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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: a Rafflecopter giveaway 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 votin

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!

#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 t

$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

#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 Back   The idea of writing abou