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Hello all,
I just wanted to announce the launch of my debut novel PAWN OF THE GODS. It's due for publication on Kindle Unlimited this May 2018. Until then, Happy writing.

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ISWG--The Spring Time Grind

It's time for another installment of the ISWG. For those who would like to learn more about this supportive and helpful membership, please click on our illustrious host's name:Alex J. Cavanaugh

Hello All,

Time flies. It seems like I just submitted April's ISWG post, and in the blink of an eye, I'm back at my computer drafting another one.  I've decided to address Alex's question of the month regarding whether or not the season inspires me to write more than others. After giving this some thought, I"d have to answer with a resounding NO!!! For some reason, my writing muse heads off for holiday during spring. I always feel restless and unable to concentrate, especially if the sun is out. I guess it's my body's way of saying get your middle-aged-spreading-butt out of the chair and go outside. 

Yesterday, I piddled on the computer, then I potted a bunch of plants. I also bought a new hybrid bicycle. As you can see, I did everything but work on my story. H…

ISWG How Do You Push Through The Negativity?

It's time for another installment of the ISWG. For those who would like to learn more about this supportive and helpful membership, please click on our illustrious host's name:  Alex J. Cavanaugh

As many of you may know, I submitted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS, for publication on Kindle Scout.  Unfortunately, I was short-listed. On the up side, I received three pages of feedback from the editorial team, noting the good, the bad and the ugly.  I've since implemented the proposed changes and am preparing to self publish on Kindle Unlimited.

Although I've tried to look at this experience from a positive lens, how the editorial team took time to read the book, gave feedback,,  as each year passes, I become more insecure about my path as a writer. I'm half way through my second novel, and I can't help but wonder if I'll ever make it. Am I good enough? I'm sure other writer's struggle with the same questions, but this month it really hit me and althou…

Biting My Nails To The Nubbs

It's time for another installment of the ISWG, hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  For more information about this group, click here .

I've never been a nail biter until now.  As many of you know, my novel PAWN of THE GODS was part of a publishing campaign with Kindle Scout.  It ended a little over a week ago and still no word.  Although some might say, "No news is good news." I've received conflicting feedback about this. One writer told me  the winners are announced within the first few days, while the others are thrown into the slush pile to be sorted. Another writer told me the opposite, which leaves a lot of gray area.

So, here I sit, waiting and waiting, biting and biting my nails to the quick, wondering, is there hope? I suppose there's always hope, but I'm feeling very vulnerable and insecure about my book right now.  I've put my writing out there to be shredded by pro's, and I fear they'll caution me not to quit my day job, …

Feeling Vulnerable

It's time for another installment of the ISWG, hosted byAlex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this wonderful group, click on the preceding link.

I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

This said, if any of you are interested, I posted my link below.  If …

Pushing My Luck

Hello All,

It's been a couple of months since I updated my blog. I know, how shameful of me. I was enrolled in nursing school and it zapped every waking second of my days.  I've since decided that it wasn't for me, and well, what a relief.  This said, I'm probably pushing my luck since I haven't been on here for so long, but if any of you are merciful enough to forgive my absence, I'd appreciate it if you'd read the below blurb about the launch of my novel, PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout.  It's only up for thirty days so any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

The thirty day launch for my novel, PAWN OF THE GODS began this morning on Kindle Scout. 

How It Works
My book is posted for thirty days, along with hundreds of others in various genres. Readers click the following book link: PAWN OF THE GODStake a gander at the first five chapters of the story, and decide whether they believe it's good enough for publication on Amazon. If the answer is y…

Opinions Pleaaaaaase!!!!!

Hello All,

I recently began a new WIP.  Although I'm happy with my outline, I've struggled with the beginning. This said, I wrote two opening paragraphs. Both lead to the same place, but they take a very different paths to get there. I just can't decide which one I like better.  If you have a minute or two, I'd  appreciate it if you'd give your opinion. Which paragraph would keep you reading?  Also, please be mindful that these are very raw first drafts.  I'd be happy to return the favor anytime.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Opening #1A cold chill broke across my arms when he entered the room. It happened every time I saw him. By now you'd think I'd be used to him Yet, here I sat, dreading his very presence. You see, to everyone else he was a man of flesh and blood. A man who devoted his life to treating the sick.  To me, he was Doom—bringing false hope to the incurable—deliverer of tragedy, ready to do his worst.  My dad and I had been confronted…