Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG: A Killing in Kennecott & Some Very Messy Medieval Magic

Hello, friends! Today is the June meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. The group was founded by our Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. To view list members and this month's co-hosts, visit the IWSG page here.

I'm feeling great today as it's the first time in a long time I've actually been excited about writing and blogging. I can't even count how many times in the past few years I've been close to throwing in the towel on both. I'm so glad I didn't!

Last month I didn't even post because I was so annoyed that I got nowhere on my A Window Box in Paris story during my April CampNaNo attempt. But then I decided to go back to my Alaska story and to my astonishment I actually finished it.

I'm so thrilled to be able to share that after three years and countless changes, so many that the story now bears almost no resemblance to the one I started with, A Killing in Kennecott, the third book in my Polar Night series, is done! I've had my trusted readers read it and they've given me great feedback, so all I need to do is go through one final round of revisions and edits. I'm so excited!

I've already talked to my publisher about the story and they are interested in it, so I can't wait to have it polished and ready to submit. It feels so good to be excited about writing again.

Now I'm feeling inspired to return to my Paris story yet again and I feel like I can finally make progress on that as well. Fingers crossed! 

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I also want to help spread the word about the new book from C. Lee McKenzie, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. The book was released last month by Dancing Lemur Press and is another great book from Lee! Everyone who knows Lee knows she is one of the nicest bloggers around so I'm happy to have the opportunity to share her latest. Congratulations, C. Lee!


By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...

Release date – May 15, 2018
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic/Boys & Men
$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.

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  1. Yeh for feeling good about blogging and writing again! Wishing you all the luck on all the upcoming book/story projects! :)

  2. Congratulations on finishing it! Glad it's inspired you to work on the other one again. Sometimes that's what it takes.

  3. It must feel great to finish a story and get back into the groove.

  4. Congratulations on finishing book 3! That is very exciting, and a great way to start your summer. Woot!

  5. Hey, that's great. I'm glad you found your groove again. Keep at it.

  6. Congratulations on finishing A Killing in Kennecott!!!

    And hugs to Lee. <3

  7. I'm so happy for you! Grats on getting your story done!

  8. Congratulations on find the excitement again. Congrats Lee on the new release!

  9. Glad that you're back, and killing it too:)

  10. Thank you so much for spreading the word about Lee's book.

    I hope your publisher takes on your book.

  11. That's awesome, Julie! Congrats on finishing your book!

    Congrats to Lee!

  12. I'm so excited for you, Julie! You accomplished so much. I'm so glad you didn't throw in the towel too. You sound like you're gearing up for even more writing too. Happy Dance time!

    Big congratulations to Lee too. Good luck!!


  13. Sometimes all we need is to switch it up, eh? You've got this.

  14. Congrats on getting your groove back! It is so frustrating when the writing stagnates. But a little mojo can fuel a lot of success.

  15. Congrats on finishing. Looks like things are getting brighter. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  16. Well you've returned with a bang, Julie. You have been busy! I'm looking forward to reading one (or both) of your new books.

  17. Well done Julie - that's such good news ... funny how life turns around for us. Take care and now all the best for the two books in the offing - cheers Hilary

  18. Woohoo!!! Way to go! I'm excited to read Killing in Kennecot (great title, btw)!
    Glad to hear things are going great!

  19. Hot dog! I'm so glad you're back in the saddle again... and winning the race! Congratulations on feeling the excitement again. I'm looking forward to reading book 3. (You go, girl!)

  20. YAHOO!! Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading it!!

  21. So glad things are going so well for you, Julie.

  22. Remember this good feeling the next time you feel down about your writing. It will sustain you through the hard times. Congrats on making it this far.

  23. Congrats on finishing your manuscript! That's a huge accomplishment. And glad you're featuring Lee's book.

  24. Congratulations! I can't wait to read more in your series. I love it!

  25. Hi Julie! So glad you're in final edits for A Killing in Kennecott. Also lovely that you gave Lee a plug. I did too on my post. Great to see the blogoverse rallying around her.

  26. Congrats on finishing your book! I know the feeling of wanting to throw in the towel, so I'm glad you didn't as well. :-D

  27. Congrats on finishing your book!
    As you know, I'm waiting patiently for the Paris story.
    I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Pete and Weasel trilogy, so I can't wait to read Lee's final book!

  28. Oh boy doesn't it feel good to finish a book?! Congratulations :)

  29. Oh, how exciting! I love the Polar Night series so, so much. That's awesome how you finally managed to finish the third book, and that it has left you feeling motivated to write in general. Many congrats!

    And I'm glad you decided to keep blogging, too. Would miss seeing you around the blogosphere!

  30. That's great that your writing is going well! I agree with you that sometimes it's hard to get excited about writing; that's partly why I haven't been blogging as much. But once you get back into the groove of writing, it's easier to get it done and it can make you feel happy.

  31. Congratulations on completing A Killing in Kennecott! Great title! I also loved the Polar Night series and know this will be another big hit! So glad you decided to stick with writing and blogging.


  32. yay, julie! give a squee for number 3! and looking forward to hearing more about this paris story! and yay for Lee!

    ps - The bookfest at icefest is back - let’s do it!

    Tara Tyler Talks

  33. What a lovely, positive post. I can't wait to read the next Polar Night book, the series is so engaging!

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