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#IWSG Your Future Writer Self

Join us for the Insecure Writer's Support Group at creator Alex Cavanaugh's blog.
Happy Holidays, writers! I just returned from Chicago where my family celebrated Thanksgiving. My oldest sister made a yummy meal including a brussels sprout salad, and my middle sister went all out planning a Frozen-themed party for my niece's second birthday. (The seal was a gift for my niece that snuck onto the table. Not part of the movie, but still a wintry theme.)


December 4 question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

Imagining the future, hmm. My writing life has never been intentional--I fell into it through fan fiction, and I consider writing more of a hobby than a career. As a result, it's tough to plot a future for my writer self. 
I have

Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop

Thanks to The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It for hosting the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop. What a cute kitty.

How do you like winter? I'm not a big fan, especially due to the shorter days. Americans, let's lobby Congress to keep Daylight Savings Time all year long!

Until that happens, let's celebrate a fun part of winter holidays: GIFTS! I'm giving away a $15 gift card and a Jennifer Lane ebook of your choice. I write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

Enter on the giveaway:

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Hop on over to these participating wintry blogs!


#IWSG Arresting Google Searches

It's time to disclose our inadequacy and excitement about writing. Check out where it all started on Alex Cavanaugh's blog.

Thank you to this month's co-hosts:

Sadira Stone,Patricia Josephine,Lisa Buie-Collard,Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!
This month's question:
What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?
What a great question! I'm sure many of us fear getting arrested for our bizarro and sometimes illegal internet searches, all in pursuit of writing with authenticity.

No way I can choose just one, so here's a list of strange searches I've conducted:
Nicotine patches (for my WIP) NCAA recruiting rules (also WIP) Seafood restaurants in Pensacola, Florida Secret Service protection for families of presidential candidates ANFO (explosive) Paintings of dogs playing poker US Naval Academy Honor Concept Parts of a guitar Insulin pumps Frank Sinatra songs Parolee voting rights Chemistry experiments gone wrong
And last but not least:  Splenectomy!


New Release: Stone Man and the Trail of Tears

Stone Man And the Trail of Tears By Charles Suddeth Print ISBN 9781939844620 EBook ISBN 9781939844637 $12.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 162 pages Juvenile Fiction: Boys & Men/Legends, Myths, Fables-Native American/Historical-United States-General Release date - October 8, 2019
Driven to Stone Man’s trail...
After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live. 
His family seeks shelter in an abandoned village, but soldiers hunt them down. Tsatsi and his sister Sali escape, but Sali falls ill and is kidnapped by Stone Man. Tsatsi gives chase and confronts the giant, only to learn this monster isn’t what he seems.
Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family?

Congratulations to Charles Suddeth!
Charles Suddeth loves to tell stories of all sizes and s…

#IWSG How Does Reading Affect Writing?

Writing can be lonely and disheartening, and I'm thankful for our monthly support group to lift up writers everywhere. Alex Cavanaugh started the group and has a great admin team to keep it going.

Thank you to these intrepid co-hosts:
Ronel Janse van Vuuren,Mary Aalgaard,Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
This month's question:
It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
I've only heard about how much reading can help writing, and I've experienced those benefits myself, so I disagree with the notion that reading may interfere with originality in writing. Our imaginations are infinite--even if we read an idea that inspires our own work, we will produce a much…

Cover Reveal: Stars Fall From the Sky by @KGFletcher3

Congratulations to KG Fletcher on her upcoming release, Stars Fall From the Sky! Check out the sunny cover.

Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/Stars-Fall-Reigning-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B07XXF9QDT/


Grief brought them together. Will love tear them apart?

Ginger McCormick is living her very own happily-ever-after. With her precious newborn daughter and handsome firefighter husband by her side, life couldn’t be any sweeter in Sandersville Beach. When a freak accident occurs, and her world is suddenly turned upside down, Ginger can no longer bear to be near the ocean that anchored so many happy memories. Nevertheless, her best friend's beachside wedding is on the horizon, and Ginger must face her biggest fears to be there for Emeline on her special day.

Across town, Doctor Jonathon Walden struggles to move on from his former life and career in Atlanta after relocating to the sleepy beach town. He mostly keeps to himself and yearns for the day when the ghosts of his past will no longer h…