Mama Diaries

Friday, December 4, 2020

Guest Author, Tyrean Martinson


Today, I have author, Tyrean Martinson at my pad. She's here to tell us about her new book, Lift Off. 

Hi, Tyrean. Your book, Lift Off is such a fun sci-fi read. 

What gave you the idea to have a spaceship in disguise as a movie theater?

As a kid, there was something about the way the little lights on the aisles lit up that made

me think of space ships. As a teen, I saw a theater that reminded me of a spaceship from the

outside, and the idea stuck in my imagination but didn’t have an outlet for decades until I wrote


You stated in the book that you hadn't planned on making a series, but that's where it's

heading. Do you have any idea of how many books will be in it?

I have five books generally outlined. The only problem is the outline for book five is

rather lengthy, and it may end up splitting into six books. My overall outline takes up over

twenty pages. Each book will be under 30,000 words because I want these to be fast-paced reads

for reluctant readers, and I am working within a length that seems to work for me.

This story was conceived in April during the pandemic. How long did it take to write?

I wrote the rough draft between the last days of March and the first three weeks of April,

so I guess it was actually started in March, but really took shape in April. I revised it, then sent it

to an editor. I was ready to say “done,” but during the revision process, I discovered more

questions I wanted to answer. In a way, the second, third, and fourth drafts really finished the

book, so it took around thirty days to get the basic book done, then another three months to finish

it during revisions and editing.

Who is your favorite character and why?

Out of all the stories I’ve written so far, Amaya is my favorite main character. She has

depth to her, and I want to make sure that comes across on the page in a way that works and

shows her character growth throughout the series. She’s fun to write because riding along with

her is like taking a walk in someone else’s shoes, even though she’s from my imagination.

My second favorite character is actually Tanwen, who we don’t meet until much later in

book one. She fascinates me with her other-worldliness. I really like my secondary characters so

I have to be careful not to go to far into Tanwen’s backstory in the rest of the series.

My third favorite character is Sol. At first, Sol was mainly a catalyst to Amaya’s journey,

and I didn’t have a good sense of what drove him as a character in the first draft. I did some side

scenes just for him to understand him more, and although those aren’t in the book, they informed

the way he acts in the book.

If you had a super-power, what would it be?

I used to always say flight or super speed, but right now, I really wish I had healing

powers, or the ability to build up healing powers in others so we could heal the hurts in the real


What's next for you?

My main focus is The Rayatana Series, Books 2 and 3. In Books 2-5, Amaya discovers

more about her past to make decisions about her future and the future of the galaxy. Of course,

the galaxy isn’t static, and in Liftoff, she made ripples that will bounce back to her in

unexpected waves.

My Review:

When Amaya spends a little time in a theater, relaxing with her friends, she doesn't expect to be taken in a spaceship to a far-off galaxy to deal with tensions between alien races. But that's exactly what happens in this fun, fast-paced space adventure.

When she discovers who she really is, Amaya has to adapt quickly and be everything the prophecies foretold. Not an easy job!

With humor and likable, interesting characters, this is a fun, fast-paced novella that any sci-fi enthusiast would enjoy.  -5 Stars

About the Book: 

Title: Liftoff

Subtitle: The Rayatana Series, Book 1

A spaceship in disguise,

An Earth girl searching for a sense of home,

And a Thousand Years’ War between alien races,

All collide on a summer afternoon.

An old movie theater welcomes Amaya in and wraps her up in the smell of popcorn and

licorice. But one sunny afternoon during a matinee, the movie screen goes dark. The theater


Amaya gets trapped in the middle of an ancient alien conflict. Angry and frightened, Amaya

entangles herself in a life-changing cultural misunderstanding with Sol, a young alien who

keeps omitting key information, even while they’re on the run from his enemies.

What will it take to survive a battle between alien races involved in an ancient war?

Liftoff is a fast-paced read for fans of Code 8, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Cobra Kai.

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9889933-8-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9889933-9-6

Copyright Tyrean Martinson November 2020

Publisher: Wings of Light Publishing, Gig Harbor, WA, USA

Professionally Edited by Chrys Fey

Cover Art and Interior Design by Carrie Butler

LINKS: AmazonUS Kobo Smashwords Barnes and Noble

Bookbub Goodreads

About the Author: Tyrean Martinson is an author and teacher from Washington State. As a

former fencer and kickboxer, she enjoys writing fight scenes in fast-paced novels and

novellas. As a teacher and writing tutor, she loves to get students writing and reading

comfortably by any means: talk-to-text, short writing assignments, short stories, novellas, and

adventures. She wrote her latest novella, Liftoff, for herself during COVID, but realized it

also fits a dream she’s had for a while: to create a short, fast-paced read for teen/YA readers

who love popcorn movies, adventure, and sweet romance.

Author Links: Blog Newsletter Instagram Twitter Facebook

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG Post of the Month

 Today's ISWG question is: Do you find that you are more productive in writing during certain times of the day, week, month, or year?  Nope. Everything depends on what kind of workload I have with my other jobs.  When I'm swamped, little or no writing gets done. I try to carve out time at least once a week, but honestly, sometimes I just don't have the time. Well, that's not entirely true. I guess if I didn't sleep, I'd have time. But I'd rather sleep.

What about you? Are you more productive during certain times?

And here's some news:  The ex is going to get another German Shepherd. If you recall, our dear Schultz died earlier this year. I guess the house was a bit too quiet without the patter of doggy feet. So, ladies and gentlemen, the new furry creature will be named Klaus. This is a picture of a puppy from his litter. It may or may not be him:


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Guest Author, Regan W. H. Macaulay: Christmas Reflections

Today I have children's author, Regan W. H. Macaulay as a guest on my blog. She's sharing some thoughts about the Christmas season.

Please welcome her.

 Christmas Reflections  by Regan W. H. Macaulay

I have a lot of warm and wonderful memories of Christmases gone by…I am incredibly grateful for those times and memories. Last year I wrote on my own blog a bit about how my father, who has now passed, used to read me The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve when I was a child. I also have great memories of opening gifts under the beautifully lit and decorated tree with my mom and step-father as well. I hope you all have similar memories of Christmas and other holidays.

This year, I got to thinking about how much less material things matter to me, especially considering how COVID-19 has really put things into perspective. But that also got me thinking about the toys that I received for Christmas, and how central they have been in the lives of all children who celebrate with their families. Oh, I know…stores are marketing these things months before Christmas arrives and it all feels very commercial. I don’t want to celebrate products so much, but I think about movies like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and how toys each had their own character, and such importance was placed on all children deserving a chance at a toy, like in the movie Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and I remember how much I loved certain toys when I was very young.

Let’s face it, when we grow up, Christmas changes for us, and the significance of receiving a physical gift diminishes, even if some of us still love our toys. As children, though, toys can be very special. They become a part of our lives in a different way. Toys can be like pets or even friends of a different sort. They take us on imaginative adventures. Some children love books because they tell stories. Others may love plush animals because they have an innate love of animals themselves. Bikes offer adventure in the form of independent transportation. Puzzles and games challenge the mind—an escape sometimes similar to that which books offer. Some children love model cars, or mini construction vehicles, or lego bricks which allow them to build. These toys not only help us develop into who we will become, but they also reveal a part of who we are.

I loved my dump truck, Raggedy Ann, and Drowsy dolls in equal measure when I was very, very young.  There was also a well-loved Fisher Price Farm set, and Santa also brought me my beloved Kermit doll. Boy, did I love The Muppet Show…and frogs. In later years, I came to identify with Kermit’s role as producer and theatrical director, believe it or not!  As Christmases went by, I also received Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Rolph.

I also liked to pretend to be a veterinarian with my Fisher-Price Medical Kit. I would give check-ups to all my stuffed animals, including a beautiful stuffed Siamese cat I absolutely adored. I have not become a veterinarian, but I have become a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist, and there have been several real Siamese cats in my life!

There was that pop-up Night Before Christmas book I mentioned. Strawberry Shortcake figures, Benji, Garfield, ET, Baby Brenda, a mini Galaxian arcade, Gremlins, Care Bears, Cabbage Patch dolls, Pound Puppies, My Little Ponies…they all seemed important at the time. And though in the big picture, I know that they’re not, maybe they were in their own way, in their own time. They each shared a little bit of my personality in a physical form, and they helped me negotiate my way through childhood to figure myself out. 

The vast majority of these toys are gone, but I still have a couple with me, to remind me…to keep me connected to my childhood, which is always helpful for a children’s book writer!

What toys do you remember? Which ones made a particular impact on you as a child?

Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana

Written by: Regan W. H. Macaulay and Kevin Risk

Illustrated by: Gordon Bagshaw

Libby is a lonely cactus plant who has trouble believing in herself. However, when lovely, confident Violet moves in next to her on the windowsill, Libby learns that the things that make her different also make her special.

Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat

Written by: Regan W. H. Macaulay

Illustrated by: Alex Zgud

Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home!

Check out the book trailer:

Regan W. H. Macaulay writes novels, short stories, children’s literature, and scripts. Writing is her passion, but she’s also a producer and director of theatre, film, and television. She is an animal enthusiast as well, which led her to become a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist. Other picture storybooks include Sloth the Lazy Dragon, Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far, Mixter Twizzle’s Breakfast, Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat, and Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese. She is also the author of The Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham, which includes Space Zombies! (based on her film, Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!—available on iTunes and on DVD), They Suck, and Horror at Terror Creek.

Friday, November 6, 2020

IWSG Post of the Month


So, in this completely upside-down messed up week, I totally forgot to post for IWSG. Better late than never.

Today's question is:  What was the strangest thing you've ever had to Google while doing research for writing a book?

I have done a lot of Googling, so it's kind of hard to remember everything, but one that sticks out is when I was Googling taser guns. I wanted to know how they could be tracked. Then I wanted to know the name and exact location of the taser retail store in Moscow, Russia.

Surprisingly, nobody from the KGB showed up at my doorstep to question me.

What about you? What's the strangest thing you've ever had to Google?

Now, to add to this completely messed up week, I just went to Ninja Captain's blog and found a totally different question: Why do you write what you write? Easy: I like kid books. :)

So, whatever. Two questions for the price of one.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Guest Author, Scott Coon


Today, I have author, Scott Coon at my pad. He's telling us about his latest release, Lost Helix.


Lost Helix is the key…

Stuck on an asteroid mining facility, DJ dreams of writing music. His dad is a corporate hacker and his best friend Paul intends to escape to become a settler in a planet-wide land rush, but neither interests DJ.

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's song Lost Helix. Caught in a crossfire of lies, DJ must find his father and the mother he never knew.

When the mining company sends Agent Coreman after DJ and his guitar, DJ and Paul escape the facility and make a run for civilization. Will DJ discover the truth before Coreman catches him?


Hi, Scott! Welcome to my pad.   What inspired you to write Lost Helix?


It started with my love of classic science fiction elements. You will find many peppered throughout Lost Helix. But my ideas often come from asking the question, "Yeah, but what next?"  Terraforming is a recurring concept in science fiction, like in James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, but what happens when the planet is done? How does humanity go about populating it? The world of Lost Helix is my answer to that question. Another source of inspiration was the video game Sid Meier's Civilization. Every time I built the domed spaceship bound for Alpha Centauri, I wondered what would become of it after the colonists stripped it for parts and left its remains in orbit. In Lost Helix, I give my science victory colony ships a second life as a farm, feeding the miners of Stone River.

I think you did a great job of creating a realistic scenario of what could happen on an already-populated new world. We like to think a new world would be a utopia, but really, the most likely scenario would be that it would have the same problems as the world we already know due to human conditions like greed and a thirst for power.  


The main character plays a special guitar which is an important part of the story. What gave you the idea to use the guitar, and do you play?


I missed out on learning a musical instrument when I was a kid, although I really wanted to. Later in life, I never made it a priority. Then the video game Rockband came along. I could at least pretend to play an instrument. I ended up playing the drums a lot and have even considered taking lessons. Though it's no longer trendy, I still play Rockband drums on an old Xbox 360 for exercise and fun.

In the world of lost helix, DJ's guitar is a direct ancestor of the Rockband guitar. I made several changes to turn it into a true musical instrument, something we actually have the technology to make today. I hope someone does.

I think it would be cool to have a guitar like the one in the story. Maybe someday you will learn to play the guitar. It's never too late to learn!


I personally liked Maya, the strong female side character in the story. Do you have a favorite side character?


That would be Katie. She's a little girl who pops in and out of the later part of the story. She appears shy at first but, as she opens up, she becomes a delightful character with some wonderful lines. Characters sometimes surprise the people who are writing them, doing things in the moment that hadn't been planned. In Lost Helix, Katie surprised me a couple of times. I think she'll surprise the readers as well.

I completely agree that characters can surprise even the author. Sometimes they take lives of their own.


If you could live in another universe, what would it look like?


It would look like one of my novels in waiting, where the only challenge is finding the meaning in your own life. I have two very different versions of this type of world. One is complete novel in need of another review and the other is still in brainstorming. The complete novel is a world where people have the ability to manipulate space-time at will. And they use this ultimate power to entertain themselves by turning their town into a bouncy castle, a beach, or Japanese mythology brought to life. But one fellow finds it all shallow and weird. He sets out to live a life that feels real to him.

That sounds like a great premise for a story! 

Now that Lost Helix is released, what is next for you?


Keep writing. I have other novels in the works and more short stories too. Once people have had a chance to read and enjoy Lost Helix, I will be ready to give them more. I also have a YouTube channel with writing advice, animated readings of my short stories, and videos about my inspirations for Lost Helix.

That all sounds good!  I look forward to reading more of your work!

My review:

DJ is the son of a programmer/computer hacker living on a spaceship and working for a corrupt mining corporation that has taken on the role of the government. Mystery has always surrounded DJ's dad and his personal life. DJ is trying to get to the truth. What exactly does his dad do? Who is his mother? And why are the corporate executives trying to get his guitar?

Lost Helix is a coming of age story set in a futuristic society. The cat and mouse games DJ and his friends have to play to avoid the bad guys and get answers, make it a fast-paced read. The characters are realistic with strengths and flaws. It's also nice to see a strong young female in the character of Maya.

Lost Helix is a fast-paced read recommended for YA and adult readers who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, space odysseys, and coming of age stories. 


Here are the buy links, and social media links:

Author website

Book Website





Barnes & Noble





Scott Coon is an award-winning short story writer and former U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst.

Scott served for six years, rising to the rank of Sergeant. His service including a tour in Kuwait where he received a First Army Combat Patch and the Joint Service Achievement Award. Now a software developer for a major bank, Scott brings his computer and military experience into his work, along with a sense of spectacle.

Scott Coon's debut novel LOST HELIX, a sci-fi adventure/mystery, is available now. Scott's first published story, “Firewall,” appeared in Nth Degree Magazine in 2006. His short "Enduring Winter" was a finalist in the Writers of the Future Awards, won Second Place in the New England SciFi Writers Assn Contest 2016, and was published in Bewildering Stories, Issue 849, March 2020.

Scott Coon shares his knowledge of writing with others and helps other creatives do the same. He hosts the Writers of Sherman Oaks Critique Group meetings and National Novel Writing Month write-in events. His YouTube channel and websites provide insights into his work and give advice to writers. His Little Creative Interview series helps to foster learning in the creative community. See his websites for more information.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

IWSG and Frog in the Toilet


It's time for the IWSG post of the month. This month's topic is about what it means to be a "working writer." What do I think it means?  It's twofold. First, it means that you are actually taking time during the week to write. This can be daily. It can be once a week. If you're doing it once a month or once a year, you're writing, but I'd consider that more of a hobby. Second, if you're a published author, it means you're marketing your work. That's a huge job! Am I a working writer? Yep. Although I don't write as much as I'd like because of my other jobs, I do take some time during the week to write. Even if it's just a paragraph. Right now, because of my recent book release, I'm marketing every day.

What about you?  How do you define, "working writer"? Are you one of those?

And now for a story. I haven't had many of these lately. Partly because my kids are grown up now, and partly because nothing noteworthy has been happening. But this one is kind of funny.

When you lift up the toilet seat to use it, the last thing you'd expect to see is a living creature inside. At least, that's not what I'd expect. Well, last night when my ex went to use the toilet, this is what he found:

How this little tree frog got in, is a mystery. But there he was, sitting in the toilet like it was the most natural thing to do. (The guess is that he got in through the bathtub pipes.) Have you ever lifted the toilet seat and found an animal? 

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who have been so supportive in promoting my book, either through participating in the tour and blog hop or sharing information about its release. Usually, I'd have school visits lined up. But this year, because of COVID, I haven't had anything scheduled. I appreciate all of your support. This is such a great community!

If you'd like to visit the remaining stops on my Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure blog tour and have a chance to win a copy of the book, you can go here.        

Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure was also selected to participate in the cover of the month contest from AllAuthor. (Thanks to Dancing Lemur Press for the awesome cover!) If you'd like to vote for it, you can go here.  


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Frozen Crimes Blog Hop


Today, I am participating in the Frozen Crimes blog hop, celebrating the release of Chrys Fey's new book, Frozen Crimes. Participants have to answer the question, whom would you want to be stuck with during a blizzard, and what would you do?

My Answer:  I'd choose the guy I call "the piano man." He accompanies me for a lot of recitals and music-making. If I had to be stuck somewhere in a blizzard, I'd like to be able to do something fun like make music.  Who would you want to be stuck with? 

Hop around to the other participants listed at the bottom to read their answers.

(I apologize for the strange wrap-around text that Blogger did with this post. I spent hours trying to fix it but to no avail. I think you'll still understand what it says.) 


When disasters strike around every corner, is it possible to have a happily-


BLURB: Beth and Donovan are expecting their first child. Life couldn’t get any

better…until a stalker makes his presence known. This person sends

disturbing messages and unsettling items, but it isn’t long before his menacing

goes too far.

Hoping for a peaceful Christmas, Donovan takes Beth to Michigan. Days into

their trip, a winter storm named Nemesis moves in with the goal of burying the

state. Snowdrifts surround their house, and the temperature drops below


Except, the storm isn’t the only nemesis they must face. Everyone’s lives are

at stake—especially that of their unborn child. Will they survive, or will they

become a frozen crime?

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The crunch of the shovel pounding into the snow and ice filled his ears. It was

all he could hear. The rest of the street was silent beneath its wintry blanket.

Breathing was difficult with the icy air clogging his lungs. His nose burned. His

throat was dry and on fire. But he ignored it, focusing on his task.

Crack, crack, crack.

He jabbed the shovel into a hunk of snow. On the third hit, it shattered into

several pieces. He scooped them up and flung them to the side. He surveyed

what remained. There was one big ball in the middle of the path that needed

to be dealt with next. He moved over to it and struck it. That one impact had it

severing in two. He was about to hit it again when something crashed into the

back of his head.

Explosions of white light danced over his vision. Pain enveloped his skull.

The shovel slipped from his fingers. Blackness cloaked his mind, coaxing him

into its depths.

Beth. Her name was a whisper in his head, as if his thoughts were being

sucked into a wormhole.

His legs collapsed under his weight.

Cold. It seeped into him, consuming him. And then his consciousness fled

down that same void that ate his thoughts.




Prizes: 4 eBooks (Disaster Crimes 1-4: Hurricane Crimes, Seismic Crimes,

Tsunami Crimes, Flaming Crimes) + Girl Boss Magnets (4), Inflatable Cup

Holder (1), Adventure Fuel To-Go Cups (2), Anchor Fashion Scarf (1),

Mermaid Nail Clippers (2), Citrus and Sea Salt Scented Candle (1), Snowflake

Handmade Bookmark (1), Insulated Cooler Bag (1)


Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: October 30, 2020 12:00am EST



To get the exclusive prequel to the Disaster Crimes series, sign up for Chrys’

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you confirm the subscription, you will receive an email (so check your inbox and

spam folder) with directions on where to snag your eBook copy of THE


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Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that

blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s

Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Latin Flavors Blog Hop


Latin Flavors Blogfest

Today we're celebrating the release of my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure! As part of the festivities, we're doing a Latin Flavors blog hop. Participants will share their favorite Latin-inspired recipes.  



Prompt: What is your favorite Latin-flavor recipe?

Chicken Tortilla Soup!

You can get the printable recipe here.

What's your favorite Latin flavored recipe?




Page Count: 96 

Digital Price: 3.99 
Print Price: 7.95



Amazon/ Barnes and Noble


Smashwords, Kobo


Amazon UK/ Amazon CA


BLURB: An Ancient Mayan civilization!


That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.


But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.


Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?



About the Author: Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China; Don’t Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Author Links:

Website / Blog / Goodreads

Facebook / Twitter / Amazon


If you'd like to be part of the fun, please visit these bloggers. And if you'd like to participate, feel free to sign up!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to those who signed up!

One more thing:  I'm on tour through Mason Canyon Book Tours until October 14th. The schedule is listed here.  Please stop by for chances to win a free autographed copy of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG and Latin Flavors Blog Hop Sign Up


I nearly forgot about the IWSG post. As I was outside jogging, the thought popped into my head that I needed to do the post. Must've had a few brain cells that needed to be knocked into place!

So, this month's question is, "If you could choose one author living or dead to be a Beta Partner, who would you choose and why?"

One author? I guess I would choose Rick Riordan. He's the author of the Kane Chronicles and the Olympians series. If you don't know middle-grade authors, you've probably never heard of him. I like this guy's writing style. He has well-developed, multi-faceted characters, lots of action, imagination, and he manages to teach kids about Egyptian and Greek mythology. Since I strive to do similar things in my Bubba and Squirt series, I think he'd be ideal as a Beta reader.

Now, if I could choose more, I'd chose Mitch Albom (author of Tuesdays with Morrie) because he's a great story-teller and creates characters that evoke emotional responses. And I would choose Frances Hardinge (author of a Face Like Glass) because this woman is a serious wordsmith! I've never read such vivid descriptive writing. She makes scenes come to life.

Do you know these authors? Who would you want as your Beta Partner?

If you saw my previous post, you know I'm doing a Latin Flavor blog hop to help get the word out about my upcoming release, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.  If you'd like to learn more or participate, visit my previous post. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Latin Flavor Blog Hop Sign-Up


When:  September 14-18
Where:  Your Blog

On September 15th, my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure, will be released. To help get the word out, I'm having a blog hop. It's called, "Latin Flavors."

In the book, Bubba and Squirt try a couple of Latin dishes. I thought it might be fun to share recipes of food from Mexico and Central America.

Here's what participants will do:

1. Share a favorite "Latin Flavor" recipe
2. Include information about my book in the post. I will provide all of that and send it to you a week before the blog hop.

If you'd like to participate, please sign up on the Linky List.

Thank you!

And to get you in a festive mood, here are some photos from my trip to Belize in 1998. They inspired several scenes in the story.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

IWSG and Battling Writer's Block and Depression: Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop

Well, I go away for a month and Blogger changes everything. So much fun to figure out layout things!

I hope you all have been well. This summer has been unreal. I for one, am ready to resume business as usual! 

Anyway, it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post. This month's question is, "Have you ever unexpectedly written in a genre you hadn't planned on?"

Hmmm. No, not really. Mostly because I'm a planner and not a pantser. I have written in genres I don't usually write in, but that was intentional. I can't say I've ever morphed into something I didn't intend. Honestly, I think I'd scare myself if I did! I do have a writer friend who began writing his story as a regular middle-grade book and has recently decided to switch to make it a graphic novel. Just because it's the trend these days and he thinks it would be fun to do so. What about you? Have you ever started writing in one genre and then found yourself switching to another mid-story?

Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop

I am also participating in Chrys Fey's blog hop about what to do about writer's burnout, depression, and writer's block. 

I'm kind of in that stage now. I've been writing for 15 years. It's a lot of work with very little monetary payback. I've also been writing about my characters, Bubba and Squirt for 12 years. I'm trying not to get sick of them because ideally, I'd like to get three more stories out which would be sort of a trilogy (five altogether, but the last three would not be stand-alones).  I'm in the middle of chapter 14 of the 4th book. If I can get through it, I'll have just one more to do. So, I'm like the little engine that could. I keep telling myself, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."

Normally, when I feel this way, I go out for a walk, work on another project, or play music. But I have so much work with all my other jobs, that I'm out of energy. That on top of COVID craziness and the stuff I've gone through in my personal life. I'm just plain tired. 

So maybe Chrys' book will help. I have my copy. Now I need time to read it. 

What about you? What do you do to help with these things?



Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:


        Writer's block


        Writer's burnout

        What a writer doesn’t need to succeed

        Finding creativity boosts


With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.





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Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout.