In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


“The fish boat had barely touched land when your Pa and I heard howling from down by the river that one night.” He paused, as if remembering. “Clearest night you ever did see too. Good a night as any for fishing, I reckon. Ayup, no such luck though. Read more on The Literary Hub

Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Cheer

The Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour is celebrating the holidays so I tackled my Christmas Day adventure.

December brings many holidays to celebrate to everyone in our world. So this month, the Merry Go Round Blog Tour is discussing holidays. I will focus on what I know, Christmas. It is a blessing and a curse every year in so many ways. But no one wants to hear about the bad... See the rest of the story at my blog:

Sunday, December 25, 2011


This month's FM Blog Tour post was a writing prompt called Holidays. I actually ended up with Christmas as my posting date.

So Merry Christmas! To those who celebrate other holidays - Happy Holidays!

I am going to take a moment to to share some of my thoughts about the holidays with you. Rest assured I'm not awake as this is posted. Auto-post is a brilliant feature. I actually wrote this post weeks ago. Chances are I'm sleeping in. Then later this afternoon I'll get up and go celebrate a secular Christmas holiday with my family at my sister's house. Continue reading on my blog.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve At My House

Hello.  It's Christmas Eve today.  Are you here on the internet today?  Please come with me for a Christmas Eve picture tour of our home.

Continue reading on my blog...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Writer's Gingerbreads

Perfect time to make cookies everybody can enjoy! If you are interested to find out more, please continue reading at my blog. Merry Christmas :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bear on the High Shelf

The shelf was too high!

The teddy bear watched as people stopped to study the stuffed animals on the shelves below him. They often took a lucky one home with them, but few patrons of the crowded, small shop ever looked up at the shelf far above their heads. Certainly, the children never saw him, the only teddy bear on the shelf near the ceiling.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Black Wednesday

Some women love diamonds, but the ladies who practice black sorcery... Well, it's best not to ask too many questions about their heart's desires. But at Vladmar's Wand Shoppe, you're guaranteed to find the perfect gift for the dark witch in your life. Just don't step on the turtle. Read more...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Musings

This month's topic for the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour is Holidays.  I've been struggling to think of an angle to write about that connects with my writing, but I really couldn't come up with anything that seemed appropriate.  Then I reflected on all the Christmas lights in my neighborhood and remembered when my now 18 year old son realized that most people in our area were a different religion than we were.

I think this has relevance to my writing, particularly in terms of working with characters who feel outcast, different in any way.   (read more. . . )

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Worldbuilding Holidays

Coming off of Erin’s post, I have to smile at how even like-minded people can interpret themes differently. Upon reading this month’s theme, I associated holidays with writing through world-building.

If you'd like to learn more, head over to D.M. Bonanno.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holidays: Inshi

Inshi tied the last of the ribbons to tree in the old cemetery as the bells in the village monastery tolled noon. Just in time! That last ribbon hadn’t wanted to stay tied; it would probably be the first to fly free. If you want to read the rest of what Inshi's up to -- and find out why I'm writing about her today -- check out the rest of the post on my blog.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Interviewing G.R. Colorado

Question: What would you say to the words ‘Publishing Industry’?
Answer: Short of having an affair with the President, gaining fame then writing about it? Continue reading on The Literary Hub

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Inner Workings of a Writer

November is self-interview month on the Blog Tour. So I will attempt to ask creative questions and give honest answers. I hope this will offer insight into my mind for myself as well. Here we go:

To see what is going on inside my head, head on over to

Friday, November 25, 2011

Were-Cats... In Space!

A pink and yellow spotted unicorn looks at me from across the desk. “So as a writer you probably get a lot of writing questions.”

I nod. “That’s true.”

The audience laughs.

“Well how about we don’t talk about your latest bestselling book, Werewolves on the Edge.” She lifts my latest tome up so the camera can get a good shot of the cover.

Continue Reading on my blog...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting to Know this blogger

Q. Why the Pen versus the Sword?
I’m willing to admit, I’m not much of a violent person. I believe that compromise wins arguments, not brute strength. Read More at:

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Do you base your characters on real people? I avoid it. I have characters, which have got inspiration from real people, but I never use them as one-on-one. I develop them all myself and though I borrow line or two from friends, I find it unethical to base entire form on them. Not only because it can tare people apart, but because they trust me not to end up in my books and I respect them for it. I write fantasies, after all and it’s not easy to walk around being judged by some outsider’s view on your life. In your local newspaper there is a discussion over ending support for light reading in libraries to support more local writers. What do you think of it? You can read more of this from the blog.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Interview with Jean

This month's topic is an interview with myself, so head on over and see what Jean had to say this month at Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Psuedo-Holiday Letter from Zette

Today I should have been doing a self-interview for the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, but I couldn't quite get my head around the questions -- which is odd for someone who generally interviews authors for Vision. So I thought I would write a pseudo-holiday letter instead and let you know what's going on in my world.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Self Interview

It’s that time of month again — the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! Yay! This month’s topic is a self-interview. I hate interviews, so I hope I’ll be gentle with myself. What do you think?

Q. Can you tell us something about what you’re working on?

As a matter of fact, I can! (Funny how that turns out, huh?)

See the answer and more on my blog, In Shadows.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Q&A: A day late and a dollar short. . .

Well, I've done it again.  Realized a day late that *yesterday* was my Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour posting day.  Sigh.

This month's topic is a self-interview.  So here's my go at a Q & A of things about me you might want to know.  I wanted to do something pithy and ironic, but I don't have that sense of comic timing nor do I do irony well.  I figured I'd just go with my typical earnest, serious self.  (Read more here)

while on break from NaNoWriMo

The timing for my turn on the blog tour worked out wonderfully, given today is my Friday Project day. That is, I'm taking it a little easier on the writing and I'm not focused on my main project. So I'm on break from the frenzy and, given this month's theme is "self-interview", I will split myself in half to ask me a few questions. Read more...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Muse & I

'Evening. DMBonanno here. This month’s FM Merry Go Round topic is Self Interview. In an offshoot of that, I’d like to interview my Muse. The Muse might sound like an aspect of multiple personality disorder, but really, she’s a representation of how I compartmentalize aspects of my life. Plus, I never had an imaginary friend as a child. My Muse showed up about fifteen years ago when I moved out on my own. Or maybe it was that I could finally hear her.

Read the interview here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Q & A on Erin

What's the silliest question I've ever been asked? How about the latest adventure I've had? If you're curious and want to learn more about me, check out my post today, Q & A on me.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alex Who?

At some point this month I'll get around to interviewing myself. When I do, I'll update this post and you can find out a bit more about me (like why I didn't do this interview earlier despite having worked as a professional organizer).

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Revision or Did I Really Write That?

Revision is important. You learn it in grade school and it gets drilled into you throughout high school and college. It's purpose is to catch your mistakes, make the necessary grammar and punctuation corrections etc.

Read more on my blog....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 10 Tips For Revising Your Manuscript

1. Let The Draft Sit – for a week or two before attempting revisions will often provide a fresh eye. Read more on The Literary Hub 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Revision, revision, revision

October is a good month to discuss revision. It is such an important step in the writing process.
Please visit my blog to get the whole story:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Revision, My Friend

I think a lot of writers would agree with me if I admitted my best work happens during revision. Sure, ideas are great. First drafts on the other hand, or more properly *my* first drafts, just never nail it. When I’m initially writing something what I’m generally doing is writing down the bones. I write like one might build a house. First you lay the foundation. Then you put up your frame. Then you add your wiring and plumbing. Then the walls go up and finally — at the very end — you add a coat of paint. I know, it’s probably not the best analogy, but it works. Continue reading...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Revision--The Fun Part of Writing

Revision--for some writers it is a dirty word that they don't want to talk about. Some novice writers don't even do it. Their excuses might run like these: "My writing is good and I've spelled everything correctly so I don't need to revise." "I revise as I go along. When I'm done, I'm done." Can you say Ego Trip? Even Stephen King revises.

So, what exactly is revision? Read more at my blog: About Books, Writing, and More

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finding the Breaks in the Levee

I’ve covered a lot of different topics so far this year. Recently, I’ve concentrated on other’s writings. Through it all, of course I expected you to continue working on your own scribbles.

Read more at my blog:

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Is there any consistency in my approach to revision and rewriting? Certainly! One thing has never, ever changed: every story I write has demanded its own unique approach to revision and rewriting, so I've learned not to worry if I can't do things the same way twice. (Continue reading on my journal.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This isn't what I wrote!

...Then another problem rose – I had real life. With writing I just did it whenever I got the flash going, but with editing, having half dead brain in the morning meant I made more mistakes than repaired them. So now I had to plan it ahead for times best suited. Here is where binding my manuscript came handy. With this I didn’t have to rely on my pc all the time and I could do it almost everywhere. Read more on my blog.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Revising fiction has always been tough for me.  It still is, but here's how I'm dealing with it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I love editing

I love editing

No really, I do.  I love being able to take a story and nudge it closer to what I first imagined.  Many of you have seen my line -- the only story you can't fix is the one you never write.  I truly believe that, though I'll concede that authors may have an occasional story that would take more time to fix than is worth the effort. 

Or that can be a convenient excuse and some authors give up too easily.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Got Your Revision Right Here...

It’s interesting that this month’s Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour topic is about revisions. I just finished a monster revision / writing project in August. Excellent timing! Back in 2005 I wrote a novel called Broken Trails about two women who come together during the Last Great Race - the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. (Actually, the novel was untitled and remained so until about a year ago.) I love the Iditarod, and read everything I could get my hands on about it. Others enjoyed the online version, and I received a great deal of praising emails. But not everybody. See more at my website, In Shadows.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

on revision

I dread revision. Think of it this way: you spend several days with a manuscript you don't like all that much, read it, re-read it, cut it up, and try to patch it back together into something resembling sanity. It's time consuming, and painful. Revision is an activity I compare to first date dilemmas: What do I say? What do I do? Should I keep my hands in my pockets the whole time? What if she wants to pay? Read more on my blog...

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Joys of Revision

First, my apologies for my late post on the Merry-Go-Round-Blog-Tour.  The holiday weekend got away from me and I completely forgot that the 10th of the month was my day to write.  Ack!

So here are my thoughts on revision.

It may make me an odd duck amongst my writing friends, but I absolutely love the revision process. (continue reading on the Once in a Blue Muse blog)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

revision is writing

I spent years trying to learn how to outline so my first drafts would be cleaner and I wouldn't have to spend so much time on revision. It took several complete disasters to make me realize that for me, revision is the writing process... Read the rest at Cowgirl in New England.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Revising my opinion

One thing I've learned over the past several years of writing is that the way I write doesn't stay the same, nor does the way I edit. Nor, fortunately, has my attitude about what I already know. Find out how everything has changed on my blog.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Genre Bending or Breaking?

Walk into any bookstore and you'll find all of the latest books sorted into these perfect little categories. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, Fantasy, Romance are all nicely printed in bold letters on placards scattered about the store. More and more frequently I have been seeing books that merge genres or in some cases encompass elements of so many that I can't quite place where they actually belong.

Read more on my blog...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bending Genre Elements

 When I started writing in 2009 my aim was romance. Not that I didn’t enjoy reading other genres. I simply enjoyed romance more. Read more on The Literary Hub

Monday, September 26, 2011

Crossing Lines

The topic of September is crossing genres on our Merry Go Round Blog Tour from Forward Motion. Such a good topic for me as I plan my next novel. A lot of the stories I write follow along the lines of the Young Adult, Realistic Fiction line. With this in mind, I started to think about books I read and have loved and one thing keeps repeating in my mind. Every author crosses the borders of genres.
Continue reading here...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Twist It, Bend It, Tie It In A Bow...

Genre bending is an interesting thing. Ever notice how some of the most popular movies all contain elements of action, drama, romance, comedy, and sometimes even fantasy or science fiction? Look at Harry Potter, for example.  Continue reading at The Quadrant.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fantasy or Science Fiction? Does it Really Matter?

When I was growing up, one of my favorite authors was Andre Norton. During her 93 years of life, Ms. Norton wrote more than 130 books. I have read most of them and own copies of 30 or more, tucked away in boxes. I didn’t know until I was grown that Andre Norton was a women and that she took that pen name because when she started writing, science fiction readers were perceived as all males. Continue reading on my blog...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Break the Marketing Pocket until you’re selling – Genres

Each of these has a specific connotation when attached to a book. When you tell others that you’re a writer, their first question is almost always “What do you write?” Our answer usually fills in with a label similar to those above. However, modern writing has started to defy the old classification model.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The unknown substance

As it is not popular, more and more writers go without boundaries. Here at least. I’ve come across fellow craftsmen, who find it insulting if someone brings up that they would do better if they would add similar ingredients to their pot of plot which would give some familiarities to search them by. It “castrates” their creativity, they say, and write on genre-less books, not realizing that the editors will still try to fit it in some shelf next to genre books. One even compared it with paint-by-number picture.

Indeed, when writing inside genre, you are creating work by certain standards so the reader can get exactly what they wanted from the book. I would be very happy if it was indeed like painting by numbers, but I fear it’s more like Jan van Eyck oil painting, including grinding your own paints.

Read more on my blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011


I confess to being a little muddled at this month's Blog Tour topic.  I've heard of gender crossing, and, certainly, cross-dressing.  The term isn't used for women much, but I do a lot of cross dressing.  Men's clothing has always been more durable -- both in construction and fashion.  I've been tall with longer legs for most of my life, so the only way to get pants long enough or long sleeves that come below mid-forearm, I've had to purchase men's clothing.  That works fine for casual clothing, but for dressier things, I've had more of a challenge.  But you didn't come here to read about clothes shopping challenges. Continue reading on my blog.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crossing Genre Lines

I often hear things like 'genre is just a tool made up by marketing people.'

Yes, that's true. That does not make it bad, though. Imagine going into a store and wanting a new fantasy novel, only you have to search through every single shelf of fiction to find one. Or worse, searching through places like, book-by-book. So let's start by saying that genre distinctions are a great tool for readers.

But what about authors? Yes, they can help you define what you are going to write and let you know what certain expectations might be.

However, that doesn't mean you have to write to fit a genre. In fact, you shouldn't. You should write whatever suits you for the story you want to tell, and genre should be the last thing you consider. And if that means you write something that crosses genre lines, all the better. Genre designations are not meant to be walls.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

topic bending and my plan for fighting terror

I have a suggestion for the tenth anniversery of the 9/11 attacks: do something real. Turn off your computer, put your cell phone on silent, unplug yourself. Watch the wildlife at a local park, walk barefoot in your garden, close your eyes and just feel the wind blowing through your hair. What does this have to do with genre-bending? Umm...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Genre-Bending: When categories just don't fit

For this month's Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, we're talking about genre and what happens when writers ignore the boundaries of bookstore categories.  Actually, I also want to talk about my experience as a reader and how genre can both inform and limit me in my search for something new and shiny to read. (Continue reading "Genre-Bending. . . )

Monday, September 5, 2011

it's all niche markets

Lately I have, for no particular reason that I can think of, written several ghost stories. (Continue reading at Cowgirl in New England)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Isn't One Genre Per Story Enough?

So what’s the deal with cross-genre fiction? Isn’t enough that we have a dozen genres to write, read or watch on TV?

Continue reading here: D.M.Bonanno.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Crossing the streams of genre

Okay, crossing the streams is an obvious image to use when talking about crossing anything, especially with any kind of an SF/F background (or an ’80s movie background). But it’s a bad analogy, because crossing genres is a good thing, if done well. Continue reading on my blog…

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Overgenre-ing of Books

When is a fantasy book not a fantasy book? When it's an epistolary young adult paranormal romance.


Find out what I'm talking about over at AlexWorld.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The grass is greener...

Ideas are like grass and I'm the cow. No, really!

There are so many things around me that cry out to be turned into stories that I never have only one project in process. I take one from here, another from over there and, oh look! There's a great one further that way! I call it my writer's ADD. My husband calls them my "Ooo! Shiny!" moments. Continue reading on my blog…

Friday, August 26, 2011

Vacation offers more than relaxation

My husband and I spent 6 days in Indianapolis this last month. It was a glorious time! Good food, good fun, and good ideas. We spent those days at Gen Con, the convention for gamers of all types. People watching was abound! So, when asked where my newest ideas came from, my only answer is Gen Con.
View the rest of the story at:

Stop back tomorrow for another writer's idea factory details!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How Would You React?

I’m currently focused on my novel Thirteen Covens. I probably shouldn’t admit this but as a life-long occultist I tend to deal with a lot of groups and people (and consequently their emo drama) and let me tell you – a lot of it is wonderful fodder for fiction... Continue reading on my blog.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Tree Full of Ideas

To this point, I’ve been offering insights like you already have an idea to write. Silly me, I forgot that this isn’t always the case. Though I will also note that you aren’t alone if you can’t sit down and just start writing -- that blank page intimidates people.

Continue Reading on my Blog:

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Idea That Came Out of the Blue

All right. So this month's topic on the blog tour is "Where You Got Your Latest Idea" . . . Cue a few moments of silence as I try to remember just what my latest story idea was. To be honest, I can't remember which idea is the latest since I simply have so many of them. I still know the inspiration for the story I'm currently working on, though. It all came when Lily--the girl I nearly dated in high school--asked me to write some sort of "what if" (or perhaps "could have been") story about a romance between characters based upon me and her. (So how did it go, then?)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Where book about tattoos meets Dalai Lama’s speech

This was sparked by tattoo art book I saw in the library, sitting on the shelf, which I wasn't suppose to touch. I was there to study after all. But the wonderful sleeve tattoo on front cover wouldn't leave me be and after I saw this guy in perfect suit walk by, with "it must feel good to be so clean and smell like linen closet" echoing through my scull I reached my hand for pen and paper. Then I put it aside. Read more on my blog.

Where I Got My (Not So) Latest Idea

Today's post is pretty messy.  I walk you through the much and the slime of how the pieces of litter I collect at various points of life come together to form an idea that may or may not produce a book.  I confess, today's idea is still on the compost pile, but I think it will spawn something useful eventually, so I'm sharing it with you.  Don't worry.  It's not smelly, and you don't need your hip waders to get through it.  Feel free to remain on the catwalk and watch from afar -- or jump into the muck with me and brainstorm where it might wind up.  I have fifty thousand words written on this, but I can throw them all out and start again if I get the right combination of stuff.  Check it out here -- if you dare:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where I got my latest idea

Without thinking about this month's question, I had already posted a bit about my current idea. I'm doing a series of reports on how this particular story grows (or story setting -- I think I see far more than a single piece for this one). You can find it here. You can, in fact, see all the posts for the Water/Stone/Light project by clicking on the label in the right hand column.

Since the new project is so well documented already, I'm going to look at a couple older pieces and where those ideas came from.

How do I get ideas? How do writers not get ideas? They're everywhere.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

This Idea is Oooooold....

The Sanguire trilogy is written! YAY! Broken Trails should be out by the end of the year! YAY! My vacation starts today - fifteen days of pure nothing to do but putter around the house and cuddle my wife! YAY!

Now what?

(insert photo of writer deflating here)

Continue reading at In Shadows

Thursday, August 11, 2011

on the making of ideas

Which of my latest ideas do you want to hear about? I have more than I'm comfortable with. Sadly, I can't remember where I get all of my ideas from. I don't remember the exact place or time when I came up with either "Dueling Bards" or "Emerald Orbs", though they are rather loosely tied together by theme. I do recall two of the direct influences that led to my character Jules, who is the main character in "Dueling Bards". Read more on my blog...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ideas are everywhere

This month's merry-go-round-blog-tour topic is where our ideas come from.  I've blogged before about where I found my latest idea here:  three random images combined to turn into a story idea.  In this story's case it was a girl who hated having her photo taken, an abandoned amusement park, and a murdered boy that have coalesced around a YA project that is part ghost story part murder mystery.  So far, I have nearly a dozen pages of hand written notes and a few trial scenes to explore my protagonist's voice. [keep reading this entry]

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Highwayman Came Riding . . .

My last idea came from the daily writing I’ve been doing and some musical inspiration. As I was writing about nothing and complaining about being bored, I was also listening to music. One of the songs that came on was Loreena McKennitt’s stunning musical rendition of Tennyson’s poem, “The Highwayman.” Continue reading at my blog.

Friday, August 5, 2011

more than an idea

I seldom get "an" idea. I have ideas. Multitudes of them, all shoved into the same pile to ferment, ripen, simmer, rot, compost -- any metaphor will do. They bump into each other and eventually start to cling to each other in interesting and improbable ways. (More at Cowgirl in New England.)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ow, That Hurt! An Assault From My Muse

I’m one of those writers who finds herself assaulted by ideas. Sometimes they’re good, like an interesting title or a phrase that just sparkles. Dreams offer visual ideas, as does television and playing with my children. I frequently use writing prompts because they are like a puzzle and it’s a joy to makes sense of elements that aren’t apparently connected.  Continue reading here.

~ D.M. Bonanno

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Catching plot bunnies ...

As I’ve mentioned before, I often have more than one project in progress, so I had to decide which one to use for this post — I’m going to talk about Touching Time, my Mayan novel. In my freelance work, I do a lot of proofreading of travel books. This often gives me little baby plot bunnies that I stuff into a hutch in my brain to see if they grow into anything. Continue reading on my blog . . .

Monday, August 1, 2011

What About Lily? Where I Got My Latest Idea

When I read, especially when I read books I love over and over, I become increasingly interested in the stories of the characters who've been mentioned only once or twice but whose lives are radically changed by the protagonist's actions.

To kick of this month's tour with the topic of Where I got my latest idea, I ask how Alice's playing the game in Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass affected the pawn she replaced, the Princess Lily - and in answering my question I discovered I had a book waiting to get written.

Check it out over on my blog AlexWorld.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Merry-Go-Round Books for July

What a better way to relax than with a good book!

This month, three of our authors have books available for your reading pleasure - check them out and don't forget to tell your friends out the blog and the books.

Ada Nish Pura by Lazette Gifford

Injured and alone, the only survivor of a treacherous attack on a starship takes refuge on Kailani -- a world with little land and where many are genetically adapted to living in the sea. Caught between a ruthless enemy hunting for him and the mistrust of the locals for outsiders, Marcus learns the truth about honor.

You can get copy of this science fiction novel from Smashwords.

Quarter Square by David Bridger

English carpenter Joe Walker thinks his life is over when he discovers his wife and best friend having an affair. Restoring an abandoned theatre offers little hope for a fresh start...until he follows a group of strangers through a hidden door into a world he never could have imagined.

In the haven known as Quarter Square, Joe encounters a community of supernatural street performers who straddle the mortal world and the magic realm known as the Wild. Here, Joe finds a sense of belonging he's never known before—and a chance to uncover the truth behind the frightening visions that have haunted him since childhood. He also meets Min, an enchanting singer who quickly captures his heart.

But as Joe settles into Quarter Square, he learns their haven is under attack, while an ancient enemy threatens to tear him and Min apart. Now, Joe must learn to wield his own powers in order to save the life he's come to love...

You can pick up this popular paranormal romance from the Carina Press website.

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life by Alex F. Fayle

Usually Fairy Godmothers help out lost princesses, girls forced into family slavery, and wooden puppets wanting to be real boys. Gail McCain, however, is none of these things. She's just a normal 18-year-old girl who likes to get up, go to work, eat sensibly and go to bed early. Okay, so maybe she's not that normal.

Enter Amanda, a fairy life-coach (godmothers are so last millennium) who informs her new client that she's cursed to be boring--and it's the fairy's job to get Gail a life. Skeptical at first, Gail quickly adapts when she gets some new friends and even a boyfriend.

But Amanda's not done with her yet, insisting that the curse needs something powerful to break it. She makes Gail a famous celebrity blogger, tossing scandals, love triangles and bitchy starlets in her path. But can a teenager whose idea of excitement is her egg-one-a-week Sunday breakfast survive all this excitement?

Download your copy of this YA paranormal romance from Amazon (also available on Smashwords).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What books are on my nightstand?

A question proposed by the Forward Motion Writing community Merry-Go-Round Blog tour for the month of July: what books are on your nightstand. Like many others, I do not have a nightstand. My bedroom is just too small. However, I have a 4" tall bookshelf in my living room that I call "To be read". As I sit here and write tonight, I see this shelf packed full of all the books I want to read. Each one seems like it should be next. The decisions are tough at the end of each book.

Read the rest at my blog...

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Growing Stack on the Headboard

While most of the fiction I read is on my kindle (and it often goes where I go) for whatever reason there’s always a collection of paperbacks sitting on the headboard, too. I generally read a few books at a time unless I’m working hard and heavy on a revision. While I’m initially writing I can read just about anything. Continue reading on my blog...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Different take on the Nightstand

Sometimes, a freaky dream will catch us by surprise. These dreams might offer sparks toward a present work in progress, or they might offer an idea for a new work. Either way, we want to save what our unconscious threw out for processing.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

How to Put Books on A Nonexistent Nightstand

When the topic for this blog tour came up--it's "Books on My Nightstand"--I didn't quite know what to make of it since . . . well, here's the problem: I don't have a nightstand. I didn't even know what a nightstand was until it was mentioned in the blog tour. Don't worry, though. I've looked it up on Wikipedia since. Anyway, back to where we left: I don't have a nightstand. But my personal bookshelf is filled way beyond capacity, so I've had to store a fair number of my books on--guess what--my bed. And since the book-bearing area on my bed is pretty big (it's not even a shelf-thingy on the headboard--the books are really, physically, on the bed), it appears that I have more books here than most people do on my nightstands. Naturally, most of them are rather recent acquisitions, but sometimes I cycle books back and forth between my bed and bookshelf when I get bored of my nocturnal reading material. Here's a list of the things currently on my bed, or at least the ones whose titles I can look up without upsetting the precarious balance of their piles.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Books on my nightstand

I fear if I’d start listing those books up, it would take entire day. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind naming them. I’ve got some good books there. It’s just that it isn’t really a nightstand – though it used to be some years back – it’s a full size from floor boards to foam-plated ceiling high bookshelf. It was nice and small when I first got it, but then I started buying books one or two per month and suddenly there was no room left. So my father suggested upgrading... Continue reading on my blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Books On My Nightstand

Hi!  Jean Schara here.  I use my inaugural post for the tour to introduce you to me via the books on my nightstand -- I think you can tell a lot about a person's interests by the books they are reading, and I hope some of you will find some kinship with me and what I read.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Books on my nightstand: Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour/1

Russ and I met in a bookstore where we had our first conversation while looking over a History Book Club catalogue.

We were doomed from the start.

My house is filled with books. They take up every corner where we could fit a bookshelf, and when we ran out of room, we bought the small house next door, where Russ moved most of his books and created his own office when he was still doing freelance work.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What books are on my nightstand?

Last weekend, because I knew I was scheduled to write this post today, I finally got around to tackling the tall tower of already-read books on my bedside table. It made my wife happy, and if I hadn't done it this post would have taken until tomorrow to write. It's a sturdy table. It needs to be, because clear-outs like that only happen every two or three years. Anyway. Let's not linger on what used to be. Here's what sits there now, all virgin and promising.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Novels On My Nightstand

First off, let me welcome you to my first entry for the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! Some hearty soul entertained the great idea at Forward Motion Writers’ Community to better publicize our blogs, and this is our first month in action! From here on out at least one of my monthly In Shadows entries will be on the group’s choice of topic.

I’ve had the opportunity to read a number of great books in the last month, both fiction and non-fiction, that I’d like to share with you. My public library is a wonderful thing in that I’ve been able to not only find a couple of new favorite authors, but I was able to locate the one book that started me on the writing path many years ago.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

what's not on my nightstand

I keep a lot of junk on my nightstand: an ashtray full of spare change, weeks-old receipts, and a blue jay of happiness. I never keep a book on the nightstand, though. Instead, the books go on the floor, since the prominent position nearest my pillow is for my watch. This is because I'm severely near-sighted, and so I can figure out the time in the wee morning hours without fumbling past a book. Read more on my blog...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What Books are on LJCohen's Nightstand?

If you're a writer, chances are you were a reader first.  I know that's true for me.  I actually can't remember a time when I didn't know how to read.  My mother remembers me pulling books out of her hand when I was still a toddler and pretending to read them rather than letting her read to me.

I do know that I entered Kindergarten already reading.  And when I got to first grade, I was reading fluently, which got me in trouble. . .  (Continue reading on my blog)

Friday, July 8, 2011

What books are on my night stand? Or not?

This topic is an interesting one for me, simply because a year ago I would have been able to give a great list of books ranging from urban fantasy to horror. I read books in almost every genre (really I only avoid poetry, all that rhyming, *shudder*). But now, looking at my completely empty nightstands I can say I am honestly surprised at how they got this way. Click here to read the rest

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Books on the Nightstand: Chess

Every once in awhile, I get a hankering (yes, a hankering) to play chess. Or rather, learn more about playing chess. To be honest, the actual playing of chess is less interesting to me than learning about and exploring chess. But I have always loved watching people play chess. Whenever I see two people set up a board in the local book store, I can’t help but sneak glances every chance I get. I don’t stare outright (that would be rude), but I do look at the board furtively under lowered eyelids and make predictions about who will win. Continue reading on my blog ...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

books everywhere but my nightstand

I'm another who doesn't have books on my nightstand. I don't read in bed. I seldom read in the bedroom, though we have a couple of chairs for the purpose. No television, either. There is a radio, for playing classical music or the Red Sox game while showering or folding laundry, but mostly we don't do anything in this room except sleep and other marital activities... More at Cowgirl in New England.

Monday, July 4, 2011

DMBonanno's Nightstand

At first thought, this topic seems to call for a "what are you reading now?" segment, but in all honestly, what's on my nightstand calls more to my frame of mind than my reading queue. It's what I keep close to me, within arm's reach. There are other places I keep books within arm's reach: in the car, at my desk. But the nightstand is more representative of what I want to read and what I want to focus on in my writing.

Continue reading on my blog: DM Bonanno.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What's on my nightstand?

I was going to start this post with a picture of my nightstand and intersperse it with other shots of reading material around the house. I even dusted my nightstand before taking pictures! However, there have been yet more computer problems Chez Hartshorn, so that's not happening. I'll post pictures some other time; sorry, folks. This first non-existent picture is the state of my nightstand as I write this. There are three different stacks of books, including paperbacks and hardbacks. There's a lot there, to be sure — Continue reading on my blog . . .

Friday, July 1, 2011

Staring off and Breaking the Rules Already...

My bedroom is too small to have a nightstand and I no longer buy physical books (yay to my Kindle!), so I can't answer the question "What books are on my nightstand?".

So, to kick of the blog tour, since it's Friday, I've decided to give you some Friday Flash - a short piece of fiction to get your weekend started right.

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