Monthly Archives: September 2015

Colored post-its everywhere

As many of you know, I dropped my pride and asked the owner of EBB for some help with Kingdoms. I worked with a plotting person and made some great strides, but at the end of the day, fell short. I’m now living in a post it rendition of a skittles commercial. I’ve restrained from shouting “taste the rainbow” and tossing them…but I don’t have to. They’re everywhere.

She tried to explain it to me, and I get some of it. Some of it however, I’m brain numb from trying to process. So much so, I’m letting her take the lead AND handle the post its. She’s cursed me more than once for the number of character arcs going on, and I know I shouldn’t laugh, but I do.  She swears to me that there are not enough colors of post its available in the known universe for what I have going on in this book. I’m still laughing.

She threatened to send me to Cherry Adair’s Master class. I’m not laughing quite as hard. I heard Cherry is a drill sergeant. I think the class would be great, the timing is not funny right now.

Anyway, I’m posting to let you know that I’m alive, I’m working, and I have brought someone else into my zone of insanity to try to straighten out what I have rent to pieces. Huge thanks to the little shouts of support in recent weeks when my head hurt from banging it against the wall. I appreciate each of you more than you know.



I am an author!

I am an author! You may ask, well if you write, doesn’t that make you an author? The answer to that is different for everyone. For me, writing may have earned me the title of writer or aspiring author. To my mind, being published earned me the title of Author. No longer am I aspiring to join the ranks of authors that I greatly admire.

In a matter of a week and a half, I will be traveling to Kalamazoo, Michigan to make my debut signing with my debut book that releases on October 10th. I’m both excited and nervous to meet the readers and other authors as I join them on the other side of the table. Luckily, I won’t be going alone. Savannah Verte will be joining me at the Eclectic Bard Books table. It promises to be a good time. I hope to see you there!  -Joli


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Rogue sticky notes.

I have learned how to plot in color from the master, Cherry Adair. Her willingness to share her system has endeared her to me forever! That said, she did not include in her training the mastery of bending them to your will constantly and they have minds of their own.  I find that I need to watch the colored post-it notes as they can and do go rogue. The plot twist that I proudly stuck to the board just this morning went missing. 😦

Several hours and lots of cussing later (because I had cliffnoted an idea on it) it was found stuck prominently to my behind. Whether that was its way of showing me what it thought about the note or not I will not evaluate. NOW, I have two notes for the twist and am vacillating on which one I like. Guess we’ll know when that scene happens. lol

Which brings me to my question. Do YOU plot, or are you a panster? If you are a plotter, what method works for you and where did you learn it? I am crazy glad to work in a world of writers who share great ideas…what is your best advice for writing?



Great Lakes Book Bash awaits you – did you enter?

If you thought you’d missed your chance at VIP tickets for Kalamazoo, you might be right. OR you might have another shot, but not for long. The Rafflecopter for two VIP passes (hotel and travel not included) to the October 10th event is almost done…time is running out, but you could still win. IF YOU ENTER.

Savannah Verte will be there for Eclectic Bard as will JOLANTHE ALEKSANDER for her debut signing. You won’t want to miss it!



The world, she’s a changing.

This world anyway. 🙂

As one of the three original Bards at Eclectic Bard, 2015 has been an intriguing year. We have grown to seven and three of the additions have debuted as new authors. A fourth will debut as a new author in April. With the addition of Miranda Shanklin, four of us are nominees for awards from BTS magazine, amusingly in different categories.

I am up for best book with Maggie’s story -The Red Queen. Aedan is up for Rising Star after his second book Warrior’s Watchtower released within the nomination period. Savannah is up for Debut Author, and newly ‘Barded’ Miranda is in the running for Best Cover for her first book Soul Journey. I don’t know how the voting goes, but I know I and my peers here would appreciate the shouts and nods everywhere you can make them. It’s exciting to be nominated, I’d love to see us win some!

I’d say things are looking amazing for Eclectic Bard and I’m newly proud to call this house home. It’s exciting to see the recognition, but it is also exciting to see new authors get to publication and their maelstrom of emotions as their release days approach. Me, I’m just glad to reach the finish line. The new kids on the block, I am sitting back to watch the frenzy; excitement, nervousness, nausea, glee, and I hope everytime…great joy.

Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are on the path – Keep going. The journey is worth it! Until next time, read something great. Blessed Be to those who recently celebrated Mabon. Let your light shine through the dark days.


ONE of those days

I should have known when I got out of bed and twisted my ankle . . .

then there was only enough coffee to make 6 cups . . . yet,  I mustered on.

It only went downhill.  At 7:35 am,  I received an email that I had an additional class to take that was due by the Close of business on Friday. Well isn’t that great! The internet was wonky all morning,  and no matter how hard I try, I can’t take an online class without internet access.

I had an appointment or 2:00 pm.  I  am ready to walk out the door and they call and ask where I am – uhh, leaving?  To which they informed me they had sent an email that the meeting was bumped to 1:30 pm.  It was 1:52 when we arrived.

I got to hear the  woman through paper thin walls tell lie after lie and great exaggerations while waiting my turn for the deposition. Give me strength please! An hour and a half later,  I was finally through with this part of the nightmare and headed to the grocery store to purchase our groceries.

Only to find that at the checkout the card readers are down.

I have seven items on my to do list that are incomplete. I don’t do well without checking things off my list.  NO, I don’t carry cash much anymore –  maybe it’s time to start carrying it again.

This has certainly been one of those days.  I think there must have been solar flares, or gearing up for the supermoon on Sunday . . . something. Maybe this is the beginnings of the apocalypse after all.

All I know is the whack jobs are out and about, the electronics are failing,  and I need coffee or something stronger.  Hope your day is better!

Till next time –  Ellie


Author Announcement

We’re adding another name to

Eclectic Bard Books

Please help us welcome


Author pic.miranda.2

Hailing from North Central Illinois, Miranda’s Soul Series is getting a re-edit, polish, and re-release under Eclectic Bard. Watch for the first book

Soul Journey

in the coming months.



We are excited to add her to our group and look forward to some great reads!



The result is sweeter because of the journey


Crossing the finish line, I want to share my thoughts from the final leg of this marathon. Editing, not as the editor but as the writer whose work has been edited, is in a word….HELL. There is the joy of coming across a page with not a smudge of red ink on it. Yay! Then there’s the urge to grab your floaties as you come upon a page that’s a sea of red marks. Ugh. It’s enough to make you want to drink or bang your head on your desk, except for the fact that neither a hangover nor a concussion will aid in getting the edits done.

Going through the edits of your manuscript is sort of like looking into a mirror. You’re shown the weak points in your story. You’re shown your strengths. Mostly, you’re shown a way to make your story the best story it can be for you and the readers.

I’ve come to the conclusion that writing the book was the easy, ‘easy’ being relative, part of this journey. Trudging through the sea of red is worth it when you read your manuscript and KNOW you’ve put your best work out there.

Now it’s time for me to put my waders on and get back to my edits. Before I skedaddle, I thought I’d leave you with THIS little ditty, found on The Writer’s Circle FB page, on whether or not it’s alright to end a sentence with a preposition. It seems that particular rule may have come to be because some writer during 17th century got his knickers in a twist. What do you think?


COVER REVEAL – Jolanthe Aleksander

We’ve got another one!

Jolanthe Aleksander’s debut is almost ready to be released.

here’s the cover and a peek.


Things are not always simple or what they seem.
Daria McClaren is content. She has her dance school, her cousin Celine and the man of her dreams. Literally.

Iauron is uneasy. As the High King of the Fae, his chosen Queen Verisiel is calling to him, but he cannot find her. The court insists that she has crossed over. He is not so sure that is the case. He has searched every realm looking. Every realm, but the human one.

The race is on.

Beyond the veil lie truths waiting to be revealed.

Which one will have the courage to look?

Will they be in time?


  “Do you trust me?”
  She gazed deep into his eyes, breathed in his scent which calmed her nerves, and nodded. “Yes.”
  His blue eyes sparkled with pleasure and his lips bowed into a slight smile which kept the dreams, or memories as he called them, from crashing down on her once again. Her subconscious had known he would never hurt her, now her conscious mind did as well. The only questions were, did she trust herself? Was she brave enough to do as he said and face what was haunting her head on?
  “You do not have to face them alone.” Iauron read the concern etched on her face, “I will be with you. We’ll sift through them and put them in the proper perspective,” he assured her.
  She searched his eyes and face, “Alright, but could you let go of my hair first?”
  “I can do that, mo chroí, but first I’m going to do this.” He wrapped her hair around his hand and pulled. His mouth crashed down on to hers as it flew open in shock.
  An onslaught of images from a time and place she didn’t yet know flooded her mind. Not the terrifying dreams that sent her heart racing and her feet fleeing to escape. Images of unbridled passion shared with Iauron that sped up her heartbeat for a completely different reason and made her want to tear his clothing off and climb his body. She was drowning in lust and desire and didn’t care. He sucked the breath from her lungs, leaving them burning. She didn’t panic at the lack of air. She trusted him to breathe her back to life.

-Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, Jolanthe Aleksander, 2015.

Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz

I published this on my blog – Quotidiandose – yesterday.  (See link below) The big event is just 2 days away! I’m mostly prepared,  but a bit frazzled as well.  I didn’t post last week when it was my turn because I was hit by the sinus blech.  I sat here,  contemplating, staring at the screen, having several false starts then eventually closed it out without a single word on the screen. Some days that happens. Then other days,   they flood forth like a geyser.

I am very excited by this opportunity that Savannah and Eclectic Bard Books has made available to me, and I am truly grateful.  Hopefully now I can sell a few books.  One milestone has been conquered, that of  having a completed book published. Now is the anxious part of marketing and selling the book. OY VAY!

I know this is old hat to Savannah and the rest of the crew,  but to this newbie it’s my first time.  I’ve been to these events as a fan, as a blogger, but never as an author. I still like the sound of that – author.  A legitimate author.

I hope you can join me in Kentucky – I’m going to take the day to bask in all  the gloriousness  then get back on my second book on Monday. These things don’t write themselves but it’s good to enjoy the fruits of your labors once in a while also.

Live, laugh, love- and read a book.

EBB has a few to choose from – why not get one of ours?

Thanks for stopping in – Ellie

Source: Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz