2017 is here and what better way to ring it in than with books! Eighteen authors have signed up to put their books on sale for 99cents. Why so little? Because of the gift cards that people have gotten as Christmas gifts. We want you to spend that money on us!
IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month, but I'm posting early this month. Explanation is below with my writing goals. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
The awesome co-hosts for this month are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!
The other Thursday at Story Dam chat, the idea of doing another book promo event like Trick-or-Treat Reads around Christmas time since people get gift cards as presents. In the end, we decided on a New Years Day event called New Year, New Reads. Since I’ve done three promo events like this, I figured I’d jump on the helm and get this thing rolling.
Today my Story Dam buddy, Tui Snider is on the blog to talk about her brand spanking new release, UNEXPECTED TEXAS. I've only driven through Texas a few times. The last time it was boring, but also a bit scary because there was nothing and it was like "OMG if the car breaks down we are going to DIE!" Anyways, I asked Tui a couple of questions about her and to show off her creativity.
Patricia: What cosmic event prompted you to write?
Tui: It started with the chicken pox. I was 5-years-old, slathered in calamine lotion, and trying my hardest not to scratch any of the sores that covered me from head to toe. I even had chicken pox on the roof of my mouth! I tried to distract myself from the interminable itchiness, but nothing worked.
Nothing that is, until Sesame Street came on the TV. The show was "sponsored by the letter P" that day, and I found the subject matter so compelling that I actually forgot about my chicken pox. By the end of the show, I could read and write 3 entire words.
It was an epiphany!
Today I'm happy to have my Story Dam peep, Fida Islaih on the blog today to celebrate her new release HER OLIVES. (Gorgeous cover, eh?) She kindly answered a few questions so you can get to know her as well as he new book.
What inspired you to start writing poetry? Maybe you can give me some inspiration to give poetry a shot. ;)
Fida: Sitting in eighth grade and writing poetry it stood out to be that I can write about the simplest thing to the hardest thing in the most beautiful way.
How important is your faith to your writing?
Fida: When I love something a lot like my faith or my home country it will find it's way into my writing.
A good sign that your writing will be full of passion!
What advice would you give to aspiring poets?
Fida: Nothing is lame in your life. Once you find the right words it can and will sound awesome. Just keep writing.
I like this advice. Good for every kind of writer. =D
Any works in progress we can look forward to?
Fida: As of now I don't have anything planned to be published. Yet I am finally trying to wrap up my WIP and try the querying waters.
Well, that's exciting. Good luck with querying.
If you could only read four books, what would they be and why? I know, this is an evil question to ask. BAHAHAHAHA!
Fida: I can never narrow down what books I love but looking at my bookshelf, four books that stand out to me is IN THE NAME OF MEMORY because it's a book of many lives and getting the girl you want. MORNINGS IN JENIN because it shows the beauty and struggle of Palestine. CHOCOLAT because well chocolate, travel and it's show of a woman's strength and still have a handsome man. Last but not least, THE BOOK THEIF because of it's point of view. It really makes you think.
Possessing a powerful love for both Palestine and its people, Fida Islaih works to understand their struggles as she endures her own. Though she has yet to travel to Palestine, a deep rooted desire to do so inspires her and comes through in her lovely poetry. Join Fida on her poetic journey through life and share her inspiration.
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Fun fact about me: I'm not a holiday person. It stresses me out.
[Middle English furbishen, from Old French fourbir, fourbiss-, from Frankish *furbjan.]
Suzanne furbished the red bulb, pausing to look at the tree. Her face reflected in the other, colorful bulbs hanging among the fronds of green. A swelling of joy rose up her throat. She smiled.
He stared at his reflection in the restaurant window. A woman passing by glanced at him, blushing and thinking he was looking at her, but his focus was on himself. Some would call him a god, handsome and perfect. By looks alone, people assumed goodness in him.
"You can’t tell anyone. Understand?" she whispered in my ear, her breath ghosting against my ear and sending shivers down my spine.
I gulped nervously and nodded.
“Good boy.” Her hips swayed seductively as she walked to the door. There, she paused, glancing back. “Remember. Not. A Soul.” Then she disappeared, the door shutting with a soft click.
Morgan posed a question for this week's Story Dam prompt: What is your pomegranate? What is it that when you see, hear, or taste immediately takes you to another place and time? Tell us about it in as much detail as you can or give your character such a moment in time.
I was going to write some flash fiction related to my shiny new idea, but recently, Kel and I walked the Mackinaw Bridge. Not only did we create memories, but it brought up memories of the time my mom took me and my siblings on the Labor Day Bridge Walk. A few really stick out.
I'm not going to do flash fiction for this. Instead, I'm going to talk about confession and make some... Maybe... Probably... I don't know. Let's see where this post takes me.
The other day I came to a realization. I'm not as truthful as I'd like to think. Especially when it comes to my crafts and books. People like to ask me how I'm doing. I always tell them I'm doing good. Which isn't always true. But the thing is, if I say that sales suck or I didn't sell as much as I hoped, then they're going to pity me. Does anyone really like being pitied? It has to be one of the worst things ever. I can take being loathed, but please don't feel sorry for me. I'm trying, after all.
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