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Two Goddesses walk into a Newsroom… #FourthWallFriday with @LynneCantwell

Lynne Cantwell has been on Fourth-Wall Friday three other times. Each time she has an epic time and everyone is highly amused. The best part? We have been having her here since the Pipe Woman Chronicles and now we are on the third book of her Land, Sea Sky series. I am excited once again, and to continue from their run in from W. End Alexandra, VA… Tess and Lynne have a chat over… corn?? Oh just pass me a double Irish Coffee, this is going to get bumpy. I think I saw a Raven somewhere earlier and that usually means…


I regarded the sleek chrome NWNN logo in the office building lobby with happy anticipation. It had been some years since I’d moved away from Washington, DC, but I was back in town for a family event. These days, I worked part-time for an NWNN affiliate in Denver; as soon as the news director heard I was going to be in DC, he finagled me a tour.

An intern named Donny met me at the security desk. He was pleasant enough, but he seemed a little put out that he’d been assigned to give a tour to some nobody from flyover country. “Have you been to Washington before?” he asked as I attached the plastic visitor badge to my t-shirt.

washington-dcOh, yes,” I told him. “In fact, I worked in news here in DC for several years: WTOP radio, channel 5, CNN….”

Oh,” he said faintly, giving me a more respectful look.

Having established my bona fides, I let him off the hook with a self-deprecating shrug. “But that was decades ago. Way before the Second Coming. It will be interesting to see what’s different now.”

He led the way to the newsroom. As someone rushed by us with a handful of wire copy and a microphone, I sighed. “Some things never change,” I said, mostly to myself.

Donny must have heard me. With a grin, he said, “‘Talk About a New America’ just started. Would you like to watch from the control room?” Of course, I jumped at the chance.

As we reached the studio door, a petite, dark-haired woman barreled past me, nearly knocking me over in her haste. “Sorry,” she muttered.

Tess!” I blurted.

Tess Showalter gave me a hasty glance. Then she looked at me again. “Lynne, right? The author?”

Right,” I said, grateful that she remembered me. “I used to live in your townhouse. We met there a few months ago.”

Right,” she said. “Nice to see you again. I’d love to stay and catch up, but….” She hooked a thumb at the studio door.

No problem,” I said. “Maybe after the show?”

Sure,” she called over her shoulder as she resumed her dash to the set.

newsroomThe show was in a commercial break when Donny and I entered the darkened control room and took seats in the back row. Through the window overlooking the studio, I could see Antonia Greco, TAaNA’s host and executive producer, chatting with the floor crew. Tess slid into the chair next to Antonia and blew out a breath; Antonia said something to her, and they exchanged rueful grins.

We’re back in ten,” the director said, as a young man handed Tess what looked like an ear of corn. “Is that a prop?” the director asked, and Tess nodded. “Okay. Tess, I’m going to want you to hold it up next to your face. Camera 2, when she does that, zoom in on her. Ready Camera 1. Coming out in five…four…three…two…cue Antonia.”

cornWe’re back, on this Thursday edition of ‘Talk About a New America,’” Antonia said into the camera. “And we have word of a new food source that could create not just a new America, but a new world for us all. Joining me now in the studio is TAaNA’s investigative reporter, Tess Showalter. Tess, tell us about this new supergrain.”

Obligingly, Tess held up the prop. “This is it. It may look like an ear of corn, but it’s not. It’s called ayalendo, and researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture tell us it could end world hunger.”


After the show, Donny and I stopped at the producer’s desk in the newsroom to chat. Then I noticed Tess, red-eyed but resolute, stride down the far hallway and disappear behind a door marked Investigative Unit. I leaned over to Donny and pointed in the direction Tess had come from. “What’s down that way?” I asked.

Antonia’s office,” he said, and resumed his conversation.

morrigan-with-swordThat’s odd,” I muttered, and kept watching. A moment later, I was rewarded by the sight of a goddess in leather armor, broadsword strapped to Her back, stalking down the hall past Tess’s office door. She glanced my way and nodded once.

Only a fool would ignore a summons from Morrigan. I muttered an excuse about needing the ladies’ room and followed.

The Celtic war goddess had stopped just out of sight of the newsroom, and was now in conversation with another goddess. This one wore a dress of bright white buckskin, with Her hair in dark plaits on either side of Her head.

I sucked back a breath. I had met White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman once before, when She assisted Naomi Witherspoon Curtis to mediate the agreement among the gods that preceded the Second Coming. But I knew for a fact that Naomi and her family were back in Denver. What was the Lakota goddess doing here in Washington?

The two goddesses caught sight of me. “Ah, the Chronicler is here,” said White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman with a smile. “All is in readiness, then.”

What’s going on?” I asked Them.

Ayalendo,” Morrigan said darkly. “We believe it is part of Lucifer’s end game. We must stop him now, once and for all.”

And you must tell the tale,” White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman said to me. “Will you help Us?”

I nodded. “Of course. You can count on me.”



About Lynne Cantwell

Seasons of the Fool by @LynneCantwell - a #KindleScout Nominee

Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, "I could do that." The result was "Susie and the Talking Doll," a picture book illustrated by the author about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks.

Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master's degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. She is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She lives near Washington, DC.


Two Goddesses walk into a Newsroom… #FourthWallFriday with @LynneCantwellScorched Earth
Series: Land, Sea, Sky Book 3
by Lynne Cantwell
Pages: 196
Published by Self-Published
on June 9, 2014
Genres: Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy
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Harvest’s in…

Sue Killeen faces the biggest challenge of her career: the nonprofit she works for must raise millions of dollars to hire a research firm to develop a supergrain that could end world hunger. And she has just three weeks to do it. She turns to her housemate, Tess Showalter, investigative reporter for a global news network, to publicize the project.

But Tess discovers the corporation behind the research firm is MegaAgriCorp – the same multinational that took her parents’ livelihood away and forbade them from speaking out about it. She and her boyfriend, Darrell Warren, hit the road to her parents’ farm in Kansas, to get hold of a document that could put MegaAgriCorp out of business.

Tess, Sue, and Darrell also learn their old nemesis, Lucifer, is behind it all. He plans a blunt-force approach – world starvation – to finally gain enough followers to become a god.

The real gods are bringing in some big guns to help Tess, Sue, and Darrell. But in the end, it will be up to the three of them to bring down Lucifer, once and for all.

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Just an FYI, Lynn is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. I was so lucky last year to get to show her the town and all the great dive bars and restaurants. It was a ball and she even got to meet some of the local journalism talent over Bluegrass and Beers! Thanks again for a kick ass Fourth-Wall Friday! Next week? We have C.L. Foster for her second Fourth-Wall Friday! Authors love hanging out at the Cabin!!!

Two Goddesses walk into a Newsroom... #FourthWallFriday with @LynneCantwell

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  1. Yay! Thanks, Kriss, for letting me play on your blog again! You are the hostess with the mostest!

    And I had such a great time in Alaska. (Thanks for reminding me — now I miss you (*sniff*)…)

  2. This is fabulous! Thank you, ladies! I love how the author wanders into her own scene.

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