Today's BUZZ GUEST is poet SANDRA MACLEAN here to share another life story with us.
As part three of our Mother's Day Weekend Sandra has agreed to share with us some memories of her matriarchal grandmother.
Now for the other story. Gram. She was a Christian. Strong in her faith. Went to church every Sunday.
But she loved her ‘Ouija’ board. She had TWO of them. She used to freak us out a little when we would play with her. She didn’t even have to have her fingers touching that thing and it would slide across the board like a gust of wind had blown in. Trust me, no wind, no anything, but the energy was real.
She used to live her life by that thing. My Aunt finally took both of them away as she felt my gram had a problem. I experimented with the board in my teens and spooked myself. I decided it was not something for me.
Gram also taught us the art of using a pendulum, with a needle and thread. I bet this conjures up memories for a lot of you.
At a very young age I already had a sense that there was more out there. I had an out of body when I was in Grade 3 while my teacher was reading us a story. So having the Grandmothers that I did enabled me to keep that door open. So many of us lose it.
This all helped me evolve to the spiritual being I am today. A little of my journey to come.
Thank you Sandra for sharing memories of your “Gram”. It was so interesting.
BUZZ NOTE: Join us tomorrow for the conclusion of Mother’s Day weekend where Sandra will share some thoughts and a poem. Can’t wait!
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PART TWO of my interview with Buzz Guest Yvonne Rediger author of the VIC SHAPESHIFTERS SERIES.
Yvonne's first book in the series is called THE SHAPE OF US. Someone knows about the Pack and that someone is after the kids. It's available right now on Amazon!
Yvonne's second book in the series is called HELL CAT! Helly has her former human boss between the cross hairs. You can support Yvonne by previewing and/or nominating HELL CAT by clicking the button below.
Yvonne took some time from writing her third book that has the tentative title of LOTTIE'S TAIL to answer some questions for us.
This is PART TWO of my interview with Buzz Guest Yvonne Rediger:
Wow! Karate and Aikido! I know who to call if I'm up against a wall. Thanks Yvonne for taking the time to answer my questions and being a BUZZ GUEST on FAE AND WITCHES AND GHOSTS--OH MY!
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My BUZZ GUEST for today is author Yvonne Rediger. Yvonne has an awesome fantasy series out titled the VIC SHAPESHIFTERS.
Book One is called THE SHAPE OF US. Someone knows about the Pack and that someone is after the kids. THE SHAPE OF US is available right now on Amazon!
Book Two is called HELL CAT!
At the moment Yvonne is writing Book Three of the series. It's tentative title is LOTTIE'S TAIL.
Yvonne was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us:
Thank you Yvonne I so enjoyed reading your answers!
You can find Yvonne on twitter at @Blackyvy
BUZZ NOTICE: Part Two of my interview with Yvonne Rediger author of the VIC SHAPESHIFTERS SERIES will be posted on Friday April 29th, 2016.
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Spotlight on kristin d. van risseghem and her latest book the passage, a dance & a little white dress.
The Zoe Jabril journey continues. Yay! Having read the first book, The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, I'm kind of all ready invested in this character. So I'm really excited to see what she's up to. The synopsis gives us just enough information to tantalize our minds. Zoe will have to tangle with: a strange attraction to her new neighbor; a daring covert operation against demons; travel to the fae summer court to negotiate alliance support; all the while making sure her high school attendance record stays on point so her parents won't find out what she's really up to. But luckily we are not her parents and can enjoy finding out about this next stage in Zoe's journey as she battles to stop the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.
Below is an excerpt from Chapter One for you to enjoy:
Last night, a friend of mine rose from the dead—and I was the one who brought her back. So I guess . . . I’m an angel. Or, at least most of my friends think I am.
Even wrapped tightly in the arms of my favorite oversized PINK hoodie, I shivered. It was chilly for mid-April while sitting on my front porch with the sun just coming over the horizon, but that wasn’t where the tremor had come from.
I glanced up, startled by the high-pitched squealing of truck brakes that rang above the music playing from my iPod. The truck turned into the cul-de-sac and careened straight into the next door neighbors’ driveway. What made it really strange was the house had been empty since last October. I could still see the top of the “For Sale” sign on the manicured front lawn. I pulled out my cell phone to text my boyfriend, Shay.
Me: Good morning!
As I waited for a response, a gray uniformed driver open his door and climbed down. He walked to the back of the truck; then multiple doors slammed.
“This furniture goes into the living room on the main level,” a man said.
I didn’t particularly want to be a nosy neighbor, but I couldn’t help myself. I eased higher on the top step, hoping to get a look at the man who seemed to be in charge. His back was to me, so all I could tell was he had short blond hair. He glanced down at something then looked back up, turned, and pointed toward a number of other, smaller trucks in the cul-de-sac parking. More uniformed men jumped out of the smaller trucks and gathered around their boss, waiting for instructions. I had no interest in watching a bunch of people move boxes, so I just stayed on the step and waited for my best friend, Kieran, and Shay
You can purchase this book through: Amazon; Nook; Smashwords; or on Kristin's website at www.kristinvanrisseghem.com.
Below is a picture of the divine Ms. Van Risseghem so you can put a face to the creator of this awesome series. Happy reading y'all!
Yeah, it's true. I have an empty patch in my garden. For some people--and I'm talking about gardeners with miraculous green thumbs--an empty patch of garden area is an opportunity. For them deciding what to plant in that patch of brown earth is a snap. I've even heard that gardeners regularly create empty garden patches so they can go through the decision planting stage--on purpose! But for me, not a green thumb person, it's a BIG decision.
I'm a novel writer and so my first instinct is to do some research. The problem here is that there is so much information on gardening that I just can't decide. And my past experience with house plants has unfortunately left me with nothing but bad experiences. Like last year, I tried to grow Black Eyed Susan's from seedlings. I followed the directions on the package. I planted. I watered. I set them in sunlight. But a couple of months later there were no lovely green shoots, just dirt. I should have known. Any house plant I ever had usually died. They'd either crisp up into a dried husk or they'd mold into a weirdly gelatinous mush. And I felt bad for everyone of them.
The only time in my life when I could grow plants was just after the birth of my first child. I don't know whether my vibration changed when I became a mother or if it was just dumb luck. But for awhile there, I could grow plants. But it didn't last. A few years later my plant growing skills vanished once again.
Oh, I've never had a problem with trees or bushes. They seem to like me. I trim them in the spring and let mother nature take care of the rest. They grow and I don't try to mess with that. I have some luck with petunias but again I classify them as a plant that mother nature takes care of. I put them in a pot and stick them outside. I only water them if we haven't had rain for awhile. And miraculously--they bloom!
A couple of years ago we downsized into a smaller home. Our children are grown and we didn't need all the space of a large house. The new house itself was great. But the garden! The lady that lived here before me was an awesome gardener. I inherited many wonderful plants, trees and bushes from her labors outside. A plum tree. Three blueberry bushes. A raspberry patch. A small herb garden with chives that pop up faithfully every year. And two patches to grow random vegetables. She had grown rhubarb, kale and tomatoes. And the thought of taking care of those vegetable patches scared me.
But I boldly put on a brave face and tackled my problems. I planted tomatoes in one patch. They grew. A little. I managed to snag a few nicely shaped balls of the red fruit. I even added them into a few salads for dinner. I also planted mint in the other patch. Now that grew! But too much. I started seeing mint growing a couple of feet away from where I planted it. And it seemed to be choking out the hostas that were planted on either side of it. Again research tells you that mint is an invasive plant but I had no idea how much.
So I called my friend from back home. I actually call her every Friday night just to chat. She is bolder than I am about gardening. Under her direction I learned about herbs. They are easy to grow and handy for cooking. I learned that mulch combats weed growth and helps to prevent a dried out garden bed. And her attitude as a gardener is one I plan on adopting. She says that it's hit and miss. And if she accidentally kills something it's okay because then she learns. When I asked her if she felt bad about accidentally killing a plant she said, "I don't think I have. If I did I don't remember. It couldn't have been too traumatic if I don't remember."
And she's right. I'm totally overthinking this.
But that is how my brain works and it's part of how I'm able to write novels. But I am going to give it a go. I am. And I'll try not to obsess over it too much. I'll try.
But just in case anyone has any ideas for me, the area gets sunlight almost all day and is covered in cedar mulch. It's pictured below. If you want to throw some planting suggestions at me, then I can assure you that me and my obsessive brain thank you very much in advance.
Other than that, keep on keeping on and have a nice day.
Spotlight q&a with ismael manzano from fantasy works publishing. author of soulless book one of the soul broker series.
Ismael Manzano lives in the Bronx with his wife who is a fellow writer and his young son whose energy and imagination encourages him to create new fantasy worlds every day. Ismael has written reviews and commentaries for G-pop.net, and published short stories in This Dark Matter, and Grey Matter. Currently, he is working on his new urban fantasy series, Soul Broker.
What drew you to writing?
Probably the same thing that draws all writers: reading. For me it was C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series that first piqued my interest in writing. I was swept up into that wardrobe along with Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan, and by the time I was done reading the series, I wanted not only to live in Narnia, but to create my own worlds. I wanted to remain in a fantasy world as long as I could, but more importantly, I wanted other people to join me in the worlds I created.
Do you have a degree in writing? Do you believe that matters? Why/Why not?
No. I took several creative writing workshops both in and out of college, but no degree in the subject. I do believe it matters, but not in that a degree can teach a person to write or to have an imagination. Those things are inherent. You either have them or you don’t. If you have them, the workshops--not the degree--can help you to hone those skills and bring out your best, but if you don’t, I don’t believe any number of degrees will make you able to create stories. For me, that time was invaluable because I had built up a lifetime of bad habits that I needed to shake if I was ever going to get anywhere. In or out of the classroom, getting together with other writers is the best education for this craft.
How long did it take you to create your first book?
About a week. It was a Narnia sequel. I was eleven. I wish I had saved a copy of it. Probably would’ve been very insightful.
How long did it take you to create the last?
About four months before edits.
What have you learned in between?
I learned that revising is very important. And that you need permission to use someone else’s material in your book. Also, to measure twice, cut once. Finishing quickly doesn’t make the story better.
What are you currently learning to further develop your craft?
Currently trying to learn to revise with a cold and critical eye. If you hold onto any part of the story too tightly, you risk strangling the whole.
Do you prefer creating short stories, or novels?
Although I have written short stories, I prefer novels. Even when I try to write a short, it usually ends up expanding into a novel.
What Genre do you write and why?
I have two. Epic Fantasy and Contemporary Fantasy. Epic Fantasy draws me in because I like world building, the idea that I can make up a religion or a structure of civilization is very appealing. For contemporary fantasy, I like the idea of taking something known or mundane and adding something fantastical to it.
Can you pick a favorite line from your latest work (or the work being highlighted) and tell us why this is your favorite?
Not sure if I can pick a favorite, but I think this one is very indicative of the main character’s (Charlotte) voice:
“My dear fool,” he said with all the sympathy of one of Asimov's robots. “I believe you may have just started a war.”
What about your life influenced your drive to create?
I wanted to have something that stood a chance of enduring after I was gone, something that could recreate, for someone else, what I feel when I read a really great book.
Tell us something personal you've enjoyed due to being an author.
Collaborating and brainstorming with my wife who also writes. It has brought us closer together and enriched our relationship in a way that I don’t think would have been possible had only one of us been interested in the craft.
What is next on your current writing agenda?
Right now my agenda is to brainstorm away for part two in the Soul Broker Series. After writing the Soul Broker series? That might take up a lot of my time, but I would like to tweak my Epic Fantasy series Under Realm and see if version 8.0 will finally fix all of the problems. If not, I might try another contemporary fantasy. Have a few ideas I need to flesh out first. I guess whichever comes first.
Thank you Ismael for sharing your time and thoughts with us.
Ismael’s book Soulless (Book one of the Soul Broker Series) comes out March 8th, 2016.
You can find Ismael at:
www.fantasyworkspublishing.com under authors
THE DAY IS HERE!!!!!!!
Ross Smeltzer's dark, historical fantasy The Mark of the Shadow Grove release date January 15, 2016--TODAY!!! You can purchase your copy at Fantasy Works Publishing, Amazon or Smashwords.
Q & A
What drew you to writing?
I enjoy the challenges associated with writing. It's a craft that demands much from those who practice it. It stimulates me intellectually, in a way nothing else does.
I think I enjoy writing speculative fiction because of my own dissatisfaction with consensus reality. The world that is seems very drab to me; I like to enliven in with a dash of magic and madness.
What are you currently learning to further develop your craft?
I'm experimenting with shorter forms of fiction and am currently crafting works of flash fiction and very short stories: yarns under 1,000 words. I like the limitations these forms impose on the writer; boundaries are a boon to creativity.
Do you prefer creating short stories or novels?
I much prefer the short story to the novel. Too often, the "single effect" the writer can achieve in the short story is dissipated in the sprawl of the novel. I agree with Ambrose Bierce's acerbic characterization of the novel as "a short story padded."
What Genre do you write and why?
I would say my writing dwells in the shadowy borderland between dark fantasy and horror. I don't really care for genre labels, but I'd say most of my works fall within the Gothic tradition. I just can't help but fixate on twisted Tim Burton-esque trees, dilapidated ruins, and scimitar-shaped moons. I suspect my early enthusiasm for Hawthorne and Lovecraft congealed in my subconscious and is now quite ineradicable.
Do you have a favorite author(s)?
Among living authors, I'd say, without hesitation, Margaret Atwood. She's a deft prose stylist with a poetic sensibility and she has a healthy contempt for the notion of sacrosanct "genres."
What season most inspires you?
Fall. I am assuredly one of Ray Bradbury's "autumn people." Also, I enjoy sweaters, apple cider donuts, and horror movies of dubious quality.
What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn't learn from your resume alone?
I'm a fanatical and unapologetic cat man. I melt at the sight of dozing kittens.
Which Harry Potter house would you belong to?
I'm fairly certain I'd be conscripted into Ravenclaw, but I'd be happy to be included in any of the houses but Slytherin. That house seemed to be composed entirely of sociopaths-in-training. They needed to undergo some form of collective therapy.
Thank you Ross for taking the time to answer these questions and give us some insight into the man behind the book.
If you want to know more about Ross you can find him at:
My experience working with Tiffany Heiser can be summed up in one word – easy. I told Tiffany what I wanted. She took that information and searched until she found the images that fit the bill. Then she presented several images for me to choose from. She made sure not to forget the symbols that I really wanted to be in the book cover. When I wanted changes, she did them almost instantly as we were talking about it. Again – easy!