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. :)

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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!



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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!


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  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.




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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



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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!

28 comments:

  1. Yes she did!
    Congratulations to Chrys and Pamela.
    I bet you ask yourself why you're a writer sometimes... Maybe we just like the punishment.

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    1. We must love the punishment and I do ask myself that all the time!
      :)
      Heather

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  2. Woot for the releases and upcoming events! Here's to hoping for easier naming in the future (whether it be characters or books)!

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  3. Congratulations Tara on giving Heather the shout out ... and for all the releases, up coming events and news ... and remembering names and titles as one goes along - cheers Hilary

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  4. Wow, the IWSG was got all sort of things going on. Best of luck to Chrys and Pamela. Oh, and I love naming characters. Titles, not so much.

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    1. I write down names I like all the time, but have trouble fitting them to characters. It takes a while.
      TY
      Heather

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  5. This was lots of news. Yay for another anthology. Can't wait to see what the theme will be for this one.

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  6. You were in the spotlight.

    Thanks for featuring Chrys' new book.

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    1. Yay, ME!
      You do great work, Diane!
      Heather

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  7. Best wishes for Chris and her new release. Good news all around in your post today!

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  8. Very funny response to the blog hop this month, Heather. Humility is the mark of a good person. I too have trouble with all of those things, but think titles are harder than character names. https://www.genedesrochers.com/blog/book-titles-versus-character-names#comments-5b184ae62b6a28bec6a41cbf=

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    1. No easy at all, but we manage.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      HMG

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  9. Hehehe now you're sounding like me. ;-)

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  10. Some books just cause all sorts of problems for us writers. Congrats to Chrys and Pamela!

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  11. Congrats to Chrys and Pamela!
    I think I struggle more with the finishing and the starting than the titles and character names...
    I've always wanted to do the IWSGPit but I don't think I'll have anything ready (because of the finishing thing).

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  12. I have Chrys and her new book on my blog today. ^_^

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  13. Heather, I agree. I too have trouble with "all of it". He! He!

    I struggle with character names. My characters remain Mrs. B, Mr. X and Miss Y for a very long time.

    I read an interesting IWSG post where the author said she researches geography and culture before settling on a name. Another IWSG participant said that a name needs to also be decade-appropriate, which makes sense if one actually wants to find the best possible name for the character.
    I also like the ‘sound’ of a name. But as wonderful as a name ‘sounds’, the aural appeal should ideally be secondary to the appropriateness of the name.
    Lots to think about.

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  14. Definitely lots of news this week. Contemplating joining the Twitter pitch...just participated in the #Pitmad one and got five asks I consider legitimate, one that wasn't, and a whole bunch of well-meaning people who don't understand how it works. :)

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  15. I like stories with mysteries in them; that's why I usually only watch crime dramas on TV because I like watching the detectives at work. It's like they're putting pieces of a puzzle together. So there should be definitely more stories about investigators.

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  16. Yes, there's no part that's easy but that just makes it all the more worthwhile! Congrats to Chrys and Pamela, and to you on the shoutout!

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