Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cover reveal for Through the Ashes by Connie L. Smith!

Hello everyone!

It's Wednesday! Anyone have anything exciting going on? I hope so. :)

I'm a bit late with this cover reveal, so without further ado....

InkSpell Publishing author, Connie L. Smith!

Through the Ashes (The Division: Book Two)

By Connie L. Smith

Release Day: March 24, 2017

The war has begun. The battle’s unfolding. And victory feels so distant…

The Essenced had prepared and trained, but never imagined the true horror of watching demons tearing through the Division to invade the realm. Every claw is horrific—every snarl disgusting—and the responsibility of keeping that vile terror from expanding beyond the battlefield’s borders rests in the teenagers’ hands. They thought they were ready for that challenge…

But then their confidence is shaken when a deadly new weapon emerges from the enemy’s arsenal, and well-kept secrets from the Essenced’s angelic superiors begin to surface.
In the midst of the carnage, can the teens find the strength within themselves, and among themselves, to grasp victory in blood-tainted hands?

Pre-Order Links

The Division: Book One - Within the Essence


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 Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers.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.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Meme Monday!

I shouldn't be here.
I need to go do stuff.
But, I just wanted to say hello and share my new meme!


Have a great day!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Today is the day! #atozchallenge news!

It's Monday.

Let's write all the words today!

But, first!

Today was the big announcement for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Check the above link for all the amazing details, but I'll give a quick 'sum up' for those of you that are here.

This year, there will be no list.

Yep. We ditched it. It's crazy hard and time consuming to keep the list free of the riff-raff.

It was actually sucking the life out of us.

Here's our solution.

Each day you will post your 'Letter of the Day' on your own blog (like you always have) and then you also post a link to your 'Letter of the Day' in the comments of the matching 'Letter of the Day' post on the Main Challenge Blog.

You can also post that same link on the matching 'Letter of the Day' post on the Facebook page.

Then just share it as you usually would on other social media sites.

This way, you know, when you see a daily link from someone, they're actually, actively participating in the Challenge.

Sounds great, right?

Trial run will be the Challenge Theme Reveal on March 20, 2017. Even if you don't have a theme, you can steer people toward your blog to find out what you will be doing.

Don't forget to use the hashtags in your post titles!!!

#atozchallenge #atozreveal

Even if you don't do The Twitter, they still work on The Facebook.

Questions? Please, feel free to ask me or any of the 2017 A to Z Team members...


Arlee Bird @ Tossing It Out

Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
John Holton @ The Sound of One Hand Typing

J Lenni Dorner @ Blog of J. Lenni Dorner 

Seasoned Support Team:
Jeremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Alex J. Cavanaugh @ Alex J. Cavanaugh

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cover reveal for Tainted by HC Harris!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thank you all for the kind words yesterday about joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group as an administrator.

Alex is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world and when he asks you to join him in a project, I can pretty much guarantee it's going to be awesome.

I'm honored to be a part of such an amazing group of people.


Cover reveal for InkSpell Publishing author, HC Harris!

by HC Harris
Whoever said college was easy? Certainly not Faye Johnson! With shadow creatures stalking and hunting her from the depths of the darkness, Faye soon realizes that being a Light Soul and destroying the evil that lurks in the shadows, won’t make her freshman year any easier.
With the help of her wisecracking best friend Jack, Faye discovers that her ordinary life is about to change drastically. She has an ancient power that the darkness desperately desires. But being untrained, she can’t protect herself for long. That’s when Gabe, a dangerously gorgeous ex-Dark Soul enters her life - seemingly out of thin air.
Jack and Faye’s friendship is put to the test when she starts training with Gabe. Jack warns her that Gabe is dangerous, but she can’t seem to resist her electrifying feelings for him. Events become deadly when the Dark Souls attack and Faye discovers Gabe’s horrifying secret.
Can she count on Jack to be there for her? Can she trust Gabe with her life? Will she be strong enough to protect herself from the darkness that is desperate to kill her?
…And you thought college was easy.
Cover Design: Najla Qamber
Release day: 3-4-2017
About the Author:
H. C. Harris has been daydreaming, imagining stories, and composing music since before she could even write! She was born and raised in New Hampshire before moving to Burlington, Vermont for college. During her senior year at the University of Vermont, she discovered she had a passion for creating fantasy stories that transported her readers to mysterious and romantic places.
H. C. Harris shared samples of her work with her online audience. Fans have described it as, “addicting,” “a page-turner,” and “swoon-worthy.” With their encouragement, she submitted her work to publishing companies and is now contracted with Inkspell Publishing!
She currently lives in Hartford, Connecticut where she is working on her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She teaches Spin classes, loves playing the piano, drinking coffee and taking her German Shepherd and Black Lab for runs!
You can follow H. C. Harris on Twitter at: @writeforlifehch, on Facebook at: and follow her book updates on her personal website: 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#IWSG - Published mistake dilemma!

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!

The Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Remember, the question is optional!!!

February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG will be Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Oh, helllloooooooo!

I hope you're all doing well on this fine first day of February!

In case you haven't read my books, I'll try not to give away any important plot points, but my post today is about my characters from my Maguire's Corner (MC) series.

When I wrote MC1, I didn't know that it would be the first in a series. I wasn't paying much attention to some of the 'extra' characters I'd been writing about.

When I started book two, there were so many Maguire family members milling about that I needed to start an online family tree.

Now, I'm working on book three and I've run into a HUGE problem.

Unbeknownst to me, I screwed up a family relationship back in book one.

Which shouldn't be a big deal, but I first called a certain character a cousin of Maggie Maguire in the beginning of the book and somewhere along the line by the end of the book, he became her uncle.


Now, mind you, this book has been through the ringer. MC1 was acquired, edited, published, un-published, re-acquired,  re-edited, re-named, and re-published.

And believe me, I've found quite a few mistakes because of all the numerous people that went through it for edits.

Only now am I creating a book-bible, for lack of a better term. I've re-read MC1 and made a spread-sheet for every character, street name, business name, and anything else I think might be important.

I need to do the same with MC2 even though I already know I called the same character uncle in that one, as well.

To make a long story short, too late ... this same cousin/uncle character is also in MC3.

He's important, but not 'main character' important.

But...he should be her cousin not her uncle.

Do you think anyone will care or notice if I switch him back to her cousin?

Do I need to explain it off somehow?

And if I do, in the context of the book or before Chapter 1?

Can I get away with saying they call him uncle cause he's older, but he's really her cousin?

Got any other bright ideas or suggestions?
I'd appreciate them.

Make sure you check out other IWSG posts today! Share the love and encouragement!


Do you want to show the world that you're insecure and proud? Well, now you can! The IWSG has started a merchandise store. Right now we have pens, magnets, and T-shirts available. Check out our store


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!

Release Date: May 2, 2017