Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - December 2017



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh


Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.


December 6 question - As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?


Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG's awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Be sure to stop by and thank them for their time. 



I admitted to a friend a few days ago that over the course of the year I had lost my confidence. So much had happened safety and health-wise that I found myself waiting for the next bomb to drop. This dear friend looked at me and nodded. She said it was natural for me to feel this way. The problems I'd faced had come out of nowhere and continue as such for almost the entire year. One thing happened after another.

She helped me realize that I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. We sit here waiting for the year to end in hopes that all our fears will end with it. 

What is confidence? The ability to have faith and to believe everything will be alright. And don't we generally feel that way? Until stuff happens. And more stuff. Life isn't always compliant. Nor should it be. But while we're in the thick of things, it is very nice to have IWSG to go to. Thank you, Alex.




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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG: October 2017



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.


IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG


Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional.




IWSG's awesome co-hosts for October 4 are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!


Please stop by and thank them for their time. 


After 5 months, I'm so glad to be back at IWSG. It's been a whirlwind year. For the last three days I've sat staring at this screen, though, wondering, now that I'm back what I could possible say to encourage anyone. The 90s and first 8 years of the new millennium were challenging, so I assume when life changed for the better at the end of 2008, I had survived because I was meant to help others by sharing what I'd learned. It was the reason I joined IWSG. Not once did I see that life wasn't finished teaching me difficult lessons. 

On a positive note: the sense of hopelessness that's hung around my neck all these months is finally gone. What took its place, I've yet to determine. 
  

Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I've gone to great lengths to never reveal anything personal into my characters. To do so would feel like a betrayal. Betrayal to whom, beats me; thoughts for another post, I suppose. I do know I'm incapable of not influencing my characters. After all, my stories come from me, and I'm a product of my existential judgements. 

While I purposely avoid using personal data from my life,  I did write a Vietnam War thriller after studying for months with a Crew Chief who served on a Huey during the war. He helped me understand exactly what the day in the life of a grunt was like, right down to the rotten crotch, bed bugs and the razor-sharp elephant leaves. I'll never be able to thank him enough for taking the time to help me, a young mother from small town Canada, write such authentic scenes. Little did either of us know that one day, many years later, my youngest son would serve in Afghanistan. I can still see the relief on his face when he understood that I was never going to ask him to explain what his days were like. 


Monday, September 25, 2017

PROMOTIONS, NEWS & UPDATES

Can't believe it's been 3 months since my last post. Much has happened that I won't go into now. 2017 has been a stressful year. While I am healing nicely from hip replacement surgery, ten days ago I fell backwards from the entrance to our RV and caught my ankle in the step. I torn three ligaments in my foot. And I was so close to walking without a limp! 

No sense crying over spilt milk. Focussing on what has been or hasn't been is never productive. Instead I'm reading your posts and learning all about your joys and accomplishments. Inspiring, yes. 


At IWSG, James Newcomb reveals his techniques for recording audiobooks. He has some great secrets to share. 


Alex Cavannaugh has a upbeat post about news, films and interesting sites. 

Your awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan! Please stop by on that date and thank them for their time.



HallowCon is a horror convention in Chattanooga, TN, taking place Oct. 27-29. Novels by Dancing Lemur Press are being offered as giveaways. 

Horror writer Keith Pyeatt celebrates 8 years with a $1.99 sale. 

Canadian writer, Careann's Musings, A Strange Start to September. Carol writes spiritual posts about the beauty of British Columbia's lower mainland. Her photography is outstanding. 

Crystal Ra Laksmi, Touched by the Mauna Kea. Crystal's posts are grounded in the wonders of being alive. 

Lynda Young, W.I.P. The Annual IWSG Anthology. You have until November 4 to enter. 


Long-time blogger, Hillary Melton Butcher shares a trip from Greenwich to Westminister in Positive Letters.

Alexandra Sokoloff writes about one of my favourite subjects: The Unreliable Narrator. 

Standing Into Danger, The Lansdowne Letters: The Unfairness, Unjustness, and Inhumanity of It All  I've been following Louise's blog for a long time and her letters are very moving. 

Giveaway at Mason Canyon's: Christmas At The Lake. 

I have a new website in the works, being created by professional web designer Sara Fraser. Can't wait to share it with you. 


Congratulations to everyone who has a new novel out. A huge congrats to Chrys Fey's mother. Her children books look wonderful, Chrys. Please pass along my regards. 

I'm also running a giveaway. When you purchase the audiobook version of my suspense thriller Matowak, send me proof of purchase minus the payment information and I'll send you my ebook Maski. Be sure to state which format you'd like. Offer ends midnight September 3oth. 


While I was composing this post, I had three visitors. Apologies for taking the photo through a screened window. If I'd gone outside for a better shot, they would have bolted. 



The Twins' ears are huge!

Happy Writing and Reading, Everyone. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

MASKI and MATOWAK giveaway

Mason Canyon is presenting a book tour for my audiobook Matowak: Woman Who Cries, and my ebook for Maski: Broken But Not Dead. I hope you'll take advantage of the free giveaways and visit the bloggers below. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and Canada Day, everyone. Stay safe.

We finally sold our house, so please wish me luck. My family and I are hosting an estate sale at Cluculz Lake June 30th - July 3rd.



◊ Maski: Broken But Not Dead
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
◊ eBook ISBN 9781939844385
To the Breaking Point…
When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.
          However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?          Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.
◊ Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…
                   When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder. The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.Danny finds himself with a difficult choice-indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…
The audio version of Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is available through Audible and Amazon. Click on the links to hear an audio sample of the book. 

June 26 – Random Thoughts – Excerpt
Dreams, Goals and Adventure – Feature
Thoughts in Progress – Feature
June 27 – Mythical Books – Guest Post
June 28 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Excerpt & Feature
JBronder Book Reviews – Feature
June 29 – Hank’s Blog – Excerpt
June 30 – Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt
Pat Garcia Book Reviews – Review of Maski
Deal Sharing Aunt – Guest Post


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moxie's Decision by Hank Quense!



I'm pleased to be part of author Hank Quense's MOXIE’S DECISION Blog Tour with MC Book Tours today. A blogging friend (and a delight to know), Hank has been a guest on this blog many times, adding satire and hilarity to my day. Hank has proven time again that laughter is the medicine for everything. 


Entertaining from beginning to end, MOXIE'S DECISION is uproariously funny and satire at its best. Selected as one of 2016's best YA novels: Huffington Post. It’s also a top pick! Indie Reader: 5 stars

You can enter to win a copy of MOXIE’S DECISION today. Be sure to check out the giveaway details below.

◊ Series: Princess Moxie (Book 2)
◊ Paperback: 306 pages
◊ Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing (October 15, 2015)
◊ Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0985779195
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0985779191


Moxie has a plan; she’s determined to rule as queen after her father, King Smedley, dies.
 
But Smedley refuses to acknowledge her as his heir. Her uncle also wants the throne and he’s already tried once to eliminate Moxie as competition.

Moxie recognizes she hasn't been trained to rule and she needs lessons about the real world. Moxie goes on a quest to learn how to rule and to learn about life outside the castle.
Moxie faces unexpected obstacles as she struggles with adventures in a brutal reality that tests her mettle and determination.
This is a fantasy coming-of-age story that is decidedly different than the usual ones. The book is filled with satire and humor. What more can a reader wish for?

It takes place against the backdrop of Camelot, but this isn’t the Camelot of legends. It’s Camelot in a parallel universe where the Knights of the Round Table play football and Guinevere coaches the team’s cheer leaders. The wizard Merlin struggles to understand the Magic of the Mind using primitive ink stained diagrams and Stonehenge is a theater-in-the-round.
 
Moxie’s rollicking adventures are the stuff of comedy. Enjoy!

Add MOXIE'S DECISION to you Goodreads shelf!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.

He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of
articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Be sure to visit Hank’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM76IE

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This tour-wide giveaway (prizes courtesy of the author) is for five (5) eBooks copies (worldwide) of MOXIE’S DECISION and three (3) print copies of MOXIE’S DECISION (U.S. entries only). The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Monday, July 3.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. If the widget doesn’t appear, just CLICK HERE for a chance to win a copy of this fun book.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories with bits of fun blended in?

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