Sunday, December 27, 2009

Online Workshop: You Can Find Time to Write!

Don't miss the opportunity to join me and other writers for this fabulous workshop to help kick-start your writing plans for 2010!


Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their January 2010 Online Workshop.

Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

January 4 through January 29

No Matter How Busy You Are, You Can FIND TIME TO WRITE!

with Kelly L. Stone

Blurb: Writers Write. Yes, you’ve heard it before. You know that writers write. And by golly, you’d love to be writing. But the problem is where do you find the time to do it? Between jobs, kids, spouses, cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, walking the dog, school activities, social and religious obligations, sleep and leisure time, it seems like you simply cannot squeeze one more minute out of your day. Well, come learn from the pros!! This workshop is based on the instructor's book TIME TO WRITE: More Than 100 Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Life (Adams Media, Jan 08) which features interviews with 104 professional writers, including 45 national bestsellers on how they found time to write before they were career published (including Sandra Brown, Jodi Picoult, Ann Major, Christine Feehan, Steve Berry, Tess Gerritsen, Pamela Morsi, Eloisa James, and many more!).

Topics include:

• Your Burning Desire to Write and how to put it into Action

• Find a Writing Schedule that Works!

• Creating a Personalized Writing Action Plan

• Dealing with Resistance to Writing and other Blocks

• Dealing with Interuptions, Distractions, Kids, Spouses, Dogs, Neighbors, Etc!

Bio: Kelly L. Stone ( earned a master's degree in counseling from Florida State University, and she is currently a licensed mental health counselor with 20 years of experience. She is also the author of three books, GRAVE SECRET (Mundania Press, Sept 2007), which was called "powerful" and "well written" by Romantic Times Book Reviews; TIME TO WRITE: More Than 100 Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Life (Adams Media, Jan 2008) and THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind (Adams Media, Oct 2009). TIME TO WRITE was nominated for the American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book of 2008 award.

DATE: January 4 – January 29

Registration deadline is December 31st.

PLACE: Dunes & Dreams RWA Forum

Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum by January 2nd to allow ample time to become familiar with the forum.

COST: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only – paypal or checks)

If you pay for a workshop and do not receive a confirmation email and a login by January 2nd, please contact our workshop coordinators at

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date. Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop of the

applicant's choosing.

If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Cover!

Just in time for the holidays, look what cover artist Tamra Westberry at The Wild Rose Press came up with for Book II of the Kismet Series: Kismet's Revenge. Ain't she purty?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

In Memoriam: Albe Ardito (November 29, 1929 - November 29, 2009)

He became "Dad" when I married his son. And he's been "Dad" ever since. Dad had an open heart, a love of life on his own terms, and a generous spirit. He loved me as if I'd been born into the family rather than married into it.

When I think about his impact on my life, I see moments, glimpses of happy times: dancing with him at my wedding; hearts filled with chocolates every Valentines Day; the January night I called him in a panic because dh was out of town and a pipe outside my house burst (he came over and fixed it in the frigid cold); my birthday seven months after the pipe episode when he presented me with my very own set of tools and a cool bag to keep them in; his pride at his granddaughter's karate tournaments and grandson's baseball, basketball, and football games.

He loved dogs, the Brooklyn Dodgers (and to some extent, the Mets), and his family. His last words to me earlier this week were, "I love you. Have a good time."

Rest in peace, Dad. And know that we'll take good care of Mom while you're apart. I know you wouldn't have it any other way.