Category Archives: Books

Guest Author: Josie Riviera and A Summer to Cherish

My guest today is a fellow member of one of my author support groups, and when she recently announced her new sweet romance, I asked her to share the book and its inspiration with us. A Summer to Cherish is … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Have you ever started to read a book, story, article, watched a movie or TV show where you realized that the writer had another agenda other than telling a story? In the guise of a story, they only want to … Continue reading Continue reading

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New Life for My Time-Traveling Cowboy

The first of my 11 newly-orphaned titles to be re-released By Jeff Salter On Jan. 11 this year I received news that was truly heart-breaking: my first publisher was closing its doors and all eleven of my fiction titles with … Continue reading

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Up My Alleyn

(I wrote a view and it was good, but I when I cut, it did not paste, so now I must do this work in haste.) If you log into YouTube, they make many suggestions based on your watch history. … Continue reading

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Never Ending TBR, Part Three

Thanks to the university’s spring break, I got in some extra reading time this month! Here are the awesome books I read: Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane KellyA House Flipping Mystery, Book 1I “met” Diane Kelly when I … Continue reading

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Review: “What IF”

I was looking for something a little intelligent, but lighter than what I had been listening to, while working around the house, and Randall Monroe’s “What If” filled the bill.  Monroe is a trained physicist and a short-time former contract … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Jessica Marie Holt and Reluctantly Yours

Author events, whether in-person or online, require a lot of work, but one of the most valuable rewards is the opportunity to meet other authors with fascinating premises for their books. One of the authors participating in a Christmas event … Continue reading

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

(I’m back after being ill and I just hope that I make sense! I have no idea why it posted in italics.) This week: If you had to get rid of most of your belongings in order to move into a … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Andrea Byrd and Smoky Mountain Christmas

I love to connect with other authors through events such as the annual Twelve Days of Christmas celebration hosted on the Facebook group called Inspirational Reads and Authors. Each author had a three hour block to share our books, and … Continue reading

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Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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