Wednesday, November 6, 2019

#IWSG #WritingCommunity #SupportGroup @TheIWSG




Insecurity can do real damage. Join the Insecure Writer's Support Group to help combat those insecure moments....



Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

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 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.



Alex's awesome co-hosts are Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and 
C. Lee McKenzie!

November 6 question - What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

The strangest thing I ever googled was: What happens to the body after a person dies. When does rigor mortis set in? I also researched blood flow and how does the blood settle in a dead person's body, the color of a their skin, lips, and fingernails. 

More research questions: If a person is murdered, and the killer cuts a person's wrists to make it appear like a suicide, how much blood would flow from the wound.

And, I asked two doctors in regards to paternity tests. I wondered if a DNA test could show paternity if the girl was 1-2 months pregnant, and she'd been dead for 3 days. Do you want the answer? The answer was: Probably not. Highly unlikely.  






Tuesday, October 29, 2019

#AwardWinning #BestSeller #Novel #Mystery #YAlit #Writer #Ebook #LiteraryClassicAward #New Apple Medalist #ReadersFavorite

I have this nice blog sitting here and I decided a bit of self-promotion isn't a bad thing, right?

Here is my Award Winning, International Best Seller:

Don't Forget To Breathe


Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.
After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.
When Leo allows her friend, Henry to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer.
Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim? 


AMAZON LINK


  • ***2016 New Apple Medalist Award Winner for YA/Mystery-Thriller***
  • ***Literary Classics 2016 GOLD AWARD***
  • ***Received The Literary Classic's Seal of Approval***
  • *********READER'S FAVORITE************
  • ***2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD***
  •     ~ In Recognition of Excellence in Writing ~
  • "Bone chilling horror and heart pounding romance come together to make an enthralling read. Constantine knows how to weave a riveting and intriguing plot.  It's a YA novel and Constantine understands her audience. In short, it has all the elements reader's expect from the best in genre and it's sure to keep the pages turning at a frantic pace. It is strongly recommended!" ~ Book Viral Review
  • "A Psychological Thriller...Five Stars All the Way..." ~ SHERI A. WILKINSON
  • "Omg! What an emotional roller coaster!" ~ KERI RUFFIN.
  • "Don't Forget to Breathe encompasses so much: heartbreak, mean girls, the bad boy, the good boy, murder, mystery, and ghosts. Seriously what more could you ask for???" ~ MYBLISSFULBOOKS review
  • "Oh my goodness! I actually clapped at the end of this book. It was that good." ~ NANA PRAH, Bestselling Author
  • "Don't Forget to Breathe is an engaging novel with continual plot development. The author has an intense writing style and her use of unusual and vivid verbs fascinated me." ~ GAYNOR LINCOLN, READERS FAVORITE REVIEW
  • "A Fast Paced Thriller That Will Leave You Hanging Until the End" ~ VANESSA ECCLES, Best Selling Author
  • "Holy Moly, I don't even know where to begin. I Loved, Loved, Don't Forget To Breathe." ~ TAMMY ~ THE WITCHING HOUR READS

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Prah, Constantine & Baryeh Reviews #review #romance #love








Autumn is my favorite season: I love the crisp fresh air, smells wafting from our local cider mill, apples, apple cider, apple pies! Watching the leaves change from emerald greens to russets, golden, and reds. 
What's your favorite season?


Our team read and reviewed 
Meant to Be 
by Melody Grace.



Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world—and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to end her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…

Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. But his new neighbor is full of surprises, and soon, their chemistry is too hot to ignore. 

As they grow closer, they discover fiction has nothing on the plot twists life has in store. But will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending — on and off the page? 


Amazon Link

Cathrina's Review:

If you're in the mood for a sweet and steamy read, then It Meant To Be is for you. 

Poppy is a likable main character, who realizes the guy she plans on marrying isn't her true love. And she believes in HEA. After leaving this guy behind, she takes refuge in her Aunts cottage on the lake. A perfect setting to finish her novel. Along comes the good-looking and feisty Cooper telling her there isn't any true love stories. He's been burned in the past. But there's a sweltering intensity between Poppy and Cooper which sets a few scenes on fire.  

I enjoyed reading the ups and downs of this sweet book, and I think you will too. 

Now head over to read what Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh thought of the book. 











Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#IWSG @TheIWSG #writer #writerslife #writingcommunity





Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

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 


Alex's awesome co-hosts are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?



This question rattled my brain because I hadn't thought there could be such a writer ~ A writer who does not read seems unreal. Reading expands my concepts of storytelling. I didn't receive a college degree in creative writing, grammar, sentence structure, and whatnot. My leaning came from extensive reading. (Which is an everlasting learning experience) There are rules to creative writing and some writer's break the rules which can be fun. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I never thought of myself as being an extension of another writer. Although, readers like to compare writers to other writers and sometimes that's an honor.

On the other spectrum, a writer who hasn't read another person's story could create something original. However, don't we all strive for originality? There are millions and millions of books that are original, though they touch on a similar topics. I doubt all these novels are from writer's who don't read.

If you are a writer who doesn't like to read I'd like to hear from you.   








Wednesday, September 4, 2019

#IWSG #writingcommunity #writerslife #Writer #writingscommunity



Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

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 



September 4 question - If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
That is a tough question. I'm a loner when I write, and if my family's around I can't get my muse to create a single scene. With that in mind: There are so many places I'd like to sit and write. I'd enjoy a quiet nook in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A chalet in Montana with a huge picture window giving out to the mountains with wild horses running about. I guess I like to have pleasant surroundings where I can peek above my laptop and watch nature in action. 



Guidelines and rules: 
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Theme: Voyagers
Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.



The next #IWSGPit  will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.