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WoMen's Literary Cafe~UNITING A LITERARY COMMUNITY

Starting next week, I'm going to become a part of The WoMen's Literary Cafe (WLC) elite blog team!
This isn't the same old blog or even just a writer's blog, like my grog I co-founded The Writer's Guide To EPublishing.
This is a different blog, in fact it's a website. There is NOTHING like it out there. It's a website to UNITED THE LITERARY COMMUNITY!!
What do I mean by that?
As you know, I'm published with a small publisher and self published. I love to pay it forward and help any author no matter what publication journey they are on. I'm a true believer in doing it all. That includes being a part of a community of authors, writers, bloggers, editors, agents, publication companies, format professionals, cover designers, and more!
The more the merrier in my book.

WLC is a site where author will learn to cross promote with other authors, like the PR Buddy system I've talked about at WG2E and in my co-authored promotional and marketing book with …

Merry Christmas A Superstitious Christmas IS FREE FOR TWO MORE DAYS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Come back to Grandberry Falls in this novella and spend a little time getting to know Hazel Greenlee and her bunch!

Maggie Greenlee can’t wait for the Greenlee traditions to start, especially the annual ornament exchange.
Only things don’t go as planned once Maggie announces to the Greenlee clan that she’s engaged to Grady Cohen, one of the wealthiest bachelors in New York City.
There are two problems. One, Hazel Greenlee, Maggie’s granny and Grandberry Falls’ local matchmaker, has already determined that Maggie is going to marry Mayor Mitch Dozier. And two, Grady thinks the superstitious beliefs that have ruled Maggie’s life, are child like.
With Grady deliberately breaking every superstitious tradition, and Granny Hazel pushing Maggie in the arms of Mitch Dozier, Maggie isn’t sure she’s going to survive Christmas in Grandberry Falls.




I'm giving it to you for FREE!! Only for five days. If you don't have an ereader~no big deal!! You can download Kindle for free fo…

Talli Roland's Inspiration

The Inspiration of Museums
It was a stuffy day in central London, and I was flipping through the paper with abandon (okay, so I was clicking the online newspaper links with abandon, but that doesn’t sound as good). All of a sudden, a headline rushed out at me: Museum of Broken Relationships Comes to London. A Museum of Broken Relationships, I thought? What an interesting concept.
As I navigated through the pictures – from a garden gnome to a garish pair of Y-fronts – I couldn’t help constructing stories in my head. Where had those undies come from? What was the significance of the figurine? The more photos I saw, the more my brain raced . . . until I just had to write about it. And being the evil creator that I am, I thought up a situation to ensure maximum conflict: what if I placed a poster child for happy endings in a position of responsibility in such a museum? What would happen? Would she implode, or would she gradually become pessimistic? My main character of Rose was born.
When it…

FREE! Bead of Doubt

Merry Christmas!!


I'm offering my Divorced Diva Mini-Mystery for free to you! Instead of gifting free copies to all my favorite peeps (you), I've decided to make BEAD OF DOUBT free for the holiday season only!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays...You mean the world to me!!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115309

Let Me Introduce You. . . .

Holly Harper, a divorced diva, is the owner of The Beaded Dragonfly bead shop.
Willow Harper is Holly's pet pot-bellied pig that keeps Holly company since her divorce from "what's his name."

Sean Harper is Holly's "what's his name." He own Sean's Little Shack handy-man service that cleans up a lot of Doug Sloan's shoddy work.
Ginger Sloan Rush, an honorary divorced diva, is Holly's best friend and member of the wealthiest family in Swanee.
Jim Rush is Ginger's husband and manager of the local hardware store. He is busy trying to start a security camera business.
Doug Sloan is Ginger's brother. He is a local handy-man that breaks hearts more than fixes them.
Flora White, a divorced diva, is never without her cell phone. If you didn't know you, you'd think it was attached to her body.
Bernadine Frisk, a divorced diva, lives across the the lake from Holly. She is divorced from a cut-throat lawyer and will do anything to get back…

A SUPERSTITIOUS CHRISTMAS

A Superstitious Christmas
I'm excited to have the cover and buy link for A Superstitious Christmas!!
Come back to Grandberry Falls in this novella and spend a little time getting to know Hazel Greenlee and her bunch!

Maggie Greenlee can’t wait for the Greenlee traditions to start, especially the annual ornament exchange.
Only things don’t go as planned once Maggie announces to the Greenlee clan that she’s engaged to Grady Cohen, one of the wealthiest bachelors in New York City.
There are two problems. One, Hazel Greenlee, Maggie’s granny and Grandberry Falls’ local matchmaker, has already determined that Maggie is going to marry Mayor Mitch Dozier. And two, Grady thinks the superstitious beliefs that have ruled Maggie’s life, are child like.
With Grady deliberately breaking every superstitious tradition, and Granny Hazel pushing Maggie in the arms of Mitch Dozier, Maggie isn’t sure she’s going to survive Christmas in Grandberry Falls.




Why is this so special to me? We have talked about sup…

Cross Genres. . .Do You Read Them?

No, I don’t mean hybrid cars or hybrid animals like Dolly the sheep~even though Dolly is cute.

I’m talking about crossing dressing for publication. YES~cross-dressing or some like to call it cross pollination or crossing genres. Since most fiction falls in a certain genre, such as; romance, mystery, erotica, inspirational (okay…maybe I shouldn’t put erotica and inspirational next to each other~teehee!). Anyways, each genre has there own followers so when an author decides to cross pollinate, they better do it right.
As a writer, you really have to be up for the challenge. You have to give the best of both genres because that is what you are promising as a writer to deliver. Romance+Suspense=Romantic Suspense. If you bought this book, you would be sorely disappointed if you found it to be aRomance+Comedy=Romatic Comedy and no suspense was even involved. The most popular cross genres currently are PARANORMAL ROMANCE, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY. We also have to consider how …

Preparation H And The Tired Writer

Writer’s eye syndrome is what I’ve got.


For the past week I’ve been spending a lot of time editing two upcoming releases. The Tricked Out Toolbox~Marketing and Promotional Tools Every Writer Needs, my non-fiction craft book coming out in early spring 2012, and Color Me Love, an Olivia Davis Mini-Mystery, coming out in February 2012.Here I am at my son's basketball game reading a sample of my novel on my Kindle. (YES! You can send your book to your ereader device before you publish it so you can see how it looks.) I'm just exhausted.
When I looked in the mirror, I had to do a double take! I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were dark, puffy, red, full of stress and worry. Now I’m not big on make up. I’ve never worn a lot of it and I’ve never learned how to apply it, so now I’m thinking these eyes that have found a home on my face will never go away.
Lately I've been getting a lot of "you okay?" from neighbors, friends, and family. PersonallyI think they are thinking, “Go…

Laugh Away Holiday Stress

I usually don’t open those emails where you have to reply to 10 friends or take polls, but I did find this funny when a good friend of mine sent it! Hope you enjoy this and melt away any holiday stress you might be feeling.
Random Thoughts for the Day:1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer’s history if you die.2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?6. Was learning cursive really necessary?7. Map Quest needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.10. Bad decisions make good stories.11. You never know when it will strike, but…

A THANKFUL YEAR~

This image is so powerful and is exactly what I wanted to say to my fellow writers and readers. I try to be very aware of all of you on my daily journey into publication and beyond. Every day when I sit down to write or edit one of my upcoming novels, I keep each and everyone of you in mind. I ask myself questions, "will my reader like this?" "Am I meeting my best potential as a writer?" Everyday I make sure that I tweet or facebook how thankful I am for each and everyone of you. Because Thanksgiving isn't the only time of year that we should do this, but it is the time of year that we actually stop and listen with our heart, our souls, and celebrate with friends and family. So, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for helping make my dreams come true.



Gratitude goes a long way!!

Today I want to thank you, my readers!! I'm participating in the GRATITUDE BLOG HOP!!You don't want to miss it! There are several participating authors who want to thank you too.
I'm blogging at The New Cinders about why I owe you, the reader, a big ole bunch of GRATITUDE!!! From there, you can blog hop all over the world and get free books! I'm giving away three copies of Splitsville.com!!
Please stop by!

What do you do under the mistletoe??

What do you do under a misteltoe?
- contributed by Tonya Kappes
a: Pick your nose
b: Scratch your armpits
c: Kiss someone
d: Smell someone
Hint: PUCKER UP!!
Leave your answer in the comment section for a GREAT prize!!

Give away and a little Gratitude!

Wednesday I'm over at The New Cinders, a blog in the United Kindgom, talking about gratitude and giving away three copies of SPLITSVILLE.COM.I'd love to see all my friends and readers over there!!
It's part of the Gratitude Blog Hop that I'm taking part in for WoMen's Literary Cafe!
"On November 16, 2011, twenty very special bloggers will host twenty very special authors, all giving out free ebooks to very special readers. You don't want to miss this give-back event! Show some love for our bloggers, stop by and check out their blogs! Stay tuned and tell all of your friends! It's time for a littleGRATITUDE, and the WLC Authors have oodles of it to give out!"Don't miss the book give-aways from all different genres, and all different authors!
The blog hop starts at the WoMen's Literary Cafe!

Secrets to Successful Social Networking

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City ofRogues, Bayne’s Climb and More Than Kin, all of which are available for theKindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ty-Johnston/e/B002MCBQRU/ ), the Nook(http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/ty-johnston ) and online atSmashwords(http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/darkbow ). His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.
The secret to successful social networking
More and more writers today are finding social networking important for building an audience. Whether it’s authors touting their latest book, bloggers promoting their site, or other writers, reaching out to an online audience is one of the strongest, and easiest, promotional tools a writer can have.
Unfortunately, some writers hate it, and others just can’t seem to figure out what to do.
The basics are quite simple. You sig…

Sample Sunday MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE

A SUPERSTITIOUS CHRISTMAS featured in the Madness Under The Mistletoe Anthology
Chapter One

Maggie had to pick out the perfect ornament for Granny.Her future depended on it. That is, if Grady Cohen was going to be in her future and the five carat sparkler on her ring finger was screaming that he was.She had no clue how she was going to top last year’s grape and apple ornament. Although it had been ugly, it did stand for happiness and love. After all, the message of the ornament was all that mattered in the annual Greenlee family ornament exchange.“It has to be here somewhere,” she said, thumbing through all the dangling gems, being careful not to damage any of them.