Tuesday, March 4, 2014


We interrupt your normally scheduled Tuesday Newsday with a hot Mischief Corner Books offering from the delectable Mathilde Watson. Don't be alarmed, the normal news will resume next week... what's more, according to my pal Angel Martinez, this blog tour is a definite newsworthy event. So slip into an easy chair, cuddle up with your fave warm beverage--cause babies, it's cold outside--and get ready for the latest installment of the SHRUG IT OFF TOUR...

Greetings, and welcome to the third stop in the SHRUG IT OFF tour!
Today I want to thank Cherie for being my host!

Heya, Mathilde. Thank you for stopping by and letting The Writing Cave be part of your awesome tour. Do you have anything you want to share with the readers right up front?

Sure, let me start by explaining how the tour works…
At each stop along my way I will randomly select one commenter to receive a free ebook from my backlist, AND, at the end of the tour, everybody who leaves a comment at any of my stops will be entered for a chance to win one of two $10 gift cards to All Romance Ebooks! Just be sure to include your email address in you comment so you can be contacted if your name is selected.
For my first stop I visited with my good friend Angel Martinez and I introduced Stephen and his constant companions. You can check that out here: 
And on my second stop I introduced Connor at Iyana’s Rainbow: http://iyanajenna.blogspot.com/2014/03/in-spotlight-mathilde-watson.html

But maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I should probably give you a quick rundown on SHRUG IT OFF, right?…

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For Stephen, dating is more than a challenge, it’s a nightmare!
All he wants is a man he can talk to, someone he can laugh with and be himself around. What he’s got instead is an incessant running commentary on everyone and everything. The meddling guides posted on his shoulders each have their own ideas of what Stephen should be looking for. From the right he’s urged to find a man like himself: confident, successful, and upwardly mobile. The little devil on his other shoulder is only interested in a guy’s face and what he’s got below the waist.
The two can never agree on anything—until Stephen meets Connor—and then things get really interesting…

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In SHRUG IT OFF, Stephen is plagued by the constant interference of a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Most people can’t see or hear their guides, they only feel their promptings with what we call our conscience.
Today, I’d like to talk about the inspiration behind SHRUG IT OFF.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Mickey Mouse and his friends, especially Donald Duck.
One of my favorite Donald Duck cartoons followed a teenage Donald as he rebelled against his grandmother and went fishing instead of going to school at the urging of a devil on his shoulder. A bedraggled angel with a dented halo sat on his other shoulder trying unsuccessfully to get him to do the right thing.
Of course, it has been many, many years since I last watched that cartoon. My memory was triggered more recently by an intentionally bad horror-comedy—MY NAME IS BRUCE.
I love Bruce Campbell. I’m not going to lie about that.
I am a HUGE fan of bad B action movies and Bruce Campbell is the king of that sort of thing…
So one day I turned on the TV… and guess what? MY NAME IS BRUCE was playing.
So I watched it.
Somewhere along the way Bruce is confronted by an angel and a devil over each of his shoulders and he proceeds to argue with the two of them.
It made me laugh. And then it made me think of Donald Duck… And Pinocchio… And then my mind conjured up Stephen…
I had a lot of fun adding attitudes, motives, and faces to the feelings and emotions that drove Stephen’s actions. I had to do double duty, giving his conscience a say and then having him react…
I know Donald, Bruce and Pinocchio are not the only poor suckers out there who had to do battle with angels and devils—if you have a favorite example I would love to hear it!
And, even if you don’t have an example to share, I’d love to hear from you. Remember, if you leave a comment and include your email address you will be entered to win prizes!!

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Thanks again Mathilde for stopping by. It been fun having you here at the Cave. Can I get you a top off for your drink before you go? It really is chilly out, and I'd hate for your or any of the boys to get cold! No? Okay, then, I look forward to seeing you at the next stop! 

For Info on were to find this devilishly enticing story, check out the following:

SHRUG IT OFF is available through Mischief Corner Books: https://mischiefcornerbooks.weebly.com/store/p40/Shrug_It_Off.html

You can find Mathilde Watson (that’s me!) online at:

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  1. Well I don't have an example to share, but my fav. disney characters are Goofy, Jimny Cricket, and Chip and Dale.

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  3. I can't come up with any examples either - only biblical figures, and ... Yeah, no.
    Funny seed for a story though.
    Thank you

  4. One of my favorite instances of the devil and angel on the shoulders is in The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred, an online webcomic. They only show up a couple times, but it's hilarious!



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