Monday, January 23, 2017

Cover reveal for the new #IWSG anthology HERO LOST!

You don't need to adjust your screens, I did change the background on the blog again.

It's not as bright and sunny as the others, but then again, neither am I.

I do like this one. Looks like I spilled ink everywhere. :)

Sharing the awesome cover for the new anthology from the Insecure Writer's Support Group today!

Then, I'm off to write. MUST WRITE!!!

Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Release date: May 2, 2017
6x9 Trade paperback, Fantasy (FIC009000)
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook group, and a monthly newsletter.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Release for Connie L. Smith & Cover Reveal for #ValentineKisses!

I've got some rockin' romances to share with you!

Congrats to all these InkSpell Publishing authors! 

These are some amazing covers by Najla Qamber Designs! 

Don't miss the Surprise Giveaway at the bottom! 


Within the Essence (The Division: Book One)

By Connie L. Smith
As the demons near, the Essences rise…

AJ had never been particularly athletic or coordinated, so waking up to realize she suddenly has super-human strength is a massive, mind-shaking shock. Finding that she’s gained a stalker overnight is another mark in the unusual category, and when she discovers she’s always had the essence of a werewolf in her blood, her world all but shifts beneath her.

Demons, she’s told, are looming in the world’s future, and the only hope humanity has of surviving their arrival is if she and teenagers like her surrender their humanity to dive into their mythical essences. Fairies, dragons, dwarves, mermaids… The remnants of seventeen different fantasy species must come to life to save the lives of everyone.

Someway, an army of supernatural teenagers must prepare to meet the demons escaping from their dimensional banishment, or everything ends. Can these teens succeed and save the world?

Buy Links:
ISBN: 978-1-945910-02-9

About the Author:
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.

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Inkspell Publishing is determined to make your Valentine’s Day extra special with this romantic boxed set for the romance readers! Six authors bring to you six sweet and sizzling romance novellas that will make you swoon. 

Lola Flannigan by Abigail Drake - A Sci-fi Romance Comedy
Sparks will fly and hair will dye as Lola goes from stylist in stilettos to savior of her species.

Hairdresser Lola Flannigan has a little electrical problem. After getting struck by lightning seven times, her hands now shock everyone she touches, except for one person; the very sexy, very wealthy Morgan Slade. But is Morgan really looking out for her, or is he just planning to use her to get what he wants?

Hearts Must Be Broken by Birdie Hall – A mystery romance book
Can love forgive murder?

When a ghost from her past wants to take revenge on twenty-year-old Anais, the only one she can turn to for help is Damon. But things quickly become complicated because he has feelings for her and she doesn’t want a relationship. Can she learn to trust him and can he forgive her past?

Lost and Found by Shilpa Mudiganti – A second chance New York romance
Aisha lost the love of her life to fate. And then Liam happened.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Aisha, who is still grieving for her ex-boyfriend John is in for a surprise. Liam, John's best friend, who has had feelings for her but had to keep his feelings in check is ready to prove his love for her. But is she ready to risk her heart again?

What's Better Than a Book Boyfriend? By Sarah Vance-Tompkins - Small Town Contemporary Romance
How can a real man compete with a book boyfriend?

Shy librarian Charlie Bishop has spent every Valentine's Day in the company of one of her beloved book boyfriends. Despite his many attempts to gain her attention, Charlie is absolutely certain she has nothing common with hunky construction worker Hank Carter. So how far will Hank have to go to prove to Charlie he's better than any of her book boyfriends?

Avalanche by Kim Briggs – Sweet romance with a side of steamy
Lexi finds herself in the middle of a longtime feud, and her heart might not be the only thing at stake.

Lexi returns to her first love, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, with ambitions of becoming a ski instructor. She soon finds herself in the middle of a longtime feud between Gabe, a snow groomer who gives off the broken vibe Lexi finds irresistible, and Harrison the fourth, playboy son of Wolf Creek’s owner who always wants what Gabe has. Tensions boil at Wolf Creek, and Lexi’s heart might not be the only thing at stake.

Not Today by Lisa Hahn – Contemporary Romance
A chance meeting in the park sends Emily and Ezra on an emotional journey neither had been expecting.

Emily Scott is mourning the loss of a parent. Ezra Cavanuagh is ready to give up on his dreams of literary success. Will their new connection be enough to help them pull through these trying times?


We are giving away 5 FREE ecopies of Valentine Kisses and one lucky winner from the draw gets to win $10 AMAZON GIFT card! If you would like to enter the draw, sign up below! The winner will be announced on 25th January.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1 YA, 1 Urban Fantasy, 1 Sci-Fi, & 1 Paranormal Romance!

What's that? You have more room on your ereader for a few new books?

That's great news! Check these out!


Starr Lost
Book Two of the Starr Fall Series
By Kim Briggs

ISBN: 978-0-9976212-9-7


A Starr falls, and a family is found.
On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.
Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.

Visit Kim's website and sign up for updates:
Chat with her on Twitter: @kimbriggswrite
She shares writing love with her INK Sister Alison Green Myers at INK Sisters Write

GIVEAWAY: As a celebration of Starr Lost’s release, Kim is giving away TEN Ebooks of Starr Fall plus one person will win a $25 Amazon card. a Rafflecopter giveaway



Christine Rains - Shattered Spirit (Totem #4) Release!

A haunted house isn’t going to stop Ametta Dorn from doing her job.

Frustrated that her family has left her out of the search for the missing totem tokens, Ametta Dorn loses herself in her work. She’s offered a dream job of a complete interior renovation of a famous Cremaschi house. Not even discovering the house belongs to Lucky Osberg can dampen her enthusiasm.

Lucky’s plan to spend more time with her as she works goes awry when the spirit who protects his home tries to murder her. Ametta won’t be scared off, despite being tempted to run and never come back. She was going to flee Alaska and pursue her designer dreams anyway, yet that means giving up on Lucky and the totem that is just within her grasp.
Add it to read on Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of Shattered Spirit, the first book in the Totem series, Dark Dawning is FREE!

M.PAX - Freefall (Backworlds bk. 7) Release!

Hero is another word for D.E.A.D.

The first shot of a new war echoes through the galaxy. Craze has high hopes for what the alliance with an old enemy, the Foreworlds, will do to defeat a worse enemy, the Quassers.
The test of a highly-advanced weapon, created by the efforts of the alliance, pushes tensions over the brink and kills thousands. To make it worse, the Foreworld ambassador is keeping secrets.

Conventional warfare against the Quassers isn’t working, and if the alliance ends, Craze has become the most hated man in the galaxy for no reason.

With nothing left to lose, Craze sets in motion one last chance for survival.

AmazonFR / IT / ES / NL / IN / JP / BR / MX


Amy Lamont - BEAR TO LOVE 
Kodiak Den, Book #3
(An Alaskan Den Men Mini-Series)
Pre-Order HERE - Available 1-18-2017
Softhearted and rebellious bear shifter Macy Black can’t stand to see any creature, man or beast, in pain. So when her big brother’s two best friends return home from deployment with battle scars that go way beyond skin deep, she makes it her mission to help them heal. But when her desire to help turns to flat out desire, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about love.

Former Special Forces soldiers Nash Dixon and Gage Stone barely made it out of their last mission alive. The only way the two werebears are able to deal with the aftermath is by sticking close together. They both fear the bond they forged in battle may be the one thing that keeps them from finding their true mates.

But when their best friend’s little sister forces her way between them, will they find that’s exactly where she belongs?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#IWSG - Rules? I hate rules! -- And the winner is....

Insecure Writer's Support Group

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
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 kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.

Remember, the IWSG question is optional!!!
January 4 Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG will be Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner! 
Hello my friends!
If the blog looks a little different today, it's just because I'm trying to spruce it up for the new year. I do like this beachy-scene, but I may try a few more backgrounds before I settle.

Today's helpful IWSG optional question is 'What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?'.

Have we met? Cause if we have, you'd know that I HATE rules.
And, as soon as you tell me the rules, I have to do everything in my power to do the opposite of those rules.
To rebel against them.
It's a curse, really. I'm not any happier about it than you are, truly.
Here are just a few writing rules that I'm sure you're familiar with.
Don't use cliches.
Don't use the word 'was' too much.
Don't use semicolons.
Don't use large fonts.
Don't use too many exclamation points.
Don't write prologues.
Don't use the word 'but' so much.
Don't write epilogues.
Don't use small fonts.
Don't tell, show.
Don't use the word 'very' at all.
Don't start a book with dialogue.
Don't use the word 'before' as much.
Don't end a book on a cliffhanger.
Are you catching my drift?
It was very clear, before I started this post. :)

It's enough to make you want to scream!!!
I didn't break all of these rules, but I did break a few.
And, truthfully; rules can be bent.
Point is...don't stress about the little things.
Keep writing.
Keep moving forward.


Want to know the winner of the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest?
Head over to Alex's blog or to the IWSG website to find out and congratulate the lucky writers!