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.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things...

Since I (accidentally) missed last month's FM MGR Blog post, I figured I better make this a good one , which is rather tough given the topic.  This is also my last FM MGR blog post as I've decided to do something different for 2014.  Continue reading...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Favorite Things

This month, we're talking about our favorite things.  Go here for a list of a few of mine.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Go Round Blog Tour: Favorites

The Down The Street Art Gallery, Dec 2013
Photo by Randy Cockrell
Right off the top, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I decorate the outside and the inside of the house. I bake cookies, my favorite is called Mexican Wedding Cakes, and make candy. My favorites there are toffee, peppermint patties, and chocolate truffles. Yummy.
Pasta is a big favorite of mine. Saturday is designated Spaghetti Night at my house. I make the red sauce from scratch and cook it all afternoon. That is unless I make Spaghetti Carbonara. That is a big favorite but all of that egg, cream, cheese, and bacon make it a health hazard. So I keep that dinner offering to about four times a year. To read more click here.
The Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour is sponsored by the website Forward Motion ( The tour is you, the reader, travelling the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. There are all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s always something new and different to enjoy. If you want to get to know the nearly twenty other writers check out the rest of the tour at!  Up next: Jean Schara!

Friday, December 13, 2013

5 Favorite World Building Sites

World Building

random world, d jordan redhawk, world building, rpg tools

The hallmark of a good author is great world building, whether the story takes place in modern day New York City or the wastelands of Agramar after the Barentcian Empire’s collapse.

My all-time favorite series, The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, feels real to me regardless of the occasional dwarf, elf and diety intervention.

Why? Because the writer has done an excellent job of creating her world and imparting that knowledge throughout the novel.

While I’m not here to discuss how to display your world to…well, the world, I can give you some wonderful tools that I’ve used over the years to create your own.

Continued Reading at In Shadows...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What if Characters Had Holiday Wish Lists?

I got to thinking today about what one of my characters would want for Christmas...

And came up with her...Wishlist