Wednesday, January 8, 2020

@TheIWSG #IWSG #WritingCommunity #Writer #Writerslife



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!

Alex's awesome co-hosts are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
It's Coming!!
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.

If your new year's resolution is to see your book published, the IWSG is here to help! 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.
Industry Pro Pitch Tips 
Preparation is key. Prepare your pitch and familiarize yourself with participating publishers and agents.
If you receive “hearts” on your pitch, check out the publisher’s/agent’s submission guidelines. You have the advantage that your query is requested, but still follow the guidelines.
Don’t waste time comparing your work to others.
Take advantage of the characters allowed and sell your story. Go for the WOW factor.
Don’t include images. Most pitch parties don’t allow it and it’s a red flag for publishers and agents.
Those who can summarize their manuscripts in 1-2 lines win!



January 8 question - What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?


My first love was acting and writing plays. I was very young, under the age of 10, and the neighborhood kids gathered in the summertime to put on a performance. Those were fun days. (Do kids even do those things anymore?) The older girls actually were the directors, and my little friend and I did whatever they told us to do. I think the charge to watch the play was 5 or 10 cents. LOL. I remember the first play was The Princess and the Pea. As I got older I liked to write my own plays and act them out with friends and family. 

For some reason, I always liked to write stories, perhaps to live in another world. In my late teens and early 20's I did send out a few short stories to various magazines, but all had been rejected. 

Then I got married and kids came along, and I didn't have the time or energy to write. My family was and is everything to me. 

I was in my 40's when the urge hit me to begin writing again. It was after reading the Twilight Series that sparked my interest.  Let's just say, it took many years to learn the correct writing skills, and needless to say, I'm still learning.  That's a whole other story.











Friday, December 20, 2019

#MerryChristmas #Holidays #HolyFamily #JesusIsTheReason


πŸŽ„Wishing Everyone a 
Holy and Blessed Christmas πŸŽ„




I continue to pray for peace in all our homes 
and for our country. 
Unity, Understanding, and an end of the consuming hatred being spread around the world.


Remember: 
πŸŽ„ Jesus is the Reason for the Season πŸŽ„


 As Christmas approaches, 
I hope the hustle and bustle of the season 
will come to a glorious calm...



πŸŒ²πŸŽ„For Unto Us a Child is BornπŸŽ„πŸŒ²

πŸŽ„πŸŒ² And He shall be named Jesus 🌲 πŸŽ„

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Prah, Constantine, Baryeh Review. #novella #romance #book #HolidayFiction




I can hear the hustle and bustle of the season, and Empi Baryeh has been overwhelmed and won't be reviewing this month, but we look forward to hearing from her in February. Our review team takes off for the holidays, and with Thanksgiving being later than normal in the USA, it gives little time to prepare for this joyous occasion. I'm in the process of baking cookies and putting the finishing touches, like ribbons and bows, on my Christmas gifts. What are you in the process of doing for the holidays?

It's our last review of the year! And we read 
Wedding at Mistletoe Chalet by Dani Collins. 



Eager for a home-style Christmas while she considers a career shift, Kristen Benz leaps on the temporary job at Mistletoe Chalet. Soon she’s wrapping presents, trimming the tree, and helping her new boss’s tween daughter plan a Christmas Eve vow renewal for her parents. The holiday is imbued with a magical glow—especially when Kristen’s high school sweetheart appears on the doorstep.

After years of medical school, Finn Garrett has promised his parents he’ll be home for the holidays. His detour to see his first love is supposed to provide closure, not rekindle their long-ago romance.

Can a matchmaking tween and the magic of Mistletoe Chalet spark the happily ever after that eluded them in the past?


Cathrina's Review:

I immediately fell in love with this cover. It's what sold me and the blurb with the ensuing romance to come. While there was quite a bit of wrapping presents and holiday trimming and managing the mistletoe chalet, Finn Garrett didn't make an appearance in the chalet until chapter five. 

I enjoyed Sarah, and the family that owned the chalet. And the author pens a picturesque scene after scene of the beauty of Mistletoe Chalet. It is a sweet, clean romance, but for me, it was a slow read. 

Nana Prah might have a differing opinion. Let's head over to her blog and read her review!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#IWSG #writerslife #writingcommunity @TheIWSG



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 Tonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, Fundy Blue, and Tyrean Martinson!

With the birth of our 6th grand baby on November 13th, all 6 babies are under the age of 5, and #7 is due in May! ~~ We're ecstatic beyond measure. Then with Thanksgiving, and now off to the races with Christmas and the Holidays, I've decided to take a much needed break.  

Truth be told, I haven't had time for writing. I am picking away at a new story, but it's coming together very, very slowly. And I'm not certain if it's the route I want to take...






So True....


Happy December 4th!!! I hope the beginning of this Christmas Season will bring you and your families great peace, happiness, joy, and most of all Love!!