The Magical Mystery Blog Tour-Time to vote!

magical-mystery-tou_435340nThe Magical Mystery Blog Tour-Time to vote!

Way back when, I kicked off the blog tour for the release of my book The Prodigal’s Foole. You may remember I mentioned prizes for the top ideas for the tour.

Well, a special panel of judges (My partner, myself and 3 non-writer friends) got together to discuss the posts and picked the top eight.

Okay. I’m lying. We got together to have a few beers and to watch a recent New England Patriots game.

BUT. During half time, we did select the top eight contenders.

But since there are only THREE prizes, first, second and third place will be selected by YOU my wonderful readers!


 And a quick reminder of the prizes:

THIRD PLACE – $25 Amazon Gift card

SECOND PLACE – $50 Amazon Gift Card

FIRST PLACE – $100 Amazon Gift Card

So the eight finalists (in no articular order) are:


  • Lakisha Spletzer (See her tour blog posts HERE and HERE)
  • Leah Petersen (See her tour post for release day HERE)
  • Mercedes M. Yardley (Review of TPF posted on her site HERE)
  • Al Boudreau (His interview with me can be found HERE)
  • Patti Larsen (another interview-read it HERE)
  • Emmett Spain (Review and Six Questions with…HERE)
  • Eden Baylee (Who get’s me to say dirty words HERE)
  • Steve Umstead (For his marvelous review of TPF found HERE)


So go vote for your favorite. I’ll close to poll down on 4 December and announce the winners on Monday the 5th.

Thanks again to EVERYONE who participated in the Magical Mystery Blog Tour!


And if you haven’t picked up The Prodigal’s Foole yet, it makes a GREAT holiday present for someone’s eReader! 🙂



Writing update – 28 November

bart_xlargeWell, the ‘new author’ glow has faded. The Prodigal’s Foole is out and available (if you want to pick up a copy, head HERE. Wonderful reviews so far—so if you’re an Urban Fantasy fan, take a look). I’ve done a blog tour ( see who participated HERE ), book giveaways and a social media blitz.

So I guess it’s time to focus on the REAL advertising gimmick—another book.

The second book of The Arcana Chronicles, called (for the moment) The Young Practitioner, is underway. I was concerned that it would take me time to get back into Symon Bryson’s head, but when I sat down to actually write, he was standing right where I’d left him.

“Where the hell have YOU been?” he asked, tapping his foot impatiently.

Symon’s back.

It’s amazing how life interferes with the simple pleasure of writing. A new consulting gig started in September, the book release in October, family visits off and on for the last few months.

Hell, I didn’t even do NaNoWriMo this year so I could focus on the book release.

But the guests, gigs and excuses are gone. As my brother, and editor, said to me the other day when I showed him a few versions of TYP’s cover—

“Great. Now how about writing the book?”

So, just so you know, my goal is to get the first draft done and ready for my crit partners by February. After polishing, feedback and a couple of rewrites, it will head off to brother dearest for his sharpened red pen at the end of March.

Beta readers will see it in April—as will my current publisher.

The goal is a July 2012 release.

A lot to do. Other than the Holiday podcast (details below if you want to send in a submission), a few family obligations and the day job—Symon’s next adventure is now on the front burner.

It’s a good thing my partner Tina loves me.

Will let you know about progress.


The Word Count Holiday Spectacular – Submissions now OPEN!

fragileSubmissions are now OPEN for The Word Count Holiday Podcast!

What…no poll to decide the theme, R.B.?

Not this time, folks.

The theme is “A Holiday Story.”

You want to write a ghost story a la A Christmas Carol? Go for it! An erotic tale of lovers reuniting for a Chanukah tryst? Make it happen! A piece about a Red Ryder bb-gun (you’ll shot your eye out!)? –bring it on, says I!

Make up your own theme and tell the listeners the story you WANT to tell for the holiday.

Submission guidelines and dates below.

Go. Be creative. Wake me when you’re done.




THE WORD COUNT PODCAST Episode 21 – The Holiday Spectacular

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

PROMPT: A Holiday Story


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday 16th December 2011

THE DETAILS:The work must be an original of yours. It could be a poem, short story, song—anything really as long as you write something based on the stated theme (“A Holiday Story”).  Do NOT exceed ten minutes.  As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT, please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail. The e-mail should also contain the following:

Your pen name

Your bio

Links to your websites

Your Twitter name (if you have one)

A photo I can use for the show notes

Permission to use your recording in the podcast

At the end of the recording, please add the following: “The is <YOUR NAME> author of <YOUR WORK(s)> and you’re listing to The Word Count Podcast Holiday Spectacular”

Send your file to by Friday the 16th of December. You can also e-mail me with questions before hand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.


Thank you! The Magical Mystery Blog Tour

mmblogtourWell, The Magical Mystery Blog tour has officially ended! What a wonderful ride…enjoyed visiting virtually with so many friends, colleagues and fellow writers!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all those who participated—both posters and readers. I feel the debut of my first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole has gone very well so far and that’s due in part to all of you!

Thank you all so much!

Below, find a list of the participants, their twitter handles and links to their websites. I hope you will continue to visit with them for wit, wonder and marvelous writing.





2011 Magical Mystery Blog Tour (The Prodigal’s Foole)
Who Twitter Where
Lakisha Spletzer @kishazworld
Monica Marier @lil_monmon
Suzy Turner @suzy_turner
Bill Kirton @carver22
Christopher Blanchard @BlanchardAuthor
Steve Umstead @steveumstead
LM Stull @lmstull
Eden Baylee @edenbaylee
Leah Petersen @leahpetersen
Emmett Spain @oldhauntsauthor
Al Boudreau @threecifer
Mercedes M. Yardley @mercedesmy
Sessha Batto @SesshaBatto
K. Victoria Smith @KVictoriaSmith
Matthew Munson @mnwjm1981
Patti Larsen @PattiLarsen
Jonathan Gould @jonno_go
JD Robinson @Sachula

A Guest post by SHAY FABBRO

“A Cover Story” 

by Shay Fabbro

The_ChosenEveryone says a great book cover is the key to the success of the book. It’s the part of the book that customers will see before they see anything else, whether it be while browsing in a book store or looking for a new book for the Kindle or Nook. An author really needs to make a good first impression right off the bat.When I was thinking about the cover for The Chosen, I knew I wanted to have something depicting the aliens from the planet Gentra. This world has always held a special place in my heart. As I was designing the planets in The Chosen, I KNEW that one of them had to be one that evolved under water. I remember the day I first learned of the thermal vents found in the deep oceans and the life that evolved to live in the conditions found there: hot, no light, tremendous pressure. I often try to imagine what the first scientists must have been thinking as the light from the submersibles illuminated this underwater world that had never seen the light of day. The creatures they found there were numerous and fascinating. That ecosystem has always been fascinating to me.The original cover for The Chosen shows a Gentran with a large vent in the background, with a dwelling attached. There’s even a light on in one of the rooms. My artist says it’s the room where the portal is housed. It’s a little sinister for those who have already read the books; the portal going to take the Guardians to their new planets so they can train the Chosen. It’s not a very pleasant process. If you want to find out more, you’ll just have to read the book ;)My amazing cover artist has done all of the covers for my books and with each one, he gets better and better. He mentioned wanting to re-do the cover for the first book at the same time I was thinking of re-doing the cover. Coincidence? Perhaps. I like to think of as the Universe speaking to the both of us to make a change that will hopefully introduce more readers to the Portals of Destiny series. Eric wanted to do the cover in a manner similar to a movie poster, with many different elements from new_coverthe book rather than just one single entity. There’s a humanoid emerging from a portal and a Gentran at the bottom right who is in the process of entering it. And floating menacingly above it all is a portion of the enemy the Chosen must fight: a Mekan. The symbols along the left and right are important as well but I’ll leave that to the reader to discover as well 😉 I feel this new cover captures multiple elements of the book as well as showing a person, which is perhaps more familiar than just having a little pink jellyfish/octopus guy swimming around. The old edition of The Chosen is only available for a limited time on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online in both paperback and e-book formats. The new edition with the new cover will debut November 28th. Once the new edition comes out, the old cover will never be seen again! If anyone wants to get a copy of the first edition, now is the time to do it!


Please visit for excerpts from The Chosen as well as two other books in the Portals of Destiny series, Shattered Destiny (book 2) and The Mad Lord Lucian (novella).


Twitter: @ShayFabbro


The Magic Mystery Blog Tour – 10 November

MMUNSONWe’ve entered the last week for The Magical Mystery Tour, and the tour bus is beginning to smell like old pizza and trashed manuscripts!

We take our bus overseas to jolly ol’ England and visit with author and frequent Word Count podcast story weaver, MATTHEW MUNSON, author of Falling from Grace and all around fantastic friend.

He’s posted an interview with me and i hope to have hie review of The Prodigal’s Foole  soon.

Vist his site, Life From The Front – Dispatches From Viking Bay to give it a read here:

The Magical Mystery Blog Tour – 6 November

jgouldWe head back down under for today’s Magical Mystery Blog Tour bus stop and spend a bit of time with JONATHAN GOULD at his blog “Stories that Stand Out from the Crowd.”

I write an piece about what outstanding writing means to me and the most thoughtful comment to today’s article will win a FREE ebook copy of The Prodigal’s Foole.

Head on over to read, comment and potentially WIN!

The Magical Mystery Blog Tour – 5 November

MercedesToday, the Magical Mystery Blog Tour bus circles the strip in search of parking, tickets for “O” and that one blackjack table that will pay out.

Yes we are in the city of adult fun and escapades, Las Vegas visiting with SFWA member, writer and editor of Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted, MERCEDES M. YARDLEY who offers up her review of The Prodigal’s Foole and a rather funny picture of yours truely.

You can find it on her site, A Broken Laptop by clicking here: