Wattcon 2017 by Mandy Rosko

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Soooooo… the tickets sold out before I could grab one ;_; Sadness abound for that level of stupidity, but from what I understand, they sold out only a couple of hours after being posted, so my bad for not F5ing that sucker the day it was ready -_-

 

But I won’t give up! I put my name down on the list for tickets should any get canceled, and I know my chances are still slim, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can grab a ticket. I really want one. The event is being held in Toronto, which apparently is only a few hour train ride away from Ottawa. I hear the building is within a walking distance to the building, too 😀

 

God, I want to go so badly! I’m kicking myself for not getting that ticket, but there’s still hope! And if they host it next year in Toronto again, I’ll be able to keep my eyes and ears open for the next round of tickets.

 

I’ll have to look on the bright side of this no matter what happens. If I can’t go, then at least it will give me another year to build up my Wattpad following as well as my backlist 🙂 That way when I do get to go, I’ll be looking much more impressive 😉 Lol. I feel like such a tool when I think like that.

 

Also, even though I won’t get to meet the Wattpad people in person like I did at Atlanta, I’ll be able to watch the livestream of their events. I’m hoping they’ll allow for Twitter or livestream questions from the audience in that case 🙂

 

Here’s to hoping I can nab a ticket if any come back online! I’ll be hounding the Wattpad Twitter account to see if I can get any hints on when this happens. And here’s to also hoping that #WattCon2017 is as awesome as it sounds 😉

 

Hugs and happy reading!

 

Mandy Rosko

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Dust Bunnies Attack Paranormal-Scope

It’s like the title of a horror movie, isn’t it?  Is summer decluttering and getting ready for fall getting you down? You haven’t checked your paranormal-scope yet! (Cue evil laugh.)

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Vampires run in fear of dust bunnies. It means they are getting old if only their ideas. Time to take a course in something! Maybe sponge cake baking?

Taurus:
Werewolves play ball with dust bunnies. Of course, that makes them multiple. Which? Both. Be careful in your personal life. Beware of dirt and multiplication!

Gemini:
Gnomes collect dust bunnies and make statues of other gnomes to honor them. Time to honor someone in your life, just not with dust bunnies.

Cancer:
Shapeshifters never take the form of dust bunnies. They hate being beaten with brooms. Time to get vigorous with a broom and clear all the dust you see.

Leo:
Werebutterflies sometimes still dust bunnies and drop them to see where they will land. It’s sort of liking taking a vacation by sticking a pin in a map. Try it! The pin part.

Virgo:
Mermaids don’t understand dust bunnies. They think they are so old–the ones in the wrecked ships–that they might be wise men. Learn something new today. Don’t gather dust on yourself.

Libra:
Orcs think dust bunnies are another form of marshmallows. Yeah, yuk. Try a new cuisine just for fun.

Scorpio:
Faeries are cruel to dust bunnies. They recycle them, add glitter, and voila you have faery dust. Good luck is coming your way. You’re been dusted.

Sagittarius:
Dragons blow dust bunnies out of their house. They don’t care about homeless dust bunnies. Invest some time with a charitable cause.

Capricorn:
Elves think dust bunnies are ancient travels and often request stories of them. Go to the movies, you’ve spent too much time searching out dust bunnies.

Aquarius:
Pixies are jealous of dust bunnies. They want to be everywhere. Plan a getaway.

Pisces:
Salamanders are fire spirits. Dust bunnies see them and roll for the hills. Enjoy a favorite hobby and watch for opportunities to make new friends.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction by Ripley Proserpina

For some of the books I’ve written, the main character is the impetus for writing. I’ll think—what if someone was walking by an alleyway and found a baby? And then I’m off and running.

The Searchers, my reverse harem series, started a different way. Not— what would happen if a girl fell in love with four guys at the same time?—like you’d expect. I was listening to the radio and I heard a story about a guy named Ted Kaczynski, who as a fifteen year old, went to Harvard. While he was there, he met a professor who enrolled him in an experimental study which systematically broke down what he believed about himself and the world.

Until that time, Ted was apparently a pretty laid-back, quiet kid, and it wasn’t until he went to trial as the Unabomber, that anyone said he was crazy. Now, obviously a guy who sends bombs to people is not mentally sound, but I couldn’t get the story out of my head.

Would a guy, who for most of his life was known as a kind and sweet guy, have murdered people if he hadn’t taken part in that study?

From this true story grew a character: Reid. His sister, Nora Leslie, became the main character of my series, The Searchers. Reid has a page of “screen time”in Finding Honor, the first book in the series, but he’s the driving force behind Nora meeting her guys, and the action and consequences for the rest of the series.

I recently released Finding Truth, the fourth book in the series (third full-length), where we dive a little bit deeper into the question of what motivates people. The experiment and bad guy in my book are based pretty heavily off of the story about the Harvard doctor and his experiment.

So next time you read something and think, this could never happen! Don’t be so sure. Truth is stranger than fiction. In case you’re curious, I’m including a link to the article below. And if you’re in the mood for a unique romance with a mystery/thriller twist, pick up Finding Honor. There’s still plenty of summer left for reading!

Universal Book Links: 

Finding Honor: https://books2read.com/u/4Xg2E9

Finding Nora: https://books2read.com/u/mK9qPB

Finding Valor: https://books2read.com/u/47kvEg

Finding Truth:https:// books2read.com/u/4NRro6

Article Below: Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/06/harvard-and-the-making-of-the-unabomber/378239/



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The Writing Retreat by Bobbi Lerman

Reasons to go on a writing retreat! 

I learned the far-reaching benefits of going on retreats years ago when I woke up one day certain I had lost touch with my muse forever. I wanted -no- I needed to somehow jumpstart my creative flow.

Serious alteration in my approach and mindset was needed. I had to change the setting in which I wrote and created my stories. The day to day distractions were impossible to avoid. You know the ones I’m talking about. Housework that never ended, errands on your to do list, that took more time than what was in a day, and family members whom always seem to need you and only you, to do or fix something, and the biggest time-sucker of all time—that robbed you of your valuable writing time—the infamous day job.

Yes, I told myself day after day, I planned to write when I got home after dinner in the evening and on the weekends, but exhaustion overpowered my intentions, my focus had gone to seed and my muse went into deep hiding, I found any excuse from the bathroom needed cleaning, to a mountain of laundry waiting in a corner, or my husband wanted dinner, to procrastinate putting my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard.

A retreat is necessary nourishment for your senses. It is the best way to connect with your muse, other writers, work through writer’s block by getting your hand moving across the page and to network with like-minded individuals. All excuses and reasons to put off writing is taken away on a retreat as you are left alone with uninterrupted time with your muse who is desperate for attention. Need I go on?

What to do you ask?

Here’s my advice – Retreat!  Retreat! Retreat!

Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Don’t let anyone make you think you don’t deserve time to nurture your dreams. You do!

Pack a bag, bring your kindle/books, notebooks, pen/pencil, you’re walking shoes, favorite munchies, (you will need these while on the road) and your most comfortable pj’s. Stand fast, allow no one to interfere. Make it clear to one and all, they are not invited and the one extra seat they see beside you is for your muse. It doesn’t matter that she’s been AWOL. The old girl will show up. She can’t resist a chance to retreat or the opportunity for some serious non-stop TLC.

How do I find a retreat that is perfect for me?

I can tell you from personal experience, there is a wide variety out there.   You can retreat for a day, a weekend or longer.  I’d recommend a week if you can manage it which brings me to the perfect segue to pitch my own upcoming writers retreat.

Have you ever fantasized of combining travel with writing? I can tell you this is a dream worth holding on to. Here is what I know for sure; travel broadens the mind and opens a direct line to the muse. I understand because I have spent time feeding my muse with travels to Israel, Scotland, London, Paris etc…Retreating connects your creative soul with the magic of the world around you.

Join us Scribblers in the country that inspired Tolkien, JK Rowling, Dame Agatha Christie and many others with a week dedicated to nurturing yourself and your muse as you participate in workshops geared to getting your hand moving across the page, spend time with other writers, enjoy an abundance of personal writing time as well as a bit of exploring the beautiful English countryside. In between your writing you’ll enjoy the great food and atmosphere, and down a pint or two.  Check out Scribbler’s Ink UK Writers Retreat in the Magical Forest of Dean, September 1-8, 2018. Your writing will thank you!

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Bobbi Lerman’s writing has evolved from when she first began creating short stories in her early teens about her extended family in the three-family house she grew up in to include travel and personal essay, historical medieval romance and contemporary romance with a touch of the paranormal. 

Bobbi is the founder of Scribbler’s Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips and daily prompts.

Bobbi’s latest release, Tillie’s Last Match is featured in the Seasons of Promises Anthology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Bobbi! You are always a delight when you visit us. Have an amazing and productive retreat.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley

 

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Author Rhonda Frankhouser Solves “Writer’s Back” by Stacy Hoff

 Hello Passionate Readers! Summer is usually a great time to relax. But for those of us who suffer from back pain, especially us writers, relaxation is not that easy. Here’s author Rhonda Frankhouser to tell us how to to avoid “writer’s back.”

How to Avoid the Dreaded Writer’s Back

By Rhonda Frankhouser

Contemporary Romance Writer-Fellow Back Problem Sufferer

 With every career, comes some chance of injury. Football players risk concussion, police officers risk death. Even being a writer has its risks. Oh sure, they don’t usually face anything quite so daunting as the other two career paths mentioned, but the danger they do face is REAL and can sideline them in a hurry.

To be successful at their craft, writers must sit for hours and hours, enslaved by the whine and whim of their characters. Writer’s Back starts innocently enough. At first, it’s a tiredness that builds in the neck and then the muscles down the spine slowly begin to contract. Soon the unconscious wiggling begins. The elbow leaning. The stretching from side to side, the bend forward, then finally the cramp. Nothing seems to keep that tiny ache from drawing the writer’s attention away from their persistent characters.

 

As smart we writers are, many of us turn a deaf ear to the body’s warning. It’s screaming to please stand up, go for a walk, breath some fresh air and STRETCH ME properly, OR ELSE. Sitting is the new plague of this generation, especially for those who earn their living at a keyboard. The contraction of the muscles as well as compaction of the spine is just the beginning of the end for those who sit. A sedentary life can also lead to problems with digestion, impaction of internal organs and obesity, just to mention a few.

But there is help. There are ways to answer the call of the character and take care of the body at the same time. These are just a few suggestions I received from my own Orthopedic surgeon to give my back a long, strong life, and to keep the blood flowing to that all important creative brain:

Even if only one or two of these suggestions are incorporated, it will surely extend the writer’s career exponentially with the added bonus of a better quality of life for them and their families. Good luck and take care of that precious back.

Go out and make beautiful memories,

Rhonda Frankhouser
Author of Contemporary Romance
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In Case of Writer’s Block, Break Glass by Heather Novak

Between broaching the busy season at my day job and the mounds of grief, I’ve been crawling out of my skin. There was no writing. There wasn’t even reading. I even considered deleting my author page and quitting my blogs. (Stop panicking, I didn’t give into the crazy.)

Determined to break out of my funk, I called a few of my girlfriends and we planned a “girls weekend” in Frankenmuth, Michigan for 24 hours full of homemade fudge, wine, and shopping. Coincidentally, our trip to my mom’s favorite place fell on the six month anniverary of her passing. Instead of the trip being full of tears, we turned it into a celebration.

 We went to my mom’s favorite store, Bronner’s, which is boasted as the largest Christmas store.

Holy cow (Pun intended). It was huge!!

We went in the evening when it was less crowded and I spent hours wandering around the giant Christmas (and Halloween) displays, thinking about how much Mom loved this place. My bestie even bought me a light up angel in her memory (there was crying. Not gonna lie). I walked out with a giant bag full of decorations, a fairy tree topper, and even some Halloween fun! 

We also walked through the Silent Night Memorial Chapel on the property and I signed Mom’s name in the book. 
In addition to Bronners, we took a boat ride with wine and chocolate. Because yes, that magic dies exist. There’s something so relaxing about being out on the water…drinking…and eating chocolate.


We hit up the Frankenmuth historical museum and all reveled in the joy that were alive in the 21st century! (I would not have done well in covered wagon days.) 

Fun fact: You know those calling cards they always leave when visiting in historical romance novels? I finally saw some in person! 


We also tried to figure out what supplies we could carry in our covered wagon. Did you know an iPhone is only 1lb? 


We played disc golf, which really was just us walking around and staring at wild flowers.

We EVEN FOUND HEATHER SAFE FOOD! In my group, I am the queen of alleriges. Frankenmuth has gluten free/vegan cupcakes from Sugar High Bakery (Winner of Cupcake Wars), gluten free/vegan fudge from Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen, and even gluten free/vegan Crepe.

We shopped until my feet and wallet were aching. We gossiped. We bought books we didn’t have room for at the used book store. We ate way too much food. We talked about my mom.

I spent two days with a smile on my face. When I got home, my current WIP started pouring out of me again. I had broken through the barrier.

While going to Frankenmuth whenever I need a break isn’t logical or cost friendly, there’s something to be said about a stress-free day with good friends. Too often while we’re writing or grieving or just plain busy, we ignore our emotional needs. This week’s tip is make the time to go out with the friends that lift you up. They will be the ones that get you over the hurdles.

 



On this day in 1961 – Julia Peterkin, American author, dies. She was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Scarlet Sister Mary as well as the O. Henry Award for two of her short stories (b. 1880)

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Grounding Moments

Today I am going to make this blog a gratitude of what I appreciate in life. I had one of those freak accidents this past week that really makes you evaluate your life and appreciate what you have. It’s that type of thing that happens to you that makes you realize that if just one thing had been slightly different, you might not be standing where you are currently standing (or sitting or lying!).

Have you ever had one of those moments? One of those moments you hold your breath and only breathe a huge sigh once it is all over? I’m not sure why it takes these moments for us to “come back to our senses.” In fact, I often refer to small incidents (like tripping as you day dream) as moments that bring us back to earth or cause us to reflect a bit.

This past week I fainted due mainly to being sick and exhausted and face planted it on my bedroom carpet. First off, it was a good thing I landed on the carpet and second, if I had fallen several inches further, I might not be typing this blog. So, I am grateful I am here. Ironically, my husband had just been talking to me the day before about what would happen to us if one of us were hurt, etc. We live in a new place, know less folks, have less people we can depend on for help with our kids, etc. Still, we survived and it serves as a bit of a warning. And it makes me realize that life doesn’t go on forever. If there are things I want to do, achieve, cross off a buck list, etc., I’ve got to do them now or soon. We just never know.

That’s it this week. My challenge to you all is to find something you all are grateful about and either write about it or talk about it (it’s always nice to hear positive news).

Happy writing this week!

 

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