How to Get Started Writing a Journal Part 1 in a series

Getting started journaling isn’t something that you need to think about too hard. Yes, there are numerous types and styles of journals and ways to do this that may or may not be more effective depending on your goals, but you can simply get some paper (or your computer) and get started today.

Dust Off Your Pen and Paper – You don’t need anything special to keep a journal; in fact, purists believe that using pen and paper is the best way to journal because you can carry it with you anywhere and you don’t need technology. So, there will be no excuses.

Do It First Thing in the Morning – Don’t procrastinate about keeping your journal. It’s best to do it in the morning before you begin your day so that you have the right frame of mind for the day. Plus, you only need five to ten minutes, so it’s not that big of a deal.

Do It Last Thing at Night – Another time to do it is before bed. This works especially well for gratitude journals. That way you can go to sleep thinking about all the things you are grateful for instead of things you’re worried about.

Write Every Single Day – Whenever you choose to do it, try to set it up so that it becomes a ritual and a habit. Journaling every single day is going to be more effective than just doing it when you feel like it.

Start Simply – Don’t start being worried about style and substance right now; just work on the daily habit with pen and paper (or if it’s easier for you, a computer or smartphone). Don’t make it hard – just get going.

Begin with Today – Start right now and write about your day today. That’s the easiest thing to do. What of significance happened today? How did you feel about it? What would you do differently? What would you do the same?

Try Different Types of Journals – Once you develop the habit, you can start trying different types of journaling like a bullet journal, or a vision journal, or maybe even a project journal for your next project.

Keep It Private – The main thing to remember about your journal is that it should be kept private. The only exception is if you want to share thoughts with a therapist, counselor, or coach. Or if you want to turn it into a book or course, to help someone else overcome whatever you overcame.

Keeping a journal will help you deal with the things that happen to you as well as the things that have not happened to you. The main reason is that writing it down helps you remember what you did right and what you did wrong. It helps you improve your decision-making capacity for similar situations. The main thing is just to get started journaling in any way that works for you.

Featured Author For May 2021: Casey Bond

Interview with Casey Bond

  1. What is the first book that made you cry? November Blue by Amy Harmon. It broke my heart.
  2. What is your writing Kryptonite? Trying to plot or deadlines. Either stifle my writing and I often get blocked if I force them.
  3. Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Misty Provencher is an amazing friend and critique partner. We read one another’s work, are very honest about feedback, and help each other craft better stories. She’s pretty amazing. J

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Not to shy away from reviews, but to learn from them instead.
  2. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? I essentially knew nothing about the craft and was completely learning as I went, so I learned a TON between my first few books and now do things totally differently. Marketing is a huge thing I didn’t bother with. Now, I market my work as much as I possibly can. People can’t buy what they don’t know about, right?
  3. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it? I’ve been very blessed that people enjoy my work. The best money I ever spend is on three things and I do not skimp on these – ever. The first is an amazing, professional cover designed by a graphic designer. The second is professional editing. The third is hiring someone to make my book description better. I’m not great at boiling a 100,000 word book down to a few paragraphs that intrigue but don’t reveal the entire plot, but know someone who is.
  4. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Hamilton. If you’ve seen the musical, one of the questions posed within it is ‘Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” And I guess that’s me. I have so many stories I haven’t had time to tell and more than I may be able to write depending on how long I am blessed to live.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Too many to count. I’m not a plotter. I’m a discover writer and sometimes I have a scene in my mind that I explore, but can’t form a full story out of. I don’t mind having those, though. They each teach me something and learning that it won’t work for a full novel is fine, too. <3
  2. How do you select the names of your characters? Pinterest or baby name websites! LOL!
  3. What is your favorite childhood book? I loved anything Seuss and still do. I often read his books to my children.

Book Blurb


The sharpest blades are forged in fury.

A hard-earned shield.

Days before she is to take her place as a shield maiden, like her mother before her, two deaths alter the course of Liv’s future. One belonged to a witch who called her by name, the other a chieftain from the north. Vengeance for the chieftain’s death comes in a wild fury that burns her village and slaughters her family. Left for dead, Liv pleads to Skuld—norn and weaver of the future—to spare her. A deal is struck that will endow her with the dark magic needed to claim her vengeance. But this power comes at an unfathomable price…

Ink made from the ashes of loved ones.

After his home is attacked, Calder races to warn neighboring villages. Little does he know he’s traveling the path of fate that will lead him straight to Liv. Despite being broken, angry, and overwhelmed by power she cannot contain, it’s her willingness to defend others that draws Calder to her.

Armor forged from the bones of those held dear.

Together, Liv and Calder discover they are two sides of the same sharpened blade. Rising from the heartache and fury in their pasts, they see a future together worth fighting for. With their strengths and hearts combined, can they become a force powerful enough to defeat the fleet of darkness coming for them? Or will the thread of fate that binds them unravel?

With Shield and Ink and Bone is an Upper YA Viking Historical Romance perfect for fans of The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon, Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young, and Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild. There are violent scenes within the pages.


Bio and Contact Info

Casey Bond

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at

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End Your Procrastination- 18 Easy Tips

Copyright Creating New worlds- Katherine E. Soto 2021

As writers we are well known for procrastinating on projects even those with tight deadlines. Follow these tips to help end procrastination.

The fact is, every single one of us procrastinates or has procrastinated at some time or another. Procrastination can add an element of excitement and motivation to a project or goal by making you rush against a deadline. Some people truly work better under this type of pressure. But if procrastination is just another way that you tend to self-sabotage, it’s a bad habit that serves no good purpose in your life! Best to just try to get rid of procrastination altogether.

There are lots of different methods and techniques that people use to end procrastination, but remember that since procrastination is a habit, changing that habit and replacing it with more positive habits takes time. Consistency is the key here, as consistently practicing the new habits will lead to them being the preferred choice when you have a decision to make – to procrastinate or not to procrastinate.

Chronic procrastination can cause all kinds of problems in both your personal and your professional lives. Imagine how your spouse feels when they’ve been hoping that you’ll do something that needs to be done, but you don’t do it. And how about the fights that happen because they go and do whatever it is themselves? At work, maybe there’s a project you’re working on that needs to be wrapped up, but because you fear you’re not knowledgeable enough, you continue to put it off until there is simply no way that you can complete it. Procrastination causes you to feel guilty, worried, fearful and stressed. And, it is a choice you make.

We’d like to give you some quality ammunition in your war against procrastination. To that end, we’ll discuss 18 different tips, techniques, and tactics to help end procrastination in your life – permanently! Add a few of these to your daily, weekly, or monthly routines, and watch your productivity skyrocket because you’ve chosen not to procrastinate. We think you’ll be amazed at the results you get.

1. Write down a list of the tasks you’ve been putting off. Keep this list in front of you, because “out of sight is out of mind.” Tackle each task, one by one, with intense focus, until you begin to see a reduction in the number of things on your list. Just crossing things off of a to-do list can be incredibly motivating. It’s a visual reminder that you really got to work and did what you were supposed to do.

2. Decide whether your procrastination is coming from fear, anger, or sadness. This might be uncomfortable for you, but will help you get to the heart of why you procrastinate. The reasons are different for everyone, and they may run very deep. Even things that happened to you during childhood can create a tendency toward procrastination. So examine these feelings closely.

3. When you’ve finally pinpointed the emotion behind your procrastination, do something physically dramatic to get rid of it. For instance, if you’re angry because you need to do something you don’t like doing, go punch a punching bag or a pillow, or grab a thick, dead tree branch and beat it on the ground. Doing this gets rid of the pent-up emotion and makes it easier for you to move forward, unencumbered by that emotion.

4. Learn to identify negative thoughts about a task, and when you have a negative thought, stop and turn it around into something positive. There is always a silver lining to every cloud – you just need to be able to perceptualize it.

5. Take the tasks you’re putting off, and break them down into more easily accomplished steps. It’s far easier to stay focused on small tasks than enormous goals, so breaking down your project will allow you to get much more done.

6. Allow yourself rewards for each step you accomplish – even the little ones. Figure out what motivates you, personally, and set up a timeline wherein if you accomplish a step on schedule, you obtain the reward. This is an excellent way to retrain your brain to see action as very motivating.

7. Expect the unexpected, and prepare for inevitable obstacles along the way. Look at the tasks you’ve broken down, and figure out where the holes are and what could go wrong. When you’re prepared, you’re much more able to deal with setbacks.

8. Expect to feel resistance to doing your tasks. You’ll feel tired, or in a bad mood, you’ll get a headache, or something will miraculously happen that puts you off the course of your intended goal. Don’t let any of those mind monkeys take hold. See them for what they are, and respond accordingly by staying on-task.

9. Let yourself feel good when you accomplish a task that’s on your list. Getting work done simply feels good. It’s satisfying. Allow yourself to bask in that satisfaction, and that feeling will spur you on in moments where you’re less-than-motivated. Celebrate your wins!

10. Make others aware of your goals. The more people who know what you’re goals are, the more motivated you’ll be to accomplish them. They’ll inevitably ask you about the goals you’ve told them about, and knowing that will happen will keep you on-track and moving forward because you’ll want to be able to give excellent progress reports!

11. Change the physical place where you work when you’re working on your goals. Create a workspace that inspires you, not one that makes you want to go and take a nap. And when you do change your environment, know that the “inspiration” will wear off after awhile, and you’ll need to do it again. Change it up, and create motivation where there wasn’t any!

12. Create a calendar specifically for your big goals. Write down deadlines. Then write down smaller goals and tasks, and the dates you’d like to have those done on. Create a complete timeline for the project at hand. This is going to tell you whether you’re on track at a glance and will help you plan for upcoming tasks so that you’re ready for them. It’ll also motivate you when you see days, and their subsequent tasks marked off.

13. Eliminate all distractions as often as possible while you’re working on your tasks. That means logging off of Facebook and other social media sites, locking yourself off the internet (unless, of course, being on the internet is necessary for you to complete the task at hand), and turning off your phone and email. Trust me, no one is going to absolutely have to get ahold of you right at this very minute. Eliminating distractions is one of the most powerful ways you can increase your productivity. Make it easy for yourself to get work done by allowing yourself the room to focus exclusively on the task.

14. Surround yourself with those who inspire you, and are at a higher level than you are. By doing this, you’ll strive to reach their level, and you’ll also get a first-hand look at how they work, what they do, and how they think. Hanging around inspiring people will influence your behavior and motivate you!

15. Get an accountability partner. Seek out someone who has similar goals as you do, and you’ll learn a lot from each other along the way. Having someone to be accountable to will help you stay on track, stay motivated, and work out problems when you come up against road blocks. It also helps if you have different skill sets, so you can learn techniques from each other for things you may not already know how to do.

16. Is there someone you know who has already accomplished what you want to accomplish? Connect with them, and let them know why you’re doing so. Seeing someone doing what you want to do and living the way you want to live is incredibly motivating, and you’ll learn from them, too.

17. If procrastination seems to be chronic, maybe your goals need to be reviewed. They may not be in line with where you want to be any longer, and you may need to change them to match the work you’re doing. Consider what you want to achieve, what it’s going to take to get there, and whether doing what you’re currently doing is going to get the job done. If the answer is no, realign your actions with your goals.

18. Become acutely aware of your perfectionism and where it thwarts your forward momentum. You may think perfectionism makes you do a better job, but it’s far more likely that you overcomplicate and overthink your tasks so that they’re never really complete. Work to end perfectionism in your life, and you’ll be simply amazed at how much you’re able to accomplish.

What it really boils down to is that you need to simply do it. Do whatever it takes to motivate, pressure, or cajole yourself into doing it, but get it done whatever it happens to be. The only cure for your inaction (procrastination) is you taking action, and we think you’ll find that once you start getting used to being in action, procrastination seems like a waste of time.

Cover Reveal and Preorder Link

Here is the cover reveal for the book Abducted An Alien Romance Collection.

I am an author in this anthology. Here is the preorder link.

Book Blurb:

Love built on betrayal.
Lust that can’t be denied.
Temptation of the forbidden.

Prepare for out of this world stories as you delve into these 8 unforgettable sci-fi alien romances. This isn’t a rescue mission. This is ABDUCTED.

Abducted includes stories based on forbidden romances, enemies to lovers, and happily ever afters – there is something for everyone! Available for a limited time so grab your copy and discover 8 new book boyfriends today!

Authors in this anthology include Elvira Bathory, Lissa Lynn Thomas, Katherine E. Soto, Mandy Melanson, Jordan Elizabeth, Victoria Escobar, Nikki Landis, and Helena Novak

My Story Blurb:

Light Couple

The epic and interesting love story of Brunbee Lockhart, an Alpha Centaurian, and Brendan Savon, a human abducted from Earth. It was love at first sight. From their first meeting, they knew they wanted to stay in each other’s arms forever. But faced with bureaucratic paperwork they have to fill out in order to become a couple on the planet of Alpha Centauri, their love is tested. Will they be strong enough to overcome the challenges and go through the next step of becoming a Light Couple who is allowed to raise children? This story creates a fantasy that portrays a journey of love with struggles. It resonates with anyone in a relationship that most people think will not last.

April’s Featured Author of the Month: LD Wosar


  1. What is the first book that made you cry?  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There is a death scene of a popular character and I lost it .
  2. What is your writing Kryptonite?   My kryponite is the story itself. If I am not feeling it, it will never be finished.
  3. Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?  Lori Aisling has been such an inspiration to me. Not only is she an enormously talented writer, she’s really helped me to develop more skills and helped me become a better writer.
  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?  Don’t ever give up, if you have a story to tell, tell it. Write what you want, not what everyone else wants you to write.
  2. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?  The first book I self-published was a hot mess. I didn’t think about editors or formatters at the time, nor did I know about that. Since writing Hood of Sedna, I learned to make my own process however, never skipping professional editing and formatting.
  3. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?  I barely have made a cent, compared to what I’ve spent.  I would say the best money spent is always my covers – I have an addiction. Also, currently I have decided to pay for a developmental editor as opposed to Alpha readers. So far, Amelia Oliver has been worth the money on this process.
  4. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?  I choose a crow, only because one of my favorite characters shift into that. A crow is dark and mysterious, he also has freedom hence why he is my spirit animal.
  5. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?  I currently have seven published books, eighth one will be released on December 1. Currently, I have two half-written books and I am revamping-more like a complete re-write – Hood of Sedna: A Capot Adventure Series I which will be released March 7, 2021 -exactly one year after its original release date.
  6. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?  I have read a few books, especially in the fantasy, PNR spectrum and learned anything is impossible and the sky is the limit with fantasy.
  7. How do you select the names of your characters?  Originally, my characters were named after my kids. Most of the time, I Google names depending on their region and go with that.
  8. What is your favorite childhood book?  I was a Nancy Drew girl, couldn’t get enough. I have never dabbled in mystery because knowing me, I’d give away the culprit in the first chapter. Although, I do add an element of surprise to my books – I love twists.
LD Wosar

About Me

My name is Lori Wosar, author name L.D. Wosar and I am now considered a Las Vegas, NV native. By day I am a Fraud Investigator for the Gaming Industry, night a fledgling author with big dreams. I did not publish my first book until June 2019 – a book that has conveniently disappeared from the radar, for good reason. I have completed writing my ninth book – Jaded Vamp: Jaded Vamp Series I and will be releasing that January 12, 2021. I wanted to keep my books clean, however, the naughty author in me has emerged and the steam has risen.


I desire peace, everyone desires peace. No one wants to live in a dystopia, it is the utopia they desire. Well, guess what humans? A perfect world doesn’t exist, I don’t want perfection, I want it to be bearable and livable. Please tell me that is a suitable solution for you. Well, it has to be because I refuse to give any human empty promises, for it all ends up ugly if you don’t follow through.

My name is Margaret ‘Mags’ Graham, I am a gun-toting, sharp-shooting warrior. I am a legacy. A relic and I’m on a mission to bring peace not just for myself but for all of civilization in the form of an onyx heart-shaped talisman. It’s buried in some mountain range. Which one? I have no idea, just trying to figure that out.

7 Reasons Why Raising your Self-Worth is Important

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As writers we often find our self worth under attack. Bad reviews, poor sales, and frustrating writer’s block are battles authors face in their careers. I found a video you might like about keeping your self worth with seven helpful tips.

Watch the video first, then read the transcript. The video will come up in a new window.


Having a healthy sense of self-worth can change the way you feel about your life. Positive self-worth sets you up to have the energy and confidence to be your best you, to take on challenges and seize opportunities when they come up. Self-worth means you can have your best possible life.

The basis of self-dignity is an honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses. That allows you to capitalize on your strengths and to be objective, not defensive about your weaknesses. It gives you the tools to take control of your life.

Having a happy, successful life and feeling good about yourself is not a matter of luck. Positive self-worth is a fundamental part of the Law of Attraction – if you feel good about yourself and believe you deserve to be happy or wealthy or have good relationships, you will attract those things into your life. The experiences we’ve had in our lives, starting from a very early age, alter our self-dignity, either improving it or eroding it.

The good news is we can do something about it if we want to have a stronger self-worth. Although it isn’t always pleasant, it’s well worth the time and effort to raise your self-worth.

Here are some key aspects of the positive role self-worth can have in your life.

  • You will be more satisfied with life because you will see the good things in life, rather than focusing on the things that are disappointing. 
  • You won’t be undermining yourself with negative self-talk. The Inner Critic will always be there, but you will know how to keep it in check and how to harness that analytical capability to keep increasing your self-awareness.
  • Self-knowledge is a key part of good leadership. You are more likely to be successful at work when you have a healthy sense of self. You will be able to deal with problems before they get out of proportion, for example.
  • You will be less needy, less reliant on other people’s good opinion of you. You will be strong enough in your self-worth not to compare yourself with others.
  • Your relationships will be stronger and more fulfilling because you’ll be building them with honesty and self-knowledge.
  • It will be easier for you to be flexible when situations change. The result is that fewer external circumstances impact your happiness.
  • You will be more compassionate with yourself and others. When you make mistakes, you’ll be able to view them as lessons rather than failures.

Why Creating New Worlds?

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Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

There is a theory that we live in a multiple universe. Each decision we make spins off a different world that lives on its own. Every now and then we step through to a different sphere and our lives change. With this theory in mind, it becomes possible to create new worlds every day.

I am a writer. I created an entire new world in my books about Grey Dawn of Dharaven. New characters and places come to life under my fingertips on my computer keyboard. Writing is an art form that creates within itself.

I also draw and paint. I enjoy doing it and it helps keep me in a creative flow. I like to see colors blend together to create background on which I can paint anything my heart or brain desires. It does not matter if it is a large piece or a small card piece, art begats creativity.

How can you create new worlds every day?

Get up, get dressed, and face the day.

Create a piece of art.

Write something.

Clean and organize a part of your office or home.

Read a book.

Research something new.

Spend time playing.

Do something fun.

Do something good for yourself.

Doing one or more of these things can create a new world for you. It improves your life and increases your happiness.

Go ahead, pick one of these ideas, do it, see if it helps you create something new. You can step into a new universe you create.

A poem for You to Enjoy

I have permission from the author to share his poem. I love this poem.

A note from the Author: I was invited to speak to Mrs. Martin’s 5th grade students about writing. When I arrived, she invited the students to come sit on the rug for my talk. However, there was no rug in the room. The kids sat on the wooden floor. She explained to me that with her allergies, she could not follow the principal’s directive to have a rug in each classroom, so she had an invisible rug. Well, of course, that spurred my imagination; I thought how neat it would be a kid with an invisible rug! I wrote the poem, dedicated it to her class, and published it my next book. When I went back the next year, I could show those fifth graders how you always have to be prepared for an idea to hit you. 

Our Featured Author for March 2021- Curtis Deeter

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

I’m sure there are a lot of books I read as a kid that I don’t remember, but my first memory crying during a story was in The Road. Now, as a new father, the ending hits especially hard.

2. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Not having enough energy (because, let’s face it, we can always find time somewhere) to write as much as I’d like. I love being a husband and a father, I wouldn’t trade a moment of that, but things like my day job, household choirs, running errands, etc. can be exhausting. I accept them as a necessary part of my life some days, but they take their toll physically and mentally more often than not.

3. Who is one author you are friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Leah McNaughton Lederman. She’s helped (whether she know it or not) keep me motivated when it comes to my local literary and arts magazine, Of Rust and Glass, and seeing her projects motivates me to continue mine.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Finish what you start. I have a hundred different projects I never finished. Then, I sort of gave up for about five years because I was discouraged. Now, I try to finish every project I start (still not all the way there), put it out there, and I’m seeing incredible results. I wonder where I’d be as an author if I started working in earnest right out of college.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My first novel-length book is through the final editing phases as we speak. The process has helped me see my work as not just mine but part of a bigger portfolio. It’s helped me accept that, eventually, I’ll have to release my story to the world.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?

I bought a six pack of beer, Jackie O’s Razz Wheat, with my first royalty check. It was small, somewhere around $10, but it felt great. And Razz Wheat is one of my favorite drinks now. Win-win, yeah?

  1. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A wolf. My writing is a solo endeavor, and I’m entirely at peace with that. But I also realize I rely on the pack to take my writing from random lines in a notebook to published story. The latter still makes me a little uncomfortable, but I’m getting better at playing my role.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Off the top of my head, I have one complete novel (sequel to my soon to be published piece, Morning Blood in Mio), four that are about halfway there (high fantasy, dark fantasy-horror, comedic supernatural, and a scifi-horror), and a list of follow-ups for most of them. The Morning Blood series has about 10 books planned at this point, for example. I also have a collection of short stories, all with an element of fantasy, I’m currently revising and editing called Catching Lightning. It’s around 60k words, and I plan to self-publish it in the next month or so.

  1. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Wow, great question. And really tough to answer. I’d have to say the first time I read a Sir Terry Pratchett novel my entire perspective on what makes good (fantasy) fiction. My mindset shifted from scene setting and purple prose, to character building, humor, and worldbuilding. There’s something special about a story that is equal parts hilarious and endearing, but also has a depth of worldbuilding that makes you forget you’re reading a novel. I aspire to be half as crafty as authors like STP someday.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

Honest answer? Completely random. When I start a story, I tend to attribute placeholder names to all the characters because I refuse to get bogged down in those details to the point it slows down my writing process. More often than not, the character names stick.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!! I don’t think it made me cry as a kid, but when my parents gave me a copy for high school graduation, I definitely did. Behind closed doors. Without them knowing, of course. There’s something about Dr. Seuss. No matter how silly, his stories always leave a lasting impression on me.

Updated Book Blurb:

Curtis’ book will come out soon. See his featured work in the featured anthologies.

Morning Blood in Mio

Chase Cross, “detective” ordinaire, rolls into town behind the wheel of an old woody station wagon. When he careens into the Our Lady of the Woods shrine, he grabs Mio, Michigan’s attention, especially that of Sheriff Grace. Luckily, his poor driving retrieves the recently deceased bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Stillman from the apex of the shrine. Chase must help Mio solve the murders and piece itself back together—but first he needs to convince the Sheriff to let him out of jail.

Meanwhile, the Devil and Death arrive for their honeymoon, bringing with them a slew of strange, pseudo-biblical occurrences: water to booze, plagues of amphibians and Ford Focuses, and cupboards filled with rice. Some might call it spontaneous omening; others will simply call it young love.

Even with the cards stacked in his favor—his friend Bob, a cast of statues that animate every night, an angsty Jesus as his guiding light, and God, herself—the blundering “detective” might still manage to muck things up. But he might also manage to drop the quotation marks.

Morning Blood in Mio has been compared to Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Adams. It is set to release June 15th, 2021. Follow Curtis A. Deeter for updates, giveaways, sneak peeks, and links to pre-order his debut novel.

In the meantime, check out his Amazon page to find a number of anthologies featuring his short stories. You’ll find a bit of everything, from the high fantasy world of Nabybee to Chuck Palahniuk-esque flash fiction, to keep you busy until his book launch.

Updated Bio: Curtis Deeter

Curtis A. Deeter is an author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror with over a dozen short pieces accepted in various print and electronic formats. He runs a local arts and literary community in Northwest Ohio called Of Rust and Glass. When he is not writing, he enjoys spending time with his family and taste-testing craft beer at local breweries.

Catching Lightning, Curtis A. Deeter’s first collection of short stories, is now available for pre-order and releases April 27th, 2021. With cover art painted by local artist Creative Inkwell and 28 unique tales, this is a cannot miss speculative fiction collection.