Reader Nominated Award

Are you tired of looking at lists of award winning books that you haven’t and don’t plan on reading? Well never fear the Realm Awards Readers choice contest is here to save the day.

From April 2nd-23rd (I know I’m so late telling you about this) any reader can nominate books that they feel deserve the award.

There are some stipulations though: You may nominate up to three different books for the Realm Award Readers’ Choice Contest. To qualify, books must be:

  • Speculative in genre (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, or any of their related sub-genres)
  • Written by a professed Christian author
  • Published between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021
  • The first instance of publication of the work (no new editions, subsequent printings under a new imprint, etc.)
  • Novel length
  • A single work (no anthologies, collections, or compilations)
  • Written for middle grade, young adult, or adult audiences.

You’ll need the complete and accurate book title and author’s name for each entry as they appear on Amazon.

All these books written by my D&D party qualify!

It just so happens that my novel Runaway Lyrics qualifies.

I would be super honored if you would consider nominating my book but I understand if you have other books that you love more. Seriously, choosing only three book is very hard.

To avoid swaying you I won’t tell you which three I nominated. (No I did not nominate my own book even though there doesn’t seem to be a rule against it.)

All of the Frosted Roses novels qualify except The Bear which is too short.

Here are a dozen books that I loved from last year that qualify for the award (the three I nominated are on here somewhere):

Power Play by H.L. Burke

Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse

Shadow by Kara Swanson

Amok by Anna Tan

In Real Life by Elisabeth Warner.

A Castle Contended by Sharon Rose

The Fey of castle Garden by Naomi P Cohen.

Discernment by Lauren Salisbury

Wishing Against the House (Steel City genie book 3) by Janeen Ippolito

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington

Traitor by Laurie Lucking

Silence the Siren by Michele Israel Harper

Don’t forget about Runaway Lyrics!

These books from members of my critique group qualify as well.

Are any of these books your favorites?

Which three will nominate?

Nominate now before time runs out!

Christmas Stories and a Card

Merry Christmas! I am so thankful that you chose to visit my little blog in the midst of your holiday preparations.

I love Christmas stories!

Don’t you?

Christmas is such a magical time of the year that any story set during Christmas instantly takes on this warm and fuzzy feeling of nostalgia and magic.

From the original Christmas when a God came to live as a lowly creation, to the story of a miser who’s heart was changed by spirits in one night, Christmas stories are ultimately about how to live everyday of the year.

If you are looking for a good seasonal story and will give you all the Christmas feels then check out this Fellowship of Fantasy blog post to read more about each book and find links to where you can buy them. 

I’ve personally read at least half of these books and can promise you that they are amazing and full of holiday cheer. 

Oh yeah, and one of them is mine.

My Christmas Card

This year I wanted to do something special for my Christmas cards.

I knew I wanted a music theme and I knew I wanted them to have a steampunk look. 

I looked everywhere and I couldn’t find a card I liked.

Suddenly, it hit me. Why not just design my own? So I did. The result is the Christmas card you see below. It is very Christmas and very Steampunk.

The card front says: 
May music show you the magic of the season. 
The image is the girl from my cover art, holding her violin, surrounded by a holly wreath on a background of blue gears.
The back says: 
As the Lyrics tell you of the reason. 
Warmest Wishes and Happy Holidays.
C.O. Bonham. 
(Only instead of a signature I put my author logo there.)

I also need to tell you about an anthology that I am in. It’s called Hope and Renewal 2021. It’s another one of the Challenge anthology from author Michelle Francik. It’s super short, mostly poetry, but it’s priced pretty reasonably and it does have a short story from me it. My story is titled Birth and it’s my attempt to figure out why people would even want to be born.

My story is first so honestly you can cheat and just read it in the free sample.

Also with al this talk of Christmas stories I want to leave you with a wonderful song that I love so much for the story that it tells. It’s a little sad but also upbeat. Listen at your own risk.

Epic Fantasy from Epic Gamers

I know I just posted an update the other day. Well today’s update is related. I promise.

Did you know I play D&D?

“What is D&D ?” you ask quizzically.

Well I am surprised that you don’t already know.

D&D stands for Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a table top roleplaying game.

My party plays it on the computer, though, not on a table.  It’s hard to meet in person when you live in different parts of the country.

The players create characters and then someone called the DM, or Dungeon Master, creates a story arc for the characters to complete. It’s sort of like writing a book, only you have a different author writing a separate character while one author lords over everyone pulling the plot threads together.

It just so happens that my D&D party is mostly authors. So you can imagiane the amount of fun that we have with this.

Today I’m featuring my D&D party and our books.

First up is me. It is my blog, after all.

Cathrine/Katrin

Yes I am aware that it’s basically the same name. I did that on purpose.

Book: Runaway Lyrics

Snow wants to perform music, Rose wants to perform magic. Luckily, for them, it’s the same thing.

When an airship crashes near their home, Snow’s magical abilities awaken. Together, the sisters must learn to use their magic, rescue a pair of cursed princes, and discover their own secrets.

Discover the magic of music in this retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

My D&D character is Katrin Songsmith. She is a Human Bard. In D&D Bards use music to perform magic much like my main characters in Runaway Lyrics. In fact, if you read the book already, you may recognize Songsmith. It’s the last name of my main characters, Snow and Rose. 

Was this an attempt to play my book character instead of writing a new one?

Maybe?

Like Rose and Snow, Katrin also has a twin sister. The evil White Dragon kidnapped Cressida. Her soul is currently inside a ship, and it is Katrin’s mission to restore her sister to full humanity. 

She has purple hair and wears a Rainforest café t-shirt. Because D&D lets you do things like that.

I also enjoy being super meta to annoy the DM.

Naomi/Talice

Book: The Fey of Castle Garden

New York City, 1859: On Samhain night, a mage pledged to the Wild Hunt is violently murdered. Tensions between the Hunt and Triona, Fey Queen of Central Park, heat up and threaten to boil over into a full-scale conflict.

Sofia De Benedetti, mage and musician in Triona’s court, has her hands full making enough money to support herself and help women who are down on their luck in the rough corners of the city.

Now a fey war looms and a mage killer is on the prowl. Everything Sofia has built since immigrating, and her life itself, is at risk. With the help of a cait sidhe and a tempestuous storm fey, Sofia must find the murderer before the streets of the city erupt into a magical battleground.

Naomi plays as Talice a Cleric and a Drow. Drow are from the dark underground and are considered evil. But Talice has been called by Solaris to redeem the Drow and bring them out of the dark. I really like Talice, because in a game that is often accused of being evil she has created a character that feels very in keeping with the spirit of Christ.

Janeen/Dessa

Book: Wishing Against the House.My city is under attack by shadowfiends.
Apparently, this is my fault, thanks to the family I’ve never met.

At least the attack interrupted my first couples therapy session with Cendric. Small blessings, right?Personally, all I want for Christmas is to survive until New Year’s.
And maybe, a vacation.

Janeen plays as Dessa, a Half-Elf Ranger and Beast Master. She has a Wombat as an animal cmpanion, named Alfred. Alfred has toxic farts that Dessa has weaponized.

I love her character becasue she comes up with the most bizarre solutions to problems that our party encounters.

And most of the time they work.

Wishing Against the House is Janeen’s newest release but it’s the third in the series. Click the buttons below for the first two books. Trust me you don’t want to come in in the middle.

Books one and two are on sale until Tuesday 12/7/2021.

Now we come to the reason for this blog!

Happy Book Birthday to Power Play! The newest release in H.L. Burke’s ever expanding superhero universe. 

And yes, it just so happens that H.L. Burke plays D&D with me.

Heidi/Intuitive.

Book: Power Play

It’s dangerous to go alone. Even for superheroes.

Laleh Ashe has found her first real friends at Camp Sable, a refuge for at-risk superpowered teens, but her politically ambitious mother has other plans. Mrs. Ashe is determined to send Laleh to a fancy, overseas boarding school—far from her friends and the life she’s come to love. To drown her sorrows, Laleh agrees to a table top role playing game with her friends, Marco and Jake, as well as the new girl at camp—shy, withdrawn Rian. Too bad no one warned her about Rian’s reality bending superpowers.

Sucked into a fantasy world created by Rian’s imagination, Laleh and her friends must scramble to master their magical new surroundings and complete their quest if they are to have any hope of getting home again.

This magical world is less fun than it sounds, but as Laleh and her friends face the various challenges, Laleh can’t help but remember that all that waits for her in the real world is separation from her friends and a life under the thumb of her overbearing mom. Maybe going home is seriously overrated.

Superheroes meet Portal Fantasy in this second book of the Supervillain Rescue Project Young Adult Series.

Power Play was largly inspired by our D&D sessions. As I was reading it I couldn’t help laughing at all the inside jokes and events that she had copied.

But don’t worry this book is very accessible, even to people who have never played D&D before.

H.L. Burke (Heidi) plays a Tifling Wizard named Intuitive. 

Intuitive is a fun mix of book smarts and chaos, She once used octopus mating rituals to save the party from a Kraken. 

Intuitive also has a cat named Purrcival. He helps, sometimes, when he feels like it. He is a cat.

Intuitive is a fun character to play with because you never know what she’s going to do next.

The rest of the party…

Photo by Stephen Hardy on Pexels.com

There are two members of the party that do not have books out, but despite this oversight I will mention them, anyway.

The first is Matt, Heidi’s husband. He plays as Pyrrhic a Fighter. His character saves our butts in every session. He’s also the veteran D&D player in our group. He keeps gameplay on topic. Otherwise, we would all chase after every shiny side quest that presented itself.

The second person I need to mention is our long suffering DM who shall not be named. As the DM, he plays every other character in the game, including the bad guys. He also invents most of the story arcs and plots out how adventures will go. 

So do you play D&D?
Let me know in the comments.

NaNoWriMo 2021 and Runaway Lyrics takeover

Hello Readers, I hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a minute since my last post. I’ve had to cut back on my reading lately to give myself time for National Novel Writing month, you the time of year where everyone is struggling to write a novel in 30 days AND cook dinner for thirty family members. Writers are crazy.

My project for NaNo is Shattered Lyrics. It’s the sequel to Runaway Lyrics that released this past September. Behold my Inspiration collage:

I’m about seven thousand words in right now. (Yes I am way behind in NaNo.)

Once again I am writing this story as part of the Arista band of fairy tale retellers challenge. In 2021 the challenge is to write a Snow Queen retelling.

Snow Queen is a hard fairytale to retell, it is very meandering and has a lot of characters.

Thankfully Runaway Lyrics had a lot of characters too.


In other news: This happened.

My book Runaway Lyrics was nominate as the November book of the month by the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club.

I did not get the coveted spot but I was a runner up. As a result I get an author take over day. That day is today! (November 10th 2021)

Please join the Book club’s Facebook group if you would like to see me share about Runaway Lyrics and get in on my giveaways.

Also as a side note, The winning book was written by my cover designer. I’ve read it before and it is very good, Beauty and the Beast meets Norse mythology. She is so talented at both art and writing.

Weird Writing Prompts Review and Questions Answered

So you know that phrase about saving the best for last? well the last post of June is going to be a big one. Not only am I spot lighting a new book from Janeen Ippolito, I get to plug my upcoming novel at the same time. Yes I am actually publishing this one. I have a release date. I’m committed But first here’s a little about Janeen’s book.

Get more out of your writing prompts!

Weird Writing Prompts is a short book loaded with questions to jumpstart your creativity, dive deeper into your characters, and rev up your book marketing.

Oh yeah, and some questions are weird. Like “trap your characters in an elevator with an emu” weird. Because everyone needs a little weirdness to refresh their writing lives!

Grab this book to:

-Get Deep & Random – Expanded prompts with ideas to make your characters epic, plus absurd situations to unlock your creativity with play

-Get Sharing & Marketing – Author-centric questions to fuel your marketing brain and help with social media content creation

It’s time to refresh your brain, supercharge your story, and have fun with your marketing!

“Having fun is vital to goo writing, good marketing, and good sales.” – Janeen ippolito

My review

Weird Writing prompts is a great writing prompt book. Instead of just offering you more story ideas to add to your “to write” list, this prompt book actually helps you develop the story you are already working on.

The book is divided into two parts, character questions and marketing questions. The character questions may seem random and silly, but each one is formulated to help you learn something about your characters.

The marketing questions are also fun and are great for helping you decide what kind of giveaway items you want on hand for when you your book releases. The author also includes ideas for how to adapt the questions for a classroom setting which is great for English teachers and homeschoolers.

I really enjoyed all of the odd little questions and having to think about how they would apply to my story.

If you are stuck on your current project and would like a prompt book to help you move forward then check out Weird Writing Prompts.

To see sample questions and how I used them for my story, keep reading to the end.

Weird Writing Prompts releases July 13.

But you can pre order the ebook now for only 99 cents.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096YVQGWX

Other Online Ebook Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/bORvng

Autographed paperback: https://next.waveapps.com/checkouts/71222c16c26b4637b48cddca3c46d25c

All-in-One (book page on my website): http://www.janeenippolito.com/weird

Janeen Ippolito believes you should own your unique words. She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced editor, marketing strategist, and businesswoman, plus the CEO of Uncommon Universes Press. When not writing, she explores random hobbies or posts cute animal memes. Connect at janeenippolito.com


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Three Random Questions About Runaway Lyrics:

So first a bit of back ground:

Runaway Lyrics is a retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairytale, with a light steampunk aesthetic. The main characters are Snow and Rose, identical twin sisters who are both talented at music. There are also Bayare (the oldest) and Wickham, half brothers and princes. Placed under a curse that causes Bayare to turn into a great brown bear every night and for Wickham to become a great golden owl every day.

So let’s start with the ultimate random question:

What would each of your characters do if a bird pooped on them?

Bayare would look around to see where Wickham, in owl form, was. Then when he found him he would instantly accuse him of doing it. Wickham would deny everything. Honestly he knows that Wickham would never deficate on anyone but he loves teasing his little brother.

If Snow was pooped on she would flinch, but then wipe it off and keep going, hopefully to someplace where she could take a bath.

Rose is a bit different. She would complain. Long and loud, about how gross it was and why, of all the places for a bird to poop, did it have to be on her.

Wickham, as a part time owl, knows the bird that did it. He knows that bird did it on purpose. And Wickham is already planning his revenge.

“Writing is hard. Marketing is hard. We can use all the fun that we can get.” – Janeen Ippolito

Would each of your characters rather: sort 1,000 pieces of paper OR stand on a public stage for an hour to entertain a crowd of young children?

This is easy. Rose, Snow and Bayare would take the stage for an hour. Rose and Snow love playing music and that’s how they would entertain the kids. Bayare doesn’t know what he would do on stage, but he hates repetitive tasks like sorting. Besides who doesn’t like kids?

Wickham that’s who. Oh he loves attention and it’s not that he hates kids, he just doesn’t know what to do with them. They find the crudest things hilarious. They require so much talking down too. Nope give Wickham the stack of paper and lock him in the library.

“They say you have to go deep or have silly fun. I say you can do both.” – Janeen Ippolito

You can hire anyone to compose music for your story. Who do you choose and why?

It would be Lindsey Stirling. I listened to her music on a loop while writing this novel. Even though Snow and Rose can play multiple instruments, Linsey Stirling is the reason that they prefer the violin. Her Music videos also inspired the way the magic system in my world works.

If you aren’t familiar with Lindsey Stirling then check out her music on youtube, her videos are amazing. Start with this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTknZt2DHA

Runaway Lyrics will have an official cover reveal and release date soon. So I hope you’re ready to hear me talk more about myself in the next couple month. But don’t worry I’ll still keep doing book reviews for others as well.

What was your favorite question I answered?

Are you excited to hear more about Runaway Lyrics?

Fantasy and Fairytales Anthology

I have a cute short story in a new anthology. The release date is tomorrow (March 10th) but you can pre-order it for ninety-nine cents if you do it today.

What if Fairytales were real?
Things that go bump in the night. Mighty warriors, dragons, and fairies. Ogres and cupids. Magic, mystery and mayhem. Join our authors on a journey through time. To a place where magic exists and things are not always what they seem. Fourteen authors and eighteen stories. Tales of bravery, enchantment, terror, and romance.
What are you waiting for?

The paperback ($8.99) is live now and there is a hardcover ($19.99) option too.
Buy it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3kFIgsM

If you grab a copy, look for my story, “Dragon Cuddles.”

“Dragon Cuddles” is a story about a dragon who just wants some love and cuddles.

I’ve it had in my head for a while now that just never manifested right. For a long time, I was trying to make it be a novel. Turns out, once I committed to making it a short story, the whole thing came together.

Fantasy and Fairytales is the sixth anthology produced from Michelle Francik’s short story challenges. You can learn more about her at her website https://mfranciktheauthor.com/

Sign up for the Fantasy and Fairy Tales challenge.

You may be aware of the seasonal challenge anthologies I’ve been participating in.

The challenges are created and run by author Michelle Francik, and she is getting ready to host another one this month. This is a great opportunity to be published for the first time, or the twentieth time. So I hope you’ll consider signing up.

The theme is one that I’m very excited for.

Myths and legends, fairtytales and fantasy. Elves and ogres and dragons. What comes to mind when you think of these things? Have you always wanted to write a story about pixies? Or revamp a favorite fairytale? Well, here’s your chance!

Our next Short Story Writing Challenge has arrived and the theme is Fantasy and Fairytales!

The Challenge begins Saturday, February 6th and ends Saturday, February 20th. This is a writing Challenge and you are tasked with writing a short story, poem, essay, letter or something else uniquely you! If it fits the theme and follows the rules, it will be published in an anthology in March!

To participate, you need to sign up at the link below. Once the Challenge starts you’ll get a writing prompt every other day. The prompts are to jump start your creativity, but you don’t have to use them if you already have a story in mind!

Once you sign up you’ll have until February 20th to submit your entries. You can win Amazon gift cards, bragging rights and even become a published author!

Click the link below to find all the information, rules, contact info and to SIGN UP!

https://2021-fantasyfairytales-challenge-signup.mfranciktheauthor.com/

What I’m working on:

I write fantast so I already have a ton of ideas for this challenge. I am hoping to submit three short stories this time around but we’ll see how quickly I can work on them.

Entry one: Working title ASL fairytale

A Deaf princess must choose a husband out of a pool of unworthy candidates. Is anyone willing to try communicating with her? (there is a fairy and a dragon. I never write straight romance.)

I wrote this story when I was taking sign language classes in college. My skill is a lot better now, so since it’s basically just revising I should be able to finish it pretty quickly.

Entry two: Dragon cuddles

A cute story about a shapeshifting dragon that was part of a novel that never went anywhere. Now that I’m working it as a stand alone I should be able to write it out quickly.

Entry three: Trading Pages

Snow White and a girl from our world trade places.

I am not sure I will follow through with this one because I’ve tried to write it multiple times. Either it’s too similar to other stories out there or it’s too boring. I will give it one more shot before I give up on it though.

I have so much fun writing for these challenges. It always surprises me what my brain comes up with on the tight deadline. I think if you give it a try it will surprise you too.

I can’t emphasize this enough: If you want to participate, click the link, read the rules, and SIGN UP!

So are you signing up?

Which of my entries are you most excited for me to finish?

Gift for Christmas!

Hello everyone, I know it’s been a light month for blog posts but that’s because I’ve been busy. I’m editing a novel. Hoping to have it ready for beta readers soon. I will tell you all more about it after the new year.

Right now I have a different book to tell you about. A new book. A free book. But still, my book.

I’ve written a Christmas story and I decided to throw it up on Amazon.

Free Book: Dec 21st-25th.
Join Annalee as she searches for the perfect way to light the orphanage’s tree. A sci-fi/steampunk/dystopian adventure for the whole family.

It was mostly an experiment because I know I want to self publish so I decided to play with the Kindle Direct Publishing platform and it all looked so easy that I was like, “I should try this.” The question was what to publish? So I looked at my November project and pulled out a Christmas subplot that I added for word count reasons, (NaNo, am I right?) and just formatted it as an ebook.

Here’s the cover, I designed it myself. I can’t take credit for the art though. I Frankensteined this cover in Cavna using elements I found on Pixabay.com. Credit for each element used is on the copyright page of the book.

Lights for Christmas

A Steampunk Conspiracy Christmas Story

By: C.O. Bonham

It’s Annalee’s last Christmas at Miss Audrey’s home for children, and she wants to make it extra special for her family. She also needs to find a purpose for her life before the government assigns her to a boring factory job. A chance encounter on the street and an adventurous detective may provide both.

The price will normally be 99 cents, but because it’s Christmas I decided to make it free. Starting today and going through Christmas you can download my first solo published work for the low, low price of absolutely nothing.

It’s also in the Kindle Unlimited program so if you you are a subscriber and you want a little holiday cheer after the free period ends, you’re in luck.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R2GVGZ5/

Add it to your Goodreads shelf here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56354102

If you do decide to read it, would you consider leaving an honest review. I would love to know what you thought.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

“Wait,” I here you saying, “what is the Steampunk Conspiracy?”

It’s the title of the series I’m going to focus on publishing in 2021. The books are in progress and I’ll update you as I get them written. I won’t talk about them too much until I get them mostly finalized because I don’t want to get locked into keeping something that needs cut, character, subplot, world building element etc., just because I mentioned it here.

So in the coming year be prepared to hear more about my own writing along with all the other great books I plan on featuring.

2020 Spring Fever

Hi Everyone,

Once again I had a short story release and I forgot to mention it here. So now I am remedying that oversight before I start posting about all of the amazing summer releases coming out this year.

As you know this year was seriously wrecked by something called COVID-19, and whatever your feeling about it, we are all together in agreeing that it ruined everything.

So the newest short story challenge was dubbed the Spring Fever challenge.

spring fever cover

Spring time is supposed to be when we emerge from the darkness of winter and get to hang out on the beach, with our friends, at the park, and at sporting events. This year, 2020, that isn’t happening. Covid-19 has shaken us all up and it’s been a rough few months. This anthology is a collection of essays, poems and stories that touch on how the Corona virus has affected us all. The authors dug deep and wrote honestly about their fears and their struggles, but also their joys and revelations! Funny, touching, thought-provoking: there’s something for everyone!

Spring fever back cover

 

My name is on the cover, it’s so exciting.

You can buy it on Amazon in both ebook and paperback. https://amzn.to/3bWFwBm.

The story I contributed to the collection is a look at the virus from a supervillain angle. If it had been released by a villain, who would do it and why? A question that even had other villains stumped.

If you have read the 2019 Halloween short story challenge you may recognize the names of some of these villains. They are from my Captain Galaxy flash fiction universe.  You can check out another story from the universe here. 

promo Spring fever 2

 

End of year wrap up

I hope that you (yes you reading this right now,) had a merry Christmas and I also send my best wishes for the new year. Don’t have a specific book to feature today so I thought I would just go over some of the highlights from my year.

The first highlight is a book that I featured twice on the blog, once as a cover reveal and once as a guest post. But it also has an Easter egg inside that makes it very close to my heart.

HoC CoverIt’s Heart of the Curiosity by H.L. Burke. Every story has those minor characters that might only be mentioned once, these characters still need names. Towards the beginning of chapter thirteen, on page 127 of the print version is a character who is named but never shown. Cathrinia is a ballerina who is seriously hurt in an accident. Do you notice the lack of an e between the h and the r? That’s because she’s named after me. Cathrine, without the e in the middle. I was so excited and to see that, because H.L. didn’t give me a heads up.

The second highlight is a book that I beta read. This means reading the book before it is ready to publish to let the author know about any plot holes or continuity errors. I also featured this book twice as a cover reveal and as a review.

WYWH_JIFinal

 

It’s Wish you Weren’t Here by Janeen Ippolito. The great thing about this book was the author thanking me by name in her acknowledgements, and she used a suggestion I made for expanding a character’s role.

The next highlight is an event. The annual Realm Makers conference was amazing this year. You can read about my experience here.

In personal publications. I was published on the daily fiction blog Havok not once but twice.

Havok Badge

First time was on May, 6th 2019. It was a Mystery Monday story titled “The Cover Was Blue.”

The second was recently on December, 16th 2019. It was also a mystery Monday story, titled “Snow Blind.”

And of course I can’t forget my two anthologies that I was accepted into.

The 2019 Halloween short story challenge, 72389416_2492090504211068_1742301497061801984_oincludes my story, “Seeing Double.” A story about what happened when too many wore the same costume.

Christmas Spirit coverThe 2019 Christmas Spirit challengeincluded my first ever Christmas story, a rhyming experiment titled, “Holiday Cheer.” It features a trigger warning because it involves a suicide attempt.

There were other highlights too, like all the great books I read and featured here on the blog so feel free to click around in the archives and find something to read.

What are my goals for next year? Reading more books and hopefully writing one of my own.

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