12.20.2018

Paper Bag Mask: Guest Post

Paper Bag Mask

By Brock Heasley

Publisher Pen Name Publishing

Published October 23rd

Pages 252



At the same moment he catches his teacher giving illegal drugs to a student, Redmond Fairweather loses his friggin’ mind and steals Mr. Street’s prized possession—a stupid wooden sword with round edges that will never, ever cut through anything—“The Whomper.”

Redmond has no idea why he stole the Whomper. He guesses his extreme dislike (okay, hate… so much hate) of the school’s most popular teacher probably has something to do with it. To his surprise and delight, the hottest girl in school, Elodia Cruz, hates him too.

Soon, Redmond’s small band of misfit friends joins up with Elodia and the most popular kids on campus to hold the Whomper for ransom, pull off an elaborate, broad daylight heist to steal something even bigger from Mr. Street, and expose their teacher for the scumbag he really is.

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Top ten things most authors/artists secretly do


I shouldn’t share any of what I’m about to share because I will either ruin my existing relationships or ruin it for every other author or artist out there. But, as both a writer and an illustrator, I have to admit I’m qualified to weigh in on this and the world the must know.


So, in no particular order:


10. We are watching you. Constantly and without remorse. The angles of your face, the stutter in your step, it’s all fodder for cataloguing and later use.


9. We are listening to you. Constantly and without remorse. You may think it’s rude to eavesdrop, but there’s no better time to analyze speech patterns and dialect than when you are not an active participant in a conversation. So, listening, always, is a great tool for writing believable dialogue.


8. We think everything else sucks. Everything is terrible except the brilliance that pours forth from our hands and minds. What we create is the ultimate, the greatest creation since God made the world, and will probably provide a true North for future generations. Everything else you’ve ever seen or read? Hot garbage.


7. We think everything we create sucks. There is so much brilliance in the world, and so many brilliant, shiny things. Our things are dull and unknowable and probably crap. Definitely crap. You should go read Moore or Chaucer or crack open a DaVinci art book. Their works are the dulcet tones of the angels themselves. Our creations are the mad warblings of that guy from American Idol who sang “She Bangs.”


6. Duh, of cours we know William Hung’s name. If there’s an odd, forgotten, seemingly useless bit of trivia that you can’t believe someone would hold in their brain, you best believe we know it. Like we could ever legitimately pretend to not know the name of the guy on American Idol who sang “She Bangs.” You don’t know when this stuff will come in handy. You don’t! Especially in a story.


5. We make a lot of choices. There are no accidents, there’s nothing in what we create that “just is.” There are only choices; choices made in bringing creations and stories to life that you can’t even imagine. And for every decision made--for every brush stroke or turn or phrase or plot development or character beat--there were probably a dozen or more alternatives considered. How do we know which is the right choice and the right way to go? Trial and error, baby.


4. We have a lot of accidents, and they’re THE BEST. Okay, I lied. Accidents do happen, but whether we leave them in or not is not happenstance. Accidents--the errant pencil line or misplaced word--can sometimes be incredible windows into another way to go with a thing that we didn’t imagine. The difference between a good author/artist and a bad one? Knowing which mistakes to leave in.


3. We love food. I don’t know know an author or artist who doesn’t love food who couldn’t eat The Ghost of Christmas Present under the table. Just one of those things.


2. We hate the word literally. You never use it right!


1. We feel gratitude on a deep, deep level when you like our stuff. Money is important, but it doesn’t really matter to us as much as you enjoying what we create and telling us about it. We like constructive criticism too (well, like might be overstating it a bit), but you digging what we’re putting down means everything. We love to know that the part of ourselves we put out there for you to examine meant something and was worth the effort. We love connecting with you with through our art, and we chase that feeling all the livelong day.





Brock Heasley is a writer and artist who, to the shock of absolutely no one visiting this site, was a member of such prestigious high school organizations as “The Nerd Herd,” “Last Picked for Teams,” and “They Who Eat Alone.” He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, the creator of the online comic The SuperFogeys, and the award-winning filmmaker behind The Shift.

Brock lives with his wife and three daughters in California where they enjoy Pixar movies, dancing in the living room, and eating breakfast for dinner.

  




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12.18.2018

Blog Tour Sign Up: The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five


Unbound Book Tours is featuring a Blog Tour for The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five by Dionne Abouelela. This tour will run from Janurary7th-11th! E-books will be provided for review on this brand new release. We are looking for 10 bloggers with a minimum of 3 reviews but more are welcome! Review copies will be available to reviewers as soon as they sign up.


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The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five
By Dionne Abouelela
Publisher Pen Name Publishing

Published August 14, 2018
Pages 193



Blossom Springtime Weatherby Franklin doesn't know much, but she does know that she's tired of life in a small town. The unraveling of a lifelong lie sends her packing, fleeing as far as she can from her mother and her string of live in uncles. 

Even if she only has what's left in her childhood piggy bank and one beat up rebel of a car stuffed to the brim with broken suitcases and trashbags, Blossom is determined to go the distance and start fresh far from the corn fields and familiarity of small town Indiana. 

Through a hilarious series of unfortunate events and bad decisions, Blossom finds out exactly what she's capable of when she takes her life into her own hands.




Dionne Abouelela is a dreamer with a chronic case of wanderlust. She has an affinity for lukewarm coffee laced with cinnamon, eating ice cubes, petting puppies, and anything with a dinosaur. She now lives in Munich, Germany, with her Egyptian husband and adorably naughty street dog rescued during her six years living in India.

Dionne is an internationally certified Life Coach, specializing in Goal Achievement and Lifestyle Design. After working with amazing authors, she focused her coaching practice on helping authors develop their business with the creation of Happy Writing Co.

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11.10.2018

Story Bends Schedule


Story Bends
Published October 9th


What if your only escape from death was to meet it half way?

If the voices called on YOU...

Needed YOU...

Brought YOU in between the Bends of time where all faith is lost to those who wait. Your etchings hold the secrets to guide them on their way. Yet, there will be no safe passage if evil finds you first and you have no toll to pay.



I began making my first connections to story in the early days of my childhood. Raised by my mother who ran an in-home daycare was where my imagination could run free and unencumbered. It was a safe zone and I learned from that experience the power of unconditional love.But my story wasn’t always filled with happy ever afters, and I came to understand that there are some sorrows and trauma that are part of all of us. As love and joy are universal, so is pain and suffering. Through the magic and alchemy of story, we can reach farther and heal our wounds.

I started my teaching career nearly 20 years ago and knew from the moment I began that this was my true calling. Teaching was in my bones and so, naturally was the little nip of my conscience for storytelling. I work to build strong, long-lasting relationships with my students. In fact, I began on this path toward a writing career because of the imprint they’ve had on my spirit. What I didn’t know was what the Muse had in store for me as the children I still come into contact with today continue to inspire the stories I write.

My greatest loves are exploring nature and spending time with family and friends. Whether I’m splashing it up on the local reservoirs, rafting down the Poudre River with my husband, two boys, and our dog Sophie, or shaping young minds in my classroom, I consider myself lucky to call Fort Collins, Colorado my home.




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10.22.2018

Lake Effect Blog Tour!



Lake Effect

By Nicole Tone

Publisher Pen Name Publishing

Published September 25th

Pages 308





After the death of her fiance, Sophie Daniels is struggling to keep herself together. Painting is the only way she’s able to clear her head and stay grounded. For her art isn’t a hobby — it’s her religion. With a semester away from finishing graduate school, she knows that, despite her loss, things are going to get better. In fact, her thesis advisor has even taken a special interest in her. Sophie’s convinced that she’s found the mentor that she’s been looking for. When he shows he’s interested in her in more than just a student/teacher way, she obliges him. Until his wife leaves him.

Sophie learns the hard way what happens when a man cannot take responsibility for his own actions.

Now she’s back to square one in pulling herself back together. She hasn’t just lost her fiancĂ© anymore: she’s lost parts of herself she’s not sure she’ll ever get back.

Like her ability to create.

Lake Effect is a raw exploration of human emotion and what it takes to save your own life.

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Nicole Tone has always had a passion for writing. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and an MFA in Writing. Nicole is a freelance writer and editor with pieces in Heels Down Magazine, Hello Giggles, Femsplain, and more. She is also the editor-in-chief of Pen Name Publishing.

When she isn't writing, she likes to dabble in photography, horseback riding, and traveling. She has a deep love for herbal tea, craft beer, and good coffee.
Nicole lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, three cats, and two very large dogs.







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10.04.2018

Blog Tour Sign Up: Paper Bag Mask



Unbound Book Tours is featuring a Blog Tour for Paper Bag Mask by Brock Heasley. This tour will run from December 17-21st and will celebrate the book release October 23rd ! E-books will be provided for review on this brand new release. We are looking for 10 bloggers with a minimum of 3 reviews but more are welcome! Review copies will be available to reviewers as soon as they sign up. 


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Paper Bag Mask
By Brock Heasley

Publisher Pen Name Publishing
Published October 23rd

Pages 252

Book Description:


At the same moment he catches his teacher giving illegal drugs to a student, Redmond Fairweather loses his friggin’ mind and steals Mr. Street’s prized possession—a stupid wooden sword with round edges that will never, ever cut through anything—“The Whomper.”

Redmond has no idea why he stole the Whomper. He guesses his extreme dislike (okay, hate… so much hate) of the school’s most popular teacher probably has something to do with it. To his surprise and delight, the hottest girl in school, Elodia Cruz, hates him too.

Soon, Redmond’s small band of misfit friends joins up with Elodia and the most popular kids on campus to hold the Whomper for ransom, pull off an elaborate, broad daylight heist to steal something even bigger from Mr. Street, and expose their teacher for the scumbag he really is.



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About the Author


Brock Heasley is a writer and artist who, to the shock of absolutely no one visiting this site, was a member of such prestigious high school organizations as “The Nerd Herd,” “Last Picked for Teams,” and “They Who Eat Alone.” He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, the creator of the online comic The SuperFogeys, and the award-winning filmmaker behind The Shift.

Brock lives with his wife and three daughters in California where they enjoy Pixar movies, dancing in the living room, and eating breakfast for dinner.




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