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Monday, May 4, 2020

Voyagers The Third Ghost Book Release and IWSG Post

I am super-excited that the IWSG anthology, Voyagers, The Third Ghost is being released!  Here's the latest blog post about it where I  share a little about the inspiration behind my contribution, The Ghosts of Pompeii: Click here to read.

Voyagers: The Third Ghost
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Journey into the past…Will the third ghost be found before fires take more lives? Can everyone be warned before Pompeii is buried again? What happens if a blizzard traps a family in East Germany? Will the Firebird help Soviet sisters outwit evil during WWII? And sneaking off to see the first aeroplane – what could go wrong?

Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of
Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass, Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales
will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!
Release date – May 5, 2020
$13.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 168 pages
Print ISBN 9781939844729 / EBook ISBN 9781939844736
Juvenile fiction – historical/action & adventure/fantasy & magic

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter. A Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writers and The Write Life’s Best 100 Website for Writers
https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
Links:Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/193984472X/
Barnes & Noble -
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/voyagers-yvonne-ventresca/1135912991?ean=2940163430857
ITunes -
https://books.apple.com/ca/book/voyagers-the-third-ghost/id1493413956
Kobo -
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/voyagers-the-third-ghost
Goodreads -
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50364415-voyagers



And since it's time for the IWSG post of the month, let me do that.




The question is, what do you do to get in the "zone" for writing?

I grab my notebook, pencil, and all of my notes and park myself on the floor with my legs stretched out. I never sit at my desk when I write. I'm stuck there with my computer all the time for my other jobs. Getting away from my desk gets me into the writing zone.  Sometimes I'll take my notebook outside. My favorite place is to write is at the beach. What about you? What do you do to get in the writing zone?

61 comments:

  1. Tomorrow is the big day! Excited that you are part of our anthology.
    You're right - at a desk all day makes it hard to write there all night as well.

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    1. It looks like people are enjoying the book, so I'm very happy about that!

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  2. Hi, Sherry! I read your interview on June's site and left a comment. Blog moderation is in effect and therefore my comment is awaiting approval.

    I forgot to mention over there that it must be very exciting to do historical research based on the setting of your books because, the more you learn about the time period, the place and the people, the more ideas spring to mind for ways your characters can interact.

    It's interesting that the writing ideas flow when you leave your desk and stretch out on the floor.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Thanks, Tom. As always, I appreciate that you visited the additional site and left a comment.

      I definitely write better when I'm not at a desk!

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  3. Sherry, congratulations on the new release. Sounds like a fascinating read. I do most of my writing with paper and pen/pencil so the zone moves around with me.

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    1. That's the way I do it, too. I like that flexibility.

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  4. Congrats on the new story. I know what you mean about getting stuck on the computer for too long on other things.

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    1. I get way too antsy and my eyeballs beging to hurt. LOL!

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  5. It comes out tomorrow! So excited for all of you.

    I can write like that. For about 30 minutes. Then my back protests.

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    1. I lean against the sofa. I know - why not sit on the sofa? I just like it better on the floor. :)

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  6. Congrats on being party of the anthology! I'm going to buy it if I don't win it in the contest. Loved your interview on June's blog.

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  7. Congratulations on having a piece published in this anthology. I like to write in different places--coffee shops on deserted beaches (benefit of being able to paddle over to undeveloped islands), at the marina, but getting out and exercising before hand always helps.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. I agree about the exercise part. It always works best after a long walk (and a shower).

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  8. Congratulations Sherry! This is so exciting!

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  9. Congratulations to you Sherry and all the other authors in this anthology book. I know it will be a success.
    You and your family take care in this time of upheavel in the world.

    Yvonne.

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  10. Beach sounds like a comfy zone.

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    1. I love the sound of seagulls and waves lapping up on the shore.

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  11. Love anthologies! Happy BD today to the one you're part of.
    Getting in *the zone* is also getting easier as I'm beginning to accept the new zone all of humanity seems to have entered. Changes rattle, but we adjust.

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  12. Congrats on the anthology release!

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  13. Congratulations on the anthology release!

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  14. Lots of exciting things going on in your life! Congrats on being part of the new anthology and having another Bubba book about ready to launch. You're one busy lady!

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    1. I am a busy lady. No boredom ever sets in here!

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  15. Wow, I'm sure this Voyagers book will be in demand by many people ..., I also want to read the stories of the ten authors.

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  16. Hi,
    I look forward to reading all the stories in the Anthology. I've already got my copy on my iPad.
    I write at my desk, in my bed, and wherever I am when ideas or dialogue starts coming.
    Congrats on being published in the Anthology and all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  17. A change of space can definitely help you get into the zone. And a huge congrats on the anthology, again! So happy your story was chosen. I loved it!

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    1. Thanks, Sheri! I'm thrilled that it was selected, too!

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  18. Congratulations on your story! I love Bubba and Squirt. <3

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    1. Thanks, Chrys! I enjoy writing Bubba and Squirt's adventures.

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  19. Getting away from the computer is such a good strategy! It can be a terrible distraction.

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    1. Yes. Social media can really suck up a lot of time!

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  20. Congratulations on your short story/anthology release, Sherry! Your story was great fun! I love Bubba and Squirt. I had a little sympathy with the grouchy old seismologist. I've know a lot of scientists well, and they're fascinating creatures. I'm also fascinated with volcanoes. Tom Jaggar, who was the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the island of Hawaii, was also the brother to Miss Jaggar who befriended my mother and encouraged her to go to university. Mom was the "pretty daughter," not the "smart" one, and no one in her family had gone to university. They were very poor, but managed it. As a geologist, I've studied and visited volcanoes ~ So your story for younger readers gave me a lot of insight into how to handle science with that age group! Thank you! Take care!

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    1. poor, but she managed it (my mom).

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    2. Thank you! I enjoyed Dare Dare Double Dare as well. Yours and mine were the ones with the humor. :)

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  21. Congrats on the release of the Anthology.

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  22. This is all so exciting, congratulations Sherry!

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  23. I'm curious what you use as a backrest with all the floor-sitting. I'm trying to put together a more portable writing system, myself. Happy IWSG day!

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    1. Hi Karen. I use the sofa as a back rest. I know it's kind of funny that I don't sit on the sofa. I sprawl out with all of my papers better on the floor. :)

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  24. Yeah, sitting at a desk after doing it 8 hours a day isn't a place one wants to be.

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  25. I like how you get into the zone! I used to be able to sit on the floor for long periods, but not so much any more.

    Here's to the anthology!!!

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    1. Yay! I enjoyed your story. Yours was the most somber, but it really gave a good look into what it was like on those slave ships.

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  26. Very nice post! Have a great weekend! 🌷🌷🌷 Stay safe! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  27. congratulations...

    the word "ghost" brings me to old memory when I was kid...

    Thank you for sharing the introduction.

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    1. Hmmm. Now you have me wondering about this old memory!

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  28. How exciting to be part of this anthology, thanks for re-sharing the blog post.

    I can quite understand your need to write anywhere other than at a desk but at the beach ... how do you ever get anything put on paper?

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    1. I listen to the sounds and write in my own little world. No problem at all. ;)

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  29. Congratulations on the new story!

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  30. Congrats on being part of another great anthology. I admire the approach of getting away from the computer. I agree that writing by hand or in a different place seems to offer fresh inspiration - but there's no way I could write an entire draft like that. I wouldn't be able to read it!

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