Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG: Bad Fairy Release, Marketing Webinars, and A Call For Unity As We Watch History Repeating Itself

Welcome back, my friends. Seems like more now than ever, our new motto stay safe has taken extra meaning. And before we knew it, June has arrived! Maybe this is a good thing, but before getting into that, I have news: a book release and a marketing opportunity! Bad Fairy by Elaine Kaye

Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

3 Paperback Book Giveaway - Enter HERE! Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Bad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

 L. Diane Wolfe is offering a promotion webinar (click to enlarge)!

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I'll skip the optional question this month and get right to what's on my mind. I think most of us can agree on one thing: 2020 just isn't our year. Around the world we're dealing with Covid-19, the USA is facing devastating riots after the wrongful death of George Floyd, and in all of this, we witnessed the first private rocket launch of astronauts into space. It was pointed out to me that, in its own way, 1968 was not too different: a flu epidemic with a high death toll among the elderly population (known as Hong Kong Flu), the Chicago riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 missions (not to the moon).

Big differences back then were no shutdowns and no cell phones ...

I've made it a point not to get political on social media, and I won't start now, but it seems that history can repeat itself, and whatever lessons we didn't learn in 1968, maybe we can learn, heal and grow from what we are going through now. We could use some unity here folks, not false narratives and misinformation, coming from all sides. No one else's life needs to be ruined by this. Stay safer, my friends.

Update: to be honest, it's pretty tough writing an end-of-the-world scenario when the world looks like it's ending, so I took a short break to focus on life, help my kids understand what's going on, planted a garden (a first), and doing my best to keep a cool head while staying busy, helping people at work and where I can in the community.

Hopefully we'll see a brighter month come July. I'll see you then!

How has 2020 been treating you so far this year? What are you doing to stay active and busy? What plans do you have for summer?


  1. Very true - we've been through this before but handled some of it differently. I think constant media has a lot to do with it.
    Congratulations to Elaine.

  2. Thank you for mentioning my webinar series.

    No, there were no shutdowns, but we survived! For goodness sake, Woodstock took place in the middle of that pandemic.
    The news terrified us into believing anything and sadly we bought it.

    1. 100,000 people have died in this country alone from the pandemic.

  3. I understand the need to garden, heal, and keep a cool head. Social media is definitely not a good place right now. I have hope that humanity will prevail and we can learn anew to treat each other with decency.

  4. Congrats to Elaine on her book and I hope you get back to your books soon.

  5. Glad you took a break to help your kids and plant a garden. Those are both healing activities. I hope we finally learn from all that is going on now.

    Hope you're able to get back to your writing this month, but if not, I'm sure you'll be doing something else important.

  6. Good Post, David. I also don't like to get political on FB or on my blog. I'm hoping 2020 will rise and end on a good note!

    Writing has been difficult for me at this time. I've been concentrating on gardening, shaping up the house after a long winter, and playing with my grand babies. Children always make me smile. Enjoy yours!!

  7. I keep thinking 2020 can only get better. It's sad that humanity has to keep learning the same lessons over and over again.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing my mom's release on your blog today! That means a lot to the both of us. :)

    History can certainly repeat if we don't learn and change. Let's hope we are finally learning and changing.

  9. I do hope next month is better! I love the cover and the blurb for Bad Fairy. I'm always looking for new MG books for my library.

  10. 2020 has certainly gotten off to a rocky start. I'm practically off social media now because it's even more polemic than before, and I'd not thought that possible. Getting back to the earth through gardening is a wonderful way to find peace and healing.

  11. I don't know who said it, but it's pretty apropos: History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes. We'll keep repeating the grade until we finally pass the test. I hope we pass the test this time.

    Some good books coming out. I understand why you'd need to step back. At least now you have some real world experience with the end of the world ;)

  12. Thank you so much, David for sharing my new release with your followers. I appreciate your support. And so does Thistle. :)

  13. The heartaches have piled up, i pray the healing starts soon.

  14. I believe readers are feeling the same because post apocalyptic novel sales are down. It makes sense. I used to be especially mean to my characters, but now I can't do it anymore. They still face conflicts, but there's always hope. lol.

  15. Yes, we could use some unity, David. I remember 1968 very well. I keep reminding myself that humanity has pulled through worse and we'll get through this. 2020 has been one heck of a year so far. "Bad Fairy" looks so cute. When I was teaching, my third grade kiddos would have loved it. I'm signed up for Diane's Webinar. Her first one was so good. All the best to you!

  16. Congratulations to Elaine. And yes, the world is on fire. That's a pretty standard result when hatred is allowed to flow unchecked.

  17. Congratulations to Elaine. What a year, hey? Here in Michigan, we even had a 200-year flood on top of everything else. Thank goodness it wasn’t near us. Still, we’re all hurting or know people who are. We do need some unity.

  18. I think even the most imaginative of us would have struggled to forecast this year. Riots are right here in the UK too. Hopefully it does come to some positive change, beyond statues coming down - sadly history also tells us we don't learn from it but I really hope it's different this time. Hope you're enjoying your break with the kids and getting some breathing space.

  19. It takes belief to press ahead with ones goals, Martin Luther King said to Nichelle Nichols "You have been chosen" so impressed was he with Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek that he allowed his children to watch it.

  20. Great title and cute cover! Best of luck!

    I'm frustrated with our country's current situation, too. We need change, but violence isn't the way. People don't realize that they are being used to further agendas of powerful people behind the scenes. Get the facts before jumping on the bandwagon.

    I've taken the Facebook app off my phone and almost completely stopped watching mainstream news. I've switched to watching The First TV via roku and a phone app. They tell it like it is.