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Deborah Hawkins, penned Debra Renée Byrd, began writing after a blank book project in elementary school and never stopped, fashioning stories based on her favorite TV shows and movies before creating more original works. She studied at the University of the Arts and Florida State University before settling down and graduating from Temple University. She now resides in her hometown of Dover, DE, where she spends most of her time at work or at church. She loves fantasies, superheroes, is a trekkie and a brown coat. She loves television and lives for Final Fantasy video games, having collected most of them. She has read a myriad of authors, and her favorite authors change whenever she finds a new book that changes her life... "When you can't run, you crawl. When you can't crawl...well, you know the rest." -Tracey, Firefly, "The Message"

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Monday, April 22, 2013

I Miss You

This A-to-Z thing is wiping me out!

I wanted to stop by to say hi to everyone, and express how much I miss keeping you posted. Fortunately, May is next week, and my weekly posts will return!

I return Wednesday, May 1, with my Insecure Writers Support Group post.
Every Tuesday, I will post my Express Yourself Meme.

I will also be on the lookout for two more permanent posting days! Thursdays seem good. I might even do an early morning Saturday post. I'm almost always awake by 8 anyway.

Is anyone else participating in the A-to-Z Blog Challenge? How has your April been so far?

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Thereafter Cover Reveal Tour!

Time flies when you're blowing your nose! I had the 13th on my whiteboard for 2 days, so now I'm extremely behind. Luckily, Terri had some back-up!

So if you haven't checked it out already, here are the details, rules, author info, and stops for the THEREAFTER COVER REVEAL TOUR!

Author Terri Bruce is celebrating the upcoming release of Thereafter, the second book in the Afterlife Series, with a scavenger hunt/giveaway! One Grand Prize winner will receive a set of 20” x 30” unframed cover art posters (1 each for Hereafter and Thereafter), signed by the author, and an eARC of Thereafter! Five first place winners will receive eARCs of Thereafter. Contest is open internationally. As a special bonus, everyone who enters the contest will receive, via email, a special sneak-peak excerpt of Thereafter, featuring Terri’s favorite scene!

Entering is simple:
  1. Visit all fourteen stops participating in the Thereafter Cover Reveal Blog Tour.
  2. At each stop, there is an excerpt from Thereafter with a word highlighted in red.
  3. Collect all fourteen of these highlighted words and arrange them into a fourteen-word sentence that reveals a major plot point of Thereafter.
  4. Email the sentence and your name to
  5. Then enter via Rafflecopter to confirm that you emailed in your contest entry.
  6. Additional bonus entries for joining Terri’s mailing list, tweeting about the giveaway, and shelving Thereafter on Goodreads will become available once you have completed the main entry.

About the Author:
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

Photo Credit: Amy Lundstrom

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quick Update & A Scavenger Hunt/Cover Reveal!

Hi all!

Brief update to let you know what I'm doing with life. :)

If you're wondering why all's quiet on the Writer's front, the A to Z Blogging Challenge is happening, and I chose to do it. If you're interested about all things my life, slide on over to to catch up. Today is G, so I will have that up some time today. I will be talking about Getting old. ;)

One week from now, I will be participating in the amazing Terri Bruce's cover real tour of the second book in her Afterlife series: Thereafter! The first book, Hereafter was an awesome introduction into the life (of lack thereof) of party girl Irene Dunphy after she ran herself off a bridge under the influence of alcohol and her journey with a young necrophile (well, ew, not necrophile...necro-fanatic? I made that up.) who wants to help her move on to the actual afterlife. There are great concepts of every day life happenings, such as ghost cars in those HUGE spaces some people leave behind cars at a stop light, or ghost bars in places where buildings were torn down but nothing replaced it.

For the cover reveal of Thereafter, Terri has decided to do a scavenger hunt tour, where each stop will provide a line from the new book with a highlighted word. Putting all of the words together will reveal a big clue about the new book, and all participants will receive an excerpt of Terri's favorite part of the book! So be sure to check that out next week.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

IWSG is still on!

While it looks like the other bloghops are on pause, I'm glad this one is still going in April!

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating and continuing this group! Visit his page here for his post, his co-hosts, and the list of other Insecure Writers who need your support, and whose support you might need.

This month, I'm kvetching (yes, kvetching) over all of the stuff I have to DO! Just when I thought that once March was over, so I wouldn't have to worry about Easter play rehearsals twice a week, the play itself, then Sunrise service, HERE COMES APRIL to say, "Ha, just kidding, you'll be just as busy this month."


That's me drowning.

On top of that, I have my first critique partner, and I don't want to skimp on her, so every hour of my waking moment will be occupied! At least for this week. It will slow down next week, but all of my Saturdays? Gone.

And I'm tired. No even body tired, sleepy tired! I had 9 hours of very interrupted sleep, and I'm the type of person who, if I didn't get enough sleep Sunday night, the rest of my week is shot. *sigh*

I guess, on the bright side, this will give me a moment to rest my writing brain. I did just go through a minor edit from page 1 to page 320ish...But I kind of want to write still...We'll see what happens!

Monday, April 1, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge

So, last year I did Poetry-A-Day with Writer's Digest, and I'm not sure if they're not doing it this year, or not publicizing it...BUT since everyone else is doing A to Z, I've opened a new blog dedicated to this challenge! So if I fail, everyone can just look the other way...pretend I didn't do it. ;)

My theme, selflishly, is All About Me, so you can get to know most likely some random things about my life and who I am in general. Enjoy! I've already been around to some blogs. There are some great themes out there!

Click: Deb McK's A to Z

This is a bloghop, so visit for the other challengers!