Pay It Forward: Winter Bayne

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Winter Bayne.

Now usually, I have a picture for you, but Winter is…well she’s shy. So, instead I have this:

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This lovely fellow is Kashmir, her cat, who’s standing in for Winter.

She says this of herself:

“I was a closet writer that shredded or burned her stories hours after finishing them, never allowing another set of eyes to chance a read. After spending a year in the hospital surviving NHL cancer, I met my Other Half, West. He replaced my lack of faith in myself with his own unrelenting encouragement. Now, we’re living our own happily ever after while adopting a little girl, Bella. I’ve set my compass towards my dreams and I’m going after them.

During the day I can be found with my Ragdoll cat in my lap and a book in my hands or spending time with my motley family. After the sun goes down and the stars come out, I release the characters in my imagination to cause chaos in fantasy worlds.

I’m somewhat of an antisocial hermit, but I can be coaxed from my writing nook with B horror movies, yarn, or Shiraz.

I’m living proof that it is indeed always the quiet ones that are the naughtiest.”

Winter is one of those people who’ll give you her last dollar but has trouble buying herself gifts. Want proof? I mentioned something about my book, she created a banner to celebrate and a header. Just like that.

She’s also an incredibly gifted writer. Check out the story of how she and West met. I couldn’t stop reading.

Winter Bayne’s work appears in two anthologies.

The first one, Secret Identities Anthology, has her story Heroes For Hire: Striker and is coming out in February 3 from Breathless Press.

secretidentitiesheroes-2 Blurb:

“Shade is an average woman until the government uses her as a human guinea pig, forever changing her life with new superhuman powers. Striker is an ex-military man who sees the benefit of genetically altered humans and turns his vision into a multi-million dollar security business, Heroes for Hire. On opposing sides of the legal use of the genetically altered, passions flare for Shade and Striker leaving one unanswered question – how good can sex get?

Rating: Two stubborn super heroes on opposing sides with light super power bondage.”

 

The other is The Knight Temptress Anthology from DKC Publishing and has Winter Bayne’s story TieraTiera is none other than the paranormal/fantasy short story that won First Place at the 2014 Dragon Knight Chronicles Contest.

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You can find Winter just about everywhere (especially in Nanowrimo) but also at her site Winter Bayne. Why not check out this highly talented author?

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Karma

Posts I loved this week

This week we got a ton of snow but a great set of posts to offset that weather. If I missed something that you found awesome, let me know!

I am in awe of Winter Bayne‘s workout plan. It’s incredibly dedicated (just like her) and thorough. My hat goes off to her.

A huge congrats to Natacha Guyot on her upcoming book! So exciting!

Looking for reviews for your book? Laekan Zea Kemp has accumulated a list of 555 reviewers for indie authors. You heard that right, 555! If you go to the site, give her a huge thanks for sharing that list!

Interesting Literarture had the top 10 poems everyone should read from T. S. Eliot. A fantastic read even for those of us (like me) who can only appreciate poems with mild understanding of their wonder.

Infinitefreetime’s post on his bathroom reno is hilarious. I remember him starting that project a year ago…So funny.

A very interesting post, Sequels I can’t Wait for, was an instant hit with me. I love reading about upcoming books. A huge thanks to My Friend The Writer for this post!

That Montreal Girl has a series of posts on how-to photography that blow my head off–She even has examples to show what she means! Check them out here or here.

False Awakening is on sale and if you haven’t got your copy of this awesome book, this is your chance. Check it out here on Callum McLaughlin.

Part Time Monster has a weekly post that counts down favourite things. It’s something I look forward to because I love countdowns. This week’s was particularly cute. Check it out here.

Writers in the Storm has this great post for writers who use Twitter. It has the 12 best Hashtags for writers.

If you’re looking for a neat blog to follow, check out this post by Just Gene’O where he explains what’s what in this awesome blog. Pretty neat. Just saying.

Very, very exciting, Melissa Barker-Simpson released her latest novel The Fifth Watcher. Have I mentioned how much I love her writing? Check it out here.

A great post for those trying to get an agent, this one has examples of successful queries and explains why they were successful. A huge thanks to Aussie Writers.

For the bloggers out there, three tips for getting your post noticed from Steve Vernon.

Finally, a little thought on writing.

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Posts I loved this week

A wonderful week of posts. Check out these beauties!

From The Written Word Remains…I read this lovely post on rereading favourite books. It’s one of my favourite activities and couldn’t help but agree with the author. Great post!

The beautiful photograph is only eclipsed by the incredible writing in this insightful post by Just Ponderin’.

A fantastic post by Kristen Lamb on getting an awesome plot and ready for Nanowrimo.

The Write Practice has this great post on how to create Character Sketches using Scrivener and I absolutely loved it. Awesome post!

November is coming and everyone’s already excited about Nanowrimo. Like Winter Bayne with her usual humour shining in the post.

This awesome post on First Drafts by Mishka Jenkins made me feel so much better because it not only let me know I’m not the only one who struggles with them but she also shared tips and steps on how to move forward.

If you’re stuck like me and need help getting going, check out this post on 11 Novelist-Tested ways to defeat Writer’s Block from Writers Helping Writers.

Super-cute, check out this picture of a baby turtle being carried by mom. A big thank you to Spanishwoods for making me smile with that lovely post.

If you’re considering starting a blog but want to do it with a group of writers, check out this post by Madeline Iva on just that subject from Romance University.

A huge congratulations to Sourcerer, a very talented blog who has just acquired a new contributor, the brilliant, saucy Infinitefreetime. Very, very exciting!

For those who love quotes, these are specially for writers from Jen’s Thoughts.

Finally, here’s a little bit of cuteness to end the post!

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(credit:zwallpaper.biz)

Posts I loved this week

I was away for part of this week and came back to find everyone else wrote absolutely awesome posts! I came back and couldn’t stop reading.

11 Best inspirational Books that will change your life from Jeff Moore.

10 Things Every Writer Should Feel (at least once) from Alianne Donnelly was an excellent post that moved me and I had to include it here.

A fantastic round up of links from Sourcerer. Loved it!

Hilarious post about a doggie adventure from Just ponderin’. It had me laughing because that is just what will happen if you have dogs. And the pictures were awesome.

I loved this post on Gender and Genre by KJ Charles. It was both insightful and moving and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

What would Posts I love this Week be without a reference to the show Outlander? Well, here’s this week’s on The Wedding Episode and TV’s Sexual Revolution thanks to Winter Bayne who supplied the link!

These were really good tips. 6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life from Positive Writer. Certainly the one about taking breaks was new to me.

A huge congratulations to Callum McLaughlin who’s book False Awakening came out this week! It looks absolutely awesome!

A great round up of links on Feminism from Natacha Guyot!

Advice from my Authors has a great selection of thought-provoking advice that I really liked from Writer Unboxed.

Finally, here’s an inspirational quote from fanpop.com.

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Posts I loved this week

There were some truly awesome posts this week. Check them out!

My ongoing obsession with Outlander wouldn’t be complete without reading this review and this one. A huge thank you to Penny Dreadful Book Reviews for continuing these lovely posts. Can’t wait for the next one!

If you’re into reviews, check out the blog Natacha Guyot. It’s consistently reviewing movies and has outstanding posts. Check out this one on the movie Maleficent.

If you’re into photographs, the site That Montreal Girl is amazing. Check out this picture of flowers. It took my breath away.

A fantastic post on Banned Books Week to finish it off, I cheered out loud at it. Don’t miss this wonderful post by Winter Bayne.

A huge congrats to Infinitefreetime for releasing Skylights and to Mishka Jenkins for releasing The Magic Spark.

Why you need to write a series is a great post for those of us starting out writing. Check it out in Writer Unboxed.

Ridiculous self-indulgence…but here are a bunch of photos from Outlander. Sigh…

Jeff Goins posted about the realization that turned him from amateur to professional in this post.

Five Tips for writing Historical Fiction by Live Write Thrive.

A test to see if you’re showing or telling by Monica M. Clark from The Write Practice.

Tips from Molly Greene on how to build the Perfect Blog Post.

Here‘s a great post on 9 ways to promote your book without being obnoxious about it on Positive Writer.

How negative attention can be a good thing for your book by Wise Ink. I have to admit, I never once thought of this when I got a bad review.

Finally, this lovely quote from freeholidayquotes.com

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Posts I loved this week

A fantastic week for posts! From Banned Books Week to inspiration for more writing, here are some of the posts that I absolutely loved reading.

A great idea to free that inspirational muse in your mind, The Magic of Free Writing sounds like a wonderful exercise. A great post from The Write Practice.

A huge thank you to Winter Bayne for these inspirational posts on the very important topic of Banned Books Week. And to Part Time Monster for this very moving post on that same topic.

If you’re looking for witty, intelligent writing, I can’t recommend this blog highly enough. I Am Not The Batman is surprisingly insightful while keeping a great sense of humour. At the same time, it’s so well written, I couldn’t pick between the great choices of posts.

Along the same lines, inspiring you, Robin LaFevers advocates for doing nothing in her post: The Surprising Importance of Doing Nothing from Writer Unboxed.

A fantastic review site, Room With Books has moved here.

For some amazing photography, check out this post from That Montreal Girl.

Maggie Toussaint talks about pacing in her post: Pacing can Make or Break your Story in Romance University and while you’re there, check out this post by Maria McKenzie: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Writing Dialogue.

A lovely recap of Episode 3 of Outlander, this post on Penny Dreadful Book Reviews made me sigh. What a lovely series!

If We Were Having Coffee are hands down some of my favourite posts. Sensitive, gentle and intimate, they let me see what someone else’s week has been like. Here’s a lovely example of one of these great posts by Gene’O.

15 Terms every Indie Author Should Know had a few I didn’t know and is a great reference. A great post in Wise Ink.

Showing Settings through the Eyes of Your Characters got my interest because I love colouring the story through the eyes of my characters. It was a great post from Live Write Thrive.

Finally, check out this other list of awesome links at Natacha Guyot!

 

Tag, you’re it! A Reading Habits Tag

I read this tag in Winter Bayne, which referred me to Melissa Barker-Simpson’s and Callum Mc Laughlin’s. They were all great posts with fun answers and I decided to join in.

Question #1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Nope. I read anywhere and everywhere. Though there’s a particularly comfy couch that lays back where I love to read. But I have been found standing in the kitchen reading when I was supposed to be keeping an eye on pasta that was cooking.

Question #2: Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

I always forget my bookmarks. I get so excited with the book, I start and not even think. Then, when the phone rings or something stops me, I look around for anything to keep my place. So anything goes, from paper clips, to earrings, to a stir stick (clean)…anything.

Question #3: Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?

I hate stoping. I particularly hate stopping when things are intense or when there’s something good going on or when the characters are happy or when the villain is about to be revealed…but I am able to stop. I just don’t like it.

Question #4: Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not really. I’ve tried to bring a cup of coffee or tea but I get into the book and forget about them.

Question #5: Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

I can but I prefer not to. I have read with music or with my very loud family around and I can tune them all out–they even call my name and I don’t hear them. But I prefer quiet.

Question #6: One book at a time, or several at once?

Oh. Several at once. I read for pleasure, then I re-read old favourites, then I have new ones that I’m trying, then there are those that are for research…I have little stacks of books on the go here and there.

Question #7: Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere except the car. I get sick.

Question #8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. I don’t actually like reading out loud. It’s too slow.

Question #9: Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I have to admit it, I skip sometimes. When I get scared, I need to know that things are going to turn out okay.

Question #10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Oh. I never, EVER hurt a book. And if I see someone doing so, I can’t help it, I flinch. It’s a thing.

Question #11: Do you write in books?

Nope. Not even in my university textbooks.

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(credit: notsogentlereader.blogspot.com)

Posts I loved this week

A great mix of funny and resourceful links this week. Check them out!

A great post on first drafts and how to go about getting them done by Margarita Morris. This is her second post on ‘How I write’ series that has been absolutely fascinating so far.

Does Writing Advice really work? is a great post by Bottled Worder that shakes up a few myths.

There’s something about how these posts are written that just draws me in time after time. Check it out on Part Time Monster.

Five Facts About Fear for Writers. A great post with fantastic insight from The Write Practice.

Oh so funny, this post made me laugh from Infinitefreetime.

A great post on silencers for those who write mystery from Romance University.

How to write a book: The 5-Draft Method by Jeff Goins.

How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves is a great read even if I’m nowhere near there because it’s fun to pretend. A great post by Live Write Thrive.

I’m editing Amy’s Courage so this post was just perfect. Finding Problems vs. Fixing Problems from Jami Gold.

An eye-opening, chilling post on what can happen with publishers on Dear Author. A huge thank you to Winter Bayne for the link.

Another incredible photograph from Sourcerer. Many thanks to Gene’O for that post!

Hilarious review of Outlander’s first episode. I laughed so hard at this one. A huge thank you to Auralee Wallace at Penny Dreadful Book Reviews.

Why you should self-publish by Chuck Wendig from Terrible Minds.

51 Resources for writers from Positive Writer via Jen Owenby. A fantastic find!