NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes Has a Lickable Cover!

“Oh, Miss Murder,” you say sweetly and with a tad bit of nervousness, “I think that you made an error there. I’m sure you meant to say that Nameless has a likeable cover.”

Aren’t you dear? But no, I meant exactly that. The cover is deliciously lickable. Observe.

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Melanie Meadors, author and publicist.

DonaldAnd a lady-scarf wearing reader.

You can’t argue with the evidence.

Don’t miss out! Lick your own copy of Nameless today! And if you do, please send me pictures. :)

My New Year’s Resolution Involves Kanye West. Doesn’t Yours?

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I found this fun little Random New Year’s Resolution Generator. I thought my resolution for the year was centered around the theme “less”, but no. I resolve to love others as much as Kanye West loves himself.

And that’s an awful lot.

This totally made me giggle! Why not try your hand at it and tell me what your random New Year’s Resolution is? I’d love to hear it! :D

My 2014 Reading List

Every year I try to read a book a week. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t. This year I read 54 books, so hooray! This is my list.

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1. Legend of Kill Creek Woods by Brett Williams

2. A Life Transparent by Todd Keisling

3. Jenny Undead by J.L. Murray

4. Autumn in the Abyss by John Claude Smith

5. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

6. The Whisper in Dissonance by Ian Welke

7. John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler

8. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

9. Aura Personalities by Staci Sadler

10. Jingle: An Original Fairy Tale by Terri-Lynn DeFino

11. The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale by Michael Bamberger

12. Bunnicula by James Howe

13. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

14. Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

15. Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz

16. Clean by Alejandro Junger

17. Hemmingway’s Ghost byhttps://abrokenlaptop.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6614&action=edit&message=1 Layton Green

18. She’s Gotta be Mine by Jennifer Skully

19. Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous edited by Tim Marquitz

20. Relax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

21. Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson

22. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

23. Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb

24. We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song by Gloria Gaynor (and me!)

25. Rising by Holly Kelly

26. The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice by Kelly Russel Agodon and Martha Silano

27. Radio Free Nowhere by Todd Keisling

28. Jamias Vu by Post Morten Press

29. Creativity Now by William Wyatt

30. Piercing the Veil by Mason Ian Bundschuh

31. Saving Granny from the Devil by Todd Keisling

32. Kamkura Kwaidan True Japanese Ghost Stories and Hauntings by Ron Dutcher

33. The Harbinger by Todd Keisling

34. The Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

35. All the Dead Things by Simon Paul Woodward

36. Quilting for Beginners: Your Step by Step Guide on How to Learn Quilting for Beginners by Betty Olsen

37. The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

38. The Turtle Knight by Brian Hopkins

39. Genesis (The Colony, #1) by Michaelbrent Collings

40. 76 Free Things to do with Kids: A Real Mom’s Guide by Shannon Brown

41. Mr. Underneath by Randy Briley

42. Captive by Michael Robertson

43. Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alex Wiesman

44. Chelsea Avenue by Arman Rosamilia

45. Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

46.  The Haunted Hikikomori by Lawrence Pierce

47. Of Wind and Winter by Danyelle Leafty

48. House of Darkness, House of Light Volume 1 by Andrea Perron

49. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

50. Cracked Sky by Ben Eads

51. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

52. The Troop by Nick Cutter

53. My Story by Elizabeth Smart

54. Genesis (The Colony #1) by Michaelbrent Collings

Did you read any of the same books? What were your favorites? Do you have any reading goals for the new year?

Discussing Williams Syndrome with Sarah Chorn

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I introduced you to Sarah Chorn a while ago. She wrote a stunning review for Pretty Little Dead Girls that just touched my heart. But she’s done even more than that! Sarah interviewed me for her wonderful column Special Needs in Strange Worlds, which runs in the SF Signal Magazine. Sarah’s column helps raise awareness for not only diversity in genre fiction, but she specifically emphasizes special needs. She invited me to talk about my feelings of diversity in fiction, and we discussed my son, Williams Syndrome, and how he has influenced my writing.

I thank her so much for the opportunity to discuss something so exceptionally dear to me. Please read it, if you have a chance, and get to know a little more about Niko and WS.  :)

I was also delighted that the Williams Syndrome Association ran the interview on their Facebook page. That made me so happy!

Bookworm Blues Reviews Pretty Little Dead Girls!

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Many of you might be familiar with Sarah Chorn. She’s an influential book reviewer, and also has a wonderful column at SF Signal called Special Needs in Strange Worlds. SNiSW is really worth your time to read. Not only does it discuss diversity in genre literature, but it focuses specifically on special needs. As far as I know, there isn’t another column that does that.

Sarah wrote a fantastic review of my novel Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. It makes me smile so much! Please stop by and read it. :) You can find it on her site, Bookworm Blues.

Christmas Eve’s Eve

It’s been quite the holiday. Deadlines have been fast and furious. Holidays can be difficult for those we love. Life is just, you know, life. But I wanted to try to do small, sweet things the kids would remember fondly.

We wrote and mailed letters to Santa.

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We wrapped presents.

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The key for was to do different, fun things but keep it low-key enough that it didn’t cause me stress. Because we have enough stress in our lives, don’t we?

Tomorrow we’re dressing in our pajamas and baking cookies for Santa, who has his own special treat plate. It will be a simple thing, but hopefully a special memory.

Merry Christmas, my friends. :)

Here’s A More Realistic Holiday Newsletter

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My friend was telling me about a bragging Christmas newsletter that she finally had to throw in the trash. It’s fun to read what friends and family are up to, but some of these newsletters are crafted so carefully that it sounds like this family is the next to Mary and Joseph in perfection.

“Larry is king of the company this year! He was promoted twice and soon we expect his sovereign rule. Not only is Anna the perfect mother and housewife, but she runs her own business and managed to put together these beautiful Christmas cards by hand. Huey, Dewy, and Louie are all altar boys, volunteer with the homeless, AND play the french horn. Merry Christmas!”

So we made up some of our own, more realistic, holiday newsletters and swapped them. It was so much fun, and we laughed so hard!

Here’s mine.

“Luke is still with the company, and has lost all enthusiasm. They keep promoting him but we wish they wouldn’t so we could move out of this town. Mercedes upped her antidepressants this year. Twice. Niko, 11, only wants to wear green shirts, which aren’t allowed at his school. Nina is 7 and still can’t tie her shoes, but she’s a little artist so we’ll just call her eccentric. Lilia, 3, had to get stitches in the most sensitive of areas due to a very awkward fall. The animals despise us all and openly plot our deaths every day. It’s only a matter of time. Merry Christmas!”

It was fun to see what people came up with. Some celebrated losing their jobs while others said single-parenting was driving them crazy. Many wondered if this was the year they started drinking. It put a little fun and joy into every day things. Sometimes you have to laugh or you’ll start to cry.

Won’t you write a realistic newsletter and share it with me? I would love to read them! :D

Watch The Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writers: Holiday Edition!

It was a hoot, you guys. We had technical difficulties, paper dolls made of the Awkward Writers, Todd was catfished by Cheese Nips, and we all wore little holiday hats. A good time was had by all! Except when we discussed life without writing. We’re getting angry. You wouldn’t like us when we’re angry.

If you’d like to listen to some chatter while you’re doing your work, you can watch us here. :)

Win Prizes Tonight!

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Tonight I’m getting together with the Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writer’s crew for a special holiday broadcast. We’ll discuss a myriad of things, answer your questions, and the best part? We’ll be giving out prizes! We literally have stockings full of gifts. Join us!

It’s an online party, so you can show up in pajamas. Todd Keisling, Anthony Rapino, Eryk Pruitt and I will, thankfully, be dressed because we’re on air. We’re all respectful like that. It runs from 8:00 PM -10:00 PM Eastern time. So grab something festive to munch on and enjoy discussions on writing, the holidays, and anything else you’d like to ask us.

If you ask nicely, I’ll show you where we shaved the side of my head. I love it. . ;)

You’ll find all of the information here.

Easy Cheery Cinnamon Voodoo Ornaments! A Tutorial.

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Christmas spirit is lacking this year. So I’ve been trying to do simple, stress-free things with the children to add joy and spice. Yesterday we made cinnamon salt dough ornaments, and it was just what the doctor prescribed!

I found the original recipe here.

This recipe has four ingredients and doesn’t require cooking. Easy, charming, and the cinnamon smelled so good! We did hearts, stars, bunnies, and voodoo dolls, of course.

The Recipe

1 cup flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of cinnamon

3/4 cups of warm water

Mix your ingredients together. It’s easiest to mix the powders first and add the water last.

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If it’s a little dry, add more water. If it’s a little sticky, add more flour. Really, you can’t mess this recipe up.

Knead it with your hands and roll it into a ball.

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Roll it out and use cookie cutters to cut out your festive Christmas (voodoo) shapes!

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After you cut out your ornaments, put them on a cookie sheet to dry. Use a toothpick to make a little hole in them so you can run a string or ribbon through them later.

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Let them dry for about a day. It took us a little less than 24 hours. They’ll lighten up considerably, and you can paint them at this point if you’d like. We left ours as-is because we liked the rustic look.

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Adore me! Like I adore you!

When they’re dry, string them on a thread and hang them from your tree! They’re just darling, they take less than half an hour to do (minus drying time) and it really helped bring some holiday joy. I hope you try it! If you do, perhaps you could show me some pictures. :)