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Feb.11.2013
There’s a lot going on. I’m over at Savvy Authors talk­ing about sex again. Seri­ously, it’s an intro to the 12 Steps to Inti­macy Work­shop I’ll be doing in March. I’m also pleased to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in my first ever blog hop. It looked like a lot of fun...
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Feb.07.2013
Lots of stuff hap­pen­ing today! First, I’ve joined a group of authors and we’ve formed a site for read­ers: Booklover’s Bench. It launches today with a con­test. The prize? A Nook Sim­ple Touch plus a Nook Book from each of the five par­tic­i­pat­ing authors...
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Feb.04.2013
Begin­ning today, I’ll be at the Cof­fee­Time Romance Forum with a series of posts about Indie Pub­lish­ing. I hope you’ll stop by with ques­tions or feed­back about your own expe­ri­ences. (Note: the sem­i­nar was orig­i­nally sched­uled to...
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Jan.28.2013
I recently read a blog with a firm stance on how to deal with body parts. I don't entirely agree. I don't have trouble with figures of speech, and if I'm reading that a character 'flew down the block to John's house' I don't see her mid-air. If someone writes "a lump of ice settled in her belly...
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Jan.24.2013
Rank­ings, Rat­ings, and Statistics—how many #1 Best Sell­ers are there? Tech­ni­cally, at any given moment in time, there should be only one, right? (Name that movie/television series.) Yet we see peo­ple boast­ing that they’re best-selling authors all the time. How...
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Jan.21.2013
  While vis­it­ing my par­ents, I had the oppor­tu­nity to watch Life of Pi, which is the first time in at least ten years that I’ve seen a movie nom­i­nated for an Oscar, but that’s beside the point. One of the rea­sons I chose that movie was because the...
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Jan.14.2013
Since I’ve been trav­el­ing, I’m revis­it­ing a post from 2010 about mak­ing sure we’re aware of the real­i­ties of light. Light is impor­tant when we’re writing—and I’m not talk­ing about hav­ing enough light to work by. I’m talk­ing about how...
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Jan.07.2013
Authors want to see lots of reviews for their books. Why? Reviews and star rat­ings can move a book up or down the vis­i­bil­ity charts at the e-book stores.  Some pro­mo­tion sites won’t con­sider a book unless it has over 15 reviews with a 4.5 star aver­...
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Jan.04.2013
If you haven’t seen this already, Lake Supe­rior State Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan has released its “Words to be Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­eral Use­less­ness” for the 38th year in a row. This year’s hit list: Fis...
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Dec.31.2012
  It’s the last day of 2012. No mat­ter what your year was like, I hope 2013 will be even better. Thanks to Jess the Romancea­holic who helped me out with my Raf­fle­copter issues. My box of books give­away is now alive and well on my Face­book Page. Also, there’...
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Dec.27.2012
The year 2012 is on its way out, and it’s time to start look­ing toward 2013. Here are some things I’ve got on my sched­ule. And I’m look­ing for input from you. There’s a link to a quick sur­vey at the end of this post. Please click through to let me know what you think....
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Dec.24.2012
I’m back in that over­flow­ing book­shelf dilemma. I’ve judged con­tests, picked up books at con­fer­ences, and have accu­mu­lated more than I have room for. Here are some of them: Some brand new, many gen­tly read, some auto­graphed. Mys­tery,...
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Dec.20.2012
Although my hol­i­day is over, I’m tak­ing a brief ‘break’ today and rerun­ning a post from Octo­ber of 2011, with a few updates. As I start a new book, even though it’s roman­tic sus­pense and not a ‘straight’ mys­tery, this is one of the ques­tions I find...
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Dec.17.2012
I’m still look­ing for 500 “Likes” on my Face­book page. Once I hit that num­ber, I’ll hold a con­test. You don’t have to like my page to enter, but the sooner I hit that mile­stone, the sooner I’ll open the con­test to entries. (Hint: spread the word!) And, I still...
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Dec.10.2012
  Before things get too holiday-crazy, here are a few updates/reminders. My next newslet­ter will be com­ing out the first week in Jan­u­ary. Sub­scribers know there’s always an exclu­sive con­test in the newslet­ter that isn’t announced any­where else....
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