Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG ~ The Strange

Time for another Insecure Writer Support Group post, where we explore all the joys, angst, and insecurities of being a writer.

A huge 'thank you' goes out to this month's co-hosts  Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie! Thank you for keeping everything in-line!

This month's group question is: What's the strangest thing you've ever Googled in researching a story?

Oh geez, there are so many. I mean, if you know me you know that i LUV to research! It's number 3 on my writing procrastination list under reading and walking the dog. ;)  

I've researched:


  • The Third Eye - which was kind of freaky
  • Tarot cards and their history - had to have an open mind
  • Dreams and Magic - felt like I could relate
  • Gypsy history - very, very cool
  • Every mythological creature known to man
The strangest would probably be the Lazarus creatures - insects that are literally 'undead', but roam around spreading their undeadness. I'm strange, so I love this!

What about you? What's the strangest subject you've ever researched?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IWSG ~ Do Overs in Publishing

Today marks another IWSG post, where writers come together to share their thoughts, angst, worries, and insecurities about the publishing world and book writing all together. BUT, we also share our hopes, dreams, and our successes.

So here's a success I'd like to share and add to the Insecure Writers Support Group's wall of encouragement.

MOTLEY EDUCATION has been completely rebranded, edited, and released as a Second Edition!

Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | iTunes |
Smashwords | Kobo | Publisher
Motley Education: The Urd Saga BkI

Ages: 8-12
Pages: 354
Publisher: Ellysian Press, September 10, 2019; Second Edition
ISBN: 978-1-941637-63-0
ISBN: 978-1-941637-64-7 (Ingram)

"A deftly crafted ... and entertaining read!"
Midwest Book Reviews - Children's Watch 2017
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted Terms of Enrollment
Signed: Ebony Charmed
Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.
Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.
But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act. Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.
Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.

2017 Literary Classics - Gold Medal Winner - Grade School Fantasy
2016 New England Book Festival - Best Children’s Book
2017 Readers' Favorite - Gold Medal Winner - Children's Fantasy/Sci Fi
2017 Feathered Quill - Bronze Winner - Best Juvenile/YA Fiction
2017 Purple Dragonfly - Honorable Mention Winner; ebook 


Here's the new book trailer . . .

The release was a huge day for me. But I didn't make a big deal about it. So here's where my insecurity comes in for this month.

Releasing Motley - which was my debut novel into the world - for a second time felt like I was playing catch-up, like I was re-celebrating my birthday and everyone would be like "Uh, big deal." No, no one said that. On the contrary, I had a ton of support during my new book birthday. )You know who you are, and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!) I know that Motley has been completely rebranded with a new cover, theme, book blurb, and marketing strategy, which is all good. It's just not new to me, not a new accomplishment, not a bigger goal reached. Does this make sense?

It was work. A lot of work, just like when I originally sold the manuscript to my first publisher. There were rounds of edits, cover discussions, all new marketing graphics created, and more. I'm super blessed that my YA publisher loves my work so much they offered to rep Motley. Honestly, I couldn't thank them enough.

I guess what I'm asking you all is How should I really feel about getting Motley back out into the wild? (For those who don't know, feel free to go HERE. Basically, my original pub closed, leaving Motley homeless.) Does feeling like it's a success make me selfish? 

One note: I truly am thrilled the book is back out there and that I'm in revisions for book II. I love these characters and the world they live in. We really do have a cool job, don't we?

A  huge 'thank you' gotes out to the awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


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