Sunday, January 31, 2016

Foraged Works of Art Inspired by Mother Nature, Created by Botanist Bridget Beth Collins

Bridget Beth Collins is an artist from Seattle who creates unique art by foraging natural elements and choreographs them into beautiful signature pieces inspired by Mother Nature. A lot of her landscapes are imagined from Katsushika Hokusai’s  The Great Wave at Kanagawa; such the waves swelling over the sea and trees beckoning sinisterly and kites remotely gliding in the sky.
Collins muses about her art and the how nature inspires her every day, “I love to adventure into the wildflower woodlands, mossy waterfalls, and grey sand starry expanses of the Pacific Northwest… I forage almost all of my creations from foliage and flowers plucked from our sidewalks, meadows, and woods in our neighborhood. I have a small garden in the city, and my mother has a big rambling secret garden filled with old English roses in the sea town of Edmonds where I grew up. I graduated with honors from Seattle Pacific University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. I grew up in the wings so to speak, and am a product of all its dark, magical, sparkly world. ”
The artist picks out a fresh selection of scavenged material from her backyard and fashions the wide variety of petals, seeds, leaves, mosses and even spices into organic works of art. The well-balanced color palette, which naturally comes forth from her resources,  brings out the magic in the Bridget Beth Collins sees in nature. Her lively imagination and respect to the environment sets her work apart it gives it originality. You can find her work in her Etsy shop.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Anyone Want to Try and Figure Out How It Works?

School chalkboards from 1917 found. One shows a figure to teach multiplication using a technique that no teacher in the school had ever seen.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Now Available in Print! JOURNAL

A novella of paranormal horror
by Linda Mooney writing as Gail Smith
Word Count:  25.5K
$1.99 e / $9.99 p / $5.95 a

The handwritten account of one woman's struggle to survive in a world gone DEAD.

Something has happened to the world, and now the living are gradually becoming the living dead. This is the story of one young woman's struggle to live a life that has no future.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Jody Wallace is High-jacking My Blog Today to Highlight Her Urban Fantasy Dreamwalkers Series

In the world of the Dreamwalkers, some dreams are so vivid they create monsters. The Somnium exists to destroy those monsters, keep them out of the public eye--and control the dreamers whose imaginations are nightmares manifest. But something has awakened in the dreamsphere. Something that's beyond anyone's worst nightmare.
Dreams don’t come true, but nightmares do.

When Zeke Garrett is reactivated to mentor the next dreamer that pops up on the Somnium’s radar, he’s sure it’s a mistake. The covert organization is still struggling to conceal the fallout from his last assignment, a fatal catastrophe.

From the first blast of her pepper spray, he realizes this neonati, whose nightmares manifest vampires straight from the pages of pop-culture, is more than he bargained for—a potential dreamwalker. But before her training can begin, he has to convince the stubborn, mouthy woman she’s not dreaming.

Maggie Mackey hasn’t slept well in a month, but that doesn’t explain how the monsters from her nightmares suddenly seem so real. Or why, when a team of intimidating, sword-wielding toughs rescue her, their leader captures her mouth in a swift, knee-weakening kiss.

Once he tears himself away, Zeke’s mental forehead smacking begins. Their embrace has confirmed they have a rare tangible bond, a phenomenon which fooled him once before. Somehow he must tutor the woman of his dreams without getting attached. Otherwise her nightmares could become his own.

Warning: Title contains lots of cussing, pop culture references and monsters with nasty, big, pointy teeth.
Conquer your inner demons…before they break free.

When student dreamwalker Maggie Mackey was first discovered by Zeke Garrett, now her mentor, their sexual attraction blazed off the charts, as did their tangible dreamspace bond.

Three months later, their relationship is as stalled out as Maggie’s training. Zeke isn’t sure what’s to blame. His clumsy mentoring, Maggie’s stubbornness, or something more sinister.

When the pair is summoned to a restricted outpost for troubled and sick dreamwalkers to investigate the deaths of several patients, a nightmare from Zeke’s past resurfaces to further complicate Maggie’s training. In fact, there’s a better-than-good chance she’ll be yanked away from him and reassigned to a curator. Disciples sent to curators are rarely heard from again.

To survive the secretive inner workings of their organization and the deadly new force emerging inside the sphere, Maggie and Zeke must confront their inner demons as well as their feelings for each other. Because in the world of the dreamwalkers, inner demons never remain politely inside one’s tortured soul. They prefer to manifest…and eat people.

Warning: Book contains sex, cursing, more cursing, T-Rexes, dire peril and explosives.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chromatic Typewriter Prints

Tyree Callahan has recycled (or upcycled, perhaps) a classic 1937 Underwood typewriter by replacing letters with sponges soaked across the spectrum with bright yellows, reds, blues and combinations thereof.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Now Available in Print! I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE

Now Available in Print!

Sensuously Erotic Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
Word Count: 38.2K
$2.99 e / $9.99 p

Not feeling well, Nadia Logermeyer, a twenty-eight-year-old dental assistant living in New York City, lies down to rest, only to wake up in the Houston, Texas. In someone else's body. With someone else's name. And with someone else's husband.

She has no idea how or why she's now Ehrynn Rose, or why Ehrynn tried to take her own life. All she knows is that as soon as she's able, she needs to return to NYC to find out what happened to her own body. 

But that's not the worst of it. She's falling in love with Nash Rose, Ehrynn's husband. Unfortunately, the couple are in the midst of a sticky divorce, and her claims of a body switch are only making things more complicated.

She's not Ehrynn Rose, but it's quickly getting to the point where she'd give anything to be her. It isn't until she discovers the real reason why she tried to commit suicide that she realizes the danger isn't over yet.

Warning! Contains a prenuptial agreement, a monkey-shaped birthmark, visits to pawn shops, high-end fashions, long-distance revenge, a pink Bentley, and an incredible circumstance that threatens a new-found love.

Excerpt and buy links.

Excerpt and buy links.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Chantal Gadoury Returns as My Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Chantal Gadoury returns as my guest author tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. Come listen as she reads an excerpt from her latest release, Allerleirauh, a fantasy romance based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct
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Once Upon A Time… 

A King makes a promise to his dying wife to marry only someone with her golden hair. 

The King finds his eyes are turned by his maturing daughter. Realizing her Father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick her Father by requesting impossible gifts: Dresses created by the Sun, Moon and Stars and a Coat made of a Thousand Furs. 

When she discovers his success, Aurelia decides to sacrifice her privileged life, and escapes the Kingdom disguised in the cloak, and under a new name, Allerleirauh. 

Aurelia enters the Kingdom of Saarland der Licht where she is taken under the wing of the handsome Prince Klaus. 

Aurelia must face herself, her past and her fears in her journey of self discovery. 

Based on the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale “Allerleirauh.”