Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Chrys Fey: Keep Writing With Fey

My friend Chrys Fey has a new book out!!



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:

ï        Writer's block
ï        Depression
ï        Writer's burnout
ï        What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
ï        Finding creativity boosts

With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.


BOOK LINKS:

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo


AUTHOR’S NOTE:
When I shared my story about depression and writer’s burnout, I received many emails, comments, and Facebook messages from other writers thanking me for my bravery and telling me about their own trials. That really put into perspective for me how many people suffer from depression and/or burnout in silence. I had no idea those individuals were impacted by these things, just as they hadn’t known that I was, because my outward presence to others was always happy and smiley and bright.
After the supportive response and upon realizing how many writers in my online circles were struggling, too, I wanted to do something to help. I was candid with my experiences and blogged about the things that assisted me through the rough times in the hope that it would aid others.
During this time, I recognized the need for writers to receive support, guidance, tips, reminders, and encouragement during their writer’s block, depression, and burnout. That’s how I got the idea for this book. A book not just about depression or only about writer’s block, but both, and much more.
Since you have picked up this book, that means you may need assistance with one or all of these areas, and I sincerely hope you find what you need here…that tiny spark to get you through whatever you are going through.
As always, keep writing.
Keep believing.
Keep dreaming.
Chrys Fey


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. https://www.chrysfey.com/ 

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Good luck with the book, Chrys - it's going to help a lot of people!!

How about you? Anyone looking for help with one of the topics Chrys is addressing?
Have you struggled with burnout? I faced it when we were first dealing with Mom's dementia. It took a long while to get my feet under me again.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Bloo Moose On The Road with L. Diane Wolfe & Lynda Young!

Bloo Moose is visiting L. Diane Wolfe and Lynda Young today!
I hope you'll stop by and visit!


Reaching For Normal
She’s no damsel in distress. 
He’s no Prince Charming.  
But if they don’t team up it won’t 
be only wolves that’ll be dying.
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 Reaching For Risks
One Reno List for the B&B. 
One Risk List for herself. 
One sexy retailer who should be 
the last one she wants.
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 Reaching For Everything
Love means nothing in tennis.
Can he prove to her that 
love means everything in life?
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG, Audio, and Diversity

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


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July 1 question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

I think audiobook sales are going to continue to increase. From my years of teaching, I know many people enjoy audiobooks. Way back when I started teaching, this wasn't an option. I read many, many books into cassette tapes for students. Sadly, my Tigger Brain can't focus on audiobooks - I'd rather create them than listen to them.

Hmmm, maybe that's the next thing to learn! I've always loved reading aloud to kids in class!


I'd love to see more diverse authors writing and publishing. I'd love for all voices to be heard and read (and listened to!). I'd really love to see this trend in books for kids (picture books, MG, and YA). Every child should be able to find multiple fabulous books that reflect his/her/their experience.

I'd also love to see more picture books with two or more languages showcased. With so many new Canadians coming to our country not speaking English, French, or an Indigenous Language, we need to have good books that include their languages as well. I would also like to see dual/multi-language books in chapter book style. Left page = Language 1 (or 1/2), Right page = Language 2 (or 3/4).

How about you? Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? Would you buy books showcasing multiple languages?




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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks!!




Monday, June 29, 2020

Bloo Moose On The Road With Yolanda Renee!

Yolanda Renee is hosting Bloo Moose today and we're talking first loves!

I hope you'll find time to pop on by!


Reaching For Normal
She’s no damsel in distress. 
He’s no Prince Charming.  
But if they don’t team up it won’t 
be only wolves that’ll be dying.
Amazon.com.    Amazon.ca.    
Apple.     Kobo.    Google Play.
Barnes and Noble.    Goodreads.    


 Reaching For Risks
One Reno List for the B&B. 
One Risk List for herself. 
One sexy retailer who should be 
the last one she wants.
Amazon.com.    Amazon.ca.   
Apple.    Kobo.     Google Play
Barnes and Noble.     Goodreads.    



 Reaching For Everything
Love means nothing in tennis.
Can he prove to her that 
love means everything in life?
Amazon.com.    Amazon.ca.   
  Apple.     Kobo.     Google Play
Barnes and Noble.    Goodreads.    

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WEP Remember The Words

Wait. Watch. Wait.

Inside.
Hug the wall.
Be a shadow.
Remember the words.

Twelve.

Nothing. No things.
Up. Watch the broken bits. No time to waste.

Eleven.

Remember.
Remember the words.
Keep to the left. All to the left. Left left left.

Ten.

Up on the toes. Toes. Hurry.
Nine was hungry. Always hungry.
Up. Right. Up up up.

Eight.

Tippy tippy tippy.
Tap tap tap.
Tippy tap.
Tippy tippy tippy.
Tap tap tap.
Use the fingers.
Tippy tap.
Fingers.

Seven.

Remember the words.
Pass them along.
Don’t listen. Don’t listen.
Seven screams. Always screams.
Up up up.

Six.

Louder.
Up.
Right left right right right left right right.
Left left left.
Pass them on.
To who?

Five.

Head and shoulders.
Over the gap. Up and over.
Head and shoulders.
Over I go.
Me.

Four.

Knees and toes. Tap the knees and toes.
Tippy tap.
Eyes.
No, ears.
Eyes.
Ears and eyes. Ears and eyes.
So many ears and eyes.

Three.

Quiet.
Quiet.
Be a shadow.
Right.
Right right right.
Not there.
Over the gap.
Over the gap again.
Head and shoulders.

Two.

Remember.
Ears and nose.
Use the wall. Pull. Up and over.
Up and over.
Or down.
Down down down.
Pull.
Over.

One.

Eyes and nose.
Down.
Knees. Use the knees.
Hands.
Knees.
Under the blocks.
Over the blocks.
Behind the block.

Home.

Remember the words.
Words.

Who's there?

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This post is part of the WEP Challenge.
You can find more info and the other posts by following the link. There is always an amazing range of stories following the prompt. There is still time to join if you like!

How about you? Any other sleep-deprived brains contributing to the writing?

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG: Secrets and Bloo Moose

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.


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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


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June 3 question - Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Before I get to the rest, I have to say it was really difficult to put this post together amidst all the difficulties in the world. I hope you are all well and safe. I hope you are working in your own way to make the world a better place, a kinder place, and a safer place. Racism and prejudice have no place in our world. Ever. Black lives matter. LGBTQ+ lives matter. Stay safe. Stay kind.

On to IWSG

Secret #1

This probably isn't a secret to my bloggy friends because I've mentioned it before. But if a person only knew me from reading my books (nonfiction on dementia and contemporary romance), they'd be surprised to find that I am also a huge Speculative Fiction (SciFi and fantasy) fan. The movies I watch and love all tend to fall into that genre.

Secret #2

One of my jobs as a teen was to teach cartooning to kids. I'm not an artist but I've always enjoyed doodling and cartooning. They couldn't find an instructor who was qualified so I got the job. We had a lot of fun over those weeks!

How about you? Any secrets you'd like to share? Any SF fans or cartoonists out there?

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PS: My Bloo Moose romances are coming out in July! If you'd like to read an ARC or you would like more information, check out THIS POST. Thanks!

book covers for Reaching For Normal, Reaching For Risks and Reaching For Everything

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Bloo Moose Coming Soon!

Exciting news - my Bloo Moose romances will be hitting the shelves in July!

The first 3 books in the series are ready to go and I'm looking forward to having my characters out in the world.

I love this town and these characters have been hanging out with me for years. So glad they're finally going to get their Happy Ever Afters!


Reaching For Normal

Book coverAfter a childhood spent in hospitals and foster homes, Myla’s freelance adventure writing suits her perfectly. A couple of weeks trying out new things then move on. Now, if she can only get her guide to all things winter interested in helping her lose her V-card.

Sawyer’s lost his parents, his SEAL team, and his legendary Spidey senses. Now he’s faced with a sexy, secretive woman who makes him want things he has no business wanting.

When someone starts butchering the wolves Sawyer is trying to reintegrate, he ends up in the bush with Sexy City Girl whose titanium attitude is more than enough to compensate for her weak leg. 

 If Sawyer and Myla can’t learn to trust each other and themselves, they might not make it out alive.

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Reaching For Risks

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Darby Banks’ yearly Reno List for her B&B is legendary. When her octogenarian guests give her fashion advice, she realizes she needs a renovation of her own. So along with fixing toilets and painting walls, she decides to buy some sexy lingerie and learn to flirt. If only her Risk List didn’t terrify her as much as the reason she’s been hiding in plain sight.

Quinn Charters has turned CharterGear Sporting Goods into a thriving business to spite his family. When they start contacting him with demands he wonders if its time to leave town. But there’s a certain B&B owner who makes him want to stay. If only he could figure out why she’s so wary around him.

An accident that damages Quinn’s store has him staying at Darby’s B&B and helping out with the renovations. And wondering what sexy secret is hidden in that renovation notebook of hers. When Quinn’s brother appears to strong-arm him into helping out the family business, Darby’s anxiety jumps and Quinn digs deep to discover the cause.

Darby should have added Stay Alive to her Risk List.

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Reaching For Everything

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Love Means Nothing in tennis, but Kami chooses it as a tattoo after her heart is shattered. Her mom’s death and a car crash that causes a career-ending injury make everything worse. Tired of the heartache, Kami decides it’s time to channel the dream she and her mom created. It’s time to open Kami’s Kamp, a tennis school for kids.

Being patient is a vital skill for Rayce LaChance. As a contractor and furniture maker, he knows that rushed decisions never pan out. Especially not in his personal life. When he broke up with Kami, he thought he was freeing her to pursue her career unhindered. Now, Kami’s back in town and proving the Ice Queen reputation she earned on the court carries over into her daily life.

When an obsessed fan becomes threatening, Rayce proves he’ll do anything to help, but Kami isn’t sure her heart is up to the risk.

They’ll both have to take chances if they’re going to find out if Love Means Nothing or Everything.

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I'd love to have some early readers. If you'd like an ARC of any of the books, please click here! (Warning - steamy scenes included so if that's not your thing, don't click! 😊)

If you'd be willing to host me on your blog for a spotlight, guest post, or interview, click here (same link)!

Books will release July 21st. Preorders for all 3 are $0.99. The first book will go to perma-free once I figure that out, but the other 2 books will go up to regular price in August.

Reaching For Normal
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Reaching For Everything
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