Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Writerly Devotion Time & #IWSG

I'm still in Summer Ketchup mode. Don't know what that is? Go HERE. Like I mentioned back in HERE, I'd be popping in from time to time to help out FPP (fellow pub peeps), writer friends, and to make announcements. And today I have an announcement. (Gosh, I'm beginning to feel like a broken record.)

I'm here today to celebrate a super amazing author friend's new book news & to leave you with a little #IWSG pondering. Note: although Writer's Alley is solely a children's book and author site, I feel this devotional book deserves the spotlight. I mean, doesn't every writer need a little self-reflection and encouragement from time to time?

Meet Lynda R. Young, one of the nicest and kindest writers I know. It's such a pleasure to call her friend. She's a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. Find her: BlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads

Cling to God: A Daily Devotional
by Lynda R. Young

Release date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Freedom Fox Press

Cling to God in the chaos of life…

Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.

I'm truly excited for this book! I'm a believer in taking a few moments at the start of each morning to breath and ponder my upcoming day. This leads me to this month's #IWSG pondering: The world is such a busy place today and we all lead such amazingly cramped lives. Everywhere we turn some stimulation or responsibility is vying for our attention. 

Think about what you do to keep it all straight and how you keep yourself balanced. Do you do both? One or the other? And despite your success, how does this help and how can you improve?

 photo Sheri2.pngThe purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage, posting on the first Wednesday of each month. You'll find writer doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Support and a common understanding spread throughout the group as many fellow writers can relate. Feel free to JOIN in anytime.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

It's Release Day For UNDER A BRASS MOON & A Giveaway!

I'm still in Summer Ketchup mode. Don't know what that is? Go HERE. Like I mentioned back in HERE, I'd be popping in from time to time to help out FPP (fellow pub peeps), writer friends, and to make announcements. And today I have an announcement.

It's release day! 
The next young adult anthology I'm a part of is available today! 

A Steampunk and Science Fiction Anthology

is available now from Curiosity Quills Press!  Grab your copy from Amazon and make sure to check out reviews on GoodReads. And if you do purchase a copy, we'd be forever grateful if you'd leave a review!  

This anthology includes twenty-seven short stories intended to enchant and consume.  Enjoy the works of Jordan ElizabethG. Miki HaydenBenjamin SperdutoD. J. ButlerChristine BakerLorna MacDonald CzarnotaJessica GunnLorna Marie LarsonQuinn SouthwickJames WymoreTerri KarstenW. K. PomeroyAshley PascoJeremy MortisGrant EagarAmberle HusbandsNick Lofthouse, Perry McDaid, and S.A. Larsen.

Here's a peek into my story: 
Ethereal Coil by S.A. Larsen: A new sin eater's refusal to do her job of keeping balance between good and evil awakens Wrath - one of the Seven Deadly Sins - endangering those closest to her.

And here are just a few of the other amazing stories you'll find in UNDER A BRASS MOON:

Maiden in the Clock Tower by Jordan Elizabeth: A young woman is trapped in a clock tower of her father's doing to be held as a pawn in an evil merchant's scheme. Can she escape to her true love? 
The Queen of Cobwebs by Jeremy Mortis: Something is hunting people in the foggy streets, and the Professor and his assistant are about to meet it.

Vacant by Nick Lofthouse: Where does a dreamer fit into a world where ideas are a finite resource from any one person? Could free-thought be our savior, or just a sweet distraction from the inevitable?

Hour of Darkness by Ashley Pasco: Carissa Upton is just your average Victorian street urchin - little does she know that her life is about to change forever. Not only is her entire life a lie, but her future is uncertain.

A Connecticut Yankee in Queen Victoria’s Court by G. Miki Hayden: Engineering professor Dr. Alice Alante doesn't believe in time travel. But when she's sent to Queen Victoria's Windsor castle in a strange machine, her only choice may be to help build a dirigible to defend the crown.

Lucky Escape for Goldilocks Girl by Perry McDaid: On a new world structured to reprise all the patriarchal and elitist notions of the Elizabethan era, a young girl promised to an old but influential suitor chooses to rebel by masquerading as a Knight of the Road … or Highwayman.

Calliope by Terri Karsten: Roscoe Gordon dreams bringing back his dad’s Steam Calliope, but he’s hindered by a pair of prank-loving ghosts. With their help, will he lead the parade or blow the whole thing up?

The Balloon Thief by Jessica Gunn: Adeline has made a name for herself as Beltham’s Balloon Thief for stealing high-priced jewelry items and leaving only a balloon in their place, setting sail for finer lands on her steam-powered hot air balloon. Adeline has been told the stolen rings and gems open a door on the mysterious Leikei, the temple in the air where she thinks her friend Colin is stranded. On her last robbery attempt, she’s arrested and forced to place her trust in the museum owner’s daughter who has her own reasons for wanting to get to Leikei. If she can trust her, Adeline just might be able to rescue Colin. If not, it might be the end for them all.

Fritz Finkel and the Marvelous Mechanical Thing by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota: Every era has to begin sometime, and every inventor starts someplace. For Fritz, it is the opportunity to impress the "apple of his eye," the lovely, unobtainable Greta Spielmacher--the toymaker's daughter.  Fritz wants to be a toy designer, but he's the janitor. Will his special toy be the key to winning his lady love?        
Henry the Tailor by Grant Eagar: Henry is a tailor and inventor of flying machines. Sophie is an agent for the English secret service. Henry and Sophie live in the alternate, steam powered world of Victorian England. The country is at war with Count Von-Friedrich and his horde of mercenaries. The spies of the count are killing and kidnapping the English scientists and inventors. Sophie’s job is to root out the spies and she uses Henry’s inventions as an enticement.

Talking Metal by W. K. Pomeroy: Five years after piloting a zeppelin to the other side of the world to find the spark, Saskia is on the verge of inventing greatness, but her old professor appears to have beaten her to the patent office, or has he? 

Women of Lastonia by Lorna Marie Larson: Earth's best team must learn why a distant planet won't join the Interstellar Alliance. Diplomacy is key, but the closed steampunk society has some primeval ideas on how to treat the fairer sex.

We're also having a giveaway of the book on Goodreads, so head over and ENTER for your chance to win! 

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