>BOLO: Be On The Lookout – For These Fantastic Tales!!!!!


I made a new lol. You like it? *cheesy grin*

Well, lolcats may have minions to do all their proofreading and editing and revising, but the rest of us don’t. For a lot of us, just getting a basic rough draft completed is a miraculous cause for celebration.

At this point in my writing, I have one rough draft in surgery, and another in the birthing room. Whew! No wonder I’m dizzy and absent minded lately :))

I feel fortunate to have many of you as blogging friends because I learn from you. You inspire me because you don’t give up. Your determination in the face of countless rejections, your faith in what you’re creating, and, mostly, your openness about the whole journey – is what keeps me going. You provide stepping stones, handholds, and candles to light up the dark and murky places.

Where am I going with this? Right here. Many of you have announced upcoming releases of your books and short stories. Others of you have announced that particular books or stories have generated great interest and that the outlook is promising. And I know of at least one sequel in the works that’s going to be a definite ‘must have’ for me…..so without further ado, here is a list you may be interested in – in no particular order:

Theresa Milstein of Substitute Teacher’s Saga has two short stories being published. ‘Daisy’ will be published in the anthology 100 Stories for Queensland. ‘Allured’ will be published in a YA anthology entitled Fangtales, a Wyvern publication. You can read all about it here.

In addition to his wonderful Bear With Two Shadows (now available as an e-book), Roland Yeomans of Writing in the Crosshairs, has also e-published Rites of Passage – the first recorded adventure of the amazing Samuel McCord….
….as well as Adrift in the Time Stream, the second book chronicling Sam McCord’s adventures. All three of these books are available for purchase at amazon.com. For more information, click here. Be sure to check out the awesome book trailer on Roland’s blog!

Elliot Grace of So close, but….. is just about to announce the official release date of his long awaited book, South of Charm. The young man in this picture is his son, reading the promised first copy. Get more details here.

Simon Kewin of Spellmaking received some very exciting news – a publisher is seriously interested in his novel, Hedge Witch. He is currently making some suggested edits and we all hope to hear good news soon. Click here to read an excerpt.

Aubrey Dionne of Flutey Words has just signed a contract with Entangled Publishing. Her space opera series, The Star Odyssey – a three book deal! Read about it here.

Nicole Zoltack of Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight just announced the May 1st release of Champion of Valor, the third book in her Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy. She is currently organizing a blog tour with prizes at each stop. Read here for more details.

 Alex J. Cavanaugh has sent his as yet untitled sequel to CassaStar to his crit partners. The next installment takes place 20 years after we first meet Byron, our hero. I’m told that Byron will meet his match on an alien planet – a woman! Alex hopes to have the sequel to his publisher by the end of June, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed! For more info about CassaStar, and to watch the incredible book trailer, click here!

Talli Roland is following up her delightful debut, The Hating Game,with Watching Willow Watts. As with her first release, Watts will be available on Kindle a few months before the paperback release in November. To get a glimpse of the upcoming mayhem, click here.

E. Elle at The Writer’s Funhouse is hosting a unique and fun blog contest. Here are the rules (copied and pasted):

So, here are the rules for A Song in the Words:
1) Be a follower of the Writer’s Funhouse.  You know how to do this.  Just click that follow button over on the left.  Come on, you know you want to.
2) Pick a song.  Any song.  Seriously, any song in the whole wide world.
3) Write a scene in 750 words or less, inspired by the song you chose.
4) Email the title of your song (along with the artist) and your scene to me atthewritersfunhouse(at)yahoo(dot)com by 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.  If the song you chose is kind of obscure, please provide a link to a place where I can hear it (i.e. YouTube or MySpace [is MySpace still around?]).  If attaching the file, please attach as a .doc, not .docx.  I still operate with Word 2003, lame-o that I am.
That’s it!  It’s that easy!  I’ll take a few days to read the entries, then announce the winner on Wednesday, May 25, right here at the Funhouse.  The winner receives a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble.  Wouldn’t you like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble?  I would like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
Any and all promotion would be appreciated.  So feel free to grab the button and post it on your blog.  The more entries, the greater the competition, the sweeter the victory. 
What are you waiting for?  Dig into your playlist, get your writing groove on, and enter!

Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a fun blogfest, too. Again, here are the rules, copied and pasted:

It’s All Fun & Games Blogfest, June 6, 2011 – list your three most favorite games and why. Board games, card games, RPG, video games, physical games, drinking games – even mind games! If it’s a game you enjoy playing, it’s worth sharing.

Well, that’s all the news I have time for right now. I hope you all have had a great week. Just as an update, I do feel much better. Thank you for all your well wishes!!!

And for the hopeful releases, let’s all keep our fingers crossed!!! Much congratulations to all the e-book releases and paper/hardback releases, GO WRITERS!!!

Lydia Kang from The Word is My Oyster is co-hosting this blogfest. Copied and pasted rules right here:

Rules are pretty lax. This is fun, after all!
1. Post a joke that pokes fun at yourself, or writing, or your job (including parenting, of course!), or anything personal. Or if that’s too much work, any joke that you think is funny will do.

The point is to laugh a little. And the posts ought to be quick and fun, so you can hop from post to post and lower your stress level a little.

Because let’s face it. Laughter is good for you and has very few side effects (aside from shooting out food particles from your nose or spraying coffee at your computer screen).

All I can say is, you’ve been warned. πŸ˜‰


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Posted on April 30, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. >Many, many thanks for including me in your wonderful list! Hope to have some more news for you soon …

  2. >Yay for brilliant bloggie friends with their short stories and fab books and wonderful writerly achievements!!!!! Yay!!And I love your LOL'd kitty!!! Take carex

  3. >Aw, what a great idea to do a roundup like that! Thanks for including me. πŸ™‚

  4. >All great news. I follow most of those blogs and managed to miss their news! So,thanks!

  5. >Wonderful news and congratulations are in order for everyone. I'm especially excited for Roland. But love all the other folks you mentioned too. If you want to do a follow up, I have an epic series, book one, The Treasures of Carmelidrium and people who have read it want the sequel tomorrow. Of course it will take longer. I just released a short story, The Magic of Windlier Woods, and folks seem to want more of my little character so I will be releasing another in June. And I have a novella series, still untitled with my critique group. Once the edits are done it will be off to my editor. I should have another in that series in June as well. Determination is a must in this game, but quality is important too.NancyN. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  6. >Thanks, WordsCrafter, for including me in such distinguised company. And thanks, Nancy, for being happy for me. I wish you high sales on your stories and on your daughter's book trailer business.And I am waiting for the official release date of Elliot's SOUTH OF CHARM. I hope your health is much better this weekend, Roland

  7. >Love the LOL! Miss Sissi Cat gave it a Paws-Up!It is impressive to see all these upcoming releases, there are some great writers here in the blog universe. So many good books, I need to find more reading time.

  8. >How cool seeing so many of our blogger friends get published! It's so wonderful.:)

  9. >I know you will be successful in your own rite…I read on someone's blog the other day (I forget who's but wish I didn't) that the true joy is in the writing because once they got published the thrill was gone….I thought that was an interesting thought.take good care my friend!

  10. >wunderbra… grats everyone!

  11. >Oh wow, I have got a lot of reading to do. I need to get down to writing myself, you guys are all very inspiring. Pamela Johttp://theresjustlifeyaliveit.blogspot.com

  12. >Oh wow, I have got a lot of reading to do. I need to get down to writing myself, you guys are all very inspiring. Pamela Johttp://theresjustlifeyaliveit.blogspot.com

  13. >Lots of great looking books, Becky. Thanks for letting us know!I LOVE the kitty in the glasses.

  14. >*sigh* I've had Cassastar on my Kindle so long and still trying to get to listen to it and now the sequel is done?!? I've got to do that or it'll be a trilogy by the time I read it LOL.That 'pick the song' blogfest would sure be right up my ally in fact I already have tons of material I could use for it if I only had the time right now. I hope I'll get to read some of the stuff in it even if I can't participate.Hope you're feeling better!~bru

  15. >+1 blog hop cool blog

  16. >Wow everyone is being busy!Makes me look forward to my WIP becoming a sequel!

  17. >Wow Becky, this is a lot of stuff. Thanks for the head's up on all these great books. You had my curiosity when you had a story idea for me. So glad you're feeling better.

  18. >That's a lot of news! It's so awesome. πŸ™‚ Thanks for putting it all together in one post!Great LOL.

  19. >Glasses kitty is so SWEET. Great contests. Man you did a lot of work here. πŸ™‚ I'm writing a picture book a day for seven days, so that's all that is on my mind. NAPIBOWRIWEE. Wisheth me luck. K?

  20. >OMG. So much exciting news and yet more fabulous blogfests. Thank you!

  21. >What a fabulous round up. I wish I was among those getting published. Maybe one day. Glad yo are better and love the kitty. Mine wouldn't stay posed for long, or atleast until the camera was set up, then they'd probably move out of focus for thr shot! :O)

  22. >Thanks so much for mentioning my book's sequel – and my upcoming blogfest! You are the most generous person I know. Thank you!

  23. >WOW, you're keeping up with a lot of blog and book news! Congratulations to all the people who have books coming out soon or who have signed important book related deals lately πŸ™‚ And that blogfest with the scene inspired by a song sounds great. Keen on entering that…

  24. >wow, so much is happening. It's a great list. Thanks for spending the time to put it all together.

  25. >Lots of stuff going on. Quite a round up. Best wishes to all the writers with upcoming releases.

  26. >I know most of these people. Love the banner image. I grew up in Michigan and I remember many days like this.

  27. >Congratulations to so many writers who are seeing their stories & books getting published! :)Glad you have 2 books coming along. Keep it up & soon you'll be showing us a nifty new book cover w/ your name on it!

  28. >I love the intellectual cat.

  29. >Wow – that is a wealth of info. Sounds like many people have some great things happening for them! Congrats to all!!

  30. >Congratulations to all these brilliant blogging friends for all their achievementYou're awesome for rounding this up here!

  31. >You have been busy following all the latest publishing news!Thanks for keeping us updated πŸ™‚Wagging Tales – Blog for Writers

  32. >*Simon-I really am looking forward to reading Hedge Witch!*Old Kitty-when the mood strikes, I like to go to the website and add captions; it's cheap fun :)*Nicole-it's my pleasure!*Holly-you're welcome, just doing my part :)*N. R.-wow, cool! Congratulations and I'll do a whole post for you at the end of the week!*Roland-it has been, thanks. And you're pretty distinguished yourself!*SquirrelQueen-me, too! We need to add about 5 hours of leisure time to the day….*Lydia-hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, others will be posting about OUR new releases πŸ™‚

  33. >*Tracy-it's grueling! I want to hook my brain to the computer and simply download the whole thing. Then I can edit and be finished :)))*T-hey, let me know when I can post about one of your upcoming releases!*Pamela Jo-they're part of the reason I haven't given up-they inspire me, too.*Michael-couldn't you just hear him talking with a snooty accent?*Bru-a trilogy?!! Woot!!! Bring it on!!! And yes, I'm feeling much better, thanks :)*N4M3L3SS-thanks, nice to meet you :)*Al-I still need to read your first one!!!!!

  34. >*Anne-glad you liked it, but I could never wright romance-too cynical, lol!*Golden Eagle-glad you liked it :)*Robyn-I cannot imagine writing a picture book a day, wow!!!!!*Ellie-welcome!!!*Madeleine-all of us one day! And neither of mine would ever stay still for something like that. Nope, not for a second!*Alex-you are very kind, thanks :)*Rachel-I know! My problem is trying to pick a song, just one song!*Lynda-you're welcome!*J. L.-thanks!*Stephen-I LOVE days like that. Bliss….*Notes-gah! I hope so, lol:))*Leovi-I did, too. He has such attitude!*Jennie-thanks! I can only imagine how hard they've worked for it.*Nas-thanks! Their success helps keep me going :)*Charmaine-welcome, it's my pleasure!

  35. >I recognise some lovely names on your list here! Thanks for the heads up on many great reads. Also, I have an award on my blog for you, do pop over when you can. πŸ˜‰

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