Monday, March 19, 2018

A-Z Challenge: Theme Reveal * Drum Roll*

Today is the theme reveal day for this year's A-Z Challenge. It's been some time since I've participated in this challenge, but I'm going to give it a go this year. My theme inspiration started with a simple movie trailer I saw last year. It wasn't showing in many theaters in my area until it started to gain popularity and then, of course, viewers demanded to see it across the globe. What's the movie you ask? Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water. It won all sorts of awards including an Oscar for Best Picture. Anyway, this film and it's mystical vibe sweep me up in a fury of longing to learn more about the mysterious life under the sea.

My theme for the AtoZ Challenge this year is....

Under the Sea Myths & Legends

During the next month, join me as I explore the depth of all things bizarre, mystical and legendary in our planet's watery abyss.  You'll read about legendary voids and mythical creatures from all cultures. Sound like fun? Well, hopefully, it will be.  

What about you?  What theme did you choose?  Are you exciting for A-Z this year?

Have an awesome week.

Mina Burrows

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Release Day! - Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations by Shannon Lawrence

Last month I featured Shannon Lawrence's bookcover, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations and guess what folks? It's out today. Woot!

Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations
by Shannon Lawrence

Release Date: March 15, 2018
Horror short story collection

A collection of frights, from the psychological to the monstrous. These tales are a reminder of how much we have to fear: A creature lurking in the blue, sludgy depths of a rest area toilet; a friendly neighbor with a dark secret hidden in his basement; a woman with nothing more to lose hellbent on vengeance; a hike gone terribly wrong for three friends; a man cursed to clean up the bodies left behind by an inhuman force. These and other stories prowl the pages of this short story collection.

Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations Excerpt

From Cravings:

"Face pale, she clutched her belly. Ted watched it ripple from the inside, like a large fish moving beneath the surface of a pond.

The baby is hungry.

This thought sent a chill up his spine."

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Also available from Apple and other countries through Amazon

About the Author

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes mostly fantasy and horror. Her stories can be found in magazines and anthologies, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. When she's not writing, she's hiking the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

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Congratulations, Shannon!

Now for all of the readers who love horror stories,  go out and get the book! Buy it, read it, review it and tell your friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky Leprechaun Book Giveaway Hop

With Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, I wanted to send all my friends best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Saint Patrick's Day. May the luck of the Irish descend upon you and grant you all the wishes you can think of -- all in one day.  May you achieve that impossible goal, chaise the rainbow to untold fortunes and or win that neverending pot of gold. It can happen, I swear it.  Whatever you're wishes are, you're bound to have incredible luck in the near future because St. Patty will see to it. Just you wait!


And since we're talking about luck, why don't you try you're luck first here. It's that time again. Only this time it's with Leprechauns. Today marks the start of the annual Lucky Leprechaun Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary from Bookhounds. I believe we'll have about 50 blogs participating so you might get a chance to chase your pot of gold with this giveaway.

I'm giving away one (1) FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card. See the details below on how to enter.

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The giveaway runs from 12:01 AM on Mar 14th - Feb 27th, midnight. The contest is open to International participants.

See who else is participating.

Mina Burrows

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG: March & Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's scratching their head, wondering how we're already into the third month of this year. *sigh* Anyway, since we are seven days into March, I have a couple of topics to cover.

First up, before I discuss my insecurities for this month's IWSG, I want to remind everyone that we wouldn't be here without our creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh. And special thanks to this month's co-hosts, Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

To learn more about the IWSG program and how it can help your insecurities, visit the website here.

IWSG March

Monthly question:  "How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?"

When I finish a writing goal or a novel, I honestly feel a huge sense of relief. Accomplishing that in itself gives me a huge sense of pride. Then, of course, two seconds later, I remember the entire editing process and the goal-setting process starts all over again. Perhaps that's what I'm doing wrong? Am I not celebrating enough? I'm sure after I visit a few blogs today, I'll have some great ideas for celebrating my writing goals.



As many of you already know by now, the South Florida community was rocked in sheer devastation from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Words cannot express how heartbreaking this has been.

On the day it happened, Valentine's Day of all days, my husband called me and asked if I had heard. I hadn't so I immediately called my neighbor who works at Douglas to see if he was okay. He was fine and we are thankful. Miraculously, he had left the area when the shooting started. It just so happened the building where the shooting took place is where he works. He was lucky, but as you know others weren't. The school happens to around the corner from where my son pracices soccer. Half of his team has family members who are students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and those kids attend West Glades middle school which is right next door. What many of you don't know are the small details about that day. The fact that one student saved one kid and went back to save another and died. Another fourteen-year-old was shot multiple times that they ended up using the child's clothing in order to identify the victim. I don't want to mention their names because it's too real and it hurts. The thought of a parent having to relive their kid's death for a lifetime on the internet is sickening to me. The survivors, the ones who were shot and thankfully lived, will be dealing with a lifetime of recovery and loss, no doubt. Our community too, I suspect, will have that sense of loss for the rest of our days.

To give you a glimpse of the aftereffects, our community (and others) are dealing with copy-cat attempts and threats--which is insane, to say the least. Some would say the Broward Sherriff's office has upped security measures--others would say it's a joke. I have my opinion, but it doesn't make the deaths of those seventeen students and teachers go away.  After this happened, I realized (once again) that no one is safe anymore. As a personal precautionary measure, I reviewed the safety measures with my kids before they went to school the following day. I asked them where they are supposed to hide if a shooter is live on their campus. I asked them when was the last time they had a Code Red drill, wanting to know if the school was prepared. Then I realized, all the preparation in the world, can't prepare a young one for a person(s) intending to kill. Today, I dropped my son off at school and they have new security measures, which is good I guess. One measure they implemented, was the onsite campus security officer must carry an assault rifle, which was so unfathomable it's mindboggling.

This week, we witnessed our state take some initiatives to change things. First the Senate and now we're waiting on the House.  I don't know what the answer is to all these shootings: fewer guns, better response from goverment agencies, more mental health support, fewer video games, better parenting? Who knows? All I know is those poor families who lost their loved ones are undoubtedly still in shock--as we all are. But life goes on, right? Yes, it does but the empty feeling we have will be with us forever. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - How to help.

When this happened, I donated to the victim's fund right away and then again a week later. Something tells me I will be donating to these families for some time because I just can't imagine their state of minds. Or worse if their horror became mine. If you can help, please do. Here's the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Go Fund Me page. Any little bit helps.

That's all I have. I'm off to see other IWSGers. What are your insecurities this month?
How do you celebrate when you finish your novel?  

Mina B.