Whiskey, Wine, & Writing – Episode Three

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Greetings faithful viewers! Welcome to the third episode of Whiskey, Wine, & Writing! If this is your first time joining us, we’re just an hour long show with people talking about writing, having a few drinks, and having some fun! If you go through the Google Link you can interact and ask questions.

Guest Hosts

Emma Wickers

Kathleen Palm


– Novel Word Counts

Rhonda Helms – Scratch Debut (You can find an excerpt on my blog here)


-Pantsers vs. Plotters

– Adverbs & Passive Writing

– Synopsis Writing


Whiskey, Wine, & Writing – Grand Reveal Game Winners

Sorry it took so long for me to get this up!  We want to thank everyone mentors/viewers who made The Pitchwars Grand Reveal episode of Whiskey, Wine, & Writing a fantastic show.

All right, now onto the good stuff! The winners of the games and their prizes!

Joseph Miller: Query & 1st Page Critique by Natasha Raulerson

Kaitlyn Caul: Verb Hair Care Kit/Mock Book Cover by Diane Pinguicha

Rebecca Mowrey: Ebook – Division Zero by Matthew Cox

EL Wicker: Ask a Teen Critique at Jodie Andrefski’s blog/Ebook – Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller

Anne Lipton – Critique by Tiffany Rosenthal

Michelle Beahm – Three Chapter Critique by Jenny Ferguson/Ebook – Caller 107 by Matthew Cox

Colleen Halverson – Ebook – Virtual Immortality – Matthew Cox

Katie Doyle – Ebook – Aurora Island Resort Series – Kara Leigh Miller

Zurrie Cortez – Brenda Query

Rena Olson – Guest Blog Spot with Karen Johnston

TR Daily – Query & Ten Page Critique by Stark Contrast Editing & Nikki Roberti

(PS: We will be getting the ebooks to the winners ASAP)



I would also like to thank EVERYONE who donated a prize! It was so much more than we expected and could ask for. You are all fabulous!

 Special Thanks

Kelly Devos – @KellyDevosAuthor

Diana Pinguicha – @Pinguicha

Jodie Andrefski – @2000_Words

Erin Feldman – @Fayeelle

Nikki Roberti – @Nikki_Roberti

Stark Contrast Editing – @StarkEditing

Kara Leigh Miller – @KaraLeighMille1

Matthew Cox – @MSCox_Fiction

Karen Johnston – @KEMJohnston

Jenny Ferguson – @JennyLeeSD

Collaboration and Progress

Well, after my call to arms, I’ve found three fantastic CP partners. One via email, two that I Skype and live edit with. It helps the progress immensely and I do enjoy the fact that I have someone to vent to, as well as go ecstatic with over righting. Tiffany, Temperance, and Tasha – no this isn’t a disaster waiting to happen… (Follow the links to their websites so you can see the awesome projects they have going on.) Everyone of my CP’s are fantastic writers. Be on the look out for their work.

Oh! Speaking of disasters. The three of us are collaborating a paranormal romance.  It is epically entitled:

Dark Whispers Of The Bayou

An Elemental Disaster Novel

More details to come. For now, I’ll just be a cruel, cold-hearted author and leave you in suspense. Cue the evil laughter.

However, if you’re a teeny bit curious, you can always check out the hashtags #shitreggiesays #shitrorysays #shitrahaelasays

Blood Moon is in it’s final round of editing. One beta gave great feedback, mix that with the advice of CP’s and I’m starting to have hope it may turn into something other than sloven, slush pile kindling. The muse to start the second one is completely overwhelming, but I don’t want to do so until I’ve got most of this at least stamped down and into place. Other the dreaded ripple effect will change everything, and I’ll be highly pissed off.

Characters are cruel beasts.

Oh! And my wonderfully talented friend Stepha G. made a new graphic for Blood Moon!

Pretty bad ass, if I do say so myself. She’s also working on some images for my Rider’s WIP. Seriously full of artistic mojo.

Oh speaking of Riders, it’s up to 17k! Still a long way to go, but steadily progressing while I work on Blood Moon edits. Definitely getting there-when I don’t want to strangle my characters.

Speaking of, I need to get back to work on stuffs. Saturday is disappearing pretty damn quick.

Later Gators! Until next time, keep the creative juices flowing!


I seem to be having difficulty in this area.  I’ve had a few replies, but after a chapter or two of exchanges they disappear.  It saddens me, but I feel like finding a critique partner is sort of like finding your soul mate.  You have to go through a lot of crappy relationships before you find the one suited to you.  Sure, some people get lucky and find that person straight off, but clearly, I’m not one of them.

Critique Partner – not to be confused with Beta Reader. Maybe this is my problem.  Most places I’ve found have been for Beta Readers, and originally that’s exactly what I wanted.  Someone to read and give an overall thought on the manuscript.  However, most Beta Readers have wanted to be reciprocated – which has turned into the possibility of Critique Partner – which then falls through. So, at this point, my thoughts on Beta Readers have become – I’m more than likely not going to reciprocate on a Beta Read.  At that point, I want an indepth critique partner that I can talk to, discuss things with, get new points of view, thoughts and ideas.  For a Beta Read, I’m looking for someone willing to read and give me thoughts on the big picture.  Beta Readers are great – for when it’s done. Which, I already have one manuscript done and going through edits.

However, I’m also working on other projects.  I’m looking for a Critique Partner willing to kick my ass into gear if I’m having a bad day, and willing to look at my stuff whether completed or not.  Someone I can bounce ideas off of.  I’m looking for a critique partner that I’m in contact with several times a week as opposed to once a month.  Sure, there will be times when life gets in the way, but that’s to be expected.  I want a critique partner I’m comfortable with and who’s comfortable with me so we can be honest with each other without the other running off in a tantrum.

I’ve posted on several forums, hoping to find that one (or two) critique partner(s) that are on the same wavelength.  I write Urban Fantasy and would prefer someone who writes in the same genre (or somewhere along the lines of.) Hopefully, I get a nibble.  If you’re reading this and feel like this may work for you, feel free to leave a comment or email me.

If you have any tips or tricks on how to find a critique partner I’d love to hear it.

If you’re interested in Beta Reading Blood Moon feel free to leave a reply or email me as well.  I have a Beta sheet for those interested so they know what I’m looking for.

Completing a novel is only the beginning.