Wednesday, April 03, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Spunky on the Road – Conferences and More

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

The question for today: How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

I started this blog on March 22, 2005. Nineteen years ago! I had no idea what I was doing, but I’d attended a seminar on blogging at the Virginia Festival of the Book that month and decided to give it a try.

I can’t begin to tell you the changes over the years. In the beginning, a blog was more like a free website. It wasn’t the community that most of us know. Other bloggers didn’t follow and comment on other blogs. We were just throwing stuff out there, hoping someone would find us.

While blogging has waned the past few years, it’s still a community, and that’s nice. I might not blog but once a month now, but I like connecting with other writers and friends I’ve made over the years.

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Spunky on the Road

I’ve a lot of events coming up, which is fun. I just did a book store last month, the first one I’ve done in YEARS. (I SO miss Waldenbooks.) But here are the events for the next two months:

April 13, 10-2:00 pm
Local Authors Fair
Clayton Center, Clayton NC

April 17, 9-1:00 pm
Read Local Author Fair
Hosted by Mauney Memorial Library
Patrick Senior Center, King’s Mountain, NC
Featured speaker!

May 4, 11-2:00 pm
The Novel Nest Bookstore, Wilson, NC 27993

May 17-19
Pennwriters Conference
Double Tree Resort, Lancaster, PA

June 1, 10:30-12:30 pm
Story Keeper Bookstore, Selma, NC

The Pennwriters Conference will be a double bonus, as I finally get to meet author Susan Gourley! (And I appreciate her recommending me for the conference.)

I still remember meeting Toi Thomas at the Hampton Roads Writers Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. She was so excited to meet ME, but the feeling was mutual.

My favorite conference will always be the Bayou Writers Conference in Lake Charles, LA. Bless IWSG anthology author Jessica Ferguson for recommending me. I also got to meet IWSG anthology author Slyvia Ney.
They flew me to Louisiana (my first visit!), put me up in a super nice hotel, and treated me like royalty the whole weekend. (Double bonus – my best friend, Kerri, who had just moved to Texas and I'd feared I’d never see her again, drove in for the conference and we got to spend the weekend together.)

So, to say that I am THRILLED to be doing so many live events again would be an understatement.

What about you? Do you enjoy live events? How long have you been blogging?

Wednesday, March 06, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, #IWSGPit, and In Darkness Boxed Set Release!

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

The question for today: Have you "played" with AI to write those nasty synopses, or do you refuse to go that route? How do you feel about AI's impact on creative writing?

I haven’t had time and don’t have a synopsis that needs work right now. For that, I would be willing to try AI.

I think it will be a long, long time before AI is as creative as a human. It has no feelings, so there is a lot it can’t convey. I think we are also seeing the negative impact of it and it will only get worse.

The next #IWSGPit will be in March 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dancing Lemur Press signed 5 authors from previous years!

Get the details at the IWSG site.

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Yesterday, the boxed set of In Darkness released in both print and eBook!

In Darkness

Print ISBN 9798988625148 $17.95
eBook ISBN 9798988625155 $8.99
Romance/Paranormal, Fantasy / Paranormal, Fantasy / Romance, Romance-Science Fiction

Souls shrouded in darkness…
A wary vampire relying on the assistance of a young woman to guide his clan to an ancient fortress. A talking shark with no knowledge of his earlier life who befriends a girl with issues of her own. A werewolf trapped by his secret smitten with a young woman battling trust issues of her own. And an alien devoid of all emotions pledged to a Terran woman determined to keep her own feelings intact.
These souls must discover the power of love if they hope to escape the darkness surrounding them…

Find In Darkness here: Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Gardners / Goodreads

I dedicated it to my cousin Patti, who purchased and loved all four novellas and been my biggest fan. Since paranormal romance that ISN’T R-rated or erotica doesn’t sell as well, I appreciate her support. May I find more readers like her.

Have you tried using AI or plan to pitch during #IWSGPit?
Are you a paranormal romance fan?

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and In Darkness: The Alien’s Release!

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

The question for today: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention of books?

An author’s website should focus on his/her books and what they are currently doing. However, a blog should not be just about one’s own books. I’d go far as to say not even just about writing those books. (Especially if the author is struggling, because readers do NOT want to hear that.)

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I’m a day early because the final chapter of my In Darkness series is out!

In Darkness: The Alien

By L. Diane Wolfe

Souls shrouded in darkness…
Abducted from her research station, Liz’s life is flung into chaos. Sold into servanthood for her knowledge of planetary mining to a race called the Stren, she discovers her problems go far deeper. She is to marry her alien master, Krist, after enduring a procedure designed to eradicate her emotions.
Desperate, Liz persuades the Stren to grant her the duration of a short voyage to change his perception of emotions. But how can she convince someone lacking feelings of their value? Is there a means of accessing the emotional side of Krist?

Romance-Science Fiction / Science Fiction-Alien Contact / Romance-Paranormal
eBook ISBN 9781939844972 $3.99

Links: Amazon / iTunes / B&N / Kobo / Goodreads

Blog Tour:
Jan. 31 – C. Lee McKenzie - why I write the genre I write
Feb. 2 – Sandra Cox - review
Feb. 5 – H.R. Sinclair - interview
Feb. 5 - Steven Rose, Jr. - interview
Feb. 6 – Rebecca Douglass - feature
Feb. 6 - Reading Nook - excerpt
Feb. 7 –Alex J Cavanaugh alien/human romance movies
Feb. 7 - Susan Gourley - top 5 good and bad aliens
Feb. 7 - Diane Burton - guest post
Feb. 7 - Paranormal Romantics - guest post
Feb. 7 – IWSG Anthologies - guest post

And now that the series has wrapped up, I have exciting news – all four stories will appear in one print and eBook volume!

Coming March 5th!
In Darkness
Print ISBN 9798988625148 $17.95
eBook ISBN 9798988625155 $8.99

Pre-order: Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Gardners

What turns you off an author’s blog/website? Ready for some paranormal romance with a sci-fi twist?