Stages of Writing: Freestyle Writing vs. Rewriting vs. Editing — Cynthia D. Griffin

The first thing to learn in the writing journey is that not all writing is the same. There are several types or stages of writing, and each of them requires a certain mindset and set of skills to accomplish them. And just because you’re good at one type of writing, doesn’t make you good at […]

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Fairy Tale Lies Book Release

Title: Fairy Tale Lies

Series: Opposites Attract #1

Author: DK Marie

Published: June 3rd, 2019

Publisher: Champagne Book Group

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Content Warning: Steamy but not Erotica

Age Recommendation: 18+

Synopsis:

Greta and Jacob aren’t looking for love, but when they meet, their attraction is white hot, melting away all self-restraint.

Both times.

The first is a stormy spring afternoon, spent indulging in each other’s bodies. When they’re abruptly interrupted, they part ways convinced they’re nothing more than an erotic chapter in the other’s life.

However, when they unexpectedly meet again, Jacob isn’t willing to let Greta slip away. He convinces her to give them a chance.

Lust turns to love, but resentments fester. Jacob’s convinced Greta will never see him as anything more than a blue-collar nobody. A temporary indulgence. Greta fears she isn’t strong enough to stand against both her family’s scorn and Jacob’s growing anger.

As tempers flare and passions deepen, they have to decide if their love is strong enough to shatter the cynicism and misconceptions of what it means to be each other’s fairy tale ending.

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About the Author:

DK Marie loves to indulge in all things hot. Men, writing, reading, and coffee. The order of importance depends on the day.

Like characters in her books, she lives in Michigan, enjoying her happily-ever-after with her husband and kids. When not indulging in all things hot, she loves theater, concerts, and to travel.

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

Grand Prize: an ebook copy of Fairy Tale Lies and a copy of Love Songs, book #2 that releases in October! Be the first to read book #2 before it releases in October!

A print copy of Fairy Tale Lies

An ebook copy of Fairy Tale Lies

The ebook copies are open to everyone. The print book is restricted to North America only.

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New Release: Wrong Becomes Right


NEW RELEASE – OUT NOW
Wrong Becomes Right is a contemporary short read, great for a lazy evening on the couch with a nice hot drink to escape the cold winter.
When Kevin receives a message meant for someone else, little does he know how his life will change.

Blurb
Kevin receives a message via a dating app, but his hopes are dashed when he realizes it’s meant for someone else. The guy sounded perfect.
He tells the guy he has the wrong user and thinks nothing of it until he gets another reply, and then another. Before he knows it, he has a new friend in Brian.
Brian is as perfect as he first sounded, and if Kevin harbors lustful thoughts about his new pen pal? Well, no one knows but him. Right?
Then a fall and an interfering sister intervene. Add in an unwanted birthday party and an overeager twink, and who knows what will happen?
Buy Links:
Smashwords
MLRPress
Amazon UK
Amazon US

About the Author
Carol is a stay at home mum from the UK, as well as an active volunteer within her community. She started writing gay romance in 2014, when she came across the Wednesday Brief Writers Group on one of their member’s websites. She has since started her own blog and also posts to GayAuthors.org.
When she isn’t writing she enjoys all sorts of activities, including; crocheting, walking, and of course lots of reading. She is very thankful to her husband and daughter for all their support and for not complaining too much when she ignores them for long periods of time.
She always loves to hear from readers and enjoys getting to know them better. You can find Carol on the internet at:
http://www.cazpedroso.wordpress.com
https://www.gayauthors.org/profi le/21914-caz-pedroso/
https://www.facebook.com/carolpedrosoauthor
https://twitter.com/cazpedroso

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Wednesday Briefs: Ghostly Blues Part 2

It’s time for another edition of Wednesday Briefs. Yay! Are you ready for more of the story I started last week? I sure hope so! This week, I chose a prompt composed of three words. The words include: cemetery, cranky, and charm. I think I put them to good use in the story!! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment *grins*

Here we go . . .

Ghostly Blues in the Big Easy, Part 2

by

Avery Dawes

The next day I tossed and turned, only managing a little sleep. One of the downsides of working odd hours meant I passed the daylight hours buried under the covers, taking full advantage of my awesome blackout drapes. It didn’t hurt that my windows faced west—thank you, Damien for that! After my grandma passed, I inherited her shotgun-style house. While it was cute, it needed work, and I didn’t have the time or energy for repairs. Then, along came Katrina, and well, it was more cost-effective to bulldoze the house than rebuild it. Damien had a fabulous mansion in the Garden District so he offered me a place to call home. Last year we adopted Brock so the three of us lived in the mansion and ran our consulting business out of the carriage house. Talk about a nice commute!

“Luce, you awake?” A light tapping sounded at my door. Brock. Maybe he found something helpful in his research.

I groaned, a tad cranky. I loved my bed, but I guessed it was time to face the day—er, night.

“D just made a pot of fresh coffee.” Brock knew the magic words to get me to move faster. “Come down to the library once you’ve got your face on.” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Ghostly Blues Part 2”

Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start

I’m back! It’s 2019, and I’m trying to be better about writing and blogging (among other things). Avery has a new story idea for an urban fantasy tale set in New Orleans in 2025.

Just as a refresher, Wednesday Briefs are short pieces–500 to 1000 words. They also have to include a writing prompt. The prompts for this story include: the Big Easy (in the title), a character playing the piano, and a beignet. I was lucky I had so many prompts from which to choose!

Be sure to see the list of other authors at the bottom of the page! There is more free reading to be had!!

But, for now…

Ghostly Blues in the Big Easy

by

Avery Dawes

The lights of the French Quarter blurred as we sped down Bourbon Street. Nearly 2:30 a.m.—most people were either passed out or sleeping. Not Damien and me, though. My vintage Ford pick-up was out of commission, so Damien was stuck chauffeuring me to and from work. Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind. Well, not too much.

Lost in thought, I nearly missed the shimmer of an apparition which materialized in front of Damien’s sleek Mercedes.

“Stop!” I shrieked, throwing my left arm protectively toward Damien.

Damien stomped on the brakes, and I lurched forward. The sedan slid to a squealing halt on the wet pavement.

“What the hell, Lucia?” Damien shot me daggers as he glanced around us. “I don’t see anything. Why am I slamming on the brakes?” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start”

Recent Reads

In the evenings, I’ve gotten back to reading. I’m filling up my tablet’s memory with Kindle books. Trust me, I’m not complaining. The only difficult thing, at times, is to figure out what I want to read next.

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 6.56.50 PMI started my “roll” with The Last Echo by Michael Connelly. It’s the first book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is a detective in LAPD’s Hollywood Division. I’ve read through Book 11, The Closers, and then looked for something else. I wasn’t sure how I would like the books when Harry retired, but I kept on going. I finally took a break because I got the feeling Harry’s going to get really hard on himself, and I’m afraid that’s going to take away from the story. I could be totally wrong, but I decided a change was in order.

I tried John Sandford’s Rules of Prey, the first book in the Lucas Davenport series. It did not work for me. I couldn’t connect with Davenport (the detective), and some of the things that happened in the book left me sour.

Continue reading “Recent Reads”

Retirement Thoughts

It’s been just over two weeks since I said good-bye to my job…maybe I should say career? I was with the company nearly 21 years. I’m not sure that’s so common these days.

The first week of not working was a bit weird. I felt like I should still be there. I kind of felt guilty, too, for leaving my coworkers short-handed.

The second week I’m starting to settle in. I’ve been more active than I was when I was working, and I’ve enjoyed having time to actually pursue my hobbies.

It hasn’t helped that my cat has been out of sorts, not eating or drinking as much as I would like. After a couple of trips to the vet (ouch! Why didn’t I get pet insurance??) she seems to be slowly getting back to herself.

Now, if Mother Nature would just cooperate with some perfect weather, life would be grand! I mean is it too much to ask for sunshine and the mid 70s with a very light breeze??

Ok, I’m getting back to my Starbucks. Don’t be jealous! *wink* I will leave with a picture from my hike yesterday.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Appalachian Trail, Annapolis Rock