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First Friday Lunch – Goals!
Join me as I talk about whether I met my 2022 goals, as I share my goals for 2023, and give you my word of the year.
Cover Reveal – Alpha Mike Foxtrot by Giulia Lagomarsino
Series: OPS Protector Romance Book 5
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Genre: Alpha/Protector Romance
Release Date: December 26, 2022
Cover Design: T.E. Black Designs
Photographer: Reggie Deanching – R+M Photo
Cover Model: Vince
They call me crazy, lethal—psychotic.
I’m all those things and more.
The darkness calls to me, sending me spiraling out of control.
But one woman calms me, bringing me back from the edge when I’m about to lose it.
She’s my savior in every way possible.
But she doesn’t even know I exist. Yet.
I see the way she struggles, trying to maintain her sanity.
I won’t let her go down the same path as my mother.
She won’t be another statistic.
There’s only one thing for me to do—take her.
It’s not kidnapping if you know the person.
She didn’t believe me when I said that.
But I’m not worried about it. She’ll soon find out there are worse things than being hitched to my wagon.
I’ll cherish the ground she walks on for the rest of my life, whether she’s in it or not.
She is my priority, the only reason I continue to live when the darkness takes over.
I’m not naive. Just because I want Anna doesn’t mean I can have her.
I am not a good man, but I am the man for her. I will protect her with my life, slaughter anyone that tries to take her from me.
And when an enemy threat looms, I’ll remove them just like any other baddie.
There is no surviving when The Phantom is calling to me.
I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
AuThursday – Barbara M. Britton
Please welcome Barbara M. Britton to The Clog Blog! Barbara, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am traditionally published in Christian Fiction. I write mostly Biblical Fiction, but I have a Contemporary Christmas Romance coming out in October. I have a breast cancer thread in the book, and I put my journey through breast cancer at the end of the book. My e-release date is October 14th–in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
How do you make time to write?
I schedule time to write. Around a book launch, I may not write as often. With social media and platform building, my writing time can get left out of the equation. I have to be diligent to make time to write. Having a critique group forces me to get pages written in order to exchange for comments.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I think it’s more a case of writer’s burnout. Or you’re stuck on a story and there’s no one to help you brainstorm options. There are definitely times in my life when I’m more productive than others. Life happens.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I love bringing little-known Bible stories to light to help shine a light on stories that no one knows about in the Bible. In “Christmas at Whispering Creek,” I tackle the tough subject of breast cancer with a touch of humor and romance. I felt compelled to shine a light on how younger women are experiencing breast cancer. I was over fifty when cancer struck. Some cancer patients are in their twenties and thirties. Mammography is done mostly on us older gals.
How are you publishing your recent book and why?
I’m with a traditional publisher. They have published all of my books so far. I am not opposed to being my own publisher. Technology is not my friend. The idea of formatting and interacting with sites on the web scares me. I do feel that indie publishing gives the author more freedom to publish the story in their heart.
Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
I’m a combination. I do reach out to friends and family, but I can very easily hold up in my writing cave and not engage with the world. I like to write letters and cards to brighten someone’s day.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
You can’t fix a blank page.
I have used this phrase when my kids needed to finish writing assignments in college.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would give the advice I received as a newbie writer. I was encouraged to join a professional writing organization and to attend writing conferences. I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing and about the business side of writing. Classes are wonderful, but there’s nothing like sitting next to a published author and getting sage advice. Start building your network of writing friends early. I don’t know where I would be without prayer and my writing buddies.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
I have a website-barbarambritton.com –but I am also on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and BookBub under the name Barbara M. Britton. I have to use the M in my name as there was an older movie actress that went by Barbara Britton. There is also a writer named Barbara Bretton.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
“Thank you, Cole.” She held him a little closer.
A shooting star took flight from his heart.
“For cheering me up with your humor and being cool about…well, earlier.” Her tone nose-dived.
“You mean when my old toy became a prop for discussing breast prosthetics.” He was not letting her bring embarrassment into this hug.
“No seriously.” She swayed in his arms. “I guess I’m still anxious about the cancer. I check in with my oncologist, so I feel pressure to get back to Milwaukee. It’s familiar, and well, I have to think about interviewing for a teaching contract.” She blew out a breath. “And then there’s Christmas.”
“You’re an only child. Wherever you want to be for Christmas, your parents will show up. There’s nothing like a Tennessee Christmas. You probably won’t have to shovel out your drive.” He brushed a hand through her silky hair. “And I bet you could get a few references for teaching jobs either in Whispering Creek or Sperry’s Crossing. Lucinda’s reference will be glowing.” Come on, Wisconsin Sam. Stay for Christmas and beyond.
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AuThursday – Tina Holland (yeah, it’s me)
So I wasn’t able to squeeze in a fellow author, today, so I thought I’d interview myself ahead of Valley Con which begins tomorrow in Fargo, ND.
How do I make time to write?
I’m pretty lucky – I’m almost a full-time writer, meaning it’s my day job. I get up in the morning, eat breakfast and head to write. I have an office in our guest-room where I write, blog, e-mail, go on Zoom Calls, Stream on Streamyard and craft on Saturdays. I leave the office between 4 and 5 weekdays. That’s not to say I don’t sneak writing in at other times, cuz I do. I don’t write full-time June-August when I’m helping my husband with his crop-dusting business. I take it easy the month of December because I’ve usually finished NaNoWriMo and also the publishing industry as a whole seems to be taking a break.
Do I believe in Writer’s Block?
Yes, but not in the sense there is this great muse that won’t give me words. I think writer’s block is a manifestation of stress in your personal life or an indication there’s a problem with the story that needs to be fixed. When I have too much going on, I will cut back on my word count goal for the week and manage self-care along with refilling my creative well. I find small breaks are helpful in maintaining momentum. If I step away from a project for more than a week, I have a very hard time getting back into story. So, I find if I at least open the page and stare at it or edit or write a few lines, I don’t lose my place, but I try not to pressure myself to write.
How am I publishing my recent book and why?
Currently my back-list and my most recent work, “Alchemists of Archangel” are published with Book Boutiques. They are a small distributor that takes care of the copy-editing/line editing, provides a cover, does the formatting and distributes my book on digital platforms. This removes a lot of components about self-publishing that scare me. While they don’t do developmental editing, that was unnecessary when I released my back-list as those books were already edited. I found editors for my two recent novels in the “Archangel Revolution” series to help fix issues with them so the editing was already completed.
My current manuscript – “The Widow Spy” (this poor ms. has gone through about ten title changes), is being shopped around. I’m hoping to get in traditionally published but I fear it may be too short for NY and will happily settle for a larger digital press. I like small presses, but I really want more exposure. I may Self-Publish it if I have a hard time finding a home, but I still have concerns about doing Indie publishing correctly.
What is my favorite motivational phrase?
“Just Do It!”
It’s so cliche’ but when it comes to writing, you have to put butt in chair and muddle through until you reach the end.
What advice would I give aspiring writers?
There’s so much, but I think most important is find your tribe of writers. There are so many out there and the connections can be invaluable. I’ve found that my writing friends are supportive when you need to be lifted, ground you when you are floating away and commiserate with you through troubles. It’s no surprise that many have become life-long friends.
I hope you found this interesting and feel free to ask questions below. I’ll be happy to answer them. If you’d like to read some excerpts of my work feel free to hop over to my Books page. You can find my social links on the About Tina page.