Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ISWG - September 2015

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I'm heading to Hawaii for a quick family trip (I know, rough life), so I won't be posting next week.

My life has been such a flurry of responsibilities and things to think about that and plan for that the summer has just flown by. It's interesting that our brains can only juggle so much. All the extra political drama associated with the election (my day job) has made it worse.

In a way, that's not necessarily a bad thing because I think I'd have worried more about other things. It's kind of like having a larger pain take all your attention from a lesser one.

I hold onto one thought as I struggle through the hard things that are part of being a writer. Words have power. Power for good. I don't try to moralize when I write, but I always seek after the great nobility that is in each of us--and each of my characters.

What power do your words have to make a difference in someone's life? We often never know.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Meanderings

First Meandering ...

I've been so busy the last bit, it was Wednesday of last week before I realized I hadn't posted here. It's kind of proof that we really can't dovetail well. Studies indicate that when we try, we end up doing neither item well. Guess it was better to drop this ball or one of my work related responsibilities.

Of all the things I've lost in life,
I miss my mind the most.
~attributed to Mark Twain

Second Meandering ...

 Google's tribute today is one I recognized immediately. It's for Duke Kahanamoku's 125th birthday. He was the father of modern surfing.

What I always think about is this:

Hula Pie.

This baby is huge--about 6 inches high. They serve this at the Duke's restaurants. There's one in Nawiliwili. Macadamia nut ice cream on an Oreo cookie crust, topped with chocolate fudge and whipped cream. 

Third Meandering ...

We have a cover for the anthology. It's getting closer!

Readers will be delighted with five sweet, romance novellas in Sweet & Sassy: Castle Collection. In this charming anthology, you will fall in love again and again.

Olivia loves everything about Belgium. So far, her humanitarian trip has gone perfectly--that is, until she sees a picture of a man she thinks is her father in the newspaper. The father who abandoned her family nine years ago without a word. 

She tries to forget she ever saw his photo. He's forgotten about her, after all. But soon it's apparent that she can't leave without knowing what happened. 

Armed with years of hurt and the help of a gorgeous French photographer, she decides to confront him and his secrets once and for all. 

Unfortunately, her father seems determined to keep those secrets hidden. . . and Olivia is one of them. 

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen. 

A SAVAGE GHOST by Donna K. Weaver
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister. 

Lia enlists the help of Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with him kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future. 

With Coop. Or without him. 

Bestselling author Alexis St. John needs an escape, and Nate, her personal assistant, thinks that a trip to a real castle in England will be just the thing. What neither of them planned on, though, was to encounter an actual ghost. 

Lady Catherine Dunlow hates the idea of sharing her castle with tourists and does everything she can to chase them out, much to the amusement of her roguish suitor. But when her two newest guests stumble upon a mystery surrounding her death, she decides to let them stay. 

With an eternal fate in the balance, Nate and Alexis must move quickly to bring the killer to light before Catherine is trapped forever. 

Lady Rosamund, Baroness of Ravenswood Manor, is a destitute widow, imprisoned in Nottingham Castle. When the prince declares she must marry the ruthless man who had seized Ravenswood, she escapes with the help of a band of outlaws to Sherwood Forest. Her first love, a battle-worn knight, promises to help her find safety at a convent. Confused and afraid, her heart yearns for love. But are the risks too high?

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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