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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG DAY, March 3, 2021, My Reading Preferences by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone, 


It is IWSG Time!


IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 



So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:


The Insecure Writer's Support Group 



The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain PenJacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!




 Fiction - A Time To Love: My novel has been accepted by a publisher. More news to come in the future. 


Flash Fiction:  my flash fiction pieces have opened the door for me to become a part of the RAVE Writers  International Society of Authors (RWISA). Membership is by invitation only, and I'm Georgia Peach happy.  One or two of the stories will be published in their Anthology. 


It's Christmas 

The Red Wheelbarrow 

Until Death Do Us Part

Caged Birds Don't Sing


Non-Fiction: A Spotlight On My Childhood  In The Deep South -This piece was chosen by the RWISA to sit on my RWISA Introductory page. 

My newsletter is up on my author blog, I would appreciate you checking it and if you like signing up for it. I will send it out once every quarter (4 times a year). The website address of  my author blog is


Short Story: Turn The Light On, Released on February 23, 2021.  It is published and I am now in the process of building the promotion. For those of you who have volunteered to help me, I have not forgotten you. I will be getting in touch. 

Turn The Light On received on February 26th the Nonnie Jules' Seal of APPROVAL, which declares it to be an amazing read, and I am thankful.



**Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together?  And, would you accept that you couldn't even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don't even know their name and you continue this "game" for months?*


**Meet Della Cartwright.  A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.*  


**In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But, the greatest danger ... just might be to her fragile heart.* 




My Reading Preferences




My reading preferences are totally different from what I write. I read wide. Meaning, I have learned to read almost any fiction genre, and I read most Non-Fiction to include two newspapers. I believe that being versatile in my reading helps me write my Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Women's Fiction stories. 


It helps me to relax, especially when I am working on the sticky middle of a novel. Sometimes nothing else helps but picking up a non-fiction book that highlights some of the things that I am striving to incorporate in my story. Sure, the non-fiction book is very detailed, but it gives me ideas or opens up avenues of thought closed to me. 


We are sometimes blinded by the forest and can't see the trees when we are writing, and that's where reading wide, way outside of my own genres, help me.  


Wishing all of you a lovely March month. 


Shalom aleichem






Pat Garcia













  1. Comment: Congratulations THREE exciting accomplishments! #1 "A Time to Love" being accepted by a publisher! #2 RWISA inviting you to join their group. #3 Receiving Nonnie Jules' Seal of APPROVAL.

    Your hard work has paid off! Cheers to one Georgia Peach happy gal.

  2. Congrats on your publishing successes. You're on a roll. I read widely too and so agree that this can help with our writing, even if the book is in another genre.

  3. Congratulations on the acceptance of the submission and into that group!

  4. Wow, just Wow! Perseverance pays off! Thrilled you are receiving a contract for your novel and receiving an award and your short stories are getting published. And, oh my, the doors are opening for you. So happy for you. Keep up the great work!!!
    JQ Rose

  5. Your star is burning brightly!!! Congrats on all of your success - so exciting!!
    Georgia Peach happy is my new favourite expression!

  6. Hello, Pat. I used to read more widely than I do today. During the pandemic, I've sunk deep into the romance genre for comfort. Congrats on your publishing success!

  7. Hey! Clapping here, Pat. Huge congratulations galore! I'm really happy for you.

  8. Oops! I was so excited I forgot to tell you to send me the details so I can give you a shout out.

  9. Congratulations, Pat. This is thrilling news. Everything is going to get better and better. How exciting.

  10. Pat! I'm thrilled for you. You must be so excited. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  11. Congratulations! You have so many news to celebrate. A story published, a novel accepted for publication, and a group invite. Great job on all counts. And I love the seal of approval. It's so bright and cheery, it made me smile.

  12. Wow! Awesome news! I'm so excited for your story coming out--it sounds fantastic and congratulations on your novel! I also find that reading helps me over the middle--sometimes I get inspired by reading something in my genre or doing more research (nonfiction) which leads to epiphanies.

  13. Congrats on all the happy news!! Very exciting!

  14. Congratulations - so much good news - a novel accepted for publication! That's so amazing. Happy IWSG day. I agree - reading wide has many benefits and opens up our minds and hearts.

  15. Congrats on all your acceptances. Great work!
    And I agree with you on the reading widely. At least some of it has to be for relaxation :)

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congratulations on A Time To Love and Turn The Light On. Both are so wonderful.

  17. Pat, I'm so excited for you on your book's acceptance. Whoo-hoo! I'm raising an imaginary glass of champagne to you!

  18. Bravo, Pat, for having your book accepted by a publisher. Way to go! And bravo again about the RAVE invite. Good for you! All best this year in all your endeavors.

  19. Congrats on the novel contract. And hit me up for promotion. I'm so happy for you.

  20. I admire how open-minded you are and how it enhances your writing. That's wonderful! Also, congratulations on your book!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥


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