Working the grapevine...

Today was a good day. A long day, and a tiring one, but overall pretty good. The best part...I got to really start spreading the word about my book. How, you might ask? Enter the Book Club Ladies. For those that don't know, I part of my job is coordinating and hosting our library's monthly book club meeting. We meet at the end of every month to discuss our latest book and catch up on things. My group is made up of about a dozen or so older women...some are retired teachers and the like. They're all a part of various social groups in the community, and essentially know most of the county's residents. Anyway, they like to talk. To everyone. And today, they found out that I wrote a book. It wen

Dear Authors, Let's Talk Copyrights

I want to chat about something that has been bothering me more and more lately. I may actually rant, but it's only because I'm passionate about this topic. Copyrights in regards to photos and images. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll see that I regularly post things on Instagram. I love Instagram, and I spend a good amount of time there. But there is one thing I absolutely don't love about it. Authors who use pictures that cleary aren't theirs to use in promoting their books. How do I know they're using pictures that aren't theirs, you may ask. Well, unless they've contacted the professional photographers - or are the photogs - who've shot pictures of guys like David Beckham

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day, a day that's been dubbed as the most romantic day of the year. Mass amounts of roses are ordered, a ton of candy is purchased, and (in some cases) diamond rings are chosen and given in little black boxes. Yes, it's all very romantic, but why is it restricted to one day a year? I'm not saying that to sound greedy. It's a genuine question. Romantic gestures shouldn't be saved up and stock piled like ammo waiting to be brought out with the big guns on THE day. Don't get me wrong, I like Valentine's Day (um, boxes of chocolates abound...hello? I'm in!). I just happen to be a big fan of romance, hence the writing gig. I read romance novels. I'm not ashamed to admit that

You'd Have Thought It Was Christmas

I received my proof copy of Her Last Love today. Hence, the title of this blog. There were smiles, sighs, and soft strokes to the cover of this, my very first book. The story behind getting it is kind of funny. When I got the notification earlier this week that it had shipped, I didn't know how it was coming to me. The company uses several options for shipping, but unfortunately they didn't tell me - or send tracking info - when it left the facility. I had it sent to me at work, and thought it would probably come by UPS or FedEx, as 99% of the books that come to the library do. That's where I messed up. They shipped it via USPS. I got to thinking about it and decided to call the local post

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