Well, it’s NANOWRIMO Eve and I’m pumped! What is NANOWRIMO? National Novel Writing Month, is a tribute to authors and writers all over the world! It’s a month long party.  You can be at any stage of the writing game; a noob or a seasoned veteran. This month everyone is encouraged to write an entire novel (50,000 words) in one month.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be a polished novel ready for submission. The goal is to push yourself to finish.  This will be my second year, last year I failed and tapped out at around 22,000 words.  In a way I won, because I have NEVER written that far into any of my novel ideas.  Most of them get a few chapters and then I let the doubt goblins invade and shelve them.  63824ef244ffd62d5d66dfcbca85ebd7

My story last year is shelved for now, it needs a ton of work, but the characters are solid and the bones are good. I’ll probably work on it in the future.  Will I make it to 50,000 this year? I’m sure as heck gonna try!  I’m superbly lucky to have a great support group of authors and writers to fall back on and my buddy Author Rebecca M Gibson, has my back. I’m entering this year with a positive attitude and a light heart.  Things are going to be fun! November will be dedicated to NANOWRIMO and I have a few authors guest posting articles on Bibliogal! Stay tuned and feel free to chime in at any time about your NANO experiences! Are you entered? Are you ready? In 3 hours (by EST/US time) it’s game on!


Happy Writing!





I want to hold off on book reviews for the moment and bring awareness to an important cause.  While we enjoy Halloween and attend parties and trick-or-treat with our children, some children are fighting for their lives.  Safe Child: Africa urgently needs your help! Thousands of children will be accused of witchcraft and will be tortured and abandoned. Safe Child is trying to raise emergency funds to build a safe haven for the children who have escaped these atrocities.  Please read the letter below.  If you can’t donate, please share as much as you can.





This Halloween, we urgently need your support to help children, toddlers and babies who’ve been accused of witchcraft. The crimes inflicted on them are sickening. Many will be abused and tortured. Others may even be murdered.

That’s why I’m writing to ask you to donate £5 of your ‘Trick or treat’ money to help us give a traumatised child shelter for a night.

These accusations aren’t part of some Halloween-inspired game. There’s no fancy dress, no face-paint. This is all too devastatingly, shockingly real. Our research shows that 80% of accused children will run away or be abandoned by their parents.

Just think about that for a second. A parent abandoning their child because they believe they’re a witch. And this is something that’s happening day after day, week after week.

It’s so important that these children have somewhere to turn – and that’s just what our Safe Child Emergency Centre offers. But this centre wouldn’t exist without the ongoing generosity of people like you. We receive no government funding.

That’s why we urgently – and I mean urgently – need your support this Halloween. Please can you donate £5 to fund the first night for a child in our emergency centre? Or better still, set up a monthly Direct Debit for the same amount.

Our centre gives children protection, medical care, legal support and counseling. Children receive a comfortable bed and, most importantly, are cared for by adults who know they’re just a little boy or girl, not a witch.

For some children, this will be the first time in their young life that they feel safe. And that feeling – that sense of security – is something only people like you can make possible.

So please – donate £5 or whatever you can afford and help pay for a child’s first night in our emergency centre.

To donate now, visit safechildafrica.org.uk/fund-first-night

Thank you,

Dr Emilie Secker


Double Review: Sacrificial Blood and The Awakening by Lynn Mullican



Sacrificial Blood


Catherine and Don are visiting a little hole in the wall museum during a weekend trip to the desert.  Don’s a scaredy cat and Catherine loves to scare him. The museum has a frumpy and grumpy curator, and a basement full of lifelike mannequins.  It’s definitely a setup for a typical horror flick and I’m okay with that.  giphy-3

While exploring the basement, the couple encounter some truly terrifying things…basically your worst nightmare if you were to find yourself inside a basement full of lifelike mannequins.  Don has to man up and face his fears in order to get the couple out alive.  This is a short story, and you can probably read it in under an hour.  It moves fast, as most short stories do, and the ending is a jaw dropper.

I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it as a good story to read aloud in the car while on your way to one of those haunted house excursions you’re likely to go on this time of year 😉

The Awakening


Ever watch a really good X-Files episode and then it just goes off.  You’re left kinda confused and you really need another episode quick to take the edge off.  This short story made me feel like that.  I’m also using the X-Files as a comparison because

A: It’s True ( I was expecting Mulder and Scully at any moment)

B: This is a short story about alien abduction

C: It’s Scary

Jessica suffers from several sleep disorders including night terrors.  She also believes she is being abducted and tortured by extraterrestrials.  No one believes her, and during one terrible incident, the worst happens and she ends up in a psychiatric ward.  The story ends with the reader not knowing what’s true and what’s a result of her sleep problems.  It’s not for people who don’t like unresolved endings.  Basically it’s like a sliver or glimpse into poor Jessica’s life, the reader only sees one episode of it.  This would actually make for a great comic book series (Hint Hint Author 😉 )

I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars. The content was creepy and I want to know more about the characters.  It’s also a quick read and would be a good campfire story to tell your friends.


Both books can be purchased at Amazon and if you want to check out Author Lynn Mullican you can find her on Facebook

New Release Alert!!


Immerse yourself in a tale of murder, intrigue, and romance! I am so pleased to announce the release of Lindsay Downs’ Newest Romantic Suspense:



Matthew, Viscount Rathbourne, is dispatched to Cornwall to design a gazebo for his uncle. There, little does he realize how his life will change. Caught poaching ducal trout he meets Lady Kathleen.

What has him wondering, why is she hiding out here and not in London searching out a husband? Not that he wished to complain as he found her not only beautiful but his intellectual equal.

After two bodies turn up Matthew quickly learns Kathleen is stronger than any young lady of the ton he’d ever met.

As the mystery of who the murdered victims are is uncovered Matthew learns of a hidden, albeit interesting, fact about Kathleen. Should he allow her to continue with these late night excursions or put a halt to them?

When all the truths come out Matthew and Kathleen, now married are happy at who helped bring the murderers to justice.

Buy Links- The Viscount’s Bride






Excerpt- The Viscount’s Bride

As he got closer he slowed, not wishing to frighten them, and Matthew heard one say, “Do you believe he will accept your invitation to dine with us this eve?”

He cursed silently, suspecting the speaker was referring to him. Slowing his horse to a walk, Matthew spied them. Even from behind he could tell they were ladies as their dresses were of fine quality. Even more interesting was that they both had fishing poles in their hands and were casting flies out upon the river.

“I don’t know, daughter. From what I understand in the letter from Serena, Viscount Rathbourne is here under the direction of the Duke of Kettering to design a gazebo.”

Matthew was aware he was in trouble if this lady and his mother knew each other. He was about to announce his presence when—

“Then I’m sure we won’t as, from what I understand the duke can be a harsh task master. At least that’s the rumors I heard in the village.”


About Lindsay Downs


I’ve been an avid reader ever since I was old enough to hold a red leather bound first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake in my lap.
So it only seemed natural at some point in my life I take up pen and paper to start writing. Over time my skills slightly improved which I attribute to my English teachers.
My breakthrough came about in the mid 1970’s when I read a historical romance written by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique. This French husband and wife team opened my eyes to the real world of fiction. Stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes and plots which kept me hooked. Of course, being a man, I had to keep my reading hidden from others as that wasn’t appropriate reading for men.
With this new found appreciation of the written word I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I them attempted to write again. I still wasn’t satisfied so I put it aside for years as other events entered my life.
Finally, in the early years of the new millennium I tried again to write and once again met with limited success. At least now I was able to get past the first page or two. Then, in 2006 a life changing event brought me back to my love, I took a job as a security officer. This allowed me plenty of time to read different genres.
My favourite was regency. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on I knew this could be something I wanted to attempt.
Since 2012 when my debut regency romantic suspense released I was hooked and have, except for a few contemporaries, focused on this genre.
Since 2012 I’ve lived in central Texas. I’m also a member of Romance Writers of America and their local chapter.

Book Review: Hybrid Unleashed by Lynn Mullican


“Adapting to a normal life in the immortal realm, Crystal finds her familial ties in turmoil. As Crystal’s son becomes obsessed with a string of recent deaths, his marriage to his witch wife grows weak, forcing her to turn to her sister for guidance.

Meanwhile, Crystal’s daughter, Jennifer struggles with her immortal hormonal imbalance, attracting two teenage boys, one of whom is not what he seems.

With the appearance of her ex-husband, Wayne, Crystal becomes the target of the elite immortal agency, the Underground Secret Service, its affiliates, and its primary targets, including the notorious and dangerous biker gang, The Hell’s Changelings—her lover’s brotherhood.

Gaining some of her memory back, she discovers secrets and uncovers the truth behind her captivity, pushing her into the primary focus of annihilation by the hunters and the hunted in this sequel to the dark and edgy novel, Bad Elements: Blood for Blood.” 

                                                                                                                Quoted from Lynn Mullican                                                                                                                                                            Facebook


Underground Paranormal Monster Cage Matches, Secret Police, Cruel Expirimentation…what doesn’t this book have?  Hybrid Unleashed is the third book in elaine-yada-yadaMullican’s Bad Elements Series.  It follows the saga of Crystal and her family as they try to heal from the past and forge a somewhat normal existence, or at least as normal as you can be when your family is made up of werewolves, witches, and hybrid paranormal creatures. I have to be honest, I’m reading them out of order.  Why? Because I wanted to have something ready for Hybrid Unleashed’s Release Week.

While it is the third book in the series and I’m reading things completely out of order, I found the story fairly easy to follow.  The cast of characters is huge and they’re apparently involved from Books 1 and 2. I wasn’t lost, but I definitely know I’m now going to read the first 2 novels, just for pure character insight.  It was also fairly easy to pick up this book and start because Crystal is having flashbacks of her forgotten past, so if I was confused, she usually had a memory emerge just when I needed it.

This book isn’t a YA Novel and the supernatural creatures can be brutal, but it plays more like a Charlaine Harris type of novel…you love them even when they give in to their primal instincts.  afflicted-bill-bill-compton-fangtasia-fight-Favim.com-239129.gif

What I liked about Crystal, the main character, is that she is struggling to find her place within her family.  After years in the underground, as a captive, she’s adapting to life as a mother and grandmother. As you can imagine, it’s pretty hard to navigate. She does it with strength and determination.

I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars and eagerly looking forward to “starting” the series.  This series is recommended for MATURE Audiences and probably 18+ due to the violent content and sexual content.

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Blog: http://lynnmullican.blogspot.com

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Happy Reading!



Review: Ruthless Beings: ABC by Ruth G Juliano


Just finished reading Ruthless Beings: ABC by Ruth G Juliano.  Wowee! It was definitely a roller coaster ride! I ran a full gamut of emotion on this one; laughter, anger, happiness, and WTF.  200_s-1

Here’s the dish:

Amethyst Callinger is a “Billionaire Baby”. She’s grown up sheltered from the outside world, but inside her gilded cage, things were NOT all glitter and gold.  After the sudden death of her father, she finds herself alone in the real world for the first time.  She soon finds that the world is both beautiful and ugly.  While she’s trying to learn how to “Adult”, Amethyst finds herself in a complicated love triangle with Nathaniel and Nicholas Day. It’s complicated on so many levels! They’re not only brothers, but best friends, and her bosses!

In addition to a complicated love triangle, she discovers that her family had secrets….Angry-Gordon-Ramsay-Wonders-Whats-So-Complicated-In-Hells-Kitchen.giflots of secrets.  She also finds that she didn’t know her beloved father as well as she thought she did.  There are so many mysteries to solve and plot twists to navigate! In all reality, this book has everything I don’t like in a book: abuse in all forms; financial, emotional, physical, and sexual, a naive to a fault heroine, a jerk hole alpha male, and near passive “beta” male.  The problem is, while I should in all theories, dislike this book, I couldn’t put it down!  When Amethyst made terrible decisions, or should I say decisions I wouldn’t make, I found myself feeling motherly toward her.  “It’s okay honey, you’ll learn not to do that next time.” I found myself repeating as a mantra during the duration of this book.

The writing style is direct and simple. No flowery language, hyperbole, or unnecessary adjectives or descriptions.  This was nice because the themes and complex emotions the characters are dealing with are enough.  Also, in the Author’s Note at the beginning of the novel, Juliano also explains why she chose to write this way.  I will say there are unanswered questions and plot holes…I’m sure it was intentional as this is an ongoing series and the author is about to publish book number 7. Hopefully this means my questions will be answered in time.

giphy-2If you’re a fan of Soap Operas…particularly, Dallas, you’ll enjoy Ruthless Beings.  I personally feel like it could be easily compared to Jackie Collins Santangelo Family series.  Cutthroat, Romance, Criminals, it’s all there in black and white waiting for you to enjoy. I’m giving this a 5 out of 5  stars because it was COMPLETELY out of my reading comfort zone and yet, through great storytelling, it kept me focused and riveted to my kindle! I finished in just under 24 hours. It was great!

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Happy Reading!