Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Stresses and Delights of Writing #IWSG

Writing is a mixed bag of hard-boiled candy that will break your teeth, and soft chews that will wash sweetness over all your senses. 

The Hard-boiled: 

Letting go of my babies. When I’ve created a story, and it’s time to edit, I break my teeth (as it were) on the yearning for greatness, the striving for perfectionism, the dream of it going out there with exactly what I wanted to say with no errors or misunderstandings. I want my stories to touch lives, to grant sparks of laughter, to offer moments of comfort. I want them to bring insight, joy, escapism, and adventure. I want them to do wonderful things. 

And once I’ve let go enough to publish the stories, more stresses rush in. How will they be received? Will people love them? Will they hate them? Will people even find them, and if they do, will they buy them? 

Which leads me to another stress: the marketing. Am I doing it right? Do I have the right cover? The right blurb? The right story?! I know I should be more consistent with social media, but I’m not a huge fan of it. I’d rather sit in a corner and eat anchovies on stale bread…. Shudder. But I get a lot of sales through social media. It’s where people find my stories. It’s where I’ve met so many wonderful people… 

The Sweet Chews: 

Making connections. I’ve connected with so many people I never would’ve met without my writing. And I treasure every single one of them. And when I get a fan letter or a five-star review, oh my gosh, what a joy! They remind me that I don’t write in isolation. They remind me my words have an impact, a purpose, and they can make a difference. That’s exciting! 

And when I write—just let go and write—I’m transported. My world expands. My mind engages in a way that adds depth to my life. I feel whole. 

Writing is in my blood, and I must answer its call. 

How about you? What are your ups and downs with writing? 

Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional

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Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and an awesome New Year.

This post was written for the IWSG. Every first Wednesday of the month, members post on their blogs about their writing insecurities or offer some encouragement to others. If you are new to the IWSG or want to learn more, then please go HERE


Monday, November 22, 2021

Interviews, Writing Tips, and Books

Today I'm being interviewed over at Tyrean Martinson's blog. So if you'd like to know my top tips for writing, or where I find inspiration, or some other quirky things about me, then head on over.


And if you haven't picked up a copy of Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional for yourself or a gift for Christmas, then know it's now available as an ebook, paperback, and hardcover.

If you prefer fantasy, then I also have the Wielder's Storm Trilogy as a box set, or you can pick up the series individually starting with Wielder's Prize.

And if you prefer science fiction, then maybe try Tyrean Martinson's Rayatana series of novellas starting with Lift Off which is currently on sale for a short time only.

What are you reading at the moment?  

(And oh my goodness, have you seen the new Netflix animated series called Arcane? It's excellent! I highly recommend it and I've only seen the first two episodes so far.)

Don't forget to pop on over to Tyrean Martinson's blog.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Of Wonders and Scavenger Hunt Giveaways

Today I'm promoting the release of the new edition of Cling to God:365-Day Devotional over at Lynn Simpson's website. I'm talking about just one of the many wonders of this world. Please pop on over and check it out. 


Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

I'm also taking part in a fun scavenger hunt to celebrate Patricia Josephine's birthday/anniversary, which starts tomorrow.

To take part in the giveaway, head over to Patricia's Blog for details and the list of other participants. 

(Before you go, you might want to jot down the clue below written in red).

Luc has regrets, but is the Devil worth forgiving?

Luc lives the quiet life in a small town as a priest. It is his atonement for his past wrongs against his family that banished him from their lives. A chance meeting with a beautiful, young woman named Rose throws his resolve into question. Does he want to go home if it means never seeing Rose again? He sees no choice, Rose could never accept who he really is. 

When when a Satanic cult from Luc’s past kidnaps Rose, Luc must not only face the cult, but himself if he wants to save Rose. Doing so means she will learn the truth. Will Rose be able to reconcile the truth with the soft-spoken man she knows? Or will Luc lose her forever? 

Mistakes of the Past is a sweet romance, urban fantasy about over coming past mistakes and owning who you are. Steam Rating: Sweet (Kissing only.) ​

Available for $3.99 at Amazon or read for free in Kindle Unlimited! Add to Goodreads


Do you enjoy scavenger Hunts and giveaways? What have you been up to lately?

Don't forget to check out my guest post on Lynn Simpson's website.


Monday, November 15, 2021

Book Cover Creation and Bloo Moose

Today I'm over at Jemi Fraser's blog, talking about the Art of Book Cover Creation. Please pop on over to find out more.

But while you're still here, I'd like to share Jemi's latest Bloo Moose Romance, which releases tomorrow on Nov 16th (or you can pre-order now)...just in time for Christmas! 

Reaching for Home

Nia Alexander is leaving the costume rooms of Hollywood in her rear view mirror and taking her son across the country for a fresh start and a white Christmas. She’s also hoping to leave behind the threats from the jerk who didn’t want to hear the word No. 

Jaz LaChance is never going back to the limelight. It’s been almost a decade since his photos were splashed in magazines and on billboards. Funding new businesses in Bloo Moose is better. Until Nia turns out to be a new tenant. Nia saved his ass once, but every time he looks at her, he remembers the humiliation of that night. 

When Jaz discovers Nia is being threatened, he needs to figure out how to leave the past truly where it belongs. If they can trust each other they might be able to make a home of their own for the holidays. 

REACHING FOR HOME is the 9th book in the Bloo Moose Romance series, although each book in the series is a stand alone. The book contains some strong language and sexy times. Enjoy! 

Check it out on Jemi Fraser's Website

My book, Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional, is also being featured in Follower News on Literary Rambles. Please pop on over there too and support this wonderful website! 

And don't forget to check out my post on The Art of Book Cover Creation.

Monday, November 8, 2021

On Gratitude

Because of the recent launch of the new edition of Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional, I'm out and about more than usual. (I've been a bit of a hermit the last few months for various reasons, one of which is getting this book ready for its exciting release into the world). 

So, today I'm over at Patricia Josephine/Lynne's blog, writing about gratitude. Please pop on over to check it out and say hi. 

A big thanks to Patricia and my lovely supporters, helpers, and readers. You are all so wonderful. I deeply appreciate all of you.


For something different, I'm also taking part in a book promo, so if you love Epic Fantasy reads, then you might find a new treasure in this lot: HERE

Don't forget to check out Patricia Josephine/Lynne's blog.

What's your favourite genre to read? Do you have a tendency to hermit away when you get busy or life becomes more of a challenge than usual?