Wednesday, October 6, 2021

IWSG & Lines in the Sand

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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October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

Interesting question.

My hard lines in the sand don't involve sex or language. You'll find both in my novels. I write heart-warming romantic suspense with good people who earn happy endings. Some cursing and a steamy scene or two included. Those are normal parts of everyday life for many people.

My hard lines in the sand are around other issues:

  • kids will not be harmed
  • diversity will be celebrated in all its beauty
  • anyone who is racist will be a villain
  • science will be believed
  • Good will always triumph over Evil
  • people will learn to accept and love themselves
  • love will be caring and kind and generous
  • people will overcome tragic backgrounds
  • created families will have your back
  • love will always find a way
How about you? Any hard lines for you as a reader or writer?

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I recently took this pic of the first 9 books in the Bloo Moose series. It gives me a thrill to see them like this. A dream I'm not sure I ever truly believed would become a reality. Thanks to everyone who's supporting me along this joyous journey! It's not a journey I could have ever travelled alone!

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My friend Lynda Young has a cover reveal today!!

Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional

Link for ebookhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HBMG3L8



Take advantage of the pre-order and pick up your ebook for only $2.99 The price will go up after launch.

Or, if you’d like to join my review team, I’ll send you a free copy. Just leave your email in the comments.

Blurb:
365 days of inspiration and Bible wisdom to lighten your heart.
365 devotions to bring you peace in uncertain times.
365 ways to Cling to God.

This special book is a year-long journey with inspirational messages and uplifting scripture. It includes short Bible-based teachings that will encourage and refresh. It is faith-building and thought-provoking with reassuring reminders of God’s love. 

A great companion for individual worship or for group Bible study.

The perfect gift book or personal keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.

Start each morning with Cling to God to brighten your day and draw closer to God.

Author Bio:

Lynda R. Young accepted Jesus into her life in her early teens and has been active in her faith ever since. She has written multiple Christian articles and other inspirational non-fiction, given Bible-based talks, and is always looking for other ways to encourage and uplift. She is also an author of fantasy novels, an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find her here: BlogTwitterGoodreads

http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com.au
https://twitter.com/LyndaRYoung
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832201.Lynda_R_Young

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Beautiful cover, Lynda!!! Many congratulations!

54 comments:

  1. You have such well thought-out guidelines for your writing content, Jemi! Great list.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. Joy and hope over everything!

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  2. Look at all those books!
    Certainly evil will always fail in my stories.

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    1. Your stories are amazing examples of how Good can triumph

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  3. Hi Jemi, loved your hard lines when you write, mine are practically the same.

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  4. I love your last one - love will find a way.

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    1. Love is a biggie in life - and in my stories!

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  5. Hi Jemi,
    Thank you. I have found a comrade who thinks similar to what I think.
    Have a great day.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. It's always interesting to read the diverse opinions!
      And it's nice to find like-minded people!

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  6. Sounds like a good list to stick to!

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day as co-host The IWSG Goodreads Book Club

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  7. Love your list! It's to the point and right on. Congrats to Lynda!

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  8. I love your list! It's so good. I need to write up something like that - although I think I know my list pretty well when I sit down to write.
    And congratulations on that beautiful pile of books. Your writing is so fun to read, and it's definitely uplifting. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Tyrean! I think our lists would be really close!

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  9. I never drew a line (or made a list) of topics I wouldn't write about. I wrote what seemed right.

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  10. I really love your guidelines. They are such good ones. And it's been wonderful watching you and helping a bit as you go through your publication journey.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie!
      And thanks so much for your support - it means a lot!

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  11. Congratulations to Lynda.
    My reading lines in the sand are gratuitous and explicit violence. Other things may or may not be an issue but that one is a deal breaker.

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    1. I'm not fan of gore or extreme violence either. And not torture - can't handle it.

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  12. I love the picture of the first nine (wow!!!) books in your series altogether like that. That's such an awesome achievement. <3

    I don't know that I have any hard lines in the sand where reading or writing is concerned. Something to think about.

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    1. It freaks me out seeing them together! Never thought it would happen!!
      We're all different with our lines - I'm a wimp and can't do horror type things :)

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  13. These are lovely guidelines! They make me want to read what you have written.

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    1. That's fabulous!
      If you like heart-warming romantic suspense, you'd probably like Bloo Moose! :)

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  14. I like your lines in the sand. I'm with you on the same side of those lines.

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  15. I like your lines in the sand. Even though I write mysteries where bad things happen to good people, I still have lines I won't cross. Not that anyone could probably tell, though.

    Great cover, Lynda!

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    1. We can tell!
      I've had a few ideas for thrillers roaming around in my head - but I think I'm too big a wimp to write them! And who has the time???

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  16. Well said, Jemi. Your books look great together! I am so happy you made it there!

    Congrats, Lynda~ You book will certainly be appreciated by so many in need of spiritual guidance.

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    1. Thanks, Michael! I love seeing them together!

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  17. It must be awesome to see all your print books spread out like that Jemi. All your hard work over the years has paid off.
    Congrats to Lynda. Love her new cover.

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    1. I love the cover too!
      Thanks - it's such a wild feeling to look at them and think, "Mine!"

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  18. Aww - I love your book photo! So inspiring! I like your list of lines - very thought-provoking.

    Linda's new cover is lovely - just perfect for a devotional.

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    1. I agree with Lynda's cover - it's great!
      Thanks so much - it's a thrill seeing them together!

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  19. Ah, Jemi!! I love both your list for that hard line, and your photo of the first nine books. How wonderful!!!!!

    And a big, heart-felt thank you for your support and helping me spread the word about my new edition of Cling to God. Thank you. Thank you!

    (sorry, had to fix a bad typo)

    I also wanted to add a big thank to everyone who mentioned they liked my cover too or sent me a congrats. I really appreciate it. Thanks, C Lee McKenzie, Elephant's Child, Carol Kilgore, Michael DiGesu, Denise Covey, and Lee Lowery.

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    1. Thanks Lynda - seeing the books together gives me a thrill!!
      Love your cover and am always happy to help!!

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  20. Jemi that picture is ❤️ and the caption of your IWSG entry is great.
    -Sonia

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    1. Thanks, Sonia - it makes me very happy to see them all together!

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  21. I have much the same guidelines, I think, only I never clearly thought of them as such! Thanks for all you do for the writing community.

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    1. Thanks so much, Damyanti - that's such a nice thing to say.
      I'm not surprised that our guidelines are close :)

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  22. I love your list of guidelines! Great outlooks to have in your writing.

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  23. Enjoy your list of guidelines. Never thought of putting down a list, maybe I should, but I fear as soon as I do I'd find a way to break it. LOL
    Congratulations to Lynda!
    I gotta do that photo thing with my books. New covers and all. LOL It'll pop up soon on FB!

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    1. Can't wait to see your books together!
      I don't have anything written down - that was just for this post :) I'm more seat-of-my-pants in all things!

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  24. I am with you - good overcoming evil encompasses all the other things on that list. I don’t write deep dark stories either, I have to keep it light. But I know some people have lived in dark stories and get encouraged by those who can write and relate to them and show them the way out to live again, so I applaud them too.

    And yay for Lynda - she’s really embraced sharing the good news!

    Tara Tyler Talks

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    1. So true - I'm glad there are stories for all kinds of people and writers for those stories.

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  25. ps - love the pic of your books - that’s a great feeling!

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