Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Covid-19, and Dancing With Dementia

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology contest 2020 opens on May 6.

We can now reveal the genre and the judges.

The genre – science fiction. (Going back to our first contest, which resulted in Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

Our official judges:

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a genetics researcher, he has co-authored more than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Lynda R. Young, author
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer and more.

Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books, and author promotion guides, a devourer of books, and the owner of the book review site North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency, Colleen has hosted numerous “Pitch Perfect” and “Rejection Correction” workshops on Facebook and at conferences nationwide, and she’s mentored several authors one-on-one through online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars.

Damien Larkin, author
Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was published by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland and is working on his next novel Blood Red Sand.

Ion Newcombe, eidtor and publisher
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.

Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words.

David Powers King, author
David's works include Woven, The Undead Road,, and Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the Mountain West with his wife and 4 children.

Tune in May 6 for the theme and full details.

April 1 question - The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

Well, in a nutshell, weird.

I’ve tried to stay ahead of the game by maintaining the 2-week supply of food and necessities they recommend. Unfortunately, this has resulted in many trips to various stores to do so. No one store has everything you need.

I work from home, so that is not a big issue. But everything seems so quiet. And since it’s just me and the cats (as my husband is still reporting for duty) I find it hard to focus. I check the Global Map at least twice a day. I also check One America News Network for national news and WRAL out of Raleigh for “local” news.

I don’t worry so much about myself, but more for our elderly widow neighbor, my husband’s elderly parents, and so many others who are susceptible. I was really worried about the economy until the stimulus package went through. So many business owners and workers needed that. With cancelled events and authors who can’t promote their latest book releases in person, I needed that.

I’m keeping up with family and friends, spread across the country and into Mexico and other countries. Which is good. Like last fall when my cousin died from fire-fighting injuries, it has brought me closer to those I care about most.

And I know God will see us through this mess.

It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Jemi Fraser’s DANCING WITH DEMENTIA, Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

The author is offering a tour-wide international giveaway of an Amazon Gift Card. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia
by Jemi Fraser
◊ Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
◊ Publisher: Just Jemi Books
◊ eBooks
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1-9991258-1-3

Dementia and Alzheimer’s touch the lives of millions around the world, but so much is still unknown.

As first-generation Canadians, we didn’t recognize the early warning signs. We didn’t know the differences between regular aging and the early stages of dementia. We’ve made mistakes but we’ve learned a lot.

•Identify those early warning signs
•Use visuals to improve communication
•Choose your words wisely
•Redirect and reassure
•Stay calm and cope with your own emotions
•Consider nursing home options
•Improve caregiver self-care

We’ve learned to dance the early steps of the disease with our love and laughter intact. If you are looking for help recognizing early signposts along with practical ways to cope with early Dementia and Alzheimer’s, this book is for you.

DANCING WITH DEMENTIA buy links:              Apple Books       Barnes & Noble          Kobo

Add DANCING WITH DEMENTIA to your Goodreads shelf

For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Jemi Fraser writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction work focuses on the ways that dementia has impacted her family. Her fiction work varies from contemporary romance to suspense and flash fiction. Years as a teacher have taught Jemi that life is short and that happy endings are a must.

Jemi lives in Northern Ontario, Canada where snow is always a topic of conversation and the autumn leaves make everything better.

For more on Jemi and her writing, visit her following sites:

Amazon Page        BookBub      Goodreads       Facebook       Twitter       Quick Tips Videos


This tour-wide giveaway is for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. The giveaway is open internationally.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Jemi on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. I hope dementia hasn’t touch your family or friends, but in case it has do you have any tips to share on dealing with this terrible disease?

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What's it been like for you this past month?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Book Tackles Bullying in a Positive Way

Dancing Lemur Press/Freedom Fox Press is proud to announce its latest release!

And since Beverly will be unable to do any physical events to promote the book this month, we are in need of assistance. If you can post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc., please help her out. This is an incredibly tough time for an author’s book to come out and I know this community will rally and support Beverly.

Gabe’s Guardian Angel

Gabe never asked for an angel…

Gabe Montana’s clumsy. He’s overweight, and he’s dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable—so miserable he wants to die.

Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea, and comes up with a different plan. He’ll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn’t just help with the bullies. What’s with this self-confidence stuff?

Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel’s advice?

$15.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 216 pages
Fiction – Young Adult: Boys & Men / Loners & Outcasts / Bullying
Print ISBN 9781939844668 eBook ISBN 9781939844675
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

“An important read for young adults and their families.” - Donna McDine, multi-award winning author of stories for children

“It takes a tough subject and handles it in a positive, uplifting way. A must read for teens and tweens.” – Sandra Cox, author

“Gabe’s Guardian Angel is a good read for any youngster who has ever felt isolated and bullied.”– L.G. Keltner, author

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers and clouds. She’s sometimes known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why.

Find Gabe’s Guardian Angel at B&N / Amazon / iTunes / Kobo / Goodreads / Dancing Lemur Press LLC (Lots of cool free swag when you order direct!)

As the release date for Voyagers: The Third Ghost approaches, DLP is seeking tour hosts for the IWSG anthology. 

If you are willing to do a shout-out, an interview, or accept a guest post from the authors, please let me know.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Office Photos

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s question: Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

With the exception of the book I’m working on now, my fiction books were written so long ago, I really don’t remember. I probably had characters opening gifts on Christmas Eve instead of all on Christmas Day, which is what my family always did. (My husband thought that was so weird! So, we compromised, and we open one gift each on Christmas Eve now.)

The one “custom” I remember is thanks to one of our foster daughters. She read my first book and then commented on the scene where a character rinses off the top of a soda can before opening it. She said she’d never seen anyone but us do that. But we always rinse can tops before opening after reading a story where a woman was poisoned and died after drinking a soda that a rat had peed on. (Yes, disgusting! But now you know why we wash off the tops of ALL cans.)

Are you following the IWSG on Instagram?

How about Dancing Lemur Press, LLC on Instagram?

Jo Ann Mathews, whom I met at the Hampton Roads Writer’s Conference last fall, offered to interview me on her website and that went live last week: Women and Adversity: L. Diane Wolfe - Author, Publisher

Now, encouraged by Chrys Fey, I’m going to share some images from my office.

Most of you know the Minion wall:

I also have them on my window.

And this is where I spend most of my day:

I absolutely love my giant desk and hutch! Two computers, plus there’s a laptop, and yes, I sometimes have all three up and running at the same time. I know how to multi-task.

What do you love about where you work?

Monday, February 24, 2020

Nothing New Under the Sun by Tara Tyler

Taking Back Beast World, Phase 2. Disney/Pixar's Onward comes out Mar 6 with a setting eerily close to BEAST WORLD. It's time to speak out again--in a positive way!

Diane is a hard worker and a wonderful promoter of books -- not to mention a busy publisher! I don't know how she does it all! Thanks for having me today, Diane.

by Tara Tyler

Seriously. Every story has been written, over and over again throughout the ages. Yet millions of books and movies are produced each year. Like, how many Spiderman and Batman movies do we need? Yet they keep coming! So how do we stand out in this world of re-dos?


Storylines may have similar bones: lonely detective solves a murder mystery, star-crossed lovers, hilarious misunderstandings, or the hero saves the day. But what makes each story special are the alternative settings, the unexpected twists, inventive technology, mash-ups, and most importantly, a unique voice.

Beast World is a fantasy adventure where teenagers rebel against the rules and stand up for themselves to make their world a better place--a familiar theme--but these teenagers are fantasy creatures! I came up with this concept while watching my youngest at football practice (2012). I loved how the smallest guy on the team was also the toughest. He wasn't afraid of the bigger guys and surprised them with his ferocious drive. And Gabe the goblin was born.

I also teach awkward teens. Newsflash: every generation of teenagers is the same: going through growing pains, figuring out who they are, making dumb mistakes, and hoping to make a difference. Assigning a species to the different cliques, I created Beast World--where Gabe the goblin wanted to break the stereotype barriers assigned to his nerdy species. I thought it was a pretty unique concept: Fantasy creatures in high school.


Disney/Pixar made their own "suburban fantasy" world--with basically the same setting as Beast World--six years after BROKEN BRANCH FALLS was first published.

Seeing the trailer came as quite a shock to me (and my readers). I didn't want to whine or complain, but I did decide to do something about it. After their lawyer basically told me I was nothing since the stories weren't the same, I felt like I was onto something. And I wouldn't let that stop me. I just had to work harder to get noticed.

Last summer, I made a lot of new contacts and had a successful Taking Back Beast World campaign. Now that the movie is coming out in a couple of weeks, I'm at it again.

It's a David vs Goliath story. I'm a tiny teacher writing (and re-publishing) on the side VS a mega-monster movie corporation. It's really no contest, so I'm promoting my books alongside their movie... Win-Win!

If you like fantasy adventure as in Disney/Pixar's Onward,
you'll love reading Tara Tyler's Beast World Series!
Maybe some day, I'll get one of my screenplays picked up--there are sure enough new media outlets. And then I'll see where the adventure takes me from there.

Just like my plucky characters, I won't give up!

What obstacles have you come across in your writing/publishing? 
Ever see a book or movie suspiciously close to your manuscript? 
Any advice for me??

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

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