Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#IWSG - July - It's only 'mostly' hot outside.

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

Today’s optional question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

Hello my blog peeps.
We're experiencing a slight heat wave here in New York, but I know there are some places that are hot like this all the time. We need some humor to get us through!!

Over a thousand agents and publishers have been invited to watch the feed on July 19, 2018 for #IWSGPit!

So get those pitches ready. Over five thousand tweets last January and we were a trending topic – plus several authors have now found homes for their books. Don’t miss out! Details at the IWSG site.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

#IWSG - Bring coffee, this one is packed full of news!!!

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the link above and sign up!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

Please note - the July posting will be on July 3, a Tuesday, due to the US Fourth of July holiday.

June's optional question:
What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

YES! I have trouble with both of these. Let's face it, I have trouble with all of it. The writing. The titles. The characters. The finishing. The starting. :)


Announcing the IWSG Anthology Contest genre and dates! Young Adult Romance is the genre.
The theme will be revealed on September 5, along with the judges and other details.
Our previous anthologies were Parallels: Felix Was Here, Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. Your short story might be included in the fourth anthology!


The next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Over a thousand agents and publishers have been invited to tune in that day.
Polish your story and your Twitter pitch and be ready!


  Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication by Chrys Fey
Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book!
Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication offers an abundance of data in one handy book. From writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips. You’ll also discover how to write specific scenes and characters, adding depth to your work.
Find it at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes
GIVEAWAY! Open to all from June 4th 2018 – July 6th 2018. Click HERE to enter.


Fellow InkSpell Publishing writer,
Pamela Q. Fernandes.

The heist of the decade and yet, no one would have guessed… it was her. 

The Milanese stars are missing from the famous Buccatino boutique. When American insurance investigator, Samuel Keane is called in to liaise with the polizia, he finds the whole heist odd. Not only are the Milanese stars, a set of five pink diamonds, not listed in the inventory of stolen items, worse, none of the surrounding owners or passersby witnessed a thing. 

Samuel is anxious to solve the case and partners with local café owner, Vita, who has a very good vantage point to watch Buccatino. Vita herself has quite the interest in Samuel. He's a decent man, not to mention delicious, and he’s smart. But the last thing she wants is to be caught. After all, Vita has planned the heist for years. Five to be exact. The only thing she didn’t plan is falling in love with the young American. 

As Samuel digs further into the history of the stars, he discovers Vita’s friends and her physically challenged sister are all connected to them. He learns of Vita’s past and the loneliness she’s resigned herself to in an effort to protect herself from loss. Samuel also learns Don Giovanni, proprietor of Buccatino, is no ordinary man. He’s a local Mafioso and will stop at nothing till he gets the stars. 

The more Samuel investigates, the more dangers he and Vita face. Can he solve the case and what will happen with Vita? What will he do when we learns the heist of the decade isn’t about stealing pink diamonds… it’s about settling the score 

Here's the link: https://amzn.to/2wQkULy


And, finally, a little gnome told me that Tara Tyler has a weekly shout-out and this week it's ME! Thank you, Tara! Make sure you VISIT her! She has a great line-up of books and awesome writing advice!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Let's make Some Very Messy Medieval Magic & IWSG news!!

Greetings and salutations to the good people of the blogging world! Do not adjust your screens, it is I, Heather, blogging on a Monday! (please hold your applause).
I have things to share...so....here!



By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...

$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic (JUV037000) / Boys & Men (JUV005000)

“A gripping adventure back in time, with action around every corner.” - Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

“A great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own private library.” - Beverly Stowe McClure, award-winning author of stories for children and teens.

“This third book in the Adventures of Pete and Weasel series was as much fun as the first.” - Kai Strand, author

“A rich cast of characters who bring the story to life – both in modern and historical times. I highly recommend librarians and teachers get this series on their shelves.” - Hall Ways Reviews

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.
Website / Facebook / Twitter

Purchase/find Some Very Messy Medieval Magic at Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes / Amazon / Foyles / Goodreads

Plus check out the book trailer for the series. 
Confused about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)? Who isn't. Today's IWSG post, GDPR, the IWSG, and YOU! is all about that very subject. 
Also from the IWSG...the next Twitter Pitch!
The next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018! 
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time 

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 19, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.


Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Let's talk about The X-Files, cause...it's time. (spoilers)

***This blog post contains spoilers about The X-Files. If you don't want to know about stuff, then you know what to do.***

Hi nice people of the blog world!

It's been difficult for me to get my shit together and write blog posts for a bit. In fact, I haven't written anything about anything in about six months. Sad, but true.

Anyway, as many of you know, I've always been a big fan of The X-Files. I did an entire A to Z month of X-Files posts right before they brought the series back in 2016.

I love this show and the characters.
I just do.

Season 10 came along, 6 whole episodes, and they were good, but not amazing. Not the level of awesome I had come to expect from the show. But, it had been a few years and everyone was excited to get the show back on, so I tried not to be too critical.

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Then Season 11 was proposed for 2018. 10 episodes of new X-Files goodness. I had the HUSBAND record them all on the DVR so I could binge watch them.

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So, I watch the first episode and I almost lost my mind. The writers did something so egregious that I literally could not believe what I was seeing.

Here is that spoiler I was talking about....

They want me to believe that Cigarette-Smoking-Man is really the father of Scully and Mulder's son, William.

I was crushed. I was befuddled. How could they?

For years I've been watching Scully and Mulder struggle to find their way to each other, then be tortured by the bad guys, and even more by the REALLY bad guys, their own bosses and government.

I waited for years for Scully and Mulder to finally get together. Then, they have Baby William and the three of them couldn't have been any cuter.

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What the f--K?

Like having Cigarette-Smoking-Man turn out to be Mulder's biological father wasn't enough for me to swallow. Now, he's William's biological father?

No. No. No.

Instead of Mulder's son, William is his brother? 

I can't do it. I can't. It goes against everything I love about the show.

I don't even know where they intended to go with their 'plot twist'. I have yet to watch the other nine episodes. I'm not sure I can.

So, I'm going to let it go for now and pretend that Season 11, Episode 1 didn't happen. Kind of like Alien 3 and Indiana Jones 4.

Hope you guys aren't too shocked. I tried to warn you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's May! Check out the new IWSG anthology release!

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

If you’d like to join us, click HERE to sign-up and post the first Wednesday of every month.
We encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 2 posting of the IWSG are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

Today’s optional question - It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Hi nice people! It's finally, actually, just-might-be, I hope so, SPRING in NY!

We literally had a snow shower on Monday and today it's 88 degrees. The kids were wearing layers to school Monday and today they were half naked!

No news on the publishing front. I'm having a friend read it over to make sure it doesn't suck too much before I try to send it out to a new list of agents/publishers.

Meanwhile...check out all the awesome IWSG News!!!

Mark July 19 on your calendar - it’s the next Twitter pitch - #IWSGPit.

Are Twitter pitch parties worth it? Do author get signed?


Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. signed Sherry Ellis and her book, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China, will be released on September 4th of this year.

So, get your pitch ready!

Today the IWSG has a special announcement - the release of its third anthology! 
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
Find the authors at the Tick Tock Mystery blog and Facebook page.
Find the book at Amazon / B&N / / Kobo / Goodreads