Monday, December 3, 2012

Special Updates, Ninja News, Lynda Young and Make Believe, Angela Felsted and Chaste, and the “And You Are…?” Blogfest!

There was a snafu last Friday with the timing of my article at Curiosity Quills Press about the beginnings and purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Sharon Bayliss (who has a book coming out soon, The Charge) apologized for the delay, but sometimes these things happen. So if you missed it Friday morning, the article is HERE. Thanks again Sharon for the opportunity to share. (And remember that the next posting for the IWSG is THIS Wednesday!)

One more week until the Ninja dies. Yes, I’ve seen all those comments about roasting and embarrassing me!! But I’m honored and touched by the amount of people who signed up for the blogfest. I’m glad I’ve made a difference to so many. And that you care enough to say something. I guess it takes an embarrassing blogfest thrown in your honor to find out who your real friends are. Thank you.You guys rock.
And if you somehow missed it, read about it HERE.

Ninja News

The fifth book in Michael Abayomi’s epic fantasy series is out – The Passage. Congratulations, Michael!

Siv Ottem and Roland Yeomans have short stories in the anthology, Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales. The publisher states: “A socially conscious press, Wayman is dedicated to helping those in need. Much of the profit from this anthology will be donated to Primary Children's Hospital in the form of Christmas gifts we'll bring to the long-term patients staying there.” Congratulations Siv and Roland – and what an awesome cause!

Jeremy interviewed Chris Sarandon this weekend over at Howling Wolf Records.
Yes, THE Chris Sarandon of Fright Night and The Princess Bride fame! So go check it out.

Marta Szemik’s next book in the Two Halves series was just released, Evil-Bent. Congratulations, Marta!

Make Believe

Lynda R. Young’s short story titled Birthright, published by J. Taylor Publishing in the Make Believe anthology, launched TODAY! Make Believe is currently available in e-book format and includes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy stories inspired by the image on the cover. Congratulations, Lynda! 

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.
She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

About Lynda R. Young:
Lynda R. Young lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home. She writes speculative short stories and is currently writing novels for young adults. In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative. You can find her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads

Purchase Make Believe: J Taylor Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lynda, way to go! You are an amazing writer and dear friend and I couldn’t be more excited for you.


Now available – Chaste by Angela Felsted!

When he steps into his physics class on the first day of senior year, Quinn Walker is too exhausted from staying up all night with his three-month-old nephew to deal with moral dilemmas. As a devout Mormon who has vowed to wait until marriage for sex, the last thing he needs is a very hot and very sexy Katarina Jackson as his physics partner. Regrettably, he has no choice.
Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents? attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn?s ?fake? religion and her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas.

Angela Felsted is a Northern Virginia native who is overly fond of Olive Garden and Red Lobster. She grew up in a faithful Mormon home with three brothers and one sister where she learned to stand up for herself by tickling her attackers until they broke out into laughing fits. Her work has appeared in issue fifteen of Drown in Your Own Fears, Chanterelle's Notebook and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. Her chapbook, Cleave, was published by finishing line press in 2012.
Find Angela here: Blog, Twitter, and Goodreads
Purchase Chaste at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
View the trailer on YouTube.

Congratulations, Angela!!!!

“And You Are…?” Blogfest!

Hosted by Emily R King and Tammy Theriault.

We are to answer these questions or David Spade loses his Christmas bonus:

1. How many speeding tickets have you gotten? Two. I’ve been REALLY lucky!

2. Can you pitch a tent? Is that like pitching a story? No? Then no would be my answer.

3. What was your worst vacation ever? Anything involving the woods and tents. That’s what four-star hotels are for.

4. What was the last thing you bought over $100? You really want to know? Splurged this past weekend and purchased a Gibson Les Paul guitar. Yeah, just a little over $100…

5. We're handing you the keys to what? A Bugatti Veyron!!! Hey, it’s my fantasy.

6. What was the last meal cooked that made even you sick? Twenty-five years ago – it involved Tuna Helper. I’ll never touch the stuff again.

7. Fill in the blank: Oh my gosh! Becky, look at her butt! It is so big. She looks like John Goodman in a bikini!

8. What was your first car? A two-door Ford something. One of those crap cars you drive when you’re sixteen.

9. Your best friend falls and gets hurt. Do you ask if he/she's okay or laugh first? My best friend is my wife – if I laugh, I’ll never be allowed in the house again!

10. What's the worst song ever? Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. No explanation needed.

Visit Emily or Tammy for a list of participants or to join us.

Did you finally see the article at Curiosity Quills? Ready for Wednesday’s IWSG? Picking up either Lynda or Angela’s books? And you are…?


  1. Worse than Last Christmas? Compared to that Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go feels like a rock anthem.

    Moody Writing

  2. Dude,

    Wham! rocked the house in the '80s and I still have my white CHOOSE LIFE t-shirt :)

    (OMgosh, I was only joking...did I press send... OMgosh, I did!!!)

    Runs back to add the following Disclaimer:

    THE PRECEEDING comments do not necessarily reflect the current opinions of this 43-year-old bald hula dancer-to-be :)

    Looking *so* forward to next Monday :)

  3. I really enjoyed Make Believe. I would recommend it.

  4. Wake me up before you Go Go, cos I'm not planning on going solo. Yep. A bad, bad song.

    John Goodman in a bikini. Too funny!

  5. Any George Micheal song goes down in my estimation, my daughter when at school played his songs none stop and pictures everywhere.
    On the otherhand I can't really complain as my liking for a certain Irish man.

    Looking forward to the blogfest.

  6. Yay for Lynda and Angela and everyone else! I love all the good news you always have on your blog, Alex.

  7. After reading that part about your wife, I'd say you're a wise man ;)

  8. Fun learning more about you. Awesome you bought a guitar.

  9. For the rest of the day, I will now have the earworm known as Wake Me Up Before You Go Go in my head. Thank you. ;-)

    Will definitely check out CHASTE and the FRACTURED FAIRY TALES! Both sound great!

  10. Sorry - gotta agree with those who have thought of worse songs than that Wham song ;)

    You are a busy man aren't you? Yikes!

  11. Capn Ninja!!!! I LOVED Wake me up before you Go-Go!! Yes I did!!! Choose Life t-shirts and leg warmers too! How could you!?!? LOL!!!

    Hoorah for Lynda and Angela!! Take care

  12. An informative post on the IWSG, Alex.

    I'm anxiously awaiting next week when the Ninja dies. Will be spectacular.

    Congrats to Michael Abayomi and wishing him much success with his new book.

    Cheers to the contributors of Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales. Donating some of profits to charity is just amazing.
    Will check out Chris Sarandon's interview.

    Congratulation to Marta Szemik on the release of Evil-Bent.

    Congrats on your short story, Lynda.

    Congrats to Angela Felsted!

    Cheers to Emily R King and Tammy Theriault on the “And You Are…?” Blogfest!

  13. Ooh have fun with your new guitar. When do we get to hear you play?

    Congrats to all the talented ninjas!

  14. Oh, my goodness. That WHAM! song. Yes, it was awful and you absolutely *couldn't* escape it at the time. I dive for the radio controls whenever it comes on, these days....

  15. You're funny, and a very good husband. Me? Unless there blood or broken bones, I laugh when someone falls.

  16. Congrats to new books and new stories! Lots of them. :)

    You're a wise man. Never laugh at your wife, only with her.

    Going over to Curiosity Quills after here.

    To roast! To roast! It should be a battlecry...

  17. Mark, good thing you added the disclaimer.

    Ellie, it is!

    T, not messing up that deal!

    Liz, I'm really, really sorry...

    Peaches, I'm sure my death will be spectacular...

    Kathy, whoever wins the blogfest will hear me play!

    Elizabeth, you remember the pain!

  18. Loved the David Spade style blogfest! Super cute and fun!!

    Congrats to Lynda! How exciting!!! The cover art is amazing!

  19. Wow - there's so much going on! Thanks for the update. And enjoy that guitar!!!

  20. Holy doodles! You're like a walking-talking internet programme, the social media equivalent of Who's On First!

  21. Love hearing about all the books being published-- thanks for the thorough updates, Alex.

  22. Lol, great answers! But, while that is a bad song, Toby Kieth's Every Dog has its Day is the worst song ever. ;)
    Enjoy your guitar!

  23. :P Really? I love that song....just kidding......Thanks for the shout out.

  24. Okay, that is a bad song.

    I loved Chris Sarandon in Fright Night. He was a sexy vampire.

  25. John Goodman in a bikini! *snort*

    Yay Lynda and Angela! Two great ladies.

    I missed the news about the blogfest. Gotta go check it out.

    One of my (They're my kids unless they do something wrong. When they behave badly, they belong to the hubby) boys is a very talented musician. He plays guitar, banjo, and some piano. My daughter Ivy plays violin, mandolin, and guitar. Music reaches waaay down. I bet your guitar is bodacious. (A little over a hundred. Yep.) *ahem*

    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go spells YUCK! Bleh.

  26. Yay for Lynda and Angela. It's a great debut Monday.

    And Wham actually has an even more annoying song called Last Christmas. Seasonal misery, if you want to give it a listen. :P

  27. Good answers Alex. Haven't time right now to do these blog fests.

  28. Lydia's book looks incredible. Way to go!

    I think the Alexfest is gonna be fun. Can't wait.

  29. Only two speeding tickets? I have a feeling with a Bugatti Veyron, that number would go up. :D

    And congrats to the folks with books out, so far the ones I've seen have all sounded really interesting. (:

  30. I'm sorry to all the Tuna Helper lovers out there, but yuck. :)

  31. Tuna Helper? LOL! I can honestly ay I've never had it. So thankful for that after reading this.

    WHAM! "Cause I'm not planning on going solo." Yeah, that one was pretty bad.

    I'm so ready for IWSG!

  32. I got shudders when you mentioned "wham." Egads.

  33. Laura, thanks! Don't incite the masses.

    Susan, it is AWESOME!!!

    Siv, you're welcome.

    Robyn, glad I could make you snort. And yes, the guitar is awesome!

    LG, think I will just avoid that one.

    Jay, it will be something.

    Elise, I probably wouldn't care, either.

    Suzi, agreed!

  34. The crap car I drove when I was sixteen was my mother's station wagon. I was the coolest kid in school... Oh wait. No I wasn't.

    Congratulations to all the authors with new books out. Best of luck with them!

  35. A new guitar? Nice way to spend your money :) Nice car. And tuna helper? ick! Glad you learned your lesson ;)

  36. Love all the good and happy news this Monday! I did get over to Quills last week and enjoyed the post. Thanks a bunch!

  37. Oh, loved seeing your answers to "And You Are ...?" blogfest. Nice to know you a little more ;)

  38. Ha! Love your answers :) And wow! A guitar for a little over $100? That's a good deal! Completely agree about tuna helper, mine was tuna casserole. Same thing really. ick.

  39. Thanks again for posting the anthology.

    Nice choice on the guitar. As for the key question, yours is a good choice. I think I want to try a Tesla Roadster. Or a Lotus Eterne. Or...

  40. Wow, so many books out today! I have to go buy three! Well, I'm so happy for them and can't wait to get reading.

  41. My parents never even let me drive my first car. It sat next to our house unmoving for over a year until someone offered to buy it.

  42. Yay! I made it without crashing.
    Now, c'mon Alex, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go is a GREAT song! It's one of those songs that just sticks in your head for DAYS it's just so fab !!!


  43. You need to post a youtube video of your guitar playing, Alex. I'd love to hear it. :-)

  44. Hi Alex - as Clarissa says .. so many good books. Then that guitar .. and you really do crave a Bugatti .. one day - if you save your $100s!!

    Cheers Hilary

  45. Just thrilled for Lynda and Angela!!

    I'm in agreement: four-star hotels are for me...five-star even better.

  46. That car is AH-MAZING!

    And completely OT - Hannah is back in the blogging world (since i know you ask about her occasionally)

    The Write Mood

  47. Alex, we could definitely hang out. Our answers are very similar, crazy! Thanks for participating! We should race our Veyrons. I drool all over them every time they're on Top Gear (UK version, of course.)

  48. So much good stuff going on! I'm so excited for all our friends getting into these anthologies!

    And love your camping answers *snort* I've done enough of it I can do the tent thing, but I definitely prefer something a little less work for vacation.

  49. Loved And You Are? I will have to borrow it!! I'm ready for IWSG, it's going to be a good week Alex! I'm headed to Italy!! Woo!

  50. read your cq article, so glad to be part of it all! thanks for coming up w/it!

    there's a bugatti in my book! and emily said the same thing!

    congrats to all the new releases, saw a couple more in addition to these! big release day!

  51. Thanks for the updates, Alex! You are amazing!

  52. I never get tired of looking at Lynda's cover. It's simply stunning. Yes, another Wednesday is coming up. Yay. I love my ISWG. I have a guest on Wednesday that I hope readers find encouraging. Then it's time to roast a Ninja on the 10th! I've never roasted a Ninja b4. This should be fun!!!

  53. The blogfest should be fun! I saw the Curiosity Quills post on Fri afternoon. THought it was very well-written. Congrats on that, Alex. I really enjoyed the Chris Sarandon interview as well! :D Cheers! It's Monday!

  54. Loved the answers especially the worst song pick. Have a good day.

  55. MJ, that made me laugh!

    JA, it really was a practical buy. Really!

    Marcy, it was a whole digit more over $100!

    Joshua, or all of the above?

    Andrew, that is really sad.

    Anne, glad I made it easier for you! And glad you were kidding.

    Angela, whoever wins that blogfest will at least get to hear me play.

    Sarah, that's great to hear!!!

    Emily, we almost had the same post. And yes, UK Top Gear. The American version sucks.

    Hildie, that sounds fun!

    Tara, we need a fleet of Bugattis...

    Joylene, we taste like chicken.

    Thanks, Liesel!

  56. I would laugh :) THEN I would help my friend up. Hhehehee.

  57. John Goodman in a bikini! Oh my gosh, I need to cleanse my brain from that picture now!

    And finally someone chooses a song I love as a song they hate! :D I do love it because it is so cheesy though :D Oh those days when girls thought that George Michael was straight!

  58. Congratulations to everyone with new releases!

    Ooh, a guitar is never a bad thing to buy...

  59. Wonderful post. I wished I had thought about my car choice a little longer . . and John Goodman in a bikini - I'm not sure whether to scream or laugh really hard or both.
    Congrats to Lynda an Angela!

  60. Your dream car looks something like my brother's. Fast, sporty looking. If he gets one someday I'm sneaking a ride with him.

    The end date for my book, that is what you meant, right? It is the 14th of this month. Which feels far too close for everything I need to do right now. *Smirk*

  61. Alex, I'm home sick with bronchitis and a sinus infection, so I'm not sure I will be participating in any of the blogfests, but wanted to make sure you know how much I love and appreciate and support all you do here.

  62. Great answers all around. Wham!

    And there is tons going on. I stay impressed that you keep up so well.

  63. Yes, yes, yes! Congrats to all! Love the blogfest. Wish I could've done it but I already have 2 posts today, a first for me, I think. I would like to say though that my first car was a '69 GTO. Loved that car!

  64. Michael sure is prolific. Then again so are you. Five books would take me ten years to write. I guess I'll never be a "real" writer cause I'm just too dang slow. Ah well. I'm happy blogging.

    Congratulations on the Gibson guitar. Any chance you'd record a snippet for us and allow us to hear you play some?

  65. Some really great news! Will definitely check out the book suggestions! Your list was hilarious! And eww on #7 John Goodman in a bikini- uh no! That rates up there with a story I read about Prince Charles being asked to pose in a speedo- no thanks. :) I agree with your answer on #10 Def enjoyed your posting today!

  66. Tuna Helper???? Ewwwwwww... the thought makes me nauseous.. !!!!!! And LOL to the "Is that like pitching a story?" Writer humor. Love it. :D

  67. Haha I love your worst vacation answer. My thoughts exactly!

    Looking forward to your tribute/roast, you definitely deserve it!

  68. I liked your answer to #9. You are a smart, smart man. And John Goodman in a bikini...ew. :)

  69. Congrats to all the authors with releases! And you can't pitch a tent? I somehow had you pegged for a camping sort of guy. I must have made that up. :)

  70. Sylvia, that made me laugh! How wrong you ladies were.

    Deniz, no it's not!

    Jack, noted! Didn't want to miss it.

    Karen, sorry you are sick!

    Rusty, takes clones...

    Michael, the winner of the blogfest will hear it!

    Gossip Girl, that's even worse!

    Morgan, amazing I still like tuna.

  71. Congrats to all the new releases!!

    And that's a good answer about your best friend falling. I don't think wives would like to be laughed at.

    Number 7 is also kinda scary.

  72. Tuna helper can be really scary stuff! LOL!

  73. "John Goodman in a bikini!" Snort.
    And you know I'm going to have that song in my head ALL day!

  74. Yay for Lynda and Angela! I know I can't wait to get my cookie recipe for the swap! :D

  75. Great. Now I'll have that Wham song in my head.

  76. I have evolved too. Forget the tents and give me a roof; I'll even take a one star hotel over fabric as lodging.
    John Goodman...excellent!

  77. I'm not sure I can speak to you again because now I will be spending the REST of the DAY singing "Wake me up before you go go!" It's even worse than It's a Small World!

  78. Bikinis rule... i see goodman being a delight...

    thank you for the shout-out, there will be good things in your christmas stocking this year for sure... i asked santa to send you kate b... we will see.

    thanks again!!


  79. IWSG time again? Where'd last month go?

  80. aravilloso the purpose of Insecure Writer Support Group

  81. The Alex fest is going to be fun. And since suffering builds character, think just how more of a character you are going to be afterwards? "-)

  82. Ha...Goodman in a Bikini now I'll have that image for a while. Not a good thing. =)

  83. I love Chris Sarandon!

    Best of luck with the "roast" fest. ;)

    Congrats to Lynda and Angela!

  84. Brinda, I hate the great outdoors! I go outside, that only means I have yard work to do...

    Carol and Lydia, I'm really sorry about that...

    Johanna, touche! Crap, now THAT song will be stuck in my head...

    Jeremy, you're welcome, and I'll be watching for Kate...

    Roland, they will be geniuses...

    Laura, I hope I survive.

  85. I feel the same way about the woods and tents :) I'm really curious about the Tuna Helper meal now.

  86. You got a Gibson Les Paul for just over $100? Lucky dog.

    Visiting from "And You Are ...?"

    See ya round my Countdown to Kitschmas!

  87. Now I'll have the image of John Goodman in a bikini in my head all day, lol
    Congrats to all on the releases!

  88. But camping is WONDERFUL!

    And I am so with you on the Tuna Helper. It is disgusting in all its incarnations.

  89. I have nightmares about John Goodman in a bikini.

  90. Thanks for the image of John Goodman in a bikini. I'll never get that image out of my head!

  91. Alex, stopping by from Leigh's page. hi I'm Rachel :)

    Angela's book sounds gooood! I'm going to see if I can order it.

    I love the "John Goodman in a bikini" - too funny!!!!

    I must say I love Wake me Up Before You Go-Go. Even if it is ridiculous. And silly. And sometimes wayyy annoying.

  92. Fun blog hop. But as a Bertha Butt, I'm sensitive to the big butt question.

    Can't wait to see the Ninja blush.

  93. Finally got round to signing up for ISWG. This week will be my first post although I have been following for a while and commenting on others. Looking forward to the blogfest!

  94. I'm looking forward to the day you die. ...that came out wrong...

  95. Bella, it was ten times as bad the second time, let's just put it that way.

    Tami, no, it was A LOT more.

    PTM, sounds like a blog post...

    Rachel, sorry, lead singer ruins it for me.

    Donna, but I like big butts!

    Suzanne, glad you joined us!

    Allison - funny!

  96. I really enjoyed my first stab at IWSG last month. Looking forward the next installment this Wed. Thanks for starting this awesome group!

  97. Congrats to all the new releases! And loved your answers. John Goodman in a bikini, ha ha ha. Loved the answer to #9 too! :D

  98. Hi, Alex! I can see your blush from here about the blogfest. But what a great idea.

    Loved hearing about the inception of IWSG. I think I'm going to write about impatience this month.

  99. All warmed up and ready for your blogfest roast. Bet you can't wait!

    Here's to Lynda and Angela. May there be much more of their work out there.

    Glad your wife is your best friend. Those marriages are the most successful. Congratulations.

  100. Oh my gosh, my mind went somewhere totally different for that 'pitch a tent' question!

    And my hubby would totally laugh at me. Then while I was down on the ground, I'd kick his shin or something. That's what best friends do, right? ;)

  101. So many kudos and congrats to dole out (and things to add to an epic fantasy lover's TBR pile!) and places to visit... (Already read the Curiosity Quills post. Nice job!)

    Oh, it was probably the tuna rather than the helper. Just sayin'.

  102. I'm always interested to learn more about people. I love that your wife is your best friend! Now that is a rock hard relationship you have there!

  103. Both books sound awesome...I'll be checking those out. :)

    And congrats on the Les Paul! that's a nice guitar!!

  104. Wham! definitely weren't on the level of Mozart, but as an Eighties kid, I kind of like their music. The one song I could never stand was "You Were on My Mind," by some oldies one-hit wonder group, We Five.

  105. I think I dropped the ball on a blog fest or two this week. Sick kid...nothing to be done about it.

  106. I read your article at Curiosity Quills.

    Isn't it amazing to see what happened since August 2011!

  107. Chaste sounds awesome and I have to admit to quite liking Wake Me Up... Please don't think less of me! :-)

  108. Camille, thanks for joining us!

    Jennifer, sounds good!

    Lee, thanks, and I can wait.

    Cassie, not this dude!

    Jeff, no, it was definitely the Helper.

    Tamara, it is AWESOME!

    Tonja, no worries.

    Edi, thanks, and amazing things have happened.

    Oh, Cally...

  109. I've never had the nerve to even try Tuna Helper *shudder* - and I can pitch a tent! :)

    I bet that guitar was just a tad more... :) Enjoy it!

  110. Congratulations Michael, Siv, Roland, Marta, Lynda, and Angela! I'm so happy to be part of a community where there's something new to celebrate each week. :)

  111. Thank you, thank you, thank you Alex! You are so awesome for posting up details on Make Believe. Again THANK YOU!!!!!

  112. I liking these And you are... posts. Some great questions.
    I'm ready for IWSG, early for me.
    Can't wait for the roast, I mean celebration of the ninja next week.

  113. Awesome answers, Alex! Thanks for the news round-up and the intros to Make Believe and Chaste.

  114. Thanks for the news on these good new books and stories. So much to read!

    And sorry, David Spade, but "You Light Up My Life" is the worst song ever written -- not the words so much as that awful funeral dirge-sounding melody.

  115. As always, lots of news and fun information. Thanks, Alex!


  116. Congratulations to Lynda Young and everyone else with the new releases! Yay for Alex's blog fest :-)

  117. OMG, we are vacations twins. Tents? Woods? No thanks! Congrats to these talented writers!!

  118. I agree about that song "Wake me up before you go..go"..Yuck!

    I also prefer 4 star hotels.

  119. Ooh, Veyron! Heck yes!! Although I fear the closest I will get to one is the one I bought on Gran Turismo.

  120. Minor trivia fact- Les Paul comes from the city in Wisconsin that I grew up in, and that's Waukesha. (They're very proud of him). And ditto for the two-door ford car that barely worked, that was my first car too.

  121. Imagine - Wham! New follower. Please consider following me.
    Java With Jambor

  122. Jemi, a lot more!

    Lynda, you are most welcome!

    Susan, you're going to fry me, aren't you?

    Helena, good choice for awful song.

    Saumya, not a chance!!

    Cindy, you are classy!

    Rose, I saw a special on him - the dude knew his guitars.

  123. There are some great releases. I can't wait to read a few more books. I'm considering how to handle this weeks IWSG. I'm hoping to make a special offer to fellow writers, we'll see if it works out. Cheers!

  124. Congrats to Angela! Great answers for today's blogfest Alex
    Enjoy your new guitar!

  125. Only 2 speeding tickets? I've gotten a few more than that, but I guess that's not too unusual considering all the years I spent on the road. I've done a lot of driving and was often anxious to get to my destination.

    Wrote By Rote

  126. Gibson Les Paul guitar? Nice choice! Goodman in a bikini is a scary visual Alex. Why did you put it in my head? Why?!

  127. I'm featuring Angela DURING my IWSG post, how about that?

    Regarding your answer to #10 - really Alex, really? You say this right before you KNOW I'm going to be posting all about you on Monday? Reaaaaaaally?

  128. I live in Les Pauls' hometown. ;) Did I jump just a little on the 'cool' factor? :)

  129. John Goodman in a bikini––bahahaha. It would be even better if he danced to Wham while wearing the bikini... and having a harmless gasoline fight at a filling station.

  130. Lots of news as usual!! What fun answers to the blogfest. Enjoy that guitar! And what a sweet answer about your wife being your best friend :)

  131. Hi Alex. Thanks for the roundup! :D

  132. LMAO! Those answers for Tuna Helper and Wham. Geez they are terrible. Though I happen to think that worst song belongs to anything by Toby Keith.

  133. Oh come on, you don't like Wham? LOL!

  134. Love your answers in this bloghop. Sorry about your tuna helper and I'll let you in my imaginary castle if you let me be a passenger in your cool imaginary car. And thanks for all the news. You really keep us both entertained and informed.

  135. just had bad image of john erase please erase!! thanks for participating alex!

  136. At least you're honest on question number 9 hahaha!

    And I have to add The Safety Dance at least to the Top Ten of worst songs and videos of all time.

  137. Oh my, your imagery of John Goodman in a bikini is stuck in my head. Ack!

    Wow, tons of news. Congrats to everyone on their releases!

    And Chris Sarandon? Awesome! I missed that.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  138. Buy yourself an expensive new toy and you just gotta share how you put it to use. The blogfest seems a good time for your musical debut . . .

    I'm with you on the tent thing.


  139. John Goodman in a bikini...not a pretty picture (I imagine).

    Also, I'm way jealous that you have Les Paul!

  140. I am excited for Lynda. John Goodman in a bikini...not a nice picture ;)

  141. I love that your wife is your best friend. I had fun with the And you are . . . glad you did too. As for John Goodman in a bikini . . .clever answer.

  142. I love that your best friend is your wife...I'd still laugh! Best friends can take it.

    Lots of stuff always going on over here. So much chewing gum for the brain.

  143. Interesting answers, that car looks fantastic! 2 speeding tickets? I have had 2 in the last 5 years and before that I would have had 20 years without one, but when I was younger I got a few.

    Congrats to all those with new releases! All the best!

  144. Ciara, that sounds good to me.

    Lee, it is a miracle.

    Maurice, sorry!!!!

    Micki, that is cool, and come on, you'll get over it.

    Kelly, yes!!!

    Joyce, now that's a scary sight.

    Melissa, he's not good either.

    Sheena-kay, I shall drive you to your castle!

    Tammy, mental soap - quick!

    Donna, that's the idea! And tents - no way.

    ML, once I helped her up, I'd at least grin.

  145. Who is this John Goodman dude?
    I love Wham! Choose Life t-shirts... who can forget them?
    I can do without the flies, mosquitoes and other unnamed creepy crawlies that accompany tent-life... not for me thanks!
    And I wondered if your over-$100-purchase-answer would involve a guitar...

    I'm looking forward to Monday's blogfest... countdown to death of a ninja... *cue jaws-styled evil music*

  146. Some great releases there, Alex, thanks for showcasing them! And that blogfest looks so fun :-)

  147. Congrats to Lynda and Angela on their new books.

  148. Your answer for 7 is the best I've seen yet - hmm, quite an image!

    Congrats to those with new releases. The premise of Angela's sounds fun.

  149. Wow, lots going on with releases. Congrats everyone! Looking forward to next week's Alexfest!

  150. Thanks for being cheerful Ninja Captain ;D

    Congrats to everyone! Monday will rock, lol

  151. I love the cover and concept for Lynda's book.

  152. LOL... Wake me Up Before you Go-Go. LOL
    Congrats on the new guitar! But hey no Stairway allowed! :D

  153. Thanks for clearing that up. I thought I'd lost what little tech-savviness I'd gained. LOL

    Congrats to all! :D

    John Goodman in a bikini - best answer yet. hahaha

  154. Oh, Man...I was gonna write something really really nice then I saw the answer to number ten.

    What??!! Come onnnnn. How can you say that when Little Drummer Boy is out there.

    *still laughing*

  155. Michelle, it was either a guitar or a tech toy!

    Nick, sorry it that image is now stuck in your head...

    Pk, don't worry!!

    Melissa, thanks!

  156. Love the blogfest questions. Sorry I've been absent so long, been a bit out of the world, but glad to be back:)

  157. Alex - LOL. I loved your blogfest answers. And I can't believe you dislike Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. What???? *snicker*

  158. I think it's really cool that bloggers are doing a fest in your honor. If anyone deserves it, it's you!

  159. Congrats to Angela. Sorry I'm not participating in the roasting blog fest, Alex. I am doing a major overhaul concerning writing and blogging, which begins for me on Monday.

  160. Mark, glad you are back!

    RaShelle, believe it!

    Karen, thank you. It's very humbling.

    Susan, that is fine! I think I will be fried to a crisp as it is...

  161. How about that? I just submitted to Curiosity Quills recently. Time will tell if anything comes of that. I will never think of John Goodman the same way again! :)

  162. Sorry to be so late to the party, Alex. There's such a great diversity of books out there to catch up on.

    Your Goodman jab is very funny.


  163. Bugatti Veyron! Nice choice. And good thinking not laughing at the wife. :-)

  164. I loved your answers! I read your article on the CQ site, but it was damn near impossible to leave a comment, so I gave up. They are my publisher--hope it's not that hard to comment allll the time, lol.

  165. You're gonna be bright red after this Ninja blogfest Alex, hehe. Bugatti Veyron is probably the best sports car the world has ever seen. This thing moves like a rocket, so you have to remember when speeding, the beast needs road to stop.

  166. David, hope something great comes from it!

    Robyn, you are never late.

    Natasha, I know better.

    Jamie, what a shame! Let them know, as I've had no problems commenting.

    Spacerguy, it is THE sports car. And yes, I will be Rudolph come Monday.

  167. Now I'm recalling my crap car from my teenage years. Fun blog hop.

    It's great seeing Lynda everywhere.

    I bookmarked Angela's book. I hope to read it.

  168. Haha--Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go is pretty bad. What a strange pop culture phenomenon.

  169. No camping? *Gasps* I've always done a ton of camping, and those are some of my favorite vacations. I'm trying to convince my husband to do a long weekend hike of part of the Appalachian trail. Someday...

  170. Wow! So much great news (and new reads). I love it.


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