Everyday Fangirl gives thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl Blog!

May you have peace and happiness today and everyday.

pic from the Art of Stephen Hayford Plastics

May The Force Be With You Always!

Interview with a Fangirl: Riley

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview another young fangirl, Riley.
Riley with Rey on her speeder at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in April 2015

I first became aware of Riley through Facebook and Twitter posts made by her daddy, who is helping to raise her to be an awesome fangirl.

Welcome Riley to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

9 years ago!!

Per her daddy: Riley turned 9 last month so I think that means she always knew, right?

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I get to keep in touch with family and friends all around the world like David and Luann (Manderville) and their puppy MJ!

  Padawan Riley at the Jedi Academy (Hollywood Studios, Disney World a week before Star Wars Celebration Anaheim)

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I first saw Star Wars when I was around 5 or 6 with my Dad and I loved it and saw them all by 8. And I named my new kitten Ahsoka

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

That it’s a great way to make new friends because it’s for everyone.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Harry Potter*, games like Fable (1-3) and all the Disney Infinity, I love the new one with Ahsoka and Sabine! Also the biggest and fastest roller coasters and rides at the Disney and Universal parks – I’m mummy’s ride buddy for most because some of them scare daddy!

*Per her daddy: I read every book to Riley before she could see the movie for it and she listens to the audiobooks every single night.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

That it’s totally awesome!

Thanks so much Riley for stopping by and for sharing your fandom with us!

This everyday Fangirl looks forward to watching you grow into an awesome Fangirl and become a role model for other young fangirls around the world.

Star Wars Limited Edition Makeup

Star Wars Limited Edition Makeup

Like many Fangirls, I was excited when I started seeing advertisements and commercials for the limited edition Cover Girl© Star Wars The Force Awakens makeup line.

I have been seeing advertising signs around while I am shopping, like this one. However, I would not have much luck finding any displays with these product for immeditate purchase.


Fortunately, I finally found a display of the Star Wars The Force Awakens Cover Girl© Makeup Collection at my local grocery store today with actual limited edition products to purchase. 

I was excited and did a little Fangirl flail when I saw special two pack with pink lipgloss, black Mascara and even a $5 voucher for concessions when I go see The Force Awakens, for only $10 plus tax.


I choose to buy the package with the ‘Jedi Look’.


The good thing this everyday Fangirl can say about this limited two pack is the low cost and it contains a $5 voucher for movie concessions.


However, I was a little disappointed with what I found after opening the package.


Disappointment 1: The lipgloss was not Star Wars branded at all, not even a sticker.


Disappointment 2: Even though the two pack packaging said the light side, the mascara was actually branded for the Dark Side.

Overall, this everyday fangirl may not be 100% satisified with this purchase, but for the price it was not a bad item to add to my Star Wars fashion accessories.

©Proctor & Gamble

Blogger for The Cantina Cast

For those of you who may not already know, I have been a regular monthly contributor to The Cantina Cast blog.

Of course, all of these blog articles are Star Wars related.

You can find all of the articles that I wrote for The Cantina Cast by following the link below.


Enjoy and May The Force Be With You!

Everyday Fangirl at Fantasticon S3-EP6


FANTASTICON is a regional, mid-size, show created for comic book and pop culture collectors and fans. My sister, my husband and I were able to attend and experience part of this event on Sunday, November 8. Although Saturday’s are usually the best day to attend these types of events, Fantasticon still had plenty to see and do, even on Sunday.


There were a few celebrities in attendance to meet and greet during this event.

Theous Crane from The Walking Dead and he IS that tall in person!

Pop Culture Vehicles
There were not one, but two pop culture vehicles to look at including:
My sister with Herbie the Love Bug

The Back To The Future Delorean time machine


There was a live podcast being recorded right on the floor

Panel on how to become a podcaster

Merchandise and Collectibles

There were a large number of tables with a variety of merchandise for sale including:
Comics from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Batman and even Scooby Doo

Vintage comics

Figures from Sailor Moon and other properties from Japan

Ornaments with Marvel character logos and motifs and Doctor Who and Sherlock Color Changing Lights

Scrubs for health care workers with Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who and Marvel characters

Aprons and other items made with material that features Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Marvel 

Vintage toys, giveaways and other collectibles from the Golden Age of Radio and Television.

Artist Alley
There were quite a few artists in Artist Alley, who were happy to talk to about their artwork and of course all the geeky stuff we love!







There were some awesome cosplayers seen walking around during the event including these awesome characters:

Ratchet and Clank

Starlord with GROOT


Event concluded with the Adult Cosplay contest

Winners of the Adult Cosplay contest via the FANTASTICON Facebook page

Overall, we enjoyed attending this event and we hope to attend this event next year.

Everyday Fangirl and Halloween 

The Everyday Fangirl wishes everyone a very Happy Halloween!


Excerpt: A Tale Of Two Colonies

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl is happy to present the cover image and excerpt from A Tale of Two Colonies by Aurora Springer.


Fight for freedom. Fight to survive. For refugees from an overcrowded Terra, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival.
Nothing will stand in the way of Tiger Lily’s dream of escaping the subterranean slums of Terra and visiting the stars. She enters the fierce competition for a place in the scout team on the next spaceship to the remote planet of Delta, where an earlier colony disappeared. Before the ship departs, the arrival of a mysterious message from Delta suggests that the descendants of the first colonists may have survived.
A dangerous mission to seek the lost colony exposes the team to unexpected dangers, and they encounter a grim warrior in the isolated valley. Has Tiger Lily met her match in the tortured man? Where is he leading them? And who are the real rulers of this strange world?

Excerpt from A Tale of Two Colonies

Lily leaned against Conley and relaxed with the boulder supporting her back. She closed her eyes, feeling sleepy in the warm afternoon sun.
Conley shifted slightly. “Lily?” he said softly.
“Yes,” she opened her eyes. He was gazing into her face.
“Thank you,” he said, and kissed her lips.
She slid her arms around his neck and leaned into his embrace. It was peaceful lying in the sun with a faint humming sound in the distance. As they kissed, the sound grew louder.
Suddenly, Conley broke away and leapt to his feet with a warning yell, “Stripers!”
Looking up, Lily discovered the sound came from giant orange striped insects flying above. She struggled erect and pulled out her laser. Conley jumped high to slash with his long sword at the zooming insects, which were attacking in formation. Ranks of huge insects advanced toward their camp. They had two pairs of vibrating wings and bore a stinger on their tails.
Tiger Lily swung into action, firing her laser beam and severing the bulging orange bodies. They kept attacking; swooping down and quickly soaring out of reach. Lily and Conley moved together, standing back to back for protection, while swiping at the heads of the flying monsters.
Lily flipped her wrist com into view, and yelled, “John, watch out for giant wasps!”
Kevin came out of the tent, carrying a black box and sat adjusting the controls. Ming ran to cover him, shooting with a laser in each hand. A high pitched sound pierced their ears briefly as Kevin swept through the spectrum of ultrasound frequencies. There was no reaction from the attacking stripers. Some creatures landed on the ground and crawled toward the humans. Soon, they were attacking from all directions, from the air and the ground.
A minute later, John and Max ran into sight toting the loaded water bags. Max raced over to help Kevin with the controls on the box, while John moved to assist Ming in keeping the stripers away from them. Max jiggered the weapon box, frowning at the readings, and, very soon, he called out, “Cover your eyes.”
A blinding light flashed from the box, and the giant attackers dispersed, regrouping into their formations and flying swiftly to the north.
Conley lowered his sword. He had fought while hopping about with one bare foot. Lily stood by him, recovering her breath as she watched the yellow stripers flying away. She hoped for a longer respite, but Conley spoke urgently, “Move off quickly! Not safe here. Striper hive is nearby. They will attack again soon.”

The eBook will be on sale for 99c from Oct 22-31 via Amazon.com.
About Aurora Springer in her own words

My career in science involves plenty of writing facts for research articles. But, I’ve imagined exciting adventures in weird worlds for as long as I can remember. For many years, life intervened. Now, I have achieved my life-long ambition to publish novels. My published works include science fiction and fantasy with romance and a sprinkle of humor. I was born in the UK and live in Atlanta with my husband, a dog and two cats to sit on my laptop. My hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.

You can connect with Aurora through her Blog, her author pages on Amazon and Facebook, you can follow her exploits on Twitter and Google+ as well.

Sojourn’s Future–And you get a say!

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Sojourn’s future

When Sojourn entered the ship as an ensign he was one day old.

Sojourn on ship (400x640)Good thing Captain Longfellow requested he be aged to twenty since a ship was not place for a baby. Otherwise, his obnoxious crew mates would have tossed him in the recycling unit the first time he cried out in hunger.

Born with the thoughts of Blue, the King of Terranue, and his three parents, Sojourn knew without a doubt he was born to do something fabulous.

Normally an ensign is promoted or dumped after six months. An Outbound ship has no room for a slacker. Initially Sojourn expected to be promoted within a month. Every time the captain called him to the brig, he expected a promotion. However, thus far, each time he’d received a scolding and brig time.

Sojourn is certain the reason he can’t get promoted is because Captain Longfellow knows Sojourn is only a year old, and thus treats him like an overly tall baby.

When he breaks through the Ensign Barrier, his speed to captain is horrifically fast. Horrific because ensigns aren’t taught a thing about being a captain. In a single day he was promoted from ensign to acting lieutenant then to captain.

But his trials, tribulations and grand teamwork, not to mention an advantageous marriage, are just what we needed to kick off the new Series called IN SEARCH OF SENTIENTS. Sojourn and his fabulous crew of aliens, spirits, and humans will go forth to discover new forms of sentient life and bring them into the folds of the Council of the Universes.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the sentients they will find.  Here are some possible covers and the key aliens involved. I would love to know which books you would like to read first, so rank which of these should be book #1.

The Planet Will

Will the planet If you recall in book 3 of the Multiverses, Captain Longfellow shared a story in which Drogan warned him the planet they intended to land upon was actually a sentient being. While the planet didn’t mind people stopping to pick his vegetables and fruits, he did not like being hurt. Thus, they landed on a rock, did not take weapons while gathering food, and left quickly when one idiot crewman tried to cut a giant diamond out of the ground with a pen laser. The ground literally opened up and swallowed him.

Well, since the captain left, someone placed a satellite beacon in the planet’s atmosphere with a high risk warning, which has stopped everyone from visiting the planet. The poor planet has been starving ever since. When Sojourn arrives to stock up on fruits and vegetables that won’t make anyone sick, he ignores the warning and sets down on the large rock. The place is no longer the Garden of Eden Drogan had described. Everything is dying. The planet needs meat, but it has to be from something evil. The planet Will refuses to eat nice people. Drogan believes this is a job the Gods can handle and thankfully, he might be able to contact one of them.

Loving Drogan

Loving Drogan2 400x640Drogan is vital for the path of light and that is his top priority, but he mentally and physically longs for someone to love as well.  Now that Captain Sojourn has a huge ship capable of quantum leaps previously thought to be impossible, their search for sentients will be much faster and easier. First Science officer Drogan led the team designing the ship’s new quantum mechanics, and they are beyond state of the art!

One of his crew is a brilliant young woman, beautiful both inside and out. Only Drogan doesn’t think he has a chance to win her heart, given he’s blue, with gills and webbed hands, so he tries his best to keep his distance.

Destiny is smart, but it’s nothing to how smart Drogan is. In all ways he is the greatest sentient she had ever known. She has no idea if they are compatible species, sexually speaking, but she secretly loves everything about Drogan and would be most willing to give it a go, only he doesn’t seemed interested in her as a female. She has no clue how to let him know of her interest without taking a big risk that doing so will get herself sent home from the finest ship ever built. Dare she risk everything for a chance for something that may not even be possible?


camo 2 5 400x640Camo lives on a reptilian world of extreme violence. Her father plans to give her to the strongest and deadliest of his warriors. Not willing to be Vitor’s twelfth wife in five years, she escapes and hides in the jungle. She knows they will search for her, but no one is better at disappearing than her. When a ship arrives, naturally, the warriors accuse the sickly white creatures of stealing her. Upon meeting some of the sentients, and discovering them to be brave and honorable, she asks for asylum on their ship. However, the captain has other plans for Camo. He needs her to step up and become Empress of the planet. The current violent leaders will not do.

The Gods approve the change and will move all the truly evil sentients to the planet Will if she will step up and lead her people to the Path of Light.  But no female has ever been leader before. Who will even accept her claim as Empress?

So pick your choice!

And if you haven’t read the Multiverses Series

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Here are their links:

Sales Link

Book 4 : Surviving Sojourn


Book 3: Surviving Terranue


Book 2: Surviving Outbound


Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities


All books are free for KU subscribers

Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

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Investigate these sites:

Liza’s Multiverse Blog

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Tableau Jedi

I am at the Tableau 2015 data conference this week! 

Level = Jedi!


There are many sessions that will help this Everyday Fangirl and data analyst to be on the path to becoming a Tableau Jedi! 

May The Force Be With You!

Her Universe Press

This everyday Fangirl is a supporter of struggling writers and small presses. Therefore, I am very excited to spread the word about Her Universe Press, a new publishing venture announced by Fangirl Ambassadress and voice actor, Ashley Eckstein.

This new press will publish “empowering, hopeful, exciting, adventurous” science fiction and fantasy stories for tween, young adult and adult audiences. As reported by fellow fangirl Johnamarie Macias, aka TheWookieeGunner, via Twitter, there are two books already planned, WierdEST and The Confidence Chronicals.

I am sure there will be more information coming soon on other stories and when these will be available to purchase.  However, for writers or aspiring writers, 18 years or older or with parental permission if under 18, you can submit your works by visiting, http://heruniversepress.com/.


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