#FollowFriday | Author Beth Trissel

Some of you may remember author Beth Trissel from way back on this blog – we’ve known each other since the MySpace days…which is a long time! 🙂

She’s been an amazing friend all these years, and she’s just as amazing of an author. I’d love it, if you’d check her out. She’s written stories in Time Travel, Historical Romance, Native American, YA Fantasy, and she has a fantastic nonfiction book entitled Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles, so there’s something for nearly everyone. 🙂

You can find Beth at BethTrissel.com, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

You can also find back catalog at my blog… Somewhere My Lady by Beth Trissel, Beth Trissel’s Curse of the Moon – Book 2 of the Secret Warrior Series Available Now!, and #TellTaleTuesday with Beth Trissel & Red Bird’s Song

Have a fantastic weekend!

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#ThreeForThursday | Speaking of Harlan Ellison…

Since I’ve got Harlan Ellison on the brain this week (and missing my ability to pick up and read at will, since all my books are boxed up in storage)…

  1. Originally published in April 1966 by Esquire, “Frank Sinatra has a Cold” by Gay Talese always makes me wish people still wrote like this.
  2. Take a break and spend a cool 15+ minutes watching an interview with Harlan Ellison about his post-apocalyptic science fiction short story, “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.” Point of note: This short story was my first introduction to Ellison. It’s been a while since I’ve read it (see above note about books in storage) but it always gives me the chills…
  3. Check out this interesting article about how Harlan Ellison almost got the villain Two-Face onto the 1960s Batman TV show.


Want to know more about Harlan Ellison? Subscribe to the Ellison Wonderland YouTube channel and dig deep.


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#OneLineWednesday | Anatomy of an Excuse…Plus Bonus

“Truth be told, I would have been more inclined to admit to being a hooker than the administrative assistant I actually am.”


So…many moons ago, when I thought living in Los Angeles was a good idea, I met writer Harlan Ellison at a book signing in Studio City. Rockstar actually introduced me to his writings some years before, and while I’ll probably never read everything Ellison wrote, I was over the moon to be able to meet him in person. Honestly, the signing was one of the funniest and most memorable days of my life – Harlan (jokingly) called me a bitch, I got some books signed, and spent the afternoon listing to him tell stories to everyone who’d shown up for the signing. He was an amazing storyteller.

As fate would have it, he actually invited me and my friend out to dinner with him, his wife Susan, and a few others he’d invited.

And, much to my eternal regret (this is one of the few things I do actually regret – I don’t have many, because life’s too short) I turned him down. Not only was I completely broke, I was afraid I’d say something stupid and he’d yell at me. 🙂

The friend with me called me out because I was, in fact, a smart ass to Harlan Ellison when he asked what I did for a living, and referred to myself as an “office bitch.” That earned me a smack on the arm and a hissed, “Don’t be rude!”

What he said stuck with me, and I created a piece of flash fiction around it. Many years later, after I moved back to Florida, I created a short film script of it to enter into a contest for the Melbourne Independent Filmakers Festival. Anatomy of an Excuse never got made, but I had a blast writing it.

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#TeaserTuesday | The Better Judge of Character

Isn’t this always true?  Or is it just Izzie? 🙂

FACT: Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday (he was born in 1809).

FACT: Izzie’s cat Edgar is named after Edgar Allan Poe.

FACT: I love mashing up two opposing forces – Edgar Allan Poe and Comedy, for instance.

Check out this back catalog post I Stand with Vin or The Struggle Continues… from 2015. 🙂

Make a virtual stop at The Poe Museum.

#TeaserTuesday #YoursTruly #ChickLit #RomanticComedy #RomCom #EdgarAllanPoe #IndieAuthor

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#MusicMonday | Blue Monday by New Order

So… had a great weekend, albeit not particularly productive. Want to know how old I was when I realized I couldn’t be everything to everyone?

That would be today old. 🙂

Also, today is supposedly Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, hence the song choice. Whether today is actually the most depressing or not remains to be seen. It’s the first time I’ve seen the sun in days… #WelcomeToFlorida

Check out last weeks’ #MusicMonday, in case you missed it. One can never listen to enough good music. 🙂

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#FeatureFriday #FollowFriday | Author Jill Wallace

I’d like to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine and an even more extraordinary writer, Jill Wallace.

I’ll skip waxing poetic – mostly because I’ll never shut up – Jill’s seriously that amazing. But do check out this fabulous article she wrote for Writer’s Atelier.

You can also find out more about her at JillWallace.com (full disclosure: Jill inexplicably trusted me to build it)

And you can follow her on social media:


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#ThreeForThursday | News That Made Me Trip

With so much crap being slung across the airwaves, I’ve made it a goal to share some interesting articles I stumbled upon (aka News that Make Me Trip) during my internet travels. They might be happy or sad or upbeat or not, but it’s about time we all start feeling something other than ire.

  1. Nothing says “I Salute You, H.G. Wells!” than a commemorative coin – and playing spot the errors.
  2. Sad News out of the Tower of London (I’ve been lucky to visit twice!) – Raven Merlina has gone missing
  3. And while we’re on the subject of ravens – did you know that someone once took me to task because I had a raven speak in Yours Truly? Not only can ravens be taught to speak, they’re dead clever.

And just because, enjoy this backlist post – #TellTaleTuesday with Beth Trissel & Red Bird’s Song

That’s all for today! Feel free to share news you’ve stumbled across – the more random and interesting, the better. And have a wonderful day!

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#OneLineWednesday… plus BONUS | Ten Steps for Befriending a Rockstar or The Gentle Art of Stalking

Because I never seem to play by the rules, you’re getting more than #OneLineWednesday – here’s a larger #sneakpeek of my Personal Essay “Ten Steps for Befriending a Rockstar or The Gentle Art of Stalking*”

“*Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to actively stalk a celebrity (or anyone else, for that matter). It is, as they say, a bad idea and will potentially result in a restraining order and / or jail time. These “steps” are based on my own experiences and should not be copied. If I met my Rockstar today, I would most likely not do a quarter of the crazy (and downright stupid) things I did. I don’t regret them, but I wouldn’t repeat them.


“The gentle art of stalking and befriending a Rockstar requires a perfect balance between getting noticed and not scaring the hell out of him.

Must haves (in no particular order):

1 Rockstar, 1 small bottle of Vodka, 1 blank cassette tape marked as “mood music,” pens, paper, 1 small cardboard box, 1 small votive candle, poster board (as needed), Sharpie® markers in assorted colors, camera, Internet connection, 1 Brain plush doll, email address, random questions, picture(s) of yourself, acceptance, investigative skills, inquisitive nature, love of travel, sense of humor, an active imagination, ability to flirt, reliable transportation, a pinch of interest, love of adventure, infinite supply of patience, and an addiction to excitement.

Most importantly: An express willingness to make yourself look like an ass. Repeatedly.”


Fractured: esssays on love, friendship, and the nightmares in between is available for purchase at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Amazon. It may be available elsewhere, too, so check your favorite online retailer if it’s not listed here. Read more about Fractured.

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#TeaserTuesday – Who is this Woman?

So… something fun in store for Yours Truly. Can’t say what, yet, but I thought it would be fun to start revisiting Izzie and introduce her to those who haven’t yet read the book.

Here are some things readers have said …

“Izzie is a great character, clever, funny and loveable, and her friends and enemies are excellently drawn and realistic.” ~G. McCullough

“Yours Truly [….]  introduces us to a lovable yet equally lovably flawed character Izzie (Isadore) as she stems the tide of paparazzi, and a jealous ex-boyfriend and his equally vindictive new amour.” ~MBP

“A quirky heroine and fast-paced, humorous story made this a very enjoyable read for me. It grabbed me from the very start when the heroine, Izzy Greene—a zany, slightly-clumsy but creative food services worker—finally breaks up with her loser live-in boyfriend. Ritchie’s no great loss and anyway, Izzy has a long-standing crush on Cardwell Bennett (Scottish and drool-worthy), the star of the smash TV series, “Poe” for which her company provides food services. But what could a man like Cardwell see in little, old Izzy?
Finding out was a treat.” ~Laura H.

Read all the reviews

If you’ve read Yours Truly and haven’t left a review, I’d love it if you would!

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#MusicMonday – Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears

So… Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears seems apropos this morning.

Enjoy and have a wonderful start to the week!

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