Miles of Smiles Challenge

A message from Kyra Lennon!
Hey guys! SO… to dive in at the deep end with blogging again, I have teamed up with Clare Dugmore to bring you a new blog/social media hop!

Why are we doing this?

I live in the UK. Over the last few months, there have been several attacks – two in London, one in Manchester, killing and seriously injuring a lot of people. All over the world, people are senselessly losing their lives, and you can barely turn on the news these days without dreading what you will see next. The world as a whole is struggling right now, and what everyone needs is something lighthearted, to remind us that there is still so much good in the world.

The Rules:

Several years ago, I created the Bloghop of Joy with Clare Dugmore. The idea behind it was for people to sign up and tell each other about the small things in their lives that always make them smile. Miles of Smiles will run along those exact same lines BUT we’re doing this all over social media. That means you can use your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter or your Instagram to share your joys.

The reason we’re opening it up is to spread this as far and wide as possible.

Things on your list of joy could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud – just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again.

We all know that our friends and families makes us happy – that is pretty much a given. We’re not talking about life-changing moments, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile and forget our worries for a while.

As an added thing – The British Red Cross has set up a fundraiser for the people who were affected by the attacks in the UK. The link is here. Alternatively, if you want to take this chance to donate to a charity of your choice, or if you don’t have the funds to donate, that’s okay too. This is a totally optional thing, we just thought, in light of what happened, it might be a nice thing to share. Mostly, what we care about is spreading some happiness, so we would love it if you would join us on our #MilesofSmiles mission!

All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on June 12th, post your list of joy. If you want to join in and you don’t have a blog, just post your joys using the hashtag #MilesofSmiles on your social media posts (Facebookers using personal accounts will need to make the post public so we can find them).

To join in with a blog, sign up here:



Black Ice by M.B Feeney #CinnamonTreats

I wrote a short story for SJ Warner’s Cinnamon Treats Advent!

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Jake hated Christmas. As soon as the shops began to stock their gaudy decorations and playing disgustingly cheerful songs, he began to do his shopping online.

From October until January, he was a hermit. Working from home afforded him the opportunity to stay cooped up inside his pokey studio flat and not have to face the world until he was sure all remnants of the holiday were gone.

It hadn’t always been this way. Jake used to love the build up to Christmas— getting the decorations ready to put on the tree, buying and wrapping presents, and the food. For years he would get excited for those couple of days, but not anymore.

His parents worried about him, and his brother tried to get him to join in, but it was no use. For five years straight, he’d locked himself away and buried himself in his work as an IT…

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A2A – Sneak Peek Sunday – Lissa Bryan

From the author of The End of All Things comes a collection of short stories about the Infection that swept around the globe, decimating the population, and leaving behind a small number of survivors, unprepared to deal with the brutal new world which had replaced the one they’d known.

The End of All Things told the story of Carly Daniels and Justin Thatcher’s travels across a shattered nation in search of a safe place to settle, after the pandemic. But it was also a journey into love, and an affirmation of hope. Carly finds strength in her faith that things can be even better than they were before, that compassion and charity are not luxuries; they are what make us human. Life endures, and so does love. The End of All Things is only a beginning.

And now, Lissa Bryan gives us three new stories in Tales from the End.

Two of them are an introduction new characters from the upcoming sequel to The End of All Things, and the other two are a visit with old friends.

The Horsemen

L.A.’s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming …


When Veronica’s mother doesn’t come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it’s up to her to find her family. “Veronica” is the story of a little girl’s courage in the face of the end of all things.

“I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”

They called her Shadowfax – the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.


A previously-published bonus story. Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.

Tales of courage, tales of survival… Tales from the End.

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Veronica made herself a bologna sandwich at lunchtime and ate it in front of the TV. The soap operas should be on now, but they were still showing the news. That guy her mom thought was so cute, Troy Cramer, was talking about how everyone was getting the flu. Lots of people were at the hospital, and they were closing schools in some places.

She put in another movie. By the time it was done, her mom should be home from work. She would tell Veronica that her car had broken down and she’d lost her cell phone or something, and be so proud of Veronica for taking care of herself. Or she would say that David had gotten sick, but it was a false alarm and everything was fine now.

Everything would be fine.

Five p.m. Any minute now.

Five thirty. Just traffic. Or David’s daycare teacher wanted to talk.



Veronica sobbed as she curled up on the couch, crying like she hadn’t cried in years. “I want my mom,” she told the empty room.

She wiped her face with her palms and went into the kitchen. It was unavoidable now. She had to call her dad. She couldn’t spend another night alone. As she dialed, she remembered a book she’d read last summer called Pippi Longstocking. It was about a little girl who lived all by herself, and when she’d read it, Veronica had thought about how much fun it would be to have Pippi’s big house and all of that freedom. But now, such a fate seemed horrifying.

Her dad’s phone rang. And rang.

And rang.

His voice mail didn’t even pick up. She waited, because surely he’d see their number on the screen and pick up. He would pick up because she was letting it keep on ringing, and he’d realize it was something important when she didn’t hang up.

It kept on ringing.

Veronica thought she’d cried out all the tears she had, but she was wrong. She sobbed into the receiver, and those sobs turned into hiccups. She had to grab a paper towel from the counter to blow her nose, because she couldn’t breathe.

The phone stopped ringing, and a voice came on the line. Veronica sucked in a breath so fast she choked. She started crying again when it was just a recording saying that the other party wasn’t answering. Then there was just the hum of an empty line.

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Tales from the End will be available February 4.

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About the Author:

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…. though only in her head.

Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of two novels, Ghostwriter and The End of All Things. Her third, Under These Restless Skies, will be released on February 20, 2014.

Christmas in October

The holidays will be here before we know it!  If you’re like me, you have at least one person who already has EVERYTHING!  Not to mention your sons, daughters, or nieces and nephews – who have so many computer games and toys, you trip over them when you walk into their bedrooms?
Instead of one more toy that will be forgotten by January, or spending money on a gift someone MIGHT like, why not go for something different. A gift that sparks a child’s imagination or allows your friends to relax and lose themselves in a world of humor, romance, mystery or fantasy – a book!
We just might have the solution and the good news is you just might 
get them for free!
During the month of October we have over 45 authors to showcase their book covers, a tagline, AND a giveaway.  Every Monday and Thursday, for the entire month, different authors will show you what they have to offer! 
How does this help you?  Simple.  All you need to do is stop by Penny’s Tales,www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com on Mondays and Thursdays and add a comment.  The more you comment, the more chances to win.  On November 1, you might get an email stating you are the lucky winner of the big jackpot! 
Keep watching – more info will be coming!

Thursday, October 3
Marie Lavendar
Cheryl Carpinello       
Feoff Nelder
John Nuetzel
Jennifer Garcia
Monday, October 7                                                     Thursday, October 10
George Miller                                                              Marsha West
Cheryl Carpinello                                                        Joanne Tucker
Penny Estelle                                                              Mary Waibel
Nancy Wood                                                              Larriane
Rosemary Gemmel                                                      Kirsten
Monday, October 14                                                   Thursday, October 17
Joy Redman                                                                Susan Royal
Cheryl Carpinello                                                        Charlotte Babb
Jeanne Bannon                                                            E B Sullivan
Craig Andrews                                                            MB Feeney
Lisa                                                                             Kelly Writer
Monday, October 21                                                   Thursday, October 24
Stan Hampton                                                              JQ Rose
Jacquie White                                                              Andrea Buginsky
Penny Ehrenkranze                                                      Kate Collins
Vala Kaye                                                                   Jennifer Garcia
James Fox                                                                   Nicole Zoltade
                                                                                    JB Cameron
Monday, October 28                                                   Thursday, October 31
Mark Iles                                                                     Erin Albert
Diane Hartstock                                                          Anne Graham
Kirsten                                                                        KC Sprayberry
Joanne Tucker                                                             Penny Estelle
Heather Greenis                                                           Maria Swan

Fall into Reading Giveaway

Fall is in the air, and Author to Author wants to celebrate the season by offering a fantastic giveaway! 

You can win a $25 Amazon gift card by entering our Fall Into Reading giveaway! The Rafflecopter is below. 

Good luck!

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or Blogger. We hereby release all names listed of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. Let me know if you have any questions or issues by contacting me: @SydneyALogan. – Good Luck!

Sydney Logan 2,000 Likes Giveaway

Sydney Logan’s 2,000 Facebook Likes Giveaway goes live September 18 at Midnight EST! Thanks to the readers, bloggers, and authors for helping us reach that milestone and for donating to the giveaway! 

The giveaway includes eight prize packs (arranged by genre) and one grand prize from Sydney Logan. The Rafflecopter is below. Good luck!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or Blogger. We hereby release all names listed of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. Let me know if you have any questions or issues by contacting me: @SydneyALogan. – Good Luck