Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Writers Keep Writing!

School's Out!!
We've all been put out of our misery enduring the online learning rigmarole! I'm curious how many of you had to deal with home schooling? As teachers? With kids at home? I was lucky to have a highschooler and a college kid who could function on their own. Several of my teacher friends had to work both sides of it. And I saw a few tik-toks I could commiserate with about kids not turning in their work and/or cheating... quite funny, but I sure hope we don't have to go through it again in the Fall! There's talk of several alternate solutions--from having 1/2 the kids go every other day to waiting to see if another rash of sickness hits and switching to online temporarily to get over it... I'm glad they're thinking ahead!

And how about working? How many of you are working from home? Going back to work? Or looking for work? I know people in every category, but my area wasn't hit very hard so most people are happy to get back to almost normal. I'm thankful for the medical community and all the volunteering I see to help those who are hurting. Hopefully we'll turn it around soon!

Well, we writers keep writing through it all, right? =D
Now that school's out, I'm excited to continue working on my Pop Travel #4 CONDUCTION and UnPrincess #4 GERTRUDE, the Nerdy Princess. I also have a lot of maintenance to do, on the blog and other stuff. And looking forward to getting out and doing an event or two in the Fall!

And to show you writers don't let grass grow under them, here are not one, but TWO FANTASTIC RELEASES you're sure to ENJOY!

by Patricia Josephine

These monsters tickle our imagination.
Sink your teeth into a collection of tales about paranormal creatures that go bump in the night. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to give you a quick bite no matter how busy your day is.

Are you hungry?

Amazon for 99 cents

Sounds like a delectable collection of short stories!

AND... another paranormal delight with a bit of Special Effects...

by Sandra Cox

A modern day, shape-shifting sheriff.
He’s the sheriff of a sparsely populated county in Montana. His blood brother and childhood best friend is Chief of Police on the Blackfoot Reservation, but they no longer speak. His deputy is a Southern transplant with the body of a high-priced call girl, a voice of honey and a mouth of a trucker. And if that’s not enough, he’s got a secret that would stun those that know him best. Other than that, it’s business as usual for Sheriff Mateo Grey.

Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina. Her stories consist of all things western…and more. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner.

I'm excited to have more reading and writing time this summer! 
And try new things! And go places!
How about you? What are you excited to do this summer?
Are you ready to venture out? Let's go!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

All cooped up and no place to go? Escape into a new release!

I hope everyone isn't too stir crazy!
And it looks like we are slowly being let loose again. Have you been braving the open air? Getting take-out? What have you been up to in your new stay-at-home hiatus? Or has life even changed for you much?

For this month's IWSG, I'm sharing my experience during these weird times.

Here are a few things I'm enjoying about staying home:
  • Having my college boy home, even though he spent most of him time in the basement with his games and devices... but we've been
  • Playing games, for a while... even invented a new card game!
  • Leisure-wear, and minimal make-up (I still have to work, teaching my classes online...)
  • Casual drinking to relax from the stress of online teaching and technology overload!
  • No dealing with traffic
  • Sleeping in
  • Spring Break - got lots of words written!
And Things I don't like one bit!
  • All the negative results from this stupid pandemic - I feel very bad for anyone who lost someone to it--that's number one. But also having the entire world stand still and cancel everything has been unbelievable - just astounding
  • Sitting at my computer for WAY TOO LONG! I had to switch and use my mouse with my left hand, my right shoulder is kaput, and my vision is going blurry! I'm too old for this! (LOL)
  • Stressed Out! Mostly from all the technical difficulties, self-teaching myself new methods to online educate and pull it off like it's easy (making videos, conducting live zoom classes, and finding creative ways to discourage cheating... not to mention nagging the kids who decided school was over when we left)
To keep busy (haha), I have been able to read a little, but again my online teaching didn't leave me much time or brain power left for things I was hoping to do...

And lastly, I want to show off one of my long-time writer friend's latest:

by David Powers King
MG/YA Fantasy

Terrible things happen whenever Princess Celesia falls in love—she blacks out and attacks her suitors, which makes an alliance with a more powerful nation impossible. Believing that she’s cursed, Celesia is given two choices: marry without love, or be responsible for her kingdom’s demise. Instead, she sneaks off in search of a remedy.

She doesn’t make it far when she encounters a dragon who bears a curse of his own—he is a prince, desperate to reclaim his humanity before the dragon takes over. He's heard of a stone that can lift both of their curses, but neither of them can find it alone, and they’re not the only ones after it. An evil alchemist is intent on using it to steal the land’s magic and dominate the realm. Only together, with the help of an even greater magic, can Celesia and the dragon stop this evil, or be bound forever by their curses.

Sounds like a tasty fantasy/fairy tale to curl up with!

So how have you been spending your lock-down time?
Do you have a mask? (I'm using a scarf)
And what are you reading/writing?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Welcome to a Murder, Just Because

Yolanda Renee is a great encourager of other writers and full of advice on the details of writing a good Murder Mystery... So glad to have her here today to support her latest release: MURDER, JUST BECAUSE!

Here's a little Q & A to tell you a little more about Yolanda's book, writing, and life...

1.  Tell us about Murder, Just Because. Who is Stowy Jenkins?

Murder, Just Because takes place ten years after The Snowman is caught and imprisoned. The Snowman escapes, and revenge is his goal, especially against Detective Steven Quaid, the man who put him in prison.

Stowy Jenkins is a former resident of West Virginia, a computer graphic designer who lives with his mother. He is charismatic, intelligent, and highly motivated. Stowy Jenkins is evil at its worst.

2.  What does literary success look like to you?

When I think of literary success, I see Margaret Mitchell. She only wrote one book, but it was a fantastic piece of literature, despite political correctness. Her book is a gift to the world. To have her dedication to perfection, even if I only wrote one book, would be ideal.

3.  Tell us about the book you’re working on now.

A Passion for Murder is the sixth book in the Detective Quaid series. I’m returning to the plot where the killer/antagonist is unknown. He/she will be one of the characters, but their identity will not be released until the end. I’m a bit used up when it comes to allowing the antagonist too much reign. My goal is to add more humor and less horror.

4.  What is your favorite season, and why?

Spring! The season of rebirth, love, hope, and magnificent colors. It’s also my birth month, and my name, Renee, means rebirth.

5.  What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

The aurora borealis. I used to fall asleep at night watching the northern lights dance across the Alaskan sky. Words could never express the beauty.

Thank you, Tara, for hosting me today on your blog and for highlighting my book, Murder, Just Because. It’s a fun escape from the world around us.

through MC Book Tours.

Rookie detective Steven Quaid’s reputation as an elite investigator skyrocketed when he captured one of the most sadistic serial killers in Alaskan history: Stowy Jenkins, AKA the Snowman. Some said it was beginner's luck. And that was ten years ago.

Now, Jenkins is back. Escaped from prison and on the move, his bloodlust is stronger than ever, and his methods of torture are even more horrifying than before. As his maniacal rampage continues and the number of mutilated bodies mounts, terrified Alaskans increasingly doubt Quaid’s ability to catch the killer again. Not only is his reputation is on the line, this time, Jenkins is out for revenge…

In a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Jenkins picks off the people in Quaid’s life…slowly, gradually tightening his circle of corpses and drawing ever closer to the most important person in Quaid’s life...his wife. Can Quaid do the impossible again? Can he outmaneuver the killer, or has the detective's luck finally run out?

About the Author...
Author Yolanda Renee
At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influences my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

For more on Yolanda and her writing, connect with her here:
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This tour-wide giveaway is for a complete set of the Detective Quaid Mystery series books for one winner, paperback copies of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for five winners, and a Kindle copy of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for 10 winners.

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