IWSG Anthology Released!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s that time of month again when the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group share their insecurities and encourage each other on their writing journey. This month, we have a number of announcements and exciting exploits, so stay with me until the end of this post.

Question for May: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Not sure I have anything that qualifies. The extent of my research usually involves gunshot wounds and various medical conditions. If I had to choose I’d say the effect of a gunshot wound to the intestines. What is your answer to this month's question?

If you haven’t yet joined the IWSG Book Club, do it now. Our first discussion will be on May 19, 2017. Hop over to the club on Goodreads and see what’s happening with the group.

And now for the biggest piece of news - yesterday, the 2017 IWSG Anthology was released!

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! 

What early reviewers are saying …

In this marvelous collection of speculative fiction, we journey through twelve wonderfully written tales to find out if the tortured hero can be redeemed. - Christine Rains, author

The authors have done us a favour by all being darned good at their craft. Recommended for fantasy fans. - Gordon Long, author

Don’t forget to grab your copy!

Website - Lost Hero Anthology
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 226 pages
Fantasy, Freedom Fox Press
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

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  1. Hey, J.L!! You write Woo-Woo! There's always something fun to research there (even if we make up the facts as we go along!).

  2. Big congratulations to the IWSG anthology authors!
    I can only imagine the images that went with that research.

  3. I'm so happy we can finally share this book with everyone else.

  4. I spent my morning looking up hot college coaches...as research. Such a hard job.

  5. I always figure it's that research into gunshot wounds and poisons and the like that will get us in trouble!

    Glad to see the anthology's out!
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  6. I've had to research wounds before, too. It's funny how that always seems to come up for writers. Then again, I guess it's better that we don't know it first hand!

  7. I once researched survival rates for a gun shot wound to the head. Almost seemed liked being "grazed" by a bullet was worse. But it was a fascinating journey through how the brain works. I've enjoyed all the aspects of research, and all the different topics that are related. I like learning new things though - even if I forget them as soon as that segment is written in the book.

  8. Thank you for the anthology shout-out!
    Last week I was researching the drug GHB for a story...

  9. So happy the anthology is finally here!


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