Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Test of Loyalty Cover Reveal

Today I am participating in a cover reveal for my dear friend Jack.  A Test of Loyalty is the second book in Jack's Loyalty trilogy.  The first book, A Stretch of Loyalty, is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  I'm waiting eagerly for this book to come out so I can find out what happens after the cliffhanger at the end of the first book.

First off, let's meet Jack!

 Jack Lewis Baillot has the ability to wear a red shirt because she is convinced she is Scottish and therefore immune to expendable dying. It also helps that she has a last name.
 Jack claims the title of Author, which makes her feel like a Time Lord when she capitalizes it. She has a sonic pen which deepens her Time Lord claims. She enjoys a good Science Fiction story though spends most of her time writing Fantasy and Steampunk, or a mixture of both.
 She believes cliff hangers are terrible and feels the need to apologize over and over when one of her books ends on one.
 When Jack isn't writing, which doesn't happen often, she goes on long hikes through the ice lands she calls home. She believes she will one day meet the Abominable Snowman and share a cup of hot chocolate with him.
 You can learn more about Jack's other published work and upcoming books at her website,

A Test of Loyalty
Upon learning he is one of the sons of the now dead king, Prince Lachlan is forced to leave the only home he has ever known. Fleeing for his life, his step-brothers a step behind, Lachlan finds safety and friendship with a young seamstress named Magda, a hermit, an Elf, and two Dwarf brothers. Determined to keep the young prince alive, Magda and the others seek out help in the surrounding Nations.

 Everywhere they go, the fugitives are constantly turned away. They are followed by Lachlan's half- brothers who are determined to kill him so that one of them might take their father's crown and become the next king. With every place Lachlan is taken, his brothers close in and when the finally catch up Lachlan is forced to face the question that has been haunting him since he left home.

 Lachlan was saved in the hopes he would become a better king then his father and his brothers. But the last thing he wants is to sit on the throne. If he refuses the crown, will there be anyone willing to fight to keep him alive?

Isn't it neat?!!  Visit Jack's blog for details on when the book will be released.

Also, return tomorrow for another cover reveal!

Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, May 30, 2014

We Wander Through Fantasy to Find the Truth

Today, as a prelude to a cover reveal I'm taking part in tomorrow, I'm supposed to be posting about my favorite fantasy book.  Those of you who know me well, know that my favorite fantasy book will always be The Lord of the Rings.  But, today, I want to highlight a few of my other favorite fantasy books that I haven't really talked about before.  Clicking on the cover of each book will take you to its Amazon page.

In no particular order....

1. Heartless ~ Anne Elisabeth Stengl
The first book in Anne Elisabeth's Tales of Goldstone Wood series.  It is beautiful.  I loved every moment of it and I couldn't put it down.  It is high fantasy at its best, with a powerful message interwoven.

2. Urchin of the Riding Stars ~ The Mistmantle Chronicles ~ M. I. McAllister
This is an excellent book.  It's well written and the message is wonderful.  My mom even read it and liked it, and as a general rule, she doesn't like fantasy.  I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

3. King Arthur's Knights ~ Henry Gilbert
One of my favorite tellings of the most well known version of Arthurian Legend.  This version is clean and I would recommend it for children twelve and up.

4. The Golden Sword ~ Rosie Morgan
A fun take on Arthurian Legend in the modern world.  Set in present day Wales, with three children who would be your last choice for heroes.

5.  The Bookania Chronicles ~ Kendra Ardnek
 Kendra's delightful series of re-told fairy tales that all take place in the same world.  This series is a favorite in our house.  Everyone from my mother to my youngest siblings love these books and we all wait eagerly for the next installment in the series.

6. The Loyalty Trilogy ~ Jack Lewis Baillot
I laughed my way through this book, and loved the eccentric fellowship that comes together to protect one small, rather naive boy.  The first book is the only one out yet, but I'm waiting eagerly for the next one.

Sigh.  Yes, readers, I do have actual book reviews planned for each and every one of these books.  I need six more hours in a day.

Oh yeah, and that cover reveal I mentioned at the beginning?  I'm not going to say any more about it than that it is a fantasy book and I am eagerly waiting for its release.  You will all just have to come back tomorrow to see for yourselves!

Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, May 23, 2014

Snippets from April

Snippets from my April writings....

Pearl of Loyalty, sequel to Oath of Loyalty and second book in the Fidelitas series:

    Jiffrey grinned, “Celebrating Christmas at the palace can have some advantages.  A much bigger Christmas tree, for one thing.”
    “Oooh, Jiff, do you think they will let us have one?” Jyder’s eyes gleamed.
    “We can ask.”

    “And what part do I play in all this?” Johari asked, slightly annoyed.
    “You keep the prince occupied.”
    Back in her rooms, Johari gave vent to her annoyance, “Keep the prince occupied.  Right.  Nothing to it.  Hello, I'm the Crown Princess of Denzli, you are a prince, we will get along fine together, of course, since we are both royalty… I know, let's go climb a tree!”

    Jyder’s face looked like a thundercloud.  “Growing up is the world’s biggest nuisance,” he declared hotly.  “And how come you didn’t change like that?  You still do things with Jaris, Jiff and Jus- or you would if you weren’t so busy being Crown Princess."

These two are especially for Elfie and Lisa.  :D

    Jili and Jani clapped.  “It will be just like a fairy tale,” Jili decided.
    “Fairy tale?” Jaris raised his eyebrows skeptically.  “Aren’t you growing too old to be reading fairy tales?”
    Johari leaned in front of Jyder to scowl at him, “No one is too old for fairy tales, Jaris Landison.”
    “I am,” he nodded firmly.
    “Nonsense,” Johari sniffed.  “You’re not too old for them, you’re too stubborn.  You can learn valuable things from fairy tales.”
    “Yeah, like how to have a knight in shining armor come dashing in to save you,” Jaris retorted.
    “What’s wrong with knights in shining armor?” Judi broke in on the argument.
    “A knight in shining armor is a man who has never had his metal truly tested,” Jaris quoted.

    “Now what are you talking about?” Judi asked in a long-suffering voice.
    Johari shrugged, “Oh, well, you read those fairy tales and the knights are off having all kinds of wonderful adventures and they leave the lady at home, until she gets kidnapped by the bad king, bad dragon, whatever, and then he’ll come rushing to save her, marry her, and then leave her at home to go off on more adventures.  How much fun in that is there for the lady?  I like best the fairy tales that have the lady going off on adventures with her knight.  That is where the real fun lies.”
    Johari raised her eyes to the doorway where Alejan stood at attention and caught an gleam of sympathy and agreement from his eyes.

Venit Hora, the (recently finished) first book in the Three Kyngdoms series:
    Iorwerth saw Astrophel and Morodd’s puzzled looks.
    “It’s the way everything is settled at Corbenic,” he explained.  “Whenever a decision has to be made, a council is called.  The people present at the council vary depending on what is under discussion, and sometimes the councils take place here instead of the formal council hall, but the principle is the same.  Shadows penetrating further into the wilds, call a council.  Too few knights to patrol, call a council.  Too much rain, call a council to decide how to handle it.”
    Seren chimed in, “Too little rain, call a council.  Students not progressing well, call a council.  what to serve for dinner when the Lords of Caloise come, call a council.  Some mischievous pranksters stealing cookies from the kitchen?  Call a council to determine how best to punish them,” she shot a saucy glance at the Anax.

    “Where did they go?”
    Rhianon smiled wryly, “Hunting.  It is unfortunately a rather common pastime this particular group of people engage in.  Whenever they feel particularly restless, they steal away from the castle before dawn and go hunting.  Sometimes they are gone for the entire day, other times for part of the day, depending on what is planned for the day.  They have been known to use it especially as an excuse to escape dull councils they were supposed to attend,” she shook her head again.
    “You say it is common?” Caie’s face was alive with curiosity.
    She sighed, nodding, “All too common.  These elves were doing it for decades before my siblings moved to Corbenic, and when they came, the elves naturally included them.  Since there is the ceremony tonight, they have promised to be back in time to change for dinner, else they would probably not return until nightfall.”

    Behind him, Emrys said, “Come along to our chambers and you will hear a full tale, Cath.  If we do not move quickly, I fear me Lord Dardanus will not be pleased.”
    “Won’t he just!” Philippon grumbled.  “Whoever heard of it taking an hour and a half to dress for dinner?  I suppose we are to sit around in our rooms until the evening bell rings as punishment.”
    “So what if we do?” Seren threw her head back, “It was worth it, every moment of it.”

    “That was real work as well, you know,” Maron’s voice spoke from the doorway.  The heirs had not heard him enter.
    “How so?” Seren questioned as they swung to face the Archon.
    “Giving the people hope by declaring your willingness to follow the path of your heritage is no less important than gathering armies to actively fight the darkness.  For it is in the hearts of the people that battles are won or lost and kings made or broken.”

Miss Melody Muffin

A Handprint on my Heart

I've been so busy this week I didn't remember until this morning that my blogging anniversary was yesterday.  Two years ago May 22, I began blogging.

Today, in commemoration, I want to say a gigantic THANK YOU to all of you.  

I cannot now imagine what my life would have been like without you.  I know it would have been a barren desert compared to what it is now, knowing you all.  I have met so many wonderful people through blogging, people I would not have met otherwise.  People I am thrilled to call my friends.

To my terrific email correspondents, to the magnificent F5, to the crazy, marvelous Nealer sisters, and to everyone else I don't know as well but still count a friend, THANK YOU a thousand times for joining me on this journey.

I often think of the words of one of my favorite musical songs in connection with all of you. 

For Good, from Wicked:
I've heard it said,
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are lead to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them.
And we help them in return.
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you.

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun,
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood.
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you.
I have been changed for good.

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you'll have rewritten mine
By being my friend.

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea.
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird
In a distant wood.
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you...

I have been changed for good.

Because I know all of you, my readers, my followers, my friends, I have been changed for good.  May you be richly blessed as you have blessed me in my life.

Miss Melody Muffin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Friends are the Best Gift

Hi blog readers, I'm back!!!

I'm very sorry for all of the unannounced hiatuses I've been taking.  My life has kind of exploded and I'm trying to figure it out and get it to settle down and stop spinning around me.  So far, I'm not succeeding.  Have any of you figured out the secret?  If you do, let me know, please.  Then I can apply the formula to my life and have it make some sense finally.  :D

Today, I'm linking up with the Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is Top Ten Books About Friendship.

I was looking at my bookshelves and my Kindle and realized that I don't read too many books that are just about friendship.  The books I read are usually about sooo much more than that.

1. The Lord of the Rings
The friendships in this trilogy are beautiful and powerful.  Not just the friendships of the Fellowship, but also between Aragorn and Eomer, Aragorn and Imrahil, Aragorn and Faramir, Gandalf and Faramir, Faramir and Frodo... and there are soooo many more, but I'll stop here.  :)

2. They Loved to Laugh
This book is wonderful and if you haven't read it, I recommend finding a copy and reading it as soon as you can.  It's THAT good.  The friendship that develops between a lonely, orphaned girl and five rowdy, teasing, tormenting boys is hilarious and priceless.

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel
This book is again, about so much more than friendship, but in my opinion, one of the most beautiful things about it and the other books in the series is the loyalty and friendship of the League for their Chief and for each other.  It is magnificent.

4. Eight Cousins
This will always be one of my favorite Alcott books.  It is delightful and a well-crafted story.  Clueless, coddled Rose is plunked down into the middle of her seven boy cousins... and lots of good, plain fun ensues.

5. Sherlock Holmes
How could I write a post on friendships and NOT mention this one?  The partnership and friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson has become practically immortal.  Even people who haven't read the books or seen any of the adaptations still know what, 'The Watson to his Holmes,' means.

6. The Sacketts
The Sackett series is and always will be my favorite Louis L'Amour books.  The bond of blood that has become a code of honor to the members of this family and transcends time and generations is excellent.  My favorite Sackett book, and the one that I believe best illustrates this bond, is The Sackett Brand.  Pretty much the entire clan comes running to help get one of their own out of deep trouble.  (NOTE: I do not recommend this book for anyone under 14, due to content.)

7. A Tale of Two Cities
Friendship is just one of the plot threads in this book, but it is one of the most important threads, if not the most important.  Sydney Carton's friendship and love for the Darnay family and the act of self-sacrifice it leads him to, are incomparable.

8. Civil War Series
Joseph Altsheler's eight book series about two cousins who fight on opposing sides of the Civil War but remain best friends is terrific.  I loved it and so did my sister and brother.  You can find the whole series on Project Gutenberg.  The first book is called The Guns of Bull Run. (I have a review of this series in draft.  One of these days I'll finish it- hopefully sooner rather than later.)

9. Anne of Green Gables
Anne and Diana and their kindred spirit friendship is another long-time favorite of mine.  They are always there for each other in spirit, even when they can't be in body.

10. The Black Stallion
I don't think the meme said it had to be a friendship between people, so I am going to highlight this book.  It was one of my favorites all through my growing up years and still remains in my list of top 50 books.  The friendship and bond forged between a boy and a half-wild part-Arabian stallion on a lonely desert island is magnificent.

I hope you all had a great Tuesday and I plan to be posting more frequently now.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, May 11, 2014

For My Mother

With much love to my dear mother....

A Prayer for a Mother's Birthday
Henry Van Dyke

Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother's love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

Protect her life, I pray,
Who gave the gift of life to me;
And may she know, from day to day,
The deepening glow of Life that comes from Thee.

As once upon her breast
Fearless and well content I lay,
So let her heart, on Thee at rest,
Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.

Her every wish fulfill;
And even if Thou must refuse
In anything, let Thy wise will
A comfort bring such as kind mothers use.

Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand
Life's winding way, lead her in peace divine.

I cannot pay my debt
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love's Lord, wilt not forget
Her due reward,--bless her in earth and heaven.

 Sonnets are Full of Love
Christina Rossetti

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome

Has many sonnets: so here now shall be

One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me

To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,

To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee

I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;

Whose service is my special dignity,

And she my loadstar while I go and come

And so because you love me, and because

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath

 Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:

In you not fourscore years can dim the flame

Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws

Of time and change and mortal life and death.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the Fourth be With You!!!!

I couldn't let today go by without a post about Star Wars.

I love the Star Wars movies.  All six of them.  I don't have time to go into my favorite things about them and my (rather extended) opinion of the storytelling or the original trilogy versus the prequel trilogy... so I will just post some of my favorite quotes.  Because you all know how much I love quotes.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Qui-Gon Jinn: That is the sound of a thousand terrible things headed this way.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: If and when they find us, they will crush us, grind us into tiny pieces and blast us into oblivion!  (I love quoting this and imitating Obi-Wan's accent.)

Padmé: I will not defer. I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now! I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee! If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed. I move for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership.

Mace Windu: There's no doubt. The mysterious warrior was a Sith.
Yoda: Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master... and an apprentice.
Mace Windu: But which one was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?

Qui-Gon Jinn: You almost got us killed! Are you brainless?
Jar-Jar Binks: I spake!
Qui-Gon Jinn: The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here.

Shmi Skywalker: You can't stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.

Qui-Gon Jinn: Obi-Wan, promise... Promise me you will train the boy.
Obi-Wan: Yes, master.
Qui-Gon Jinn:  He is the chosen one. He will bring balance. Train him.

Queen Amidala: Your Honor.
Boss Nass:  Whosa dis?
Queen Amidala: I am Queen Amidala.  This is my decoy, my protection, my loyal bodyguard.  I'm sorry for my deception but it was necessary to protect myself.  Although we do not always agree, Your Honor, our two great societies have always lived in peace. The Trade Federation has destroyed all that we have worked so hard to build. If we do not act quickly, all will be lost forever. I ask you to help us... no, I beg you to help us.

Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?
Anakin Skywalker: Don't say that, master. You're the closest thing I have to a father.
Obi- Wan Kenobi: Then why don't you listen to me?
Skywalker: I am trying.

Obi-Wan: I have to admit that without the clones, it would have not been a victory.
Yoda: Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has.

Obi-Wan: If you spent as much time practicing your saber techniques as you did your wit, you'd rival Master Yoda as a swordsman.
Anakin: I thought I already did.
Obi-Wan: Only in your mind, my very young apprentice.

Yoda: Mmm. Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing. 

Anakin: When I got to them we got into aggressive negotiations.
Padme: Aggressive negotiations? What's that?
Anakin: Ah, well, it's negotiations with a lightsaber.

Anakin: You call this a diplomatic solution?
Padme: No, I call it aggressive negotiations.

Obi-Wan: I was beginning to wonder if you'd got my message.
Anakin: I retransmitted it to Coruscant, just as you'd requested, Master. Then we decided to come and rescue you.
Obi-Wan: [looks at his handcuffed hands] Good job.

Padme: All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It's the only way we grow. 

Obi-Wan: And don't forget, she's a politician, and they're not to be trusted.

Yoda: Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is. 

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Obi-Wan: You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.
Anakin Skywalker: I hate you!
Obi-Wan: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.

Yoda: Train yourself to let go... of everything you fear to lose. 

Padmé: So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.

Padmé: Obi-Wan... there... is good in him. I know there is... still... [dies]

Anakin Skywalker: I sense Count Dooku.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I sense a trap.
Anakin Skywalker: Next move?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Spring the trap.

[deprived of his lightsaber, Obi-Wan kills General Grievous with the general's own blaster]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ugh! So uncivilized.

Darth Sidious: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more. 

Yoda: Not if anything to say about it I have! 

Episode IV: A New Hope
Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. [Vader walks toward Motti, then slowly raises his hand] Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fort- [grasps his throat as if he is being choked]
Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Kenobi: Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. 

Kenobi: In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

Darth Vader: I have you now. [Suddenly, one of Vader's escorts is destroyed.] What?!!
Han Solo: Yeah-hoo! [The Millennium Falcon arrives on the scene.]
[Vader's ship is flung out into space]
Han Solo: You're all clear, kid. Now let's blow this thing and go home! [Luke shoots at the exhaust port and with the help of the Force, hits, blowing up the Death Star] Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!

Han Solo: He's the brains, sweetheart!

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Palpatine: We have a new enemy. The young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
Vader: How is that possible?
Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You will know it to be true. He could destroy us.

Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing, but this is... totally different!
Yoda: No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.

Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.

Luke: I don't... I don't believe it!
Yoda: That is why you fail.

Yoda: Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now matters are worse.
Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No. There is another.

Vader: If only you knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No, I am your father.
Luke: No. No! That's not true! That's impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings; you know it to be true!

Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
Mon Mothma:  But most important of all, we have learned that the Emperor himself is personally overseeing the final stages of the construction of his Death Star. Many Bothans died to bring us this information.

Yoda: When 900 years old, you reach, look as good, you will not, hmm?

Yoda: Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware: Anger, fear, aggression - the dark side, are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. [Whispering now] not...  Do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor...or suffer your father's fate you will. Luke...[Luke leans in close]...when gone am I, the last of the Jedi, will you be. Luke...the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke...[Yoda dies]

Obi-Wan: Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.

Obi-Wan: Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope.
Luke: Yoda spoke of another.
Obi-Wan: The other he spoke of is your twin sister.
Luke: But I have no sister.
Obi-Wan: Mm. To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did. If Anakin were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous.
Luke: Leia! Leia's my sister!

Leia: Luke, don't talk that way! You have a power I don't understand and could never have.
Luke: You're wrong, Leia. You have that power too. In time you'll learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it and... [looks directly at Leia] My sister has it. [waits for the words to sink in] Yes. It's you, Leia.
Leia:  I know. Somehow, I've always known.
Luke: Then you know why I have to face him.

Anakin Skywalker: Luke, help me take this mask off.
Luke: But you'll die!
Anakin: Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes. [Luke carefully removes Vader's mask to reveal Anakin's disfigured face underneath.] Now...go, my son. Leave me.
Luke: No, you're coming with me. I won't leave you here. I've got to save you!
Anakin: You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me... Tell your sister... you were right... [dies]

And, just because I sometimes like to bring up controversial issues....
I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I heard Disney had bought Star Wars.  I also made my share of sarcastic comments.  But, I do plan on seeing Episode VII and will reserve my final opinion on Star Wars coming under Disney's umbrella until after I've seen it.

In case any of you haven't seen it plastered all over the news... the casting for Episode VII was recently announced and Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be returning as their original characters.  Andy Serkis will also be starring.  Having seen (and liked) his performance as Gollum in LOTR, I'm super curious to see what his role will be.

What do you all think of Disney buying Star Wars and making more movies?  What do you think of bringing back the epic trio of Han, Leia and Luke?

Miss Melody Muffin

There Is To Be A Party....

My brain appears to be dead today because I sat for ten minutes trying to come up with a halfway decent title for this post... and still only came up with what you see above.  Humph.

Anyway, I just want to tell you all that my friend, author Jack Lewis Baillot, is hosting a party to celebrate the cover reveal of her upcoming book A Test of Loyalty.  To participate, make a video and send it to Jack.  The details about what kind of videos she is looking for, rules, and contact information are all contained in THIS POST.  Hop over and check it out!!

Miss Melody Muffin