#africanamerican #christmas romance by @christygis

Baoule Spirit Lovers Guest Post by Christy Gissendaner   The Baoule people of Africa’s Ivory Coast believe a parallel universe, called the Blolo, exists where the spirits of newborns waiting to be born and the deceased co-exist with the real world. Every spirit has a mate in the Blolo, who can be enlisted to save their mate’s problems while in our world. Interesting? I certainly thought so. Enough to write a Christmas novella centered on the Baoule culture. Romantic problems, infertility, and general unhappiness in the real world can be cured by commissioning figurines of spirit mates. Blolo bian (males) … Continue reading

To Blog or Not to Blog that is the Question #writerslife #blogging

It seems like social media outlets/forms ebb and flow in popularity. I started blogging 5 years ago, I think? Blogs were popular. Everyone had a blog for everything. There were cooking blogs, mommy blogs, writing blogs, pet blogs etc. Now I’ve noticed that unless the said blog had a large following and was well-established then many of these blogs are disappearing. Many of my author friends have either closed their blogs or are thinking of closing their blogs. There is only so much time in the day. It is possible to do promotion 24/7 and never write another book. Not … Continue reading

Writers Need Support – Depression and the Author Part 2

While writing a story is usually a solo act unless you have a co-writer, I have found that actually being productive on a daily basis is difficult. Writers need people to hold them accountable. Writers also need fellow writers to assist with story issues. I’m working harder on getting back into a writing routine and developing a schedule. At the moment, I am trying to write without the creative support I desperately need. This is not an excuse for my slowed productivity. It is just a fact. I used to have a small writing group. These people had read my … Continue reading

Depression and the Author Part 1

Did you know that depression runs high in the creativity community? Many famous authors were deeply troubled such as Hemmingway, Mark Twain, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Of course, some authors also suffer from serious mental illness, but that is another issue. I suffer through bouts of depression and have since my teens. It really is a vicious cycle. When I’m not actively involved in writing or another creative pursuit for more than a couple days then I get depressed. After I get depressed then I don’t feel like writing. See my problem? Writing is my lifeline. Writing feeds my soul. Many … Continue reading

Celebrating October and you can get my ghost romance for #FREE

I can’t believe it is October already! Where did this year go? After taking a marketing workshop, I decided to update my Caged Bird cover. With the caged bird and the purple background, it originally yelled paranormal mystery not romance. So I added ghostly lovers. Ghosts are a part of Halloween, so let’s get in the mood with a free read! You can download Caged Bird for FREE from Smashwords through the end of the month. Here is the buy link. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/558342 The coupon code is BG88A. Note: this romance is erotic but also funny. I hope you enjoy reading it. … Continue reading

False Starts and #Writing Slowly

I know many readers are clamoring for another book in the Moonlight Romance series. I’ve started two of them, and I’ve even planned a short freebie, but so far I haven’t gotten very far.  I’ve planned the series to be at least 8 books and I’ve only written three. Yes, that is a sad state of affairs. Lately, my muse has been pulling me in a different direction. I planned out a new series following three brothers who are former buffalo soldiers and settle in California after leaving the army. I’m starting chapter 2 of the first book and I’ve … Continue reading

#FallReading #bookboost Historical Feature @books_n_pearls

Demelza Carlton’s Turbulence and Triumph series Turbulence and Triumph: a Jazz Age tale of romance and adventure on the high seas, following the fate of Scottish engineer William McGregor and the mysterious Maria, a girl he rescues from the waves. Ocean’s Justice (#1) – This book is available FREE Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, eighteen-year-old Maria is saved by the crew of the steamship Trevessa. She can’t tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories – and some would sacrifice her to the seas to save themselves from the coming storm. Scottish engineer … Continue reading