Monday, August 14, 2017

I wrote a post, but it's not here & puppy pics!

It's been too long since I've said hello to everyone. My apologies. Not only is it summer, which means 24/7 The BOY, but I also have a summer part-time job, so that's made things interesting.

I wrote an awesome blog post, but I used it over at the IWSG website for today's post. It's called...Sometimes Writing Sucks.

Yeah, you know you want to read it.

Head over HERE to check it out!

Also, there is a contest to show us your insecurity on October 4th!

Check out all the details...HERE

There are some great prizes for the winners and some great IWSG SWAG to choose from – notebooks, pens, mugs, tote bags, etc.
Proceeds go to fund the upkeep of the IWSG site.

I'll leave you with puppy pictures.

Upside down Klaus.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#IWSG - We're talking Pet Peeves and SWAG in here! Don't miss it!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Show us Your Writer Insecurity

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 and 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 today are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

The August question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Hi guys! Happy IWSG Day! I'm writing quickly this morning before I have to go to work, so forgive the short post! Hope you're all enjoying the summer. We are trying our best around here, but it feels like its slipping away fast. My son is upset because I've already started to invest in school supplies! :)

I have a HUGE pet peeve while editing. Well, when someone gives me their edits of my work. Don't touch my dialogue. No one speaks for my characters, but my characters. I know there are times when things need to be fixed, but just tell me what to fix, not how to fix it.

I must be horrible to work with. :) All growly and stuff. How about you guys? Got some peeves you want to share?

Check out the exciting news below before you go!!

July 27 was the very first IWSG Twitter pitch party, #IWSGPit. And it was a huge success!

Thanks to all who participated in or promoted the #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party. It was an incredible success – there were 2300 Tweets and we were a trending topic. The IWSG team learned a lot and the next #IWSGPit in January will be even better. Now that we’ve established ourselves and the site is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Site for Writers, there will be five times the amount of publishers and agents watching the feed. Thanks again for such a successful event! - Alex

On August 24th at 2:00 pm EST, Chrys Fey will be participating in a LIVE YouTube interview with Evan Carmichael, an entrepreneur who she'll be interviewing about his book Your One Word and getting some great advice for IWSG members. You'll be able to watch the interview live HERE. You can set a reminder if you click on the link, or you can watch it later.The video will be uploaded in the August 30th IWSG newsletter issue.

Show Us Your Writer Insecurity!

Are you proud to be an insecure writer?

Then show us!

On Wednesday, October 4 (IWSG Day), post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.)

The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved:

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh.

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell.

Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.

We have some great IWSG SWAG – notebooks, pens, mugs, tote bags, etc.

Proceeds go to fund the upkeep of the IWSG site.

You have two months to prepare – show us your best insecurity!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stop! In the name of the (Gnome) LAW!

"I'll need to see two forms of ID from each and every one of you. Right now."

Stormy: "Who's asking?"

"My name is Classified."

"And I work for Gnomeland Security."

Stormy: "Classified? Like you could tell us, but then you'd have to kill us?"

"No, I had it legally changed to Classified."

Stormy: "Oh. That's not weird. At. All. Well, we don't have ID. None of us have pockets. Or hands for that matter."

"OK. I expected a little more cooperation from a celebrity such as yourself, but I can overlook one tiny infraction. Gentlegnomes, I'm here to protect and serve."

Stormy: "Celebrity? You've heard of me?"


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#IWSG - Great opportunities you don't want to miss!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

July 5 Optional Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

The awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!


Only one valuable lesson? For writers?
Clear your browser history on a regular basis, but understand and accept that you're probably already on an FBI watch list of some kind. :)


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group 

Twitter Pitch Party!


July 27, 2017
8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST

All writers and authors are invited to participate in our very first Twitter Pitch.

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 27, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

IWSG in Top 100 The Insecure Writer’s Support Group made the Writer’s Digest 19th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers!
This site was created to be a major source of information and support for writers everywhere. To make the list confirms that the efforts of those behind the scene who have worked so hard to make this site and the whole IWSG group and experience as awesome as possible.

Special thanks to all of you, the writers and authors who have supported the group and this site over the years. You are the reason for this site. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Submissions are open for The IWSG Guide to Writing for Profit. What are we looking for? Anything writing related – books, journalism, articles, whatever. What have you tried that was successful? What have you tried that didn’t result in sales or making money? We need to know what doesn’t work as well! Submissions are open to all IWSG members – monthly blog post members, Facebook, and Goodreads. Details here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You will never un-hear these... :)

I LOVE these so much!

Misheard song lyrics.

Aren't these great! Pot pie is my favorite!

Here are some more that I've collected!

Big ol' Jed had a light on - Steve Miller Band
Wipe in the Vaseline - The Eagles
Your big disc brakes - Queen
I'll never be your pizza burning - Rolling Stones

The Chair Is Not My Son - Michael Jackson
There's a bathroom on the right - CCR
She's got a tick in her eye - The Beatles
And the bakers gonna bake bake bake - Taylor Swift
Do you have any to add to the list?
Feel free to share! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's a dog's life. (So he'd like to think.) & Cover Reveal for The Right Brother by Tammy Mannersly!

Klaus and Ted

Klaus: Can I sit with you?

Ted: No.

Klaus: Awww. But, I like you.

Klaus: What if I sit over you? Like this?

Ted: No.

Klaus: I'll just wait until you're sleeping.


It's a tough life at the Gardner house. :)


The Right Brother
By Tammy Mannersly

Cover Desgin: Najla Qamber Designs

Available: July 5, 2017
Pre-Order Links:

Invited by one brother, tempted by the other…
Former Australian playboy Blake Davenport knows his billionaire brother, David, is capable of anything to ensure he gets what he wants. But manipulating his young daughter’s beautiful teacher into marriage is unacceptable.
Gwen Deveraux is grateful for the invitation to spend Christmas and New Year’s with her beloved student’s family, especially when her handsome host is so eager for her company. After surviving a broken heart, she is finally ready to give love another chance.
But, who with?
The illustrious David Davenport whose real motives seem hidden behind charm? Or his roguish brother, Blake, who has tempted her heart and body from the very moment they met?

About the Author:

Tammy Mannersly is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland. She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. 

Her passion for writing started from a very young age and lead her to complete a Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology. 

You can find out more information about Tammy and her work on her WEBSITE or by visiting Facebook and Goodreads.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#IWSG - June is bursting with IWSG news!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. 
Remember, the question is optional!!!
June 7 Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
Alex's awesome co-hosts for June will be JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, and Heather Gardner!

Did I ever say, "I quit!"? Yep. Numerous times. I think about it a lot when I get down on myself and sales are non-existent and the end of my edits seem too far away. Of course, I lose the most if I let myself quit. It would never make me happy. I'd always wonder, "What if?". So, I keep going. I keep moving forward. I keep writing.
Official announcement for the IWSG's next anthology!
The IWSG Guide to Writing for Profit--This will be a non-fiction book like our Guide to Publishing and Beyond.
What to write: Share experiences about making a profit as an author, what it takes to become a successful writer, the many skills a writer needs to learn other than writing, share the experience going from hobby writer to published author (without making it a self-promotion piece), the fallacies behind writing for profit, the little known facts learned along the way, what you wished you knew when you first started writing, or marketing tips based on experience of what has worked and what hasn't. Please include a title, your name, and a link to one of your sites. Send as an attached Word file or pasted into the email.
If you have any questions, email us at admin AT

Word limit: 500-1000 words.

Submission eligibility: All members of the IWSG Blog Hop, IWSG Facebook group and/or members of our IWSG Goodreads Book Club. It's free to join any of these groups and a great benefit to be a part of these communities.
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Send your piece to admin AT as an attached Word document and note which IWSG group you belong to. Please include your name, a one line bio, and one website link.

The one hundred best entries will be included in the book.

Don’t forget our first Twitter pitch event, #IWSGPit, is on July 27. We have a lineup of publishers and agents who will be tuning in that day and more are added every week. See the site for details and start working on your Twitter pitch.

The IWSG Goodreads Group is in full swing and already read their first book. As a bonus, members got to ask the book’s author questions and you can read about it on Goodreads. This group is for writers only, focusing on the craft, so please join us.

The IWSG Newsletter is packed with great information and valuable links every month, so if you haven’t signed up, please do so.

And for those who don’t know it, we have an IWSG Facebook Group as well, with over 3600 members.


I told you! Bursting with news!
Get in on some of this action!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Doesn't anyone dust in here?

So, I un-intentionally took a few weeks off from the blog. I tried to pinpoint the moment in my mind when I decided to take a hiatus, but I couldn't come up with one. Must have been one of those things I needed to do, so I just did it. :)

Miss you all. Hope you're well.

It's officially June. Yay and Not-Yay.

June means my son is almost out of school, which is great because I hate school, but that means The BOY will be here every single day for like 2 months.

June means the beginning of parade season and Carnival which aren't bad times, just busy.

June means better weather. I hope. We could see our breath outside the other day, we had a thunder & lightning storm that we usually only see in the heat of the summer, we had a F1 tornado touchdown 2 counties away, and at the same time, I have a maple tree in the yard changing to fall colors. (No, the environment is absolutely fine.)

Let's hope we make it through June alive and well. :)

I'm off to do something stunning. Make sure you tune in next week for the IWSG posting day on the 7th! There's a special announcement!


Monday, May 15, 2017

It's morning...

This makes me laugh every time I see it. It's not meant to offend anyone. Just cracks me up.

I'm drinking coffee and planning out my crazy busy week after just coming off a really crazy busy weekend.

What are you guys up to today?

Something good?
Something bad?
Bit of both?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Drink Water Week / Winners / IWSG news!!

I bet you didn't know that May 7-13 is 'Drinking Water Week' and I can't think of a better way to drink water than to mix it with the elixir of life...the coffee bean.


I had some ebook winners from the A to Z Challenge that I neglected to mention. I will rectify that immediately!

Congratulations to...
L. Diane Wolfe
Joy Michelle
Alana Mautone / bookworm
Hilary Melton-Butcher
C. Lee McKenzie
Patricia Lynne

Thank you guys for participating and visiting!


Are you guys familiar with Reedsy? They're your one-stop-shop for editing, design, publicity, marketing, and ghostwriting services.

As a member of IWSG, you can receive a $25 credit to use on Reedsy services (editing, design, publicity, marketing, ghostwriting) when you create a new account. Existing Reedsy accounts do not qualify.

Interested? Go HERE to sign-up!


I'm sure there was more I was supposed to share today, but I can't seem to remember any of it, so I'll leave you to it! :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

I AM GROOT!!! -- Worth every penny and more! #GotGVol2

We took the BOY to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 on Saturday.

It was AMAZING!!

I loved how even though the movie was mostly Peter Quill's story, they didn't make it ALL about him.  There was plenty of stuff going on with the other characters so that it was really well rounded.

Baby Groot almost stole the whole movie!

The visual effects were stunning. The dialogue was hilarious. The emotional connection between the characters was brilliant.

I loved every minute and I would go back to see it right now if I could. I might be able to convince the husband to go again if we head up to the drive-in. :)

If you're on the fence about going to see this movie...jump down and go!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Two awesome cover reveals today! No, really!

Happy BELATED 'May the Fourth' for yesterday and Happy 'Revenge of the Fifth' today!

I love that Star Wars has become so mainstream! Although, I do know quite a few people who have never watched the movies. I still don't know how I'm friends with them, but I realize that not everyone can sit at the cool table. :)

Have a great weekend!


Beyond the Hope
(The Division: Book Three)
By Connie L. Smith

Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before. Time’s hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced poisoned with the demon’s incurable toxin.

Beyond those worries, magic might be vanishing—a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt so desperate, with danger escalating and hope disappearing with the slow drain of the hourglass.
Will the answers surface in time, or will the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

Publication Date: May 17, 2017
Pre-Order Links:

About the Author:
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.


Starr Gone
(Starr Fall # 3)

by Kim Briggs 

Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

A Starr gone. A team betrayed. 

You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.

The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.

Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No... More.


Publication Date: June 3, 2017
Pre-order Links: 

Kim Briggs once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17-year-old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music.

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snowdrifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees. 
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