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Stare into the Monster Maker (Finale)

Great new critters over on Charles Yallowitz’ blog! Fantastic choice for video too 🙂 Happy Halloween!

Legends of Windemere

The final batch of critters have been donated by L. Marie:

Furbfur

A hypo-allergenic construct that begins life as a featureless dog made out of clay.  It is molded and changed to suit the owner’s requirements.  This means it can be turned into a hunting dog, lap dog, guard dog, or whatever kind you wish.  One can even designate a specific diet that can work within their budget.  This tends to be done by those getting the animal for children or elderly, but can’t afford much else.  Most people make combinations of breeds and the Furbfur is very popular as a service dog because of its versatility and the ease of training.  These are still sentient creatures and require time to adjust to their bodies and owners.  Sadly, there are those who turn these animals into attack dogs and run fights, so there is a discussion on if they…

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Changing Direction: Guest Post by Sue Vincent!!

scotland trip jan 15 732It is easy to get caught in a web of frustration and despair when life seems to wander off at a tangent and do its own thing without bothering to consult you. It isn’t always easy to see the positive side of change, not when you are stuck in the middle of it and trying to juggle the consequences and understand a whole new game plan…especially when the game, as well as the rules, seems to have changed.

There are those who revel in the adventure of new challenges, others prefer familiar terrain rather than a tangential path, but sometimes the unexpected happens and change occurs, whether you like it or not. When it comes, you have two basic options… fight it tooth and nail in an attempt to maintain as much of the status quo as you can, or embrace it and see where it takes you. There is a third choice, though it takes a different approach… you can seek change. Yet even those who, through optimism or lunacy, enjoy the challenges brought by such an adventure are not going to be comfortable when change start to loom unbidden on the horizon. There is always that moment of lost familiarity… a time when even the negatives of the current situation seem preferable to the unknowns of the new.

You just cannot see beyond the skyline and have little or no idea how things will work out. It doesn’t matter if it is a big change or a small one, it will have to be dealt with somehow. Sometimes, though, you can see the necessity for change and have a glimpse of benefits that may offset the inevitable upset. Even writers, fond of their characters, might begin to see there is a need to move on…

For the past couple of years I have been involved in a writing partnership with Stuart France. The books we have written together have told the story of our adventures in the ancient landscape of England. We took real conversations and events and wove them into a journey for fictitious characters, echoing our own but not following it slavishly. And we had fun with the books, both the living of them and the writing.

There came a point, though, with the sixth such book, where we knew something would have to shift in the way we wrote them or people, both readers and writers, would end up bored with the familiar pattern. Change, it seemed, was going to become inevitable, so instead of waiting for it to bite our ankles, we walked out to meet it head on, by the simple expedient of having the founder of our School arrested.

Yes, I know that sounds a bit drastic… but it turned out to be a rather elegant solution, if I say so myself.

I suppose I ought to explain…

Stuart and I are two members of the team who run The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School, with Steve Tanham, the founder of the School, making up the triad. In the books Don and Wen loosely correspond to an amalgam of Stuart and I, while Steve is the inspiration from which we drew Ben.

We decided to have Ben arrested for his part in a daring midnight raid instigated by Wen…

The original plotline was vague and minimal, taking us no further than the end of Scions of Albion. We had no plans to start a new book till next year and little idea how it would unfold. Steve, however, having read of ‘his’ character’s plight in the newly published Scions, cleverly responded with a blog post which became a series and a story in its own right. In order to tie the inconsistencies between the two stories together, Stuart and I began to plot… in a purely writerly sense, of course.

We had, by our own choice, set the proverbial ball of change in motion. But once that ball is moving anything can happen. We had not expected Ben’s Bit… and our response took us down a whole new avenue of unexpected adventure, where the real travels of the writers became the foundation of a lighthearted and wholly fictitious story.

It seems to work well; the plot itself somehow encapsulates the inner journey we teach in the School, Ben’s incarceration is a perfect metaphor for the incarnate soul and the story allows us to explore some of Don and Wen’s wilder theories about the ancient stones that dot the landscape of Britain … and their possible purpose.But n ben 3d

Plus, Ben now stays in prison…

… and But ‘n’ Ben is almost ready for release…

And all because of unexpected changes.

I would like to thank Patrick for having me over as his guest today!


prof picSue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer, painter and award winning poet. She is also one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. Sue lives in Buckinghamshire, England, having been stranded there due to an unfortunate incident with a pin, a map and a blindfold; a temporary glitch of some twenty years duration. She has a lasting love-affair with the landscape of Albion; that hidden country of the heart that is the backdrop for many of her books, particularly those co-authored with Stuart France. She is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs and who gets all the fan mail.

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#Read about Guest #Author Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones, author of The Wolf’s Moon, The Linden Chronicles, Book 1 is featured on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog today! What an honor to be part of such a wonderful community of people! Have a wonderful day!!

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Author Interview: The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones,

The Linden Chronicles: Book 1

Patrick JonesI had a couple of hours in between the next hurried crowd of people that wanted a signed copy of “The Wolf’s Moon.” All I wanted was to rest my hand and have a quiet cup of coffee and a cigarette.

I picked the grill and pub called Blazers. In the book I called it Barkers but if you are from the area, you know the place. It had great food and even better patrons.

There was an open corner table and I rushed to get it. The crowd at the bar was two or three deep and tables were at a premium.

Dana brought me a cup of their finest coffee as I settled back in my chair to reflect over the last couple of days. Like most Indie authors, I chose to self-promote the book…

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A Ride on The Polar Express: OH What Fun it is to Watch the Grandkids Laugh and Play!

My son took his family on a weekend trip to French Lick, IN for a train ride on The Polar Express.  They had a wonderful time! Enjoy this special adventure with his family!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Dear Kitty. Some blog: Thanks!!

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones

This blog was nominated on May 5, 2013 by Dear Kitty, Blogger Extraordinaire, for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

First of all, I would like to thank Dear Kitty, “on animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts, and much more,” of the blog DearKitty.Someblog for this gracious nomination. Please, check out her awesome blog.

The Very inspiring Blogger Award rules are as follows:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations

Seven things about myself:

1.  Top Posts and Pages This Week

Top Posts this past week/Top Searches for The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones
Top Posts this past week/Top Searches

2.  Statistics for Followers, etc.

The Twitter statistics include 3 Twitter Handles… http://www.twitter.com/patrickjones56 and

http://www.twitter.com/lindenchronicle and

http://www.twitter.com/sandrajones44

Facebook author page is http://www.facebook.com/thewolfsmoon1 if you would care to “like”.  I always “like” back!

Total Followers and Shares for The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones
Total Followers and Shares

3.  The Wolf’s Moon is my debut novel exclusive with

Amazon.com. The link to the book is:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077F0DFI

You can also click here:

The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones Amazon link4.  The impedance for the title of the book, The Wolf’s Moon, came about by the phase of the moon in January, Wolf Moon. You can read the blog about the title here:  http://wp.me/p2Oumz-3r and  great information here that was reblogged from Rob Mahan/Once in a Blue Moon:  http://wp.me/p2Oumz-Y

5.  The people in the area that I live were also the impedance for the content of the book.  The book takes place in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.  You can read about this here:  http://wp.me/p2Oumz-2w

6.  I have 1 short story ready for edit, another short story WIP and the sequel to The Wolf’s Moon is my WIP to be released the first half of 2015.  At this point, I am not ready to reveal the covers or details for any of the three WIP’s…but…soon, very very soon.  I will be looking for bloggers to help promote at each release date.  If you are interested just drop me a message.  All help would be greatly appreciated!!

7.  I have been married for 43 years.  I have 2 wonderful children, all grown up…a boy and a girl.  My son has 3 boys and my daughter has a boy and a girl.  They all vary in ages from 16 all the way down to 4.  Grandkids are the best gift God could ever bestow to anyone.  For us, it keeps us young as we remember the “curse” we put on them when they were younger.  We didn’t mean it really…but they remind us that we said, “I wish your kids will be just as bad as you are!!”

My Fifteen Nominees are:

1.  Dear Kitty. Some blog

2.  First Night Design

3.  Thor News

4.  Life in Russia

5.  Yvonne Hertzberger

6.  Lockie’s Lectern

7.  Jennie Orbell

8. Yadadarcyyada

9.  Jo Robinson

10.  Ch’kara Silverwolf

11.  Dale Furse

12.  White Wolf Moon

13.  Behind the White Coat

14.  Sherry Fundin

15.  Savvy Book Writers

WE JUST MADE #1 BEST SELLER FREE at AMAZON in BOTH CATEGORIES!! Thank you EVERYONE!

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THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING “The Wolf’s Moon” by Patrick Jones a BEST SELLER at AMAZON in BOTH CATEGORIES!!!!

THANK YOU  THANK YOU  THANK YOU  THANK YOU  THANK YOU!!

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