Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chronicles of the Dragon Cave from A to Z: "B" for Breast plates and bloggers


Clarifying Note: Ever been in a place where you're not familiar with the customs? A very elegant table with 5 spoons, 10 forks and 6 glasses in front of you and you keep glancing around for cues on how to deal with your food? Well, this is my very first A to Z challenge and I feel just like that. When my dwarves came back from visiting dozens of blogs yesterday, they brought to my attention the fact everyone explained what could be expected from their posts this month. I didn't. Yesterday I skipped formalities and just started. I presumed your minds were all connected to this dragon's so you were aware what the master plan was since the  moment I concocted it. Don't know where I read humans can do that with red dragons.

Now to those of you who haven't developed such a telepathic connection with me, Chronicles of the Dragon Cave from A to Z are about the life in the Dragon Cave while we prepared ourselves for this challenge. Through these bits, you'll learn more about me, my lair, my muses and some of my most relevant dwarves. I hope you enjoy.  By the end, we might try that telepathic connection again.

"Carmelita, why are you covering the walls with all those welcome signs?" Pancholin asked, cloth and polisher in hand.
   "The master told me multiple bloggers are coming for the A to Z Challenge and I want them to feel our hospitality." Carmelita hung a picture of the Dwarf Cheering Squad with a welcoming legend.
   The idea of strangers in the cave unsettled Pancholin. "Bloggers? What bloggers? When is this happening? I didn't see that memo!" He started to polish the closest metal at hand.
   Carmelita frowned and crashed a smiley face sign on his head. "My breast plates don't need polishing. How many times do I have to tell you?" She grabbed the rest of the signs and strode away. "Fireballs! Bloggers might be here already."
   With the sign as a collar, Pancholin glanced about as if looking for ghosts. Nerves got the best of him. The circling motion of his hand was instinctive. "B-bloggers? if you are really here, manifest yourselves...nicely."


The Begonia Bribe Cover Reveal 

Today the fireworks at the Cave are due to the cover reveal of Alyse Carlson's book: The Begonia Bribe. We are always happy to be part of this kind of parties. Congratulations, Alyse!


The Begonia Bribe:  2nd in the Garden Society Cozy Mystery series by Alyse Carlson (aka: Hart Johnson)  
Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment …

A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.

But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.

Pre-order on: Amazon Barnes and Noble Find Hart/Alyse at: Confessions of a Watery Tart Facebook Author Page or Profile Twitter

159 comments:

  1. Congrats to Hart.

    Great piece. It has a medieval feel to it. I think it would be hard to describe bloggers to people of long ago.

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  2. Hello, I am a blogger. I promise I don't bite.

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  3. Congratulations Hart. Sounds like a neat mysterious serious :)
    Oh, and the dragon's breast plates are shimmering nicely!

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  4. Congratulations to Hart and her cover reveal! I like the quote "Murder is never pretty" printed on a really pretty cover. Nice. (:

    Pancholin is in for a big surprise today. . .
    ;)

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  5. Love the cover!!! Good to meet you - I'm from GB, never done anything like this before - only been blogging for under a year!! Meeting some amazing people!!

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  6. Great cover reveal and to any nervous dwarf pointing a weapon my way, this blogger comes in peace. Nice post.

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  7. Aloha Al,

    Stepping out of the shadows to wish you a very happy B-is-for BLITZ day :)

    Hope you enjoy all the many comments heading your way and PS... I have an unemployed Leprechaun who is free until early March next year... are the dwarves looking for a new helper? :)

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  8. B is for BLITZ... so it's a double "B" celebration...
    Great Post... "B" a great day... enjoy all the glory!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  9. You and your dwarves have truly made this one of the most welcoming places here in this blogosphere. I am so very glad that you ventured into my corner of the blogosphere. I've known you only a short time, but you have already warmed my spirit with your welcome, your positive energy and your brilliant pieces.

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  10. I heard whispers about your dwarves yesterday, as I visited sites connected to A to Z.

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  11. Something else that begins with B is Blitz!

    I'm taking part in the A To Z challenge too so I'll no doubt be visiting here again as I make my way through the list.

    But for now you've been blitzed!

    Chippy

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  12. Oh, yes, the bloggers ARE coming...nicely manifested, too!

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  13. Congratulations,Hart Johnson! Very intriguing synopsis.

    Great A-Z theme, Al. I look forwards to getting to know more about you, your lair and your lovely dwarves! :D

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  14. Congratulations, Hart!
    And the Bloggers are coming. You know why? Because today is your day to be BLITZED!!!!!!!

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  15. I love Hart! congrats to her, and yeah, good luck to you and your dwarves today ;)

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  16. Bloggers, Bloggers everywhere! Happy B Day!

    Great cover, too. Congrats Hart!

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  17. I'm guessing there will be a lot fireballs coming your way today :)

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  18. Congratulations Hart!! :)

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  19. I didn't realize that blogs were so old. Tough to do without electricity. Good piece.

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  20. Had to pop into the Dragon Cave today and say hi. Looks like you are all ship shape and shiny. Have a super cool day!

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  21. Happy "B" Day! Iwill stay clear of the Chihuahua!

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  22. Happy Blog Blitz Day!!

    Tell the dwarves I felt very welcome. :)

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  23. Congrats to Hart! And that was an amazing moment to manifest into the cave. Hehehe! It looks lovely, by the way.

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  24. What a gorgeous cover! Expect to be blitzed!

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  25. What a fun A to Z theme you have going on here and what a 'warm' and welcoming space. While I'm not participating in A to Z this year, I am lurking about and reading some of the posts. This should be fun. I'll be back.

    Oh did I forget to mention that I am a part of the Blog Blitz Team.

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  26. worthy blog blitz pick. Bueno!!!! Have fun with April A to Z.

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  27. Love the cover for this one - a must have series!

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  28. I feel the telepathic connection growing. Congrats to Hart, love the cover!

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  29. your reveal style is a blast! yay for father dragon!

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  30. You've been BLITZED, my man! What a week you're having!! :)

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  31. Happy Blitz! Loved your little blogger explanation.

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  32. Nice. I like it here.
    DON'T feed the dwarves? Uh oh. :)

    Oh ... and ... BAZINGA! You've been BLITZED!!!!!!

    You ROCK!

    Heather

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  33. Visiting from A-Z and BlogBlitz. I love your humour, you've brighted my day.Hope the BlogBliz brightened yours.

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  34. Hi! You've been Blitzed! Oh, and Happy A-Z, too! :)

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  35. Lol. Cheeky Pancholin. Congrats to Alyse AKA Hart. And enjoy being BLITZED!

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  36. My goodness what a fiery site! Just the thing for a cool day in Scotland :)

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  37. Yours is the most unique personality I've ever come across blogging. I mean, how often does one get to meet a dragon?!?

    And I'm a newbie at the A to Z Challenge, too, so you're not alone in figuring this out for the first time! :) Have fun with it!

    Jaimie
    Living in the Light
    A to Z Ambassador

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  38. Manifesting Blogger here...You've been Blitzed from Texas where Snap-DRAGONS and Bluebonnets are blooming. Now wasn't that NICE??? Wow!!! This Dragon Cave is HOT! Love your background and graphics as well as your writing. YOU are on my AtoZ Blog Roll....I'll be Baaaaack!!!
    Sue~CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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  39. Looking forward to taking the A-Z trip with you, Al. Hart's book sounds like a neat mystery.

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  40. You are getting Blitzed from New Hampshire today and boy am I glad you did all that cleaning for all of us. Al Hart's book sounds good to me.

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  41. Congrats to Hart!

    And the bloggers are here. You've been blitzed!

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  42. Oh, you're doing GREAT! No worries about not getting the customs. And THANK YOU so much for sharing the Begonia Bribe cover and blurb!!!! I appreciate it!!!

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  43. Al,
    The cave is a lovely example of what determined dwarfs can do when they have to. ;)
    Your site is gorgeous and a great example of how to express a writer's voice visually. Love it!

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  44. I love the idea of an A to Z blog! Telepathy aside, I think you've written a very entertaining post! I'm sure the dwarfs have done an admirable cleaning job, breastplates included!

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  46. I tell you, I need to borrow a couple of your dwarfs to spiff up my place.In fact I have some nice silver they can have a go at. :-)

    At least you got your article up. Altho I'm not actually a full participant, I couldn't even get my article to post yesterday. It's okay, it can be used on the 15th.

    Congratulations to Hart on her new release!

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  47. THE BLITZ IS ON, BROTHER! Er, um, Father, that is. ;)

    The beauty of A-Z is no rules! Whatever way works for you, works for us too!

    Hope you enjoy your blitz! *tosses confetti*

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  48. You have been Blitzed!
    Awesome Cover- and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
    ~Summer

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  49. Room for one more blogger in the cave? Mind if I try on the breastplate? I'm rather fond of armor. :)

    Happy A to Z'ing! And congrats to Hart! Wish I'd thought of fireworks.

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  50. Great website, blitz buddy! Best of luck to you!

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  51. Many bloggers don't define their A to Z posts ahead of time. *slaps Pancholin's wandering hands* You've made it quite cozy here in the dragon cave!

    Congrats to Hart. :)

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  52. You're doing just fine. This is actually the first year I've done a theme.

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  53. I wish I had found you before, I love dragons, all kinds of dragons. I am here because of the blitz, but I will stay to read about a dragon. Like the sound of the story The Begonia Bribe.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  54. Wonderful post! It's good to meet you!

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  55. I love the dragon cave!! Blog blitz and A-Z? You are one lucky Dragon :)

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  56. To be fair, I did the same thing. I'm thinking maybe I should put something on the top of my blog explaining my theme, just so people know.

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  57. LOL. I LOVE the dwarves. They're adorable--which is probably not what you want to hear, but coming from a female that should be acceptable. Loving the meme, and I'll have to pop back in and read it all. Awesomesauce!

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  58. Blistering Barnacles! You are in the process of being blitzed by a batch of B-Bloggers about to bear down, like a BOMB!
    Happy Blitz Day!
    (Once again, I love your pyrotechnical display! It lights up everything!)

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  59. Ha ha. Polishing the breast plates :) Love it. Happy blog blitz!

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  60. Wow, this is such a cool blog. Nice to "meet" you Al.
    Karen

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  61. What a great blog! I need more time to explore it fully, so I will be back (I just heard Schwartenegger's voice in my head).
    Happy Blog Blitz!

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  62. It's cozy in the cave with all these bloggers! Nice to meet you, Dragon Folk. Happy Blog Blitz!

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  63. Well, it's a good thing you warned the gang we were coming because you're getting BLITZED today. It's always lovely to visit here in the Dragon's cave.

    Alyse's book looks murderously lovely, too.

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  64. Nice, another blog to add to my reading list now.

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  65. Lovely job you did of starting to introduce yourself and your cave. Looking forward to reading more about it, you, the dwarfs (who are very funny). Also, thanks for your kindness to DL which has prompted this BLITZ! So it was a perfect day to hang a welcome banner, because you're going to have more than you expected...


    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  66. A welcome plate just for us Bloggers? Best dragon cave ever!
    I'll be ready for that next telepatic connection trial, haha. Funny and cute post ;)

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  67. Congrats, Hart! Sounds very awesome!

    <3

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  68. Loved your welcome to the cave excerpt... very clever...

    CONGRATS to HART on her newest BOOK COVER....SO charming. I love illustrated covers.


    Thanks for the kind comment you left on my blog AL.... I REALLY appreciate it!

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  69. Lots of B's on your blog today! What a great cover, too!

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  70. *looks around the cave* No need to worry, Pancholin. We don't tend to bite. ;-)

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  71. Your dwarves always polish everything up nicely for visiting bloggers! Your blog is wonderful! and BTW - you've been blitzed!!! Because you are a shining example of the awesomeness of blogging. Thank you Father Dragon, for being you.
    Great B post, and nice cover reveal!

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  72. How nice of Alyse to writ a book beginning with B so it would fit in so well with your post. :) And I dunno, Carmelita---doesn't hurt to get the breast plates polished every once in a while.

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  73. You've been blitzed! Great post as always, Al. Have a great day!

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  74. Such a lovely book cover! Now I feel like going around saying "fireballs!" all day.
    Happy blitz day! :-)

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  75. You've been blitzed! New follower. Have a great day!

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  76. B is for BLITZED! Not as in having overimbibed on adult beverages, but um, ya know, visiting by a bunch of bloggers with DL's blitz crew.

    Fun post! I love your style, and wish you lots of fun with the rest of the challenge. Nice to meetcha.

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  77. I've never felt so mysterious to be a Blogger before. *acts ghostlyish* That is a beautiful cover, btw. Different from what I'm used to seeing in YA, and I like it!

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  78. This was an AWESOME post. I loved it.

    Enjoy your blitz! (Like Katrina, I rather like being ghostlyish!)

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  79. I hope you've fortified the defenses of the Dragon Cave because (as if you didn't already know) you're being BLITZED!!! :)

    Congrats Al, there isn't a more deserving dragon out there!

    I loved what you did with Hart's book cover, by the way, excellent presentation :)

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  80. I don't know how big that dragon cave is but it stated getting crowded in here ;)

    great article today, Al!

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  81. Thanks for welcoming bloggers into your dragon cave. Consider yourself Blitzed too! It's a wonderful day! I like how you're tackling the challenge by writing about doing the challenge. Clever.

    -Nicole
    2013 A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    www.madlabpost.com

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  83. blitz ................. from ireland.

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  84. Hello from the Blitz! And from A to Z!

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  85. Cute story, Al. Best of luck to Alyse with The Begonia Bribe.

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  86. Terrific post—somehow it seems right to have breast plates and the Watery Tart's (aka Alyse Carlson's) cover reveal next to one another. Well played, Father Dragon! Congrats on your blitzing and to Hart on the smashing THE BEGONIA BRIBE cover.

    ~VR Barkowski

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  87. Interesting that your (I'm guessing) real name "Al Diaz" is part of Mr. VZ's real name. Anyhoo - you've been blitzed!

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  88. Nice cover for the Begonia Bribe and great concept for a series.

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  89. Life in the cave-- very fun! And great feature for a book too-- very fitting. Beeeeautiful

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  90. Woo! Congrats for Hart! She's awesome!

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  91. A fellow Mexican! It's the first time I run into one via blogging accident--yay! Loved your voice, too, and you obviously know what you're doing when you put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, whatever). Qué gusto!

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  92. Cool Cover. Hi, I am a new follower from the A to Z challenge and I am also visiting from D.L. 's Blog Blitz. This is my first time entering the dragon cave. I am very glad to be here.

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  93. That is an awesome banner and should be used as your main header!

    I like the premise and I plan on returning to see where you go with it.

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  94. I am a dragon, too. But my children don't like it when I transform, so . . . I mostly stay in human form.

    ~MPL
    http://pepperwords.com

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  95. As a first timer to this A to Z thing, I do feel like I am in a cave. The challenge will probably be halfway over before I feel like I really KNOW what I am doing... hahaha. Good thing we have dragons to throw some fire (aka light) on things.

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  96. Happy Blog Blitz, Al!!

    I absolutely love the welcome banner, so nice of the Dwarf Squad to do that for us. It's always very welcoming here at the Cave.

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  97. The Begonia Bribe sounds intriguing!

    I agree the Julie - the banner is great!

    Pleasure to meet you, Al Diaz!

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  98. You've been blitzed! Nice blog. I love the fire in the background.

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  99. Great post. Happy Blog Blitz day - well deserved choice!

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  100. Beautiful banner Father Dragon! Congrats on being blitzed! What a great idea!

    Julie

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  101. Happy Blog Blitz. I loved your comparison between being in a fancy dancy restaurant and the a-z challenge, it made me giggle.

    Have fun with the challenge.

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  102. Love the bit about not feeding the dwarves on the banner. And the cover on THE BEGONIA BRIBE is so pretty. Very creative blog!

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  103. Wonderfully entertaining, and beautiful cover!
    Welcome to the challenge. Everyone approaches it differently!
    <3 the diversity!
    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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  104. Still not entirely sure what is going on... but I am intrigued!! I will come back often and see if it begins to make sense :)
    -CW3
    readysetyoubet.blogspot.com

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  105. Congrats Hart! I'm really enjoying learning more about "dragon land"!

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  106. What a cute kitty on the cover. I used to have a calico.

    I hope you're enjoying A to Z. I did it for the first time last year. My theme had been 80s much that influenced me. Good luck!

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  107. I'm manifesting... nicely, as requested!

    Hope you're enjoying the A to Z challenge, and your Blitz! :)

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  108. Hi! You've really set this place on fire!! Hopping over to celebrate you for the Blog Blitz. Nice to meet you.

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  109. Happy Blitz Day, and thanks for the a to z challenge post. Smile today. Its beautiful outside, finally.

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  110. I hope you're enjoying your Blitz experience. And, Happy A to Z'ing :)

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  111. Congrats on the book- Hart! :) Fun cover. Great to be in the dragon cave- Al...see you here tomorrow! :) Best

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  112. Dragons are cleaning for our arrival. How awesome! Happy Blitz Day, Al!

    Congrats to Hart. I love your cover!

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  113. Have fun on the A-z challenge! I'm sure it'll get comfy soon.

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  114. I feel oh so welcome. Thanks so much Father Dragon (Al Diaz). Consider yourself Blitzed.

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  115. Hello Al! I hear you on the A to Z Challenge. One day, one letter at a time!

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  116. Nice to see you have so many helpers who may or may not be helpful! Do misadventures come afoot?

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  117. ha, the dragon cave is quite crowded today! Nice to meet you :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  118. Hey! This is my first year doing the challenge, too! I'm part of the you've been blitz! group (-:

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  119. I am here for the A to Z, O Father Dragon (Al Diaz), and welcome I feel in this cave, even among the unfamiliar sights and sounds. I'll be returning after this wonderful welcome!

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  120. Yay! I see you got blitzed. Very cool. Congratulations to Hart!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  121. Okay, this looks highly entertaining. I must be sure to come back!

    ROFL Initiative

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  122. Congrats to you and being blitzed :D

    Congrats to Hart!

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  123. Congrats to Hart and to you being blitzed!

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  124. You've been blitzed! This is my first time visiting your blog, but it won't be the last:-)

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  125. Look at the Blitzing!
    Welcome to my world, Al.

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  126. Father Al! I love the way you jazz up people's covers and photos. I kept what you did to mine. :) And I love the dwarf cheering squad, a lot. They make me happy. Happy B and Blitz!

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  127. Never thought I'd see Breastplates and Bloggers in the same sentence :). Congratulations on being blitzed ;)

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  128. Thank you Dragon Father for explaining your plan of action and not relying on the telepathic connection. I enjoyed my visit to the dragon cave today and felt like a welcomed blogger for sure. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

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  129. Ha! I love that your plan of action was shared on day two. Thanks for the book rec! ;)

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  130. Those pesky bloggers without breast plates! So unpredictable. Enjoyed reading your post.
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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  131. Congrats on being Blitzed and on a wonderful start to the A-Z challenge!
    eclecticpills.wordpress.com

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  132. "Please don't feed the dwarves." You never fail to crack me up.

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  133. Love the Dwarf Cheer Squad=) Stopping by for the Blitz and A to Z=) I'm a friendly blogger, so don't fear;-)

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  134. Happy Day 2 of A to Z! I liked your realization that many other bloggers seemed to have planned everything out. Never fear, Dragon--you're already dancing the right steps at this party.

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  135. Congratulations on making the blitz list! I think dragons are awesome. My favorite is Mr. Dragon from the old Mac game The Manhole.

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  136. Wonderful, Al! I love the splash you've made in this blogging community. It's so great to get to know you. And love your blog--and soooo impressed you're doing the A-Z. You're so much braver than I!

    :D

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  137. The cave looks awesome! And I share your telepathy, so I get it. (And I didn't explain what the A-Z was either...well, not really.)

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  138. I wouldn't worry too much about not introducing what your A-Z challenge was about. The first time I did it I had no theme. It's one of those things which, as long as you're doing it, you can't do wrong.

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  139. I've noticed that some people announce themselves and some just start. Either is good, I think, but your "about" addition made me chuckle. I might be willing to share the telepathy later...


    Jessica @ Visions of Other Worlds
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli, #atozchallenge

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  140. Happy Blitz Day!! Awesome welcome banner! :)

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  141. Explaining bloggers to a medieval audience... What? Forsooth! Why the bloggers, they are no more than bards with very fast horses. Supremely fast horses. But how bards, who cannot afford such supreme transport acquired so many speedy steeds is beyond this discussion. Accept it. Bards. With very express transport. Bards who don't sing very well. But they can write. No, not monks. Bards.

    Bards on a Blitz. Yes, it's only ten at night here in California, so you're getting Blitzed anew. Believe it.

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  142. Wow- this is ever so interesting. Dragons always fascinate me!

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  143. Well Newbe you are off to a great start. Going to have to book mark you and check back to see how this story progress. I love a good dragon story.

    Welcome to the A-Z - liked the welcome banner too. Nice touch.

    Blessings, Margot

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  144. As a newbie at this and blogging I have to say today has been amazing. I logged on this morning to quit the challenge because I decided it was way too challenging for me. After a good 6 hours I'm still here, still reading, managed two of my own posts so now I'm level pegging at 'C' with most others and I don't want to stop. The fact that my passion is craft makes me a bit of a loner, but I'm loving what everyone else writes about. All these stories have made my sad day a happy day. Thank You.

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  145. hehe, I think most of us assumed that was your theme :)

    I like what you did with the cover of Alyse's book.

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  146. Oi I'm a little late living on a night time schedule, but happy Blitz Day!!!

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  147. Congrats on being blitz, sorry I'm late.

    Yvonne.

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  148. Oh half the fun is figuring out if there is a theme and what it is or if it's random!

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  149. A day late and a dollar short, I missed the blog blitz on the dragons cave!

    Happy A to Z Father Dragon!

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  150. Also a day late, but better that then never! This is the blitz that keeps on giving.

    All the best for the A to Z Father Dragon. You have set the stage so well for the rest of the Challenge.

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  151. Sounds like an intriguing series!!!! Had to blitz you - a day behind for that my sincerest apologies. So glad to have discovered your site! Have a lovely week ;)

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  152. Dude, you introduced your A to Z theme in The Big Reveal blog hop, remember? I've seen lots of folks (who didn't do the big reveal) just start in with "A" and no explanation. I did learn one thing from Jamie of Mithril Wisdom (I'm pretty sure I got this from Jamie's blog) last year: he added to the top of his blog a notice that he was participating in A to Z for the month of April and what his theme was. I liked that idea so much, I did the same for my blog this year.
    Some Dark Romantic

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  153. Hello! I'm sorry that I am sooooo late for the Blog Blitz. Back problems kept me away from the computer for too long. Looks like you had a LOT of awesome bloggers stop by to surprise you.

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  154. It seems I never visited for the Blog Blitz, so here I am visiting way after the fact ;) It's the thought that counts, right?? And I visit you quite regularly anyway :D

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