Monday, May 29, 2017

Forget Me Not Cover Reveal



You're in for a treat with this novella! I've read it. I know you're totally jealous. 😉 This one made me laugh and cry. She broke my heart, as only Em can do, but stitched it back together. If you liked Blackbird Summer, you'll love this. And if you haven't read Blackbird Summer, what's wrong with you? Get a copy!

Before I show you the cover, here's a little bit about Forget Me Not to get your ready for its release:

Maybe falling for the good guy isn’t so bad?
When Rex Somersby’s family matchmaker sets him up with the famous Evelyn Cadeau, he can’t believe his luck. Evelyn is the woman with the perfect Gift—the woman every man wants—while Rex’s own magical ability leaves much to be desired.  He travels from Missouri to meet his dream girl in her rural Mississippi home, where Evelyn makes it clear that winning her heart won’t be an easy task. Good thing farm-boy Rex has never been afraid of a little hard work.
Evelyn Cadeau is used to getting her way. As the woman with the most powerful Gift, she knows she can have her pick of anyone she wants. And who she wants is slick, handsome, and off-limits Guy McCallister—not gawky, buttoned-up Rex Somersby. Yet, after an arranged date with Rex takes a dramatic turn, leading to a bottle of wine and sneaking to the creek for a late night skinny dip, she realizes there may be more to by-the-rules Rex than meets the eye.  
Just as the young couple start to think their family’s tradition of matchmaking isn’t quite so backward, Rex is drafted to Vietnam. With war threatening to tear them apart, will love be able to save them? Or will it take a bit of magic?


Without further delay, here's the beautiful cover for the upcoming Forget Me Not:

Isn't it wonderful?

When can you get your hands on it? Not until August. BUT, you can pre-order the e-book or a hard copyEm is donating royalties to military charity: Operation Homefront.



Here's a little more about this awesome author:

Em Shotwell is a cancer survivor, foster care advocate, and casual geek. Sometimes she writes books about misfits and the people who love them.

When she’s not frowning at her computer screen, Em enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, or indoors daydreaming and wishing she could play the banjo.

Visit her online at www.EmShotwell.com. She hangs out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EmShotwellAuthor/ where she often hosts giveaways and posts witty memes.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fell On Black Days

I'm heartbroken today.

My husband called at seven this morning to tell me Chris Cornell had passed away. I was still asleep and tried to wrap my groggy mind around the news. As I got my children ready for school, my thoughts raced. I'd actually had "All Night Thing" stuck in my head since five a.m. because I think I had a dream with the song in it.

Now that the children are off to school, it's sinking in. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those who loved him.

I don't usually do posts like this, but anyone who knows me understands how much I love Chris Cornell and his music. For me, this isn't just another celebrity passing away, it's like losing a friend. I've been a fan since Soundgarden's early days. Fell On Black Days was my high school theme song (even though it didn't come out until my second last year of high school). When I'm having a rough day, I often put on Cornell's music--Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog, solo, it doesn't matter--the music helps bring me back to centre. His music has helped bring me back from the edge more than once. I've found inspiration in some of his interviews, especially ones where he's talked about his own creative struggles. I've used many of his songs as soundtracks for my writing.

He's touched my life in many ways and his music has always been there when I've needed it. I'm upset that there will be no more and I won't get to see him perform again.

I saw him with my husband over a year and a half ago. It the the first concert we saw when we decided that we'd go to a concert every year for our anniversary. I was so excited that I didn't sleep for over a week before the show. It was ridiculous how excited I was. I'd blogged about my experience (here) and still wasn't able to fully capture what his show meant to me. And when I woke up to this tweet:


my mind was blown that he'd possibly took the time to read what I'd written. 

He was an amazingly talented singer and songwriter. His words and music helped so many people (I've been reading the Twitter feed all morning). No matter what I write here, it doesn't seem to do justice to the loss I feel.

I hope the initial reports are wrong with the talk of suicide. It's a good reminder to be kind to people. Everyone is struggling with something that you don't know. Sometimes a kind word or gesture is all it takes to lift someone's spirits. Depression is a very dark place, and those who haven't struggled with it will never understand what that pit is like. We all smile and put on our happy faces for the world, but behind those masks some people are having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other.

Thank you, Chris, for the amazing memories and music you left us.


Monday, May 1, 2017

#RWWChallenge - Week 5

This will be the end of the #RWWChallenge I took part in during April. I'd like to thank Round The World Writers for hosting it.

This past week was a little crazy again so I missed posting my answers on Twitter at the end of the week. You can see my other answers for week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4. Below are my answers for this past week.



Day 25 - The best thing about my work in progress (WIP) is that it's fun. I've written a lot of darker stories but this one is a little lighter and fun.

Day 26 - The minor character I love the most is the main character's teenage daughter. She's sassy and allows me to explore the mother-daughter relationship.

Day 27 - This is one I missed on Twitter because my notebook computer wasn't turned on. My opening line at the moment: "Magic sizzled in the tips of my fingers."

Day 28 - My main characters' names weren't inspired by anything. I choose names based on the feel I have for the characters.

Day 29 - Honestly I haven't had much help as far as edits or they story goes yet since no one sees my first draft because it wouldn't make sense to anyone. As always Dea Poirier is my go to person for feedback on ideas. Tamara was helpful with some brainstorming my ending. I also want to give a shout out to the Pitch Wars '16 class for their encouragement and many writing sprints. Writing is not a solitary act.

Day 30 - Pitch my WIP...I'm not quite ready to share that one :)

I hope you've enjoyed the bits I've shared about my latest project. Hopefully it will be ready to pitch soon!

What are you working on right now?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#RWWChallenge - Week 4

This past week was a busy one as I worked some odd shifts at work then went away for a writing workshop on the weekend. Though I may not have hit everyday on Twitter, I'll fill in the ones I missed on here.

For those who missed this series, I've been doing the #RWWChallenge  put on by Round The World Writers on Twitter. There's a question every day that writers answer about their WIP (works in progress). Here's the list and below, you can find my responses for days 18 to 24.


Day 18 - Three random things that are important to my WIP are: tea, patience, and magic.

Day 19 - I was asked to share an image that inspired this work...I shared two.



Day 20 - The three words to describe my antagonist are: sneaky, young, and deceptive.

Day 21 - See above pictures for two stories that I compare my story to.

Day 22 - My WIP doesn't have a theme song...Maybe Blondie's "One Way or Another" because of the stalking, nothing to do with love. I've been using Collective Soul as my sound track mostly, though that will likely expand as I enter edits.

Day 23 - I haven't deleted any scenes that I love...yet. I'm just embarking on edits.

Day 24 - Who would play the lead if my WIP was a movie...I'm not sure. I haven't given it much thought. I'd love Scarlett Johansson or Keira Knightly because they are both cool.


You can find week 1, week 2, and week 3 of the challenge on my blog.

One more to go! This has been an interesting exercise for sure. Hope you've enjoyed learning more about my work in progress.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#RWWChallenge - Week 3

I'm a day late posting because this long weekend has me all turned around.

For those of you just seeing this series, I'm taking part in a month long challenge on Twitter by Round The World Writers. Each day I answer a question about my work-in-progress (WIP) on Twitter and on Mondays (usually) I post a roundup of the answers on my blog. Week 1 and Week 2 are available.

So let's get on with Week 3!




Day 11 - My current WIP is contemporary and set in a city. I'm still undetermined as to which city. I worry about marketability if I make it a Canadian one.

Day 12 - No favourite line comes to mind immediately. I do like banter so there is some of that in this WIP. I haven't gotten my hands dirty in edits yet to know the MS (manuscript) well enough to choose a line off the top of my head.

Day 13 - My protagonist's biggest secret is that she's lonely. She's a window and a single mom who believes she's too busy with parenting and work to have a relationship of any sort.

Day 14 - One of the hardest scenes to write is when my protagonist is trapped in a house with someone she's trying to help and they have to fight their way out. I struggled for days with that scene since I just wasn't feeling it. I ended up taking it as far as I could and then wrote, "and they escape." I'll fix it in edits and probably curse my past self for not finishing it.

Day 15 - I don't have a daily word count since I finished the 0 draft of this MS last week. I'm getting ready to embark on edits.

Day 16 - I didn't get around to posting this one on Twitter unfortunately. I'd love for Anne Rice to do a blurb for my book one day. Though I'd be happy if any author took the time to blurb my book.

Day 17 - Planning? I laugh in the face of planning! Not really. Being a pantser, there's not a lot of planning that goes into my 0 drafts. I did make a few notes before starting and kept a document with some thoughts as I wrote.

That's it for this week!

Monday, April 10, 2017

#RWW Challenge - Week 2

So far I've kept up with the #RWWChallenge on Twitter. If you want to see my responses to week one, you can check them out here.

If you're interested in getting in on the challenge, check out Round The World Writers on Twitter.





Day 4 - I don't have a character in my current work in progress that I want to be BFFs with, at least not yet. I'm still working on connecting with the story and characters. Hopefully the time will come when I love them all.

Day 5 - I usually write in the evening once my imps go to bed so I have fewer distractions. I make a tea, maybe grab some chocolate, and write.

Day 6 - That day I didn't write because it was my night to work late.

Day 7 - I have such an amazing group of writer friends. I give shout outs to Dea Poirier, Em Shotwell, Ian Barnes, Gwynne Jackson, Kassandra, and Tamara Girardi. That was all I could fit in one Tweet. Honestly, the true list is long.

Day 8 - Sorry, no inspiration board...yet.

Day 9 - My favourite subplot is the main character's daughter developing her own magic.

Day 10 - I had intended not to have any romantic interest in this manuscript. Then one appeared, as seems to happen to me. The advice I was given was a) my manuscript needed a love interested and b) they needed to sleep together. Of course the writers who declared this were just teasing me but it's still fun to blame the whole appearance of a love interest on them.

That's it for this week!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#DarkLitChat Special



Every month I co-host #DarkLitChat on Twitter with my friend and critique partner Dea Poirier. We invite writers of all genres who writer darker stories to join us for an hour long chat.

Before Christmas a conversation came up during a chat about short stories. There were many people who said they struggled with them and were unsure the best way to go about them. I happen to know a wonderful author who writes amazing short stories and invited her to join us to answer questions.

Rhonda Parrish will join us on Tuesday, April 18 at 8 pm (eastern) to answer questions.

Rhonda is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Equus and D is for Dinosaur.

In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015). She also co-wrote a paranormal non-fiction title, Haunted Hospitals, with Mark Leslie.

You don't want to miss out on this #DarkLitChat!

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