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IMG_1774What a great article about a man and his horses!

We underestimate animals again! Fabulous story about an octopus getting her chance back at sea.

Another great research article on breast cancer–could melatonin help in the fight? Get plenty of rest people! It’s important!

And on cancer again–To chemo or not to chemo–Some breakthroughs that help with that decision.

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Posted: August 26, 2016

Regan O’Reilly – Audio Book Giveaway

savingI have FIVE copies of audio book Regan O’Reilly, Private Investigator (Book 1) to give away! Entry begins today–ends in one week.

Leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite book and the country where you reside! When you leave a comment, make sure to enter your email address in the email field–it is not shown to anyone but me. I can’t contact you without the email address!

Five people will win a redemption code that can be used at audible to download a copy. Leo the Cat will choose the winners!

This giveaway is good internationally — if you have access to audible, you’ll be able to redeem the code, so international entries are welcome.

Can’t wait to win the freebie? Here’s the bundle–the entire series–Regan O’ Reilly Books 1-4 on audio.

You can find Regan O’Reilly in ebook or print, of course.

(To sign up for future contests, there’s a signup on the sidebar. I do four to six giveaways of various products or new product announcements each year).

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Posted: August 23, 2016

Free Font Bundles

If you are here looking for the free font bundles, welcome! Here are the links!

For the freebies at Creative Market

I can’t direct link to the freebies at Hungry Jpeg because they don’t allow that as an affiliate link, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the freebies after clicking! This link is to the fabulous Laura Worthington fonts–she is fast become one of my favorite font designers (who knew there was such a job???)

Laura Worthington Sale Package

Check out her work (that font package is on sale and her fonts normally run 40 dollars per font, PER type (regular, bold, italic, etc)! I almost want to write a book JUST so I can use that font! If you’re after the freebie font this week look at the top menu and you’ll find the freebies tab. You can check out the selection there.

As with any site, you have to sign up to download. Some of the licensing is confusing. I did write and verify that fonts are commercial license. If you want backgrounds and templates for commercial you’re better of at a stock photo place. I recommend depositphotos.

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Posted: August 22, 2016

The South Austin Moonlighters: Youtube and Interview

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to The South Austin Moonlighter’s latest album (Ghost of a Small Town) you are in for a treat! The band was invited to play on 512 Studios Live –and the event is recorded for YouTube. You can listen to four of the songs on the album and watch them perform! (Sorry about the…”interesting” commercials between songs…the guy dressed as a turtle was okay, but the weather reporter and that guy shrieking in place of singing? Really???)

Because you know I go above and beyond to bring you the inside scoop, I wrote Phil Hurley, one of the band members, so that we could have an inside peek into the serious business of being an indie band. It’s more like being an indie writer than I would have imagined! Like us writers, it sounds like similar technical techniques are required in order to be in a great band: on the fly, by the seat of their pants and with a wing and a prayer.

1. Are those amps in the 512 Studio recording room with you live or are they props?

As far as amps, those were amps that live in 512 Studios. We did our best to get our tone out of them. It was different, but we made it work.

2. Did Lonnie and Chris purposely leave you out when they coordinated those nearly matching shirts or did you forget to wear plaid stripes?

Ha! We never coordinate our wardrobe choices. Pure coincidence.

3. How long ago did you do the 512 recording — I know that Ghost in a Small Town has been out for a while and this aired live on Aug 13, but how many months early was the preparation?

We filmed that on July 22 here in South Austin. Quick and dirty. One take of each song.

4. What studio do you use to record the album?

We recorded our new record at Chris Beall’s house, tracking live in the living room and overdubbing in his back shed.

saving5. Who did the artwork for the album cover?

The album photography was all done by our friend Christopher Durst. We brainstormed the idea of the ghostly image for the cover while traveling to a gig together. Lonnie (Trevino) was able to manipulate the photo on his iPad while we were driving and came up with the finished product.

Thanks Phil!

These guys work HARD. And I’d love to be talented enough to pull off a cover on a computer while someone else was driving (erm…we hope someone else was driving!)

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Posted: August 22, 2016

Giveaway of Audio Book Coming Soon

savingAuthor Margaret Lake has generously provided the blog with FIVE copies of her audio book Regan O’Reilly, Private Investigator (Book 1). Entry begins on TUESDAY August 23rd. Entry will be pretty easy. All you have to do is leave a comment to win! Five people will win a redemption code that can be used at audible to download a copy. I’ll have Leo the cat choose the winners! The Regan O’Reilly stories are a kind of cozy romance sleuth/adventure with a focus on characters. I’ve read book one; it’s an intriguing introduction to the characters and personalities with enough action to keep things interesting. The series follows Regan through various adventures with an underlying romance that develops through the books.

So far as I know this giveaway is good internationally — if you have access to audible, you’ll be able to redeem the code, so international entries are welcome.

Can’t wait to win the freebie? Here’s the bundle–the entire series–Regan O’ Reilly Books 1-4 on audio.

If you don’t really like audio books, you can find Regan O’Reilly in ebook or print, of course.

Want to sign up to hear about other giveaways on the blog? Look on the left sidebar–there’s a mailchimp signup. I have three other giveaways planned. I only send out an email when there is a giveaway or I release a new book. You can opt out at any time.

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Posted: August 20, 2016

Leo, My Helper

leoeatspostcardEvery now and then I need a photo of my books for a website or blog. Sometimes I have specific requests for the books or the books and a book bag or I invent the picture on the fly. Interestingly enough, no one has actually asked me for a picture of my books with Leo eating the postcard.

leopostcard Or then looking at me wondering what my problem is.

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Posted: August 20, 2016

Mercedes Lackey – Hunter BARGAIN

savingMercedes Lackey’s Hunter is on sale for 99 cents! I haven’t read this particular series, but she writes great fantasy books. She creates great and believable characters.

Great deal!

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Posted: August 19, 2016

A Favorite Artist: Chris Dunn

chrisDunntreeAs you know, I love to bring you news of the best artists, books, musicians, stories…anything that is just too stellar to be kept a secret. Chris Dunn is probably not a secret any longer, but I only stumbled across his work about a year ago. He does book covers and book illustrations. And they are each a wonder to behold!

I wrote to Chris and asked him for a bit of history or glimpse into his inspiration. This was his reply:

I don’t have many quirky stories to share however, one thing you might find interesting is where I found my original inspiration to produce illustrations using anthropomorphic animals. I grew up reading the Redwall Abbey series of children’s books by Brian Jacques. Unfortunately, in 2011, Mr Jacques passed away and so I decided to create a homage to his life as a writer and to the wonderful characters he created, which have sparked my imagination ever since. That homage was my first animal illustration of a mouse sleeping at his writing desk. The mouse is supposed to be Brian, and the snow falling outside the window represents the Winter of his life. That piece is called ‘Jacques’ Rest’ and you can see it here.

You can also read about how the artist John Howe inspired me with his Tolkien illustrations by clicking here.

I know a few of us are fans of Brian Jacques, and I’ve certainly read Tolkien and appreciate the stories and some of the artwork (although I did not know about John Howe.)

It’s not possible for me to pick a favorite from Chris Dunn’s work. There’s a lot to love! I love the owl shot. I think that best represents me when I’m at work writing! That’s right about what my work area looks like too!!!

Here’s another one that intrigues me.

chrisdunnairmail It’s a bit cut off–click to view the whole picture! If you let your mouse hover over the picture after clicking, it will enlarge and you can see some of the terrific detail. In the first picture I posted at the top–you really need to hover. That shot has so much really great detail from the red squirrel hanging laundry to the harness on the crow. Fabulous stuff.

Thank you Chris Dunn!!!

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Posted: August 18, 2016
Filed in Art Reviews, Cover Art Discussions

Weekly Roundup Articles

IMG_2178I’m not going to post an article on the Olympic swimmer disaster (Ryan Lochte and buddies) but I will say the entire saga is disappointing. Mr. Lochte is certainly old enough to know better than to instigate drunken disturbances and then make up stories, go on interviews and exaggerate those stories even worse. He and the others turned what should have been a triumph (gold medals and wins) into an embarrassment for his country and friends. I would imagine this incident will also hurt his pocketbook in lost endorsements and fines.

A very interesting article on a cancer drug–from Cuba. Looks like a lot of opportunity to be had.

Could this anti-inflammatory drug help against Alzheimers?

This stubby squid looks more like a toy than a real sea creature. And what a great purple!

Some clothing fashion from 5300 years ago–what was the ice man wearing? And why did his wife let him go out dressed like that??? (Just kidding. Wanted to see if you were paying attention!)

It turns out there is an Independent candidate running for President this year. Evan McMullin is a bit late to the game, but this game has had a lot of clowns.

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Posted: August 18, 2016

Weekly Articles of Interest

stackbooksThe perfect crime? C.J. Box based his novel, Free Fire, on an area of Yellowstone that is outside the jurisdiction of the state…and there cannot be a jury formed if a crime happened there…kind of some fun facts about a very remote area in Yellowstone in this article.

Every year Kobo puts out a few interesting articles on how readers read. This year, it’s how the best readers read–what they read, how often they read and how they read. Okay, this is probably only of use to us geeky writers, but I found it to be a great article!

And then there is this one–Humpback whales take on orcas–to save seals and other whales. The picture of the seal resting on top of the Humpback is just remarkable to me. Animals are so much smarter and more complex than most humans realize. Never lose your sense of wonder, people!

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Posted: August 18, 2016
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