Muse Party Blogfest, and A Change of Mind book launch!

Happy Memorial Day!
A couple things for everyone today! The awesome Nick Wilford has a book being released today, and Sarah is hosting the Muse Party Blogfest! But first, your pirate fact of the week:
The Confederate army enlisted Privateers (aka Pirates!) to help bring down the North. Jefferson Davis issued a proclamation inviting, "all those who may desire, by service in private-armed vessels on the high seas, to aid this Government in resisting [Northern] aggression, to make application for commissions or letters of marque and reprisal to be issued under the seal of these Confederate States." And they came, and they did conquer some Northern ships!  -- information from Pirates: A Worldwide Illustrated History 

Nick Wilford has a book coming out today!

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction

Format: Ebook only

Would you change something about your personality if you had the chance? Reuben Timsbury is ready to say yes to that question, but what is the cost? Read A Change of Mind and Other Stories to find out. This collection of dark, speculative fiction contains a novella and five accompanying stories. The pieces include four previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. 

It's available today, at an introductory price of only $0.99. I'll be getting my copy soon - will you?

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My buddy Sarah, whom I met during A-Z this year, is having a blogfest to celebrate her blog's 4 year anniversary! So please join us for the Muse Party Blogfest :)

1. Who is your muse (or character)? Tell us a little bit about him/her and why you brought them. I don't really have a muse, so I brought a character from one of my works in progress: Ringer. He is a small business owner whose life has been taken over by searching for people who have mysteriously gone missing from his antique phone shop, so he doesn't get out much. And he needs some stress relief, so I thought a party might be a good distraction!
2. What are you guys wearing? Dressing up or keeping it casual? I'm wearing skinny jeans and cute heels. Ringer is wearing khakis and a button down shirt. Couldn't get him to shave, but he actually cleans up pretty nice in that scruffy sort of way :)
3. It's a potluck! Did you bring something yummy? Of course! I brought some gluten-free hazelnut bread, and Ringer brought meat for burgers. He's... not much of a cook, but always has burger meat on hand to feed his pet raven.
4. Open bar! What are you both drinking (booze or otherwise)? Ringer'll have a G&T and I'd like a dark & stormy, please! We like ampersands.
5. Wallflowers or social butterflies? We're probably both halfway in between. Conversations with a small group over to the side of the room are best, that way you can talk about real things. Also that will allow Ringer a chance to see if you know anything helpful...
6. What song(s) will you and your muse sing for karaoke? For karaoke I'm a fan of anything from Rent. Female country singers are good too. Anti-war ballads from the 70s are more Ringer's style. Maybe some Fortunate Son as performed by CCR, or Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon?
7. What's your favorite party game? Telephone, naturally. *snicker*
8. Which one of you is more likely to end up dancing on a table top? Definitely me. Preferably sans high heels.
9. Has your muse been a good date and would you ever hang out with them again? For sure! It was fun to get him out and give him a chance to loosen up a bit. And I always love a party...



  1. Thanks for pointing out the reduced price on Nick's new book. I grabbed my Kindle and got my copy. I'm starting to see a trend on the muses. Many of us have older, grumpy guys. What would a psychologist have to say on this? Hmm . . .

  2. Congrats to Nick!
    And thanks for participating in my blogfest! Hopefully it's provided some stress relief for Ringer.
    Telephone! I totally forgot about that game! :)

  3. Congratulations, Nick!!!! :D

    Ringer is a cool name. Reminds me of a name I gave one of my characters. ;)

    I haven't played telephone since...gosh, third grade!

  4. Congrats to Nick.

    I hope Ringer had a good time. We all need to relax from time to time. =)

  5. Thanks for giving me a shout, AJ!

    Ringer sounds like an interesting character. I don't know how to play telephone, but an antique phone shop sounds fun, an antidote to all those soulless O2 shops and the like. As long as I didn't go missing. And I just got the significance of his name!

  6. Anonymous1:29 PM

    "Aw, man, Telephone!" Will Scarlet cries, wild with excitement. "I haven't played that in who even knows how long! ...Though sometimes just trying to communicate with the author here can feel bizarrely similar."

  7. Hmmm . . .how old is Ringer? He and Patricia might be able to join forces. In the sequel I'm writing now, Patricia is trying to track down a lost friend, too.

  8. Telephone! How fun:) I love thinking through character's likes/dislikes/reactions to things. Helps deepen them on the page.

  9. I haven't played Telephone in forever! Great idea. I'm in! Thanks for bringing your studly scruffy Ringer friend. He is very friendly! Lisa @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  10. An interesting character. I remember playing telephone a long time ago. And I'm good with anything CCR.

  11. I like ampersands too! =) And Ringer has a pet raven? Too cool!

  12. I like the idea of inventing your own blog fest! Cool! I'll have one soon for paranormal romance.

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    Jolie is stopping by from the Post A-to-Z Road Trip!!

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  13. The hazelnut bread sounds good! Thanks for the introduction!

  14. Nice to meet you Ringer! This party is starting to ROCK!
    Now I have to go look up what a dark & stormy is!
    Great post.

  15. This seemed like a fun blog fest. I had to look up telephone game because I never knew it was called that, but I have done it before.

  16. I'm laughing, because I agree with Cindy above... but I was too lazy to look up Telephone... now I simply must :)

  17. Glad to hear you remove the high heels for the table-top dance, because ouch! Long way down. :) Ringer sounds like an intriguing character--as does his raven. :)

  18. You'll be the one on the table? Now that's funny.
    Sorry I'm so late, AJ, Heck of a week.


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