Wednesday, June 3, 2020

ISWG: June and Cover Reveal for Dreams of Stars and Lies

How is it June already? Even with most everything closed for a couple of months, you'd think things 
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would be more relaxed, but it sure doesn't feel that way. I've been finding plenty to do and because my day job is half e-commerce, I've still been working too. 

Since it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post, I'll start with writing-related happenings. The question this month is: Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Well, it's not a big secret that I have a new book coming out soon. Dreams of Stars and Lies will release late June or early July. With all my usual signing venues shut down right now, I'm feeling a little more relaxed with the publishing schedule I'd originally set up for the year.

Dreams of Stars and Lies is a collection of five short science fiction stories. The front cover features a scene from the story, Sipper.

Poverty has shaped Tia’s life since childhood, labeling her a roach. A day without hunger pains or despising looks is pure fantasy until she accepts a job offer to explore a wondrous deserted city on a distant world. All she can think about is the life-altering payout she’ll receive in six months. 

A hundred roaches are set free in the city of crystal spires. Their mission: To learn what they can about the previous occupants and to verify that the place is habitable for the host of wealthy future occupants waiting in orbit. 

Well-provisioned, Tia and her fellow roaches scatter to explore the dunes and spires. Then people start to disappear. Are they being picked off to lessen the payout or is there a killer among them? 

All the credits in the world won’t change anything if she’s dead.

In other news, I'm trying my hand a co-authoring a book. An early YA book. Secret? I've never managed to write a story for that age group, though I've tried. We'll see if I can keep my dark and twisted plot brain harnessed.

And an actual secret? Long ago, the genre I first wrote in? Mystery. I was surrounded by mystery books as a kid. My mother was addicted to them and so when I started reading chapter books, guess what area of the bookstore I was introduced to? Yep. Mystery. While I do enjoy working that angle into my stories now, it's not something that ever quite clicked for me as far as writing. I still enjoy reading it though. 


  1. I'm glad I found your blog this month. I'm in love with the story teaser you shared. Can't wait to get a copy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have it out soon. :)

  2. Congrats on the new anthology coming out next month. You’ve found the genre you enjoy writing. Stick with what you love.

  3. Woot for your upcoming release!

    I think growing up with different genres helps us appreciate them even more. I know I grew up reading Frank Peretti and Goosebumps. I still enjoyed them, even though that's not what I write. :)

    1. Definitely. Everything we read flavors what we write in some way.

  4. Congratulations. I love what you said about mystery. That's so interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  5. What an intriguing story line for that first story in your anthology. I do like scifi and I love stories about an underdog -- a roach? So when will this be out? I guess I have to follow your blog! Enjoyed reading the blurb as well. Now about that secret: How neat to have a mom who read and introduced you to mysteries. Maybe that's not your genre now, but Sipper seems to have a hint of mystery. Have an excellent month of reading and writing!

    1. It will be out at the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by!


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