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Summer Giveaway!!

Clinging to summer? Like free stuff?  I am participating in a huge multi-author giveaway event! Woo hoo!

You have the chance to win $80 in Paypal cash + 27 books + 27 individual prizes. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below (or use this link http://bit.ly/2tKf8r6).

Here are the prizes that I am personally offering. I am giving away one book (one Watcher Series novel on Kindle -or- any Prompt Me in hard copy) in addition to  a $5 Amazon gift card. 

If the widget is not loading, please use this link: Rafflecopter Giveawayhttps://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2703c98f90/

Good luck!!

Photo Writing Prompts: 5 Photos for your Creative Mojo

The countdown for Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Workbook and Journal continues. Here are five more photo prompts AND a full page from the workbook to tide you over. No, I’m not giving you a full page of prompts, but I am giving you a mini “How To” with a sample story. Enjoy!

Prompt 1 

The following prompts do not appear in the workbook.
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Recipe: Easy Gravy

Robin Woods

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Easy GravyRobin’s Easy Gravy

¼  cup flour
¼  cup butter
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 cups pan drippings
Chicken broth (just in case there aren’t enough drippings)

Strain the drippings and reserve.  (I strain using the whisk using  a slow and steady hand, but if you want super smooth gravy, strain through cheese cloth or fine mesh).

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Slowly add the flour, whisking until it becomes a thick roux. After the roux is smooth, add the salt and pepper.

Slowly whisk in the drippings.  Once it starts to bubble, continue to whisk until it reaches desired thickness.  If it becomes too thick, you may thin the gravy with broth.

Recipe by author Robin Woods
http://www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

Here is a printable PDF: Gravy

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Photo Writing Prompt: Moonlight Magic

We finally had a break in the torrential California rain, so I took my daughter out for a photo shoot. We have been safe, but there has been flooding not too far away.

I’ve had this scene in my head for weeks.

photo-writing-prompt

 

Here is a printable journal page with a smaller version of the picture: No one noticed when she melted into the backdrop of trees until… (more…)

Author Interview: C.F. Waller

Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, CF WALLER,
author of FREE DIVE AND SOUTH FACE.

Author CF WallerAward winning novelist C. F. Waller published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of “Why Planes Crash.” This experience illustrated for him first hand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.

After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, he worked in nightclub, took a turn as a new car salesman, and did hurricane shutter engineering. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Michael Crichton. His favorite novel is The Picture of Dorian Grey by Wilde, which inspired a bigger than life oil painting that hangs on his bedroom wall.

Though he’ll forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife Tina and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television.

Hello, C.F.

What genre do you consider your book(s)? 

Not locked into just one.  Went to Readers Favorite book awards last year as a winner in Paranormal [SOUTH FACE] and Science Fiction [FREE DIVE]  (narcissist patting himself on the back).  In my opinion a good plot is in itself a genre.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?Waller at Readers Favorite

Take a two-hour walk, then sit down and write.  All my ideas come when un-plugging my mind after walking.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

For the most part, I over-research locations. Sometimes you have to make the ideas fit a timeline or to fit a scene, but I endeavor to be spot-on.  Unfortunately, literary license is an ugly necessity. I often sit down to write and get lost in research, winding up with no words at the end of the day.

How did you come up with the title?  (more…)

Character Interview: Tyran from The Watcher Series

Posted on March 13, 2015

book boyfriend

Okay, so let’s all be real with each other for a minute and admit that we have fictional crushes. My very first fictional crush—and I don’t think I’ve confessed this since Kindergarten, mind you—was Bugs Bunny. HAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! Now, it’s slightly embarrassing, but I obviously wasn’t thinking about LOVE in the real sense (or even sexuality) as a 5-year-old. I just thought the cartoon character was funny and cute and always managed to get away from the notorious Elmer Fudd.

As I became older, I still had cartoon crushes, but they were at least human cartoons. Okay, actually, I think I did kinda have a crush on Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life. (Don’t judge. Fine, you CAN, but just don’t tell me.) And, of course, I grew up with Disney, so I crushed on almost every prince or hero in the cartoon movies.

Finally, when I was nearing junior high age and reading tons and tons of books on my own, I began developing crushes on fictional literary characters. Since then, I have collected quite a string of fictional boyfriends and will continue to add to my list as I discover new books. However, the guest on my blog today has…I dunno…like that something extra special about him. Good thing I happen to know his creator, Robin Woods, quite well, because I can ask her about him as much as I want.

But today, I have the bad boy vampire prince all to myself, and he’s here to answer my questions.

 

Yes, I’m drooling over the bad boy prince of the Watcher Series, too. It’s perfectly normal.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my #1 fictional boyfriend, Tyran! *clapping my hands, making internal cat calls, and fanning myself* I’ll let Tyran speak for himself while I ask him questions, and then you can decide if he’ll be your next crush, too. Here we go:

Me: Hi, Tyran. Or…should I say Prince Tyran? Thank you so much for letting me interview you on my blog today.

Read the full interview here.