Monday, October 5, 2015

Am I doing enough? Getting in the game

Playing any sport is competitive. But in my town, there's only one high school with over three thousand students. It's been tough to see my boys tryout for teams and not make it, when they are actually talented athletes. There are just so many to choose from, not to mention the politics. Now that they've grown and are on the school teams, my coach (not at the school) husband gives them this advice:
  • Go to all the conditioning and practices, even the optional ones
  • Do the volunteer activities
  • Stay close to the coach - so you're the one he puts in next
  • Go beyond what's expected, surprise them
  • Get noticed, be visible
I think this applies to any aspect of life, including writing. Though luck plays a big role for getting "discovered," hard work pays off as well. That's why doing all of the above is necessary for today's writers. There are so many of us trying to get noticed and get in the game, i.e. be put on the shelves, which are dwindling themselves. So this is my IWSG worry this month. Am I doing enough?

Many of you may think I do plenty, but my conscious tells me I need to do more. I worry if I don't get a new book out each year, people will forget about me. And if I'm only selling to my friends, they will surely lose interest... I try not to dwell on things, but sometimes a piece of negative news arrives bringing doubt and invading progress.

But I guess it gives me something to commiserate with you all about! So here's to us! We can overcome our doubt together, right?

And here's another plug for the IWSG short story anthology contest. I submitted mine! Check it out and go for it!

PS - I know IWSG is on Wednesday, but I only have time to post once a week and Monday is my day with my tour - forgive me! In November I will post on the 4th =)

Week 4!

I had a lovely release party on Thursday. Many of my local friends and neighbors came out to support me, even one of my students made it out on a school night! The only drawback was I bought too much food - no one ate anything! At my first party everyone ate like crazy, but it was at a restaurant. Maybe since this one was at a coffee/wine bar they ate before not expecting a spread - I will use that to my advantage next time (and spend less!) Always learning!
one of my raffle winners =)
(more pics on FACEBOOK)
QUADRUPLE THANKS to my blog tour hosts from last week, Heather M GardnerKatie TellerRena Rockford, and TB Markinson!

Here's where I'll be This Week, Oct 5 - 9:

  • MJ Fifield - (10/7) a Lazy Housewife post on not-so-extreme makeovers
  • Patricia Lynne - guest post (10/9) - Setting and keeping up with writing goals
**All my helpers will get a surprise from me and be entered in a raffle for a $20 gift card! They're so awesome! I hope you check them out.

And don't forget the Rafflecopter!

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And I almost forgot - time for my Quarterly Newsletter Update!
I really appreciate all the support! And now that things have slowed down somewhat, I'll be able to visit around - it's been so crazy!!

Keep writing and doing your best - that's all anyone can ask!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Screenplay Tidbits and More Lazy Housewife Fun!

Week 3!

I'm very excited about my Live Release Party this week, Thursday, Oct 1. Wish me luck. I'm a little nervous about the turnout - it's supposed to be outside, but the rain factor is making me crazy! And did anyone see the Blood Moon last night with the lunar eclipse? Pretty cool!

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to my blog tour hosts from last week, Elizabeth Seckman and Julie Flanders!

Here's where I'll be This Week, 9/28 - Oct 2:

  • Heather M Gardner - guest post - where I give my take on writing a screenplay
  • Katie Teller - guest post - remember A to Z 2013 - A quick list of LHW tips from A to Z!
  • Rena Rockford - guest post - future technology: form vs function
  • TB Markinson - guest post - keeping the mind healthy and wise
**All my helpers will get a surprise from me and be entered in a raffle for a $20 gift card! They're so awesome! I hope you check them out.

And I have another new release, this time from my bloggy friend Murees Dupe - loving this cover!

by Murees Dupé

Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society, who only wants to know where she belongs. Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior, who thinks he’s prepared for everything. Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?

Amazon (paperback), Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribed,Inktera, Oyster, Tolino, and Goodreads 

AND Christine Rains - the writing machine! - has another book ready to go!

Ghost Dancer (The Paramours #1)

The Paramours - ghost hunting with a kiss.

When Nina Azure’s talent as a ghost dancer doesn’t persuade a handsome phantom to talk, she entices him with sizzling sexual energy. Ben Moore’s spirit is tied to this world with guilt, but he breaks his self-imposed silence for the beautiful Nina. Lust makes him fully physical and she loses herself to desire. She must help him carry on to the afterlife, but her attraction to him is immensely powerful. She must push aside her own feelings and let him go—and perhaps find romance among the living.

And don't forget the Rafflecopter!

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Never a shortage of books - or friends!! Have a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Lazy Housewife Tips and a Precarious Future?

And the tour continues...

I'm so overwhelmed with all the help and encouragement and retweets and comments!! You guys are completely wonderful! There's so much of an outpouring, but I feel terrible that I can't respond to everyone - so I'm keeping track, and when things slow down (ha ha ha) I will come to your place for a visit. In the meantime, I added something toward the end of this post for you guys!

Now, a HUMONGOUS thanks to my blog tour hosts from last week, C. Lee McKenzieChristine RainsShah WartonSK Anthony, and Elsie Elmore!

Here's where I'll be This Week, 9/21-25:

  • Elizabeth Seckman - The Lazy Housewife loves to watch cooking shows!
  • Julie Flanders - The future could be scary, are you prepared? Are your kids? And, no I'm not talking about a zombie apocalypse.
**All my helpers will get a surprise from me and be entered in a raffle for a $20 gift card! They're so awesome! I hope you check them out.

And I wanted to give a shout out to a couple of blogger friends with big news this month!

Cathrina Constantine is celebrating the re-release of

by Cathrina Constantine

In a decimated world, setting foot outside of Tallas is certain death ~ or so they say. Mutations caused by those in the wilderness have plagued citizens ~ or so they say…

For Doogan and Keeyla their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. And when their young son, Fabal, is given a dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But when they are ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keeyla and Fabal escape, she is severely injured.

Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan get away from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the legends about the terrible monsters beyond the walls of Tallas true?


Stephen Tremp revealed the cover for his new supernatural thriller. I love it - and purrr-fect for a spooky October release!

by Stephen Tremp
Release Date: October 1, 2015

A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when souls of the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast.

And finally,

I say again, I can't thank everyone enough for supporting, tweeting, visiting, and commenting! It's really going great so far! I'm giving this award to everyone stopping by during my busy blog tour! Grab it if you like, you deserve it!

All this brought to you by...

by Tara Tyler
Release Date: Sept 14, 2015

In 2082, androids are essential, but some are too real. Clone android simulations are illegal and Cooper is on a case to find out who's making them. He has to work fast when his ex-girlfriend tries to kill him, but it must be a simulation, right?

SIMULATION delivers more technology, more intense action, more humor, and more engaging new characters. Come along for the ride.

Available Now!
Amazon ~~ Barnes & Noble

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