Month: February 2012

Nice To Meet You

I am behind on my Twitter communications. …wait. What am I saying? I am behind on everything. Anyway, here I am, going through page after page of Twitter, looking for new friends, one bio at a time. I tried one of the highly recommended auto-follower programs for about two days six months ago, but I did not enjoy it. For me, the purpose of Twitter is to develop a community of “sometimes like-minded and sometimes not” people whose tweets, blogs, Facebook posts, and other social media I find interesting. There is so much to learn and, to my way of thinking, diversity is the first step in creating a balanced world. Auto-follow does not help me to accomplish that goal. It’s impersonal; and I don’t like impersonal. I’ll leave that to the spammers, numbers hunters, and SEO folks. If I’m fo...

Dear Barnes & Noble (Part Two)

This is the fun part – brainstorming! It is amazing what becomes possible when a person stops thinking about you as merely an ordinary corporate chain of bookstores. In fact, so many ideas came to mind that this just might become a regular feature on my blog. I’ve spent a fair portion of my time over the past two weeks letting go of my knowledge of who you are and what you do. It took some work. The Barnes & Noble Booksellers brand is well known, and that’s a major part of the problem. There’s no mystery, no curiosity, no headline shouting “What will they think of next?!” As mentioned in Dear Barnes & Noble, (Part One), I have a few ideas I’d like to share with you. Before beginning, please let me state, for the benefit of readers of this blog, that I have had no contact with Barne...

Author Interview: Terra Harmony

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Terra Harmony. Enjoy!     Author Terra Harmony Bio: Terra Harmony is an author of contemporary eco-fantasy novels.  The first books, ‘Water’ and ‘Air‘, of the Akasha Series are currently available as e-books. Terra also has a vampire short story collection published as part of the Kindred Curse Anthology. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. She has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and master’s degree in Linguistics. Terra lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children. Website:  harmonylit.wordp...

Shawndra Russell Reviews This Blog

How is it only thirteen months ago that I began this self-publishing journey? The impact on my life has been intense, positive, and challenging. Moving through each level of learning — remember, I started at 0.00 — brings a sense of accomplishment unlike any other I have felt. A reason for starting this blog, back in June 2011, was to share what I’m learning as I learn it. The single best source of information, guidance, and inspiration is the other authors in this self-published and indie published community. The interview series on my blog is something I enjoy doing. It is also a way to shine a spotlight, one at a time, on the many talented, creative, and motivated members of this community. Recently, Shawndra Russell highlighted my blog in her Writer Wednesdays series,...

#TeaserTrain Sample: Carrie Green’s ‘Violets Are Blue’

Violets Are Blue is FREE on Amazon, Wed, Feb 14th – Sun, Feb 19th Only.  Click Here! #TeaserTrain Sample From: Violets Are Blue Sarah stood on the dirt road, staring at the six foot high stalks, at the long, rippled leaves that concealed, in seconds, the bold red of Todd’s t-shirt. The corn had swallowed him up. She hadn’t expected him to take off. Seriously, he wanted to play tag in a corn field? Then, she thought, why not? It was as crazy as anything else that they had done together. She remembered the time that they had walked through a snow storm, licking ice cream cones. People drove by, laughing at them, but a cone in winter had the advantage of not melting. It was the perfect weather for ice cream. “Todd, where are you?”  She tried to sound pissed, after all, he was ...

Dear Barnes & Noble (Part One)

I have spent many fine hours in your stores, browsing, buying, and dreaming. I’m not entirely sure what percentage of my lifetime earnings I’ve contributed to your gross earnings, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s enough to warrant its own line item.  For over a decade, I’ve walked into your store knowing no matter my mood, my situation, my hopes or fears, I’ll find a book to match. Thank you. And thank you for the business decisions, the commitment to growth, and the successful strategies that have propelled you to the top of this complicated arena, and kept you there. Nearly every post on this blog speaks to my love of books, a sentiment I suspect you share. Most posts also mention, in one form or another, my belief in entrepreneurial spirit, small businesses, and the n...

Author Interview: Brian Rathbone

Bio: Brian Rathbone is a former horse trainer turned technologist and fantasy author. When he isn’t writing, he’s trying to get more broadband for the people of rural North Carolina. Website:  brianrathbone.com Twitter ID:  @brianrathbone Facebook:  www.facebook.com/brian.rathbone Google+:  plus.google.com/100576965008526977677/ Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/author/show/2854898.Brian_Rathbone Welcome, Brian! Thanks for being here today. What is your genre? Why did you choose it? Rathbone: I write fantasy, paranormal, and occasionally science fiction. Speculative fiction has always been my reading preference, and I haven’t had much desire to write in other genres. I will most likely write some non-fiction as well. I’m passionate about broadband expansion into rural a...

New Release: Author Carrie James Haynes

Throughout 2012, I will be highlighting the new releases of members of the Facebook group SelfPubEBooks. The group is open to all writers and self-published or indie-published authors. The purpose of SelfPubEbooks is to discuss marketing ideas, innovations, and changes in the industry, and to support one another by sharing information about the new releases and successes of fellow members. We welcome your participation. * A January 2012 New Release * AUTHOR CARRIE JAMES HAYNES Bio: I’m a Southern girl who now lives with my husband, children, and two dogs in New England. My children laugh at me because I consider Southern a nationality. I’m an avid reader who has a fascination with history which reflects in my writings. My latest series with Whiskey Creek Press, Tides of Charleston, is set ...

Author Interview: Thea Atkinson

Bio: Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as psychological thrillers with a distinct literary flavour. As in her bestselling novel, Anomaly, her characters often find themselves in the darker edges of their own spirits but manage to find the light they seek. She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order. Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more http://theaatkinson.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/theaatkinson or like her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Theas-Writing-Page/122231651163413 Welcome, Thea! Thanks for being here today. What is your genre...

New Release: Author Angel Bearfield

Throughout 2012, I will be highlighting the new releases of members of the Facebook group SelfPubEBooks. The group is open to all writers and self-published or indie-published authors. The purpose of SelfPubEbooks is to discuss marketing ideas, innovations, and changes in the industry, and to support one another by sharing information about the new releases and successes of fellow members. We welcome your participation. * A January 2012 New Release * AUTHOR ANGEL BEARFIELD Bio: A long time writer of poems and short stories, Angel is a self published author with titles Loving Rainy Days and Child Support. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, bachelor in Organizational Management, and masters in Business Management. She enjoys writing fiction, romance, and erotica and is always i...

Author Interview: A. R. Silverberry

Bio: A. R. Silverberry has won a dozen awards, including Gold Medal Winner in the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards, in Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction; Gold Medal Winner in the 2010 Readers Favorite Awards in Preteen Fiction; and Winner, 2010 Books and Authors Books of the Year Award, in Fantasy/Fairy Tale Fiction. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. Silverberry, the pen name for Peter Allan Adler, has been a licensed psychologist since 1991. He continues to balance his clinical practice with writing. Wyndano’s Cloak is his first novel. Website:  www.arsilverberry.com Blog:  www.arsilverberry.com/blog Twitter ID:  @arsilverberry Facebook:  A.R. Silverberry Goodreads:  Wyndano’s Cloak Books Trailer:  Wyndano’s Cloak Welcome, A. R. ...

Regarding Loss

It’s a tornado, a hurricane, an earthquake, and a flood happening all at the same time. There is simply no place to run, no place to hide. It’s coming. You’re going to go through it, be hurt by it, experience it in full, no matter how vigorously you beg, pray, or plead. At its worst, you need only remember one thing, just one. You will survive this.

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