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?

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Creepy Underground Catacombs!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of the third book in this series from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., Bubba and Squirt’s City of Bones!

Bubba and Squirt’s City of Bones
By Sherry Ellis

Creepy Underground Catacombs!

Bubba and Squirt are back for another rousing quest as they travel through the mysterious vortex to Paris, France. It’s another wild adventure as they track down art thieves, encounter terrifying monsters, and discover the whereabouts of their missing father.

Will they make it out alive or join the rest of the skeletons in the City of Bones?

Juvenile Fiction - Action Adventure / Fantasy & Magic / Legends, Myths, Fables - Greek & Roman $8.95 Print ISBN 9781939844989 / $3.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844996

“Much like The Magic Treehouse, each book in this series builds upon the last and incorporates pieces from previous installments. This series is a positive addition to library collections for confident young readers.” – Mary Lanni, author

“‘City of Bones’ could be used to start discussions on French history with a lesson on the Catacombs. There could be lessons on French vocabulary and art and even geography. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.” – Book Room Reviews

“Highly-recommended for middle-grade readers who are fans of fantasy, adventure, and historical fiction stories. The author has filled this story with the rich history of France by blending fact with fiction.” - June McCrary Jacobs, author

“A little fantasy, a little culture, a little history...and tons of mystery and adventure. The adventure is exciting, packs tons of tension, and keeps the reader guessing until the end.” – Bookworm for Kids

Sherry Ellis’ Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China won the Reader’s Favorites Silver Medal for the Children's Grades 4-6 category.

Links: Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Gardners / Goodreads

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Website / Bubba and Squirt site / Facebook / Twitter - X

Follow Sherry on her book tour:

January 14 Unleashing Readers

January 16 The Children's Book Review and Author June McCray Jacobs

January 17 Icefairy's Treasure Chest and J.Q. Rose’s Recipes and Reads

January 18 The Momma Spot

January 19  Life is What it's Called

January 22 Crafty Moms Share

January 23 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

January 24 Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog

January 25 A Blue Box Full of Books

January 26 One More Exclamation

February 5 The Fairview Review

February 6 Country Mamas With Kids

February 7 Twirling Book Princess

February 8 My Reading Getaway

February 9 Cover Lover Book Review

And the first book is now on audio!

Purchase it at Amazon or Audible

Plus there is one more surprise - the cover reveal for the fifth book in the series:

Have you read the first two books in this series or ever visited Paris?

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

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

The question for today: Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

I confess, I am not on BookBub. Again, too busy with DLP authors and work to take care of stuff related to me. I do need to sign up, though.

I’d like to take this moment to do a couple shout-outs.

First is to my cousin Patti. She lives in California with her mother, my Aunt Mary, who is 97. Tragedy took her fiancĂ© a couple years ago and Patti has struggled since. But she is my biggest fan—she has purchased and loved my three In Darkness books and can’t wait for the fourth one next month, The Alien. Patti, thank you. The last time I had a family member or friend this excited was my mother, who loved my The Circle of Friends series and purchased them for everyone in the family. I treasure having that kind of support again.

The second shout-out goes to Sherry Ellis, whose book, Bubba and Squirt’s City of Bones, comes out in two weeks. Sherry is so dedicated to this series and such a hard worker when it comes to promoting her books. She has a tour lined up and a fantastic program for schools planned. The next book, Bubba and Squirt’s Shield of Athena, comes out in May, and the final installment, Bubba and Squirt’s Legend of the Lost Pearls, comes out in October. The series is also getting an audiobook treatment and the first one, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China, will be available on audio soon.

Who do you follow on BookBub?
Do you have a fan like my cousin Patti?
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.