Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

So What's the 411?

Credit: Thinkstock.com
There's something that draws readers to various stories. Suspense, thriller, mystery, and yes, romance. As most of you know, I've dipped my toes into the erotic romance pool and enjoyed the experience under my Rayven Godchild pen name.

While I don't have anything new on the horizon from Rayven, I'm working on a project to share a few romance stories of the shorter variety. Here is a story that I'd like to recommend as it is a novella of the cozy paranormal mystery persuasion: A Scandal in Boohemia
About A Scandal in Boohemia

Indigo Eady can’t live on ramen noodles forever…

She jumps on the first job offered. All she has to do is work undercover at Sabrina Shores Theatre, find a ghost thief, and cross him over. Easy peasy, right? Until an actor is murdered and Indigo’s fingerprints are all over the pistol like ink on a Rorschach test.

Forced to dust off her rusty sleuthing skills to clear herself, Indigo enlists the help of her ghost friend Franny and her hunky ex-boyfriend Badger to help solve the crime. Now, how to keep her investigation from the handsome inspector?

***

Indigo Eady is a reluctant ghost whisperer, but she’s grown quite attached to Franny Bishop, a former Victorian ghost madam of some repute. Franny’s afterlife makes Indigo’s life look like she has one foot in the grave. Much to Indigo’s chagrin, Franny is determined to find her a man. After all, there are plenty of handsome men around ripe for the picking, and Franny’s an expert. In the meantime, Indigo and Franny have murders to solve.

Do you like novellas? Have you had a chance to get A Scandal in Boohemia? If not, check it out and come back here to share your thoughts.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

A Twitter Short

I'm not sure what, if anything will come of this, but it was interesting to send in a Twitter short and hear it shared.
Have you every participated in something like this before?
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG & What Genre?

First Wednesday of the month means IWSG time!

Purpose: To share and encourage.

This month's question (optional to use): Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

I'm currently working on a couple of projects that I'm thrilled to write. They fall within the contemporary genre, real-life situations that unfold via story telling. However, my heart is steeped with a love for Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and the otherworldly. Take me to the stars. Let us inhabit the moon. Or intrigue my imagination with the story of the cataclysmic after. Beacon, my book published through Evernight Teen, is an example of my love for reading and writing fantasy/speculative fiction unfolding in the tale of a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down once she stumbles into a truth about herself and the barely-held-together-world around her.

What about you? What is your favorite genre to read and write, or just read? Click here to get to the linky list to check out what others are sharing for today's IWSG post.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Taking Stock - How Often Do You Do It?

Some people take stock, or look back, at the end of the year, an opportunity to do a "year in review." For those who make New Year's Resolutions, I'd recommend evaluating where you are at least every three months.

  • Review the goals you made.
  • Measure how far along you are in reaching your goals.
  • Consider if the goals are still realistic and what steps to take to reach them.

While I didn't make any resolutions or set any specific goal for 2019, I find myself in a position of gratitude.

  • My daughter completed her first year in high school with a very different outlook on school than when she completed her first year in middle school. Before the end of 6th grade, she hated school. Not the academics side, but goodness, it just wasn't an adventure filled with happy thoughts and unicorns. By the end of 9th grade, she was actually a little sad school was ending though she was ready to take a break from the academics. She was finally challenged to do and be more than the "bare minimum" and she did. 💪
  • I haven't said or done anything to result in losing my job so YAY for still being employed. 😁
  • Writing-wise, things are steady. Thanks to Dingbat Publishing, the Fable Ranger duology is complete.
  • Fable Ranger Return was released in February 2019. And with Fable Ranger Summons, they tell of the journey of young Casey swept away from her reality to the realm of Lorealia, to her adventures in fixing off-script fairy tales, putting things right, and dealing with rejection along the way. Then Masquerade: Oddly Suited, an IWSG Anthology (Ebook & Paperback )was released in April 2019. I rather enjoyed the fun sharing in guest posts and the interaction as things led up to the day of the release. Here is the fan art made by the talented Elizabeith Mueller. It is the main character for A Diver's Ball, my selected contribution to the anthology.


How are things going for any goals or resolutions you've made? Have you had a chance to read the Fable Ranger duology. If not, please make sure to purchase copies for yourselves and friends and enjoy. Have you had a chance to grab Masquerade: Oddly Suited? There is something for every reader so make sure to grab one for yourself and plenty more for your friends.
Monday, May 27, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

For the Fallen



When I was a young child, Memorial Day was a day we got as our last holiday before school let out. Growing older, I've learned to recognize the siginificance of the rows and rows of headstones, their link to lives lived but eventually ending while in service to a cause, to preserve that which is called freedom, but it itself isn't free.

To the kneeling soldier pictured in this post, I pray condolences and my sincere sadness for the loss of a family member, a friend, a loved one. I pray in gratitude for the service given and the life sacificed, for the fallen whose lives were the heavy price paid for the rest of us.

I pray for anyone who happens to read this post today, please take a brief moment of silence for the buried, the gone.

For the fallen.

Thank you.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Now Book Spotlight: BLAnd, by Michael Stephenson

A friend of mine recommended I watch the movie Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele. Because the trailer for the movie was a bit haunting, I hesitated. But I'm glad I finally did. While not as horrifying as I thought it would be, the level of suspense had me reeling from beginning to end. Today's book spotlight is one you may enjoy if you enjoyed Get Out.

About BLAnd
To become what you dream to be, the old you must DIE!

Getting ahead takes sacrifice, commitment, and the ability to “integrate” into the company culture while abandoning your own culture. Alaminti Dranas has heard it all from her boss before. As one of only two black women in her office, even she’s starting to believe the one idea she has resisted.

That idea?

That the odds are stacked against blacks and other minorities, black women especially. This is no more evident to her than when the newest hire gets what should have been Alaminti’s promotion. Just over ten years of dutiful service ignored for flimsy reasons. She’s grown tired of that narrative. But work is currently the most important thing in her life. There has to be a way to get ahead. Indeed, there is.

Things start to change when she is invited to join a mysterious group that promises untold success. “We make dreams come true.” All Alaminti has to do is make it through an extended initiation process that far exceeds the bounds of normal. In fact, what they want her to do is outrageous, unsafe, maybe even deadly. But with her life both at home and at work stagnant, she gives in to quiet desperation. Little does she know how much things will change, how much she will change, how much she will lose. For only after the process begins do her nightmares start, her sanity falters, the “beasts” come, and she grows obsessed with asking her mirror one question:

What am I becoming?

BLAnd will be available May 22nd. Click here to pre-order from Amazon.

Author bio (Author page)
Michael enjoys writing in every genre and platform. Covering a wide range of subjects, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, and ideals, his writing runs the gambit from silly and light-hearted to thought-provoking and sensual to horrifying and captivating. Offering everything from sci-fi to romance, he wishes to supply the reader with an indelible experience. 

Privately, he seeks to accomplish great things with his writing in both popular culture as well as more niche genres. He hopes to soon write for film again, as he had briefly before, and aspires to write the screenplay for the film adaptation of Captain Planet as he loves the environment. 

He tends to dislike taking pictures but enjoys TV and film just as much as books. He can be found on Goodreads. He also runs a Goodreads group entitled: Shows similar to Breaking Bad, Scandal and other Popular shows.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Come Join Our Q&A This Weekend!

You're all invited to join the Masquerade: Oddly Suited authors for a live Q&A!
Click this invite link - 

Be sure to tell your friend and tell that friend to tell their friend because you're all welcome to come 😃
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

To Be A Reader

You can't see me, but that's me behind that book, devouring every word, blanketing myself in the joy that is found in being a reader.

Yes, I write and tell stories for enjoyment as well, perhaps one of these days making a living from it. And if not, well, there are so many stories that want to be told so I'll keep typing, and sharing, and building bridges.

Even though I have a story in Masquerade: Oddly Suited, the IWSG Anthology, I wanted to experience the overall product as any other reader. So I preordered my kindle copy, stoked with the anticipation of having it download on release day. Although I was able to get a paperback copy of the anthology early, I hugged it then hesitantly set it aside, reminding myself that since other readers would have to wait until April 30th, that I could too.

When April 30th arrived, I pounced on the book, stealing reading moments between...

  • My full time job,
  • Play and cuddle times with my furbaby, Molly (Tiny Terror to those who've had their shoe laces attacked by her),
  • Working on a writing project that should have been with Gwen Gardner (yeah, I'm feeleing like a super-slacker),
  • And spending time with my daughter who has outgrown her old Chipmunk nickname.


O! M! G!

I already felt humbled getting to be a part of this anthology. Then I read the stories and, my word, I'm floored by the talent displayed. My emotions traipsed along the specturm from sadness, to joy, to outright guffawing, and thrill.

As the author A Diver's Ball, the last story in the anthology, I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

As a reader, I can't say enough how this anthology has something for everyone. There's sci-fi, fantasy, historical, sports-theme, paranormal, contemporary...and romance woven as a central plot point in each one.

Have you ordered your ebook, paperback, or both? Have you read it


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and The Power of Language

While I am still riding high on the release of Masquerade: Oddly Suited, I want to join in today's IWSG posting as well. You see, the first Wednesday of the month, we bloggers across the blogosphere share in the good, the bad, and the ugly in the writing journey. There is also a question to answer. It is optional and pretty enlightening when you see people's answers.

This month's question is: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

Growing up, I often shielded myself with the mantra "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me," especially when kids called me four-eyes, ghetto nerd, project kid, and other not-so-nice names because I actually wanted to do good in school and wore glasses. But it wasn't until my late teens/early twenties that I realized the POWER of language. You see, I'd gotten to a point where I questioned, deeply, human kind. How could the holocaust happen? How could slavery happen? How can one human look at another human and not see a human, thus permitting themselves to commit all manner of atrocities?

Racism isn't in our DNA.

Hatred isn't part of genetics.

Such things are are learned by observing the actions we see and the words that breathe life into our thoughts, morals, and beliefs.

Going through this process of critcally analyzing my perspective and perception helped me gauge how colored my lenses were in my world-view, how truly limited and often first-world I reacted to obstacles or problems. And it often came back to words spoken into me, words I hadn't realized were powerful because of my unwillingness to realize that yes, words can hurt me.

As a mother and a writer, I try to remain cognizant of that at all times.

What about you? What was your exprience? Be sure to check out what others are sharing. Click here to see what other places to visit.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Unmasking and Book Release Celebration! Masquerade: Oddly Suited

Today we welcome Masquerade: Oddly Suited, an IWSG anthology, into the great wide world.

YAY!!

Get yours now: Click to buy :-)
Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


In celebration, each author is doing an "unmasking" to reveal their specific character from the "masked" versions you've seen across the blogosphere.

Everyone, please put your hands together for Elizabeth Mueller, the awesomely fantastic co-author in the authology who put these character sketches together, and welcome Alyssa, from A Diver's Ball.

You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?
Sixteen-year-old Alyssa hopes so.

Alyssa is stoked she's finally of age to attend the granddaddy of online parties: the Diver's Ball. And wonder of all wonders, her online gamer crush - erm - bud, Irv, asked her to go with him...as his date!

Before her avatar can don the perfect corset and dress in honor of the ball's Steampunk theme, a once-in-a-lifetime quest barges in on her plans. Then the sudden onset of parental controls threaten to ruin everything.
Faced with these dilemmas, Alyssa makes a decision that impacts not just her online, but her real world life as well.
And oh the consequences...

Have you grabbed your ebook or paperback yet? We will certainly appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the anthology. The best thing about anthologies? You can always find something that suits your taste.
Be sure to stop by the othe author locations and see their "unmasking" as well.

Myles Christensen www.myleschristensen.com


Monday, April 29, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Masquerade Ball Bloghop: Guess Who?

Today I'm hosting a mystery guest. It is one of the talented MASQUERADE: ODDLY SUITED authors stopping by to share a little about themselves along with a very special something.

First, a few interesting facts about our mystery guest:

  • The earliest stories I remember from childhood are Dr Seuss, Robin Hood, and Teddy Ruxpin, and they have all greatly influenced my writing.
  • My favourite class in high school was typing. It's the only one that I regularly continue to use. 
  • I got straight A's in high school and everyone loved my writing. When I went to University I flunked my first English test. The professor said I was a terrible writer. I haven't proved him wrong yet, but I'm working on it.


And now, about that very special something...

Today you get that rarest of rares, a teaser for this author's story that you can NOT find anywhere. And, you get the brilliance of Elizabeth Mueller as well with this awesome "masked" fan art to accompany the teaser. Without further ado, please enjoy...

CRUSHED

I will be the first to admit I’m not the coolest kid at Sacred Heart, but I get along pretty well.
Sure, I’m not part of any of the cliques – I’m not a jock, I’m not in the drama club or band, I’m
not even in the debate club or mathletes – but everyone knows me, and they like me. Or
tolerate me, I guess. They think I’m funny anyway.

See, I’ve got this crazy, curly red hair and freckles that look like I got a tan through a screen
door. People have laughed at me my whole life, called me Krusty the Clown, Carrot-Top, stuff
like that. It’s okay, I’ve over it now, but it wasn’t until I hit junior high school that I really started to
lean into it, owned it, and turned that “laughing at me” into “laughing with me.”

I embraced being weird and different and made it my thing. If everyone said I looked like a
clown, I figured I should act like one, right? I kill with my stand-up at school talent shows. Most
of my jokes are about gingers having no souls and how automatic doors won’t open for me, but
self-deprecation always goes a long way. If they’re laughing at my outside, hopefully that keeps
them from looking too closely at my inside.

The trouble though, is that this new kid just started school, and I’m afraid my goofy persona has
turned him off. He’s just so cool, so sophisticated, so much more evolved than all the Neolithic
douchebags around here. He’s also gorgeous, with these unnatural purple eyes and broad
shoulders that you just want to carry you home. But I think he just sees me as that weird goofy
ginger who laughs like a donkey and keeps making jokes that red-haired people can’t breed
with humans because they’re DNA is mostly made of vegetables. I can’t blame the guy for being
put off. My personality is a bit of an acquired taste.

I was watching him in front of the school the other day when this girl I didn’t recognize nearly ran
into me. She was awkward and terrified-looking, like she was a baby sheep trying to find her
way through a cave full of sleeping lions. She was kinda pathetic, honestly, so when she looked
up at me and smiled I couldn’t help but smile back. It seemed only the neighbourly thing to do.
Except then this dumb chick walks face-first into the door, tumbles backward down the school
steps and lands on her butt in the mud.

I am ashamed to confess that I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself. It was not my proudest
moment. But I’ve just been mocked for so long, it was nice to have someone else be the centre
of ridicule for once, you know? Other kids joined in and pretty soon there was a whole gaggle of
us gawking and guffawing. But that’s when he saw us – the new kid, the object of my affections
and the subject of more lusty nighttime imaginings than I care to admit. He looked right at me,
with those burning violet eyes, and glared with an anger and disappointment shared only by my
parents when they found out that I liked boys.

My laugh died in my throat, and something else died inside my chest. I knew in that moment I’d
blown it, that any shot I’d ever had with this new guy had been destroyed along with that poor
girl’s dignity in the mud outside Sacred Heart high school. I saw him walk over to her and offer
her a hand, and I knew that my story was over now, and theirs was just beginning.

I didn’t see how their first meeting turned out. I walked quickly into the school with what little
poise I could muster, locked myself into the boys washroom, and cried.

I really enjoyed that teaser and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Now, think you can take a guess at the "who" for my mystery guest? Take a stab in the comments below. Make sure to "don your mask for the masquerade" and check out the other posts as well. On release day, join in the fun of our "unmasking."

SCHEDULE
Thur. April 18th: L.G. Keltner https://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/
Fri. April 19th: Jennifer Lane http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com
Sat. April 20th: Deborah Solice https://thefabulistdotblog.wordpress.com/
Mon. April 22nd: CD Gallant-King http://www.cdgallantking.ca/
Tues. April 23rd: Elizabeth Mueller https://elizabethmueller.blogspot.com/
Wed. April 24th: Chelsea Marie Ballard https://www.facebook.com/masqueradeoddlysuited
Thurs. April 25th: Carrie-Anne Brownian http://carrieannebrownian.wordpress.com
Fri. April 26th: Myles Christensen www.myleschristensen.com
Sat. April 27th: Anstice Brown https://dustingthesoul.com
Mon. April 29th: Angela Brown http://publishness.blogspot.com/
Tues. Apr 30th: Book Release and The Unmasking (Just follow links above)!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Something New

This may not be new to many of you, but it is certainly new to me. It is called Discord, It is an alternative to Skype and TeamSpeak for online chatting. And...

I've like to invite you all to join me and the rest of the talented authors of the Masquerade: Oddly Suited anthology for a Q&A session May 11th -

badge for Masquerade Author Q & A
Click here to follow the invite!

Have you ever used Discord, TeamSpeak, or Skype for online chatting? How was your experience?
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Less Than Two Weeks...

That's right!

April 30th is fast approaching. Have you pre-ordered your copy of Masquerade: Oddly Suited yet?
Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Link info for book:
Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/masqueradeoddlysuited/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/dustingthesoul/masquerade-oddly-suited/
Anthology author page: https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/p/masquerade.html
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130407099?ean=2940155956860
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43785750-masquerade
Universal links
Ebook - books2read.com/masqueradeoddlysuited
Paperback - mybook.to/MasqueradeOddlySuited




Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

More Than Window Shopping

Sometimes we buy a book because something about the cover grabbed us.
Sometimes the blurb or sample intrigues us and we're hooked, making it very necessary to purchase the book and either add it to our ballooning TBR stack or devour it from cover to cover immediately.
Sometimes, we're super-fans pre-ordering a book two months in advance because we love the author's work.

Which of the above do you fall into?
Book cover lover...
Blurb thirsty...
Super-fan...

Or is there something else that inspires you to go beyond window shopping for for your book-fix?
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and What's That You Said?

First Wednesday of the month...

Got something you really need to get off of your chest? Some writerly issue, condundrum, or concern where you feel you're all alone? Well, guess what? While you are your own person and your writing jouney is uniquely yours, you don't have to deal with things alone. Each month, the first Wednesday that is, we shout throughout the blogosphere to extend a listening ear (or attentive eye in the case of reading blogs) in regular support of each other.

If you don't have a specifc matter at hand, you can share your thoughts and comments on the question of the month, which is: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? For example, a fight scene, kiss scene, death scene, beginning of story, ending of story?

For me, I would use that wish for a death scene. Although I know death comes for all who live, it can be a sensitive subject for me due to losing my mother. She departed from this world so long ago, yet there are some days I miss her as if she just passed.

What about you? What scene or chapter would you use that wish for? Please feel free to share in the comments and make sure to click here to follow other blogs for today's IWSG post day.

And...make a stop at Alex Cavanaugh's to check out an AWESOME IWSG announcement!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

What's up Next Movie Fans?

Captain Marvel -
Watched it!
Loved it!

Don't really have a review for this post because I'm interested in something else...
What's next on your movie watching radar?

Avengers: End Game?

Hobbs & Shaw?

Pokemon Detective Pikachu?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

A Masquerade: Oddly Suited blog tour

So yeah...there's a tour and you're ALLLLL invited to make each stop and enjoy the fun.

I doubt there'll be any guitars broken along the way, but we'll certainly do our best to make sure each stop is entertaining.

Mon 18th March: Spotlight @ The Story of a Writer
Fri 22nd March: Guest post by Anstice Brown @ Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep Thoughts
Sun 24th March: Interview with Jennifer Lane @ Nancee Cain, Romance with a Serrated Edge
Tues 26th March: Guest post by Angela Brown @ Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
Wed 27th March: Debut author spotlight @ Operation Awesome
Fri 29th March: Spotlight @ April Blogging from A-Z Challenge
Mon 1st April: Interview with Deborah Solice @ Dusting the Soul
Thurs 4th April: Spotlight @ Elements of Emaginette
Fri 5th April: Guest post by C.D Gallant-King @ Writer’s Gambit
Mon 8th April: Interview with Elizabeth Mueller @ Just Jemi
Fri 12th April: Guest post by Carrie-Anne Brownian @ Jennifer Lane Books
Mon 15th April: Guest post by Chelsea Marie Ballard @ My Pet Blog
Tues 16th April: Guest post by Myles Christensen @ Quiet Fury Books
Mon 22nd April: Interview with all the authors @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
Sat 4th May: Interview with L.G Keltner @ The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick


Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Link info for book:
Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/masqueradeoddlysuited/
Universal links

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG & To Be or Not To Be The Good Guy

It's that time again, a chance to gather around the campfire called the blogosphere and share in our thoughts, experiences, highs, and lows regarding this journey called the writing life. That is the great thing about the Insecrue Writer's Support Group. It really is about support. When you finish reading and commenting here, click to get to the Linky List of blogs and enjoy another and another and another :-)

Also, if you happen to have a million things going on in your brain but not sure what to talk about for the first Wednesday of the month, questions are provided, like the one this month:

Whose perspective do you like to write from the best?
The hero (protagonist)?
The villian (antagonist)?
Why?

My answer: For my novel, Neverlove, I actually enjoyed writing from the villian's perspective more than expected. Then again, Neverlove didn't have just one villian. Overall, I tend to favor the hero/heroine. But I also don't make them easy, simple, and happy. They tend to be broken, hurt, or otherwise torn in some way that lends to their ability to make mistakes they have to learn from...to be human.

What about you? The hero or the villian...which spective do you like to write the best?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

The Wandering Mind


This castle is a lot like my writing brain, off in the clouds, floating along with the current. Recently, it's been hijacked by a different story.

I am a little excited about this. Not exactly different for me, but it won't be fantasy or a fairy tale mash up.

What are you currently reading or writing?
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

You Don't Mess...With Family

The next step in the Fable Ranger Return fun times is to get this pretty into my hands - erm - I mean, your hands. To that end, a print cover has been designed and we're just waiting for the final whistle to blow. Check it out!
Purchase your ebook from Amazon today!

Casey is home! But not for long…
Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.
Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.
And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?
Don’t miss this final installment of the exciting Fable Ranger duology

In Fable Ranger Return, the saga continues for Casey and her nemesis, Dovetail. But this time, it's a family affair. And like any book, I would love for those who've read the story to please post your review on Amazon.

Be on the look out as I'm excited to host a special giveaway specifically in appreciation to reviewers of Return.

Whether from a reader's or a writer's perspective, what are your thoughts on book reviews? Do you read them? Find them helpful?
Thursday, February 14, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

A Valentine's Release: Fable Ranger, Return

Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Release Day!
YAY!!!

Love is in the air and so is Fable Ranger, Return. If you didn't get a chance to pre-order, you can get your ebook copy today for $2.99.
And...
For today only, you can get Fable Ranger, Summons for FREE!!

Here's more about Return

Casey is home! But not for long…

Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.

Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.

And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?


Don’t miss this final installment of the exciting Fable Ranger duology.

Sharing this great news and making Summons free for today only is my Valentine's day gift to you. What are your Valentine's day plans?



Monday, February 11, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Look Who Has Returned

So, you've probably heard the news that my short story, A Diver's Ball, was selected to be a part of the IWSG Anthology, Masquerade: Oddly Suited. It's an honor to be among a very talented group of authors for this shared publishing experience.

Well, things have being moving rather quickly regarding another writing project. I hope you enjoyed Fable Ranger, Summons, because Casey is back with another - and her final - adventure.

Casey is home! But not for long…

Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.

Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.

And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?

Don’t miss this final installment of the exciting Fable Ranger duology.

It is available for pre-order on Amazon. Order your copy and have it on your kindle or kindle-app device in just a few days.


Let's celebrate!

Monday, January 28, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

Masquerade: Oddly Suited...Revealed!


If you were on Twitter this weekend, you may have noticed puzzle pieces shared in anticipation of the big reveal for the cover of Masquerade: Oddly Suited, the IWSG Anthology.
Here is the piece I shared:

Now it is time to bring the puzzle pieces together.
Credit to Dancing Lemur Press
Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Link info for:
Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
EBook ISBN 9781939844651
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

Here are the stories and authors that have been selected for our fourth anthology: 

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.) 

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries: 

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency 
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen,author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring!