Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Reading will never be the same #IWSG

Hi, everyone.

Welcome to my IWSG post. It's where writers share their thoughts, insecurities, and encouraging words. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and our co-hosts for keeping IWSG going.  Click here to learn more about the group. Co-Hosts this month: Misha GerickeLK HillJuneta KeyJoylene Buter.

I'm doing okay with my insecurities, which I shoved in a box at the end of 2016. I haven't had time to open it, which is okay by me. Since my insecurities are tucked away, I thought I'd share some inspiration instead. So the next time you're feeling insecure remember:

Believe in yourself. 
Appreciate your unique perspective.
Write what speaks to you.
First drafts don't have to be perfect.

February's question:

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader? 

I've always been a finicky reader. A book has to hook me with beautiful writing, relatable characters, or a kick ass plot. That hasn't changed. What has changed is that I'm more aware of a story's mechanics. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. When a book is well-written, I'm not only engaged by the plot, but I find myself paying attention to how the author puts together her prose, describes scenes, weaves together plot lines, builds worlds, and creates intriguing characters. The bad is that I notice when these things are missing from a book. I'm pulled out of the story. If it keeps happening, I end up putting down the book.

In other news:

Chris Fey has a copy of 
Seismic Crimes up for grabs. Click here to learn more about her exciting new book and to enter the giveaway.

Any words of inspiration you'd like to share? Are you a writer? Has being one changed your experience as a reader? Have you checked out Tsunami Crimes? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2017

TSUNAMI CRIMES by Chris Fey Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the TSUNAMI CRIMES blog tour. 

Chrys Fey was kind enough to answer a question about her book and share a teaser with us. Be sure to check them out and enter the giveaway. 

My question for Chrys: What was your favorite part to write in Tsunami Crimes?

Chrys's answer: While the tsunami and kidnapping scenes were the most exciting to write, and surprisingly the easiest, my favorite scene wasn’t even in the final draft of my book when I submitted it to my editor. Actually, I wrote it because my editor gave me the idea. At the end of a chapter, I had Donovan tell Beth they were going out for a romantic dinner in Hawaii. I skipped that scene, though, because I felt it wouldn’t add anything to the story. But my editor offered an idea: What about a luau?

The moment she said that, I hit myself in the head. Duh! Beth and Donovan are in Hawaii, and I hadn’t even considered sending them to a luau. I wrote the short, fun luau scene that leads to a romantic moment that’s quite sexy, which has to do with hula dancing. *wink*


Hula dancers in bright bikini tops took the stage next. Their grass skirts were low on their hips. Leaves adorned their ankles and wrists. Beth turned and covered Donovan’s eyes. He chuckled, and she laughed along with him. He put his arms around her, and they watched the dancers perform with Uli’Uli rattles made of gourds and red and yellow feathers. The sound of the seeds shaking inside them and the movement of the dancers’ hips was hypnotizing. Donovan couldn’t deny it. After their dance concluded, they invited audience members to join them on the stage. Donovan brought his mouth to Beth’s ear. “You should go up there.”

She rotated around. Firelight reflected in her wide eyes. “Are you crazy?”

“No. I’ve seen you move your hips before.” He winked at her.

She fought not to smile as she twisted her lips to the side. “Fine, but you better record it on your phone, because I won’t do it again.” 


Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.

This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson's men.

Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap. If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.

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About the author:
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series. She is a blogger, reader, auntie, vegetarian, and cat Lover. Get Lightning Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2.5) for FREE!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Do you break the rules? #IWSG #amwriting

Happy New Year! 
Here's wishing us all a wonderful 2017.

The past couple of years have been trying, so my hope for 2017 is that it's a happy year for us all. My goal this year is to get out more. To explore, to hike, to bike ride, and of course to keep writing and to find a home for my finished novels. I have a couple that I'm extremely excited about and that I'd like to share with readers everywhere.

This month's question: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

This is a hard one for me. When I started writing, I hadn't known the "rules". Then I joined a writing group and found out I broke several rules. I revised and tweaked to conform. Then learned that it's okay to break the rules if it's important to the story. So there isn't one rule that I wish I had never heard. I'm just glad I became comfortable enough in my writing abilities to break the ones that aren't working for a particular story.

How about you? Is there a rule you wish you never heard? Any goals for 2017? 

This has been an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. It's where writers share their thoughts, insecurities, and encouraging words. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and our co-hosts for keeping IWSG going. If you would like to know more about the group, just follow the link above. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fast Forward Five Years #IWSG

Hi everyone!

It's time to share our thoughts, insecurities, and encouraging words. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and our co-hosts for keeping IWSG going. Not a member? Want to know more about the group? Click here

The first Wednesday of December snuck up on me. Things are busy right now, so I just don't have time for insecurities. I've shoved them in a box to be open... well, maybe I'll leave them there.

December's question of the month:

In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Easy. Still dreaming up new stories and sharing them with readers. To get there I plan to keep writing. How about you?

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

My Christmas village, 2016

Enjoy the holidays!

Friday, November 11, 2016

10 Tips to Success

While there isn't a surefire formula aspiring writers can follow to ensure success, there are some things you can do to help you reach your goals. Below are ten tips I picked up over the years. Try one or try them all, I promise you can't go wrong.

Let't start with number ten and work our way backwards, shall we?

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10. Read. Read. Have I said read?
  • Everything: the genre you love, best sellers, books outside your norm, magazines, newspapers.
  • Then read some more.
  • By reading you see how other authors put together complex plots, build worlds, and develop characters. You can also see how they use various techniques to hold readers' interest.
9.   Note what you like about your favorite novels and what you dislike about the books you put down. Now remember these things when you're working on your novel.

8.   Know the trends, and then avoid them and come up with a kick-butt idea of your own.

7.   Learn the rules… then dare to break them.

6.   Try everything at least once until you find the perfect fit for you.
  • Different genres, short stories, novels, screenplays.
  • Try outlining your stories before you start to write them.
  • Then try diving right in and being a pantser.
5.   Avoid negativity.
  • Instead of saying I can't say I'll find a way.
  • Don't let others tell you that something's impossible, because you can do anything you set your mind to.
  • Don't let anyone tell you an idea is stupid, write it down and show them they're wrong.
4.   Eat plenty of chocolate. Don't like chocolate, jelly bellies work too.

3.   Put yourself out there. Don't worry about rejection.
  • Use rejection as motivation.
  • Even Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Dr. Suess didn't sell their books to the first person they approached.

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2.   Write with passion! Let's face it, anything worth doing should always be done with heart.

1.   Enjoy what you're doing. That is the biggest key to being successful in everything you do.

Remember, everyone's path to success is different so forge your own!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cover Reveal Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross

Congrats to Kat Ross on her upcoming book, Queen of Chaos!
I love the cover  :)

Queen of Chaos
Kat Ross
(The Fourth Element #3)
Publication date: January 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Persepolae has fallen.
Karnopolis has burned.
As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius’s father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn’t understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…
A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?
And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer’s bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress’s plans?
As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas’ origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.

Previous books in the series:
29670787 30228183

Author Bio:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.