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There’s a video going around. I won’t post it, but you know the one. A couple of teens beat up a mentally disabled man in Newark, Delaware. They knock him to the ground. Hurt him badly.

That man on the ground is Coran. He has Williams Syndrome, just like my son.

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Here is our story.

Here’s more information on Williams.

Of course I’m heartbroken and afraid. This is the kind of thing I worry about Every. Single. Day. My son was physically abused by a teacher when he was four years old. That changed our lives and opened my eyes to the world that we truly live in. It’s ugly, but we can make it beautiful.

I have a desire to be more proactive in comforting and soothing. To not only step in when there’s a crisis, but also to actively add something positive to my area of world. I have a project coming up called The Joy Rock Club. I’ll tell you more about it later, but it has to do with my idea that small things lead to great things. Minutes = Novels. Tiny acts of kindness can cheer somebody, who in turn can hopefully cheer somebody else. Let’s stand against the tide, my friends. Counteract what we can with our Care Bear Stare.

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If anybody would like to send a card or goodie box to Coran and his family, the Delaware police department said they would make sure he gets it.

Attention Det. Sendek
C/O Coran
3601 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE. 19720

Let’s stop bullying. Let’s not participate or merely stand by. Let’s be proactive in not only stopping the bad, but also equally active in spreading happiness.

You guys are awesome for that. :)

********UPDATE********

Two teens were arrested and one turned himself in. They were charged with misdemeanors and released to their parents. You can read about that here.

A misdemeanor? They’re videotaped attacking the same person TWICE, and if this isn’t a hate crime, I don’t know what is. Also, yesterday in the same town, a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy was assaulted by teens while in his wheelchair. Let’s pray it’s the same group of kids because I’d hate to think there are more monsters running around.

I, along with others, am writing a letter to the governor of Delaware pointing out the severe medical problems that people with Williams Syndrome experience, and how seriously this beating could be affecting Coran’s health. I’m asking him to take a long, hard look at this case and stand up for those who need protecting.

If you’re interested in writing him, the contact link is here.

Also, here’s a link from The National Bullying Prevention Center about bullying people with disabilities. It’s wonderful to read and share. Now let’s go out there and be the front line between bullies and victims who can’t stand up for themselves. Because you know what? I can stand up for you, little guy. And I’m willing to do so.

 

Pretty Little Dead GirlsThat’s a mouthful!

Author and publicist Melanie Meadors wrote up a splendid press release for Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. You can read that here.

If you’re interested in the signed hardcover limited edition with an exclusive piece of art created by Orion Zangara, you can preorder one here.

Only 100 copies of the special limited edition will be printed, so this is your only chance to grab one. Preorders will be taken until all 100 copies sell out.

This is so exciting! I hope you enjoy!

Because I have something EXCEPTIONALLY AWESOME to announce tomorrow, and I can’t wait! If it’s something you’re interested in, you might want to get a jump on it.

Talk to you soon!

This is the cover, created by Hugo Award-winning artist Galen Dara.

I hope you love it.

Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy will be released on September 29. I couldn’t be happier.

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Oh, my friends! This is what I have been waiting for! Tonight we’re going to finally reveal the cover to my new novel Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy.

I had an artist in mind years ago, quite honestly. As soon as I saw Galen Dara‘s work, she was my dream artist. She has such an ethereal, feminine, dark touch. Things happily fell in a way that allowed us to work together, and I am so grateful and pleased. Thank you, Galen, from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway! Ragnarok Publications is holding a big ole block party starting at 8 PM Eastern, running through 10 PM Eastern. Yes, that’s in half an hour. Join us! Come chat, learn about the Blackguards anthology, meet some authors, and witness my live cover reveal! There will also be tons of prizes. Thank you so much! You can join us here.

I hope to see you!

YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!

And if you can’t stop by the Ragnarok Block Party, not to worry. I’ll definitely be posting the cover here tomorrow. :D

This was just fun to talk about.

I was asked, along with other awesome peers like Jay Posey, Myke Cole, Mari Adkins (and more!) to share my favorite childhood library or book store memory. It was something sweet for me to remember and think about. You can read everybody’s answers here.

I’m interested in your answers! What’s your favorite childhood literary memory?

Simple. Beautiful. Charming.

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It’s exceptionally quick and best of all, the kiddos can help. And it doesn’t heat up the house, which is important when it’s 110 degrees in Las Vegas. So let’s make some soap!

You will need:

A soap base. (I used this one, but there are plenty to choose from.)

Lavender essential oil

Dried lavender flowers

Microwavable bowl

Soap mold

 

I went to Michael’s and picked up some of their soap-making supplies. I chose not to use lye because that’s a great way for my children to burn their eyes out, and I wanted them to help.

I like the look and feel of goat milk’s soap, so that’s the base I chose.

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It generally takes about four cubes of the goat’s milk base to equal one bar of soap. (I chose the pre-scored base simply because it was easier.)

I cut up the cubes and put them in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir it. Then microwave it for 30 seconds again. Keep doing this until it’s nice and melted. You don’t want any lumps. It took me two minutes in the microwave to melt completely.

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Now it’s time to add your essential oils! I used a few drops of lavender and a relaxing oil blend that I picked up at the craft store. Add it until you’re happy with it. Once it cools, it’ll still smell the same. Then I added about 1/4 a cup of dried lavender flowers. Stir everything up and pour it into your mold.

The lavender flowers will float. There isn’t really much you can do about it. Sorry. :)

Let the soap cool for about an hour. Then pop it out of the mold. It’s that easy!

You can mix and match your soaps by simply swapping out ingredients. We made lemon soap by using lemon essential oil and dried lemon zest. You can also buy super cute molds, too. Like this Calimari or skully mold.

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If you’re gifting the soap, you can wrap it up in paper and ribbon. I added some lavender from the garden because I’m obsessed with the stuff.

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I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it, and what oils you use! I’d love to hear how it turns out.

 

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