Friday, August 18, 2017

The Speculative Fiction Cantina with Anna M. Aquino and Leisa Ebere

Today on the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are pleased to welcome writers Anna M. Aquino and Leisa Ebere.

Anna M. Aquino
Anna M. Aquino

Anna M. Aquino is a super fabulous woman of God, wife, and ninja mom of two daughters.  As a writer and guest minister, her passion is to encourage others to fulfill their own destinies.  Often referred to as a preacher and a comedian rolled into one, she believes laughter is one of the best ways to get people to think. She is the author of many works including Cursing the Church or Helping It, Confessions of a Ninja Mom, An Ember In Time and A Marriage In Time.  She has been interviewed on places such as TBN, The Gospel Channel, and many radio shows. She has also written articles for well-known sources like Charisma, Ministry Today and the UK’s Keep The Faith Magazine. While she and her family do travel for ministry, Anna is based out of Central Ohio.  If you would like to connect with her then please contact her online at, Twitter: annamaquino, Instagram: AnnaMAquino33, and Facebook: annamaquino2.

Anna's Books:

Anna's Links:

Leisa Ebere
Leisa Ebere

Leisa Ebere, was originally born in San Francisco, California and now resides in Gravesend in the UK. She is married with three children and one grandchild.

Leisa has been writing poems and stories since the age of twelve and was inspired to write Crows and Angels, her new novel, by the stories her grandmother told her, of her ancestors settling in the Dakota Territory.

Leisa grew up on a horse ranch in the Northwestern United States and is 1/16 Sioux Indian by birth; and has a special place in her heart for Native Americans. Her aim is to tell their side of the story through her writing.

Leisa's Book:

Crows and Angels 

Leisa's Links:


Thursday, August 17, 2017

What Makes Me Laugh

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge. And today's prompt is "What Makes Me Laugh."

Lots of things make me laugh, like a funny television show. Probably my favorite sitcom of all time is Frasier. It was intelligent and funny.

Funny movies make me laugh, but good funny movies are hard to find. Lately "funny" moves tend to be aimed at teenagers with puerile humor to match.

People make me laugh. Not derisively, but with joy at how funny people can be, often without realizing it.

And bad jokes make me laugh, the cornier the better. Here's one of my favorites:

"How warm is the inside of a tauntaun?

Luke warm."

What makes you laugh? Comment below.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Speculative Fiction Cantina with Mark J. Engels and R.L. Akers

Today one the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are pleased to welcome writers Mark J. Engels and R.L. Akers.

Mark J.Engels
Mark J. Engels

Boyhood interests in trains and electronics fostered Mark’s career as an electrical engineer, designing and commissioning signal and communications systems for railroads and rail transit agencies across the United States. Along the way he indulged his writing desire by authoring articles for rail and transit industry trade magazines. Coupled with his long-time membership in anime, manga and anthropomorphic fandoms he took up writing genre fiction. Growing up in Michigan, never far from his beloved Great Lakes, Mark and his wife make their home today in Wisconsin with their son and a dog who naps beside him as he writes.

Mark is a member of Allied Authors of Wisconsin, one of the state's oldest writing collectives.

Mark's Book:

Mark's Links:

R.L. Akers
R.L. Akers

R.L. Akers loves stories. He loves hearing them, loves telling them, loves embellishing them, and loves forging them from raw materials. He is convinced that every person who ever lived has an interesting story, and he's only met one person in his life who came close to proving otherwise.

Holder of an undergraduate degree in computer science and a master's degree in business administration, Akers has worked in software development as well as non-profit fundraising and publicity. His love for children has led him in the past to be a foster parent and a coordinator of the K-5 ministry at his church, and he currently invests time each week in the lives of local high schoolers. His interests include graphic design, orchestral movie soundtracks, and anything remotely creative.

Akers lives in West Virginia with his wife and the four children he loves most in this world. Visit Akers online at his blog,, where you can find short stories and information about upcoming novels. Make sure you also check out,, and

R.L,'s Books:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Greatest Weakness

Back to the 52-week blogging challenge (we're getting close to the end). This week's prompt is "My Greatest Weakness."

We all have weaknesses. I have little self-control around foods I like. I like to drive fast. I don't multi-task well.

But what's my greatest weakness?

Last week I talked about how extremely shy I am. And I'm going to stick with that as my greatest weakness. But the good news is, I've mostly overcome it except in group settings where I don't know everyone.

But it used to be miserable. I wouldn't talk to people at all for fear of rejection (which is what I think shyness is: fear of rejection). I could barely function as a human when I was in my teens.

And I'm still shy. I just worked hard to overcome it like I said last week. But when I have to call a stranger on the phone and ask for an interview, I have to screw up my courage. Every time. It's very difficult for me. I don't make friends easily and usually have very few.

What do you consider your greatest weakness? Comment below! Let's talk.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Speculative Fiction Cantina Replay with Wesley Thomas and John Pyka

Today on a Speculative Fiction Cantina replay, we are proud to welcome writers Wesley Thomas and John Pyka.

Wesley Thomas
Wesley Thomas

Wesley Thomas is a bestselling horror author, freelance writer, business owner, and avid blogger. His obsession with all things horror has led many of his short horror stories to be published in anthologies, magazines, e-zines, and on popular websites. He strives to scare, thrill, and entertain.

Wesley's Books:


Where Does Crazy Start?


Wesley's Links:


John Pyka
John Pyka AKA “Big Daddy Cool”

For over 20 years John Pyka has set himself apart as an entertainer with his patented fusion of magic, music, and larger than life characters!

John Pyka is best known for his work onstage as a new vintage variety artist, fusing music and magic with comedy and dance in a 1920s – 1940s style in what is described as “Dieselpunk.” He can be seen performing in theaters, at festivals and conventions around the country.

He is also the author of 4 books on magic, including the best-seller Theatrical Magic. His first novel, Tales From the Flip-Side is published by Pro Se Press and available wherever books are sold – also available as an audiobook!

John is also the producer and host of the Dieselpunk Podcast, THE Voice of Dieselpunk on iTunes and Stitcher. He is also the producer and host of the weekly YouTube show The Roll N Go Game Review Show.

John's Books:

Tales From The Flip-Side 

Magic 101 (non-fiction)

Theatrical Magic (non-fiction)

John's Links:


From Today's Program: A Renegade Speeding Black Hole.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Biggest Strength

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is "Your biggest strength."

I had to think about this for a while. And I finally decided what my biggest strength is.

I'm a very, very shy person. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ. The "I" stands for "introvert." I would rather be alone with my thoughts than at a party where I have to interact with people. All you introverts know what I mean.

But despite that, I am a pretty good public speaker. I can speak in front of a group of people without a problem, if I'm sure about my subject. Part of that is because of my work in Toastmasters. But even before Toastmasters I was fairly good at public speaking. When I worked in the corporate world, I would gladly give presentations all the time.

So I think my greatest strength is overcoming my inherent shyness to be a good public speaker.

Or it might be that I'm capable of doing freelance writing work because that means calling people I don't know and asking them for interviews. It's very hard for me to do that. But I do it because I enjoy the freelance work so much.

What is your greatest strength. Comment below!

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Speculative Fiction Cantina with Keith Rosson and John Murphy

Today on the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are very pleased to welcome writers Keith Rosson and John Murphy.

Keith Rosson
Keith Rosson

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City, and his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, December, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He's been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the Birdwhistle Prize for Short Fiction and the New American Fiction Prize. He’s also an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others. A fierce advocate of public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at

Keith's Works:

The Mercy of the Tide

"Torch Songs" (short story)

"Forgive Me This" (short story)

Keith's Links:


John Murphy
John Murphy

John Murphy was a Corporal in the US Marine Corps. He graduated college and had a successful career in the software industry. He’s the father of 3 adult sons and grandfather of 2.  In addition to writing great stories to share, he enjoy a good cigar, riding motorcycles, shooting guns, drinking tequila, downhill skiing fast and traveling the world with his soulmate wife.

John's Books:

Mission Veritas 

Proelium Veritas 

Vulgus Chronicles

John's Links:


From Today's Program: Math will be Key to Communicating with Aliens.