Book Launch Party

The book launch party for my cozy mystery, Shear Deception, was a success! Between drawings for free books, reading from my book as well as readings by other local authors, a drawing using the cards and weapons from the board game, Clue (the heroine’s favorite game), swag, and sparking grape juice, I think it’s safe to say everyone had a good time. 🙂

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Listening to local author Karen Whalen read from her cozy mystery.

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My two biggest fans, granddaughters Olivia and Zoey.

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“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”  —Virginia Woolf

Top Ten Things Not to Do if You Decide to Self-Publish Your Book

If you haven’t visited John’s blog, you’re missing a real treat! Read his post re-blogged here for a glimpse of his humor and genius, and then hop on over and explore his blog. 🙂

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The inspiration for this list is my latest efforts to self-publish the next John J. Cannon story titled His Revenge. Since I had absolutely no experience in publishing the journey was a long winding road marked by plenty of mistakes. I’m sure the trial and error method of my learning is not over yet, but here is some of what I learned. Don’t forget I’m a fiction writer, so some of these lessons have been enhanced with dubious facts to make them more interesting and hopefully humorous. I would, therefore, resist publishing this list on the Huffington Post. (hear that Arianna?)

Top Ten Things Not to Do if You Decide to Self-Publish Your Book

10 If you decide to self-Publish your book, do not drink any alcoholic beverages for four weeks before and two weeks after you hit the publish button. If you do, at best those little things you…

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The Good, Bad and the Ugly Baby??

This post by Aubrey is something every writer can benefit from, whether it’s happened to you yet or not. Because as long as we’re putting our work out there for the world to read–and criticize, it will happen at one time or another.

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Two weeks in and I have six reviews on Amazon from people I don’t know….(no seriously, keeping my writing habit a secret all these years pretty much ensured I didn’t have any friends or family reading it let alone giving reviews.) 🙂  I even had a top 100 Amazon reviewer take the time to review my little old book…and he left me 4 glorious stars…so nice! So for the most part I feel like people have enjoyed the book based on the ratings!

So the bad is that when you send your book out to book bloggers, well they read a lot of books and you aren’t always going to get good feedback. I get it. And luckily the one that gave me feedback told me that she liked my style of writing but preferred her males to be a little less of an asshole.  Totally get that too. If…

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The Inheritance by Rhonda Blackhurst– Book Review

Thank you to Teresa at Home and Spirit for her review of my book. If you haven’t visited her blog, please do so. It’s time well spent. Her posts have touched my life on many occasions.

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The joy of reading is a privilege of which I am always grateful for.  A good book has the power to enrich our lives, sometimes even teach us or cause us to reflect.  This morning, after just finishing the book, The Inheritance by fellow WordPress blogger, Rhonda Blackhurst, I find myself reflecting some more on all the teachable gems which glittered throughout the pages of the book.

The story begins with a tragedy. A mature couple, married for 36 years and still deeply in love lose their lives in a car accident leaving behind three adult children (and two grandchildren).  At the time of the reading of the will, the adult children are shocked to learn of the terms and conditions of their substantial inheritance which their parents had put in place.  They are also stunned to realize how well their parents knew them, so much so that even their…

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