Monthly Archives: April 2021

Cathy Jackson, Min Eurozan blog tour

In case you didn’t hear, Cathy is on blog tour this month through Tomorrow Comes Media.

About the author:

Cathy Jackson is a Midwestern Christian mother of two twenty-somethings and two teenagers. Reading is a passion of hers, but she adores writing. Some of the best people have been placed in her life to help her publish her books. They are a blessing and mean more to her than they will ever know. She loves writing scenes that uplift and encourage along with making one feel the experience. She wants readers to finish the books feeling hope, love, and happiness. To date, the books she has published are Inspirational (Christian) Romances but they have a Contemporary Romance feel.


As a part of Cathy Jackson’s blog tour, I asked for her top ten list of YouTubers and Bloggers. Here is her list:

1. Brian K. Morris-Rising Tide Publications – NEVERMIND THE FURTHERMORE

Brian K Morris is a can’t-miss blogger and Writer. We discovered one another at a Convention and became fast friends. Mr. Morris is uplifting, encouraging, and always ready to help others. His gift of gab along with his sharp wit and immeasurable amount of knowledge draws the viewer into his broadcasts, welcoming them into the Rising Tide family.

2. Pyrocynical

Pyrocynical was, and still is, one of my daughter’s go-to YouTuber. When she introduced me to his YouTube channel, I was hooked. He’s relevant, fun, and great to listen to.

3. Good Mythical Morning

Rhett & Link are two funny guys who always bring something new and creative to their broadcasts. Good Mythical Morning is an American comedy, talk and variety YouTube series I enjoy almost every morning.

4. Matthias

My daughter found Mattias on YouTube a few years ago and introduced him and his wife, Amanda, to our family. The couple was and continues to be, quirky and fun. His channel originally started with him and Amanda, but has gone through many changes. The latest About for Matthias’s channel reads: “Follow a band of YouTubers who found a key that unlocked a hidden world right inside their own studio.”

5. The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS

Official YouTube channel of The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS. Keep up on all things Doctor Who. New Who, Old Who, this channel has it all. The conversations are always lively and enlightening.

6. Writing with Jenna Moreci

I discovered Jenna Moreci a couple of years ago, and she is exciting! Jenna is also a Writer and makes videos about writing books. She’s “super interesting.” If one is looking for any information about their writing, check out Writing with Jenna Moreci. She has vlogged about many topics concerning novels.

7. Video Influencers

Ever wondered how to start your own YouTube channel? Want to grow the one you already have? What about monetization? If you have a question about YouTube, Video Influencers probably have the answer you seek. Learn their secrets, mindset, tips and best advice. Real talk with real Video Influencers. This is a great channel to get advice on all things YouTube channel related.

8. Russxplode Studios

I was asked to be a Guest on Russxplode Studios in March of 2021, and had a great time chatting with Russell Allen. Russxplode Studios: Books with heart’s YouTube channel have live videos and prior videos relating to his upcoming books and artist interviews.

9. Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver features beautiful recipes, expert tutorials, fresh talent, wonderful food and funny videos every week plus loads of your other favorite YouTubers dropping by. I’m not sure how I discovered this channel, but am glad I did. His cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food sits on our counter, and we prepare a meal from it at least once a week. His videos are entertaining, educational, and inspire us to cook together as a family.

10. WhatTravisSays

Blogger. WhatTravisSays was discovered in our house during the David Tennant/Matt Smith era of Doctor Who. We continued watching him together through Peter Capaldi’s run, and WhatTravisSays had lots of facts to keep us invested in his work. WhatTravisSays still uploads short, relevant videos to keep one entertained.



Book Synopsis Min Eurozan:

I am no longer on Earth, nor any other place I know.

I have scant memory of how or why I came to be here.

Time continues to ebb and flow with my memories and the strange, seductive men who inhabit them.

The only constant is Love.

One owns my Body, he equally possesses and protects me.

One holds my Heart, wanting me as his friend and lover.

One challenges my Mind, he’s captured me with his patient intellect.

One completes my Soul, our love is the deepest and most pure.

One heats my Blood, bringing with him fire and need.

I love them all, and I love them as One.

Author Links for Cathy Jackson

Twitter:  @AuthorCJackson

Facebook: @AuthorCJackson

Instagram: @AuthorCJackson

Quarterly goals and what I’ve done

Hey everybody, welcome back! Today I am chatting about my accomplishments for the first quarter of 2021 and also what I hope to accomplish in the second quarter. If you are one who loves hearing about goal setting and what someone does through that process, then this is the video for you.

Simple Tips On Writing A Book In 2021

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Today I am giving some simple tips on how to get your book written in 2021.

Simple Tips On Writing A Book In 2021

Here’s some bonus tips:

Put a link in your signature line

Add the book in the bio of your social media accounts

Make the announcement a pinned post

Create and share teasers

The Awakening Blog Tour Featuring Stephen Zimmer

I love having Stephen Zimmer as a guest blogger on my site. Today, it’s all fantasy and it’s WONDERFUL!!!! It’s been some years since Mr. Zimmer has been on Writer Groupie, and we are thrilled to have him back.


The Plotting of a New Story: Insights On My Process

When I have an idea for a new story and begin to prepare for the writing phase, I have an approach to the plotting side of things that I have found works very well for me, especially with the process that I have honed and developed over the years.

Most of my work tends to fall into various series or themed collections.  In regard to a series, I have to bear in mind two key things: the new book’s place and role in the larger series, and the title in and of itself.  The book needs its own arc and destination, while also serving a key function within the greater arc spanning the entirety of the series.

Once I have identified my goals in both of those main areas, I envision a basic direction and outline for the main plot elements and key character threads.  I do not make this outline overly detailed.  A general course is all I need to establish, from where I begin, to the primary conflict points in that book, to some key scene ideas, and to where things end up when all is said and done (which includes what needs to be set in place for the beginning of the next installment).

I choose to leave the outline fairly basic, in order to leave room for new ideas, characters, and plot/sub-plot elements that inevitably crop up during the writing process.  Sometimes, the existing characters will guide you to these things, and at other times, the new elements will come from different sources.

One common source is the research needed for an individual volume.  In creating the basic outline, I identify subject areas that I am going to need to do research on to get a grounding for the writing phase.  In researching a topic, I have often found inspiration and ideas for new elements to introduce to deepen the plot or advance a character. 

The creation of a basic outline also gives me a sense of the pacing and plot development without constricting me too much.  If I identify an area where the reader has been on a full-throttle pace a little too long, I can put in a thread or scene that gives a breather in the pacing, to help improve the dynamics of a story. 

Changes in pace, or dynamics, can help improve the impact of the storytelling significantly, as opposed to keeping things stuck at a singular pacing.  A slower moment followed by a burst of action will have more of a “punch” to it, in the way that a loud and powerful segment of music does when following a slow, more gentle sequence.   

Further, the basic outline helps give some structure and direction to those new, emerging threads, characters, and plot/subplot elements that I mentioned earlier.  It prevents the story from becoming chaotic and falling astray from the book’s goals, both in terms of the series and in itself.

On the “plotter versus pantser” spectrum, I would put myself closer to the center, with a slight tilt to the plotter side.  I love the process and the surprises that it delivers, so I don’t box myself in.  But I do need guideposts and a sense of direction, to make sure I don’t veer too far off course or find myself written into a corner, where the ending is going to be unsatisfactory to a reader after a great build-up and early development. 

It is my firm view that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, and every writer has to find their way to what works best for them.  Some writers may thrive with extensive outlining, and others may find their best approach lies in having even less of an advance outline than I use.  This is the approach that I find works best for me, along with the reasons why it works well in my process, and I wish you the best in the development of your own process and plotting approach! 


This blog tour spotlights the latest Rayden Valkyrie Tale, Darkness Enthroned, and the latest Ragnar Stormbringer Tale, The Awakening! Readers of fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy, and action-driven tales will love these adventures featuring two iconic protagonists!

About the author: Stephen Zimmer


Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie Tales (Sword and Sorcery), The Ragnar Stormbringer Tales (Sword and Sorcery) the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk), and the Faraway Saga (YA Dystopian/Cross-Genre).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.



Book Releases: What do I do now?

Hey everyone and welcome back to the channel. I am Kim Smith, author of the Shannon Wallace Mysteries and my new book release, In the Holler, comes out on April 15.

I have had about 14 releases now. So, I sort of know how it feels. But let me tell you, the feeling stays pretty good all this way through.

IF you are a tiptoe from being here, at book release time, and you really don’t know what to do now, check out this video for some tips.


Here are a few extra tips for your book release.

  1. Ask for reviews
  2. Put it on PREORDER
  3. Blog about it in advance
  4. Add a link to it in your email signature
  5. Go to your social media sites and change your profile or bio to include it
  6. Create teasers and excerpts

These things will gain interest in your book and help you share with your fans and friends and followers.

NOTE: Try not to check your Amazon page every hour. Trust me on this one!

You do not have to be have to be fantastic -- Kim Smith