Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Daily Ten Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The coyote stood in the center of the road.




Stare down the physical representation of everything your terror calls home. Celeste St. Claire awakes beneath a tightrope, gazing upon the fragmented world around her. The ony clairvoyance through a sea of beasts and psyche-shattering realizations is a man in a ruined suit, claiming to have control over the landscape before her. Nightmare Child delves deep into the uncharted mind, ripping through the emotions and enigma that we call being human. 

Available at Amazon and Smashwords


For more information about this author, visit his author page or follow on Twitter at @IanKSylus.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Video for Podcast

For kicks and giggles, I decided to make a video to go with the podcast Death With A View. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below. This story has always given me warm fuzzy feelings. I suppose that's an actual bad thing.



New Podcast : Death With a View

Is it wrong that this story makes me sing on so many different levels? 

Death With A View. 

A simple tale of murder.




Listen to previous podcasts at Spooky Tales Podcast page. 

Scroll down to the next post to get your daily writing prompt.

Nightmare Child by Ian K Sylus


Stare down the physical representation of everything your terror calls home. Celeste St. Claire awakes beneath a tightrope, gazing upon the fragmented world around her. The only clairvoyance through a sea of beasts and psyche-shattering realizations is a man in a ruined suit, claiming to have control over the landscape before her. Nightmare Child delves deep into the uncharted mind, ripping through the emotions and enigma that we call being human. 

Available at Amazon and Smashwords


For more information about this author, visit his author page or follow on Twitter at @IanKSylus.

Daily Ten Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

I lost the key.





Stare down the physical representation of everything your terror calls home. Celeste St. Claire awakes beneath a tightrope, gazing upon the fragmented world around her. The ony clairvoyance through a sea of beasts and psyche-shattering realizations is a man in a ruined suit, claiming to have control over the landscape before her. Nightmare Child delves deep into the uncharted mind, ripping through the emotions and enigma that we call being human. 

Available at Amazon and Smashwords


For more information about this author, visit his author page or follow on Twitter at @IanKSylus.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The bleach ate through her favorite shirt.

Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Win The Emotion Thesaurus

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Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The lemon meringue was not the best I had eaten.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

I lost the key.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The foam spilled over the stein.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Contest The Emotion Thesaurus



Starting August 18th and running one week will be a random drawing for the Kindle version of The Emotion Thesaurus. This e-book highlights 75 emotions and lists possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. A nice tool for the writer's toolbox. Good luck.


Home Sewn by Cassandra Ellis Book Review

Every now and then I need to unplug and get crafty. Today's book review is  for the reader who enjoys what they can do with fabric.


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Bohemian chic is what came to mind when I first opened the book Home Sewn. There are 32 projects to inspire you. Lamp shades and  gilded silk organdy butterflies are but a few for the living area. I do like the butterflies. They are whimsical. For your resting area, there are patchwork organdy room dividers, pillowcases, a quilted headboard and more. The Eating and Sharing section includes a cotton, silk, and leather chandelier, tea towels, a hand-painted canvas floorcloth, and more.

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The best part of the book are the artistic pictures. Keep in mind, the beautiful pictures have nothing to do with the actual projects. For example a wooden swing under a tree or a set of stones, a dog on a blanket on the floor, a dried sunflower, a colander in the sink (fig1), and a view of the garden from a door (window?)  I get these pictures were possibly put at the beginning or end of section/projects, but I would have preferred the pages be used to show more detail of the projects. I liked the quilts. It would have been nice to have seen the completed project instead of a draped quilt with a fold (fig3). 

You may have noticed I underlined the word inspire at the beginning of this review. Inspire is what this book does. Instructions for for a lampshade cover consisted of buy a lampshade kit and watch the videos. Instructions for the cotton duvet is for the cover, not the duvet (which you purchase)The instructions in this book are minimal and you best have a clue as to what you are doing when it comes to sewing. Of course, you can always watch a how to video on YouTube.

Rating from 1 to 5: I give this book a 3. It needs less fluff and more detailed pictures and I don't mean holding a needle and thread in your hands.

Available at Amazon.com
Disclaimer: This book was provided free by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.


About this Author: Cassandra Ellis is a furniture and homewares designer, interiors stylist and author. Originally from New Zealand, Cassandra's studio is based in SW London, She works with independent craftspeople across Britain who make her furniture, textiles and other home goods.

Contact her at her webpage cassandraellis.co.uk. Follow her on Instagram  @cassandraellisstudio 

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

It's more than just a book.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

He smashed the potato chips in the bag.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez

Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
Available at Amazon

More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  and follow her on Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The foam spilled over the stein.


Mr. Goddard's Menagerie by C. L. Hernandez
Available at Amazon
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, Zuri tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive, along with a few others who are not quite human. Goddard promises her a better life and tries to transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady. Zuri must either find a way to ecape captivity or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard's Menagerie.
More about this author at her website cindylouhernandez.com  or follow her on
 Twitter @CL_Hernandez. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

What if magic was real?

In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

I can't wait for the dog days of summer to be over.


In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The mist rushed in.


In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The children were gone.


In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Promises to Keep by Libby Grandy


Promises to Keep by Libby Grandy

Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?
Available at Amazon

About this Author:

Libby's published articles have appeared in magazines such as Mature Living, Writers' Journal, Woman's World and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Libby's novel, Desert Soliloquy, is available on Amazon, as well as her ghost story, Promises to Keep, Book One of the Haverford Trilogy, Lydia, Book Two of the trilogy, and True Abundance, Book Three. 
You can find Libby at libbygrandy.com or follow her on Twitter @ LibbyGrandy

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

You will get sick if you eat that egg salad.


In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The gnat kept diving for his eye.


In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis Book Review



The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Crown July , 2016 368 pages

Synopsis: A young girl lost in the woods is found by a man she calls Trapper. and sometimes Daddy. In the years that follow, he teaches her how to live in the wild, how to set traps, how to hunt, and how to survive, but Elka discovers that Trapper has a secret. Her life in danger as she becomes the hunted. This is a story of cat and mouse, revenge and redemption.

Review: Wow. I could not put this book down. I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry. Poor Elka is dumped in the frying pan when her parents, on their way to find gold, leave her with her grandmother who is trying to beat some manners in the girl. A storm picks up Elka from the frying pan and drops her into the fire. She gets out of the fire, but she's still in the frying pan. So the pace continued from frying pan to fire to pan and fire again.  (I won't tell you if she ever gets out of one or the other. No spoilers here.)

It took me a little bit of time to figure out where the place and time setting was in this story. No fault of the writer, I'm slow that way sometimes. Once it bugged me enough, I went back and read it again where she discusses the Big Stupid. The story is set in the future after the bombs fell destroying civilization as we know it. No zombies, no monsters except the kind that walk on two legs. This book won't give you nightmares, but you might end up chewing on your fingernails. The characters are average people. I didn't fall in-love with anyone, but they're good people and I certainly didn't want anything bad to happen to them and I was sad when bad things happen to good people.  The threat is always above Elka's head.


My rating for this book is a definite 5 stars.  I may not have loved the characters, but I cared for them and it took me a couple of days to transition back to this world of reality. And I admit, I shed a tear at the end.



More about this author.             Available at Amazon

Disclaimer: This book was provided free by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

Nothing but a shadow behind the pillar.



In Promises to Keep, Jeny McCullough hears a voice assuring her that if she restores her old Victorian house down to the last original detail, her dream of having a child will become a reality. There is a problem, however, as the owner of the voice, Sarah lives there too. What does one do with a ghost that that doesn't know she's dead?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

He lived alone.






The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy, Book I) by Mark David Gerson

In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard's imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon's dimmed light. Only by trusting each other can they elude the king's men. Only by trusting themselves can they restore life to Q’ntana and its moon. (Soon to be a major motion picture!)

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

Stop scraping your plate.






The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy, Book I) by Mark David Gerson

In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard's imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon's dimmed light. Only by trusting each other can they elude the king's men. Only by trusting themselves can they restore life to Q’ntana and its moon. (Soon to be a major motion picture!)

Available at:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

The line drive hit his shoulder.






The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy, Book I) by Mark David Gerson

In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard's imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon's dimmed light. Only by trusting each other can they elude the king's men. Only by trusting themselves can they restore life to Q’ntana and its moon. (Soon to be a major motion picture!)

Available at:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

You won't change my mind.






The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy, Book I) by Mark David Gerson

In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard's imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon's dimmed light. Only by trusting each other can they elude the king's men. Only by trusting themselves can they restore life to Q’ntana and its moon. (Soon to be a major motion picture!)

Available at:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Have fun and write everyday.
Today's prompt is:

Do you want me to come and get you?






The MoonQuest (The Q’ntana Trilogy, Book I) by Mark David Gerson

In a land where fear rules and storytelling spells death, only one bard's imagination can end the tyranny. Here, as black-clad armies terrorize the countryside, Toshar and his three companions must follow a trail of stories to the source of the moon's dimmed light. Only by trusting each other can they elude the king's men. Only by trusting themselves can they restore life to Q’ntana and its moon. (Soon to be a major motion picture!)

Available at: