Sunday, July 15, 2018

WeWriWa: A Delicious Peek at PRINCE OF DREAMS and “RELEASE DATE!”


Nothing warms up a summer day like final edits of a sizzling scene! Whew, is it H.o.T. in here or just me? Getting PRINCE OF DREAMS down to its lean and mean fighting weight and loving every minute of it. But time flies so fast when you realize all that’s involved in getting that baby out into the world. BETA readers, line edits, formatting, final cover proof, promotion plans scheduled . . . and before you know it, that summer book has an October release date! Just can’t get it through so many hands in less time even though my job is almost done. So, I’m rolling with it to announce a Release Date of October 2, 2018! And to help celebrate, I’m reopening the doors to my Haunted Halloween Open House! More on that later. Today, let’s get straight to the heart (or is that heat?) of the moment with today’s excerpt from an earlier scene in PRINCE OF DREAMS.


As he strode behind the truck bed, she watched in the rearview as his outline was traced by the rear lights, desire and impatience for what she couldn’t have chafing aggressively like two raw agates in a rock polisher. By the time he got in, she’d fogged the windows with her ragged breaths. 

As he twisted to find his seat belt, Ophelia spoke his name softly, “Christopher.” 

Kip turned in question and she was on his lips in a heartbeat. As his parted in surprise, her tongue shot between them, engaging his in aggressive play. The taste of him . . . zingy sauce, dark beer and pure heaven. 

He gripped her upper arms, at first, she thought to push her away, but he drew her closer instead, dragging her toward him, lifting and twisting her body to angle her around the steering wheel, grinning into their kiss as her butt brushed the horn, startling a quick beep. Skirt tangling about the shifter knob, she freed one hand to tug it loose, so Kip could pull her across him, her knees straddling his thighs on the vinyl bench seat. They settled into a hurried, hungry lip lock. 

Delicious.

I wonder where this is going?

Back to Chapter 12, is where I’m going on this final eagle-eyed voyage in search of errors before passing my baby on to pre-readers. Deep breath, deep breath! Thank goodness for looong weekends!

Happy Writing no matter where you are in your journey, fellow Warriors!



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

TAKE FIVE with Diane Burton and New Release NUMBERS NEVER LIE!


I'm always thrilled when one of my writer pals has a new release coming out, especially one I know I'll enjoy for its sassy humor, twists and turns (I adore suspense in any form and have read sneak peek excerpts, so I'm really geeked!). I'm tooting a horn today for Diane Burton with a five question interview and a look at her brand new romantic suspense, NUMBERS NEVER LIE as part of her blog hop (and that means a giveaway!) Welcome, Diane! 


Nancy, thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I’ve always valued our friendship. Over the years, you’ve helped me so much in my writing career, and you’ve been an example of never giving up when the going got rough.

1. What do you find the most satisfying point in your book's "journey" - Plotting, the writing process, editing (no one said EVER!), promotion, Release Day, reader responses, reviews or something else?

I love the beginning from when an idea pops in my head (usually as I’m dropping off to sleep) to writing the first scenes. It’s exciting to discover the characters and what they get into. I know the ending; after all, I write romances, but I don’t know how the characters will get to that happy-ever-after. Since my books always contain a mystery suspense, I don’t know at the beginning how it will be resolved. Around chapter eight, I have to stop and (sort of) plot, adding details on how to get to the end.

2. You publish in multi-genres (Yeah, you and lucky readers!). What do you find are the pluses and minuses - changing voice, research, reaching an audience or something else?

With my contemporary stories (cozy mysteries and romantic suspense), I use the local area for the settings or places I’ve visited. Research is easy. The mysteries are written in first person point of view. That means I can “be” that girl—young (yes, I do remember that time LOL) and a bit of a smart-ass. I have a lot of fun writing stories set in the future. In the sci-fi romances, I really get to use my imagination. I can make up cultures, religions, settings that are, literally, “out of this world.” Research is more difficult. As much as I’d like to, I can’t just pop over to the Outer Rim for an ale at a tavern or a taste of alien cuisine.

3. Do you have a favorite character from one of your books and if so, what makes them so special?

That’s like asking me to name my favorite child or grandchild. LOL Each female character is different, but they have many of the same qualities. Sassy, feisty, independent, and determined. Some of those qualities I’d like to have more of myself. The men range from stiff and austere, to easy-going wise-crackers, from Alphas to reformed Alphas, now Betas. Since I like a guy with a sense of humor, one who is honorable and dependable, that’s my hero.

4. I think of you as a PR guru - how do you manage the time and effort it takes and what avenues do you find are the most productive?

Wow, thanks. Time management is hard, even being retired from the day job. My creativity is best in the morning, so I use that time to write. Afternoons are better spent doing promotion. As far as what works promo-wise. I wish I knew. I enjoy writing blogs. Short and focused writing. That’s why I put together this blog tour. I tweet and belong to Triberr (a tweet multiplier). I’ve paid for advertising. I participate in local book events with personal contact with readers. I don’t know what works best. It’s sort of like throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping it sticks.

5. And, of course, what's next?

I’m working on a science fiction romance, 4th in my Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. The Spy will be released in the Fall.

My newest release is Numbers Never Lie, a romantic suspense. Even since One Red Shoe, I wanted to write another romantic suspense. I started this story over fifteen years ago, but Life intruded. Our mothers needed more care, and my paying job drained me of energy. I set this story aside for longer than I expected. This winter, I rediscovered Maggie, her brother Jack, and their friend Drew and remembered how much I enjoyed their story. On Monday, the story released on Amazon.



NUMBERS NEVER LIE 
A Romantic Suspense 
By Diane Burton 
Release Date: July 9, 2018 
Length: approx. 80,000 words 
Available at AMAZON
Free with Kindle Unlimited

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie.

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Upon returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother Jack’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that 
– an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?


EXCERPT

Drew glanced at her blinking answering machine in the corner of the peninsula counter that divided the kitchen from the eating area. “You have a message.”

“I’ll get it later,” Maggie said over the running water as she rinsed the lettuce. Unlike her mother, she didn’t let the phone rule her life. No matter what she was doing, Mom always ran to catch the phone. As if afraid she would miss a call.

“What if it’s important?” He studied the machine again with its flashing red light.

“My friends would call my cell. And the only person I need to hear from is Jack. He knew I was going on the camping trip. If it was important, he would’ve called my cell. As I told you before, I check for messages on that phone while we’re on a trip—in case it’s one of the parents.”

“I’m surprised you still have a landline. Most people don’t.”

“My folks had it. I should disconnect it since I only get robo-calls.” She dried the lettuce then set it on the counter.

Drew prowled the kitchen, making her trips from the refrigerator to the sink worse than dodging an obstacle course. “I can’t get over Jack wanting to listen to a CD in the middle of a workday.”

While she washed and chopped veggies, she told him about Jack’s visit on Friday. “I couldn’t believe how tired he looked. He didn’t say much—you know Jack.”

Drew nodded. “Never complain, never explain.” Which pretty much described Drew, also. She thought it prudent not to make the comparison out loud.

“I guess he’s putting in a lot of hours making up for Ben being out.” She explained about Jack’s business partner’s motorcycle accident. “Jack’s doing an audit over in Muskegon. I gather it isn’t going well.”

“Muskegon? Seriously? I’m working with a client over there. In fact, I was there all day Friday.” Drew slanted his eyes at the answering machine. “I can’t believe you’re not curious enough to listen to your message. I’d never not check.”

He glared at her answering machine. “I can’t stand this.” He punched the Play button.

“You have a lot of nerve—”

“This message is for Maggie May Sinclair. Please call the Muskegon County Sheriff immediately.” A phone number followed.

Maggie stared at Drew. Her heart thudded in her chest. Alarm plummeted into her stomach like an icy weight.

“Jack?” Drew voiced her worst fear.

She grabbed the receiver and dialed the number. “This is Maggie Sinclair. I’m returning a call I received.”

“One moment,” the operator said. A minute later, a man answered. “Ms. Sinclair? I called about your brother, Jack Sinclair.”

Alarm shot through her veins. She heard bits and pieces through the roar in her ears. “Regret to inform you . . . accident . . . early yesterday morning—”

She slid down, the kitchen cupboard at her back. The phone clattered on the white vinyl floor.


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s Website!



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Sunday, July 8, 2018

WeWriWa: Trimming the Fat, My Personal Struggle with Editing . . .


My name is Nancy . . . and I’m a wordaholic. Yes. I admit it. I love words, the more the merrier. Until it’s time to start editing that WIP. It’s like trying to decide which of your children you’ll cut out of the will! “Yes, yes, I need that scene,” this author cried in despair, clutching it desperately to her dramatically heaving bosom. “It means everything to the plot!” Weeeeell, maybe not so much. <delete> Okay, only 10,000 more to go . . .

Such is my grim task with PRINCE OF DREAMS. I thought I’d find lots of fluff during my first read through. Sigh. Only 1,000 ditchable words. Only 35 more pages to trim. If all my scenes were as lean and mean as today’s snippet, I’d be up you know what creek! (dialog tags added to comply with number of sentences allowed. Extra fat added for flavor!)

“Do you still see them?” 

“My mom?” 

“And your brothers.” 

His voice dropped a gruff degree to admit, “Her, never enough but them, I’m always tripping over, especially now that some are here in New Orleans,” then catching himself before revealing more. 

Elbows on the table, she leaned forward, chin in her hands. “Are they like you?” 

“Tall or good looking?” 

“Nice,” she amended. 

He grinned. “They’re tall and good looking.”


Kip’s s family . . . that’s the root of the problem. I adore them. The interplay between him and his brothers . . . don’t get me waxing wordy poetic. Those scenes aren’t just informative, character builders, I can . . . and do argue with myself, they’re FUN to write and read! But can the book still rock without them? (she wonders, finding herself adding MORE into those interplays instead of Xing them).

Thank goodness for BETA readers who don’t suffer from that same separation anxiety. I can hear them now: “Put that flabby bastard on a treadmill and sweat that excess fat off!” Yikes. I’d better get busy . . . I can always put those precious scenes into, gulp, Extra Content. (sob!)

Half way through the first pass of edits and my 5-day weekend. Wish me luck!




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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG: What I Want to Be When I’m a Grownup (Writer)


The first thing a burgeoning writer dreams of is success – awards, the tours, the six-figure-and-up contract, the talk shows, the lists, the fans lined up around the block with your hardcover in hand, followed by movie options – you know, the good life all your hard work is going to lead to, that silver lining celebrity accolade we feverishly chase . . . leading to this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group thought provoker:

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

That’s what I wanted - the whole glitzy, adoring pinnacle of author recognition. From the first time I committed pen to ruled notebook paper a lifetime ago, the first time I submitted a hand-typed manuscript in a box to some unknown face in NY who was going to recognize my genius and make me that star! As I sold more books and my contracts got bigger, I gave talks on setting those high goals as carrots to dangle and chase relentlessly. Then I got a taste of that dream and a hard look at what it would cost to reach and sustain it.

Like many (heck, most!) writers, I’m a recluse, an OCD/ADD introvert who likes a small world I’m in control of. The very idea of a hoard of strangers, constant smiling and spotlights scares the snot out of me, but I did those things because I wanted that dream. I did interviews on camera, gave national workshops to full houses, smiled my way through signing hundreds of book copies at marketing events, did an anxiety-filled multi-state publicity book tour my publicist set up and paid for, stood on stage to accept a lifetime achievement award, spent hours I could have been writing to frantically try to keep up with new social medias springing up everywhere, making myself an exhausted, frustrated wreak who kinda wanted to spend a weekend once in a while sitting out in the back yard with the cat, reading a book I wasn’t promoting and not getting up at 4:30 am every single day for 70+ books and 30-odd years.

It took a sidelining knee replacement (with really good drugs) and a workshop on making a business plan to get me to relax enough to REALLY think about the career I wanted to sustain for the rest of my writing years. All the glitzy, stressful, ooooh shiny things fell away. All I really wanted to do all these years later was still the first dream I ever had. I wanted to write books I enjoyed and make a living doing just that - an enjoyable supplement income from the one thing I couldn’t NOT do. It’s still work and plenty of it, and none of it is easy, but cutting away the false trimmings of a success I really didn’t desire gives me the freedom to enjoy it again.And it’s enough for me.


So, to those who chase that brass ring of stardom – good for you! Go for it if it’s your dream. I’ll be cheering you on in the backyard with my cat on my extra day off, drinking coffee and dreaming plot dreams before heading in to my WIP. After sleeping in until 6!


Happy 4th for those of you celebrating!!


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the July 3rd posting of the IWSG will be Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, July 1, 2018

WeWriWa: Outside the Rules with PRINCE OF DREAMS


BIG news – finished first draft of PRINCE OF DREAMS!! Now I’ve got 512 flabby pages with 108K words to whip into shape. I wish I was as excited about my own workouts!

I’m sharing a scene from this fourth book in my “House of Terriot” shapeshifter series with the help from the heroine from Book 1. Sylvia Terriot knows a thing or two about stepping outside the strict rules that govern their secretive clan . . . and she’s broken most of them. Nevertheless, she was stunned by the youngest prince’s reveal that the woman of his dreams is . . . gulp, HUMAN! The scene continues . . .


"That's the tip of the iceberg, since her father's the one who was holding Rico's mate hostage, but she's not like him!"

"I should hope not," she chastised, but before they could continue their discussion with more question he didn’t want to answer, her tone roughened as she looked beyond him into a purring, "Hello, gorgeous."

His brother, Colin scooped her up for some serious tongue action before restoring her, flushed and smirking, to her very high heels with a lusty murmur of, "Hey, Syl, looks to kill, as usual. I need to borrow the kid for a minute."

"Keep him alive," she murmured with a suggestive, “he has better things to do with his evening than hang out with you lot."

Colin looked between them, eyes widening as he blurted, "You told her?"

"You told him?" she echoed, staring at Kip in equal surprise then, with a laugh, said gleefully, "Good, now I can gossip to Turow.” 

"But he'll go to Cale," Kip protested, knowing their king’s less than favorable position on dating outside their clan, let alone their kind!

Seeing his worry, she patted Kip's cheek, promising, "Not if he wants to come home to me, so who do you think he'll choose?" and with a wink, she swiveled away, certain both men were appreciating the view.

They were.

It takes a strong woman confident in her own skin . . . and within her own relationship . . . to behave as, ummm, freely as Sylvia, but that self-assurance came a tremendous cost, placing a lifetime of cynical distrust aside to believe in the honor of one man, the one sent to “escort” her to her own probable death. A bumpy (and entertaining!) road to happiness with her PRINCE OF HONOR.



   

Will Kip and Ophelia be as lucky . . . and their journey to happily-ever-ever as rough?

I’m looking forward to a loooooong 4th of July weekend (five whole days!) to read all the way through PRINCE OF DREAMS for the first time, then I’ll know what kind of editing work lies ahead. The hard part - staying inside. Wish me luck!

Happy upcoming Holiday for my fellow US Warriors!!



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

WeWaWri: She’s Only Human . . .


If anyone understands making and surviving mistakes, it’s Sylvia Terriot, a heroine in her own right in PRINCE OF HONOR, but doing empathetic secondary duty in my WIP, PRINCE OF DREAMS, as she quizzes our hero on his choice of lady loves. This scene immediately follows last week’s as Sylvia teases Kip about replacing her in his,ummmm, heart.


"I had to let go of the dream or risk Row taking my life," Kip teased, grinning as she rubbed her lipstick off his lips.

"Hmmm, and now you have a new dream that Turow hinted is inappropriate, so I like her already."

"She's part of the job I'm doing in New Orleans."

"The job's not all you've been doing. Good for you." Catching his uncomfortable squirm, she frowned then prompted,"Not good?"

"Not one of our kind."

"Mia Guedry is here in these hallowed halls tonight and the ceiling hasn't caved in."

"She's more than just an outsider, Syl, she's . . . human."

A startled blink and a stammered, "A . . . what?"


Of all the objections a family might have to a prospective new member, who would have thought THAT would be it? Of course, if you’re part of a secretive band of shapeshifters . . . and being human isn’t the WORST of her sins. I guess that leads us to next week’s post.

And while we’re on the subject of our hero, meet Kip Terriot, my PRINCE OF DREAMS (or should that be DREAMY?)



Sigh. Now you know why it’s taken me soooooo long to get to the end of this book.


Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

WeWriWa: A Blast from the Past . . .


One of the absolute best things about writing a series is the ability to bring back characters you love! While rushing toward the finish line of PRINCE OF DREAMS, I’m indulging in a bit of nostalgia. For the next few weeks enjoy a fun scene between hero, Kip, and his “first” infatuation who was actually ALL the brothers’ first, their rite of passage into manhood with a good girl forced to bad things by her ambitious mother while searching for her own prince to rescue her . . . or the other way around. Say hello, again, to the determined survivor from PRINCE OF HONOR, Sylvia Terriot . . .


"Hello, stranger." 

Kip turned away from Cale's door right into Sylvia Terriot's arms, arms that insistently pulled him down onto her luscious lips. His brain kicked in quickly enough to stop his body from responding.

Sylvia had been his first and most memorable occasion until Ophelia Brady. He'd crushed on her since adolescence, as had all his brother's, yet somehow, he hadn't been as shocked as the others when she ended up with the most reserved of his kin. She and Turow, despite their polar opposites, fit perfectly together, but the first spark he'd felt for her was still evident in Kip's blush. "Hey, Syl," he muttered like a ten-year-old. 

"Hey, yourself." Before standing down from her tiptoes, she gave a curious sniff about his collar demanding, "What's this? Are you cheating on me?"


If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to fall from grace, it’s Syl. That’s what makes her the perfect confidante. A tough realist when it comes to life’s hard knocks as well as its indulgences, she’s evolved from traitor to her clan to one of its most valuable assets. Here’s a look at her book and her prince . . .



Could the bargain they made to save their lives become their reality?

Turow . . .

Strong, silent man of integrity content to serve his new king as a prince in the turbulent shape-shifter House of Terriot. A tracker and relentless hunter, he’s used to running trails alone until charged with returning a traitor to their mountain top home to face the unforgiving judgment of their clan. Isolated with the bad girl he’s loved forever, the choice between duty and desire has never been more difficult . . . or deadly.

Sylvia . . .

Manipulative schemer or victim caught between a mother’s ambition and a rogue prince’s lust for power? Trust is almost as foreign as the idea of love, but to save herself from certain death, she must risk both on the good man who deserves them . . . from someone worthy. Trapped by the only one who believes in her goodness, she must betray him and run for her life . . . or stay and destroy him with a long hidden truth.

Deadly, Damaged, and Delicious!
Brothers too H.o.T. to Handle!

If I didn’t get to visit all my fellow Warriors last weekend, it’s because I was on the second of THREE writing weekends away, this last one at my critique partner’s home where I set up my little corner of writer’s heaven in a bedroom, so I could rise and shine before the actual shine without waking anyone else up (and without coffee until they did!) . . . and managed to get to 96K!


This weekend is my Mid-Michigan RWA chapter meeting then it’s back to the keyboard and hopefully, the finish line!!

For more on the “House of Terriot,” visit my Friday post for the SPLASH INTO SUMMER BLOG HOP where I’m showcasing my H.o.T. heroes and giving away an Amazon gift card.


Happy almost Summer, fellow Warriors. Let’s see what you’ve been doing . . .


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Friday, June 15, 2018

SPLASH INTO SUMMER with H.o.T. Shapeshifter Princes!


Is it H.o.T.in here, or is it just me? I'm raising the heat index in the SPLASH INTO SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP, with the shapeshifter princes from my "House of Terriot" series. Feast your eyes and prepare to turn up the A/C, 'cuz things are about to get steamy . . . 



As I finish up the last few chapters of PRINCE OF DREAMS, the last in the 4-book spin-off from my "By Moonlight" dark paranormal shapeshifter series, let me introduce these rowdy, rocking bad boys who bring the house down while struggling to save theirs . . .



Want to get up close and personal with this dark, deadly and delicious quartet who serve their king, protect their clan and search for females strong enough to tame them? Here's a tease . . . 



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    Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    IWSG: What's In A Name?


    This month's Insecure Writers Support Group question asks, "Which is more difficult, picking a book's title or naming its characters?"  Hmmmm. For me, it's a two prong answer. Naming the main characters is a must before I start writing. What's in a name? Everything the reader needs to know about the character. The name should complement (or contrast!) that individual's personality and status and aid in helping the reader visualize who he or she is. First and last should mesh to strengthen that purpose. It shouldn't jar the reader either by being impossible to pronounce or remember (Hello, Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings!), too cutesy/trendy, or too similar to those of other characters in the book. A hero should wear his name like his favorite tailored suit jacket - effortlessly. A heroine should flaunt a nickname like a funky or pricey piece of jewelry. When naming a character, should it matter? Frankly, my dear, you need to give a damn. Because the hero of the book was named Rhett for a reason, and not Ashley.

    Titles . . . don't get me started. After decades of being published by the Big Six and not having any choice in what was slapped by the marketing team on your cover (even if four books named MIDNIGHT KISS came out on the same release date!), having someone ASK what you preferred, not just for the title of one book, but for the series concept, blew me away! Man, that's hard work! Something that hasn't been done before, something reflecting the tone and concept and genre of the work, something eye-catching, thought provoking . . . memorable! I recall sitting for hours with my critique group thinking up appropriate (and sometimes Inappropriate!) words to go with ". . . by Moonlight" (after ten books, it gets harder, believe me!) or "Prince of . . ." And for goodness sake, nothing with "C*cky" in it!!!

    After 60+ books, I still appreciate the freedom of choice for my book's names and titles, but it never gets any easier. And it never should.

    Enjoy playing the name game, fellow IWSGers!!



    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!

    Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the June 6th posting of the IWSG will be Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

    Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

    Twitter hashtag is #IWSG