What’s Up Doc?

Howdy all! I’ve been absent for quite some time from my blog and social media, and plan to continue my aloofness through the end of the year at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed there have still been quite a few visitors to my blog every month. So I’m going to write a blog post a month to let you know what I have been doing. I’m Writing! Yes, I am writing…A LOT. Half … Read more

Welcome 2017 B2BCyCon Visitors

Hello and Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention Visitors! I’m author W. J. Howard, but you can call me Wendy. Tomorrow starts the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, so I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to the next three days. I write dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. My main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people who are looking for books as fast paced as … Read more

My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list

Juli D. Revezzo writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend. She is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, Gothic romance, Lady of the Tarot, as well as a steampunk historical romance. Her short stories have appeared in Eternal Haunted Summer, Luna Station Quarterly, among others. She is also … Read more

WiHM Events, A Bad Snow White, and Heads that Roll

Howdy all! Every Saturday I share what I’m up to along with things I recommend you check out. Here’s what happened this week. Upcoming Events February 6th WiHM Getting to Know You: I’ll be participating in a Women in Horror Month blog post on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog on the 6th of the month. This blog post includes female members who are horror writers talking about our chosen genre. February 20-24 WiHM Blog … Read more

The Weekly Wrap Up with Mystery, Horror Comedy, and More

Howdy all! Here’s what happened this week. Upcoming Events No new events this week, but I do have a new Events page. The Movies This week I suggested you watch Solomon Kane. Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the … Read more

Sick and Tired

What a week! Can’t believe I accomplished anything with both gluten contamination and the flu. ICK! It’s why my weekly wrap up is late. So, what happened this week? Not much, but here it is. Upcoming Events I’ll be in a Women in Horror Month (WiHM) post on the RMFW blog February 6th. We’re talking about women in horror, surprise surprise. I’ll be talking about childhood influences that led me to be a horror fanatic. … Read more

Horror Haiku, Finding Nina, Upcoming Events, and More

First, I can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve. 2016 flew by. I guarantee that while you read this I’m already holding a mimosa or glass of wine. Now I’d like to welcome you to my new weekly wrap up. This is basically a diary of everything I accomplished over the past week, including things like Twitter post highlights, movie & book reviews, short story and novel part releases, upcoming events, and more. I’ll also mention … Read more

Why Do You Do Horror?

Welcome to day 2 of the October Frights Blog Hop. Today is a combination review of the documentary Why Horror?, and a discussion on why some of us are so addicted to the horror genre. If you haven’t seen it, here’s what Why Horror? is about: “WHY Horror? is a feature length documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we … Read more

The Bad News, I’m an addict; The Good News, I’m in Recovery

For the last few years I forgot my main career goal, become a successful fiction writer. I was slapped in the face with this realization back in April. Years of goals not met sent me over the edge. That and the stress in my life was threatening to kill me, literally. Yes, literally. My immune system was on fire when I was knocked on my ass. I was an addict hitting rock bottom, my drug … Read more

Blue Christmas & Christmas Bliss

I want to quickly mention a book series by Mary Kay Andrews I’ve fallen in love with this holiday season. I happened upon this series while searching for positive and uplifting holiday reads. I read Blue Christmas first and enjoyed it so much I had to get Christmas Bliss, which I’m still reading and am enjoying just as much. The main character, Weezie Foley, is a strong female character, and her best friend Bebe has … Read more

Favorite Book of the Month: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

I’m starting a new feature. At the end of every month I’ll post a review about my favorite read. I’m posting a little early due to the holiday. In December my favorite read was A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Here’s what it’s about: Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas … Read more

Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today I’m highlighting another kids book I loved reading and reviewing this year for sitNread, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about: Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with … Read more

Book Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

This week’s holiday spotlight is a review or Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien. Here’s what it’s about: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose … Read more

Book Review: Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes

I have to mention a kids book I reviewed for the sitNread blog. Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes was one of my favorite reads this holiday season. Here’s what it’s about: In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness–the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his … Read more

Favorite Book of the Month: Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber

My favorite read in November was Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber. Here’s what it’s about: Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight … Read more

Book Review: The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

Today’s review is The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. This is a book more for the little one, and here’s what it’s about: All summer, Little Nell has tended the garden with BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie, and finally the pumpkins are ready for Halloween. Her sisters choose smooth, round pumpkins to carve, but Little Nell likes a bumpy little one best. Sarah and Lizzie jeer, “It’s … Read more

Book Review: Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson

Today’s review is Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson and here’s what it’s about: While sharing might be okay the rest of the year, on Halloween Harriet’s determined not to share her treats with her little brother, Walt. She is running out of places to hide her stash, and there’s only one thing she can do … Harriet’s hilarious–and tummy aching–solution will delight both her old fans and those new to Nancy Carlson’s Neighborhood in … Read more

Book Review: Boo! by Robert Munsch

Today’s review is BOO! by Robert Munsch, a fun book I fell in love with in the first few pages. Here’s what it’s about: Best- selling team Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko create another funny adventure about a boy named Lance, who finds an inventive way of getting more candy on Halloween. Lance loves dressing up for Halloween. This year, instead of wearing a store-bought mask, he paints his face very, very scary. When Lance … Read more

Book Review: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Since today is the 2nd of the month and I’ve only posted one other review for the Halloween reviews, I’m re-posting this one. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds is one of my favorite scary books for kids and worthy of an annual reminder. Here’s what it’s about: The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper … Read more

Book Review: The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea

My first Halloween book review is The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea. Here’s what it’s about: There’s a KNOCK at the door. A box shows up on the front step. A SPOOKY black box. What could be inside? With fun, dramatic designs, Mark Gonyea shows the scary things that might slither, slice, or slide their way out, from a ton of toads to a bunch of old bones to a robot with laser eyes. When … Read more