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Nov 202015

“How My Chihuahua Almost Killed Al”

To really appreciate this totally true story you need to know several things. Altoine Scarborough is a grown man. Tréa, my long-haired Chihuahua, is a tiny 4 pound dog.

They have never met.

So how could she manage to almost kill him? Well, let me tell you, but first I need to set the scene.

The Time – July, 2011

The Place – In Ventrilo (meaning online). People communicate via headsets using this program. Think of a super large party line. (Does anyone even know what that is?) Okay, think of a ton of people on the phone at the same time. Oh, one thing to keep in mind. A little button lights up to tell you who is speaking.

It was before Star Wars: The Old Republic game launched. I’d joined this large guild and because we (apparently) had nothing better to do with our time, we sat in Vent speculating endlessly about what the highly-anticipated game would be like, chatting and just mostly hanging out.

I’m not sure how we got onto the topic of dogs, or costumes, or dogs in costumes, but for some reason I posted a link of my Chihuahua, Tréa, in her little bee costume.

Here it is. She’s cute, isn’t she?



A couple people said how darling she was. But then we heard this sound of loud laughter. In seconds, it quickly devolved into coughing for a bit. I glanced at the panel list to see who it was. It was this guy, Alvok.

I said something like, “Well, it’s not really that funny.”

But poor Al had advanced from coughing to full-on choking.

Voices expressed concern, trying to figure out what we could possibly do for someone miles and miles away, as he choked out “I’m all right.” He did get it under control, although I’m not sure he ever forgave me. And I felt a little guilty whenever he was in Vent and we were doing events and such together for quite some time…until I smashed it into the back part of my brain.

So why am I telling this little story now?

Because this time Al really is dying. He desperately needs a new heart. And his co-pay is super high.

A GoFundMe project was started 9 months ago. It was only for $10,000 back then. I felt sure he’d raise the money he needs. Only he hasn’t. Now he’s discovered that even if he gets that full amount, it won’t be enough. The insurance company wants a co-pay of ten percent of the $1.2 million bill. 10% is $120,000.00!

So, we need your help in two ways:

  1. Please donate. No amount is too small. Seriously.
  2. Share this post and Al’s GoFundMe link with your friends and family, Social Media and anyone and everyone you can think of to share it with.

Why pass it on? Because if we can watch kitten and puppy videos on Facebook and donate to causes to help save our four-legged friends, then we can surely find it in our hearts to save one man’s life.

I find it ironic that it is Al’s heart which is giving out. He has one of the biggest hearts I know. He’s giving and caring. It’s almost like he’s used his heart up with so much giving to others that it’s become damaged. Yeah, I know that’s not true, but it sure feels like it.

So, please help us save our friend, Altoine Scarborough. Any support will be deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for your consideration. Good people need to be preserved…and Al is one of the best.

Please click below to donate:

Altoine Scarborough’s GoFundMe Link


Showing his awesome sense of humor, Al makes a bid for President

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Nov 152015


Amber Sweeney at Me, My Shelf and I and Jaime Arnold at Two Chicks on Books put together this celebratory tour for those of us who hit that five year mark this November. I was lucky to be included in the tour and appreciate the chance to chat about the website and blog. So today the spotlight is turned back on me. Amber and Jaime gave me some questions to answer so here goes!


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Maer AuthorHere’s my official Bio:

After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. Maer is a partner in Ellysian Press, a small publishing house. She also co-hosts the literary podcast MythBehaving. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her three dogs, a chihuahua and two poodles.

Her books include Apocalypta Z and Relics,Portals, and Magics in the Modern Magics series. There are four prequel novelettes in the series – “Ghost Memory,” “Unwanted Ghost,”  “Ghost Dancer” and “Wedding Ghost.” A recently released box set includes all the novelettes plus a new story, “Lost Ghost.” You can find all Maer’s books and novelettes at Amazon and other online retailers.

2. How did you get started blogging?

Five years ago I wrote a book. After doing research on being an author, I discovered I should have a website. But I didn’t want just a website. I hoped for interaction. So I started this blog and thought it would be fun to showcase other authors here. And it’s been awesome! I’ve had some terrific guests stop by over the years – for In the Spotlight interviews, book releases, cover reveals and book blasts. I’ve gotten to know some wonderful writers and I’ve learned a lot during that time.

3. How did you pick the name for your blog?

Well, it’s really rather plain – just my name – although the interview section does have In the Spotlight.

4. If you could go back in time and tell your newbie blogger self 1 thing what would it be?

I wasn’t sure what to do with my blog at first…so I didn’t do a lot. It was only when I was offered a contract on my first book that I got the idea of inviting my author friends to share behind-the scenes interviews.

5. What have you learned in your 5 years of blogging?

I have learned so much! I’ve gone through so many changes and so has the website! Most of all I try to keep the content fresh and interesting.

6. What was the first ARC or book you ever received from a publisher?

I don’t do reviews here on the site, except for books I choose to read, so I’ve never received an ARC for that purpose. I have received books from other authors to review at Amazon and Goodreads, but I don’t recall which was the very first one.

7. When you’re not reading or blogging, what can we find you doing?

I play MMOs (Massively Multi-player Online games). For the last 4 years I’ve played Star Wars: The Old Republic. I also love movies, and TV has some pretty good offerings that I’m quite frankly addicted to.

The Fives:

Five Favorite Books  

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2. A Feast for Crows

3. Swan Song

4. Watchers

5. The Stand

Five Favorite Book Boyfriends

I don’t usually get into book boyfriends, but if I go back in time, I think I can find a few. :)

1. Rhett Butler – Gone with the Wind

2. Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

3. Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice

4. Aragorn – The Fellowship of the Ring

5. Legolas – The Fellowship of the Ring

Five Favorite Book Quotes

1. “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

2. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre 

3. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4. “The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.” Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

5. “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.” Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Five Blogging Tips For New Bloggers

1. Have something to say and say it well.

2. Proofread your posts and correct spelling, grammar and any other errors.

3. Be honest.

4. Be kind.

5. Be creative.

Five Blogs You Want The World To Know About

1. Louann Carroll

2. Danielle DeVor

3. Lillie J. Roberts

4. Two Chicks On Books


Please check out the rest of the awesome folks celebrating their own 5 year Blogaversary! Thanks so much to Amber Sweeney and Jaime Arnold for including me!
November 8 Books Etc.
November 9 Fiktshun
November 10 Two Chicks On Books
November 11 Me, My Shelf and I
November 12 Bewitched Bookworms
November 13 Novel Novice
November 15 Maer Wilson
November 17 YA Book Shelf
November 19 Bookish Lifestyle
November 21 Stories & Sweeties
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Nov 082015

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Emily Von Peer hopes she never meets the man of her dreams.

For years, she’s been haunted by visions of an unknown lover. But after the death of her aunt and her return to her family’s estate, the dreams change. Every night she sees her imaginary lover die in her arms, until she comes face to face with him in broad daylight.

Nicholas Flynn is an Agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons. Seeking answers to a slew of magically related murders, including her aunt’s, Emily joins him in the investigation.

When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster – and thrusts her into the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity.

You can buy Premonition at these retailers:

Amazon     |     Nook  

Premonition will soon be available in paperback at Amazon.


Agnes Jayne

Jayne picAgnes Jayne began her writing career as a reporter for her high school newspaper in a small town in Northern New York. These days, she splits her time between writing and teaching classes in composition and literature at a small college in Maryland. She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets. Agnes has had several short works of fiction and poetry published in regional magazines, and also lends a hand writing and copy editing documents for The AbleGamers Foundation.

You can find Agnes at these links:

WEBSITE     |     TWITTER      |     FACEBOOK


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Nov 072015

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A Shadow of Time

When young widow Kellyn O’Brien discovers her toddler has inherited the Shadow Ley fortune and estate, she thinks all of her problems are solved.

Unseen, a mysterious guardian dwells deep beneath the house. As the run-down mansion repairs itself, Kellyn is plagued by nightmares – windows into other dimensions that are as confusing as they are frightening.

Not sure what is real or imagined, Kellyn turns to her new friends for help. When they realize that their dreams are connected, they are determined to find the truth behind the unbelievable coincidence.

But the presence at Shadow Ley has something more diabolical in mind. And the friends must unravel the secrets before the insane entity takes more lives, beginning with theirs.

You can buy A Shadow of Time at


*Please note that Kindle Unlimited subscribers can download this awesome book for FREE.


Louann Carroll

Carroll Author picLouann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis.

Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.

After leaving her position as C.E.O. in the Bay Area, she has pursued her writing career with much success. Winner of the 2010 Crescent Moon Press award for best novel, she has gone on to write radio talk shows and articles on adoption.

She is the author of Gemini Rising, a sci-fi romance, A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and numerous children’s stories.

You can reach Ms. Carroll at these Links:

WEBSITE     |     TWITTER     |     FACEBOOK

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Nov 062015

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Destiny’s Present

The sorceress Narena has done many things for Leisos – advised the king, helped heal a young girl and sent a prince forward in time to save his life. Now, to protect her people, she may have to sacrifice herself, her lover, her child. Maybe even all three.
She hunts for the one who threatens the royal family and the throne of Leisos. And also seeks the daughter taken from her at birth. There’s only one problem. They might be one and the same. What she finds on her quest is love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, and a revelation that will change her life forever.
Ardis is a warrior and former captain of the king’s army. His allegiance to the throne lives in his blood – as does the secret he carries. He will protect both at all costs. Even if it means killing Narena or someone she loves

You can buy Destiny’s Present at:




Patricia C. Lee

P LeePat is a playwright and award winning author who has had a love affair with the written word since childhood, many times immersing herself in the stories of Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene. An active imagination gave inspiration to short stories and her first play as a teen.

Her full-length play, The Truth About Lies, was staged at a regional theatrical competition in 2006.  She was  selected as  “One of 50 Authors You Should be Reading” in 2012. One of her novels achieved a finalist slot in the 2013 International Book Award Contest – fantasy category. She is also the winner of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story contest for A Holy Night.

Although still in pursuit of a place truly called home, Pat shares her life with her husband and three cats, all of which claim rule over the house at one point or another. Besides dreaming up the next novel, she enjoys traveling, baking, camping, wine, and of course reading – not necessarily in that order.

You can follow Pat at these links:

Website     |     Facebook     |     Blog

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Nov 052015

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Mind: The Beginning

After Dina Ranger loses telepathic contact with her twin brother, Duncan, she breaks into his apartment and stumbles onto a special government unit responsible for monitoring the psychic population. She’s offered a job where she can use her psionic gifts to help people.

Stranded on earth over a hundred years ago, Liam of Shria is searching for a metal needed to repair his ship when he finds Dina inside an alien escape pod and narrowly saves her after she trips the alarm.

As the mystery and their relationship deepens, Liam helps Dina learn the truth behind her abilities while uncovering a plot to rebuild an ancient weapon, exposing dangerous secrets about the alien presence on earth that may change the future forever.

You can buy Mind: The Beginning at:




Jenn Nixon

nixon author picJenn Nixon’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.

Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

You can find Jenn at these links:

Website     |     Facebook     |     Blog

Twitter    |     Amazon

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Oct 242015



It’s such a pleasure to welcome Danielle DeVor back! This time she brings her collection of short horror stories!


Strange Darkness


A new bastion of horror—named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now for her novel Sorrow’s Point—the amazing Danielle DeVor brings us her first collection of stories—a showcase of wicked imagination and imagery.

In these tales, we see what happens when you use the skin of a vampire for a mundane purpose (The Case), a ghost hunting trip gone wrong (Love Me to Death), a little girl who has a furry friend with red eyes (Emmy’s Puppy), and more. This is DeVor at her best. Expect chills, gore, and stories that stay with you long after the lights go dim and the house begins to settle.


Amazon     |     Goodreads


Danielle DeVor


Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino.

You can find Danielle at these links:

Twitter     |     Facebook     |     Blog     |     Instagram



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