Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conference Update...

Conferences are great for "meeting and greeting" agents, editors, other writers and readers. Here are several upcoming events...

Montana Writers Conference; presented by Montana Romance Writers; dates, October 3-5, 2014, C’mon Inn, Bozeman, Montana; FMI,

The Emerald City Writers’ Conference; presented by Greater Seattle Chapter RWA, dates, October 17-19, 2014; Westin Hotel, Bellevue, Washington; FMI,

2014 Atlanta Writers Conference; presented by Atlanta Writers Club; dates, October 24-25, 2014, Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, Atlanta, GA; FMI,

The Arizona Writing Workshops; Presented by the Society of Southwest Authors; locations – Phoenix, AZ, (November 21st) and Tucson (November 22nd); FMI,

Have a great week, Everyone! 

(photo c/o clconroy  at

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Contest Update...

Contests are a wonderful avenue to publication...offering critiques, opportunities for a star on your resume, and you never know who you may meet! Here is an update on some recent offerings...

2014 “Melody of Love” Contest; sponsored by Music City Romance Writers; deadline, September 7, 2014; first chapter up to 25 pages (including prologue, if related); FMI, 

“Finish the Damn Book” Contest; sponsored by Chesapeake Romance Writers; deadline, September 30, 2014; first and last chapters plus synopsis; FMI,

“Four Seasons” Contest; sponsored by Windy City RWA; deadline, September 30, 2014; first 25 pages; FMI,

“2014 Suzannah” Contest; sponsored by NOLA STARS; deadline, October 1, 2014; first 7.200 words and includes synopsis; FMI,

“29th Annual Hook, Line & Sinker” Contest; sponsored by Hudson Valley RWA; deadline, November 1, 2014; submit first three pages; FMI, (this contest is very special to me – I was a 2011 finalist! I still have the framed certificate on my wall).

Should you enter, good luck. In the meantime, have a wonderful week, Everyone! 

(photo c/o jppi and

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thank You for my Birthday Wishes!

Thank you to all the who posted "Happy Birthday" on my post last week, or sent me "Happy Birthday" emails. I'm grateful and appreciate everyone's good wishes!

A special "thank you" to Google -- I clicked on, and there they were wishing me a "Happy Birthday!" I got all teary-eyed...

P.S. -- I'm still celebrating my birthday week...

(photo c/o EveGiggles at

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Food for Thought...

It's my birthday week! As I take some time off from blogging to celebrate, I leave you with a few wise words from my favorite beagle and his friends...

Have a great week, Everyone!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kindness of Strangers

Earlier in the week I was in my local CVS (the store keeps a well-stacked paperback section, by the way). While putting paper towels in my cart, I sneezed...three times in a row. From the next aisle over, I heard two voices, a man and a woman, say "Bless you." I called out "Thank you," and we all went about our business. While walking home, I thought about the simple gesture on the part of that gentleman and lady, and small tokens of kindness. 

Unexpected acts of kindness are so obsolete anymore. Have you seen any lately, or been giving or receiving end of one? If so, please feel free to share...

                                                                          ( photo c/o AcrylicArtist and

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Merry Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas in July! Even The Salvation Army recognizes our celebration (smile!). During the week, when I was walking along Chestnut street in busy Center City Philadelphia, The Salvation Army had Christmas Elves with kettles and bells on several corners.

The last of our awesome Christmas books today! I'm sure you have your own to share. We'd love to hear what's on your list...

Have a great week...and, Merry Christmas!

History of Christmas Past by Suzi Love

History of Christmases Past is Book 1 in the Historical Events Collection by Australian romance author Suzi Love.

The book is an historical and pictorial collection of information about the traditions of Christmas through the centuries, including the religious aspects, decorations, games, food and plays. The large collection of historical images ranges from paintings to etchings and postcards. The book covers the eras of history since the beginning of Christmas celebrations and through to the Victorian era. It demonstrates the different ways Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world and looks at things like Yule logs, Christmas Carols and decorations, and the exchanging of cards and gifts.  


Twinkle Lights by Vicki Batman

A do-gooder and a reformed high school delinquent turned lawyer join forces and overcome many interesting obstacles to run a Christmas tree store benefiting the children's hospital.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

...Thinking Christmas...

Since the weather forecast calls for 94 degrees here in Philly by mid-week, I thought I'd share a photo of snowflakes to get us into the winter and Christmas moods.

Today, we have two more great Christmas reads! If you have any favorites to add, please feel free to comment and share. Have a great week!

The Christmas Con by Jill James

The Christmas Con is a short Christmas story playing with the Robin Hood legend.

Robin Cappington has many sins to atone for. She spent ten years working with her dad, Little John as a jewel thief. After a job gone wrong, John now sits in prison and Robin and crew have gone legit with a security business. Feeling the need to right a few wrongs, Robin uses her gang and her skills to steal from the thieves and give back to the owners.

The Christmas Rose necklace is worth half a million dollars. Robin wants to get it back for the owner, Mrs. Willa Scarlett. There is only one catch; it sits in the vault of a notorious gang leader and the only person who can help her break in and retrieve it is Ian Marr, the man who broke her heart and got her father sent to prison.

Robin Cappington is sure that Ian Marr is the last thing she needs in her life, but the fates and Santa have a different idea of just what Robin needs for Christmas


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The Ring that Binds by Linda Carroll-Bradd

1886 Aspen, Colorado—Widow Celina Innes struggles to run her dress shop and hopes to provide a wonderful Christmas for her 4-year-old daughter, Keena. Mikel Toussaint has watched her efforts from his general store across the street, offering help whenever he can. Illness strikes Keena and the two bond as they tend the child. Can their connection be sustained once the crisis is over?

                                                                                  ("Snow" and "Decorated House" photos c/o