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Monday Mishmash

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Happy Monday! I'm borrowing an idea from my blogger friend and YA/middle-grade author Kelly Hashway this morning. Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. My thanks to Kelly for this great idea and for the graphic. Feel free to grab it and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind this morning.

1. Trivia Tuesday doesn’t seem to be catching on. That’s okay. Not everything works. Besides, usually I blog on Monday and occasionally Wednesday or Friday, so Tuesday feels strange, off kilter. Consequently, I’m moving Trivia Tuesday to Twitter and my Facebook page and will resume my old blogging schedule. Click here to join me on Twitter or here for Facebook.

2. What are you reading? I’m halfway into Joyce Carol Oates’ Carthage, which has already taken a twist I didn’t expect. She never ceases to amaze me.

3. Can you believe this is the last week of February already? These first months of 2015  have flown by. I seem to have a difficult…

Music and the Writer

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Last week, I contributed to British author and journalist Roz Morris’ fascinating series “Undercover Soundtrack,” which explores the symbiotic relationship between music and literature. My piece discusses how music inspired many parts of the Bibliophiles series, including all three of the titles.

Here's a bit of it.

"The chance to delve into the '60s and the Pearsons’ background was too much fun to resist. Only a small child when the Hippies embarked on their psychedelic journey, I was drawn to their sense of freedom, something I had never felt growing up as an only child.

Every day while writing Spring’s childhood, the velvety smooth vocals of Jim Morrison in The Doors’ classic "Light My Fire" showed me a window to their world and explored quintessential sixties sounds. I mean, does anyone use an organ like that anymore? "Aquarius" belted out by the 5th Dimension and originally from the musical "Hair" signified pure freedom. Anything was poss…

Trivia Tuesday: Polish Style

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Today, millions of people around the world are celebrating indulgence. For some, it's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, while for others it's Carnival in Rio. 
For me, it's all about this. 


Being of Polish descent, my family and millions of Poles around the world have these delectable treats as a last fling on Fat Tuesday before Lent begins. 
But I certainly don't let the fact that I am no longer Catholic get in the way of a good sweet treat. I mean, who am I to pass on dessert?
So, here's your trivia question. The answer is below in smaller print.
What are these yummy Polish donuts called?
Na zdrowie! (Polish for "Cheers!")







Answer:
Paczki, pronounced "poonch-key" 

A Groovy Kind of Valentine's Day Sale

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Wanted to let you know about a special, limited-time Valentine’s Day sale. 
This weekend, February 13-15, all A Groovy Kind of Love ebooks will be priced at $2.99. 
That’s $3 off the regular price for all Groovy ebooks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo.
The reviews have been pouring in, and I’m happy to report a 4.5-star average on Amazon and a 4.22-star average on Goodreads.
Happy Valentine's Day!

It's Trivia Tuesday on Bibliophilic Blather

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I've always loved trivia games. As a kid, I was a game show junkie. The awesome Trivial Pursuit was the official game of the Wojcik household since its origins in the early eighties. Before that, my father used to quiz me on pretty much anything he could think of, stuff like music, state capitals, singers, or U.S. presidents. He'd always preface the question with "For one million dollars…" So, it's only natural that when I brainstormed for new features on Bibliophilic Blather, trivia popped right into my head. I know it's already a meme on Twitter, but it's new to me. I hope you'll join me every Tuesday for questions on a variety of topics, including books (of course), music, movies, sports, history, or anything that strikes my fancy that week.


First up? Love. Since Valentine's Day is Saturday, from which classic lit novels do these declarations of love flow?

1. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.” 

2. “I a…

Talking Writing, Books, and Barry Manilow

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Good Monday morning, dear readers.

Today, I'm happy to be featured on Platypire Reviews.  I must admit, before doing the piece, I was woefully uneducated about the existence of the platypire. But now, I gotta say, I'm starting to grow fond of the little thing. Here's a bit of the interview.





When did you start writing?
My first book was a limited-edition, hand-bound volume entitled “The Car.” I was 8. Needless to say, it only sold one copy. To my parents. I strayed from the writing path for many years, and instead focused on my future singing career. I was convinced I could break into the industry as a back-up singer for Barry Manilow. Hey, it was the late seventies, and I was still in grammar school. I cannot be held responsible for pre-adolescent tastes.

It was high school before my love for writing truly reared its head again, but instead of fiction, it came in the form of the high school newspaper. In college, I majored in English with a writing concentration and communic…

February Announcements: Trivia Tuesday, A Groovy Kind of Love Book Tour

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I can't believe we are a full one month into 2015, can you? That's just crazy. Anyhow, I wanted to let you know about a few things coming up this month.

I've always loved trivia games. As a kid, I was a game show junkie. The awesome Trivial Pursuit was the official game of the Wojcik household since its origins in the early eighties. Before that, my father used to quiz me on pretty much anything he could think of, stuff like music, state capitals, singers, or U.S. presidents. He'd always preface the question with "For one million dollars…"

So I'm really excited to announce a new feature here on Bibliophilic Blather —Trivia Tuesday. I know it's already a meme on Twitter, but it's new to me. Trivia Tuesday will feature questions on a variety of topics, including classic lit (of course), music, movies, sports, history, or anything that strikes my fancy that week. You and I can test our knowledge and/or learn new things. Sounds fun, right?

February al…