Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 2017

It's that time again! The annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is upon us. This hop happens to be one of my favorite hops. Love, love, love Halloween and love books even more. What a combo for those of us who love them both. Woot! The host of the giveaway hop is Mary from Bookhounds. Last year over 100 blogs participated in this blog hop and this year should be just as awesome as last.
I'm giving away one (1) FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card. See the details below on how to enter:

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You MUST be a follower of my blog and MUST fill out this entry form. (And yes, I do check GCF)

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The giveaway runs from 12:01 AM on Oct. 15th - October 31st, midnight. The contest is open to International participants.

See who else is participating.

Mina Burrows

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th - Classic Horror

Since it's Friday the 13th I wanted to post a few things from the horror genre, especially because it's October.  Firstly, who doesn't love a good horror movie?  When was the last time you saw a good one? What you believe makes a great horror flick, is probably vastly different than what others think.  Right?  Right. Still, it's fantastic to talk about. 

US & Horror Movies

Check this out....this on the United States of horror movies.  I think a saw this a few years ago, but I thought it was timely given the season.  You can't seem to turn the TV on now without a few of these movies playing.  Am I right?  Anyway, I wanted to talk about one of my favorites that I still like to watch.  Can you guess?

Before we get ito my favorite, can any of you tell me where IT is on this list?  I probably would have picked that one, but I don's see it.  Am I missing it somewhere?  I'm at a loss... I wonder which others are missing? Let me know which ones you think should have made this USHM list.  

Guess My Favorite on The List


It may be a bit cheesy, but horror movies can get that way sometimes. Have you figured it out yet? Yep, this little move and its sequel still give me the heebie-jeebies  Why? I have no idea.  Remember the school bus scene in the 2nd movie?   What's your favorite horror movie?

Happy Friday the 13th Humor

This one cracked me up! I say "Mama Tried" to my 12-year-old a lot, in my thickest southern accent. He laughs. Speaking of my first born, he asked if he could read Stephen King's IT and I was like,  I think he's too young for that book.  I know other moms that have let their kids read it.  What are your thoughts?
Enjoy your 13th?  Have a great weekend!

Mina B.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG - It's October!

It's time for IWSG as we head into the last few months of 2017.  I can't believe it's already October.  Wow!

Before I begin, if you don't know, Alex J. Cavanaugh is the architect of this amazing writer group--which is seriously one of the best writer-support groups out there.  If you get a chance, please visit him as well as this month's co-hosts Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

October's ISWG question is:  Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I guess it depends on the novel you're writing.  I have a few times sometimes when a character has a snarky reply or mutters something under their breath.  For sure, I've done that.  Hasn't everyone given a piece or chunk of themselves when writing?

Hurricane update:  Last month I mentioned briefly that we had to deal with Hurricane Irma which wasn't fun at all.  We lost a few trees, a fence line and were without power and internet cell phone coverage for about a week.  Not good, but hardly bad at all when you consider the devastation of Houston and Puerto Rico.  It could have been much worse so I'm thankful it wasn't.

October & Halloween, baby! 

This month is all about Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  Has anyone started decorating?  I'm still dealing with hurricane debris so I haven't got to decorating the inside of the house yet, but I did buy a pumpkin and made pumpkin bread.  Last year I posted Pumpkin Carvings Inspired by Books so if you're looking for inspiration to carve this year's pumpkin that's a great place to start.

Anyway...who's excited?  Any plans? Anything cool you're writing?  Participating in any blog hops? I'm participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.  Sign up at Bookhounds if you're interested in participating

The annual IWSG Anthology Contest!

Reminder!  The anthology contest is coming up.  The deadline is November 1st! The genre is Mystery/Crime/Thriller and the theme is "Tick Tock."  Check out this post for more details. 

#Pray for Las Vegas

Finally, words cannot express the deepest sympathies that I have for those innocent victims and their families who were affected by the horrific Las Vegas attack.  May God give them strength to deal with their loss and may God please help us unite together and support one another.


What about you? How have you been?  What type (if any) of personal information have you let slip into your writing?

Mina B.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Annual Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

The annual BANNED BOOK WEEK for 2017 is this month from Sept. 24th and ends Sept. 30th!  Yay, who's read a banned book this year?  The way things have gone lately, I'm sure you've read one that's banned or partially banned. Right? Anyway, I'm participating in Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary from BookHounds to celebrate the event which starts on Sept.15th and runs until the end of the month.  How awesome is that?  It's good being bad, huh? I know it is.

Just to Name a Few

To see the most recent list that made the banned books list, visit American Library Association to see which books made the list and why. Below is just a sample of many banned books that I love. Do you have a favorite?


For the Banned Book Week Giveaway, I'm giving a free $10 Amazon Gift Card for one (1) lucky winner. Our winner can choose their preferred banned or challenged book.  See details below on how to enter.  Be sure and tell your friends!

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Again, the giveaway starts at 12:01 AM EST on Sunday, September 15th and runs September 30th midnight. Contest is open to International participants.

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Mina B.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG - Life So Far

Hi IWSG, friends!  I'm behind schedule for my IWSG posts, but not to worry.  I'm still plenty insecure about my writing so we're good.
Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the creator of IWSG and also this month's dynamic support team, Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

September's ISWG question is Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in??

For me, this is a tough question.  I usually just write what I feel, nothing more.  But I have written in a style that I describe as a somewhat detached sentiment of the first person.  It's hard to explain only that it was based on the character and their thought process.  It's was incredibly challenging and in that sense, I was surprised by the result.

Life So Far

To give you an update on things so far, last year, if you recall our house had a flood.  It took nearly a year to get all the everything fixed.  And of course, while we were at it, we had other major repairs to do.  In short, we had non-stop renovations and it was near impossible to get any true writing done. Now we have somewhat finalized things so I finally feel at peace.  I could go into the particulars but then...


...there's a part of me that doesn't want to go there.  I survived so let's leave it at that.  Since as recently as a week ago, I've been settled back into a workflow that I feel has promise.  

What about you?  How were you surprised with your writing?

UPDATE:  Wish us South Floridians luck as we wait for Hurricane Irma!  It looks like it will be a doozie!  Yikes! 

Mina B.

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Life So Far This Year

Hey!  Well, I know it's been way too long since I posted, my friends. I have excuses, of course, but I'll leave that for later. Right now, I thought I'd let you know that I am alive and finally making progress this month which is a good thing.  Below is what 2017 has done to me so far.  *sigh*


But, enough about me!  How are you doing? For the next few days, I'll spend time visiting many of you to say hi!  Give me a shout out if you can.  

Funny Friday

And if you're watching GOT right now, I'm sure you'll love this.   

Have a great weekend!

Mina B.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Buzz: Element Trilogy

Today I have Donna Galanti as a guest on my blog and I'm featuring her Element Trilogy which is on sale now through December 7th. How great is that? Just in time for the holidays too!  If you're not familiar with this series, I previously posted about the series here and here. Donna is here today to discuss the super cool topic of mind control.  Please welcome Donna!

Mind Control: Would You If You Could?


In my paranormal suspense novel, A Hidden Element, mind control is used by the Elyon cult community to get what they want – and its power can be taken away through punishment.

Yet, even while the Elyon community uses mind control to commit theft and murder they have strict rules about it being used on their own people. They know that uncontrolled use of it will lead to the very destruction of their community and the breakdown of rules.

The mission of a small "elite" group to control the masses is nothing new, in fiction or real life.

Dean Koontz uses mind control in his book Night Chills. By using a single phrase the antagonist can force innocent people into a hypnotic state to do whatever he wants. Even scarier is that this technique was created through an experimental government program.

And the very real CIA's MK-Ultra mind control program from 1953 to 1964 was a government program that conducted a series of covert experiments carried out on unwitting subjects with the aim of producing mind-control techniques. In 1973 the then director of the CIA destroyed nearly all of the MK-Ultra’s records. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the fact that the extent of experimentation on human subjects was unknown.

What if this happened to you, an “unwitting subject”? Would you just wake up missing time with no recollection of what you did during that missing time? Have you ever had missing time that you couldn’t account for? I have. Once I lost two hours of time. I was in my car to go shopping and when I looked two hours had passed and I had missed an appointment. I often wonder where did that time go? Did aliens kidnap me for an experiment? Was a government experiment conducted on me without my consent? Silly to think, but is it really?

In 1978 I was just nine years old and simultaneously horrified and fascinated by the story of Jim Jones in the news that shocked the world. Jones was best known for the mass suicide over 900 of his cult’s members in Jonestown, Guyana, by cyanide poisoning and the murder of five individuals at a nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan.

As a child and now as an adult, I still can’t comprehend how so many could follow one man to their death. Yet, none of us are immune to mind control techniques. Peer pressure, hypnosis, sleep deprivation, fear, financial commitment, guilt, and isolation are just some ways we can be controlled to become people we never thought we might be. Here’s a post on mind control basics that details just how easy it can be.

Sadly, I know there will be more Jim Jones stories to come along. For as long as humans pursue power over the masses, mind control will be conducted by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small "elite" group.

In writing about mind control in A Hidden Element, I tried to find my own way to explain how this could lead someone to do the unthinkable when presented with the choices before them.

Do you believe in mind control? And would you control others if you could do it?


Evil lurks within…
When Caleb Madroc is used against his will as part of his father’s plan to breed a secret community and infiltrate society with their unique powers, he vows to save his oppressed people and the two children kept from him. Seven years later, Laura and Ben Fieldstone’s son is abducted, and they are forced to trust a madman’s son who puts his life on the line to save them all. The enemy’s desire to own them—or destroy them—leads to a survival showdown. Laura and Ben must risk everything to defeat a new nemesis that wants to rule the world with their son, and Caleb may be their only hope—if he survives. But must he sacrifice what he most desires to do so?

"Chilling and dark…a twisty journey into another world." —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall

"Fascinating…a haunting story…"—Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath

"Will keep you up long past your bedtime...a pulse-pounding read."—Allan Leverone, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Final Vector


"Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended." —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero

"Chilling and dark…a twisty journey into another world." —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall

"Fascinating…a haunting story…"—Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath

Purchase the Element Trilogy on sale through December 7th

Book 1 A HUMAN ELEMENT for $0.99
Book 2 A HIDDEN ELEMENT for $1.99


Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy

Thanks so much Donna for stopping by. And thanks to Donna we have a special giveaway too.  See below for details and enter today!


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Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Mina Burrows