Writers are the most generous, talented, funny, genuine, and kind people I’ve ever met, and I feel blessed to walk among you. I love the writing community; always have. You can’t find better people, IMO.
When I first became part of this elite “club” I found myself awestruck by the fact that no one was in competition. Quite the contrary. They supported one another. They lent a shoulder to cry on when one of us fell and rejoiced when one of us achieved our goals.
It’s been about four years since I crawled out my writer’s cave door and joined the community, and I still see random acts of kindness happening all around me. Each time, it blows me away.
When a fellow author tells me they’ve published a new book, I desperately want to support them by featuring their work. But if allow book promotions without a guest post that you can benefit from, I risk losing what I’ve built.
Therein lies the rub.
I’ve worked tirelessly to make this a resource blog, and many of you wouldn’t be here otherwise. I don’t reblog posts. I don’t post book reviews. And I don’t do many book promos. I’ve kept a narrow focus on crime, research, and writing tips. This year I’m trying to mix things up a bit, but I also need to remain true to my brand.
So I’ve come up with a different way of showing my support, a way that shows solidarity among the community as a whole, and a way I can support my fellow authors without turning this blog into something it isn’t.
In the last month I’ve heard from so many dear friends who all have news to share. These authors have supported me in more ways than I can count. These authors are truly wonderful people, and I feel blessed to call them friends. I root for these authors each and every day, just as I root for you. Incidentally, they have no idea they’re appearing on the blog today. Which makes this post all the more fun.
I’d also like to give a quick shout-out to all members of the writing community. You’re my peeps, and I wouldn’t want to do this job without you.
Sharing the Love
WHAT’S HOT IN CRAFT
What can I say about Garry Rodgers? He’s one of my best buddies, and we’ve never met in person. Funny how that works, eh? We talk every day, and he always makes me burst out laughing with his antics. He’s also someone I admire (I’ll never live this down), as well as being a fountain of information.
Best of DyingWords: Provoking Thoughts on Life from a Retired Homicide Detective and Forensic Coroner
Garry and invited guests from professional disciplines provoke thoughts on broad and fascinating topics such as forensic psychology, philosophy, spiritualism, motivation, health and happiness, as well as give their views on the darker issues of drugs, arms, military tactics, and crime scene investigation.
You can buy Book 1 in the series HERE.
How to Blog for the Huffington Post: 101 Proven Tips for Getting Published on the Huff
“Every blogger’s dream should be to get their blog published by the Huffington Post,” says Huff Post signature blogger and bestselling writer, Garry Rodgers, who gives you 101 Proven Tips on how to get your blogs posted on the Huff.
The condensed version, 21 Tips, is FREE. It currently sits at #1 on Amazon. Congrats, my friend!!!
The full version you can buy HERE.
Your Story on Steroids Workshop
Larry Brooks works tirelessly to help writers achieve their goals, but he’s also an extremely kind person, with a big, mushy heart. Larry is one helluva writer too. Wow. I’ve read every one of his books, and remain absolutely floored by his storytelling ability.
Hands down, he’s one of my all-time favorite authors. I’m not alone, either. His thrillers are all critically acclaimed.
Who better to run a workshop on craft?
Here’s what he says about Your Story on Steroids: “Most workshops talk about how to write a novel, which is a discussion that is as much about process as it is anything else. This workshop will teach you what a novel must look like, how it should read – the specific elements and essences and criteria that, when a story works, is there every time.”
I can personally vouch for what an incredible coach Larry is. His craft books are the reason I’m published. If you’re struggling, go to this workshop and let Larry help you. You can find all the details at www.novelintensives.com And you can read Larry’s view about The Workshop You Can’t Afford to Miss on StoryFix.
I was immediately drawn to Caleb Pirtle. He has that “it” factor that you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s not because of his steadfast dedication to sharing the love; it’s more than that.
Caleb has been in the writing gig for decades—over 60 titles to his name—and his writing always moves me. But he’s also a humble man, a brilliant man, a loving and generous human being.
His blog, Venture Galleries, features blog posts and books from so many authors I can’t even keep track. Jump over and visit his site. There are no words for how much time and effort Caleb puts into showcasing other authors. You’ll have to experience it for yourself.
American operative Ambrose Lincoln has no idea where he is or has been or where he’s going. The government has erased his mind and re-shaped the landscape of his brain. He believes he has been to the night side of dark, a place of the first death, from which no one can return.
So why does he find himself on the bomb-ruined landscape of Poland, or has he been exiled to the second death?
Lincoln only realizes, if the man in the shadows has not lied to him, he must find an ancient religious painting that has been missing for centuries. It was painted by a blind artist on the day of Christ’s crucifixion, its image staining wood that has not aged. It is a portrait of Christ leaving one world and walking amidst lightning through the door to another.
The German Gestapo will pay a fortune to buy it, or take a man’s life to steal it.
The painting, if legend holds true, is the German hierarchy’s final and only chance to escape the onslaught of the war that is crumbling around their feet. Is it real or only a myth, and how many must die to prove its existence.
You can read more about Night Side of Dark and purchase the novel HERE.
Mae Clair is also incredibly generous, like everyone else I’ve listed here today. Not long ago she made the switch from romantic suspense to the crime genre, and we were lucky to get her. Not only is she a talented storyteller but she bends over backward to support other authors. How she squeezes in a full-time day job is beyond me. Her latest release, A Thousand Yesteryears, is next on my to-read list.
Enter to win a free paperback!
Kensington Publishing is giving away two paperback copies of A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS, by Mae Clair. A suspenseful mystery, A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is a tale of buried secrets, murder, and a terrifying legend.
The Goodreads giveaway runs through February 29th.
For your chance to win, enter HERE.
Fantastic person, excellent storyteller, and a kind and generous human being. I’m reading his new release now, Between Good and Evil, and I’m lovin’ it. The story takes place not far from where I live, which makes it especially fun for me.
Years after the Willis Asylum closed, the secrets of its past lingered in its decaying halls as a reminder to the good people of Auburn Notch—when Evil closes a door, he also opens a window.
Pick up your copy HERE. Available in all formats, including hard cover.
What you see is what you get, like everyone else on this list. Nicholas has dedicated his blog to helping Indie authors, an admiral trait. He has a great sense of humor and often surprises me with articles he thinks might interest me, a shout-out on his blog, or a hilarious meme on Facebook.
I bought both his new children’s stories, Runaway Smile and Musiville, for my granddaughters and he personalized them with the sweetest notes.
A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments. Or is it the other way around? Whichever the case, they have now formed their own little village: Musiville. And bands. Lots and lots of bands. When everyone starts playing their own tune, buildings get torn down by an invader. Can Musiville be saved from this unexpected threat?
If I’ve forgotten someone, I’ll catch you next time. For everyone else, what do you think about making Sharing the Love a new series? In order to remain a resource blog, I could only write these posts once in a while, but I think it’ll be a nice addition.
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