New Release: EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS #writerspersevere

Hi everyone! Today I have a special post as part of the Writers Persevere event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book explores the difficult experiences embedded in our characters’ backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward. Check out my 5-star review HERE.

To help them celebrate this release, many of us are posting stories about some of the obstacles we’ve overcome as writers. As we all know, this isn’t an easy path. Writing is hard and as writers we tend to struggle with doubt. Sometimes too, we don’t always get the support we need to follow our passion, or we have added challenges that make writing more difficult. Because people are sharing their stories this week about how they worked through these challenges to keep writing, I wanted to post about it, too.

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I never intended to become a writer, but life is what happens when we’re making our plans.

I was lucky to land my psychologist dream job in 2000. Too bad it turned into a nightmare by 2007. My bosses didn’t value my work and made threats to my livelihood. At that time, I became hooked on the TV show, Prison Break. Its dark themes and conspiracy theories matched my workplace misery. Through connecting with rabid Prison Break fans across the world, I learned about fan fiction. What? Hacks writing stories about TV stories?

You guessed it–I became one of those hacks and started writing my own fan fiction. At first my writing stunk but my TV show buddies encouraged me to keep going. When reality sucked, I turned to fiction. I left my bitter job and started a new job at a friendly, supportive clinic that taught me a useful specialty. Inspired by fan fiction, I wrote thousands of words and then found a publisher to launch those words into the universe.

I’m now working on my eighth novel. In a strange twist of events, I returned to the old job in 2013 and version 2.0 is going swimmingly.

My emotional wound is a great example of how pain can lead to beauty and strength. Write on, friends!


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Do you have a story to share, or some advice for others? You can join Becca and Angela at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell them about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, write a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere.  Let’s fill social media with yourstrength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us. 

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 

There’s a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost at Writers Helping Writers

I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal! 

Massive Valentine Author Giveaway #KindleFire #Ebook #Romance

Valentine’s GIVEAWAY!!!

A number of authors have created an amazing giveaway opportunity for you. 


There are many great prizes and Marissa Dobson donated the grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Be sure to visit and like some of the amazing authors who have joined. 

Below you will find at least one way to enter from each author. Good luck. Some of the amazing prizes are:

  1. Kindle Fire from Marissa Dobson
  2. Ebook Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
  3. Ebook Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
  4. Ebook When It’s Least Expected by Heather Van Fleet
  5. 2 Ebooks of A Valentine’s Surprise by Melanie James
  6. 2 audio books of A Valentine’s Surprise by Melanie James
  7. Ebook Hers to Bear by Tamara Hoffa
  8. Ebook Crazy In Love by Casey Bond
  9. Ebook of Sin, The Complete Collection by Casey Bond
  10. Ebook winners choice from Beverly Ovalle
  11. Ebook Blocked by Jennifer Lane
  12. A signed rack card and winner’s choice of any of my ebooks by E.L.R. Jones
  13. Ebook A Mother’s Burden by Ellie Keys
  14. Ebook Redefining Me by Ellie Keys
  15. Ebook copy of Revenge by Dana Delamar
  16. $14 Amazon giftcard from Donna Michaels
  17. Ebook Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki
  18. 3 Ebook copies of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack
  19. Ebook of Revival by M.K. Gilher
  20. Paperback of CryWolf by Karen Fuller
  21. Paperback of Cover to Cover by Alexandrea Weis
  22. Paperback of Dylan by Kathi S Barton
  23. Paperback copy of To Save a Mate by Krystal Shannon
  24. Lakeshore Evil Series Set by KC Harper
  25. 2 Ebook copies of It’s love by KC Harper
  26. 2 Ebook copies of Sweet something by KC Harper
  27. Ebook Wesson Rebels Book set by Shyla Colt
  28. Signed swag from Chloe Barlow
  29. Ebook Corrupted by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  30. Ebook Warped by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  31. Ebook Avowed by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  32. $25 Amazon or American Express GC from K.E. Saxon
  33. Ebook A Stranger’s Kiss by K.E. Saxon
  34. Ebook Highland Vengeance by K.E Saxon
  35. $5 Amazon gift card from Louisa Bacio
  36. Ebook winners choice from Nicole Garcia
  37. 3 Ebooks from Lacey Wolfe
  38. 2 ebook copies of Deadly Obsessive by Kristine Cayne
  39. $5 Amazon gift card from Cynthia St. Aubin
  40. Backlist ebook from Lucy Felthouse
  41. Love is Never Past Tense Trilogy by Janna Yeshanova
  42. Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova

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Guest Post: How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing


Being a psycho author, I sit a LOT. I sit doing psychotherapy all day long, then I sit at the computer to write at night. Not great for the waistline, back/neck, or overall health!

That’s why I thank guest blogger Rachael Cherry from Nanny Pro with this awesome advice to keep up your health as you write! Take it away, Rachael…

How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing

Being healthy is more than making sure your clothes continue to fit. Proper health affects every aspect of your being. From how you sleep at night to the foods you eat, it all contributes to keeping your body and mind clear. As a writer, you need that clarity of mind in order to continue being successful. It is this success that drives me to keep as active as I can while eating the best foods that promote physical and mental stability.

Sleep – Getting enough sleep plays a prominent role for any writer. You can’t expect to sleep for three hours in any given night and be productive the next day. Your mind can feel like mush as you stare at the computer screen wondering what you were planning to write. Myself, I set the alarm clock on my phone to go off at 10 to signify when it’s time to go to bed. The alarm is set for six in the morning to wake me up, but often times I am up before the alarm goes off anyway. This allows me to feel refreshed and well rested ready to face the challenges of the day.

Morning Activities – One of the first things I do in the morning is to get the blood flowing through my body. When I have a babysitter available, I’ll take some time and ride my bike for a couple of miles. Otherwise, I’ll try to fit in twenty minutes of yoga or other physical activity. This helps get the blood flowing to the brain and helps increase your capacity for remaining alert and maintaining rational thought.

Proper Foods – Eating properly can also increase your capacity to stay focused and on task. A breakfast for myself is an egg, a slice of wheat toast, a can of V8 and a fruit cup packed in water. Toss in my daily routine of vitamins and I feel incredible throughout most of the day. As long as you reduce your sugar intake and increase snacks such as fruits, you’ll feel like you have more energy for extended periods of time.

Don’t Plant Yourself – As a writer, you’re probably sitting at your desk for hours on end hammering out words on the keyboard. It is important that you try and mix up your day to promote continued health. It’s not good for anyone to simply sit for eight hours straight with only bathroom breaks to separate the day. Every hour or so, I get up and walk around the house or take ten minutes to clean something. It doesn’t matter kind of activity you do, the fact is you need to keep active periodically throughout your day.

Your physical form is only part of the experience for remaining healthy. Your brain, which controls every aspect of your life, benefits from proper health as well. If you are unhealthy, your mind is not as efficient as it should be – which leads to irrational thoughts and behaviors. Creativity is a byproduct of how well the mind functions. If you don’t take care of your mind and body, your work will be affected and your potential could be wasted. For myself, I can definitely tell the difference between days where I slept well and ate properly compared to those days I feel rushed. Give yourself a greater chance to be successful as a writer by practicing better habits for health. More than your weight is at stake.

Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.
Great suggestions, Rachael…thank you. The best health strategy for me is exercise–I try to get 60 minutes of cardio/strength training about 6 days a week. The bonus for writers is that exercise increases cerebral blood flow, which gets those plot ideas humming!
Writers…what are your best health strategies? 

New Adult Sleepover Weekend #NASW

It was a blast attending the New Adult Sleepover Weekend 12/6 – 12/8 in Savannah, Georgia. 


For those of you unfamiliar with the genre of “New Adult”, it refers to novels with characters ages 17-27. And it often includes some smokin’ hot romance!

I brought copies of my NA swimming romance Streamline, and met some fabulous authors and readers.

I’d chatted with author RL Griffin online and read her intriguing novel By a Thread, so it was a pleasure to join her for the Suspense panel (my first author panel). We had a good diversity of genres represented, and my favorite comment was RL drawling, “Y’all, Streamline had so much drama it was like a Lifetime movie!”

RL Griffin, Jennifer Lane, SM Boyce, Dawn Robertson

Then came the book signing, where I celebrated my Navy novel:

Cap’n Lane

Saturday evening capped off with a pajama party. Here I am in my robe with the super friendly author Kelsey Ketch:


The best part of Savannah was seeing my sister Susan, who lives nearby in South Carolina. Oh, and the weather was pretty awesome too. Here are Susan and my nephew doggie Auggie:


The long weekend ended all too soon, and I had to return to snowy Ohio. Boo!


Thank you to Stella Price and Authors After Dark for organizing the New Adult Sleepover Weekend.

Gearing Up for the Streamline Book Birthday Bash

Streamline turns one-year-old next week! We’re celebrating with a giveaway of one signed print copy and three ebooks. You can enter at any participating blog, starting Monday March 25th:

Monday 3/25
Nawanda Files blog
Author Darcia Helle’s A Word Please blog 
Reading, Writing, and Everything in Between blog 
Author Jen DeLucy’s blog 
Tuesday 3/26
Paulette’s Papers blog
Author Cherie Colyer’s blog
Mich’s Book Reviews blog 
Author Kelsey Ketch’s Book Nook blog 
Wednesday 3/27
Books, DIY’s, and Randomness blog
Life of a Total Book Nerd blog
Christina’s Book Review blog
Author Elisa Dane blog 
Thursday 3/28
Author Carol Oates’ blog
Book Nerds Anonymous blog
Author Hannah Downing’s blog
Author Kyra Lennon’s Write Here, Write Now blog
Friday 3/29
Actin’ Up With Books blog
Author Trisha Wolfe’s YA Bound blog
My Bookish Fairy Tale blog
Author Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep-Thoughts blog

Woo hoo! I’m stoked to have so many lovely party hosts, and now we need YOU to be our guest. Stop back next week for the party that runs all week long. *Major hangover predicted*

And now it’s time to bounce with Omnific Publishing. For details, visit HERE.

BLOGFEST 2012

Thank you to Cinnamon from A Journey of Books for BLOGFEST 2012!

Check out ALL participating blogs
I’m giving away an ebook of your choice:
With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1)
Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2)
Streamline (YA swimming romance)
All three ebooks are on sale for $2.99
Please visit these five awesome blogs and check out their giveaways!
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And check out the GLBT Madness giveaway below.

Booze and Good Times!

It’s back to school time! And for many high school and college students, it’s a time to experiment with alcohol. For adults harangued by work stress, parenting, or political mumbo-jumbo, it might be time to chug a glass of wine. For authors waiting to hear back from agents or publishers, it’s time to drink. A lot.

My question for you is: If you choose to drink alcohol, how do you get the good stuff without the bad stuff? (Aren’t you lucky I’m writing this blog post between psychotherapy clients?)

I’ve learned a lot about extracting buzz, relaxation, and fun from alcohol (while avoiding hangovers and beer goggles) from the amazing University of Washington researcher Dr. Alan Marlatt. He and colleagues published an interactive journal titled “CHOICES” related to the information in this book.

…and I want to pass along some golden nuggets to YOU.

First of all let’s talk about the choice to drink alcohol. Did you know about 20% of college students don’t drink at all? (The percentage of non-drinkers older than college age is undoubtedly higher).

And for the students who do drink, most drink responsibly (fewer than 6 drinks a week)? If you believe everyone drinks in your crowd, then you probably have a skewed group of friends.

If you do choose to drink alcohol, what are some pros and cons about drinking? I like to drink to feel giddy and/or relaxed, particularly in social situations. But I don’t like headaches or fatigue.

What you might notice about your pro/con list is that the stuff you like comes from LOWER doses of alcohol, whereas the stuff you dislike comes from HIGHER doses. So the secret to getting the good stuff from alcohol is sticking to a limit–about 1-2 standard drinks for women and 2-3 standard drinks for men.

So what’s a “standard” drink? One hint…it’s smaller than a keg!
*12 oz. beer
*10 oz. microbrew
*4 oz. wine
*1.25 oz. 80 proof liquor (a shotglass)

For the average sized man, each standard drink raises his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) by .02. So he could have three drinks in an hour and be under the .08 legal limit for driving.

But for the average woman, each standard drink raises her BAC by .04!!! That’s because women have less water, more estrogen, and are typically smaller. Women can easily hit the legal limit for driving with just two drinks in an hour.

For every hour, our body removes about .015%. Therefore, if I drank 5 glasses of wine right before going to bed at midnight, my BAC would be .20. If I subtract .015 each hour, then it won’t be until 2:00 the next afternoon until the alcohol completely leaves my body. If I wake up at 8:00 a.m. and think I’m hungover, I’d still technically be drunk (BAC = .08)!

If you want the nice buzz and social facilitation from alcohol, drink up to a BAC of .055 and then stop. That’s the best alcohol has to give you and you won’t feel any better if you keep drinking. For women that’s 1-2 drinks; for men that’s 2-3 drinks.

.055 is known as the “point of diminishing returns”.

So have that drink or two, feel the buzz, then move on to enjoy your evening! *cheers*

Time for the Omnific Publishing Author Blog Hop! Check out instructions HERE.