01/06/2017 In General, Uncategorized
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What’s In A Year

We break down time in many ways; days, weeks, months, hours minutes, seconds. We lump by seasons,  quarters and halves. There are school, fiscal and calendar years. My ‘next’ year begins on my birthday, which is different from almost everyone I know. So why is it we are expected to announce our yearly plans on January 1? In my hemisphere winter isn’t a great time to resolve to bike, or swim more (unless you have access to a gym and even then, maybe not.) The days are about as short as they get so quality outside time is sparse. There is the post holiday bonanza of new gadgets to play with to disrupt your plans, but still, we engage in this annual …

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12/17/2016 In Uncategorized
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Time Zone — Part of Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Anthology

Once Upon a Time in the Weird West was released yesterday. As I’ve said before, I was very happy to be asked to be a part of the anthology. Some of my favorite authors were involved, include a few I look up to and admire.  The reviews for the book as a whole and Time Zone is my contribution, have been very positive.  Here are a Couple: Divine Magazine: About Once Upon a Time in the Weird West: 4 Stars “Combining some of the biggest names in MM fiction into one anthology, Once Upon a Time in the Weird West is a keeper!” About Time Zone: 5 Stars “I liked the characters and great writing, world building and the easy flow of the story….” …

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11/22/2016 In Uncategorized
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New Release Blog Tour: Your Alpha, My Mate; by Rachel Ravenheart

Today, please welcome Rachel Ravenheart as she stops by to show off her latest release, Your Alpha, My Mate, book 1 in her new Lonestar Chronicles series. Blurb: Jamie is a shifter. But he can’t shift. That’s what he wants his pack to think. Truth is, Jamie is a white wolf. The biggest, best, strongest kind of wolf. He refuses to shift because his pack, and his parents, treat him as a misfit. An outcast. And when he takes matters into his own hands by fleeing to join the Lonestar Pack, his fate is already determined. There will be sacrifice. There will be war. There will be death. Above all, there will be love. And love always wins. Excerpt: “You …

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11/16/2016 In Guest
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The Secrets in My Scowl; by A. E. Via – Excerpt and Giveaway

Today, the lovely A. E. Via is taking over the Land of Make Believe to tell everyone about her latest release, The Secrets in My Scowl. I’m not giving nothing away when I say I do love a story where the lawyer gets his HEA. Call it looking out for my own. Check out the blurb, read the except and then go get the book. (Did I mention she’s giving away a Fire Tablet!! Read through to find out how to enter.) Blurb: Sparks ignite and tempers flare when a sexy, optimistic wedding planner moves his business in across the hall from a jilted, divorce lawyer’s practice. “Look smart ass. This is the last time I’m going to remind you about …

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11/14/2016 In Uncategorized
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Cover Reveal—Once Upon a Time in the Weird West

Today is cover reveal day for Once Upon a Time in the Weird West, an anthology of speculative fiction short stories with a western theme. It started as an idea, what if . . .  and morphed from there. Kim Fielding   was one of the organizers and she asked if I wanted to be a part of it. Little did I know, I’d be included with some of my favorite spec fic authors. But today we’re all showing off the cover – I being a bit behind these days am late, but hey, I like to think of it as I’m extending the cycle. 😀 My contribution is Time Zone an urban fantasy short story: Some people possess gifts that …

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09/24/2016 In Guest
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The Pill Bugs of Time; by Angel Martinez—A Pill Bug Walking Tour of Philadelphia

A couple months ago I hosted Angel Martinez for Lime Green Gelatin and Other Monsters, Book 1 in the Offbeat Crimes, series and ask her why Philadelphia (I’m originally from Philly and was pleased to see a series set there.) When asked to host The Pill Bugs of Time, I suggested she give the readers a walking tour of places from the books. To my great surprise, she agreed.  What follows is awesomeness that needs to be seen. So strap yourselves in and let Angel and her friend take you on a magic Philly walking tour! A Pill Bug Walking Tour of Philadelphia Last fall at about this time, my friend Diane came down from Calgary for a convention. Since …

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09/23/2016 In Guest
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Flight Blog Tour: How To Write Contest-Winning Flash Fiction – by Aidee Ladnier

This is a first for the blog – a judge from a writing contest. Aides Ladnier is here today to talk about how to write contest-winning flash fiction. And she would know a thing or two about this as her story came in 3rd out of 117 stories in Queer Sci-fi’s 2015 flash fiction contest.  So please welcome Aidee and then go find out more about the book. The proceeds go to support the Queer Sci-fi site and help give a voice to LGBTQA authors. How to Write Contest Winning Flash Fiction; by Aidee Ladnier To my great delight, one of the prizes for placing third in the QSF 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Contest was a chance to judge the entries …

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08/03/2016 In Author Profiles, Guest
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An Interview with Anna Butler—Makepeace Blog Tour and Giveaway

Please welcome back Anna Butler.  Anna came to visit last year about this time to talk about Heart Scarab, Book 2 of her Sci-fi series Taking Shield. You can find that interview here: Anna Butler Interview: This time, Anna and I are going to getting into more specifics about not only the book, but the universe she created.  When you’re done reading the interview, make sure you enter her giveaway. An Interview With Anna Butler Hi Anna. Welcome back. What have you been up to since you last visited? I’ve been working hard on the fourth Taking Shield book, The Chains of Their Sins, which went to my publisher and editor only this week in final draft. It picks up the …

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07/28/2016 In Uncategorized
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Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters Blog Tour — An Interview With Angel Martinez

Please welcome Angel Martinez to the Land of Make Believe. Angel is here today to discuss the re-release of Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters.  She agreed to let me ask her some questions about her, her works and the series. An Interview with Angel Martinez Welcome Angel. Since this is your first interview on the blog, tell us about yourself. Hi Andrew! Thank you letting me visit. I come from an academic family, so I’m something of a black sheep having “only” earned a BA in English Lit. Hey, I fought that degree hard, going to school with the clear goal of genetic engineering, but when something keeps calling, you can’t ignore it forever. But love for a subject doesn’t …

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07/13/2016 In Author Profiles, Guest
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The Necromacer’s Dilemma Blog Tour: An Interview With SJ Himes

Today I have SJ Himes here to answer some questions about her very cool The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and the newest book The Necromancer’s Dilemma. As Sheena will explain, this is a different take on the genre so take a moment to read her interview and check out the series. -AQG Interview: Welcome Sheena. Since this is your first time on the blog, tell us about yourself. HI! Thank you for having me. My name is Sheena, and I write under two pen names, SJ Himes and Revella Hawthorne. I’m 32 years old, and I’ve lived in every region in the US east of the Mississippi. I used to work for Uncle Sam, but after ten years of losing …

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