Friday Face-Off: Wrapping Around


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: A wrap around cover

I thought right away of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, with some cool coordinating, wrap-around covers.

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2019 Reading Challenges: Half-way Update

I’m slightly late with this update (on account of I had a new book come out last Friday!)  I’ve made lots of progress somewhat sporadically.  I haven’t been reading with too much purpose, and have done more pick-ups for random books than usual.  So I’ve read some good books, some bad ones, and made progress in some areas.  Here’s the details!  As usual, I’ve grayed out the books from last quarter, and linked to reviews where I have them.

Nonfiction Reading Challenge
Host: Doing Dewey
Goal: 12 Nonfiction Books

I’ve gone past my goal for number of books, and have decided to commit to the Century challenge, trying to read a book from each “century” of the Dewey Decimal System.  I’ve been going at that in a kind of hunt and choose way, going to the relevant aisle of my library and seeing what I can find.  I had a rough time in the 300s…without realizing I had already read Easterman’s book from the 300s…but have made pretty good progress on the lists.  I’m reading a 600 book now, which leaves just 700 and 900 to account for!

  1. We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee (590.73)
  2. Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb (158.1)
  3. Through Lover’s Lane by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly (813.52)
  4. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (571.09)
  5. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (028.9)
  6. Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim (294.35)
  7. The Creative Life by Julia Cameron (818.54)
  8. Do Nothing by Siroj Sorajjakool (299.51)
  9. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (153.35)
  10. It’s Better Than It Looks by Gregg Easterbrook (306.09)
  11. Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
  12. A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton (387.73)
  13. Growing Up Again by Mary Tyler Moore (362.19)
  14. The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy (428.00)

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Release Day: The Servants and the Beast

So excited to have this new book out!

Stonehenge Circle Writers

It’s here!  We’re thrilled to announce the release of The Servants and the Beast.  This very special collaborative novel was written by five of our authors, and tells the tale of the Beast in a whole new way.  Buy your copy today!

You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.

Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold. When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her inside, and the rest of us should have helped bar the…

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Meet the Authors: Cheryl Mahoney

My collaborative novella is out this Friday! I’m today’s featured author as the Stonehenge Circle Writers’ blog counts down to release day.

Stonehenge Circle Writers

Our new release, The Servants and the Beast, will be out Friday, June 28th  (pre-order your copy!)  We’re counting down to release day by introducing you to the authors and characters of this collaborative novella.

Cheryl Mahoney is seen here with Hugo Livre, the castle librarian, who found himself trapped in a painting after the curse took effect.  He is profoundly grateful that his painting is at least in the library, where he can reach the books (you understand his priorities).  Hugo narrates Chapter Three of the novella, as a visitor to the cursed castle disrupts his reading.

Standing beside Cheryl is Archambault, the footman-turned-coat rack, stylish in his signature pink color.  And if you look closely, you may glimpse a representation of the Good Fairy on the bookcase in the background…but you probably don’t want to meet her!

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Friday Face-Off: Merlin at Stonehenge


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

The first thing to come to mind on this topic was Stonehenge (probably not that surprising), and the first book to come to mind was Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave.  Merlin is instrumental in building Stonehenge (using some magic, of course), and buries Ambrose the king at its center.

I was able to go on an Inner Circle tour of Stonehenge a few years ago, the only tour that takes you within the stones, with the friend who introduced me to The Crystal Cave.  As soon as they pointed out the altar stone, we were like, Ambrose’s grave!  And there was a raven perched on Stonehenge for a long time, that we suspect was Merlin, still keeping an eye on things…

All right, on to the covers!

This was the only one I found that showed Stonehenge…too bad Merlin is looking kind of freaky there!

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Friday Face-Off: Sugary Delights


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

Well, my choice feels so obvious it seems almost like cheating…but I thought I’d see what I could find for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

This one is bright and fun, but you can’t actually tell that it’s about candy or chocolate (title aside, of course).  I was surprised, actually, by how many covers did not prominently display sweets!

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SCW Quarterly Retreat: June 2019

I had an excellent time at my writing group’s second quarterly retreat this past weekend!

Stonehenge Circle Writers

This past weekend, several of our writers gathered for a day-long retreat.  We had a great time discussing writing–and actually writing!

We did a morning exercise on theme, and in the afternoon discussed author business plans–getting to the practical side of things.  We also did two writing sprints, and spent some time on free writing.  Another great day of writer fellowship and learning.

Pictured: Ingrid Victoria, Magnus Victor, Mattias Bergman, Cheryl Mahoney, Kelly Haworth,  Karen Blakely and R.A. Gates

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