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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ushering Out Summer

As I was scrambling to get in some author work before the dreaded house cleaning I have planned today, it occurred to me how busy life's been lately. With mom's operation, and me signing two new book contracts, things have been more about juggling and less about writing. My attentions have been reduced to that of the common house fly buzzing around in a frenzy. But it's all good.

Mom's operation was successful, which trumps everything. She's healing nicely and getting stronger each day. I think I finally got a handle on my books and I know once I get back from Portland, it will return to business as usual. It's been a bumpy few months, but I do see a different kind of busy on the horizon. The one I like.

So, my question to everyone today is... how has your Summer been? Was it the relaxing laid back picture we'd all like to think we're gonna have? Or, did reality take a hold of you and shake you until you cried, uncle

Feel free to to comment below this post, I'd love to hear from you. It's always better knowing we're in this together.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Gracious Writer

Happy Thursday everyone! For years Thursday was one of my most fave days. The eve before Friday, the intro into the weekend. However, and I don't know how superstitious you are, Thursday has forever been tainted for me. Years ago, twenty-five to be exact, I met my sister. A friendship that was forged out of work boredom, thirty minute lunches and general avoidance for a few of our co-workers. She was my person. My go to for everything good, all the bad, and simple morning conversation. But with her friendship, came a small price. Anything that was life altering in a negative way for her, could be pin pointed to one day—Thursday.

Overtime, Thursday decided our friendship warranted a new member. So I was unwillingly inducted into the awful Thursday club. In December, I lost my sister... my best friend. I asked her to take Thursday's with her before she left. She said she would try. Apparently the Thursday curse cannot be lifted, rather, passed on. I've recently inducted a new member into the dreaded Thursday curse, not intentionally, as I'm sure was the case with my friend. I apologize, you know who you are.

Now what does this have to do with my intended subject today? Absolutely nothing. But it's Thursday, and I thought I'd share.

What I would like to talk about today is something I call, the gracious writer. As authors we are forever striving to saturate social media, participate in signings, and generally get the word out about our books. It's up to us to conduct ourselves as representatives of our publishers, personally, and our profession. Far too often, I have participated in a multi-author signing thinking that we were all in it together, only to find out, not everyone thinks like I do. In fact, they possess a completely different set of rules. This is both disheartening and useless.

At a meeting last week for our upcoming event Local Women in Literature and Their Stories, the ladies attending and myself, discussed this very issue. The answer we came up with, in unison, is that there is a reader out there for every author. Just because two authors write romance, their style, content, characters, are unique to their voice. There should be no room for competition or petty moves. We are, quite simply, a family of creative souls. Crossing paths and if we're lucky, holding each other up. We should be cheering on the author next to us, complimenting them to make us all shine. Negativity breeds contempt, leaving a sour taste in your mouth. I don't know about you, but I'd rather taste the sweet joy of success without hurting my colleagues. So before going to that next signing, making the Twitter post for the day, or writing your new blog, ask yourself, are you a gracious writer?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Writers Life

Happy June everyone! Can you believe the year is already halfway behind us? I don't know about you, but the time seems to just slip through my fingers. I have to remind myself to stop and take a look at what's around me, before it becomes a forgotten memory.

Before that happens with some of my upcoming events, I thought I'd give everyone a little update as to what's going on in this writer's life.

On Saturday June 16th, I will be at Barnes and Noble 567 N. Stephanie in Henderson, with my friends and fellow authors, Stephen Murray, Sue H. Montgomery and Nancy Nelson. We will be there from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. So, beat the heat, come out for an iced coffee while perusing our books and engaging in some fun conversation. 

July 7th I will be joined by my dear friend and fellow author, Linda Stiles Fox and to round out the group, the talented duo, C.J. Foxx. We will be at Pour Coffeehouse, 6811 S Eastern in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Deborah truly makes a dynamic cup of coffee, so come out and enjoy with some pastries, and books of course! 

On July 14th I will be taking a much needed trip to visit my daughter and her family in Portland. I cannot wait! Some relaxation, fun in the sun, and best of all, family time.I can't wait to shower my grandson with smooches.

Then back to work and event that is close to my heart. On July 28th the ladies of The Coffee House Tours will be presenting an event at the Paseo Verde Library 280 S. Green Valley Pkwy in Henderson, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 P.M., Local Women in Literature & Their Stories. Nine ladies will be discussing not only their books, but the story behind the story. Each one facing their own adversity on a daily basis, will share with the community with the hope it will help others and let the them know, they're not alone.

We are very excited about this event, and hope you all come out to show support and gain support.

Winding up my Summer schedule, I will be with Linda Stiles Fox at Copper Cat Books 1570 W. horizon Ridge in Henderson, on Saturday August 11th from p.m. to 4 p.m. This is truly a unique independent book store that is a must see. 

Once again, I get to see my babies! Ronnie and I will be heading out to Portland for our grandson's birthday. A wonderful adventure to wrap up Summer fun.

There you have it, this writer's life for the next couple of months. I hope you will be able to join me at one or all of my upcoming signings! Just kidding, I know you're busy. I'll be thrilled to see you at any one of these events. Until next month, have fun, stay safe, and this is Vegas people, stay cool!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Update to our prior posting for Barnes and Noble signing on May 5th. Linda Stiles Fox and myself will be at the rainbow location this Saturday, May 26th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Coming this Saturday May 5th, please join Linda Stiles Fox and myself at Barnes and Noble, 2191 N. Rainbow in Las Vegas.
We will be signing and discussing our latest books from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. We hope to see you there!