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My friends. I had so much to tell you today. About interviews and books and new authors I met and how hard I’ve been working. How splendidly everything is coming along.

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But today is such a dreamy day. I can’t seem to do anything physical and logical. I can’t talk to people right in front of me. But today Melanie Meadors and J.L. Murray and I pretended to have coffee together. And I found myself discussing the beauty and my fascination with The Rochester Panel near my home town. My beloved chickens laid their first eggs. And I fell in love with the art of Leslie Ann O’Dell. She has a print titled “Widow” that I would like to buy.

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“Widow” By Leslie Ann O’Dell. This is currently for sale on her site, which is linked above.

I told somebody I’m not firmly tethered to the earth today. It isn’t a bad way to be.

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So my writing group The Illiterati were invited to a VIP Reception for writer/actor/producer BJ Novak. He’s a headliner at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and since Mason and I are in the Lost and Found in Las Vegas anthology that just came out, we scored tickets. Yay!

It’s awesome. BJ was friendly and funny and everything you’d expect. We told him to check out the beautiful woodwork in Main Street Station and to check out the shark tank/swimming pool at the Golden Nugget.

Yes. There’s a tube slide through the shark tank. IT. IS. AWESOME.

Then BJ went on to speak to his adoring crowd while Mason, Matt Czarnowski and I fled the wine and hors d’oeuvres table in favor for some Five Guys Burgers. Because that’s how we roll.

IMG_0010I love my writer’s group. They’re so wonderful. It’s good to be with friends. This weekend we’re doing a panel at the festival, hopefully meeting Aimee Bender, who is one of my favorite writers, and then spending Saturday night at my house. Plans? Cooking chicken noodle soup from scratch, writing, playing video games, and recording a song. This is just what we do. <3

Mercedes M. Yardley:

Armand Rosamilia and Special Gal are doing something amazing and meaningful. If you are a writer or publisher, this particularly applies to you! Set your books aside and be ready to ship them come January.

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

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Hard to believe we are only three months away from the official kickoff to the second year of Authors Supporting Our Troops. I figured now would be a good time to get everyone up to speed and explain the program again so I don’t have to spend so much time this year telling helpful people what we do and do not need to make this another successful year.

First off, we never really stopped collecting author-signed books, we just haven’t posted too much about it once the official end date of May 15th came and went. We collected 2,500 books from authors and publishers in the four months we promoted it. I think that is awesome.

Since then we’ve managed about 75 more books and sent out another shipment overseas to a soldier. the goal for 2015 is to break 3,000 books collected and shipped. We can only do that…

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Please come, if you can. I’ll be on a panel with my partner-in-crime Mason Bundschuh. There will be books to buy, panels to participate in, and each year they have free hotdogs. I am ALL ABOUT the free hotdogs! BJ Novak will be there, along with one of my very favorite writers, Aimee Bender. I have this fantasy where I talk to her without passing out. Let’s see if it happens.

Join us at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. :D

I know. It sounds like the start of a bad joke. And it was more like I was nudged by a school bus the other day, or I was pushed over more than hit. I can’t even tell you exactly what happened! I was standing on the sidewalk at my daughter’s school, waiting to pick her up. I had my back to a line of school buses, and one pulled out of line and passed the others. Somehow the back of the bus made contact with my body, and I would have totally sprawled on my face if the people standing next to me wouldn’t have caught me. I’m fine, just bruised and sore to the bone. And a little baffled, I’ll be honest.

But life continues! Pretty Little Dead Girls is getting some wonderful reviews! It was nominated for The Whitney Award, which delights me. And Nina drew me a picture tonight of a shark drinking hot chocolate in order to cheer me up. She also gave him some swimmers as snacks. That’s a thoughtful girl. :D

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This beautiful review of PLDG nearly stopped my heart. Author T.O. Munro took the time to write a beautiful review that was exquisitely worded. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Pretty Little Dead Girls has been out for five days and has received 18 five-star reviews and 1 four-star on Amazon. This makes me so happy and means so much! It means that over a dozen people are now familiar with Bryony and her destiny.

Thank you for all of your support and love! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. This book is my dream come true.

So this was a project I did the other day. With Pretty Little Dead Girls coming out and the other stories in the works, I knew it would be crunch time. Not cooking dinner every night would give me an extra hour of writing time.

I spent five dollars and bought this menu plan. You can put it together yourself, but believe me, the five dollars was worth it.

First I gathered the ingredients. And made my daughter peel potatoes. Bwa ha!

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We diced everything up.

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And then we bagged the dinners. I ended up with twenty, including things like Italian Chicken, beef roast, pork chops, etc. It’s a heavily meat-based plan, but we eat a lot of veggie soups, so they’ll be great in rotation. I thaw the bag in the fridge overnight, toss it in the crockpot the next morning, and then life is beautiful.

10636449_10152374412781446_5937253101559782605_oWe had one of these for dinner yesterday while I attended the PLDG Facebook release party. Who has time to cook when there’s a celebration to be had? :D

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