April 9th, 2014

Sharing the Love at Writers In The Storm

Scan 3We’re excited to announce that Writers In The Storm was named in the 15th Annual Writer's Digest "101 Top Blogs for Writers" list! And to show our thanks to our amazing guest bloggers and readers, we're throwing open the comments today for a little “Pimp and Promote.”

How does this work?

To quote Genie in Aladdin, "There are a few provisos, a couple of quid-pro-quos" ...

  • Pimp out somebody else’s work – this can be a favorite author, blogger, post or book you’ve read, a wonderful teacher or just someone who had profound influence on you as a writer or a person.
  • Promote one of your projects that you’re excited about – a hobby, a blog, a book, a new direction your writing is taking you. You decide. Just tell us all about it in the comments! The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and coo” at you, and likely promote your project even further (because we're just so darn excited today).

Better yet, do one of each! And please peruse the comments. You might find something else you like in the plethora of pimping that’s about to ensue.

Thanks again for making WITS one of the top writer's blogs! We appreciate you.

~ Fae, Jenny, Laura, Orly and Sharla

141 responses to “Sharing the Love at Writers In The Storm”

  1. Huge congratulations!! You deserve it!!

  2. I know that must feel amazing as it is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations.
    I am going to be selfish and pimp my own work. I recently came back to writing and seem to have a knack for poetry, what do you think? http://www.thepoetrychannel.wordpress.com.
    If you like it, you will love my first book, Poetry From A Wabi Sabi Heart, for sale on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/author/mzanemcclellan.
    Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats again!

  3. Congratulations, ladies! You all provide such a great variety of timely topics. Thanks to you, too! I'm excited b/c not only will my debut, Traces, be released on 4/28, but I'm looking at publishing a historical romance trilogy this year also. Oh, and the sequel to Traces, Remnants. If all goes well, I'll have 5 romantic fiction novels out this year.

  4. Laura Drake says:

    I'm going to pimp the blog of a long-time WITS reader, Florence Fois. A hardy New Yorker, she brings the town to life with her writing. Check her out! http://ramblingsfromtheleft.wordpress.com/

    No promoting from me this time - but a recommendation - if you're looking for a new domain - check out GoDaddy. They have the BEST customer service on the planet!

  5. Congratulations! As a subscriber, I'm getting all this goodness delivered straight to my email each week, and look for it! Always great info I can use here to help me as a writer.

    You didn't put a restriction how many friends I could pimp out, unless I missed it. Dangerous oversight b/c I love my friends! LOL

    *My agent buddy and good friend Katie Oliver (@katieoliver01) has an awesome chick lit series, Dating Mr. Darcy. For all my Austen-ites and Anglophiles, you'll love this series. http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Oliver/e/B00HGQ93VS

    *One of my writing besties and a brilliant fellow-Margie Lawson grad Kimberly S. Belle (@KimberlySBelle) has a book releasing through MIRA on my bday! Sept 30! She is such a fresh voice in women's fiction. Don't miss this! Already available for pre-order here. http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Breath-Kimberly-Belle/dp/0778317226

    *Into New Adult? My fellow Forever Romance writer and buddy Lia Riley (@LiaRileyWrites) writes about one girl's journey into love down under. Available for pre-order right NOW, people! She's one to watch!

    *Like it a little hotter? Want some steam rising up off your pages? Another writing bestie Sofie Tate (@sofiatateauthor) releases her first erotic novel through Grand Central called Breathless For Him. It is up for pre-order now!

  6. Ryan Petty says:

    Congrats to the good folks at Writers in the Storm and thanks for this opportunity.

    I'm excited because this month I'm putting the finishing touches on the manuscript of HOW TO CRAFT A WRITER'S BUSINESS PLAN, my first book since 1980 (second book ever). As a reader of Writers in the Storm, if you'd like a copy of the pdf of the manuscript, email me (rpetty at thewiredcity dot net) and I will send it to you free... as I turn my attention to production details for the eBook. Is it great? I don't know. Is it unlike anything else out there? Of that I am certain.


  7. Yvonne Conde says:

    Well deserved honor Writers in the Storm.
    I'm a published non-fiction writer who got the fiction itch, swtiched genres and recently finished a historical novel set in Victorian England. Talk about a learning process. Couldn't have done it w/o my virtual and physical support team.
    I'm at a good point in my writing, sending the mansucript for polishing to editor, finally getting a website, moving forward full of hope and dreams.

  8. S.J. Maylee says:

    Congratulations!! I'm thrilled to know many more folks will benefit from reading this fabulous blog. I remember voting for you guys too. 😀

    I'd like to pimp my friend and writer Doris O'Connor who has a release day today. She's celebrating with a giveaway here: http://thetardisscribbles.blogspot.com/2014/04/mwtease-from-mating-project-projects3.html

    I'd also like to pimp a friend who has helped me countless times, Sandra Bunino. She's one of the nicest people I've ever met. Her Mid Week Tease meme is today. You can find all the posts (including mine) through her blog here: http://sandrabunino.com/blog/

    Lastly, I'm pimping myself. 🙂 I recently signed the contract for my third release and second in my Love Projects series. You can find all the details here: http://sjmaylee.com/my-books/the-love-projects/

  9. Thanks for the shout out, Laura Drake. I am a big fan and congratulate WITS for this well deserved recognition. I have a select group of blogs I read each week. I wish I could pimp them all, however, the one I pimp today is also a WD 101 Top Blogs for Writers; Anne R. Allen ... http://annerallen.blogspot.com. Anne helps so many who are new to blogging, publishes some of the best advice for emerging and wanna-be writers and is also a talented author.

    Nothing published to promote, I am happily in the process of submitting the first of a mystery trilogy, Songbird, and writing the last chapters of my women's fiction novel, A Step In Time ... "Hiding a dark secret from their past, three women meet at a crossroad, unaware they hold the key to each other’s freedom."

    Love you guys 🙂

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  11. HUGE smile on my face when I first read about this! So happy for you! Thanks for all the hard work you do...so well-deserved!

  12. Congratulations! As a subscriber, I’m getting all this goodness delivered straight to my email each week, and look for it! Always great info I can use here to help me as a writer.

    You didn’t put a restriction how many friends I could pimp out, unless I missed it. Dangerous oversight b/c I love my friends! LOL

    *My agent buddy and good friend Katie Oliver (@katieoliver01) has an awesome chick lit series, Dating Mr. Darcy. For all my Austen-ites and Anglophiles, you’ll love this series. http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Oliver/e/B00HGQ93VS

  13. *One of my writing besties and a brilliant fellow-Margie Lawson grad Kimberly S. Belle (@KimberlySBelle) has a book releasing through MIRA on my bday! Sept 30! She is such a fresh voice in women’s fiction. Don’t miss this! Already available for pre-order here. http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Breath-Kimberly-Belle/dp/0778317226

    *Into New Adult? My fellow Forever Romance writer and buddy Lia Riley (@LiaRileyWrites) writes about one girl’s journey into love down under. Available for pre-order right NOW, people! She’s one to watch!

    *Like it a little hotter? Want some steam rising up off your pages? Another writing bestie Sofie Tate (@sofiatateauthor) releases her first erotic novel through Grand Central called Breathless For Him. It is up for pre-order now!

  14. Congrats! Well-deserved, ladies!

  15. Mega Congratulations on being recognized! I must confess it is because of you and your amazing blog posts that I was able to sign a contract with a publisher, get my book published and continue to expand my own blog. Your articles are so informative and gave me the inspiration to make my dreams come true! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    I will do a little self promotion. My book, PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT, is being published this Summer and my blog is a place for everyone to be inspired. I do an Inspirational Thought of the Day and also writing articles. Check it out: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

    Congrats again and keep up the great work!

  16. Congratulations! Recognition well deserved. I'm pimping two of my favorite history bloggers: David Lawlor writes History With A Twist: http://historywithatwist.wordpress.com/ and Mary Todd at A Writer of History: http://awriterofhistory.com/ They're excellent writers, helpful writing friends, and they always have something fascinating to share in the history world.

    I also want to pimp my upcoming World War One-era novel. Scheduled to launch in July, GO AWAY HOME explores the reality that life is not as simple, or the choices as clear-cut, as we often think they are, and that when confronted with the conflict between dreams and reality we sometimes learn that getting what you want can be a two-edged sword. Read the first chapter at: http://www.carolbodensteiner/books/

  17. I'm going to promote (and I suppose it's a kind of a pimp since I'm president of the group). The Women's Fiction Writers Association has launched the Rising Star Contest for unpublished women's fiction manuscripts. If you write women's fiction but haven't published yet, check it out. And if you are a published author (doesn't have to be in WF although you should probably enjoy reading WF), we could use your help as a first round judge. Great way to give back to aspiring authors. You can find out more about the contest on the WFWA website - https://womensfictionwriters.org/contests/rising-star-contest/ or email me if you have questions or can volunteer. 🙂

  18. Congrats, guys! I haven't commented here, but I have lurked. You've created something special, so it's great to see it acknowledged.

    I guess the "entity" (not sure what else to call it, because "blog" seems so inadequate) I would share that has influenced me (read: changed my writerly life!) is Writer Unboxed. The daily articles are inspiring, the conversations are invigorating, and the community is encouraging. (And WU also made WD's list).

    I see you have them in your sidebar, so no link is necessary. I see you guys over there often enough to know I'm probably preaching to the choir. But I'm honored by every chance I get to serve WU. Keep up the great work here!

    • We love Writer Unboxed!! And I'll second that promo! No surprise to find WU on the WD list AGAIN. 🙂
      Thanks for finally saying hi, Vaughn. 😉

    • Laura Drake says:

      We're honored to know you lurk, Vaughn! WU comes to my inbox every day, and though I tend to lurk there, I never miss it! You all are our heroes!

  19. I love this blog and can certainly see why it's in the top 101 blogs! Yeah!
    I'm going to pimp my favorite teacher which I'm sure you all know and love, Margie Lawson and Margie's Lawson's Academy. And my own new release, a romantic suspense novella co-written with my friend Sandra Tllley set in and around the emerald waters of Destin Florida titled
    Destined for Deception available on Amazon and Prism Book Group.

    • I'll raise you a pimp on Margie, Suzanne, as a fellow Margie-ite and immersion grad (Holla to the VV Class - July '13), cannot say enough about how Margie has impacted my writing. LOVE that woman. Run, don't walk, if you have the chance to engage with her materials.

      And congrats on Destined for Deception! Yay, you! 🙂

  20. emlee5134 says:

    Congrats to all of you...WITS is part of my daily inspiration. I would like to second the pimp from ramblingsfromtheleft... http://annerallen.blogspot.com., is a great blog that I draw from, too.

  21. joneva2013 says:

    Writers in the Storm serves up some the BEST information for writers. Congratulations!

    In my old age, I sent a manuscript to Soul Mate Publishing and now it is a "for real" book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Casey%27s+Courage

  22. Thanks and Congrats WITS!!

    I'm pimping my own mermaid romance published by Harlequin: (Will pimp a friend shortly!)


  23. Rich Amooi says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for all of the great postings.

    Nothing to pimp yet. I'll be publishing my debut novel, a romantic comedy, in a couple of months. You can check out the cover here: http://www.richamooi.com
    Maybe that's a mini-pimp. 🙂

  24. I'm promoting a friend of mine, Wendy Beck, who's book is to be posted to Amazon later this week. If you love New Adult paranormal, I highly recommend this one!


  25. Was there ever any doubt you'd be named as one of the best? Not for me!

    Thank for the opportunity to pimp and promote -- I would love it if all of you could help me and my alumni association promote our contest for unpublished writers of crime novels. Simply sharing the link with all your followers would be HUGE! Here's a link with all the details: http://www.whidbeymfaalumni.org/writing-contest/
    Entries cost $25 and net proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Entries are open until May 23. The finals judge is New York Times Bestselling author Robert Dugoni! First prize is a 5-day residency at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' MFA program on Whidbey Island, WA, a small cash award, and a review of the winning submission by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

  26. Yay for you guys. Not just on the list, but in good company, too!

    My pimp is near and dead...a fledgeling FB page - the Hope Index, giving love to those people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide and tempted to find a permanent solution to temporary problems. https://www.facebook.com/HOPEINDEX

    And my own promote... come visit me at http://www.rantravewrite.com where I try to make the catastrophic into some funny.

  27. cmrtopchef says:

    Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition. I'd like to promote author/editor/instructor Carol Hoenig author of "Finding Grace" and "Of Little Faith". Carol is a brilliant writer and teacher. Discover her work at http://www.carolhoenigh.com

  28. Hi all my fellow bloggers...I'm new to this blog site yet have followed WITS for a long time. It guides me when I go off course which is everyday. I'd like to begin by saying Congratulations! to WITS for their accomplishment and to me for knowing finally, a good thing.

    I'd like to bring your attention to an author RJ Pepper who recently penned a novel, The Hot Cloth. It is not a shade of grey but I promise, agree or not with the writer, it will spark many conversations. Since I'm new on here please feel free to check out this semi autobiography on jmrosiphillipswriterreal.blogspot.com or spitfirerosi.blogspot.com

    Next week is exciting for me as I have scored a no holds interview with RJ Pepper. I will post it on here. I have lots to do to ready my new blog here. For now, Please leave a comment if you jump over to my other blogs and have a minute to do so. I am so excited to join all of you here. Thank you to WITS for giving me this opportunity to pimp RJ and myself. I am a writer progressing in my own wors, titled Breaking Birth. If all goes well, I'm looking at a 2015 release.

  29. How exciting! Congratulations! 🙂

  30. Amber says:

    Perfect day to share. "Hearts in the Vortex" my re-issued Arizona romance went live in print on Amazon today! It was my first published book and dear to my heart. A Sedona paranormal romance...

  31. Congrats again, WITS team! I'm proud to be a guest blogger here.

    I see Lisa Verge Higgins commented yet didn't pimp her new release, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, so I will! Check it out!:

    Also I'm reading Therese Walsh's new title, THE MOON SISTERS, and it is wonderful! Therese is a co-founder of Writer Unboxed, another "WD 101 Best" site, mentioned above:

    And Kristin Bair O'Keefe's novel THE ART OF FLOATING just came out:

    If you are an avid women's fiction reader please check out the Women's Fiction Book Club on Goodreads! We've just started Barbara O'Neal's THE GARDEN OF HAPPY ENDINGS and you have all month to catch up!

  32. jbiggar2013 says:

    Congrats, you guys deserve it, I've learned so much from your blog. Such as Margie Lawson's on-line academy. I've taken two classes, one through the wonderful Laura Drake and the other with Margie herself and can I just say WOW!! I feel as if my writing has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to them. I look forward to many more great blogs on Writers in The Storm, and more classes through Margie Lawson. 🙂

    • Margie's the real deal (oops! cliche alert!). If you get a chance to "go to the mountain" take it! Great fun, great scenery, great new friends, and, of course, great work and learning with Margie.

  33. Congrats to you. The site definitely deserves the recognition.

  34. Congratulations, WITS! I am so thrilled for you! I've learned so much from your blog. And enjoyed a few laughs, too!

    • Thanks for reading--and commenting--Gillian.

    • Laura Drake says:

      And, since Gillian won't promote herself, I will. Her book, Losing Lisa is finally available at Amazon! Here's the link: http://dld.bz/dnrWY
      Here's the blurb:
      Drug addicted and crazed with greed, Kevin Norris shot their mother, father and younger brother in their opulent suburban L.A. home, leaving them for dead.

      Apprehended in Las Vegas, Kevin proves smarter than the system by behaving psychotic to get a mental evaluation in the jail ward of the Los Angeles county hospital. Escaping custody, he eludes authorities during a five-state manhunt with one goal in mind: Eliminate Lisa so he will inherit the entire family fortune.

      Afraid for her life, Lisa turns to Deanne Acuña, a private eye renowned for her sixth sense as well as her common sense. In a true story of extraordinary courage and intuitive skills, Deanne offers a safe haven for Lisa then sets out to track down Kevin Norris—a journey that will test her abilities and Lisa's will to survive as she is stripped not only of family and friends but of her very identity.

      I understand it's a TRUE story!

  35. Alison Bliss says:

    I feel like such a dork pimping myself out...but I didn't say I wouldn't do it. 😉

    Here's my shameless plug:

    My debut book, RULES OF PROTECTION, will be released this summer by Entangled Publishing. It's a humorous, sexy contemporary romance, in which a woman who witnesses a mob murder is spirited away by an FBI agent to his uncle's backwoods Texas bird farm, where she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a group of crazy Texas cowboy friends, her growing attraction to her protector, and the mafia which has tracked her down.

    If this sounds like something you'd be interested in learning more about, please give me a like over at my author page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss.

    I also have launched a street team, as well. For more information, please go here: http://www.authoralisonbliss.com/p/street-team.html

    Thanks, everyone! Hope to see you there! 🙂


  36. Sharla Rae says:

    I'm coming to the party late as I'm out of town. I recently read Keary Taylor's indi series, Fall of Angels with the first one being Fallen. I had no idea what to expect but these stories were so different from anything else Ive read that I couldn't put them down. They are not the usual Angel stories at all. I also like Catherine Bybee's books and the historicals by Lynn Horner. 🙂

  37. I just found out about this but wanted to chime in. Such a well deserved honor! this blog is always the first one I turn to for writing craft and inspirational stories. Congratulations!

  38. jamesr403 says:

    Like Nancy (see above) I just saw the news. Congratulations! Well-earned! I am proud to be an occasional contributor (There's the pimp.)

  39. Reblogged this on jmorrisseyrosiphillips's Blog and commented:
    Exciting news we all can share. Congratulations WITS

  40. First, pimping a mate, Simon Haynes:
    * Author: "Hal Spacejock" http://www.spacejock.com.au/ - comedic Sci-Fi in the vein of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
    *Software engineer: http://www.spacejock.com/, including some really nifty tools for writers, such as yWriter (to rival Scrivener) and Sonar (for tracking sub(mission)s). Definitely worth a visit.

    Second, pimping myself:
    * Blog: http://romancespinners.blogspot.com Stop by and leave a comment.
    * My latest novella: "As Good As Gold". http://amzn.com/B00I28UYXA

  41. Very well deserved! I often refer authors who need just a bit more honing of their skills to your site, often to specific posts. Great job.

  42. Reblogged this on Rakes Rogues and Romance and commented:
    This is one of the finest blogs on writing and craft. They've been named one of the Top Blogs and it's so well deserved!

  43. marsharwest says:

    Congrats, WITS! Well deserved recognition. Anytime I'm asked about places to learn I recommend your blog. It's great for both experienced and newby writers. I always learn something when I visit.
    I would like to Pimp my good friend and writer, Jo-Ann Carson's blog. She is always delightful and makes me think at the same time. This is just one of her many entertaining blogs http://lovindanger.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/my-first-presentation-to-a-book-club/
    A little Promotion. My second book, TRUTH BE TOLD, a romantic suspense will be released by MuseItUp Publishing next month and I've sold a 3rd book to them coming in Winter of 2015. Thanks again for such a great blog. Appreciate your efforts and wish you continued success.

  44. Snappy informational site.


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