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February 22nd, 2012

Picture Kaleidoscope 2/22/12

Woohoo! Just when I thought I wouldn't see any more exciting sunsets, BAM, they're back! YES!




Almost looks like the sun is melting, doesn't it?



A ton of birds. You have to look hard but there's a ton of them. (The larger sized image will really make them pop out - so click away!)



A sideways birdie shot. They were moving on me.



More birdies.



Like molten lava, no?



Lots of fun cloud formations this week.









This was at ConDFW this past weekend. Some fun stuff walked on by my table this weekend. :P Steampunk doll!



Steampunk Teddy Bear!



Steampunk Rubber Chicken! And it's a NASA Rubber Chicken to boot! Used by the local NASA Club.



The Evil Melanie Fletcher is making these super adorable dolls! This pair is Sherlock and Watson from the BBC Show. So CUTE! She does dolls and jewelry. Some of her wares are displayed as Belaurient Arts.



My buddy Patrick McGehearty told me at the con that he's running for US House of Representatives District 24!  He's super nice and he's a GEEK so he's one of US! If you live in Dallas in District 24, keep him in mind! He's fed up and wants CHANGE! Go Patrick!



Once again, had already taken bites before remembering I meant to take a pic of dinner! From the Crowne Plaza's restaurant Quineno Tower. Funky but yummy!



New View Shows Old NASA Mars Lander. (Way down in the left hand corner. Heh)



From Astronaut Nicole Scott - Beautiful Moon Rising Over Cocoa Beach.




Abstract Photos of Face That Resemble Fireworks from Michael Zhang at Peta Pixel.



New Images - Skogafoss, Iceland by Juan Paul Caponigro. 



More Portraits of Dogs Jumping Underwater by Michael Zhang at Peta Pixel. 



50 Beautiful Collection of Cloud Pictures from Tripwire Magazine. They do put mine to shame! Ooooo!



Epic Action Photos of Porcelain Figures Shattering Against The Ground by Michael Zhang at Peta Pixel. Have to admit once I saw these I was amazed at how cool it looked!




P.S. Since Zumaya Publications is having their Kindle Thriller Sale, my novel Vassal of El is still on for only $2.99! Just FYI! :P

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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