Belle BWHello I’m Belinda (McGrath) Witzenhausen~in a nutshell; I am a Writer,Editor,Creativity Coach, Artist, Amateur Photographer,Online Radio Show Producer, Lover of Psychology/Neuroscience, Armchair Archaeologist, Coffee Connoisseur, Bibliophile & Hubby’s Grossly Under-Paid Bass Roadie. ;)

I have always enjoyed helping others, both my education and work history have revolved around social services and as a result, I have been blessed to cross paths with many interesting, inspiring and creative people. I love life and try to make sure that each of my days is touched by the creative process.  I make it my mission to help others heal and ignite their creativity. I also am an advocate for children and adults with special needs, chronic illness, and learning challenges.

Currently, I am working on an Urban Fantasy novel to be released  2015, am a contributing writer for various mainstream websites, main writer/creator/coach at www.IgniteYourCreativity.net, www.WriterzBlox.net, partner at Professor Owl’s Book Corner and a producer for Blogtalk’s Radio show Conscious Choices (currently on hiatus). Also stay tuned for a new anti-bullying initiative to raise awareness and help victims of cyber-bullies.

You can also find me here:








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Pleased to announce the launch of our publishing company…


McGrath Witzenhausen Publishing! 

New Release by #AmazingAuthor MaryAnn Kempher( @MaryAnnKempher )

Check out another new release from a familiar face on this blog, Author MaryAnn Kempher! (read more posts about MaryAnn & her books here)


Play Dead

Under the Moonlight series #4

PlayDead ebook LIGHTENTED Version

Play dead. It might just save your life.

When Jack Harney and Curt Noble opened their detective agency, they expected to investigate the occasional cheating husband or minor theft. Instead, they’ve somehow found themselves, once again, investigating not one, but two grisly murders.  

Nene and Gaga Albright; one sweet, one sour, both suspicious of the new tenants above. Strange things are happening in the apartment across the hall. Are the new tenants eccentric, or just plain crazy?

Can Jack and Curt find the killer before he kills again? Will Nene find out what’s going on behind door number two, or die trying?

Purchase Link:  Link to Amazon Page

About MaryAnn:


MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery novels with a dash of humor.

She is the author of three other books in the Under the Moonlight series: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder; a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. Forever Doomed, a mystery set aboard a cruise ship, and Sweet Mystery—another “I did not see that ending coming.” mystery. All three will make you giggle, and keep you guessing until the very end.

Her influences include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.


If you’d like to connect with MaryAnn Kempher, that will be easy:

Website: http://mkempher.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryAnnKempher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maryannkempher/boards/

New Release by #AmazingAuthor L. L. Hunter ( @llhunterbooks )

Huge congratulations to a familiar face on this blog, Author L.L. Hunter for her newest release! (read her interview and guest post)

Laura L Hunter


The Dragon Heart Series #3

by L.L. Hunter

Genre: YA fantasy/urban fantasy/ paranormal romance/myths and legends
Formats: eBook and print
Release Date: May 31st 2015



“Eva and Ash thought they were safe.
What they don’t know is someone is watching their every move.
As the bounty on their head looms, Eva will do anything to protect Ash, even if it means trusting the enemy.
Ash must learn to work with Henry if he is to survive, and Eva must put up with both boys—and her feelings for them.
But their plan to escape the clutches of Eva’s father is ruined when the trio is separated.
To find their way back together, they must all confront their own demons—in order for them to confront the Man with the Fire in his Eyes.

When you’re the last of the Dragon Hearts, everyone hungers for your blood.

Crave Love. Crave Blood. Crave Death.”


Add to your Goodreads shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23942524-hunger

Purchase Links:

Amazon: (available on release day)
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/hunger/id952932565?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunger-ll-hunter/1120940264?ean=2940046470239
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hunger-82

Haven’t started the adventure? The first 2 books in the series are on sale!


1. The Dragon Heart Keeper (FREE)

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00CSCT2R0
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-heart-keeper-ll-hunter/1114512096?ean=2940044295445
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-dragon-heart-keeper
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/the-dragon-heart-keeper/id601176416?mt=11

2. Crave (99 cents)

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00MR2H80O
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crave-ll-hunter/1119370509?ean=2940045858069&itm=1&usri=l.l.+hunter
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/crave-21
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/crave/id870955745?mt=11

Follow L.L. Hunter

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LL-Hunter/110104129132865

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LLHunterbooks

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/L.L.-Hunter/e/B00B2B701I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1379386637&sr=8-1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6559537.L_L_Hunter

Blog: http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au

Instagram: @llhunter

Website: http://llhunterauthor.wordpress.com

Google +: http://google.com/+LLHunter

Taking a break…


Due to an extremely busy month ahead I will be taking a short break from blogging until the end of June. #amwriting #studying

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~Harriet Tubman

Wherever you may be in your day/eve, I hope you’re living with passion & purpose!

Live, laugh & love! xo

Wishing all a wonderful month! :)

Catching up with author Micheal Rivers ( @Micheal_Rivers ) #AmazingAuthor

Recently I was able to catch up with #AmazingAuthor Micheal Rivers.  Last time I spoke with Micheal was during our previous interview back in the spring of 2013 (here). Looks like fans will be happy to see he has big things happening on the horizon.

Author Micheal Rivers

Welcome Micheal, it’s been a while since we last spoke

It’s been too long. With our schedules we don’t talk nearly enough.

I understand you’re pursuing different genres…What have you been working on?

I actually have two in the works that are a different genre. I believe they may raise some eyebrows when they are released. One in particular, which is titled Robin Peace, is a story a few people may get a little angry with. It does reflect the way many people are thinking at this point with world affairs.

What inspired you to change genres?

I have a lot of stories in my head that I want to get down in print. It just happens they are not in my usual genre. It’s a little excitement in my life. The world is wide open. When I see or hear something that sticks with me it can bring on what if, and then it’s an open end run for the goal line.

In general what inspires/motivates you to write? 

Inspiration comes from a thousand places at once sometimes. I never could pinpoint any one thing that produces inspiration for me. I only wish I could write when I want to. The motivation comes from not being able to control the passion. As an author you cannot always write situations or events as they really are. There is such a thing as respect or consideration for others even when you are wielding a pen.

What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your books?

There are times when I sneak in tiny bits of wisdom for my readers. I do so without the intention of interfering, but with a morsel to try and get them to think about what was written. There are things out there we will never understand and yet they exist; it’s up to us to find the answers to the riddles.

Are you a plotter (do you outline) or are you a “pantser” and  prefer to just see where an idea leads you? 

I have tried outlining and still do to a degree. The outline works for me, and yet it goes out the window when the character decides he has his own agenda. Makes you wonder who is controlling whom. My storyboard is the main- stay of my work. It is confusing to others looking at it, but it makes perfect sense to me.

Do you ever get writer’s block and how do you work through it?

I do not get writer’s block. I work through the tale until I am satisfied with where it is going. That is another reason I can work on more than one manuscript at the time. I have six in the works at this moment. I have no problem separating the characters and I know where the stories are going. I just have to decide on how I want to write it. With enough Pepsi, cigarettes and Twinkies, you can rule the world.

What does your average work/writing day look like?

That is a tough question. Life changes every day so getting a set time for me is like watching a train wreck in progress. It is the peripheral things that drive me insane and does not allow a set schedule. I do research, answer emails, and a host of challenges to keep me company. The greatest challenge is myself; I have to have the right mindset before I can lay down the first word for the day.

What challenges do you find (if any) in changing genres? 

I think maybe the greatest challenge is Mike Baugham. (You know Micheal Rivers, the guy who writes the paranormal stories.) Will anybody recognize the name or will they say there is a new writer in town?

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

In the future there are a number of books. I have a sequel for The Black Witch. This one is where it all began for the schooner. I have a mind bender entitled Scratch. There is a sequel to Moonlight on the Nantahala. The coup de gras is Robin Peace and another, which is untitled. They are out of my genre. The others, which I have to look forward to, are lain out for their execution and maybe I will live to be a hundred and get them all.

I can be found at

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Micheal_Rivers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichealRivers.Author
Email: contact@michealrivers.com
Amazon Books: http://www.amazon.com/Micheal-Rivers

Thank you Belinda, it was great talking with you today. Hopefully, our schedules will permit us to talk again sooner. We’ll turn the tables next time and I’d love to have you on my blog.

Micheal Rivers

Day in the life of Author May Woodworth ( @MayWoodworth ) ~ Guest Post


Since my time is spent in two locations (city and country), for my ‘Day in the life’, I chose to give you a glimpse into a day in one of my happy places. From a tree laden homestead in New England, I wish all of you a happy Spring. I know it is Spring, not from looking outside, but because the calendar says so.

This morning greeted us with a weather forecast of more snow. No kidding. Going into the second week of April and more snow is on the way. I drowned my sorrow with gads of coffee and an extra large cinnamon swirl muffin.  Bleary eyed, I gazed at the woodpeckers at the suet feeders, I kept telling myself that Spring would come. Someday. Today though: 35 degrees.

After a quick shower, I shoved hair into pigtails, and piled on the many layers I required, I dragged my butt outside. If it weren’t for my girls, I wouldn’t. But my momma hen radar was on. I knew they were squawking for me. Sure enough, as I neared the coop, I heard them. Opening their coop door, I was greeted by my bright eyed and bushy tailed girls. After brief morning hellos, they took off to explore the grounds, pecking at any patches of earth.

Coop cleaned, food trays filled, water changed, sand raked, and buckets of waste dumped in the compost, I took some time to hang out with the girls.  Don’t believe anyone who says chickens aren’t social or have personalities. They are, and they do. After corralling them back to the safety of the kennel, I head back inside. The wood stove, and my latest work in process was calling me.  I planned on spending the week in my writing cave (next to the woodstove), but first I needed to make enough food to meet every craving I could possibly have and feed my homesteading partner. So, I made a sh*tload of food. A week’s worth.

Now I could write. Wrong. Next was a trip to the library to stock up on research books. They know me well there. Then, just when I thought it was safe to write, the tree removal guys pulled up. They did all the hard work, but clean up was up to us. Log after log, branch after branch, twig after twig. We moved them all, and it needed to be done before dark.

Dinner=(thank you slow cookers)

Finally, after the girls were tucked in, the kitchen cleaned, the emails and promotion taken care of, it could have been writing time, but instead, we decided a cozy fire was in order.  Thanks to my homesteading partners penchant for torching , we had us a nice bonfire.

After that, when normal people would probably start thinking about bedtime, I escaped into my plant filled office (after downing a coffee), clicked on the pink fairy lights, and turned on my beloved Acer laptop. Me and him, we go way back.

Who knows where I will be five years from now, but I know this; Writing will always be a part of my life because I make room for it. There is always time if you make time.

Making time for everything, spending time in two different locations, I had to figure out how to make it all work.

I did.

I write deep into the night.

Peace, May

May’s New Release:


Not only are toxic partners dangerous physically, they can damage your self-esteem and affect decision making. You focus on surviving each day instead of thriving.

After a lifetime working for women and families, May Woodworth explores why some women attach themselves to toxic partners, and why they have difficulty unsticking from them.

In her debut non-fiction, Sticky Girls, Why Women Stay In Bad Relationships, May approaches dependent relationships in a compassionate manner, giving guidance, and offering solutions to woman who feel stuck.

Keep attracting the wrong type of guy? Do you stay invested in toxic relationships well past their expiration date? Have you ever been on the receiving end of relationship abuse? Do you have a relationship pattern that you would like to change? Are you ready to explore why you behave the way you do?

Sticky Girls is for you.

Getting unstuck is not impossible. With the right tools, you can make it happen.

About May

May’s books explore women’s self-esteem, parenting struggles, personal growth, and empowerment. After years in social services and early childhood education, she has now carved out time to explore her new passion: writing.

Sticky Girls (Non-Fiction, Self-help) Arrow Publications LLC, (book 1 in a women’s empowerment series) releases February, 2015.

Heart of the Hurricane, 2014 (Romance, Drama, Fiction), Big World Network, is available in print, e-book, and audio-book.

May also published over 14 romances under a pseudonym between 2010-2014.

Where to find May:

May’s Amazon Page


May’s Blog


May’s Facebook


May’s Twitter


Exciting News from Amazing Author Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 ) …

Sylvia Stein Pic I am happy to announce that my novella Closure is available through audio on ACX.   Now you can bring Sara’s story to life with the amazing talents of Clay Lomayaku.   You can find the closure audio available through Audible from ACX and it is also available through iTunes and Amazon.   I will be giving out three free copies of the audio book. Make sure to post your comments to enter and win an audio copy of Closure.


Closure ~ Chapter 2 Excerpt

In the dark corner of a room, Sara James waited until the monster fell asleep.

Who was the monster?

Garrison James, her father.

It amazed her how much had changed in the few short months since her mother, Lila left. It felt as if it happened over night.

At first, he seemed absent. Then the yelling, drinking, and angry glares erupted whenever she entered the same room as him. Soon, he began calling her names. When she thought things could not get worse, the real abuse began.

He’s not my dad! He’s a monster!

Heavy footsteps tromped towards the room. She gulped in jagged breaths and looked to the ceiling while blinking rapidly. A feeble attempt to control her tears.

When hiding from the monster found her, she would replay what she did wrong and how he caught her the time before.

Don’t cry, she reminded herself, that’s how he finds you.

She looked around the once lively home for a sweet reminder of better times. There was a time when the house was surrounded by a beautiful garden. Her and her mother would walk hand in hand and choose which flowers to bring inside. Now, the windows were closed, and the vase that usually held flowers sat empty. No matter where she looked, there was no sign of happiness or life.

The house had become a vessel of sorrow and pain.

Mommy, think of her.

She closed her eyes and forced images of her favorite memories. A brief smile appeared as thoughts reverted her to one of the many times when her mother taught her how to bake cookies.

“Oh, Momma, I miss you,” she whispered.

The memory of her mother distracted Sara from the harsh reality. However, nearly as quick as the memories arrived, they dissipated, and before she knew it, the monster began lashing out.

“Sara! Sara! Where are you?” he screamed.

Realizing she had made noise. Sara covered her mouth and began internally praying.

Links to audio book Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Closure-Audiobook/B00ULRS41Y/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1427907604&sr=1-1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427907679&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+stein

ITunes: Sylvia Stein – Closure (Unabridged) – https://itun.es/i6Lx7gs #iTunes

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SylWriter07

Twitter: @sylvia_stein07

Day in the life of Author L. L. Hunter ( @llhunterbooks ) ~ Guest Post

Laura L Hunter

Hi, it’s Laura here, but you may know me better as author L.L. Hunter. I write Young adult paranormal and dystopian as well as romantic suspense and crime for adults.

Writing for me is a passion and I am pretty lucky to be able to do what I love and be earning decent money.

I do have another job other than being an author. I work with kids with special needs, which I find very rewarding. As this is a split shift (before and after school hours) I get to write during the day. I have the best jobs!

If I have to go to my non-author job, I wake early, make myself some coffee and go to work. When I get home I brew myself more coffee and head into my office. I check emails and Facebook messages before getting down to writing or book promotion. Promotion stuff usually takes up most of my time as a self publishing author – I say around 70- 80%. Yes, it is not all about writing! Shock!

These days it is almost impossible for a book to get discovered. The most important way for someone to find out about a book is via word of mouth – if you love a book and you feel others will too, tell the world about it!

When writing, I don’t often plan what I am doing. Yes, for some series I may have a clear idea of how the series ends, but not all the stuff in between – the journey, but that’s what I find exciting about writing a book. I get to experience everything alongside my character as it happens. Yes, most of the time THEY run the show. My characters are very persistent and bossy!

I used to not be very good at expanding my world and building my characters. When I started writing books, I could only write short stories. But practice makes perfect, and now I can write novels. Yes, I know my first book was pretty big, but the first draft was absolutely horrible. I had to write that thing fifty thousand times. The version that is currently out today is the product of years of blood, sweat and tears. It felt like I was writing a thesis, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished. You can purchase that piece of my soul here for FREE.

A book I have discovered recently to help me elaborate on my characters and make them feel more real, is The Emotion Thesaurus. This book is amazing! It has all the actions and movements a character could be doing while feeling that emotion. For example: Curiosity. The character could tilt their head to the side, move their body closer to the thing they are interested in knowing more about, asking questions, lingering touch etc. I just love this book and it has helped me greatly. I recommend it to all writers! You can purchase it here.

If you want to know more about my books, my writing process, or if you simply want to know more about my fur kids aka writing assistants. Writing Assistant Heidi, my puppy, would love to say hi!

You can find me in the following places:

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LL-Hunter/110104129132865

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LLHunterbooks

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/L.L.-Hunter/e/B00B2B701I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1379386637&sr=8-1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6559537.L_L_Hunter

Blog: http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au

Instagram: @llhunter

Website: http://llhunterauthor.wordpress.com

Google +: google.com/+LLHunter

I would also love to say hi, so feel free to send me a message.

My latest release: Second Sight, book 2 of the Adelaide Paige Saga is out now.

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Interview with #Author Christine M. Butler ( @M00nlitdreams )

Recently I had the opportunity to interview amazing author Christine Butler who shared a bit about her work and her thoughts on writing. Welcome Christine!


Tell us a little about yourself. When did your interest in writing begin?

I am now 39 years old, and have published nine novels. I get excited, like it’s the first time, with each new novel, because I have been dreaming of being an author since I was a little girl. I used to write stories and poems starting the minute I learned to put letters together to make sense. Before that, I used to scribble as I told the story out loud to my mom.

What inspires/motivates you to write?

I am inspired by so many things. I am a very visual person, so the things I see on a day to day basis often lead to a new idea, and then I start playing the “what if” game with myself.I’ll come up with 20 different ways the scene I just witnessed in real life was different, and some of those deviations from reality are quite hilarious. Plus, I’m a dreamer. Obviously, I day dream, but my dreams at night are super vivid too, and more times than I can count I have woken up in search of pen and paper to write it all down before I forget it. A couple of those dreams have already been written into books.

What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your books?
I write paranormal fantasy and science fiction books. While there are little messages hidden inside about not judging things on first sight, and that’s there usually a bigger story to life than you’re privy too, I think the biggest thing I want people to take away from my books is just pure entertainment. I like to make people forget their own troubles for just a few minutes of the day, because let’s face it, we all need an escape to another world once in a while. :)

Has your writing process changed from when you first started?

Hahaha in a huge way! It took me a long time to work up to writing novels. I used to be a poem and short story girl, because I have had attention issues all my life. I lack focus. My first book took me about a year and a half to write with a partner. We were both barely functioning, chaotic writers. We had notes for the book everywhere. There wasn’t a clear plan, we just wrote, and bounced ideas off one another and wrote again. Once I was able to finish book one with a partner, I thought about how it could have gone better. I started plotting out the story ahead of time instead of just letting unruly characters have their way with my story. ;) These days – I get an idea, I write the basics down, then I start plotting an entire outline, I write out character notes, notes about the settings used, and then I start writing based on the outline. I deviate from it, because sometimes as you write your characters grow or move beyond the outline, but the basics of the story are still there to focus me on how I need to get to the finish line. The great thing about my plotting is that instead of taking a year and a half to write a book, I can now write one in about two weeks to a month’s time.

Are you a plotter (do you outline) or are you a “pantser” and prefer to just see where an idea leads you?

I just accidentally answered this question in the previous one. I am definitely a reformed pantser, and current plotter! ;)

Do you ever get writer’s block and how do you work through it?

I do get writer’s block, and sometimes it can be crippling. I’m not so sure I work through the block so much, instead I tend to work around it. As I said before, I am a very visual person. I also dabble in graphic design and make book covers. So, when I feel blocked with words, I go play with images. Many times it allows me to just imagine things differently, and more often than not it starts the “what if” game I mentioned before. For example, while playing with hair on a model (in photoshop): “What if her hair weren’t just black, what if it were made of magical properties and the right person would see it as a thousand twinkling stars…” Of course that example might be pure garbage, but it just made me think outside the box, and it starts a tumble down effect that jumpstarts my creativity for me. If I still feel blocked with a particular writing project, I will put it aside and go to work on something else. When I can come back to a project I felt blocked on, later, with clear eyes, I can usually see where the problem was and fix it at that point.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your work?

There really are two that stick out in my mind. A long time ago I wrote a young adult book, The Voodoo Follies. Someone mentioned it on my Facebook page, and my daughter (who is in college now) was tagged in the post. One of her friends, who my daughter hadn’t seen in years (we move around a lot) started gushing about that book. My daughter explained that I was her mom, and this girl had a mini freak-out about it. “Oh my God! Oh my God! You can’t be serious!” hahaha I can’t even explain the feeling. I was equal parts grateful for the compliment and amazed by it all at the same time.
The other time was when one of my fans (also a friend now) posted a picture of her birthday cake. Her friend had made the cake with the spines from her favorite books showing, and one of them was a book I wrote. My name was literally on her cake. It was the must surreal thing to see. I had been in the middle of commenting that I wanted a cake like that for my birthday, and there it was – my name – my book! Crazy!

What books and/or authors have most influenced your life?

Stephen King – Christine was the first adult book I read, when I was in second or third grade. I checked it out from the public library from a frazzled librarian who didn’t realize what she was giving me. Of course, I picked it because it was a killer car with MY NAME! lol Little me played into ego a bit, even if she was shy. ;) I ended up on a writing tangent of making inanimate objects have personalities in stories after that. None of it was good material, but all of that writing was great practice.

Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison – These ladies were among the first adult urban fantasy / paranormal fantasy stories I read, and I LOVED them! I’ve always been a fan of things that go bump in the night as not just the horrible creatures of nightmares, but as real beings who are multi-faceted. Anyway, as I read their stories, I was thinking, “what if they had done this instead?” Of course, my what if game is a constant. But they really jump started my writing in that genre, because it was one I loved and finally there were books being written for that masses. Books that I wanted to write and absolutely loved to read.

Joss Whedon – Because when he was asked why he writes strong female characters he said, “because you’re still asking that question.” He’s a darling, and I’ve been a fan for ages, because he did break the mold, and he was a big part of making it okay to have a kick butt leading lady in entertainment. Plus, I really liked the X-men comics he was writing. They were my favorites.

And most recently – Jennifer L. Armentrout. When I first stumbled across her books, I had never heard of her, she wasn’t recommended to me, I just literally saw a book in a list and tried it. The writing was so smooth, fluid, and inviting. It was like coming home to the pools of sarcasm-laden conversations in my own home. We’re a bunch of smart alecks here, and her books drew me in for that reason. The banter was witty. The female characters were strong, but also not afraid to admit that it’s okay to ask for help, because we’re not all super heroes – even if we possess unbelievable God-like powers! ;) She inspired me to make sure my writing was just as inviting. It gave me a whole new way to look at how I was approaching my work, and ways to make it flow better.

Which one of your characters would you most like to travel the world with?

I would most like to travel the world with Seraphine LaLande. She is the main character from my YA book, The Voodoo Follies. I choose her because she’s kind of a klutzy mess of a person. I like that. I like that nothing would be predictable with her, and besides, she’s a voodoo priestess. She could totally kick butt if she had to, that is, if she didn’t screw it up! ;)


Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

I have so many projects in the works. My newest release – Breathless, which is the first book in the Death Viewers series, revolves around Lacy McAdams who has the uncanny ability to touch a corpse and see up to 12 hours of their life before their death. She uses her abilities to help the police solve homicides, but ultimately it comes at a price. Death Viewers are looked down upon in Lacy’s world, and because of that she leads a pretty lonely existence. Watching her navigate the memories of the dead while trying to date in a world that hates her ends up being a little sad and a lot hilarious. These are some of my new favorite characters to write.

I will have a new Young Adult / New Adult series coming out this year as well. This series is literally split in two. One is on the YA side (high school), the Arcane Academy Books, and the other is on the New Adult (college age) side and is tentatively known as the Necro Series. They are slated to start rolling out this summer.

If you want to check in on what’s going on with me or my books, you can do so over at Moonlit Dreams Publishing: http://www.moonlitdreams.org or my author page through Moonlit Dreams which is, http://www.authorchristinembutler.moonlitdreams.org
You can also find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/M00nlitDreams

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Wishing all a wonderful week!

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

~ George Bernard Shaw


Very busy week! #studying #amwriting Wherever you may be in your day/evening, I hope you’re living with passion & purpose. Live,laugh & love! xo

Interview with author Wendy Nystrom ( @wbnystrom )

Recently I was fortunate enough to interview wonderful author Wendy Nystrom, Welcome Wendy! :)

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Tell us a little about yourself. When did your interest in writing begin?

I have written 5 children adventure books. James and Syvok adventures ages 7-12.
I am 51, married for 21 years, and I am blessed with three wonderful children. I have moved around a lot. I was born in St, Paul, MN. Moves Austin, TX, Moscow, ID, Alamosa, CO, Corpus Christi, TX, Bloomington, MN, Akureyri, Iceland, Shepherdstown, WV, and currently live in Big Rapids, MI. I started writing 2005 while living in Iceland. We lived in wonderful Iceland for two years.

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Tell us the inspiration behind your books.

My writing career started while living in Iceland. You don’t see the moon every evening like you do in USA. My kids would get excited every time they saw the moon. One evening my son noticed the moon sitting on the mountain and told me he was going to climb the mountain and touch the moon. The Next day my imagination was unlocked and I was writing the story and many many more began to come to me rapidly. It is an incredible experience. I have story ideas come to through dreams, when I am driving, someone says something, while attending community meetings etc. My fun adventurous family and friends I have made are also is a big contributor to my writing.

Is there a message you hope to relate through your books?

Enjoy the adventures every day brings you. I hope to open children’s imaginations so they will explore have fabulous new ideas for the future.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

Going into my imaginary world with my imaginary friends, I just love free flow writing. Once I have a beginning and ending the complete story will come to me often rapidly. When writing my night time dreams become spectacular and help me along. I keep notebooks every where.

What do you enjoy least about writing?

Editing but must do it.

Do you ever get writer’s block?  If you do, how do you get through it?

I have had writers block and usually will work on editing and organizing things I have written or blog. I use to rarely have writers block but in March of 2014 I had two bleeding brain aneurisms. I was lucky and my recovery has been amazing. But I no longer can write for long periods of time, so my writing gets interrupted or slowed down. Sometimes what is going in my head will not come out on paper or even voice. I was lucky when I got out of the hospital I was in the process of editing two books with my publisher Anchor Group Publishing. In January of this year I joined a local writers group and the first meeting already has helped me to focus and unlocked some of my stories. Plus I get to enjoy some others stories. I am working on a Urban Fantasy novel called the New Moon Brethren. Which is based on a short story which was published in an anthology a couple of years ago? I would like to two of my main characters Blaze a dragon and Carolyn helped me recover upon returning home. Blaze flew me up to their mountain retreat which is beautiful relaxing place. When I slept they would come to me and took care of my recovery needs. It was wonderful. My 6th children’s is also moving along Magic Carousel thanks to my illustrator Kelly Murray. I asked her to make an illustration of two new characters I will be introducing to get the imagination going and it worked. Now, I just have to adjust that two hours is about as long I remain focused on a project now.

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What books and/or authors have most influenced your life?
While living in Iceland many of my friends there introduced me to their books about their culture, sagas, legends and folktales.
So many my favorite author is Anne McCaffrey who passed away a couple of years ago. I enjoy Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I love star war books and many more. I like a book to take me away to other places. I do enjoy many genres beside science fiction or fantasy. While earning my urban planning BA though nearly every book used for my classes changed my life.


What advice could you offer aspiring authors?
Read and write every day. Do not take it personal when someone critiques’ your work. Take it as someone taking the time to improve your writing. Enjoy the adventures every day brings you no matter what it is.


Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?
Well I set my goals to finish my first novel of my New Moon Brethren series. This series is about a secret society created a long time ago to protect all creatures of mother earth as they did before the world had great upheaval due to dragon’s decision not to do what mother earth intended for her unborn child. I also want to finish book 6 of my children’s series Magic Carousel. I am working on second authorpaooza event at our local library when it kicks off the summer reading program in June. Hope to get some opportunities to meet fans. Re-do my website. Plus enjoy my family.




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