Wednesday, November 05, 2014

"I'm Doctor Idiot!"

 Today I am pleased to take part in Rachel Heffington's Tour? Is it a tour? Blog party? Her grand and big announcement that her newest book, Anon, Sir Anon is out there for the world to read! I'm hoping I got the right day. If not, I am greatly sorry for the mix up.

 But I have a guest post she sent in to me and some links which will take you to the book. (I read and reviewed this book HERE!!! if anyone is interested in my thoughts on it.)

Fantastic cover, right? I love her covers.


 Top Ten Things Non-Writers Misunderstand - Invitation to edit

#1: The Need For Access to Paper And Pen. Always. Chances are, you’ve been in the position of having inspiration slap you across the face...and been entirely unable to write it down because you either don’t carry a purse, or you left your notebook at home in your bedroom. On occasion, you have a receipt but no pen, or a pen that is out of ink, or else you have only a pencil and not only has it drawn all over the lining of your purse, but it also won’t mark on the slick paper the receipt is made of. These are terrible times and the writer is reduced to begging her mind on the figurative bended-knee to retain the stellar idea.
#2: The Reason You’re Staring. No, you don’t think they are some terribly hot stuff (well, that’s debatable) and they don’t have mustard on their chin. They do, however, probably have an interesting scar, tattoo, eye-color, or nose and you’re already working them into your next piece of flash-fiction.
#3: How Deeply You’re Absorbed in Your Book. A couple weeks back, I was reading aloud a mystery to my younger sister. I forgot we were in October, and the way the light came through the trees was so consistent with the New Year’s Day setting of the novel, I assumed there was snow on the ground in my world. Surprising to look out the window and see it was still autumn. I’m telling you, non-writers fairly-often forget that we go another level deeper than most readers and become totally absorbed.
#4: The Reason Their Food is Burned. While finishing reading The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, I burned the grilled cheese. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about making lunch for my siblings--of course I cared. That’s why I had given up my upside-down position in the easy chair--but the words were more important that the food at that moment. If I burn your food (and trust me, it is a RARE occurrence) it is not because I’m a bad cook or don’t care how hungry you are. If you hang tight, I’ll probably be able to recommend a really awesome book for you to read.
#5: What You Mean By Correcting Their Grammar. It isn’t that you are a grammar Nazi (are you?) or that you really think they are ignorant, lazy, sardine-nibblers. It’s far more likely that you just finished Round Four of revisions and can’t bear the idea of one more misused word, even outside of your WIP.
#6: You Are Researching, Not Eavesdropping. It’s a legit thing. Trust me on this.
#7: Actually, Some People Do Get Those References. When you watch a movie, the literary references sifted into the dialog are not lost on you. You are the viewer these people bank on. Kudos to you for your wide reading experience! Now you can clue in your friends.
#8: Why You Have A Photo Collection Of Good-Looking Men (Or Women) Pinned To Your Wall. You have probably experienced it before: the “Are you seriously that creepy?” look that a friend gives when they walk into your bedroom and see your inspiration wall. Now’s your chance to explain all the characters, all the plot lines, and all the reasons that face was the perfect face. Your chance is now. Your only chance. Make good on it.
#9: Your Ability To Jump From Topic To Topic In Conversation. No, you’re not ADD. You’re not abnormally flighty. In fact, your stream of consciousness makes total sense to you. Given the opportunity, you can absolutely recite to them exactly which roads you took to connect baby penguins, Agents of SHIELD, the Obama administration, and that obscure breed of dogs bred for inns called “turn-spits.” There was a legitimate connection, believe us.

#10: Your Fascination With Historical Places. You probably aren’t in it for the little green roadside plaques, though you want to stop to read each one. Your mind has jumped centuries back and is perusing the stories behind those plaques and places...and rummaging up a way to use them in a story while simultaneously gauging how much research work it would take.

 In the words of those sale's men type people...BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Back Cover Blurb:
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger.In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets.When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime. 

Author Bio:
Rachel Heffington is a novelist, a nanny, and a people-lover living in rural Virginia with her family and black cat, Cricket. Her first novel, Fly Away Home, was independently published in February of 2014, while her novella, The Windy Side of Care, was published by Rooglewood Press in the Five Glass Slippers anthology in June of 2014. Visit Rachel online at

Giveaway: Cozy Quagmire Party Pack

Enter to win a complete party in a box! The Cozy Quagmire Party Pack includes everything you’ll need to have an evening worthy of guests such as Vivi, Farnham, and Dr. Breen. Prize includes P.G. Tips (my favorite British black tea), a $5 Panera Bread gift-card for toasting-bread, a Yankee candle, matchbook, and a paperback copy of Anon, Sir, Anon.

And the links
Amazon (Kindle)

Also, before I go, another book has been released to the market, this time in its paperback form. It is Pienlune by Jennifer Freitag.

The fate of Plenilune hangs on the election of the Overlord, for which Rupert de la Mare and his brother are the only contenders, but when Rupert's unwilling bride-to-be uncovers his plot to murder his brother, the conflict explodes into civil war.

To assure the minds of the lord-electors of Plenilune that he has some capacity for humanity, Rupert de la Mare has been asked to woo and win a lady before he can become the Overlord, and he will do it-even if he has to kidnap her.

En route to Naples to catch a suitor, Margaret Coventry was not expecting a suitor to catch her.

 Lastly, Ashlee Willis is holding a give away for her book The Word Changers. This is one of the books I read over the summer and reviewed and fell in love with. MY REVIEW. I highly recommend it to everyone. You can find out more about it on her blog, HERE!!

 As you can see, a lot of wonderful books coming out!

 I got the quote from my friend because I caught the flu and didn't feel like trying to think of one myself. So I don't remember what episode it is from. 




  1. #6 is the truth. I actually had a coworker get onto me because she thought I was evesdropping on two of our other coworkers, when in truth, I wasn't even listen. I was just observing body language and how guys talk to each other.

  2. Congratulations, Rachel! I correct my wife's grammar all the time. Drives her nuts.

    1. Thanks, Alex! Why must people always take us wrong? XD

  3. Love #8. XD It is so hard to explain....

    What's even worse is when you're staring intently at said pictures for words to describe facial features, and discussing someone's nice nose with your sister, when it has NO personal bearing on the person you're discussing.

    I'm so grateful for Pinterest inspiration boards. They bring a whole new life to characters, and I ALWAYS use them when I need help enhancing sensory description.


  4. Oh good gracious, these are all so true. #1 has happened to me so many times it's not funny, and when I *do* bring along paper and pen, I never need it. But you can be sure a rush of inspiration will come when I have no access to any writing materials whatsoever. ;)

    But Pinterest boards are awesome. I can't count the times they've given me some much-needed inspiration....

  5. Rachel - that is an awesomely true-to-life list for me, except I burn things more often than not - but I have a tendency to cook with a book nearby and my laptop within three feet of me . . . and as noted, reading and writing are dangerous for cooking. :) Congratulations on your cozy mystery novel!!!

    And Jack - I'm sorry I haven't been by lately. I've missed your absolutely wonderful posts, and I hope that all your writing endeavors are going great!

    1. Tyrean: I may or may not have burned some pork the other day.... XD

  6. I can't tell you how many times #9 has happened to me. People have stopped asking me for my train of thought because it gets too confusing for them. Haha, amateur thinkers.


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