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The Bird Whisperer Speaks: Or, How to Help Baby Birds

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Stop and Think | 4 comments

The Bird Whisperer Speaks: Or, How to Help Baby Birds

The other day, a friend messaged me to say she heard I’d saved a robin. “No, no,” I responded (more or less). “It was a crow, and a very long time ago.” Well, her son had been chatting with my daughter and he’d been adamant it was a robin, but no doubt that was a mix up.

It took me a moment, and then I went, “Oh yeah, there was a robin!”

About three minutes later, I went, “There was also that blue jay, once, in Washington DC.”

And, oh my goodness, I am only now remembering the baby pigeon we raised on our balcony! We actually set poor old Poopo (pronounced poop-o, as named by my mother) free, and he flew back to us after getting beaten up by the other pigeons. It was pretty brutal. We nursed him back to health, and the second time he flew away, he seemed to do fine.

So on this fine spring evening, I’ve decided to make it my business to address you, not as an author, but as an amateur bird whisperer, with a few fine points on what to do if you happen to find a young bird stranded on the ground. Because it happens this time of year. And you could be the one to save that little creature’s life. And that, my friend, is a wonderful thing.

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Clean Indie Reads Spring Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Free | 0 comments

Clean Indie Reads Spring Giveaway!

30 Days – 44 Authors – 6 Genres

There’s a little bit of something here for everyone, and all are PG-13-ish aka YA appropriate. And every single on is free! What are you waiting for?!?

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Review: On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Book Review | 0 comments

Review: On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

I’ve been sitting on writing this review for a couple of weeks, though I’m not quite sure why. It’s been a busy two weeks, but writing a review doesn’t usually take so long that I couldn’t fit it in somewhere quite easily. I suppose the truth is that I both loved On The Edge of Gone, and found myself wishing it would hurry up a little–mostly because it wasn’t the story I was expecting. That said, some of those surprises were truly awesome, and I still highly recommend this read.

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Nab These Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads on #InstaFreebie!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Free | 0 comments

Nab These Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads on #InstaFreebie!

Here’s a whole new set of Speculative Fiction reads to top off your e-reader, including my own Sunbolt (If you haven’t nabbed it yet!). This promo includes “scintillating tales of far-off planets, wars, abductions, sword & sorcery, and children’s to name just a few!” So go find some fun reads!

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BookSweeps Totally Epic Epic Fantasy Giveaway!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

BookSweeps Totally Epic Epic Fantasy Giveaway!

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with more than 50 fantastic Epic Fantasy authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner! My contribution is Sunbolt, but if you’ve already got your copy, there are still at least 50 more awesome reads to enjoy (plus, then you can gift your new digital copy of Sunbolt to a bookworm in your life–WIN!).

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30 Free YA Fantasy Reads on #Instafreebie!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

30 Free YA Fantasy Reads on #Instafreebie!

Today I’ve got thirty free YA Fantasy reads to share with you, all available through #Instafreebie. If you haven’t read Sunbolt yet, it will only be available on Instafreebie for another month or so. Nab it now, before you forget! (I mean, a street thief with an illegal magical talent, monsters of both the human and non-human variety, and oodles of deception and betrayal–what more could you want?) Check it out and more here.

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Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in On Writing | 4 comments

Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

I was flipping through an old journal the other morning, looking for notes on a story idea that I’m interested in playing with again, and I found an entry from almost two years prior to the publication of Memories of Ash. Turns out, I was struggling with writing and insecurities at the time.

It’s a bit strange to look back and read it from now, when I’ve overcome those particular challenges and they no longer seem half so intimidating or insurmountable. But the entry below is also part of why I no longer give release dates before a book is actually done. I don’t know what hurdles I’ll face, I don’t know when I might lose the joy of writing and I’ll need to slow down and have fun with it again. I write my best stories when I love what I’m doing, so that ends up taking priority for me. Which works out pretty nicely, even if it means I can’t make promises until I’ve essentially already fulfilled them. Ha!

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Magical March e-Book Giveaway via the Fellowship of Fantasy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Giveaways | 3 comments

Magical March e-Book Giveaway via the Fellowship of Fantasy

Here Be Magic … and a little giveaway I wanted to share with you!

Enchanted lands, magical creatures, fairies and witches and … space wizards? You bet! We’ve got all that and more for our Fellowship of Fantasy March ebook giveaway. Sixteen authors are offering sixteen adventures, along with a little something extra to make your month magical. Keep reading to learn more and get a closer look at a few books in the bundle. Or, check out all the books on the full promo page here.

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Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in On Writing | 0 comments

Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

I’ve always been interested in languages. Part of that interest is my fascination with the English language: I love words, and I love how the same five or six words can be twisted, turned, and slanted to give so many different layers of meanings depending upon how they’re ordered.

So I always knew I was going to learn a foreign language: I wanted to see how they fitted and slotted together to make clever little meanings all of their own. Over time, I learned little bits and pieces of French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Greek, and Italian. And then there was that phase where I was learning German surreptitiously from my sister’s school-of-the-air German classes because you basically shout everything, and seriously, what is cooler than that?

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Disability in Fiction: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Stop and Think | 0 comments

Disability in Fiction: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

This marks the final post in the Disability in Fiction blog series–and what a fabulous two months it’s been! From finding new reads (and people to follow), to gaining needed perspective, to grasping the impact of ableism and the power of art, the authors of these blog posts have brought so much forward to be considered. (For those just finding this post, there are links to the full series at the bottom.)

As I wrap up this series, I find myself looking at the world around me, and my local context here in the US, and seeing the impact of ableism, discrimination, and/or simple lack of empathy.

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