Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Give Away, and IWSG!

When I scheduled to post today about the Valetine's give-away, I had totally forgotten that
it's IWSG Wednesday!

IWSG is very important to me. It's been so helpful, so uplifting.
And there have definitely been times when I've really needed it.
You guys have totally pulled me back up when I've been down.
So for today's IWSG I'm just going to share a few words of advice I have.

Every writer thinks they suck from time to time.
Every writer has thought they'll never get there.
'There' continues to change, and we continue to fear we'll never get to the next 'there.'
Writers are insecure. (Hence the support group.)
In other words, this is totally normal.
We've all gone through, and continue to go through,
But we also get to feel
and inspired
from time to time, too.
And those things are so worth the bad things.
So continue to feel hopeful, because you can get 'there,'
wherever your next 'there' is.

Huge, huge thanks to this month's cohosts:
Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift!
And the biggest thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, without whom there would be no IWSG.

And now for the give-away!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! This Valentines is an extra special one for me, my husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary! I don't know what we're doing yet to celebrate, but celebrating will be done. :)
In honor of the day of love, some of my writing buddies and I have a pretty awesome give away going on. We'll be giving away two ebook bundles, one YA and one NA/adult.

Effortless with You by Lizzy Charles
King Sized Beds and Happy Trails by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie
The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski
Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Until we End by Frankie Brown

(Never)Again by Theresa Paolo
Love and Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell
Switched by Cassie Mae
The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel
Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros
Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert (Which isn't even out yet, by the way! Lucky winner!)
You can find out more about each book by clicking the links above.
Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Rachel, that was wonderful! Perfect tribute to insecure writers everywhere.

  2. My 'there' is definitely always two steps away from where I am at any one time. But I'm determined I'll reach it one day ;-)

  3. Lovely poem! And major congrats on the 10 years! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!!

  4. Your post reminded me of something Natasha Hanova told me one time. "You doubt because you care... and that can only lead to great things." :)

  5. Best. Giveaway. Ever. Pick me!

  6. Ooh! Giveaways... I like giveaways. =)

    It's so true, we all get down on ourselves, and our destination seems to constantly change. I rarely think about how shifting that end game is.

  7. Great post! It's sort of funny how our experiences are so personal, yet so universal. And yeah, the target does change. It's the most inexplicable part of all of this.

  8. Love your IWSG message. I've always thought being a writer is bittersweet.

  9. Well written, beautiful message! Love it Rachel.

  10. Thanks for the encouragement. Needed it!

  11. Great post, and very inspirational too! I needed to read that, especially because it's easy to get discouraged about writing. And I like the giveaway; I just finished reading Love and Cupcakes (I think you were the one who recommended it on Twitter, which is why I bought it) and I liked it a lot. I hope she writes a sequel/spinoff for Harper, the MC's sister.

  12. Loved the words of encouragement. I agree that the IWSG has been seriously supportive in my writing life, too. Awesome!

  13. Aw thanks for the encouragement! We really all have felt those ways at some point. I'm a newby to IWSG and am loving it so far. It's nice to read about other people who are in a similar place...

    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An April A-Z Co-host

  14. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Great giveaway!


  15. Do you think that because we often write about different emotions, we're more likely to be aware of the mixture we go through during the day?

  16. Yes, writing is a rollercoaster for sure. It's my first time visiting your blog. Nice one!