Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MELISSA BOWERSOCK HAS ANOTHER SUPER POST!

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2015/07/28/writing-stay-the-course-or-follow-the-muse/

I've had a number of posts I've shared from Melissa Bowersock. This is another great one. Sometimes we think we have everything lined up for a story only to discover we need to take a detour. Melissa explains, on the Indies Unlimited website offering, that maybe the decision isn't as difficult as you might imagine. Or is it?

I have only included a snippet below. Go to the link above and read the article in its entirety. Well worth your time.

Blaze McRob

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Writing: Stay the Course or Follow the Muse?

For the past nine months or so, I’ve been working on a book that almost refuses to flow. I love the story, get excited about the ideas floating around in my head, but every time I sit down to work on it, it’s like pulling teeth. I don’t know what it is that makes it difficult. I have much of the story line mapped out, I know the arc of the characters, I know how it all ends, but I feel like I have to almost literally drag the details out of my keyboard. Nine months and five chapters. Not a good pace.
Not that I care about my own pace. I have no deadlines, so if a book takes three months or twenty, it doesn’t matter so long as I get it done and I’m satisfied with it. However, I would really like it to be a bit easier than it has been.
But then, one day, the kernel of a new idea popped into my brain . . .

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SON OF FENRIR - BY JON OLSON - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SATURDAY TALE!



http://penofthedamned.com/2015/07/21/son-of-fenrir/


Son of Fenrir, by Jon Olson, is this week's Scary Saturday Tale! I have only included the very beginning here, but you will see that it starts out powerfully and it keeps rolling. Jon wasted no time in getting to the action - my kind of writing. Hit the link above and read the story in its entirety. While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read more from Jon, all at the price of free.

This tale is one mean motor-scooter!

Blaze McRob


Son of Fenrir

His left arm hung from its socket, the blood running from deep gashes down its length, dripping off his fingers in a steady stream and collecting in a pool on the ground next to his foot. Hunched over, tired, with labored breathing, he still held his axe tightly in his right hand. Blonde hair, caked in dirt, sweat and blood, hung in front of his hardened face covering blue eyes that had yet to concede defeat.
With a Viking’s defiance, Anders Randalson looked into the eyes of his opponent.
Wolf like and taller than the average man, the creature was made in the very image of Fenrir.
The beast was not without its own battle scars. A deep cut ran from its right ear down the face, narrowly missing its right eye and ending at the snout; its torso decorated with lacerations and contusions.
“You have fought bravely, Norseman,” the beast hissed, foam dripping from its parched and thirsty lips. “It is over, though. Accept your fate and I will make it quick.” It swallowed hard before continuing. “The Valkyries are here to take you to Valhalla.”
Anders let his eyes depart from the beast to take in his surroundings. Bodies littered the coastal plains, with the earth itself a crimson brown thanks to the liters of spilled blood. The trees that sporadically grew from the ground were bare and void of any vegetation, almost serving as markers of the fallen . . .

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BLACKTOP - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE - IS FREE TODAY!

http://www.amazon.com/Blacktop-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00XTFTN8S/%3Ftag%3Dkndtracker-20

Blacktop, by William Meikle, is free today. I have a bunch of William's books and short stories and can say that you'll want to take advantage of this freebie. Hustle me lads and lassies and procure a copy! This story is classic William Meikle.

Blaze McRob

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 Book description:

 A car crash, an awakening and a post apocalyptic landscape are only the start of his problems. He's alone apart from a mute companion, there's nothing but wrecks on the highway, and somewhere, somebody won't stop singing. He heard the crash on the highway. But he didn't hear nobody pray.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he's not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ELDREN: THE BOOK OF THE DARK - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011J6AU1C


Eldren: The Book Of The Dark, by William Meikle, is a whole new twist on the Vampire genre. It beautifully weaves the present with the past, incorporating Biblical aspects. Now you're intrigued, aren't you?

Pick up a copy. You'll be glad you did.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Two young boys reawaken an ancient vampire. Only "The Book of the Dark" can stop it. But the sun is getting low.... and vamps are not the only dangers in the night.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Takes the reader on an escalating ride of terror. Full of intriguing subplots, you hang on for dear life, hoping to discover the truth. Meikle does a fine job with delivery ----Nancy Kilpatrick, Author of The Power of the Blood series

A gem of a book...essential reading if you are literate, and if you want the vampire genre to grow beyond stagnant velvet clad fops. --Shirlie Leighton for Bite Me Magazine

These are real people facing down a fantastical supernatural menace and that's what gets you. It's real. It's dirty. And, by the gods, it's bloody. No sparkles. --The Occult Detective

This well written novel effectively delivers both horror and low-key fantasy. Once you start reading the need to find out the fate of the characters will keep the pages turning late into the night. -- LoveVampires.com

From the Author

I'm definitely a classicist when it comes to vampires. Mine are mostly evil blood-suckers with bad breath and little clothes sense. To them teenage girls are food, not objects of desire. 

That said, I have sometimes strayed from the lone vamp as predator meme. In my Watchers series for instance, I have a whole army of kilted Highland vampires facing organised bands of slayers. 

And in that same series I explored the idea of vampires being a product of an alchemical experiment gone wrong, one of the paths on the Great Journey that is not often taken. 

But I rarely stray far. It's the blood-urge, the need for food, that inspires me to write about vampires, and I can't see that changing. Gothic lounging and moaning about your condition in life (or undeath) is all well and good, but it bores me to tears, both in fiction and on film, and I find myself shouting: Bite something for god's sake! 
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About the Author

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. 


He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. 


His recent novel THE HOLE reached #3 in the Amazon Horror charts and looks to be well on the way to being another big success story.
 
 
  By Ashley L. Knight on January 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know about you, but there seems to be more than enough vampire stories out there. Don't get me wrong, they are good tales, but after a couple years of vampire books on the best seller lists, I thought I'd had my fill. That was until I read William Meikle's "Eldren The Book of the Dark". My interest has, once again, been piqued.

This dark tale is a deliciously descriptive read. Set in the rolling moors of Scotland, we are introduced to a very unromantic town filled with a most ordinary people. Ordinary that is, until a boy named Tony is goaded into entering the daunting abandoned house the townsfolk steer clear of. With his best friend, they discover a coffin in the labyrinth beneath the house and upon opening it, find a corpse. When his best friend removes a beautiful sword that is wedged in the corpse's chest, they in essence, open Pandora's Box, and this is where it gets really interesting.

With the town slowly beginning to lose its residents, the story takes off at vampire pace, introducing its readers to several heroes ranging from a priest to a drunken has been, the plot so inter-weaved you cannot put the book down. Will the town survive the ravaging of a sadistic vampire, or will it be plunged into a darkness the likes of which only vampire history has seen?

The most unique part in this tale is its giant shift from its counterparts; Eldren delves into the history of the vampires, beginning with their creation in which God creates vampires before humans. Their bible is eerily similar to our own. Indeed, the wording is so precise, one actually believes they are reading a holy book. If I didn't know this book was fiction, I'd say Meikle did his homework.

I enjoy a well-written book that whisks me deep within its pages and doesn't let me go until the end when I'm left wanting more. Eldren is a combination of horror, comedy, drama, romance and action - a must read for any reader who wants it all.
- Ashley L. Knight author of FINS


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CHECK OUT A SUPER AUTHOR - RICHARD THOMAS ROCKS!

I have posted the links below for Richard Thomas' website and Facebook author page. Visit him and find out about some of his great books and about the author himself. Anyone who writes neo-noir transgressive slipstream fiction has to be cool.

Blaze McRob
 
http://whatdoesnotkillme.com/
https://www.facebook.com/richardgthomas3?hc_location=ufi

Monday, July 13, 2015

THE QUARANTINED CITY 4: A LACK OF DEMONS - BY JAMES EVERINGTON IS OUT NOW!






http://www.amazon.com/Quarantined-City-Lack-Demons-ebook/dp/B01130GOL4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1436216067&sr=8-3&keywords=james+everington

The Quarantined City 4: A Lack Of Demons, by James Everington, is out! This is the fourth episode of  a six part monthly serial.

James has a great concept going here. Give it a peek.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Fellows has finally tracked down the quarantined city’s most mysterious resident, the reclusive writer known as Boursier. A man so utterly meek and placid it seems impossible he can have written the stories Fellows has found so affecting. The stories he is convinced don’t just reflect reality but are actually changing it…

The alterations in the quarantined city, and in his own life, are getting more dramatic, but how much is that really due to Boursier and how much just caused by Fellows’s own meddling?

A Lack Of Demons is the fourth episode of the six part monthly serial The Quarantined City from James Everington and Spectral Press.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

BURNING SOIL - BY NINA D'ARCANGELA - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SUNDAY TALE!



http://penofthedamned.com/2015/07/07/burning-soil/

Burning Soil, by Nina D'Arcangela, is this week's Scary Sunday Tale! I have included only the beginning  below. Hit the link above and you can read her super story in its entirety. Many of you are aware of Nina's talents and will certainly find this tale to be of her usual high quality. While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read some of Nina's other great stories. All of them are free, and they're all great!

Nina knows how to put Damned and Dark on your plate!

Blaze McRob

Burning Soil

The ground below your delicately formed feet begins to shift, sending you tumbling to within a breath’s width of the insanity you know awaits you should you ever truly fall;  you struggle to maintain your hold – a hold that for eons has treated you so kindly, so reverently, so graciously. You suckle and gasp for that earlier delight that still echos through your now destroyed body.  This gaping new view of the emptiness you see around you leaves you wondering which part of this horror-scape is to be accepted as a horror of your own making, and which part is far too horrible to be allowed existence any longer.  How does one go about choosing their individual horror without having a previous grasp of their own tenuous reality? A reality stroked so gently; consumed so fully; torn to pieces in such an eloquent display of cruelty… naive, silly girl, you never did pay attention to anything other than your own wants – why did you not heed the danger when you still had the chance to do so?
Existence in this newly scorched reality is – other. You breathe in the foul tainted air, retching vile fluids from your own rotting organs while desperately reaching for handfuls of once moist, rich soil; the soil that continually sifts through your small clutching fingers; for you cannot hold what is no longer there. You weep for a blanket to shroud you from the view of your newly exposed self.
Can you no longer feel the gentle caress of the sun’s offered warmth? Have you, like the insignificant creatures that feed from your lush womb, begun to shrivel under his now harsh and ever seeking glare? No, not you; for you will offer yourself to this beast who brings the searing pain only to weep at its feet while its brilliance burns you from within; laying to waste the wretched thing that you are.  You will seek to undo this cruel fortune that has been bestowed upon you, but in that seeking, you will yourself be undone. You are a creature of will, one foolish enough to forgo turning your face from the ever increasing blindness the searing light brings; you are a creature that believes herself to be the worst of all things in his eyes… worthy . . .
 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

POIGNANT POST FROM NINA D'ARCANGELA






http://thissquirrelsnuts.com/2015/06/25/managing-to-avoid-post-0-002/

Click on the link above, travel to Nina D'Arcangela's website, and read what she has written in this post. If you are a fan of hers, you will want to learn what she says. If you are not familiar with her work, her words come from her soul and will speak to you. I have only included a snippet below, so be sure to use your link finding finger and read the rest.

Thank you.

Blaze McRob


Managing to Avoid – post 0.002

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So, it’s been 25 days and 25 nights, and I’ve managed to avoid coming back here to write about myself. Bad me – it’s a promise I swore I wasn’t going to break, but… BUT.
I hate the idea of talking about myself. Actually, I like ‘talking’ about me with someone face to face, or on the phone because we can laugh, smile; always joke around. I’m basically a big goof. But writing about my life, well – that makes it all seem far too real and unappealing. Think about the phrase ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ when used in a positive light. Well, go over and take a look at the apple laying on the ground – it looks like shit! And something has probably gnawed on it by now… I don’t mean to be a Debbie-downer, and for the majority of my life it’s been good – great, actually. Then, last October came around…
I’m gonna give you my story quick and dirty, so pardon the lack of emotional input. Once it’s out, I may be able to do this ‘hey this is actually about me’ thing a little easier . . .

Friday, July 10, 2015

MY REVIEW FOR EDEN UNDERGROUND: POETRY OF DARKNESS












http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Underground-Darkness-Alessandro-Manzetti-ebook/dp/B010W8KWW0/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436542071&sr=1-1&keywords=eden+underground%3A+poetry+of+darkness


This is my review for Eden Underground: Poetry Of Darkness. I love poetry. Especially Dark Poetry. Alessandro Manzetti is a master at it. Read my review below. I think all lovers of horror will enjoy this great collection. For the time being, this fantastic book is only .99. Take advantage of it!

Blaze McRob




5.0 out of 5 stars A Horrific Eden Of Dark Verse!, July 10, 2015
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This review is from: Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness (Kindle Edition)
This is horror poetry at its best! Nothing in Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness is made to look like there might be a good side to it. Alessandro Manzetti shows the depravity of the human condition, and displays it with total honesty. When Alessandro tells of prostitution, death, and depravity, he shoots from the hip and his aim is true. Dark, intense, and disgusting jump out at you from the pages, the revolting truth surrounding you, pulling you in even though you wish to escape. But there is no escape, not even when you have finished this outstanding collection, for your mind cannot expel what has been absorbed. Sleepless nights? Yes, you will have many. But that is why you read horror, is it not?

Alessandro has done his job exquisitely. Horror poetry is alive and well.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LISA LANE WRITES SOME GREAT BOOKS!

I have the link below for Lisa Lane's Facebook Author page. I'm on her like list there. I hope to see you there soon as well. Lisa writes some great tales in the horror genre as well as others. All of her books are great reads. I know. I have read many of them. Also, she is a Woman In Horror. Even more reason to check out her stories. Hit the link below and get rolling!
Blaze McRob
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From Lisa Lane:
I write sci-fi, urban fantasy, and mainstream horror. Keep an eye out for the upcoming REVELATIONS series, a group project penned by Jaime Johnesee, Christine Sutton, and me.
 I've been writing dark fiction for over twenty years. I have ten published novels and over a dozen published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. I'm married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently reside in the hot and dusty outskirts of Sin City.
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Monday, July 6, 2015

FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK - ONLY 99c FOR NOW!






http://www.amazon.com/Night-Dark-Joe-Mynhardt-ebook/dp/B00C3OGT06/ref=sr_1_3_twi_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436211974&sr=1-3&keywords=blaze+mcrob

For The Night Is Dark, published by Crystal Lake Publishing, is now only .99c. I have no idea how long Joe Mynhardt is going to keep this super anthology at this price, so it might behoove you to take advantage of this deal now. There are many superb authors in this one. That makes it easy for me to guarantee you will love it.

Blaze McRob

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Crystal Lake Publishing presents...

The Dark is coming! Call your friends over. You don't want to go through this alone.

You will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.

This tome includes stories by some of the best horror writers around: G. N. Braun, Carole Johnstone, Armand Rosamilia, Daniel I. Russell, Scott Nicholson, Gary McMahon, Joe Mynhardt, Kevin Lucia, Tracie McBride, Stephen Bacon, Benedict J. Jones, Blaze McRob, John Claude Smith, Tonia Brown, Mark West, Robert W. Walker, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jasper Bark, William Meikle and Ray Cluley.

Are you scared of the dark? You will be.


By Matthew Scott Baker on October 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Hold on to your weapon of choice, and pull those covers up tight! The fine folks over at Crystal Lake Publishing have unleashed a dark anthology that is sure to scare you. Chocked full of talented authors and unique tales, FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK is a horror collection that any fan of frightful fiction must own.

I have to confess that I had never heard of Crystal Lake Publishing prior to getting their e-mail. But I'm sure glad they reached out to me. If this anthology is any indication of the talent levels they publish, I'm definitely going to keep my eyes out for the other titles they release.

FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK is a fantastic mix of horror in a variety of sub-genres. Ghosts, monsters, things of an unknown origin...there's plenty of terrifying aspects here, and something for every horror fan.

Each story is written well, and each has its own, distinctive voice. Yet they all strive for the same goal: to scare the crap out of you. I admit freely that I enjoyed every story in this collection, which is not a common occurrence for me when it comes to anthologies. Sometimes, only a handful of stories stick out...but here, they all do.

One of my favorite tales in FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK is "Mr. Stix" by Mark West. In this story, a simple, crudely made puppet turns one family's existence into a nightmare. But all is not what it seems...

Another favorite is "Eternal Darkness" by Blaze McRob. This vivid tale describes a man's fight with his worst fear: the darkness. But the shadows in this pitch are not tricks of light...they are something far more sinister.

FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK is an excellent anthology, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Every fan of horror fiction must own a copy, so get yours today. The book is available now in a variety of formats.

By Emily Veinglory on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The great strength of this anthology is the way the stories have a strong sense of place and convincing, realistic characters. Across all of the stories it begins to feel like the bogey monster of this day and age is the chav (or whatever your regional term for youths from the ghetto is), or the under-privileged world they are forced to grow up in and the destructive role of abusive parenting. Of particular note: 21 Brooklands by Carole Johnstone which will probably stick in my mind for some time. This Darkness by John Claude Smith is also notable, it feels somewhat like a parable about the redemption that can only be found by hitting bottom.

There were some stories with notably original elements. God May Pity All Weak Hearts by Daniel I. Russel retells the Dr. Crippen murder. On a Midnight Black Chessie by Kevin Lucia finds horror in a very unlikely place. And How the Dark Bleeds by Jasper Bark seems to effortlessly create a whole mythology around the layered story of the protagonist within just a few short pages.

If there is any criticism I would make it is that many of the stories don't quite close conclusively and give a feeling of resolution. Exceptions being the under-stated pathos in the conclusion of the zombie story Darker with the Day by Scott Nicholson and the tightly plotted A Snitch in Time by Robert W Walker.

Overall this collection represents what a good horror anthology should be. A somewhat uneven groups of stories but none that are without merit, misogynist or mindlessly gratuitous--traits that hobble many other publishers in this genre. At the center of almost all of these stories there is a fate that is genuinely horrific if contemplated, and that resonates with the horrors that do or could exist in the real world.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

FAR FROM HOME - COMING SOON!







 https://www.facebook.com/operationward57


Today is July 4th. A perfect day to let everyone know about Far From Home: A Novel Of The War In Iraq, co- authored by Jeremiah Coe and Adam D. Blochard, and to be published by Visionary Press Collaborative. The great Melissa Stevens is volunteering her fantastic cover art for this special book. All proceeds from this super tome will go to Operation Ward 57. Terri DelCampo, the editor for this project, was moved by the story and blown away by the mastery of the craft employed in telling this tale.

I can hardly wait for this to see the light of day!

Blaze McRob

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 Mission of Operation Ward 57


 Mission: Support wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

Programs:
Warrior & Caregiver Support
- Morale & Comfort Items
- DVD & Video Games
- Family & Children’s Needs
- Storage & Supplies
- Patient Visits
- Service Animal Support

Holiday Cheer

Honor & Courage
- Small Grants

Deployment Support

Concerts & Events

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MODERN MYTHMAKERS - BY MICHAEL MCCARTHY - FREE 'TIL JULY 5TH!











http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Mythmakers-Interviews-Science-Filmmakers-ebook/dp/B00TY5AWJ6/ref=la_B001JS0L06_1_4_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436022512&sr=1-4

Modern Mythmakers, by Michael McCarthy, and published by Crystal Lake Publishing, is free until July 5th! Get your copy now! I have a copy of this great book and have to say the article with Elvira is great, and that is only one of many. Get those buy button fingers busy now.

Blaze McRob


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FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD!
Since Crystal Lake Publishing knows the importance of having good non-fiction books read by the fans of the legends who came before us, MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty will be free from July 2nd to July 5th. Please spread the word and leave a review if you can.
Just look at this line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.
... “Interesting interviews, masterfully compiled…” – Horror News
“… beware the dark, and what lurks in the minds of those you read and watch in the wee hours. These are the people that can see into that place, interpret it, and hand us back some of our most frightening nightmares... Highly recommended." – Hellnotes
So come and get Michael McCarty’s MODERN MYTHMAKERS in Kindle or paperback (available in Kindle Unlimited, as well): http://getbook.at/ModernMythmakers
For more info and reviews visit Crystal Lake Publishing: http://www.crystallakepub.com/modern-mythmakers.php

Thursday, July 2, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY - COURTESY OF WANDA S. PARYLA AND TOBY KEITH!




Courtesy of Wanda S. Paryla, I have a great song from Toby Keith! Enjoy! Remember, you have your freedom because of those who have served.
Blaze McRob