Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: February, 2018



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join, click on the tab above and sign up. Post the first Wednesday of every month and visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.

February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG






What I Love About Writing Suspense Thrillers


The need to overcome hardships drives the themes in my suspense novels. I believe life throws obstacles at you for specific reasons that aren't meant to be clear at the time. Writing stories centred around certain fears drives me to weaken their influences in my life. 

Most of the people who know me are perplexed by my dark plots. By nature I'm a happy-go-lucky person who is quick to smile. I look for the good in everything, sometimes foolishly. Not because I'm naive, but because I've learned that if things aren't going well, it's better to fake it and pretend they are. 

In 2017 I faced struggle after struggle, and for the first time in my life I couldn't bounce back. So, for an entire year, I faked it. Situations don't change on a certain date, yet, sometimes, in order to survive, we set time limits. Such is the reason so many of us were happy to see 2017 end. A New Year meant hope. 

I'm pleased to say 2018 has started off well. I'm not free of pain, but each morning I wake feeling blessed. And while this year may or may not be perfect, I'll continue to write suspense thrillers about characters facing tragedy, overcoming fears, and finding hope in the end.  

Please, no matter how bad your life is, never give up believing it'll be better tomorrow. Show the universe you believe in your right to be happy. And if the day throws you a curve ball -- swing hard!




Monday, January 22, 2018

Hank Quense's QUEEN MOXIE - Giveaway!



Today it's my great pleasure to introduce Hank Quense's latest novel QUEEN MOXIE. Hank has been a guest host on this blog many times, so I hope you're aware of his ticklish humour. Hank's stories make me laugh, and as far as I'm concerned, there's not enough laughter in the world. We need writers like Hank.

Please check out his book and his blog, and know that you will be treated to a delightful and crazy take on all sorts of life's adventures. Be sure to enter the raffle for a free copy.

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/019b32f8334/?


UPDATE: 
The giveaway will consist of 5 eBook copies of QUEEN MOXIE, 2 eBook copies of PRINCESS MOXIE, a 2-book boxed set.

Come join in the fun and enter to win one of the wonderful prizes being given away by Hank Quense. 

  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing (February 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0775W1NWP

In this humorous tale, it is now ten years since Moxie became Queen of Usca in south-west Britain. A tribe of Picts shatters her peaceful reign by migrating from the north and occupying territory just outside her border.
Moxie decides to build a fort to help control the wild Picts. To her surprise, she discovers that the fort has been built on land claimed by the forest fairies. Oberon, the King of the fairies, destroys the fort using magic.
Moxie threatens Oberon with military might. Oberon threatens Moxie with magic. To counter Oberon, Moxie asks Camelot to send Merlin to help her out and Arthur agrees.
Once Merlin arrives, Moxie demands that he confront Oberon and use magic spells to defeat the Fairy King. Merlin isn’t thrilled by the request. Moxie wants him to cast field magic spells, a type of spell casting that Merlin has never been able to master.
The Picts hear about the fort and decide Moxie has become hostile. They determine to attack rather than wait for Moxie to attack them.
Meanwhile, Moxie’s only child, the ten-year-old daughter, Aethelwine, decides she won’t be the next queen, leaving Moxie without an heir.
Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table, has been exiled by Arthur for insulting all the nobles with his songs and is staying in Moxie’s castle. He is working on a play to be staged in Stonehenge. Tristan hopes the play will end his exile since it praises King Arthur and Camelot
Faced with threats from the fairies and the Picts, Moxie decides to take on the fairies. Merlin tells Moxie and Oberon they are both idiots for fighting each other when the real threat comes from the Picts who will be able to conquer both after they fight a battle and are weakened by casualties.
Moxie and Oberon agree to a treaty and combine forces to confront the Picts who have been reinforced by boatloads of warriors.
Can Moxie and Oberon convince the Picts to back down?
And what about Aethelwine?
Is Tristan’s play any good?

For those who aren’t familiar with Hank, here’s some background:

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles.

He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

For more on Hank and his writing, visit his Amazon Author Page.

Now for the giveaway.

The giveaway will consist of 5 eBook copies of QUEEN MOXIE, 3 eBook copies of PRINCESS MOXIE, and a 2-book boxed set of the previous MOXIE novels in eBook format. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter or click here.

Thanks for stopping by during Hank’s visit. Would you want to be the next heir to a kingdom?
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Have you checked out Hank's writer's guide yet?




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG - January 2018



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.

January 3 question - What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

Aex's awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!


Can you believe it's 2018! Seems surreal for some reason. I almost didn't post today because I couldn't think of anything to say. Feels as if I've been invited to a party and I've just arrived at the front gate. I've no idea what's waiting for me on the other side of the door. I'm excited and speechless. 

I wish you all the very best in 2018. I know it wasn't an easy year for many people. I think 2018 is going to be much better. As my friend and fellow writer, Marie Anne Beswick wrote, "I've been waiting my whole life for 2018." 

May you know joy, peace and fulfilment throughout the year.

If you're in the Banderas Bay, Nayarit area Friday, January 5th, come by the VIP Lounge at the Marina Rivera Yacht Club in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. It's the annual Meet the Author event from 5 to 7pm. Besides myself, authors Susan Appleyard and Wanda St. Hilaire will be there. I would love to see you. What better way to spend the evening than talking shop.




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - December 2017



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh


Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.


December 6 question - As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?


Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG's awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Be sure to stop by and thank them for their time. 



I admitted to a friend a few days ago that over the course of the year I had lost my confidence. So much had happened safety and health-wise that I found myself waiting for the next bomb to drop. This dear friend looked at me and nodded. She said it was natural for me to feel this way. The problems I'd faced had come out of nowhere and continue as such for almost the entire year. One thing happened after another.

She helped me realize that I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. We sit here waiting for the year to end in hopes that all our fears will end with it. 

What is confidence? The ability to have faith and to believe everything will be alright. And don't we generally feel that way? Until stuff happens. And more stuff. Life isn't always compliant. Nor should it be. But while we're in the thick of things, it is very nice to have IWSG to go to. Thank you, Alex.




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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG: October 2017



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.


IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG


Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional.




IWSG's awesome co-hosts for October 4 are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!


Please stop by and thank them for their time. 


After 5 months, I'm so glad to be back at IWSG. It's been a whirlwind year. For the last three days I've sat staring at this screen, though, wondering, now that I'm back what I could possible say to encourage anyone. The 90s and first 8 years of the new millennium were challenging, so I assume when life changed for the better at the end of 2008, I had survived because I was meant to help others by sharing what I'd learned. It was the reason I joined IWSG. Not once did I see that life wasn't finished teaching me difficult lessons. 

On a positive note: the sense of hopelessness that's hung around my neck all these months is finally gone. What took its place, I've yet to determine. 
  

Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I've gone to great lengths to never reveal anything personal into my characters. To do so would feel like a betrayal. Betrayal to whom, beats me; thoughts for another post, I suppose. I do know I'm incapable of not influencing my characters. After all, my stories come from me, and I'm a product of my existential judgements. 

While I purposely avoid using personal data from my life,  I did write a Vietnam War thriller after studying for months with a Crew Chief who served on a Huey during the war. He helped me understand exactly what the day in the life of a grunt was like, right down to the rotten crotch, bed bugs and the razor-sharp elephant leaves. I'll never be able to thank him enough for taking the time to help me, a young mother from small town Canada, write such authentic scenes. Little did either of us know that one day, many years later, my youngest son would serve in Afghanistan. I can still see the relief on his face when he understood that I was never going to ask him to explain what his days were like.