Monday, October 13, 2014

White Lady Giveaway, Vitamins and Death, and Recent Photos


To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell’s latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

Even though Jessica Bell’s passion is her writing, she ...
a. dabbles in French patisserie
b. she has a secret desire to be a famous rock star
c. is also really passionate about her day job

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.

*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

​Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher, it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne’s leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she’s determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover’s daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia’s back. It isn’t long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia’s motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

Connect with Jessica online:


YA Contemporary, Prizm Books
Release Date December 10, 2014

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I also wanted to share with you some photos from our county fair:

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Realms Faire is Coming!

I am over at The Insecure Writer’s Support Group website, talking about marketing in relation to target audience, benefits, and needs:
• Who is my target audience?
• What are my book’s benefits?
• Does my book fill a need?
Stop by for the rest!

November 10-14, 2014

Calling All Authors and Writers

M. Pax could use your help in getting the word out about this year’s Realms Faire. The faire is about you and helping you gain some visibility for your work. It has several opportunities to help you do that.

1 - Be a sponsor and donate prizes. This gets you listed on the Realms Faire scrolly and pages. The events giving away your swag will mention you.

2 - Test your mettle in the joust. People will be cheering for you for five days straight. You will get a spotlight on one of the five days. You get a nifty badge. Limited to 10 knights.

3 - Duel with words in Dueling Bards. You and your work are spotlighted on one day. Limited to 10 bards.

We really need more Knights and Bards! Click on the links above if interested.

2014 Events:

The Joust, hosted by M. Pax

Soak-a-bloke and Drench-a-wench, hosted by Christine Rains

Stockade Brigade, hosted by Mary Waibel

Dueling Bards, hosted by Cas Web

Riddle Me This, hosted by Cherie Reich

Phasers, hosted byUntethered Realms

Dragon Hunt, hosted by L. Diane Wolfe

Wisdom of the Creative Realms, hosted by Nicki Elson

Hope you can all join us November 10-14th!

Also coming soon -

Survive and Thrive Bloghop

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J Cavanaugh, Michael Di Gesu, and L Diane Wolfe.

Will you be joining either event?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Insecure Writer's Support Group - Anniversary and Anthology

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Today marks the one year anniversary since The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website opened. The admins are putting together an anthology to celebrate, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. You can post your submission today (please go to the IWSG Site and enter your link on this page afterwards) or email it to the IWSG or Alex. The topics are writing, publishing, and marketing.

I’ve already sent in my submission, so today I’ll just talk about writing insecurities.

I pulled back last month to write more, and of course received a ton of formatting jobs instead.

Which means I am still working on story number three of this book. And I ended up having to do a lot more planning than anticipated. This one is about the ghost, and the back story needed some work to make it plausible. I’ve worked out the kinks, but I realized that the back story had to take place a little further in the past. Which means I’ll have to adjust what I’ve already written and set it back a little further, too. (The other two stories are also set in different times, so it will fit.)

The greatest challenge with writing all four stories is that, like all of my stories, they were each inspired by a dream. (And we all know how much sense dreams make!)

Does anyone else have that same challenge? Making a dream story into a real story?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Survive and Thrive Bloghop

Survive and Thrive Bloghop

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J Cavanaugh, Michael Di Gesu, and L Diane Wolfe.

The Survive and Thrive Bloghop is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages.

Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.

The topics are wide open. You can post about a particular cause you support. Or you can share a personal or family experience that is near to your heart. What’s great about this Blogfest is you can inspire people to take care of themselves and their loved ones early enough to make a difference in their lives.

Sign up below!

On that very same day, I’ve also signed up for Joy Campbell’s Who’s Your Hero fest.

Also on October is Sherry Ellis and Susanne Drazic’s Bucket List Bloghop. I’m doing that one, too.

I think it’s raining blogfests.

Remember The Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology is taking submissions until October 2, or you can post for IWSG day on October 1. See you then!