Tuesday, January 5, 2021

IWSG Blog Hop: When Do I Not Read a Book?, Virtual Book Tour, Video


Hello and Welcome to the Focused on Story Blog 
AND the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Always on the first Wednesday of the month.

Happy Happy New Year!!!
Happy IWSG Blog Hop Day!!

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. Click here to sign-up to join.
The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

Question of the Month

January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Reading through excessive typos and awkward sentences are my first thoughts to answer this question of what stops me from reading a book. I say that, and yet, I know I am not perfect. I can read my ms 100 times looking for errors. I still have not conquered removing or adding a period, comma, quotation marks from the pages. So I do give the author the benefit of the doubt if I discover some mistakes. Excessive is the operative word here. 

Otherwise, I give up on a book filled with too many characters. If I have to constantly page back through the story to remind me of the role the character plays, then I quit. I don't want to work to read a story. I want to sit back, relax and enjoy the author's creation.


I am thrilled to share with you the exciting news! My memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir released on January 1, 2021! I have begun the Virtual Book Tour and am loving every minute of meeting readers, bloggers and authors as I sail through cyberspace. Even more, fun, is giving away a PDF copy to a lucky commenter. Please join me on the journey. Below are my hosts for interviews and spotlight features. 

Arranging a Dream: A Memoir Virtual Book Tour

Click on the highlighted names to visit my hosts' sites. C ya' there!!

In December:

Sandra Cox Tips on Flower Arranging

Nan Sanders Pokerwinski Interview by an award-winning memoirist

BWL Publishing Insiders Blog About writing

Joylene Nowell Butler Spotlight

                       Arizona Authors Association Blog   Writing fiction and non-fiction

In January:

Diane Bator Interview by multi-genre author

Don Levin Interview by mystery author

IWSG Alex Thanks for the shout out!

                     Coming up in January

 9  Helena Fairfax

11 Natalie Aguirre Followers News

14 Marsha West

18  Jacqui Murray review

 22-23 Janet Lane Walters 2 days


Just for fun, I'm adding the video of opening the box filled with my memoir. This is the first peek at seeing the paperback. This makes my heart go pitter-patter as I slice open the box. What a moment. 


Opening the box containing my memoir for the first peek

JQ Rose, author

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Natalie Aguirre said...

So glad you're enjoying your memoir release. A huge congrats. I don't like reading books with too many characters or typos too. And I need a story with a fast-paced plot.

Kalpana said...

Congratulations on the publication of Arranging a Dream. I plan to get it on my kindle and read it ASAP. It must be a wonderful moment for you. I peeked inside and was quite taken with what I saw. Happy New Year and thank you for hosting the blog hop this month.

Kalpana said...

Congratulations on the publication of your memoir. I will get the ebook on my Kindle as it seems like a fascinating read from what I could tell. Thank you for hosting the blog hop and here's wishing you a wonderful 2021.

Erika Beebe said...

Oh yes! Too many characters really gets me too! It's hard to create a picture when the mind is jumping from name to name. Happy IWSG Day!

Pat Garcia said...

Hi and Happy New Year!
Congrats on your release. I preordered so my copy was on my iPad January 1st.
All the best in 2021.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I keep forgetting to tell you that your cover is beautiful. I look at it and instantly have a happy feeling. Congratulations. Best to you in 2021~!

Computer Tutor said...

Agree on excessive typos. I have become more patient with excessive characters now that I can search in a digital book. Who was that???

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Natalie. The "after glow" is so different from publishing a book of fiction. We are wallowing in nostalgia and loving it with friends on FB and our buddies we have known since the good old days.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Kalpana. I am enjoying this part of the writing job! So happy you want to read the book. I appreciate your kind words.

J.Q. Rose said...

Good. I thought I had problems with my attention span when I couldn't keep all the characters straight!!!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you for orderingthe book. I still am amazed with that pre-order service. Order the book and forget it until it magically appears on my Kindle. Happy 2021 to you too!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Joylene. I get that happy feeling too!

J.Q. Rose said...

I actually laughed out loud reading Who was that??? Indeed!

Beth Camp said...

Congratulations on writing your memoir. From the preview, your story looks captivating -- as charming as the cover. Also, your comments about excessive characters made me smile -- as some readers have called for lists of characters in my books! Have a very good 2021 ahead.

cleemckenzie said...

A memoir is quite an undertaking. I wouldn't know where to start. Congrats on getting that done!

Like you, I'm always disappointed if an author who has spent months on a manuscript, doesn't have the finished product edited well. That seems like such a waste.

Susan Bernhardt said...

Congratulations, J.Q. on your wonderful memoir. I enjoy reading it.

I stop reading a book if cats and dogs are a major focus. I stop reading a book if it is simply boring. Lots of books are. I don't enjoy having a body appear in a mystery in the first chapter. I don't read to look for writing mistakes, so if I find some and actually I find a misspelling in practical every book including classics, it doesn't bother me. I underline the word and continue.

Marsha said...

Congratulations on the release of your Memoir, JQ. Looking forward to hosting you next week. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Beth. I love the words captivating and charming.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hey, Lee, you can start anywhere you want. Pick a topic like food, travel, books, holidays...and go. The easiest way to start is to write about stories told around the table at family dinners. Lots of fodder there. Try it. You(and your family) will like it.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Susan. Glad you are enjoying the memoir!! I find as an author, I try to read a book without editing. If it's a great story where I am truly involved, I can do that.

J.Q. Rose said...

Marsha, thanks. Looking forward to visiting with you at your blog!! I want to sit out by the lake for the interview???

Sandra Cox said...

Oh I love that you let us watch you open your box of books. And what wonderful books they are. Many congrats, Cuz.

Diane Burton said...

Congrats on releasing your memoir. How exciting to open the box! Wishing you much success.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Congrats with the new release! I agree about too many characters making reading a chore instead of a relaxing adventure.

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