The Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology has a cover and a release date!
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Can a lost hero find redemption?
What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?
Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
Release date: May 2, 2017
Fantasy (FIC009000) Freedom Fox Press
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378
Chrys Fey and Tsunamis
I’m not as big of a movie buff as Ninja Captain Alex, but I love disaster movies! Movies like Deep Impact and The Day After Tomorrow mostly used tsunamis for visual effects. They wanted the audience to be amazed by the grand size, but they don’t really get on ground level, in the perspective of people, specifically people caught in the water.
In The Hereafter, there is a tsunami that sweeps away a woman. We get to see what happens to her, and it is shocking, but I personally felt that the water was way too fast. Yes, a tsunami is fast and fierce, but the speed of the one in this movie didn’t seem right to me. And the water is clear, whereas it would’ve turned dirty from everything it picked up on the ground.
The movie that is super realistic is The Impossible, which is based after the Thailand Tsunami of 2004. You have to see this if you haven’t. I took notes when I watched it the first time. Actual notes. It helped me to figure out what it’s like to be caught in a Tsunami, and what would most likely happen following one. We see Naomi Watts beaten by the water. We see a second wave. And we see the destruction. It is done so well. You will watch the tsunami scenes in absolute terror. I did.
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Movie Review - Midnight Special
The film is slow paced but not dull. It was super intriguing from start to finish.
It’s not an original story, but it’s wonderfully told. The director pulls everything together really well and on a really low budget. It’s engaging, thought-provoking, and truly a well-told science fiction tale.
And the science fiction is a very small part of the story. It’s part drama, part chase, and part science fiction.
Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver, who all turn in great performances. (And where else are you going to see Superman’s General Zod and Star Wars’ Kylo Ren in the same film?)
On NetFlix – highly recommended.
Here is an update on Michael Offutt. He took a break over the holidays because he purchased his first house! However, he had no Internet, and there is a bit of a battle to get Internet to his new neighborhood. Until then, his only source of Internet is his phone. He’ll return to the blogging world when he has Internet in his new house.
Mason Canyon started a book blog tour service, MC Book Tours. She’s hosted several of my fellow authors and one of them will be making an appearance here next month.
Juneta Key posted about Mystery Thriller Week.
Get the details HERE.
Fall to Pieces : Book Seven in the Southern Quilting Mysteries
By Elizabeth S. Craig
When a quilting event falls to pieces, Beatrice works to patch things up…
Movie Trivia Answers
Here are the disaster movie taglines and the answers:
1 – Heads up - Armegeddon
2 – It’s five miles wide…it’s coming at 30,000 mph…and there’s no place on Earth to hide - Meteor
3 – We were warned - 2012
4 – Where will you be? – The Day After Tomorrow
5 – The pressure is building. Whatever you do, don’t look back – Dante’s Peak
6 – Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives. – Deep Impact
7 – The only way out is in – The Core
8 – The coast is toast - Volcano
Excited about the IWSG anthology, Hero Lost? Have you watched any tsunami movies? Seen Midnight Special? Need to set up a book tour or interested in Mystery Thriller Week? And how many taglines did you get right?
I hope all goes well for your Anthology......I'm sure it will be a huge success. I am also pleased that Chry's blgofest too was a success.
Loved as always the news and reviews.
Have a good week.
Midnight Special sounds interesting.
Disaster movies, however, don't appeal to me. But Mysteries and Thrillers do!
That's a great cover for the anthology! Interesting to read Chrys's take on movie tsunamis, I'm not sure I've ever watched one where that was a feature.
Love the cover and the book description for the anthology!
I just watched 'The Impossible' on Netflix...I had to fast-forward through the water scenes. Just so terrifying!
Thanks for including 'Fall to Pieces' in your new books list. :)
Wishing you loads of luck with the Anthology!!! And congrats to all the winners!
Hooray for the anthology. Tsumamis are right up there with tornadoes...too scary for me, because the real results are too devastating, so I pass.
I agree with Chrys Fey that big budget, blockbuster, FX-laden disaster movies tend to show tsunamis consuming city skyscrapers but fail to depict the phenomenon from the POV of a person caught in the turbulent tide. Naomi Watts is my favorite actress and I agree that the film The Impossible captured the terror of her ordeal very effectively.
Thanks Chrys and Alex!
Congrats to all who made it in the anthology. I've had a near death experience. I know about the other side and have been exploring the afterlife in dreamworks.
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead!
The Anthology is a twist from the age-old acceptance that the hero always wins - a fallen hero therefore opens a whole lot of story-line possibilities! Great selection of book offerings, Chry's, the Midnight Special (MS) and the new releases. Where it comes highly recommended ought to keep a look-out for them!
Congrats to those appearing in the Anthology!
I'll go check out MC Book Tours.
I love the cover and am getting excited for the release :-)
Congrats to those with new releases and book tours and all the best to Michael for getting internet back in his life. I know what it's like to not be able to connect easily.
Cheers - Ellen
Totally failed on the trivia even tho I've seen most of those movies *sigh*
Awesome cover for the anthology. Love the cover too.
Too bad that Michael is having to fight to get Internet at his new house. That would make a happy event pretty frustrating.
Hi Alex - The Impossible film was pretty extraordinary ... I'll always remember that tsunami - just horrifying to think about. I like Chrys' idea of taking notes - I do that too for some posts ...
The Anthology is getting off to a kick-start and that's great ... good luck for its publication and congratulations to all the authors.
The Midnight Special has a brilliant poster ... I doubt I'll see it but I enjoyed the poster ... good luck to Michael - waiting for the internet is challenging ...
Congrats to all the people in the anthology series. I have seen all 3 disaster flicks plus Tidal Wave with Lorne Greene:) I agree with Chrys that The Impossible is, by far, the best film. I didn't get any of the trivia right even though I knew some of these films would be in there.
Congrats to the anthology authors. Cool looking cover!
Making a note of that movie - sounds good!
Watched The Boy this weekend. It was recommended by J H Moncrieff over on her blog the other day. The movie was creepy good! :)
The cover looks great - can't wait to see all the wonderfulness inside.
Congrats, Chrys! And the movie sounds interesting. I'm going to have to check it out.
Great cover for the anthology. Lots of detail. Congrats to Chrys and Elizabeth for their new releases. I had wondered about Midnight Special, time to check it out. Thanks for the shout out about MC Book Tours. Look forward to William's visit here next month.
Congrats on the anthology. Chrys is a tsunami in blog world right now. She is correct- the Impossible has you gasping for air
Have a good week
Love the Hero Lost cover!
I haven't watched The Impossible, but I intend to after reading Chrys Fey's take on it.
ps - The title and cover seem fitting for the theme. Nice job everyone!
Congrats to Chrys! I saw an interview with Naomi Watts about the movie, but not the movie itself.
Looking forward to reading the other anthology stories!
Hero's Lost sounds excellent!
Shadow, check it out.
Elizabeth, you're welcome.
Shady, I will have to watch that film since so many of you have recommended it.
Truedessa, glad you are still with us then.
Marcy, they were tough. I think that's because most of them were dumb.
Birgit, I remember that film!
Madeline, I saw she'd recommended it.
Mason, you're welcome.
I can't wait to read what my fellow authors wrote. Thanks for giving birth to the IWSG in the first place. :-)
Great cover indeed. Will have to give that one on Netflix a go. Got a few right this time indeed at my sea. Few disaster movies are ever realistic it seems.
I can't help imagining Michael Offutt living somewhere off the grid just like Alaskan Bush People. I hope they run that cable to his house soon!
I am terrible with tag lines so I think I flunked all of them...lol and yay for Chrys and I can't wait to read all the stories in the anthology. :)
I wouldn't have gotten any of those tag lines correct. I really think the only movie tag line I ever remember is from Serentiy. Naturally.
Loving the new IWSG anthology cover. Can't wait to read the stories.
And thanks for the update on Michael—I've been wondering if he was all right!
I didn't remember any of the taglines, but I had seen three of the movies: Armegeddon, The Day After Tomorrow, and Dante's Peak. Of the three, I liked Armegeddon the best (I have that one on DVD).
Best of luck with the anthology. I think I've only seen one tsunami movie - it was with Naomi Watts but I can't remember the name of it.
I'm hopeless with taglines even though I've seen most of those films. Midnight Special sounds interesting and the plot line reminds me of my first (unpublished) novel in some respects. I recently saw The Impossible on Netflix and the special effects were terrifying. After watching the real waves on YouTube, I agree with Chrys. They did a great job capturing the horror.
I really like the anthology cover - Excellent choice!
My wife love to watch disaster movies AND documentations about disasters.
She knows well whether a movie shows reality or fantasy.
Awesome new anthology cover! I can't wait to read it. I totally agree with Chrys about tsunamis in movies. I haven't seen The Impossible, but I've watched documentaries on the Science and Weather channels. Midnight Special is on my to watch list. Have a great week, Alex! :)
Roland, thanks for participating in the IWSG.
Cindy, he might like that.
MJ, that's an important one though.
Stacy, I think we have all three on DVD.
Tamara, I'll have to watch it.
The anthology cover looks awesome! Congratulations to Michael Offutt on the new house, and I hope he gets internet soon!
Hey, Alex! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I had fun reading the comments. I may not be a movie buff, but it's neat to see that people agree with my take on tsunami movies. :)
Hero Lost sounds like a great anthology!
The anthology looks fabulous and I love the teasers.
I'm not much into disaster movies but I did see The Impossible and thought it was very well done.
I've been wondering about our friend Michael Offutt. Didn't know he was buying his first house. I haven't seen that Tsunami movie but I've heard good things.
I was actually wondering about Michael just this past weekend.
Good to know.
Congratulations to all the new authors.
I didn't get or attempt any of the trivia, but I like the quote: "The only way out is in."
Have a good week, Alex.
I had one tagline right. LOL Not bad for me. I might check out Midnight special this week. I'm thinking about setting up a blog tour as soon as I get a release date for my next book.
Wow, I had no idea Chrys was such a tsunami expert. That was a really interesting read.
And you bet I'm excited for Hero Lost! That's a great list of names, there.
Few disaster movies are ever close to the real thing. Dante's Peak was close, but it still over-exaggerated, especially all the people fleeing the town.
I must admit to being a fan of disaster movies too! Some interesting thoughts on the special effects, Chrys. The anthology is looking good.
LOL- I got zero taglines right!
I haven't watched anything lately that had to do with a tsunami. But I did binge watch The Magicians...which i really enjoyed.
The cover is super! And yes, I'm excited for everyone who will be included in the anthology.
I love those realistic movies, too, Chrys. I love to go to the theater and be so involved I don't have time to take off my coat!
I love the cover for Hero Lost! The colors work well with the first IWSG anthology Parallels too. Congrats to the authors!
Question If Death himself was to die would the rest of us live forever? Hero Lost sounds like a fascinating read. I’ve added it to my must-read list along with Tsunami Crimes (actually, I’ve already added that one because I’ve read about it before)
I only answered two of the movie trivia questions, but I’m pleased to see I got them both right.
I have Chrys' books on my Kindle. I am very excited for the new anthology. The book cover is spectacular. I have not watched any Tsunami movies, but I'll take Chrys' recommendation.
The cover for the antho looks phenomenal. Am looking forward to 2nd May.
I have actually watched Deep Impact and Dante's Peak but wouldn't get any taglines right...
Hi Chrys! Movies usually focus more on drama and effects than scientific accuracy. Sorry Michael has internet trouble but congrats on the new home! Midnight Special sounded like an interesting film. Will had to my list to watch on Netflix. Yay! IWSG Anthology comes out in May. Congrats to all involved.
Good books and good movies! Hi, ALex! Hi, Christine!
Ever since I read about how water levels in a harbor dip surprisingly low before a tsunami hits, I've made it a habit to check the water levels along the beaches whenever we're near either of the coasts. Can't be too careful!
The cover for the anthology looks amazing.
I am really, really looking forward to the Anthology.
Very cool on the collection!
Woo Hoo! Heroes Lost is out. Many congrats to our wonderfully talented winners/authors.
Have a wondrous week, Alex.
Chrys, you're welcome! Seems a lot of people have seen the movie you recommended.
Susan, you should check out Mason's service then.
Cherie, they do work well, don't they?
Barbara, that is a very good question...
Ken, good thing to watch for.
The anthology looks great. A lot of talented writers in there. And I totally didn't get any of the movie trivia, even though I've seen half of those movies. Well, they aren't masterpieces of cinema :P
I have decided that we will go to view movies that have these elements: 1. laugh 2. Appreciate noble and selfless actions 3. Action packed with some goal at the end (Chronicles of Riddick) 4. Has monsters but not supernaturally evil 5. entertain us, and, 6. Show a moral high ground.
That's about it, Alex. Have missed reading blogs, can't do many, but your blog is always a treat.
Glad to know about Michael. Wondered why I hadn't seen him around lately.
Congrats on the IWSG anthology and to all the authors in it. Great cover.
Congrats to Chris on another great book.
I love disaster and monster movies :)
I love the anthology cover. Great job!!! Can't wait to read it!
The anthology sounds different. Will be interesting to read when it comes out in May.
Tsunamis are definitely frightening things.
Super excited for the new IWSG anthology and I love the cover design! Put me down for any blog tour, promo help you guys need.
I'm looking forward to the new anthology. I loved the concept for the theme.
I still have never done a book tour, though I'd love to budget it in at some point. I'll have to look for the IWSG anthology when it's released.
The anthology looks and sounds great, Alex! Congrats on another successful book for the group!
Congrats to all the new stories!!
I've probably seen all those movies. :)
The anthology looks like a winner. Wishing the authors well. Nice to see Chrys here too. Lots happening in the new year! :)
Yeah, so I haven't seen any of the disaster movies, so I was right that I wouldn't have gotten any of the trivia. But I did see Midnight Special. I've been on a movie binge lately (at least compared to how many movies I usually see). And congrats to Chrys. And to Michael (I was wondering where he'd gotten to).
Congrats to all the authors who contributed to the anthology. The idea of being caught in a tsunami... Terrifying. I didn't get any of the taglines:(
It sucks when you have no internet. How do people survive without it? I better not be disappointed in your movie recommendation.
I always like a good tsunami. Well, film version that is. The Impossible was an excellent one. I enjoyed the "making of" feature on the DVD that showed how they created the effects. Neat stuff.
Don't need a book tour yet. I'd like to think that I would and I think I'd rather take a book tour than a bus tour. Maybe if the bus was very luxurious and went to cool places, but I guess that will have to wait until I have a book tour that makes me a bundle of bucks for the bus.
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Roland has a short story in the anthology? How wonderful for him and so well-deserved!
And thanks for the update on Michael Offut. I was wondering if I should send out a missing person report on him, and am relieved he's okay.
Wow, I absolutely LOVE the idea, what if death himself wanted to die! Why didn't I think of that one! It's brilliant. Kudos to the author of that short story.
Wishing you all the best with the anthology x
I'll be hosting my second MC Book Tours author this week. Mason does a very professional job with her scheduling, preparation, and follow-up.
Nice cover for the anthology! Looking forward to reading the stories in it.
Wishing much success to Chrys and Tsunami Crimes!
This was a great idea for a series. Kudos, Chrys.
Have a great one, Alex:)
I can't think that I actually ever saw a tsunami movie. I'm just not all that interested in disaster flicks.
I'm very excited about the anthology. I still pinch myself that I made the cut. I plan to do some bragging this Friday. :)
I'll add the movie to my watch list.
So excited for everyone in the anthology! The cover is awesome.
And yay for Chrys and another new book. I don't think I could watch the realistic tsunami movie. It's hard to imagine anything more terrifying than being caught in a real one.
Susan, appreciate that you visit me!
Sylvia, they will appreciate that!
PTM, you won't know where to find me if you're disappointed.
Rebecca, that's why it's the winning story!
Patricia, I bet she does.
Sandra, having a good one!
Elizabeth, good idea to spread it out.
How exciting about the anthology!
Interesting to hear from Chrys and find out which disaster movie seems the most accurate. I haven't seen it- so I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing and so excited for her!
I can't wait to read the new anthology, Alex! I'm excited for all the authors featured in it, especially as I know some of them through the IWSG! Like you, Chrys, I love disaster movies, even if they're hokey and the "science" is terrible. Watching the live videos from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was horrifying ~ definitely an eyeopener for me. I'll have to check out the movie "The Impossible." And your book~ which is on my list of IWSG reads for this year. Have a great week, both of you!
So looking forward to reading the full Anthology. Is it going to be available on Pre-Order at Amazon? Apparently that helps sales.
Great idea for the anthology. I love the cover art.
I am looking forward to Hero Lost- love the cover. And I'm a fan of Tsunami movies, well, disaster movies. Helps me appreciate the messed up world of here and now. I hope never to live through an actual disaster though.
Hmm, I was wondering what happened to Michael. Thanks. Congrats Mike :)
I watched that tsunami movie with Ewan McGregor?
Super excited about the anthology. It sounds fabulous!
Chrys! Don't you love how disaster movies sensationalize things? *shakes head* Either way, what a terrifying thing to experience. I can't even imagine it. (Don't want to either.)
Yes, I'm looking forward to reading the anthology. I know very little about tsunamis, but they sound terrible.
I'm very excited about Hero Lost! :)
The Impossible is one of the best disaster movies I've ever seen, realistic, horrifying but hopeful - it is an awesome portrayal of human strength through suffering.
Sorry so late to comment this week!
Midnight Special sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads up.
Great cover for the anthology! Congrats to all who are in the anthology!
The disaster movies are so hard on my heart, lol. I am a huge wimp! Just moseying on over to wish you a happy Thursday!
When I was a kid, tsunamis were referred to as "tidal waves," and I don't think it was common knowledge that they were caused by earthquakes. Everyone looks at me like I'm nuts when I say that whenever the topic of tsunami is part of the conversation (more often than one would think). That's not just me, is it?
Congrats on the anthology. Awesome project.
Mason is a doing a wonderful job with her tours. She goes above and beyond.
So many great stories to choose from and they're right here. Amazingly you can watch a tsunami live from the safety of a nice highrise but that was youtube. I like Midnight Special - I'll have to try and see that one.
Congrats to Chrys and the anthology winners! I like that cover for Hero Lost.
I'm cheating a bit with this comment but this is what I wrote on Diane's blog about the anthology:
That cover is phenomenal! I literally said, "Oh, wow" out loud when I saw it. Really eye catching. And whoever wrote a story about death wanting to die - brilliant! Can't wait for the release. Well done everybody!
I just tried to add Midnight Special to my list on Netflix but it's only available on DVD. Boo hiss! It sounds like something I would really dig too.
A new anthology!! Can't wait to read it!
Congrats to all the authors in the anthology. The cover is great! (It looks like a Spiderman movie poster!)
Chrys has it right, only The Impossible does a realistic and terrifying depiction of a tsunami. Not only the wave itself, but the aftereffects in a 3rd world country where entire villages were washed away and medical assistance was few and far between.
Midnight Special sounds awesome!
It's awful that Michael's new neighborhood doesn't have internet. I'd be so horrified if I couldn't have net anymore.
Congrats to Mason on the new business, Juneta on the hop, and Elizabeth on her new release!
Armageddon makes me cry every single time.
Congrats to Chrys! I've been seeing this cover pop up all over:)
Fundy, you'll enjoy the stories.
Denise, it should be.
Tyrean, I obviously need to watch it.
Sandra, check it out!
Tonja, after that one in Japan, you would think everyone would know by now.
Lexa, it does look like a Spiderman poster.
Hello Lost sounds great!! Love the cover!
Tsunami Crimes looks fantastic Chrys! All the best!
Both the title and cover for the IWSG Anthology are awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
thanks for all the news, Alex. I appreciate you keeping me up to date. I'm thrilled about the anthology. We have such super great stories, can't wait for the readers responses. I sympathize with Michael's dilemma. I have horrible internet and it's driving me nuts.
That anthology looks awesome, I'm going to get it!
The anthology cover image captures the theme and the winning story...perfectly.
I know about internet troubles. So frustrating. I hope Michael gets it sorted out soon.
Congrats to Elizabeth. What a great cover.
I hadn't heard of Midnight Special, I may need to check it out now. Nice movie tag lines, those are always fun. =-)
The anthology sounds amazing. Can't wait. Midnight Special sounds like it's worth checking out. I got the Core right and guessed the Armageddon and Deep Impact were on the list.
Hey Sylvia, I mentioned your book on my blog.Congrats.
Recognized some talented names in yhe upcoming anthology. Congratulations to the authors.
Hey Sylvia, I mentioned your book on my blog.Congrats.
It's very cool to see the anthology come together like that. ^_^ Hope it does well for everyone who contributed.
Joylene, sorry about your bad Internet.
I'm excited about the new anthology. The cover is really great!
Congrats again to Chrys on her disaster series. I've enjoyed reading two so far.
And another congrats to Mason. Good luck with your business.
Looks like a great anthology.
The points about the tsunami, I had never thought of. Wishing Ms. Fey mucho success on those "disaster crimes."
The anthology sounds fascinating. Like the idea of a blog promotion service. Things to brighten January. Thanks.
Happy Monday, Alex. Wishing you and your wife a great week.
Can't wait to see all the wonderfulness in the anthology. Congrats to Chrys!
Very excited about the IWSG Anthology- Hero Lost. Congrats to Chrys for her book Tsunami Crimes!
Very excited about the IWSG Anthology- Hero Lost. Congrats to Chrys for her book Tsunami Crimes!
Good luck to the anthology! It has a nice cover.
And you make Midnight Special sound fun. I'll have to add it to my queue.
Another anthology to purchase - yey! :) Once I've done my Masters degree, I may have beat my nerves enough to at least try to submit. I have a year or so to build my courage. :)
My hubs just looked up Midnight Special and it apparently lost millions at the box office? Still, I trust your recommendation so I'll give it go. Box offices rarely reflect quality.
Congratulations to Michael on his move!
Ooh, and thanks to Chrys for the info about tsunamis.
Looking forward to the release of the anthology. Love the book cover. Signed up for Mystery Thriller Week 2018. Sounds like a blast. Thanks
You've got some good disaster movies listed there. Goes hand in hand with Chrys's release:)
I hope all goes well for your Anthology!
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