Thursday, April 30, 2009

Interview with Vern and Gater Louie from Magic, Mensa and Mayhem


"Sheeeew-dang! Can you see that big ol' snout hidin' in them thar bushes? I'm tellin' you, chile, I ain't nevah seen no gator that size or color a'fore."

These are the words Vern the dragon wakes up to in this scene from Magic, Mensa and Mayhem. After a rather long and frustrating day of babysitting Faerie creatures at Florida convention, Vern has gone to take a nap in the Everglades. Unfortunately, he finds himself the unwitting subject of a nature show, hosted by the One-and-Only Gater Louie, the American answer to The Crocodile Hunter. Today on Virtual Book Tour de Net, we get to talk to Vern and Louie about the experience. Welcome, Vern and Louie.

Louie:
Shewew-dang! I is right pleased to be here!

Vern (grumbling):
The things I do for Cajun food.

VBTdN:
Vern, you're actual home in the Mundane world is Los Lagos. Colorado. Is that by choice?

Vern: Yes and no. When the Interdimensional Gap opened between our worlds, it did it in Los Lagos on the Mundane side and near Peebles-on-Tweed in Faerie. Guess that's what you get when a nuclear power plant blows up just as a magical spell goes wrong in ours. Don't try it at home. Really, don't.


VBTdN:
What did you think of Florida--can we expect you to move down here when you retire?

Vern: I'm immortal; no retirement age for me. And right now, I'm working off a spell by St. George. Once I've served God and His creatures to God's satisfaction and get all my size, wisdom and powers back, I intend to spend a century or two back in my old stomping grounds in Caraparvalenciana. I miss my jungle mountains and the desert sands, and my treasure. Definitely miss my treasure. Florida's a little far away from the Gap, too, which makes it hard for us Magicals. We need exposure to a certain amount of magic to stay healthy. So, No offense to Florida, but it's a nice place to visit, but I won't be setting up residence.

Besides, I don't want to have to deal with environmental protesters every time I decide to take a swim in the Gulf.

Pete: Louie, what did you think of Vern when you first met him? Is he a threat to the environment?

Louie: Aw, now, I thought I'd found me a whole new species of gater! 'course, I I'd seen was that big ol' snout of his. Once I got to know him, I could see he was an intelligent being. I think we're going to be thicker than gravy afor' long.

Vern:
(snorts) What he means is, he's hired DragonEye, PI, to consult on his spinoff show in Faerie.

Louie: (dropping exaggerated Southern accent for a New York one): Which reminds me, Vern. Sandra e-mailed those contracts to you. I think we'll be ready to film the bullemic gulon. The irony of the species is classic, and the implications to young people who might suffer from eating disorders... Seriously, you'd be amazed how our demographic includes teenage girls-- Oh, (bleep!) Are we live? Can we edit that? I meant to say,

Louie (with accent): Righter than rain, my draconic friend! And we are in the makings of a ex-ci-ting episode on the Bull-lee-mic Gulon. You best be having a wastebasket handy, 'cause it promises to be geee-ross! http://www.mythcreatures.co.uk/beasts/gulon.asp


VBTdN:
Vern, will you be featured in any of Gater Louie's episodes?

Vern:
I'm not an animal. I'm sentient. So, no.

Louie:
But I'm still hopin' he'll show up fer a guest spot!


VBTdN:
Vern, tell us a little about the adventure where you met Louie.

Vern: The details are in Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, out from Swimming Kangaroo, (www.swimmingkangaroo.com/mensa.html) and at Amazon and for Kindle. In essence, my partner, Sister Grace, and I were "volunteered" to babysit the Magicals from Faerie at a Mensa convention. It was supposed to be a simple chaperone job, but with pranking pixies, a starstruck dwarf who gets himself arrested, brownies doing random acts of neatness all over the hotel, and the elves bringing their tribal squabbles to the convention--then getting high on soda... (shakes head) It turned out to be one of the toughest cases we didn't get paid for.


VBTdN:
Did you have any fun at all?

Vern: S
ure. Met some great people, had some terrific food thanks to the Faerie French chef who volunteered to handle the hospitality suite, and discovered Dr. Who. So, it wasn't a total loss.

Louie clears his throat.

Vern:
Yeah. And I met him. (Jerks his head at Louie.)


VBTdN:
Thanks so much for being here. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Vern:
My transcriber, Karina Fabian, wants me to remind folks that they can join the DragonEye, PI website at www.dragoneyepi.net. Members get a free newsletter with a column from me and Faerie facts, plus special offers on DragonEye, PI, stories and products.

Louie:
And don' ferget to tune in for Gater Louie. Check your local listings for stations and times!



For more about Karina: www.fabianspace.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rock Bound by Rochelle Weber



The future is a dangerous place for dreamers and idealists.

When a dictator takes over the United States, Annie Peterson attends a protest in Washington, DC, with Paul, her husband and soul mate. US troops fire into the crowd killing Paul. Jake Johnsrud, a virtual stranger, risks his life to save Annie’s. They are among the survivors who are sentenced to slavery on the Moon for their “crimes.”

Jake is forced to mine, while Annie is sentenced as a doxy to "service" the men. Jake fights increasing feelings of anger and jealousy as Annie struggles to perform her job, while she resists her increasing attraction to him. Along with their fellow inmates, they fight to survive on the lunar "rock" that is their prison.

Will the hardships of life in exile bring the two together? Or will Annie’s undying devotion to Paul be the final, insurmountable obstacle for her and Jake?


Excerpt

July, 2051
Washington, DC


Annie, Paul and Crystal spread their blankets together near a band that was playing the same music they’d been singing at their campsite the night before. The Mall was so crowded they could barely breathe. Paul went in search of drinks and was gone over an hour. He got back to the blanket just as Annie returned from her attempt to reach the Lincoln Memorial. The first speaker mounted the podium.

“Can you believe they’re charging five credits a bottle for water and seven for pop?” he asked, as he handed the women their drinks.

“Now I wish we’d brought the cooler from the car,” Annie said.

“I know, and you’ll never let me live it down,” Paul lamented. His warm, brown eyes twinkled at her.

“Well, if water’s five credits, how much will a sandwich be?” Crystal asked.

“I already checked. Burgers’re fifteen credits and fries’re another five,” Paul replied, as he settled on the blanket between the two women.

“It’s a seller’s market. They’ll charge all the traffic will bear,” said a man sitting on the grass next to them. “I’m Jake Johnsrud.” He extended his hand and they each shook it.

“This is my husband, Paul, our friend Crystal Petrie, and I’m Annie Peterson. Why don’t you join us on our blanket?” Annie asked.

“Thanks,” he said. Jake was a tall, solidly built man with blond hair and blue eyes that twinkled when he laughed. His lantern jaw and slightly overlarge ears were somewhat comical and prevented him from being a blond Adonis, but along with his good humor, this inexplicably added to his charm.

“Nice to meet you. Jake,” Annie replied. “Scrunch over there, Honey.” She nudged Paul, patting the blanket next to her as she moved closer to Paul the middle. Of the blanket to make room for the other man.

“Well, the price of pop isn’t our only worry,” Paul said. “There are troops surrounding the Mall. I think we can pretty much count on being arrested”

Annie followed Crystal’s gaze to the soldiers. She didn’t believe what she saw, and was still trying to process the sight of them raising their weapons. Cyrstal dropped her sign and yelled, “The bastards are firing on us!” Paul’s head lolled forward, the charred hole still smoking, and Annie fell to the ground trying to cradle it. Annie sobbed, crying “No! No! No!” Crystal’s arms were around her, as she sat on the ground, clutching her dead husband. People were trying to run but there was nowhere to go. Annie felt Jake fall atop her and Crystal. Oh, my God! He’s dead, too!

“Lie still,” he said. “We’re liable to get trampled.”

Annie felt the weight lift all too soon, as Jake was roughly pulled to his feet by a soldier, who separated him from the women. They handcuffed Annie with a plastic tie-up, and dragged her away from Paul’s body toward an Army truck.

“Nooooooooooo!” she screamed. “Paul!”

They threw her in back of the truck, and Crystal landed next to her. She scooted closer to Annie.

“Cry it out, Sweetie,” Crystal said. Annie leaned her head on the other woman’s shoulder and sobbed.




About Rochelle Weber:


Rochelle Weber is a Navy veteran, member of Mensa, and holds a BA in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago with an emphasis on creative writing. She has over 20 years of editorial experience and has edited books in a variety of genre: fiction, fantasy, self-help and even poetry; as well as newsletters for various non-profit organizations. She states, “I have been mentally editing every piece of printed material I have read for most of my life. My mother was a stickler for grammar, as am I. One of my pet peeves is the dreaded comma splice, and I can name a few bestselling authors who use them frequently. Who edits their work?” Rochelle lives with two cats in Rantoul, Illinois and clucks over her two daughters while spoiling her five grandchildren.

To Purchase:
http://tinyurl.com/buyrockbound

Monday, April 27, 2009

Finding Faith by Chet Galaska


Chet Galaska was an atheist who became a Christian in his early fifties. It took several years of learning about the faith for him to shed his skepticism and become a believer.

Finding Faith in a Skeptical World covers subjects that once stood between him and faith. As he searched, he found that his skepticism was based on shallow perceptions he’d accepted at face value. One by one, troublesome issues were explained and they became reasons for belief instead of doubt.

It was as though he had a scale, with reasons for skepticism on one side and reasons for belief on the other. When he started, there was far more weight on the “skeptical” side, but it gradually shifted and became counterweight on the “belief” side. Eventually, the evidence for faith far outweighed the arguments for disbelief, and the case for faith became overwhelming.

Some chapters deal with matters of faith such as prayer, redemption, salvation and sin. Others address issues like Christian hypocrisy, why bad things happen, miracles, Satan and the Christian view of war. Some are about the seemingly contradictory relationship between science and religion that are discussed in chapters on scientific perception, creation and evolution. Other subjects like the sometimes violent and cruel history of Christianity, “Born Agains” and the Christian view of the Jewish people don’t fit neatly into any category. The common denominator is that each addresses an issue that can be misunderstood and create a distorted, negative view of the faith.

The book was written with the intent of providing brief shortcuts for curious unbelievers, those seeking faith, those new to it, and for Christians who may not be familiar with some of the ideas covered. The author realized that a book like this would have been valuable in helping him come to faith. Since none was available, he wrote Finding Faith in a Skeptical World to share the things he learned in a reader-friendly, direct and concise way

Read an Excerpt:


Spirituality—especially Christian spirituality—is disdained by those who don’t understand it and refuse to even try. This bias can cause skeptics to dismiss the idea that God is the creator out of hand. But there are many scientists with open minds who see the Mind of God in the workings of creation and who have come to faith because of it. In fact, a survey of biologists, physicists and mathematicians found that about 40% “believed in a God who actively communicates with humankind and to whom one may pray.”22 Unfortunately, they don’t get attention like the cynics and we’re given the false perception that the scientific community is universally skeptical about the existence of God.

In the end, whether science proves God’s existence depends on who is viewing the evidence. Even those who rely solely on empirical evidence but who have open minds, like Albert Einstein, see God. Those who close off God up front don’t see him because they refuse to. In TV programs, textbooks, museums, the media in general, and other politically correct venues,23 the central player in all of existence is missing. And by this absence we’re given the subtle, false message that science has determined God isn’t necessary and doesn’t exist.

About the Author:




C. William “Chet” Galaska was born in 1951. He began his college education at Drew University in Madison, NJ and graduated from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He co-founded a company that grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise and was its President for 24 years. He also served as Chairman of the New England Chapter of the American Foundry Society. In 2003 he sold his interest in the company and now invests in real estate.

Chet is a former unbeliever who became a Christian after years of investigating the faith with an open mind. His first book, Finding Faith in a Skeptical World, is a down-to-earth explanation of what he learned. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Massachusetts. They have two grown sons, Jon and Drew.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

CSFF Presents: Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka


From the author of highly praised Trophy Chase Trilogy comes this exciting swashbuckling tale of a pirate sentenced to die for the crime of mutiny.

As he awaits his fate, this pirate (none other than the delightful Smith Delaney from the Trophy Chase Trilogy) ponders his life and the events that have brought him to this fate.

In the process of remembering, and in grappling with mercy and justice as they have been played out in his life, a tale is spun, a tale of true hearts wronged, noble love gone awry, dark deeds done for the sake of gold, and sacrifices made for love. In the end, our pirate will come face–to–face with himself, with his own death, and with a God who promises grace where none is deserved.

Readers of Christian fantasy will once again be swept away by Bryan Polivka’s compelling storytelling abilities. As Publisher’s Weekly said of the author’s first book, “readers will be flipping pages eagerly.”

*Featured book, Blaggard’s Moon -


George Bryan Polivka’s Web site - http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
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Keanan Brand
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CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
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Jeff Draper
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Karina Fabian
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Ryan Heart
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Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
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Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Abiding Hope and Love by Connie Arnold



This poetry collection is filled with optimism, revealing hope and love that may be found throughout life. Included are poems about hope, love, children, music, the Bible and nature. Life is filled with difficulties and trials, and finding hope and love can help you overcome these problems and find peace in your life.



Interview With Connie Arnold:

Why did you write this book?


My first book, Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace, has been so well received, and hearing from so many how much the poems have helped them encouraged me to continue writing as the inspiration continued to flow. Abiding Hope and Love was written to uplift and encourage others through all circumstances of life. These poems express the hope, comfort and peace that I have discovered through difficult times. Some challenges I face in my life come from having lupus and fibromyalgia with resulting pain, fatigue, weakness, and various other problems. Everyone has challenges to face, pain, suffering, sorrow or other difficulties, and these poems share the great source of hope and love to bring joy into our lives.

What was your favorite part?

The section of poems about children was probably my favorite. I have three small grandsons, and they give me so much joy! All children are such special blessings and miracles of love. In fact, one poem in this section is titled “A Tiny Miracle.”

What was hardest to write?

That’s a good question! The poems of hope and love seemed to flow fairly effortlessly, and the ones about children, music and nature are things which bring me great delight. I guess the ones based on the Bible were the hardest because of the importance of the words of scripture. Trying to capture what a great treasure the Bible is, the joy and praise from Psalms, the story of creation, a couple of parables and some of the names for Jesus and their meaning required much prayerful reading and meditating.

What do you hope folks get from reading your book?

Hope is one thing that is offered through the poems, and feelings of joy, peace, beauty and love. I hope that readers will find, as the title poem says:

When troubles and trials of life
Like winds are howling around,
A place that is quiet and sheltered
Is what needs to be found.

As in the hurricane’s eye
The destructive winds cease,
So also within the soul
Is a haven of calm and peace.

When the winds of fear and hatred
Rage and roar along their course,
Through prayer their strength is weakened,
As faith subdues their force.

There’s a safe, secure retreat,
A place down deep inside,
The center of life’s storms,
Where hope and love abide.

Abiding Hope and Love by Connie Arnold


What's next for you?

Two more inspirational poetry collections are in the works, one with the subjects of compassion and grace, and the other poems of the seasons and different holidays. I have also written children’s books that were to be published last year but due to complications are still awaiting publication. I am hoping these books will be available for my grandchildren and many other young children in the near future.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Flow of Time and Money by Lloyd Watts


The Flow of Time and Money is a groundbreaking new book that will help you master the relationship between your time and money. Using simple, proven techniques and easy-to-understand diagrams, Dr. Lloyd Watts shows you how to take control of your income, expenses and time commitments in order to achieve wealth and personal fulfillment.

About the Author:

Lloyd Watts was born in London, England, on October 2, 1961. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1992 at the California Institute of Technology, studying with Silicon Valley pioneer Carver Mead. In 2000, he founded Audience, Inc., a venture-capital funded startup that builds advanced noise reduction chips for cell-phones. Dr. Watts is the author of 5 patents and many technical papers. He is an accomplished photographer, painter, musician, former hang glider pilot, and proud father of two lovely daughters. He lives in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Read an Excerpt:


Money, Time, Life and Wealth

If you want to have a full and prosperous life, you need to understand how time and money work. Some principles are unfailingly true, yet are not obvious to all of us without some form of teaching. I have been fortunate to have some gifted and generous teachers, and I have sought out knowledge of how time and money work from every source I could find. I offer to pass my knowledge on to you.

Time and Money are fundamentally linked, as I will show in pictures soon. I will start with how money works, and then show how the principles that govern the Flow of Money are really the same as the principles that govern the Flow of Time.

Let us begin with a look at how money flows.

The Flow of Money

Most of us have a job and pay taxes. We have expenses and we buy things. And most of us vaguely wish we could get a raise so we could save more and maybe become wealthy some day. If that’s the plan, it’s not going to happen. We may get the raise, but we won’t become wealthy without a much better understanding of how the money is flowing through our lives and the social forces acting upon us. To make it easier to see the elements in our financial lives, I am going to use pictures, and a familiar analogy for something that flows, namely, water in a leaky bucket.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review: The Myth, Inc, series by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye


Since I'm doing the Magic, Mensa and Mayhem tour this month, I thought I'd review the book series that influenced the humor of the DragonEye, PI, world:

If you've not read the Myth, Inc. series by Robert Asprin (and now Jody Lynn Nye), go to your bookstore (yes, they are there!) or get on Amazon or B&N and order them! These humorous fantasies chronicle the adventures of Skeeve, the magician with a modicum of talent and a mountainload of unconscious charisma and inadvertent cleverness, and Aazh, the incredibly powerful magician who has sadly lost his powers for the next hundred years as the result of a practical joke gone wrong. When Skeeve's mentor is killed before he can remove the joke curse from Aazh, Aazh begrudgingly takes on Skeeve as his apprentice so that he can at least get around while seeking a cure.

That was 20 books ago and the apprentice had become the Master. On the way, they've thwarted, then befriended, the Interdimensional Mob (fun by the Fairy Godfather), played court magician (stopping a war and giving the position to Skeeve's apprentice, Masha), started their own magical agency, and most recently saved Aazh from getting sucked into a pyramid scheme that was literal as well as figurative.

Robert and Jody have a penchant for puns and a knack for ridiculous situations that will have you chuckling and snorting until people around you start to edge away. (You may not want to read it in airports or subways. Then again, it might be useful...) Robert said he got the idea while watching those old Bing Crosby buddy movies, but all the characters are distinct rich and memorable. The situations are clever, too, and they occasionally venture into serious topics, like Skeeve's brief experience with alcoholism.

Little wonder, then, that I dedicated Magic, Mensa and Mayhem to them and when I needed a back-cover blurb, Jody was the first person to come to mind. (It was thrilled when she agreed! Thanks, Jody!)





Latest in the Series:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee




Lee’s superior storytelling will have readers weeping for all that Havah forfeited by a single damning choice.
--Publishers Weekly starred review

“Havah is brilliant and breathtaking, inspired and inspiring.”
--author Sharon K, Souza, author of Lying on Sunday

“The most creative, mind-twisting novel of the summer.”
--Infuzemag.com, on Demon: A Memoir

Learn more:
www.havahstoryofeve.com


Learn more about Tosca at: www.toscalee.com

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Magic, Mensa and Mayhem Tour: Interview with content editor Linda Anderson

Great books are often the result of more than just the writer's efforts. I was very impressed with the thorough editing job done on Magic, Mensa and Mayhem by the editors at Swimming Kangaroo. The book went through a couple of edits--one for content and one for copyediting. These editors not only found errors I'd missed after a half-dozen edits and an equal number of critiques, but also alerted me to some writing habits I had and didn't realize. They created a better writer as well as a better book.

Today, we meet Linda Anderson, who was the content editor.


What does a content editor do?

The main job of a content editor is to read manuscripts for plot--Does it makes sense? Does it have any holes?--and character development--Are these people believable? This means we get to read books before anybody else does, which is a wonderful privilege, let me tell you. We also make sure sentence structure is correct and do a little grammatical tweaking if necessary. We are supposed to leave spelling and punctuation and such to the copy editor, but I think most editors of any variety would not be willing to let a typo escape if they could help it.

What do you enjoy about it?

Just about everything. I love to read ... I read to unwind the way a lot of people watch television to unwind. I have a hard time getting through a day if I can't read at least a little bit for pleasure sometime in my waking hours. (Because as we all know, reading while sleeping is hard!) I also get a major thrill out of being able to help polish someone else's creativity. That makes me a kind of coach. Or to put it another way: I am not the one who makes the cake, but I get to put the icing roses on.

How did you get started in the job?

Take one daily reader with a preference for fiction in general and science fiction in specific, give her a several-decades' long career in writing and editing news stories, add one friend who is a budding science fiction writer with the need for a little nagging to finish his book, stir in the opportunity to volunteer to be his editor and you've got my recipe for becoming a content editor. My friend sold his book to Swimming Kangaroo and mentioned to Dindy how much he liked my editing. She agreed to give me a chance as an editor. And here I am.

Are you a writer as well? If so, how does this help your writing?

I am a writer in the sense that I've got more than 25 years' experience writing news stories, but I'm not a writer in the book-writing sense, unless you count those 54 pages of a young adult novel that I started back in the mid-1990s and never finished. Yet. So yes, content editing could help my writing enormously by exposing me to new writers and different styles, showing me different possibilities and different concepts. But of course that means I'd have to dust off that manuscript ...

What impressions did you have about Magic, Mensa & Mayhem?

MM&M was my first experience with Vern and a terrific experience it was. (I hope it was good for him too.) I loved the puns, I loved the alternate universe setting, I loved the way all the different beings were just part of everyday life, I loved the crime solving part and I loved with Vern. I also appreciated how gently the religious message was conveyed. In these days when so many Christians seem to think the only way to spread the word is to smack people over the head with it, I loved how Vern and Sister Grace did the same thing in a much more gentle fashion. Believe me, those of us with sore heads appreciate it.

Any funny stories to share about editing it?


Not really funny stories about editing it. Parts of it made me laugh while I was editing, does that count?

Vern wants to know what you loved most about him in this story.

To paraphrase the gang at Cheers: VERRRRRNNN! I have a weakness for dragons. I've been a big fan since about 1979, but when I met Vern -- who can talk, make puns AND solve crimes-- I knew I had found my dragon. I think he's just about perfect. I mean, a wisecracking detective who is also a dragon -- what's not to love? Do you think I could ever sweet-talk him into giving me a ride? Just a short one, not too high ... I tend to get motionsick but I promise to be careful.

(Vern said if she's take some Dramamine, he'd consider it.)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Magic, Mensa and Mayhem Characters Speak Out

Characters answer the question: Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you?

Vern:
I'll let your readers decide what's exciting. I could give you a long list of annoyances, however. Let's see: finding Coyote the Trickster at a Mensa convention, dealing with bellhops who have a sick sense of humor, bailing out an angry dwarf, listening to said dwarf belt out "Henry Higgens" while drunk, environmentalists protesting my very presence, pranking pixies, hyperactive elves... Oh, yeah, and paying for the rips I put in the hotel carpet, but that never made the novel.

Sister Grace: It depends on what you mean by exciting. I most enjoyed making some new friends, especially Shirley Stark, a fellow harpist and a Mensan. But if you mean action-exciting, I guess that would be the magical "tussle" I got into with Euterpe. No, I won't give you the details. Let's just say she was putting on airs--as usual--during Shirley's Magic in Music panel and I felt it was my duty to humble her a bit...and things got out of hand. No one was hurt, except her pride, which may as well be a living thing. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say that. As you can see, Euterpe does bring out the worst in me.

Euterpe: Exciting? No. Why do you ask?

Kent the Dwarf: (Blushing) Nae. I couldn't really share that. It's all behind-the-scenes, anyway.

Brunhilde:
No, that's private.

Sigfried: The bellhops ask me where Roy and tiger are. Also what's in my wallet. I strangle them.

Princess Galinda, wife of the High Elf Galendor: Well, it was only mentioned in passing, but we were on Oprah! We'd been invited to a special about "cultural differences and the modern couple."

Monday, April 06, 2009

CFRB Presents: Save My Children by Emily Wierenga




About the Book:
Save My Children is a fictional retelling of the true story of Harvey and Elsie Jespersen, the founders of Bethany Homes for Children. The Jespersens' desire was simple: to provide a safe place for any child needing a family. Save My Children traces the lives of battered and mistreated kids who were cared for at Bethany Homes. From 1948-1991, the Jespersens fostered over 800 children, taking up to fifty-five kids at a time. The Homes consisted of old army barracks based on forty two acres of farmland. Through hard work, determination and patience, the Jespersens transformed those barracks into a place of refuge for generations of children. Refusing to take any payment except what parents could afford, Harvey and Elsie depended on faith and the generosity of others to see them through. Save My Children powerfully demonstrates love's ability to transform brokenness into beauty.

About the Author:
Emily Wierenga is the author of Save My Children and Canvas Child, a novel about Anorexia Nervosa which was short listed in 2006 for The Word Guild's Best New Author Award. Ms. Wierenga freelances for various publications including Christian Week, Focus on the Family magazine and Faith Today. She also appeared on Canada's most watched faith-based television show, 100 Huntley Street, and was interviewed by the number one spiritual talk-back show in the nation, The Drew Marshall Show.

Purchase Save My Children


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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Magic, Mensa and Mayhem Book tour

I'm touring this month for Magic, Mensa and Mayhem. If you're interested in the book or want to learn more about Vern; or if you are wondering what a virtual book tour is, please check out some of the stops.

If you're interested in doing your own tour, check out the Virtual book tour primer on www.fabianspace.com. Look under The Marketing Mentor for it. I am also teaching how to do it. It's a paid course, but at the end you'll have scheduled your own tour and know how to do it in the future.


1: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian

2: tour announced on www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com, www.fabianspace.com, www.dragoneyepi.net
--Interview with Jane Lebak: http://philangelus.wordpress.com
--Interview: www.thecomingevil.blogspot.com
--Live interview on Snark Infested Waters with Taylor Kent, 9:30-10:30 PM EDT at http://thesnarkyavenger.com

3: Interview with Vern on Larion Will's website: http://www.larriane.com
--Guest blog on character creation on www.kidsbooksuk.blogspot.com

4: Interview about Florida and Gater Louie scenes: http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com
--Information about Magic, Mensa and Mayhem at New Book News, http://doylebooks.blogspot.com

5: Information and interview of Vern; http://blog.frankcreed.com/

6: Quotes from the characters of MM&M: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com
--Interview on http://literary-equine.livejournal.com/

7: Interview at snoringscholar.blogspot.com
--Worldbuilding post and interview on http://www.amberstults.com.

10-11 EST Second Life: Meet & Greet
To get to the meeting: http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Bound%20Marina/227/24/25. They can then click on the link that says teleport now and that will open their software and after logging and they land in my living room. We will also have the surf boards out so that after the meeting we can surf around the marina. Also just on the other side of the marina is a Christian "night club" called Grizzlies where they can dance and mingle. Or they can just hang around and chat at my place.

8: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Review at www.splashdownreviews.blogspot.com

9: Interview with the content editor: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

10: Interview http://unwriter1.wordpress.com/
--Talking about blog tours at http://www.sallymurphy.blogspot.com/

11: Review: www.shoutlife.com/cindysbooks

12: Plotting MM&M on Writer Wow: http://writewow.blogspot.com/
--Interview on Imperfect Clarity http://www.imperfectclarity.net/

13: Interview with Nancy Famolari: http://sites.google.com/site/nancyfamolari/

14: Book review; http://www.freewebs.com/brynnacurry The Fairy Ring'
--Book Review: http://bibliophilesretreat.com
--Interview on Mommyblog, Mama Bear Knows Best http://www.imperfectclarity.net/mamabear/.

8 PM EST: Live chat at Author! Author! http://xat.com/WordBox

15: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--Interview at http://joyceanthony.tripod.com
--TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian -- Look for #mm&m

16: Interview with the copy editor: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

17: Guest post about writing funny on Ascroft, eh? www.dianneascroft.wordpress.com
--Talking about worldbuilding: Speculative Friction http://francespauli.blogspot.com

18: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--Review by CF Vici: http://cfvici.blogspot.com
--On blog with Karen http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com

19: Interview and Review (Up through 26th)
--ChrisChatReviews:http://www.freewebs.com/chrischatreviews/
--ChrisChatTalksBooks: http://chrischatreviews.blogspot.com/
--Tweet Tour: reviews and mentions
@nasharpe
@JaneLebak
@Frederation
@gracebridges
@terrimain
@josephcabadas

20: interview and review http://www.frederation.wordpress.com
--Review: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

21: Guest column on worldbuilding: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/
--Interview with Deb: http://debsbookreviews.blogspot.com

22: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Interview: www.jennifersbookreviews.com

23: Excerpt: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

24: Review with Cathi Hassan: http://cathischatter.blogspot.com

25: Interview with Cathi Hassan: http://cathischatter.blogspot.com

26: Review and interview on Wayfarer's Journal Blog Review: http://www.wayfarersjournal.com/blog.htm

27: Vern interview on "Scribblings": http://tree-lady.livejournal.com/

28: Review www.snoringscholar.blogspot.com

29: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Vern interviewed on snoringscholar.blogspot.com

30: MM&M Trivia contest: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com: Note: you'll need to have read the book.

The Magic, Mensa and Mayhem Virtual Book Tour

I'm touring this month for Magic, Mensa and Mayhem. If you're interested in the book or want to learn more about Vern; or if you are wondering what a virtual book tour is, please check out some of the stops.

If you're interested in doing your own tour, check out the Virtual book tour primer on www.fabianspace.com. Look under The Marketing Mentor for it. I am also teaching how to do it. It's a paid course, but at the end you'll have scheduled your own tour and know how to do it in the future.


1: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian

2: tour announced on www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com, www.fabianspace.com, www.dragoneyepi.net
--Interview with Jane Lebak: http://philangelus.wordpress.com
--Interview: www.thecomingevil.blogspot.com
--Live interview on Snark Infested Waters with Taylor Kent, 9:30-10:30 PM EDT at http://thesnarkyavenger.com

3: Interview with Vern on Larion Will's website: http://www.larriane.com
--Guest blog on character creation on www.kidsbooksuk.blogspot.com

4: Interview about Florida and Gater Louie scenes: http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com
--Information about Magic, Mensa and Mayhem at New Book News, http://doylebooks.blogspot.com

5: Information and interview of Vern; http://blog.frankcreed.com/

6: Quotes from the characters of MM&M: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com
--Interview on http://literary-equine.livejournal.com/

7: Interview at snoringscholar.blogspot.com
--Worldbuilding post and interview on http://www.amberstults.com.

10-11 EST Second Life: Meet & Greet
To get to the meeting: http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Bound%20Marina/227/24/25. They can then click on the link that says teleport now and that will open their software and after logging and they land in my living room. We will also have the surf boards out so that after the meeting we can surf around the marina. Also just on the other side of the marina is a Christian "night club" called Grizzlies where they can dance and mingle. Or they can just hang around and chat at my place.

8: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Review at www.splashdownreviews.blogspot.com

9: Interview with the content editor: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

10: Interview http://unwriter1.wordpress.com/
--Talking about blog tours at http://www.sallymurphy.blogspot.com/

11: Review: www.shoutlife.com/cindysbooks

12: Plotting MM&M on Writer Wow: http://writewow.blogspot.com/
--Interview on Imperfect Clarity http://www.imperfectclarity.net/

13: Interview with Nancy Famolari: http://sites.google.com/site/nancyfamolari/

14: Book review; http://www.freewebs.com/brynnacurry The Fairy Ring'
--Book Review: http://bibliophilesretreat.com
--Interview on Mommyblog, Mama Bear Knows Best http://www.imperfectclarity.net/mamabear/.

8 PM EST: Live chat at Author! Author! http://xat.com/WordBox

15: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--Interview at http://joyceanthony.tripod.com
--TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian -- Look for #mm&m

16: Interview with the copy editor: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

17: Guest post about writing funny on Ascroft, eh? www.dianneascroft.wordpress.com
--Talking about worldbuilding: Speculative Friction http://francespauli.blogspot.com

18: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--Review by CF Vici: http://cfvici.blogspot.com
--On blog with Karen http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com

19: Interview and Review (Up through 26th)
--ChrisChatReviews:http://www.freewebs.com/chrischatreviews/
--ChrisChatTalksBooks: http://chrischatreviews.blogspot.com/
--Tweet Tour: reviews and mentions
@nasharpe
@JaneLebak
@Frederation
@gracebridges
@terrimain
@josephcabadas

20: interview and review http://www.frederation.wordpress.com
--Review: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

21: Guest column on worldbuilding: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/
--Interview with Deb: http://debsbookreviews.blogspot.com

22: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Interview: www.jennifersbookreviews.com

23: Excerpt: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com

24: Review with Cathi Hassan: http://cathischatter.blogspot.com

25: Interview with Cathi Hassan: http://cathischatter.blogspot.com

26: Review and interview on Wayfarer's Journal Blog Review: http://www.wayfarersjournal.com/blog.htm

27: Vern interview on "Scribblings": http://tree-lady.livejournal.com/

28: Review www.snoringscholar.blogspot.com

29: TWEET TOUR: www.twitter.com/karinafabian
--Vern interviewed on snoringscholar.blogspot.com

30: MM&M Trivia contest: www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com: Note: you'll need to have read the book.