Now for the Fun Stuff

So last time, we got all the nitty-gritty writing and journaling details out of Cynthia Dawn Griffin. This time, however, we are going to get some inside scoop on Dawn and her likes and dislikes.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Mornings? Boo! Not a morning person! I often don’t roll out of bed before 10 am. I’ve always preferred the night, and many times stay up late at night reading.

Favorite author?

I have to pick just one? Yikes. I have many such as Christopher Moore, J.K. Rowling, and James S.A. Corey for fiction. And Don Miguel Ruiz for nonfiction. (I’m with you–too many good authors out there to name just one!) 

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you pick and what would you do there?

See I wouldn’t go just one place. I want to see the entire world. But if I could pick the highlights… I want to see the art in Italy and the lay on the beaches of Tahiti.shutterstock_643472131.jpg

 

What TV show did you religiously watch as a kid?

My parents were strict about what we could and could not watch as kids, so I was stuck with certain shows like Little House on the Prairie and The Andy Griffith Show. But little did they know, I liked to sneak a tape in the VCR and record episodes of JAG to watch later when they weren’t home (because for some reason they thought JAG wasn’t appropriate for kids to watch… lol).

I also loved to watch Star Trek and Star Wars whenever I could sneak those in too. Continue reading “Now for the Fun Stuff”

An Interview with Cynthia Dawn Griffin

Have you seen Dawn’s new website? If not, you need to stop by and check it out! Here’s the link: https://cynthiadgriffin.com/

After I noticed she made major changes,I had a bunch of questions for her! Lucky for you (and  me) she was more than willing to give me some answers. I decided I would share them with you.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Dawn!

I noticed the website has a new look and feel to it. What prompted the change?

I’ve been interested in growing and expanding my site in what I offer and the message I’m trying to put out there. So far it’s all been about writing, and I did start a Speak Your Truth series last year, because I felt the need to switch gears for a while to go deeper and have more meaningful content. Now I want to combine the two worlds. My blog will still be about writing, but I also want for it to be about personal empowerment.

I have been on a journey the last few years to improve and increase my personal empowerment, and I want to help others do the same. I plan to do this through online classes, continue with Speak Your Truth series, as well as become a motivator to help people to become the best versions of themselves.  Continue reading “An Interview with Cynthia Dawn Griffin”

Current Reads

I seem to be fickle of late or maybe it’s ADHD. I can’t seem to stick with a book and finish it, no matter how interested I am in the plot or characters. I think it’s because of changing tastes–one minute it’s fiction, one it’s non-fiction, and one it’s young adult. Go figure, right?!

So, here’s my list…try to keep up!

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Non-Fiction:

Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond by Thomas D. Wilson. I picked this up on a visit to Savannah. It seemed like a good fit with my love of architecture and design.

True Crime:

Chase Darkness with Me: One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen. I love his podcast so naturally I had to pick up the book. It has not disappointed. Jensen and Holes rock in Murder Squad–if you’re looking for a well-done podcast, check it out! link

YA:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t realize this book is a prequel to the Throne of Glass series, but so far I’m enjoying it. I just hope that Celaena tones things down a bit. She’s a bit hard to like now.

Killing November by Adriana Mather. I downloaded the sample on my Kindle, and I have to say I’m intrigued. The last time I was at a bookstore, they didn’t have the title in stock. I think that’s why I haven’t gone any further–I want to hold the book and just not my Kindle!

PNR:

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J. R. Ward. I don’t know why I haven’t gone further in this book. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to savor it. There aren’t enough BDB books released in a year for me!

So what do you think? A good bit of variety. Any on my list that you’ve read? Any suggestions of what I should seriously delve into?

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 […]

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

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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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

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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:
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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”