Sundance has been accepted in the
Young Adult genre of the
Author Academy Awards!
I am so very proud!
But without your help, my book cannot win.
PLEASE VOTE for Sundance!!
(The book is on page 16)
I’m so happy to announce that Sundance, the 2nd book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series got another 5-star review. I’m very proud of it. You can read the review on Amazon – or here:
Sundance (The Council of Twelve Series Book 2) has renewed my love of fantasy/paranormal romance. I can honestly say no book has ever done that.
Cindy Knoke provides us with a great blog post about anxiety Management during Pandemic Days. Thank you very much, Cindy!
Many of us are experiencing emotional distress from the pandemic which can affect each of us in different ways, but often presents as increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.
The shrieking headlines don’t help do they? So what can we do to manage these feelings and feel stronger emotionally and psychologically as we prepare ourselves to face the difficult days ahead?
As a psychotherapist who has practiced for many decades, I have some ideas that can help. So if you are interested, read on.
We are going to make a customized anxiety toolbox. One approach doesn’t work for everyone, pick and choose what feels right for you. Of course, I’m including relaxing photos intermixed in this post because looking at positive images is an objective and powerful anxiety reducer. What you perceive influences how you think and feel.
Read about Kim Fielding’s and F. E. Feeley’s new book at the ‘Drops of Ink’ blog, written by Anne Barwell.
A big welcome to Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley as part of their tour with Other Worlds Ink for Hallelujah.
The premise and world building in this story are fabulous, and the characters very layered. Although there are romantic elements and a romance in it, it’s not the HEA of a romance novel, and even though the final pages give some hope for Joseph’s future, he’s still got a rough road ahead. I liked the mythos behind Joseph and those like him, and how their abilities work, and how they differ.
I hope this is the first in a series as I’d love read more of this world, and its characters. I got hooked on this story very quickly, and didn’t want to put it down. The writing style flows well and I couldn’t tell where one author handed over to the other as the transitions are very smooth. The settings were very easy to visualise. I particularly liked Stormy’s ability—it’s different and very cool.
Kristen Lamb once again teaches us about writing and how storms are the center of all great stories. Thanks so much for a new blog post and your education, Kristen!
Every story begins with ideas. Alas, stories can only be created when at least two vastly different ideas collide. The place where these ideas meet is the BOOM, much like the weather.
Storms erupt because of two very different bodies of air meet…and don’t get along.
Only one idea, however, can win. In the meantime, lots of metaphorical rain, lightning strikes and maybe some tornadoes. After the powerful storms, the landscape is altered, lives are changed, some even lost.
It’s the same with powerful stories. Yet, instead of weather fronts colliding, differing ideas are colliding.
It’s wonderful to have a great story idea. Alas, an idea alone is not enough. It’s a solid start but that’s all. Loads of people have ‘great ideas’ and that and five bucks will get them a half-foam latte at Starbucks…one day when it reopens.
Ideas are everywhere…especially now *sighs*
What differentiates the author from the amateur is taking the time to understand—fundamentally—how to take that idea and craft it, piece by piece, into a great story readers love.
This is such a funny, true, heartwarming, and caring blog post, I couldn’t resist to re-blog. Thanks for your humor – and your cats, Cary!
To most, a cat owner is often stereotyped as being asocial or a solitudinarian. To these shallow cretins, people with cats are as pestiferous as the agoraphobic, online gamers, and those with an addiction to porn so severe it makes God ashamed for inventing sex organs. But 87% of you who are reading this know the truth: cat owners can be just as social as any average person; therefore, they bear just as much responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing as you.
But cat owners have an advantage, a built-in defense against socialization that 74.6% of households lack: the combination of a lap and an entitled cat.
Rachel Poli announces her new “Merry Writer Podcast’. Let’s support her!
I’m so excited to announce this project. This has been in the works for a few months now with my good friend, Ari Meghlen.
I had been thinking of starting a podcast for a long time. However, I faced the same problems and questions as I’m sure most people do when they want to start a new project. “What could I talk about on a podcast?” “Is this something I could handle alone on top of everything else?” “Who would want to listen to me?”
Needless to say, when Ari sent me an email asking if I’d be willing to turn The Merry Writer into a podcast, I didn’t have to think twice about it. I was beyond excited to start on a new journey and work with a dear friend on improving something we’ve already built together.
Earlier this week I was informed by August McLaughlin, author, founder of ‘Girl Boner’ and radio host, that a new episode of her ‘Girl Boner’ radio show is available. I listened to this week’s show and think it’s great. August has a studio guest, erotica author Autumn Bardot talk about her book. The show is not only entertaining but also educational. Have fun!
Orgasms are awesome and there are many ways to invite stronger ones if you desire them, which is a completely valid aim. I think it’s also important to keep in mind that there’s no hierarchy or competition. Shorter and less-intense orgasms aren’t less valuable and really, all Os are unique. If we embrace them, we’ll probably experience more pleasure.
A listener wrote in to Girl Boner Radio, asking for ways to amp up her own orgasmic bliss. As Dr. Megan Fleming pointed out, edging (aka orgasm control) is one great option. The question also got me thinking about orgasm myths, so I dedicated much of the latest episode to the topic.
Autumn Bardot, author of Confessions of a Sheeba Queen, and listener, Kate, joined me to a range of orgasm myths, from “size matters” to “squirting is really just pee.” We also chatted about Autumn’s writing life, her aim to celebrate brave women and how penning erotica has influenced her life and sexuality. Erotica writer and phone sex operator Sammy Rei Schwartz also made a special appearance, which you can learn more about below.