Tuesday, December 3, 2013

IWSG, Soul Cutter, Cheersfest 2013, Futurescape, And Other Fun Stuff!

Insecure Writers Support Group: Last month for ISWG I mentioned our dog and family member of fifteen years Beau had numerous physical ailments. We finally had to put him to sleep. It was a very difficult decision, but one that needed to be made.
But where one door closes, another opens. We came across someone who had to get find a new home for their six-month old puppy, a Maltese Poodle mix. So here is our newest family member Dakota.
Soul Cutter: The Soul Cutter is hunting again. Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.
In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.
When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake. Élan is fighting for her very soul. Author
Bio: Lexa Cain lives in Egypt, a stone’s throw from the Red Sea (if you throw the stone really hard). Soul Cutter is her debut novel, but she’s writing other novels and a sequel in the hopes of keeping readers up until the wee hours.
Soul Cutter By Lexa Cain
From MuseItUp Publishing
Dec 6, 2013
Cheersfest 2013 2.0: Remember, On December 9th is Cheersfgest 2013, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh, Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King. We will roast and honor Arlee Bird, who is a constant presence, is positive, possesses integrity, involved in the online community (participating and hosting); supportive of others, and is a major force in the blogging community. This event will be held December 13th, 2013.
A To Z Blog: Take a moment to check out Roland Yeoman’s Post Keys To Writing Success on the A to Z blog. You’ll be glad you did!
How To Publish And Promote Your Book Now! I had some spare time (what’s that???) this weekend and re-read though L. Diane Wolfe’s book How To Write And Promote Your Book Now. A must own for any writer, regardless of how experienced they are in the art of writing and promoting. I highly recommend this book.
If you haven’t downloaded a copy, do yourself a favor and click the book’s image at the top right of my side bar.
What to Watch: Futurscape hosted by James Woods on the Science Channel. What will the future look like? It's a question that writers, philosophers and scientists have been pondering for millennia. But the future that once existed solely in the human imagination…has arrived.. What happens tomorrow, starts today. This is worth checking out.
Escalation: It’s clear I will not release Escalation for the holidays as was my original plan. But it’s also evident this is for the better. I think it would get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season as well as all the other books coming out.
I’ve had time to sit down and plan amazing promos for the release that I can’t wait to share. I mean some really, really, really cool stuff.  But I’ll wait until after the holidays are over. I also have some awesome changes for my blog that I think you'll appreciate very much. Something else to look forward to.
Once the dust settles from the holidays, I'll announce the release date for Escalation. And come early 2014 if you feel inspired to help me in any way, I thank you in advance!


  1. Stephen, I know what a hard decision it is to make when it comes to putting down a pet. My thoughts go out to you and your family on your loss. CONGRATS on the newest member of your family. Dakota is a little cutie!

  2. Sorry about Beau. It's always tough to do.
    Welcome Dakota!
    Roland's interview was great.
    Diane's book is also great.
    Haven't watched Futurescape yet.
    Let us know when Escalation is coming out! February or March? My blog is open for a tour.

  3. Congrats on your new pet. I keep meaning to watch that new science show. Let me know how I can help with your release of Escalation.

  4. Very sorry about Beau. But I'm glad Dakota's there to help. She's a furry ball of adorableness!

  5. It's never easy to lost a furbaby. *hugs* But Dakota's adorable!

  6. Stephen, I'm so very sorry about Beau.

    Thank you so much! I'm delighted you enjoyed my book so much and got so much from it.

  7. I know it's hard to do but I am glad you made the right decision with Beau. Delighted Dakota has joined you, just what you need. Soul Cutter sounds like a good book. Not come across the science show, wonder if it is available in Canada.

  8. Dakota is adorable! She's exactly what you need to soothe the ache of Beau. Thanks so much for spotlighting Soul Cutter! I'd be delighted to help with Escalation's release in 2014! (And that's perfect because December is frying my brain.)

  9. Guess I popped over a little too early for the IWSG post. Congrats on your puppy and good luck with the release.

  10. Happy to blog about your book again :) And Dakota looks absolutely adorable!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

  11. Dakota is so cute! I'm sure she'll help you through this tough time.

  12. I feel sorry for those releasing a book at this hectic time of the season. Probably a good idea to wait. Good Luck, Stephen.

  13. Dakota fits right in. He's a happy puppy who loves to take walks. That's good for us too as we need to get out and take family walks again.

  14. I'm sorry about Beau, big hugs! I'm glad you now have the adorable Dakota to ease the sadness a little bit, though.

  15. So sorry for you loss. I know how it feels to say a final goodbye to a treasured family member.

    BUT what a FACE on Dakota… She'd melt any heart. So happy for all of you! Spread the love…

    Looking forward to your launching news!

  16. Ohhh what a sweet little puppy face. Every time we have to say goodbye to one of our furry family members, I swear it will be the last time I get a dog. And then I do again. I love dog-dogs. :)

  17. Greetings to Dakota who is really cute in spite of not being a cat. (I'm a cat person.) I'm following your blog now.
    I hope you have good luck with Escalation.

  18. Wonderful thoughts for ISWG today. Do what needs to be done, and open yourself to new possibilities. Ties in well with your book release comments. Also had fun reading Roland's post.

  19. The soulcutter sounds like an intriguing premise. Enjoy your puppy!

  20. I like having extra time for the release of Escalation. I'm realizing I'm kinda burned out from 2013.

    I can sum up they year with a line from the Grateful Dead. "What a long strange trip it's been."

  21. Hey,

    I'll add to the best wishes on having to handle the loss of a family pet, and also send you much joy with the new puppy - and walks with the family are never a bad thing, right :)

    Good luck with Escalation - whenever it happens - and let me know if I can help in any way :)

    Cheers :)

  22. So sorry for your loss...
    Diane's book is filled with gems.
    Roland's post was filled with all sorts of wisdom.
    Writer In Transit

  23. Sorry to hear about the loss of you dear pet. Dakota looks like a very cute pup!

  24. I'm so sorry about losing your pet. A very difficult decision but one that must be made when the time comes.

  25. So sorry to hear about your dog.
    I like the name Dakota. It's actually my brother's middle name.
    I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to check out L.Diane's book. It's been recommended a lot!

    David List - Regarding Silexare

  26. I'm sorry about Beau, but pleased that you found a new furry companion.

    Congrats to Lexa! The book sounds great.

  27. Hi Stephen .. sounds like you've made some good choices .. Dakota looks a cutie - the girls will love her. Escalation I'm certain will be a great read and I did so enjoy Breakthrough .. welcome back .. cheers Hilary

  28. Yes, your book will stand out even more in the new year, Stephen. Thanks for all the fun and helpful info. It was like a visit to Alex's blog.
    Sorry for the loss of your precious dog.
    May Dakota bring much joy to your family's life.

  29. I recently saw a picture frame meant for a photo of a dog who has gone on to the rainbow bridge. On the frame were the words: "Thanks! I had a great time." I'm sure that would have been Beau's message to you.

    And I'm very glad you and Dakota have found each other.

  30. Sorry to hear about your dog. Dakota looks adorable, though. :-)