Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG Just Keep Swimming

IWSG Hi all today I’m co-host of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The other co-hosts are Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, and Julie Flanders. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and give these fine folks some love. 

My issue this month is more of an encouragement. Just Keep Swimming. Yes, it’s Dory’s theme song. Stuck in a rut? Spinning your wheels in the mud? Swimming in that black icky place with green stuff floating on the top? Sometimes you have to just keep swimming. We all have those trials of life we have to go through and no one or no thing will get us out. 

Perhaps it’s a test. Regardless, we’re going through it whether we like it or not. Best to find someone to walk with us, hold our hand, and give us words of encouragement as we go through that time. But we have to just keep swimming. We don’t always see the end from the beginning but we have to just keep swimming. 

We’ll get through it. And if you’re in one of those places let someone from the IWSG know you need support and someone to go through it with. I’m sure you’ll find a veteran of a similar trial that can help navigate through that dark icky place. 

Cling to God A Daily Devotional. by Lynda R Young 

Release Date October 18th, 2016 Published by 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. 

Author Bio Lynda R. Young, 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. 

You can find her here:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 2016 IWSG and Summer Promos

IWSG This week’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group support group of the consists of Alex Cavanaugh's amazing and awesome Co-Hosts: Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martison, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.K. Hill, Rachna Chhabria and JA Scott

Be sure to stop by their websites, say hello, and show a little love! 

Summer Promos I planned a huge event at the Mission Viejo 4th of July Street Fair that attracts between 10,000 and 20,000 people. I bought a 10 X 10 spot and set up my books and a big promo for my monthly newsletter. 

Lesson Learned I have to understand holiday weekends are not a good time for a book promotion. The real winners for this event were vendors selling Beer and Nachos. 

Pretty much all the attendees didn’t buy anything and that’s across the board. I observed thousands of people leaving the event empty handed. Rare was the sight of a person carrying something they bought from a vendor other than food and drink. 

I had a good but not great turnout. Average at best is more like it. I sold books and had a decent enlistment for my monthly newsletter and a lot of looky-loos. And the usual conspiracy theorists who never blink and hang out far too long for my comfort level that I seem to attract like a magnet. But that’s all. I just didn't see the return for my effort as I spent a lot of time preparing for this event.




That's the order of the day for Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July. No more events for me during these holidays although I will do events during the Christmas season. I can do much better setting up shop at the beach with far less work and financial investment hawking my goods at locals and tourists walking by. 

Question What are your success and not-so-successful promo events? I’d like to hear them.

Early Morning Set up

View From my Chair

Lake Mission Viejo

Dakota is all Tuckered Out

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June IWSG and the Big Big Big Really Big You Won't Believe Your Eyes Big Event

For this IWSG I’m thinking really big thoughts. Like many of you, I saw my good fortunes and opportunities dwindle when Borders Books went bankrupt and Barnes and Noble gave the boot to small-pubbed folks like me. I had books all over the US in those stores. 

Fast forward to today and now I’m left to my own devices to promote four books with two new ones in the works. Fortunately, I live in a large metropolitan area loaded with tourists and there are many large events to promote my literary wares. 

Example Within walking distance of my house is the Mission Viejo 4th of July Street Fair that attracts upwards of 20,000 people each year and I have a 10 X 10 spot. People wander the Street Fair then stake out a patch of grass and wait hours for the fireworks display. 

And guess what? They’re either napping or reading. I have some great ideas and will post pics and results in July’s IWSG. I’ll tell you what worked and what didn’t. But the key is to get people to enter my canopy as almost all other vendors set their tables at the very edge of their tents or canopies and they have all that wasted space behind them. 
Steve, were all sending you big thoughts for your Big Big Big Really Big You Won’t Believe Your Eyes Big Event

I’ll use a smaller table at the front and allow people to enter on both sides. Inside three more tables will set up behind me with a flat screen parading images of my books, blurbs, past book signings and fifteen second video clips. I won’t bore you with details now, but definitely check back Wednesday July 6th for pics and results. 

And feel free to send big thoughts of a smashing success my way!

Question Have any promotional plans for the summer? Doing any writing or editing? Or are you taking the summer off?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May IWSG and Other Fun Stuff!!!

IWSG This week I’m co-hosting IWSG along with Fundy Blue, M.J. Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley and Stephanie Faris. Be sure to take a moment and stop by these awesome co-hosts blogs and give them a little love. 

I’ve received numerous emails from readers upset thinking that Salem’s Daughters has ended. They didn’t like seeing Debbie Stevens end this way and made sure I understood their frustration. But there’s no need to fear, a sequel will soon be here. I recently posted a teaser chapter on my blog HERE

Then I thought, hey, I should put a teaser chapter at the end of all my books. So I did. I placed the teaser chapter from Salem’s Daughters sequel at the end of Salem’s Daughters, a chapter from Salem’s Daughters at the end of Escalation, a chapter from Escalation at the end of Opening and a chapter from Opening at the end of Breakthrough. 

Steve’s Monthly Celestial Calendar Newsletter and Other Fun Stuff I started a monthly newsletter a while ago and a hundred people signed up on the initial announcement with dozens more joining in the weeks following. Things got off to a pretty good start but soon got lost in the hustle and bustle and business of life. 

But I’m bringing it back! Folks, this is a really cool newsletter. Trust me. If you liked me science and astronomy posts and the Fun Facts and Did You Know series, you’re going to absolutely love this. 

Each month will list incredible astronomical events for that month, incredible sights you can see from your back yard with the naked eye, a decent telescope, or a good set of binoculars. And there’s a section called Kids Korner and Young People to help engage our youth with just how cool our universe is. 

To begin receiving your monthly newsletter you can sign up right here right now:
Or go to the Monthly Celestial and Other Fun Stuff tab above. Encourage you to sign up at least for one issue. If you don’t like it unsubscribing is a click away. 

Question Do you have teaser chapters from one book at the end of another book? And do you read teaser chapters when you see them?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Z is for Zenith

Well, that’s it folks. The last day of A to Z. It’s been fun, but I’m spent. 

So for today I’ll simply ask what are your favorite kind of dreams and what are the dreams you like the least. For me I like Epic Dreams and dreams of the universe. I wake up with a sense that I want to do something great that day. My worst dreams are falling from great heights. Yeah, those are the worst. 

Question What are your favorite kind of dreams and what are the dreams you like the least.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Y is for Yourself

Yourself All too often I hear people tell of their dreams and wonder what the setting means or what a particular color signified or what the heck other people were doing there. Rarely do I hear anyone talking about themselves in their dreams. Even though they are in their dreams, the dreamer focuses on everything external surrounding them rather than what the dreams means to the inner-man or the inner-woman. 

To dream of yourself can have a variety of meanings, of course, specific to you. So next time you remember a dream, don’t forget to think about what's going on inside because after all, it’s your dream and more than likely meant to benefit you deep down inside the spirit, soul and mind. After all, you may very well be trying to sort yourself out, something you might not be able to do while you are awake. 

Carl Jung has some interesting insight into dreaming of yourself. But time does not allow us to move forward, so if you’re so inspired this is a good mini-project to Google this weekend. 

No Honorable Mention for Y for You

Honorable Mention Like X, there are slim pickings here. I can see the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld say, “No honorable mention for Y for you.” 

Tomorrow Z is for Zenith 

Question Do you dream about yourself? You probably do and may focus on everything externally about you rather than the real you.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

X is for X

X From what I know X in a dream is not very common. But when someone dreams of a prominent X it is in reference to something that is taboo or forbidden to you. 

Gossip or slander or defaming someone is a common theme. X is not necessarily a bad dream as much as it is a warning to you. Stop! Don’t go there. Just turn around and move in another direction.

Honorable Mention None. As you know, there are slim pickings for the letter X.

Tomorrow Y is for Yourself

Question Have you dreamt of anything that is taboo? You don't have to tell us, but gosh darn I bet there are some really interesting X Dreams to tell.