Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Fun

After almost a full month on hiatus, Yvie is back, ape-friends, to launch you into the weekend. AND!
Lucky us in the U.S., it's a holiday weekend, which means extra fun.

Party time!!

Let's get this party rolling!








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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Weird: Green Fireballs

So I accidentally published this early a few weeks ago. My bad. So if you see that you've already commented on this. That's why.

The Green Fireballs refer to a series of, naturally, green fireballs witnessed in the New Mexico skies between December 1948 and April 1955. And not just seen by a few peeps. Nope. They were seen by pretty much everyone.

Military scientists, astronomers and enlisted personnel, along with the general public, reported the huge amount of crazy and weird above them.

Now, most people would think "meteor." Or maybe comet. It's streaking across the sky, it's on fire. That's what the government thought, too, so they hired Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, a meteor expert.

LaPaz spent years on the subject and, with the rate the fireballs were sighted, combined with the slow speeds and lack of rock bits trailing the objects, decided they weren't behaving like meteors... or any natural phenomena.

The Air Force's investigation into the fireballs was named Project Twinkle (HAH!!). A lot of the sightings were over the Los Alamos National Laboratory, aka where we were working on giant bombs (many of the sightings were from staff). The government decided whether it was aliens or the Russians, they wanted to get to the bottom of it.

After a couple of years, however, they knew nothing more than when they started: There were balls, they were green, and on fire.
The Air Force shut down the investigation and wrote off the phenomena as sunspots or some new kind of meteor or something. LaPaz insisted that none of that made sense, and would continue to do so for years. The balls were spotted over and over again even after the investigation shut down, and each time someone would go interview Dr. LaPaz who would repeat his long list of reasons why they're not meteors.

LaPaz thought they were some kind of new Soviet aircraft, or something else that didn't occur in nature. Another theory was that they were some effect caused by nuclear fallout but "glowing green balls of fallout" isn't a known phenomenon, either.

So there you go, the green fireballs. Thoughts?

Monday, August 27, 2012

In Which I Return And Reveal A Cover

Woo hoo! I'm back! And just in time for a cover reveal for E.J. Wesley! Read on!

Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1 by E.J. Wesley Cover Reveal Party

Author E.J. Wesley is throwing a blog party to celebrate the release of his new book cover and wants you to join in the fun. Jump over to his blog to learn about how you can win some awesome prizes, including $50 toward a cover of your own and advance reader copies of Blood Fugue.


Cover work by Sketcher Girl, LLC -

What's the Story About? 

Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. She wears loneliness like a comfy sweatshirt. By the age of twenty-one, she was the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thought…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying her history with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

BLOOD FUGUE by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the MOONSONGS books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes. At fewer than 13k words, BLOOD FUGUE is the perfect snack for adventurous readers who aren’t afraid of stories with bite. Available wherever fine eBooks are sold September 2012. 

Join the Party!

The Open Vein, E.J.'s blog -
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I know I'm on a hiatus (and no, still not sure when I'll be back) but I didn't want to miss the Insecure Writer's Support Group for this month.

So just a quick post to keep you feeling good.

In the words of Shinedown:

Don't be delicate... be vast and brilliant
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