Insecure Writer’s Support Group

I took a few month’s off, but now I ‘m back and as insecure as ever. 🙂

My short bio:  Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

InsecureWritersSupportGroupHuge thank you to our awesome co-hosts for the January 7 posting of the IWSG, Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!  I also wanted to say thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating a safe place for those of us who need help. 

I have a painful/agonizing/gut-wrenching/creativity-stifling case of ENVY! I know, it is so unhealthy, but I can’t help it. It started early last month when I punished myself by stalking some new releases, all who out performed my new release. Everywhere I turned, it seemed like people where hitting that top 100 list, author’s were releasing their 8th/12th/ 20th novel (I’m on my 3rd).  Books in my genre where out selling me left and right. I even found a new adult sports romance debut novel that was blowing up the charts while my third new adult sports romance novel is basking in mediocrity.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for each and every author who is successful doing what we do. I want all of us to be a success, but my mind hasn’t been in the right place lately. HELP!!!!

Am I a terrible person? How do you get over envying other people’s success?

Click here and visit the other blogs in the group.  

Call Sign Karma by Jamie Rae – Release Day!

 I am so excited about this book. I wanted to attend the Navel Academy and be a fighter pilot when I was a kid. Top Gun still remains in my top 10 movie. Check out Call Sign Karma – Sydney

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Today we are celebrating the release of CALL SIGN KARMA, a contemporary romance title by debut author Jamie Rae. Be sure to check out the teasers and contest below!

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CALL SIGN KARMA Synopsis:

Love in the no-fly zone…

Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?

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BUY LINKS:

Amazon | B&N | iBook | Kobo 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: 

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JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind–create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they’ve finished reading.

Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook, though she will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren’t pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!

In her other life, Jamie Rae is an orthodontist, and literary agent. She keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.

Website: https://www.jamieraewrites.com/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamieRaeAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieRaeWrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8295257.Jamie_Rae

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Make it Last by Megan Erickson – Blog Tour

I have really enjoyed watching Megan & her successes in 2014. She is a great writer and I wish her much success in 2015. Check out her latest release, Make it Last.

Title: Make it Last

Author: Megan Erickson

SeriesBowler University #3

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss…which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

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About Megan

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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My Monthly Update: 2015 Goals – Professional and Personal

I am fond of a saying in my family, “I don’t want to be praying about the same thing this year that I prayed about last year.” Meaning, we are always going to have stuff to pray for, things we want, hopes, dreams, issues, problems, but as long as it’s not the same pray, the same things, hopes, dreams, issues & problems over and over again, then hopefully we are learning, moving forward & growing.  I feel so blessed to have a whole new list of goals for 2015.

Professional

Publish:

  • Hope for Us (Hope Series Book #3)
  • The Hope Series Box Set
  • Ambushed by Love – Contemporary Romance – love triangle
  • A New Season – Dark Romance – sports
  • Inked: Three Permanent Love Stories
    • Emilynn & Leo
    • Tommy & Cameron
    • Sabastian & Gracie

*All are written except for the last two in the Inked series.

Write:

  • Inked Series Book #2 & #3
  • Two other original MS

Marketing:

  • Create & Implement a blog post schedule
    • Tattoo Tuesday – features & stories
    • Teaser Tuesday – post excerpts from WIP
    • Personal Post
    • Feature other Authors & Books
    • Insecure Writer’s Support Group Post
    • My Monthly Update – Update on previous month & goals for the next month
  • Create & Implement a social media post schedule
    • Facebook Page & Tsu – 4x per week – 2 promos, 1 interactive & 1 personal/funny (connect to Twitter)
  • Send out Newsletter once per month (monthly winner of Amazon Gift Card)

Production:

  • Learn how to format my own books
  • Learn how to create teasers in photoshop

Personal

  1. Read 50 books (5 books on writing craft)
  2. Watch 50 movies
  3. Sweat 30 mins a day, 4 times a week
  4. Track my food daily
  5. Stick to my budget and save money
  6. Do something to feed my spirit at least once per month
  7. Say yes to more social situations and look at those as opportunities
  8. Write 1,000 words per day
  9. Write a personal blog post once per month
  10. Do something new every month

What are your goals for 2015?