Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 A to Z Challenge Announcement, Near Earth Orbit Asteroid Today, Murcat Manor's New Name

The Bed and Breakfast Murcat Manor
New Name for Murcat Manor: Thanks everyone for your suggestions and feedback regarding a new name for my book. There were so many great ones. And the winner is Salem’s Daughters

I really needed to get the word ‘Salem’ in the title, and since the thirteen antagonists are the daughters of the women hung at the Salem Witch trials, the title seemed obvious. Thanks again for your help! 

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Cat from Salem's Daughters
Looking For A Few Good Cats: I’m developing three cover designs for Murc .... errrr, Salem’s Daughters. And I need thirteen images of domestic cats, preferably short hairs I can use for the cover. 

So I’m asking you, if you have a cat and you feel so inspired, email me photo of your cat standing, sitting, or laying and staring directly into the camera at I will then Photoshop the felines into the main picture for the cover art for the book. 

If I use your pic, I’ll give the kitty and you credit in the beginning of the book. I have a few examples so you will know the pose I’m looking for. 

Cats from Salem's Daughters Wear Collars Like This (BTW, We Want To Kill You)

I'm Posing But Not Liking It

Can I Leave Now?

Asteroid Alert: Look out for that asteroid! Okay, so you probably heard there is another large asteroid making a near Earth orbit visit Monday. Lots to say about it, but not to worry. It won’t smash into Earth. This time. 

But Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be back in about a thousand years and could pose a serious threat as different planetary alignments such as Jupiter or an object we are not aware of could slightly alter its orbit a lot closer to us next time around. But let’s let an expert explain (no, not the CNN reporter):


2015 A to Z Challenge Announcement 

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:


Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Stephen Tremp @ Breakthrough Blogs
Heather M. Gardner
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion
C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
Susan Gourley @ Susan Says
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing
Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

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  1. I really like your new title. Sorry I don't have a cat to take a picture of to send you. But it'll be awesome for people who do to see their cat on your cover.

  2. Glad you have a new title. That one really fits.
    Signups for the Challenge are off to a great start!

  3. Looking good! No cat photos from me, but you've got the A to Z list!

    Tossing It Out

  4. Yup, I like the title too. Good one. I am staggered how many people are already signed up. I thought I was early but ended up at 73.

  5. Good luck with the A to Z.

    I like the new title. You need cat photos? I can give you cat photos!

  6. I have my cats, the challenge is on... and the cats.

  7. All signed up once more at my shore. Cat photos I have a ton, not sure there is a sitting like that one though

    1. Pat, the cats can be sitting, standing, or lying down. Thanks again!

  8. Those asteroids are always a worry. I'll put that one my calendar for 1,000 years from now and now worry until then. As to cats. I have cat picture. I would just have to find the short hair versions. Good luck on that cover.

  9. Like the new title. Not worried about the asteroid unless I live a lot longer than I expect.

  10. A to Z is off to another great start!

  11. Love the new name! Signed up for my third A-Z Challenge :) x

  12. Love the new title! And I'm totally in love with all the kitties pictured even if they do want to kill me.

  13. That new title has a nice ring to it. And the cats are adorable but the captions are priceless :-)

  14. Great choice in titles! Cute kitties too.

  15. Great title! I love stories about witches, so I can't wait. And you need cat pictures? I have a ton of cat pictures! I'll go through them and send you the best ones. :D

  16. I love the title Salem's Daughters. Hopefully the cover art will be a real winner too.

  17. Awesome new title. This sounds like a great book! And I'm signed up for the A-Z with the Untethered Realms group. :)

  18. Good title choice. I'll look at my cat files--I have 14 cats but they aren't for rent and 2 are sweet old ladies of 16 and 17. I'm sure I have a few pics I can share.

    I'm still chatting with Kat to see if she wants to split the A-Z month. The best I can do is three days a week. If she wants to chip in I'll let y'all know. Otherwise it will be my quasi style, three days a week.

  19. I have a long hair kitty, and he's an adorable, fiesty male. Don't think he fits the bill. I may send you a pic anyway, just cuz I love him and want to show him off :)

    I'll check back with you in about a thousand years. If you are wrong about that astroid, I will reference this post!!

  20. The new title sounds good. I hope you get lots of great cat pictures for your cover. I'm signed up for the A to Z Challenge.

  21. Love the new title! Kitties! I'm participating in A-Z with Untethered Realms this year.

  22. Already over 300 that's great. I think we can hit a thousand sometime next week.

  23. I love the new title! It works and has a great ring.

  24. I always feel smarter after visiting your blog :-) No cats for me. . . hubby is allergic. Although I do have my Grumpy Cat plush toy on my desk and a matching calendar!

  25. I'm stopping by again to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I don't know if you do awards or not, but I wanted you to know. :)

  26. Great new title. I guess a photo of my slightly pudgy Jack Russell terrier wouldn't help, huh?

  27. Love the new title - and the cover idea. No cats here, so can't help you out. Good luck with it!

  28. I didn't have quite the pose you want for my cat, Stephen, but I'll bet you get plenty of photos to make a great cover. As for the asteroid, I'd rather not think about those things hurtling towards earth. I kind of like my life on this planet.

  29. NASA caught images of asteroid 2004 BL86 with it's own moon. The asteroid is a third of a mile in size and has a 230-foot-wide moon trailing behind. It's not uncommon for asteroids to have a satellite.

  30. LOVE your new title! This series sounds amazing. I wish I had a cat so I could send you an image :)