Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, when we vent our troubles and encourage each other in this crazy thing called writing. I appreciate Alex Cavanaugh for his brainchild! Please join us if you dare.
How's your work-in-progress coming along? I started writing the sequel to my college volleyball romance Blocked. This one's titled Aced, and features the romance between a 24-year-old Mexican American med student and a 22-year-old African-American volleyball star. I'm rather conflict averse, but I find myself exploring some controversial topics in these novels. Blocked battles political differences, and Aced explores racial differences. Though I feel uncomfortable with conflict, discussing opposing points of view can be an enlightening experience in real life. I hope to offer a balanced take on touchy subjects in my writing. Does your first draft feel like utter crap sometimes? I try to trudge through but writing can feel so difficult some days! Congrats to my pub sister Debra Anastasia for the success of her crazy-ass comedy Fire Down Below! She has the wildest, dirtiest sense of whack ball humor!
Happy March! I'm excited the days are getting longer--nothing cheers me up more than leaving work and playing in the daylight.
In the mood for some romantic suspense? Simon & Schuster has slashed the price of With Good Behavior(The Conduct Series #1) for a limited time. Get your Mafia psychology prison love story for only $.99! The Conduct Series is a complete trilogy. In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.
Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.
Or do you prefer sports romance? US readers can win a signed copy of Blocked (Blocked #1) by entering the Goodreads giveaway. I've decided to write the sequel and I'm working hard on Aced (Blocked #2), due for release in late 2015.
And starting March 17 I'll be a stop on the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, so hop on back.
A number of authors have created an amazing giveaway opportunity for you.
There are many great prizes and Marissa Dobson donated the grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Be sure to visit and like some of the amazing authors who have joined. Below you will find at least one way to enter from each author. Good luck.
Some of the amazing prizes are:
Kindle Fire from Marissa Dobson
Ebook Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
Ebook Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
Ebook When It's Least Expected by Heather Van Fleet
2 Ebooks of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
2 audio books of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
Ebook Hers to Bear by Tamara Hoffa
Ebook Crazy In Love by Casey Bond
Ebook of Sin, The Complete Collection by Casey Bond
Ebook winners choice from Beverly Ovalle
Ebook Blocked by Jennifer Lane
A signed rack card and winner's choice of any of my ebooks by E.L.R. Jones
Ebook A Mother's Burden by Ellie Keys
Ebook Redefining Me by Ellie Keys
Ebook copy of Revenge by Dana Delamar
$14 Amazon giftcard from Donna Michaels
Ebook Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki
3 Ebook copies of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack
Ebook of Revival by M.K. Gilher
Paperback of CryWolf by Karen Fuller
Paperback of Cover to Cover by Alexandrea Weis
Paperback of Dylan by Kathi S Barton
Paperback copy of To Save a Mate by Krystal Shannon
Lakeshore Evil Series Set by KC Harper
2 Ebook copies of It's love by KC Harper
2 Ebook copies of Sweet something by KC Harper
Ebook Wesson Rebels Book set by Shyla Colt
Signed swag from Chloe Barlow
Ebook Corrupted by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
Ebook Warped by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
Ebook Avowed by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
$25 Amazon or American Express GC from K.E. Saxon
Ebook A Stranger's Kiss by K.E. Saxon
Ebook Highland Vengeance by K.E Saxon
$5 Amazon gift card from Louisa Bacio
Ebook winners choice from Nicole Garcia
3 Ebooks from Lacey Wolfe
2 ebook copies of Deadly Obsessive by Kristine Cayne
$5 Amazon gift card from Cynthia St. Aubin
Backlist ebook from Lucy Felthouse
Love is Never Past Tense Trilogy by Janna Yeshanova
I'm in Montana for a psychology conference. learning some cool things. Too bad I dislike skiing because we have major snow in Big Sky.
But I've had a blast chatting with friends and learning stuff! The best presentation so far has been about MARIJUANA. As a psychologist who has witnessed the sadness of addiction, I was against legalization before the presentation. Now I'm totally against it.
While you might think this brownie, candy, and beverage are for the munchies after you toke it up, these "edibles" are actually how THC is administered these days. One gummy bear has 4 servings of high potency THC. They're marketing to kids by infusing candy and drinks with THC.
And, this isn't your grandparent's pot, your parents' pot, or even your pot. In 1960 THC was .2% concentration. Now it's 12%. Since it's been commercialized in Colorado, the lobbyists and marketing machine has created products with 36% THC which have zero resemblance to the natural hemp plant. (The CBD percentage has stayed the same, rendering today's marijuana as less medicinal.) One 19 year old Wyoming student went to Colorado, had never had pot before, ate a cookie with high potency THC, had a psychotic break, and jumped out a window to his death.
Whatever your beliefs, decriminalization is not the same as legalization. The change in law is all about making money and not about decriminalization or health at all. Using marijuana before the age of 18 really increases risk of addiction and cognitive deficits: one study in New Zealand found an EIGHT point drop in IQ from using marijuana 5 times a week.
What are your thoughts about marijuana? Another great presentation was on MICROAGGRESSIONS, or unintended discrimination. We all make comments, often without our awareness, that may be hurtful. For example, a heterosexual person may tell a homosexual person "I don't care what you do, just don't flaunt your sexuality." That comment may be hurtful by implying a gay person is hyper-sexual or some other such stereotype. Should we tell a heterosexual couple to stop kissing and "flaunting their heterosexuality"? This video highlights some micro aggressions: Finally, how's your writing coming along? I was about 20K words into a romantic suspense when I realized I was itching to write book two in my college volleyball romance series, so I just started that MANUSCRIPT. I'm titling it Aced for now. I think I'll put my romantic suspense Twin Sacrifice aside though I kind of miss it. Anyone write two books at once? I've never tried before. My critique partner Nicki Elson's awesome rom-com VIBRIZZIO is available for pre-order! You will love this story and it's only $.99. Write on, my fellow crusaders!
One wedding. Six participants. Be they sitting in the pews or standing at the altar, bearing witness in person or only in spirit, each of them knows something about the unsmiling bride.
Go ahead—offer them a sixpence for their thoughts, and they'll make you these vows:
One would love to declare this woman his “awfully wedded wife.”
One fears what she already has and will have to hold—if not from this day forward, then soon.
One takes her to be richer, not poorer.
One is better for what she told him this morning, worse for betraying a friend to get to this point.
One worries whether today finds her in sickness or in health.
And only one already knows that not even in death will they part.
Whether they speak now or forever hold their peace, they all give the bride a little something she didn’t register for. One wedding. Six participants. With romance, resentment, faith, fear, mystery, and the mystical, Four Somethings & A Sixpence is a loaded yet light read just in time for Valentine's Day! Add it to Goodreads. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and batteredsuitcasepress.com. RAFFLECOPTER:
In celebration, Rumer is giving away 4 free ebooks of this 9,000-word novelette, and a lucky 5th winner will receive the ebook PLUS an authentic silver sixpence coin struck by the Royal Mint in London! RSVP at the Rafflecopter for your chance to win (runs from 2/3 - 2/14). a Rafflecopter giveaway AUTHOR BIO: Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband. She made her authorial debut in 2014 with the novel Seven for a Secret, where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul. Author Links: Website: http://www.rumerhaven.com Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8379833.Rumer_Haven
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rumer-Haven/e/B00MU2NXXW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RumerHaven (@RumerHaven) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rumerhaven
I'm bursting with excitement for the release of Nicki Elson's new novel Vibrizzio! I was lucky to be a pre-reader and I LOVED this hilarious story--see my review HERE.
Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work. While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.
Writing wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire
Ah, books. Most of us love 'em so much we dream about them. A disturbing dream inspired my current novel, Twin Sacrifice. How much do you enjoy books with a dreamlike quality? Not so much dreamy in a romantic way, but more like you can't tell if the plot is a dream or reality. I don't like to feel confused when I read. So I'm hesitant to read Never, Never even though I lurve Colleen Hoover. It would be a dream for you to win a $10 gift card! I'm also giving away an ebook of my college volleyball romance Blocked. Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway And don't forget to enter two giveaways on the sidebar of my blog *points right*. Now take a bunny hop over to these blogs to win cool crap!
“The thunderous storm that he is intensifies and I'm about to beg him for this.”
I've had plenty of practice being graceful, but he has my heart tripping over my pointe shoes. I've conditioned myself to rely on nobody else and I won't start now. I'll push back as hard as I can. However, he seems to be determined on pulling down the wall I use to separate myself from others. Removing myself from his vise grip just became excruciatingly difficult. The storm that follows this man—no, the storm that is this man—has given me more than what I’ve bargained for.
The primal need I have for her is deeper than any I’ve experienced before. My world has shifted in more ways than one, and I’m not going to stand around and be held hostage where I don’t belong. The next move I make won’t be for anyone else but myself, and if it happens to bring my world to a screeching halt, then I’m not going to fight it. I’m determined. I want her.
AmazonUS | AmazonUK | AmazonAU | AmazonCAJess & Sasha -
JSAuthors. The co-authors come as a package deal with extravagant ribbons laced on top. Their combined enthusiasm is seen as a pink sunrise, uniquely captivating. They share a love for writing, fictional romance, passion-fruit tea lemonade, sweetened and shaken on ice, as well as the color pink. Their combined efforts to share their internal monologues, since they share a brain, can be found in The Date Series.
Jess is a registered dental hygienist by day and a contemporary romance author by night. She currently resides in the Greater St. Louis area with her husband of over a year. When Jess isn’t writing (meaning her characters aren’t demanding her undivided attention), she enjoys reading books, scouring Pinterest, collecting fountain pens, and traveling with her husband.
A self-published author by night and all around busybody by day, Sasha is an international baby, born in gorgeous South Africa. Her cultured lifestyle is one that many don’t get to experience. Four countries, and a co-author later, she has published her first book of The Date Series. When she’s not preoccupied with her imposing owl fixation, she’s hashing out new ways to translate a titillating and libidinous scene onto a page.
Time for 2015's first Insecure Writer's Support Group, a chance to share our hopes and fears, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh.
Since starting as a writer eight years ago, I've grown. (I've gained about twenty pounds, but that's for another post.) The kind of growth I'll discuss today is writing skill development. While I still have so much to learn, one area I've improved is tighter writing. Be gone, verbal diarrhea! So I want to share this excellent post, 25 Ways to Tighten Your Writing by Betsy Mikel with YOU. A few of those tips that resonate with me: 1) Stop the adverb abuse. (I was a big offender). Dump the adverbs and choose more descriptive verbs. Instead of "I moved slowly", try "I trudged." 2) Knock out the highfalutin' vocabulary. When I first started writing, I wanted to impress everyone with my intelligence by using words like avocation, prescient, and anathema. Then I learned NOBODY CARES how smart I am. Readers just want a good story with compelling characters, and bigass words might interrupt the flow. 3) Use contractions, which help dialogue sound more realistic. I can't believe how long I'd write without contractions. The article provides a link to 200 Common Redundancies. My critique partner Nicki Elson and I felt overwhelmed by reading that list! In 2015, may your writing be loose and your editing tight, writer friends.
Infected by the vampire
virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought
Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and
friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a
devilish sense of humor and a love of life.
Amidst turmoil in
vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult
determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once
When Henry meets a young American woman who sees
past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is
overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy
between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers,
Henry takes Ari into his home and under his protection.
their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn't what she
claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his
uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his
Carol Oates came into the
world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the
street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was
only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural
would emerge. She began experimenting with fiction at school and
keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk
drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life
scrawled on paper. When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history, old buildings, castles, and tombs.
Hi, I'm Jen, psychologist/author (psycho author) in Columbus, Ohio. I write sports romance and romantic suspense. My latest release is college volleyball romance BLOCKED. I love laughing, swimming, and Grumpy Cat.