Writers, stay true to your standards. Long night of the literary soul


Be The Water.
Oh, yes. What perfect timing for me while I trudge…no, work…through writing a deeply emotional book, all the while ensuring my grammar is the best I can use. Revel in this, fellow writers. Rub it along your emotions and use it to support your dreams.
Now, I’m back to my book.

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3564583787_d0faf36e54_b‘There’s never been a better time to be a writer.’ I’ve seen this mantra frequently over the past few years in blogposts, conference reports and news items. And I don’t disagree there’s been a lot to celebrate.

But from what I see right now, this time is also tougher for authors than ever.

Indie authors feel it in their book sales. Hands up who is in a forum where the chief discussion is ‘what can I do about my dwindling sales?’ ‘Anybody else had a dismal month?’ ‘Should I drop my book’s price, put it on Kindle Unlimited, write something more popular, send out more emails, spend $$$ on a marketing course?’

The traditionally published authors I know are faring little better, with shrinking advances, ill-supported launches – even the authors who have awards to prove their worth.

Last week I was having an email conversation with a wise author…

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OH NOOOO NaNo #NaNoWriMo #MFRWAuthor

Hello, yeah it’s been a while. Not much, how bout you?

Remember that song? It was ‘our’ song, playing when Tom asked me to stay with him for what would be the rest of his life. It’s also one of the most popular mondegrens…misunderstood song lyrics.

I’ve composed a plethora of blogs posts, starting back with Columbus Day and on up until now. Not always the most upbeats posts, but how could you know since they stayed in my head, not on the page. I had a talk with myself about that, and told myself I was gearing up for NaNo. I had a super fun dog event on NOV 1 then I’d be all NaNo all the time. This was going to be such a fantastic book, a sequel to my favorite book, another in the Stormhaven Love Story series. I’ve been working on copious character studies, plot turns, reasons why.

I sit down at the computer. I stand up at the computer. And I get


I did manage to open and name the file: A Question of Trust. And there it sat. Mocking me.

I know the story. Honest, I do. It’s about Ty Randolph’s ex-wife, Lana, who took his horse and truck when she left him. He sure missed that horse! A Question of Honor starts with Sydney Castleton, Lana’s sister, picking up Devin Starke at the Long Beach airport since Devin is going to help her move the horse back to Stormhaven.

The next book, which I sent to Black Opal Books just in time to start this one, is A Question of Faith. I’ll be sharing more about that story soon…honest!

Fortunately the mocking ceased after a couple of days, while I drove around wondering how I was going to redeem Lana, who so far was kind of one dimensional. Why did she leave Ty? Even more important WHY did she marry him. I’d like to say the answers came in a rush of inspiration but I can’t lie that much even if I am a writer. It’s been a slow trip on a bumpy road but we’re getting there.

And it’s not just me, I’d like to say. A fellow Blog Challenge author is giving us the same lament! I’m Pouring My Art Out very funny guy with a really funny blog.

And it’s raining here….guess I won’t be going out with the dogs. Guess I’ll be staying home, swilling coffee, and writing.

Have a great Sunday, and remember beauty is everywhere, we just have to open our eyes and see it.



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Good Girls Don’t Become Best-Sellers—Channeling Your Inner “Bad Girl” to Reach Your Dreams


I think too many of us have been too polite for our own good. Guess I’m gonna toss out the Big Girl Panties and get some Bad Girl Panties.
Red? Purple? Flames???

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I am currently reading Kate White’s I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know. There are bad books, okay books, good books and great books. But there is another kind of book and it’s the rarest.

The game-changer.

White has a witty, sassy style. She is seamlessly intelligent and down-to-earth in her fiction. And guess what? Her nonfiction delivers more of the same.

I’ve never recommended a book I haven’t finished, but this one has me far too excited. Even if Ms. White devolves into dirty limericks for the rest of the book? I still feel I have spent my money well. There are some points she makes which I feel are especially poignant and applicable to writers.

Part of the reason I’m referring to her book in this blog (even though I’m not yet finished) is that I might just chicken out unless I…

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New Release CEO’s Widow – Celebrating with a #freebook

Today, I’m hosting Tina Gayle. She is very excited about the last book in her Executive Wives’ Club series. To get readers interested in the series, she is offer the first book “Marketing Exec’s Widow” #free from Oct. 3 – 7. CEO’s Widow comes out Oct. 8, but can be picked up now on pre-order.

Executives’ Wives’ Club series

Genre: Contemporary Romance with strong women fiction elements
Four women…
One fatal car wreck…
Everyone’s lives changed…
Marketing Exec’s Widow

Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had plan, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

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Facing the possibility of having breast cancer, Marianne must decide if she wants to give love another chance and build a future with whatever time she may have left.
After surviving the grief from her husband’s death, Marianne Clark has built a new life with the help of the other Executive Wives. She plans to enjoy grandchildren and friends until her doctor tells her he found a lump in her breast. Her world turned upside down. She re-evaluates her priorities and decides she grab hold of life with both hands.
Knox Turner lost is first wife to cancer. He’s determined not to let Marianne face this challenge alone.
Can this couple face the trials ahead and build a future together?

Incapable of resisting, Marianne set a hand on his chest and absorbed the pleasure of being in this man’s arms again. Too bad the bliss couldn’t last longer. He needed to get back to work. She had errands to run. “Knox, you’re making it harder and harder to resist you.”
“Then don’t. We’ve both had more than enough time to know what we want. Jack and Betty both died almost two years ago. We needed to move on.” He caressed a hand along her back, easing her body even closer to the hard line of his.
Marianne smiled. She’d known him for years as her husband’s boss and respected for all he’d accomplished in the business world. Her hang-up over their age difference grew less and less important as more time passed. “Shouldn’t we at least date a few other people first? Test the water. Make sure we’re not making a mistake by latching onto the first person we’re attracted to.”
“Good, so you admit you find me attractive?” He lowered his head and nuzzled the side of her neck, playfully nipping at her ear.
She sighed. His tantalizing touch and the deep rumble of his voice tempted her into sliding her hand along the back of his neck. Her fingers slid through his silky hair, and she marveled at sensual thrill of being so close to him. For months now, she’d convinced herself her life was full enough with just her kids and grandkids.
Could she be wrong?


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Author Bio:
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2015.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf. She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

Find Tina Gayle everywhere

Home – http://www.tinagayle.net
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Why Our Author Brand is More Important than Ever Before #MFRWAuthor


It’s a beautiful September morning, my favorite time in New Mexico. I was preparing a quick pictures and pithy comment blog when Kristen, once again, gave me a quick mama wolf shake. Pay attention! she told me. I did, and I think you should too.

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For the past few months I’ve been focused on writing and not on social media. Hey, even the Social Media Jedi can get burnout ;) . But now we’re going to shift gears because, aside from writing the actual book, social media (branding) is the biggest part of our job. And I can hear the moaning and gnashing of teeth already.

Here’s the thing. We don’t have to do social media. No one will take us to writer jail if we don’t. So I will narrow this down. If you simply love the art of writing and don’t necessarily long to be paid for writing, social media is not that big of a priority. Social media is only important for those of us who like money.

Thus, for those of us who want to make a living as a professional author…

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Immersed in the Details #MFRWAuthor

I did not grow up on Leonard Cohen. I mention this since he is apparently 81 today, and many people have indulged themselves in his music for decades. The first time I heard a Cohen song was on West Wing, when Mark Harmon’s Secret Service character is stupidly killed in a convenience story robbery. An incredible song comes up in the background and I’m hooked. What IS that song?

I heard it again during the Canadian Olympics.What WAS that song?

Oh. Hallelujah. And I started listening to that song song by so many artists, in so many iterations. Including by Mr. Cohen himself. And still, I had more to discover. This man is a Romantic in every sense. Forget hard muscled cover models. Just turn down the lights, grab your beverage of choice, and listen to this.

Oh. Oh, my, yes. I’m not quite sure why exactly the horses are there but they work for me.

I had no idea Leonard Cohen was involved with The Scent of a Woman…hey, I was wrapped up in dogs and horses and just plain life. Because of that, look at how much fun I’m having in discovery. This time I watched instead of just listened. Because Al Pacino brought mastery to every detail of his dance. You have no doubt this man is blind as he draws you into the dance. His hand on her back is formally sideways, until the touch becomes more intimate, palm flat on her back. Performing an intimate dance in a public setting.

And just to round out a romantic evening


If you hang around, you’ll get the Shrek version!

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Beauty…It’s All Around Us #MFRWAuthor

OH NO I'm in an airplane

OH NO I’m in an airplane

This last weekend was spent traveling without dogs, to a meeting in New Jersey. Which means, yes, flying. There are very few direct flights from Albuquerque, so I also got to visit a multitude of airports and eat in new restaurants. Expensive, but I have to say airport food has improved immensely in many locations. Too bad I never change planes in Albuquerque since there are some yummy places to eat.

I was on my last leg, Denver to home, after a somewhat rough flight out of Newark. Not a long walk to my gate, although airports do have great opportunities to pile on those steps. What else are we going to do while waiting to line up to board? 027BTW, it’s 100 steps around the terminal circles in Newark; If you use the outer edge of the circle it’s more like 125.

My thoughts were mainly focused on being home with my ‘lukis when I realized this particular wing of the Denver airport faced west, and the sun was setting.

I backed up to get just the right light and grumbled at myself for not bringing my camera. Because it just got prettier.

030Excited by this generous display of nature’s majesty, I showed the picture to the person sitting at the podium.

“That’s pretty,” she said while checking herself in her compact mirror. “Where is it?”

Ummm, well…out THERE???

Beauty is all around us, we just need to open our eyes and our hearts.035

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A Bit of Music; A Bit of Nostalgia #MFRWAuthor

Because it’s just so danged beautiful

And this one

Because I’ve been thinking of times past, opportunities missed, and opportunities won. Enjoy


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Don’t Impose on My Romance

For me, love is love. What I choose for my life might not suit anyone else but it is liberating to be able to make my own choices. This is such a special post, I’m so happy to meet Alec
The same with writing. I’ve chosen a less erotic style of romance because it suits me. Now I have to work a little harder to rebrand myself and reach out to a slightly different audience.
But it’s all good.


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It Really Can Be Like Your Baby. Sort Of #MFRWAuthor

2015_8 Labor of Love hop_D2 copyThere’s an Amazon discussion group titled BBA, Books are Not Babies. The group ,mainly discovers and discusses authors who have lost perspective on the whole publishing game, and defend their books from all criticism, claiming their books are their ‘special babies,’ not to be criticized in any way.

Yeah these people can get a bit extreme especially when they start trying to argue with reviewers. In case you were wondering, no, you do not want to be arguing with reviewers.

However there are some significant similarities between producing a book and producing a child.

It can take months, or even years, to complete a book. During that time you build and grow your germ of an idea until it is

ready for the real world. When it comes time to reveal that book to the world you polish up the outside until it’s slick and shiny and just plain pretty. Same as dressing your child in their very best to meet the family.

Each time after I finished my first books I felt a vague unease, as if everything was a let down. Similar, I realized, to postpartum depression. I had lived and breathed that book for months and now…it was done. There was nothing more I could do with the book and it seemed there was nothing else I really wanted to do.

This is when some writers turn to reading obsessively, catching up on books they missed while immersing themselves in their own book. Some are able to immediately

Teach Me To Forget, a story of rebirth and trust

turn to a new story, particularly if they’re under a time crunch. I tend to garden and usually come out of my stupor to look around a the piles of piles of who knows what that at one time pretended to be tables in my work area.

There’s nothing wrong with thinking of your book as your ‘baby’ as long as you don’t then decide to protect that baby from the cold cruel world. Do the best you can with writing, with editing, then slap that best dress in the closet on as a cover and send it off to prom. You have a lot more where that one came from!

Plus we have a LOT more great blogs in this hop. Check them out, then do the Rafflecopter magic.

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