#IWSG Writing Virus-Free and BLOCKED Sale

Wow! The world is a wild place right now. We definitely need a support group this April—thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting.

I appreciate the hard-working co-hosts for the April IWSG: Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe,and Lisa Buie-Collard!

How’re you holding up through the COVID-19 crazies? I strive for a balance between caution and optimism; between flipping out and resilience. I’m lucky to be healthy and to keep working as a psychologist. I spend my workdays video counseling.

Since I’m not traveling or socializing on the weekends, I’m writing more. Happily, I passed the halfway point (~41K words) on my WIP, sports romance Rivals.

Here’s a good article about our grief during this time. But most of all, memes keep me going! Here are a few favorites:

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Hehehe.

My BLOCKED trilogy is on sale from April 1-8. If you have the time to share, here’s a social media post to paste:

Sports #romance BLOCKED on sale–get the entire series for $2.99!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CF2CVC

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MYB9H42

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#IWSG Sharing Family Traditions in Writing

Time for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. Join us at Alex Cavanaugh’s blog.

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Thank you to our co-hosts: Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

This month finds me still tinkering with my new site/blog. I’m grateful to Kassiah Faul for helping me choose a WordPress theme called Dara, which allows a larger cover image but still maintains the two columns that I like.

This month’s question: Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your writing?

My family enjoys competition in many forms. My older sisters started competitive swimming and recruited me to join the team at age eight. When they were in 9th grade, they both left the sport to pursue theater and other interests, but I was the sucker who stayed with swimming through college (and added in volleyball for good measure.) My writing has featured many different athletic pursuits that began in my family.

But sports aren’t the only games my family and friends play. We love euchre, a popular Midwest card game. My best friend, Gwynn, and I took on two older football players in college, and when we emerged victorious, one guy told Gwynn that she was “the worst winner ever.” She tends to gloat. 😉

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Here’s an excerpt from my sports romance, Blocked, featuring a euchre game between Dane/Lucia and two female Secret Service agents, China and Allison:

Lucia and I were up six-five when it was my turn to deal. I hid my grimace as I looked at the hand I’d dealt myself. Total crap. To my left, China passed, and I waited to see if Lucia would pass or instruct me to pick up the top card of the blind.

She frowned at her cards for a long moment from across the table. “Pass?”

“You don’t want to order me up?”

“Table talk’s beneath you, Dane,” China said.

She thought I’d hinted that I wanted the card in my crapola hand? No way. “I’m just making sure Lucia knows what she’s doing.”

Lucia nodded, and this time her voice was stronger. “I do want to pass.”

Allison passed too, meaning it was my decision if I wanted to call trump. I slapped the card face down on the blind. Now China had the option of naming trump, but she passed again. I looked at Lucia, who smiled deviously. “I want to go alone. Trump is hearts.”

My mouth dropped open. “Are you sure?”

China hissed.

“I’m not trying to table talk.” I held out my hands. “But Luz, you know that means I don’t play this hand, right? You’re on your own.”

“That is implied with the term ‘alone’, yes.” Her eyes glimmered.

Whoa. Her sudden confidence stoked a fire in my belly. I set my cards face down on the table and crossed my arms over my chest, grinning like an idiota.

China led with an ace of clubs, which Lucia promptly trumped with a ten of hearts. That put her in the lead, and she won the next three tricks. My heart pulsed with excitement as she held her last card in her hand, her eyes darting back and forth from China to Allison. If Lucia won the last trick, we earned four points and won the game. If she lost, we only earned one point.

Lucia closed her eyes, and I heard a muttered prayer in Spanish. Then she set down her king of spades. Allison frowned as she played her king of diamonds—Lucia’s card beat hers. China’s eyes narrowed. Her queen of spades wasn’t good enough to beat Lucia’s king.

Lucia gasped as she looked up at me, her mouth open wide with joy.

“Hell, yeah!” I bolted out of my chair and initiated a victory dance. “We got a loner! We win ten-five, baby!” I sloped and shimmied my right shoulder, then my left, and snapped my fingers, mixing in some hip-hop moves Josh had taught me.

Lucia’s giggle drew my attention back to the table. I ignored China’s murderous scowl and grabbed Lucia’s hand, yanking her up to dance with me.

“You got a loner your first time playing?” I marveled. “You’re even better than Josh!” I jabbed my finger at the agents. “Eat that, Secret Service!”

Lucia’s cheeks flushed as she laughed at my moves. “You’re the worst winner, ever.”

“Isn’t it awesome?”

Her smile was so bright, so pretty. “I guess.”

New Release: The Realization of Grayson Deschanelle by Nancee Cain

Release Date: January 24, 2020

Cover Design: Shannon M. Lumetta

Synopsis

Despite a high-profile clientele, fashion photographer Grayson Deschanelle prefers being behind the lens, away from public scrutiny. After his movie star girlfriend dumps him, he flees to his stepbrother’s remote cabin to hide from the paparazzi.

Related to Grayson by marriage, Lissy Carlton decides his plan to run from his problems might work for her, too. And perhaps he can help her out of the predicament that tanked her grades this semester of college as well. Caught by surprise, Grayson finds Lissy much different than the girl he’s known for years. She’s no longer a child—though her teenaged crush is still very much intact. Snowed in with her, he tries to fight his growing attraction. But being with Lissy

brings what his life is lacking into sharp focus. The ice melts, and they return home. When their families discover their secret, Grayson must decide what kind of life he truly wants—and whether he’ll fight to keep Lissy by his side.

 

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Purchase Links

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Available Now

 

The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie (Pine Bluff – Book 1)

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The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair (Pine Bluff – Book 3)

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The Redirection of Damien Sinclair (Pine Bluff – Book 4)

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The Reinvention of Jinx Howell (Pine Bluff – Book 5)

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The Reintroduction of Sammie Morgan (Pine Bluff – Book 6)

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About the Author

During the day, Nancee works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction. This supports her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge. Readers say her stories are character driven and full of angst with humor. She is represented by Stephanie Phillips of SBR Media.

 

Connect with Nancee

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#IWSG Writing Journey

Happy New Year, writers! Join us for this supportive monthly group–sign up at Alex Cavanaugh’s blog.

You may have noticed I have a new website! It might also be evident that I’m just starting to spruce it up. Hopefully my blog will look prettier come next month.

Thanks to this month’s cohosts: T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/ coach/ spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?  

I enjoyed creative writing as a child, but it wasn’t until my 30’s when I became obsessed with the TV show, Prison Break. I scarfed down the entire first season before binge watching was a thing. Then I fell into writing fan fiction for the show, and I’ve been hooked on writing ever since. Wentworth Miller (yummy actor) was quite the inspiration!

Updated Site: jenniferlanebooks.com

New home of Jennifer Lane Books

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

― Lao Tzu

I’ve wanted to move my author blog from Blogger to WordPress for some time, and when my old site’s designer’s images became inaccessible, I found my opportunity! This site is still under construction.

#IWSG WordPress Woes

Hey, writers! Join us as we share our fears and hopes in this monthly blog group. Sign up at Alex Cavanaugh’s blog.

The courageous co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson! Thank you, co-hosts.

I recently switched my site from blogger to wordpress, and it’s more stressful than I anticipated. Wasn’t it much easier to write wordpress posts in the past? A web designer is going to help me, and she told me that wordpress recently changed their posting format.

Why you so difficult, computer?

I’m also struggling with a theme for my site. I chose Arcana because I like having two columns, but I don’t even know how to edit the font color in the cover image.

For those of you who use wordpress, any tips for me? I’m already starting to become more familiar with the block editor, so hopefully I’ll bitch less in the future! At least commenting on my blog will be easier now if you’re on an Apple computer. (I’ve had trouble commenting on Blogger from my MacBook.)

Happy Valentine’s Day and Single’s Awareness Day, writers!