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New From Rootstock Publishing

Rootstock Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Whole Worlds Could Pass Away: Collected Stories by Vermont author and journalist, Rickey Gard Diamond. Her stories are at once familiar and startling, grounded in remarkable everyday experiences as well as in the raw and dreadful.

Published in a range of journals and magazines like The Sewanee Review, Plainswoman, Other Voices, The Louisville Review, and Trivia, Diamond’s characters and settings resonate with a language and voice uniquely her own. These eleven stories from Bears to Worms reveal a common thread in our collective and inner lives.

Her forthcoming book, Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and What We Can Do to Make Real and Lasting Change (She Writes Press, April 2018), illustrated by cartoonist Peaco Todd, reframes the unspoken economic theory that women should always work for less—or better, for free.

C. Hope Clark’s Latest Book

C. Hope Clark’s latest book, Edisto Stranger, the fourth in the popular Edisto Island mysteries, was issued in May. She’s also written three Carolina Slade mysteries and updated The Shy Writer Reborn, a book for introverts who still need to meet the public to promote their work.

She has stories in eleven anthologies including the Chicken Soup books, and publishes two newsletters: FundsForWriters and Total FundsForWriters. See the details on the newsletters in the Resources section.

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SPAWN News Editor’s New Story Collection

Sandra Murphy’s collection of ten short stories is out! It’s called From Hay to Eternity; Ten Tales of Crime and Deception. Available at the publisher, Untreed Reads, Amazon, and the usual outlets, formatted for all ereaders and PDF. Print to follow.

The description says:

To the moon and back, here are ten tales with a twist. The unlikely characters have one thing in common: they’re ready and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. As the old saying goes, you have to watch out for the quiet ones.

From a quirky inventor, humored by his neighbors, to two old men out to dinner, to a more-than-meets-the-eye beverage maker, the stories will take you into the minds of the overlooked and unseen. Ignore them at your own risk.

New Klepto Cat Mystery

Patricia Fry, former Director of SPAWN, has published her twenty-third Klepto Cat Mystery, Cattywampus Travels. She has also produced her first audio book on Amazon and iTunes.

Catnapped, Book One in the Klepto Cat Mystery series, has been completely revised and is now available as an audio book narrated by voiceover professional, Dena Dahilig.

More Good News!!
Three new books published this year!
Book 21—Merriment, Mayhem, and Meows (January)
Book 22—A Christmas to Purr About (March)
Book 23—Cattywampus Travels (May)

Coming in July:
Book 24—Cats in the Belfry
Coming in the Fall:
Book 25—(No title yet)

BONUS —we have a great NEW website designed by Virginia Lawrence, Cognitext. http://www.KleptoCatMysteries.com

See all of the Klepto Cat books, read the description of each book, learn more about the author and the cats, and find ordering information

Follow her Catscapades blog daily  or Like KleptoCatMysteries on Facebook.

What’s your excuse for not writing today?

Are you unmotivated? Too tired from working your nine-to-five job? Is your computer on the fritz? Don’t know what to write about? Can’t get published because you’re too old? Too young? Maybe you’re thinking, “Why bother? Who wants to hear what I have to say?”

Authors Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell have heard nearly every excuse out there from their readers, students, and mentees as to why their article ideas aren’t being pitched to magazine editors or why their half-written novels languish on hard drives. And to be honest, Formichelli and Burrell have used some of these excuses to avoid taking action with their own writing careers. With over twenty years (each) in the publishing business, they’ve learned that excuses are nothing but roadblocks to success.

In Write It Anyway: Bust The Excuses and Become The Writer You Want To Be, Formichelli and Burrell bust every excuse they’ve heard from writers, as well as the excuses they’ve used themselves, by dispelling the fear behind the excuse and showing readers, with specific actionable tips from a variety of experts including authors, psychologists, and coaches, how they can move forward with their own writing goals instead of staying stuck in place.

Write It Anyway is a book for all writers, whether you write nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, or screenplays.

Available from Renegade Writer Press this fall in electronic and print formats.