Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#IWSG - It's MAY? When did that happen? And, the release of Hero Lost!

Hello Blogger Peeps! Howyoudoin?

I feel like April was a big blur and now I'm into May, which is great, but it's like the 5th month of the new year already and I've gotten like absolutely nothing done.


Well, today is a new day.

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.  The question is optional!
May 3 Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Please feel free to check out my very first IWSG Admin post on the main site HERE! It's all about the new anthology release, the blog tour, and links to the awesome authors!

As for the question of the month? Let's just say that I've most likely been on an FBI watch list for a really long time.

My browser history must look like I'm an OCD serial killer who likes to cook for large crowds and play with Legos.

Just yesterday I was researching on my phone how long it takes for a body to start to smell after a violent death.

True story.

If I wasn't a writer some of you would be concerned. :)


Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Can a lost hero find redemption?
What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?
Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
In this marvelous collection of speculative fiction, we journey through twelve wonderfully written tales to find out if the tortured hero can be redeemed. - Christine Rains, author
The authors have done us a favour by all being darned good at their craft. Recommended for fantasy fans. - Gordon Long, author

Print ISBN 9781939844361 $14.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844378 $4.99


eBook -
Stop in on Friday for 2, count them 2, cover reveals! 


  1. Big congratulations to all of the awesome IWSG anthology authors.
    Does Stormy play with Legos as well?

  2. I can understand that weird browser history. I've got some strange stuff in mine and I'm not even researching a book. Guess my mind just thinks about some strange things.

    I agree--this year is speeding by too quickly.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  3. Oh my heavens! Legos, serial killers, and dinner for ten. I'm laughing my head off. That's me too. I needed to know the colors/smells of a dead body and how long it takes to get to each stage. Ugh. TMI :)

  4. LOL! Writers are strange, indeed. I can't count how many odd looks my critique partners and I get when we eat out and start discussing our characters as if they're real people. I always expect to get arrested on my way out . . .

  5. Congratulations to all the authors! And how long does it take a body to smell? I'm going to assume there are a lot of conditions that go into it.

  6. Congratulations to all the talented authors.

    How long does it take for a body to smell?

  7. Okay, you definitely research weird things. And we all have months where we don't get much done. Hope May is productive for you!

  8. Yeah, I'm probably on multiple government watch lists with my search history. There really should be some indicator that we're just writers, not those lego-loving serial killers. :)

    Congrats to all the anthology authors!

  9. I've had the same thought, that the alphabet agencies will start to notice me thanks to several of my inquisitive researches. Or, the Wrong People will think I'm interested in their activities.

    The tribulations of being a writer--sigh.

  10. Yeah, my true crime collection would probably raise some eyebrows if I ever were to be investigated. Along with my book about how to poison someone.

  11. I don't know where this year is going either. Make it slow down! ><

  12. I can't say that I've ever researched violent things. Well, historically violent things? Yes. Definitely. I can't believe it's May either.

  13. Is it bad that I can actually picture some sort of Lego serial killer? Maybe I watch too many crime shows...

  14. Wait, does a body smell quicker after a violent death than other causes?!?!

  15. You might want to delete your browsing history...LOL

  16. May did come up fast!
    I worry someone will notice my browser history without knowing I'm a writer. :)

  17. Hi Heather - well I know what you were doing in April - even if you don't! Congratulations on the A-Z and all the help etc. Body fluids - I think I'll let those be for now ... My browser history is extremely odd - but not for anything lethal ... cheers Hilary

  18. Alex - Stormy would love to play with Legos. If he had hands. : )

    Arlee - Strange minds think alike!

    Jennifer - It’s pretty much information I didn’t really need in my head. : )

    Nancy – Not arrested, but maybe committed! I know what you mean!

    Christine – So many factors for body decomp it’s kind of scary. : )

    Diane – Honestly, if the conditions are right, not long at all.

    Natalie – Thank you! Me, too!

    M.J. – Right? Our own browser designation or something!

    Jacqui – We are in a dangerous business!! : )

    J.H. – Just need to look up some deadly poisons! Don’t mind me!

    Patricia – It’s quick, right? I’ve got too much still to do!

    Michelle – I research way too much stuff. And it’s all out there, too!

    C. Lee – He cracks me up!

    Sarah – Huh. Now, would he kill with Legos or for Legos? That is the question!

    Andrea – Yes. Yes, it does. : )

    Cathrina – I do on occasion, but they can still find it, I’m sure.

    Yvonne – It’s true. We are at risk!

    Hilary – Ha! Odd is also fun, isn’t it?!

    Thanks everyone!

  19. I did some online research on how to kill a patient by tampering with their self-administered morphine pump. Now none of the area hospitals will let me in as a visitor.

    (just kidding on that last part)

  20. I'm looking forward to reading Hero Lost!


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