WGP- Eps 80-R. Weir, author of The Front Range Butcher

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R. Weir lives in the Mile High city with his wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, he relaxes by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in a motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes him. His writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. His oddball sense of humor is much like his author’s, though he’s not nearly as tough and fearless. Though no evil stands a chance against Mr. Weir’s written word!

COMING TO AMAZON IN MARCH 2019

Recently, R. Weir and I had a nice chat about his latest book, THE FRONT RANGE BUTCHER and his writing journey. Here are a few of the things we discussed:

  1. How he has been writing since his teens and how it all began with poetry.
  2. About three novels that remain in his archives and how he may pull them out one day and revisit them
  3. We discussed looking over old work and how we are sometimes impressed with our own former writing style.
  4. How his character of Jarvis Mann originally began in a short story that when it was updated became the first in the series.
  5. We traded insights on how writers spend a lot of time with their characters and all about Jarvis Mann, tough, snarky, and sometimes not too bright.
  6. Why Robert B. Parker helped to shape Jarvis Mann
  7. How he keeps the series going by growing his character’s personal life.
  8. How he weaves his plots and subplots to keep the reader in a deep dive inside the book
  9. Insider details on how sometimes books write themselves.
  10. We discussed The Front Range Butcher and Randy tells us how his research took him into dark places that he lost sleep over.

ENJOY THIS AUDIO ONLY LINK!

http://www.writergroupie.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/WGP-Eps.-80-with-R-Weir.mp3

AND listen to the end for HIS BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS! You do not want to miss this!

The Front Range Butcher by R. Weir


R Weir Author of the Amazon Bestselling Jarvis Mann PI books Witty, sarcastic and tough You want this Denver P.I. fighting for you You can find them at: Https://www.rweir.net & https://www.amazon.com/R-Weir/e/B00JH2Y5US

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WGP-Eps 79 -Talking Heads – REJECTIONS

This week, Bill and I are discussing that dreaded rejection letter, why you get them, and what you can do to not get them. One thing to always remember: don’t feel like YOU are the rejected one. It is not YOU. It is the work you submitted.

We discuss the show and what all is going on, and also, our upcoming guest, R. Weir on Episode 80. We hope you will join us!

Here is the link to the audio only version of the show – the podcast player is at the bottom of this post.

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WGP-Ep 78-Dan Stout, author of Titanshade

Recently, I had the privilege of chatting with Dan Stout, the author of the new noir fantasy thriller coming from Daw entitled TITANSHADE. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and Nature.

Website: http://www.danstout.com

About the book:

Carter’s a homicide cop in Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art, disco rules the radio, and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels. It’s also a metropolis teetering on the edge of disaster. As its oil reserves run dry, the city’s future hangs on a possible investment from the reclusive amphibians known as Squibs.

But now negotiations have been derailed by the horrific murder of a Squib diplomat. The pressure’s never been higher to make a quick arrest, even as Carter’s investigation leads him into conflict with the city’s elite. Undermined by corrupt coworkers and falsified evidence, and with a suspect list that includes power-hungry politicians, oil magnates, and mad scientists, Carter must find the killer before the investigation turns into a witch-hunt and those closest to him pay the ultimate price on the filthy streets of Titanshade. 

In the interview

First let me say that the audio and video in this Skype interview are really not great, but we persevered and with a little creative editing on Bill’s part, we ended up with a decent recording.

In this episode, Dan and I talk about great things such as:

  • Titanshade and when it makes its debut, and what kind of interesting fantasy it is and all of the aspects of writing in a sort of mixed genre
  • I fan-girled a bit over what I have read in the book, and I tried not to give too much away
  • Dan’s inspiration behind Titanshade and how 90 minutes changed his life
  • What challenges Dan faced with the writing of Titanshade
  • His favorite part of writing Titanshade
  • How Dan created a patchwork quilt with his writing
  • Collaborative efforts and if that is in the future
  • How writing a series is a juggling act, and ways to keep it going
  • AND DAN GIVES US THE **BEST** WRITING ADVICE EVER!!!!!

And soooo much more!

Here is the audio only version of the show –

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WGP-Episode 77-Writing Software

TALKING HEADS SEGMENT – ABOUT WRITING SOFTWARE

Episode 77

In this short talking heads episode, Bill and I chat about Writer Groupie business, and finally get into a discussion about writing software (*well, the major three!) and how they differ from each other, and how they can help a writer out.

If you are looking for a bit of insider info on different types of writing software, this is the show for you.

We also offer a little preview of our next episode (78!!!), with the fabulous DAN STOUT, author of Titanshade, and we throw in a few ads for good measure.

Let us know what you want to hear about in upcoming episodes, like on Facebook, share on Twitter, and subscribe on Youtube!

Here is the link to the audio only version of the podcast. The podcast player is below the images.

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WGP Episode 76 – We’re BAAACK!

Hey everybody! We are back and this is our inaugural episode although it is numbered as though there was never a TWO YEAR BREAK! And of course, I have said in the video that this is episode 75 – and it is NOT. I would never take the limelight from Lori Roberts and her wonderful episode. You can go listen to it here. It is the real episode 75 not this one.

In this episode (76) you will hear:

  1. What has gone on for the last two years
  2. Who is now doing audio/video production for the show
  3. When you can get on the show for YOUR episode!
  4. A great new idea for you to get an audio clip of your book in front of OUR fans!

Things I still have to do:

  1. Figure out how to get this stuff uploaded to YouTube once again
  2. Ditto for iTunes
  3. Get a format down so that you guys are familiar with how it goes

Not that having a format is all that important for the interview segments. You are totally fine to make it the “Mr or Mrs My Book and all about me” show. But if you have some other sites you frequent that you would like to see our show go up at, please do let me know. (I am going to check out Twitch soon)

But, enough of my jabber. The latest episode is below and I hope you enjoy it.

PODCAST LINK

The link below will take you to a podcast player. Or you can just click on the one at the bottom of this post. Alternatively, clicking on the iTunes icon below will magically take you to your iTunes player.

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Have mic, will podcast

I have not posted in here in so long there is an echo! But we (Yes, we are a we!) are ready to bring this dead site back to life. Sort of like that old Evanescence song, Bring me to Life, here we go!

my new Yeti mic

So, I have gone to the limit of my current budget and bought a great mic to make the sounds quality much better. Along with good sound comes good production, and I will have a super produced show and new content coming soon. My producer will be my co-host so yall will have to give him a HUGE Welcome!

Yeti is THE best mic

Bound to Morocco by Leslie Hachtel

Bound to Morocco – New Release! 

Bound to Morocco

by Leslie Hachtel

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

What if your family sold you to a Sultan’s Harem?

Drugged and kidnapped, Shera finds herself on a ship to Morocco to serve the Sultan. Abandoned and alone, Shera must find a way to escape and confront the people who betrayed her. She gets help from an unlikely source: the man who kidnapped her. But, he has his own secrets. And, when their partnership turns to love, the two must face constant danger to endure. But will they ever be free?

 

Purchase now on Amazon for Kindle and in PRINT!
Click on cover to go to AMAZON now!Also available at these retailers:

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-to-morocco-leslie-hachtel/1128923180?ean=9781720802112

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-to-morocco

for other retailers not listed contact the author at her website:

http://www.lesliehachtel.com 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense. Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
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Once Upon a Tablecloth by Leslie Hachtel

Recently, I had the privilege to sit down and discuss writing and books with the fabulous Leslie Hachtel. Leslie is the author of multiple books and she is a real-go-getter. When she told me she had a promotion coming up for one of them, I asked to please promote it on my site.

Here in all its glory is your intro to the world of Hachtel:

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life.  Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense.  Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.

 

Inside the Book

Title: ONCE UPON A TABLECLOTH
Author: Leslie HachtelPublisher: Independent
Pages: 334
Genre: Romantic Suspense

BOOK BLURB:
Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn’t count on falling in love.

Or that someone wants to kill her.

And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love?

Order Below

To be featured on Book Gorilla 6/24
To be featured on Bookbub 7/2
Regular price is 2.99
Deal price .99 (from 6/21-7/5)
Click the cover below to go straight to Amazon

 

Butt-in-Chair Motivation

Welcome to another episode of my podcastf.

This fly-by episode is for writers. If you are not a writer, you might want to skip this podcast.

 

 

motivation

When you need the inspiration and motivation to write, remember this.

Welcome to another episode of my podcast.

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OVERTHINKING

Hey, everybody and welcome to another edition of Writer Groupie. Hi, I’m Kim and throughout most of my life thinking random and various thoughts the way I do has helped me to develop as a writer. That “what if” factor that everyone always tells you about. And yes, I just made air quotes around “what if”.

Sorry that I am not doing video so that you can see it. But I digress.

This deep thinking for most or all of us is a part of the human process.  Sometimes that deep thought thing can get us into trouble. We begin to act upon some of them, and that well, that can be a bad thing. But for the most part, we think about random things all the time such as what will I wear, what will I eat, who will I do something with tonight, why did my boss just roll his eyes at me, and so on and on.

When the thinking process becomes troublesome, well, that my dear ones is when thinking becomes OVERTHINKING.

This can also happen to a writer in big and uncomfortable ways.

For instance, if you are a writer, have you ever thought, wow, wonder what my character will do if they must endure this ____ (yes, again with the air quotes) ___and then as you play it out in your mind you get off on a tangent? When I wrote the scene in my first Shannon Wallace mystery about sending her to a funeral, I had to walk all the way through it mentally first. It was hard you see because recently I had been to several funerals and they were painful experiences personally. Before the end of my thoughts about my character I began reliving my own experiences and it was not pleasant. I almost didn’t write that scene. But when I realized that I was overthinking about it, and stepped away from it for a while the writing went a lot better.

So, my word to you is: if writing starts with thinking and thinking leads to re-enacting then it might be better to leave that writing for another day.

Another way we overthink our writing is when we write a scene that is completely filled with exact details or minutiae that is unnecessary. I will give you an example.

IN the scene the character wakes up, gets out of bed, goes to the bathroom, pulls on clothes, go to the kitchen, starts a pot of coffee and sits down to write out a check to the landlord. It might go like this:

She rolled over and stared at her house shoes lying on the floor, it would be a small thing to just slide into them. She slides into them. She stood straight and stretched before walking into the small bathroom just off the bedroom to splash water on her face. Then she strolled into the kitchen to turn on the ancient coffeepot. While it gurgled to life, she sat at her roll-top desk, pulled out a pen and her checkbook and wrote out that delinquent check to old Mr. Tom, the landlord.

Now-there is nothing wrong with that paragraph, technically, well okay maybe some grammar issues as it was not edited, but I mean you could write it that way. I think you could be a whole lot better with it though since I really overthought what my mind was seeing, and just say:

She slid into her house shoes, went into the bathroom, splashed water on her face, started coffee, and wrote out the check to the landlord, Mr. Tom.

And by the way, since we are overthinking this bit, why is he old Mr. Tom? Why did she have to think about sliding into her shoes? Yes, you can totally see what I mean. But that is exactly it. Overthinking. It can be a bad thing. But it can be a good thing. Especially if you are about to be a speaker at a writing event such as what I am doing today. You have to plan out what you will say. You should analyze it for a long time so that you do not totally go up in front of a captive audience and embarrass yourself.

Which is what I am going to do in just a few moments. Thank you for listening to my quickie flyby episode today. I am working on getting this podcast back on its feet soon and we may begin doing google hangouts instead of one on ones. I know that thrills your souls. Hang on groupies, I will be back soon with more good stuff.