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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Something to think about

cj Sez:  Writers, published/unpublished, did you know that writers’ organizations are great for learning the craft, marketing tips, and networking?

  Currently, I’m a member of Mobile Writers Guild, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Alabama Writers’ Cooperative, and Sisters in Crime as well as their online subgroup Guppies (as in Great Unpublished). Each of these organizations is important to my growth as an author.

  Since all but two of my memberships are Alabama specific, I’ll recommend the international Sisters in Crime and Guppies. The feedback from authors around the globe is informative, super supportive, and on the money. Not only do Sisters in Crime and their subgroup Guppies have a large list of specialized groups (for agent searches, querying, critiquing of specific genres, manuscript swaps, et al.), each also offers a variety of online skill-building classes and zoom conferences led by highly acclaimed published authors.

  If you haven’t joined a writers’ organization, local or otherwise, you should think about doing that.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”


Readers: Suggestions of a couple of books to add to your TBR list.

  I just watched an exciting video of author friend, Susan Y. Tanner doing some barrel racing and was reminded that she recently launched book one of her new Western series, A Dangerous Inheritance (The Bellamy Legacy). 

  She’s a wonderful writer, and if you’re a fan of Western novels, you will enjoy this one.

Currently free on Kindle Unlimited. 

It reminded me of my historical fiction, short story, “Bad Day at Round Rock,” in The Posse anthology, a compilation of eight Western short stories.

From the “Bad Day at Round Rock” synopsis:

     Talley Munroe, a treasure hunter, discovers Sam Bass’s cache of gold, is murdered, and the gold stolen again. 
     Lilly Malmstrom, a teenaged Swedish immigrant indentured to the town doctor, dreams of the day when she will be free to meet the man of her dreams.
     Acting on a tip, Texas Rangers pursuing their “Bass War” have arrived in the quiet Texas town of Round Rock to capture the outlaw Sam Bass and his gang and retrieve what’s left of the $60,000 in uncirculated twenty-dollar gold coins stolen from the Union Pacific railroad.

Here’s a 5-star review: 
"The Posse has a little bit for everyone who loves the Old West. If you're like me, and a romance reader, you will thoroughly enjoy Lyn Horner and cj Peterson's romantic tales of the Old West. Excellent stories, woven in with period details. If you're a lover of Old West "grit" the other stories will grab hold of you and not let you go!"

 Buy Now   The Ebook is currently on sale at Amazon for 99 cents.


  Writers, if you have a book launch coming up or need to refresh an older launch and want to schedule a post on Lyrical Pens, drop me a note. (PG13, please.)

  Okay, my job here is done. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you…with lots of time for reading and writing!


  THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a smidgen of sweet romance. (Perfect diversions for those quick four-day weekend getaways—especially if it’s a stay-cation.)

  The books are available on Amazon or through your favorite eTailer and bookstore. Got a library card? You can read the ebooks free from Hoopla.
Little note: The Haunted Book Shop has a few signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact:  If she happens to be sold out, I also have a small stash. 

  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner of The Haunted Book Shop and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles), will be happy to ship you any book(s) by any author of your choice.

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