Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#WhyIStayed - Anne from Love's Revenge shares her story #MeansofMercy #HistoricalRomance

As a wife—a woman—of the mid-19th century, very few choices were afforded us. The daughters of means, of money and title, had little hope of marrying for love, let alone someone they felt an affinity for.

I, however, was an orphaned peasant girl of no means. Hardly any family to speak of. Yet, one cousin invited me to London and outfitted me to appear like a lady. She taught me to speak like a lady.

I fooled no one.

However…one well-to-do gentleman, a former rake, was intrigued by my innocence, my being untouched by society.

He swept me off my feet, and starved for affection, I aimed to please him in every way.

A farm-grown girl, I was expected to bear him a strong son. An heir to carry on his family’s dwindling name. When I failed to do so, his outward expression of claimed feelings for me changed.

When our longed-for three-day-old son died in my arms, unrelenting waves of sorrow ruined our love.

Hurtful words—blame—filled my ears. Abusive name-calling in drunken rages became a nightly ritual…when he bothered to come home at all.

So, why did I stay?

I could not afford a divorce, and unless I could prove an abusive spouse, one would never be granted. Society sided with their own when the truth of my husband’s nature came to light. The country-girl was shunned. Trapped, there was nothing I could do.

Until…

Until I realized the true extent of my situation—the predicament his final abusive act brought about—and my resulting desire for revenge inspired a reckless choice.

One that would take me far from corsets, evening gowns, and satin slippers. One that would grant me satisfaction.

Or so I thought.



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Love's Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series, Civil War, Scotland, 19th Century, America

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief
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Love's Revenge
Means of Mercy #2
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: January 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series

Will Anne's desire for revenge hinder her ability to love again?



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Interested in reading more? 


Swing by Roane Publishing's FREE READS page for 

an exclusive sneak peek at Love's Revenge chapter 1!


Friday, September 19, 2014

#CoverLove: Spooktacular Seductions, a Halloween Anthology by @RoanePublishing

Roane Publishing's upcoming Halloween anthology has a face!!! Or, rather two.

Check out the creepy purdy...


Spooktacular Seductions
A Halloween Anthology
Romance
By Various Authors
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2014
 
Where Angels Tread  by  Christy Thomas
 
Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their bows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.
 
Samael, the Angel of Death must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.
 
Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.
 
Do You Believe in Ghosts  by  Anne Higa
 
Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
 
Alice Hopkins, Jeff's high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
 
When Jeff's mother dies and Alice's father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
 
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
 
Bewitching Gypsy  by  Linda Carroll-Bradd
 
Fiona Mikolas is an outcast, branded by her fiery red hair and a purple birth mark—both signs of the devil. Two years earlier, she survived an influenza outbreak that claimed her peddler husband, Gregos, and her baby son, Tito. Now she lives a solitary life, traveling a circuit of southern states in America and selling healing potions. Until the night of All Hallow’s Eve, when her lonely life is changed by the arrival of two strangers in her camp.
 
Beaten and robbed, rancher Hagan Fletcher stumbles toward the light of a campfire in south Texas, intent on finding a way to retrieve his stolen stallion. When he awakens, he’s forgotten his name and how he came to be in the company of an exotic beauty. Fiona’s ways are a mystery but when her quick-thinking saves his life again, he looks deeper beneath the surface to who she really is.
 
If This Be Madness  by  Echo Shea
 
Don’t let me go…
 
Those are words that break her. When the person you love most is gone, how do you let go?
 
And, more importantly, who will you be once you do?
 
Encantado  by  Havva Murat
 
Spending Friday night in an abandoned amusement park sounded like an awesome idea to motherless, teenage track star, Remy Bordeaux—empty rides with no queues, and time alone with his best friend’s alluring sister, Rafaela, was sure to make for a memorable night.
 
But Friday night at Six Flags became memorable for all the wrong reasons when the park turned out to not be so abandoned after all. Rafaela goes missing after getting cozy with Remy, and everyone thinks that Remy is responsible, even his best friend.
 
It will take another trespassing trip to Six Flags for the truth of Rafaela’s disappearance to be revealed and for the riddle of Remy’s birth to be unraveled.
 
Garden of Souls  by  Michelle Ziegler
 
Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house.  It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him. 
 
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life.  He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead.  Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself. 
 
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
 
Spooky Hollow CafĂ©  by  Lisa A. Adams
 
Aggie Pierce owns a quaint little spot, the Spooky Hollow Cafe'. Tourist come from all over the nation to her confections diner for the entertainment. Real live interacting ghosts make appearances once a day, you just don't know when.
 
But, when a ghost's crush becomes an obsession, just how far will a hero have to go to save Aggie's life?
 
Ghost of a Chance  by  Lily Carlyle
 
After years of having her college boyfriend Sean as an ex with benefits, Julie believes he is finally, irrevocably out of her life. Forever. And it breaks her heart.
 
Until one night he shows up at the neighborhood hangout—with a mysterious job, luxurious car, and fabulous digs. Not to mention a new determination to woo Julie.
 
Even as her mind says no, her heart—and other parts of her body—is saying yes, yes, yes!

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Spooktacular Seductions blog tour is now scheduling!
If you're interested in hosting the eight authors of this creepy, romantic anthology, please click on the button above.

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So whatcha think??

Creepy. Coolness.

Me likey.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scribbler's Sojourners is a GO #StreetTeam for @TerriRochenski #Fantasy and #Romance Author

I've seen & joined a half-dozen street teams in the past few months, and I'm impressed!! So inspired, that I decided to get my own going!

Love social networking? Tweeting & Facebook sharing? Exclusive sneak peeks & excerpts?

Then join my street team!



What IS a street team?

It's a group of kick@$$ peeps who post news about books - releases, covers, quotes, reviews, pics, etc all in efforts to help spread the word about their fav authors on Twitter, FB, Pinterest, or any other social media site they lurk about.

There is no pressure, however. I write two opposite genres - fantasy & romance. The titles peeps choose to promote are up to them.

There will be sneak peeks of my covers before they're made available, AND exclusive excerpts shared on occasion. I plan on picking my SS team's brains - either for naming characters, plot ideas, and whatever else I might need direction on. There's nothing better than getting another's perspective on ideas flitting about in my mind!!

Sound interesting? 

Then swing by Scribbler's Sojourners & ask to join. Easy peasy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dream Sequences - A No-No Rule of Writing? #WritersLife by Chrys Fey

Today I'm thrilled to have the lovely Chrys Fey here to celebrate her newest release, 30 Seconds!

I wanted her to share a bit about her journey to publication & here's what she had to say...

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On my journey to publication, I have come across many writing rules. I’ve even blogged about several of them. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot, too. Many of the rules I hear make sense to me, such as eliminating redundancies (whispered softly) and changing passive voice to active voice. However, I’ve also encountered writing rules that seem silly to me, like not using “tears” in your writing, or not writing about a character’s dream.

In 30 Seconds, I wrote a few dream sequences into my story that push the plot along and come into play later. My heroine also cries at least once or twice. You see, writing rules are not law. While there are ones you should follow (e.g., grammar rules), you don’t have to follow every one you hear.

These “rules” were created by other authors according to how they wrote and what they thought was correct, but not every writer writes the same way, nor should we. If a rule makes perfect sense to you, apply it to your writing. If a rule sounds silly, brush it off with a little laugh. And don’t ever let anyone make you feel like an amateur for not knowing one of these “rules”, or for not using it. The more you write you will develop your own special list of rules. Those are the ones you should follow with all your heart.


Title: 30 Seconds
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (105 pages)
Format: eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: September 10th, 2014

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

Book Links:



Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.
30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.

Discover her writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Win an eARC of Secret of the Souls! #PoolofSouls #Fantasy by @TerriRochenski

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J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Secret of the Souls!

Check it out!


Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls #2
Adult / Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

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Readers will experience Hyla's spiritual and self-discovering journey once more, in this latest addition to the Pool of Souls duology.

And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* by October 12th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of September 21st, 2014 to enter.




*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 - 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Check out the SMOKIN' purdy!!!! #Ricochet by @KeriLake #Contemporary #Romance

Oh ... it's yummy time yet again from one of my ALL TIME FAV authors, Keri Lake!!!

Check out the purdy.




RICOCHET

By Keri Lake

Adult Contemporary Romance – Standalone
Expected Release Date:  Spring 2015

The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.
Three years ago, I had everything.
A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.
Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.
They tried to kill me, too.  I wish they had.  Now I’m cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.
A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.
I’m no longer Nick Ryder.  I’m a masked vigilante.  Faceless.  Loveless.  Fearless.  A man with nothing left to lose—one who’s seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.
Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am.  Or what I want.  All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.
An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.
If she doesn’t destroy me first.
Add it to your GOODREADS SHELF!
To be notified when the book goes live, join Keri Lake’s VIP EMAIL LIST!!


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So...
Whatcha think?
Cannot WAIT!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's your must have when writing? #WritersLife #TensList #TORN #Giveaway

I'm thrilled to have Ms. McMann here for part of her TORN blog tour! I wanted to know...

What top ten things she must have or like to have when writing.

Here's what she had to say...



10. My lap top. Yeah, I know, easy one. ;)

9. My flat screen monitor. This isn't a must have if I'm working away from my desk, but it makes life a lot easier when my words are very much in my face. ;)

8. I like, but don't have to have, chocolate. Dark. Only dark.

7. Eye drops. This writing thing will work your eyes out hours on end.

6. My iPhone. Yep.

5. Google. Of course Google is a must have because I research A LOT.

4.  Hot tea or a cup of ice. Usually hot tea in the morning and ice in the afternoon.

3. My notes, which can be on just about anything. My phone, notebooks, ripped pieces of paper, napkins, whatever I have nearby when ideas strike.

2. Papermate pens. No other kind. Only papermate. Specifically green, but they're hard to find, so usually blue.

1.  Music. Always music. And with music, come earbuds. ;)

Thank you!!

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TORN (Book #2)Releasing September 8, 2014
For more info: J Taylor Publishing
Target Audience: Young Adult
Key Words: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Mythology


Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?




Purchase Links:

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With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she'd accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.




Twitter  /  Goodreads  /  Facebook Profile  /  Facebook Author Page  /  Pinterest  /  Tumblr  /  Laney McMann  /  laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com


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GIVEAWAY!

Signed paperbacks of TIED (Book 1) &TORN (Book 2) to ONE winner, and E-book copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner.


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And until September 15th, TIED will be on sale in honor of TORN's launch.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#BookBlast: Darkness & Light #PNR by @JABelfield A MUST READ!

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Today marks the RE-release of J.A. Belfield's Darkness & Light, first book in the Holloway Pack series.


And to celebrate it's release, as well as her birthday (which is also TODAY) there's a GREAT giveaway going on.


But first, let's check out the book.


Darkness & LightJem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.
Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met — at least, not in this lifetime.
Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.
Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.
When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.
Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

You can add it to your Goodreads by clicking on the cover art above.

And if you want to grab your own copy, you can do so at the below links:




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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


birthday giveaway


Yup, yup, ALL of those prizes are up for grabs for ONE lucky winner.


You can enter via the Rafflecopter below**


**Comment entry must be made over at Katherine Skye's original post HERE, but feel free to comment here, too, because we love comments!


Thanks for stopping by & good luck!


*I would HUGELY like to THANK Katherine Skye for arranging this giveaway for me and her generosity. I would also like to thank Jen of At Random for her prize donation, AND Keri Lake for the donated signed copy of The Fallen & swag.






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J.A. BelfieldJ.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, a pooch she treats likes the baby of the house, and a couple of scrawny cats that like to vomit in unnecessary places.

Although best known for her Holloway Pack series: DARKNESS & LIGHT (July 2011, J. Taylor Publishing/September 2014, J.A. Belfield), INSTINCT (February 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), ETERNAL (July 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), BLUE MOON (December 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), RESONANCE (April 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), CAGED (August 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), and UNNATURAL (April 2014, J. Taylor Publishing), amongst other titles, she is currently trawling her way through a New Adult Post Apocalyptic and would LOVE to try her hand at YA. Maybe she will.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Blast: Torn (Fire Born 2) by Laney McMann #YAlit #PNR #UF

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TORN, the second installment of the Fire Born Novels by Laney McMann, has launched.

PLUS, there's a Giveaway!


TORN (Book #2)

Releasing September 8, 2014
For more info: J Taylor Publishing
Target Audience: Young Adult
Key Words: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Mythology

Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?







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With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she'd accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.




Twitter  /  Goodreads  /  Facebook Profile  /  Facebook Author Page  /  Pinterest  /  Tumblr  /  Laney McMann  /  laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com


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GIVEAWAY!

Signed paperbacks of TIED (Book 1) &TORN (Book 2) to ONE winner, and E-book copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner.


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And until September 15th, TIED will be on sale in honor of TORN's launch.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#IWSG: A Bit of Edification #WritersLife


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
The awesome co-hosts for the September 3 posting of the IWSG will be Laura at My Baffling Brain, mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham. 

And it's our three year anniversary of posting!

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Unfortunately, I'm needing to pre-blog this ahead of time. Heading out of town without the internet. While YEAH! it's also POO!

I won't be able to visit other blogs, but I didn't want to skip a posting.

Wanted to share a few quotes which will hopefully encourage a few who might be READY TO THROW IN THE TOWEL today.

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There's an English word for a beginning writer who never gives up. Published.  - J. Konrath

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. – Gail Devers



Give someone who's struggling a little encouragement today....