Mar 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day!

3.14. It's Pi Day! Everyone's favorite never ending decimal.

Today is a celebration with friends. You guys.

Brian Hutchinson, author of Journey of Tara. Tara Vanderpool, specialist in acquiring rare items usually of historic importance. Spy, cat burgular, or problem solver. She lives a pretty good life until she encounters the gruffy, independant and sour Dirk Bran, the Captain of the Marcel. Once their paths cross they begin a journey neither can come back from the same. Available on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. I will feature Journey of Tara on Thursday this week.

Brian blogs at Writing in the Dark. Also available from Brian is The Set'la.

Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CassaStar. To pilot the fleet’s finest ship… Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope …Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars. Available from several places. Visit HERE to choose your vendor. He blogs at Alex J. Cavanaugh. I will feature an article on his novel next week.

Sammy Sutton, author of King Solomon's Journey. Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle. There are many tales of great treasures and extraordinary riches of the ancient world, buried or hidden beneath our very feet, some that are just waiting for someone to uncover them. From relics of untold power to hidden fortunes of unspeakable wealth, the hold of our past over our present is beyond measure. People spend their entire lives trying to uncover the clues, connect the dots, and discover the secrets history has left for us. Anthropologist Antonio Dominguez and spiritualist Amanda Messenger are two such people, devoting their lives to learning about those who have come before us, and the connection shared between us all. When they unearth the 3,000 year-old scrolls King Solomon sent up the Rio Grande in 939 B.C., however, they not only discover an invaluable piece of history, they unlock the key to saving humanity from potential catastrophe, embarking on an adventure greater than the sands of time could have ever predicted.

Sammy's blog: Sammy Sutton Author.

Lindsay Buroker, author of Encrypted. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn’t a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family’s plantation, she expects the worst. But they’re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes before their secrets destroy the world...

Get the links from her blog - Kindle Geeks: Ebooks for your Geeky Side. Also available from Lindsay is The Emperor's Edge.

Alexander M. Zoltai, author of Notes from an Alien, coming out May 2011. How Does A Civilization Grow From Devastating War To Enduring Peace? He blogs at Notes from an Alien. You can still get a free copy by visiting his blog.

Dennis Strachota, creator of Fun with Czech Fairy Tales. He doesn't have a blog, but does have a website: Tendrak Theate. He has three cds out, and I've gotten to meet his fantastic puppets. He's been hard at work on a historical fantasy about the adventures of Sir Marek, a journey across central Europe around 1300. Dennis has helped me grow as a writer and is a very talented guy.

Thanks to the extremely kind and sweet Melissa Bradely, blogging at Melissa's Imaginarium for the great shoutout on Friday.

Thanks to Christopher L. Ledbetter, blogging at The Oracle and the Muse for the Stylish Blogger Award.

Thanks to my youngest brother for creating my awesome website It works great and looks great.

Kimberly Nicole, aka Video Genius, for my many fantastic story trailers. She really has talent and makes my stories come alive. She doesn't have a blog, but she does have a website: TrueNeVar. Several of her music videos have won awards. We've been friends a long time bumping into each other on the nets as fans of sci-fi and the space opera. Long before I finished writing anything. You have no idea how many drafts, revisions and mind changings she's endured. From the novice craptastic to the more polished versions that exist now. She reads my long rambling e-mails when I get stuck or frustrated, despite knowing I will resolve the issue before the email ends - usually. She also listens to my rants and disappointments, never failing to encourage me to keep at it. She's an awesome friend and a great talent. She has the most natural gift at writing suspense I've ever run across. What I execute [a poorer imitation], I learned from her.

From the lovely Lynda Young I was given the Friends for the Journey Encouragement, which prompted this whole post of gratitude. Rules state I'm to pass it onto 7 people who have helped me along the way. I owe Lynda a lot of thanks as she's someone who has helped me. Thank you, Lynda. Her blog: .W.I.P. It where she distills her pearls of wisdom for the rest of us to learn from.

1. Paty Jager, blogging at Paty Jager - A great friend who helped me ready for my pitches in August. Paty's many published titles, talent and success always inspire me. Plus, she's a lot of fun and has been very supportive and encouraging.

2. Loretta, blogging at Loretta's Journey - We've been friends a long time now. We met before I started this blog. She is always supportive and kindly created the original art for the Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge trailer. Otherwise, video genius and I would have had to resort to using eyes. Thanks for listening to me whine when the mood strikes me. Loretta is awesome.

3. Gary Baker, blogging at Anarchy on the Allotment. An inspiring writer who I learn from. I became aware of the word 'himbo' from Gary and many other English pub behaviors.

4. Tony Benson, blogging at Fireside Park. A very creative writer who I learn from. I've enjoyed getting lost in his dystopian world. Love the dystopian.

5. Misha, blogging at My First Book. A great storyteller who I learn from. Her world is rich, mysterious and emotionally charged. She piques my curiosity.

6.  Nomar Knight, blogging at Knight Chills. His series, Burning Love, on his blog is disturbing and very intriguing as it's so fresh and original, and he's been a great friend.

7. Karen Elizabeth Brown, blogging at Musings, Memos & Melancholy. She writes so fast and furious on her blog, she makes me jealous. I enjoy her imaginative space operas.

And to the rest of you, I have to say:

Thank you! All of you!
Now celebrate with pie! What's your favorite pie?