Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Crimson Flower Reviews: Interview with Author Joe Egly

Crimson Flower Reviews: Interview with Author Joe Egly: I'm sure everyone is wondering why this great guy gets front page status. Well yesterday real-life happened and I was unable to post his int...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Busy, busy, busy.

Wow. it's been a long time since I had the chance to sit down and Blog. We've been a little busy lately here at the Egly house. Aside from our "day" jobs, we've had Myrtle parties at home and online, visiting some schools to share the new book, preparing for our yearly rummage, (where we live there is a yearly tractor and engine show that brings people from all over the world to our town for about a week or two and everywhere you turn there are sales and rummages, vendors, food, artists, etc. It's hectic to drive through but it brings a lot to the community.)

I'm also getting ready for a "Myrtle" display at our local library, with some of the Myrtle-abilia I have collected. That should be fun. :) Let's see, what else? I'm working on Book two in the series as well as several other writing and art projects, and I'm working on donating one Myrtle book to one library in every state within the year. (If you have an idea of a library I should donate to, just let me know.)So far I've sent one to the Indianapolis Public Library. I think since my wife is from Ohio, I'll send one there next.

I must also admit that I have taken some time here and there to stare off into space as well as catch up on my DVD - need to watch pile. I want to attempt to do some videos soon, and answer some of the many questions that have been asked. What do you think? Should I give video response a try? Maybe I will when I get my writing room finished. Ok, well have a magical week and hopefully I will blog again soon. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Myrtle Mae Book Give-Away

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic by Joe Egly

Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic

by Joe Egly

Giveaway ends October 01, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Myrtle Mae Available Now!

There was a mistake in the release dates that they told me. It was supposed to be August 1st 2012 for Amazon and September for other retail outlets, but I was just informed that the August release date was for the other retailers and July 1st was the release date for Amazon. Either way... Guess what's available now... Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic. :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Praise for Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic

“Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic is a delightful romp through a hidden world of goblins, witches, magic, and ancient prophecies. The story centers on Myrtle Mae, a normal 9-year-old girl by all accounts, who learns one day that she is the prophesied Mae witch who will deliver this secret world out of the clutches of darkness. A tall order for a nine year old, indeed, but precocious Myrtle is brave beyond her years. Will she succeed in her quest? With its fantastic characters, loveable heroine, and an epic battle against the forces of evil, Myrtle Mae will appeal to a wide audience, especially to those looking for a little magic in their lives.  If you, too, are searching for that enchanted world beyond the veil -you may cease your quest – Myrtle Mae has what you seek!”

-Molly Jones, Librarian

Thank you Molly.  I believe you have just made my day.  :)  I will be giving your library some copies to share with your patrons.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Do you journal?

     I was recently cleaning out some boxes of old papers and writing when I came across my journal.  I had somehow forgotten all about it.  I began flipping through the pages and memories, causing myself to have a few good laughs and remember some fond times.  Then I wondered why I hadn't kept up with it, and written more.  I mean, I'm a writer, so why did writing in my own journal become such work?

     Well I'm not exactly sure, but I think in the midst of writing on my books, meetings, day job (yes, I have one), friends, family, time for myself, and a list of other things, my journal just fell by the wayside and became one of those less important tasks that had to take a back seat.  However, sitting there holding it in my hands and flipping through the pages made me realize something about it.  Journaling is like a diet.  Yes, I said it, a diet.

     Dieting is something that we all do from time to time for various reasons.  Some people diet every single day and others only need to when an important event is approaching.  Some do it for health reasons and some for personal.  Any way, or reason, you diet it is personalized for you.  Well journaling is the exact same concept.  Bare with me here.   Ok, there are people who journal because it helps them relieve stress or get out there feelings.  Some people use it as a way to express themselves privately and others as a way to document.  (history, family events, etc.)

     Writers journal for all of those reasons as well as for practice, story ideas, getting thoughts down, etc.  Here's my point.  Whatever your reason for doing it, just like a diet, if you fall off the horse get back up.  Take a few minutes, dust yourself off and go again.  The act of journaling has many benefits for your body, mind, spirit, emotions, and your brain.  Especially your brain.  So I have decided to keep my journal out on my desk and write in it when I feel inspired to do so.  It may not be a day to day account of my life or a historical account of world events, but it is my journal after all.  It will be written in when I decide to do so.  So.... give it a try.  Journal or diary, pick it up and dust it off.  Put your pen or pencil to the paper and say whatever you feel like.  You never know what will happen.  It could be a key to future civilizations about our current lives, or something for the grandkids to know you by.  It could even be the inspiration for your future novel or just simply something to one day find in a box of papers and will remind you of memories you will cherish.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Snippet from Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic

Here's a snippet of Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic. Just wanted to share a bit and see what everyone thought so let me know. ya go.

Far away, on the other side of the thin blue veil that separated the worlds, a short, stout, middle-aged woman wearing a rather odd looking, hooded coat appeared at the edge of a long, country drive. Gravel crunched beneath her feet as she glanced around her in the darkness. Large old trees lined the road where they were standing. The song of crickets could be heard breaking through the silence all around them. She stood there for a few moments making sure she was alone. She had gifts, supernatural gifts, which enabled her to do many things that a normal person might not be able to do. She would have to be careful about using magic on this side of the veil. She had heard stories about what happened to witches here.

Standing there in the darkness, barely taking a breath, she calmed herself allowing her mind to search the area in all directions, for at least a five mile radius, before she was satisfied enough to move. Not sensing any danger nearby, she moved aside some fabric and looked into the gentle face of the sleeping baby she carried.

The child still had a slight blue aura about him, rippling in the gentle breeze of the night. Fine, dark hair crowned his head and bright, round eyes with specks of moonlight, danced with curiosity at what was happening to him.

He gurgled at the round, old face that looked down at him. A small, chubby hand reached out from the blanket and grabbed at her cloak. She felt something tug at her heart and a tear slid down her pale cheek, wishing that her sister would have had the chance to raise him herself.

“We should’ve been more careful,” she thought. Somehow, at that moment she could not believe everything she had been through this night to bring him to safety. Lives that had been lost, and a world that had been turned upside down in the chaos, weighed on her mind. She could feel the exhaustion starting to come over her, making her very tired and weary down to her very bones. She looked down at the gently sleeping bundle and took a deep breath. They would be safe here for now.

“What shall we name you?” She asked, thinking out loud.

“Norman? No… Barnabus… Hmh… Felix… Artimus… I’ve got it… I shall call you Marvin! Marvin Mae.” She said nodding her head as she began walking up the long lane towards a large old farmhouse.

“You are a special child Marvin, special indeed.” She pulled the blanket back up around his face keeping him warm and protected. After walking for what seemed like miles, she reached the front porch and entrance to the house and turned the locks in the front door with a flick of her wrists.

A series of metallic clinks and clonks opened the door. A small gray kitten that had been hiding in the shadows stumbled towards her and followed her to the door. It rubbed itself against her ankles and began to purr. She looked down at it and smiled.

“I think we have a new friend Marvin, one who may prove most helpful.” She said looking back at the baby.

“Well then, let’s not stand out here all night; we have wards and protections to put in place and a child to look after. It’s of the utmost importance.” She said to the cat. “Very important… and his daughter will save our world.” She walked into the house with the kitten, meowing, beside her and the door shut itself behind them.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The House on Black Mill Road

Book one, of a series my wife and I have been working on, "Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic," is set to soon be released.  We have been working away on the second book in the series, Myrtle Mae and the Ring of Fire, which will hopefully be released next year.  Also, I haven't been sitting around on my hands when it comes to writing another story of my own.  The House on Black Mill road is in the works as a really scary Haunting story.  Here's a sampling of some of the writing...

A low rumble shook the foundation of the house.  Outside was a gentle autumn rain.  Leaves, just beginning to change their colors, and a slight bite to the breeze cooling even the last bit of warm air that swirled amidst the rain drops, were blowing across the old country road.
Inside, the window panes rattled in their frames and small amounts of dust and plaster fell from cracks into the howling breeze that had found its way in causing the air to have a haze-like appearance.
The damp, mold covered curtains fluttered until the foul spaces between them that let in even the faintest of light fell back into place darkening the secrets inside even more.  Spiders had made their presence with webbing that stretched from corners to floor and fell over everything like linen blankets.  Tiny corpses of flies and moths and many other creepy crawlies littered the dust covered floor. Amid paint chips and pieces of wallpaper, rats and mice had scattered other unmentionables along the warped floor boards and hallways.
Broken glass led to the occasional dead bird and broken window.  Many animals had entered here seeking shelter or food, but even now with a coming storm not a creature was stirring.  Not here.  Not in this house.
This house. This house. This house. This house groaned from pain.  It groaned in sorrow.  It ached in hunger.  It had filled its desires before on the few living that had filled its walls in the past, walls that had been infected long before wood was even cut.  The very ground had been spoiled and soured long ago.
Oh this house…

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Myrtle Mae.... The new series!

Almost ten years in the making Myrtle Mae is on her way to shelves and Book Stores near you.  It started with a dream I had several years ago that involved a young girl standing in front of a mirror trying to figure out how to get through it.  She needed to save someone that had been taken through the mirror.  I woke up and jotted down notes and set it aside for a while.  I kept returning to it adding thoughts and notes but never really writing on it very much.  Then a few years later I married My wonderful wife Lynn, who is an amazing writer as well, and I asked her to collaborate with me on this series.  So we worked out an outline, broke the entire story into five books and started working one chapter at a time..Myrtle Mae and the Mirror in the Attic, the first book in the series is now finished and will soon be available.  Book Two is in the works as well as a new Spooky Ghost story i'm working on.  Keep checking in as I share more info later.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Book coming soon...

Get ready... this August there will be a little magic in the air... Can you feel it? The adventure begins soon. Get ready to join Myrtle in a magical adventure that will change her life.

This book is book one in a series my wife and I have been working hard on for a while.  We think there will be five books in the series, but depending on how things go this may change. (It may be six.)  If you love the new fantasy world that was reintroduced to us about ten years ago by a wonderful author from the UK, you know who i mean, and you long for that type of series, hopefully this will be one for you.  I'll try to keep you updated as the release gets closer.  I hope you like it.  :)