Monday, January 28, 2013

Guest Blogging (Again): Life (and Love) Lessons in Reality Television

Yup, that's me. The nomadic blogger. Today, I'm over at the Avalon Authors blog, talking about what I've learned about life and love from my favorite reality television shows.
Stop by, see what my choices are, and tell me about yours!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guest Blogging: How to Keep Your Romance Alive

I'm back at the ScribBLING Divas again, this time, I'm providing five tips that might help keep the romance in your relationship for decades to come. Stop by, tell me what secret works for your relationship!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Meet the ScribBLING Divas

I've joined forces with six talented writers to create a new blog: The ScribBLING Divas. We'll be sharing our insights on life, family, romance, and every once in a while, our writing. Stop by today and read a special bio from each of our lovely contributors. Once you get to know us all, you'll want to stop by often. I hope you will.

You can check us out and bookmark our site by clicking here or just add scribblingdivas.com to your favorites list. 




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Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Read Indie: A Goal for 2013

This past year, I dove into the self-publishing (aka indie) market with two of my paranormal manuscripts, Eternally Yours and Chasing Adonis. As part of that commitment, I began reading other self-published works to see what the market had to offer. 
What I found was a mixed bag, not unlike what you find in the traditional NY publishing world. There were some stellar works that made me fall in love with the author's world, characters, or prose. Others just didn't resonate with me for no other reason than personal taste. The hardest for me to understand, though, were the great stories that were poorly edited (or not edited at all). 
Each book I read, no matter what vehicle published it, were reviewed on my Goodreads page and on Amazon.
For 2013, I want to continue my reading adventure, and I want you to join me. Have you self-published something? Want an honest review? Tell me about your book! If it interests me, I just might buy it and give it a try.

A few caveats:

1. Do not offer your book to me for free in exchange for a review. If I'm interested in a story, I will purchase it. (If it's available for free download as part of a promotion, I *might* take advantage, but then again, I might not.)

2. If your book has not been edited by someone other than you (regardless of your stellar grammar and punctuation skills), don't tell me about it. I'm not only an author, I'm a freelance editor. When I see "lightening" instead of "lightning," or a dozen exclamation points in the first three pages, I don't hold back my disdain. Being a professional means you know better than to bilk the public into purchasing a shoddy product.

3. If you can't stand to hear anything negative about your precious baby, don't tell me about it. Be confident, but be aware, I am an opinionated person. I may love your work, I may not. If you're hoping I'm going to give you a glowing five-star review and you can't bear to accept anything less, this challenge is not for you.

4. I'm a voracious reader and read across genres so don't think I will only read romance. Give me a great story, whether it's sci-fi, mystery, or even non-fiction, and I'm a happy girl.

5. This is not a review exchange. No one has to feel pressured to read my books because I've read yours. I love finding new authors and found several in 2012. You might be my new discovery in 2013.

6. I'm not a reviewer. This isn't about anything more than helping other indies get reviews from a reader. I know how hard that can be.

Interested? Think you can entertain me for a few days? Post your blurb (as clean as the manuscript) and a purchase link for Amazon in the comments here. If I'm intrigued, I might choose your work. The rest will be up to me.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Feature: A Run for the Money

Nicole Fleming and Dante LaPalma have nothing in common except an old man's legacy. Joe Corbet has promised that a great treasure awaits them--if they're clever enough to solve his riddles within a six-month time frame, that is. According to Joe's will, Nicole and Dante must participate in several excursions. After each adventure, a new clue will be presented that will lead them to their next obstacle. Only when they've completed every task can they discover the treasure meant just for them. 

Along the way, Nicole and Dante are forced to share their secrets and place their faith in one another. If they can learn to work together, they'll discover what's truly important in life. And maybe, if they're lucky, they'll find the greatest treasure of all: love.

Want a sneak peek? Okay, you've twisted my arm.


The lawyer rose, flipping the manila folder closed. “If there are no more questions…”
“Wait!” Nicole repeated. “What’s your rush?”
        With one extended index finger, Mr. Stern slid his glasses up higher on his nose. “I do have other clients.”
“Tough ta-tas.” She said the phrase with a smile, yet the undercurrent was undeniably angry.
Dante bit back a smile. So Little Miss Fleming had a temper. Who would have guessed? Certainly not Gramps, who only spoke of his stepdaughter in the most glowing terms. So much for the old man’s opinion that she was as different from her mother as a snake from kittens. The only thing kittenish about her was the possibility he might see some fur fly before this meeting ended.
The lawyer offered her the same bland expression he’d worn since they entered the office. “I’ve already told you all there is to know. The rest is up to the two of you. Now, if you’ll excuse me…”
Craning her neck, she fixed a glazed stare on the lawyer’s backside and swayed her legs in an aggressive rhythm: back, forward, back, forward, building speed, back…
The rapid motion drew Dante’s attention to something he hadn’t noticed in his earlier studies of Nicole Fleming: an imperfection that confused and intrigued him. On the strap of her purple sandal, a quarter-inch square of tan caught his eye. A Band-Aid. Did her shoe have a boo-boo? Or was she so totally clueless she didn’t know how to put a Band-Aid adhesive side down on her skin?
“I’m picking up a good backswing here,” she hinted, her legs rocking at an almost furious pace.
The attorney’s face flushed crimson. “Young lady, if you think you can intimidate me--”
“Ms. Fleming,” Dante cut in before the temperature in the room grew from heated to violent. “Why don’t you and I grab some lunch somewhere? We may as well get started on this adventure.”
She veered toward him so quickly he thought she might kick him instead of the attorney. For a brief moment, her eyes flared the blue fire of a gas stove. Then, with a deep sigh signaling surrender, she let loose with Linda’s favorite F word.
“Fine!”



Formerly only available in hardcover, A Run for the Money has been re-released by Amazon's Montlake Publishing in paperback and Kindle versions. This is a fun romp around Long Island with two characters you'll fall in love with and root for. You can find your copy at Amazon.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Theme for 2013: Everything is Temporary

Happy New Year, dear friends! While others are busy making resolutions and goals, this year, I'm into something different. (That's me: Trendsetter.) I'm going with a mantra. And for 2013, the mantra is based on something that really hit home for me last year.

Everything is Temporary.

It's a reminder to me (and anyone else who joins me in this mantra routine) that nothing, except death, can't be overcome in time. Everything is Temporary. Your job, your friends, your home, your possessions, your problems. Everything can disappear in the blink of an eye--sometimes, it's your choice; other times, it's not. Never take for granted that your life and those in it will remain constant. We are all on our own life's journeys: sometimes our roads intersect, sometimes they run parallel, and sometimes they veer away from each other.

What does this mean for me? I won't miss an opportunity to tell those I care about how I feel. I'll practice more patience with inconveniences that pop up. I'll give some people the benefit of the doubt and forgive those who've wronged me in the past. I will do my best to live each day with joy, celebration, and love. 

Care to join me?

No matter what your resolutions, goals, or mantras, may 2013 bring us all peace, love, and joy!


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