Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!...

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by...

It's been one crazy week after another! I guess it's true, that when you're busy, the time moves faster.

So, I know a lot of people do the 30 days of Thanks for this month. Along with NaNoWriMo.

I have not done either.

I hope to do NaNo again some year. I loved it. But the 30 days of Thanks... Here is what I am thankful for:

Every single thing in my life. The stress, the work, the fun, the laughter, the tears. Everything. My children, my grandchildren, my family, my husband and even my cats. I can honestly say I am at a point in my life where I am at peace. I'm settled. Yes, I still wake up cranky and snarky. I have days of pain and days of rest. But I would not change much of anything about my life right now.

How about you? What are you Thankful for? What are your plans? Travelling?

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and I'll see you after Black Friday. !!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

I Love Friday!...

Phew! Made it to the end of another week. Barely. But I made it!

How about you? How did your week go? Has it ended already or not quite yet?

My plans for this weekend will be more work on my house. I am going to work on getting some good pics of everything that has been updated and then share.

In the meantime, let's do some Funnies!

All right, folks! Have a great weekend and if you're doing NaNoWriMo - I wish you luck!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


I'm back to the IWSG post! Woohoo! If you want to know more about this or want to find the list of other participants, please visit Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog here.

This month, the optional question is:

How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I am choosing to do my own insecure thing this month.

Over the last few years, I have quietly been working with Midian Entertainment on a massive project. It hasn't been until recently that we've been allowed to share, do book cover reveals, etc.

My role in all of this is basically a writer, an editor, a publisher, and an adviser. I'm also currently acting as a marketing manager, trying to build a following on Twitter without really having given the public much to look at and go all on faith.

I wear a lot of hats. My writing has sort of come to a standstill due to multiple reasons. I'm not complaining, I'm just wanting to get back to it.

My constant fear is, will everything I've done be good enough? Will this just bomb entirely and if it does, how will it affect me? I'm pretty sure I know how it will affect me...  and it won't be good.

I have grown as a writer over the last several years. I've worked to hone my craft. I just haven't been able to put anything out into the world until now to prove that. So will I still be viewed as a hack fantasy writer who couldn't cut it so she self published? I still don't have the third book finished! Which... is in the works.

See? Lots of insecurities as I step into these new roles in my writing career.

How about you? Comment down below. And don't forget to visit the other participants!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 2, 2018

3 Flash Fiction Stories...

I'm on a mission to take over the #WeAre on Twitter. We use it more for The BREED writings and such more than those football fans do. And at the moment, I'm on the fence about some of the players. But that's a political post I don't want to get into!

Instead, I bring you 3 flash fiction pieces from Midian authors, David Rex Bonnewell, Midge Cline and John H. Howard. Enjoy!

John H. Howard:

Screeching awoke Gillian from a sound sleep. In her dreams, it had been the wailing of a mother grieving a dead child, a bitch mourning pups pulled too soon from the teat, the anguish of a tormented soul ripped from the world prematurely. In waking, the sound was worse. It seemed to be coming from just outside.

She slipped from the warmth of her bed and crept on bare feet across the cool wooden floor to investigate. She met her bleary-eyed father in the hallway, 12-gauge in his hand.

“What’s that sound, Da?”

“Sounds like a wolf, Gill.”

“You’re not going to kill it, are you?”

“Dunno about you, but I can’t sleep with all that howling outside my window.”

“Da, please don’t kill it. Miss Beck says it’s bad luck to kill a wolf.”

“Why you been talking to that ol’ witch? I don’t want her filling yer head with such nonsense.”

“It’s not nonsense. Da, please.”

Mr. MacLeod grunted noncommittally as he unlatched the kitchen door.

Outside stood the largest wolf Gillian had ever seen. It bared its teeth and growled as Gill and her da appeared. Its eyes glowed hellfire red.

The screeching came again, but it wasn’t the wolf. Gillian’s gaze was drawn upward.

Hanging under the eaves was a woman clad in filthy gray rags. The horrible keening sound was coming from her.

“Dear Christ!” her da yelled. He fumbled with the shotgun, not knowing where to aim it.

Gillian tugged his arm, frantically seeking to return to the safety of the house.

The gun fell from his hands.

A deafening bang and a blinding flash of light.

The keening stopped. As Gill’s eyesight returned, the image of the banshee’s grinning face was imprinted upon her memory, even as the specter itself faded. The hellhound was gone, as was her father’s body.

As the tears came, one thought entered her head: He said the monsters weren’t real.


Midge Cline:

She held her breath, peering through the cracks of the closet door, praying they did not see her hiding there. Fear engulfing her as silent tears, left streaks through the dirt on her face. She fought to stay silent while she watched them thrust their blades into her father’s heart. She swallowed hard as the men slowly rose from the lifeless body which once held her father’s soul.

The masks were terrifying. Demonic` masks of red and black appeared to be made by Hollywood professionals. Even the eyes glowed with an iridescent red in the window light. The man threw his head back with an animalistic howl before he descended once more and began devouring her father’s flesh. He was eating him! Gnawing, ripping sounds filled the air. A sob escaped her lips. One of the men raised his head, he had heard her! He rose and stepped toward the closet door. He thrust open the door, finding her cowering in fear on the floor. His strong arms lifting her as she struggled. 

It was then she discovered he wore no mask. His demonic grin revealed uneven, haggard fangs where teeth should have been. Pain seared through her flesh as the realization wracked her soul. Demons had killed her family, and now her. Demons are real.


David Red Bonnewell: (Extended Version)

Little Dillan kicked at a can as he strolled somberly down the street. Halloween was just around the corner, yet he was haunted by dread. This feeling did not arise from the holiday itself, for little Dillan loved Halloween. The problem was that he had no mask worthy of the special day, nor the money to buy one. Sure, little Dillan tried making his own mask. Many times, in fact. Why, he put the very spirit of Halloween into each one! But none could satisfy. Then little Dillan saw his salvation. It lay half-buried in a heap of garbage in the corner of the street, glinting in the moonlight like a beacon. 

Little Dillan shooed away the rats that were hungrily gnawing away at the food and filth that had dried onto the discarded mask. Little Dillan spit-polished the gem of a find with an old rag. Moments before putting it on, he noticed the name KAJA scrawled on the inside. Little Dillan projected what most terrified an old man nearby, and relished in his reaction.

He saw himself in a tall, oval mirror. His reflection soon became a rotting corpse. It stepped out of the mirror and gave chase. The old man hobbled away into the night, ever screaming, “It’s not my time!” Others looked at him and thought, Crazy old man. Little Dillan thought nothing more of it, instead feeling anxious to do some trick or treating. He rang the doorbell of the nearest house and held out his small hands. A woman answered. Little Dillan said, “Trick or treat!” 

“Halloween’s days away, sweetheart. I don’t have any candy for you. I’m sorry,” said the woman. “Trick,” moaned Dillan, and he relished in her nightmare before moving onto the next house as darkness (and madness) continued to fall on the city.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Where Am I...

So the epic battle of trying to get internet to my house still rages on!

I will be triumphant, I will. Win! As soon as someone calls me back that is. *coughs*

In the meantime, I am trying to post as often as I can. I know I can schedule posts... but sometimes that just feels like cheating! It's a good way to be active, true. Also, there are times when something new crops up right on the day I have a post scheduled. Never fails. But I suppose two posts from me in one day wouldn't hurt. Unless you all keel over from shock.

That would be bad.

So it is All Hallow's Eve!

I love this time of year. The movies, the costumes, the creative individuals who come up with some funny stuff. I don't think I'll get any Trick or Treaters. They do a Trunk or Treat around here. Everyone parks at the elementary school, decorates their vehicles and has fiends and candy alike coming out of their trunks. It's kind of a cool thing, and safer for the kiddos.

So I hope you all have a safe Halloween! I'll see you on the other side, The Day of the Dead!

Also, the stories that have been tweeting all this time up until now from our Midian authors will be here in their entirety on Friday. Have a great rest of your week!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This Is Halloween...

Okay, it's not Halloween yet, BUT it is the month of Halloween.

Hey, if Christmas gets to take over Thanksgiving, Halloween gets its own month!

I'm going to be posting on Twitter the rest of this month until Halloween with three different flash fiction stories from David Rex Bonnewell (@WickedlyWritten), John H Howard (@JHHoward) and Midge Cline (@ClineMidge).

I have a flash fiction piece up as well, but it was something I wrote a few years ago on Writing Dot Com for a contest. So it may be familiar to you. But I am also taking pictures and artwork that I feel relates to The BREED, and writing flash fiction for that as well.

If you'd like to follow me on Twitter, I'm @MLChesley and I am currently posting on the Midian Entertainment @MidianEntertain. I'm still kind of geeking out about all of this. It's amazing to have a great group of people all working together, writing, and creating this world.

I hope you all drop by and see what's going on and get to know us if it is your kind of thing. If not, pass it on to people you know who might like it.

Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Shadow Blades by Midge Cline...

Hey gang!

I have yet another cover reveal for another book coming out from Midian Entertainment as part of The BREED.

Before I get into the cover reveal, though, I want to let you all know that starting today, there will be some flash fiction tweets on Twitter. John H. Howard, Midge Cline and David Rex Bonnewell have all written some short pieces to be sent over the Twitter feed from today until Halloween!

If you'd like to follow the stories, follow @MidianEntertain on Twitter!

I will also be posting pictures that I feel represent The BREED with bits of flash fiction as well, so you can begin to get to know the world. I'm so very excited we can start telling people about what's happening!

Okay, so on to the cover reveal!

This is Shadow Blades, by Midge Cline, cover art by Noie.


All right, hope you all have a great rest of your week and I will see you soon!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Deadeye...

Hey all!

Well, as promised, here is the cover reveal for David Rex Bonnewell's book, Deadeye! Artwork was done by Carlos Villas. You can find more of his art here.

To follow all things Deadeye and get to know Dave's character, you can find the page for it here, on Facebook.

So the coolest thing about this is, Dave has written a three part series. Each cover will go together and become a panoramic scene! But this one right here, with the Razorback, I think he wants to jump off the cover and kill me. Lol!

Tell me what you think about the cover in the comments below! And don't forget to check out more artwork by Carlos Villas!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

More Life...

My intentions to get back to blogging were solid. But then, I learned how difficult it is to get internet to my house! My goodness. I love my house and won't give it up for anything... except maybe internet!

Just kidding. But I am doing what I can with what I have between now and then. I hope you all enjoyed my guest post yesterday from Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. (I love her name! LOL!)

Things are moving along around here where Midian Entertainment is concerned. I have one novel that won't make it for the January release, but lucky for me, I had another waiting in the wings.

I did a cover reveal on Twitter for my fellow author, David Rex Bonnewell, and I will be sharing that cover here on Friday! So watch this space! I have a couple more covers that will be coming out soon.

We'll be setting up pre-orders for all books in December. It's getting so close and we're all getting so excited. There's been very few details we've been allowed to share due to our NDA. But soon... Soon we'll be able to share with the world!

Have a great rest of your week, and I'll see you tomorrow with Dave's cover!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Special Guest Post: Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc...

Old authors never retire, they just…

Okay, well, I DID retire...and I enjoyed it.

I dabbled here and there...became a musician (my music has been heard in film, radio shows and on TV shows! One of my collections is under contract for use in stores as “shopping music”!) a hippie involved in all kinds of eco, humanitarian and animal rights causes and even started a very short lived magazine. my restless spirit dictated, I was never satisfied for long.

It wasn't until just a couple of weeks ago that I checked off another dream...I've become a photo artist.

I've always wanted to be an artist...any type of artist, but I can't even draw stick figures. Photo manipulation has always intrigued me, but I've never had the means...either the software was too expensive, or it was so difficult to use that, in tears, I gave up.

That's all changed now...and I'll be forever grateful.

Like I did with my writing, I've thrown myself, both feet into creating Phobophilia Surrealist Photography...and I've never been happier.

You can find (and even purchase if the wickedness moves you) my art at my official gallery on Deviant Art.

I post a new manipulation each day (sometimes two) so be sure to follow me there for updates.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

So I missed the IWSG post yesterday... I really wanted to post. I got so caught up in everything, I forgot! But, it was a really good topic and I wrote a post for it before realizing I had missed it again. So here is my LATE post.

How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Oh, man...

It doesn't even have to be a major life event to affect my writing. Sometimes, minor ones derail the best laid plans.

I'll be sharing some pictures later this month of all the remodeling we've been working on in our new place. I've had all my craft stuff in storage and I'm using the work computer to post blogs because I don't have internet at my home. And I've used up all my hotspot data.

It's been a bummer the last few months. But this time around, this is when writing got me through it. I don't need internet to write, unless I need to research something, and then I use my phone. Thank goodness for that!

Crafting is my go to for relaxation and therapy. Writing helped fill that void when I couldn't do any crafts. I never thought that writing would do that for me. I felt like I always had to be "in the mood" to write. But, it's creating. And that is what crafting is. Writing is a craft and therefore, my therapy. So I am very thankful to have had the means to write during this life event. Whether it was a notebook and pen, my tablet or work computer, it helped me get through this.

And next week, I'll have Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc as a GUEST BLOGGER! Woohoo!

And tune in here Friday! I'll be doing a cover reveal for one of our Midian Entertainment authors, David Rex Bonnewell!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Monkey Wrenches & Writing Debates...

Well. I have had every intention of getting back into blogging. I even have a Patreon page waiting to be launched.

The Monkey Wrench?

No internet at my house!!!!


I'm in search of an internet provider for my new place. I barely live just outside of town, in the wrong direction. And I only can use so much data on my phone HotSpot. Dang it.

So there's that little monkey wrench thrown into the gears. But I will make it work somehow! I always do. Good thing my job can be slow sometimes. I get bored sitting around doing nothing.

I wanted to pose a question to you all. It's a writing question, too!

I am in a new writing group on Facebook. Still not sure about it, but there is still the debate going around about one or two spaces after a period.

One. That is what I've been told ever since I got back into writing. From my understanding, technology took care of having to add that extra little nuisance of a space after a period.

Lots of people still claim there should be two.

So, are you Team One Space or Team Two Space? Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

5 Books That Left A Mark, Part Five...

This is it! This is the number one book of my top 5 countdown! I hope you've enjoyed this series of posts. You get to know a little more about me with each one. And if you've left comments, I get to know more about you, as well!

Here we go!

Author: David Eddings

Book Title: The Belgariad (series!)

Why it left a lasting impression on me:

Oh my, again, like with Elf Quest, where to start? Again, another author I discovered in high school. I couldn't read these books fast enough, but never wanted to read TOO fast, because that meant it would all end. Garion and Pol, they were like extended family. The world Eddings created was a rich environment and painted many a great picture in my mind as I read.

I have tried to maintain having all of these books in my library as well, even if I did have to get rid of them to move, I always got them back. This is a series I love to read over and over. I don't usually do that. Once I've read a book, I don't typically pick it back up. But these, I do.

I think it was Eddings, more than any other author, that inspired me to write fantasy. I wanted to create a world just as enticing, characters that felt like family, and when the story was over, you felt as if you were saying goodbye to familiar friends until the next time.

Leave me a comment and tell me about the books that left a lasting impression upon you! I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, September 10, 2018

I Did A Thing...

Hey guys!

Hope you all like the little update I did to my blog. It's starting to get there.

So I did a thing last week. I signed up for Patreon. I'll have my own personal page over there, but I will also be launching one for Midian Entertainment.

I think it will be fun. At the very least, interesting.

It's not like I don't have a million other projects to do. Half finished house, production manager for Midian, writing 3 novels at once. ( I know, right?!?)


Anyway, I'd love for you to drop by. If you are on Patreon, let me know in the comments below. I'll follow you until I'm able to become a Patron. I know some pretty talented people in this world!

Also, feel free to tell me how you feel about Patreon.

Have a great week! I look forward to seeing your comments!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Old Friends, New Posts...


I spent Wednesday scrolling through my blog reading list and tried to visit as many of you as I could. It's been forever since I have read any IWSG posts! (Insecure Writer's Support Group). I will certainly be signing up again for that.

It was great to hear from some old friends. It was amazing to catch up and see how things have been going. I've been gone for a very long time. Longer than I expected.

It's getting easier to get back into this habit of blogging. Especially after reading posts and leaving comments. I felt MUCH more like my old self. I missed you guys!

But it is Friday! And now I will leave you with something else a little familiar:

Funnies and Favorites!

You can find this book by clicking here
So, I have certainly found some new favorites over time.

If you ever saw any of my book reviews for Jill Nojack, you'll know she's now a favorite author. I love her Bad Tom series.
And this book here

And the third one here
I have done reviews for all of them on here. But if you'd rather just take my word for it, there you go!

She's got a very clever wit, the books are pretty well paced and the story is just purrrrfect!

Sorry, totally could not help that AT ALL!

All right, now on to another favorite. I have discovered a love for (and this has nothing to do with books!) recycling in my crafts!!

I'm not kidding. I have taken making my own paper clay to a whole new level. I've been doing a lot of things lately that have been really cool!

And my final favorite thing today: my new place. We found a house last April that hubs and I just fell in love with. It had good, solid bones and structure, so we talked the owner into a sweet deal. We've been doing a lot of the remodeling on the place ourselves. We took it all the way down to the bare bones and built it back up again. I can't begin to tell you... that's a lot of damn work! But well worth it. That, of course, has been the biggest reason for me to not blog these last few months.

But now I'm back. I'm rambling as usual and I know you all just want to get to the funnies. So here they are! Have a super weekend and see you soon!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

5 Books That Left A Mark, Part Four...

Ooh, we're getting down to the wire, here. I'm counting down the top 5 books that left a lasting impression on me, and we're now at #2!

I won't kill you with a ton of commentary, we'll just get right to it.

Author: Melanie Rawn

Book Title: Dragon Prince (Series!)

Why this left a lasting impression on me:

I love, love, love this series. I stumbled upon Melanie Rawn all on my own, again, in high school. I took to her stories like a duck to water. such an intriguing story, unique spell-casters, and of course, DRAGONS!

You become part of the story right from the beginning. You follow Rohan and Sioned's lives intimately (no, not THAT intimately!) and watch as they grow as a couple, as rulers, as parents. Then you are drawn into the lives of their children as they grow as well.

These books stuck with me so much that I have bought the entire series, had to get rid of said series, then bought it all over again, just to have it. It made me sad when she started her new series, Exiles, didn't complete it, and has since gone on to other things. According to her website, though, the last two books of Exiles should be nearing completion.

Aside from all that, the Dragon Prince series will remain in my library.

Tell me about a book that has left a lasting impression on you in the comments!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Switching Gears...

Hello everyone!

It's kind of fun to get back in the blogging business. I've missed it. I miss the community, the feedback, the discussions.

I'm trying to get around to reading posts again and visiting you all soon. Things are hectic!

So I'm looking for a bit of advice. I've switched my focus from the fantasy genre to horror/supernatural/paranormal. It has been a blast, except for when I creeped myself out late at night. Yeah. ::Blushes::

I am not giving up on fantasy, by any means. I learned a LOT from that experience and the ones that followed. My writing has improved, I've got formatting down to a science, I've made a lot more connections with cover artists and editors. It's great.

But, I do find it hard to switch gears. I'm glad I wrote fantasy first. It does help to fill in those fictional gaps when needed.

I've also toyed around with the idea of using a pen name, but I don't think I have the time or energy to maintain and alternate persona. I think the only difference will be "M. L. Chesley" for fantasy and "Mel Chesley" for my current genre.

Have you switched genres? How well did it work for you? What do you find most difficult? Easiest? How do you maintain an alternate persona?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Getting Back Into A Rhythm...

Phew! So, we are finally in our new house. It's half finished with the remodel and all, but we're here. The most important part is that I am back on MY computer!


Thank goodness! Using the work computer after hours was all right, but I don't have my links, I don't have my pics, I don't have my files. It's like borrowing someone's car. It does the job, but it isn't your car. You have to adjust the seats, the mirrors, then put them back. Or like borrowing clothes that just don't fit right, but make you look presentable anyway.

You get the idea.

So now I am going to be working full force on Midian Entertainment's project. That means editing, book covers, formatting and pre-release sales. I'm pretty excited to share it with you guys! I can't wait.

So what's new in your life? Share some accomplishments or upcoming deadlines. Tell me what you're working on!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

5 Books That Left A Mark, Part Three...

I'm back again! Trying to keep a good pace going with the blogs. That's why I chose to do a Top 5 list and just sort of stretch it out.

Hope you all have had a good week so far! Let's get to the list!

Book Title: Elf Quest

Author: Wendy and Richard Pini

Why it left a lasting impression on me:

Oh my, where to start? I got into these books in high school. I think my Freshman year. I had just moved to a new district and was the "new girl". I didn't know anyone and all of these people had known each other since grade school. It never takes me long to make friends, but still. I didn't talk much, I didn't interact with people all that well. My parents were divorced, I was the youngest of four kids, but practically raised as an only child. You get it, right?

I met a girl named Melissa, too. We hit it off right away and she's the one who introduced me to Elf Quest. After meeting her, I met a lot more people and after reading Elf Quest, I sort of felt like I had found my clan. Melissa wrote fan fiction of Elf Quest and a few other things, as well, but it was kind of a kick when she brought me into it. She gave me a character, and we bounced ideas off each other all the time. I think that is when the writing bug really hit me, but I went the direction of drawing and working on art more than anything. It was something that stuck with me for so long, and we're still friends to this day.

The story of Elf Quest was just as amazing as the art work. I'd spend hours just looking at the pictures after reading one of the graphic novels. I even used a picture of Cutter that I drew in my portfolio to get into art school. It was one of the main reasons I wanted to become a graphic designer. It still sticks with me now.

So tell me about a book that has left a lasting impression upon you!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

5 Books That Left A Mark, Part Two...

Hi gang!

I'm continuing on this week with my top 5 books that left a lasting impression on me. I gave fair warning last week, that some of the books that impressed me were part of a series. This is true!

Without further ado, here is #4 on my list as we countdown!

Book Title: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Why this book left a lasting impression on me:

Oh, so, so many reasons! First of all, let me explain that I never read these books until just before the second movie came out. Yes, yes, I know. I've gotten a lot of flack about that over the years. I mean, seriously, I'm a gamer and touted about writing fantasy and never read these books??


One of the biggest reasons these books left a lasting impression on me, is my mother in law. She's passed away a few years ago, but I always think of her when I think of these books. She gave me "The Hobbit" to read. She knew I was writing a fantasy story, asked if I had ever read them and didn't give me grief when I said no. She simply handed me her copy.

After she returned from vacation, she mailed me the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. By then, the movies were out and all of my friends and my husband were so excited to go see it, so I went as well.

I swear, I sat through the whole thing with my jaw dropped the entire time. How? How had I never read these books?!? I kept asking myself.

By the time the second movie had come out, I had read the entire trilogy along with "The "Hobbit".

The richness of the stories, the writing, the world that was created and cared for, it blew me away. I think I will always cherish these books no matter what.

So leave a comment and tell me what book left a lasting impression upon you!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

5 Books That Left A Mark...

As writers, we hope that our books will make someone's top 5 or top 10 list of books that made a lasting impression. As readers, though, we have our own list. I'll be posting each week, my top 5 books that left a lasting impression on me.

I might cheat a bit... lots of the books that inspired me were in a series.

So on that note, we're going to start with #5 right off the bat!

Book Title: Pet Sematary

Author: Stephen King

Why this left a lasting impression on me:

Stephen King, without a doubt, was one of my go-to authors when it came to horror way back when. Up until I read Pet Sematary, I had read "Christine" and "Carrie". Sure, those were great creepfests, but they didn't impact me like Pet Sematary did.

I could NOT sleep!!! It scared the ever loving beejeezus out of me. Seriously. I was nineteen when I read the book. When I was through, not only was I thoroughly freaked out, but I was inspired. I wanted to write a horror story!

I did attempt to write one, but gave up. I thought, I'll never be as spooky as Stephen King. However, I think that is about to change! I've lately been dipping my toe... ok, my whole right leg, into the horror pool.

So thank you, Mr. King, for giving me inspiration, nightmares and a genuine love for horror!

Leave me a comment and tell me one of the books that left a lasting impression.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Giveaway Results...

Thanks to all who helped get the word out about "Wyndham Hall" by Midge Cline! Our drawing was a success and we have a winner!

Joseph Eakin!

You've won a free e-book of Wyndham Hall as well as a $10 gift card to Amazon.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Author Interview & Giveaway: Midge Cline...

Hey all, I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine. She's on the team of authors who are working to get The BREED books out through Midian Entertainment. However, this is her debut book that has nothing to do with the BREED. This is "WYNDHAM HALL", a ghost story set in Ireland with a little Irish history thrown in for good measure. Make sure to read to the end, as we're going to give away a free copy of her e-book plus a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Midge Cline!

Please tell us a little known fact about you.

My favorite animal is the Rhinoceros - I love that they are huge, near sighted and have strong parental instincts. -- they remind me of someone. I tell myself to pull my inner rhino out when facing any obstacles. Rhinos just ram through obstacles. I love that about them.

What was your favorite genre to read growing up? 

Mystery and Horror. 

Is this the genre you currently write in? 

I write mystery, horror and have added Sci-fi fantasy for my upcoming Breed series for Midian Entertainment.

What inspires you to write? 

EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN and a few things above that.

What sort of atmosphere do you need to write? 

Quiet would be nice, does not happen often, but would be rather helpful. And coffee -- there must be coffee.

What is your all time favorite book? 

I have read every Dame Agatha Christie book ever written. She is my writing Idol. Her books are my forever favorites.

Who is your all time favorite character that is not your own? 

Miss Marple, I just love that nosy little opinionated lady. She makes me giggle.

Who is your favorite character of your own creation? 

Hmm.. That is a hard one-- I guess KERSA from the upcoming Breed series book of the same name. She is a champion, a warrior and never backs down. I love her strength and her ability to survive what the universe has thrown at her. She sees wrong and right as a black and white issue- no gray areas. She always fights for the oppressed and abused.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I wrote my first story when I was 4 years old, in crayon. I have just always felt the need to put stories on paper.

Where are you from? 

I was born on the Oregon Coast, We moved to Eastern Washington State when I was 9. - the same time Mt. St. Helens erupted. It was exciting.

Why do you write? 

Because it is something I absolutely cannot - not do- every day. I am just a soul-driven writer.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you have ever been given? 

Write everyday - read even more.

What’s the worst thing someone has ever said about your work? 

They thought it was pathetic and boring- I was 12 - she was 20- she was my sister. She has since changed her mind. But it really hurt at the time.

Has your writing ever been compared to another, famous author? If so, who? 

A certain Publisher once compared my writing style to JD ROBB -- I am still thrilled.

What advice would you pass on to new authors/young authors? 

Write every day- I use writing prompts and keep them in a journal so I can read how much I have changed.

What is the best thing someone has said about your work? 

That I should have been published a long time ago, because they felt my work was inspiring to writers. I love writing - this makes me feel good.

And last, but not least, something really random: 

~ What is your dream vacation? IRELAND -- please?? I will beg.

~ What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? When I drank it was Amaretto Sours. Now I just like my coffee and my coke a cola.

~ Motorcycle or SUV? SUV-- I cannot fit the spawn, grandspawn, dogs and groceries on a motorcycle. -- well at least not comfortably.

~ Real books or eReader? OMG it depends-- in the tub or curled up on my sofa I prefer to hold a real book in my hands, I like audio books while I am driving or in bed, and ebooks in waiting rooms and at the beach or where ever I have a wi-fi connection. I love books so much in any form.

Thanks so much for participating in the interview! Links to Midge Cline's books are below, as well as the details for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

Kindle Version, Paperback on Amazon, Smashwords for all other devices.

**Artwork for the book cover was done by Aimee Woodward @ DigiDawgDesigns.**

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Hobbies When I'm Not Writing...

Most of you know I'm a creative person. I don't have just ONE thing that I do.

Sometimes, dear Lord, I wish there was just ONE thing.

Sadly, that's not the way it goes. Or should that be happily? Sometimes, it's both.

Outside of work and writing, I am a gamer, which you all knew. I'm also a crafter, which you also knew.

But there is a LOT to my crafting. I mean a lot... I don't just have a craft room, I have a craft house. When I have a house that is!

So here are a few things I do that I'm pretty dang proud of:

Polymer clay -

I looooove polymer clay. I've gotten to the point where I use white, and paint it myself. I feel it allows me more creative expression.

Mini fairy house charm

Paint & Resin -

I discovered a joy for painting, even though I don't think I'm very good at it. But I am learning quite a bit. Dot painting is my favorite, so far.

Dump pour painting style. 3x3 magnets.

Rock painting.

Dot art

Mixed media -

I watch lots of YouTube tutorials for things. Sometimes, what I watch, inspires much more.

Dragon egg made from plaster of paris and polymer clay.
Egg made from plaster of paris, then painted dump pour style and sealed with a resin coating.

So what are your hobbies outside of writing?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What To Expect When You're Expecting Breed...

I'm going to attempt to give a little insight into the world of The Breed, today.

This world was designed and created by two friends, Charles and Ray, about 20 years ago. We all know how life can move fast, things get put on the back burner and then, all of a sudden, BOOM!!! You're going, "Hey, whatever happened to all that?"

But what happens when you're not exactly a writer?

That's where I came in. I've known Ray for some time. We were old gaming buddies back when gaming was a MuD. (Legends of Cosrin). Ray and I reconnected on Facebook and I got to talking about my writing. At the time, I was working on Adversarius and had just released Veritas.

I'm going to be honest.  I really felt as if I failed as a writer. Of course I self published after being burned a couple times. But honestly, that was my fault for not researching and taking the time to go through proper channels. Oh, the things I learned. I will be finishing the trilogy soon, but in the meantime, I have found a love for supernatural, paranormal, horror stories. And you know what? I'm pretty dang good at scaring the beejeesus out of people.

I know. Vain!

Anyway, Ray and I got to talking about his idea and he directed me to Charles. That was five years ago. I have taken the ideas Charles had and I've worked them into decent stories. I began inviting other authors into this world, getting their take on things. We have a pretty solid core group. All in all, about 6 other authors, not including myself.

*Artwork by Ramses Melendez on ArtStation. NOT associated with Midian Entertainment

At the moment, we're sitting on four full length novels, a short story trilogy and at least two screenplays, with three other stories waiting in the wings. Plus, a super special series that will only be available to members who sign up for the newsletter. We have a myriad of artists who will be doing original artwork for covers and work on graphic novels.


I hope this has piqued your interest. I'm on pins and needles, myself.

Questions? Comments? You know I love to hear from you! I also have a board on Pinterest dedicated to BREED. If you'd like to check it out, let me know!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Needing My Fix...

The one thing I hate most about moving, is when all of my creative stuff is packed away. I haven't crafted anything in almost a month, now. My computer is packed away. All I have out is my cute little tablet.

Thank goodness it has a keyboard!! Otherwise, posting would be an autocorrect nightmare.

The other good thing, is I'm able to continue writing. Gotta love having the MS Word app.

I'm getting excited for the release of BREED. I'm still looking for a countdown banner to put up here. In the meantime, I can share the link to the website at the very least!.

I'll share that link at the end of this post.

One of our authors will be debuting with a series based on the Fae. In August, she'll be releasing her very first self-pubbed MG ghost story. I will host a giveaway at that time, so be sure to check back here often!

Hope you are all having a great Monday and had a good weekend!

BREED Website

Monday, July 2, 2018

Moving Forward...

There are always times when life just moves so fast! It's been over a year since moving to Oregon. Now, we're in the middle of moving once again. My friend, and fellow author, Nancy claims I am her Gypsy friend! I'll take it.

Our move, this time, is local. We're hoping it will be our "forever" home, or very close to it. Right now, we're waiting for inspections to be done and walls to go up.

In the meantime, I've been crafting and packing and working on the house. Writing has taken a back seat, but with crafting stuff packed away, writing is going to take the driver's wheel.

I hope.

Blogging comes next. Book promotions and getting things ready for the release of The Breed is something that has been ongoing for quite some time. It just hasn't made it here.

In the next few days, I hope to have a countdown banner for The Breed release. At that time, I will share links of the website and the authors and other members of the team helping to get this amazing world out into the light of day.

Or rather, the dark of night.

Hope all is well with you! See you soon!