Monday, April 17, 2017

Blog Tour for Izzy Szyn's Resurrection of Artemis

It’s my pleasure to interview fellow Wild Rose Author, Izzy Szyn about Resurrection of Artemis.

1. Tell us about your new release.
Resurrection of Artemis is about Amy Wilson who was once known as Artemis, she helped people recover the money that was owed to them, whether it was from back child support, pensions that were not paid. She was caught when she accidentally caused a major blackout.
Instead of jail time, she agreed to help the government put security measures in place to stop it from happening again, and five years probation from working in the tech industry.
Her probation is almost up when someone starts to pick up where Amy left off, but instead of helping people the Hinderer was harming innocent people. But he needed Amy’s help to do what he wanted, to hold technology hostage.
But Quail City’s super heroes Dark Master and Calypso also known as multi-billionaire Noah Adams and his assistant Vanessa London want Artemis to join them to bring Hinderer to justice.

2. What led you to write this book?
I work in a call center for a cell phone company, I got the idea one day when there was a huge outage in Texas and people were freaking out. I thought what if?

3. Did you have an interesting experience in the research of this book? I learned a lot on how a huge blackout like Amy caused could easily happen.

4. What author do you love who doesn’t get a lot of hype? Cynthia Sax. I absolutely love her.

5. Which is more important characters or setting? Characters, they are the ones with the story to tell.

6. Do you have a favorite fictional character by another author you’d like to meet? I’d love to meet Eve Dallas and Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series.

7. What do you hope readers take away from your work?
That they had fun reading it. Reading should be fun, let people forget for awhile what problems they have.

8. What’s your current WIP? Right now, I’m working on a short that’s coming out this summer in an anthology, tentatively called Oh What a Night.

9. Do you read the same genre you write? Yes, also read contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal.

10. What is #1 on your bucket list? Going to Australia

11. Can you share some places readers can find you and your book?

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12. Want to know more about Resurrection of Artemis? Here’s an excerpt.
“Amy? Turn on your TV, now,” urged Ruby.
“Why? What’s going on?” Amy grabbed her remote and turned on her favorite news station.
“Are you sure you were at work?” questioned Ruby.
 “Is Artemis back? That’s the question authorities are asking this evening, when money started shooting money from ATMs across Quail City,” the news reporter was saying.
“Mom, I swear I didn’t do it,” Amy defended herself.
“I believe you. But will the authorities? Or even worse, your father?” Ruby sounded worried. “This almost looks like what you used to do. You just might be seeing Dark Master and Calypso sooner than you think.”
“I wonder if that’s the intention of whoever is behind this?” asked Amy. “What if they’re trying to pin the blame on me? Divert everyone’s attentions in my direction, while having something even more sinister in mind? Maybe that’s why they showed up at the coffee shop?”
“I’ve thought about that, too,” Ruby admitted. “But why? More importantly, who?”
Amy’s stomach flipped when there was a knock on the door. Telling herself that it could be the pizza guy, but knowing in her heart that it was no doubt them. They were here, at her door. About to undo everything she’d accomplished in the shower. “Mom, someone’s at my door.”

Favorites Flash Round:
Martial arts move:  Karate Chop
Weapon:  A Knife
Beverage: Pepsi 
Book boyfriend: Hmm, thinking have to think Dracula. I love vampires
Animal: Dog don’t trust anyone that doesn’t like animals.
Comedy:  Legally Blonde movies
Comeback line:  
Ice cream:  Chocolate
Movie:   Pitch Perfect
Video Game:  Dr. Mario
TV show:  Big Bang Theory
Drink:  Pepsi (Pepsiholic here)
Shoes:  flip flops
Artist:  Music? Prince
Sports team: Detroit Tigers
Guilty pleasure:  M&M with peanuts and popcorn.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thirteen Pictures from the New Berlin Library's Local Author Fair

This was my first appearance as a published author and I was thrilled to be in the company of so many fine writers. 

Emma Cobb- the Fair's Coordinator (She did an awesome job.)

Barbara M. Britton and Christine Schimpf

Jane Kelley

Sandy Goldsworthy

Katie Kolberg Memmel

Laurel Bragstad

Sheila Griffin Llanas, Sandy Goldsworthy, Barbara M. Britton,  Christine Schimpf and Mia Jo Celeste

The back page of the Local Author Fair

Author Panel

Michael Young, Mia Jo Celeste and Christine Keleny

Kerry Crowley

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Dig Site Mystery #1
by Ann Charles

I have to confess: I know nothing about Hispanic culture. Food, of course—who hasn’t had nachos, salsa, pollo con arroz? And the only phrase I know in Spanish comes from the warning in New York City subway trains, advising the passenger that subway tracks are dangerous (just in case you didn’t know). And I visited Mexico once, for five minutes, when we were down in San Diego and I was curious and so we took the train to Tijuana—and then we promptly went back. I keep meaning to learn Spanish, because it’s a good language to know, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve been busy. Yes, I’m embarrassed.

Anyway, so when I read Ann Charles’ Look What the Wind Blew In, I was intrigued and became curious about the history and the cuisine beyond the nachos, etc. The story is a mystery in an archaeological dig site in the Yucatan Peninsula (not that far from Cancun, where I also haven’t gone, even on vacation; I am a newbie about anything international unless it’s about Japan, unfortunately), and it’s also a bit of a romance, and a bit about the mythologies stemming from the Maya culture, which exists to this day. (Now Mayan is another language I’d be interested in learning, but I have a feeling I won’t get around to learning that, either. I’m feeling downright lazy.)

Anyway, I enjoyed the book. The locale is exotic, but fairly close to home! It’s about Angelica Garcia, an archaeologist in charge of the site, and Quint Parker, a photojournalist who arrives at the dig site, but he has an ulterior motive other than the article he claims he’s working on for a magazine. And you know when there’s an ulterior motive, there’s a secret or two that has to be ferreted out, and yes, there is. In fact, the ex-husband of the archaeologist then also arrives, and he’s got more secrets than a confessional. In fact, even the setting and scenery do, and that’s what I enjoyed most of all: the setting and scenery are characters in and of themselves, and it actually ADDS to the mystery and storytelling, not stopping it cold!

This story has a little of everything: mystery, romance, paranormal, anthropological culture, and description about cuisine. Even the CUISINE has an integral part to play in the story. I vaguely knew there was more to Hispanic cuisine beyond tacos, burritos, nachos, and salsa, but now…I demand to taste panuchos. I have no idea what they are, but I want to taste whatever delicious sauce that the Maya cook comes up with. People are getting hurt, threats are being made, but between the ceremonies (some involving blood) and cuisine, I found my anthropological roots being satisfied as well as my reader’s instincts.

Go read it. You won’t regret it.

Elizabeth MS Flynn has written fiction in the form of comic books, romantic fantasies, urban fantasies, historical fantasies and more (most published under the name of Eilis Flynn). She’s also a professional editor and has been for 40 years, working with academia, technology, and finance nonfiction, and genre fiction. If you’re looking for an editor, she can be found editing at and reached at If you’re curious about her books, check out In any case, she can be reached at

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

An Interview with Laura Zats

Photo: Luca Bravo Unsplash

Hi, I’m interviewing Laura Zats at
 Come by. She’s got lots of interesting things to share. 


The Boar King’s Honor Trilogy
by Nancy Northcott

Long, long ago—back when we were young and our hearts were whatever—my friend Nancy Northcott told me that she had written a book using some of her favorite topics: fantasy, history, the much-maligned Richard III, and the riddle of what really happened to the two princes in the Tower. I read the first draft, or at least part of it, and found myself wondering about these mages in the alternate history existing throughout history, and remembering how witches were executed, mostly because there was property that someone wanted and making such an accusation was the easiest way to get it without actually paying for it. Such magical folk are the heroes of this story, then and now, now that it has finally been polished and published.

Northcott manages to merge known history with possibles, with history and never-was; her hero, also a Richard, has lived under a generations-old family curse, and is determined not to have children to make sure the curse dies with him. But of course, he finds himself summoned by another mage, a woman, who is unaware of her potential powers, and he decides to train her. And before too long, he finds that he has his own part in alt-history to play, to defeat the family curse at long last and to defeat his arch-enemy, who has designs of his own and is willing to kill to conquer.

If you’re a fan of historical romances, epic fantasies, and anything about Richard III, you’ll like this. I was so pleased to see this final version after so many years and enjoyed reading Herald of Day. I think you will too.

Elizabeth MS Flynn has written fiction in the form of comic books, romantic fantasies, urban fantasies, historical fantasies and more (most published under the name of Eilis Flynn). She’s also a professional editor and has been for 40 years, working with academia, technology, and finance nonfiction, and mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and romance fiction. If you’re looking for an editor, she can be found editing at and reached at If you’re curious about her books, check out In any case, she can be reached at

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thirteen Thoughts and Bits of Advice on Sprained Ankles

Earlier this week, I stepped off the curb and turned my ankle. It hurt, but I figured I’d walk it off. Then, yesterday when I got up, I couldn’t put weight on my foot. It was all swollen up, so I went to the doctor. 

The doctor diagnosed my injury as a mildly sprained ankle. I guess that wasn’t too surprising. Ankle injuries happen a lot. According to the American College of Sports Medicine 25, 000 Americans sprain their ankles each day. What is a sprained ankle? Well, it’s the tearing of the ligaments, those bands of tissue that connect bones and cartilage. Usually people injure the outside ligament when their ankle rolls. That’s what happened to me. My doctor recommended the typical treatment, known as RICE. It is rest, ice, compression and elevation. She told me that I should try to stay off my foot as much as possible. Apply ice during the first day or so after the injury. Consider wrapping my ankle, and sitting in a recliner. Good news though, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that, “studies have shown that the sooner you return to activity, the better and typically the faster you will recover.” They advise, “If pain allows, start moving the ankle early.” Cool. I started hobbling around.

Of course, common sense had to be applied as well. Drayer Physical Theory’s blog said that it takes about two to four weeks to “regain full mobility and for the swelling to fully resolve,” when a person has a grade one sprain. 

What does this have to do with writing you might ask. Well, first, I can write while I’m applying the RICE treatment and second, this experience gives me fuel for my fiction. As Natalie Goldberg puts it in Writing Down the Bones, “Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there's another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives every second at a time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and details.” 

What experiences have you had that you want to record sometime? Please share. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


by Eilis Flynn

Back in the mid-1980s, I got a freelance gig, copy editing manuscripts for a famous romance publisher. I was interested, because I’d read romances and I was curious about how the genre was put together and because I’d worked in a couple of male-dominated industries by then, I was also curious about how it had to feel being in a female-dominated one. Afterward, I was inspired, and so I wrote a romance. That was in 1986.

Soon after I finished and sent it in (paper and everything; it was an earlier time), I got a revise and resubmit letter the following year. I didn’t realize that was a good thing (because networking with other like authors was far, far in the future), so I had to think about how to make good on those suggested revisions. Time passed and I had to set that aside—because that was 1987 and Wall Street, where I worked, collapsed (famous stock market crash; you can look it up) and my company collapsed and in one day let go thousands of employees, of which I was one. More time passed—I found a temporary job and then another temporary job and my mother got sick and died and by then, it was 1989 and we moved across the country. By the time I actually revised and resubmitted, several years had gone by and the romance publisher wasn’t interested anymore.

Life went on. I joined Romance Writers of America, wrote other things, and then, a few years ago, I was asked by a digital publisher if I were interested in pitching a story for a graphic novella. I said sure, and trotted out the story I was just telling you about. They said sure, I wrote the script, and it was accepted. A few years passed (yes, more years. Don’t worry, I’ll get to the point sooner or later) and the publisher asked if I were interested in basing a novella on the graphic novella, which was based on the original manuscript. I said sure, I trotted out the original work once again, cut and rewrote (because I’ve been editing, cutting, and revising work for a long time, I can do this without much problem).

The publisher accepted it—but this time, we couldn’t come to terms, and so the newly updated work was back in my hands again—and I knew it was time. So, at LONG, LONG last, the novel, now a novella, is published. It’s titled His 30-Day Guarantee (original title 30-Day Guarantee), and at the moment, it’s only available in digital for Kindle (coming up) and print now from CreateSpace. But I have it in my hands; it’s real; and only THIRTY YEARS after I wrote it!

What’s the moral of this (long-winded) story? Never throw anything away. You just never know. 

Over the years, Eilis Flynn has written fiction in the form of comic books, romantic fantasies, urban fantasies, historical fantasies, and short stories. She’s also a professional editor and has been for 40(!) years, working with academia, technology, finance, genre fiction, and comic books. She can be reached at

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

An Interview with Laurel Wanrow, author of Passages

Mia Jo has welcomed me on her blog today to share my book release, but first congratulations, Mia Jo, on your release of Other Than! It’s such an exciting feeling to let your novel out into the world. Mia Jo and I critiqued together as part of the RWA fantasy chapter’s Mudpuddle group, and now how fun is it that we have releases so close together?

I’m excited to share some highlights of my writing process for Passages, my science fiction romance, and my writing in general.

1. Tell us a little bit about how you came to write Passages.
I had a dream about a fellow on the run who was trying to help his grandmother along with him. Then, she fell and couldn’t continue. She was telling him how to help her, but the words came out confused in that way things do in dreams. He should let her pass, but she wouldn’t be dying, is what I understood, just changed, but the same. It would be a passage, and the grandson would be helping her to make it. When I woke up, the word ‘passages’ was repeating in my head. I pretty much had the first scene of the novel, and asked myself, what happens next?
Many storylines boiled up from that one question, but the one that stuck was this fellow would be lost without his grandmother, because he has amnesia.

2. Is this the hero, then? What about your heroine?
He is. It took me a long time to work out Quinn’s backstory and his reason for being on this alien planet, which means it’s revealed to the reader in pieces, too. In the meantime, Eve, the heroine, had a very clear story—she died during the Great Pestilence. Yes, died, and was given a second chance to use her emphatic gifts of an electorg—a human with electronic implants—to help others. Eve’s first life helps her fit into her second as a community mediator with several other electorgs.

3. What genres do you write in? Why?

Everything I write is fantasy. My settings may change—historical to contemporary to futuristic—but the story will always have a thread of magic. Hand-in-hand with magic is mystery, every story has something mysterious going on, and a happily ever after, of course!

That’s fantasy, mystery and romance, but I have a science background and lifelong love of nature, which means my characters’ stories also reflect their connections to nature and the land. There is no ‘book category’ for that, so I’ve made up my own: ‘fantasy tuned to the magic of the land.’

4. Do you believe writers are born to write or learn to write?
I believe storytelling is innate—it’s how we passed time around the fire, the kitchen table, the TV and, now, our monitors. But one needs to learn the techniques to best present the story, and that’s different for every person. A wealth of resources is available, in books, online and in person. Two books I recommend are The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and Save The Cat by Blake Snyder. The online writers forum I use is

5. If you had one take away piece of advice for writers, what would it be?
 ‘Never give up. Never surrender.’ I first heard that quote from Galaxy Quest in a motivational keynote speech by Jo Ann Ferguson. It was my 2nd RWA conference and the advice made such an impression on me that I’ve never thought I wouldn’t publish.

6. What is up next for you?
 I’m currently writing the 4th novel in my fantasy series The Luminated Threads, but I’ve toyed with a sequel for Passages. The secondary character, Evard, is such a tease he’d be a fun hero. I’ve included an excerpt with him in it, too.

Thanks for having me, Mia! 
Hi, Mia Jo here. I'm really excited about Passages'publication. I used to wait for Laurel to post chapters, so I could continue on the adventure in this story. I asked Laurel to share an excerpt, so you can see why I liked Passages.

Eve shoved him aside and pulled me against her. “Evard, you’re scaring him. Intimidating, threatening…don’t.”
Her reprimand hardly registered, since it wasn’t for me. I had the woman pressed to my side. A first in my fractured memory. Everything about her was soft and warm—her arm around my waist, the swell of breast at my ribs, and the curve of hip against mine. Each point of contact was duly noted and registered like a brand upon my brain.
Scents of leather, the musty books and a hint of lilacs wafted to my nostrils. I couldn’t say how it happened, but my arm lifted, draped around her shoulders and brought her even closer.
Her wide gray eyes snapped to mine. Her lips parted around my name, and at the warmth of her breath, my muscles tightened. “Evard is just excited.”
“Just excited!” He tugged at her arm, cutting through my daze.
It was as he’d said earlier. She knew both that I was startled by Evard’s gesture and that he meant no harm. Of course, the signs were all there—expressions, intonations, physical cues—but she’d “read” them instantly, eerily so, but not entirely out of the realm of scientific believability.
“Evy, you don’t understand. He’s living on Edge. This is so much more than exciting. An adventure in the making—”
“No! No discussing it, not now. Quinn, go shower.” She rotated neatly from under my arm and shoved the jumpsuit to my chest. Her firm hand directed me to the door while she squabbled with Evard to force him back to work.
I lingered to watch them, reveling in the memory of Eve’s softness pressed to me. Eve had hugged me. Never mind that she now focused on her run-mate, holding him by the chin and then the ear, like he was a toddler whose attention she had to refocus from an unattainable toy. I grinned at his predicament.

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“Find someone you can trust.”

For decades, Eve and her fellow electorgs—part human, part machine—have worked on the quiet planet of Aarde, beating back toxic spores that threaten to poison the native people. When the new commander halts work right before a deadly spore release, Eve frantically plots to protect the villagers she considers friends and family.

On the run after an ambush, Quinn holds a secret that nearly got him killed. If only he knew what it was. Though the attack scrambled his memories, Quinn is sure of one thing—he can’t trust the electorgs. But they know information he desperately needs to puzzle out who wants him dead, and why.

With the fate of life on Aarde in the balance, the logic of joining forces with Eve overrides Quinn’s fears…and erupts into an attraction that could prove fatal for both of them.

Because the planet’s commander might just be Quinn himself.

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Author bio:
 Before kids, Laurel Wanrow studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower walks and answers calls about the snake that wandered into your garage. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.

When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Do You Binge Watch?

Yesterday, I didn’t get much done. Instead, I binge-watched Rick and Morty with my son. It’s an animated sitcom about the adventures of a granddad and his grandson; however, it just so happens that the grandfather is a brilliant scientist and a sociopath.

Rick and Morty isn’t the first series of binge watched. Over thanksgiving, my friend and I spent a day learning about the good people of Coal/Hope Valley in When Calls the Heart.

I’m a fan of this quick, extreme viewing practice. Watching an entire series in a short time allows the viewer to see the character arcs clearly and there’s no problem remembering the details from one episode to the next.  A couple of years ago, I got into Breaking Bad. I borrowed the DVD of the first season from the library over the weekend and loved it. I requested the next seasons and I still remember waiting on pins and needles over the next weeks for them to come in. I had so many questions. Would Skyler and Hank catch Heisenberg? Would Jesse find love? Would Gus finally get the better of Walter?  Yep, I truly was a binge-watcher. I still am, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. The Statistics Portal, a site that claims to report statistics and studies from more than 18,000 sources, states that, “according to a 2015 survey, some 86 percent of trailing Millennials and even 33 percent of those over 69 years old engage in binge-watching TV series.”

Are you, like me, one of these people? What have you watched? What do you want to watch? Here are thirteen shows I have watched.

1. Breaking Bad
2. Friends
3. Sherlock
4. Downton Abbey
5. When Calls the Heart
6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
7. Doctor Who
8. Parks and Recreation
9. The Walking Dead
10. Game of Thrones
11. Orphan Black
12. Firefly
13. Rick and Morty

I guess marathon-viewing might be a bad thing if a person allows it to get in the way of his responsibilities or his interaction with loved ones., but it could also be a good thing. An article on the Readers Digest site says, “if you get into a show with your partner or pals, experts argue it could bring you closer.” The post goes on to say that talking about a show and the characters in it can help an individual start conversations and express her opinions about life.  Let’s do that currently. What shows have you watched? What series have I missed? Do you have any suggestions?


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Wishes and Thanks

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Echoes of the Past, in the Present and the Future

by Eilis Flynn

Recently—very, very recently, even though I should have read it months ago, but then I got very, very busy—I read Heather Hiestand’s If I Had You, her introduction to the Jazz Age, with vague threads to her Redcakes series. It’s a fun book (with the sequel coming up in February 2017), so I won’t spoil it for you, but I can tell you that the subplot deals with the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, when the disenfranchised Russians poured into Europe, running from the savage revolutionists and those who glommed on and began gleefully pillaging whatever they could. What happened to those fleeing Russians, trying to forget the horrific murders and executions, all too often having occurred because someone coveted a piece of jewelry or a plot of land and decided that informing on someone was the way to get it? That there was blood spilled of the innocent wasn’t their concern.

Because historical romances so often pay short shrift to anything other than the romance (don’t get me wrong; it’s the heart of the story, but there has to be something other than heart to keep the entire thing alive), this subplot with ousted Russians seeking revenge is both fascinating and insightful into the Britain of the 1920s. Of Europe in the 1920s, come to think of it. Our hero and heroine meet in London, both fish out of water—she’s from the countryside, and he’s from out of the country (yes, Russia! How did you guess?)—and they’re both running from their past. The Great War scrubbed both of their past (her parents perished on the sinking of the Lusitania; his parents were executed because they had property a cousin wanted, and his older sister executed because she was a conspirator) and now, they have to create their own future. When better than the Roaring Twenties? (Because of my many years working on Wall Street, I’ve long had an interest in the end of the 1920s, so what led up to 1929 always interested me too.)

Anyway, the themes that Hiestand used here are universal, so as I was reading away, hoping for more and more details about 1920s Britain (the details she used for her Redcakes series, about the well-to-do Victorians, really described the rise of the society), it occurred to me that the parallels to modern-day society were pretty clear, and it also occurred to me you could build another society in the far-flung future, using the same themes of loss and revenge and rebuilding.

Anyway. I have to add that I’ve known Heather for many years, but I always make a point of buying her books. Interested in relatively modern history? Interested in how the past always, always informs the present and the future? You’ll like If I Had You.

Elizabeth MS Flynn has written fiction in the form of comic book stories, romantic fantasies, urban fantasies, historical fantasies and short stories, a young adult novel, and a graphic novella (most published under the name of Eilis Flynn). She’s also a professional editor and has been for 40 years, working with academia, technology, and finance nonfiction, and mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and romance fiction. If you’re looking for an editor, she can be found editing at and reached at If you’re curious about her books, check out In any case, she can be reached at