Month: February 2013

The spirit of place

The spirit of place   Sunday, a blustery day, finds me in the city, destination: the Rubin Museum of Art. Since discovering this sanctuary a few years ago, I’ve been here more times than I’d been to its former incarnation, Barney’s New York, legendary for its own transformation from name-brand men’s wear at discounted prices to high-design fashion at prices to match. Not that I didn’t enjoy walking into the store, in all its haute splendor, from time to time. Okay, I did try on shoes maybe once; the salesman, too snobby for his own good, lost me as a customer. If I were really on my toes, I might have reminded him of how it all got started, Barney Pressman opening the original store at 17th Street and Seventh Avenue in 1923 with money raised by pawning his wife’s engagement ring. Noth...

Twitter: Week 1

Twitter: Week 1 What a week! Now a milestone. Completing my first week on Twitter. To all of you veteran users (forgive me) I mean tweeps, tweeple, twersons, how do you do it? You must never eat, sleep or do any of the things that ordinary people do. I forgot: You are not ordinary people. Somewhere in the realm of the living, lies a domain of special mortals with fast attitudes, faster fingers, and the fastest comebacks in the west. All of you live there, and I so wanted to come to the party. Setting up my Twitter account was child’s play: learning what to do with it is another story altogether. After all, who am I going to talk to? I don’t know any of these people, none of the 7 billion, gazillion users — I mean tweeters — spending the day telling the world about toenails, vampires, Beyon...

Free Book: The Angel, a short story about love by Ashley Barron

Do angels exist? Do they come for us at the moment of our death? Or have they been here, with us, all along… Links for a FREE download of The Angel Amazon

New Book Release: Ava, a romantic thriller by Ashley Barron

Politics and murder set the backdrop for a second chance at love in this debut novel by Ashley Barron. Ava blends the emotional impact of a love story with the pulse-pounding twists of a thriller. ABOUT AVA Ava Arden has spent three years trying to move past the pain of a failed relationship. With her heart on ice, she channels all of her energy into her successful event-planning business, and into the lives of her best friends, the Priyas. Everything changes the day Kader Thornton, the man she walked away from, shows up in Washington, D.C. with a single goal: to win her back. On the day of Kader’s return, Ava accidentally uncovers a secret that, if revealed, will expose a private battle for power at the highest levels of government. She soon finds herself hunted by an unseen enemy, one hi...

The JeriWB Interview – 10 Questions

Click HERE to read the full interview on Jeri Walker-Bickett’s blog. It pleases me to no end to post today’s tête-à-tête with author Ashley Barron. Early on, I quickly gravitated toward her tweets for many reasons, eventually leading to my review of her book where I discuss her uncanny ability. I’m sure this interview will lead you to appreciate Ashley’s work ethic, forthright nature, and talent. Giveaway: Two copies (print or electronic) will be given away to randomly drawn people who leave a comment on this post. 1. Please provide a brief synopsis of your book. Politics and murder set the backdrop for a second chance at love in this debut novel by Ashley Barron. Ava blends the emotional impact of a love story with the pulse-pounding twists of a thriller. Ava Arden has spent three y...

Blogging and Twitter: The Guide

Are you thinking about starting a blog, but you’re not sure where to begin? Do you have a blog, but its not getting many hits? Is Twitter a mystery to you? Perhaps, you’ve written a novel or opened a small business, and you want to find ways to use a blog to connect with a broader audience of potential readers and customers. Zero to One Million Blog Hits in One Year explains the basics of developing blog content and marketing that content on Twitter. This guide, written for beginners, emphasizes the importance of creating a marketing plan, networking in the online community, and focusing on developing a unique brand based on your novels or products.     Excerpts from Zero to One Million Blog Hits in One Year: INTRODUCTION “When you’re ready to start a blog, set a course for fun, ...

Remembering (How To) Love

  When I decided to write a novel, a love story was the natural choice. It seems that anything I write, including short stories and poems, ends up being about love. So why fight it? I often wonder if the act of loving is an ability, an inclination, a talent, or a Heaven-sent gift. Maybe it’s a combination. I also wonder why some people excel at love – at the process of growing and nurturing love – while others fail, miserably. Yes, I do believe love is a process. It has steps, sequences, and a risk of failure. And, whether you honor them or break them, love has rules and boundaries. If it weren’t for these things, love couldn’t be the central plot in a novel, because plots are based on a series of actions that take us from one place, location, or extreme to another. I do enjoy love st...

Prepping For My New Blog

Today has been interesting. I think I’ve turned a corner and finally conquered a major task that has eluded completion since I first realized it needed to be done. For the past few months, I’ve been working myself into a frenzy of concern and trepidation at the thought of upgrading my “starter” blog to a beautiful and modern new format. After weeks of searching hundreds of WordPress sites, analyzing them, envisioning my own version, deciding to move forward with an idea, then scrapping that idea, I’ve finally done it. I’ve selected a new structure for my blog. I chose a WordPress theme, one already designed and ready for installation and customization. This new blog of mine will change the way I both communicate with and support the community of writers, authors, and publishing vendors tha...

Television Writers, Novelists, and Casting

Have you ever wished the producers of your favorite TV show would invite you to add a story line? I have. All this book writing I’m doing has inspired me to take a look at my favorite shows, from a new angle. Now, while I’m watching them, I replay dialogue to try and uncover how the writers make it flow so well. (Some of the constructive criticism I’ve received from readers of my first novel, Ava, is to work on developing the dialogue a little more.) While writing Ava, a solitary process, I constantly found myself going back and forth on plot elements, character strengths and flaws, and scene construction. It makes me wonder how teams of writers manage to blend all of their individual creativity into a single script. How do they resolve disagreements about the right way to evolve a charact...

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