5 Reasons You Should Read The Short Game

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Paulette Harper has been good enough to give me a little shout on on her blog. Nothing But Books. So if you didn't know about The Short Game, you can hop over there and say hello. Meantime, I'm giving you reasons to check it out over here. 

Sooooo, if this has piqued your interest, there's no better time to buy than now. http://lrd.to/short-game

IWSG Anthology Contest News

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It’s time for another group posting of the 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. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Our awesome co-hosts today are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

September’s question of the month - How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

For years now, writing has become an integral part of what I do. It doesn't come naturally every day, but that's where discipline comes in. If I've committed to writing a story, then it means I have to sit down and put in the words. I've grown accustomed to writing during whatever time I have available - before work, at lunch time and after work as well. That's how I had a stockpile of stories before I signed my first publishing contract. 

It's a matter of making time for what is important to me and applying a generous helping of discipline to get each story done. 

And with that said, I have interesting news to share ...

Announcing the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest!

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Hero Lost. It could be about a hero turned villain, a villain's redemption, a hero's lack of confidence, a hero's lack of smarts, etc. It can be about any kind of hero including superheroes, mythological heroes, unexpected or unlikely heroes, or a whole new kind of hero. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Deadline: November 1st 2016

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

Our amazing judges this year:

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com.

Richard Harland finished his first novel in 1993 and resigned a university lectureship to become a full-time writer. With seventeen fantasy, SF and horror novels published since, he went international with his steampunk fantasies, Worldshaker, Liberator and Song of the Slums. He has won six Aurealis Awards and the A. Bertram Chandler Award in Australia, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award in France. Writing Tips

Laura Maisano has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.

Russell C. Connor has been writing horror since the age of 5, and has been in the self-publishing industry for a decade. He has published 8 novels and 4 novellas in both paperback and eBook, including the Box Office of Terror Trilogy and "Whitney," an epic horror novel about hurricane survivors fighting a washed-ashore sea monster. He also designs books for clients and assists them with self-publishing endeavors.

Dawn Frederick is the founder of Red Sofa Literary, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency, and she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency.

Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning), and also has been a script/story consultant for an independent film.

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Author, Public Speaker, and Executive Producer, Lynn Tincher was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She has written four books, with the fifth one currently in the making. Her first book, Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon.

When Things Become Sticky ...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Enjoy a sample from The Short Game, where a couple of friends make the journey from friends to lovers, despite the odds.

Garth got out of his seat so suddenly, he startled me. He picked up his crutch, wedged it under his left arm and spun toward the door.

When my head cleared a second or so later, I got up and went around the desk to help him.

He ignored me and kept on going. When he reached the door, I was there before him and pressed my back to the panels.

Garth stood within a foot of me and only then did I realize my mistake. Being this close to him wasn't a good idea, considering our seemingly-sudden attraction to each other. I swallowed and let my breath out through my lips. My next gulp of air made me all too aware of the hint of musk in his cologne. I looked up at him, speaking quietly. "I didn't mean to hurt your feelings."

His eyes softened a little, but he didn't respond. His high cheekbones were taut and so were his lips. He stared back at me, his gaze as intense as mine.

I opened my mouth, but couldn't get a word out. I licked my lips, which was another error.
He took a step forward, his gaze focused on my face.

With my palm, I pressed his chest to get him away from me. His intention was as clear as if he'd said the words. He was going to kiss me again.

"Garth, no."

That didn't stop him because he lowered his head toward mine. Our lips touched and I stepped into his space, closing my eyelids as my mouth opened. His tongue invaded my mouth, gently at first and then more demanding. He was impatient and insistent, pulling me against his body with an arm curled around my waist.

I made a protesting sound in my throat which died as his tongue swirled and danced around mine. I needed air, but it was as if with Garth here like this, breathing was secondary.

So attuned was he to my thoughts that he withdrew, pressing tiny kisses to the corner of my mouth. My arms slid up to circle his neck while he loosed my shirt from the waist of my pants, stroking my skin. For an indeterminate amount of time, we had a silent exchange, a transfer of ideas, sharing things we'd never said.

Then reality asserted itself and I pressed my fingers to his lips. "Garth, we—"

He tilted his head sideways and came in close, nibbling my bottom lip.

When he had me releasing tiny moans that he absorbed with his mouth, I relaxed against him while his body betrayed how badly he wanted me
Some part of my brain was still functional because when the buzzing started, so did the alarm bells in my head. The harsh vibrations continued and it occurred to me that someone was pressing the button at the front door.

My blood turned cold and chills chased from my head to my feet and back. My eyes went wide and I jerked away from Garth. "Jace. He's supposed to—"

"Shhh." Garth pressed a final kiss to my lips and eased my shirt back inside the waist of my pants.


Garth pulled his phone from his pants pocket. "Go let him in. I'll call for a cab."


He silenced me again. "You keep saying that. It's okay. I'll be okay, but we do need to talk."

"Sure." I licked my lips as if that would make his flavor disappear from my taste buds and my mind.

As I approached the front door, Jace got out his phone, touched the screen several times and then put it to his ear. His frown disappeared when I buzzed him in. "What on earth took you so long?"

"Hello to you too." I stepped back to let him in. "I was in my office with—"

"What the hell is he doing here?" 

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When You Neglect Prime Real Estate

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yup, I'm talking about this blog. I do a much better job of keeping on top of things when I write them down. Having written out a schedule early in the year, some tasks have been ticked off and more added. It seems I need to make an entry for a once-weekly blog hit and not become so random as to forget to keep this spot current.

In looking at the things I have lined up, I realize that I have books on my plate for completion by year end than what is feasible. Sure, I'd love to complete the three books I have in mind, but before that I have two complete works that need editing. One with an October deadline and the other comes due in December.

Recently, I read a book that recommended taking on no more than three major projects in a year. That would make sense for many of us and then not so much for prolific writers like myself. 

With that said, I'm definitely on the path that says stop and smell the roses. From here on in, I'll pace myself better with the fiction projects. The non-fiction ones are usually by deadline and those can also get stressful. In any event, proper scheduling makes the difference.

Have you been working with a schedule? Do you know what's on the agenda for the next quarter of the year?

I have a post on the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog today that discusses Five Important Skills for the Indie Writer. Hop over and have a look if you have a minute. Enjoy your week! 

Meet a Host of Romance Writers!

Monday, August 15, 2016

New week ... New opportunities. Here's what's going on this week. 

Check out the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway!

36 Romance Authors are offering 73 books...

Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It's just our way of thanking our loyal readers.
Even better, we've pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media. 

Here's the link to the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway:


Be sure to hop over and check out these romance novels from a variety of writers.

The Short Game - Discounted This Weekend!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I'm running a price promotion on The Short Game this weekend, so if you haven't bought a copy as yet, this is a good time to get one. It's only $0.99. http://lrd.to/short-game

One kiss. Two Friends. Three relationships changed. Garth and Anna-Lise have been golfing buddies for fifteen years, but it isn't until he's in an accident that they realize their feelings run way deeper than they think. Can they go from friends to lovers despite opposition?

Be sure to pick up your copy this weekend -  http://lrd.to/short-game

63 Books For Free. Get Yours!

Monday, August 8, 2016

It's here again!!!

61 Romance Authors are offer 63 Books for FREE!

Don't miss this event running from Monday, August 8th through Thursday, August 11th.
Sign up for access to these FREE romance reads!

#IWSG Where Did Your Journey Start?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Once more it's our IWSG post day when writers everywhere release their fears and encourage each other on their writing journey. Many thanks to Captain Alex and his trusty helpers -  Tamara Narayan,Tonja DreckerEllen @ The Cynical SailorLauren @ PensuasionStephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders.

We have a new feature this month, which is a question that we can all answer or not as we choose. So this month's question is
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

I'm not sure what went on before I was twelve because I've drawn a blank, but by that time I was reading romance novels by the dozen and so naturally, I tried my hand at that genre. 

Picture several exercise books taped together with scads of hasty scrawls across the pages. Over time, I wrote a few of these stories that were passed around by my classmates, who loved them.

I have no idea where those stories are today. Most likely they've been eaten by termites like a lot of stuff in our storeroom at home. Although I have nothing left from that time, I'm grateful the muse stayed with me for the twenty intervening years when I wrote nothing but minutes and reports.

So over to you. Do you know where your first piece of writing ended up? 

Unveiling Christmas Pets & Kisses 2

Monday, July 25, 2016

Christmas Pets and Kisses 2 Pre-order

Warm your hearts this holiday season with twelve all-new sweet romances from best-selling authors. If you enjoyed Christmas Pets and Kisses you'll love following some old friends and meeting some new ones. This delightful collection of pets, from paws and hooves to wings and fins, deliver another round of Christmas magic and true love.

It’s Always Something- Nikki Lynn Barrett- One celebrity couple. One first Christmas together. Two new additions to the McGinnis family in the form of a rabbit and a former Golden retriever service dog. What else could happen this year? It’s Always Something... 

The Oblivious Girl’s Handbook – DelSheree Gladden- Being oblivious to all the signs that your life is about to fall apart doesn’t stop it from happening to Sara Taylor. Alone except for the Siamese cat her boyfriend left behind to teach her a lesson, Sara has no clue how to survive on her own. She knows her friend Monroe would gladly step in, but pride forces her to either sink or swim as Christmas approaches, even when sinking seems the most likely outcome. 

Her Christmas Chance- Rachelle Ayala- When a persistent cat keeps breaking into Chance Martin’s workshop, he isn’t prepared to meet his reclusive owner--a woman with more than a face to hide. 

Sold!- J.L. Campbell- Christmas looks dismal this year for Feechi Anoduro, until she meets Carsten Raimes, who brings not only good luck, but the chance for her seven year old to keep Max, his beloved Yorkshire terrier. 

Unexpected Gift 2- Chantel Rhondeau- Housekeeper Dani Johnson is nursing a broken heart, so flees across the country to hide out in New York. Certain even Christmas festivities can’t thaw her frozen heart, Dani is in for a shock when she meets the local veterinarian technician and his adorable kittens. 

Home for the Holidays- Michele Shriver- Her personal and professional life at a crossroads New York lawyer Melanie Holister returns home to small town Iowa for the Holidays, where she crosses paths with her high school crush, Kaeden McGrath. Can Kaeden and his bulldog Spike help Melanie find happiness in the hometown she once couldn’t wait to leave? 

Merry Mountain Christmas- P.C. Zick- Fran is adjusting after her husband’s death when her first love comes back to town upsetting her family. But a dog named Chester provides her with an inspiration. Rescue dogs and a new love come together in the Smoky Mountains for one sweet Christmas celebration. 

Paper Love- Aubrey Wynne- Ian has pulled out all the stops to gain Joy’s trust. When a stray carrier pigeon appears on his deck, the bird and an origami obsession save the day. 

Kindled- Jade Kerrion- When a dog darts across the road, premier danseur Nicolas Dragov, sends his motorcycle spinning to avoid killing it. Injured, he is sent home to recuperate over Christmas, but his massage therapist is his former dance partner and the woman who broke his heart. 

A Christmas Snowstar- Nancy Radke- Two neighboring ranchers struggle to save a new-born foal from wolves in a blizzard, while becoming reacquainted after years of separation. 

Melanie’s Christmas Gift- Sharon Coady- After a whirlwind wedding Kyle and Anne feel like they have it all as they settle in as a new family with her grandfather and his young daughter. But when Kyle announces they are expecting a new baby his child’s stubborn actions could rock their cradle and ruin their future. Can the family cat help create a Christmas miracle? 

A Miracle for Happiness- Annamaria Bazzi- Brian finds his second chance at love, but never bargained having to fight for his beloved Amelia’s life.
Pre-order today for 99cents. Releasing October 11,  2016.

Author Bios

Nikki Lynn Barrett

I'm an avid lover of books. I've been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first "book" by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I'll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.

DelSheree Gladden 
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their seventeen cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist.

Rachelle Ayala
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.
Sign up for her NEWSLETTER to get a FREE surprise book and her latest book news! http://bit.ly/RachAyala
Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/rachelleayala

J.L. Campbell 
J.L. Campbell lives in Jamaica and writes romantic suspense, women's fiction, sweet romance, new and young adult novels. She has written fourteen books, five novellas and two short story collections. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.
Chantel Rhondeau 
Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau became hooked on romance after picking up a romantic suspense novel she thought was a mystery genre. After reading that first romance, she never looked back. Chantel is author of several romantic suspense novels, Christmas novellas, and the McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance/family saga series. She lives in the western United States and when she's not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling, and bingeing on Netflix while snuggling with her lazy kitties.
Want to contact Chantel?
Mailing List (Free ebook for new members): http://eepurl.com/3f3jr
Amazon Author Page: http://hyperurl.co/pjo5oj
Join my Facebook Group: http://on.fb.me/1JlKFNC

Michele Shriver
Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and
contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.
Street Team/ Reader’s club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721292531291721/

P.C. Zick 
Bestselling author, P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction
Many of her novels contain stories of Florida and its people and environment, which she credits as giving her a rich base for her storytelling. "Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife - both human and animal - supply my fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable. Her Behind the Love trilogy - contemporary romance - is also set in Florida, but she's now working on a series set in the Smoky Mountains.
You can keep track of P.C. Zick's new releases and special promotions by signing up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/0o6-D. Visit her website to find out more about her writing life at http://www.pczick.com.
Website: www.pczick.com/
Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in theMidwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience,and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies received Readers Choice Awards and Dante's Gift won the 2016 Golden Quill award. Besides her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release "A Vintage Romance" series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s. Her medieval fantasy series will launch in 2017 with Rolf's Quest.
Jade Kerrion 

Jade Kerrion defied (or leveraged, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to embark on her second (and concurrent) career as an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance author.
Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, published in 2012, won six literary awards and launched her best-selling futuristic thriller series, Double Helix, which blends cutting-edge genetic engineering and high-octane action with an unforgettable romance between an alpha empath and an assassin.
Earth-Sim and Eternal Night won first place Royal Palm Literary Awards in the Young Adult and Fantasy categories respectively. Readers have clamored for sequels, and Jade will get around to them when her To Do list opens up (sometime after 2020.)
Life Shocks Romances, Jade’s sweet and sexy contemporary romance series, features unlikely romances you will root for and happy endings you can believe in. They prove that, at the very least, she knows how to alphabetize books.
If she sounds busy, it’s because she is. Jade writes at 3:00 am when her husband and three sons are asleep, and aspires to make her readers as sleep-deprived as she is.
Nancy Radke

Nancy Radke has ridden through mountains in the wintertime, wrapping her legs in blankets to stay warm, and carrying a stone in her pocket as a hand warmer. She still has the stone (no horses), and in her imagination often returns to the ranch and its many challenges. Her pets at that time were her horses, a milk cow, several dogs and enough cats to clear out the barn. She still has several dogs, wild rabbits, deer, birds, and coyotes where she lives. Her many books feature honorable men and courageous women, usually in danger of some sort. The Trahern series follows different members of a Tennessee family as they travel west after the Civil War. The Sisters of Spirit series and the Brothers of Spirit series contain modern stories, ranging from humorous to thrillers.
Sharon Coady
Best Selling Author Sharon Coady lives in Florida with her husband, three of her four daughters and five of her eleven grandchildren. Sharon has written and published five books, a YA Paranormal, a Contemporary Romance, A Mystery/Suspense, a sweet Christmas Romance, a Spicy Christmas Romance and is working on her next book a Country Music Romance. When not writing Sharon is a nurse for the Veterans Administration who enjoys spending time with her family and riding behind her husband on their Harley. 
Facebook: http://bit.ly/1Sw65MF  

Annamaria Bazzi
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.
Upon returning to the states, she swore she would speak without an accent.
She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria Bazzi spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.


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