Sunday, December 18, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen ~ DAY 7

BRRRRRR!!! Is it cold in your town? In North Pole, Alaska, it's snowing today and Christmas year 'round. Today's book recommendation is a deeee-lightful Christian Romance from Loree Lough. Let me tell you about it; I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK!

Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska by Loree Lough
A former Marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair. Bryce Stone has returned to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska and he’s not very happy about it. “The Town Where It’s Christmas All Year Long” does not appeal to the self-admitted scrooge. What’s worse, Bryce must postpone his dream of opening a furniture shop when his Aunt Olive retires and leaves him to manage the family’s cluttered Christmas boutique. Bryce hires a petite and inexperienced young woman to run the store, figuring that if she fails, he can sell the place! But Bryce underestimates Sam, who grew up with seven rowdy brothers and is out to prove her mettle in the frozen north. It’s a battle of wills and the two soon find that they’re fighting for more than just the shop. After all, love takes as many forms as the snowflakes that blanket the streets of North Pole.

I give this 5-million-stars and I know it will warm your heart this year. A great gift for the female reader you love. Buy from Amazon at this link (or world-wide elsewhere, too): Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!

PS: The Gingerbread Man is looking pretty used up. Let's see how he looks with 7 bites missing:
I can't wait to get to those M&Ms!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen ~ DAY 6

Oh, Sisters! Today I bring you the most wonderful book for Christian women that I have ever read -- SERIOUSLY! This book by Beth C. Walker is composed of short letters from the Holy Spirit directly to you, the reader, God's female children. I keep this book next to my bed and read one each night. It is not really written as a daily devotional, but can easily be used to encourage and edify you any moment of the day that you feel down or discouraged. Women's lives are especially complicated these days, and Beth's anointed writing allows us to recall what we already know in our spirits: God loves us more than we can ever imagine, God is available to us 24/7/365, and God wants us to hear Him and know His love.

Love Letters to my Queen Bride is available on Kindle and paperback, and will soon be released by Westbow, a Thomas Nelson company (Yes! The Bible makers!). Also, this book is in the review stage--if any of you think you might like to review it for Beth on Amazon, email me at for an ARC (a free digital or print copy set aside for this purpose).

God bless you and have an excellent weekend!
OH... let's see the Gingerbread Man before we go... what does he look like with 6 bites missing? OUCH!

Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen ~ DAY 5

Day 5 has the Gingerbread Man missing part of his middle. Yikes! I reckon I better go ahead and tell you the next book I want to recommend.

The Curse of Yama by K F Ridley has already garnered 17 excellent reviews since publication, and I think it will be a huge hit. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the new adventures of C.Walker and pals. In the opening installment, "The Curse of Yama,"Chloe Walker and her Indian pal, Sotol, traipse through danger and peril to rescue her father from a mysterious illness. Whimsical, funny, and full of thrills, any child who enjoys adventure will love this book!
As an added bonus, the middle-grade novel also is peppered with fun illustrations (penned by "moi")...
If you need a book series for your child 8 to 13, this one fills the order. Go to K F Ridlety's website to see TV interviews and TV spots for the book. Very well-received!

Ya'll have a marvelous day!
Ellen C. Maze, Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales, 5-star Fiction
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Hugs :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen ~ DAY 4

Well, Readers and Friends, it is Day Four of the countdown to Christmas, and my Gingerbread Man is missing both arms and one foot. I reckon he'll be just a head by the time we reach the Big Day! Which brings us to our purpose for this special blog: recommending a book a day that I loved and perhaps you will, too!

On the Soul of a Vampire by Krisi Keley intrigued me beyond words. To call this a Christian Vampire Tale sells it short in so many ways--it is much, much more. It is gothic, horrifying, delightful, and un-put-downable. Sometimes deep, but always peppered with soulful romance, this novel is worth a million stars.

Recommended if you like to read vampire novels and are open-minded regarding the use of the known vampire mythology. Purchase in Kindle or Paperback on LINK

Or visit the author's website at

Merry Christmas!!
Love, Ellen

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen~ DAY 3

Welcome to Day Three of Book recommendations. I love to hear what you guys are reading, so some of you may be interested to hear about some books I enjoyed this year.

Today, we are doing a memoir. NYC Entertainer Jerry Castaldo has written a breathtaking, no-holds-barred memoir of his life growing up in crime and mob-run Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Check out his reviews -- 243 5-star reviews and counting -- everyone is blown away by this book!

IN A HURRY? Most folks read this in one night. It's not filled with dead fluff, but packed with interesting and sometimes very grim stories. "Stab Me Harder, Jerry" and "They Came to Rape and Scarred My Face" are just two of the stories you'll find inside. Available on Kindle and paperback and Nook. My fav chapter is about the Mob, the Bookie and the Leisure Suits... this book will stick with you.

Brooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective by Jerry Castaldo (purchase at this link on

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen~ DAY 2

Hello and welcome to December 13th!

With 47 5-star reviews so far on Amazon, today's book recommendation is for an amazingly creative and unique sci-fi novel entitled "A Star Curiously Singing." I honestly can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book... here is my review that says it all.

In a futuristic world where sharia law is in place and mankind relies on technology to perform the simplest task, DR63 “SandFly” is about to find his life turned upside down. A “Chosen One,” SandFly was chosen as a youth to be implanted with a device that would allow him to speak to all of the machines that run the planet. Even though this would seem to give him incredible, unstoppable power, it does not because those in charge who chose him hold a controller that zaps him if disobeys. SandFly is a tool who belongs to a master, no more, no less. So how can he change the world? And what’s wrong with the world anyway?

I’ll leave that up to you to find out. Let me just tell you how fun this book was to read.

As an author myself, I read lots and lots of books. Some I enjoy, some not so much. This book, A STAR CURIOUSLY SINGING, is one that I hated to put down and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Because of my work load, I was only able to pick it up an hour at a time, but every time I set it down to go back to work, I thought about it all day. I sympathized and fell in love with the lead character immediately and worried for him as I longed to get back to the book. I can easily say that this is one of the best books I have ever read, and this is my very first sci-fi novel.

A review would not be complete without mentioning the technical aspects of Nietz’s method and style of writing. SandFly speaks in first person, and he speaks often to me, the reader. He calls me a “freehead” (I have no implant, you see!) and through his point of view, I know him very intimately—and I like him! He is such a well-rounded, three-dimensional character that I felt often that that if I released just a little bit, I could imagine he is real and this book is true. I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this story THE SUPERLATIVE STREAM.

Bravo Mr. Nietz!!

Ellen C Maze
Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales

Monday, December 12, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Book Gift Ideas from Ellen! DAY 1

 Clean and shiny, Day One will be bringing you a delightfully funny, uplifting and downright un-put-downable novel entitled, "The Garden Key." This is my very favorite book of 2010, and I just can't seem to hush up about it! Below is my review posted when I finished the read.

The Garden Key, by Angela Dolbear, is a book that could literally change the world. I can say with all honesty that if every man and woman on the planet read this book and let its words sink deep into their souls; when they opened their eyes the following day, they would be transformed. Changed into people who love. Really love. And in a real sense, The Garden Key is about real love.

Promos for The Garden Key entice the reader with comical, tongue-in-cheek, real-life phrases, dialogue and emotions. Honestly, I was convinced by one line from the web site which said something about "lust and cheeseburgers," but rest assured, the promises on the back cover can be trusted absolutely. As I read this book, I did indeed laugh often, and I cried with joy aplenty. I wept most when I reached the last page—do you know why? Because the novel ended.

Selfishly, I wanted it to go on and on and never conclude. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed this book so much (it was literally un-put-down-able), that when I got to the last 30 pages, I forced myself to stop reading. I would not pick it up for fear of finishing it. For over a week, I peeked at it next to my desk, carried it to my room to peek at it as I went to sleep—but I would not read on. I was terrified to see the last page. I was horrified that this wonderful, sweet, delightful, insightful and encouraging book was about to be finished. I have never read a book like this and I thank God that he led me to read it now. I have no doubt in my mind that I will read it over again many times.

And thankfully, the author hinted that she would write another. Praise the Lord.

Ellen C Maze, author Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

 Purchase the Garden Key:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lighting the Kindle Fire

Oh, what a glorious surprise when a dear friend sent me Amazon's Kindle Fire as an early Christmas gift. Most of you know that I have owned a Kindle 3G since Feb. 2011, and I used it all the time. I loved the portability and ease of carrying every book I own on a tiny device. When the Kindle Fire was introduced, suddenly my head was turned. This shiny, flashing, and intelligent machine was going to blow my other Kindle out of the water. Lo and behold, the mailman brought me this fantastic device last week and I have never been happier with a toy!
The gift card had a sweet note inside (thank you, Santa Jerry Claus!):

I immediately charged it up and began exploring her various mysteries!
Of course, all of my Kindle books previously-purchased showed up as soon as I registered the device. One-by-one, I downloaded the ones I wanted to read on my Kindle, and the others show up with a tiny arrow, reminding me to download them whenever I'm ready.

The device came with Netflix, and I have a streaming account with them -- BONUS! I watched some Law & Order and a couple of movies the first day. The streaming is seamless and the sound is excellent with or without headphones. Happy happy joy joy!

I can play on Facebook and Surf the 'Net with ease. I even added a free mapquest app so this Kindle can help me if I get lost. I do not own any other Smart devices, so I feel like this one will take the place of an iPhone or other such expense. Excited!

Here is a photo album of Ellen and her Fire, and you can see the affection is evident...

Licking the device is not recommended. 
It's okay to love your Kindle, but don't LOVE your Kindle...

I not only read Amazon books on this new toy, but I real PDF files, too. I uploaded a bunch of PDFs -- mostly of my own novels in progress -- and with the Adobe app (free on Amazon), I can read and mark those all day long. I love it!

Okay, so now what? I am busy writing this blog and have my Kindle fire sitting next to me, playing Pandora radio (another free app that came with the device). This is so awesome!

BOTTOM LINE: Extremely tech savvy people will undoubtedly compare this to the iPad or similar tablets, but for the money and the terrific performance, you just can't beat the Fire.

Here is a link to check out this Kindle Fire for yourself:

Here are my favorite books for you to get for your Kindle:

Brooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective by Jerry Castaldo (a gritty memoir of growing up in NY mob territory)

Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze 99 cents special!!
(a freaky vampire trip with nearly 100 5-star reviews so far)

The Garden Key by Angela Dolbear 
(fantastic, humorous, un-put-downable love story, my favorite book of 2010)

I hope you enjoy your Kindles and have a super week!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ode to the Writer with Too Many Novels in Her Head and Not Enough Time

May 24th, 2011, my 5th full-length novel (and my 6th book, including my anthology Feckless) was published by TreasureLine Publishing. Damascus Road has hit the ground running at the same time that my personal life took a totally different route-- divorce reared it's ugly head unexpectedly that same month. Odd how good things and bad things can happen right together, eh?

What now? I have so many more novels to write, two of which are finished and just need a month's tweaking; also a fantastic stand-alone novel about a modern young woman caught up in an ancient battle of gods and demons; a stand-alone vampire novel that reaches into the world of witchcraft and satan worship; and bringing up the rear, four totally adorable children's books, that are nearly ready to publish, save for a small amount of illustration to finish. I have plenty to publish, a willing publisher, so what's the problem?

TIME. I have no time!

Being divorced has recalibrated the way I use my time. Now a single-income family with a dependent teen child, 90% of it is now spent working to earn money for the bills, and the 10% leftover is used to promote my books that are already out. What's a woman to do? Answer: Create her own Company.

In July 2011, I officially opened The Author's Mentor, (Facebook page: LINK) a place where first-time authors and beginner writers can come for advice and info about the publishing industry. Asking about everything from "How do I get published?" to "How much money will I make on my first book?", my clients and I are having a blast peeking into this amazing and ever-changing industry. Evolving to favor the self-published author, the Publishing World is a maze that few can successfully navigate without a mentor, and when we come across something I don't know or haven't experienced, we find the answers together.

Business is good. The Author's Mentor now has more than 20 clients, and since July, have helped to publish more than 15 books and short stories, posting them to Amazon Kindle, Barnes&Noble Nook, and print editions through CreateSpace. See this link to see book covers and links of folks we've helped! LINK

Ode to the writer with less time to write. Don't worry, Rabbit Fans (as my readers are affectionately called)... I am still writing, and before long, you will see RABBIT REDEMPTION and TREE OF LIFE, those books you long for, to continue the series' you've already begun. I love to write and I love to share with you.

Let's all have a beautiful week and make something beautiful with the gifts we've been given!

HUGS and smooches from Alabama,

Ellen C. Maze

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BOOK LAUNCH! Free stuff! Uber-exciting "Damascus Road" WOOT!

May 24th, 2011
DAMASCUS ROAD, the second book in the Corescu Chronicles launches today with great fanfare and a super-super psychedelic, epic-win CYBER PARTY!! If you haven't attended one of these, you're missing a strange and enjoyable event!

Book characters are coming forward and answering questions, the author is revealing secrets of the trade as well as hints on future installments, and the publisher is giving away FREE BOOKS!!!!

Ya'll head on over to my "like" page on Facebook. Here's the link:
to join the festivities.

If you read this blog AFTER May 24th, come on over anyway. We love our readers and have giveaways frequently right on Facebook! This is one bestselling author who loves her readers!

ellen c maze

(LEAVE A COMMENT HERE FROM NOW UNTIL 12 NOON CENTRAL TIME FOR A FREE SIGNED COPY!! I will choose at random from the commenters at noon!!)

If you loathe Facebook and still want to play, visit our publishers blog to enter giveaways:

Monday, May 16, 2011

NEW BOOK "Damascus Road" -- "Quirky Vampire Irks Longsuffering Saint"

For all who have read THE JUDGING (Book One of the Corescu Chronicles), the news is good... the second installment in this 4-part series is coming in one week! DAMASCUS ROAD will launch in print May 24th with Kindle and Nook following a week or so behind.

Did you note the cheeky teasers I pasted on the book cover above?

Poor Tony Agricola... he risked life and limb to keep feckless Hope Brannen safe in Book One, and now he feels the need to find Paul Black and try to help him like he helped Mark. Tony's deluded... Paul doesn't want any help. Cover your neck, Tony; Paul's out for blood and he's as selfish and hedonistic as they come.

And Paul? He was such a nice and obedient servant before he became a vampire... yikes! What a pain in the butt he's become. Trust me, following the storyline between Paul and Tony will make you chuckle nearly as much as make you wince.

Hope Brannen? Clueless, feckless, self-absorbed, and nearly worthless. God may have used her to get Mark and Tony together, but what good is she now? Now that it's all over, she will do whatever it takes and go wherever necessary to reunite with the vampire who dumped her in Book One.

Finally, Mark Corescu. Priest-turned-vampire, Dr. Corescu, is gone--missing. Paul's desperate to find him, Tony wants to put him in the ground, and Hope wants a lover... What a crazy mixed up web we weave when we let Ellen write the tale.

Ya'll go buy this book as soon as possible. I have more to write and I can't do it without your help!

Hugs (not slugs),
Ellen C Maze 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

VIDEO Author Blog--Ellen correcting actual boo-boos in Proof Galley

I mean, Greetings, World-Wide-Interweb!
I decided to do a video blog (vlog-LOL) so I could show you my proof galley of Damascus Road, my newest "baby".
This SHORT AND FUN video contains the following:
1. discussion of grammatical and punctuation errors in my manuscript
2. discussion of how I correct them inside my document on Word
3. discussion on the dozens of novels I am writing simultaneously
4. discussion of how to use funny photos of yourself to make friends
and lastly
5. discussion of my dumb sisters and the awesomeness of their sister (LOL--sister humor)

Please TWEET this with my Tweet-This button if you can!
Hugs and blessings
(the Hebrew at the end was "Barukh Hashem", "bless the name", a blessing like, "Praise God")

Monday, April 11, 2011


Many of you know that in about 30 days I will release my sixth book, and my fourth full-length novel through my fantabulous publisher, TREASURELINE.

It is entitled DAMASCUS ROAD and is the sequel to last years hit, THE JUDGING. Before any of my novels go to the publisher, I like to run it through as many editors as I can; some are professional wordsmiths, and others are simply dedicated Rabbit Chasers who help me stay on track.

I want to share with you what has me dancing today. I have heard back from one of my pre-readers and she LOVED  LOVED  LOVED the book. Yayyyyyyyy!

Rabbit Chaser and professional artist Gayla Catrett says (look at Gayla's AMAZING artwork here...):

"You know....when you are doing something whether it be art or writing, you are bound to improve with each successive work. I have watched improvement in my own work; I think that each one is a little bit better. Your books though are a prime example of this. Your first book was good. The story was well thought out and the characters were deep without going overboard. It was good....but compared to this one....well there just is no comparison. Your second book was better than the third better than the second....etc. You continue to improve your storytelling, your style and the characters. At this rate, you will be on the New York Times Best Seller List in no time at all."

See why I'm dancing like Snoopy? A writer pours herself onto paper and then pushes the baby from the nest, hoping to God that her baby is loved by somebody out there... My baby found a friend, and because of these sentiments, I feel braver about sending this new baby out there to the cruel world.

Here is the book's awesome cover (photography by UK Photographer, Luke Gee, graphics and design by Elizabeth E. Little):
 And as you will see, the curious "Horse's Eye" theme will run throughout the series. Here is Books One and Two side-by-side:
Bear with me...
it's difficult to dance and type at the same time.
God bless,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Should I list a Giveaway for my Novel? (real answers from a real person)

Word of advice, when you have multiple giveaways simultaneously on different sites, be prepared to spend at least two hours in the family shipping department!

Why do giveaways? Where do I list giveaways for the most punch? Can I afford to do it? How much will it cost me in the end? Your friendly neighborhood Author’s Advocate, Ellen C. Maze, is about to answer these burning questions in




I’ll begin the answer to that question by asking: Do you have a million-dollar advertising campaign or a $16K-contracted New York publicist behind your book right now? If your answer is “no,” then a giveaway is for you! A giveaway gets your bookcover in front of people, that’s the short answer. Folks who may never have seen your book before, or even read your name before, have the opportunity to do so when they’re attracted by the delightful words: FREE BOOK! Do you love FREE? So do they! If 200 people enter your giveaway, and you have to send 1 winner a book, you have 199 people who came up empty, but learned about your book just for the chance to win one. That's cheap advertising, and that's good.

My favorite place to list a giveaway is If you haven’t, you need to sign up as a Goodreads Author to get the most punch from this account, but if you haven’t or can’t, you can list a giveaway with a common account as well. I also list giveaways on my Facebook group (link—join us! , and sometimes on my Twitter account (!/ellenmaze), and often on my blog ( ) . It would be neato-keen if you would follow that blog and also join my facebook group. Just sayin’.

If you don’t have the aforementioned money behind you, then, YES, you can afford it. How much is your advertising bill with your NY Publicist? Nothing? Then spend whatever you can on grass-roots promotion. It doesn’t have to cost much, and I look for as much free advertising as I can. Besides giveaways, you will need to seek out reviewers, bloggers, and friends to interview you to post all over the internet. Most of this is absolutely free, and your name and book are made known all over the globe!

I’ll give you some good guesstimates. 

• Say, you post a giveaway on Goodreads for 5 copies of your novel. Run it for at least a month for minimum exposure. I run mine 1 month, and usually have around 1000 people enter to win. 

• After it ends, Goodreads chooses the winners and sends you their addresses. You can keep the shipping costs down by selecting only USA or certain countries. Shipping one book Priority Mail to any other country than USA costs arounf $14, so keep that in mind. Shipping one book within the country, Media Mail, costs from $2.77-$3.23 or so (much more affordable!).

• YOUR COST: how much is your novel at-cost? Say it’s $4.77 per copy for you to buy it from the publisher/printer. Multiply by 5 copies, you’re out $23.85. Now add shipping fees, $2.77 x 5 = $13.85. Add the cost of the books to the shipping and you’re out: 37.70, and at least 1000 people have learned about your book. This is such a bargain! It costs less if you promise fewer books, but this is a good formula for getting your brand out there.

Lastly, here is something I truly believe and I want you to let it sink deep down into your subconscious: You have the creative spark, given to you by your Creator. He expects you to use it, develop it, and make the world a better place with it. I don’t know what better is, no one person or group can tell us that with 100% certainty, but I believe in this spark and I believe in you. You think the competition is tough? Well, it is, but that doesn’t have to cripple you. Go write, make it your best work, and get it published. Never give up, don’t listen to naysayers, and surround yourself with a support group of authors and writers who love the craft and have genuinely kind hearts.

I’m done.

Hug me.

Ellen C Maze
Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales at

Friday, February 25, 2011

What now? FECKLESS doing great, THE JUDGING, too...

So, my first anthology, FECKLESS (link) is smoking up the charts, tickling some, freaking others out--but still bringing in great reviews. THE JUDGING, Corescu Chronicles Book One (link) has 16 5-star reviews so far. It's also creeping people out, but in a good way. They say it is much, much darker than RABBIT:CHASING BETH RIDER (link), but it's hard for me to see, since I wrote the thing. I'm so happy that they love it and can't put it down, but some of them have a hard time sleeping at night. Sorry...

...what now?

Currently, I am helping my husband put the finishing touches on his first novel, WISP (link), and also editing/proofing my daughter's first novel, REIGN OF SHADOW (book one of three) (link), as well as filling art orders that come in periodically.

See, before I was a novelist, I painted portraits of animals for a living. I stopped advertising, but God still sends me clients by word of mouth whenever we need a little extra cheddar (thank You, Abba)... So that's what I'm up to.

Future plans? In March, I'll pick back up on writing Book Three in the RABBIT TRILOGY, this installment is entitled, RABBIT REDEMPTION (link). I'll also be proofing and sending off to the professionals to proof, Book Two of the Corescu Chronicles, DAMASCUS ROAD. And I'm collecting tales from other authors for a new anthology that I plan to publish around Halloween this year...

I have my plate full, so please read my books, write to me, keep me busy, and I promise to create new novels for you to sink your teeth into...

Huggles to all of you!
God bless

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ELLEN CAN'T HELP HERSELF -- I'm giving away 5 books on Facebook!

Join my facebook group, write anything on the wall, and be entered to win one of 5 of my books! Winner's choice of anything I've published. Yay! What are you waiting for? Giveaway runs until Feb. 13.

Follow this link to join, enter, and win!
FACT: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is the #1 Customer-Ranked HORROR novel on Amazon Kindle! Weird, eh? Yay!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


THE TITLE: Feckless, Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk

THE STORIES: The tales range from the extreme, the paranormal, the supernatural, spooky, creepy, suspicious, unpredictable psychopaths, and even the romantic.

THE STORYTELLERS: The authors come to us from many different genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Christian Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, True Crime, and Poetic Prose.

Yet, every single tale features one or more feckless characters; someone who just can't seem to succeed, someone who never gets it quite right, or just can't catch a break no matter how hard they try. This book should tickle fancies across the board, and will frighten the sensitive-hearted, so tell your friends.

Our list of authors:
(click this link to read up on each writer):

► Teric Darken

► Angela Dolbear

► Kat Heckenbach

► Krisi Keley

► Elizabeth E. Little

► Stuart Loudon

► Ellen C. Maze

►Kevin R. Maze

►Pete Turner

Yummy, yummy, to my tummy. Now, I need to get back to editing these things. I love my job.
~Ellen C Maze