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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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