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May at XC Publishing

What’s going on in the writing world of XC Publishing’s authors? Um … not a whole lot, unfortunately. Fallow time. It’s necessary to let the fields go unplanted to replenish minerals in later times, right? That’s our story and we’re sticking with it!

Cheryl Dyson got stalled at “H” for her Gauntlet Trilogy blog posts. Why not drop by her blog and leave a note of encouragement to continue the blog posts and, while she’s at it, FINISH THE THIRD BOOK ALREADY.

Ahem. Yeah.

Deb Ochery is lost in the harems of Arabia. We think. Deb. What’s up, eh? Write some more romance for us, will you?

Janet Loftis and Xina Marie Uhl spent considerable time in Spain walking the Camino de Santiago. This involved sipping from wine fountains, sleeping on bunk beds amidst enthusiastic snorers, ogling cute Irish pilgrim men, visiting lots and lots of churches, and eating pilgrim menus at ever-present bars (name for Spain’s cafes). Visit their blogs for reflections and photos.

More to report next month!

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March Madness!

March has been a busy month for our authors, as two of them are planning an exhaustive 500-mile trek across Spain on foot. WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING? you ask. Well, the answers may be found in their blogs here and here. Neither of them are strangers to world traveling, although this will be the first long-term adventure they will embark upon together. Janet recalls the first time she met Xina and her promise to throw herself in front of killer penguins should any happen to attack during their journey. I predict the only penguins they might encounter will be tuxedo-clad Spanish lads, in which case Deborah Ochery has placed a standing order for one to be shipped to her straightaway. Deborah has been occupied with the serious and demanding study of the male anatomy in order to write with improved biological accuracy, so she’s been far too busy to blog. She can be found on Twitter and Tumblr these days, retweeting sarcasm and reblogging posts of scenery (and nice-looking men) for future writing inspiration.

Xina Marie Uhl has some fascinating insights into why she chose to embark upon the Camino de Santiago, as well as some extremely valuable information regarding how to find the best airfare when planning to travel globally. Money saved on airfare can be used for more important things, such as FOOD. Xina also has a fascinating blog post on how to properly use hiking poles. Who knew there was an actual technique to using big sticks for walking? Apparently there is, so hie thee to the post and LEARN before you hurt yourselves! Also, they have the added benefit of giving you something with which to fend off rabid raccoons or killer penguins. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, as Xina would prefer not to starve whilst walking hundreds of miles and perhaps being attacked by lost penguins, so if you would like to contribute to her “please keep me alive” fund, click on her GoFundMe page found here and toss her a few bucks. SACRIFICE YOUR DAILY LATTE TO KEEP HER FROM BEING EATEN BY KILLER PENGUINS FOR PITY’S SAKE.

In less dramatic news, Cheryl Dyson has been writing eight to twelve novels at the same time, one of which is actually the third book of the Gauntlet Trilogy. The bad news is that this ridiculous writing process is exceptionally time-consuming. The good news is that once she finally finishes a novel the other seven will be released quickly thereafter because they are basically being written simultaneously. Yes, she realizes that she is insane and no, she has not consulted a physician about this because such a visit would most likely give her the idea to write novel number nine and that would be extremely counter-productive. Also, she has been blogging WEEKLY for seven whole weeks, which is not only a record but might actually rip apart the fabric of reality. If you see things beginning to warp your existence after week eight, please send her a comment begging her to cease and desist.


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What’s Up in February

Our XC Publishing authors have no lack of projects in the new year. For instance …

  • Cheryl Dyson has been blogging every week about The Gauntlet series characters and world. She also continues to labor over Book III in the series. In the meantime, why not re-read The Gauntlet Thrown and The Challenge Accepted?
  • Janet Loftis and Xina Marie Uhl have partnered up to tackle a formidable challenge of the non-writing variety – walking the ancient Spanish pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, said to hold the bones of St. James, apostle of Christ. What would possess two intelligent and courageous women to take on such a challenge? Janet explains here and Xina here. Check out their respective blogs for gear updates and other topics as they train, overcome mental blocks, and roar into the fire, stoking their bravery … Stay tuned for Camino-flavored writings to come!
  • Deborah Ochery seems to have become distracted chasing after hunky young men with dinosaur stuffed animals. But stories are a-brewin’ in her mind. Be sure to follow her blog to see what wickedness she comes up with!

Until next time ~

Buen Camino!

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A – Z Blog Challenge

Since I utterly, utterly fail at regular blogging, I’m taking part in Tonia Brown’s 26-week blog challenge. I’m gonna put the rules here so I don’t forget them:

1) You must blog once a week for 26 weeks beginning Sunday February 1st and ending Saturday August 1st.
2) Each week starts Sunday 00:00:00 and ends Saturday 23:59:59. You will use your own time zone. You may blog any time in that week, as long as it is before the Saturday limit. (ex. You can blog at 23:58 Saturday night, then also blog 00:10 Sunday morning and cover two weeks. It’s a cheesy and sneaky way to do it, but it is allowed.)
3) Each blog must total at least 500 words. To give you an idea of how many words that, this list of rules is words.
4) The theme for this blog challenge is A-Z. You must include a letter of the alphabet in your blog, starting with A and ending on Z 26 weeks later. The blog doesn’t need to be entirely about the letter. Just use it as a prompt for the blog. The title, the ending, a slight mention, as long as you include it you will satisfy the rules.
5) You may employ guest blogs to fill out your weekly requirement. In other words, you can trick someone else into writing a blog post for you, or use an interview or even a feature about someone else’s work. As long as the posts are 500 words and include the letter of the week.
6) This is limited to one blog. You cannot carry the week to week across blogs. Please announce the blog you are going to use on under the “What blog are you using” post on this page.
7) You may also make a new post here about your blog, but only post once about your blog. Don’t flood the group. If you want to keep us updated, please use the comments section to post your links to your own blog under your own post header. This isn’t required. Don’t tag everyone in the group if you post it on other pages or places.
8) If you fail to post on any given week, you must announce your withdrawal. There are no passes. Learn to use your blog tools to prepare for vacations and the likes. If you must withdraw for personal reasons, please feel free to message me and I can announce your withdrawal if you’re unable to deal with it.
9) At the end of 26 weeks I will issue three levels of digital prizes.
a. A “Participatory” badge for you to display on your blog. These are for everyone who participated.
b. An “Almost There” badge. These are for folks who completed over half the challenge.
c. A “Winner” badge. These are for everyone who completed the challenge.
10) As a bonus, I will include all of the “Winners” into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. There is only one gift card and everyone who finishes the challenge will be eligible.
11) This is a self policed challenge. The only time I will check up on folks is when I draw the wining gift card. I will go through the winner’s page, and if they failed to meet the rules, I will discard their entry and draw another.
12) Have fun! If you aren’t enjoying, then what is the point?

Now, let’s see if I can do this thing. *FISTPUMP*

I plan to write about characters and places in The Gauntlet Series, with hope that it will motivate me to get off my arse and finish the damn thing. I have been working on it, just slower than Frodo’s trip to Mordor, apparently.

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January 2015 Round Up

Happy New Year!

Xina Uhl has been hard at work on a number of projects. She turned in her book “The Civil Rights Act of 1964” (children’s nonfiction), and finished a short story “Whiter Passages” – an Antarctic romance. She’s now working on the next volume in the Icebound series called “All Mouth and No Trousers,” which is soon to be finished. You can read some more about that here: https://xuwriter.wordpress.com/tag/icebound/ She’s also submitting queries for her Black Death/1918 Influenza Pandemic children’s nonfiction book.

Both Cheryl Dyson and Deb Ochery have been writing, and writing, and still more writing. They hope to have new works available for you soon.

Janet Loftis has been doing a ton of writing…but most of it for school unfortunately. She’s now pursuing a graduate program in Crisis and Disaster Management, and exploring such fascinating topics as ebola quarantines and fires in the wildland-urban interface (e.g., the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm). But never fear, where other students may simply glance at a list of biological warfare tactics over the centuries, Janet sees more fodder for future horror stories.

And in an amusing turn of events, Janet was happy to share a tale from one of her co-workers who, after having a discussion with his 60-year-old mother about “50 Shades of Grey” recommended downloading a sample of Janet’s erotica titles from Amazon Kindle. Despite her deep blushing, and her “oh my”s, his mother not only kept reading, she bought some more. It’s very rewarding for a writer to hear they’ve entertained someone, so Janet will be working in February to put together another collection of her erotica stories. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, you might want to try these works:

The Guantlet Thrown  (Fantasy)

A Fairy Tale  (Light-hearted Fantasy)

The Box Quadrilogy (Erotica)

Be Careful What You Wish For (Erotica)

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September Roundup

We hope everyone is having a great October! September was a fairly lackadaisical month for writing as we all geared up to go back to school and prepare for fall. That doesn’t mean that our authors haven’t been busy, of course!

Xina Marie Uhl is working on several WIPS (works-in-progress) and is asking for constructive feedback as she goes. Feel free to read and join in the discussion here: Action on the Training Field

She is also requesting some help with making sure that Amazon recognizes the lowest price (low prices, yay!) on her books, so if you’re in the mood to do some simple clicking and help her out, follow this link! A Request

For the poetry minded, she has posted some lovely poetry by Rumi and accompanying photos, followed up by an announcement regarding Read Tuesday, a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers. In 2014, Read Tuesday falls on Tuesday, December 9. More information found here: Read Tuesday and More!

"Buchblätter 003" by Mummelgrummel - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buchbl%C3%A4tter_003.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Buchbl%C3%A4tter_003.jpg

“Buchblätter 003” by Mummelgrummel – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Janet Loftis has some thought-provoking posts, including this one: Crisis Management 101 wherein she describes technical issues with her laptop (we’ve all been there, yeah?) and her urge to throw her electronics repeatedly against the wall. A lost pet revisited her in her dreams, leading her to a moment of reflection A Dream. A Memory.

Deborah Ochery has been doing research into the wide world of erotica, dating, and general debauchery (lol) and we hope to see a post or two from her soon.

Cheryl Dyson has been spending all of her time writing actual books rather than blogs, with an occasional foray into Tumblr where she enjoys reblogging social justice rage, steampunk, random fanart, and cool dragon pictures. Feel free to follow her HERE if randomness is your thing. And have a cool dragon picture.



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Looking for Some CARnal Knowledge?

Janet Loftis’s collection of sexy stories Wheels and Deals has been updated to contain a new title and a new cover. What do you think?

Woman's legs in highheel shoes out of a car window

Come find out more~

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August Roundup

The latest update from the authors at XC Publishing:

Cheryl continues working on the third book of the Gauntlet Trilogy.

Erotic, kinky tales occupy Deb’s time…with more to be published for her eager fans soon. (She promises!) And who could think of a more fun way to occupy one’s time anyway?

Janet has released the 2nd Edition of her horror/dark fantasy anthology “Skin and Bones” to include a new story titled “Zombitos” (yes, zombie bobitos – if you’ve ever been bedeviled by those annoying flies in Baja – this story is for you!) “Skin and Bones” also sports new cover art. Find it for sale on Amazon.com

Janet also released a new piece of erotica “Ivy League” (sex with plants!) which you should find on Smashwords.com, as a free introduction for you to try out her stories. (Note: it can also be found on Amazon.com, but Amazon has not yet changed its price to “free,” so go to Smashwords first.)

Xina has been very busy promoting her “The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior” as well as an audiobook “Out of the Bag and Other Quirky Short Stories” (tales of romance, science fiction, and fantasy by Deb, Janet, and Xina). You can find the latter on Podiobooks.

She’s also put together “The Ruling Elite and Other Stories” as a free teaser to introduce you to the fantasy stylings of herself and Janet.

We’re all hard at work blogging and writing new stories for you to devour.

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Six Tales of Wonder, Adventure, and Heartbreak


Ruling Elite_xcdedicatedpageFantasy fuses with history and anthropology in this new collection from two XC Publishing authors.

Available now for FREE.

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June and July Roundup

What’s been going on with XC Publishing lately?

Xina’s been posting over at her blog on travel, cats, and Anglo Saxon Riddle Songs. Say what? Visit to see!

Cheryl’s been writing on the third and final Gauntlet book, which is coming slowly … but still coming. Yay!

Deb is having kinky times over at her blog and on Tumblr.

Janet has been reflecting on her travels while fighting off garden gnomes and migraines over at her blog.

More to come soon!



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