Friday, December 26, 2014

Writing Thank-You Cards, Made Easy! by Emily Sanford

Writing Thank-You Cards Made Easy! 
Wedding Edition

by Emily Sanford

Congratulations, you're getting married! What comes next? The dreaded thank-you notes for all those wonderful gifts.

Writing thank-you notes can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be that way. This short guide will teach you how to quickly write eloquent thank-you cards that show your appreciation to wedding guests.


Emily Sanford is a stay-at-home wife and mother to two lovely boys. She enjoys writing, hiking, and giving advice with a good martini. She lives near Rochester, Minnesota and hopes to one day become a famous author.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Seeking the Storyteller by Jessica Walsh and Briana Lawrence

Seeking the Storyteller

by Jessica Walsh and Briana Lawrence

I know of the Storyteller, it whispers into the man’s ear, I’ve met him. If you promise not to kill me, I’ll take you to him. Alix Andre DeBenit and Randall Fagan are Hunters, part of a hidden network of humans who track and kill the monsters lurking in our world so everyone else can pretend they don’t exist. But when a living shadow mentions someone called the Storyteller, Alix hesitantly decides to learn more. They say the Storyteller lives in a massive library full of books that tell every being’s life story. He can read these books, rewrite them and change anything he wants, even if it’s already happened. That’s the power Alix wants, the power to bring his murdered family back and he’s determined to make the Storyteller do it. He just has to decide if working with the very creatures he’s supposed to kill is worth it.


Jessica Walsh's life is a flurry of writing, art and creativity. You can usually find her reading a book, scribbling notes in a notebook for future creations, typing on a laptop with music blaring in her ears or buried in her basement watching documentaries and sitting behind a sewing machine.

Jessica has been writing for as long as she can remember and have boxes of old notebooks in horrible handwriting to prove it. Only recently has she stumbled back into writing and finishing her ideas.

Seeking the Storyteller is the first novel she's published with her partner in crime and life, Briana Lawrence. Jessica also writes horror, fantasy, supernatural and occasionally romance pieces which she is currently shopping around through contests and publishers.


At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best "WRITTER" in the whole wide world. Her fourth grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a "writer" if they couldn't even spell the word. Back then her stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older they progressed into notebooks and colored ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. When she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, she stopped writing.

Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.

Before she realized it she was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high school romance to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters of Dragonball Z. This continued throughout college where she would always end up writing about the space exploits of the pilots of Gundam Wing and other works of fan fiction. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than that. Her head was full of ideas, full of original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others.

Thus, she stepped into an English Major with some Women's Studies on the side.

She graduated Iowa State University in 2006 and moved to Minneapolis with her partner. Here, she tried to get into graduate school, but things didn't pan out the way she wanted. She ended up working retail, her dream becoming buried by Black Fridays and other busy times of year. Once again, however, that dream returned. She went from immersing herself in geeky fan fiction to actually writing about the geeky things she loved for several anime and video game review sites. However, it was her discovery of National Novel Writing Month that made her go back to creating her own characters and plots.

Now, here she is, an author in the writing world.


Jessica Walsh:
Author page

Briana Lawrence
Author page


Friday, December 12, 2014

A Perfect Duluth Day by Mike Palecek

A Perfect Duluth Day

by Mike Palecek

If it's happening. It's happening in Duluth.

Duluth is a micro-brewery of what is goin' on every-
where, where the people fight to have some sort of
say ... and leave it to the outlaws to come up with
something ... leave it to the guys in the jails and carry-
ing skateboards, leaning up against the light pole at
two in the morning, to come up with something.

It's the home of Piker McNuggett, Karel Kopecky, Froz-
tee Pine, Winnie Blood Feather, some Twenty-Three
Toivonens, Diamond Griffin and Penny Jones.

... Families from Minneapolis and Saint Paul and St.
Peter and Mankato and Des Moines, thundering up
Interstate 35 hit full throttle on Friday afternoon, ac-
celerating past Hinckley and Sandstone, past Pine City,
Barnum, Cloquet, to get away, to let their hair down, to
get bugs and branches in their hair. You turn your
phone to vibrate or heave it into the ditch, grenade-
style, change your radio from WCCO to "The Moose." 

Up and up and around and over the hill and there it
is ... the view. Lake Superior. The Big Lake.

And there is The Lift Bridge and Morgan Park and New
Page paper plant, the bridges to Superior, Wisconsin,
the bay, the big boats.

Turn right to Canal Park for the tourists, turn left, up-
hill for those who have already decided to stay.
Duluth is big burritos and apricot wheat beer and a
parade to celebrate cold weather. 

Duluth can be murder.
It's the big lake, big woods, big tradition, big, old build-
ings, like an old sailor headed back to his boat at four
in the morning, stumbling, never falling down.

It's the sauna and the secrets of the north woods. It's
schools and it's adventure and it's being able to be

Duluth can be murder.
It's the trains, the taconite, guns, tattoos, bowling,
brawls, bigfoot and ballgames.

It's laser tag.
It's the bomb.
It's the gold.


Mike Palecek is a writer who lives in Saginaw, Minnesota, west of Duluth. He is a former federal prisoner for peace; was the Iowa Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District in the 2000 election, gaining 65,000 votes on an anti-war platform in a conservative district; is a former award winning reporter, editor, publisher in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota. The small newspaper Mike & Ruth Palecek owned and operated in Byron, Minnesota won the MNA Newspaper of the Year Award in 1993. Mike and Ruth have two children and recently moved from Iowa to Minnesota. The Paleceks both work for group homes in the Cloquet area.

Mike has written several novels.

He is also the co-host of The New American Dream Radio Show, along with Chuck Gregory, which has been broadcasting each Thursday since February 2011.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Irradiance by David Bruns


by David Bruns

The Community is your first responsibility as a Citizen. So says the First Edict of post-Reformation Sindra. Maribel is a new mother of twins in this bioengineered, telepathically networked society of comfort and safety, where the only relationship that matters is the one between a Citizen and her Community. But Maribel is also a scientist, and scientists follow facts—wherever they lead. Her search for the truth awakens emotions in her she never knew existed, uncovers ancient powers long hidden in Sindra’s history, and has the potential to destroy her Community. A dying planet . . . A desperate parent . . . A daring plan . . . IRRADIANCE is the story of Maribel’s choice.


David Bruns grew up on a small farm in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. He got his undergraduate degree at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and spent the next 6 years as an officer in the US Navy submarine force chasing the Russians at the end of the Cold War. After leaving the Navy, David spent the next few decades in the high-tech sector until he decided to chuck it all and start over as a writer.

A self-confessed travel junkie, he and his family have visited over two dozen different countries in Asia, North America and Europe. Today, he lives in the middle of the United States with his family.




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