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Hello everyone.  I wanted to get this post out this morning but my schedule wouldn't allow it.  I wound up running around all day like a chicken with my head cut off. I guess it's better to be late than never to show at all. 

Moving on, for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post, hosted by the gracious Alex J. Cavanaugh, I would like to discuss new friendships. 
As many of you know, writing is a solitary and demanding endeavor. When the words flow, life is good, but when they don't, it's easy to become discouraged.  During those not so good times, I've happened by some of your blogs and found that I'm not alone. Many of you feel the same pressures about writing that I do: will I ever be good enough?  The words aren't coming, I'm blocked,I've re-written my first chapter at least a hundred times and it's still not where it needs to be, etc.,etc..   There's something comforting in knowing that like minded friends are only a click away.   Several times your encouragement has given me the strength to forge ahead with my novel, rather than give up on it.    

For what it's worth, I want to thank all of you for the support you've given me over the last two years, as I've plugged away at my manuscript (now if I can just get through the editing process...sigh, bites nails). Your encouragement has been invaluable.  I'll be around to visit you all first thing in the a.m.  Until next week, happy writing. 

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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 It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days.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 …

Andrea Franco-Cook's New Release PAWN OF THE GODS

Hello all,
I just wanted to announce the launch of my debut novel PAWN OF THE GODS. It's published for free on Amazon Kindle until May 22.  After that, it will go on sale for $3.99. PAWN OF THE GODS




Book Summary
According to Mayan prophecy the gods of the underworld will declare war on man. Their undoing however, lies hidden deep in the Yucatan in 1572, when a winged entrusted a celestial weapon to a Spanish Conquistador for safe keeping.
Five hundred years later, the winged god reveals himself to Soledad Mendoza, detailing how she is tied to the conquistador, and the impending war. But the young English professor is unsure of herself. Out of shape and a lonely widow at thirty, her predilection for scotch makes her more suited to join a twelve-step program, than become a hero.
Unfortunately, Soledad is forced into action when she learns her family friend, Senator Earl Edmondson has ties to the conquistador and the weapon, ties that could either harm or help her.
A pawn caught in a dan…