Drink of the Month (January): Belgian Beers

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 by talking about the books that have inspired us in our writing careers. We’ll talk everything from those early books we read that made us think maybe (just maybe) we could be a writers, to the books that help kick-start our creativity, keep our spirits up, or give us brilliant ideas for the publishing/marketing/selling part of the business. These are the books that inspire us. That we come back to again and again.

For our drink this month, I’m going with the beers that inspired my love of craft beer. The ones I go back to again and again. It wasn’t so much that a Belgian beer was the FIRST craft beer I ever had, as it was the style that made me realize how much I LOVED beer.  Witbiers and saisons/ farmhouse ales are my favorites, but honestly I haven’t met a style that I don’t like. I could elaborate a lot more, but I’m trying to keep this post from becoming dissertation length. However, if you’re super curious Belgian beers this post covers it all very nicely.

Here are just a few of my favorite Belgian style beers from craft breweries in the United States (again, this post would get way too long if I didn’t give myself some constraints): Allagash, White (witbier); Goose Island, Sofie (saison/farmhouse); Brookyln Brewery, Sorachi Ace (saison/farmhouse);  Ommegang, Three Philosophers (quadrupel).

IMG_1468Grab a delicious pint and join us this coming Tuesday, January 5, at 8:30pm EST (RSVP here to get a reminder). We’re beyond thrilled to have Laura Von Holt join us again. In addition to talking about her favorite inspirational books, she’ll also be filling us in on the exciting details about the Creative Insight Journey classes she’s leading this month!

Cheers!

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Drink of the Month (November): Whiskey, All You Want!

If you tuned in to last month’s episode, you’ll remember that my choice for drink of the month was not so popular with Julia and Alexis. Apparently, neither of them are fans of pumpkin beer, and yet they enthusiastically supported my drink of choice in all their pre-show promo without complaining at all.

This month, to thank them for being awesome, I’m going with something I know they both love – whiskey. And to further make amends I even asked them to share their current favorites. So here you have it, What First Draught is Drinking–The Whiskey Edition:

  • Alexis Anne’s go to whiskey is Glenlevit and her absolute all time favorite is Templeton Rye.
  • Julia Kelly lists Glenfiddich or Macallan 12 as her alternating favorites. For bourbon, she’s currently sipping on some Jefferson.
  • There’s currently only bourbon on my bar, and I’m throughly enjoying my locally distilled Reservoir. (Though I am admittedly not the connoisseur that my co-hosts are.)

November’s show is all about finding your support system as a writer. You know, the folks who will encourage you when you’re down, push you forward when you’re stuck, celebrate wins with you, tell you what they love about your writing and what you could do even better. The ones who will share every ounce of knowledge with you and enthusiastically support your choice of pumpkin-flavored things they dislike — those people.

IMG_2168So grab your favorite whiskey and tune in this coming Tuesday, November 3 at 8:30pm EST for Finding Your People. You can RSVP here to get a reminder the day of the show. And of course the broadcast will be available on YouTube, Soundcloud and iTunes later, if you can’t make it.

Cheers!

RSVP: Size Does Matter- Serials, Series, Novellas, and Novels

First DraughtWhat’s the difference between a series and a serial? When should you consider a novella instead of a novel? Is there one right answer for everyone? (Hint: there almost never is.) Join us on Tuesday, June 2 at 8:30 EDT to tackle the tricky subject of length and get closer to figuring out what might be best for your next project.

We’re thrilled to be joined by our friend Lindsay Emory on this show! Click here to get to know her a bit here before you tune in.

Then, grab your favorite drink and click here to join us on Google Hangouts! Can’t make it to the live broadcast? Check back here for the recording the day after the show. Also, don’t forget that you can get our podcast feed on iTunes or Soundcloud. Subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!

RSVP: How to Write the Best Pitches, Blurbs, and Synopses

LogoFirst Draught is back next week to look at writing the best pitches, blurbs, and synopses for your book. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career, summing up your book and talking to people about it is tough. That’s why we’re inviting Shari Slade and T.J. Kline to share their stories and strategies.

When: Tuesday, May 5th, at 8:30 PM EST

Where: RSVP to our Google Hangouts event to watch live or check back with First Draught to watch the YouTube recording of the show. Just click here!

Don’t forget that you can also check out our brand new podcast feed on iTunes or Soundcloud. Subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!

Shari SladeShari Slade is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy new adult romance. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.

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T.J. KlineT.J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as much time as possible, laughing hysterically, with her husband, teens and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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RSVP: How to Build Your Author Brand (Even When You Don’t Have a Book Out)

We’ve got a great First Draught for you this Tuesday at 8:30 PM EST! Alexis, Mary Chris, and Julia are very happy to be welcoming Laura von Holt and Amy Jo Cousins on for a discussion about building your author brand. We’ll talk about why branding is important, how you should go about creating your online and in real life presence, and why it’s important to start now even if you don’t have a book out.

RSVP to our live event to be sure you don’t miss a minute of our live conversation. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch this or other First Draught shows.

And check out our guests’ bios for a little more information about who you’ll be meeting on Tuesday!

Laura Von Holt HeadshotLaura von Holt is a marginally famous writer and performer from Hawai’i who lives in New York. She writes paranormal romances about mermaids, and literary fantasy about the dark side of fairytales. She is also a Pulitzer-nominated playwright and the Co-Artistic Director of Little Lord, a Brooklyn-based theater company. Laura is best known as her pinup and performance artist alter ego, von Hottie. When Laura is not on the ground, she is in the air as the sparkly half of the international aerial comedy duo, Flaming Mermaid Broken Star, which creates and performs “stunning feats of how-dare-they” on the regular.

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Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.

Fun facts: Amy Jo can get back into a kayak in the open water if she falls out of it, taught herself and her son how to say I love you in seventeen languages, and once ran the table in a game of eight ball.

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