Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Blog Hop #historicalromance #giveaway #romance

I can't believe we are already so close Christmas! It seems like the holiday season has taken after the rest of the year and flown by. I mean, it seems like just yesterday I bought my advent calendars. Now I've already enjoyed 14 days of the chocolates. Anyway, welcome to my stop on the Midwinter's [...]

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop #giveaway #romance #historicalromance

It's no secret that I love this time of year. From Halloween to New Years I'm buzzing with excitement, especially around Thanksgiving. While I love all the other holidays, I think Thanksgiving is probably my favorite by a teeny-tiny bit. I'm actually one of those weird people in that I love cooking the big meal. [...]

How to share your Amazon buy link #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Wait . . . do you mean there is a right and wrong way to share my Amazon buy link? Yes. The answer is yes. Have you ever logged on to Author Central and noticed one of your novels was missing a review? Well, besides a multitude of reasons (which never are explained by Amazon [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Phoebe Buffay #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post called A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani from the hit TV show Friends. About nine months later, I did another one called A Writer's Life as told by Ross Geller, and a few months after that,  I did A Writer's Life as told by Chandler Bing. They [...]

As kids we loved Pirates #author #writing #amwriting #bookpiracy #piratebooks

Growing up, we always had that romantic notion of a pirate. Even if a lot of movies depicted them as thieves and the bad guys, there was always that mysterious allure of the sword-swinging, treasure hunting pirate. And then, of course, Hollywood saw fit to give us cast of characters like Orlando Bloom as Will [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Three) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

For our third, and final, part of this series, we are going to look into just a couple more things that every author needs to survive. If you missed PART ONE or PART TWO, just click on the links. So what is the first thing I'm going to list this week? Well, it's what gets [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Two) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

In PART ONE we covered: writer friends and having a thick skin. So what's in store for part two? The first thing on the list is that authors need patience. However exciting it is to finish that novel, you have to make sure the story is fully done before you submit to a publisher or [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part One) #writing #amwriting #author #writerslife

A couple of months ago someone shared a link to a blog post about how to survive being an author. Of course, once I saw the title I clicked on it, expecting either a really good article with some tips or perhaps some light-hearted funny antidotes on how to survive this crazy career. So which [...]

You Got What No One Else Wanted . . . #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

"I got what I wanted. ~ Penny Chenery "You got what no one else wanted." ~ Hollis Chenery There are two movies that I can pop in at any time and my youngest will jump for joy, curl up on the couch, and watch from beginning to end. One of them is any of the [...]

Ruin is a Gift. Ruin leads to Transformation #writing #author #amwriting #romance #fantasy #contemporary

When the movie Eat Pray Love came out there was one scene and one quote that struck me so deeply, I've used it several times over the years, whether as a quote to myself or to a friend who was going through a particularly hard situation. "A friend took me to the most amazing place the other [...]

Reader Entitlement: How far is too far? #amwriting #writing #author

A couple of months ago I wrote a post asking authors how they would feel if Hollywood screwed up their books when making it into a movie. The topic came to mind sometime after the announcement that the last Divergent movie was shelved and would be turned into a TV series instead. I've always been [...]

Things you should never say to an Author #writing #amwriting #author #romance

Every so often I hear a phrase, whether it's said to me or I see another author comment about what someone said to them on social media, that just makes me want to shake my head. Of course, these people aren't really privy to the reasons that their words bug us so much, seeing as they [...]

Do you need to “reset” yourself? #writing #amwriting #author #romance

"Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself?" No? I guess it must be just me then. About a month ago, I woke up one morning and I just knew I needed to "RESET MYSELF". I'd had a pretty stressful and hurtful week before, and I knew that if I didn't change not [...]

Like for a Like: The Fake, The Phony, and The Counterfeit #writing #amwriting #romance #author

Ask any newbie author or any seasoned author, "What was one important piece of advice given to you?" and more often than not the answer will be "build your platform early, like before you even publish your novel, build your platform early." Websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook Author Pages, Street Teams, Google+, Instagram, go, go, go [...]