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Wednesday, December 2

Help! Again / IWSG Book Club News / Cover Reveal + Pre-Order Sale / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

Yes, I know...I'm asking for participants yet again. This blog tour is for the conclusion to the Disaster Crimes series, A Fighting Chance (Book 6). Each post will also announce a short story (Disaster Crimes 7, an eBook that'll be free for a limited time), and I'll be launching a website inspired by this series. So, I could use all the blogs I can get to help spread the word on all this stuff. :D

There will be a giveaway you can enter that's a part of the tour. I will also do a giveaway among my blog tour sign-ups. INCENTIVE! (Bribery hahaha)

Blog Tour Dates - January 11 - 29, 2021

Fill out this form:

(If you have trouble with the form below, although you shouldn't, try this link.)




IWSG BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS:

Our book club is changing things up!

We will have quarterly book selections now, giving us more time to read. We will also have one fiction book selection and one writing craft book selection. Members can read both or choose between them. Finally, we won’t be offering 5 optional discussion questions anymore. Instead, we will be utilizing the polls that our members enjoy, so there will be one poll question for the fiction book and one for the non-fiction book on Discussion Day.

Our December/January/February reads are…

Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor, a book written in second person. Since many readers haven’t read a book in second person, and many writers haven’t written in second person, we figured this is a great chance to explore something new.

Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner. 
This will be our writing craft book, with a focus on settings.


Discussion Day for both books will be February 24, 2021!





OTHER NEWS:


Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication 
won Outstanding Non-Fiction in Education/Reference in the Independent Author Network Book Awards 2020!
Best of Write with Fey 2020:














ART LOVE:

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen me talk about what I call "my Secret Book Baby Series." I recently asked an artist (and author) whose work I admire, Loni Townsend (@art_by_loni on IG), if she'd like to create a digital art portrait of my main character. She did an amazing job! Check it out:

Avrianna Heavenborn is featured as a detective in the short story Ghost of Death, available as an eBook for just $0.99. You’ll get a taste of some of her powers and may be intrigued by how mysterious she is.


COVER REVEAL + PRE-ORDER SALE


*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*


Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he's worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?


PRE-ORDER FOR 99 CENTS: Amazon / iTunes



TWO EBOOKS FOR SALE!

Not only can you pre-order A FIGHTING CHANCE for 99 cents, but you can also get FROZEN CRIMES (Book 5) for 99 cents.

FROZEN CRIMES SALE: Amazon / Nook / iTunes



GIVEAWAY:

Calling all holiday-themed readers! We’re celebrating Christmas and the holidays all month long at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Christmas and Holiday Book Festival

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My book, FROZEN CRIMES, was featured yesterday (Dec. 2). 35 authors are participating. Each author is sharing a family holiday tradition.

Plus enter our giveaway for a chance to win one 5 gift card prizes! CLICK HERE



QUESTION: What is something you did this year that you are proud you did?

Monday, November 23

5 Things To Know Before You Self-Publish a Book on Amazon by Desiree Villena / Guest Post

 

Please help me to welcome Desiree Villena to Write with Fey. She has an amazingly detailed post for you all about self-publishing with Amazon. Thank you, Desiree!


5 Things To Know Before You Self-Publish a Book on Amazon

by Desiree Villena

Self-publishing via Amazon can be very attractive — it’s the largest marketplace for ebooks, and incredibly convenient for authors to boot!

That said, there are some finer points about how Amazon’s self-publishing process works that might not be apparent at first glance. Fortunately, I’m here with a handy list of five things you should know before you commit to Amazon self-publishing, so you’re aware which parts of the fine print might be crucial for your book sales later on. Let’s dive right in!

Monday, November 16

Why Write a Novella? / Liftoff by Tyrean Martinson / Guest Post


Please help me welcome Tyrean Martinson to Write with Fey! She's telling us all about her new release Liftoff, a fun story that you'll be able to sink into and enjoy from beginning to end. Plus, you'll be excited (and anxious) to read what'll happen to next.



Why Write a Novella?

by Tyrean Martinson

Thursday, November 12

2020 CASH FOR CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!!!


It's time for a Christmas giveaway! Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don't we all!

 

It's time for a Christmas giveaway! Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don't we all!

We are so excited to be giving away $675 in cash prizes for you to use starting this Thanksgiving weekend.

Let's get this party started!!

Wednesday, November 4

Paid Book Blitz Results / IWSG

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

THANK YOU: First, I want to thank everyone who commented on my post last month for IWSG Day in which I discussed using Tarot cards to help me through my depression. I wasn't able to venture around first as I usually do, so I appreciate that you visited my blog. :) So many of you shared that you use (or have used) Tarot cards, have deck(s) of your own, know someone who does readings, or expressed your interest in having a reading done. That meant a lot to me. I was skeptical about posting that (because I know it's not for everyone), so thank you so much for sharing that with me!


Book Blitz Results

Last month, I had a Book Blitz run from October 4-10 for the release of Frozen Crimes. I paid for the service through Xpresso Book Tours, which was my first time ever paying for such a service. I usually orchestrate my own blog tours/blasts, etc., but I wanted to see what a paid service could do. I went with Xpresso Book Tours because the fees were in my budget, I liked the details about the service, and their credentials were great.

Monday, October 26

Monday, October 19

Mistletoe, Mobsters, and Mozzarella by Peggy Jaegar / Scene Spotlight

 

Please help me to welcome Peggy Jaegar to Write with Fey. She's sharing a holiday romantic comedy with us. And with a title like Mistletoe, Mobsters, and Mozzarella, what more could you want? 

Genre: Holiday Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 10.14.2020

Blurb:

Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.

 

Monday, October 12

Writing About Pregnancy and Intimacy in FROZEN CRIMES + Giveaway + Free Ebook

 

So, I don’t have any children, and I’ve never been pregnant. What I knew about pregnancy and labor before writing Frozen Crimes, I knew from my sister, who’d had two boys, and a friend who had three boys. Throughout Frozen Crimes, Beth is pregnant, and I found myself having to Google quite a bit so I’d have even the smallest details right.


I researched:

-      Maternity jeans

-      Maternity underwear and bras

-      Best intimate positions for pregnant women

-      Labor (stages)

-      Contractions (stages)

Wednesday, October 7

How Tarot Cards Helped with my Depression / IWSG + FREE EBOOK + GIVEAWAY


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


This is a deleted chapter from Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout. It was the only chapter I could not keep, so I wanted to share it here. 😄

NOTE: Now, although I discuss this in the deleted excerpt below, let me start by saying tarot cards are NOT evil. They do not conjure evil spirits. They do not harbor evil spirits. They do not cause bad things to happen. Whatever negative notions you have toward tarot cards, influenced by Hollywood and falsehoods, push them aside and proceed with an open mind. Any comments saying tarot cards are evil will be deleted. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 30

Whom Would You Want To Be Stuck with During a Blizzard? / Frozen Crimes Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY + FREE EBOOK

 

Frozen Crimes Blog Hop Prompt: Whom would you want to be stuck with during a blizzard, and what would you do?

My Answer: It would be a cliché to say I'd pick my own characters. No, not Beth and Donovan. Are you crazy? I don't want to go through what they go through in Frozen Crimes. Nuh-uh. Nope. 

Monday, September 28

Newfoundland Tsunami of 1929 / Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space by C.D. Gallant-King / Guest Post

 

Help me to welcome C.D. Gallant-King to my blog. He has an article perfect for this space.

I was trying to come up with an interesting topic for a guest article on Chrys Fey’s blog, and since Chrys is the author of the Disaster Crimes series, I figured a perfect choice would be the Newfoundland Tsunami of 1929. I’m a sucker for Canadian history (for lots of weird and quirky Canadian history, be sure to check out my Facebook page), and since the tsunami figures prominently in my new book PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE, everything coalesced nicely.

Monday, September 21

Dialogue Advice / VLOG + 2 Picture Book Giveaway!



Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

This is a PowerPoint presentation with audio that focuses on dialogue. Do you need help creating realistic dialogue for your characters? What about dialogue tags and grammar? Check out this video for advice.

Enjoy!

Dialogue Advice



Length: 15:25

Monday, September 14

Mayan Folklore / Guest Post / Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis


Join me today for author Sherry Ellis’ MC Book Tour for her latest release, BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S MAYAN ADVENTURE. 

This is a delightful juvenile fiction story that readers of all ages will enjoy. I had the pleasure of editing this story for DLP and highly recommend it for all kids, parents/guardians, grandparents, and teachers.

◊ Genre: Juvenile Fiction
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2020
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 96 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1939844703
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1939844705

Wednesday, September 2

Writers. Should. NOT. Tell. Other. Writers. What. Tense. Or. POV. To. Use. It's. NOT. Your. Choice.


Before I get into my IWSG post, I have another book release coming up fast. FROZEN CRIMES is coming out this month on the 30th! And I'll be doing another blog hop. :D

(I know, I know. I just asked for sign-ups for the Keep Writing with Fey blog hop. I hope everyone enjoyed that one and will want to have even more fun with this one. I won't be doing book blasts, just this blog hop and 10 guest posts.)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes

Monday, August 24

QUIZ: Are you a Light Influencer or a Dark Influencer?/ Influenced by Patricia Josephine / Guest Post


Please help me to welcome Patricia Josephine for the release of her new collection, featuring THREE intertwined short stories: Influence of Love, Balance of Love, and Revelation of Love. I had the honor of working on two of these stories and enjoyed them immensely. The characters are great. (Patricia creates such fun characters that linger with me long after I've read her stories.) And I love concept. I can't help but wonder if the angel and devil on my shoulders are getting it on. *wink*

Monday, August 17

Against All Odds / Why I Write Historical Fiction / Jacqui Murray (Guest Post)


Xhosa’s extraordinary prehistoric saga concludes, filled with hardship, courage, survival, and family.



Why I Write Historical Fiction

By Jacqui Murray

 

Wednesday, August 5

Don't Make Light of Another Writer's Plight / IWSG + Keep Writing with Fey BLOG HOP



The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


August 5 Question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Monday, July 27

What Should You Know About the Writing Life? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss what you should know about the writing life.

Enjoy!


What Should You Know About the Writing Life?


Length: 5:15

Tuesday, July 14

Write a Letter to Your Fear / Except from Keep Writing with Fey



Below is an except from Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout, which is AVAILABLE TODAY!

BLURB:
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
· Writer's block
· Depression
· Writer's burnout
· What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
· Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.
BUY LINKS:
Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Wednesday, July 1

Keep Writing with Fey is COMING! / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Keep Writing with Fey will release on July 14th! 

I have two opportunities for you if you'd like to help with my release.

1. Blog Hop

Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

Monday, June 15

Bad Things Must Happen / Vlog + LOST HELIX by Scott Coon


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I talk about how bad things must happen to our characters.

Enjoy!

Bad Things Must Happen


Length: 3:44

Wednesday, June 3

Meet the Flutters from BAD FAIRY by Elaine Kaye / IWSG


PLEASE HELP ME TO WELCOME MY MOM, ELAINE KAYE, FOR HER DEBUT MIDDLE GRADE BOOK BAD FAIRY!

AVAILABLE TODAY!

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

BUY LINKS:

Monday, May 18

Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In the first video, I reveal why I wrote a prequel for 30 Seconds.

In the second video, I give a reading of 30 Seconds Before.

Enjoy!


Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds?


Length: 5:09

Wednesday, May 6

NOT INADEQUATE / A Post about Self-Defense and Abuse / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Can you help share the details about my mom's debut middle grade book Bad Fairy on your blog or Facebook? The post won't include an article but rather be a book blast consisting of the cover, blurb, links, excerpt, my mom's bio, and a giveaway. Dates June 3 - June 30.



***This is long. Feel free to skip the excerpts.***

Someone once said that Beth Kennedy (in Hurricane Crimes) wasn’t a very adequate self-defense instructor and all because Donovan had bested her a couple of times.

Friday, April 24

Murder, Just Because by Yolanda Renee



It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renee’s MURDER, JUST BECAUSE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

Yolanda is offering an awesome tour-wide international giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

Monday, April 13

5 Secrets about 30 Seconds / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In the first video, I share 5 secrets from 30 Seconds.

In the second video, I give a reading of 30 Seconds.

Enjoy!


5 Secrets about 30 Seconds


Length: 7:57

Wednesday, April 1

COVID-19 and Authors / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


I came across a post talking how people were saying this is not the time to promote books (unless they're free). The creator of the post said authors had apparently received direct messages telling them they shouldn't be promoting a product right now.

This is so wrong.

While it's true that sales may tank because people aren't buying as many books right now due to money concerns or stress, authors need to keep promoting. Promoting our books during this time doesn't mean we're being insensitive. Rather, we're doing what we have to do for our careers, our sanity, our happiness. It is more important now than ever to keep doing normal tasks.

Social media feeds are full of posts about the virus, shelter-in-place orders, worries, lay-offs, bare store shelves, and politics. We need to see bright colors and pretty covers in our feeds. We need to share excerpts/quotes that make readers laugh or swoon. When readers see book promotions, they are relieved, happy...it's a bit of normalcy in this stressful time, and reading is an escape for them.

And for people to say that only free eBooks are the ones that should be promoted right now is short-sighted and unrealistic.

A lot goes into planning a book's release. Authors can't just postpone the releases of their new books. They may lose money or their publisher may not allow it, and no one knows when this situation will end. Many authors rely on publishing for income, which is likely not great to begin with, and to have to delay releases for months could hurt them. (If authors are able to delay their releases with ease, they're lucky but...still stressed and worried.)

Also, authors can't give away all of their books for free. It's wrong to claim that authors should be providing free products or nothing at all during a time when everyone is suffering. Even them.

Authors are doing what they can. They are providing happy places and worlds readers can escape to. They are offering 99 cent sales or marking their eBooks as free for a limited time.


Facebook meme.

No one should be telling authors 99 cents sales aren't enough.

Or we're capitalizing on the pandemic when we offer 99 cents sales. (Traditionally published authors can't mark their eBooks as free as easily as others can.)

Or that all of our books should be free.

Or we shouldn't promote our books, unless they're free.

Or we can't celebrate our new releases and post about them.

NO ONE should be ridiculing authors during this difficult time when we're suffering, as well, and trying to do what we can for readers and for ourselves.

Don't forget... we're small businesses being impacted now, too.

(This is a tweet that was shared widely on Facebook.)

Authors:
1) If you want to promote during this time, do it! But treat it like a normal promotion, not related to what's happening in the world. (I do caution against promoting just because people are stuck at home.) If you have a new release, shout it from the rooftops and don't stop.
2) If you want to mark your eBooks as free (or 99 cents) to help others out during this time, definitely say so. That's wonderful and will be appreciated by many readers.

I marked all of my mom's picture books to free for this reason. With all the kids not in school, Sammy the Teddy Bear wanted to make sure parents and children would have stories to read.

TIP: To get Amazon to mark your eBooks to $0.00, you first have to mark them as free elsewhere. Doing this through Smashwords (if you're there) is super easy. When you do this, other retailers are notified. Within hours your price is dropped. The best way for authors to get Amazon to drop a price to free is through this KDP link. Click on the "pricing" and then "price matching" options and follow their directions to send them an email. I never have a problem doing this for my mom's eBooks.

SIDE NOTE: Right now, I’m not offering 99 cents sales on my series because, after seeing a post by another author, I wondered if people would want to read about natural disasters during a pandemic. Would it be too much?? As it is, I don’t promote during real natural disasters. I especially avoid promoting the book in which the disaster appears in. As you can imagine, this is tough, and not something I anticipated before I started this series, so while this situation is new for most authors, this is something I deal with several times a year.


Until next time...

Stay healthy, everyone!


Monday, March 16

Do I Need a Website / Vlog + Gabe's Guardian by Beverly Stowe McClure


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss an important question that many writers ask "Do I need a website?"

This is a video from 2017, but still worth watching. :)

Enjoy!

Do I Need a Website?


Length: 7:46

Wednesday, March 4

Dear Author with No Reviews / IWSG




We've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from. You DO NOT have to read both books unless you truly want to.

The Lovely Bones
Chill Factor
Discussion Day is March 25.

We will have open discussions with a few optional questions for The Lovely Bones and Chill Factor on March 25. We will pay both books equal attention.


Join the book club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/214387-the-insecure-writer-s-support-group-book-club 


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

Friday, February 28

About Us by Elizabeth Seckman / Free eBook!


Elizabeth Seckman has a new eBook and it's FREE!


Blurb:

Hayden Matthews isn’t looking for love—she’s trying to get as far from it as possible. She's already wasted eight years in a failed marriage and is ready for a good life. A peaceful life. One where she can raise her daughter to be strong, independent, and happy. But to make that happen, she must fix her own life first.

Monday, February 17

Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes / Vlog


Welcome to a FLAMING edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey!

In the first video, I share the fiery memories from my childhood, which I added to Flaming Crimes.

In the second video, I talk about my first experience with fire.

In the second video, I read an excerpt.

Enjoy!



Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes


Length: 12:59

Wednesday, February 5

Dear “I’m Still a Nobody” Author / IWSG




We recently had a poll up for our February/March 2020 fiction book selection demonstrating characterization. The top two books tied. Instead of the book club moderators voting for one selection, we've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from.

Monday, January 20

A Man Like Donovan / Vlog



Thank you for stopping by for this vlog post on Write with Fey!

A reader of the Disaster Crimes series (Toi) asked me if there is or ever was a man like Donovan in my life. Here's my answer. ;)


A Man Like Donovan

Length: 3:47

Wednesday, January 8

Every Author's Path Is Their Own / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


I wish my January post was cheerier, but I have some stuff I need to purge. Therefore, this is long. What can I say? I’m a wordy blogger.

Social media is TOXIC. (Raise your hand if you agree.)

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