Writer’s Retreat – I’m Soooo Out of Here!

I won’t be around the next few days – headed out for a Writer’s Retreat and am determined to get this new book finished and in the hands of beta readers.  I’m behind on reading and have several ARC’s I owe reviews on, Bad Moon Rising is coming up and there are 31+ posts to get ready, I’ve made three unexpected visits to the vet over the past few days, my youngest son needed a tux immediately for symphonic band (I’m sure this came up suddenly – no way he would have sat on that info until the last minute, right?), plus all those other things that seem to pop up when you’re leaving town.

But….I have a book on tape for the trip (Game – Jasper Dent #2 by Barry Lyga), the address plugged into Google maps, and I’m about 90% packed.  I’m really looking forward not only to uninterrupted writing time, but reconnecting with writers and friends I haven’t seen for a little over a year, and attending workshops by the retreat host, author C.J. Redwine.

Wish me a productive retreat!


New Release: Quantum Wanderlust – 13 Time Travel Tales #TuesdayBookBlog #NewRelease #FreeBooks #SciFi


I don’t have many short stories under my belt, unless you count what I was required to write in school.  When offered the opportunity to contribute to a time travel anthology, the ideas ran rampant in my mind, screaming and begging to be let out.  To Getting What We Deserve was such fun to write, and is included with twelve other short stories by some very talented authors.

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What if you had all the time in the world?

Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning.

• Visit the past to learn a family secret.
• See the formation of a future dictatorship.
• Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time.
• Travel back in time to WWII.
• Use a family heirloom to solve problems.
• Wear an inheritance to visit ancestors.
• Leave a dystopian future for the hope of something better.
• Make history come true in an unexpected way.
• Fight evil fairies to protect a chosen angel.
• Live with the childhood memory of visitors until the day they arrive.
• Seek medical help for a memory issue and get way more than bargained for.
• Discover that with great power comes great responsibility.
• Uncover the secrets of a pharaoh’s tomb and curse.
Do the characters observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline? Read these stories to learn how far they go, how they get there, and what happens when they return.
The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.

Indie Author Friday: Barbara Franken #IndieAuthor #motivational #selfhelp

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s indie author reminds that even during the chaos and stress of writing/promotion/blogging, etc., it’s important to take time to de-stress and nurture ourselves.  Welcome, Barbara Franken!

‘Consciousness expands and Humankind takes a quantum leap into the unknown as they discover how to go beyond seduction, limitation, the ailing and ageing body and the death trigger. They enjoy living and creating as Loving DivineHumanBeings in a time-less space of freedom and an expanding field of potential where they experience rejuvenation, abundance and an infinite flow of pure love and joy.’

‘Barbara’s story is a magnificent LOVE affair between her Divine and Human selves… who find each other after many years apart and become ONE. It is an amazing journey that begins with her questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What is life all about?’  The more she explores, the more aware she becomes and her mind grows quiet, this allows her to perceive nine Elemental Beings who come to remind her of her core truths which take her from a world of fear, struggle and limitation into a New Energy Consciousness of love, grace and freedom. In this loving space she is able to observe and feel the natural integration of her Divine and Human selves, coming together as one Loving and Magnificent Master Creator who chooses, expresses and creates heart and soul passion on the physical plane and beyond; beyond imagination, words and everything that is known.’

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I’d know to start building my social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram, Utube) much sooner (+/- 2 years) before I published my book, giving me a much wider audience to market my product… that remains an everyday ‘happy’ task.

 What do you love most about the writing process?

I love the feeling of ‘catching information/energy’ that flows through me, putting it on paper and making sense of it to record for myself or share with others. It is quite wondrous to know IAM one flowing Body of Consciousness, attracting everything I desire.

What do you do to get book reviews?

 I ask everyone I can to please write a short review of my book, take a photo of themself holding/reading my book and send to me to help with my promotions. People love the colourful visuals.

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

Danny, my Elemental Being that I perceived along my Awakening journey, who appeared to remind me how important it is to stay in touch with the natural harmony of life through playing, creating and acting out my hearts desire.

In times of stress, which still happens to my Human self, I imagine IAM Danny, a tiny mushroom person who runs through the forest, singing in delight, playing with all the animals and children I come across… my favorite game is hide and seek… because I can pretend to be a mushroom and no one can find me! Ah… the peace of just being still!

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero.  What does he say and why is he here?

 “It’s time to chill out, pack a small bag and lets go on a great, sunny adventure”. I love my writing and marketing, but sometimes I forget to get out! So Mr. Penguin is a great distraction and takes me outside… its time to relax and play… and who knows what adventure he encourages me to write about next.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I like to keep an eye on ‘International’ news to see how the world unfolds in these days of inner and outer chaos… but find the rest on tv and films/series either too silly or violent to watch. Until, I discovered Nashville… a 5 season series that IAM loving… It’s a beautiful country/love story with lots of music and nice characters. It’s a delight to watch and gives me hope that there are more people like myself out there.

Maybe someone would be interested in making my story into a film!

Author Bio

For the last ten years IAM living the good life in Southern Spain with my husband Tom. IAM a passionate writer, blogger and advocate… creating awareness of ‘The Evolution of Consciousness’ that we are all orchestrating and changing the world with each breath we breathe.

My message remains firm…

There is a way to flow through the chaos, struggle and limitation you may feel within and see out there. It is a matter of choice… to surrender… or not… to your essence/consciousness/pure love that resides within and waits to take YOU beyond on a most magical adventure.

There is nothing more to do or learn but prioritise yourself, relax and go within, observe, get to know and love ALL of yourself; the dark and the light and be your own best friend, doctor and spirit guide. Allow your fears, judgments and doubts to transform into loving potential and be in awe as the sovereign Master and Creator steps forward and leads the way.

I have published my own true awakening story… Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom, realising who IAM and what’s going on in the World… and created a five week MasterCreator Class (local & online) to help awaken the Master who’s ready to take on the New Role of Energy Pioneer and live a life of ease, grace and celebration… beyond everything known.

I ask a small fixed donation for my book and class’s to cover costs and help fund my non-profit business The Magnificent Consciousness… Creating Awareness of our unique part in the magical world and how we can create heaven on earth from within. For our young children (6-11) I hold a Creative Art Project after-school and for people struggling with chronic pain and mental illness I hold a group meet-up to help them perceive life with new eyes.

Social Media 

Website:    http://www.memymagnificentself.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/memymagnificentself
LinkedIn:    /barbara-franken
Google+:    /barbara franken

Buy Links

Digital and Paperback Book
Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom by Barbara Franken

Amazon http://a.co/3G18RK1

A Five Week Local MasterCreator Class
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This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis #bookreview #YA #thriller

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad. – Goodreads.com

In another review of one of this author’s books, I mentioned I’d read anything she wrote, because she’s just that good.  After reading This Darkness Mine, I firmly, concretely, couldn’t move me with a wrecking ball, stand by that statement.  This is one of those reviews where I can’t say much in order to avoid spoilers – pretty sure you’ll understand how I felt about it.

This novel is fabulously dark and disturbing, wonderfully twisted, and entirely unpredictable – it’s impossible to look away.  Sasha is blunt, manipulative, ambitious, cunning – and a highly unreliable narrator.  Or is she?  The supporting characters are incredible and the dialogue between them is clever and amusing – I’m such a fan of McGinnis’s writing style.

Block out a chunk of time to read this – then leave yourself some time upon completion to deal with the aftereffects.  You’ll need it.  This Darkness Mine takes complex psychological thrillers to a whole new level – and I’d love to sit down with this author and ask her how such an original concept was born.  This book is scheduled for publication October 10th, 2017.

Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital ARC.

Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.


One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog #fantasy

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other. – Goodreads.com

Don’t go into this book thinking you know what will happen – I guarantee you’ll be wrong.  One Dark Throne is entirely unpredictable, and that’s just another reason I love Kendare Blake’s books.

After reading this novel, I now favor two of the queens for very justifiable reasons – but I don’t give away spoilers, so you’ll have to read it for yourself.  There’s a plethora of characters in this series, but all are so well-drawn and distinct, there’s no confusion.

Reading this book is a roller coaster of emotions with the intense pace, unforeseen developments, and daring action.  This dark, complex fantasy continues to enthrall.  One Dark Throne is scheduled for publication September 19th, 2017.

Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC.

Cover Reveal: Quantum Wanderlust – A Short Story Anthology #CoverReveal #anthology #scifi

I’m so excited to reveal this cover – isn’t it beautiful?  I was asked to contribute a short story to this anthology, and when I learned it was about time travel, I jumped  on board.  Ever since I watched my first Planet of the Apes movie (thanks, Dad!), time travel has always been a favorite topic of mine.  Quantum Wanderlust will be available for FREE sometime around the end of this month – will keep you posted.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

That reminds you of changing the clocks, right? When we talk about the passage of time, it’s usually in short bursts—seconds, minutes, hours—. Or slightly longer chunks—weeks, months, years.

What if it was limitless? What if you could go forward or back, in any size segment you wanted? Decades, centuries, eons? Would you go back and change your life? Go forward and see your future?

We are excited to share thirteen short stories crafted by very talented authors that will take you forward and back through time.

If you could travel through time, what would you do?