Tsunami Crimes Blog Tour


Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome The Wild Rose Press author Chrys Fey. Today, she’s chatting about her involvement with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and sharing her new release, Tsunami Crimes.

Here’s Chrys!

chrys-fey-cropped-2The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is for writers for all kinds to get together and share their insecurities without fear of judgement. There is a monthly blog hop on the first Wednesday where members can talk about their insecurities, woes, or give encouragement and advice. We also have a Facebook group, which is a place for writers to come to 24/7 to ask a question and receive the aid they need.

Last year, I was brought on by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the creator of IWSG, to start a newsletter for the group. On the last Wednesday of each month, I send out a free newsletter to all of our subscribers. In the issues, you can find a…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about something HOT, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about something HOT for a great start to the week. Enjoy!

Sharon WrayJuliet punched her pillow and rolled over, hoping to find a cool spot in the hot sheets. Any plan that hurt Rafe was a good decision.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverHot things almost took place under the covers until his phone interrupted.

Vicki Batman

jacquiebiggar_thebeastwithin_800pxJulie had more than enough responsibilities on her plate. Even if a session of hotter-than-hell sex—and he had a feeling with her it would be scorching—was good for the soul, she’d suffer for it, and he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if that happened.

Jacquie Biggar

51gy4a7prl-_sy346_Their passion rose slowly but burned hot and they climbed the mountain of ecstasy together.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

claire-gemGod, she looked cute. And hot as holy hell. She was still wearing that delicious looking tank and…

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Reframing for Success


Joanne Guidoccio

It is easy to be negative at this time of year. The mornings are dark, the weather is unpredictable, and spring is weeks away. We can find an excuse for each day and, if we’re not careful, we’ll slip back into bad habits.

In their book, The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women, authors Stephanie McClellan and Beth Hamilton recommend reframing by replacing negative thoughts with positive self-talk.


Here are some examples:

I’m too exhausted even to think of moving.
I always have more energy after I exercise.

I’m just so slow.
When I started, I was out of breath very quickly. I may not be a speed demon, but I have really built up my endurance.

My whole body hurts from that last workout.
If I stretch well or take a hot bath, my muscles will be warmed up, and I’ll be feeling no pain once I start moving.

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Does Your Story Write Itself?


Don’t these sound intriguing!?!

Word by Word

So, I started my series of books, Partners, the Odyssey of the Phoenix, many years ago. It took way too long to get the first one out, but once I did, the next ones flowed. The story is about AJ Donovan, firefighter-paramedic, who is excellent at his job but his personal life is a train wreck. He suffers from closet claustrophobia and PTSD, the origin of which is unclear. Due to things that happened to him in his childhood he is emotionally shut down, which doesn’t work well when trying to establish a relationship (which he really does wants). Then a new firefighter-paramedic joins the station. There’s an instant attraction to Quinlan O’Leary but she puts him on notice that she’s focused on establishing her credibility as a firefighter, paramedic and a woman. Sleeping with a partner would be at odds to that end (regardless of how drop dead…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about Memory, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about MEMORY for a great start to the week. Enjoy!

51wddrbfbgl-_ac_us160_A picture of her trashed living room sprang full-blown into her memory. Her heart pounded loud enough to be heard in Texas.

Marsha West

Sharon WraySince Nate’s short-terms had taken a hike, and his long-terms held no hope, he sought out anything that kept him focused. And despite Pete’s concern, physical pain worked.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverI gave my temple a memory-inducing rub. And presto! Another plan was called forth.

Vicki Batman

51gy4a7prl-_sy346_AJ, you’ll never forget what you saw today. That picture of Bret will be etched in your memory for the rest of your life, like Mike’s face is in mine.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)Wet tears streamed down my cheeks as I remembered the young woman who had been crowned Prom Queen and won local pageants.

Joanne Guidoccio

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FEAR—Is the Mind-Killer in Control of Your Life?


Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Noemi Galera. Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Noemi Galera.

The single greatest challenge you will face in trying to accomplish anything great is FEAR. FEAR is nothing to be underestimated and we need to learn to manage it if we want to succeed. I remember being a kid and Dune was one of my favorite movies. At the age of ten I memorized Paul Atreides’ mantra:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

At the time I just thought it was a seriously cool movie line. It was only when I grew older that I began…

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Never Tell Me the Odds—Getting Your Head Right for Success


Advice from the fabulous Kristen Lamb!

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I read a lot of books on business, sales, and success. I love motivational books and yes, even self-help. Why? Because so much of success is mental. Study the sports greats and the practice on the field is only one component of their overall performance. The truly great players spend countless hours getting their head right.

And this makes sense if we think about it. Take a horse for example. No matter how large that beast is, man can control the direction that animal goes with ONE thing…controlling the head. Where the head goes the rest will follow.

So I challenge you with this question each and every day…

Where is Your Head?


Granted, there are days, I don’t know if I could find my head. I have been down with a really bad cold for a week and I think I finally found my head in the couch cushions…

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King


Joanne Guidoccio


Today is Martin Luther King Day, an American federal holiday that marks the birthday of an inspirational clergyman, activist, and leader who is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the United States.

My favorite quotations from Dr. Martin Luther King…

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about something FRESH, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines for a FRESH start to the week. Enjoy!

51rkhlhx8zlShe loved the way the fresh snow poofed with every step she took. It made her think of icing sugar.

Kathryn Jane

“It would be a great opportunity, a fresh start.” I monitored her response closely. “For both of us.”

S.A. Taylor
Sharp Blades (work in progress)

51wddrbfbgl-_ac_us160_Walking to work, Jill decided if she were smart, she’d figure out how to bottle this glorious New England fall morning. Sparkling, crisp, cold air.

Marsha West

Sharon WrayNate inhaled the fresh air, tasting both mold and sulfur, and blinked. Nothing primed his headaches like the smells of ruin and decay.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

jacquiebiggar_thebeastwithin_800px“Your mama teach you to talk that way?” If his daughter ever swore like… the pang was more the ache of an old wound now, rather than that of a fresh slice.

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