Yes! The anthology is now available to buy. On this #IWSG first Wednesday of the month, I’m posting more about my story, Heartless, at the Tick Tock A Stitch in Crime website. Please come by and say hi there!
These few months have had more highs and lows than I can ever remember.
I’m ready for a touch of doldrums. These choppy seas are getting to me.
In the meantime here’s my gratitude for all who’ve signed on to help with SVMMM. Once I’m back up to full speed, I hope these authors will accept my invitation to be FEATURED on my blog. I’ll be putting out that call again soon.
If you want a GIFT and my behind the scenes NEWS, sign on for my Email Connect. I invade your inbox two times a month, sometimes only one. I often have more giveaways and what I hope is helpful information for writers and readers.
Quote of the Week: “Human beings can get used to virtually anything, given plenty of time and no choice in the matter whatsoever.” British Novelist, Tom Holt
Yep! Today I have to tidy up to do around here, so this is housekeeping day. Pulling on my rubber gloves and grabbing the mop, off I go!
I need help with another launch on May 15. Some Very Messy Medieval Magic could use some blog time and anything else you have in your social media larder. I’m very low tech when it comes to signing up, so if you’re interested, just leave a yes in the comment with what you’d like to do to help me with lift-off. I’ll get in touch with you.
Release date – May 15, 2018
$, 6×9 trade paperback, pages
Juvenile Fiction – Fantasy & Magic (JUV037000) / Boys & Men (JUV005000) Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
$ EBook available in all formats
Next, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime will be here before I can wind the clock. Small panic attack going on at the moment. Hope you’ll take a look at this anthology. It has been wonderful to work on the story and the promotion with ten other authors.
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
The clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
$14.95 USA, 6×9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats.
My story is called HEARTLESS
“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” – Denise Covey, author
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com
Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks.
Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see.
Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her.
In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry.
Then Cleo happens.
Do you remember that I was on the PINK TEAM during the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt? Well, the winners of books have been announced. Sudden Secrets goes to Meagan C. She won several books from the PINK TEAM. Congrats, Meagan. Your book is on the way.
Quote of the Week: “Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop offs at tedium and counter productivity. ” — Erma Bombeck
Thank you for the reminder, Erma.
So let’s say you want the world or milieu to be paramount. Your characters will enter this world you’ve created, they’ll look around, react and interact with it, and they’ll let you find out what this place is about while, at the same time, they’re finding out about it.
Think of Alice. Now, there is one milieu-dominated story. Alice moves through an underground realm of odd tea parties and even odder court trials, then she returns home, having finally understood the futility of trying to make meaning out of any of her encounters. Critics of the story say that, unlike a good milieu story, Alice hasn’t been transformed by her experience, and this is often noted as the failure of the novel. If she had returned to her “real” world different than when she entered it, the story would have been a stronger one. Still Carroll’s milieu tale is popular and continues to entertain readers.
But the characters, you say. They must be the focus, especially the protagonist. And in a character-focused story, they are the focus. The character(s) start in one place and end in another. With my story Double Negative, my guy, Hutch McQueen, is stuck in an abusive home, and his one thought is escape. The problem is he can’t because he makes one bad choice after another that prevents his escape. It’s not until he starts making smart choices (and that take some serious work) that he finds the way out of the mess he’s in. And viola! He’s a new kind of kid–still flawed, but with an idea of how to make his way through the world without landing in trouble.
When the author focuses on an event that throws the established world order into chaos, then you’ve got a story that requires either knitting up the old order or creating a new one. Shakespeare did the event story a lot. Macbeth to name one.
Last month I said, “I give up!” That was the first time I ever heard those words from my lips. I never give up.
Even if I’m holding plank and the teacher says, “Just ten more breaths!” I take ten more breaths, but here’s the story about last month.
I was well into 40K words on a new WIP and feeling very…
when my computer coughed up a ginormous hairball and died. Okay, so I have backup, right? Yes and no. The file that I was working on–the 40K, bright and shiny, new, amazing, and best story ever–didn’t quite back up. My grocery list from 2010, did.
That’s when I went all…
and fell off my
Now, I’m climbing back onto my
and once I find my
I’m ready to ride!
Feel free to send warm, cheery thoughts and saddle soap.
Quote of the Week: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” Coach John Wooden
In keeping with the Easter Bunny theme of the month, I’m hopping around a lot. Today I’m posting HERE. Please do some hopping of your own and meet me there!
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!
I’m still hunting Easter Eggs, but I’ll be here tomorrow with the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt. Please stop by Tuesday and join the hunt. YOUNG ADULT isn’t just for teens. My readers are ages 16 to 65, and I know that holds true for others who write in this category. The hunt happens each April and there are hundreds of books available…and it’s fun. It will post at NOON and run 21 hours.
I’m on Team Pink which seems appropriate for spring.
Remember that the first Wednesday is the day after tomorrow. I’m going to put my post up HERE.
More news: I’ve signed up for the ALLI FREE LIVE CONFERENCE from the London Book Fair. It’s April 14. Be sure to check out the details. Speakers include: Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSparks, Ricardo Fayet, Co-Founder of Reedsy, Jane Friedman, Author & Publishing Expert and many more.
Well, I made it through March–barely. If you saw my FB post, you’ll know my computer crashed on Friday! Anyway, this is my last post for the month, and next month I’ll be posting on Tuesday, April 3 for the #YASH (Young Adult Scavenger Hunt). Come see. There are over a hundred book being given away. AND IT’S FUN.
On the first Wednesday–#IWSG–I’ll be at Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. We have a super blog, so please come for a visit. I’ll leave a reminder here with a link, so I hope you’ll pop over and see what’s up there.
I’ve featured authors who are in that anthology, and today we have the last author of the month and a chance to chat about the publisher, Dancing Lemur Press. Take it away.
Juggling all of the authors can feel like herding cats sometimes. We have to keep track of each story’s edits, author information, and coordinate marketing with a group rather than an individual.
What’s refreshing is the variety that comes with so many viewpoints. Ideas pour forth in terms of promotions. Each writer is in a different location, broadening the marketing reach. Yet they all come together into one powerful dynamo.
For some of the writers, it’s their first publication, and that is just a joy to behold. Plus the stories are unique, which adds a little spice to the editing process. That will also add some spice for the readers.
Thanks for back story from the publisher’s point of view! And what you wrote about spice is so true. I read all of the stories, and each of them has a unique take on the theme. There’s something for every reader, and yet all will appeal because they are well-written.
Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Freedom Fox Press
Our trademark is not just a logo – the Dancing Lemur represents optimism, enthusiasm and belief. Our goal is to provide hope for the reader’s dreams and aspirations. Share the vision and come dance with us!
And now here’s Mary Aalgaard.
This is my first publication outside of magazine stories and producing my own play, and what a great way to start! The other authors are all creative and supportive. We’re working together to promote the book with such great energy.
Mary Aalgaard is a playwright and piano/theater teacher, living in the heart of Minnesota. She writes theater reviews and supports the arts through her blog Play off the Page. She teaches youth theater workshops in the Brainerd lakes area, writes articles for regional magazines, and works with both seniors and youth in multi-generational programs to enhance quality of life and build community. Her website is PlayoffthePage.com. You can follow her on her Play off the Page Facebook page, @MaryAalgaard on Twitter, and email her at Mary@playoffthepage.com.
I’m not doing a quiz this week…I know how disappointed you are, but it’s time for a spring break. Class dismissed.
Did you guess the authors for each of these justice themed books? Here are the answers.
A. Absalom,Absalom! is William Faulkner’s masterpiece. Its complex, fragmented structure is a reading challenge, but wow, does it belong among the literary greats in America.
B. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee hits the themes of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. This author went to core issues of “class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American.”
C. The Dispossesed by Ursula K. LeGuin tackles the fight for social justice, economic inequality and racial inequality in this futuristic novel.
S. In The Crucible Arthur Miller used the Salem Witch Trials as an allegory for the anti-communist Red Scare and the congressional hearings of Senator Joseph McCarthy going on in the United States in 1953.
Quote of the Week: “I tend to be drawn to the weirder, darker stuff. Horror and sci-fi anthologies.” Unknown
It’s Monday again, my blogging day. I’m getting close to making some major changes in my blogging ritual, but for now I’m determined to keep to my first day of the week schedule. I’ve been chasing my own tail for several months with illness in our family and two books due to come out in May, so I’ve made a few mistakes.
If I sent you something you didn’t ask for, or didn’t send you something that you did ask for, give me holler. I’m making lists of what I have to do to clean up any messes I’ve made lately. I’m sure there’s a paper and pencil here somewhere. I’ve nearly given up on this “trusty” Apple I used to love. That’s another reason I’m not running on all cylinders. Sometimes this beast likes me and sometimes it doesn’t. Today it brought me spam as a present, like my cat used to bring me mice. Thank you so much.
But on to the business of the morning. This month I’m featuring some of the authors who wanted to join me here and who were selected to be in
Coming May 1.
We could use help in spreading the word about the launch, so if you haven’t already signed on and can give us a blog post, some tweets, Instagram boosts or Facebook shout outs, leave that in the comment, and I’ll get back to you.
Today my guest is Rebecca Douglass with her story, The Tide Waits. [Read more…] about Tick Tock, Featured Author Rebecca Douglass