Tag Archives: fantasy

#WW Fairy Houses

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, I’m keeping things fairly short today but if you’re interested in seeing my watercolor Iris Mother’s Day card I did for my mother then check out Cathy Chats segment from yesterday. 😉

I created this fantasy photo-art after snapping a short of twin mushrooms growing in our yard. Using Obsidian brushes I added the pixie and glitter effects plus I used a free bokeh texture (unfortunately the site I borrowed it from is no longer working) as an overlay.

The rest of the week and maybe the next two, I’m talking it easy to regroup after the April A to Z Challenge. Not to worry, if you leave your footprints here on my site, I will follow them back to you. I’ll see you soon!


Have a fototastic day.










Trouble By Any Other Name #Blogtour

This morning, I’m sharing the mews of the May 16th release of Trouble By Any Other Name and I invite you my lovey, kittens and dawgs to read more about the book!


Another fantasy novel sequel to Lady, Thy Name is Trouble by Lori MacLaughlin

Another fantasy novel sequel to Lady, Thy Name is Trouble by Lori MacLaughlin

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

Okay, you read the book jacket. Now to quench your curiosity with this little snippet for the book.

*What do I do?* she whispered mentally, shaken by the visions.

More images slipped into her mind: the rising and setting of the sun three times in swift succession; a towering cataract, its dark torrent crashing silently into a pool obscured by mist and spray; a deep, wide valley — an empty sweep of withered grass beside a lake rippling with black water. As she watched, the dead grass in the center of the valley began to shimmer in ever-widening circles, and then tall, black spires rose from the blurred ground, climbing into a sky bright with morning until an ethereal edifice of black stone filled her vision, breathtakingly beautiful with its graceful, curving lines and elegant minarets.

“A black castle,” she breathed, remembering Jovan’s vision from Rinpool that he’d seen as a boy, so long ago. It had to be the same one.

flourish borderIs the teaser intriguing? Do you want to read more? If your answer is yes, then consider buying Trouble By Any Other Name now! You can get your paperback or e-format copy from these online retailers…


Now, a little about my friend Lori L. MacLaughlin…

LoriLMacLaughlinLori traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

I encourage you to keep up with Lori by connecting with her through her personal  Website/Blog or Goodreads or Facebook or Google+ or Pinterest.

Let’s show a little love (that’s what bloggers do, right?) by spreading the word of Lori’s newest book release.;)

If you can’t tweet the word, then you can click one of the social media share buttons at the bottom of this post. Thanks for being such sweethearts.  I knew I could count on you. You’re the best!

I’m linking today’s special feature mews with Les from Ink Interrupted Tuesday Coffee Chat crowd and Stacy Uncorked for Random Tuesday Thoughts.  You’re invited to tag along, if you want and I invite you to come back tomorrow for two dedicated posts: Battle of the Bands and Not-so-Wordless Wednesday. ?

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Disclaimer: No compensation was given in return for sharing this post. I’m extending word-of-mouth service to help a friend.


Call Me Luciano

Good-day, kittens & dawgs! A good friend’s daughter published a delightful story and I bought a copy from iTunes a few months ago. Now, it’s no secret I’m easily distracted when it comes to reading anything longer than a blog post, but at some point I plan to review Call Me Luciano and while I haven’t finished this book I can tell this young author/illustrator is gifted. Her imagination shines through her words, pulling me deep in to the pages and if you have a young adult (including the young-at-heart) reader in your home, then this might be a good book to buy.

Curious? Good, here’s a teaser for you.

A lighthearted fantasy novel for Young-Adults… however old! Call Me Luciano follows the journey of Wilfred, heir to the Baron of Oselisle. When ordered to marry by his overbearing father, Wilfred finds himself accidentally transported to the fairest of them all. The fairest is delighted, he’s to busy being just to find the long-lost heir to the throne of Meloberg himself.

Wilfred knows nothing about questing? No problem. The fairest of them all stoops to injustice and sends his horse along. The problem there? Luciano declares himself the greatest voice in six centuries. Far be it from him to be either pleasant or helpful.

So begins the journey to find the lost Princess and rescue Meloberg from the tyrannical reign of the usurping King Verllin. The young man who can’t do anything learns how to take care of himself, fights bandits, rescues a fair maiden from death, evades the man who wants him dead, and most unexpectedly finds himself.

An entertaining, wholesome read, Call Me Luciano keeps people laughing to the last page!

Calling all Bloggers! We’re a close-knit community of published and non-published authors alike, so I encourage you to show some love by visiting Lauren Mariah official website (broken link removed) , follow her on Facebook, and join my Twitter promoting campaign of Lauren’s newly published book. All it takes is a simple click of the mouse. 😉 You’ve the bestest ever!

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Get your copy of Call Me Luciano at one of these fine online sources:

Barnes and Noble  (paperback, hardback, & ebook)
Amazon (paperback & hardback only)
Smashwords (ebook only)

Disclaimer: No compensation was given in return for sharing this post. I’m extending the word-of-advertising to help a young budding author.


#ComeBackToBed #TrentTomlinson

I’m still on my country music roll, kittens and dawg. I just can’t seem to shake it, but the picks that stick in my head are the ones that really put a groove in my soul.

Let me say something, unless a country artist has a ginormous name in the industry then chances are very good I won’t recognize newer talent. It doesn’t always mean I haven’t heard their music. It’s just I never paid attention before now and since I’m listening to iTunes Country station A LOT lately, then I’m taking note of the songs/artists I like.

For the most this morning’s artist has more old country twang to suit my taste, but he has a single that plays often that I really enjoy and that’s the purpose behind Saturday Songsuasion to share the new-to-me with you. Why not give a listen to Trent Tomlinson 2014 release Come Back To Bed.

It’s a good beat I won’t buy an entire Trent Tomlinson album, but THIS song? Yep, it has that taste of country rock making it a winner with this gal! How about with you, is it a winner?


What songsuasion is moving you?



In keeping with last week’s selfie humor…



Oopsie, you know you’re gonna be dead!


What’s making you smile this morning?


Linking with Claudia on s-ART-urday

Linking with Claudia for #s-ART-urday with Project 10! My photo-art creation is a mesh up of three original photos and the use of a Creative Market Anton Wicked Watercolor Area3 brush which was offered as a freebie recently.The short poetry piece is an original work, too. My inspiration for the boats in the sky comes from a photo DH did years ago of a double exposure of boats in the sky and I believe he took a picture at the same spot or very close to where I capture my own image of the boats.



That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! What’s next? How about a little Monday Mewzik & Mewzings


Have a songsational Saturday!


#WW Dancing Forest Pixies

Hello, kittens & dawgs! I took this picture on our day trip to Mt. Mitchell in recent months. The moss-covered ground beneath the canopy of evergreens sparked my imagination.

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I could almost see pixie dancing in the sunlight beam. Do you see them? Look again….

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Linking with Claudia for #s-ART-urday Project 7: Dancing Forest Pixies

Let Your Heart Sing like these little dancing forest pixies!

Due to technical problems with LinkyTools, I can’t let random.org generate a  Featured Photographer to spotlight and I am unable to use it for today’s party. *sigh*  Enjoy the hop!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a fototastic day!




#SaturdaySongsuasion Presents the fantastical, surreal, emotional piano compositions of @AlbertMusicYT! #music

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! How’s life treating you? The collide of seasons is upon us with this week’s roller coaster ride. Cold air goes bump with the thermal waves to remind us winter still lingers.

This morning’s songspiration hails from a new Twitter follower. Allow me to introduce to you the emotional tug of pianist and composer…

Albert Soler!







To listen to more than 2-hours of nonstop beautiful piano compositions by Albert, click here!

Consider showing some love to Albert by following him on Twitter!

Meme play-along suggestions:

  1. Get my badge code, here, & display on your blog
  2. Feature only one artist any genre
  3. Tell your friends about it ~ Twitter, FB share, …
  4. Join the party & have fun!

gil-elvgren-pin-up-girls-gallery-17-61That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! Have a songsational Saturday!

What’s up next? Come back tomorrow for your weekly dose of laughter with Sunday Sillies!

#WW: Fantasy Island Not

Thank you for being apart of my day. I’m sharing today’s photo with these fine Wordless Wednesday communities which you can find at the top of this page under Daily Blog Hops.


Watauga Lake near Elizabethton, Tennessee. I’m continuing to dabble in artistic play ~ turning an ordinary photo into something cool using Light Trails texture in Fotor. Click on image to enlarge.

Now join me in sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…


Traveling Cats


Congratulations, Vanessa! Please, show some blog love by visiting today’s featured photographer and leave a sweet comment.

Let others know you’re in the spotlight by displaying…

WW featured photographer

Each week, I use random.org to pick a new photographer.  To win a chance in the spotlight, then join the linky party below!

Have a foto-tastic day!