Monday, March 4, 2024

Monday Musings -- Women's History Month

It’s the first Monday of March and I’m kicking off a new feature blog — Monday Musings. I’m committing to one a month, and then maybe other authors can contribute. 


March has been deemed Women’s History Month, and I’ve already seen all sorts of lists from female horror writers you should read (that’s an easy one, my friend Serena Jayne) to political leaders. 

Serena Jayne's new short is found in "Gamut."

I saw a post by a father, lifting up his daughter in high school and the power of people like Vice President Kamala Harris. 

“I can do this, because she did this,” Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) quoted. 

Another by @blackgirlnerds hailed the masterful songwriting of Rose Marie McCoy.

Then there are the trailblazers, the grassroots such as Ellen Brown who joined the YMCA as the first female employee in 1886 (@YMCABuffNiag). 

And the list easily goes on. 

For me, I was lucky to have my Aunt Linda. If my mom had an episode and I needed help, Aunt Linda came roaring, dodging the flying duck poop my mom may have been swinging in a particularly bad manic episode. My aunt offered an alternative oasis that wasn’t always sane, but definitely safe. 

She’s the cool aunt who drove us around in the back of her El Camino “politely visiting” the houses of classmates during a sleepover. 

How about you? Who was a trailblazer for you? Are there others you’ve looked up to? 

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio


Interested in contributing to Monday Musings? Drop me a message. 

Next month: Women of Marvel/DC.





Wednesday, September 20, 2023

6 Tips for Seeing Jason Momoa – Meili Vodka Tour

Blaine Halvorson Jason Momoa Louisa Bacio

Blaine Halvorson, Jason Momoa and me!

After working in journalism and as a music journalist for a number of years, I don’t go to many celebrity events. (Total contrast to book signings.) Ironic now that I’ve seen Jason Momoa twice. The first was a few years ago at a Long Beach Comic Con, and this week at one of the Meili Vodka bottle signings. 


Momoa and Meili co-founder Blaine Halvorson are currently touring major retail locations to celebrate the brand’s release. In a rare turn of events, we went as a family. The hubby never got out of the car, however. He circled, parked and managed a conference call.  


1) Get in line early: The event we attended went from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Newport Beach, California. Some “successful” fans arrived at 1 p.m. 


2) Buy your bottle: The store will have a limited amount for sale. Usually when I attend a book signing, my goal is to buy the book from the location. Unfortunately, because of its draw, not only did the store sell out, they didn’t allow people in “to shop” during that hour. (The woman in front of us worked for another retailer and she “seemed to know” our location had 500 bottles). 


Note: I tried to purchase a bottle of Meili Vodka earlier online for “pickup” at Gelson’s and it didn’t come up on the website. 


3) One bottle per person: Walking to the end of the line, I noticed several people with cases of vodka. After about 20 minutes, more info spread that only one bottle per person would be signed. (Which means the guy in front of me with his Funko Pops and Aquaman DVD didn’t get signed either.)


4) If you don’t make it in: The event’s slated for one hour. With about 15 minutes left, Co-founders Momoa and Blaine Halvorson waked the line for selfies. Get your phones ready, including turning the camera around. (Right before these happened, all the “under 21” crowd were called to the front for pictures first. Hint: It wasn’t because the rest of us got samples!)  


5) Talk to your line-mates: Obviously, you all are there with something in common: A love for vodka and Momoa. 


6) They’re livestreaming: Throughout the wait, several people walked by livestreaming from Momoa’s Instagram account. Get ready to cheer and wave … and catch yourself. 


Where to buy: Check the official Meili Vodka website for event details and retailers. I later picked up a bottle for $24.99 at Total Wine in Long Beach. The site listed “limited availability.” 

Meili Vodka
Meili Vodka at Total Wine

 Hope this insight provides someone help! If you go, let me know how you do!


Louisa Bacio






Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Cover Reveal: The Christmas Dilemma #readztule

We've got a treat for you today. I LOVE me some holiday romance, and here's a sneak peek at an upcoming release by Sarah Vance-Tompkins.

Now doesn't that look SWEET? Totally delish! Things will be heating up in The Christmas Dilemma!

The Christmas Dilemma 

Sweet Contemporary Romance

by Sarah Vance-Tompkins

She wants an unforgettable Christmas.

He wants to forget Christmas.

They’re together for the holidays.

Under one roof.

This should go well. 

Or not.


Release: 11.1.23


Skipping Christmas is easy. But it’s impossible to deny your heart…


Eli Adair is the first call whenever his family and friends need a hand. But this Christmas, he has no obligations, so he’s taking a break from the stress of big family celebrations. No presents under the tree. No stockings by the fireplace. No twinkling lights.


All he wants is to be home alone at Hillcrest House.


Travel nurse Audrey Elliott is returning to Christmas Tree Cove hoping for a big holiday celebration like the ones on her grandparents’ farm—all she has left of happier times before her mom’s condition lost those memories. Candy canes. Gingerbread houses. Holiday carols.

All Audrey wants is a place to call home for Christmas.


When a high school friend assures her there’s plenty of room at Hillcrest House, it seems like all her Christmas dreams are coming true until she discovers she’ll be living with Eli, the boy she’s never forgotten. Or the first kiss they shared.


Eli and Audrey are about to discover whether December is about reliving traditions—or making new ones.




The Christmas Dilemma 

Sweet Contemporary Romance

by Sarah Vance-Tompkins



Twitter: @sarahvtompkins

Insta: @sarahvatom 



Tuesday, August 1, 2023

5 Movies That Warn Against Time Travel & Giveaway

5 Movies time travel

You know better. 

The warnings are part of the fabric of popular culture. If you go back in time, there’s a chance you’ll destroy the future. Repercussions leave ripples in time. 


Yet, it happens time after time, whether by accident or on purpose. In my new release in the multi-author “The Nightshade Guild” series, the main characters know they shouldn't and yet when they really need help, it’s hard to ignore the call. 


What makes a character break the rules and risk the space-time continuum? 


Here are a few movies that touch upon the subject:


  1. Back to the Future 
  2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  3. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  4. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  5. The Flash 


Enter to win: Swag pack for “Time After Time.”

Includes: custom-made wine charm, hologram sticker, star worry rock, Louisa Bacio and Chapstick, “It’s Better Wet” button. 


Tell me: What other “rules” are there to time travel? What movies do you suggest that touch upon the subject? 


Rules: US Shipping. Winner will be chosen on Friday, Aug. 4, 9 p.m. PST. 


Time After Time


By Louisa Bacio


What’s old is new and what’s new is old. 

Time After Time Cover


After a good deed goes wrong, Serena and Peder tumble through time, landing in Hollywood during an ’80s musical revolution. 


The paranormal duo navigates the concrete waters of the past to find a way back to the future. Without the aid of modern technology, other members of The Nightshade Guild, or their dwindling energy sources, they must rely upon each other.


Maybe other “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” but Serena wants to get back home with her love. 

Available now!

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