Week In Review: August 26th, 2022

In Case You Missed it, here’s the round-up of all of my latest content, plus updates from old guests!

Read on if you want to know more. If not? See you next week with more writing tips and writerly musings.

Coming up this week:

On Youtube:

On Twitch:

  • Or join the Lazy Sunday Afternoon “Productivity Stream” and Queery Helpline here on twitch!

Content Around The Web:

On Youtube/Twitch:

  • Problematic Publishing: Red Flags To Watch Out ForMost publishers are in it for the love of books. Yes, even the acquiring editors, the marketing team, and the contract specialists. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some problematic publishing companies out there. Whether you go with traditional publishing or small press, you need to be careful.

On the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • Problematic Publishing: Red Flags To Watch Out ForMost publishers are in it for the love of books. Yes, even the acquiring editors, the marketing team, and the contract specialists. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some problematic publishing companies out there. Whether you go with traditional publishing or small press, you need to be careful.
  • Bonus! Author Spotlight Guest: Marshall Stephens – He is a dog lover, Nerf blaster enthusiast, and eclectic storyteller. He’s sharing writing tips and writerly musings with us.
  • Author Spotlight Guest: Dianne C Braley – A registered nurse with a passion for music, poetry, and literature, she‘s sharing writing tips and writerly musings with us.

Upcoming Events:

Sept 1-5th, you can find me at ChiCon 8 (the 80th WorldCon) in Chicago, IL.

I have a schedule!

Morgan's Worldcon Schedule
Friday - 7pm Livestreaming for Beginners (virtual)
Saturday - 4pm Mental Health & Conrunning (Live)
Saturday - 8:30pm Legal Considerations for Podcasters (virtual)
Sunday - 11:30am Starting Your Own Podcast (virtual)
Sunday - 5:30pm Judging a Book By Page 119 (Live)

What I’ve Been Reading:

A 4 book romance series by Lili Valente. (Despite the name, I promise they’re more modern romances, mostly friends to lovers, than straight-out erotica.)

The Bangover Series

If only Colin and I hadn’t drunk so much whiskey, if only I’d kept that red bikini in my suitcase, if only his evil ex-girlfriend hadn’t come sniffing around making me feel territorial and protective.

Not that my bad boy rock star best friend is any help. Walking around looking ridiculously sexy, telling me I’m perfect in that panty-melting voice of his when we both swore we’d never do anything to put our friendship at risk. And Colin never breaks a promise.

But then, he has no idea I’ve secretly been in love with him for years.

I guess I should just enjoy the ride, but I can’t stop thinking about what happens when this vacation ends and I head home alone, nursing one hell of a bangover…

Book 3 of the Blue Moon Bay series by Jennifer Bay dropped this week.

A Lot Like Forever

Whitney Carlisle has everything under control—or at least that’s what she needs everyone in Blue Moon Bay to think. She has always faced the hard times in her life head-on and come out stronger for it. But this time, she isn’t so sure. Whitney knows she needs help, but how can she put that burden on Trent, her fiancé? How can she crush his dreams by telling him the plans they made for a future together have to change?

All Trent Connolly wants is to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of his life loving Whitney. Their relationship has had its share of ups and downs—like any other couple—and they’ve always managed to get through it unscathed. So when Whitney is clearly struggling with something, Trent is ready to help. His fiancée’s strong will is part of what draws him to her—but this time, it feels like it’s pushing him away.

Whatever Whitney is hiding from everyone has to be big. Possibly life-changing. She must believe that revealing her secret would do Trent more harm than good, even if it crushes her under the weight of it. The only thing he can do now is be there for her in whatever way she needs…until a secret of his own comes to light that threatens to steal their chance at forever.

And! Saving the best for last, the latest Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs — one of my top 3 favorite authors.

Soul Taken

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must face her greatest fears in this chilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking me, some may see it as no great loss. But, warned that his disappearance might bring down the carefully constructed alliances that keep our pack safe, my mate and I must find Wulfe—and hope he’s still alive. As alive as a vampire can be, anyway.  

But Wulfe isn’t the only one who has disappeared. And now there are bodies, too. Has the Harvester returned to the Tri-Cities, reaping souls with his cursed sickle? Or is he just a character from a B horror movie and our enemy is someone else?  

The farther I follow Wulfe’s trail, the more twisted—and darker—the path becomes. I need to figure out what’s going on before the next body on the ground is mine.

New Works By Previous Guests:

Aaron Hodges just released the final book in his Alfurian Chronicles trilogy. (affiliate links)

Conquest (Book 3)

The reign of the Alfur has ended. Talamh has been liberated. For once, humanity are the conquerors. So why does Rydian Holt feel like they lost?

With the destruction of the Haze, Talamh has been revealed to the universe. But the realm beyond their world is not what Rydian and his fellows were told. The Alfur lied. It is not they who rule the galaxy, but humanity. Led by the autocratic Federation, their empire spans galaxies.

Returning to Talamh after six months training his powers, Rydian finds his former masters enslaved. Condemned to fight and die in the arena, few of the Alfur remain. Conquerors they might have been, but Rydian can’t help but wonder if this was the fate they deserved.

After all, some had helped him. Some had saved him.

He can’t fight the Federation. Not alone. But there are still mysteries on his home world, powers that even the Federation fears. Can Rydian Holt unlock the secret of their species’ shared past and finally bring peace between human and Alfur? Or will his desperate gamble lead to the destruction of everyone and everything he has ever known?

The third and final novel in the thrilling Alfurian Chronicles by NYTimes Bestselling Author, Aaron Hodges.

And for Glen Dahlgren, book two of his Chronicles of Chaos just dropped.

The House Of Prophecy

The Child of Chaos changed the world. The House of Prophecy could tear it to shreds.

When Lorre fulfilled her destiny, she didn’t expect to survive. In fact, prophecy warns that her continued existence could rip the world apart. However, nothing can deter Galen from trying to coax his mother back home from the Dreaming nor stop the Harbingers of Chaos from trying to transform her into their new goddess.

Searching for the keys to decipher the prophecy leads to the mysterious Home for Wayward Children—but the manor’s dark history and long-hidden secrets unlock Lorre’s immense power and push her to the brink of madness.

Galen, Dantess, and their friends aren’t even sure what side they should be fighting on. Getting his mother back was everything Galen dreamed of, but keeping her alive could doom them all.

Picture(s) of the Week:

For once, my official photo from this month’s Spilled Ink didn’t have me looking undead. I finished writing the 3rd poem I read just before they called my name. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna skip it or read the unfinished draft.

Morgan smiles past the camera, standing in front of a bartop table and microphone. Next to her reads a floor banner that says "Spilled Ink: All are welcome. Open Mic for your written words."

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