Attention Dresdenphiles, Everywhere! Only 7 More Weeks Until #PeaceTalks Arrives!

Happy Tewe’s Day, Everybody! Guess what? We’re another week closer to the release of the long-awaited and greatly anticipated Peace Talks, Book 16 of the Dresden Files series! Yep, only seven more weeks to go, and my doesn’t the time just fly by? Yeah. Like a kid waiting for Christmas morning! Tick …….. tock.   Tick …….. tock. You get the idea. BUT, we are closer, so for that I’m going to be grateful. And I’m going to share some things with you that interested me. Hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

First, I thought maybe it would be appropriate to talk about the man who created Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Wizard Extraordinaire. That would be Jim Butcher, of course. I will admit that over the last six years, I’ve given serious thought to tracking Jim Butcher down and smacking him with a pizza so old and stale, even Toot-Toot the fairy wouldn’t touch it. However, I am too much in awe of his prodigious writing talent to do such a thing. Instead, I gnashed my teeth and bit my nails in silence, waiting, waiting, waiting for the day he would send forth the 16th installment of my favorite series of all time.  And finally, that day is drawing near!

For those of you who haven’t read his work, or followed his blog,
or seen him at a signing, this is what Jim Butcher looks like:

Or  maybe it’s more like this?

Unless, of course, it’s really more along these lines?

Hmmm. A man of many faces.
Well, one thing for sure,
Harry Dresden is obviously his alter-ego.
They could be twins separated at birth! See?
Here, he poses with a wizardly weapon,
and his
genuine Foo Dog, Mouse!

INTERESTING STUFF

Butcher wrote the first book in The Dresden Files—about a professional wizard, named Harry Dresden, in modern-day Chicagoas an exercise for a writing course in 1996 at the age of 25. Storm Front, the first novel in The Dresden Files, was picked up by Roc/Penguin Books for publishing. It was released as a paperback in April  2000Fool Moon followed nine months later on January 1, 2001, and the third book, Grave Peril, was published in September 2001. Thereafter, the release schedule slowed, with Summer Knight appearing on September 3, 2002. The fifth and sixth books, Death Masks and Blood Rites, appeared in August 2003 and 2004, respectively.  

For several years, you could pretty much count on a new Dresden Files book every year or so, until Skin Game (#15) was released in 2014. Then the drought began. Yes, I know there were graphic novels being written, and short stories (most of which are absolutely fantastic) appearing in various anthologies, and loads of other things going on in his life. (He is also the author of the Codex Alera series, a fantasy I quite enjoyed, and The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Book 1 of a new fantasy series that I hope will be continued.)

And those are all great things. BUT.  Harry disappeared for a very long time. I thought perhaps–unbeknownst to his fans–my favorite wizard had been yanked into the Nevernever and left there to wander lost and lonely as a cloud until the end of days! Happily, as we now know, he’s back! Thus my series of posts wherein the countdown of the weeks continues and I dance around all excited, while generally acting like a looney tunes.

~~~

On that note, I’m moving along to share a new meme I made this week. Hope you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite pictures and quotes, out of many!

 

AND  HERE ARE A FEW MORE MEMES
FOUND FLOATING AROUND THE INTERNET.

 

 

 

Welp, that’s it for today, folks! I’ll be back next Tuesday with a brand new countdown update, more images and characters, and anything else I can think of you might enjoy! Hope to see you then!  

~~~

 

My Featured Post on Story Empire today – #WhyWriteWrong? –

Hope some of you guys will stop by Story Empire today (in between cookouts and other celebrations) and check out my post in my #WhyWriteWrong? series. Would love to see you there, as I explain the correct usage of a couple more words I often see misused. Also, please consider passing the post along in case others might find it helpful, too. THANKS! And HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

#WhyWriteWrong on Story Empire

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 17th – 23rd May 2020 – Rainbow Fairies, Sound of Music, Books, Guests and Funnies

An extra-fantastic Weekly Round Up from Sally Cronin on her Smorgasbord blog today! Stop by and check it out. (Some really fun videos, too.) And then, if you would, please consider passing it along so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks so much, and thanks to Sally! Rock on, my friend! 🙂 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up with posts you might have missed in the last week.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some minor lifting of restrictions in the last week, certainly here and in the UK. It does look if travel plans are still on hold for millions who were planning to go away in the next few weeks, and for those without plans, the prospect of 14 day quarantine there and when you return is a daunting.

We have no plans before November but we might have to rethink that depending on virus resurgence and restrictions at each end. For us a minor inconvenience but for so many their livelihoods not just this year but going forward.

Looking at local businesses there are some who have adapted, gone online or offer takeaway if they are a food provider. I wonder though if my family run hairdresser…

View original post 463 more words

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Fantasy #Paranormal – Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack

Looking for a fun and unusual read? Check out Sally Cronin’s review of C. S. Boyack’s Viral Blues on her Smorgasbord blog today. If the review and blurb don’t rouse your curiosity, I can’t imagine what would! And please consider passing this along on your social media so others can learn about it, too. Thanks, and thanks to Sally as well, because, you know … she ROCKS, and all. 😀 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share my review for author Viral Blues (The Hat Book 2)by C.S. Boyack

About the book

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

My review for Viral Blues

Having read and enjoyed The Hat, I was looking forward…

View original post 473 more words

How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

In her 9th post on How To Publish with KDP, Harmony Kent takes a close look at the sometimes intimidating KDP Dashboard. This is one of the most thorough and helpful posts I’ve seen explaining just what’s what on that page, I highly recommend stopping by Story Empire today to check it out, especially if you are new to self-publishing. And then, please consider passing it along so others can learn, too, thanks! And thanks to Harmony for a terrific and helpful series! 🙂 ❤

Story Empire

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part nine in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Nine: An overview of your KDP Dashboard.

So, after my last post ( HERE), you now have a KDP account set up. Today, we’re taking a look at what your KDP dashboard looks like, and what the different options offer. Below is an image of your dashboard area >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the very top of the page, you will see four options … Your Account, which we looked at in part eight…

View original post 586 more words

Sharing an excerpt & 0.99c SALE – THE PRINCE’S MAN by Deborah Jay

Yesterday Marcia shared my review of THE LIGHT from Sally Cronin’s wonderful Smorgasbord blog.

Today, I’m sharing an extract on that same blog from book #1 of my Five Kingdoms fantasy series, THE PRINCE’S MAN, while it’s on sale for 0.99c/0.99p until May 28th

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Extract -#Specialoffer #Fantasy The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

Deborah Jay shares an extract from her epic fantasy The Prince’s Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series. The book is on offer for just this week at 99c/99p

About The Prince’s Man

Think ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’

Rustam Chalice, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him. And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.
Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.

An extract from the book.

“Remove your hand, Chalice,” Risada hissed, “unless you want to lose it.”
Rustam released her, and lay back with a sigh. “Don’t you ever get tired of making threats? Or is it the only form of conversation you know?”
“It seems to be the only sort you respect. And I hardly think the kind you’re used to is appropriate outside the bedchamber.”

View original post

https://books2read.com/PrincesMan

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates -#Reviews – #Thriller Paulette Mahurin, #Fantasy Marcia Meara, #Mystery J. A. Newman

So excited to find my 4th Wake-Robin Ridge book, The Light, included in Sally Cronin’s Author Updates #Reviews post today, along with authors Paulette Mahurin and J. A. Newman. Hope you’ll stop by and check out the reviews and blurbs for all three of us, and help us spread the word by sharing the post with the Immediate World. I’m thrilled with what Deborah had to say about Rabbit’s latest adventures, and I now have two new-to-me writers to check out, as well. Thanks everyone, and thanks to Sally for all she does to promote her fellow writers. (You do know she ROCKS, right?) 😀 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Paulette Mahurin for her thriller Irma’s Endgame

As with all Paulette’s books, profits from will go to rescue dogs from kill shelters.

About Irma’s Endgame.

When newspaper headlines screamed in large bold print that one of the world’s leading heart-transplant surgeons, Peter Dayton, was arrested for the death of one of his transplant patients, shock waves were felt around the world. Particularly impacted was an attorney, Irma Mullins, who found it inconceivable that the man she once loved could have committed the heinous act for which he had been arrested. Determined to find out what happened, she embarks on a course of action to uncover the truth. But when all paths lead to one dead-end after another, and Dayton continues to maintain his innocence, she detours.

Through…

View original post 1,301 more words

EIGHT, Count ‘Em, EIGHT More Weeks Until #PeaceTalks is Released!!

It’s getting closer, folks, and I’m getting more and more eager! Of course, you do realize if this book turns out to be lousy, I’ll be the most disappointed person on the planet! 😯 But Jim Butcher’s writing hasn’t let me down yet, even if I have been driven half mad by this long wait. (Can we say it all together, Boys and Girls? SIX YEARS!! Ahem. Thanks.)

My choice for Dresden Files character of the day is Michael Carpenter, a close and trusted friend of Harry Dresden. He is a devout Catholic, and a Knight of the Cross, who wields a mighty sword called Amoracchius. 

This is my favorite fan art representation of Michael, and it looks
pretty much exactly as I imagine him.

Michael’s own words give you a pretty good picture of who he is.

As you can see from the next two paintings,
Michael is a handy person to have on your team,
as Harry well knows and appreciates.

As the series progresses, Michael’s role in Harry’s life
grows in importance and scope, but rest assured,  he never
flinches from doing what he believes to be right.

 A FEW MICHAEL AND HARRY MOMENTS TO MAKE YOU SMILE
(With a teeny bit of mild “language.”)

The Gang’s All Here!
😀

That’s it for this week, folks, but not to worry. I’ll be back next Tuesday with another glimpse into the world of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden–if the bridge don’t go, an’ the creek don’t rise, that is.  

ONE LAST WORD FROM HARRY.
REMEMBER:

Why Authors Should Read Reviews

Do you read reviews? Yours or those of other authors you’re planning to read? You should, and P. H. Solomon’s post on Story Empire today explains exactly why. Check it out to see what he has to say. It’s good stuff! Then consider passing it along, if you would, so others can learn from it as well. Thanks, and thanks to P. H. for reminding us how much we can learn from reviews. Great post! 🙂

Story Empire

Good morning, everyone, PH with you here today, wishing you a wonderful day. I don’t know how many times something serendipitous happens with you and then you gain a better perspective or find a better way to do something but it happens to me often. Recently, I came across an inconsequential blog post and, as I read it, I realized something very helpful.

man sitting on bench reading a book. Bench surrounded by tall grasses, sun shining, portion of lake visible in backgroundMany of us authors spend a lot of time seeking out reviews. After all, a review can be very helpful to readers and validate our books. A glowing four or five star review can also make your day we. Reviews can also be hard to generate but they are gold when received. Personally, I should probably do more to seek them from bloggers than I have. It’s something else to work at in my spare time, spare time being twist of words for me these days.

However…

View original post 476 more words

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th May 2020 – Relationships, ABBA, Ink Fish, Italian Tomato Sauce, Books and Laughter

Yes, it’s time for another wonderful Weekly Round-Up from Sally Cronin at Smorgasbord blog! This one is really jam-packed with good stuff and friends old and new. And whatever you do, be sure to check out the videos! The one with the dogs and the baby kitten is amazing! Once you’ve enjoyed everything included this week, be sure to pass it along so others can as well, thanks. And thanks to Sally yet again for another super week full of goodies! (Should I say it, folks? Oh, why not! Sally, you ROCK!) 😀 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Weekly round up with posts you might have missed during the week..

It has been a full house this week with our regular contributors D.G.Kaye, William Price King,Carol Taylorand Silvia Todesco making sure that we have plenty of food for thought about relationships, music to dance to, recipes using ingredients beginning with the letter ‘I’ and the way you should be making the classic Italian tomato sauce.

We are seeing a lifting of some of the restrictions from Monday here in Ireland with bubbles of four people allowed to mingle, DIY and Garden Centres opened (I will wait a week until they get over their first rush of customers) and an extended exercise range of 5k. The Irish government are taking a very cautious approach and making adjustments every two weeks so that they can monitor the impact of lifting restrictions piecemeal.

Our…

View original post 493 more words