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Draft to Digital…books coming soon!

I finally scratched this one off my to-do list…it’d been shoved down after procrastination after procrastination. I have no idea why except for stress and fatigue have me out of my usual element.

All excuses aside, on a day where during the night I was awoken no fewer than six times…I’m finally feeling good. So…out comes the to-do list!

The site itself is quite easy to navigate and I’m thrilled that I get to preview each format and even add a little bit of style to the pages themselves.

So far I’ve subbed ‘Cid’ but will add more if the demand is there (Ice Fairy anyone)?

My re-dos will definitely be on there too.

Once I have the link live, I’ll post it here. 🙂

Steph

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4th most popular post from 2018: Rainbow Snippets July 7th

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This was my first post for my book Cid 🙂

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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New this week! A coming attraction: Cid.  Here is the blurb for this new work:

Ask 26-year-old artist Cid Walker how he’s feeling and you’ll likely get a snarl, or a glare, but not a real answer. Cid’s soul is so damaged from a brutal and savage ex-fiancé that trusting anyone is out of the question.

Two classmates try to get his attention; Barry and Kellen. Barry is only 18 and a very naïve, sweet boy-next-door type who is young, needy, and anxious to get involved with the mysterious artist. He wants to be with Cid more than anything, but his efforts fail.

Kellen, all of 22, is as snarky as Cid is at first, but soon manages to get across to him. Kellen understands why Cid is acting out because Kellen is also keeping his soul and psyche intact with mere Band-Aids after being attacked a few years ago.

Add in a stalker that won’t take ‘no’ for an answer and you have Cid’s life at the moment. Who can get through his broken heart?

Our first snippet is a lot longer than usual, but I want to give you a taste of how sweet and charming our beleaguered Cid is:

After nearly falling asleep to the drone of the economics professor, Cid shook himself awake. He had art class next and like hell he’d miss that one.

He glanced at his watch and saw it was only twenty minutes into the hour-long dissertation…err class. He rolled his eyes and started to doodle in his notebook.

A snicker caught his attention and he scowled at the perpetrator.

“You still use paper? What are you, 40?”

Cid fought the urge to spit out a snappy comeback, but it was almost too much temptation.

“Nope, but at least I look old enough to be here.”

The other guy rolled his eyes.

“Funny. Real original, freak.”

That word got under Cid’s skin faster than almost anything; even being accused of being old.

“You got a problem, loser? Why don’t you get your eyes back on your damn screen and leave me the fuck alone.”

“Sure, freak. I’ve seen girls with your hair color, but no guys.”

This was getting personal. Cid loved his lilac locks. He dyed them himself and kept it long, to his shoulders. Everyone in his high school art class loved it and he’d kept it for college. Apparently here it deterred people instead of drew them in.

“Piss off. Why don’t you tone down your garish hair?” he shot back, eyeing the bright red of his classmate’s locks.

“No way. Scotland pride and not changing a thing. Weirdo.” The red head snarled and shook his head. “Pay attention. I’ll switch seats tomorrow.”

Thank goodness for that one. For once, Cid looked forward to the next day, when he didn’t have to deal with this snarky son of a bitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippets January 12th

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Our first major snowstorm has struck…now to get outside and make snow sculptures!  What do you do when snow hits?

I’m posting again from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

FYI: The scene from last week mentions Robert’s father, Mark, had gone after Phillip.  This scene is played out in the book prior to this, For the Heart of Phillip.

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

We continue this week with the focus on Robert and what he does after he left Phillip. Robert’s father, Mark, had gone after Phillip, leaving Robert in his mother Cassie’s care. This completes the scene.

His mother rubbed his arms. “Anything I can do?”

 “No, Mom. Thanks. I’ll be alright. Got a lot of unpacking to do. Go be with that adorable little brother of mine.”

 She pursed her lips and kissed his cheek, leaving a tinge of red behind. “If you’re sure, sweetie. I’m glad you’re home again. Missed you.”

 “Missed you too, Mom. Just wish this whole thing wouldn’t have happened. I should’ve spared myself.”

 They both nodded. Cassie walked out the door and Robert turned to face his task of unpacking.

 Not long after he tore into his task, a car door slammed outside. Flustered, Robert met his father at the front door. “Why did you do that? I can stand up for myself!”

 “Really? What he needed was to get a right hook in the jaw! No one treats my son like that. I don’t care how old you are.”

 He knew his father’s heart was in the right place, even if his sense wasn’t. He sighed and ran his fingers through his hair. His nerves made him fidget so he shoved his hands into his pockets and cocked his head. “So, what happened there, Dad?”

 “Nothing, don’t worry. No one got hurt, as much as I wanted to pound that smug asshole’s face into the floor for you!”

 Robert rolled his eyes and groaned. “That wouldn’t have helped. I’m glad you didn’t get arrested!”

 “Oh, he knew better than to do that! I’m glad you’re here, boy. You don’t need to be around that family.”

 His lower lip trembled and he met his father’s blue eyes. “Thanks, Dad.” He found himself encased in a bear hug.

 “We love you, boy. Nobody does that to my son.”

 Cassie shut the door, cleared her throat and joined the hug. “I agree. Come on, it’s time for dinner.”

 

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One last time, one more warning to avoid getting caught

Great info!

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And hopefully, we can avoid all the weird crooks in cyberspace.

I’m adding one more, and fingers crossed the last warning about fraudsters. Of course, someone, somewhere will find a new angle to try and part us from our hard earned money. And often the target is a writer. Sigh.

It’s a nasty business that requires us to stay vigilant against people who wish to make a buck by crushing our dreams. Don’t let them succeed. scammer and your money

Writers everywhere, this one included, are setting New Year’s resolutions to publish a book in 2019. However, there are people out there who wish to impede your success. Yes, you heard right. Scammers are rehashing, reworking and launching new attacks with old tricks. Stay alert. There are fraudsters who prey on your desire to publish.

Don’t become another statistic.

A grateful shout out goes to for an important article filled with information…

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The sound of the narrative #amwriting

I like this technique! I read mune aloud on the screen or have several pairs of eyes take a gander.

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Reading aloud is a great way to quickly discover the places I want to revise. I have always read portions of my work aloud, a page or two at a time. The places where I stumble are usually always the places that need ironing, so to speak.

In the past, I have only gone to this trouble with sections that I felt had some indefinable thing wrong with them. But lately, I’ve been printing out each chapter in its entirety a day or two after I finish writing it, trying to hear where the prose doesn’t work. I use a yellow highlighter on the places that feel rough.

I’m a slow writer, but I have several looming deadlines for contests and anthologies. This seemed like a good way to speed up development, getting short stories from rough draft to finished in a timely fashion.

As anyone who regularly reads this…

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Thrown a curve ball…

Hello all! How are you this lovely weekend? Here in the great midwest it is almost 60 degrees and sunny out. So naturally I’m indoors soaking up TV and cuddles with my cat. LOL

This week has been a rollercoaster ride for sure. Not one of those kiddie rides either, mind you. Nope. This is the scream-inducing, stomach-turning type of ride that you crave when you’re either 16 or not quite 54″ tall.

My new job (it’s been a month)…has just now gone to part-time hours, cutting my pay in half. It wasn’t a lot to begin with, but now half of little is very little.

To add to the fun and excitement, my husband goes under the knife in two weeks and I’ll be pulling in most of the income for us both. Fun! He’ll be out for almost three months. (and anyone in HR or benefits knows that Short and Long term disability don’t pay squat)…you only get 60-80% of your pay.

Therefore! It is now my duty to 1. find a 2nd job  2. find a new, higher-paying job with actual full-time hours or 3. reallly ramp up the book promos, art, crafts, anything I can sell to earn $ just until April.

April, we’re clear. But until then…I need ideas from my fellow creators. Which works best for you?

  1. Blog income? Affiliates?
  2. Patreon page with rewards?
  3. Etsy store with handmade items?
  4. Ebay auctions to sell old items?

I’m WIDE open to ideas as I have two weeks to really figure this out.

I welcome any and all feedback 🙂

Steph

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Rainbow Snippets January 5th

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So far 2019 is turning out to be a challenge…but I’m up for it!

I’m posting again from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

FYI: The scene from last week mentions Robert’s father, Mark, had gone after Phillip.  This scene is played out in the book prior to this, For the Heart of Phillip.

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

We continue this week with the focus on Robert and what he does after he left Phillip. Robert’s father, Mark, had gone after Phillip, leaving Robert in his mother Cassie’s care:

She nodded and looked up into his eyes. “I sure hope you’re right, honey. I know how your father is. If someone’s wronged him or any of us, it’s personal.”

“I know.” He glanced at his luggage on the bed. “Well, better get unpacking. No way will Phillip change his mind and invite me back. He’s probably over at Andrew’s right now, making up with him.” His eyes teared up, but he haughtily brushed them away.

This book is now available only at  Amazon