so Allison says maybe find some other legit sources for Ellen and see if the email matches or whatever. Sounds good. So I…

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Happy Homemaker Monday 09.18.17

Good Evening!!   These weeks are flying by, we are having some really warm weather this week, but not complaining.  Trying to get out on my bike as much as I can before it gets too cold. As much as I am looking forward to snow, I’m not looking forward to cold and flu season.  Already I’ve had sniffly kids here. Of course, my kids aren’t little, but age doesn’t matter when kids are sick, lol.  Hope everyone is doing well.

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 




This looks interesting. I’m thinkin’ add some chocolate to the top, my youngest loves chocolate covered bacon!!





So adorable.



Friday night I walked over to the little band shelter we have a few blocks away in our downtown area.  There was a concert by The Howl Experience.  It’s an all request dueling piano show.  The weather was beautiful, and again a lot of people came out.  Only in a small town can they block off part of the street for a concert.  Always nice to get out and see old friends.

It has been so much fun to be a part of this whole book experience.  Basically it has gone from conception to completed product in a very short time.  The release date is October 1, but if you pre-order before then, there is a bonus story from Dan Alatorre included in the Kindle download version only.  Also, the paperback is now available to order!!  I will be placing my order this week.  I cannot wait to have the book in my hand!!  And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we just got word that a BIG name in writing wants to receive a review copy to be considered for The Best Horror of the Year.  It’s an annual compendium of the critically acclaimed editor’s selections of horror fiction.  Even though horror is not my genre of choice, this is still exciting news!! So if you or anyone you know loves some scary stories, grab a copy and share the link!!

The Box Under the Bed

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Haven’t been taking many photos, but this is a pic my son Elijah drew.






If You Can Dream It…

I recently posted about being a contributing author to The Box Under the Bed.  What an exciting experience this has been.  I am part of a private FB group where all the authors have been discussing the progress of the book, finalizing the cover design,  and looking at screenshots as the book is being formatted in paperback form.  Yes!!  And that is now available for you to order at Amazon!!

We have also been getting updates as the book has been climbing the charts of The Hot New Releases in our book category.  The last time I saw it we were at #7!!  How awesome is that?  That is why we are asking for pre-orders.  Amazon has all kinds of lists that are ranked by sales.  If we get to number one, then that means more exposure for us.

Dan, as always, has been talking about it on his blog.  I’ll be honest, after the first initial excitement kind of wore off, and the realization that I live the life of a busy mom, not an author yet, I was like, eh…it’s just my first story, in the midst of 20 others.  But then I read Dan’s post, and it got me fired up all over again.  He’s done this so many times, but yet he’s excited about this.  Here’s the part that got me. He encouraged his readers to pre-order the book, and put it like this….

Now, why do YOU want to do all this?

Well of course because you’re awesome.

Because you’re helpful.

 And also because I think we have seen collectively the dream starting to become a reality for folks on this blog.

That’s kinda magical.

What happens is, you come here to learn a little more about writing and

  • the next thing you know you make some friends
  • and then you enter a writing contest
  • and the next thing you know you’re being published.

 Whether as an independent author with some guidance from me, or through my network of friends in the traditional publishing market,


No less than three of the top winners of our first two Word Weaver Writing Contests have gone on to publish their books, partly because of the recognition, support and enthusiasm for their work that they received here, in our contests.

 Gang, that’s huge.


Oh, and another benefit of pre-ordering?  You receive a story from Dan Alatorre that is included ONLY in the pre-order Kindle version.

As we get closer to the October 1 release date, the excitement will continually build.  Plus, once I have the actual paperback in my hand, there’s no tellin’ what might happen!!  You may hear me all the way in your neck of the woods!! 😀


So  grab your copy today,

And be a part of making dreams come true.






Happy Homemaker Monday 09.11.17

Good Evening!!   Hope everyone is doing well. Our weather has been cooler out here, but looks like we can get some warm weather yet. This week my twins will be celebrating their 22nd Birthday, that is hard to believe, wasn’t I just 22 like last year? 😀


Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 




These look so yummy, but I’m not sure I could actually eat a whole one myself, I would like to try them, at least once 🙂




Such a unique and clever idea.



Some time ago, I had posted that my friend Kathleen was raising money and shaving her head for St. Balderick’s Children’s Cancer Research.  Well, she raised over $4000 and one of our local stylists shaved her head while Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and P!nk’s “So What” blasted through the speakers, totally fitting for Kathleen.

If you missed my separate post last week,  I will share my news with you here.  One of my stories will be featured in an Anthology of scary stories to be released October 1.  Here is the link to pre-order your copy today.  Right now, the kindle version is available, but the paperback will be following shortly.  I am totally excited about this!!


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Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Honorable Mention Winner Carrie Ann Alexis

My second Author Profile. Since I did one back in April, I talk more about the inspiration for my story in this one.

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The winners of July’s Word Weaver Writing Contestshare their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

Today our honorable mention winner, Carrie Ann Alexis, was also a winner in our April contest. Carrie Ann answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)

DAN: Welcome back to the winner’s circle!

Carrie Ann: Thanks. Since my profile was featured last time, I have only answered a couple of these.

Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

This was a story I had written before.  I brushed off the dust and applied the tips I received from my critique from the last contest.

There are a lot of writing contest out there. What drew you to this one?


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