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In honor of this truly important day  – *hiccup* – here’s some funny quotes and gifs to help us celebrate.


“The doctor told me to drink more wine. Also, I’m calling myself the doctor now.”

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“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~


“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.”

~ Gina Barreca ~

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“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly more room for more wine.”

~ Unknown ~


“There are 13 minerals that are essential for human life, and all of them can be found in wine. Coincidence? I think not.

~ Unknown ~

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“It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is I can’t…

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Very insightful for readers AND writers!

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Well, I figure I have one more day to drunkenly torch my platform. Sad thing is I don’t drink. I am apparently this stupid when sober 😛 . Actually I am writing this as a follow up for my rant from the day before yesterday, because knowledge is power.

Writers need this. Your friends and families need this. Readers need this. The more people get how this industry works, the more everyone can start working together for everyone’s benefit.

In my book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World, I go into a LOT more detail and I highly recommend you get a copy if you don’t have one. I spend the first chapters of the book explaining how the various forms of publishing work so you can make an educated decision.

All types of publishing have corresponding…

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How was your week? One more week and my daughter is home for Winter Break!

Ready for the weekend? Let’s see what’s on the book trailer shelf…

13517455 Description: Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.” Description: Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.”

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Sign up for my author newsletter Description: The only two things that seventeen-year-old Solara longs for, are the very things that she can’t have. True love isn’t an option when you’re told who to marry. Freedom isn’t possible when you’ve been held captive your entire life.
Just when things in her life seem to be falling into place, she learns that she’ll never be free to live or love as she would like. She is a prisoner of prophecy. The dead have been resurrected to guide her. The fallen angels who prowl the Earth want to manipulate her. And the most frightening monsters of all are human.
Can Solara love the one boy prophesied to betray her? Will she learn to embrace her destiny, or will she be crushed by the weight of the world on her shoulders?”

About the Author

Casey L. Bond resides in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I found Casey L. Bond’s Prisoner of Prophecy to be a creative take on religious doctrine. If you have read scripture, you are familiar with Doubting Thomas and Judas. Bond gave a different spin on their stories by couching them in a prophecy. Genius!

I loved the characters in this story, especially Solara, Riven, and Faric. Solara was an innocent girl who evolved through the course of the story. She developed along with her destiny being revealed. I came to admire her strength and concern for those around her. Riven and Faric were a pair. I didn’t know whether to like them or hate them. In the end, Riven became my favorite. He put his own safety aside to take care of Solara. Let’s say it together now…. NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND!

The supporting characters in Prisoner of Prophecy were prophetic–Ruth, Jacob, Matthias (Matthew), Rafe (short for Rafael), Rachel, Rebekah… Pull out your Bible for references to these names. Very fitting characters for a story based loosely around scripture.

Besides creative characters, the plot was imaginative. I liked how Bond plucked the idea from religious doctrine and built a fantastic piece of fiction.

This was the FIRST book I’ve read by Casey L. Bond. It definitely will not be my last. I liked her writing style and character development.

I highly recommend Prisoner of Prophecy for everyone. It’s a story full of hope and the possibility of second chances.

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)


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I’ve experienced these things as well…Thanks Christina for letting me know I’m not alone in my thinking!

I’ve had quite a few of the moments expressed in this author’s post!

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Today’s feature is Shantella Benson. We’re glad to have her today!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page) I’m a debut author. The first book in my Dystopian trilogy releases March 2016. After that, I will be published in the DC Anthologies, a five book anthology by group of eager and inspired authors who met at UtopYA 2015 (now called Utopia). I have two paranormal short stories in two different books.

I also have a book blog called The WordSmithe at I review books that inspire my writing—mostly YA and NA Dystopian/scifi, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I even will review Contemporary Romance. The only genre I won’t review on my blog is erotica. I’m not opposed to reading it. I’m just thinking of my audience which does include teens.

2. How do you choose names for your characters? I have…

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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

How was your week? Not too bad. Working on a new short story and I technically finished my rough draft of my WIP. But, let’s not get into that right now. Let’s check out this week’s trailer… Description: “A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.” Description: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.” Description: “The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.”

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I love this show and the cover is fabulous!

Wendy Toliver


Isn’t it GORGEOUS? Doesn’t it scream “Pick me up and read me” ?!?! I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen, sighing and smiling, sighing and smiling. Too bad we have to wait until September 22, 2015 to hold it in our hands. I can’t hardly wait for the world to get to read about the adventurous teen years of one of Once Upon A Time‘s most fascinating and beloved characters. I’m so humbled and honored to have been entrusted with the task of writing it.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think of the cover!

Click HERE for Hollywood Reporter‘s article (by Marisa Roffman) about the exclusive cover reveal.

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