All Write Friday

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 66 Comments

Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts, L.G., and Katie for reminding us to appreciate the small things.

1. Last day of the semester for my college guys. They'll be home for the summer this Saturday!

2. Seeing Ron White live Saturday night. Should be fun!

3. Is this weekend Mother's Day? Woo hoo- I'll be getting present. They'll probably be stange, but still- presents!!





Now for some writing stuff!




Now for a Good Book!

Ever dreamed of a life that reads more like a book? Rowena did until she stumbled into a fairy tale that wasn't so friendly.

Fabled by Vanessa K. Eccles
Publisher: Bound and Brewed 
Young adult fantasy/fairy tale


Rowena thinks the Grimm’s infamous podcasts are simply another teen fad until she finds herself trapped in a land of nightmarish storybook characters. She tries desperately to flee Mezzanine and return home, but Dresdem, Mezzanine’s wicked monarch, plans to use Rowena’s access to her world to bring dark magic and absolute rule into Georgia and beyond.

But when Rowena’s dear friend Madeline falls into Dresdem’s grasp, her battle with him becomes war, and all hopes of home are temporarily thwarted. With the help of an invisible hero, a beast, and an owl, she sets out to free Madeline from a deadening sleep. But Rowena must become her own hero when she finds herself bound by the kingdom’s darkest family. She must make the ultimate choice – align herself with her enemies or live on the run forever. 

Excerpt:

“Heads or tails?” Lil asked as she opened the door and stood in front of me.
“Tales.”
“When are you going to learn that heads always wins?” She snickered and rolled her eyes in amazement of my apparent naivety.
“Not always. Besides, tales are more interesting.”
Not understanding my word play, she shrugged and searched her pockets for a coin.
I leaned into the porch swing, coffee and book in hand, and watched as autumn's first leaves sunsetted the deadening grass. I rested the mug on my knee and let the cool breeze sway me back and forth while I waited.
Trying to ignore my little sister's attempts to aggravate me, I looked down at the fantastical book in my hands and realized how beloved, yet unrealistic it seemed. Most of us lead relatively dull lives and are content but never satisfied. The “happily ever afters” they crammed in our minds as children were merely lies, but I couldn’t help but dream of an adventure like the one I was holding. I wanted my life to be epic. Who was I kidding? Only characters in our favorite stories experienced magical lives. Mine had already been planned out for me go to college, land a mediocre job, get married, and have 1.8 perfectly groomed, smiling children. That was it. The end.

Links: Amazon | Smashwords Goodreads
(See author's website for all available outlets.)


Meet the Author: Vanessa K. Eccles graduated Troy University with a degree in English. She currently serves as executive editor of Belle Rêve Literary Journal and is founder of the book blog YA-NASisterhood. When she’s not writing or devouring books, she enjoys the lake life with her Prince Charming and their four dogs.

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66 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Vanessa!
    That's awesome your boys will be home in time for Mother's Day.
    And good thing those rules didn't include anything about exclamation points!!!

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    1. !'s are great in all circumstances!!! Besides a manuscript. Use sparingly then. But here? The sky is the limit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Enjoy your boys this summer. Have a good Mother's Day.

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  3. I hope you enjoy the summer with your boys and Mother's Day!

    I've always giggled while reading those writing rules. And I've wondered if anyone but writers get it. ;)

    Congratulations to Vanessa! The cover of Fabled is gorgeous!

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    1. I am not a writer Chrys and I definitely 'get it'.

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    2. But Jo, you are a writer! Just because you're not working on a book doesn't mean you're not a writer.

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    3. Writers do have a preoccupation (and sometimes an occupation) with words.

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    4. Exactly, Jo! I agree, you are a writer. :)

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  4. Noting about commas? I'm good with the rules then lol

    Hope you get lots of presents

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  5. Those rules were good for a laugh!
    Hope you enjoy your Mother's Day!!

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  6. Loved those rules Liz. Glad the boys will be home for Mother's Day. You can teach them how to mow!!! That book sounds a good one.

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    1. Thanks Jo. The boys definitely get the lawn mowing this summer. I'm thinking my lawn time is better spent making my flowers look pretty.

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  7. love that excerpt and I've been hearing so much about Vanessa's book! :) love the cover.

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    1. I can't wait to read it. It does sound amazing!

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  8. Congratulations Vanessa!

    Hey, the boys will be home for Mother's Day. That's awesome.

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    1. It was awesome. The older they get, the more I appreciate getting them all together at once.

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  9. Happy Mother's Day when it comes.
    Eliminate fragments? Never! I couldn't wait to be published so I could do some forbidden things. :)
    Fabled sounds like a lot of action and excitement.

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    1. I love fragments too. Hey, King does it. If it's good enough for the King, it's good.

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  10. Congratulations to Vanessa, the book sounds good.

    Have a fabulous Mother's Day with your boys home for the summer.

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  11. How lovely that your son's home! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day and get lots of fun presents! :)

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    1. It was a great weekend. The presents. Oh my. I did get presents. My guys have odd taste.

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  12. Summer already! Hope they spoil you for Mother's Day :-)

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    1. They did spoil me! I got breakfast made for me and we went to the movie.

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  13. Happy Mother's Day Elizabeth!

    Ron White! He's so funny. That will be a blast. HAVE FUN!

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    1. He was hilarious. And his show lasted a while. You can just tell he is a good-hearted sort of guy.

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  14. i love this
    you have a lovely blog,
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    thank you.

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  15. Congrats Vanessa! And how cool that your boys are done right in time for Mother's Day.

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  16. I hope you had a good Mother's Day and had fun seeing Ron White. That guy is hilarious.

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    1. We had the best time. He was funny, but even better- he came across as humble and very appreciative of everyone in the audience. I'm a forever fan.

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  17. I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

    Fabled sounds like a wonderful read. :-)

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  18. I'll bet you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    1. I did Lee! My guys do odd things, but they are fun.

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  19. Hope you had a fantabulous Mother's Day!!

    Love the cover for Fabled! And I do love a good giveaway...

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    1. Thanks Kristin! That is one awesome cover.

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  20. What a pretty cover! Congrats to Vanessa!

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    1. My pleasure Vanessa! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  22. Wahoo for Vanessa! Love the cover and I can't wait to read the book. Seriously. =D

    Hope you had the most amazing Mother's Day, Elizabeth--and that your weird gifts are both memorable and delicious. ;)

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    1. Crystal- you know my men well. The gifts were weird, as usual. Hope you had an awesome day too. Lots of snuggles with that new baby!

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  23. Wow, What a list of tips!

    Congrats to Vanessa!

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    1. Now, if only I could remember them all.

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  24. Way to go, Vanessa! Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day, Elizabeth. This is, of course, the second Mother's Day of the year. The other one was in March. Which means, my mother in Canada get two happy Mother's day greetings from me. The British one and the North American one.

    I is like writing real good. One thing's for sure. I never, ever, ever, exaggerate in my writing, ever.

    Gary :)

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    1. I is a real good writer too.

      I'll have to tell my boys they need to start celebrating both also. I can never be too spoiled, right?

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    2. Indeed, make mention of "Mothering Sunday", which is, not surprisingly, on a Sunday and the date is March 6, 2016. Something to mark on your 2016 calendar! :)

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  25. Hope you had a Happy*Mother's*Day!!! Love those writing tips :-) And congrats to Vanessa!

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  26. Happy belated Mother's Day! I hope you had a great one. :)

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  27. My husband would LOVE to see Ron White live. He's one of his favorite comedians. I bought him Brian Regan tickets for his birthday.

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    1. I was surprised he came to Morgantown. But then, when he came out, the auditorium was crazy with excitement. First thing he said was that he promised Morgantown as long as they wanted him, he'd always be back. That he keeps his promises. It was a really excellent show. He comes across as extremely likable and grateful to his fans.

      I love stand up. That's one good thing about my babies being adults- we can go to shows that aren't Disney!

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  28. I hope you had a great mother's day. I loved the writing good tips. Thanks for sharing. I never get enough humor in my life.

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    1. I agree, there never is enough humor in life.

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  29. My kids are still in high school and middle school, so theystill have about four weeks left to go. I'm grateful that it's mostly above freezing here in Michigan.

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    1. It's nice and warm here now. I only have two left in high school. The time flew by!

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  30. Hope you had a great mothers day. My kitties gave me cute faces.

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    1. I did!

      Your kitties are so thoughtful. :)

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