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Friday, November 3, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain,  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

Last week, I was lame and didn't get to visit everyone. Honestly, life just went crazy for a few days and I'm just now catching up. But I plan to make up for it this weekend.

This week, I'm celebrating. . . 

1) IWSG! It's always great to see so many words of encouragement out there and so many amazing writers. 

2) Full Dark came out Monday! I've been shouting this out quite a bit lately, so I might as do it one more time. 

What happens in the dark will come to light. Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare. Just A Matter Of Timeby Loni Townsend Forerunner by David Powers King Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler The Apartmentby Lisa Buie-Collard The Caricature by Nick Wilford Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy Soul Coin by Laura Rich Retribution by Melissa Maygrove FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
ON Amazon here

3) Husband off to Germany! He hasn't been back for over 3 years, so it was time. He's having a great time visiting family, and I have a little more free time here. A win/win if you ask me!

4) Halloween and Trick or Treating! This was the first time my kids went trick-or-treating and they loved it. They even gave me a couple of their candies. Yay!

And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Carve a pumpkin? See a lovely bird? Receive something nice in the mail?

What are you celebrating?

OH!!! One more thing. I'm running a giveaway over on my review blog ...well, there's always giveaways, but this one is really through me. . .

This picture book is up for grabs, and what a funny one it is. Especially great for those kids with siblings who love to tease them about monsters.

Anyway, go on over here. All you have to do is leave a comment! (Think low entry because these really always are.)


  1. Those are great kids you have, sharing their candy with you :-) IWSG is a hugely supportive group - definitely something to celebrate.

  2. Thanks again for co-hosting the IWSG this week.
    Big congratulations on Near Dark.
    And glad your husband is having a good time in Germany

    1. Thanks again for the shout-outs...and co-hosting is always fun.

  3. Tonja,

    We all have moments in Blogosphere where we don't want to do anything, so I understand. Congrats on the book collection that features one of your stories! Sounds like an interesting series! I hope the hubs enjoys his time in Germany with family. Can you believe it's November? And...the time change is this weekend! Talk about getting dark all the sooner! I'm not looking forward to that! Have a good weekend!

  4. That's nice of them to share the candy! ^_^

    I have to go leave a comment. :D I love picture books and that title is really drawing me in.

  5. Loved your story. I think i said that before, but it's worth saying again.

  6. So true, we really need to appreciate the small things. Afterall life is made up of memorable small things. IWSG is a complete joy with so many creative bloggers and advice givers and well, just plain fun. I also appreciate the opportunity to meet these special folks, like you. Congrats on the anthology. Sounds like there could be some good scary reads in there even if Halloween is over. Best wishes on this new release!
    JQ Rose

  7. Congratulations on the book (smile) Have a blessed weekend!

  8. Yay for Full Dark! And your hubby too. Isn't it such a blast to take your kids trick or treating? Our oldest is too old to go anymore, and our other two older ones are borderline. It would be super depressing to not have an excuse to be out in the crowd, but thankfully we have the littlests to enjoy for years to come. Halloween rocks!

  9. Full Dark sounds like a great read! I'm glad to hear your husband is having a good time in Germany. Have a great weekend!

  10. Yay anthology! I made my older cousins send me pictures of their kids in their Halloween costumes--so cute!

  11. Just added Full Dark to my wishlist. :)

    That said, I'm glad to hear SOMEONE takes their kids out. I was a little weirded out this year. We received a grand total of one visitor on Halloween and it seems like everyone around me and in my friends aren't receiving TrickOrTreaters either.

  12. Congratulations on the release of the anthology!

    Somehow the candy taken from our kids' stash is always a little bit sweeter.

  13. Congratulations on the book release. ^_^ And I'm glad your kids' trick-or-treating went well; I don't remember the last time someone knocked on my door, so I've wondered if that's still a thing that happens.

    I... have nothing good to report from this week.

  14. So many of my buddies are part of the anthology, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I'm celebrating the very beginning of the holiday season. Now, I just have to take down all my Halloween stuff.

  15. Frankenbunny is a hoot! What a great character. And I love seeing the anthology here.

    I'm back from a vacation, so I'm racing to catch up for that month away. I'll smile later when I have time.

  16. That was nice your kids shared their candy with you. I resisted with my parents when I was little.

  17. I feel so bad for not posting for the celebrations hop for a few weeks - I hope to join in this Friday. The anthology sounds great, glad you got to enjoy some candy too.

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