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#IWSG Looking Back, Looking Forward #NewRelease

Happy December to all Writers! Join us for the Insecure Writers Support Group, developed by Alex Cavanaugh and maintained by lovely writers everywhere.




Visit today's co-hosts:
Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence,Fundy Blue,Heather Gardner!

IWSG Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

After just getting weighed at the doctor's *gulps*, I would have set up the standing desk I bought. Amazon delivered it months ago and it sits still neatly packed in its box while I sit my life away as a therapist and author. One hour of exercise doesn't counteract fifteen of sitting. Sitting is the new smoking, they say, *coughs*

How's your writing?

I'm in the exciting phase of writing: preparing for publication! My editor is polishing and my book designer is creating a cover for the launch of TWIN SACRIFICE. Inspired by a dream, I started this novel in 2009 and kept diverting to other projects bef…

ACED (Blocked #2) on #Sale $.99 #NewAdult #Sports #Romance

Check out ACED, book two in the BLOCKED series for only $.99 until 11/20/17.

Aced features Latino med student, Alejandro, and Black volleyball player, Maddie.

Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits his sister, Lucia, at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.

Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.


Check out these reviews:

"¡Madre de dios! This book is breathtaking." ~Books Minion Book Blog
"In Aced, the love story is between two people you'd never think would come together, but by the end you can't imagine them apart."~Author Nicki El…

#IWSG: Good luck #NaNoWriMo !

Happy November, writers! Once again I almost forgot to post on the first Wednesday of the month for Insecure Writers Support Group, but I saw a post on my lovely critique partner's blog and got busy writing this at work! (Thanks, Nicki Elson.)


How's your writing? I'm hustling to finish my WIP by the end of this month to squeeze into my editor's schedule. I only have two chapters left to write, but one is rather pivotal to the plot and I haven't figured out the details yet. I also am writing what I DON'T know by deciding to include chemistry in this story. Not the romantic kind, but the lab chemicals kind. If you're a chemist and want to take a stab at an aspect of my plot that's vexing me, please let me know!

IWSG question of the month:

Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? 

I've never tried NaNo. Combine my busy fall schedule at the day job with my anxious tendencies and I think it would feel like way too much pressure. I like writing to…

New Release: EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS #writerspersevere

Hi everyone! Today I have a special post as part of the Writers Persevere event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book explores the difficult experiences embedded in our characters' backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward. Check out my 5-star review HERE.
To help them celebrate this release, many of us are posting stories about some of the obstacles we’ve overcome as writers. As we all know, this isn’t an easy path. Writing is hard and as writers we tend to struggle with doubt. Sometimes too, we don’t always get the support we need to follow our passion, or we have added challenges that make writing more difficult. Because people are sharing their stories this week about how they worked through these challenges to keep writing, I wanted to post about it, too.

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I never intended to become a writer, bu…

THE REDEMPTION OF EMMA DEVINE by @Nancee_Cain #Review #Giveaway

The Redemption of Emma Devine by Nancee Cain Series: Pine Bluff, #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer:  Shannon Lumetta
Photographer:  Chantell Reid Release Date: October 19, 2017


After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?








The Redemption of Emma Devine by Nancee Cai…

Cover Reveal: SWEET SOUTHERN SATISFACTION #romcom

Title: Sweet Southern Satisfaction Series: Georgia Peaches #2 Author: Colbie Kay and Chianti Summers Genre: Contemporary RomCom  Release Date: November 15, 2017
Maverick Taylor is a cocky bastard. He’s one of the best players on and off the field, but when he meets Cydney Fisher she makes him play the toughest game he’s ever had to win. And this is one game she is determined to make him lose. There's no love at first sight between the pitcher and the spitfire mechanic—in fact, she hates him. Cydney thinks she has Maverick all figured out: sexy, rich, full of himself, and he gets whatever he wants. But…maybe there's more to him that she realizes. No feelings were supposed to get involved. It was supposed to be all fun and games, but how long can they play before hearts are on the line?

Colbie Kay was born and raised in Kansas where she still resides today with her husband, kids, and their English bulldog Rubble. In 2015 she decided to give her passion of writing a go and publ…