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Welcome Back Musers! We are live and thriving!
Couldn't wait to get back to you and sharing new Musings. Summer's been fun and even though I dislike the start of school...hey, we know I'm a tad strange...there's new stories and new Musers to discover. New blogs to visit to...stay tuned for our Friday Frolics...a HOT bit of fun. And don't miss our Saturday Morning Musings...remember waking up on Saturday morning and all those fantastic cartoons plastered on every channel? Well, MuseItUp is bringing back the fun with our MG/Tween/YA/New YA version.
Now, what do we have in store this Sunday for you...I'm glad you asked ;)
Let's visit with a few of our Musers and find out who they are:
Barbara Ehrentreu grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Queens. She has lived and taught in Long Island, Buffalo, NY and Westchester, NY as well as a year in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Masters Degree in Reading and Writing K-12. Currently she is retired from teaching and living in Stamford, CT with her family.
If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor won second prize in Preditors & Editors as Best Young Adult Book for 2011. It was inspired by Paula Danziger for her children's writing workshop at Manhattanville College.
Her second book, After, considers what can happen to a teen when her father becomes ill with a heart attack. It is based on her own experiences when her husband had a heart attack and the aftermath of what she and her family experienced.
She is preparing the sequel to If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor. Barbara also writes poetry and several of her poems are published in the anthologies, Prompted: An International Collection of Poetry, Beyond the Dark Room, Storm Cycle and Backlit Barbell.
She has a blog, Barbara's Meanderings, and she hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio, Red River Radio Tales from the Pages, once a month. She is a member of PEN Letters and SCBWI.
From fantastical kidlit to everyday popular fiction, Beth knits together her prose in a small Ohio town. Her hobbies do not include cat-hating or traveling. She adores her cat “Bug,” and traveling will happen someday, but for now, the farthest Beth travels is the western parts of her brain during cold, dark months of editing. In 2008, her screenplay The Method won best comedy in Gotham Screen’s contest, and her MG book In a Pickle (2012) is out from MuseItUp Publishing. Whatever the genre or age group, Beth is more than ecstatic to let her imagination take the wheel. http://bethovermyer.blogspot.com
Most of the time you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.
For twenty-two years, Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.
Beverly has several articles published in children’s magazines. Two of her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul Anthologies. She also has twelve books published and is the Gold Winner in the 2012 Children’s Literary Classics Award, YA, and also the Silver Winner in the 2013 CLC, YA. Her books have won other awards as well.
Although I was born and brought up in the South West of Scotland I now live in Yorkshire with my husband, our dog Wullie and Boris the three-legged cat. Having exploited my love of reading by undertaking a degree in English Literature I left university and settled firmly into the corporate landscape, where I still work full-time to the present day.
Nevertheless my desire to create stories, worlds and the people who inhabit those worlds has never abated and I finally started writing seriously again in 2013.
I write fiction with a twist of mythology and the paranormal set in Scotland. Whilst my first published novella, Dark Waters of the Heart, is firmly targeted at adults given the intense and dangerous seduction my novel, Hot Voodoo due out on 14th July 2015) is aimed at young adults.
People ask me why I write and the simple answer is that I want you, as a reader, to feel. Whether it is falling in love with a handsome hero or being terrified due to the supernatural events. I want you to feel exactly what my heroine does.
Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has lived in the Boston area since 1978. She is an avid science fiction fan, and selected Robert A. Heinlein's “Farmer in the Sky” for her tenth birthday, now long past.
In spite of earning her living as a computer software engineer, she turned to one of her sons to put up the first version of her website, a clear indication of the computer generation gap. Thanks to her father's relentless hounding, she can still recite the rules for pronoun agreement in both English and French. She can also write backwards and wiggle her ears.
Her poems have appeared in journals such as Melusine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines, was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011.
She is the author of Relocated, Geek Games, and Broken Bonds, published by MuseItUp Publishing, and of Sand in the Desert, a collection of science fiction persona poems. A chapter book and the fourth novel in the Novels of Aleyne series are due out later this year.
After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction. Her published mysteries are Sunshine Boulevard, and Coda to Murder released by Muse It Up Publishing. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and husband, Gardener Ted, spend winters in Florida and summers up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
Susan A. Royal takes her readers on adventures to other worlds where anything can happen and frequently does. She and her husband share a 100 year old house in east Texas with a ghost who likes to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar.
She writes SciFi/Fantasy with action, adventure and liberal doses of romance. She is currently working on the third in her time travel series, It’s About Time. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N.
Want to know more? Visit susanaroyal.wordpress.com for a peek inside this writer’s mind. You never know what you’ll find.
Kim Baccellia is a former bilingual teacher. Her experiences trying to find more diverse books for her first grade students, along with her search for her own Mexican heritage, lead her to write the multicultural YA fantasy, EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA. Her other books include a YA paranormal CROSSED OUT and a fantasy romance NO MORE GODDESSES. Not only does she write but she’s a staff reviewer for YA Books Central, one of the biggest YA online review sites. She’s also been a judge for the Cybils-Children and YA bloggers literary awards plus a speaker for children/YA writing groups. Currently she’s working on edits to the sequel to NO MORE GODDESSES and finishing up revisions on a diverse romantic thriller.
Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because it’s also her favorite genres to read ;) She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She’ll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun.
She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dog, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea). You can find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.
Pauline (P. M.) Griffin has been writing since her early childhood. She enjoys telling a good tale, and since she always works with characters and situations deeply interesting to her, she finds the research as rewarding as the scribbling/keying.
Griffin’s Irish love of storytelling coupled with her passion for history, the natural world, and the above-mentioned research have to date resulted in twenty-one novels and twelve short stories, a number of award winners among them, all in the challenging realms of science fiction and fantasy. She has also written several nonfiction articles, primarily for the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s publication AQUATICA, several of which have won the Editors Choice for Excellence Award.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her cats Nickolette and Jinx and three tropical fish aquariums.
Her website is http://www.pmgriffin.com/
Susan Leona Fisher writes both historical and contemporary fiction with a romantic element. She’s particularly interested in the late Victorian to early Twentieth Century period and the influential women of those pre-female suffrage years, some of whom provide inspiration for her heroines, along with an avid interest in social and political issues of the day, which also feature strongly.
She is a member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been reviewed by the Historical Novel Society. Born and based in the UK, she lived and worked in the US, Australia and Africa as a young adult. Her working life in the UK included jobs in the education, health and charity sectors, and in local government, before retirement to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Theadora is the alter-ego of someone new to the HOT side of writing. Theadora is plunging herself into the telling of grown up tales hopefully with humour and caring. Come join her journey.
According to Rosemary, there is a gigantic canvas for a historical novelist to choose from. So far she has chosen to set her published novels in the England of Queen Anne Stuart 1702 – 1714 and the popular Regency era. She is now writing Tuesday's Child a Regency novel and revising another novel set in the reign of Edward II of England.
Rosemary Morris was born in 1940 in Sidcup Kent. As a child, when she was not making up stories, her head was ‘always in a book.’
While working in a travel agency, Rosemary met her Hindu husband. He encouraged her to continue her education at Westminster College. In 1961 Rosemary and her husband, now a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where she lived from 1961 until 1982. After an attempted coup d’état, she and four of her children lived in an ashram in France.
Back in England, Rosemary wrote historical fiction and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Historical Novel Society and Watford Writers.
Rosemary’s books published by MuseItUp Publishing are available from the publisher, Amazon-kindle, ibooks, Nook and other reputable vendors.
You can read the first three chapters of her novels and view the book trailers on her website http://www.rosemarymorris.co.uk/.
Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science, majoring in invertebrate physiology. He still lives in on the East Coast of Canada, an hour east/north of Maine. Growing up as an air force brat, his writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty-one years.
Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his writing. His writing will often draw upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plotlines. Chuck is involved in the world of music, supporting local musicians, occasionally playing with them and always celebrating their successes. Because he enjoys venting as much as the next fellow, Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay, some of which can be found on his website http://chuckbowie.ca
He's writing Book 4 in the suspense-thriller series Donovan: Thief For Hire. It's tentatively entitled The Body On The Underwater Road
Chuck is married, with two adult musician sons. He and his wife Lois live in Fredericton, New Brunswick
Lesley Field grew up on Teesside. She enjoyed riding and reading and later spent most of her working life pursuing legal cases. When retirement came she kicked off the restraints of the law and discovered her real self.
Writing mainly contemporary fiction she has also found pleasure in writing historical fiction. Using her love of Canada and her enjoyment of horses she brings both to her books. Coming into the Romantic Novelists Association under the New Writers Scheme she has now progressed to full membership and is also a member of ROMNA.
Happily living on the North Yorkshire coast with her husband she spends her days enjoying life and writing.
S.L. Carlson lives in Michigan, surrounded by water and woods, and where it isn't very difficult to image mythical creatures, especially from the corner of your eye at Dawn or dusk. She also loves real animals, like the unicorns' distant cousin, the horse. A former teacher, she now writes and travels as a storyteller and speaker.
Off the cuff…Chris is odd. Never ask her for the focal point cause she’s way out in left field from everyone else. Meet her online and you can’t shut her up. Meet face to face and her awkward shyness will either yak your ear off, worse than online, or you’ll need a crowbar to break her silence.
Seriously, Chris is a born and bred Hamiltonian, of Ontario, Canada. She edits, reads, blogs, reads, reviews, reads, and then reads some more. Oh and there’s writing in there, lots and lots of re-writing.
Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.
If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman at MuseChrisChat@gmail.com