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  • Grab a drink with Phoebe Darqueling
    March 5, 2019 / No Comments » / Blog Tour,Promo,writings

    Phoebe Darqueling has graciously agreed to join me for a few drinks and a few questions as part of the blog tour for her newest release, Riftmaker. IM: *slaps down napkin* Hey, baby, come here often? Phoebe: There’s a first time for everything. IM: Hemingway said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Do you have a drink of

  • Quitting is for losers
    February 15, 2019 / No Comments » / cocktails,gaming,Sims Medieval,Sims Medieval

    Everybody knows I love my cocktails. My home bar is the stuff of legends. Or gossip. Either way. Everybody also knows I love Sims Medieval. What would you say if I combined them?   When designing a character, you have to pick a Fatal Flaw. I usually pick Drunkard because it’s easiest to manage. Just get

  • It’s a dog’s life
    February 11, 2019 / No Comments » / Promo

    As some of you know, I’m the marketing director for OWS Ink. One of the books I’ve been marketing is a really cool steampunk portal fantasy, Riftmaker by Phoebe Darqueling. I’ll be interviewing the author in a couple weeks, so be sure to come back! In the meantime, you can follow the blog tour here.

  • A good run
    February 9, 2019 / No Comments » / gaming,Personal

    I dropped out of my gaming group this week. I’ve been playing TTRPGs with the same group for about 4 years. We started out with me running a Pathfinder campaign with a bunch of con artists and frauds. When that wrapped up, we decided to keep playing together. We  created a really wacky world, populated

  • Developing Characters Through Roleplay
    February 2, 2019 / No Comments » / Characters,Jules Brand,Sims Medieval,Sims Medieval,writings

    When I started writing again after a mommyhood hiatus, it was because I wanted to chronicle the adventures of my World of Warcraft characters. Because I played on a roleplay realm, my characters were more than avatars. The whole point of this realm is to create backstories and personalities for our pixelated counterparts. People get

  • Happy birthday to me!
    January 21, 2019 / No Comments » / gaming,Personal,Sims Medieval,Sims Medieval

    Brain is better. Thank you to all who asked. Regularly scheduled posts will be back on Mondays and Fridays. Although, because it’s my birthday, this one’s a quickie.

  • Happy Holidays!
    December 24, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Happy Holidays from me to you! Drink responsibly, hydrate, stay safe. I’m taking the rest of the year off from blogging. See you in the new year!

  • Name That Parrot!
    December 21, 2018 / No Comments » / gaming,Sims Medieval

    Treasure hunting in Sims Medieval never held much of an appeal for me. I’d buy the My First Treasure map and shovel. That treasure wasn’t great, and digging in random spots was too dangerous. If the Pit Beast is lurking beneath where you dig — watch out! Then a few months ago, I got lucky

  • Guest Post from author Rosa Marchisella
    December 17, 2018 / No Comments » / Promo,writings

    Isa generously invited me to share this excerpt of my dark fantasy, The Greatest of Books with her awesome readers. You can purchase this novella from your favorite online retailer here:   You can find Rosa Marchisellaon her blog at And on Facebook and Twitter    

  • It’s all in my head
    December 14, 2018 / No Comments » / Personal,writings

    Last month I posted on the Our Write Side Patreon about self-care for writers. Well, this writer needs to heed that advice and then some. Two weeks ago, I fell and hit my head on a marble table. Recovery has been slow. I’ll know more after an MRI but for now, the prescription is rest.

  • Ink and Drink – An interview with author Stacy Overby
    December 10, 2018 / 1 Comment / cocktails,Promo,writings

    I sat down with author Stacy Overby to discuss her new release, Tattoos.    Hey, baby, come here often? Trying to pick me up already? But I haven’t even had my first drink yet!   Hemingway said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Do you have a drink of choice for when you sit down to write?

  • Gettin’ Medieval!
    December 8, 2018 / No Comments » / gaming,Jules Brand

    I’ve enjoyed many video games over the years. In high school, it was the arcade game, Dragon’s Lair. I worked in a mall and spent my breaks and tips trying to get Dirk the Daring around that damned whirlpool. In the 80s-90s, it was the King’s Quest series. I particularly loved that one because it

  • 12 Days of Indie
    December 1, 2018 / No Comments » / Promo,writings

    Our Write Side is hosting the 12 Days of Indie sale, now through Dec. 12th. With 50+ titles to choose from, all $2.99 or less. Check out the great deals here. 

  • Seven buses on the highway
    December 1, 2018 / No Comments » / writings

    As a writer, I’m always being asked where I get my ideas. Mostly at parties. People always manage to come up with this polite, bland question just before their eyes glaze over. “Oh, you’re a writer?” At least it’s better than “Have I read anything you’ve written?” No idea, dudebro. Tell me everything you’ve ever

  • Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker
    November 24, 2018 / No Comments » / cocktails

        I love to invent new drinks. They’re not usually made up of whole cloth, though. I find a recipe that catches my eye and automatically think “what if?” These are the recipes I’m willing to share.         Several years ago, I found one called Expense Account that used several types

  • Because Prince Charming isn’t always a Prince
    November 19, 2018 / 1 Comment / writings

    For my first post on writing, I want to introduce you to a young writer who has a special place in my heart. She will, in turn, introduce you to one of the main characters from her authorial debut. Rose Kuehr-McLaren is my middle kid, and definitely amongst my top five favorite children. She has

  • Welcome to the party!
    November 16, 2018 / 2 Comments / Uncategorized

    This is the part where I introduce myself. I’m much better at it in person. I walk up to new people and say, “Hi, I’m Isa. She/her pronouns.” Then I comment on whatever gaming/writing/drinking thing they were talking about because that’s why I went up to them in the first place. So, I guess this

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On her dream vacation, Stanzi finds herself the target of a con and hunted by the con man's former mark When her Aunt Delia dies, Connie must act as executor of her estate. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her and she uses the trip as an excuse to live out a fantasy as the woman she always wanted to be. Stanzi. Her lavish seeming ways draw the attention of a man that is not who he says. And she is pulled into a world she does not understand and a game where she doesn’t know the rules. Brand has been falling on hard times. Since his partner died he’s been trying to run the cons on his own with the wrong people knowing what he looks like. He needs to make a big score quickly, and Stanzi looks like the perfect mark. Except Stanzi isn’t real either.
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