Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Elizabeth Splaine!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Elizabeth Splaine

I’ve got some questions for author Elizabeth Splaine!

Where is your hometown? Wilmington, Delaware

What genre(s) do you write? Medical thriller

What have you written? Blind Order (2017), Blind Knowledge (2019), Devil’s Grace (2020), Swan Song (2021)

Who are some of your favorite authors? Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo, Rodney Bolt

What were some of your favorite books growing up? Although the Day is not Mine to Give, I’ll Show You the Morning Sun, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, Crime and Punishment

What do you like best about writing? Creating a world from a nugget of an idea.

What do find most challenging about writing? Writing is like puzzle solving, but you create the puzzle, and the pieces keep moving around as you try to place them.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I love the process of writing, so my inspiration comes from that drive to push forward, to put the last puzzle piece in place. As for ideas, they come from everywhere-something someone says, an article I read, a story I’m told.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Ibram X. Kendi! What’s the title going to be? The Light Settlers.

When Dr. Angela Brennan’s daughter dies shortly after surgery, Angela reluctantly employs the spirit world to fight the battle of her life against power-hungry hospital colleagues who will stop at nothing to conceal the truth.

Want to win a copy (hint: yes, you do!)? If you’re the winner, you can choose between a copy of Splaine’s novel or a half-hour singing lesson! Beth is an accomplished opera singer, and she can fine-tune your vocal instrument. Anyway, it’s your choice if you win.

To be eligible for today’s drawing, and for an additional chance in the Grand Prizes drawing, tell us which prize you’d choose!

Find out more about Beth and her books here: https://elizabethsplaineauthor.com/

Find her books and follow her on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/227vu8r8

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mary Catherine Volk!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Mary Catherine Volk

Very happy to welcome back Mary Catherine Volk to today’s blog. Mary Catherine is a truly gifted and compassionate individual. I’ve asked her the usual questions:

Where is your hometown? Narragansett, RI

What genre(s) do you write? Spiritual, Self-Help

What have you written? Believe In Forever – How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones (published 2016). Trust It – You Have the Power Within You  (published 2021).

Who are your favorite authors? Dr. Eber Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, describing his near-death experience from a neurosurgeon’s non-believer point of view. His latest book is Living in a Mindful Universe – A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Caroline Myss, five-time New York Times bestseller and author of 10 books on mysticism and wellness: Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Sacred Contracts, and Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can.

Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishing. She was a motivational speaker and wrote her first book at age 60. She then went on to launch the first self-publishing book company, Hay House Publishing. Her self-help books were so motivating and inspiring!

What were your favorite books growing up? Change your Thoughts – Change your Mind by Dr. Wayne Dyer, self-help author and motivational speaker; The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

As a child, I loved to draw cartoons and write children’s stories. The “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schulz was my favorite.  My high school art teacher, Carl Rittman, was a college classmate of Charles Schulz. He told us a story how their art professor had once told Charles Schulz to give up on being an artist, he had no talent! So it surprised everyone to see him become the most famous student in their class. Mr. Rittman was a well-known Rhode Island landscape artist but he realized and encouraged all of his students to follow dreams and passion.  Be inspired and creative, it may just make you famous.  My dream was to be a cartoonist at Disney when I grew up. 

What do you like best about writing? Meeting people at book signing events and hearing how much my book has helped them in their grieving process. They order autographed copies to give as gifts. This inspires me to write another book.   

What do you find most challenging about writing? Setting aside the time to write and stay focused.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from author Louise Hay. She published her first book at 60 years old and I started writing my first book at age 61.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Louise Hay. What’s the title going to be? You Are Never too Old To Do What You Love

You can connect with Mary Catherine and learn more by visiting her website: http://www.marycatherinevolk.com

Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marycatherine.volk.3

Find her books on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/2vycn3df

Please answer this question below for a chance to win a 15-minute reading from Mary Catherine:

Do you have a fear of death?    Yes- what is it?      No – why not?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Belle DeCosta!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Belle A. DeCosta

I met Belle DeCosta a couple of years ago, but I feel as though we’ve known each other forever! She’s genuine, smart, funny, and a very good writer. Here’s a little more about Belle:

Where is your hometown? East Providence, RI

What genre(s) do you write? Memoir, Women’s Fiction

What have you written? Echoes in the Mirror, 2020, Treading Water, 2021

Who are some of your favorite authors? Colleen Hoover, Miranda Cowley Heller

What books did you enjoy reading growing up? Little Women, Little Women, Little Women (good one, Belle!)

What do you like best about writing?  For my memoir, it was revisiting my life with the benefit of age and wisdom, and the perspective it afforded. For my novel, I let my imagination and thoughts combine to create characters and their story. I don’t outline, so it fun to see where it all takes me, how their journey evolves and where it ends.

What do find most challenging about writing? Finding uninterrupted time to write!!

Where do you draw your inspiration? I’m very drawn to nature and find walking in the woods spiritual, meditative. Being surrounded by the ultimate creation of wonder and beauty increases my awareness and encourages my creativity.  Of course, interacting with my two-year-old grandson, hound Trista, and tribe of family and friends also energizes my creative cells and provides emotions and experiences that sometimes find their way into the story.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Miranda Cowley Heller! What’s the title going to be? Inner Voices.

Go ahead and visit Belle’s website: http://www.belledecosta.com/

Follow her on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Belle-A-DeCosta/e/B08C5MSBX6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

Meet Caroline McMerritt. Ambitious and driven, with a tongue as sharp as her mind, she is the top advertising executive for a prestigious Manhattan firm- until a particular circumstance takes a bite out of her edge, and she starts down a precipitous path.

Forced to take a hiatus or lose her job, and at the strong suggestion of a trusted brother, Caroline finds herself exiled to the abandoned family cabin in the backwoods of Maine.

Disgusted by her surroundings and enraged by the involuntary break, she vows to be unproductive and miserable, counting the days until she can return to the fast-paced life of her beloved NYC. But a telling moment brings Caroline face to face with her problem, and for the first time in her life, she feels out of control, lost. Panic ensues.

The discovery of a hidden treasure, buried in her deceased mother’s hope chest, helps her reset and restores her strong will. The unexpected gift not only provides the comfort of her mother’s presence but tells of secrets kept, past experiences lived, and lessons learned.

Join Caroline as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, hard truths, friendship, and love, guided by the advice and wisdom of her late mother.

Will it be enough to save her?

NOTE: I loved this novel! Belle’s writing is exemplary, and she knows how to tell a story. Want to win a copy? (Answer: yes, you do). Just answer this question? Would you rather live in New York City or in a remote corner of Maine?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Dr. Karen Petit!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Dr. Karen Petit

I’ve asked Karen a few questions!

Where is your hometown? Cranston, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Historic novels and poetry

What have you written? Paw Dream Mazes (2021), Amazing Holiday Paws (2020), Holidays Amaze (2018), Unhidden Pilgrims (2017), Roger Williams in an Elevator (2017), Mayflower Dreams (2017), Banking on Dreams (2017)

What do you like best about writing?  I love to analyze what I’ve written, so I can see my view about different things. Poetry is especially fun to write and to analyze. It’s almost like playing a game. I can also write one poem, be busy for a few weeks, and then write another poem when I have enough spare time. Some of my poems are actually long narrative poems, so writing poetry can be sort of like writing prose, but with multi-modal elements.

What do you find most challenging about writing? I sometimes really want to write and just do not have enough time to write.

Where do you draw your inspiration? My inspiration comes from my reality and from my previous writings. For example, after writing about the Pilgrims for Mayflower Dreams, I wanted to also look at Rhode Island historical elements and write about Roger Williams. I loved the idea of using freedom as one of the elements of my next novel. I was then stuck in an elevator for about forty minutes, which was my inspiration for Roger Williams in an Elevator.

Another example of my reality and previous writings inspiring me is this book of poetry: Paw Dream Mazes. One of my three cats is on the cover, and I obviously love this cover a lot. I also have seen all three of my cats dreaming. They all do things like twitch their paws while they dream. The dream/reality connections for my earlier books also inspired me to write about animal dreams. The maze poems in my first two books of poetry were an inspiration for focusing on the maze idea in my third book of poetry.

Karen’s author website, which has connections to all of her book websites, is  www.drkarenpetit.com

Karen would love to give away a copy of her most recent book, Paw Dream Mazes. Her question for you is this: What is your favorite animal and why is this one your favorite? Just comment below and you’re entered! And don’t forget, leave a comment on each day’s post for more chances to win our big prizes.

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Hank Ellis!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Hank Ellis

Welcome to author Hank Ellis! Hank’s participated in the RI Author Showcase in previous years, and it’s a pleasure to have him back. Let’s find out more about him:

Hank, where is your hometown? I grew up in Scituate, lived in North Kingstown for 30 years, now in Exeter.
What genre(s) do you write? Literary fiction (YA adventure stories, magical realism, fantasy, Christian).

What have you written? The Promise series are adventure stories for adolescents and curious adults that celebrate friendship and teamwork, respect for all cultures, our divine connection, and the importance of caring for our planet. Also, short stories and poetry in four ARIA Anthologies: Selections; Past, Present, and Future; Hope; and Green.
Who are your favorite authors? CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Alfred Lansing.

What were some of your favorite books growing up? Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lord of the Rings.

What do you like best about writing? Telling a story, creating perilous adventures, letting my mind wander.

What do you find most challenging about writing? Writer’s block. When it occurs—not if—I wonder how to continue or end a story. Solution: I’ll end my session for hours, days, or even weeks if necessary, and change focus completely. I like woodworking, turning wood on a lathe, or working in the yard. It’s amazing how clearing your mind helps the process. Getting stressed
is the worst thing that can happen.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Past events, life. I imagine myself in the scene and what I or other friends and relatives would do.

You’ve been given the chance to collaborate on a novel with CS Lewis. What’s the title going to be? Although intimidating, I’d jump at the chance! I love his books. And we’re both believers in the Triune God: (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). My books are filled with references to the “Maker” or “Maker of the universe” and my characters are given amazing “gifts” by God’s
intermediary, the guardian Eli. Lewis writes of interdimensional and time travel, as do I. Our
book would be titled Journey to Othertime. Othertime is a word used in Lewis’ book The
Dark Tower.

Want to know more? Check out Hank on Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/7y2d3v8a

Hank’s website: http://www.hankellis.net

Hank’s Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/5evcawyr

Peter and David Wilson are two adventurous, adolescent brothers, who make a fantastic discovery in the nearby forest. One afternoon in late June, they stumble upon a huge mysterious cavern protected from the elements for centuries. Using dreams and deciphering riddles, they travel through underground passageways to meet the maker of their dreams. Through a series of strange and supernatural encounters, Peter and David must rely on resourcefulness, perseverance, and love to lead them to an opportunity they could never have imagined and make a decision that will change their lives forever.

You can win a copy of The Promise: A Perilous Journey by answering this question: Do you believe in another dimension, where ghosts, spirits, angels, and demons might dwell? (Hint: there are no wrong answers!)

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Paul Magnan!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Paul Magnan

Very happy to feature author Paul Magnan on the blog today. Here’s your chance to learn a little bit about him:

Paul, where is your hometown? Pawtucket, RI

What do you write? Dark fantasy, horror

What have you written? Kyu, The Unknown: Book 1, The Coming of Dis (2016), Book 2, The Oracle of Xiaroc Isle (2017), Book 3, The Grimoire (2020), Book 4 (conclusion), Worlds’ End (2021). Short story collection, Veering From the Straight And Narrow (2018)

Who are your favorite authors? Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, Gwendolyn Kiste

What were your favorite books growing up? Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), anything by Ray Bradbury

What do you like best about writing? Building a world and creating characters, and how they can take me, the writer, by surprise. The joy when it clicks into place.

What do find most challenging about writing? The easy answer is finding the time, but the honest answer is fighting procrastination and getting my butt down on that seat to write.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Inspiration hits me in strange ways. An unexpected encounter, a natural wonder I wasn’t expecting to see… random things that click within my psyche and lead me down that winding road of creativity.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with one of your favorite authors. What’s the title going to be? It would have to be with Gwendolyn, the only one of the three still with us. The title will be Within the Writers’ Con Whorl

Find all of Paul’s books at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/5xm372xn

The Territories have been unified for a thousand years, brought together under the sword of Harra Ardrassis and the sorcerous power of his immortal sister, Haena. But the Unification has always been contentious; hostility and distrust grow stronger every year. Surrounding the Territories is the Disian Curtain, a desolate darkness filled with Infernals, ravenous, twisted horrors beyond imagination. Ruled by the Diaboli Domini, these terrors desire nothing more than to devour the flesh and souls of all humanity… and the Disian Curtain is encroaching ever closer. From the Territory of Talgourge comes Kyu, The Unknown, a man whose past, and face, are a complete mystery, even to him. A rising celebrity in the popular and lethal sport of arena fighting, Kyu’s lack of identity drives him to question everything, including the profession at which he excels. When he finally discovers who, and what, he really is, and meets a young woman who gives his empty life meaning, Kyu wants to walk away from the violence and live on his own terms. But with the Territories teetering on the brink of continent-wide warfare, and Dis’ unspeakable nightmares approaching, powers both human and Infernal have plans of their own. They will do anything to control Kyu and the nascent power he is beginning to realize. Kyu, however, is much more powerful than they know, and he will do anything to protect… or avenge… those he loves.

Want to win a copy? You can, just by answering this question: What keeps you awake at night?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Angelina Singer!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Angelina Singer

Lovelovelove this remarkable young powerhouse! Welcome to Angelina Singer. Let’s learn some more about her.

Where is your hometown? Raynham, MA (not far from the Rhode Island border!)

Tell us about your genre(s): I write Young Adult dystopian sci-fi, YA/NA contemporary romance/time travel coming-of-age

What have you written? Just Like a Pill: Who Knew the Boy of Her Dreams Would Fall Under Her Spell (2016). The Sorting Room (book 1 of The Upperworld Series) (2017). The Fall of Zephyr (book 2 of The Upperworld Series) (2018). The Rise of Onyx (book 3 of The Upperworld Series) (2018). Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember (book 1 of The Rewind Duology) (2020). Forgiving What I Couldn’t Change (book 2 of The Rewind Duology) (2021).

Who are some of your favorite authors? Colleen Hoover, Suzanne Collins, Jenn Bennett

What do you like best about writing? I love being able to do anything I want and be anything I want in a world that I design. It’s really fun to have that freedom, and also to have that place for healing too (as seen in The Rewind Duology).

What do find most challenging about writing? Finding motivation! Oftentimes I have the idea and the excitement, but there’s just no enthusiasm (or maybe I’m too drained from my day jobs writing). But once I hit my stride, it’s a blast! I can only hope that I find that energy again for it soon, because I’ve got a great new book idea that’s been brewing for a while, and I really want to query this one.

Where do you draw your inspiration? From life! My very first novel, Just Like a Pill, was inspired by a guy from band camp I had this crazy crush on. And my most recent concept, The Rewind Duology, was based on my past struggles with bullying as a kid and finding peace with that now as an adult.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Colleen Hoover (squee!) What’s the title going to be? Colleen Hoover, that would be wild. Probably All the Things You Wish You Were. I see it as some kind of gritty, angsty, New Adult romance with maybe a second chance and a lot of frustration in the plot. She’d probably bring the spicier moments, and I’d add some fluff to the emotional moments and conversations. That would be a dream collaboration for sure!

Follow Angelina at these sites:

Website: https://www.angelinasinger.com

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Angelina-Singer/e/B0743ZF23N/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelinasingerauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelinasingerauthor

Angelina is giving away her Rewind Duology two-book set. Just answer this question below for a chance to win: If you could travel back in time to meet your younger self, what would you tell them?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Phyllis Calvey!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Phyllis Calvey

So happy to have Phyllis Calvey on the blog today! You know I have questions….

Phyllis, where is your hometown? Bellingham, Massachusetts (right over the line from Rhode Island!)

What genre(s) do you write? Nonfiction

And what have you written? The Butterfly Club: “Is That You?” (2014), Caterpillar’s Search for the Perfect Halloween Costume (2021)

Who are your favorite authors? I enjoy quoting lines from Tolkien, rereading Jane Austen’s dialogs between Darcy and Elizabeth, and living The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. After reading the entire series to my family one winter when our children were young, we put our television away for the next seven years; we gathered wood, made a latch-key door, a braided rug, and planted a huge garden.

What were some of your favorite books growing up? Growing up, my mother read all the Little Golden Books to us; Aesop’s Fables, and classics like The Little Red Hen. I loved reading books like Heidi, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, and soon was captivated by the Nancy Drew Mysteries.

What do you like best about writing? I write stories that have really happened. They are so profound and unexpected that people often ask if I made them up. I assure them I’m not that smart! What I love best about writing is finding those unexpected connections that make you feel like you are not writing alone.

What do you find most challenging about writing? What I find most challenging about writing is being patient enough to allow the story itself to lead you. The more I learned about monarchs the more amazed I became how their metamorphic nature seemed planned from the beginning to offer comfort and hope that death is not the end, rather, a new beginning. It is no surprise to me how these ethereal creatures have captured our imagination and perhaps a little part of our soul.

Writing The Butterfly Club kindled a love affair with Monarchs that inspired me to write a children’s book, Caterpillar’s Search for the Perfect Halloween Costume. (Now this one I made up!) In the end, what hadn’t dawned on me was that a Monarch’s bright orange and black wings are the very colors of Halloween!

Where do you get inspiration? How do I find inspiration for a story? I don’t. It finds me.  For example, as my cousin began telling me about an unknown man who came through the line of her 35 year-old brother’s wake wearing a butterfly pin on his lapel and what had taken place, I knew I had found my inspiration for The Butterfly Club: “Is That You?

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with one of your favorite authors. Who’s the author and what’s the title going to be? Given the chance, I would love to collaborate on a book with Laura Ingalls, the title being, Little House on the Prairie with Electricity! It would be fun to share our own family’s story with her!

Please answer the following two questions to have a chance to win your choice of a copy of either The Butterfly Club: “Is That You?” or Caterpillar’s Search for the Perfect Halloween Costume.

Question 1. What was your favorite Halloween costume growing up?

Question 2. If you were writing this story what insect and costume might you have chosen? 

(My 21 year-old grandson said a mosquito wearing a vampire costume. I loved the idea but only wanted to use the “good” bugs!)

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring M.Z. Medenciy!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Author M Z Medenciy

Micha Medenciy is a new member of the RI Authors group, and I’m thrilled to feature her on my blog today! I asked her some questions:

Micha, what name do you write under? M.Z Medenciy

Where is your hometown? Providence/East Providence

What genre(s) do you write? Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

What is the title of your book? Island Eight (published 2022)

Who are your favorite authors? Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R Tolkien

What were some of the books you enjoyed reading when you were younger? Jane Eyre, And Then There Were None, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

What do you like best about writing? I love writing because it’s cathartic and freeing. Once I really get going, I feel my soul dancing away, crossing effortlessly through the light and darkness, transcribing images into words. When I write, I am elsewhere, and I love it.

What do find most challenging about writing? For me, finding the time and not feeling guilty about it, is extremely challenging. I can never say “Okay, from 1-5 I am going to sit down and write,” because life doesn’t work that way. I work, manage a household, and have two teen boys. Those three things take precedence. I also feel guilty shutting myself away to write, because I love it. Not the shutting away part, the writing part. God do I love it so much! So, I feel guilty that I am indulging myself to something that makes me happy and doesn’t exactly pay the bills. I was raised to work, do what you can to support the family. Job satisfaction was never factored into the equation. Even though things are different now, the guilt remains. My incredible husband and boys repeatedly tell me that it’s okay; nonetheless, I still feel guilty.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Dreams, daydreams, emotions – they tend to manifest themselves into these beasts that refuse to leave me unless I take pen to paper.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Silvia Moreno-Garcia. What’s the title going to be? Discreet Violent Stars

I am feeling that title, *finds the first thing she can write on and jots notes* ^_^

Lots of ways to connect with and learn more about Micha!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mzmedenciy/

Website: https://www.mzmedenciy.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mzmedenciy

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/M-Z-Medenciy/e/B0BB6244XG

Micha is giving away a copy of her book, Island Eight plus a handmade wooden bowl!

In a world on the verge of repeating a cataclysmic history, Sophia, a Salinian entertainer, unknowingly holds the key to the world’s salvation. She intentionally overlooks their king’s tyranny to ensure her happiness, but not even the gods can protect her when the eyes of the castle alight upon her town. After narrowly escaping death with the aid of a mysterious man who whisks her away to once-forbidden lands, Sophia is unwillingly sucked into the brewing war she had so desperately evaded.

In Island Eight by M.Z. Medenciy, Sophia embarks on an unprecedented journey where she encounters new dangers through magic-wielding Fae, discovers a resilience within her she never thought possible, and uncovers a history of the gods and their planet that will change the lives of all forever.

You can win just by leaving a comment below and telling us an island you’ve loved visiting or would love to visit.

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Brielle Lilygarten!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Brielle Lilygarten

It’s always a treat to welcome children’s book authors to the blog, and today I’m featuring Brielle Lilygarten! Let’s find out more:

Where is your hometown? Providence

What is the genre you write? Children’s books (fiction)

What is the title of your books: Fishy, Fishy (2021)

Who are your favorite authors? Elin Hilderbrand, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner

What were your favorite books growing up? The BabySitters Club series, Sweet Valley series, Goosebumps series

What do you like best about writing? I like being able to get lost in a different world and create characters that readers will fall in love with

What do find most challenging about writing? Sometimes just simply getting started! Once I start writing, the ideas usually just flow, but sometimes it is difficult to think about what to write about and in which direction I want to take it.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from my family and past life experiences. 

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Elin Hilderbrand. What’s the title going to be? Since her books always take place on Nantucket the title would be Nantucket Nostalgia.

Learn more at Brielle’s website: http://www.BriLilyBooks.com and you can ask a question by emailing info@brililybooks.com

On Instagram https://www.instagram.com/brililybooks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brililybooks

Fishy, fishy has so much to do! Will little fishy be able to get it all done? Follow along with little fishy as it finds some food, plays with friends, and sings along to a happy tune.

You can WIN a copy of Fishy, Fishy simply by sharing your favorite children’s book.