Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG Wednesday



 

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts: Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone and Cathrina Constantine.

 

The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.  Remember it’s optional.

 

May 5 question – Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?

 

Uh, yes. One of my reviews referred to Tumble Star as a YA, which was a head-shaker for me.  But since she gave me a good review she can call it anything she wants😊

 

AND…

 

In no particular order, April/May reviews.

 


THE QUEEN’S ALPHA by Box Set Series 1-3 by W. J. May

A princess is on the run after her brother murders their father and is out to murder her.

This was a fun YA fantasy series with a lot of snark and all kinds of interesting, supernatural characters. The author rocked the ending and took me totally by surprise. When I read it, the series was free, but always check before buying.

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CATLINGS BANE by D. Wallace Peach

What always jumps out at me when I read this author's stories is her world building. It's exceptionally well done and draws you deep into the story. Her characters are also well-developed, making the reader feel their hurts and enjoy their triumphs.  This book is no exception. It starts out with a young child that has a unique ability that can have long lasting consequences not only for her immediate surroundings, but the world outside it.

CATLING'S BANE is another well told tale that will have you flipping pages on your Kindle.

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LORDS OF CHAOS by D. Wallace Peach

This last book wraps up the Unraveling the Veil saga of Naj, Alue and Talan quite nicely.  I am now firmly in the D. Wallace Peach fan club. I highly recommend this series for fantasy readers and/or readers that just want to kick back with a well told tale.

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I also read a couple of great arcs that I’m anxious to share information on.

 

AND

I’m pleased to mention the HH placed second in the Charlotte’s Poetry Writers Contest.

MJCox                                       

                                           Bank Fishing on the Tippecanoe

            Fishing with my son on the muddy edges of the Tippecanoe,

            Just above the slow bend where the Wabash swallows

            The right of way whole.  My son and I quietly twitch our bait

 

            Above the small-mouth holes that lie on the river bottom

            Along an inlet where the water swirls in upon itself

            Momentarily spared from the all-compelling current

 

            That commands the storm debris from upriver

            And sends it rushing past us toward the greater

            Powers that lay beyond the bend.  We speak softly

 

            And move slowly.  Too much sound will alert the bass

            That there is more waiting than a bit of food.  A twitch,

            A tug, and his line is moving.  He plays the fish, waiting

 

            For the right moment to set the hook.  I feel my rod tip

            And I let my line play out.  Small-mouth fight hard for their size,

            Aware of the consequences I suppose.  We are exhilarated by

 

            The fight.  We land our fish, admire them briefly,

            and send them back, watching as they dart off into the current

            As we, landlocked as we are, watch them go.

 

 

            I can still recall the tug on our lines, feel the cool river spray,

            Hear the rush of the water’s flow, sense my son standing beside me

            As we watch the two bass swim deep into the waters of the

 

            Tippecanoe which will carry its venerable load

            On to the Wabash, the Ohio, the Mississippi,

            And the great oceans of the world. 

 


 

 

40 comments:

  1. Sometimes I do get suprise comments but are gratefully recieved.
    Loved the poem on your post Sandra.

    Have a good Wednesday.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Congratulations to HH - who is right at home in a family of writers and artists.
    Love the Lee Child quote too.

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    1. Indeed:)
      I love that quote too. Feels true to me:)
      Take special care.

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  3. You all have my support as well! 🙂

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  4. Lovely reviews, but I was most delighted to read your HH had taken second place in the poetry contest. It was a very lovely poem filled with visual imagery.

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  5. Wonderful poem, well done to HH! And I enjoyed all of your books that I read! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. He did good;)
      Thank you, Val. I appreciate hearing that.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  6. Love your poem! Congrats on taking second place in the contest.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. Wish I could take credit for it, but my husband wrote it.
      Take special care.

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  7. Awesome he placed second!
    I've had reviewers get things wrong but if they still liked it, then what the heck.

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  8. Three cheers on the wonderful poem. Well done!

    And yes, I have had certain comments from blog posts that connected me indirectly to a friend who died years ago and her family.

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    1. He did good, didn't he, Jeanie?:)
      That's definitely interesting.

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  9. Hi Sandra - congratulations to HH. We're all surprised at times with comments we receive or reviews we get! Take care - Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hils AND yes indeed:)
      You take care also:)

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  10. Congrats to the HH!

    Your books are all adult, aren't they?

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    1. Thank you, Diane:)
      Actually, no. Maybe that's where the confusion lies, hey?

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  11. Congrats to HH on that wonderful poem. My grandkids are fishermen and fishergirl. I am going to have to check out D. Wallace Peach books. Thanks for the heads up. Yes, I'd take the review even if she thought it was a YA. I received one for my memoir which takes place in Michigan. The English woman kept referring to the location as Missouri. Close enough.!!

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    1. Hi Cuz, I'm with ya. If they take the time to write a good review, we can deal with some small quirks:)

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  12. Huge congratulations on the recognition for your poetry! Kind of makes your day, doesn't it?

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Wish I could claim it, but it's the husband's. And it did make our day;)

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  13. What an excellent poem! And congratulations on the recognition. I do love your thought on your surprising review. Happy IWSG Day.

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    1. Thanks, Erika, AND thanks for stopping by;)
      Happy IWSG Day.

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  14. You know I love this poem! I feel like I'm right there in it. Huge congrats on placing:)
    I love Diana's world building too and the images she weaves into it. I haven't read Catling's Bane, but it's on my TBR list. I loved the Veil Series. The Queen's Alpha sounds enteratining, too!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday xo

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    1. Thanks, Denise:)
      You have a wonderful Wednesday also.
      xo

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  15. This post is excellent! Had to say that first! LOL! "YA" very interesting! LOL! Great reviews, thank you! Congrats to HH!!! I love the poem!! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Stacy:)
      Big Hugs received and returned.

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  16. As an aficionado of most of your books (all of your Westerns), I can see why that would have been the most disturbing of all reviews. I bet the rest were bubbling with praise.

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    1. I can't complain. It wasn't a bad review at all, I just can't figure out where the YA came from:)
      And I couldn't have a better aficionado than yourself:)

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  17. One wishes the people would get what you wrote but at least they enjoyed it. I really like that poem HH wrote and he deserves the accolades.

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    1. Like you say, as long as the reader enjoys it, I've got no complaints:)
      Glad you liked the poem:)
      Take special care.

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  18. I'm glad lots of readers enjoy your books. Liked the poem. Well written.

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    1. Thank you and thank you, Kelly.
      Glad lots of readers enjoy your books too:)

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  19. Suerte con los libros y has tenido suerte yo tuve una lectora que me dijo cosas horribles de mis historias. Te mando un beso

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  20. Hugs for the rude comments. It stings. But wear it as a badge of honor. We all get them even the royals of writing.

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