Monday, February 18, 2013

Visionary of Peace, Writers 4 Writers, and She Said What blog fest

It's just a manic Monday today peeps. Despite having the day off because it's President's Day, I'm still recovering from being sick (started last Wednesday with a chronic cough that developed a stuffy head and fever). Originally, I thought (because of the cough) it might be related to Lisinopryl, which is an Ace inhibitor (I take it for high blood pressure) known to cause coughs in some people. But now I'm not so sure.
Anyway, today I wanted to tell you of author Cindy Borgne's second science-fiction book in the Vallar series. It's called Visionary of Peace, and you can buy it for $3.99 from Amazon Kindle. Above is the cover art for it (which she says she did herself). Amazing.

I'm only eight chapters into the book, and that's mostly due to the fact that with all the cough suppressant meds (like Nyquil) I slip into dreamland pretty easy. However, Cindy's writing reminds me of the joy I felt when I first discovered Ray Bradbury. It's like she's a female version of him, channeling his ghost to tell her unique story. If you have never read the first book, Seer of Mars, it's on sale for 99 cents all week long.

Download it today,peeps. You'll be entertained for hours.
Writers 4 Writers is a book promotion idea from science-fiction author, Stephen Tremp, who has written some very entertaining books called Breakthrough and Opening. He's got a female ninja in his story! How cool is that? Anyway, the idea behind this is to explore viral marketing potential for a couple of authors by sending out pre-prepared tweets all day long (and by re-tweeting too).
Author #1 is Gwen Gardner with her book Givin' Up The Ghost. According to her website, it is free for today so I will definitely be downloading it, and I encourage you to do so as well :) If you want to help out, go to the embedded link above and copy/paste some pre-typed tweets into your twitter account and join the fun.

Author #2 is fellow American Horror Story enthusiast, Melissa Bradley. I need to get caught up on my books so that I can check out her offerings. I find Melissa's blog to be very interesting so if you can, go visit, and also send out a tweet from her web page.
The "She Said What?!" blog-o-versary giveaway bash is also this week. I plan on doing mine tomorrow, as (at the time of this writing) Elise and Michelle don't have the comic panels up on their blogs to caption yet. It's great she gives us three days to put our entries in. I wonder what the comic panels will have in them?

Have a great President's Day.


  1. That sounds like the same sick my son has right now. I hope you get better soon!

  2. Major congrats to Cindy!!

    I'm not sick but rather sleep-deprived. I don't think I can really achieve much of anything until I've had a good night's sleep. I'd sleep now but it's only 4:54 pm. :P

    Hope you feel better soon Michael! Sucks being under the weather!

  3. Hope you get better soon Michael. Lots of people around me have been getting over the flu. Looks like it's finally my turn. Hate being sick. Rest well and recover soon!

  4. Germs! We're surrounded by them. Hope you feel better soon.


  5. Already sending out Tweets for Gwen and Melissa!

  6. It sounds like you have the same cold I did about a month ago. I hope you feel you can finish reading my book (joking).

    Your compliment makes me blush.

    The blog hop sounds great.

  7. Sorry to hear you're sick.
    Yay for Gwen and Melissa!
    The Vallar Series sounds great.

  8. Two out of my three boys are down with it. :( There are a ton of great science fiction coming out. I'm so excited. Now if I could just get through the submissions and editing for Steampunk, which I love, I can start reading again. :)

  9. I am going to check out the Vallar series for sure. Sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    Get well soon. The coughing side effect of Lisinopril should subside after taking it for awhile. When I took it, I was fortunate that I didn't have any issues with the dry cough, but I think they said there might be a genetic disposition when taking any ACE inhibitor.

  10. You are my hero, Michael. You not only promote others' books and write brilliant books yourself but you do it all while on drugs.

    I mean, while you are taking drugs.

    I mean, while you are doped up.


    Anyway, I've signed up for this promotion. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    AND: Who gets PRESIDENTS DAY off? The only people who should get a day off for Presidents Day are presidents. Poor Obama. He's looking haggard. He needs a day to just sit and surf Youtube and look at funny videos of people getting attacked by spiders.

    Which, it turns, out, is a major category of videos on Youtube and it is COMPLETELY GROSS.

  11. Sorry you're sick, Michael. Hope you're much better soon.

    Cindy's book looks awesome. :)

  12. Awe I hope you feel better soon!

    I wanted to do the captions, but right now, things are a bit tight on my blog, since I'm squeezing 4 weeks' worth of plans into 2 weeks' worth of time.


  13. female version of Ray Bradbury! will definitely have to check it out. Hope you feel better soon!


  14. Thanks for helping spread the word about W4WS. It's a great day for it and lots of tweeting going on! Cindy's book looks awesome. Love the colors on the cover.

  15. I hope Cindy's book sells like crazy! And for a sci fi writer, I can't imagine a higher compliment than being compared with the great RB.

    I hope you get completely better very soon. When I'm sick I get whiny and can't function at all, so if you're still plugging away I'm impressed.

  16. Congrats to Cindy! I'll have to pop over and tell her in person... so to speak. More directly I guess is more correct.

    I'll be doing the cartoons on Wednesday. there'll probably be NyQuil in it.

  17. Sorry you got sick. That sucks. But this is the time of year for it. Hope you feel better soon.

    And I'll have to get on those retweets. As soon as I get to the Twitter portion of my day.

  18. Comparing Cindy to Ray Bradbury is high praise indeed. Sorry you're under the weather and I hope you get well soon.

  19. That's a high compliment to be called the female version of Bradbury. Wow.

  20. I just got one of Cindy's books for Kindle and will read it someday. Female Ray Bradbury sounds awesome.

  21. I hope you feel better soon. I've had borderline migraines for a week.

    I don't think there's anything odd about a female ninja.

  22. Be better soon, Michael. I hope you enjoyed President's Day and I hope the Canadians equally enjoyed "Family Day", eh.

    I have visited that fascinating duo blogfest anniversary whatcha ma call it and that was real good fun.

    "Visionary of Peace" appears to be an intriguing read.

    Take care, I'm outta' here...


  23. I'm thrilled Cindy got her book out after all this time. I picked up my copy but haven't had a chance to start reading yet. The bloghop sounds interesting.

  24. I heart Melissa! Have read her "Love, Haight" book, which was groovilicious...looking at her werewolf book next.

  25. Feel better soon. Am in awe that you can write such a lucid post despite the meds!