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INTERVIEW: Gravely MaCabre of CASTLE BLOOD HAUNTED ATTRACTION

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I am pleased to have Gravely MaCabre return. For those who haven't seen my other interviews with him, he is the owner of the popular haunted attraction, Castle Blood. Read on ahead as he discusses the events that the castle has going on all year round, including a Valentines Day event. So read on and check out their website. You will not be disappointed. TA: So while we've discussed this many times before, how would you describe Castle Blood to those just stumbling upon this interview? GM: Castle Blood has been delivering classic american Halloween to the weatern PA area since 1993.  Remember all those old monster movies you loved. Remember classic characters in them. Witches, Vampires Werewolves and Ghouls ? Maybe with a little Addams Family or The Monsters thrown in? Well for over 22 years now Castle Blood has combined all that into a fully immersive theatrical game type scenario to give people tours like nowhere else. T

COVER REVEAL: MADE IN HEAVEN: A BIRTHRITE SERIES SHORT

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Hey everyone! In a recent post, I mentioned a free Birthrite Series-verse short story being released on Valentines Day titled Made in Heaven. The story is a sort of 'missing scene' from Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and involves the characters, Reginald and Gail. Now, for those who have not read Descent yet, there may be a couple spoilers in Made in Heaven as it takes place between the last chapter and the Epilogue in Descent. There are no MAJOR spoilers (I tried maintaining some ambiguity), but there are a couple teeny tiny ones. So if you haven't read Descent yet, I'm just giving you a heads up. :) BUT, here is the Made in Heaven cover and a blurb. The story takes place on Valentines Day in the year 1932: It has only been two and a half months since Reginald and Gail returned from that fateful night, a strange set of circumstances, and world they never thought could exist. Plains also seems different. Darker. While the Fl

Sacred Atonement is now on Amazon

Hey all, The second book in The Birthrite Series is now available on Amazon. :) Sacred Atonement: A Novelette (The Birthrite Series, #1.5) on Amazon

New Edition of The Birthrite Series Released and Valentines Day Freebies

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Hey all, I've just unleashed the newest edition in The Birthrite Series, the novelette titled Sacred Atonement (The Birthrite Series, #1.5). It is currently available at Smashwords and should be available on Amazon within the next 24 hours. More retailers will follow soon after. :) The year 1932 is one Linda never dreamed of ever having. As a single mother raising her and Jimmy's infant daughter in a world she would never have thought existed, she tries forgetting the boy she once planned to spend her life with while plagued by the occasional dream of him tortured inside the fiery pit she lost him in. She takes comfort in knowing that Carl and Dorothy are right down the hall, but her newly married friends are occupied with trials of their own. As Linda tries making the best life she can for her daughter, a disfigured young man from watches her from the shadows. A man who has also uncovered truths about his own self, and wishes for a second chance. Sacred

Little Personal Project of Mine (DIY)

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So I had this really cool Twilight Zone Calendar from the year 2013 and decided to make a framed collage out of it. I'll be buying a couple needed supplies this weekend, but here is what I've done so far: Step 1:  Here is the calendar before I cut any of the pictures out. Step 2: I cut out the photos from each month and much of the nifty designs. This actually didn't take me too long (maybe 10-15 minutes). I do need to decide how I'm going to arrange everything and buy a couple more needed supplies to complete. I'll be posting the next steps and results in the coming week. :)

As We Remember Dr. Martin Luther King...

On this day when we remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his famous speech, instead of getting on a high horse of how great we are and how horrible those who came before us were, let's be positive. Let's remember not only those whose names we know, but more importantly, those many who have been forgotten and whose names have been erased from history: - the many who fought a gruesome civil war that ended in the abolishing of slavery in America. -meanwhile over in Europe, many courageous students in Bucharest were protesting the Romanian powers that be. Protesting enslavement of the Romany (aka the "gypsies") and demanding that they be freed. (As a side note: it's really interesting to see the parallels between Romany slavery in parts of Europe and slavery in America, and both were abolished at around the same time) - those who in the 1870s, 1910s, and in the 1940s voted DOWN proposed laws for a nationwide ban of interracial marriage and won every time. - Zane Grey,

VIXEN (THE FLAPPERS, #1) Recap: Chapter 3 (Lorraine) or "Tropes, tropes, and more tropes"

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Greetings, my lovely readers. It's the end of the week and time for another recap. With my new schedule, I will be posting recaps by the end of the week. I'm not really going to designate a specific day, because you know how that works (especially since recaps are on the more time consuming side). But at the end of most weeks, a new recap will be here. As for other posts, those will likely come Monday or Tuesday. Now, onto the recap of Chapter 3 which is titled Lorraine:   Last time, in Chapter 2's recap, we met Clara, Gloria's eighteen-year-old cousin from Pennsylvania. We learned that she has a rather sordid past and is so far the most interesting and least annoying person in this story. Hopefully Lorraine will also be less annoying than Gloria and Marcus. If you're just joining us, here are Chapters 1 and 2 so that you may catch up and understand what the hell is going on: Prologue and Chapter 1 (Gloria) Recap Chapter 2 (Clara) Recap Anyway, as I

Progress on My Office/Creative Space

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Hey all, I'm working on getting up the Chapter 3 recap of Vixen either tonight or early tomorrow. In the meantime, here is some progress I'm making in the area where I "create." As I stated in an earlier post, I've been rearranging my office/creative space. It's over halfway done and I'm happy with how it's turning out. Here is what I have (and actually want to show) so far. More will come as it is finished. Too bad I didn't think to take a 'before' photo!

Awesome Facebook Status (Not Mine) and What My Sister Sent Me on Pinterest

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Awesome facebook status courtesy of fb friend, Todd Staruch. So true, too: "Too many people don't understand the art of disagreement or debate. If I say vanilla is my favorite ice cream flavor, and someone else says "Mine is chocolate", that's cool. However, too many people seem to feel the need to say, "Vanilla is disgusting. I don't understand how anyone could like it and anyone who does is an idiot." Meanwhile, who the fuck cares?" And today, I received this pin on Pinterest from my sister, complete with the following message: "This really creeped me out and made me think you you."  :P I'm sure many who read this blog know this, but this is the garb worn by physicians treating those stricken with the Black Plague back in the day. I'm working on new posts and will be bringing them with the new blogging/social media/website updating schedule I'm trying. :)

New Posts Coming Soon

Hey all, Hope 2015 has been treating you all well so far. I'm working with a new schedule now covering my blogging, social networks, and website updating. This Thursday, I'll have the Chapter 3 recap of Vixen (I'm working on it now) and I will also be doing my first reviews for the year within the following couple weeks: Zane Gray's The Vanishing American (Book Review) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Review of the 1939 film) Love's Young Nightmare (Music Review) I'm also working toward having the Birthrite Series novelette Sacred Atonement completed for the end of the month (preferably January 25) and the hard copies of Descent soon after. Thanks everyone and hope you all have a fabulous week. :) Tiffany

2015

Hey all! I know I haven't posted a lot on here recently, but that is a sign of productivity on my end. I'm rearranging my office/creative space and I'm also getting the format for Descent The Birthrite Series , #1) set for the hard copy version (right now it's available only as an ebook through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK and iTunes) as I do have a lot of people asking for the hard copy. I'm finishing two short stories and an intro for an anthology which will be out soon and, as another facebook friend stated on her own status, vowing to finish the projects and things this year that I've been putting off. I have my new websites up (my official one and the one for my book series), I'm redoing my mailing list as well, and I'll be coming up with a set schedule for social media and blogging. My motto for 2015 is get it ALL done. And expect the Chapter 3 recap of Vixen this weekend. :)

VIXEN (THE FLAPPERS, #1) RECAP: Chapter 2 (Clara)

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Hey all, First of all: Hope it was safe and fun for all. Now that the holidays are over, it's back to the grind. That means, the Chapter 2 recap of the Jillian Larkin book, Vixen (The Flappers, #1). In the last chapter, we left off with Gloria and Marcus leaving the Green Mill, a speakeasy they managed to sneak into. Here is the Chapter 1 recap if you're just coming into this. Best to read it first. So now onto Chapter 2, this one titled Clara . Like the first chapter ( Gloria ), this one is told from the point of view of the title character but in an omniscient third person voice. We start off this chapter by meeting Clara as she stares covetously at a rather revealing dress in an issue of Vogue magazine by French designer, Jeanne Lanvin. Yes, French designer. Meaning people back then knew there was life outside of the US (despite what is eluded to in the first chapter about the "foreign exchange student from Arkansas"). Anywho, moving on. Af