Monday, November 20, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
pancakes



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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
other 



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
otter



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Enchant Micalea Smeltzer


Enchant
Micalea Smeltzer
(The Enchanted Series #1)
Publication date: November 17th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.
Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.
The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.
When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.


Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Today's Word is:
mist



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deliverance by Kristy Centeno


Deliverance
By Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?



Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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Guest Post
Advice you would give new authors?
Keep trying. Don’t give up. Do plenty of research. Find your voice. Edit, edit, edit. And then edit some more.

What are you currently reading? I’m currently reading Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett.

How long have you been writing?
I started back in 2011-2012 so it’s been about 5-6 years now.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I used to skip the outline process at first and write chapter by chapter and work from there, allowing the story to take me wherever it wanted.

Nowadays, I tend to sit back and reflect on the stories more and more. I keep a notebook near me at all times so that I can write down tidbits, notes, ideas, new concepts, etc. This helps me stay on track with any changes I might make. I still don’t outline a book from start to finish, but I’ll outline several chapters and take it from there. Sometimes I’ll notice that I don’t stay true to my outline and will change things when I start writing because what I wrote previously doesn’t appeal to me anymore or it doesn’t read well.

I’m always open to challenging myself so I push myself to think outside of the box and play around with ideas as see where it takes me.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Deliverance?
Tiger is product of an experimental project conducted at the Radcliffe Institute. He is aware of his supernatural abilities, but he doesn’t know what he is, only that he’s not human. He doesn’t understand humans and doesn’t trust them for reasons that are detailed in the opening scene of the first chapter and throughout the book.

Kristina is a stubborn, bold country girl without a care in the world. She loves and holds a lot of respect for her grandmother, Rose, whom she has a special relationship with.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
The main characters are always fully envisioned and patted down before I begin the story. If I don’t know who they are, what they’re like, and what they want or strive for I can’t get anything done. To me, it’s very important to develop the characters before I even make any progress on the plot.

The secondary characters come as I move forward with the story, a lot of the time they come to play important roles in the story and I end up falling in love with them same as with the main leads.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends on where the book is set and if any of the characters came from specific locations. I’ll scour the net and read books for information pertaining to states, historical events, and even for names around that correspond to the eras when these characters were born and raised. I won’t move on until I have all the necessary information catalogued and as accurate as possible.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Introverted. Caring. Responsible. Imaginative. Overthinker.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
The concept was one I tossed back and forth here and there because there was a lot that had to be tied into the story for it to hold a good degree of mystery yet make sense at the same time. I went with some ideas then changed them later because I didn’t like the way the plot was going.

But the basics for this concept was to do something that was more out of my comfort zone and think outside of the box. The male lead was a bit different from the male leads from my other books and I liked that. He took on a role that was more shy and submissive than the female lead due to his difficult childhood, yet, he was strong and dominant when he needed to be.

There’s so much to him, so many layers to be peeled off one by one and as I wrote, I enjoyed developing him, building him up little by little. It was a fun process, one I hope to continue working on with the sequels.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
It was fun to write. I enjoyed the characters so much, I felt as if they were right there with me the entire time, whispering in my ear exactly what I needed to write. The plot kept me moving forward and engaged, like the kind of books I like to read.


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Daily Writing Prompt
Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
alone



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

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Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
mama



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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vices and Virtues


Vices and Virtues: An anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues
Publication date: November 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Horror, Supernatural, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Suspense/Thriller
Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.
Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.
Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…
…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.
On sale for $0.99 for a limited time only!
SNEAK PEEKS:
SINS OF THE FLESH (Gluttony)
BY STACEY BROADBENT

Throwing caution to the wind, I slipped my feet into a pair of runners and walked down the road, telling myself it was to clear my mind. But really, I was on the prowl for fresh meat. Someone vulnerable—easy prey. I had to be smart about it; it was broad daylight after all.
Every person who walked past became a possible target. In my mind’s eye, I pictured a computer log for each one, listing their attributes. Having limited knowledge on the ins and outs of cannibalism, I had no idea what the perfect body type was for consumption. Would it matter if they were male or female? Was it better if they were lean and muscular, or was a layer of padding more flavourful? How was I to choose?
Turns out, I didn’t need to think about it at all. On my walk back home, I was knocked off my feet by a man out for a jog. He’d been too busy flicking through the playlist on his phone to see me, and by the time we’d both looked up, it was too late. We collided, my forehead into his chin and mouth. My hands automatically went up, pressing against his chest and sending us both bouncing off each other, landing on our behinds. Apologising profusely, he offered me his hand and pulled me to my feet. The impact had left a red egg on my head and skinned my palms raw. He, however, came across a little worse for wear, sporting a newly chipped tooth, and fat, bleeding lip. As soon as I got a whiff of the blood on his breath, I knew, he was the one.
I pointed to my house across the street, inviting him in to clean up while he called the emergency dentist. It was the least I could do.
Ushering him into the bathroom, I had him perch on the edge of the bath while I rummaged through the cabinet for the first aid kit. I needed to knock him out somehow. There was no way I could do this without it… unless…

A MILLION CLAY WOLVES (Greed)
BY AMBER K. BRYANT

Do you remember Jamey? Has a tattoo of a whale on his right arm, wears a red and white striped tank top—Sound familiar?”
Mora nodded. “He juggled knives and guns.”
“That’s right. Jamey is my boyfriend and we’re very happy, only… He has this crazy idea that he should give up the troop, join the army instead. He thinks it would provide a better life for us, but he’s wrong. This is the only life I want and I don’t want it to change. I need you to change his mind.”
“What?” She took a step away from Dare. “I… I can’t do that!”
“You don’t realize it, but you can. I saw it in you. The ability to endow magic. You just needed a jumpstart, and yesterday…” she pointed to the feather, “I gave it to you.”
Mora stared at the feather, still crumpled in her hand.
“Tell the feather that Jamey’s place is with me. In the troop. Tell the feather it needs to change Jamey’s mind. Go on.”
Mora lifted the feather halfway to her face, then paused. This would never work. Clearly circus life had taken its toll on Dare’s mental health. Or perhaps unstable people were attracted to the quirky life the troop seemed to lead. It was silly to give in to Dare’s demands. Then again, if she didn’t do it, perhaps Dare would become so angry, she’d bust out of her purple corset and become a rage-fueled She-Hulk. Perhaps the simplest way out of this situation was to tell the feather to become a mind-changer and then get the hell out of there.
“Fine, whatever.” She brought the feather to her lips and blew words into it. “Change Jamey’s mind. Make him stay. Oh!” She jumped as a tingling sensation moved through her body, from the soles of her feet up her legs and spine, then out to the tips of her fingers and into the feather. “What… what just happened.”
Dare’s face went back to its friendly older sister mode. “Exactly what I thought would. Thank you, Mora.” She took the feather back from Mora and pinned it into her dark, shimmering hair. “Wiser people than me would tell you to be careful with this gift of yours. Magic can be used for good or for evil. It doesn’t care which, most of the time.”
Confused, Mora toyed with a stray thread from the hem of her t-shirt. “But you’re… not telling me to be careful?”
Dare grasped Mora’s chin and tilted it so their eyes met. “We don’t find out what we’re capable of through advice.” She gave Mora’s face a tiny squeeze and then let her go. “Trial and error, darlin’.

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Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
well



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Mark Taylor Interview

Mark Taylor’s debut novel, Shutter Speed, crash landed on planet earth in 2013. Its dark brooding style benchmarked his writing and has led to further releases of novel and short story collection alike. 
While most of Mark’s work is macabre, occasion has it that he will write about kittens and daisies. Just not very often. 
Some say he is a product of his environment, others, a product of his own imagination. 
Whichever it is he works happily, portraying dark existences on this planet and others. He relays his fears and doubts on his characters, so always has a smile. If Mark is real, as some say he is, you might find him in England. 
Perhaps. 
  

When did you decide to start writing stories?

I started way back. It was something I really enjoyed doing when I was in school – but things changed, I ended up playing lead in a metal band (!) – and I came back to it in my thirties. I started with short stories – the industry was different then – even though it was not so long ago – and did a lot of work with small presses. I still write some shorts, but I favour the novella and novel now. It gives me room to stretch my legs.


Why fantasy versus the other genres?

I write in several genres – but mostly fantasy and horror. Fantasy is a massive draw for me because I while I write a lot of horror I do still want to write about kittens and fluffy things (lol) – it allows me a freedom that horror negates.


Who is your favorite character in Witches Tea Party and why? (BTW I love this title.)

Who doesn’t love Excalibur? She’s without doubt my favorite. She knows what she wants and takes it. Bad ass. And thank you! 


What are your plans for the next writing project?

Well, you caught me at a critical time for my projects. I’m currently wrapping ‘Jill’ the next novella in the Short/Cut series (My first shot at extreme horror), and the sequel to Tea Party is in the works – Blood of the Covenant. I’m also editing Vampire Blue – my next novel – and the paperback of the complete Devil’s Hand series. After that? Who knows!


What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?

Hmm, maybe, ‘Where do you find your inspiration?’ And my answer is, everywhere. I love writing – and like a lot of indie authors I have a day job and a family and a million other things to do – and that is where I get it. Bad day at the office? Change the names and kill ‘em.

Dogs or Cats? 
Cats! I have a little floof bean baby called Sam. He’s like 36 months. Still my baby. 


Mark's social media links:  Website Facebook and Twitter





In Salem, 1692, Marie-Anne witnessed the death of her friend and confidant, Sarah Good. Charged with being a witch, Sarah goes to the gallows to protect Marie-Anne, a true witch. 

Three hundred years later, Marie-Anne, under the name Mary Anson, vows to put things right. 

With a new coven - Dina, Excalibur, and Lady - Mary puts in motion the steps to right what went wrong...and what followers is a chase across the country, a chase against time, pursued by monsters and darkness... 

...will Mary put things right? 
...or will she die trying?

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Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
farmer


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

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Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
crash



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Daily Writing Prompt

Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
fear



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Friday, November 10, 2017

Not Dead Yet Samie Sands


Not Dead Yet

AM13 Outbreak Series Book 4
by Samie Sands
Genre: Horror, Post- Apocalyptic


The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.

Victims of the virus are no longer human, they've changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them...


Zombies.


The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives 

in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead...


Yet!



Don't miss the other books in the AM13 Outbreak Series!
Lockdown
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 1


Forgotten
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 2


Extinct
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 3


Samie Sands is a 28 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new way by writing.



She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number of successful projects.


She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.




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Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

Today's Word is:
tear



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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Case of the Flying Note By Alice Cotton

The Case of the Flying Note
By Alice Cotton
Genre: Children's fantasy adventure

Come dive into The Case of the Flying Note and read Alice Cotton’s imaginative musical tale where Detective Reed has to track down Presto, a newly written note who has flown out of his music. Detective Reed is hot on Presto’s trail as the flying note enters Sound City, the land where all music
symbols live. Newly written notes sometimes do this and because they have wings, it is difficult to keep up with them. But Detective Reed, a highly trained half note, knows what to do.

The detective follows Presto into clouds of lost music notes far up in the sky where thunderclouds are booming. These lost notes are floating all around Reed when suddenly Presto plunges straight down towards the ground and into a strange green forest populated by hoards of musical rests.  Of course, Detective Reed is close behind him but never catches up with Presto. Why doesn’t Reed just grab him? Where is Presto going?

Detective Reed watches as Presto dives into the large petals of a singing pink flower and discovers an underground music academy within the flower’s roots. Reed makes his way into one of the school’s classrooms and almost gets hit by the shooting arrows of C sharps and then in another room, he witnesses a rare gathering of violins. Whatever are they doing? Finally, the flying note reveals the reason he flew out of his music. This inspires Detective Reed to use a most unusual, inventive strategy to help Presto solve his musical problem.

Who knew music symbols could be so interesting and fun? Readers learn music concepts as they zoom along with the detective. AND Detective Reed’s adventures continue with Reed’s next story, The Secret at Willow Wail, and again, in the upcoming Adventures on a Blue Moon.  Each story addresses a different musical concept as readers fill their minds with the fanciful characters that live in Sound City.

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Excerpt

Minuet’s Story (chapter 2)

From her place in the music, Minuet began her story, her voice clear and sure. 

“Well, a musician named Bell was writing a new piece called Guitar in the Clouds.  It’s a little bit jazzy and a little bit classical, and I am in it, as are all these other notes.”

“I see,” said Detective Reed as he wrote in his notebook. “So what happened?”

“When Bell left to have some dinner, Presto, the note next to me, turned from his normal black to a rather sad looking grey-blue color and flew off the page of music. He went out there!”

Minuet pointed to an open window next to the music stand and through it Reed could see a vine of pale yellow flowers and the green branches of a pine tree.

“Please go on,” said Detective Reed, though he was starting to get the picture. He had seen this happen before and it is why he went to Flying School when he was learning how to be a detective.

Minuet went on with her story. 

“When Presto left, I yelled for him to come back. I really want Bell to finish writing her composition so all of us notes will be heard. But how can she finish writing the music with a note missing? It will sound all wrong and Bell will give up and it’ll be the end of us all!”

For a moment, Minuet became so upset she couldn’t speak.

“I understand,” Detective Reed said. “What happened then?”

“Well, the other notes and I decided we had to bring Presto back, so I volunteered,“ Minuet continued. 

“I flew out of the window and looked right and left, up and down, and all around until I spotted him shooting across the sky yelling,  ‘Nooooo!’

“I followed his voice and then I saw him fly into a blue house with a big yellow door. I pressed against the door and heard, ‘Ah, eh, ee, oh, ew,’ the same sounds Bell uses to warm up her voice. So I knew a singer was in there.”

Minuet’s forehead wrinkled and she paused while Detective Reed continued to write in his notebook.

“Oh now I remember,” she said. “I found an open window and went into the house.  I saw a young man standing next to an upright piano, and as he was singing, colorful notes were leaping around the room. I couldn’t imagine why, but it looked like fun.”

“All notes that are sung do this,” Reed informed her.

“I see,” Minuet said, her eyes wide. 

Then she continued. “I saw a cheerful-looking green note sitting on top of the piano so I joined her. She was very friendly and said, ‘Hi, would you like to bounce around the room with me?’

“‘No, but thank you for asking,’ I said. Then I explained that I was looking for a grey-blue note that had left his page of music. ‘Have you seen him?’ I asked.

“The green note looked around the room, and pointed. There was a marble sculpture sitting on top of the piano and on top of the statue was Presto!

“I instantly glided over to him, but I wasn’t sure what to do, so I wrapped my stem around his stem and gently pulled. I was so relieved when he came with me back to Bell’s house. I placed him onto his spot on the page and asked him why he flew away.

“Presto sat quietly in his place, but as soon as I let him go, he yelled ‘Noooooo,’ and took off again! I couldn’t believe it!” cried Minuet, and she flung up her wings.

“Hmm, I have seen this before,” Reed said. “New notes do this when something isn’t right with the music. So what did you do?”

“Luckily, Bell was done composing for the day. So the other notes and I agreed that I should go and look for him again.” 

“Really!” exclaimed Detective Reed, trying not to smile. ”You should be a detective! So tell me what happened next.”

“Well, another note on the page handed me your card and said ‘Let’s try this!’

“I did what it said and here you are!”

Minuet handed Detective Reed the card and he read it over. It was one of his cards, all right. It said,

MISSING A NOTE? 
CALL DETECTIVE REED
by following these instructions:
1. Sing a limerick about your problem.
You will be immediately connected to 
Detective Reed.
2. Detective Reed will hear your limerick 
and ask where you are.
3. Hum the music you are in and he will 
come to you at once.

Reed handed the card back to Minuet, who was still visibly worried. He knew that the loss of this note could be a disaster for Minuet and the other notes in the piece. Composers often give up and never finish writing their music when a note disappears, and the sheet music often ends up in the trash. No wonder Minuet was frightened. 

Reed put his pencil and notebook into his pocket.

“I have what I need. I will find your note,” he said with confidence.

He examined the empty space next to Minuet and then he looked around the room until his gaze stopped at a spot right above the music stand. He stared. He squinted. Then he glared.

Minuet and the other notes twisted around and stared at the same spot, where a grey-blue blur was climbing from behind and onto the top of the music stand.

“OOM PAH PAH,” Detective Reed heard the young note say.

“Oh no!” Minuet exclaimed. ”He is going to escape!”

Sure enough, red lines appeared in the air and turned into a red door. A profusion of musical sounds could be heard as the door opened.  Reed immediately leapt up and followed the departing note as he flew through the portal to Sound City. 

“So Detective Reed can fly,” Minuet said, her eyes wide. 

“Grown-up notes can’t fly,” she said to the note sitting next to her. “They don’t have wings anymore!  How does he do that?”


The note next to Minuet shrugged his shoulders and they both stared, while, in the beat of an eighth note, Presto entered the doorway and skyrocketed into Sound City with Detective Reed hot on his trail. The red door closed behind them and they were gone.


About the Author

In the beginning, in Cleveland, Ohio, ten year old Alice Cotton had her head stuck under the piano lid of her father’s baby grand piano, plucking the strings and listening to all the resonating sounds they
made. For hours! Then, later, as a teen, after playing clarinet in a school marching band, she started performing and writing songs with her new guitar.  Unbeknownst to her she was also in the process of meeting her future music partners who would be accompanying her in creating successful music acts around the U.S.

Alice moved to New Orleans, where she collaborated with childhood friend, Cora McCann (Writer & editor, Content Marketing, Cleveland Clinic). They wrote songs and performed them as a duo acoustic guitar act called Sunstorm. They performed in some of the most popular tourist clubs in the New Orlean’s French Quarter.

Then, in Oregon, Alice co-led one of the top performing night club bands  that she shared with another childhood friend, Lisa Coffey, (harpist/instructor). Of course, their music was quite original with the sound of harp strings next to the guitar, bass and drums. Their band, Night Music, worked hard to become one of the top working bands in the American northwest. Alice completed their sound by playing electric guitar as a rhythm and lead player.

Later, she worked with a variety of other ensembles that played on weekends for dances and private clubs. Alice became one of the only female lead guitarists in Oregon.  

Along with performing, Alice also taught math, music and art to young students in various public and private schools, always encouraging her students to pursue their studies in fun, creative ways.

Alice Cotton’s goal now is to tantalize young people (as she was at age 10) into pursuing a life of music and art. Hence she writes books such as The Case of the Flying Note for all kids, young and old but particularly geared toward 8 - 11 year olds. 

Twitter @AliceAlicot


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Today's Word is:
smile



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