The Punk of I Don’t Know — the Punk of Punk.2

Celebrating Post No. 500!

Your eyes do not deceive you.  Yes, you’ve seen this recently.  I meant to keep an eye out for what post would be my 500th post… Naturally, when it finally came up, I had forgotten. So here it is/was. Suitably (since I’ve felt unsettled for so long) it’s about “I don’t know!” 😀

I just wanted to do a little happy dance.
I’ll be back with a Saturday post. Hugs!

Teagan's Books

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Welcome to my sanctuary — an oasis free of politics, religion, and the judgments that often go with both.  It’s my safe haven where we can relax in the comfort and encouragement of each other’s presence — free of bullies and passive aggressive princesses.  I’m allowing certain “punks.”  That’s my prerogative as proprietress and bouncer.

Not that kind of bouncer…  Anyhow, since we’re in my sanctuary, I don’t mind telling you that I’m a continuous learner.  I have to be, because there are so many things I don’t know about. 

After I started writing Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers back in 2015, I realized that I was writing steampunk.  (See episode 1 of that serial here.)  So I had to learn about that genre. 

Small Cornelis steampunk man dreamstime_xxl_87472463Cornelis Drebbel the Alchimest, purchased at Dreamstime

Later I ran into blogger/author Sarah Zama and found that all sorts of “punk” existed. …

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See You Again (Atonement in Bloom)

Thanks to the inimitable Donna Parker for reviewing my soon to be released, Atonement in Boom. I was as blue as the story’s “blue rose of the impossible” — but not anymore! Comments are closed here, because I want everyone to browse Donna’s wonderful blog. 


Donna’s posts are filled with a unique and marvelous sense of whimsy.  She is back from her break and in rare form. Please do visit.  Hugs!

yadadarcyyada I’m not sorry…Not sorry I took a blogging break to question myself. I was seized with a feeling, a feeling that I had nothing else to say…I know that doesn’t stop some folks, but I didn’t want to waste my time or yours, you know, overstay my welcome. lately, everything I read or watched seemed to have the theme of atonement, redemption – maybe my brain was begging to reclaim my blog, atone for not believing in myself, redeem my poor little lonely blog sitting here, hoping against hope, to be read, so I thought, what the heck, a few more posts couldn’t hurt (er, famous last words?).

  • Not sorry a couple of wonderful bloggers/authors, Teagan and John knew just how to lure me back, putting down Reese’s Pieces, or in this case, books/ARCs, to lead me back to blogging (Be Good).

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Happy Birthday to Teagan from Lulu and the Gang

This was such a wonderful surprise from Rob Goldstein! It’s not something I usually mention on my blog, but I enjoyed this so much that I had to share it here.
Be sure to visit Rob’s blog and say hello. He went to San Francisco’s ‘Families Belong Together’ march yesterday. I’m looking forward to photos of it at his place.

Oh, and coming this Wednesday on “Hullaba Lulu” we say goodbye to a friend.

Hugs all around.

Art by Rob Goldstein

Today is Teagan’s Birthday,  so Lulu and the gang whipped up a surprise.

Virtual reality photograph of Gramps playing the Theramin Gramps Plays Happy Birthday on the Theremin for Teagan

We hope you like pink soda with whipped cream, and the Theremin!

We also hope this makes you smile!

RG, 2018

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June is Jumping with Books

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lulu on Atonement books

Rob Goldstein’s Lulu dances on my Atonement books

Teagan:  Lulu! What the Sam Hill are you doing here?  I’m trying to work on Atonement in Bloom.  You are not part of the “Atonement-verse.” 

Lulu:  I figured you could use my help.  I mean, Lilith is the cat’s pajamas, but she’s snoozing.  You were supposed to finish that novel before spring ended.  I hate to break it to you, Sheba, but you’re about out of time.

Teagan:  Ha-ha… the cat is the cat’s pajamas.  If you don’t skedaddle back to Valentino’s train right now, I’ll sing Don’t Bring Lulu.  I know how you hate that.  How am I supposed to do anything else when you keep doing the Lindy Hop into my head?  Now scoot!

I’ve seen so many great books making their debuts already this month!  Silly me (after all this time) I thought Atonement in Bloom would be one of them.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem likely. I’ve promised myself all year that I would publish Bloom this spring.  But the only one I’ve been kidding is myself.  The solstice is nearly here.  

So, I decided to feature other new releases for this month — or at least the ones I know about.  I humbly apologize if I missed anyone. That seems unavoidable.  Let me know and I’ll do a follow-up.  In no particular order…

Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves Story and Cookbook.  Authors: Robbie and Michael Cheadle.  Blog:  Robbie’s Inspiration




Soul Swallowers. (Pre-order).  Author: D. Wallace Peach.  Blog: Myths of the Mirror




The Gemini Connection.  Author:  Teri Polen.  Blog:  Books and Such.





Cusp of Night Mae Clair

Cusp of Night.  Author: Mae Claire  Blog:  From the Pen of Mae Clair





Extra InningsExtra Innings.  Author:  Don Massenzio.  Blog






Sweet and Sassy Weddings (boxed set).  Includes “Hold ‘Em” from author Jacquie Biggar.  Blog: It’s All About the Romance



The Contract coverThe Contract.  Authors: John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano.  Blogs: Fiction Favorites.




So many wonderful writers with brilliant books.

Happy reading!

I hope you’ll be at the station Wednesday to get aboard the diesel-punk train for Hullaba Lulu.  It’s my latest pantser serial, featuring illustrations by Rob Goldstein.

What the heck.  Let’s make it a party!





Book Launch: The Contract by John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hi, Lulu.  This is a surprise.  I wasn’t expecting you until tomorrow for Jazz Age Wednesdays.

Lulu purple sofa

Bushwa! I was too excited to stay cooped up in your brain.  It’s time to launch John & Gwen’s new book.  You didn’t forget did you?

Don’t give me that look, Lulu. Of course I didn’t forget.  Oh, there’s a bit of horseradish on your cheek.  Was it another late night with free flowing giggle water?  Never mind — I don’t think I want to know.  On to the main attraction.  Here’s John and Gwen to tell us all about their book. 

Take it away John and Gwen!


between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Teagan and Lulu, for inviting us to join you today. We are so grateful to be featured on your blog to share a little about our new book. All your stories are so fanciful and good and we think some elements of ours would be comfortable here. All the best to you!

The Contract

Available on Kindle and Paperback

Kindle priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

The CONTRACT is a different story for writers John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano. For either of them, it is their first attempt at co-authorship. After a year of Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, they have created, what they have termed, an inspirational thriller that bridges heaven and earth.

Here is the blurb:

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

Howell the Contract composite


Here is an excerpt.

He stood listening to the whoop-whoop of a helicopter approaching from somewhere beyond the tree line. He didn’t like the sound and could see no reason for anyone to fly a chopper at such a low altitude. His experiences in the Middle East alerted him to an imminent attack. “Something’s not right, Sarah.” Agitated, Brad’s voice held urgency.

He gripped Sarah’s upper arms and stared down at her. “Jump in the water and swim to the shore. Do not look back.”

Confusion darkened her brow,but then she glanced over Brad’s shoulder.A low-flying helicopter approached. Without further hesitation, she did exactlyas Brad had advised and dove into the water.

Brad pulled out his semi-automatic, but not soon enough, and could not get off a shot before a flurry of 7.62 mm bullets pelted the vessel, throwing pieces of the cabin into the air. Brad took cover behind what he figured would be the sturdiest part of the boat. The chopper turned. For sure, the next pass would bring even more destruction. Obviously, these guys meant business. What looked like automatic weapons protruded from the open door, which meant one thing: he needed to get off the boat before the mini-guns opened up for what would—in all probability—be the last time.

Not waiting any longer, Brad darted to the edge of the boat and dove over the side. When he surfaced, he saw the boat being riddled with gunfire. It wasn’t more than a second until the fuel tanks could take no more and erupted with a force that sent him tumbling through the water.

Authors Bio

John Howell Head shotGwen's headshot

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The last, Circumstances of Childhood is a family life thriller story and launched October 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

Available on Amazon at

Gwen had a lengthy career in higher education, and it was there that she published her first book, Beyond Boundaries, for students interested in volunteer work in developing countries. After she retired, she wrote her award-winning memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love.

Gwen lives in Branson, Missouri with her husband.

Gwen’s Books

Available on Amazon at

Poor Little Glad Rag Doll — Part of the Lulu-verse

Artist, Rob Goldstein illustrates the diesel-punk fantasy series, Hullaba Lulu. He often creates art that runs parallel to the series. Rob is supposed to be taking a break, but he still did this a post and great video as part of the “Lulu-verse.”

Stay tuned for Hullaba Lulu Chapter 9.1 on Saturday.

Art by Rob Goldstein

Teagan and I are on a break from Hullaba Lulu this week.

We both have busy weeks; I have a friend in surgery
today and a guest arrives from Vancouver next week.

Then there is the effect of the Trump administration
on my Illness and its symptoms.

That’s a discussion I take up in my next post.

If you are an adult child of a pathological narcissist and you are not
affected by the diseased behavior of the Trump administration,
you’re still in denial.

Lucky you!  🙂

A staged photograph of the charactrer of Valentino with the wings of an Angel Some Angels

In the meantime, here is a link to some angels on Teagan’s books.

A quick explanation of the video:

I was intrigued with the idea in chapter eight Hullaba Lulu of the danger of entering the world of a painting.  So I played with it by importing a few public domain copies of the Pittura Metafisica paintings of de Chirico

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#ReleaseDay The Gemini Connection #YAbooks #scifi #thriller #booklaunch

Do a double take. Yes, Teri Polen has released her new book!

Be sure to visit her blog, Books and Such to cheer her on with this terrific book.

Have a thriving Thursday!

Books and Such

Today is the release date for the print edition of The Gemini Connection!  I’ve spent so much time with these characters over the past year plus, and they’re ready to send out into the world – kind of like shoving your kids out of the nest.  I hope you love them as much as I do.

Barnes & Noble
Black Rose Writing

For those readers who prefer the ebook, it will be released one week from today on June 7th.  To celebrate that release, you’re all invited to the Virtual Book Launch Party at next Thursday – hope to see you there!

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