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Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Character Interview and a Giveaway!

cj Sez: The Mobile Writers Guild has two anthology publications being released in 2020. The first anthology of 2020 is VALENTINE PIECES, which launched in February. The second, launching October 9, is HALLOWEEN PIECES.

   My paranormal short story, “Once in a Blue Moon,” is included in the Halloween publication, and my short mystery, “Call Me Kate,” is included in the Valentine’s publication.  

   And I’m having a giveaway contest that runs from Sept 13 to Sept 19. I’ll announce the winner on Sept 20. Inserted somewhere in this blog post are instructions on how you can be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of HALLOWEEN PIECES—Kindle or paperback, your choice—and some goodies in exchange for …well read on to find the how-to. Easy-peasy.


Character interview:

   An interview with Mirabel Campbell, the protagonist in a novel that I’m editing for re-release under a new title, THE DAWGSTAR.

  Lyrical Pens: Dear readers: Today I’m interviewing Dr. Mirabel Campbell, the protagonist in one of cj petterson’s novels. Dr. Campbell, if you don’t mind, let’s get right into this short interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? Do you have any hobbies?

Mirabel Campbell, PhD.:  Call me Mirabel, please. I’m a botanist, and I’ve just finished working on the international genome project. Before you ask, I was studying the genomes of plants, not people. Actually finishing the project gave me the time to follow my new favorite hobby, astronomy. The skies around Mendocito, California, where I live are super dark and perfect for star-gazing.

 LP: So, you traded a microscope for a telescope. 

 MC: When you say it that way, my life sounds pretty boring, and a year ago, I would’ve agreed. Neither activity by itself is what one might call exciting, but let me tell you, the two of them together? You know how people say, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” Wrong. I found out what I didn’t know could kill me.

 LP:  Oh wow. What happened?

 MC: One night I was out with my brand-new telescope and spotted what I thought could be a new comet. I even had some grandiose plans to name it the Briggs-Campbell Comet. My friend Ray Briggs was with me that night. A few days later, I discovered I hadn’t found a new comet, and what I had seen might be the death of me. I became entangled in an international crisis and the target of a hired assassin. Obviously I survived. but two of my friends didn’t. That’s all I can tell you because of national security issues. The things that can be made public will be revealed in a tell-all book that cj petterson is working on. She’s calling it THE DAWGSTAR, and it’s a suspenseful thriller with a touch of romance.

   And to apologize for not being able to tell you more, we have a giveaway for your readers. If they’ll go to cj petterson’s Facebook site (, like and share this blog post, and give her the name of the person they shared it with, she’ll enter both of their names in a drawing to win a copy of her newest short story, “Once in a Blue Moon” in the Mobile Writers Guild anthology, HALLOWEEN PIECES. All she’s asking is that the winner take a few minutes to leave an honest review on Amazon. Easy-peasy.


  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same, (Raising prayers for your health and safety.)  


 FYI gentle reader: Part of the proceeds from the sales of HOMETOWN HEROES benefits The Cajun Navy…you remember those hometown heroes who, right now, have trailered their boats to Lake Charles, LA, to help the victims of Hurricane Laura. The anthology theme might be Christmas, but the stories are timeless.

   TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from my favorite indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  The store has re-opened to limited hours, so you can stop and shop, too.


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