Friday 22 September 2023

The Becalmer blog tour Day 5

It's the last day of The Becalmer blog tour already! Can't believe it's gone so quick, but it's been a huge amount of fun. I hope you've enjoyed following along with some of the posts. For today's final stop, I'm at Lisa Haselton's blog with an interview and excerpt. Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday 21 September 2023

The Becalmer blog tour Day 4

Onto Day 4 of the blog tour for The Becalmer, my recently released traditionally published debut. Today's stops are as follows:

Literary Gold - excerpt/interview

Kit 'n Kabookle - excerpt/interview

Don't forget there's a chance to win a $10 Amazon/B&N gift card all week. Hope you can join!

Wednesday 20 September 2023

The Becalmer blog tour Day 3

It's day 3 of the blog tour for my debut traditionally published novel, The Becalmer. Can't believe we're already halfway through! Here are today's stops:

Archaeolibrarian - excerpt/review

Straight from the Library - interview/excerpt

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 19 September 2023

The Becalmer blog tour Day 2

Onto day 2 of the blog tour for my debut traditionally published book, The Becalmer and today I'm calling in at the following stops:

Sybrina's Book Blog - excerpt/guest post on why I write speculative fiction

Fabulous & Brunette - excerpt/guest post on how to create great main characters

Hope you can join! Don't forget, there's a giveaway running throughout the tour to win a $10 Amazon/B&N gift card too.

Monday 18 September 2023

The Becalmer blog tour kicks off today!

Happy Monday all! Just a heads up that the blog tour for my recently released debut traditionally published novel, The Becalmer, starts today. The first two stops are as follows, which you can visit now.

Kenyan Poet - excerpt/guest post

Long & Short Reviews - excerpt/guest post

The tour will continue through to this Friday, September 22 and I'll post up the links for each day. Each post will have a chance to win a $10 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card.

As a reminder, here's the blurb for The Becalmer:

Harica is gifted with the ability to defuse conflicts using her mind. When she is recruited to assist in resolving a war via an arranged marriage, she discovers that the reluctant bride-to-be has similar powers. Princess Jasmila doesn't use her powers for good and when Harica arrives to help with the marriage arrangements, she fights back and sends Harica into a coma.

It is through this comatose state that Harica discovers a mysterious liminal space populated by others who share her gift. In this new realm, she learns to do things she never believed possible, but soon things spiral out of control.

In the face of a terrifying and seemingly unstoppable adversary, Harica wrestles with the decision to come to terms with the dark side of her gift. Will she take ownership of it or turn her back on it forever?

Order links are here, or add it on Goodreads!

Have a great week!

Tuesday 12 September 2023

L. Diane Wolfe's The Werewolf blog tour

Today I'm honoured to welcome a fantastic author and publisher as part of the blog tour for her latest release, The Werewolf. Many of you will be familiar with Diane. As well as bringing many fantastic stories into the world through her imprint, Dancing Lemur Press, she's also the author of her own books, the latest being the In Darkness series with a fresh take on various creatures found in the horror and paranormal genres. 

How did you get started on your writing journey? What sparked your interest in writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I devoured books as a kid. One day I picked up a new release, Anne McCaffrey’s The White Dragon, and something clicked. I could picture my name on a book cover. That kicked off a writing frenzy.


Tell us a little about how Dancing Lemur Press came about. Did you have any publishing experience going into it?


I’d published a couple books, doing it all wrong. Then I really dove into research, reading everything I could get my hands on about publishing. When I felt I had a handle on it, I mapped out the steps, selected a name, and started putting everything in place. That was fifteen years ago!


Your In Darkness series looks like a lot of fun. How did the idea for writing the series come about and how did you first get interested in paranormal fiction?


I like romance and horror so the genre was a natural blend. I’d written and polished The Vampire and The Werewolf eight years ago. The Alien was written 30 years ago (and needed a rewrite) and I had an idea for The Shark. That’s when I realized they would make a good series, tied together by the theme of darkness.


Tell us a little about The Werewolf. There are a lot of werewolf stories out there. What makes this book stand out?


As more than one reviewer has pointed out, it’s the sweetest werewolf story you will ever read. Often werewolf stories are gory-scary or involve an alpha male. This is a story of acceptance with a lycan who is gentle and shy even when in wolf form. Readers who hesitate to read werewolf stories will enjoy its sweet innocence.


What’s it like juggling being an author and publisher? How do you divide your time between these two roles?


My balance is chaos! Usually, I’m the publisher. Dancing Lemur Press and our authors come first, so I don’t have a lot of time for writing my own books. This series came about only because there was a lull and I already had two of the stories finished. But other books are rolling through the process with mine right now, so it’s a juggle.


What advice would you give to someone who would like to get into publishing?


Research, research, research! Spend months learning the process. You compete with other traditional publishers by being professional and following standards. Don’t take shortcuts.


Can you share a favourite line from The Werewolf?


Just one is difficult! This one makes me chuckle as Nicholas is preparing dinner for Vicki at the family house:


“Son, might I suggest you relax? If you’re this tense for dinner, Vicki will be afraid to breathe.”


Are you a plotter, pantser, or somewhere in between?


I am a definite plotter. I like making outlines and character sheets. I really want to know where the story goes and where it ends before I begin writing.


You have a day free of all publishing tasks and responsibilities. What do you do with it?


I’m going somewhere! Day trip to see something fun, go out with friends, go to a concert. Just get out and live a bit away from my computer.


Thanks, Nick!



In Darkness: The Werewolf
By L. Diane Wolfe

Souls shrouded in darkness…

On her own in England, Vicki trains at a prestigious fencing school. Face marred by a birthmark, she’s suspicious of Nicholas’ attention. A dinner date reveals his genuine interest and they begin to connect. Nicholas is attractive and she wonders why he’s so shy and reclusive.

Then one evening she happens upon him changing into a lycan. Every werewolf legend is shattered by the gentle, fearful creature before her. Vickie accepts his secret, but Nicholas knows he’s an unpredictable beast. Can they trust love enough to overcome their physical challenges?

Release date – Sept. 5, 2023
Romance/Paranormal/Shifters (FIC027310), Romance/Paranormal (FIC027120), Fantasy/Paranormal (FIC009050)
eBook ISBN 9781939844927
$3.99 eBook available in all formats

A professional speaker and author, L. Diane Wolfe conducts seminars, offers book formatting, and author consultation. She’s the senior editor at Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and contributes to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. - Spunk On A Stick - Spunk On A Stick’s Tips - Insecure Writer’s Support Group

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Thanks to Diane for dropping by today! Have you read any of Diane's books? Planning on picking up The Werewolf?

Wednesday 6 September 2023

IWSG September 2023

Time for our monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Hosted as ever by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the aim of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. This month's co-hosts are Sonia DograJ Lenni DornerPat GarciaSarah - The Faux Fountain Pen and Meka James.

Let's have a look at this month's optional IWSG question, which is a good one:

The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you?

This is an excellent question and is sure to spark off a lot of memories for a lot of people. I realise that I'm pretty lucky to have been around from quite near the beginning. Having my launched my blog in October 2011 - so that would be one month after the IWSG - I first heard of the group during the A-Z Challenge in April 2012, the event that really helped me immerse into the blogging world because it introduced me to so many others, many of whom I'm still friends with today. One of those who stopped by my posts was a certain Alex J. Cavanaugh, who recommended the IWSG as a good venue to keep these connections going. I think my first post must have been June or July 2012, and I haven't looked back since!

Although obviously members have come and gone, the group itself has provided an invaluable source of support, and I hope that continues for many years to come. Among the vagaries of social media, with many different platforms popping up here and there, the IWSG represents something solid and dependable. And there isn't another sphere that permits the space to go into depth about what ails us as writers. Not to mention it also offers the chance for publication (the excellent anthologies) and representation (#IWSGPit).

I've also witnessed firsthand how the group will rally round to support a cause. I received a tremendous response to my call for stories for Overcoming Adversity, the anthology I put together to help raise funds for my stepson Andrew's college fund in early 2013. When we tragically lost Andrew later that year, the outpouring of love was overwhelming, with many members sending me videos of them releasing red balloons in Andrew's honour.

All in all, I'm very glad the Ninja Captain had the idea to start this group a dozen years ago. It's developed into a fantastic resource for all writers and I hope it continues for a long time to come.

For other entries this month, check out the IWSG site here.