Friday, June 28, 2013

A GENUINE Author!!?

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I just had to share with you a portion of a letter I received from my very dear friend, Katy Walters -author of the Lords of Rhonan Series.

 

***I wanted to give you a bit of background into Katy’s life recently. She has problems with her hands and wasn’t able to type for some time. Thankfully, she’s much better now. But it did stop her being able to work as usual.***

  

Katy wrote - I had just finished two new crime novels when I had an email from a reader, asking when the third book to the Rhonans would be ready. To be quite honest Mimi, I didn’t intend writing a third as I had begun to lose interest and the books weren’t selling overly, just poodling along, so I thought – I would write what interested me. Hence the two crime books. However, the guy – yes – a guy reading romance, and paranormal at that, wrote that he bought the first Rhonan book to read on the plane, and was so immersed, he downloaded the second book whilst on holiday and is “now waiting with bated breath for third” and last Rhonan. I felt so guilty. Here was someone waiting for the third and last book. It would take me months to write another Rhonan. But I knew I would have to put the editing of the crime books to one side. For me the one reader is as important as the many, and this reader was that one.

 

When I read this section of her letter, I stopped and closed my eyes and truly delved inside. Would I do this? Could I take months to write a book that I had given up on? That I had no heart for?

 

Could you? ....Would you?

 

I guess a genuine author who wanted to please her readers – did!
 
 
 
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I've invited Katy to be a guest on Believe! - so watch for her post soon!!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Meet Becca J. Campbell and find out how she gets past Writer's Block!

I want to introduce you to Becca J. Campbell, my guest today who is a multi-published author and a lovely lady!




I recently read this nifty little book by Stephen King. I’m not a huge fan of his work although I respect him as a writer. But On Writing provided me a chest full of gold nuggets – encouragement, inspiration, solutions to problems every writer faces. You might expect someone who’s come across this kind of buried treasure to keep it tucked away, but fortunately I am not a hoarder. I want to pass on what I’ve learned in hopes that you be enlightened as well. I’m nearly trembling with anticipation of sharing with you all the goodies in King’s book (although you really should go read it for yourself). So what am I waiting for? On with it! The first one is about conquering Writer's Block.

The Curse of Writer’s Block

What is writer’s block, anyway? It depends on who you ask. The causes are even more varied. In my experience, I’ve found that writer’s block often is this: the excuse not to write. That may sound harsh, but I’m speaking for myself here, not pointing the finger at anyone else. Sure, we all get stuck sometimes. I’ve had my share of big, gaping plot holes to hurdle. I’ve also experienced creative funk (not the kind of funk that’s rockin’) when I had absolutely no motivation to work. It’s miserable. But often what we blame on writer’s block is nothing more than a lack of tenacity – not being willing to stick with it and write through the block. That said, when I get stuck, it's usually because I don't know what happens next.

Fighting Bad with Worse

In On Writing, King made an excellent point about his own experiences with writer’s block. He said often the best solution is to add a new problem. Let tragedy strike your poor unsuspecting characters. The moment I read that, I began analyzing periods in my work when writing was a struggle. I found that most of them were indeed at a point in the story where there was more apathy than disaster, more dull tranquility than teeth-gritting struggle. If I’d thrown tragedy at my characters, I’d instantly have something to write about. Not only that, but the times I had escaped some form of writer’s block were often because I initiated a new dilemma in the plot (whether or not I realized it at the time). If King hadn’t so plainly stated his solution to writer’s block, I don’t think I would have had the conscious realization on my own. When things went bad in my story, I searched for a solution the way I do in life – looking for the bright side, trying to patch up the bad with the good. In life I’m an optimist, but that might not be the best trait as a author. Seeing all the things that can go wrong is an ideal vantage for a writer. I’ve learned that the best way to fight the bad is by letting the plot take a turn for the worse. If you’re stuck, try it. Let me know how it goes. Or if you’ve done it in the past and it worked, I’d love to hear how.
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Becca is giving away 5 eBooks of her latest release, Gateway to Reality. Enter below!

 
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Talented artists shouldn’t be waiting tables, scraping by, and living mediocre lives. But that’s exactly what art school graduate Wes Teague is doing. Then he wakes from a bizarre dream, haunted by the sense that his life isn't real. A harrowing truth presents itself--the real world lies in his dreams, not when he's wide awake. The dream world he enters each night is rich and vibrant. Chicago appears the same on the surface, but chaos runs rampant as gravity, physics, and other laws of nature become fluid, changing unexpectedly. There, Wes's parents, brother, and sister are strangers. His girlfriend Emily doesn’t recognize him. Wes longs to return, to unlearn the truth about his dual reality. Wes would sacrifice almost anything to get back to blissful ignorance in a false world. But now he has feelings for the real Emily.  

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Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Science Fiction/Romance novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality. Not the Norm, the first in her Sci Fi short story series is CURRENTLY FREE on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes. An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

My first blog post on Believe! It's about Angels!

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Today, I decided that I would re-post the first blog I wrote for this site. It explains why I called my blogsite  Believe! and it's a lovely story.


 
 

The story I’m about to share is true. I’m writing it in the same way I would tell it to my closest friends. It’s an experience I’ve never forgotten and at the time opened my eyes to—shall we say—possibilities!?

 

A few summers ago, my husband and I were driving down an old highway on the island where we live. It was a hot day and we’d been spoiling ourselves with ice cream at a local parlour. Both of us spied the two on the side of the road at the same time. Before I could get the words “you can’t leave them here” out of my mouth, he already had the turn signal on and was slowing down near a slim young woman holding a small toddler in her arms. There was an overloaded bag near their feet, but no stroller or mode of transportation to push the little one in, which meant her mother would have had to carry her. Since the corner they stood near was a type of a junction, we figured they’d been dropped there and for who knows how long. If damp straggly curls and a fretful baby were any indication, probably some time.

 

The back door opened, and thankful emerald eyes shone her delight as the young woman who we later came to know as Brenna settled herself and the cute little girl into the back seats of the van. Talking non-stop, she thanked us repeatedly, while at the same time telling her daughter not to cry and giving her pieces of fruit she had secreted away in her tote.

 

Long red curly hair and a pale freckled complexion, along with a thick brogue convinced us she was of Irish heritage. We’d visited her country a few years before and had loved the green, the wealth of stories and most of all the wonderfully welcoming people. It delighted us that this girl looked and sounded as if she’d just stepped off the plane.

 

When my husband could get a word in edgewise, he asked her where she was headed. It turned out that her destination would take us a good hour out of our way, but knowing Lorne, I had no doubt whatsoever that we would be driving her straight to where she needed to be.

 

During the ride, Brenna regaled us with the story of her life and her troubles. Seemed she’d left her homeland to follow a man who’d promised her the world and had only delivered a nightmare. Knowing she needed to get herself, and her now sleeping baby, away from him, she’d gone to a small tourist village on the other side of the island for a job interview as a cook for a famous hotel. She knew if she got the position, she would spirit her baby and herself to a place where her nemesis wouldn’t find them. By working hard, she could save enough to get them the plane tickets they so desperately needed to go back home to her family.

 

Once she realized that we were passing our own turnoff, and that we were driving her all the way to her destination, tears filled her eyes and again we were told how kind we were and how grateful she was.

 

Surprisingly, a few miles passed while silence reigned. Then she spoke again. “Might I ask you a question?” Her strong accent had finally became understandable to us as she’d relaxed and talked slower.

 

“Of course! Ask whatever you wish.” I smiled, and my husband nodded.

 

“You won’t be laughing at me now, will ya? I have to be knowing?”

 

We looked at each other, and then I promised for the both of us. “We won’t laugh.”

 

“Well then. While I waited on the roadside for a ride, I asked the good Lord for help. And in no time a’tall, you appeared like the answer to my prayers. So I’m thinking that God sent his angels to look after us.” As she spoke the words were tumbling out faster and faster and finally she came to the point. “Are you angels? After you drop us off, will you be driving off and disappear into the clouds?”

 

We didn’t laugh, but the smiles were hard to wipe off. Assurances of our normality didn’t seem to convince her. And so with hugs and words of encouragement, we eventually left them to board a ferry that would take them home. The last we saw was her making the sign of the cross and then kissing her necklace.

 

Now you might say to yourself that her comment was quaint or even silly. However, I thought… could it be possible? Certainly I knew we weren’t angels but… We’ve all had instances in our lives where someone has come to us at our exact time of need and helped us through bad patches. Times where what we might have called instincts or our sixth sense have saved us from accidents or bad decisions. Most of us put these incidences down to luck or being in the right place at the right time.

 

But what if we really do have guardian angels who guide, not only each individual, but the world around us, steering us towards our personal roads to happiness as much as we’ll let them? Could her angel have given my husband and me the hunger for an ice-cream knowing we’d certainly pass the little family and pick them up?

  

Should we believe…?
 
 
*** Because I really do believe there are forces working on our behalf, I wrote three books using the angel theme. Recently, I put them together in a boxed collection called Angels with Attitudes.
 
 
***Do you like HEARTWARMING? How about TEAR - JERKERS? Best of
all do you CRAVE humor in your LOVE STORIES?? Then you need to buy
this collection. Three stories that meet all the criteria...


***Angels are everywhere!! Heavenly helpers sent to earth to
guide humans through conflicts and circumstances that can overwhelm. Except the
spirits in these novels have attitude problems. Some may be cheeky, others kind but devious - o
ne thing you can count on - they're all LOVEABLE.
 
 


Friday, June 21, 2013

Newsletters - Are they Important?? YES or Not so much!!


 
 
I’ve recently sent out a newsletter which I tend to do every time I have news. You can see an example here. My promise to my readers is that they'll only hear from me when I have something newsworthy to report.

 

When I first started in the business, many of my colleagues told me I should start one of these promotional tactics. In fact, my webmistress who still takes care of my old website convinced me that should be my most important means of advertisement.

 

She said, "People who sign up on the newsletter are people who are interested in you and your path to success. They want to know about your books, your coming events and anything newsworthy you might want to share."

 

Of course, I didn’t think there was much about me personally that was interesting other than I’d written a book. But taking her advice, I did start a newsletter. I went to a place called “Your Mailing List” http://www.ymlp.com/ and within minutes had set up my file. Luckily, I had quite a few personal e-mail addresses. Now whether these friends wanted to be added or not, they were the first names on my newsletter list. :-)

 

From then on, I gathered names from people visiting my website but that turned out to be a slow process. I wracked my brain trying to think up ideas to attract attention but it was slow going. Then I hit on a brilliant way that I could put out the word to the readers that I had a newsletter and would be delighted to add their names.

 

I started doing the (I’m a Reader not a Writer) blog hops. These hops are a great way to get people to come to your blog. As part of the prize I offered – usually $10 Amazon gift Certificates - I would inform everyone who entered that they must leave a comment along with their e-mail addresses in order for me to be able to contact the winner. Also that I would be adding their names to my newsletter list and if they wished not to be added, just mention that fact in their comments.

 

I was delighted with the response. Very few visitors asked to left off my list. Many said they’d be happy to hear about my news. Now the file started growing by leaps and bounds. I was ecstatic. Then I figured out a way to add the button for my Newsletter here on my blog and about that time I became too busy to enter more hops. (see above on the left and please click if you're not already on my list! I do know that begging is unprofessional so I'm not adding the "pretty" before the please...)

 

Today, I think my total is sitting at around the 550 mark and when I check the statistics after each one released, more than half actually open and hopefully read them. (At first I was worried about this low number but many others told me not to be. It was pretty normal.) So I looked on the bright side. It meant that around 300 people are following my progress and maybe some are even buying my books.

 

Better yet, every time I send out a new blurb, I get wonderful messages in response and that alone is worth all the effort it takes.




 
 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So - how do you feel about writing back page blurbs?

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Do you have a hard time writing your back page blurbs? Me… I hate those time-consuming things!! 

 
When I first began writing romance books, I was lucky to be working with a wonderful editor called Nan Swanson and she helped me tremendously. Guided me as to what I needed to put in that small message and what I could leave out. And let me tell you, there was a lot I needed to leave out. LOL

 

I would try and add in every plot, all the conflicts and name all the characters which made the blurb rambling and not very interesting. It was the same way with any pitch I wrote. I once memorized ten full pages (double-spaced, thank goodness) and of course found out the night before my appointment that I really only needed ten good lines. In other words a blurb!

 

I guess I always think the more the better - which is totally wrong. Instead, think high-definition. Think movie trailer. Have you ever gone to a movie and watched all those previews and were hooked by certain ones that were so well done that they made you nod and think - I’ve gotta see that show. True, the scenes flashing before your eyes have captivated you also, but try going and closing your eyes and see if just the words resonate.

 

That’s the kind of language you need to think up when writing a back page blurb. Words that ignite interest, that make you feel. Whether it be fear or laughter, curiosity or the ‘awww’ factor, if those words created a reaction inside then you’re swayed …right?

 

Now try doing the same for your book. For example – when I started my Vegas series I wasn’t sure whether to stick to the story conflicts about the rapist or the kidnapping or bank robberies, etc. That sounds exciting and I could use those power words. Then again, there is a lot of interest in romance and so should I stick to the romantic elements in the books? I decided to try adding in both – which is what most authors do.

 

To weave a good contrast between what the story line is about and the people who are living through these particular conflicts.

 

Trust me - Not easy!

 

Every freakin’ word counts. Writers who can spin out 5,000 words in one sitting will spend hours on 200 -300 words. Myself, in point form, I write all the high points of what’s happening within the pages of the novel. Then I strike out those that aren’t too important, you know the ones I mean. They’re the scenes that mostly lead up to the big picture. Then I focus on the lines that are left and try and form them into a blurb as if I was blabbing with a friend and wanted to tell her about the book I just read. Then I polish it and send it to the editor. Guess what, this is the part of my work where both editors ask for the most corrections.

 

Guess it’s a work in progress for me. I think I’m getting better. It seems to be coming easier…..sigh!! Just gotta keep working at it.

 

I still have to admit that I’d rather write a whole new novella than one of those freakin’ blurbs.
 
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This is the blurb I came up with for Spin the Wheel,
which is one of the books that I've put in the
starting today!!
 
 
Spin the Wheel, Book #5 for the Vegas series, is another bridge story introducing Lisa Jordan, Aurora’s partner. Lisa will be at Aurora and Kai’s wedding and forced to spend the evening with Jeff Waters, a man whose very presence makes her feel about the same age as Noel, her three-year-old adopted nephew. Not only can’t she talk with the man around, she can’t think straight when his gorgeous grey eyes search hers as if he’s trying to figure her out. Between bank robberies and fighting off a crazed addict, she has her hands full in this short story.
 
Jeff is intrigued with the long-legged, curly-haired beauty who tries so hard to ignore him. When they end up spending the night together, he knows he’s met the one and only. Now all he has to do is get her to acknowledge the fact that she really does like him even when she’s sober.
 


 

The second book in the partay is called
Grumpy Little Cedar and is my first children's book.

 

Both these books will be FREE for June 19th & June 20th  
Get your copies now!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Good cover artists are worth their weight in gold!


I’m very proud to reveal another cover recently designed by my most talented cover artist Steven Novak.

 

I love the way he sh-mushed all three angel books together under one fantastic cover and made it look brilliant.

 

Look - we all know how important covers are for getting sales. Therefore, it stands to reason we need to have a good artist to do our work. Someone you trust and who has a great sense of style. When I first started working with Steven, I would give him my ideas in detail and he’d try his best to fulfill the images I had running through my imagination. Funny thing was that they were never quite right – never perfect.
 

Not surprising if one knew what the inside of my head was like!! :-(
 

Frustration would set in and we’d compromise. Eventually, I realized that the more I backed off, the better his covers were. He needed very little guidance. Other than the gist of the story and whether I wanted a person on the cover, or blossoms and a crib LOL, he would create the perfect illustration. 

 

Now I leave a lot of the designing to him and wait with bated breath to see what he’ll come up with. And trust me; I never have a long wait either. He’s that quick. I feel fortunate because I know a lot of other authors who complain about the length of time they have to wait for their work to be done and I can’t help but smirk with satisfaction.  

 

And did I mention how reasonable his prices were?
 
 
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Cover Reveal for my first Contemporary Romance!




Don’tcha just love this cover? I did as soon as I saw it. So... I showed it to my husband and he gave me the typical male response….sigh!

 

“What kind of fool would put a baby's crib outside under a tree? The kid could get bitten by a bee!”

 

Yeah - so what does he know....arghrrr!

 

For me, I loved the colors woven together that spell out correctly that this is a contemporary sweet romance about babies. The title rather gives that away also.

 

Here I go - jumping genres - again!! But heck, I couldn’t see this lovely story gathering dust in the bowels of my computer files. Didn’t seem right somehow.

 

Excerpt:

  Chapter One

    

     Sheri O’Connor stood in the doorway of her twin’s bedroom and watched the two babies peacefully sleeping. A huge swell of love filled her soul while tears of thankfulness flooded her eyes. No one could love their babies more. Seeing that she was a surrogate mom, it wasn’t supposed to be this way but a greater power had dealt her this hand and she felt honored to play it.

     Tired, she tiptoed forward to cover the two huddled close together in the same crib and kissed her fingers and then touched them to their silky hair, first Rafael and then Carrie-Anne. They had taken a while to settle this afternoon. It must be the heat. In Washington, DC, when it was hot it scorched.

     A doorbell broke the silence and made her wince. Oh no! Not Charlie again. Her neighbour was a worrywart about her and the children.

     Again the doorbell pealed this time followed by an impatient knock.  Moving quickly to the front entrance, Sheri wrenched the door open, not caring if her behaviour warned her lurking friend that an attitude adjustment might be needed. “Charlie, for heaven’s sake, the babies just went to sleep and I’m fine....”

     The tanned, good-looking man leaning against the doorjamb wasn’t Charlie. This male reached well over six feet, and looked to be pure trouble. Raised eyebrows, head held at a cocky angle, and a stare from cold gray eyes would irritate most people. It certainly affected Sheri.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Let's play a new game - Jumping Genres!!


 
Once upon a time, I would have behaved like most other authors and frowned on someone jumping from genre to genre. I would have believed the hype that it could damage my career. I was told by many that an author should be known and branded by only one type of book.

 
Hooie!!
 

 
What makes you think if you have a receptive and following audience in paranormal romances, that your writing won’t be just as good and your voice be just as strong when you delve into a romantic suspense or…  even a children’s book? LOL

 

I know that many authors in the past would change their names to write different genres because they believed their fans would riot if they bought a book thinking it to be one of their historicals and it turned out to be a suspense or contemporary. I'm thinking of women like Nora Roberts who uses J.D. Robb for her suspense series or futuristic author Jayne Castle who writes historicals under Amanda Quick and mysteries under Jayne Anne Krentz. Of course, these ladies have a NY publishing house behind their best-selling careers and therefore they don’t have to try and keep up a social media presence for three different brands.

 

Today, it’s different. Today we respect the reader to such an extent that we know she/he checks to see that the book they are about to buy is the one they’ll want to read. And for those that make an error - on Amazon (don’t know about the others since I’m only with Amazon) - a purchaser can return an item once they’ve realized their mistake.

 

So, my advice to others is what I do myself. I try very hard to keep my covers and my titles a depiction of the inside story so that people who want to buy one of my books knows it’s a Vicarage Bench spirit-travel tale just by looking at the covers. Same with the Angel series and of course, the Vegas series can be nothing else but suspense since almost all the books show a cop on the cover.
 
 
A short sentence on the cover can also help the reader in knowing the type of book they’re perusing. Heck, if all else fails the book description must be full of the story details leaving no one wondering what genre this story would fall into.

 

There is one type of book I might be tempted to start writing under a psuedenom especially if my other books are sweet romance and I know you’ve guessed what that might be. But there’s certainly no law that says it’s a must. I know quite a few very good authors who use one name and they haven’t suffered by doing so. Today’s business has opened that particular stuffy door and the fresh air in here is lovely!

 

In fact, this new world of publishing is making me so happy that I’ve decided to revise an old contemporary romance written years ago and it will be released next month. Lord I love this business!!

 

So – does this make sense to you? Or do you think we should still be sticking to only ONE genre?

 

 

Kindle Fire - I really wanted this thingamagjig!!

 


**The 46 books are wonderful and a real treat to those who like to read authors who need your support.


Americans are very lucky because they've had the Kindle Fire available in their market it seems like forever. For us lowly Canadians, it's just lately been released for us to be able to use here in Canada with all it's various functions. We could've bought it before, but it wouldn't have been any good for anything other than using as a rather cool e-reader. None of the online abilities would have worked. Darn CTRC - but that's another story!

I love these types of tablets because of the color when you look at the covers and the quality of the books just seems so much better than on an ordinary e-reader. Plus, the rest of the fantastic things they do make them so darn much fun to play with :-)

So... for those of you who've wanted one of these toys - get your name in the game. And good luck to you!!!



***One of the books involved in the Summer Giveaway is called Togther Again.
 
 A spirit-travel / time-travel romance that'll make you laugh and cry.
You need to get this one!!



Traveling forward in time, Dani Howard's sixteen-year-old spirit becomes magically united with reporter, Troy Brennan. He's everything a girl could want in a man. During their time together, they fall deeply in love. Though she must return to her own pregnant body, she gains his promise to come to her birthday party in seven days where they will meet in person and continue their romance. Unbeknownst to him, the interval for her will be 10 long, lonely years.
 

Troy can't believe he's fallen for a teenage spirit invader. Because of her shenanigans, he loses sight of the person he followed all the way to England, gets stranded with a homeless puppy and ends up falling in love.  He's so infatuated that when renowned author, beautiful Ellie Ward, enters his world and tries to seduce him, as attractive as he finds her, he's honor bound to stay true to his young love—or is he? And why does this gorgeous, desirable woman seem so darn familiar?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Romance Author Publishing a Children’s Book??




Released today and is available on
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is this weird?

For me it isn’t. I’ve always wanted to write for children. In fact it was the way I started in the business. I took four years of classes with the Institute of Children’s Literature courses and at the end of that time, I had one story published. It was called “Run for Joy” and it was picked up by a multicultural magazine for children.
 
(This is a story I wrote from the time I lived in Africa and was based on my fondest memory while there. Driving home from the marketplace in a torrential downpour, I saw a small, naked, African boy running through the rain while kicking a half-filled soccer ball. This handsome little fellow had the biggest smile on his face and it tugged at my heartstrings. I fell in love with that image and knew at that moment that one day I would write a story for him. It seems only right that it be my very first published work.)

 
The problem was that I found I was dealing with a very small market. The institute mainly taught about writing for children’s magazines, and let’s face it; there are very few magazines out there. For those that are traditional, they accept only a small amount of submissions for each monthly or bi-monthly magazine.  Taking into account the already established authors who totally fill the need,  a fresh voice has a hard uphill battle. If you were lucky and hit on something that resonated with the editor, and the story would fit in the magazine’s guidelines, they would accept the work and pay a pittance. This tight market soon made me lose my zest.
 

Mind you, I have no complaints because it was at the time that I had decided that some of the romance books I had read were so poorly done that I could do better – and then did just that. Which led me to the career I enjoy so much today.
 

Of course, as happy as I am writing my paranormal angels, spirit-travel and Vegas suspense, there was still that mommy in me who wanted to publish some of my favorite stories from the past. And so – you know what??
 

I did!!
 

Meet the Grumpy Little Cedar. This story was my way of telling the complainers that maybe they were  lucky and should look on the bright side rather than grouch about silly things that aren’t nearly as bad as they think.
 

I hope this will help some loving parents and grandparents to entertain their little ones with a lesson. And to keep them smiling with the happy ending.

 
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Online romances form 1/3 of recent marriages in the US!!

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More than a third of recent marriages in the USA started online, according to a study out Monday that presents more evidence of just how much technology has taken hold of our lives.

 

This was the editorial that Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY, wrote on June 3, 2013.
 
 

This article showed up in my mailbox, forwarded by a fellow in our local authors group. His message hinted that for the romance writers this could be the basis of a new type of love story. Fellow meets girl online.

 
You know, this stayed in my head until I just knew I had to write a blurb about the new way of romance in today’s society.

 
I don’t know about you but it doesn’t quite work for me. I mean, where is the instant recognition of two strangers - eyes connecting across a crowded room? The lust felt when two people are attracted and their body’s chemistry takes over. That shyness that dazzles when fate brings you together and the knowing that comes when you touch for the first time. Wouldn’t that be missing?
 

Well wouldn’t it?

 
Not necessarily. Even though this whole new social media matchmaking is foreign to me, it makes some sense. I equate it to the fact that I have made wonderful new friends since I’ve started my career as an author. I’m talking about many of my online friends who I’ve never met. And yet, if any of them were to say they would be in my neighbourhood, I would be thrilled and happy to host them – perfect strangers whom I have such affection for.

 
In today’s world where we fear strangers and have a huge amount of anxiety for our privacy, maybe it seems like a weird statement. Except it’s the absolute truth! I feel extremely close to many women who’ve become my dear friends and with whom I’ve carried on correspondence with and shared precious moments…not just the happy ones, times when I've been upset or worried were written about also. In fact, I’ve been able to write some of my most private thoughts to friends online that I’d probably never share with people in the same room.

 
So I’ll happily resist letting my old-fashioned views get in the way of the new order. Actually, when you think about it, if a romance online does lead to marriage then the two people involved have to get together at some point? Right?

 

Now I would think if you’re talking about special moments, my author’s mentality can’t help but picture the most romantic of meetings. Only this time it would be a meeting of two hearts already familiar with each other.

How special is that?

What do you think? Would you want to start a relationship online? Do you know anyone who has?

 
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Names for your characters??



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I cannot believe that I’ve finished 5 books to my Vegas series and that I’ve already written the first chapter for the sixth. From the very beginning, I knew I would be writing these stories as a series because it was the only way I could incorporate all the names I wanted to use.

 
Right – I probably never explained to you why the names were important. Well – the story goes that my older sister (by 13 months) only likes to read suspense. She forced herself to read a few of the Vicarage Bench books but her heart wasn’t in it – or so I was told by my mother who can’t keep a secret.

 
I decided I needed to come up with the type of a plot that my sibling would read and enjoy. When I had the chance to submit the first Vegas story “Partners” to go into an anthology with other suspense writers, I knew I had her. Now she couldn’t say that I didn’t write her to her taste in reading.  

 
Aha! To make things even more difficult for her to ignore, I used all the names of her family, her kids, grandchildren, etc. as my characters. Without any shame whatsoever, I had her between the proverbial rock and a hard place…..LOL. I loved it!

 
Except she still had an out. Seems her e-reader is a Nook and my books only sell on Amazon. The formatting wasn’t compatible and she couldn’t download them to her e-reader.

 
Aww sh-ucks!

 
Then the angels smiled on me and decided my parents had to make a move and of course we would all pitch in. When my sister arrived from three provinces away, my mom’s new kindle filled with my books, was quickly offered to her for bedtime reading. Goodie, I had her now

 
Gotta tell you, there’s something about my older sister who’s always been the smart one in the family reading my work. I mean, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished but…??? In my heart I know the Vegas books are good story-telling. But then again, she’s used to reading single-title length, New York best-selling authors. I can’t compete with them. I consider my work to be likened to an entertaining television weekly like “Castle” for instance, not an academy award-winning movie. They both have their places in our lives, but they aren’t at all the same.

 
When she finished reading “Partners”, she said it was too short. I told her it was supposed to be a short introduction to the series and the characters. She nodded.

 
That’s it!!??

 
Oh boy! Then after she finished reading “Roll the Dice”, I held my breath and she gave me the best compliment imaginable. She told me that she’d become so immersed in the plot that she had forgotten that the names were in any way personal.

 
YESSS!!!!
   
 
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

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