Sunday, May 1, 2016

What pulls you into a story?



Characters or locations?


     Some stories and characters get stuck in our heads after we finish the books, making us hunger for more of what they're doing in the next book. This is because the setting pulled us in, the multi-faceted characters touched our hearts and the way they interacted with each other put us right into their group of friends. Once the story book is ended, we want to hang out with those characters again and hope another book comes out so we can rejoin them.
     I've heard from so many readers that Kate and Taima did just this for them and they want to know what happened once they got back together in the present time. Thank you to those of you who write telling me how much you loved the story. I've included links on my website so all of you can see where the story took place, the house Brandon lives in, and the local of the Wind River Valley where the Shoshone Nation lived in 1835. The ties created between Kate and Taima bind them through time, but also pull the evil into the present to haunt and destroy them...or at least try. The love between Kate and Brandon began one hundred years before these two met and is strong enough to withstand any evil shape shifters from their past. I hope you click over to my website to see where all this happens and read an excerpt from the book.
     I'm excited about this book for several reasons. First, I signed with a publishing company, Doce Blant Publishing, back in December and in January, the hard cover of Never Surrender was printed. As an author, I can't explain how happy I was to hold that first copy and now I can sign them for YOU! Visit the store at my website to order your copy today.
     Second, I'm creating a candle scent with a company who does this for other books called Book Scents. The owner brings the scents in the books to life so the reader can smell the book as they read. Have you ever wondered what it would smell like to be in the story with the characters as they sit around a bonfire or walk through a forest...or a field of sagebrush? I'm sampling candle scents that she sent me, like pine, sage, leather and smoke, and soon we should have a candle just for the Surrender Series! I knoooow!
     Third, my publisher asked my thoughts on a coloring book for the series. Now, this took me back a step, as I'd never entertained the idea of a coloring book, so I had to go see what the buzz was about. Adult coloring books relieve stress as we design our own colorful pictures from book series we enjoy or perhaps just peaceful designs, like butterflies or flowers. Well, I'm happy to tell you that very soon a coloring book for the Surrender Series will be available through my publisher, as well as your favorite online stores! I hope you enjoy the stress relief of my coloring book.
     The sequel is half done and May is the month I will finish this book. You've all been waiting years for this and I will buckle into my chair and make it happen now that tax season is over. I've not been able to write since November and now is the time! Watch for the hard cover copy this summer!


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Friday, April 1, 2016

New release from Charmaine Gordon!



Charmaine Gordon
      I've been fortunate to be friends with this wonderful woman for several years now and I can't say enough about how I've enjoyed our friendship. Her phones make me smile and laugh each time we chat. Her stories pull together friends and family to include the relationships of her characters through more than one book. Please take a peek at her newest release and grab your own copy to show her some love this week. Join me in welcoming Charmaine for another visit to my blog. Leave a question or comment at the bottom. She'll be checking the post a few times to chat with you.

     A wealthy couple, no children in sight, answer the door one day to find a replica of the woman living there, titian hair and all. Charlie is her name and so begins the story. Years later, Charlie’s young twin sisters, now seventeen, are rescued by the same couple with a big heart. It’s a tale of love and hearts that keep on giving.


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Keep track of your expenses!

Excel Spreadsheets

      Being in the tax business as well as being an author allows me to help my fellow writers get all the deductions they have coming. I recently had a client who needed help with keeping track of her expenses and couldn't afford an accounting software program. This led me to create an Excel sheet for her that she could use for several years and continue adding more sheets for upcoming years if it worked for her. Well, she loved it as it totaled each column as she entered her expenses.
     This gave me the idea that perhaps others might find it useful, too. If you'd like to download your copy, you can find it on my website. Just scroll down to the tax section and click the Expense Sheet link. Be sure to click 'Enable Editing' so that you can begin using the sheet. Please leave a comment if you found the sheet helpful and then use the SHARE buttons at the bottom. I love helping other authors be efficient! Enjoy!

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Post YOUR 500 words about this photo!

Post YOUR 500 words about this photo!

     Here's your chance to try your hand at spontaneous writing. Even if you've never done it, just go with what pops into your head and get the words on paper. Maybe your hidden talent hasn't been tapped yet. Put down the first thoughts that come to you of what may have happened in this photo. Is the subject dead or just napping in the forest?
     Come back in a week and LIKE the post that reads the best and I'll make a mention in my newsletter of the winning post. Go!!
 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winnin' O' The Green - $20 GC up for grabs!

 Winnin' o' The Green!

     We all would love more green in our pockets and I'm giving each of you a chance to win some. Thank you for stopping in to play. One factor to getting more green in your pockets is to make sure you pay YOURSELF as you go through life. It's never too late to put money away for those days we all look forward to where we can sip Mai Tai's on the beach. In order for that to happen, you have to change your mind-set and consider yourself your number one employee. Your employer might pay you, but are YOU paying you by socking your money into a good investment? Your 401K is the best way, especially if your employer matches say 5% - If you're not investing at least that same 5%, they won't be either. They only match what you put in up to 5%. Yes it's that easy. The money goes into your 401K BEFORE taxes so you're only going to miss a few bucks in your check and now you've got double going into that 401K (because your employer is also putting in the other 5%!!) Come on, you can do it. Watch that money grow.