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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's May! Time for Insecure Writers' Support Group and #signofgreendragon

Brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. Sign up HERE
The awesome co-hosts for today's IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, Viola Fury, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris! 

The insecurities pop up like giant monsters while I'm trying to publish a book on my own. This is when I admit it's so much easier when I let the professional publishers do it. But my "control freak" has done it to me again. So here I am doubting that I have the chops to see this project through, hoping I've remembered to do all that I must do, and wondering if I've chosen the right plan--all the time muttering, "Never again. Never again." 

Now having written that, I have to say when I asked for help I got it, and I got it from the people who either have gone through this process themselves or will, so that's a huge comfort. Thanks for your support in such an insecure time.

Paperback on 
Kindle on:
The cover has arrived and my blogger friends are spreading the word. Most of the pre-order links are up. And I finished the #atozChallenge! Survivor once again. I'll be posting my REFLECTIONS next week.

Quote of the Week: "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but happiness and growth occur while you are climbing it." Andy Rooney

How are you doing out there in the writing world? Insecure or confident? Climbing up that mountain?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Guess Who's My Follower of the Month!

Christine Kohler is my Follower of the Month.  This month I'll be featuring her book, No Surrender Soldier


Here's a quick summary.

Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries: He's never kissed a girl, the popular guys get all the attention at school--but the worst part is the serious problems at home. His older brother is missing in Vietnam, his grandfather is losing it to dementia, and he just learned that his mother was raped by a Japanese soldier during World War II. It all comes together when he discovers an old man, a Japanese soldier, hiding in the jungle behind his house. It's not the same man who raped his mother, but, in his rage, Kiko cares only about protecting his family and avenging his mom--no matter what it takes. And so, a shy, peaceable boy begins to plan a murder. But how far will Kiko go to prove to himself that he's a man? Based on a true incident in history, No Surrender Soldier is the story of a boy grappling with ancient questions of courage and manhood before he can move on.

An Excerpt from my Review:

What I appreciated about No Surrender Soldier was the way in which the author depicted the two different cultures: the Japanese one with its code of honor and the Chamorro one with it strong sense of friends and family. I also loved how the author captured the language patterns--the Japanese as well as the Chamorro patoi.

Meet Christine

Married to a USAF officer, she has traveled extensively: From several places in the continental U.S to the Hawaiian Islands, Japan and Guam.  She has degrees in education, English and journalism.  One of her favorite jobs was as a reporter for the Pacific Daily News where she covered new in the West Pacific. We met through @Uncommonya, a group of traditionally published authors who write for the young adult reader. 


I'll be giving away a signed hardcopy of Christine's book to one of my Special Offers followers this month. It's a well-written book that will keep you reading to the end, and you'll leave the book with reluctance. Add No Surrender Soldier on Goodreads as WANT TO READ

Sign up for a chance to win Christine's book and to be featured in one of the months ahead. 

If you're featured I:

  • buy, read, and review your latest book
  • mark your book as AM READING on Goodreads
  • feature you and your book(s) in my monthly EMAIL CONNECT email
  • tweet your book link(s) for 4 Wednesdays, 3 times a day during your month
  • post one facebook post with a link to my review
  • feature you on The Write Game on your month 
  • Pin and feature your latest book cover to my Pinterest Board, Book Covers that Catch my Eye.

Quote of the Week: "Reading is socially accepted disassociation. You flip a switch and you're not there anymore. It's better than heroin." Memoirist Mary Karr

Saturday, April 30, 2016

#atozchallenge: Z is for Jay-Z

Here's to a great AtoZ!

Join in the 

So that's a rap! Another #atozChallenge has been completed by many intrepid bloggers around the blog-o-sphere. And me, too! Pat on back. And kudos. And where's the Champagne? I'll be back to regular blogging which means: Mondays. And I'll be responding to comments on my blog again. Here's to a wonderful May!

Answers to your T/F Quiz for Y:

FALSE 1. Generation Y people weren't born in the '60s and 70s. They were born between the 1980s and the year 2000. They're sometimes referred to as the Millennial Generation, or simply Millennials. 

TRUE  2. Sr S├ínchez, like so many people born during the Russian era have Russian names, and a lot of them involve Y.

Okay, I had to reach for this one, so as if anyone cares, Jay-Z and Beyonce visited Cuba. Police had to provide escort and protection from an adoring mob. 

Global contamination. 

Sorry for the editorial comment. 

I gots no quiz for this one. But hallelujah I reached Z!