Monday, March 28, 2016

The Joyful Brigade Hits the Road

It's almost time for us to hit the ground running with the Challenge. I'm happy to be a co-host for the second year running and I'll be ably assisted by the seasoned bloggers listed below. Meet the Joyful Brigade and say howdy!

Keith Channing is retired and lives in the middle of France with his wife and two dogs, where he mostly makes up and writes lies for the sheer pleasure of doing it. Some of them even rhyme. Many of these lies, both of the rhyming and non-rhyming types, end up on his blog, as do some of the photographs he's taken from time to time.

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Fuller bio is at

Bish Denham was raised in the Virgin Islands where her family has been living for over a hundred years. She worked for 23 years with abused, neglected, and emotionally disturbed children before retiring. Bish has been writing off and on most of her life, but it's only been within the few years that she's taken the plunge to self-publish. She now has two books out in the world: A collection of ten stories about the Caribbean trickster Anansi, called Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales and a novel about a vain young lizard who believes he has a destiny called A Lizard's Tail. She's currently working on a Caribbean ghost story and has been blogging 9 years. This will be her 7th A to Z Challenge.

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Betty Dmochowski Wooton has been blogging for close to 10 years under a lot of different names, but finally settled into her niche, A Bench with a View, about 4 years ago. She blogs about a variety of subjects and tries not to blog more than once a week so she can save time to check out and read lots of other blogs. This will be her 4th A/Z Challenge. In real life when she's  not blogging or reading blogs she's a medical transcriptionist. She has been married for 35 years and was recently blessed with a grandson born right after Valentine's Day 2016.

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Jen Garrett writes for, about, and around children all day. But sometimes she finds time to do the dishes at her home in Northern California. She also finds time to blog, participate in SCBWI, facilitate The Writers Bloc at her local library, query agents, and read mountains of books. How? We don’t know.

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Twitter handle @lexicalcreation
Facebook Lexical Creations and

Sheena-Kay Graham is a writer, Christian, proud Jamaican, Harry Potter fan, Divergent lover, Dauntless Faction, Book Obsessed. She blogs about her life, books, book reviews, her upcoming novels, and sometimes random fun, plus the movies she sees at the cinema.

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Laura Hernandez is the mother of four children and grandmother of three with another two arriving this summer. She is engaged to a retired military man and currently resides in Missouri. Her hobbies include reading, DIY projects and arts & crafts. She's always had a passion for books so wasn't surprised when she eventually started a blog. 

Those first few blog posts only had a picture of the book she read and a sentence or two for a review. Since then, reviewing books has afforded her opportunities that she never knew existed and Laura is very thankful for the many book-addicted friends she's been able to make.

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The Voluptuous Book Diva - and on Facebook
Twitter @VoluptuousBDiva 
Instagram @volptuousbookdiva

Michelle Wallace is a writer-in-the-making, on an adventure, a never-ending journey. Her many titles include writer, blogger, flash fiction junkie, wannabe poetess, educator. She looks forward to meeting and interacting with many different writers/poets/bloggers from many different places, as she believes that this potpourri of characters will enrich her life in one way or another, helping to mould and shape her writing experiences. Therein lies the success story~it lies in the actual journey!

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Twitter link: @mishy1727 Goodreads link:

And then there's me, J.L. Campbell. I'm plenty happy to have this great group of bloggers to help make the Challenge fun and easy. I live in Jamaica and write sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels.

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Thanks so much for stopping in, I hope you're looking forward to the Challenge as much as we are. Feel free to visit these bloggers and get acquainted.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Joy - great to meet your brigade - all happily joyful and awaiting the start of the famous A-Z ... it's great to meet all the helpers ... Happy A-Z one and all - cheers Hilary

Unknown said...

Joy, you have a wonderful team: I already know Michelle, of course, and Keith, Sheena, Bish. Would be great to get to know the others, too!

Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have a great team there!

Heather M. Gardner said...

That's an awesome Team!


betty said...

Looking forward to being part of this great team!


Guilie Castillo said...

What a lovely group of people! Some I know well (Michelle, for instance, was one of my very first blog friends, and I've been following Keith for several years), some sound definitely familiar (I know I've been to A Bench With A View), and some are new. I look forward to making (or remaking) your acquaintance, y'all ;)
Guilie @ Life In Dogs

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Hilary. We are ready too!

J.L. Campbell said...

Yes, I do. Damyanti. Thanks.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Alex. I'm blessed as always.

J.L. Campbell said...

They are and are already on the job too!

J.L. Campbell said...

So glad to have you on board, Betty!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks Guilie, Michelle is a peach indeed and the rest of the team is just as wonderful.

Janet said...

Looking forward to it! Glad to meet you all. Definitely going to be lots of fun reading as many other blogs as I can! Wish I could take the month off and play all day :)

cleemckenzie said...

You've got a great team here!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Janet. Nice to meet you too!
Looking forward to the Challenge as well.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks Lee and I'm grateful.

SpacerGuy said...

Hi everyone, thanks for boosting morale. You guys are the best. We need you so much.

pamlovesbooks said...

Hi Joyful Brigade! I love how all over the globe you are! Nice to know you.

Michelle Wallace said...

I'm proud to be a part of The Joyful Brigade!
Onward march!

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond said...

Ready for my first Challenge. Lovely to read about your team ๐Ÿ˜€

shortybear said...

awesome team.

Lilian's Tree said...

A great team. Really looking forward to this challenge. I'm have a problem with the link to put the badge on my blog. May I have the url please?
I get error messages that there are illegal characters in the url.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks for being on the Challenge!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Lillian.

The URL is below the Challenge badge in the sidebar.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Pam. That's true, We are in diverse places.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks so much, Michelle. Glad to have you on the team.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Sue. I hope you enjoy the ride!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thank you!

The Voluptuous Book Diva said...

Proud to be a member of The Joyful Brigade!

The Voluptuous Book Diva said...

Proud to be a member of The Joyful Brigade!