Small Business Saturday 11/25/17

Greetings all!

I wanted to share a fun promotion that happens right after Black Friday.  It’s called:

Small Business Saturday!

Basically, it’s a day use to promote small businesses. Independent companies doing their best to make headway in the world. This day is for showing support to these small companies and all the innovation and uniqueness they bring so we have more choices in what we buy.

As an author published by small publishing companies and with my daughter trying to run a handmade chainmail jewelry business, Small Business Saturday affects me in multiple ways.

So if you get a chance, why not add your own voice in support of small businesses this year? Add #shopsmall to your posts on Facebook, Twitter and more. You could even buy from them! 😛

Here’s a list of some I’d like to recommend:

 

 Chibi Chains – homemade chainmail jewelry!

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Zumaya Publications

Zumaya Publications – We Support Irresponsible Reading

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Yard Dog Press – Publishing the fiction your REALLY want to read

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Mundania Press

Mundania Press – Extraordinary books by talented authors

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Uncial PressUncial Press

 

 

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 11/12/17

Morning!

Mini Movie ReviewMurder on the Orient Express:

Murder On The Orient Express

I’ve watched the 1974 version of this film numerous times. It too had an all-star cast. This new version is as good if not better than that one! Awesome performances, beautiful vistas, loads to love!

I’m trying something a little different this week. Not actually sharing every last picture I took. I will attempt to be more particular on what I put in here. I always end up with way more than I use. I have a trigger finger with regards to photos. Lol.

 

Wolfenstein The New Order

Once again, there is no question as to whose place we are in. 😛 That is one solid door.

Some famous personas.

A few more…

Loved these! Yeah, I have a thing about fixtures. lol

Still being restored, but this is a beautiful hallway. The indirect lighting is awesome. 🙂

This would be General Deathhead. A very, very nasty man. As I will soon discover. (This painting is also a secret door! Sweet!)

The cool windows and the rays of light. Lovely!

A nice view of the nearby ruins. Too bad so many people are trying to kill me, or I would be more impressed. Lol.

This is where I realized that there is NO WAY kids should play this game. Deathhead is evil, evil, evil. Pictured above is some of his handy work to obtain brains for his automatons. Brrrr.

This is when we realize that running into this room was a terrible mistake. Eek!

Hope you had a good Veterans Day!

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 10/29/17

Morning, all!

Mini- Movie Review – Geostorm – impressive special effects, bad science, and guys, the software would have been the first thing they should have checked!!!!! 😛

Wolfenstein The New Order

Inside the citadel walls heading towards the big guns

US fighters and the cool German ones. Flying too fast to get a good pic. See the red trails? That’s one of them.

Good view of the hulking behemoth walking the beach and US craft coming to battle it.

Fortress/castle within the citadel walls.

Met up with my unit. We’re about to try to climb the thing from the outside.

Our main target, General Deathhead. Nasty, nasty man. As I will find out later. Ugh!

That’s William Blazkowicz, the person we play. He is one tough SOB.

Going up the wall. Like Batman and Robin! Except it’s way more dangerous. 😛

View climbing up the side of the wall of the fortress/castle. Germans will pop out the windows and fire down on us. Ugh!

This was so unexpected! US bomber crashed into the fortress sight above us! Eek!

 

Have a great day!

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order

Morning!

The movie this week was Foreigner with Jackie Chan and Pirce Brosnan. Convoluted bugger, but good. Only nitpick was people not raising any eyebrows (including Jackie) about needing a second explosion to figure out who was the bomber. Great fight scenes.

Doing a new (to me) game this week. I played Wolfenstein back when it was a 2D game! Wow, has it changed since then! So impressive I finally gave in and took pics. So here you go. 😛

Wolfenstein The New Order (2014)

This is after we’ve been shot down as the WWII bombers tried to make it over to the German base. That thing above is a walking, giant weapon of death!

Cyber dog. The German’s in this game are way more technologically advanced than we are. These dogs are mean and super tough!

Here’s the big weapon doing its thing!

One of the foot soldiers. Everything about them seems high tech.

Inside the outer rim of the giant bunker.

No doubt as to whom the base belongs to. 😛

Was trying to take a pic showing the super cool looking German fighters and some of our bombers going past.

Motivational poster. 😛

Warning signs and some big missiles! Eek!

Found a way into the main area of the bunker without having to go in through the giant metal doors. 😛

One neat thing so far is that using different weapons and skills will unlock others. Like using a knife for silent sneak attacks ended up opening a skill where I could throw the knife and get them that way as well. 🙂

Hope you have a fabulous day!

 

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 10/8/17

Morning!

Yep, I fell off the face of the Earth again. 🙁 Peeps who go to conventions know I’m alive, but online wise, I’ve somewhat disappeared. Too much stuff going on in RL both in and out of work. Ugh!

Movie – Blade Runner 2049 – a gorgeous film with a so-so script. It’s been 30+ years, everything would NOT look the same. Fashion and objects would have changed. And if you have a set of replicants that must obey commands, why would you give them an apartment and pay them? But it was pretty!

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Such a lovely culdesac, no?

Cozy little bedroom. Lots of unique touches.

The kid fishing in the fountain is so cute! Though this fountain obviously needs some maintenance love. Poor thing.

Uhm, no, nothing creepy about this place. lol.

Oh, how awesome is that! Lovely plane.

 Hidden launch pad. Definitely no neighbors!

Do love this machine. So cool!

The pilot of said craft. He’s taken some definite damage for the cause.

The boss is still acting a little shifty and is on my radar.

 

Let’s keep all the people in Puerto Rico, Mexico, California, Las Vegas, and more in our thoughts and prayers. It’s been a rough couple of months for a lot of people out there!

Virtual Tourist – Secret World Legends 9/17/17

Sorry, if I seem to have fallen off the face of the planet lately. Life just seems determined not to let me do stuff I need to! Ugh! (Writing? What’s that?)

The movie this week was “American Assassin” – lots of great action and acting. Not sure their radiation treatment was correct for the protagonists, but they took it further than anyone has before. Made for some awesome scenes with the fleet!

Secret World Legends

Some definite ugly buggers are walking about Kingsmouth! Eek!

One of the survivors in the area trying hard to keep the creature population down.

One of the many types of draug. I think most are reconfigured villagers. Ack!

Weird, unearthly fires.

Harbor area. The beaches are all being used as hatching zones. Ugh

Looking back towards the harbor and town from the edge looking in.

The ladies and their tentacles are so eek! lol.

One of the things that hatch at the beach.

The Raven’s Knock – town psychic lives here. Once fake, now real! She’s not excited about it. lol.

One of the bridges in town. A total mess.

I need to remember to lighten the pics before uploading. DOH!

Mostly just wanted to get at least a post done this week! So tired! 😛 (And this is the slow month? Ugh!)

International Read an Ebook Day

International Read an Ebook Day

 

This weekend one of my publishers, Zumaya Publications LLC, is running a 30%-off sale on all titles in their company ebookstore. This is in conjunction with Overdrive’s International Read an Ebook Day.

GET $1.50 OFF ALL ZP’s EBOOKS AND CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL READ AN EBOOK DAY

 

Twenty years ago, some talented writers who were tired of being rejected by the New York publishers. They started a business selling the work of other talented writers in an electronic form.

Because their books cost much less than those coming from traditional publishers, they tapped a market of avid readers who were delighted to discover new authors and excellent reading. Thus the ebook industry was born.

 

Overdrive, the company that gets ebooks to your local library, has designated September 18 as International Read an Ebook Day.

In celebration of the industry Zumaya Publications helped pioneer, we are offering all of our titles at $1.50 off the regular price in our website bookstore.

 

Just fill up your shopping cart and use the coupon code 2017IEBD at checkout, and discover your new favorite authors. AND you can use the code up to three times now through Monday.

We have books for every taste. To see our offerings, choose one of our Imprint links below and see the titles available.

Happy reading!

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Arcane Boundless Embraces Enigma
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If you want to find mine, specifically, you’ll spot them in the Otherworlds and Thresholds Imprints. 😛

 

New Release – A Lone Star In the Sky

New Release – A Future Classics Anthology Volume 2 – A Lone Star in the Sky

New Release - A Lone Star In The SkyReleased this week is the Future Classics volume 2 anthology – A Lone Star in the Sky.

Edited by William Ledbetter and Melanie Fletcher, the collection features stories from the members of Future Classics – a DFW Writers Group. I’ve been part of the group since around 2002! They even still talk to me! 😛

Here are the deets and the stories inside the anthology:

The Texans are at it again!

A man sent to stop the world’s first zero-G birth. A deep space pilot who runs headlong into Einstein’s theory of relativity. A synthetic human fighting for survival in a world that sees her as disposable. All these stories and more can are in A LONE STAR IN THE SKY, the second anthology from the Future Classics speculative fiction writers’ group of North Dallas. Featuring eighteen stunning stories of science fiction and fantasy. Including works by Nebula winner William Ledbetter (“The Long Fall Up”), and Nebula nominees Jake Kerr (“Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince”), and from Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“The Orangery”). A LONE STAR IN THE SKY covers the gamut of speculative fiction and proves once again that everything is bigger in Texas.

Stories Included are:

“The Rings of Mars” by William Ledbetter
“Afterimage” by J. Kathleen Cheney
“Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince” by Jake Kerr
“The Damaged” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“The Lotus Eaters” by Michelle Muenzler
“Surfing USA” by Gloria Oliver
“The River of Lost Souls” by C.A. Rose
“Ghosts To My Fingertips” by Rachelle Harp
“Kosher Beef” by Rook Riley
“The Lark Ascending” by Melanie Fletcher
“The Life Expectancy of Cockroaches” by Michelle Muenzler
“The Wanderers” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“The Long Fall Up” by William Ledbetter
“The Queen Lorellai” by Gloria Oliver
“On Trial” by Rachelle Harp
“Lost in Whitby” by Melanie Fletcher
“Taking a Mile” by J. Kathleen Cheney
“The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr

I’ve got two stories in this one. “Surfing USA” which was first published in a CD Anthology back in 2004 and “The Queen Lorellai” which won Honorable Mention at the Writer’s Of the Future for Q1 2016.

Check us out and get a little Texas in your bloodstream! 🙂

Available from Amazon in both Trade Paperback and Kindle.

Virtual Tourist – Secret World Legends 8/27/17

 

Morning!

Things eased up a little this week at the day job, but I felt crappy on Friday, so no movie review… Again. So here’s a quick one.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – (Rated R – mostly for language and graphic violence – so definitely NOT for younger kids). Excellent stunt work and they even had some really fun and fresh ideas in several spots. When the two guys meet for the 1st time face to face – awesome! Then when AAA complains to the bartender at the outside bar, more super awesomeness appears! The movie was a ton of fun, and the soundtrack totally rocked! Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s rating: Pay Full Price to See Again!)

 

Secret World Legends

View at the top of the central tree. A lot of energy and light float around it.

Too weird not to take a picture of. Man of gold? Behind him is a portal leading to another location on Earth.

Other locations on Earth and their portals.

The other side of one of the portals. Hello, New England!

We’ve arrived at Kingsmouth Town. The glowing area is a spawn point.

This fellow fills you on what is going on around here. It isn’t good. Major paranormal stuff is going down!

The Sheriff – one of the few survivors in town after the fog rolled in. They’ve fortified the police station until more substantial help comes.

View of Kingsmouth Bay. Zombies and worse roaming everywhere.

The view when looking to the left of the bay.

Hope your Sunday is productive and restful!

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 8/13/17

This month has been super crazy so far. Quarter End last month and now implementing system changes and new processes. Dealing with the fallout as we find stuff that didn’t work right. I am so tired! lol. AnimeFest is next weekend as well. Whee!

The movie this week was – The Dark Tower. While I enjoyed the film and the special effects were fab, so much was lost by them shoving everything into a two-hour movie. The flavor of Roland’s world and the intertwined and twisted mess that has worked for years to bring all this about is not there. While I like Jake, I so wanted to see Susannah Dean! lol. (Hubby has not read the series and he did enjoy the movie.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

I am so in love with how they do this city. The mix of old and new.

Isn’t that a gorgeous building?

Then you find this kind of cool futuristic architecture. So awesome.

My little helper. Super paranoid computer geek. 😛 Once was a criminal.

Back to the bombed out train station. Trying to get some evidence before it is destroyed in a cover up.

I loved the 3D hologram/modeling. He’s trying to reconstruct the bomb mechanism.

Psychiatrist assigned to check out the people at HQ. It’s hard to tell if she’s legit or not. Or maybe a little of both.

Hidden dance club. All of the customers are high as kites. If they have implants, they might also soon be dead! The new drug has some serious side effects for the augmented.

More Awesome architecture!

This advertisement was so unexpected and yet so awesome and scary! lol. This is an entrance to one of the train stations. I can so see a pharmaceutical company paying to do this for ad space. lol.

Hope you have a great Sunday!