Mercedes Fox ~ Author

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A Couple Things

Hello darlings! I’m sad to see Halloween just fly by this year. It is my favorite holiday and normally I decorate, dress up, watch some scary movies and brag about werewolves to anybody who’ll listen. However, only a couple of those things happened this year. And it really didn’t do the trick; I watched Halloween 1 to I don’t even know. I was so sick of Michael Meyers. There’s no killing him and after watching the movies back to back the fear factor goes to sleep and when it wakes up it asks how much longer. We didn’t have one trick or treater either. I thought for sure our neighbor boy would be by. Last year he came over with his Mom and then after she left he told Grandma he hadn’t been over and came again. She was a bit peeved with him when she found out, but we were quite happy to load him up on more candy. He’s six and has the wildest imagination I’ve ever seen. He loves following my husband around and helping him with whatever. He loves our dogs and he gives me lots of hugs. The neighbor dog, who lives on the other side of the 6 year old, he had to come running over with his little cowboy hat on. He was dressed and going to visit Grandma and Grandpa for some playing and puppy biscuits.

I have been dying to share, since the onset of Pokémon Go I have been obsessed with Pokémon. Back in the day I never got into the Trading Card Game and rolled my eyes but always wondered what it was like. After watching all the people crowd at the end of our street, holding their phones up to the corner tree branches I finally gave into my curiosity. I don’t care for Pokémon Go and I don’t play it. But, I bought my first Elite Trainer Box and now I’m hooked. I love the Trading Card Game. I play the online version every day. I buy cards every weekend when I hit Walmart. I’ve located the nerd stores in town and in neighboring towns who sell Pokémon cards and they know my face now. I’ve even traded a card, that was worth about $80.00 towards a couple box collections I needed. Now I know you’re probably rolling your eyes (unless you are a secret Pokémon lover like me) but let me tell you, that is one seriously fun game. I’ve built about eight decks and my husband plays with me. He loves the game too. It requires thinking and strategy and yes the Pokes are cute but you work when you play.

I found out they have tournaments for this too. Big ones! With prizes up to $250000! Holy shit! I had no clue. Now I hope to enter a tournament, but I’ve not attended a play night at the local card stores. I haven’t gotten that brave or that good with the cards themselves. I’m wicked good on the iPad app. I’ve wanted to share this for some time now. And if you don’t already know, I’m 42, no human children, 3 dogs, 1 husband, and a kid at heart. I’ve made it past the stage where I care what other folks think about me and what I’m doing. God blessed me with one life and I’m going to live it the way I want as long as I want.

I could go on and on about my new Pokémon obsession but I want you to come back and keep reading my blog posts and Author Interviews. You’ll start seeing links for Pokémon items here and there on the blog, but not over running it. I’m still an author of very raw and graphic werewolf books and I’m still having author after author over for Interview FoxSeat time.

I also love to crochet! Yeah, you didn’t see that one coming huh! I’ve been doing it since I was around 10. I have an ongoing project; I’ve made several different blocks with different Harry Potter themed items and want to attach them and have my very own Harry Potter blanket (yes I’m Harry Potter crazy). I want to put something for The Walking Dead and Snoopy on it as well (yes again, love Walking Dead and Snoopy). Though I don’t think I’ll ever finish it. The arthritis in my hands and carpel tunnel make it had to do a lot of crocheting when I really should be typing/writing my next book. And, well, it’s more fun and easier to play a round of Pokémon on my iPad instead.

I’m also a Benchrest Competition Shooter with my husband and father. I love traveling to other shooting clubs in the USA and competing. My last match I placed 20 something out of 54 shooters and these were the top of the line shooters. Higher up the ranks would have been great, but where I placed was just as awesome. Means I’m getting better.

I’m sure you all know, but I don’t discriminate against any books on my blog. I will interview a children’s author, cookbook author, erotica author, even a snuff author. The way I see it, the more we are looked at the better it is for all of us. And besides, just because I write horror doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I read, which I’m sure is true for 99% of the guest authors I’ve chatted with.

One thing I will never do on this blog, I’ll never be mean to anyone and I’ll never discuss politics. My personal Facebook page will reflect the most of that because my husband and I both use the page. My author page (Mercedes Fox) is different. Again there will be nothing political there either. My Twitter only every once and awhile will retweet something, but I keep it to the barest minimum. How I look at this, I’ll sell my book to anyone regardless of who you vote for or your feelings on abortion. Basically everything you read and see posted from me is supposed to be enjoyable and fun.

Not sure if you’ve noticed, I tag every post with the author’s genre for the book they are discussing and if they are a mutual fan of Harry Potter (I flag that too). I also post new book releases for interviewed authors if they so choose. I’m going to tag these type of posts and if I post anything different than author interviews as well. So when you drop by, you can scroll down to the Most Used Tags list on the right side and click on the tag for the subjects you’d like to see without having to see the ones you don’t want to see.

If you haven’t signed up for my Newsletter, you can do that here as well. Just scroll down to the subscribed widget on the right side and fill in your info.

I’m going to start purging old posts too. I’ve not done this before. After the author has been interviewed, I’ll tweet it out, post to Pinterest, and post to my author Facebook page. I’ll then add the link to a list I keep to retweet at a later date. Since I’ve got so many and they are probably out of date, I’m only going to purge posts which are a year old or older. Once purged these posts will never be seen again. What do you think of this time frame for this procedure? Any ideas? Please reply to the comments any thoughts you have, I’d love to hear them.

Also is there anything you’d like me to blog about? Tell me that too. Anything!

Mercedes Fox is back!

Howdy readers and followers! I have been away, as you know, for a bit. However, I’ve not stopped writing and I have several interviews to post as well as new ones who’ve contacted me. If you have and I haven’t responded I’m sure your email is in my inbox and/or if you’ve left a response on Goodreads I’ll be answering those too. I apologize for the absence, but life decided to interrupt my plans.

This weekend I’m currently involved in a Benchrest Shooting Match, the Firewalker. It’s a rather big deal to shooters. I’ve shot 4 previous Firewalkers and never placed well, the shooters competing are just too good. Things have changed. Today in the Light Varmint 100yard I placed 18 out of 53 shooters. Also today in the Heavy Varmint 100yard I placed 20 out of 53 shooters. I’m so freaking proud. These shooters are tough; they are some of the best in our region. To say I’ve placed in the top 20 is a major accomplishment. And to top it off, this sport is male driven.  There are a few female shooters in each region but we are usually out numbered. However, these guys are the best. We aren’t treated any differently; we are one of the shooters and it feels so good to be part of this group.

So enough bragging about myself (although it is a favorite topic) look for new interviews from awesome authors in the coming week as I catch up.

Book Review: Witch Island by David Bernstein

Howdy lovelies! Well it’s the start of shooting season. I’m sure you all probably already know but I shoot competitively during the summer months. My husband and father also shoot. We don’t win money only bragging rights and a nice little trophy. Because of this I apologize for slacking on interviews, but I will do my best to catch up this week. So back to business 🙂

Witch Island by David Bernstein

Review: This book started out great but didn’t sustain the hook that started the story. The author seemed to ramble and was using too many speech tags (said, asked, etc). When the story should be building tension and suspense it gets dry. Its not a bad book, just needs the editor/proof reader to help the author tighten up the story.

I’m sure all the authors reading this review have suffered from the same problem at one point or another. I know I sure did. I want to stress this isn’t a bad book but it is lacking for me.

Between my editor and Rayne Hall and her books teaching me, I now can pick these things up pretty easily when I read a novel. You know you are learning and improving on your writing when you can recognize these things.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8″

Howdy lovelies! I’m sure many of you, like myself, read on some sort of device besides a physical book. Things like Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Nook, and tablets. I’ve always had this crazy need to have all the new gadgets and reading devices are one of them.

While strolling through a Barnes and Noble I ended up in front of their latest Nook; the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8″. This little9781400697588_p0_v1_s550x406 jobber is just a bit larger than iPad Mini and so light. The screen was so sharp, I was in love. But like all fancy things it had a hefty price tag on it too. I wasn’t ready to shell out $400.00 so I walked away.

Since fondling the new Samsung every time I’m in Barnes and Noble I have to go back to it to play with it. And then I saw it. It was on sale $50.00 off plus Barnes and Noble members got another 30% off. It was a no brainer. I headed to the counter and demanded my very own.

This table it is fast, thin, has all the great Nook apps on it (there’s more than one) and the clarity is awesome. Since bringing it home, I don’t regret the buy but I’ve discovered one thing I truly don’t like about it. If you look close in the photos the edges are pretty slim and if you don’t have pencil thin thumbs when you9781400697588_p2_v10_s550x406 hold it the screen is constantly moving because you are touching it, but not meaning too. To correct the problem I turn it sideways and hold it by the top. Because if you try holding with the bottom, you again are hitting buttons.

I’d like to mention too, the Kindle app is different on Android devices (like this guy) and iPads.

So overall, I really like this tablet. I highly recommend it.

 

RIP Prince

Prince    June 7, 1958 to April 21, 2016

Of all the musicians I’ve loved in my life, Prince is one of the special ones. I will miss him. Maybe when I get to Heaven I’ll finally get to meet him face to face and get to hear him live. I’m sure the Lord has regular concerts in Heaven.

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)    28e75c48fa6d0f60839a65826cd2748b

 

 

 

 

Psalms 23:  The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surly goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of The Lord forever.  l

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