My internet is fixed

Well, sort of. It works. They have to contract a company to come and dig a new trench for a brand new cable from the house to the street. It’s only….maybe…300 feet! I might be waiting a while. As long as I can get on WordPress and Goodreads I should be fine!!

sibilant: Ragtag Daily Prompt

For Ragtag Daily Prompt:

adjective.making or characterized by a hissing sound.”his sibilant whisper” sounded with a hissing effect, for example ssh.
noun: a sibilant speech sound.

I really have no idea how to use this word or what to do with it!
I will read through some other contributors and maybe come up with an idea.
I was almost thinking of that character who always had the whistle when he spoke, even though I can’t remember who that was either. I think they had a Bugs Bunny Cartoon character with this problem.

Risk: FOWC with Fandango

Written for Fandango:

Perfect match

When I saw you across the room, 

I knew I was taking a risk 

Because of your beautiful smile 

Shiny hair 

And curvy body. 

There was no way 

A woman like you 

Would ever 

Fall for 

A man like me. 

When we started dating  

I knew I was taking a risk 

Because of your piercing eyes 

Deep intellect 

And imagination. 

There was no way 

A woman like you 

Would ever 

Fall for  

A man like me. 

When you said you loved me 

I knew I was willing to take a risk 

Because of your deep feelings 


And vitality. 

A woman like you  

Has captured 

The heart of 

A man like me. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Day 11: 30 Day Book Challenge

After the last “make-up” period I thought I would make a better effort to stay up to date on this challenge. It was challenging though (hehehe, pun) because my internet was out. Apparently, the guy who lived here before us may have broken the original line out to the street because it had been spliced in some weird spots and not very well put together. Anyhow, today the company sent someone to help out and here I am.

This challenge is for SandmanJazz:

Day 1: Favorite book in a series

Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews

Day 2: Favorite book by your favorite writer

Tales of the Unexpected (short story collection) by Roald Dahl

Day 3: book you did not finish

Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal by Christopher Moore

Day 4: Book you remember from childhood

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Day 5: favorite classic novel

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Day 6: Book that broke your heart

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Day 7: Best audiobook to listen to on a road trip

The only one I had that was not some sort of horror/murder story, which was too scary travelling alone, was “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. It was okay.

Day 8: Series everyone should read

39 Clues by Rick Riordan They are for kids but I enjoyed them because of all the information the author provides about various locations around the globe.

Day 9: favorite book to give as a gift

Oh, the places you’ll go! By Dr. Seuss

Day 10: A book that makes you cry happy tears

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
I read this to my kids night after night and the three of us all loved when he shouts “To the tree!” Just brings happy memories.

Day 11: Literary character you want to have dinner (or drinks) with

Elie Wiesel “Night” – yes I know he is real but he is still the main character of his book.

Secret: Thursday #writephoto

For Sue Vincent’s Thursday prompt:

Do you know you hold the key to my heart? 

When the darkness is overwhelming 
and I cannot let you in 
you know how to enter 
without intrusion 
only love 

When the sorrow is shattering 
and I cannot put the pieces  
back together 
on my own 
you know how to mend me 
without aversion 
only love 

When the angst is disheartening 
and I cannot shift my view 
to a positive light 
you know how to ignite 
without antagonism 
only love 

When secrets darken my vision
and truth cannot emerge
to allow healing
you know how to penetrate
without stipulations
only love

When happiness is amazing 
and I need to share 
with someone 
you know how to be there 
to join my exultation 
without asperity 
only love.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry


Welcome to the blog tour for Between Love and Murder by Chris Bedell! Read on for an excerpt from the book and a chance to win a digital copy!

Love, betrayal, and murder. The perfect trifecta for a great thriller!

Between Love and Murder

Publication Date: April 21, 2020

Genre: YA Thriller/ LGBTQ+

Publisher: Willow River Press

September 2018. 17-year-old Chad becomes intrigued by the new kid—Archie—when they flirt during their first interaction. But Chad’s best friend, Mallory, asks Archie out first. Pursuing Archie allows Mallory to get revenge against Chad who recently rejected her. Except Chad refuses to lose Archie to Mallory. Not when he might have a real chance at love—Archie identifies as bisexual like Chad. Although if Chad wants Archie, then he must eliminate Mallory as the competition. Even if doing so means proving she was involved in the disappearance of her ex-boyfriend, Tommy.

Three months later—December 2018. Tommy resurfaces, and Mallory accidently kills him while Archie and Chad are witnesses. Mallory, Archie, and Chad can’t go to the police, though. Mallory blackmailed Tommy to leave town last Fourth of July with a sex-tape after discovering Tommy cheating on her. And Archie, Chad, and Mallory must unite if they don’t wanna go down for murder. Except Chad is even more threatened of Mallory now that he and Archie are dating—Chad remains uncertain if Mallory harbors lingering resentment for rejecting her. If Chad wants Mallory gone, then he must continue making difficult choices. Even if destroying Mallory means Chad pretending to be Mallory’s friend while finding a way to implicate Mallory in Tommy’s death without him and Archie getting in trouble.

If you like the nonlinear storytelling of ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and the toxic love triangle of WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, then BETWEEN LOVE AND MURDER is the book for you.


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About the Author

My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Entropy Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others. My debut YA Fantasy novel IN THE NAME OF MAGIC was published by NineStar Press in 2018.

My 2019 novels include NA Thriller BURNING BRIDGES (BLKDOG Publishing), YA Paranormal Romance DEATHLY DESIRES (DEEP HEARTS YA), and YA Thriller COUSIN DEAREST (BLKDOG Publishing). My 2020 novels include my YA Thriller I KNOW WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED (BLKDOG Publishing), YA Contemporary I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN (Deep Hearts YA),  YA Thriller BETWEEN LOVE AND MURDER (Between The Lines Publishing), YA Sci-fi DYING BEFORE LIVING (Deep Hearts YA), and YA Thriller LOVE HIM/HATE HIM (Between The Lines Publishing). I also graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016.



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Giveaway: Digital copy of book





Expecting complete honesty was pointless.

Like with Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, or when a friend got a questionable haircut. Both the kid and friend could discover the truth without anyone playing the villain. Or like right now while I stood next to my locker in the school hallway. My best friend, Mallory, couldn’t have said what she had. Yet I didn’t have an ear wax problem, so the chances of her comment being misheard were slimmer than time travel happening.

I blinked. “Come again?”

She tugged at her backpack strap. “I’m sorry, Chad; I’m not trying to be awkward. I just couldn’t lie anymore.”

“Don’t apologize for your feelings.”

Telling her not to feel bad shouldn’t have been the best response I came up with. Doing so only prolonged the inevitable: deciding about whether honesty or a fib was best. However, there was no right reaction to finding out Mallory had a crush on me. Some events—such as her revelation—couldn’t be anticipated no matter how many A’s I earned in school.

Mallory bit her lip. “We’ve been spending a lot of time together since July.”

I chuckled. “We’ve always been close.”

“Not since I started dating Tommy.”

I scratched the side of my head. “What’d you expect to happen?”

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