Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#IWSG #writingcommunity #writerslife #writer #amwriting #writerssupportgroup


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 



August 7 question - Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming? 


What takes me by surprise is when I read fabulous reviews. Those glowing reviews from perfect strangers brightens my day and gives me hope when I'm feeling as if my writing just isn't good enough. 



 This is for all writer's who've been querying for an agent. We all know the wait is a nail-biter. And many times, you don't even hear back after submitting. Last week I received an email from an agent I queried in February 2018. She said, "I apologize for the delay in my response." It only took her a year and a half to get back to me. LOL!!










Friday, July 19, 2019

#PrahConstantineBaryehReviews #mystery #cozymystery





Here we are in Mid-July and the weather is steamy. I thought summer was never going to touch down on our neck of the woods. Now it's hotter than a firecracker!!! 

This month our review team picked

Raining Men and Corpses
by 
Anne R. Tan


When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck. 

First, she stumbles on her advisor's dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she's ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina's having trouble interpreting his signals--does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Her life careens further out of control when her grandma shows up at Raina's postage-stamp-sized apartment, dragging a red suitcase and trouble of her own. As Raina summons her sleuthing skills, she discovers that when it comes to murder, there may be no place for an amateur. 

For readers who like cozy mysteries, quirky characters, and a dash of humor.


Cathrina's Review:

Raining Men and Corpses is a cozy mystery, a beach read for the summer. Raina, the amateur sleuth, had much to contend with. Not only snooping for clues to solve a murder, but also handling Po Po, her precocious grandmother.

When the lead detective comes into the picture, it's Raina's ex-boyfriend, I thought things would start to heat up, but I didn't find any sparks. A few characters in the book I also didn't care for. Raina's friend, for instance. It might have been me, but I felt the book dragged. I had a hard time getting into and through it, but that's just me. I've seen many rave reviews.

Perhaps you'll feel differently and love this cozy mystery.

Hop on over and read Empi's and Nana's reviews. Let's see if we agree or disagree with this novel.  




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#IWSG #writingcommunity #writing #writerslife #writersquotes #writer



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 



What personal traits have you written into your character (s)?

In my book, Incense and Peppermints, I gave the main character many of my personal traits as a sixteen year old. (that I could remember..LOL) 

I think it'd be difficult not to write or add in some of our personal traits, even unknowingly.

In my Christian~Wickedly Series, I've incorporated my faith and beliefs. What bothers me is when I get a review, and the reviewer says, "I'm an atheist and this book has too many Christian beliefs for my liking." Did that person see on Amazon that it's a Christian based book. (Full of evil demons and conquering angels)









Have you written any of your personal traits into your stories?










Friday, June 14, 2019

#NewRelease Dark Desire #ebook #Fantasy #Interview @miladyronel


 Iron and fae aren’t friends. But Tasha has no 
choice but to be in the human realm: her very 
life is at stake.
High School isn’t much safer than Faerie, 
though. Clicks, falling in love and navigating 
day-to-day activities are dangerous enough 
without the added dread of being unmasked 
as being otherworldly.
But when something happens and everyone 
reveals their true selves, Tasha has a choice 
to make: will she save them from the curse 
upon them and reveal her true nature, or will 
she let them die and stay safe?

UBL: https://books2read.com/u/ba0W56




Let's get to know Ronel:


What was your inspiration to write this book? 
 In 2018, the IWSG held an anthology competition with the theme “Masquerade” – the characters, storyline and themes just came to me when I saw it. From there the story just flowed. I always use the fae in my stories and I thought it would be interesting to have one go to High School.

Who was your favorite character to write and why?
 Tasha. She refused to show me her full motivations – lying to me at some point about her powers – and had me wondering the whole time where she was running to.

Have you experimented writing in other genres? If so, which one(s)?
 Yes. This is a young adult, urban fantasy romance. I’ve written fantasy, fairy tale retellings, urban fantasy comedy, and sweet romance – for various age groups.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?
 Yes. My newest novella “Magic at Midnight” was released earlier this month and I’m currently working on rewriting it in Afrikaans. I’m also working on rewriting “Dark Desires” in Afrikaans. Merely translating a work leaves it lifeless…
  
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?
 Be prepared for hard work. It isn’t merely writing a story and pushing publish: you have to hone your craft, learn the business, and be mentally prepared for as much rejection as praise for your work.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
 That I can be funny. Not intentionally, though – it just happens. I’ve never thought of myself as being humorous.

What's next to you while you're writing? 
 Does having my Rottweilers surround me, count?

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?
 Don’t give up. And that everything you want is on the other side of fear.

What is your favorite line from a book?
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
From Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. 

What hobbies do you actively pursue?

Composting. Sewing. Obsessively cleaning up after the Rottweilers, chickens and horses…

Author Bio Ronel 2019

Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes 
for teens and tweens, though she is known to write 
mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older 
readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can 
be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.
Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things 
that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching 
folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers 
when she’s not actually writing.
All of her books are available for purchase from major online 
retailers.
Sign up to be notified of new releases, giveaways and pre-
release specials – plus get a free eBook
– when you join Ronel’s newsletter. 

Connect with Ronel online
Ronel the Mythmaker, Website of Dark Fantasy Author Ronel Janse van Vuuren: http://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

#IWSG #novels #writing #writerslife #writer #author #writerscommunity


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 






Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

At this point in time, I stick to writing Young Adult stories. I've toyed with adult romance, but my heart isn't in it. I like the angst and temperament of YA. However, I like to read all genres and it helps with my writing. My books range from contemporary to dystopian, fantasy, mystery. 

Recently my agent challenged me to write magical realism. I've read a few books in that genre, but not once have I ever thought of writing MR. 

It was and is a challenge that I accepted. After sending her my 3rd draft, she said my writing is perfect for this genre. However, there needed to be more improvement. She gave me excellent advice and I went to work revising. 

This past month when my agent sent an email saying the ms still wasn't what she wanted and she wouldn't be offended if I didn't wish to pursue it, I dug in my heels and started over. I'm in the process of reworking and revising this manuscript again. I'm invested in this story and I desperately want to see its completion. What keeps me going, my agent said, "I love your writing." That helped a ton!

Every story, every book seems to get harder and harder. At times I still feel like a newbie. There is always something new and fresh to learn, and that's a good thing.  

Needless to say, I turned into quite a neurotic person this month. Doubts and disillusioned with my writing hit an all time high. I have to remember, and repeat over and over, my own words of advice:  PERSEVERANCE!

I don't know any big time authors, and I wonder if they also suffer with these types of emotional upheavals.