A-Z Challenge: Apples and Aardvarks. Or Not.



For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to participate or just check out the 1,800+(!) blogs, check it out here.

So it’s only the first day, and I’m already stumped. I could talk about my name (Amanda, for those who don’t know). I’m named for Amanda Blake from the Gunsmoke TV series. Cool, huh? No? Wow. Tough crowd.

Or the obvious: April. Lovely month. It’s one of my favorites. The weather is pretty much perfect if you don’t mind deadly tornadoes, and my family holds a weekend-long reunion each April. Because I actually like my family, this is a big plus in the “April” column.

And there’s always autism and Asperger’s. I could go for weeks on that, but I’m trying to keep this under 500 words. So I’ll just tell you that April is Autism Awareness Month. If you’d like more information, you can read this (considerably longer than 500 words) post I wrote in 2011.

Or, hey! Aardvarks and apples! Those were the suggestions I got when I asked my Facebook fans. Really. The only thing I know about aardvarks is that they eat ants, not apples.

Come back tomorrow for B. I promise to do better.

Excerpt and Giveaway: The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 2

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The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.

With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.

Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.

For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.

Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future … Continue reading