Check out Geek & Sundry’s 48-hour video game charity marathon

So, this seems to be happening more and more often these days–I sit down to write a post only to discover the lovely and talented Kam Miller has beaten me to the punch AND done a bang up job to boot.

Quick & dirty version: Geek & Sundry is hosting a 48-hour interactive video game marathon to raise money for lupus research today and tomorrow! I’ll be joining the fray for a few hours starting at 11 AM tomorrow, but there are all sorts of amazing folks involved. Check it out, have some fun, and support a great cause!

I will let Kam take it away from here…

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The Extraordinary Ursula K. Le Guin

I first stumbled upon Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy in the library at my middle school.  That library was both my refuge from reality and a launchpad into new worlds.  We had a decent-sized collection, but there were a few tall metal carousels that housed the sci-fi and fantasy books, and these were my first stop every time I walked into that room.  They introduced me to some of the authors I still aspire to write like today.

Earthsea was among my very first tastes of fantasy, and it blew my mind.  (Of the trilogy, I think my favorite is the second book, The Tombs of Atuan, but the entire series is achingly well told.)

So I was thrilled to hear that Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.  (Her acceptance speech is amazing–if you have a few moments I highly recommend watching it here.)

Congratulations on the recognition, and thank you for the stories, Ms. Le Guin.

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Writers wish list 2014: 20+ gifts writers will love

Once again the amazing Kam Miller has put together a list of gifts for writers. I have to echo two things here (and admit that I’m pretty excited about some of the other finds on her list!):

Vellum. THIS IS THE PROGRAM I HAVE BEEN WAITING 3 YEARS FOR!!! If you are an indie author taking on your own formatting, this program will save you many hours of hard work and oodles and oodles of frustration. Where were you when I published “Thrall,” Vellum? Well, you’re here now, so all is forgiven.

The Passion Planner. I know everyone approaches creativity differently, but if you’re like me (maybe a little OCD, obsessed with lists, in love with planning each stage of your projects, etc.) then you should check this baby out. Our mutual friend Pang-Ni Landrum found this little gem on Kickstarter. I’m a proud backer now, and eagerly – if not patiently – awaiting my very first passion planner when it ships in January. Eeeeee!

So – to the writers (and those who love them) out there – check out this list. You may very well find that perfect something you didn’t even realize you were searching for.

Thanks, Kam! Great list as always!

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Readers for RETT Awareness

Hello amazing readers,

As previously mentioned, October is RETT Awareness Month, and author Rae Z. Ryans and AimeeKay from AimeeKay’s Reviews  are co-hosting an event called Readers for Retts Awareness to raise awareness about Rett’s Syndrome and give people a chance to meet some of the girls suffering from this disease.

I’m pleased to help spread the word, and urge you guys to check out the event to learn more about Rett’s Syndrome and for a chance to win some great prizes.

I’ll let AimeeKay take it from here…

Thanks for reading,
Jenn Q

Hey boys and girls!!!
So who is ready for the Readers for Retts Awareness Event this Friday?!?!?!
I am soooo excited.
I want to say thank you to all the wonderful bloggers and writers who have offered their services and sponsorships to the girls.  You guys are awesome!!!
I also want to say a special thank you to all the Rett’s girls and their families who where willing to share their stories with everyone to help get the word out there about Retts Syndrome.
Who’s going to be there?!?!

I know I am!
If you haven’t already been invited, well consider this your invitation!!!
And don’t wait for Friday! We already have some pre-event contests going on. So be sure to click on over and join the event and get a chance at some of the amazing prizes that are already being offered!!!
The one prize is still a secret, however….I WAS able to get a pic of one of the prizes, and I get to share it with YOU!!
The person who gets the most people saying that they were referred by them gets this awesome Rett’s Awareness Key-chain handmade by co-host and author extraordinaire Rae Z. Ryans.
(I am so jealous, so is so friggin’ talented!)
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Notable: Los Angeles and VOD premiere of award-winning “Kelly & Cal”

Kam Miller’s got a great post up on an awesome indie movie “Kelly & Cal” that – whether or not you know it yet – you really want to see.

The writer of this gem is a good friend of mine, and I’ve had the privilege of reading a variety of drafts on this project. I can honestly say, from the first draft I read on, I knew this would make an amazing movie.

Congratulations to Amy, Jen, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew.

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October is National Rett Awareness Month

Hello all!

One of the wonderful book bloggers I’ve had the fortune of meeting over the last few years, Aimee from AimeeKay’s Reviews and Randomness, recently contacted me about a great cause, “Readers for Rett Awareness.”  I will let Aimee take it from here, but if you don’t know anything about Rett’s – which I didn’t before hearing from Aimee – I encourage you to read on.  

Thanks for reading,

Jenn Q


Aimee from AimeeKay’s Reviews and Randomness and (Rae Z. Ryans) are co-hosting an event together. Readers for Rett Awareness’s goal is to help spread the word about Rett’s Syndrome and introduce the families and girls suffering from this awful disease.

(If you want to find out more about Rett’s itself, please feel free to follow this link, and see what it’s about. To actually meet a sufferer of Rett’s Syndrome click here.)

Details of the event:

Readers for Rett is currently seeking authors, bloggers, Rett families, and small businesses to help us spread the word about Rett Syndrome. We are looking for people interested in opportunities to host families on their blogs and allow them to tell their stories to your readers, hold interviews on their blogs, and spread the word about this disease affecting families and their daughters. We would also like to pair up Rett’s families/girls with sponsors who will offer giveaways to event attendees on their behalf. Bookish related items are best, but anything from gift cards to trinkets is appreciated*.

What is Rett Syndrome?


  • Debilitating neurological (movement) disorder that predominantly affects females. (Boys generally die from it because of the genetics involved)
  • Baby girls are born “normal” but begin to lose acquired skills between the ages of 1-3 years old.
  • Caused by a single gene mutation that leads to underproduction of an important brain protein.
  • The leading genetic cause of severe impairment in girls – most cannot speak, walk or use their hands.
  • Despite their physical disabilities, girls with Rett Syndrome are believed to be functioning mentally at a much higher level than previously thought.
  • As prevalent as Cystic Fibrosis, ALS and Huntington’s.
  • Another little girl is born with Rett Syndrome every 90 minutes.
  • Rett Syndrome is a potentially REVERSIBLE disorder. Research has proven once protein levels are back to normal levels, symptoms subside.

The awareness party will be held on Facebook, so yes, you will need a Facebook account to participate as a sponsor for the event. However, if you don’t have one, but still wish to help spread the word, we can work with that too.

Time and date: We plan to start the event October 3rd @ 10 a.m. CDT. However the length is still up in the air until we find out exactly how many sponsors and families we have to work with. We are planning it for October as that is National Rett Awareness Month. *Sponsors donating prizes will be responsible for shipping costs.

If you are interested in learning more, participating, or helping Readers for Rett spread the word please fill out the Readers For Rett’s Event Form.

We also have buttons to share if you want to set up your own post to help promote this event or show your support for the Rett Awareness cause. Please email us a link to your post once it is live, if you do so; we can give thanks at the event to all who have helped in any way. If you do have a Facebook account/page, please consider changing your profile and header (free images below) in October to help spread the word. Right-Click and save as for Facebook use or feel free to swipe the code for web based use.



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“Empower: Fight Like a Girl” hits Comic-Con

Amazing SDCC recap by the uber-talented Kam Miller (who’s got a new novel “Myth Of Crime” out this week!)

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Don’t Miss A Thing – Sign Up For Our Newsletter

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We’ve got some exciting news coming up, and we don’t want you to miss it.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up for our newsletter to get the latest delivered directly to your inbox.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: “Lethal Inheritance” by Tahlia Newland NOW ON SALE

Hello all!

Tahlia Newland, champion for indie authors and talented author herself, has a YA fantasy book on sale.  Check it out!

Yep, you did hear right; it’s $4 off.

Lethal Inheritance, book one of the Diamond Peak series, is only 99c on Amazon and Kobo from the 30th of May to the 5th of June. Usually the book is priced at $4.99, but this is the first in a series of four books, and for this one week, the author wants to make it easy for you to have a taste. This is a great 99c ebook deal, and an offer rarely repeated, so snap it up while it’s hot.



What makes this book different to all the other YA fantasy ?

The Diamond Peak series is more than just great fiction, it’s also an education on how to deal with negative emotions and difficult people. You’ll get a tiny taste of meditation and Buddhist philosophy and learn how to banish your demons in a very entertaining way.

What’s it about?

After an ordinary evening studying for her final exams, Ariel wakes to a scream and discovers that demons have kidnapped her mother and dragged her into a hidden realm. Ariel mounts a rescue mission, but to defeat the demons, who feed on fear and seek the enslavement of the human race, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant but potentially explosive power of her mind.

Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her through treacherous inner and outer landscapes, and Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?

The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.

Is it any good?

Lethal Inheritance has received the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction and a BRAG Medallion for Outstanding Fiction.

Lethal Inheritance rivals such young adult favorites as J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordian.Tammy Dewhurst, Rabid Readers.

Lethal Inheritance has it all – rich, detailed world building, insanely realistic characters, and a kick ass fantasy plot.” Book Briefs Reviews.

“A fun read, seamlessly layered with philosophical themes adding depth to the adventure, with engaging characters and evil antagonists, a bit of humour and romance and great action sequences.” Kevin Berry, author.

Where did you say I can get it?

Buy it now on Amazon or Kobo

Please support this hardworking and talented author by sharing this with your friends.

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Lupus Awareness Month & “Empower: Fight Like A Girl”

"Empower: Fight Like A Girl" - All proceeds go directly to the Lupus Foundation of America.

So as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have a big announcement to share!

May is Lupus Awareness Month – and if you don’t know much about this disease, I hope you’ll take a minute to do some quick research.  It’s called “the cruel mystery” for a good reason.  As the Lupus Foundation of America states on their blog:

“Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs… Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues… and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.”

At the present time there is no cure for lupus – but research is ongoing.  This is where you can help – even if you don’t have a PhD in medical research. 

In an effort to help raise awareness – and funds – Pang-Ni Landrum and I have been putting together a book of short stories written for this cause by some very talented writers from the TV world:

(Seriously, am I right?!) All of these writers generously donated their time and talents in honor of Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, a fabulously talented actress, singer, dancer, television producer/writer and lyricist… who also happens to suffer from lupus.   

Grab a copy of the book, read some fun stories, and help a great cause.  The best part? All proceeds from the sale of these books go directly to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Get your copy here, and thank you!  Let’s make a boatload of cash in the fight against lupus!

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