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Two Shout-Outs

on February 24, 2012 in Misc 14 Comments »

Today I’m giving a shout-out to a couple wonderful fellow writer/blogging pals of mine.

First up is Ciara Knight (as in She’s a very fine, frighteningly prolific author who has a new novel out on Crescent Moon Press.  It’s called The Curse of Gremdon, and while one of the genres it falls under might be paranormal romance, it has one tough kick-ass heroine who makes her first appearance wearing a leather skirt and wielding a sword.  Shades of Kate Beckinsale!  Layla also highly approves of this woman.  Here’s the novel’s blurb:

In a world where marriage is forbidden, sex is only granted to male warriors, and the outer realm is full of murderous creatures, Arianna fights to protect the life of her only living relative, her brother.

Tardon, an elite warrior, is granted anything he desires by the Elders, but finds little joy in the voluptuous women presented to him. Born for the bloodlust found only in battle, complicated emotions emerge when he discovers his equal in the alluring warrior, Arianna.

Charged by the Elders with saving the castle from  attack, Tardon and Arianna risk the curse when they traverse the vast outer realm to retrieve serum from the Tree of Life.  If successful, the Elders have promised Tardon the right to marry and Arianna the cure for her brother’s death fever.  Will their love carry them through or will the discovery of a great deception be their ultimate demise?

How irresistible is that?

You can check out Ciara’s novel on Amazon, Crescent Moon Press, and other venues.

Next up is Robert Read.

Besides being a writer and all-around very smart man, Robert has been bravely taking on impressive action hero-type training that includes climbing, parkour, and archery.  You may remember his excellent essay on Olympic weight-lifting, which was recently posted here.  Obviously, the man is in strong shape.

As if all this weren’t enough, Robert is also an inventor and the founder of Public Invention For All Mankind.  PIFAM is a blog and educational charity that he (and I and others) hopes will serve as a great coaching organization for inventors.  There’s no profit in this effort or in such inventions, just a lot of brains, idealism, and real-world experimenting.  In short, “PIFAM gives inventions to all mankind that teach how to increase prosperity, fun, and beauty with less toil, waste, and pollution.”

Personally, I think there’s also some danger, such as in Robert’s efforts to test his Merfluke, which would allow humans to swim like a dolphin.  He wrote about this invention in his science fiction novella but is now working with his prototypes in open water situations.  Taking something from fiction into reality – I just love this idea.

You can find Robert’s blog about PIFAM at

And that’s all for today, folks.  Have a really good weekend.