Celebrate The Small Things

QUOTE: Courage is not the absence of fear. It is being afraid but being able to control that fear so you are able to perform at your highest ability. That's what makes a champion ~ Cory Lester


Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson

  The book is now available!

Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.
Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.

Today I'd like to celebrate small things, medium things, large things… the size doesn't really matter. It's all about the celebration. This awesome bloghop is hosted by VikLit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.  Check it out!


Today I'm celebrating the following:

~ reading a paranormal-action novelette written by a fellow blogger/writer

~ sending some of my flash fiction to CP's/betas (my first time sending it out…)

~ I won an e-book: Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. in yesterday's Valentine special giveaway on Medeia Sharif's blog.Yay!

~ You still have time to sign up for my first ever collaborative bloghop hosting gig (to celebrate my blog-o-versary) from 18-20 February … more details HERE




How has your week been? Did you enjoy your Valentine yesterday? Read any interesting stories recently? Got any champion-related stories to share?


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Yeah for Tyrean!

    I saw th contest at Medeia's yesterday – congratulations on winning.

    And you are indeed a Ninja Minion!!

  2. M. J. Joachim on February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats on all you get to celebrate today! Cool badge, btw!

  3. L. Diane Wolfe on February 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats! I guess my minions need a badge, too.

  4. Cherie Reich on February 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Congrats for being a Ninja Minion (love the badge!)! And what great things to celebrate. 😀 Have a great weekend!

    • michelle on February 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      @Alex ~ Yay (X3)

      @M.J ~ super cool badge…

      @L.Diane ~ I'm sure they'd love that…

      @Cherie ~ enjoy your weekend too!

  5. SK Anthony on February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Yay for winning the e-book! First time sending out your work to betas? eek! I haven't yet, I have to find some :-/ but good luck!

    Congrats to Tyrean 😉

  6. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on February 16, 2013 at 1:58 am

    It's great that you're diving head on into supporting bloggers! Kudos to you for taking on the A-Z minion responsibilities!

  7. The Golden Eagle on February 16, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Had a rocky week, but there have been some good stories in there. 🙂

  8. Stina Lindenblatt on February 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Love the badge. 😀

  9. Carol Kilgore on February 16, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I wish Tyrean the best with her book. I have nothing fun to share – I've been a real worker bee this week 🙂

  10. Stephen Tremp on February 16, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Good luck to Tyrean! I forgot to share the Small Thinfs, but have one on tap for next week. 

  11. michelle on February 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    @S.K. ~ thanks

    @Nancy ~ most bloggers are such supportive people, it's nice to do likewise…

    @Golden E ~ we have to take the ups with the downs… it's not always rosy…  🙂

    @Stina ~ thanks for the visit! 🙂

    @Carol ~ you are such a productive person… kudos to you…  🙂

    @Stephen ~ have a great week Stephen.

  12. Juliet Bond on February 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Very cool!

  13. Tyrean on February 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Wow! Sweet mention! Thank you! I really like the quote too. Congrats on all your celebrations! The badge is definitely awesome, and I'm a minion too, so A to Z will be even more exciting this year . . .minions unite! And your blog hop looks like fun!


  14. Viklit on February 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    YAY to winning an e-book and sending work to CPs!! HURRAH. Thanks for celebrating!

  15. Arlee Bird on February 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    You'll be a great minion.  Now hit that list!



  16. Nick Wilford on February 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats to Tyrean! Look forward to reading this.

    Hope you get great feedback on your flash fiction and enjoy your minion duties!

  17. michelle on February 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    @Juliet ~ thank you!  

    @Tyrean ~ so glad I could help you with the book release… minions unite for sure…*virtual high-5*

    @Viklit ~ two things to be really excited about!

    @Arlee ~ yessiree Mr. A to Z has spoken!

    @Nick ~ can't wait for the feedback… I'm probably gonna be running around like a headless chicken with the minion duties, but I say bring it on! 


  18. Jemi Fraser on February 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Congrats on winning Medeia's book – she's awesome! 🙂

  19. Lexa Cain on February 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Congrats to Tyrean! And congrats to you for reading, sending, and winning! You've had a busy and successful week. Yay! 🙂

  20. Medeia Sharif on February 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Congrats to Tyrean.

    Thanks for the mention. I'm glad you won my book. 

    That's a cool badge. 

  21. tammy theriault on February 17, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Great little celebrations! I bet your cp will enjoy your work…and not use red ink 😉

    • michelle on February 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

      @Jemi ~ yes, she is… and so disciplined and focused too…  🙂

      @Lexa ~ very busy, but also having fun at the same time  🙂

      @Medeia ~ yay for the book, I can't wait to read it!

      @Tammy ~ well the red pen is unavoidable and I know that it's for my own good…  🙂

  22. Shelly on February 17, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I have a lot going on. A lot of unexpected things have been happening. I'll email you about it later. Life is full of curve balls.

    Hugs and chocolate,



  23. Lara Lacombe on February 17, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Congrats on winning a book! [g]

  24. Leslie Rose on February 17, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Yay for your win of Medeia's book. Sweet badge! I ate too many chocolate chip cookies on Valentine's Day as I tried to avoid the box of chocolates. Oops.

  25. michelle on February 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    @Shelly ~ hope you managed to deflect those curve balls…

    @Lara ~ my reading pile is now so high that it's ready to topple over!

    @Leslie Rose ~ *chuckles* was it the lesser of the two evils scenario?


  26. Misha on February 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats on becoming a Ninja Minion! 

    As for reading, I'm woefully behind. Sigh. Maybe I'll make a point to read more this week. Wanted to this weekend, but I'm on meds that make me drowsy, so reading is currently putting me to sleep. :-/ 

  27. Nas on February 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Congratulations on winning Medeia's book!

  28. michelle on February 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    @Misha ~ take it easy and drink plenty of fluids if you're on meds… the reading can wait till you recover…  🙂

    @Nas ~ I can't wait to read it Nas…  

  29. Julie on February 18, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Congrats to Tyrean! I'm excited that you're a minion! 

  30. tara tyler on February 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    awesome things to celebrate! and yay for tyrean!

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