Vol. #21: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Hello Everyone!

Wow! It’s a rather warm day today (65 degrees F) here on this fine Wednesday afternoon. Too bad that I know 20 degree Fahrenheit weather is coming later on during the week. It appears that there is no rain on the menu for today. How is your week going for you so far? Daylight Savings is coming up on March 13th! Hooray for the end of another long winter! Sorry that I speak on the weather so much. As I have said a few times, I thank you for checking out my 16-year-old son John’s “Call To Action Marketing” business (hashtag #CTAMarketing). This post is intended to share even more work of some independent authors, such as myself, and earn some good karma in the process. Why not offer you a taste of a variety of authors with different content? Let me know if you have discovered a new author during this “Showcased Author Series”? My objective is to pick out different authors that offer a variety of media content. For the record, I know nothing about the author other than what is showcased in the author article that was shared, via Awesome Gang. Feel free to copy and paste and share this content on your blog, if you like. As an author, if you want to add more information, drop it down in the comment section below and I will edit and add at my earliest convenience. For now, I’m connecting with the authors in an effort to build my author network. Hopefully, they will follow me back on social media. I’m game to cross promote each other on social media as well. Just let me know or re-tweet one of my posts and I will automatically return the favor. I’m totally cool with many ways to help each other market each other. When you are a small content creator, it is important to help others out. The funny thing is that I’m sharing author content that was posted to Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine and I didn’t take the time to fill out and submit myself. Therefore, I have opted to share my book #ConstructionTales content and submit! When I’m ready to release my children’s book Not All Girls Play With Dolls on Amazon, I shall submit again at that time. Do you have any requests for a specific author or style of content? Let me know your various suggestions down the in the comment section below. For now, here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Sylvie Grayson

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Sylvie Grayson loves to write about suspense, romance and attempted murder, in both contemporary and science fiction/fantasy. She has lived most of her life in British Columbia, Canada in spots ranging from Vancouver Island on the west coast to the North Peace River country and the Kootenays in the beautiful interior. She spent a one year sojourn in Tokyo Japan.
She has been an English language instructor, a nightclub manager, an auto shop bookkeeper and a lawyer. Now she works part time as the owner of a small company, and writes when she finds the time.
She is a wife and mother and still loves to travel, having recently completed a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong. She lives on the coast of the Pacific Ocean with her husband on a small patch of land near the sea that they call home.
She is currently working on her eighteenth book.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Game Plan. It is book four in the Lies He Told series, and is Randy Bonnar’s story. Randy grew up on the Canadian Prairies and some of his older siblings have featured in the earlier books. I felt it was his turn. His story was just waiting to be told.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Probably not that unusual. I began to write sci fi a few years ago, and now I go back and forth, one contemporary, one sci fi. But life always interrupts, doesn’t it? That’s just the way it is. I have had times when I’ve had to reread the whole book over to see where I am in the narrative. Doesn’t stop me, though. I love to write.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Linda Howard- love her books.
Neal Stephenson, his books first got me interested in writing an imagined world.
Bernard Cornwell- I’ve read all of the Sharpe books, every one of The Last Kingdom series.
Sandra Brown – I’ve read most of hers
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas– Love the humour

What are you working on now?
My current Work in Progress is Aqatain, a prequel to The Last War series. In the other books, the war is over and the people have tried to put their lives back together again, new countries formed. In this one, we get a glimpse of what Emperor Aqatain was like, who he was, and why the War began.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
http://www.sylviegrayson.com is where you can find me and all my books. I post fairly often on my blog there.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
I think the best is to keep writing. Don’t get discouraged, there are plenty of books out there, so lots of competition. But yours is unique, so don’t give up.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Find or create a group of like minded authors to work with. I have a critique group that has been together for 8 or 10 years. We critique each other’s work, give useful feedback, brainstorm on plots, and in general are the main source of support for each other. It’s been invaluable.

What are you reading now?
Outfox, by Sandra Brown.
Bad Medicine, by John Reilly

What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to be able to travel again one day, and have planned a trip to Paris and Florence in the future. Will I write while travelling? Maybe it will be more of a sabbatical.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
To All Appearances a Lady, by Marilyn Bowering
Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
The Pale Horseman, by Bernard Cornwell

Author Websites and Profiles
Sylvie Grayson Website: https://sylviegrayson.com/
Sylvie Grayson Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Sylvie-Grayson/e/B00OEIVODG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1645125041&sr=1-1

Showcased Author- 2.) Morgan Douglas

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a research scientist who has a passion for writing. I also volunteer at a local farm and play the ukulele. I have written and published one book but right now the sequel to the book is being edited and is going to be published soon.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Distorted Purposes. It’s an odd story but after being up all night with someone who was in the hospital I had to go to a final discussion class for college. I started daydreaming or may have even dozed off briefly. When I did I visualized what the shapeshifters in my book look like. I dreamed of one that I described as a blank figure, something that looks like a sign indicating gender on a bathroom door or on a walk sign. From there I just started writing a story centering around shapeshifters that I dreamed about.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I sometimes use random sticky notes to jot down brief ideas and just put them in my purse to look at later.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like reading Stephen King’s psychological thrillers. Even though this series is not in the genre my book is I found Michelle Moran’s Egyptian Royals to be fascinating and her descriptive words inspiring.

What are you working on now?
I am currently waiting for the sequel to Distorted Purposes to be edited. In the meantime, I have started writing the third book.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I tend to use Facebook and Instagram the most. I do post on my website and try to promote it as well. So far the best method I have found is just creating posts that I think might be interesting.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep writing even if it takes you a long time or if you get stuck. I have heard the advice that it is better to get it all out on the page at first than to go back and critique it before the story is over.
Anytime an idea comes to mind try to write it down because you will forget it otherwise.
Promote early before you publish, I didn’t do this and it is hindering me.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That the work of writing doesn’t stop after you publish. You have to promote all while trying to balance it out with taking the time to actually write.

What are you reading now?
I am reading The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith. I also just finished the Lost Apothocary by Sarah Penner.

What’s next for you as a writer?
To just keep writing more books. I want to finish the series I am currently working on and then go back to some of the other stories I have started but tabled for the time being.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would take The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith, it is my favorite book even though it is for middle schoolers. I first read it when I was twelve. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rosematter by Stephen King, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Author Websites and Profiles
Morgan Douglas Website: https://www.morgancreativewritingblog.com/
Morgan Douglas Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B09GXRLGJ9

Showcased Author- 3.) Sarah Ward

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a mother to three children and this is my first children’s book. I enjoy music, being active outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Our NICU Journey is my first published book and it was inspired from our experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit. We hope it raises awareness and encourages others on their own journey.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing usually happens all at once and in rhyme!

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Love Colleen Hoover, Ainsley Earnhart, and Nancy Tillman

What are you working on now?
We will have to see!

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
https://www.littlewardbooks.com

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Go for it! I never imagined writing and publishing a book but the end result is way better than I envisioned!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be yourself

What are you reading now?
ALL the children’s books with my kids

What’s next for you as a writer?
We will see!

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Survival book, the Bible, Our NICU Journey, and a photobook of my family!

Author Websites and Profiles
Sarah Ward Website: https://www.littlewardbooks.com/
Sarah Ward Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Immonen-Ward/e/B09M7DKZ8H

Thanks for swinging by to check out all of this great author content that I have shared with you today. There is a bonus with getting to learn about some new authors that are out on the market. Perhaps we have found a future best seller? Let me know, in the comment section below, if you either like or dislike the author showcase content? I’m also sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. I’m multi-tasking being at work while sharing with you my blog posts. Enjoy your Wednesday now that you and I are in the middle of the work week. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #47: Part A- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #48: Part B- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

Construction Tales- Told By A Woman: (11) Kindle Vella Short Stories On Amazon!!

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Leslie M. Jasper

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