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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.

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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…

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…

#IWSG Bounce Back

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and this month's co-hosts:
Gwen Gardner,Doreen McGettigan,Tyrean Martinson,Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

I really enjoyed the IWSG Newsletter this month, featuring some great advice...

Just Take a Walk  Tyrean Martinson, IWSG Admin
"What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing? When the words just come out wonky? Or you realized you haven’t written a word in two weeks and you find the blank page daunting?
You could take a walk. It’s a tried and true way to break your mind free of distractions and worries."

Thanks, Tyrean! I agree that walking (and other exercise) unlocks our creativity.
Instead of answering this month's question, I ask for your support. I'm going through a tough time on the day job, feeling mired in rejection and poor communication from my bosses. I pour my heart into my career, so recent work events have cut deep. As a psychologist, I know we all endure hard times, and I want to practice what I preach by respond…

$100 Bath & Body Works #giveaway

September days are here, bringing you good cheer! Welcome September with us and celebrate all the warm scents of fall with a chance to win.


I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to offer you the chance to win a $100 Bath & Body Works eGift Card! Perhaps you need to pamper yourself or buy some gifts for your child's teachers? 

This event is hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island Graciously Co-Hosted by: Coupons and Freebies Mom, Christy's Cozy Corners, Deliciously Savvy, Our Crafty Mom, Jennifer Lane Books, Style on Main, Me, Him and the Cats, It's Free At Last

Enter the Giveaway! One lucky entrant selected by the entry form will win a $100 eGift Card via email to Bath & Body Works. 

Entry open to the US and Canada, 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Open for entry from 09/1/19-09/30/19 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be drawn on or around 10/01/19. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email to claim this prize or a new…

#IWSG Writing Surprises #insecure #writers #support #group

Let's support each other during the August group meeting, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh.

Thank you to this month's co-hosts: Renee Scattergood,Sadira Stone,Jacqui Murray,Tamara Narayan,and LG Keltner!



Today's question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise?

Some of my best writing moments have been surprises!

I had no clue how to write when I started my first story, Bad Blood into Good (awful title). The climax involved my hero eating poisoned food, turning his skin blue. When I returned his skin to a healthy color upon healing, one of my readers observed how this plot element exactly echoed my title. How fun when something unexpected like that happens.

Credit: Irina Kukuts from Pixabay
I love when writing takes a surprising direction, turning out better than we planned. I suppose we also face some nasty surprises as writers.

Here's an article for insecure writers: How to Stop Self-Doubt From Holding You BackThe idea of writing about your doubt intrigues me.

Also, I'm giv…

Oh The Places You'll Go #Giveaway Hop

Thanks to The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island for hosting.
How do you feel about school time approaching? I work at a university where my workload is lighter in the summer, so I have some trepidation about the school year starting, but it's also exciting for fall sports to begin.
I'm giving away a $10 gift card as well as two ebooks of Blocked, featuring a romance between two volleyball rivals as they start college.


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Hop over to these oh so great places to enter to win their prizes!

New Release: FOUR MEANINGFUL WORDS by @AM_Guilliams

Title: Four Meaningful Words Author: A.M. Guilliams Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: July 31, 2019


Blurb
Four words posed in a question started the beginning of our future. Will you marry me? Ten years of love and laughter, triumphs and failures, losses and gains later, and four words threatened to end it all. Everything has a beginning and an end. I just never saw mine coming. Especially when I finally thought we were getting it all. Until my husband and lifeline uttered…. I want a divorce. Only I had four words of my own. Words that should be said out of happiness and pure joy. Words I’d been dying to say, but never could. A sentence that he may never hear now that he didn’t want to be my forever anymore.

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A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and fur babies. …

Cover Reveal: FOUR MEANINGFUL WORDS by @AM_Guilliams

Title: Four Meaningful Words Author: A.M. Guilliams Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March Designs Release Date: July 31, 2019


Blurb
Four words posed in a question started the beginning of our future. Will you marry me? Ten years of love and laughter, triumphs and failures, losses and gains later, and four words threatened to end it all. Everything has a beginning and an end. I just never saw mine coming. Especially when I finally thought we were getting it all. Until my husband and lifeline uttered…. I want a divorce. Only I had four words of my own. Words that should be said out of happiness and pure joy. Words I’d been dying to say, but never could. A sentence that he may never hear now that he didn’t want to be my forever anymore.

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A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and fur babies. Books, flip flops, cof…

New Release: THE REINTRODUCTION OF SAMMIE MORGAN by @Nancee_Cain #romance #series

Release Date: July 11, 2019
Cover Design: Shannon M. Lumetta
Congratulations to Nancee! I'm reading this now and enjoying the characterization. Great series!Synopsis
Still reeling from the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, Matt Tyler trudges through life, caring for his young son, managing his cantankerous father, and working as much as he can. Despite his best efforts, bills are piling up and his vindictive in-laws seem determined to take Luke away from him.

Things change when he stumbles upon Sammie Morgan—with a car that won’t run and her mother’s ashes in the backseat. Best friends growing up, Matt and Sammie have spent years apart following very different paths. Now they’ve both run out of options. Without a dime in her pocket, Sammie has nowhere to go. And Matt lacks the stable home life he needs to fight his former in-laws. 

Their hasty solution? A marriage of convenience.

But how convenient will this reintroduction be if it means Matt and Sammie have to relive the most pai…

#IWSG Infusing Characters with Personal Traits

Happy July to all writers! And Happy July 4th to Americans. Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for starting the Insecure Writers' Support Group, where we support and befriend writerly peeps.


I'm excited to be a co-host this month along with Erika Beebe,Natalie Aguirre,MJ Fifield,Lisa Buie-Collard,and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Congratulations to Ellen Jacobson (The Cynical Sailor) for her new release, Poisoned by the Pier (Molly McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery #3). I'm reading it now and it's a lot of fun! Molly's husband is trying a fad diet involving rutabaga--this is not going to end well.

Are you entering the 2019 IWSG Anthology Contest? The genre is middle grade historical adventure/fantasy. I was fortunate to be part of Masquerade: Oddly Suited, Dancing Lemur Press's young adult romance anthology, and I met some wonderful IWSG authors in addition to working with a publisher featuring fast, clear communication. What a pleasure! I encourage you to submit a story for thi…

New Release: POISONED BY THE PIER by @Ellen_Jacobson

Congratulations to Ellen Jaconson on the release of the third novel in her cozy mystery series! I'm reading it now and enjoying the wacky characters.

Poisoned by the Pier Now Available!

Poisoned by the Pier, the third book in the Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery series, is now available in ebook, paperback, and large print.

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When Mollie's husband signs the two of them up for an extreme diet, she's not amused. When someone ends up poisoned by a cake, things get even worse.

While she tries to identify the killer, Coconut Cove’s annual boating festival is in full swing. In between getting ready for her first sailing race and cheating on her diet, Mollie and her cat, Mrs. Moto, uncover clues, interview suspects, and do their best to avoid rutabagas.

Can Mollie nab the killer before someone else is poisoned?

If you like quirky characters, adorable cats, and plenty of chocolate, you'll love this cozy mystery. Pick…

Teaser for Behind the Catcher's Mask #YA #romance #shortstory

Thanks to Nancee Cain for reading and reviewing Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young adult anthology including my sports romance short story, Behind the Catcher's Mask.

Fast-pitch softball is Andie Wilson’s life. She’s a fierce pitcher hoping to score a college scholarship, and she hates the annoying distraction of cocky baseball players crashing her high-school charity game. But she doesn’t anticipate the impact of one baseball player: Colt Turner. As Colt stares at her through his catcher’s mask, his steadfast gaze may be just what she needs to guide her through a crisis. And Colt may need Andie, too—to cope with the secret hiding behind his mask.


Nancee's review reminds me that I want to share a teaser from my story with you. This scene takes place after the story, from Colt's perspective.


Sharp air fills my lungs as I stride toward Andie’s front door. This early cold snap has blown in uninvited. Welcome to Ohio. Andie skips out and closes the door behind her before I reach th…