New #shortstory: ANGELS AND FAIRIES and AN ELITE GROUP @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! We’re on week four of the eight-week challenge. I not only managed to get my story submitted on time, but I wrote one for the Shark Week challenge, as well. (You know, because the three WIPs I’m working on didn’t need my attention.) Once again, a quick reminder: The entries are judged byContinue reading “New #shortstory: ANGELS AND FAIRIES and AN ELITE GROUP @vocal_creators”

New #shortstory: A GIFT TO REMEMBER @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! We’re on week three of the eight-week challenge. I’ve had my story ready to go since Friday, but I had technical issues with my Vocal account. FINALLY, at the last minute, they got resolved, and I got my story submitted in time. I’m three for three. Once again, a quick reminder: The entriesContinue reading “New #shortstory: A GIFT TO REMEMBER @vocal_creators”

New #shortstory: WHY ALWAYS CHOCOLATE, MOM? @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! Las time, I told you Vocal is running an eight-stories-in-eight-weeks challenge and I hoped to do all eight. Well, I’m two for two so far. Once again, a quick reminder: The entries are judged by a qualified panel, but if there’s a tie, votes are the tie-breaker, so if you click the [♡]Continue reading “New #shortstory: WHY ALWAYS CHOCOLATE, MOM? @vocal_creators”

New #shortstory: FAMILY LEGACY @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! Not long ago, I told you I (belatedly) discovered Vocal Media. So far, I’ve published four short stories on my page, some of which are part of challenges they offer (in which I might possibly win money and bragging rights). Other stories are just because I had something to say and wanted aContinue reading “New #shortstory: FAMILY LEGACY @vocal_creators”

WIP Wednesday

Ciao, amici! I’m getting back into science fiction mode. Because of that, todays quote isn’t so much from a work in progress as it is from a work in pre-publication. Some of you read this book when it went live last year, but my publisher pulled it down to do a binge drop (more aboutContinue reading “WIP Wednesday”

New Release: The CONTRACT Between Heaven and Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano

I don’t think the joys of networking can be stressed enough. Too often authors seek and receive advice on writing, editing, publishing, and promotion, but networking gets overlooked in the commotion. And that’s a shame because it’s such a beautiful thing. It lets us build bridges, forge friendships, and share fabulous content with our readersContinue reading “New Release: The CONTRACT Between Heaven and Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano”

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Happy Friday! What a week, huh? When I was considering this week’s quote, two came to mind. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I chose this one, instead: And here’s why. The first quote, while humorous, makes God sound aContinue reading “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links”

Short Story: Winter in the Weald

“What do you mean, you locked the door?” John dropped the cooler on the weathered planks of the porch. Carrie rubbed her hands together and blew on them. “That’s what normal people do when they leave a house.” “This isn’t a house, Carrie. It’s a cabin in the woods.” “I don’t see the difference,” she said.Continue reading “Short Story: Winter in the Weald”

Her Punctured Lung Punctured His Heart

Type and Cross is a suspense-filled family drama. Here is an excerpt: “She didn’t have protective gear, either.” His voice broke. “Her clothes, what little there were, were ripped to rags. Her rib punctured her lung, and the whole side of her body was cinder-scraped.” “It sounds awful.” “You still haven’t figured out the worstContinue reading “Her Punctured Lung Punctured His Heart”

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Last week I said I wasn’t going to be a writer this week, I was going to be writing. I probably didn’t write as much as I would have liked because of editing projects. And life. (Does anyone ever write as much as they want? I’m not talking to you Stacy Claflin; you’re a machineContinue reading “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links”