Hi, Peggy. Thanks for having me over today. I love getting out in the Fall.
It’s my pleasure, Lisa. I must say I’ve never chatted with a robot but you’re so, genuine.
I’m here to talk about Craig’s book, Will O’ the Wisp. This one is about a teenage girl named Patty Hall. She has a mild handicap that requires her to wear corrective leg braces. Her first day of high school goes just about like you might think.
Ooooo…tell me more!
She’s in love with all things related to space, and science fiction. One night, while stargazing, she and a friend spot something called a Will O’ the Wisp. Amazement turns into fear as it attacks a college student before their eyes.
Patty jumps to the wrong conclusion, and wastes a lot of valuable time trying to find a science fiction explanation. It turns out to be part of an ancient curse that’s been targeting the Hall family for generations. Patty is next on the list, and if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’s on her way to the Hall family cemetery plot.
I love suspense and ancient curses!
Craig really put this poor girl through the ringer. I didn’t think she could hold up, but she’s a main character worthy of the title. It isn’t bad enough dealing with the curse, she has normal issues too. She watches her friends start dating from the sidelines. She has to deal with an overbearing mother, but finds an ally in her stepfather.
The whole story is set in the mid 1970s. Craig said he did this to avoid easy access to information. No cell phones and no internet equals more tension waiting for clues. If nothing else, I had a great time doing all the research into the era. Did you know there was a time when nobody had microwave ovens?
I’m sure there was but I’m too young to remember those days. <Winks and blushes and watches Lisa roll her eyes>
There is a review out there that says, Will O’ the wisp is like The Wonder Years meets The Exorcist. Craig took great glee in that remark.
I brought you a piece of art we’re using to promote the book. It’s me sitting at Patty Hall’s roll-top desk and staring at the Will O’ the Wisp.
I love art and this cover is so mysterious and spooky!
Thank you so much, Lisa, for bringing Will O’ the Wisp to my blog today. I love hosting other authors. I truly appreciate you coming on behalf of Craig. It’s been lovely speaking to you! Please give Craig all my best for much success! By the way, I love your outfit!
I know it’s kind of hard to believe I’m doing this again but I can’t seem to get off this ship of dreams so I’m asking for your support and invite you to come aboard for this voyage!
If anyone would be interested in being a blog host, do a book review or an interview, I’d greatly appreciate it! As always, I offer my services and my blog in return to host you as well.
Now that I have parted ways amiably with my publisher, I am solely dependent upon myself in order to make this book launch the best one yet but I know I can’t do it without support from my writing friends in our community.
So, with that being said, if you’d be interested in participating, please either leave a comment below or email me at suzyM45 at aol dot com. I’d love to work with you!
I’m looking for anyone who blogs, is a writer, an author or who loves to read and review books.
Thank you so much in advance!
After finding love in the most unlikely of places, Ivory’s life appears to at last be falling into place. Having proven herself a force to be reckoned with, she has at last set sail for the first time as a pirate. The only problem is she’s a woman and must disguise herself in order to set foot on a ship. Being in love with her captain isn’t helping matters either and whole new set of obstacles are presenting themselves at every turn. Her brash style and tenacity, however, could prove to make her, her own worst enemy.
With a sword in her hand and her new found love at her side, Ivory Shepard is about to embark on a mission to rescue and return every young woman she can who has fallen prey to the jaded tides of the Caribbean sex trade. Armed with a secret log book she acquired from a pirate captain—who also happened to be an evil smuggler, she believes herself well prepared for the task. As she’s already learned the hard way, pirates always prove to be unpredictable and ruthless. Unfortunately for them, so is she.
Today I am happy to introduce you to P.S. Bartlett, who has recently published her third novel “The Blue Diamond” while she still works full-time. She draws besides her writing and loves to read historical novels, as well as other genres. Born on Valentines day many moons ago as she describes it herself, she embraces her life as a published author. But enough of introductions. Let the lady speak for herself:
Easy questions first I see? I’m an easy going, extremely busy human being. I write, draw, take care of a home, babysit (of course I don’t consider spending time with my granddaughters babysitting) and I work full time as an office manager. I’ve been married for twenty years and together we have three adult children and three amazing and beautiful granddaughters. I enjoy reading, writing, a handful of television shows and spending good times with my family. For the most part, I am ridiculously normal.
I’m currently working on the content edit for Death Before Daylight, book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy. AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is expecting to release the final installment of the award-winning paranormal romance in January of 2015, but I’m also hoping to re-release my very first publication, November Snow, in November of 2015.
The Timely Death Trilogy is told from two perspectives – Eric and Jessica – so the trilogy gives a voice to the usually mysterious boy. I (generally) avoid love triangles, but trust me when I say you can still have a tense romance without one. And I create different creatures than the norm. My books won’t have vampires or werewolves. Although I do love a good traditional story like that, I strive to bring new creatures out of the literature depths. The Timely Death Trilogy revolves around shades and lights, creatures that will soon be explained, Take Me Tomorrow exposes a clairvoyant drug, and November Snow shows a world filled with bad bloods.
I’ve always been passionate about writing, but I started writing stories to cope with my night terrors and nightmares. I know that might sound ridiculous, but mine were very extreme in the sense that they almost looked like visions. Even after I woke up, I could see them. As a child, this made it really difficult to differentiate between reality and my dreams, so my mother taught me to deal with it by writing. When she suddenly died, I knew I wanted to write for the rest of my life, and I knew I wanted to help other writers follow the dream. So I do that now.
I talk about this all of the time – how complicated and different a writing process can be, especially from book to book or author to author. Strangely enough, I generally define my writing process as writing a screenplay first, and then, moving into prose overtime, but I got into more detail on my website here: http://shannonathompson.com/2014/06/26/the-beginning-of-my-writing-process/
She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing.
Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.
Thank you for being with us on my blog tonight Shannon! I wish you all the best!
Wikipedia says: The roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and -docious “educable”, with the sum of these parts signifying roughly “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.”
Up: I had three very cool features on the web. Two were interviews on two different book web sites and one was a feature on “Fireflies.”
UP: I recieved my set up questionnaire from PubSlush for my campaign. Taking second place in the Pitch contest this week has definitely brought so many gifts and rewards. With this book funding campaign, I just might be able to take “The Blue Diamond” for a free spin or two on the big wheel of advertising. Marketing is expensive but great marketing sells books.
Down: I tried a new shampoo and conditioner this morning and my hair stunk. It smelled like I’d been hiking in the woods. I actually put hand lotion in my hair to mask the smell because it was so bad. I’m very sensitive to certain smells and this one just annoyed the hell out of me.
After work, I attended the farewell dinner for a coworker who is retiring. Tomorrow is her last day. We’ve been working together nearly ten years. I’m sad and I’m really going to miss her…a lot.
Near the end of this marvelous gathering, I felt a hot flash coming on. Unless you’ve had one, you have no idea how horrible you feel. I felt sweaty, funky and nauseous, topped off with my woodlands hair. I dashed into the house and went straight for a cool shower and my old shampoo. I felt 100% better. Fresh, clean PJ’s too and I smelled like flowers and Irish Spring again.
UP: I received a phone call at nine pm from one of my dearest friends who moved to Ocean City, MD many years ago. If we’re lucky we get to see each other twice a year. I smiled for almost an hour as we chatted.
Life is funny. No matter what happens in the course of the day, I can always count on my writing. I count on my continued growth as an author and my gradual ascent to where I know I’ll be when the time is right and I’m ready for it. The universe knows best so I will continue working hard to create stories that I love in hopes that YOU, the reader will love them too.
Because although I just told you all about my day, deep down, with every amazing thing that has happened in my writing life in the past week and a half…I’m still speechless.