Guest Post Muskie Attack Book Tour


I’m hosting a tour stop for the Muskie Attack book tour today. Muskie Attack is a MG adventure series, and it sounds like a blast. I’ll leave the room to author G.M. Moore now!

Guest Blog Post

When I started writing Muskie Attack, the first book in the Up North Adventure series, I only had one goal in mind: getting my 8-year-old nephew to read. He was, and still is, very outdoorsy and adventurous. And like many young boys, he suffered from ADD. Getting him to sit down and read was virtually impossible—especially if the book didn’t interest or entertain him.

I have a journalism degree and worked as a newspaper writer and editor for many years, so I decided to see if I could write fiction and create something that would hold his attention.  I thought, “What do I know that boys would like?” The answer was fishing. I have vacationed at fishing resorts in Wisconsin since 4-years-old and used my own and my family’s experiences as the foundation for Muskie Attack. I didn’t stray too far from home on character development either. Every character in Muskie Attack is inspired by or based on a real person. That nephew is actually one of the main characters.  Muskie Attack follows two boys on their summer vacation, through mischief and misadventures, until the ultimate climax: Catching a ferocious World Record muskie.

Writing that first book was fun and frustrating. The fun was sharing completed chapters with my nephew and getting his feedback. The frustrating was finding the time and the continued motivation to write it.  I soon discovered I have my own ADD issues, often preferring to clean the toilet over sitting down at the computer to write. I’d work on a chapter or two, then do nothing for several months. I’d only start writing again when my nephew would chide me about my lack of progress. This continued for a couple years until one summer I forced myself to buckle down and finish the darn thing. Coming in at 122 pages, the book wasn’t War and Peace, after all.

I come from a family of avid readers and once Muskie Attack was finally completed, the response I received from all of them was overwhelming. They loved it—especially the nephew.  With their support and encouragement, I set off to find a publisher (a whole other guest post there!), and turn the book into a trilogy. I eventually took the self-publishing route and a part-time career was born. I’m currently at work on Ghosts of Manitowish Waters, a book inspired by a class of 6th-grade boys who wanted an action-adventure love story. Go figure!

About Muskie Attack

For Corbett Griffith III, divorce and two busy parents mean goodbye city life, hello great outdoors. With their busy Chicago careers and schedules, his parents just don’t seem to have any time for him. When his mother sends him to his uncle’s Wisconsin fishing resort for the summer, Corbett feels that there’s no one pulling for him or caring what happens to him.

But all of that changes at Whispering Pines Lodge, Corbett learns he is never really alone, thanks to his Uncle Dell, who takes care of him, and his new friend Pike, who pulls him into one mischievous adventure after another. It’s a summer of change for ten-year-old Corbett–even his name changes, when a cute girl calls him “Griffy,” a nickname he likes enough to keep.

When Griffy catches two elusive walleyes, he is surprised to discover how much he likes fishing. Eager to test his newfound skills, he and Pike are stunned to hear that a seventy-pound muskie is on the loose. They resolve to catch the ferocious fish, no matter what. For Pike catching a world record muskie would be about the sport. For Griffy it would be about something more. Maybe, just maybe, if he caught that fish is parents would take notice.
Think alligator. Think prehistoric beast. Think mean.

Will they be able to catch the muskie and stop it from attacking anyone or anything?

Genre:  YA / MG crossover

Published 3/11/2012 by Amazon Digital Svcs.


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Guest Blog Post by Robin Murphy

I’m going to stand aside and lend my blog to paranormal author Robin Murphy for the day. Robin is the author of “Sullivan’s Secret”, a paranormal mystery. She has written an amazing guest post about how writing found her, and I thought it was really inspiring. Anyway, I’ll stop babbling now, and leave the floor to Robin!

Writing Found Me

I was once asked if I had found my passion in writing when I was young.  My answer was, “No, I didn’t.  I think writing found me.”  Strange as it may seem, but I didn’t realize I loved writing until later in life.

I learned through my writing courses to write what you know or enjoy.  Some feel differently on this subject, but for me, I enjoy anything paranormal and writing my paranormal mystery series has been a blast.  To be honest, I didn’t know how deeply ensconced I was in the paranormal.

The protagonist in my series is Dr. Marie Bartek, a veterinarian on Sullivan’s Island, SC, who is also a psychic medium.  She squelched her ability when she was young, but in the first book, Sullivan’s Secret, she realizes there is a reason the spirits are trying to get her attention.  In the second book, Secret of the Big Easy, she is beginning to learn new abilities, as well as embracing her gift.  I have always had an interest in psychics; I’ve gone to a few.  So it was natural for me to include this element in my storyline.

The next interest, or should I say obsession, is ghost investigating.  I’ve been watching ghost investigating television shows since 2006.  It wasn’t until last October that I got my very first chance to go on an investigation with a local paranormal group.  It was everything I expected it to be, plus more.  We communicated with a few ghosts through LED flashlights, an exciting moment for me, but I also learned the details of what it really takes to do an investigation.  It’s not all about what you see on TV and walking around in the dark.  There is a ton of research beforehand, plus the time spent doing equipment set up and tear down, and then the hours spent going through all of the analysis.  This definitely helped me in my writing, because even though it’s fiction, I wanted to have the details correct.  It makes it more believable for the reader.

Another interest of mine is reading and watching anything that deals with a mystery.  Name any detective show, and I’ve watched it.  I then came upon a show dealing with real cold case detectives using a psychic to help them solve a crime or give them better leads.  So, there it was, the third element to my story and wah lah, Dr. Marie Bartek and the Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society (SIPS) team were born.  Not to mention adding a little romance, humor, friendship, and a few quirky elements with the characters in the SIPS team.

I find myself having a difficult time putting away my story.  When I finish a book, I miss my characters.  I believe that is what helped me write this series because I have such a good time getting lost in my story and hanging out with them.  I hope this comes across to the reader.  Even though I write for myself first, I truly want to entertain other paranormal enthusiasts.

I am now working through the edits of the third book in the series, Federal City’s Secret.  From the title you can guess that it takes place in Washington, DC.  It deals with politics, secret societies, the mafia, and of course, murder.  Marie is developing more abilities, as well as getting closer to Cory Miller, the man in her life.  There are also big changes taking place in this third book, which will bring on challenges for Marie and the SIPS team.  But I don’t want to say too much, everyone will have to keep an eye out when it’s released this summer and read it for themselves.

Thank you for allowing me to share my interests and series with you today.

About Sullivan’s Secret

11479782Dr. Marie Bartek’s life has been uneventful as the local veterinarian on Sullivan’s Island, SC, until her ability to see spirits returns after eighteen years. After confiding in her best friend and realizing their interests in the paranormal, they organize a paranormal investigation team called Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society, SIPS. Marie learns to channel her ability through the help of one of the team members, but not before learning the spirits are trying to warn her about the murders taking place on Sullivan’s Island. Sullivan’s Secret captivates the reader with murder, suspense, and the world of the paranormal.

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Guest Post by author Liz Grace Davis


Hey, everyone. Today I’m hosting author Liz Grace Davis on my blog with a guest post. Liz Grace Davis is the author of YA Fantasy novel Tangi’s Teardrops.

Guest Post: The Life of an Author: Finding Balance

I don’t know if I’ve found the balance between my life as an author (which includes writing, editing, marketing etc.) and my other life (I call it my part-time life). At least not yet. I’m simply learning as I go. At the moment I only work four hours a day. This is great for me since, in addition to being a writer, I’m also doing a Masters Degree programme. When I used to work full time I ended up being so exhausted at the end of the day that, even if I wanted to, I didn’t have enough energy left to write and do university assignments.

Currently, I work in the mornings until noon, then head back home, eat something, and then take care of things which don’t necessarily require my creative brain to function. I use this time to edit (my worst nightmare) and do some marketing for my books. I often do this until around 2:30 p.m. Then I pull out my university books and study for a few hours. I’m a multi-tasker and can never do just one thing. So in between doing assignments, I take little breaks to answer emails or do some social networking. I call those moments “my breaths of fresh air” because anything I do that’s related to my writing is not work, it’s pleasure. Except editing of course. That’s hard work but it has to be done. Promoting books and creating author platforms and so on can also be a lot of hard work but it helps when one enjoys it. I do.

At around 5 p.m. I become a wife and do a few things around the house as well as run errands and prepare dinner. After hubby gets home, we eat dinner and relax for a while. Then we wash up, relax some more, maybe watch a short movie or series. Then I get back to being a writer. This is usually the time when my brain is buzzing with creative energy (after my creative bulb has been switched back on) that needs to be released. So I pull out my laptop and get to work creating stories and worlds or just jotting down ideas as they come to me. Again, since I can’t just do one thing, I also do more editing, promoting, and designing (book covers or digital scrapbooks) at the same time.

At the end of the day, I leave my corner of the couch—the only spot on the couch that’s worn-outJ—and go to bed wishing there were more hours in a day than just twenty-four.

Tangi’s Teardrops

teardropscoverTitle: Tangi’s Teardrops
Author: Liz Grace Davis
Genre: YA Fantasy
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When Tangi’s father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles. A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in, and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely outsider; her stepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the housekeepers use her like a servant.

Just before her thirteenth birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father’s strange legacy: the three bottles aren’t empty any more. They’re filled with all the tears she’s cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.

Tangi’s tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi’s lost the bottles.

Author Bio

Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria.

Growing up, Liz spent most her days in libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she reads a lot, travels, creates jewelry and designs digital scrapbooks. That’s of course when she’s not weaving stories. She’s in her element whenever she is doing anything that requires creativity.

Liz is the author of a young adult fantasy novel, Tangi’s Teardrops, and a romantic women’s fiction novel, Chocolate Aftertaste.

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Guest Post: Raven Corrin Carluk and Giveaway

Raven Corrin Carluk


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Mourning her mother on Halloween,Keila O’Broin,m psychic warrior and last of her line,isn’t prepared for dead teenagers to ask her to avenge them.Compelled by her family creed,Keila combats the vampiric serial killer, despite her atrophied powers.
But defeating one killer is only the start of her adventure. Into her life walks Varick Eitenhauer, centuries old undead master of Portland.The vampire tells her she will now help him defeat his rivals in a battle to control the city, and he will accept no refusals.Surrounded by her desire and danger, the only way to succeed is to rise from her past like a phoenix from its ashes.

The Benign Deity

Everyone handles the power of a god differently. Dictators go mad with power. Scientists experiment rampantly. Doctors will not be contradicted. Writers stay quiet and behind the scenes.

Funny how that works out.

Being in control of an entire universe is a heady tonic. Yet, for the most part, it doesn’t go to our heads. We just have so much fun crafting these worlds to show off. It’s more like a playground than a throne.

Therein lies the difference. Others use their powers to rule people; we use them to create. They require praise and adulation; we require only that you’re entertained. While it’s all about the, it’s all about our art.

In the end, we’re really no different. Writers kill and control, create and protect, love and lust. We just do so with our words, making us benign deities.


Two lucky commenters will receive an e-copy of each of my Keila novels, All Hallows Blood and Saint Valentine’s Clash. If you could have a divine power, what would it be?

Just leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway. Your comment can be an answer to the question asked by the author, it can be about the books, or about this guest post in general. Please leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you are one of the lucky winners!

The contest is open internationally and runs from April 8th till April 12th, midnight.

Raven Corinn Carluk writes about vampires and dark fantasy. She is author of All Hallows Blood, Saint Valentine’s Clash, and stories with bite o,.,o. A little dark, a little crazy, a little fun, she’ll weave you unforgettable tales. Visit for more information.