Week In Review: April 22nd, 2023

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:

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Content Around The Web:

On Youtube/Twitch:

  • 6 Steps To Prep As A Convention PanelistAre you interested in becoming a panelist? Here’s what I do to get ready! Are you an experienced panelist? Tell me about your favorite panel — and any prep steps you take that I skipped!
  • Shorts:

On Season 6 of the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • 6 Steps To Prep As A Convention PanelistAre you interested in becoming a panelist? Here’s what I do to get ready! Are you an experienced panelist? Tell me about your favorite panel — and any prep steps you take that I skipped!
  • Author Spotlight Guest: Astrid V.J. – an award-winning author of transformative fiction — overcoming obstacles and achieving success in the face of adversity! She’s sharing writing tips and writerly musings with us.

Upcoming Events:

RavenCon 2023 – April 21-23rd, 2023 – Richmond, VA Note: one new one!

Balticon 2023 – May 26-29th, 2023 – Baltimore, MD

Imaginarium Convention 2023 – July 14-16th, 2023 – Louisville, KY

What I’ve Been Reading:

Second Chance Alaska by Jennifer Snow

Oliver Klein’s wife and oldest daughter were lost at sea—a tragic mystery that left the small coastal town of Port Serenity reeling. Three years later, surrounded by the wild Alaskan waters that claimed them, the grieving lighthouse keeper is still haunted by their disappearance. Oliver knows he should move on for the sake of his younger daughter, Tess, but he isn’t so sure he’s ready to love again.

Carly Walters knew losing her best friend, Alison, would break her heart—yet she never expected Alison’s husband might be the one to mend it. The more her life intertwines with Oliver’s, the harder she falls for him…and the guiltier she feels. Amid the rush of the summer tourist season, can Carly and Oliver finally accept the past while looking forward to a bright future…together?

The Worst Wedding Date by Pippa Grant

He’s a tattooed shirtless bad boy. My best friend’s brother. And the jerk on the other side of my bed.

I didn’t know bridesmaid was code for babysitter for the bride’s brother, but if that’s what my best friend needs of me for her dream wedding to go off without a hitch, that’s what I’ll do.

Even if Theo Monroe has been a pain in my rear since third grade.
Even if he should be responsible enough to not wreak havoc at his sister’s destination wedding.
Even if it means we have to share a hotel room in Hawaii, which might be the final duty that breaks me.

Not only does Theo know exactly how to push my buttons, but he never wears clothes, he’s hiding a litter of kittens in his room, and he keeps showing up with fresh-baked cookies that seemingly come from nowhere. Also? I have no idea what’s up with the tension between him and the groom. Or why he’s so proud of the world’s strangest wedding gift.

Or why I suddenly want to know what makes him tick. The story behind his tattoos. How he can afford to rent a convertible in Hawaii. And if maybe all of that utter frustration and irritation I’ve felt for him for years is suppressed attraction that a good girl like me isn’t supposed to feel for the biggest bad boy of Snaggletooth Creek.

But I do know one thing. When I find out his biggest secret and the answer to all of my questions, it will change everything.

Trent (Outback Shifter’s #4) by Zoe Chant

An abandoned opal mine. A deadly foe. And an armful of tiny baby shifters…

Spy work is rough, especially when you’re undercover at a company that indulges in some pretty shady practices – like, say, stealing ancient shifter eggs. With ancient shifters’ babies inside them. So it’s only natural that antelope shifter spy Zina would draw a line in the sand. Except that now she’s got more sand than she could ever have imagined – she’s on the run in the South Australian desert with three precious eggs in her bag and murderous enemies on her tail, and the only person by her side is a guy who she met once three years ago. Sure, he’s hot, and charming, and kind, but there’s no real reason for her to trust him. And yet, he’s the only person in the world she feels like she can turn to.

Prehistoric kangaroo shifter and undercover operative Trent thinks he’s a pretty easygoing guy – but there are some things that can surprise even him. Like suddenly getting a desperate plea for help from the gorgeous spy who shot at him the last time they met… who also happens to be his fated mate. Not that she seems to know that.

Now they’re rattling through the desert in a broken-down old car, baby shifters are popping out of eggs all over the place, and Zina still seems unaware of their connection. What’s worse, she can’t even appreciate a good pie floater. But she is his fated mate – and he’ll do everything in his power to protect her.

Out of Smoke and Ashes (Flames of Winter #3) by Bree Wolf

SARAH MORTENSEN, youngest daughter to BARON HARTMORE, no longer cares that she was rendered ruined beyond repair in the eyes of society. Indeed, she no longer begs for her parents’ approval nor apologizes for her mistakes. All she cares about is spiriting her sister and her three young nieces away to safety.

Well… perhaps that is not quite all Sarah cares about. There is, of course, a certain highlander, tall, broad-shouldered and the very reason Sarah struggles to maintain her focus these days. Not only did Keir save her from the figurative tower or put himself in harm’s way for her sake, he also pushes her to meet him eye to eye, to speak openly no matter how crimson she blushes. And Sarah loves him for it.

Oh, her story has all the markings of a fairytale. And yet… Sarah never felt like a princess. What if her story simply does not have a happily-ever-after?

KEIR MACKINNEAR, second son to the CHIEF OF CLAN MACKINNEAR in the Scottish Highlands, never expected to find love in England, of all places and with an English lass, no less. But he did—with Sarah, the woman whose courage and spirit defy the greatest of odds. He knows he cannot lose her, and so he offers her family shelter with his clan in the Highlands. Yet even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry, forcing Keir to see that there are those who stand against them. What is he to do when there is no right decision? When each choice breaks someone’s heart?

New Works By Previous Guests:

New, by Brenda W. Clough, A Door in His Head

Stephen ought to lie down and die.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, he’s lost everything, health, country, and honor, washing up in San Francisco in 1946 with no prospects. But by suppressing his past he’s able to jump-start his present, and drive forward into the sunny future of the 1950s. With a wife, a career, and a home, he’s achieved the American dream.

Only when his long-estranged sister Star arrives does he realize it was all built on sand.

If he doesn’t open that door into the past everything he’s won will be lost, forever.

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I’m hanging out at RavenCon this weekend!

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