Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Unicorn Ballet

New book! Perfect gift!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/angel-dunworth/our-fairytale-wedding/paperback/product-22491037.html

We are proud to announce the release of our new book, Fairytale wedding!! It is a journal/ coloring book with places to insert photos. It's the perfect gift for newlyweds, so that they can write their own fairytale, or even just that writing/ role-player teen! Get it now!

Here are a few pages:





Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Special

Excerpt ... Diaries is on sale now!


http://www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com/store.html
Diaries of the Cheshire Girls




If you're looking for a happy, light-hearted story then get out while you can. If romantic comedy's your thing or say flowery, poetic garbage like that, just go back to that epic misconception of how the real world works and leave me alone. If you like trite inspirational and meaningless stuff like that don't read any further. If angry is your thing then you've come to the right place. The thing you need to know right now is that this story... my story... the story of Chelsea O'Hara starts in death.




If all you envision in your tiny, little life is entrance to the Gates of Heaven, then I'd suggest you run like hell. My life, my inner ME, my gentle disposition was spawned in a gutter and I will not be moved. So if you're one of those do-gooder's that's lookin' to save a soul then let me save you a little time. In my world Wonderland comes in the form of a drug-induced coma. I'll never reach the light.... but then I'm not looking to. Just a nicer gutter and a better fix. If that's not available... a crappier gutter and a mediocre fix'll do. Whatever it takes right?




Because just like all of you mamby-pamby wanna-bes out there, I'd do anything for my God. The difference is my God is real. You can touch my God... you can snort him, smoke him, swallow him, inhale him, inject him or drink him.... whatever you're into really. It takes all kinds right? In my church we never turn anyone away... but like any temple the problems start with the money-changers. Isn't it always the way?




And suddenly I see...




All of these people are swarming around me. I don't know them. I'm not certain what's going on but I can't feel my legs which tickles in a way. My arm hurts real bad. They are trying to put an oxygen mask on me but I am fighting them tooth and nail. They wanna take away my high. They wanna take away my low. They wanna take away my numb... my perfect numb so screw them. I feel this unbearable buzz in the back of my skull and I start to flail and writhe... some kind of seizure maybe. Please give me more. Please give me heaven.... the heaven of numb.




Flat line.


Friday, December 11, 2015

New poem



Fairytale




Perhaps I am a trifle

Less than I should be,

Perhaps I am the diamond,

that you refused to see.




Perhaps love is rumor,

And every rumor... lies.

Perhaps before this day is done

We'll live to realize,




That every taste of madness

that each impassioned norm

Is sanity turned inside out

hiding its true form.




Perhaps all love is folly

From which we're never free

but despite my every tear

your madness stays with me.




Perhaps life is a prison

That only woes release

Happily ever after

a cage that will not cease.




Perhaps we'll run the gambit

And lost in truth or dream

never see the difference

of how want soon dilutes need.




And evermore we wander,

Rise and fall again,

Live that meaningful story,



Yet never see the end.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Staying open

And submissions are open.... NO EROTICA even light ever!
And no I don't care if its plot-important! Contact us for a copy of the contract we don't mind. Contact button on either website

www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Street Light Halo: Might not close

Street Light Halo: Might not close: while I'm overseas! Waiting right now to see if someone can run the website and how many editors are still available! Also we just got a...

Might not close

while I'm overseas! Waiting right now to see if someone can run the website and how many editors are still available! Also we just got a submission. So....???

If we stay open subs are open! Send your mss starting next Tuesday! Updates as they come.

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com
www.streetlighthalo.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hey guys, great deal!

http://amzn.to/1npYd0S
http://amzn.to/1lGfOVN .

For Cyber Monday these 2 books Quest for the Red Sapphire  and Sapphire Crucible are available for download for 99 cents. A great deal on Excellent books.... Those aren't ours but they're still great!

As far as ours go....Our prices have been slashed some books even to 50% off as we will close in Dec. So grab 'em now.

PS... Tyler's read them all and he likes Schnoozles the best... lol

Well what are you waiting for? Stock your bookshelf and your kindle!
Happy Holidays! Love you guys!
Angel


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hi guys

Those last 2 videos were my Hubby's grandbaby's first attempts at animation. He's so smart! Got the hang of it in a day, including adding sound!! We had sooooooo much fun!

He helped me cook the meal and made the best mini-cheesecakes in 3 flavors! He's the greatest!

Physical therapy for ducks

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wrote these!









Anarchist Alchemy




The way you treat me

the way you cheat me

The way I feel every time you deceive me,

Its twisted poetry

Insane in sanctity

All you've got to offer is anarchist alchemy.

I need the symphony

of indiscrepancy

I've gotta run and hide from the epiphany.

Cuz when you break me

You recreate me

A greater version of a lesser reality.




Its like apocalypse

every time we kiss

Chaotic charisma at my fingertips,

Makes me ravenous

feel my heart twist

Bow to the submissive and pray for the dominant.

Can't run away from this,

Caged in a dark eclipse

brandishing power that's disguised as obedience.

love is poisonous

With an iron-fist

Savage savior in a duet of dictatorship




CH

The way you use me

The way you move me

The way your passion disproves me

sensual disparity

And sexual charity

Won't hide the scars of your anarchist alchemy

you embrace me

then you erase me

It might be hot, but its spiritual atrophy.

The way you shatter me

Splinters mentality

Got no more time for your anarchist alchemy.







The way you make me guess

the way you can't express

The way you discard and disregard my emptiness

Oppressive Righteousness

leaves me breathless

Minimizes me and builds resentments

I'm left senseless

Nearly defenseless

Your parade of drama just seems endless

you're relentless

So damn pretentious

There's no line between rebellion and recklessness.

Independence

Bares no resemblance

to what you serve me when you say you want to end this.




CH




The way you use me

The way you move me

The way your passion disproves me

sensual disparity

And sexual charity

Won't hide the scars of your anarchist alchemy

you embrace me

then you erase me

It might be hot, but its spiritual atrophy.

The way you shatter me

Splinters mentality

Got no more time for your anarchist alchemy.




































Gray




Winter's gray

Within my Icy soul

Dug my grave

With self-control.

Whispers fray

dreams untold

I must blame

the tongue I hold




Blank and empty

frozen truths

All have kept me

Far from you.

An assembly

Of nothings prove

That within me

there's no room for you.




Frozen secrets

that haunt the night

a desperate retreat

from social fright

I hold this belief

With all my might

and nothing completes



halfhearted lives.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jus Sayin



Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke




I taught my child with a specific lecture when she was small. I told her, “You do something good and the feeling lasts less than 5 minutes. Do something bad and you create regrets that last forever. Create enough of them and they will pile on your head until you lose your face in shame.




Everything in life has a consequence. Everything in life also has a pay-off. If the pay-off out weighs the consequence move forward. Otherwise, make room for regret.”




Toady is not something God is contractually obligated to create. It is a gift. Hence the word present. Don't worry, not a yolo post.




Life can get pretty dark. Seriously over-whelming, anxiety ridden. But everyone is going through everything!! Different situations but the same or similar emotional response. I have good news, there's a way to disperse darkness. Very simply, turn on the light.




How? Get out of your own self-absorbed head and lend a hand, no matter how minimal to another being. When you help your brothers, fellow, you walk out of the darkness together. This is EXACTLY why there are other living beings on earth all emanating from the same source and each created with a sense of purpose. We can cower in darkness alone (the pity-pot being a one-seater) or we can walk to the light in unity. I know which I'll chose. Do you?




That's my side of it,

Angel

Friday, November 13, 2015

PLEASE PRAY

for Paris... if you have a soul you won't be able to help yourself.

Paris we stand with you. All my prayers

no words

Monday, November 9, 2015

Street Light Halo: Close Out SALE!

Street Light Halo: Close Out SALE!: www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com I don't know if the sale prices are on the website, but at Lulu I have marked everything down anywhere ...

Close Out SALE!

www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

I don't know if the sale prices are on the website, but at Lulu I have marked everything down anywhere from 20% - 50% off on every last book. Get them while you can. We will be closing by Jan. 1!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hi

There is NO way to replace the missing episodes... so tomorrow after the doc, I'll try to put together 1 or 2 long episodes .... We'll see what's left. Tonight though I'm redoing the Christmas special, adding Little dude and much more! xxoo

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Virtual Textbook Unit 2 Enigma

http://www.streetlighthalo.com/about.html
NOT for small kids....
I created this for teens and parents in distress. This site and book were made possible by Erin Go Bragh and the amazingly talented Kathleen Shields. Talk shows primarily made possible by the out-spoken media outlet This Needs To Be said, and the incomparable Katherine Waddel. Thank you ladies... we might have saved a life today!http://www.streetlighthalo.com/about.html

Friday, October 2, 2015

GINORMOUS!

Cheshire Grin Ginormous News!


Hey Guys I have some awesome news for you! I was recently asked to fill out an application for an elite writer's scholarship! Today I sent out my application for it, if I win I will get to travel abroad, and live in another country for one year acting as America's Official Traveling Poet.. I will receive funds for my travel and living expenses. Hopefully I'll get to go to London and visit a few friends there while I write more poetry (but hubby wants Paris!) . Also It's being judged by Harvard!I'm SO excited!

This could open so many doors for me. I could possibly be up for Poet Laureate, like Langston Hughs! My hero! Anyways I am so honored even to be asked. The results won't be in until next year. But believe me this IS a ginormous honor. (The Harvard part has given me a lot of stage-fright!)

At any rate Cheshire Grin will be closing the publishing part of our company in January. Here Be Dragons is undecided as White Rabbit and Prof. Obvious are engaged to be engaged. The textbooks and Little Dudes will remain.

I'm SO happy!!!

That's my side of it,
Angel

PS Streetlight Halo will always be there... always!! xxoo

PPS Another one of mine:

Portraits

He took those old memories,
Packed them neatly away,
Left his kid and his house,
In that recess of gray,
That tears out a heart,
That eats a man’s soul,
That unravels the mind,
And devours the whole.
And who are you to judge me?
She let her whole life,
Creep out in the twist,
Of a razor’s corsage,
Pinned neat at the wrists,
Suicide’s ugly,
Life is unfair,
But you didn’t know her,
So what do you care?
And who are you to judge me?
He took a life,
And too late he wished,
To erase the knife,
And the drug-induced bliss.
So easy to be,
Holier than thou,
Difficult to see,
The why, when and how.
And who are you to judge me?
She’s painted and cheap,
With no face and no name,
Another red-light prodigy,
They’re always the same.
Five mouths to feed,
In an infested flat,
One more on the way,
Life’s funny like that.
And who are you to judge me?
Look down upon them,
And see where you stand,
Under their feet,
Beneath their command,
In that recess of gray,
That eats a man’s soul,
Unravels the mind,
And devours the whole,

And who am I to judge you?

Little Dudes The Speech

Littl Dudes The Speech

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Trick or Teach

Virtual Textbook episode 10 Timeless

Asked

I am being asked often, "Why are you doing these free things for kids, when you could charge?"
Because the children require it and I was at hand.
Okay?

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Here Be Dragons season 2 episode 13

Here Be Dragons season 2 episode 13

Bad news

As  it stands right now about 13 episodes, completed have gone missing while we transfered info on the pc to the laptop. Working on it. So sorry. Trick or teach is the only one I've found... ugh... I am techno-challenged!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Little dudes zoo final

Little dudes zoo final

Update

I've been so sick. The meds are worse than being ill. I feel like my mind is made of molasses. So please forgive if vids are a bit late. Hubby also is quite ill but ABX resistant. So yes books will be released and vids posted... they may however be a few days late.

I don't want to post just anything. I want it to be correct and of quality, which is hard when you're spaced out!

Also I was trying to get things exported from this desktop which is dying into a laptop that has windows 10... only one serious issue... Windows 10 doesn't support my movie-maker. So we are going to see if we can back or downgrade to Windows  7.

Really sorry for any inconvenience!

That's  my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www. cheshiregrinpublishing.com


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Stay tuned

Working on something massive for you for awhile now. I think you'll like it! I adore surprises don't you?

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Friday, September 18, 2015

EXCELLENT Review!!!!!

Real Live Dead Things will remind you why you’re glad to be alive. If laughter is the best medicine, take a heaping dose with this short novel. Join the newly-dead Mortimer as he attempts to navigate his way to the Pearly Gates by doing on final good deed to make up for a life lived less than piously. Join Mortimer and his spirit guide Eva, as they turn the town upside down, transforming the tightwad gas station owner who sells expired milk into a milk-worshipping maniac. Laugh out loud when the fake Evangelical preacher, Billy Rae, comes to exorcise the demons at the gas station for a profit. What will Mortimer have to do to move on to the heavenly realm? Find out in Real Live Dead Things. Like a cross between an undead horror movie and It’s a Wonderful Life, this novel is sure to uplift your spirit. And remember, don’t take life to seriously; you’ll never make it out alive.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

egress

egress

a real man!

Special thanks to Jim Dunworth the best husband in the world for the new wardrobe, new hairstyle.... and all -paid week of wife spoiling! Pics to follow, sorry for the spoiler

OH PS..... new character on the show!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New one of mine












Ghosts in the Wind




I remember the whispers

When my heart turned to stone

I remember that haunting

in the ring of the phone.




I remember my heart

and the moment that froze

and hung in the air

like unfinished prose




And silently frosted

me in aftermath

dictated the shadows

altered my path.







Destruction hidden

in every tone.

The day that they told me

you'd never come home.




And the breeze of winter

made ghosts of the drapes

And hiding within

a memory escaped.




Of holding you close

and waving good-bye,

And convincing myself

you never could die.




And there in that moment

where is all turned ashy gray

I felt you whisper

that you couldn't stay.




I felt your forgiveness

the brush of your cheek

and knew in an instant



the phantom was me.

Because you asked!

ATTN: Little Dudes segments will not be placed into Here be Dragons until the middle of Sept. And YES I do keep my work done that far in advance! lol

Saturday, August 29, 2015

One of mine



Wolf and Raven




I watch you wonder off, leader of the pack

follow the moon, just turn your back.

Sing that love song, that never can be,

pretend you don't care what it means to me.




The frozen ground, holds fast your heart,

But then again I knew that from the start.

You might be rugged, you may be fierce,

the worst kill you left was the soul that you pierced.




Like feathers on wind my tears flutter down,

falling into the stoic, frigid, white ground,

but don't waste your time to heal my wounds,

You belong to the pack as I belong to you.




You'll do it again, girl, you'll peck out the eyes,

Of the only true vision that I ever prized.

Let it go, I’m a leader, let it fall to the wind.

My placid howl won't let that happen again.

You want to fly in a circle, I walk a straight line,

You talk of betrayal, but you never were mine.







So you say I am cruel, and you quick turn away,

Walk onward brave Wolf, 'tis not me you betray,

It's your nature to prowl and your love of the chase,

that pushed my black heart to the brink of disgrace.




Look deeper warrior, see into your soul,

at edge of your psyche you have no control,

It is blasphemy plain to run from the fear,

My darkness led to the light that lived here.




See me for what I am and us for what we are,

I beseech you, by moon and beg you by stars,

the truly brave do that which is hard.

Courage is not built from what you discard.







You tell your lies girl, that deceit that you bring

but the trash of the pauper is gem to the king.

You can bend me and break me again and again,

What you see as enemy I call a friend.

There's no pride in your tears nor love in your wake,

my path is as sacred as the decisions you make.







So together we rise and together we fall,

When we were one lifetime, we shared it all,

but that battleground's cold where it all slipped away.

We can drown in the past or live for the day.




And I in the winter will sit and will dream,

as you journey onward to hunt for the Spring,

As the pack leads you away you'll never realize,



that the death of our vow was just victory's lies.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NO HELP FOR CANCER!

ATTN Cosplay Color for A Cure event at Ooples Anime is canceled as we waited for over an hour in the heat (keep in mind I'm disabled) they did not open the door, the store remained closed, No call, no note... they were unreachable. Exceedingly unprofessional

Monday, July 13, 2015

Surprise coming!!

PLEASE if you watch my Here Be Dragons educational show with your kids would you +1 the clip? PLEASE with sugar on it!
Also we may have an enormous surprise regarding that very soon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

brand theme final

Today!!

We dropped the Cosplay treatbags at the hospital today and I feel great! Next week is the fundraiser at Ooples! So have your costumes and coloring skills together. Be there on the 18!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Apologies

We will not be able to attend the San Antonio Indie bookfest. I need too much physical therapy and can't do 2 events. Therefore, we have had an administrative meeting and voted to do the Cosplay color for a Cure event at Ooples and have canceled our booth at Wonderland Mall.

We still have books there though in the Texas Authors tent... so show up and have a look. Either way we'll see you at Cosplay at Ooples. There is a costume Contest, but you don't have to dress up for the coloring contest or raffle. This benefits kids with cancer so come on out and enjoy the day!!

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com



Saturday, July 4, 2015

I hate July 4th



Not trying to rag on a great National holiday... neither am I trying to be ungrateful to a great Nation. The truth is I hate July 4th. As a child our Aunt would take us to see fire-works and I thought that was purely magical!




I wanted to share the same with my own daughter. When she turned 3. I was very excited to take her to Millander to see the fireworks with the “big kids'” and it was a huge family event... a milestone in her growth.




The family was pure electric-volt excitement as we readied her, bathed and dressed her, loaded her in the car-seat and drove a ways to get to the park.




My Pappaw was giddy with excitement. He nearly skipped the four blocks from the parking to the bleachers. He held her hand and practically dragged us to the top, “First time, best view,” he bragged repeatedly. Reminding us it was his birthday and teasing my little girl all the while that the holiday was his birthday party. (It sort of was actually, it being his birthday as well.) I'd not seen him that excited in years!




We happily waited, drinking slushies, waiting for the popcorn vendor when the lights dimmed. Two small fireworks went off. I thought I heard him weeping. I ignored my instinct to ask. Thinking maybe... I was over-imagining. I've always had an overly-active imagination.




But by firework four there was no more doubt. Pappaw jumped up from the bleachers, screaming, shouting, desperately... hysterical. My daughter, frightened, followed suit. She had no idea what was wrong. I didn't right away either. It wasn't until he began yelling... what I can only call, “Marine-type codes” that I figured it out.




My Pappaw mistook the fireworks for a war-zone and was transported back to Korea. In his mind the danger and desperation, the panic was real. It grew much worse with every bang. Some very nice people near us, who didn't speak English, figured it out too. They helped us get him down, calm him and he was able to walk us back to the car.




The night became a blur of awkward apologies, of the unseen chink in the armor that had been so closely guarded that I never believed it existed. The next day things were relatively normal again... and I failed ever to mention it as I felt what Nanna explained as “Shell-shocked,” and Pappaw shrugged off as “failure to adjust to his gout medicine” (Yes he really said that) I never brought it up again. I didn't want to embarrass him. He was a Marine. A total and complete badass!




But once I put myself in his place... I realized being brave doesn't mean you aren't afraid when people are shooting at you. Anyone who wouldn't be afraid of bullets coming at them is a moron. It means that you do it afraid.




Courage... true courage... allows you to have weakness, even panic. True courage means you keep on going just the same. My Pappaw fought, watched friends die, villages burn and as in any war faced a horror daily that very few that enjoy freedom will ever be capable of or even understand. He was lucky enough to come home.




Very lucky. Wasn't he? Because if you think about it bravery and luck rarely have much to do with one another. He was brave enough to bare those gruesome memories and go to work every morning... even if remembering destroyed a good night's sleep … or roused him with nightmares. Even then he faced life, raised a family and internally carried the quiet burden of what freedom truly costs, even when people abused it, ignored it, or belittled it. That's true bravery. That's a true hero.




And there are so many millions more. Suffering silently. Men and women who returned safely home... and never told us that parts of their souls were Missing In Action, that their ability to sleep, sometimes even function had gone AWOL.




I have only one thing to say about that... Once A Marine, Always A Marine. Once a hero... Eternally A Hero.




To those who've served... I am forever in your debt!




Happy Birthday, Pappaw.




That's my side of it,

Angel

www,streetlighthalo.com



www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Excerpt from Angel And Other Myths

Liberty Bell Tolls
(Published in the AMVETS newspaper and read at the Memorial Day parade 1997)


Give them liberty,
For my death,
Consider it a soldier’s
Last request,
Let them live in freedom,
And do not contest,
For I paid for it,
With my last breath.
Where missiles soar,
And napalm burns,
In all our wars,
Burnt and bloodied turns,
In what is lost in death,
Let the living learn,
That their freedom’s price,
Lies not undiscerned,
In Stars and Stripes,
Let my empty body rest,
And the flood of tears,
Swell in the mourner’s breast.
But give them liberty,
For my death,
I have paid for it,
With my last breath.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

UPDATE

The date of Indie Bookfest is July 12.
The date of Cosplay Color For A Cure at Ooples is the 18th

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Writing contest... win a book contract!




Your entry must be a children's story no longer than 5-6 doc pages. If we like it your book can be any genre and we'll discuss a contract. No dues or fees. Please submit in odt format PLEASE no pdf's... we can't edit those! If you win your children's story will also possibly be published. What have you got to lose? 

Deadline is Oct., now get writing!

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

unedited poem.... upcoming textbook!




Wolf and Raven

I watch you wonder off, leader of the pack
follow the moon, just turn your back.
Sing that love song, that never can be,
pretend you don't care what it means to me.

The frozen ground, holds fast your heart,
But then again I knew that from the start.
You might be rugged, you may be fierce,
the worst kill you left was the soul that you pierced.

Like feathers on wind my tears flutter down,
falling into the stoic, frigid, white ground,
but don't waste your time to heal my wounds,
You belong to the pack as I belong to you.

You'll do it again, girl, you'll peck out the eyes,
Of the only true vision that I ever prized.
Let it go, I’m a leader, let it fall to the wind.
My placid howl won't let that happen again.
You want to fly in a circle, I walk a straight line,
You talk of betrayal, but you never were mine.


So you say I am cruel, and you quick turn away,
Walk onward brave Wolf, 'tis not me you betray,
It's your nature to prowl and your love of the chase,
that pushed my black heart to the brink of disgrace.

Look deeper warrior, see into your soul,
at edge of your psyche you have no control,
It is blasphemy plain to run from the fear,
My darkness led to the light that lived here.

See me for what I am and us for what we are,
I beseech you, by moon and beg you by stars,
the truly brave do that which is hard.
Courage is not built from what you discard.


You tell your lies girl, that deceit that you bring
but the trash of the pauper is gem to the king.
You can bend me and break me again and again,
What you see as enemy I call a friend.
There's no pride in your tears nor love in your wake,
my path is as sacred as the decisions you make.


So together we rise and together we fall,
When we were one lifetime, we shared it all,
but that battleground's cold where it all slipped away.
We can drown in the past or live for the day.

And I in the winter will sit and will dream,
as you journey onward to hunt for the Spring,
As the pack leads you away you'll never realize,
that the death of our vow was just victory's lies.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Released today to benefit Cancer! Or this one released last week:
Both are beautifully illustrated! Now you have a choice as to which is more to your liking. However don't worry, some proceeds go to cancer wards and research at the Children's hospital. As Catwoman says:


That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com




After surgery

which my hubby has this week, but once he's feeling a bit better, I'm going to start posting audio blogs to youtube. Let me warn you right now they WILL NOT be for small children! Tough topic!

Also books are in. Look for Cosplay ads announcing dates, locations!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

possible event

San Antonio Indie Book Festival
July 12, 2015




Location:
Wonderland of the Americas/Crossroads Mall
4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78201

Friday, June 12, 2015

RITA'S COMING!

My sis is flying in for the weekend!!!! I am so excited! Won't be able to find me this weekend. We're holding up in the basement of the Alamo!!! LOL

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

All sorts of news!

Well #1 we are accepting Mss submissions to our NEW sister publishing house
It doesn't matter if you are unagented or even a novice, We will at least give you a shot at subs. That doesn't mean you'll get published, all of that depends on the editor. But if you never try, you'll never know.  Guidelines are on the Cheshire Grin site. Use the contact button there to query. The Dark Hare Site is not public yet. Still under construction.

#2 We have begun works on our first Audio-book. If that one is okay, we'll make one for each Hatter book, for all of you very busy people who still thist for the written word, even if you work 3 jobs. You can listen in the car on the way to soccer practice, ect.

#3 We are inviting every reader out there to challenge themselves in the Texas Read-Off! How many books can you read in one month, partner? It's high-noon. Are you tough enough to remain standing? Challenge a friend. Challenge the mother-in-law. Who's going to help us read-off into the sunset? And when the dust and tumbleweed clear, will it be you who's victorious? Grab a book and cowboy up!

4. COSPLAY Color for a cure! An adult (kid-friendly) coloring book. The ONLY coloring book that benifits kids with cancer. We will hold an event featuring a costume contest, a coloring contest, freebies, and fun. Printproof should be in tomorrow, also included will be our second coloring book for the cure I-Manga-Nation. The nation's FIRST Manga coloring book for a cure and they are both breath-takingly illustrated. We are planning this event to fall in late June- early July and we are curently looking for a perfect setting for our day of play! Ooples is looking good so far, but we will keep you posted.


So about a zillion lovely things in the works for you! Stay tuned!
That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com


Monday, May 18, 2015

Pics!


Sarah's ready to cosplay for a cure! How about you?
Watch us here for more details. 



Thursday, May 14, 2015

LOOK!



Hear ye! Hear Ye! Now calling all cosplayers, countrymen, gamers and citizens... let's kick cancer's butt together. Introducing Cheshire Grin's Color for A Cause campaign! Some of the proceeds collected from purchasing this book will go to Christus Santa Rosa's Children's cancer ward, So let's combat this killer the fun way... let's color our way to a cure!




This book not only benefits cancer but is filled to the brim with gorgeous illustrations, placed on every other page, so that you not only have no bleed through worries, in addition, you can remove and hang each picture where ever your heart desires without sacrificing a separate illustration.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!!!!

Good Morning! Today Cheshire Grin will be entering the world of the public library! We would like to give a huge shout out to Port O'Connor Library for being the first to carry our titles.
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count'em 10 titles! check 'em out and tell a friend!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

ATTN

We will be open for submissions soon, there is a hold up on our contracts.  We will accept novice and unagented. See website for guidelines.

Monday, May 4, 2015

VERY helpful article!

http://www.standoutbooks.com/13-steps-to-write-a-book-marketing-plan/

Because marketing IS overwhelming! TRUTH! Of all that I've done? Most effective was joining an authors league!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

This Week!

We have our art director signing coppies of Dog Without a Shadow on Broadway! Don't miss it.

Anyhoo, so this week I was terrible sick and got to go to the ER. Not fun, but fine now. Also I am (insert drumroll here) working on a new novel. A historic epic about civil liberties! I think it will envelope you!

We also have a church checking out our books right now. That's pretty exciting. In addition our contracts are under revision and submissions will be open before you know it. Our authors get more royalties from their books than any other publisher I'm aware of... so put those gloveson and get writing! NO HATE! NO LIBELOUS and under NO circumstances do we accept erotica of ANY kind. A good writer doesn't require details because it's quite obvious that readers can think for themselves! Kid's books welcome too! So watch this spot so that you are aware when we'll be open!

That's my side of it,
Angel
www.streetlighthalo.com
www.cheshiregrinpublishing.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our little company

is going through a painful but necessary over-haul. While this will take precious time away from the blog and a few other things, there is a possibility that we will be open for submissions before next year. So re-write, polish and repeat!

That's my side of it,
Angel

Friday, April 17, 2015

Interview - Rival Gates Books!!!



1. I read you bio in you site. What a touching story. Specially about your Dad and Mom. Tell us how this story came about?




I was picked on mercilessly at school and was very depressed. My mother suggested I stop dwelling on the negatives in my life and work on something positive. I loved to tell stories and write. Then there was the immense feeling of pride I felt when I would read my father’s magazine and read his editorials with his name alongside. I decided right then and there that I was going to write a story. At first it was something just for me to use in order to escape my life. I had my own world and characters. If I wanted something to be a certain way, I made it happen. Then the story grew into a book and the book grew into a series. Every night my mother would come to check on me after I had finished my homework and I would regale her with a part of one of the stories. As a teacher, she would point out when the story didn’t make sense or something was out of place with a character. When the first draft was complete (hand written) I was only 15 years old and brought it to my father for review. He read the first page and crumpled the entire work into a ball, depositing it on the ground. Dad told me my writing was inferior and abysmal. If I wanted to be taken seriously, I would need to improve immensely. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that stung. He was right, however. I could tell a story, but I needed to fine tune my writing style. I read a wide variety of authors and learned through them and school. Years later I bought my first computer and started revising the story in print. Sample chapters I gave my mother were secretly leant to friends. The responses were very positive and I was encouraged. I cannot tell you how many times I rewrote the first book, but it was several. When Mom came down with terminal cancer she shared that my father had worked on a book for years but kept rewriting the first chapter and never moved beyond. She said my book was ready and it was time to share it. So she made me promise to have it published and I agreed. She was always in my corner. I could not break my vow.




2. You started writing as a teenager? Did the story line change as you grew up?




It changed tremendously as I grew. Linvin originally gained the Red Sapphire quickly and simply knew how to use it. That was too convenient. As I read other writers I thought, “So he’s great with super powers. What would he be without them? If he had great ability and then gained great power, he would be a real hero. So I developed a backstory. It grew and grew until he was a hero I was proud to have created. The other characters had to develop to keep pace. The storyline became more and more complex with every revision.




3. A goblin war? Interesting :) How did Linvin Grithinshield emerge?




Linvin has the good fortune to be trained by the greatest military mind in their world. Linvin has a real problem. He is Commander of Valia’s armies but they are pitifully small in number in comparison to the Goblin hoards. He must rely on the superior training of his troops and military tactics to outsmart the Goblin War Chief. As if being outnumbered is not enough of a handicap, Linvin knows that the war will likely leave his force shattered and unable to fight again for some time. The result is that he must come up with battle plans to not only win but annihilate the Goblin Armies so they cannot threaten Valia for years. He has brilliant strategies which took me a long time to research and create. At the end of the day, Linvin is battered and his army is almost nonexistent, but the Goblins are wiped out and will not challenge Valia for a good while.




4. In the times when our magical realm is dominated by Harry Porter, what is the focus of your novel, Quest for the Red Sapphire?




I love stories with magic. What I become frustrated with are stories in which magic is a catch-all for everything that the author does not explain. If a character can do one thing with magic, why can’t they do something else? What I did was set down a list of rules for magic based on color. A magician can harness the power of nature and channel it through their bodies. That power can be released through their hands in a specific color of magic. If you are an Orange Magician then all your magic will be released in an orange color. To channel that power, however, it is physically taxing on the body in much the same way moving a heavy weight would be. The more magic you channel through your body, the more tired you become. The better physical condition you are in, the more power you can muster.




5. Question 5 is a series of rapid fire.




a) Favourite author?




C.S. Lewis




b) Person who influenced your writing?




Both parents




c) Planned writer or spontaneous writer?




Planned writer.




d) Movies or Books?




Both.




e) Harry Potter or Twilight?




Harry Potter




6) How many years did it take for you to write this book?




On and off I spent nearly thirty years working on this book and planning the series.




7) What was your main motivation to go on?




Vince Lombardi once said, “The harder you work at something, the harder it is to surrender.” I worked too long and devoted too much of my life to this book to give up. I also wanted to prove my father wrong about my writing. The rest of the family saw it as a waste of time. I wanted to show them what I had accomplished.




8) What follows Quest of the Red Sapphire? A sneak peak please for the readers?




“Sapphire Crucible” is due out in 2014. The sequel has tremendous action and fighting scenes. Questions are answered and the true villain is revealed. He is the antithesis of Linvin. It will take the entire party and a newcomer to complete the quest and survive. If you love action and strategy, you will not be able to put this book down!




9) What would be your advice for the upcoming writers, especially for those who want to give up.




There will always be people in your life who tell you writing is a waste of time. That is only true if you do not enjoy writing. They say that if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life. If you love your writing, stick with it. What are you hurting by writing? You have a unique story that only you can tell. So tell it. I was rejected by over 100 agents to represent me. That doesn’t even include all the publishers who turned me down after I found an agent. The simple fact is this: once your writing is done then all you need to find is one person to like your work and you are in! You only lose when you give up.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GUEST Epic Fantasy From An Epic Writer!

This amazing Fantasy is out by a great writer, Rival Gates and you can get the actual book right now for 99 cents on

http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Red-Sapphire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00DZ100MO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1428968905&sr=1-1&keywords=quest+for+the+red+sapphire


Going With The Crowd or Alone

Thomas Edison invented an electric pen early in his career.  It was truly a wondrous invention and a great achievement only matched by the measure of its commercial failure.  He vowed after that to only devote his efforts to inventing things with a market need in place.  Many hail this decision as a revelation on his part.  I see it as opportunity he missed.  There is a trend in the arts, whether it be literary, film, music or stage that is not new.  The trend is essentially, “Hey, such and such sold well.  We want you to produce something like that.”  How many bands do you think were played Beatles albums and told to play that way or writers shown “Cats” and told to produce something like that or given a Harry Potter book and told to write something along those lines.  Edison caved to the pressure and to his credit, went on to become one of the greatest inventors of all time.  But what if he had worked on the projects he was passionate about instead?  Who is to say he would not have made an item that created a market and he still would be a great inventor.  The man did not follow his passion.  How do I know?  In no interview on film or picture in a book do you ever see him smile.  His rival, Nikola Tesla knew he was right and chased his dreams at the expense of financial gain.  When you see pictures of him performing his experiments, however, he is smiling and displaying his enthusiasm to the crowds even as electricity flowed through his body.  It’s a hard choice.  You dream your whole life of becoming a certain profession.  Then you get your big chance.  Do you want to play the better odds and follow the crowd or follow your heart and possibly end up as another failed writer?  Even the editors try to change you.  They rearrange your work to make it fit their mold better.  These are the gatekeepers of your profession and you can only dig in your heels so many times so you had better make them count.  For me it is not a matter of choice.  I have a style and a type of story about which I have passion.  I could no more change them than the hand I write with.  I have tried to mimic some of the great writer’s styles and in the end it sounds terrible.  The only person I sound right being is me.  You see there is a difference between science and art.  Science is based on what your brain tells you and art is based on what your heart tells you.   You can change your way of thinking with enough effort, but your heart is an organ that listens to no reason and follows the path it chooses regardless of any suggestions, orders, warnings or advice from your brain.  Have you ever fallen in love but your brain told you not to?  Your brain was probably right but the heart will still do as it chooses.  My heart tells me to write epic fantasy or high fantasy books if you prefer.  My mind screams at me to add sex and love triangles and all the stuff of the big hits but that is not in my heart.  I can count on one hand the number of writers who have had success in my field and most of them were dead before they achieved their status. This is my electric pen.  I’m not writing it to feed the masses more of the same.  I want to write what I believe and love.  My books are gaining ground with two out and a third about to be published.  I will promote my work but in the end I would rather sink or swim being myself than tread water as a shadowy copy.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I'm sorry

Here be Dragons will not be coming back any time soon.  I don't know what's wrong with my graphics? I could guess... but? I would probably be wrong. I'm sorry.