#IWSG — Do Writers Read?

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writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question – It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

To be honest, I’ve never heard any recommend NOT reading as part of writing. In fact, I’m drenched in quotes about “To write…

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#AudioBookBlogTour “Dreamscape Adventures, Inc.” by C.A. Gray

Audiobook Tour: Dreamscape Adventures, Inc. by C.A. Gray

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Matthew E. Berry

Length: 6 hours and 16 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: July 17, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism

Workaholic insurance attorney Luke Darringer has it all: money, looks, ambition. Sure, he hasn’t taken a vacation in over a decade, and his personal life is almost nonexistent – but that’s a small price to pay in order to maintain strict control, and minimize his vulnerabilities.

But then Luke’s firm, with the help of his cheeky administrative assistant Charlotte, strong-arms him into becoming the first-ever client of the new Dreamscape Adventures, Inc. The new company promises fantastical vacations to wealthy clients, as well as controlled therapeutic experiences to individuals suffering from various forms of mental illness, such as autism and PTSD. They’re a potentially huge client for Luke’s firm, but they need liability insurance before they can get off the ground. Luke expects he’ll have a quick little canyoneering adventure like he did back in his college days, and then get right back to the grindstone.

But Luke’s adventure doesn’t quite go the way he planned. Eli, the entrepreneur in charge, assures Luke that the glitches are nothing to worry about, and they’ll have things under control again in no time. Instead, Luke soon finds himself in a wilderness of questionable reality, where he is responsible not only for his own safety, but also Charlotte’s, Eli’s, and that of a nonverbal autistic boy whose vulnerability strikes a bit too close to home. Forced to confront his past and his deepest fears, Luke must decide whether to rewrite history and become the man he’s always wanted to be – or whether instead he is doomed to repeat it.

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

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Matthew has been very active in his career as a radiologic technologist, but something was nagging at him. His urging to be involved with the written word. The medical journals he wrote did not fill the desire for the kind of words he wanted to be a part of. He had always considered himself a writer. But one that often had difficulties completing the story. So, how else could he be involved? Matthew began listening to audiobooks and decided in 2017 that he was going to give it a try.

He now has 9 audiobook projects on sale at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes with two projects in the works.

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#CoverReveal “You, Me, and The Memories (A Club Stigmata Novella #1)” by Elle Luckett

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You, Me, and the Memories – A Club Stigmata Novella

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Author: Elle Luckett

Cover Design: LJDesigns

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We are excited to unveil the cover for You, Me, and the Memories, the first novella in a series of standalone novellas taking place in the same universe as The Favor.

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Blurb: 

Rule number one: keep your past in the past, your heart locked away, but never say no to a little fun.

That’s what Kamryn Galvez lives by when she takes on her new role at the infamous Club Stigmata. 

Her life is going to plan until she meets the Dominant of her dreams; an intense cowboy with country charm, smooth hands, and rules of his own he expects his subs to adhere to. Tristan McMillan isn’t like the rest of them, and despite thinking she has it all under control, Kamryn soon realizes she’s playing a dangerous game. One that doesn’t give a damn about her rules. 

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“In Servitude: A Psychological Suspense Novel” by Heleen Kist

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In Servitude: A Psychological Suspense Novel

by Heleen Kist

Genre: Suspense/Psychological Thriller

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You’d do anything for family … wouldn’t you?

Grace thought her sister had the perfect life.

She was wrong.

And now she must pay the price.

When Glory dies in a car crash, Grace discovers her sister wasn’t who she thought she was.

Her unassuming vegan café turns out to be a front for criminal activities. What’s worse: Grace was made an unwitting accomplice. Why?

When the Glasgow gangsters come knocking, Grace battles to keep her fingers clean and protect her family … but is that what her family want?

As the pressure mounts and more secrets come to light, Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. But no-one will listen.

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.

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“Bring Your Own Baker (Death By Cupcake Book 2)” by D.E. Haggerty

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Bring Your Own Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 2)

D.E. Haggerty

Genre: Cozy/Mystery, General Humor

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When Anna discovers her friend murdered, there’s no way she’s not getting involved in the investigation – no matter how dangerous it gets.

Everyone thinks that since I make the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi, I must be some sweet, innocent thing. Being five-feet-nothing doesn’t help with that assessment! Let me tell you. They are wrong. So, when I discover my friend murdered, I’m not sitting back and letting the police handle it. Oh no, not I! Together with my bakery buddies, Callie and Kristie, this murder is getting solved. I don’t care how dangerous it gets. Gang affiliations, illegal gambling dens, ladies of the night? Bring it on. Some stupid undercover cop who decides he’s my protector is not stopping me.

Will Anna discover who murdered her friend or will her self-appointed protector put a stop to such aspirations?

Come join us at Callie’s Cakes, where murder investigations are on the menu, but make sure to bring your own baker, because Anna’s a bit preoccupied at the moment.

Warning: This is NOT your mom’s cozy mystery. Bring Your Own Baker may be a ‘clean’ read, but if gangs, illegal gambling, and pimps make you turn your nose up at your Kindle, you might want to skip this one. Although you’ll be missing some sizzling chemistry between Anna and her protector. Not to mention a whole bunch of witty dialogue.

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#Spotlight Elizabeth Davies and the Book Birthday for “Three Bloody Pieces: a Novel of Witchcraft and Magic (Caitlyn Book 1)”

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Elizabeth DaviesAuthor Elizabeth Davies stopped by Nesie’s Place to chat about her book birthday, what her hubby thinks of her favorite drink of choice, and share a suspenseful excerpt! (This paranormal excerpt contains graphic content during spell-casting and may not be appropriate for all blog visitors.)

 

Hello, Elizabeth and welcome! Thanks for stopping in today!

Thanks for having me!

First question – what’s your favorite genre to read?

Paranormal romance and historical, and if the two are combined in one, I’m in seventh heaven!

Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?

I read quite a wide range, depending on my mood and have been known to read crime and thrillers, and I quite enjoy a fantasy now and again, too.

Favorite beverage to read with?

Tea. Lots of weak tea with sugar. My husband thinks I’m a disgrace.

LOL! I get the same from my mister about my strong coffee!

Pantser or Plotter?

Pantser all the way. I’ve tried plotting, but it simply doesn’t work for me. I find that I can’t stick to a plan when my characters want to do something else entirely.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

I’m self-published – I enjoy the control, and I’m too impatient to wait for a publisher’s schedule.

How long have you been a writer?

I think I must have been a writer all my life, at heart. I’ve certainly always had ideas and premises running through my head. But it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I actually did something about it, and knuckled down to produce a novel

How long did it take you to write your first book?

The first book I published took about eight months. The first book I actually wrote (I’ve buried it deep in the depths of my computer) took about a year and a half.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

I write paranormal romance, but I think my stories fit into a couple of genres – historical, romance, supernatural, fantasy. I don’t think they can make their minds up.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Learn as much as you can about your craft as fast as you can. And whatever you do, always make time to write.

Where do you get the most writing done?

At the dining room table, usually, although I have been known to write anywhere and everywhere the mood takes me.

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Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it??

If it wasn’t for being an author, then I could live without it. But, it’s part of a writer’s toolkit when it comes to marketing and advertising, so I guess I’m stuck with it. Besides, I’ve met such wonderful people that it would be a shame to miss out on that.

Today is the first book birthday for Three Bloody Pieces?

Yes, It’s book 1 in the Caitlyn Trilogy! It’s Paranormal Romance, although the romance bit doesn’t really emerge until the final book. I suppose it could also be described as magical realism, fantasy and historical. Books 2 and 3 will be out in October and November 2018.

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Introduction  – Caitlyn keeps experiencing strange visions. In this one Herleva, the witch, is preparing to cast the spell which will bind Caitlyn to her, and turn her into a cat, the witch’s familiar.

The chanting grew louder, monotonous, drowning out the dying gasp of the storm. The older woman’s lips moved and I tried to fathom the words. She sang in a language I’d never heard before, and it raised goose-bumps on my arms. A chill traveled up my neck. I wanted to run, to fight my way free of the nightmare, but self-preservation kept me still. The old woman had no idea I was there and I had no intention of alerting her to my presence, no urge to feel her crushing, soul-stripping stare. I sent a silent prayer to any god who might be listening, to wake me from this hellish sleep.

She reached deeper into the stomach cavity using swift sure strokes of a knife, with the ease of a butcher, slicing and pulling, until her prize came free with a reluctant sucking squelch. She held the young woman’s heart close to her face, turning it this way and that. Whatever she saw seemed to satisfy her. She gave a nod and placed it on a nearby table, where knives and assorted instruments lay, for purposes I didn’t care to guess.

Folded cerecloth, stiff and yellowed from its coating of beeswax, sat next to the instruments. A bundle of grey fur lay to one side.  Bowls of dried and aromatic herbs were lined neatly in a row on a shelf above. I recognised some, like the white yarrow flowers which were good for staunching blood, but not all.  Too late for any of them to halt the blood loss here, surely, though my mother did once tell me that in the wrong hands, yarrow was used for divination. I also noticed monkswood, with its purple, curled petals, beautiful and deadly; often called wolfsbane and used to poison arrow tips, it was shot at wolves to prevent men from transforming into werewolves.

The woman moved to the fire, wrapped a cloth around her hand and lifted the bubbling pot off its stand. As she poured the liquid into a jug, the smell of thyme filled the air with its distinctive scent, strong and pungent. I caught a whiff of other aromas: rosemary, lavender, cloves.

She rinsed out the corpse’s body cavity with the scalding liquid, wincing at the heat on her hands, and I finally understood what she was doing. She was embalming it. The infusion was one my mother often made, to use as a disinfectant. This woman must be an embalmer, though why I should dream of such a thing mystified me, especially since it was an unusual job for a woman.

I moved closer, an involuntary movement, a glide rather than a step.

And wished I’d stayed put, as I saw what she now had in her hands.

What I’d assumed was a piece of fur on the table, was the body of a grey cat, sticky with blood. She turned it over. Its insides were gone, its face a rictus of fear and snarling teeth. This cat had not had an easy death.

She took a little knife, wicked and sharp, and inserted it into the creature’s belly cavity. More sucking noises, then the cat’s heart was in her hands, pathetically small. She placed it next to the woman’s heart. Using her knife, she made a hole in the larger organ and stuffed the smaller one inside. The needle was already threaded with catgut, and she stitched it up with quick stabs.

When she put the bloodied mess back in the cat’s body, I almost cried out. The woman’s heart and the rest of her innards should be buried alongside her as was the custom, not stuck inside a cat.  But when she picked up the animal and inserted it into the yawning belly cavity of the poor young woman on the table, I couldn’t help but let out a cry of disgust.

She froze, her murmured chanting ceased, and she hunted the room, peering into every corner and crevice, a frown on her face. Her gaze halted when she found me, and the frown transformed into a smile.

Ah, it’s you, my pretty.

I screamed.

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WHOA!!! What an excerpt! Pretty sure I’ll have to read this one with the lights ON!

Many thanks to Elizabeth for stopping by today. Check out her links, don’t forget to enter her amazing giveaway which is open INTERNATIONALLY, then head over to your favorite retailer and grab a copy of Three Bloody Pieces for only 99¢!

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three Bloody Pieces coverA dead king, a queen who is more than she seems, and a witch who uses the dark arts to entrap her.

Queen, widow, beggar – Lady Caitlyn is all three, and now she can add murderer to the list.

When death and treachery propel her south to Normandy, to seek sanctuary with the exiled Prince Alfred, visions of a woman with ancient eyes travel with her.

Herleva is a woman filled with ambition and greed. A woman who intends to be more than a commoner. A woman who gets what she wants by whatever means possible, even if she has to practice the dark arts to achieve her goals.

A woman who is a witch.

Caitlyn finds herself caught up in a magic which changes her very being. A magic which produces a king to change the lives of every man, woman, and child in England.

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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author; whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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