Friday Musings

The last seven days have been unsettling to say the least. Starting with the events in Charlottesville, the response by that guy in the White House (all three contradictory and confusing ones), Barcelona and now Finland. I was listening to this song to get in a more positive mood:   Change will only come if enough of us want it and are willing to stand up for it.  What I was willing to ride out when I wasn’t a parent, I need to change now that I’m a parent. I look at my daughter and the carefree way she sees the world and I worry. What will be left when she’s my age? Will there be anything left? There is …

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08/02/2017 In Guest
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Blog Tour—Comes A Horseman; by Anne Barwell

Today’s guest, Anne Barwell, hails from New Zealand. She is wonderful story teller and an even better person. Anne’s giving nature comes through in the passion she brings to her writing and the way she works to give the readers all that she can. The Echoes Rising is a terrific historical fiction series and I hope everyone reads on to learn more (and of course get the books!) Working With History – Anne Barwell Thanks for hosting me today as part of my blog tour for Comes a Horseman, the 3rd and final book in my WWII Echoes Rising series from DSP Publications. I have a Rafflecopter running as part of the tour so be sure to enter. DSP Publications …

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07/24/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with Tali Spencer

Today is a special Running the Bases for me because it has my friend Tali Spencer as the guest. Tali has been so generous with her time whenever I ask for help and she even hosted me and my daughter for an afternoon a while back. Oh yeah, did I mention I love her writing? Her Pride of Uttor series is probably one of my all time favorites. If you get a chance, read it and find out why. 1. You write stories in different genres, does one speak to you more? Fantasy is my first love, and high fantasy especially. I feel most at home when creating my own worlds and using those worlds to explore the human condition, …

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Summer Fantasy Giveaway—49 Free eBooks Available

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve asked some fellow speculative fiction authors to join me to give away free eBooks to readers. Today, 48 other authors have made their eBooks available for free download.  Bookfunnel is handling the distribution of the eBooks, so the process is easy and they have a great support team. If you run into any difficulty, contact them and they’ll help get things sorted for you. Click here to see all the books available: https://books.bookfunnel.com/summerfantasygiveaway/cs14hji49n Also, as a special thank you to my readers, DSP Publications has given me a coupon good for 50% off all my eBooks and 30% off all my Paperbacks if you purchased them from the DSP Publications Store. The coupon …

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07/13/2017 In Author Profiles, Guest
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Guest Post—An Interview with Sadie Rose Bermingham—Burning Boundaries Blog Tour

Today please welcome to The Land of Make Believe, Sadie Rose Bermingham.  Sadie and her co-author, Bellora Quinn, have a new release—Burning Boundaries—and Sadie is here for an interview to help tell us more about the new book: Welcome Sadie. In one sentence can you tell everyone what Burning Boundaries is about? Burning Boundaries is about exploration – exploring limitations, be it physical, psychic or sexual. What was it that led you to write in the genre(s) you write? I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi as a child and a teenager. When I was younger High Fantasy was my escape pod. Most contemporary fiction didn’t engage me, it felt too dull. Too ordinary. As I grew older, I suppose, …

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07/10/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with James Kampel

Thank you to James Kampel for joining us today to Run the Bases with Andrew Q Gordon.  You will want to check out his book The Dreamer when you are done with interview.  Links are at the bottom.  Who or what inspired The Dreamer? Growing up, I read a bunch of Dragon Lance and Forgotten Realms novels. The works by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Richard Knaak, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and all the others transported me to other worlds with fantastic adventures. I also enjoyed the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention how much I enjoyed the Dark Tower series by Stephen …

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06/26/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with Bradley Lloyd

  Thank you to Bradley Lloyd for joining me today to Run the Bases.  After you finish the interview, be sure to check out Shadow Fray recently released from DSP Publications.   What drew you to write a dystopian world? First, I’m a big fan of the genre, particularly in the YA realm. I loved The Hunger Games, Enclave, Divergent, Pure,Red Rising and many others. While my book is far from YA, I did try to keep the same spirit of page-turning fun that propelled many of those books. Secondly, if I weren’t going to write a dystopian world, that would leave me with…a utopia? Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? A dystopian world is pretty common in sci-fi, I think because …

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Summertime And The Reading Is Easy (And Free!)

Today I have another promotion with Free Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books to pass along.  This one is offering 38 free books. Click the link below for more info and to browse the books. Midsummber Fantasy Reads Unlike the previous giveaways I’ve been involved with, this uses a new service – BookFunnel.  Unlike the Instafreebie promotions, where you had to sign up with Instafreebie AND the author whose book you wanted, BookFunnel doesn’t ask you to sign up with them. You pick the author whose book you fancy, give that author your email, and you get sent to the download page. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. There are some really good books in this mix, so check them out. And look for another promotion …

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Guest Author—J. Scott Coatsworth—Fuzzing the Line with The Great North

Please welcome to the Land of Make Believe, J Scott Coatsworth. I’ve mentioned before, Scott is trying to single handedly bring Queer Sci-fi (and Fantasy) to the masses.  He stops by today to give talk about blurring the lines between genres in his writing. Did we mention he has a new release?  He does! The Great North is now available everywhere. With that, the blog is yours, Scott. J. Scott Coatsworth: Fuzzing the Line   I’m notorious for coloring outside the line in my stories. I especially like mixing my fantasy and sci fi hues – see “The Autumn Lands”, “Skythane”, “Through the Veil”, “Wonderland”, and “Homecoming” for examples. For my latest story, “The Great North”, I was asked to …

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06/12/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases With Rosemary A Johns

  Thank you to Rosemary A Johns for joining us today to Run the Bases with Andrew Q Gordon.  You will want to check out her Rebel Vampires series when you are done with interview.  Links are at the bottom.  When you began writing Blood Dragons how much of the Rebel Vampires series was planned out? Firstly, thanks for having me on Andrew! I always know the first scene…and the last one. Rebel Vampires is set in a paranormal secret London where vampires are both predator and prey. I knew where the first trilogy was going because this was a redemptive journey for the main British vampire anti-hero. Blood Dragons – is about a man losing his humanity and then discovering …

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