Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Wednesday: March 7, 2018 ~ Bubbly and Flames

It's the first Wednesday of the month:
the day when members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.

To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG founder Alex Cavanaugh are:
Mary Aalgaard,  Bish Denham,  Jennifer Hawes,  
Diane Burton,  and Gwen Gardner

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.


Every month the IWSG poses a question
that members can answer with advice, insight,
a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is:

How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?


How do I celebrate ...
I crack open a bottle of Dom Pérignon,
drink it quickly,
jump up on the nearest table,
and dance madly!

Okay, that was in my glory days,
and the champagne was not Dom Pérignon.

Now l fall into bed and sleep more than eight hours.
That's because I often stay up until three or four a.m.
to finish a project, and then I'm wiped out.

I have lived plenty, but not learned!

Meanwhile I'm still in Hawaii.
My internet connection hasn't been working so well,
so I write in my room and head to the Waikiki Apple store
to do anything that requires the internet.
I'm a regular at the store's Studio Hours,
and the trainers are awesome!

Exploring Another Form of Story Telling with Friends
Hula Lessons
Marianne, Carolyn, Peter, and Louise (Me)
Cultural Programming, Royal Hawaiian Center 
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
March 6, 2018
Thanks Carolyn or Marianne for the photo!

Last year I decided that one way I could support
the Insecure Writers Support Group
was to read five books by IWSG authors.

This year I'm aiming for eight,
and in February I read Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey.
Chrys's Flaming Crimes was an enjoyable and romantic read.
The threat of a devastating fire lurked throughout the story,
adding to the suspense of the mystery. 

As I discovered after starting the book, it is the fourth
in a series of disaster crimes about characters Beth and Donovan Goldwyn.
It succeeded as a stand alone novel, because Fey adds just enough background, 
to catch you up on the couple’s harrowing past
without giving away too much to spoil the earlier books in the series.

Beth and Donovan are happily married and pursuing their careers:
Beth as the owner of The Fighting Chance where she teaches women self defense
and Donovan as a monster truck racing competitor.
After all the dangerous challenges of their past,
the two are settling into married life and trying to start a family.

It’s the calm before the latest storm,
because Beth must suddenly fire an assistant instructor
for sexually preying on a student,
and Donovan becomes a victim of life-threatening sabotage.
Meanwhile wildfires ravishing Central Florida grow closer and closer to their home.

With the help of their good friend Detective Thorn, 
they work to solve the mystery of who is cutting brake lines on Donovan’s monster truck
and who is leaving disturbing, bloody messages at their home.

Is it the disgruntled employee fired from Beth’s studio,
or a jealous competitor from the monster truck world?

Or could it be someone from their past,
even though their former enemies are vanquished or behind bars?

Is Beth the ultimate target?  Or Donovan?  Or both?

A horrific fire erupts by their home and the two fight to save it.
But unexpectedly they contend with a chilling and psychotic enemy
determined to destroy them and the future they are building together.

Will they survive the deadly fire and the deadly hunter?
you’ll have to read it to find out!

It was a satisfying and well-written read!
I will read the series, with the first of the series, 
Hurricane Crimes, at the top of the list. 

Happy writing in March!

Fueling at a Coffee Shop
for a Late Night of Writing
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Winter 2018
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved


  1. Some of us those glory days are long gone.
    Awesome you read one of Chrys' books.
    Enjoy your time in Hawaii!

    1. Hi, Alex! I'm missing those glory days ~ but I'm still having lots of fun! when are you going to publish another book? No pressure ~ but I'm missing your stories! Have a good one!

  2. Rubbing it in that you are in Hawaii with no snow that's set to come to us here, huh? Geez lol

    Sleeping works after a project is done. Have to recharge for the next one.

    Chrys sure knows how to write a great book indeed.

    1. What can I say, Pat!
      Sorry it's about to snow where you're at!

  3. That is one thing I'm grateful for, reliable internet

    1. Lord, I love good internet! Especially when I don't have it.
      Oh well. The guys at Apple are really great!

  4. Hawaii! That sounds like Heaven.

  5. Oh, you are in Hawaii. ALOHA!
    I love the photo of you ready for your hula lessons.
    If you want to know some good restaurants there, you should look at the blog by Gigi.
    Gee, I hope that she is on the same island! HA! I do believe that she is!

  6. Enjoy Hawaii. Wish I was there instead of here in Michigan with snow on the ground. Ah, well. Like you idea of celebrating. Chrys Fey writes such great romantic suspense. I haven't read Flaming Crimes yet. It's on my TBR pile.

  7. Looks like you're having a blast! I'm so jealous. Glad you are reading other members' books!!

  8. OH, I am so envious. You have sun and warmth and I have sn..... (oh, well). I am so glad to see that even on vacation you are keeping up with the internet duties even if it means a trip to the Apple store every time. You just look so happy you are beaming. My grandson was there for work a while ago (he inspects nuclear submarines) and took his wife who being a runner always found time to explore and run. They loved it and when they showed me the pictures it looked like paradise. Have fun (that didn't even need to be said now did it?)

  9. You are adorable! I love this post! Have a great time in Hawaii!!!
    Thank you for all the comments on my blog! Means alot to me!!

  10. Hehe. I danced on a table or two back in the day. But now? Not so much. Maybe one drink then hit the hay. LOL. Looks like you're still having fun though. Good for you! Happy Writing!

  11. i love the way you used to celebrate in past dear Louise!!!
    but i agree in this part of age sleeping more than 8 hours is luxury and i wish i can have it either lol
    how amazing that you wake up 4 am this is so early but it shows your passion for writing and even your strength to make your struggle successful as writer.

    the story you shared is really interesting and suspenseful events are captivating!
    thank you for sharing such delightful photos ,your smile made my day my friend!

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