Update and a shout-out for friends.

Hey everyone! I’m a bit quiet at the moment, mainly because wrangling the monster that is my social networking process into some semblance of order is taking A LOT of time.

So. What am I doing, you might ask?

Right now, I’m busy with sorting out my Twitter. The one most of you follow (@MishaMFB). To say the least, I have been awfully silent on there lately for one simple reason.

Ahem.

Buy my book.

Buy my book. 
Buy my book. 
BUY MY BOOK! 
BUY MY BOOK!   
BUY MY BOOOOOOOOOOOOKK!!!!!1!!!!!
Oh and while you’re at it, click this link please.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for promotion. 
I’m just not all for promotion when it’s spamming my Twitter feed so much that all the promotion take all of the “social” out of social networking. 
SO. 
If you have a twitter profile that you’ve automated. If you have a twitter profile where you’re mainly posting links… 
Know that I love you to bits, but I don’t love your twitter profile, so I’m just going to stop following it. 
Because honestly, all the clamoring for attention and links instead of real interaction is driving me nuts. So much so that until now, I’ve actively been avoiding my twitter. And worse still, I only posted links there myself because I didn’t want to trawl through my feed looking for people to talk to. 
But no more. I’m trying to become the solution for myself by clearing out my feed.
It’s taking long, though. I followed almost 3000 tweeps in my time on twitter and now I have to manually go through all of them to see who’s only posting promos. 
So that’s where I was (and where I will probably be over the next couple of weeks.) 
And then. 
I’m moving again. 

Yes, I know. Again. But the house I’m moving to will be super awesome and actually big enough for all of us. I can’t wait. 
But it does mean that I have limited time in which to get everything done, and since my twitter feed sort out is part of a larger reorientation of my social networking time, I have to get that done first. 
Which means that I’ll only really get around to full-steam blogging in July. The obvious exception being my bloghop post on Friday. 
If you missed my whole post on what’s making me reorganize, you can find it here
I’ve entered the Wattys

Continuing my hunt for exposure, I’ve entered both The Heir’s Choice and Endless into The Wattys, which is Wattpad’s way of awarding good writing posted on the site. If a book wins, they put a bit more extra marketing effort into it, which is exactly the sort of thing I want at the moment. So if you’re on Wattpad and you’ve been waiting for an excuse to read my books, please do check them out here
Before I go, I just want to give a shout-out to some awesome blogging friends of mine…

“There was a time when a girl’s wedding day was the happiest day of her life.”

In Falside, girls are a rare commodity; protected, controlled, and tracked by the administration. They spend their days idly waiting to be married off to the highest bidder.

When the marriage announcements include Tale’s lover, Freda, the women will do anything to stop the match from happening.

Their relationship is forbidden, and as members of the resistance, they’re already risking everything.

But as their attempts to stop the wedding fail, both women have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for love.

BIO

Angeline Trevena is a British dystopian horror author. She was born and bred in a rural corner of Devon, but now lives among the breweries and canals of central England.

In 2003 she graduated from Edge Hill University, Lancashire, with a BA Hons degree in Drama and Writing. During this time she decided that her future lay in writing words rather than performing them.

Some years ago Angeline worked at an antique auction house and religiously checked every wardrobe that came in to see if Narnia was in the back of it. She’s still not given up looking for it.

Purchase from Amazon (merchant sites will be updated on the author’s site)

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author
Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon
That’s it from me. How are you doing? 
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News Day and Where I Am

Hey all! Welcome to my first May Edition of News Day.

For those of you who are new to the blog, News Day is a regular feature where I share news from around the bloggosphere. News can be anything from cover reveals to publishing deals and everything in between. If you think you have a bit of news that you’d like me to share, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with News Day in the subject line.

From This Blog 

Endless is out now. 

First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals. 
Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them. 
Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless. 
Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.
Blog Tour Stop

Today, I’m at Untethered Realms, sharing five reasons why I loved writing Endless. Hope to see you there!

Thursday Feature

I’m running a weekly feature on Thursdays where writer bloggers can post on my blog regardless of publishing status. At the moment, a lot of people posting are doing so as part of their blog tours, but it’s open for any writer who wants to access my audience.

I have most of June open, so if you would like to book a spot, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with Thursday Feature as the subject.

This Week’s Feature: 

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group will be visiting on Thursday, posting about Thought Experiments. 

From the Bloggosphere

Coming Soon…

A Love that Disturbs by Medeia Sharif


Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. Meanwhile, as a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader, Aamal, is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon

Out Now: 

Parallels: Felix Was Here
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

EBook

Paperback

More good news! 

Just a quick note of congratulations to Angeline Trevana on the birth of her second son! 

News Day

Hey everyone! I know that I usually do News Day on Tuesdays, but I had some Internet issues over the weekend that put me days behind yet again.

But here we are.

For those of you wondering about what I’m talking about, I share news I pick up around the bloggosphere (or that gets sent to me) once a week, usually on Tuesdays. The news I cover can be anything, from celebrations to cover reveals to requests for help. If you have something you think I should share, please feel free to mail me at mishagericke(AT)blogspot(DOT)com




News from This Blog:

 

A to Z Challenge

I’ll be taking part in the A to Z Challenge, sharing snippets from Endless as I count down to release day on 30 April. 
As such, there won’t be a News Day until May, but please send in news snippets ahead of them if you want me to post it then. 
Thursday Feature

For those of you who missed it, I have a regular space open on the blog for other writing bloggers who want to get exposure to my blog’s audience, regardless of whether the writer is published or not. If you’d like to book a Thurday, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com. 
The first available Thursday is 26 May.

Coming Soon: 

The Thing That Turned Me

I’m fortunate enough to be part of this fantastic anthology with some amazing writers. Check out this trailer to see who’s participating…



Parallels: Felix was Here

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Out Now: 


Murder & Obsession by Yolanda Renée


Published by Curiosity Quills Press, Murder & Obsession is the third book in the Detective Quaid Series but also a stand alone mystery.

Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness…

As wedding bells echo like the ring of toasting champagne glasses in the ice carved mountains of Anchorage Alaska, detective Steven Quaid rehabs his grandfather’s cabin into a honeymoon cottage for his new bride.

When he returns from a hunting trip, Steven’s faced with five police officers, who “Want to talk.” Plagued by two unsolved murders, the Department is searching for answers.

The conversation comes to a deafening halt as the team finds a bloody crime scene in the bridal suite. “Where’s her body?” is a question Steven cannot fathom.

Steven’s jaw clenches and his heart races. Images of Sarah streak through his mind.

The silence breaks as an explosion of accusations vibrate through every fiber of his being.

Steven bolts…

Although running is never the smart thing to do, Steven’s not thinking clearly and his escape into the wilderness of the Brooks Range proves almost fatal.

This Steven Quaid mystery is both personal and heartbreaking.


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That’s my news for today! Who’s amped up for the A to Z Challenge? Want to take part in my Thursday Feature? Looking forward to reading any of the books I shared? Got news? 

News Day

Yes! It’s finally back since I’ve had a few moments in which to go round and find some tidbits to share.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I have a weekly feature where I share news from around the writing bloggosphere. News can be anything from a book deal to a blogfest and everything in between.

If you have a tidbit you’d like for me to share, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “News Day” in the subject line.

From This Blog: 

Last Week’s Thursday Feature

Lidy Wilks visited on Thursday to tell us a bit about compiling her new poetry anthology Can You Catch My Drift? There’s also a competition as part of that post, so check it out


Thursday Features

No one booked the next two Thursdays and after that, it’s A to Z Challenge, but I’m still taking bookings for May and after that. At the moment, I still have May 5th and May 26th open, so if you’d like to do a guest post on my blog, please let me know. 
PLEASE NOTE that you can post here regardless of your publishing status. I’m literally keeping Thursdays open for members of this blogging community to get a bit of exposure to my audience, so you can book the place just to give people a taste of what your blog is like, if you wanted. But I do not accept submissions from professional copywriters looking to expand their portfolios. 
If you’re interested in being part of the Thursday Feature, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Thursday Feature” in the subject line. 

Book Releases

Cloaked in Secrecy
T.F. Walsh
(The Wulfkin Legacy #2)
Published by: Crimson Romance
Publication date: March 14th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

What better way for a pack of wulfkin shifters to remain in seclusion than to hide in plain sight?

Death has followed Alena Novac’s circus family for years, but when the police arrest her brother for murder, she must rescue him before he transforms behind prison walls. With less than a week to execute her plan, a member from the Varlac family who murdered her mother reappears. Now, Alena has to decide whether to make good on her promise to avenge her mother’s death or risk rescuing her brother.

Enre Ulf has one mission – prevent Alena’s father from claiming his territory and slaughtering his wulfkin pack in Transylvania. Enre may have turned his back on his Varlac heritage, but that doesn’t mean he won’t impersonate one to infiltrate the circus clan and take out their alpha. Knowing that his secrets will lead to his demise, Enre takes the risk in order to save his home. What he never planned on was his wolf claiming Alena as his mate.

Now with the police closing in, and the real Varlac threatening them, Alena and Enre must overcome their pasts to save their packs’ futures.

Cloaked in Secrecy is the book 2 in the Wulfkin Legacy series, but can be read a stand-alone-book.


Witch of the Cards
Catherine Stine

Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.

Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

Available at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, B&N/Nook, Inktera, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon IN, Amazon DE

Blogfests

A to Z Challenge

I can’t imagine that anyone missed this phenomenon after all these months, but I just thought I’d remind you guys that April 1 is almost here. If you still need/want to sign up, click here
That’s it for today. 

Got any news for me? Want to sign up for my Thursday Feature? Don’t forget to mail me. Who’s signing up for the A to Z Challenge? 

News Day

Hey everyone! Sorry I missed last week. I was supposed to gather some news pieces to share, but I literally had no time available to spend on the internet until this past weekend.

So for those of you who are unclear about what News Day is about: I’m running a (supposedly) regular weekly feature on Tuesdays where I share news from around our Writing Community. This news can be anything from an interesting blog-post to publishing news and everything in between. You’re welcome to send me something you’d like to share. Just contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “News Day” in the subject line.

From This Blog

Endless Blog Tour


Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who’ve signed up to help with the blog tour. You guys are all awesome. 
Last Week’s Thursday Feature

Obviously, since I didn’t do a news post, I didn’t get a chance to let everyone know about last Thursday’s Interview. M Pepper Langlinais stopped by for a fun interview about everything from edits, critiques and her new book. I’d love if you go check it out
Coming up this week: 

Annalisa Crawford, who recently did very well at the Costa Awards, is stopping by on this Thursday to talk about entering writing competitions. Definitely well worth a read, so don’t forget.

Looking for people to feature

For those of you who missed the announcement, I’m running a regular feature on Thursdays for people within the writing community. You don’t have to be published, and I’m willing to post guest posts, character interviews and author interviews.

If you’d like to take part (you’ll be my hero if you volunteer for next Thursday), please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Use “Thursday Feature” in your subject line. 

Book Releases

Mark of Noba

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Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date. 
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction. 
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra. 
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.
Now on Promotion. Buy on Amazon for $0.99

Blog Post Worth Reading

This morning, I read this post by Hugh Howie about making a success of our writing careers, and I thought it makes an excellent point. (Although that might be because I’m following a similar approach.) 
That’s it from me for today. Think you have a piece of news I should share? Don’t forget to mail me!

News Day

Welcome to another News Day!

For those of you who are new to this, I’m running a weekly feature to share news from my blog and others in the community. This news could be anything from a cover reveal to bloghops and everything in between. If you think you have something people should know about (even if it’s a good post you read), please let me know. I’m trying to get all the news together, but sometimes, I just miss the news because I happened not to stop by on someone’s blog on the right day.

If you have something for me to share, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “News” in the subject line.

From This Blog: 

Endless: Now available for Pre-Order


First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.

You can read an excerpt here.

Speaking of Endless…

I’m still looking for a few more blog tour stops, cover revealers, reviewers and interviewers. Anyone want to help me spread the word about my book reveal? Pretty please? Yes? You’re awesome. Please fill in the form below.

Also, a huge thank you for everyone who’ve signed up so far!

This Week’s Guest

Mark Noce will be sharing his publishing journey with us on Thursday.

Thursday Features

Every Thursday, I’d like to feature other writers/bloggers, whether or not they have a book published/sold. The idea here is to give people a bit more exposure, so if you’d like to visit my blog for a day, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Guest Post” as the subject.

The last two weeks of February are still open, so hop on it.

(If you’d like to visit my blog as part of your blog tour, please let me know. It doesn’t have to be on a Thursday. You can mail me at the same address to book a date. First Wednesdays and Last Fridays of a month are out. Cover reveals will only be done on Tuesdays with the news.)

Book Releases and Cover Reveals:

A Whale of a Tale by Pat Hatt

Standing Turtle and Delightful Flea both dreamed of lands afar. The lands that you could not get to by plane, train or car. As they were sitting on what they thought was a beach, they both soon learned that such lands were in reach.

Treed Whale granted their wish with a splash and splish. Now they can see much on his back. Such lands would surely not lack. But is it as grand as they thought? Maybe a lesson will be taught. What will Standing Turtle and Delightful Flea see and learn? Find out and explore new lands at every turn.

Murder & Obsession by Yolanda Renée
Love is never easy, but for Detective Steve Quaid and his fiancée, Sarah, their road to happiness is laden with minefields.
After spending countless hours reconverting his grandfather’s cabin into the perfect honeymoon retreat for Sarah, the cabin becomes a bloody crime scene detailing her death. Accused, Steven escapes into the Alaskan mountains, biding his time to find the truth.
Who killed his beloved?
A seasoned woodsman, he outsmarts even the cleverest of trackers. All but one.
Mauled by a grizzly, a half-dead Steven barely escapes.
But will he live to bring the rightful murderer to Justice?
To Be Released: March 10, 2016

Bloghops and Blogfests:

The A to Z Challenge:

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The Blogfest on steroids is here again. Barely a week after the list opened, there are almost 600 bloggers on it. Yes, the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is here. If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now HERE! The list regularly hits 2000 bloggers and is an amazing networking opportunity.

If you haven’t heard of it, it is 26 days of blogging in April based on 26 letters of the alphabet. You may follow a theme or go random. It stirs creativity, enforces discipline, forces you out of your comfort zones, boosts followers, wins you lotteries.

Okay I made that last one up, but you get the gist.


Some Good News: 

Christine Rains sold another book series. 

Christine Rains has signed the contract for another trilogy with Ellora’s Cave, so head on over and congratulate her!
That’s it for today! Who’ll be taking part in the A to Z Challenge? Would you like to help me spread the word about Endless? Got any news for next week? (Remember to mail me.) 

News Day

Hi everyone, welcome to News Day. For those of you who missed it, News Day is my weekly regular feature where I share news that I’ve found in the bloggosphere or that has been brought to my attention. The news can be about anything from book releases to bloghops and anything in between. If you’d like for me to share something on News Day, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with NEWS in the headline.

From this blog:


Endless release announcement


In case you missed it, I’ve announced my release date for Endless on Friday and am currently looking for people who’ll help spread the information once the book is launched. You can find more information and the google form I’m using here
Interview with David Powers King


Yesterday, I interviewed David Powers King as part of his blog tour for The Undead Road. Please go read the interview and support him, since he’s a great person who definitely deserves some love. 
Coming up on Thursday

Denise Covey will be here, writing about Setting and Story.

Book Releases:


Out Now…


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Mind over matter is more than a cliche.

Controlling starships with her mind is all Emily ever dreamed of. Her graduation from the Telekinesis Traffic Control Academy is assured, unless Dylan, an irritating and cocky fellow student, ruins it for her.

The utmost concentration is essential to land a ship from orbit. When Dylan’s jealousy turns to sabotage, thousands of people will die if Emily can’t keep him out of her head. But which of them has the stronger mind?​

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/609502
When you pen those magical words, “The End”, it’s really only the first step on the road to publication. That first draft needs polishing, revising, editing, but you are too close to your work to do this alone. You need independent, thorough and honest feedback. The kind that digs deep into what’s working and what’s not. The kind that will ruthlessly expose cardboard characters and lackluster descriptions. The kind that will drive transit buses through your carefully-crafted plot. 
In other words, the kind that hurts. 
The trouble is that even amongst friends a detailed critique can be hard to take, but blunt and honest critiques are a necessary growth pain for any writer. Venturing into the anonymous jungle of online critique groups in search of tough love is both terrifying and exponentially rewarding. The Critique Survival Guide shares practical tips for surviving – and thriving on – the harshest of critiquing experiences.

Available at Amazon.com

Coming soon…

Bloghops: 

Christine Rains, Tara Tyler and C. Lee McKenzie are hosting a Meme Bloghop in February. The rules are simple. Post a meme, visit others and smile. The hosts will be giving away prizes. Sign up here.

Heads up all romance lovers: 

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T.F. Walsh is creating a community for writers and readers of romance. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


That’s it from me for today. Anything here caught your eye? Any news to share for next week? (Don’t forget to mail me.)