Friday, October 21, 2016

If I Was A Mobster Blogfest and Celebrate the Small Things

Happy Friday! Today I'm pulling double duty with two blogfests. First I'm helping blogger Chrys Fey celebrate the release of her new book 30 Seconds Before by imagining what type of mobster I could be. Second, I'm also celebrating the small things with Lexa Cain and her co-hosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker.

So let's get started. If I were a mobster . . .

You know what? It's hard to imagine being a mobster, because that word makes me think of someone who imposes their will on others, usually in an illegal way to do something, well, illegal. I'm not one tell people what to do (excluding kids and husband, duh) and I'm pretty uptight about following rules. 

However, my in-laws came up with a brilliant idea I wouldn't mind imposing on large portions of the population. You know those fitness bands? How they record calories burnt and so on? Imagine you could set up you kid's (or spouse's) electronic devices to sync with a fitness band. Then have an app that would make the electronic device inoperable until the user had burned enough calories to "power" the device for, say, thirty minutes at a time. Wouldn't that be cool?

Of course, as the leader, I would be exempt, because there is no way I could power my laptop long enough to get all my writerly chores done. Hypocritical you say? Well, isn't that a key characteristic to any good mobster?

And now, the cover reveal:


Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.

On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.

Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?


To celebrate, 30 Seconds, the follow up story, is on sale for 99 cents!

Sale Oct. 21st – Nov. 4th



Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Now please hop around to the other participants!


What do I have to celebrate this week? 

Image: tracywoolery

1. The bee sting that left my left arm a swollen, itchy mess has calmed down considerably after two weeks. Downside? I have no more excuses to put off getting my flu shot.

Image: Lucky Lynda

2. We're going to a rock and gem show this Sunday! Downside? My older daughter has caught crystal mania and will want to buy everything. (I blame the famous YouTubers she follows). 

3. Carnival Kettle Popcorners. OMG, these are the yummiest thing ever! I could seriously eat a huge bag in one sitting. Downside? I usually eat the huge bag in one sitting. (And now I can't get up.) Intervention, STAT!

Would you like to be a mobster? Have an out-of-control snack craving? Any downsides to your celebrations this week?


  1. You are a diabolical mobster!
    Those Carnival Kettle Popcorners sound good.

  2. Yum! I would have to put some in a bowl then put the bag back in the pantry or something so I wouldn't eat the whole thing. Dangerous! Hmm, maybe a new NaNo snack....

  3. I think you need your own mobster power to control you snacking. LOL

  4. The Mob leader can certainly break his or her own rules.

    Thank you so much for participating in my Mobfest! :)

  5. Sounds like you know how to be a mob leader. =D

  6. Oh I like how you think...but don't think my kids would, lol. Enjoyed your post!

  7. So I'd probably be a lousy member of your mob, haha! But that is an interesting idea :) And I am really going to have to try those chips!

  8. Oh, no! Another author with a bunch of books I want to read. Where am I going to find the time? I'm not familiar with Chrys Fey's books, but I plan to go check them out. Right now.

  9. Congratulations, Chrys. I am in excellent company. Tamara, hope your bee sting heals fast. Our bees were exact huge this summer. The size of my thumb!

  10. Mobster mom, I love it! Diabolical, hypocritical - essential tools for a successful mobster;-)

    A bee sting - Ouch! Enjoy the gem show!

    Best wishes, Chrys! This is another winner :-)

  11. You're the first hypocritical mobster on this tour. Unique!

    Sorry about that bee sting. Nasty things those, but I love bees, so I have to forgive them when they get upset enough to plunge a stinger into me.

  12. What a neat idea. Something like that might make me exercise more.
    Oh, I know how painful a bee sting can be. Glad it's better now.

  13. I'm similar to you on the mobster thing. But I like your fitness band idea. It might need a bit of tweaking, though.

    Sounds like you're allergic to bee stings. Did you know that before this one?

  14. I'd be a fat mobster, that's for sure cuz I always have the munchies under stress. Which is always when I'm writing, lol.

  15. Love your Mobster idea (made me chuckle!) lol

    Have a great weekend,

  16. My snack cravings aren't out of control ... quite ... right, I'm off to get cake.

  17. I love gem and rock shows!
    Sorry about the bee sting:(
    Woo Hoo, Chrys!

  18. Your posts always crack me up. I like how you figure out your mobster personality. Congrats to Chys on her new release!! So sorry about the bee sting, but glad it's almost better. I was one of those weird Medieval fair people and bought lots of crystals. It's a sickness! lol You better keep me away from those Popcorner snacks (and all snacks). I ate a whole bag of Doritos yesterday. I'm bad. *hangs head*

  19. Congrats to Chrys!
    Love you up and down sides--left me smiling. As to popcorn snacks, keep those far away. I have a have munchy problem and can never lay something aside once I get going.

  20. I loved your take on being a Mobster and how you would "control" the fitbit generators. As for the crystals, well remember DD going through the same phase a few years back!!! Have a great weekend :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  21. Popcorn is usually low in calories, so that might not be such a good thing. Although kettle corn has lots of sugar, so maybe more calories? I don't know! But I need to get my flu shot, too. I keep putting it off!

  22. Sorry about your bee sting but I sympathize with your daughter. I have a lot of crystal things including some beautiful candle holders that glow when they are lit. I think they emit good karma.

  23. Congrats to Chrys!
    You're "exemption" made me laugh, Tamara.

  24. My fitbit was once welded to my wrist and synced to the computer on a daily basis to measure input/output. Sadly, the fitbit is now primarily used as a timepiece. It might be motivational if someone could sync it to my ipad in the devilish manner that you propose - but who has time for 10K steps? Not me.And I love my ipad!

  25. I absolutely love the idea your in-laws came up with and think they should set about getting it built immediately. It would make them a fortune and improve the health of millions of people! I was trying to think what would make a good mobster but can’t stop thinking about the fitness band for electronic devices, I bet it won’t be long before someone turns that into a reality.

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    1. Couldn't log in to comment on your site, but that book about the married serial killers looks intense! (And I usually avoid serial killer plots.)

  27. Imposing your will on others is the worst thing to do, I think. Therefore I give the total freedom to all family and friends, and I hope I will get the same back ... >;)

    Cold As Heaven


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