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October Blog of the Month - Written In Blood with Katie Salidas

Katie Salidas is not only endowed with special powers and abilities, she is a mother with one more on the way, the author of the infamous Immortalis Series, Halloween Fantasies, House of Immortal Pleasures, Karma & Melodies and is currently participating this month in the Vampire Awareness Month.

She talks about her writing experiences, hosts author interviews, and she provides so many writing and publishing tips for all newbies and some old too.

Check out her blog at

I am Super Mom!
Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women,  I can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  I can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, I still find time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). I can do all of this and still have time to write my novels.

Sorry… I can’t even write that with a straight face.

Lies all lies.

Here’s the reality. I’m a sleep-deprived, overworked, mom who just doesn’t know the meaning of the word balance. I try so hard to do it all, (be super mom, wife, & author) and at the end of the day I fall face forward into the couch.

Yes, you read that right, I tend to sleep on the couch. It’s a point of frustration for my hubby and a thing of comedy for my daughter. Imagine waking up to your little child yelling, “Mom slept on the couch again!!!”
Because being supermom (or trying to) means a lot of time devoted to family, writing is often done when said family is peacefully snoozing away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep with my laptop, on the couch. It just happens. Then, bright and early at 7am either my hubby (on his way to work) or my daughter (getting ready for school) wakes me up.

Writing is my passion. It’s a part of me. More than just a hobby, it’s a compulsion. I have to do it. If I don’t do at least one writing related thing each day I get cranky.

Hopefully, my passion can be your entertainment!

Over the last two years I have written and published (via my publishing company, Rising Sign Books):

October Book of the Month - What Are You Afraid Of? by Kiki Howell

What Are You Afraid Of? BLURB:
“Why does the night have to be so dark?” the big dog named Drake gave a low bark.

Not everyone likes Halloween. In fact, the big dog named Drake is afraid of the costumes and the decorations and the dark. He really only likes the candy his boy drops.

Lucky for Drake, the old dog named Zoe is there to help him forget his fears with a fun game.

Drake and Zoe can’t wait for you to play along. 
Note From The Author to the Parents:

What Are You Afraid Of? is more than a story to help children overcome
their fears. What Are You Afraid Of? is a book about acknowledging a children's
fears and dealing with them in ways that do not stifle a child's imagination and
creativity. So, indulge me while I state a few ideas.

Children can easily be made to feel small and defenseless in this big
world, while at the same time, children have very vivid imaginations, which
can cause further anxiety over things that are intangible, confusing, and scary.
Therefore, how we deal with a child's fears may have tremendous implications
on how we foster, or hinder, their creative growth.

While fear can be a manifestation of imagination, so too can compassion
and empathy. Compassion is a product of the imagination as well, being able to
‘see’ ourselves in another’s shoes. So, it only stands to reason, that if we stifle
the imagination, we may be stifling the child’s potential to care for the world
around him later on. A creative mind is a terrible thing to waste.

We all know that fears or phobias cannot be easily coerced away by mere
rational or logical arguments. Instead, it seems a better approach to
acknowledge a child's fears and show him or her that you know how he or she
feels. We can try to diminish the fears by making light of it and making the
child laugh. Ah, laughter is the best medicine! I have read psychologists who
recommend playing with fears by role playing until the child laughs or by
drawing silly pictures of the object of the fear with the same intention.

With all of this in mind, I came up with this story. I hope the idea of a big
dog being afraid of witches and ghosts is silly enough to begin with, along with
the playful Halloween-ish images and the funny rhyming patterns. But more, I
hope the games the old comes up with will be games your child can also play to
eliminate his or her own fears. Most of all, I wish for you and your child to
enjoy the story. May you laugh!
Publisher: Discounted Price if purchase from the publisher.

5 Star Reviews for What Are You Afraid Of?:

“The story of Drake the dog is a charming and witty way to teach your young ones that they do not have to be afraid. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child that gets scared. Change it and make it funny! what a great concept!” ~Alexx Momcat

“I'd say the book is an excellent children's book that teaches kids of all ages how to overcome fears and insecurities. I read "What Are You Afraid Of?" with my two children ages 10 & 12, and both enjoyed the book very much. The book seems to be one which will work for multiple age groups. Kiki Howell does an excellent job of sparking interest through the illustrations and the rhyming passages throughout the story. I would not be surprised to see many more children's books released by this multi-talented writer.” ~Emily Martinez

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
She has now had over twenty stories published between seven different small presses. She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world.
Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
Her biggest dream is to have a novel she writes be made into a movie that her husband creates the soundtrack for, and then cruise to Alaska with her family on the money they make.

Code of Darkness by Chris Lindberg

When a routine bank robbery takes an unexpected turn, veteran Chicago police officer Larry Parker witnesses a heroic act by a mysterious intervener. But seconds later the Samaritan disappears, leaving Larry only with unanswered questions.

Suddenly, vigilante activity begins popping up all over the city – including several murders. Larry begins to gather the missing pieces of the puzzle, and finds evidence the Samaritan might be tied to them. When he learns the man’s identity – a loner known only by the name Rage – he prepares to move in for the arrest.
But there is much more to Rage than meets the eye: the case has also drawn the attention of a covert Black Ops division within the Pentagon. Their mission: find Rage, while keeping their operation out of the public eye. Seen as knowing too much, Larry suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs as well. After a deadly standoff, Rage is captured, forcing Larry to search for answers while on the run.
The deadly chase leads cross-country to a top-secret military facility in Virginia, where Rage and Larry uncover the greatest danger of all -- and only they can stop the unthinkable from happening.

Nano-WriMo Is Upon Us...Guest Post with Rochelle Melander

Why Write-A-Thon: Five Reasons to Try National Novel Writing Month
By Rochelle Melander

According a survey by the Jenkins group, 80% of Americans want to write a book. Is that you? Is writing a book on your bucket list? Here are five reasons you need to sign up for National Novel Writing Month.

1. You’ve always wanted to write a book. A friend if mine who runs marathons says that signing up for a race is often the only way that someone will commit time to training. I have seen the same thing with National Novel Writing Month. Often the only way for a writer to get motivated to start and finish a project is by signing up for a race like NaNo. Why not? If writing a book is on your bucket list, you owe it to yourself to try.

2. Writers need deadlines. Real or imagined, writers work better under the threat of a deadline. National Novel Writing Month provides writers without publishers the beautiful gift of a deadline. Who cares that there isn’t an editor waiting to get your book on December 1? For those 30 days, you and your online buddies are working like crazy to meet the November 30 deadline and finish your novel.

3. You can do anything for 30 days. Life is crazy enough without trying to write a novel on top of work, family and chores. National Novel Writing month works because anyone can write massive amounts of words for a short period of time. Yes, it will require sacrifices and long hours and late nights or early mornings—but you can do that for a brief period of time. In December, life will go back to normal. You can pick up your habits of sleeping in and staying up late, watching hours of mindless television, and hanging out with friends at the bar.

4. You will feel better about yourself. According to research by Ryan Howell of San Francisco State University, when we work towards a hard goal, we feel better at the end of the day. The study has been called the “no pain, no gain” rule. Doing National Novel Writing Month certainly counts as one of those hard goals. So fear not, weary writers! If you leave your writing time with an aching butt or a sore brain, trust that it is good for you.

5. You need a vacation from your life. You lost your job, broke up with a significant other, or are already despondent about the shorter days and colder weather. Well, National Novel Writing Month gives you the opportunity to take a mental vacation to an amazing place of your own creation. Set your novel in a place that you’d like to live, create characters you’d like to spend time with, and move there (at least in your head) for the month of November.

Author Bio
Rochelle Melander, the Write Now! Coach, is the author of 10 books, a certified professional coach, and a popular speaker. Her new book helps writers conquer National Novel Writing Month, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). Melander teaches professionals how to write fast, get published, establish credibility, and navigate the new world of social media. In 2006, Rochelle founded Dream Keepers Writing Group, a program that teaches writing to at-risk tweens and teens. Access to free tips, classes, a Write-A-Thon word count tool and more online at