News and NaNoWriMo


NYC Pigeons

Pigeons in Central Park, NYC

Hello everyone,

Unfortunately, I think I will have to not finish this year’s #NaNoWriMo as I have had cascading failures most of the month.  Between work, being sick for better part of 2 weeks, and more work; I’m not going to complete my story. 🙁

Makes me sad.  

I had such high hopes.  Well, I will be hosted on another author’s blog, Tiramisu and she here, sometime next month and will talk about trials and tribulations for a first-time NaNoWriMo writer.  Dates and topics to be confirmed once I confirm with the author.  Keep your eyes pealed and I will post when it will happen.

On that note, there has not been a lot of comments except for links to other blogs.  I will have to rerun the contest at a later date.  Maybe when I get Space Love finished.  🙂  Thanks for those that have followed and I hope you keep following.  I plan to post a free writing sometime soon as soon as I get my act together.  Full time employment and writing are not best friends.

And for the news portions of this post, I have purchased my own domain:  Now, the technical fun of linking everything and getting the domain hosted.  Luckily, I have a domain host.  I just need to get it setup there.  Soon, hopefully before the end of the year, I will have this blog attached to blog.  Be on the lookout for announcements.

I thought a picture would be good today.  The picture is from a business trip in June 2013 to New York City, NY.


FiveOnFriday – NaNoWriMo – Day 8

What a busy week.  I’m multitasking with this so it will be amazingly short. 🙂

  1.  Review on blog tour for In Liam’s Wake.  Complete.  Have more interest with other authors wanting to blog hop.  Probably will host some starting in December/January.  More to come.
  2.  On-the-fly work presentation. Complete.
  3.  Another random presentation semi work-related.  Complete. (Did I mention I wish presentations counted to #NaNoWriMo?)
  4. NaNoWriMo story writing.  Not so much.  With work, writing has taken a back seat this week.  The hazards of working full-time. Luckily, I had a large word count in the beginning.  I love it when I’m proactive about something.
  5. And last but not least, more work tomorrow.  I see a theme here… *sigh* Somewhere in there, I will get to write again.

In the meantime, thank you for all of the followers on twitter.  Please feel free to follow on other social networks like Facebook, Goggle+, and Tumblr.  I just setup a Pinterest page last week, so check it out.  Should be I’ll update links to them from my About page as I remember.

Have faith that your writing for NaNoWriMo will be completed, and most of all: HAVE FUN!



A Review of In Liam’s Wake: The Makeshift Soldier (Toys & Soldiers Series) By Ashlyn Forge

Liam Baldwin PortraitWelcome to the Blog Tour of In Liam’s Wake: The Makeshift Soldier book one of the Toys & Soldiers Series by Ashlyn Forge!  I am today’s blog tour host here at Moonbeams Over Atlanta maintained by yours truly, Eloreen Moon.  I have posted previously that this is coming and now it’s here!  Now, without further ado, on to the review…

5 out of 5 Stars

MM, Gay, GBLT, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

I’m not very formal, nor am I lengthy.  I don’t talk about the plot, nor do I do spoilers either.  You will either decide to read it based on how the synopsis sounds to you,  how many stars averages and how the persons posting reviews line up with your taste.  There are others who provide the more in-depth reviews and they have their places.  Since I don’t necessarily remember specifics of a book past the emotional content, I leave the plots and spoilers to the others.

I was provided a copy of the book for this review.  In fact, I was going to give it a week to read the book as I had other beta reading, work, and review commitments, including posting for this blog tour.  And then I decided to pick up my Nook Color one Saturday a week and a half ago and started to read.

I couldn’t put it down.  I read for three or four hours straight. I’m not entirely certain how long it took me to read since there was this time warp where I was in Liam and Riley’s world and didn’t want to leave.  I had to finish the story, and did so in less than a day.  I do read fairly fast, but I hadn’t been sucked into a plot like that in a while.  I loved it.

It’s not a perfect story.  There were a few slow scenes in the beginning; but just as I wanted to understand what was going on in the world, the answer appeared.  This continued throughout the rest of the story.   For a science fiction/futuristic/dystopia storyline, it had its realism and moments when you want to cry.  Sometimes, I did. But, it also had its good moments and you were cheering on Liam and Riley.  It’s a coming out theme, a hurt-comfort theme, and an angst theme all rolled into one.  Most of all, there is love.  It’s not in your face.  It’s not simple.  And like life, it sneaks up on you.  You then discover that you have come to love the characters as they love each other by the end of the last word.  I think I even said “no, no, I want to know more!” when I read that word.  Something about “you can’t stop here,” also flitted across my mind. J

All in all, the characters, both main and supporting, were believable. I look forward to seeing more stories.  Half-way through, I thanked Ashlyn for intending this book to be the start of a series, because I wanted to find out more about the imps.  All of the characters moved me, especially the “alien” ones.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait for the next story.  Finding an author who likes to write a series is a plus in my book.  Despite the few slow places in the beginning, I have to give it five out of five stars.  You deserve it Ashlyn.  And now I leave you with a quote from the book that I think says it well:

“Life is a struggle. It’s just as hard as, if not harder than, the blood sports you participate in. If you really want to tempt fate, you should try actually playing the cards you’ve been dealt for once.”

A revised version of this review will also appear in Goodreads under the ebook.

In Liam's Wake full cover


For eight years, Liam has been trapped underground in The Colony—a sanctuary so determined to stay hidden it forbids anyone from leaving once they’ve entered. His only hope of returning home rests on his best friend Riley who, on the eve of their escape, slipped into a coma.

Despite staggering debt, vengeful mutants and bounty hunters, Liam continues a seemingly never-ending quest for a cure to end Riley’s unnatural five-year sleep. Every night, Liam stares at the listless man who not only holds his escape, but his heart. The suffering can end, however; Liam must only forsake all hope of ever returning home again, abandon Riley to his fate, and wholeheartedly serve as a soldier for The Colony—the very people he’s trying to escape.

Live the life within his reach, or continue chasing the one just beyond his grasp? He need only submit.

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NaNoWriMo Day 4

I did a few more words since Friday, but not a lot.  Weekends are hard with family and other things having to do then.  Add to that my iPad is still doing odd things, and I’m getting slightly overwhelmed.  I have work stuff to do. I have reviews to do.  And all of this in the next couple of days. *bangs head on desk*


So, what does any good aspiring author do?  Procrastinate.  :0


NaNoWriMo 2013


Yeah, I’m doomed.  Now, to beat my iPad into submission so maybe I can write some more…

NaNoWriMo Day 1 – Friday List

1.  If you haven’t already, submit a contact form or comment to my NaNoWriMo Musings and a Contest! post and win a copy of my  NaNoWriMo novel when published and a $10 Gift Card.  You can also just go to my blog and it’s pinned to the top.

2. Almost 8000 words for Space Love, my m/m genre Science Fiction Romance. Yay!  Here is hoping for many more words to come.

3. #NaNoWriMo profile filled out and running, mostly.  Still learning the lay of the land.

4. Remind myself to finish friday lists…on Friday. 🙂

5. Look for review of In Liam’s Wake: The Makeshift Soldier by Ashlyn Forge on 11/5/13 here on my blog.  5 Stars.