9 Ideas to Get Inspiration or Beat Writer’s Block

A Writer's Path

by Anna del C. Dye

Inspiration is an integral part of the writing process, without it you are stuck. I don’t have a lot of problems with inspiration; it seems to overrun my mind. However, once I started a book with giant eagles (Shahira and the Flying Elfs) and was so busy with promoting my already published books that a year went by, before I knew it. When I tried to continue writing it, I wasn’t sure where to start and nothing came to mind. Now that in itself is strange for me…I always have ideas running trough my head.

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“The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel” by Jenny Colgan

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“The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel

Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: September 20, 2016

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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop.

Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile — a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

“Bad and Badder” by Ray Backley

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“Bad and Badder

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Release Date: August 27, 2017

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Five contemporary thrillers to have you bolted to the edge of your seat.
The theme linking all of these visceral stories is bad people – their motivations, their victims, how they get their comeuppance, and how – just sometimes – they don’t.
‘Juked’ tells the story of Neeta Shah’s healthy cycle trip, and how it takes a very unhealthy turn, resulting in a cat and mouse battle of wits along the Pacific Highway.
In ‘Desert Rat’ it’s Danny Freemont’s final business trip – his last chance to ‘see a little of the real country’. It quickly descends into a dry-throat nightmare where hope is in short supply.
In ‘A.B.C.’ a liaison between Shannon and Tyson is not quite what it seems. It all just has to go horribly wrong for one of them. But which one?
‘Jack Slave’ is a tale of a bully who simply won’t seem to go away, and the drastic action that just has to be taken.
The final tale, ‘Crowe Ridge’, tells the story of how a person’s tainted history can come back to haunt them in the cruellest of ways.
And remember, people like this are out there.
Each story is between 40 and 50 pages long, and the collection is fully hyperlinked and bookmarked, with a short author’s afterword following each story.

(note: previously released under the pen name Ray Kingfisher)

“Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery” by Rose Pressey

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“Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery (A Ghostly Haunted Tour Guide Cozy Mystery Book 3)

Genre: Cozy/Mystery

Release Date: September 3, 2015

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As if communicating with the dead isn’t strange enough, Ripley Van Raden does it mostly via text message. Good thing she has the unlimited data package with her cell phone provider.

Librarian by day and haunted tour guide by night. Rip, as her friends call her, discovers books that possibly contain secret messages. When a young girl is murdered, Rip has to put her sleuthing skills to the test.

With the help of part-time paranormal investigator and full-time handsome police officer Brannon Landon, they must work together to solve this potentially paranormal related crime. Brannon and Rip can’t let an ex-wife, dark entities, stalkers, or defaced library books stand in their way.

“Snared by Saber (Middlemarch Capture Book 1)” by Shelley Munro

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“Snared by Saber (Middlemarch Capture Book 1)”

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Romantic Comedy

Release Date: March 1, 2017

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A capture gone awry might be the best mistake ever…

When a feline virus on Earth wipes out much of his race, Saber Mitchell moves his shifter family to the jungle planet of Tiraq. To provide an income—and keep the testosterone-fueled males from killing each other over the lack of mates—Saber opens Middlemarch Resort, specializing in women’s capture fantasies. Unbeknownst to the women, some captures will be more permanent than others.

Saber has no plans to find a mate himself…until a capture goes wrong, landing both him and “kidnapped” guest Eva Henry on the other side of the huge island. Saber must face birds, beasts, hungry natives and Eva’s own penchant for escape to see her safely back to the resort.

Keeping his hands off her proves impossible…even after Saber learns mating Eva comes with bigger, more dangerous troubles than all their jungle perils combined.

Note to Readers: The Saber Mitchell in this book is a different Saber to the one in My Scarlet Woman. No cheating involved. Promise!! Previously published under the same title.

“Starr’s Awakening & Hearths of Fire (Red Starr, Book One)” by Kennedy Layne

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“Starr’s Awakening & Hearths of Fire (Red Starr, Book One)

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Military

Release Date: January 14, 2016

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**Starr’s Awakening & Hearths of Fire have now been combined into one book!** 

Starr’s Awakening (Red Starr, The Prequel)

Catori Starr has been lost in a crippling grief since losing her husband, Red. Since learning he went MIA on a rescue mission abroad, she has existed more than lived. She’s a shell of who she used to be. Restarting Red Starr HRT is a last-ditch opportunity to overcome her pain–and keep her husband’s legacy alive. With a team of cherry-picked men, she must now decide if she’s willing to set aside a years-old grief to begin a new life filled with the potential of fated dreams…or deadly peril.

Hearths of Fire (Red Starr, Book One)

Moving forward with his life…

Neal Bauer tried returning home once before and he found that some things aren’t meant to be. When Red Starr HRT, a paramilitary hostage rescue team, offered him a position that would use his specialized skillset that had served him well in the military–he jumped at the chance.

The past has a way of returning…

Charlotte Whitefall has made some really bad decisions in her life…leaving Neal Bauer standing at the altar tops the list. Growing up in Hearth, Missouri has taught her that when someone leaves their small town, they don’t return. She saved Neal from a painful choice by moving on with her life and raising her sister alone.

Coming home…

When a local cult invades the town of Hearth, the citizens do their best to stay clear of the members. Everything changes when Charlotte’s little sister is drawn into their way of life. There is only one man who has the connections to eliminate the dangerous threat. Can Charlotte persuade Neal to come home long enough to rescue her sister? More importantly, can she convince him that she made a terrible mistake all those years ago–and possibly rekindle their smoldering passion?

“My People The Sioux” by Luther Standing Bear

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“My People The Sioux”

Genre: Nonfiction/Historical/Native American

Release Date: August 14, 2017

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Born in the 1860s, the son of a Lakota chief, Standing Bear was in the first class at Carlisle Indian School, witnessed the Ghost Dance uprising from the Pine Ridge Reservation, toured Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and devoted his later years to the Indian rights movement of the 1920s and 1930s.

My People The Sioux remains a landmark in Native American literature, among the first books about Native Americans written from the Native American point of view.

Luther Standing Bear (December 1868 – February 20, 1939) (Óta Kté or “Plenty Kill” also known as Matȟó Nážiŋ or “Standing Bear”) was an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as a Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century. Standing Bear fought to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty and was at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy toward Native Americans.

Standing Bear was one of a small group of Lakota leaders of his generation, such as Gertrude Bonnin, and Charles Eastman, who were born and raised in the oral traditions of their culture, educated in white culture, and wrote significant historical accounts of their people and history in English. Luther’s experiences in early life, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Wild Westing with Buffalo Bill, and life on government reservations present a unique view of a Native American during the Progressive Era in American history.

Standing Bear’s commentaries on Native American culture and wisdom educated the American public, deepened public awareness, and created popular support to change government policies toward Native American peoples. Luther Standing Bear helped create the popular twentieth-century image that Native American culture is holistic and respectful of nature; his classic commentaries appear in college-level reading lists in anthropology, literature, history, and philosophy, and constitute a legacy and treasury of Native American wisdom. My People The Sioux was first published in 1928.

“A Lancaster Amish Summer to Remember (Lancaster County Seasons Book 1)” by Rachel Stoltzfus

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“A Lancaster Amish Summer to Remember (Lancaster County Seasons (an Amish of Lancaster County Saga) Book 1)”

Genre: Christian Fiction/Amish & Mennonite

Release Date: October 11, 2014

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 When troubled teen, Luke King, is sent for the summer to live with his uncle Hezekiah on an Amish farm, will he be able to turn his life around? And what about his growing interest in their neighbor, 16-year-old Amish neighbor Hannah Yoder, whose dreams of an English life may end up risking both of their futures?

 

Sixteen-year-old Luke King has no idea he’s throwing his life away, one video game at a time. But when Luke’s Wall-Street father decides to send his son for the summer to live with his twin brother Hezekiah on his Lancaster Amish farm, Luke’s life is turned inside out. Will Luke find the strength in God to turn his life around? And what about Luke’s growing interest in their neighbor, 16-year-old Amish neighbor Hannah Yoder, whose dreams of an English life may end up risking both of their futures?

Getting Back to Active (Voice)

Writing-Insight-Success

volcano“It’s back to work that I want to go,” Grammar Smith said.

“Lieutenant, you are still suffering the effects of your deep undercover assignment,” Dr. Query said.  “You helped save the world but at great personal cost. You just don’t come back from that very quickly.”

“I’ve been working really hard at it, though. I really think I’m ready.”

“Yes, you’ve made great progress. However, I think you need a little more time.”

“But we just stopped a major passive voice outbreak. There’s still work to be done,” Grammar pleaded.

“I’m sorry, Lieutenant,” Dr.Query said. “You’re just not quite ready.”

Will Grammar Smith be able to detox from passive voice? Will she be able to get back to actively fight against English language abuses? Will Dis Connect ever stop eating doughnuts?

Stay tuned…

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“Before He Sees (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2)” by Blake Pierce

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“Before He Sees (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2)”

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/ Psychological/Serial Killer

Release Date: September 14, 2016

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In BEFORE HE SEES (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2), FBI agent-in-training Mackenzie White struggles to make her mark in the FBI Academy in Quantico, trying to prove herself as a woman and as a transplant from Nebraska. Hoping she has what it takes to become an FBI agent and leave her life in the Midwest behind for good, Mackenzie just wants to keep a low profile and impress her superiors.

But all that changes when the body of a woman is found in a garbage dump. The murder bears shocking similarities to the Scarecrow Killer—the case that made Mackenzie famous in Nebraska—and in the frantic race against time to stop a new serial killer, the FBI decides to break protocol and give Mackenzie a chance on the case.

It is Mackenzie’s big break, her chance to impress the FBI—but the stakes have never been higher. Not everyone wants her on the case, and everything she touches seems to go wrong. As the pressure mounts and the killer strikes again, Mackenzie finds herself as a lone voice in a sea of experienced agents, and she soon realizes she is in way over heard. Her entire future with the FBI is in jeopardy.

As tough and determined as Mackenzie is, as brilliant as she is in hunting down killers, this new case proves an impossible riddle, something just beyond her reach. She may not even have time to crack it as her own life falls apart around her.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE SEES is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #3 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series will be available soon.

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews on Amazon—and a free download!