Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG: Writing? What writing?

The IWSG took me by surprise—the first Wednesday shouldn’t be allowed to be on the first of the month! But it’s sort of fitting, because we have been on the road and I’ve had no time for writing-and that includes blogging! So at the moment I'm a very insecure--and frustrated--writer, but I'm absorbing experiences like crazy, so that's good.

My only writer news, aside from a quick-and-dirty draft of some flash fiction that I haven't edited yet, is that feedback is starting to trickle in on Death By Library, which is also well on the way to having a cover (early sketches have been bandied about and approved). If anyone would like to add their beta-reader feedback to Book 4 of the Pismawallops PTA mystery series, I'd love to hear from you! Here's the quick-and-dirty blurb: 

JJ has a new job at the library, and everything is looking peachy. But when things in the stacks turn deadly, she has to figure out who might have killed the local gadfly. It’s not like she has a lot of spare time. Her personal life just keeps getting more chaotic, and there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit!
So much for my writing--let's turn and give a shout-out to the new IWSG anthology! Can I just say that I love that cover? I'm looking forward to reading this, and will review as soon as do!
Masquerade: Oddly Suited - An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844651 $4.99

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual companion or a date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Find Masquerade: Oddly Suited here - Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Goodreads

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

And the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are hosting a live Q & A session on Discord! Join them on Sat 11th May from 1:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm GMT to find out more about the anthology and the contributing authors and ask any burning questions you may have.
The Q & A will be held on Discord. Please follow the invite link: HERE 


  1. I'm about to dig into beta reading this week. Really looking forward to it and seeing what JJ has gotten herself mixed up in now :)

  2. I bet a lot of those experiences you absorbed will show up somewhere, somehow in your future writings. :)

    1. In one way or another. I may have some characters to use, and I know that this much more experience of the world will make me a better writer, once I get my mojo back.

  3. It seems IWSG Day falls on the first day of the month a lot this year. It drives me nuts when it is. I'd rather have it a few days into the month. lol

    I enjoyed your blurb, but I felt it's too short and needs a little more to end on an exciting note...


    1. Thanks, Chrys. I wrote that blurb in a hurry a few weeks ago and still haven't taken the time to work on it. Definitely not ready for prime time. I guess that needs to be my next writing project :p

  4. Congrats on the upcoming book! Libraries are a great place for a mystery. :)

  5. Cool that you have a release coming soon.
    Thanks for featuring Masquerade today! You were there once.

    1. Don't know just how soon the release will be, but I am excited that I've made good progress, despite the peripatetic lifestyle.

  6. Sounds like you're filling the creative-well :-) I'd love to beta read -- you have my email.

    Ronel visiting for #IWSG day: Help Me, Please!

    1. Thank you! As you can see, I haven't even had a chance to read my blog comments! And email is on the way.


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