2.5.18

5 Truths for Newb Novelists #IWSG

Happy May IWSGers! Believe it or not, I actually started writing this post ahead of time - and then I forgot to schedule it, d'oh. Anywho, here I am now. Lately, I've been thinking about the reactions I didn't anticipate before my first novel was published back in 2010. For the benefit of any about-to-be-published-for-the-first-time authors out there, I'm sharing 5 things I didn't learn until after my first book came out.

For you experienced published authors, I'd love to know - do these "truths" hold for you, too?


1. No matter how many times you tell your friends and family that your main character isn't you, they won't believe you.

2. Once you've written and published one book, and no matter how many you publish after that, you will forever be asked, "When are you going to write a new book?"

3. You'll be amazed to learn how many people you know who've also thought about writing a book.

4. Friends who bought your book will suddenly stop making eye contact with you - because they've been busy and haven't read your book yet and probably the book isn't even their preferred genre, so you're totally cool with them not reading it, but they think you're lying, so they continue to act weird around you, enough so that when you publish your second book, you hope none of your friends buy it.

5. People in your daily life will treat you like some kind of hero or celebrity, even though all you did was indulge in your very favorite pastime ever (but let's keep that second part to ourselves so we can continue basking in the first part, eh?)


The optional question this month is about finding inspiration in spring. I really don't feel inspired by particular seasons. Places are what seem to inspire me most. Last week, I felt all kinds of creative vibes flowing amid the architecture, history, character, and beauty of New Orleans. The absinthe helped, too. ;)




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4.4.18

Showers & Flowers #IWSG

Hi, gang! Here we are in April, can you believe it? I know you're all busy, busy, so I'll get right to the optional IWSG Day question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Two things. One is---write. Even when I know what I'm spewing is garbage, I remind myself I can always go back and rewrite later. Eventually, I warm up and the words start flowing better. 

Secondly---this one tends to happen more by necessity rather than design---I step away from writing. For example, I host the big family Easter brunch, and as I've mentioned in a previous post, housekeeping is not my jam. So getting my abode in shape for entertaining left me with zero time for writing last weekend. But you know what? While I cleaned and cooked, I daydreamed about my story and worked out how to resolve some of the issues that've bugged me. Now I'm totally excited to get back to it. :)

I guess what I'm sayin' is---take time to smell the April flowers and soon you'll be raining words.






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7.3.18

Feeling Blue-ish #IWSG

Happy March, everyone. Hope your month is off to a good start. I'm happy to report that my plan to write a new chapter every weekend is going great. My current WIP is at 40K words. :) No telling how many of those words will be ripped apart and Frankensteined back together during rounds 2 and 3, but that's a concern for another day.

With an end goal seeming possible, I enjoyed thinking about this month's Optional IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

I hadn't thought of it as an official thing I do to celebrate - it's just what's ended up happening in the past - but now I'm making it official. When I finish a story, I celebrate by tackling a home project. Make that a fun home project.

When I finally finish with my current writing project, the master bathroom is on the agenda. While taking a writing break last weekend, I even picked out the color. What do you think of it?



Weird that I picked it out just after describing the sky as "steely blue" in the chapter I was writing, huh? Looking forward to learning how all of you celebrate!


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28.2.18

NEW Release Review: Twin Sacrifice by @JenLaneBooks


Today's the big day - the release of Twin Sacrifice by Jennifer Lane! As you'll see in my review below, I found this to be an excellent read - Jennifer Lane at her very best.

Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.






Twin Sacrifice

by Jennifer Lane

Review by Nicki Elson

This is Jennifer Lane at her best. Twin Sacrifice gripped me from the first chapter and kept me riveted to the page the entire way through, wondering how in the world the Durante brothers would get themselves out of this one. The suspense in Twin Sacrifice is non-stop and addicting. I eagerly anticipated each chapter to see what ingenious new plot twist was tap.

One thing you can count on in Jennifer Lane books is dynamic characters. In Twin Sacrifice, they've all got so many intense levels and yet she makes them relatable and likable. The bonds between the brothers is beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking.

Something that sets Twin Sacrifice apart from standard suspense is the realistic use of therapy sessions to dig deeper into the characters and move their stories forward. It's obvious the author has a wealth of practical experience in this area. She also has a knack for sharing her knowledge in an accessible way to readers so that the concepts are easy to understand and interesting for non-experts like me.

I highly recommend this story for readers of suspense and anyone who enjoys a riveting tale with engaging characters.




Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen’s first psychological thriller launches in 2018: Twin Sacrifice. Psychologist Matthew Durante risks his own life to save his twin brother’s as their foster father tries to take them down.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) completes the series and features Lucia’s younger brother Mateo.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.



And all that suspense comes with plentiful dashes of humor:



Two Great Giveaways - be sure to enter them both!

to win a Paperback copy of Twin Sacrifice

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!




14.2.18

Pre-Order Blitz! Twin Sacrifice by @JenLaneBooks #amreading

That's right - you can now pre-order this wonderful psychological thriller by Jennifer Lane. I was a lucky pre-reader of this book and I'm SO excited for you all to get a chance to read it very, very soooon.


Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.






Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen’s first psychological thriller launches in 2018: Twin Sacrifice. Psychologist Matthew Durante risks his own life to save his twin brother’s as their foster father tries to take them down.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) completes the series and features Lucia’s younger brother Mateo.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.





Two Great Giveaways - be sure to enter them both!

to win a Paperback copy of Twin Sacfricie

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



7.2.18

Love Genres #IWSG

Welcome to another chapter in "Holy s@*& I almost forgot IWSG day." Thank you again, Jennifer Lane for the very much needed personal reminder.

So, straight to the optional question of the month:
What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I most often write chick-litty romance. There are two things I love most about the genre: 1) The excitement of realizing you love someone and that they love you back. 2) Lightheartedness. This life is filled with so much conflict and garbage that it's easy to become trapped in darkness. I choose to remain most often in light and fluffiness.

I look forward to hearing what draws you all to your genres and will be back later today to visit. Right now, I'm knee deep in a work project and about ankle deep in new snow I've got to get off my driveway (luckily, it looks to be light & fluffy. ;)).   

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17.1.18

It's COVER REVEAL Time! TWIN SACRIFICE by JENNIFER LANE #amreading


I'm super excited for today's cover reveal because being the lucky ducky that I am, Jennifer Lane is my crit partner, so I've gotten a preview on this story. And folks - it's a GREAT one. My full review will be coming, but for now, here's a sneak peek:


Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.




Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) features Lucia’s younger brother, Mateo, and completes the series.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Her current project is a psychological thriller, Twin Sacrifice.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.







3.1.18

Bring on 2018! #IWSG

Happy new year, everyone! Time to repair all of our writing regrets from 2017, right? So this month's optional IWSG Day question is quite appropriate:

What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I've come to accept that the writing everyday thing just won't work for me. Weekend warrior is more my style. In 2018, my goal is to write a chapter a weekend until the first draft of my current WIP is finished. Then I'll dig in on the 2nd and 3rd drafts and hope to start sending chapters to my crit partner in May (get ready, Jennifer Lane!).

I don't plan to publish that novel until early 2019, but it's possible I'll get out a short story collection in the fall.


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Wait! Before you leave... a bunch of us are celebrating the release of Chrys Fey's FLAMING CRIMES by telling you one weird thing we'd save if disaster struck. You can see my answer in the post below.


Flaming Crimes Blogfest with @ChrysFey


To celebrate Chrys Fey's new book, Flaming Crimes, a whole bunch of us are answering one simple question:

What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?

My answer:


These are just framed images that were pilfered from the internet and a toy that can easily be bought again. I keep them by my work space because they make me happy. What I treasure most of all is not that they represent the great loves of my life; it's that they were given to me by 3 marvelous people who truly get me - my children and my sister. I don't think I'm the easiest person to "get" (just ask my husband), so to have 3 humans who not only understand me but also fully embrace every single quirk is the greatest thing in the whole wide world. 



Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304 
Digital Price: 4.99 
Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 

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BLURB: Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.

Their lives may just go up in flames…


About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

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