Sunday, September 14, 2014

Do You Finish The Book?

A friend of mine passed on to me a book she had recently finished. She raved about it. One of the greatest books she'd ever read, she insisted. Since it was my genre of choice (contemporary romance), a HEA ending, and an author I'd read often, I couldn't wait to sit down with this latest release.

By the third chapter, I asked myself "why am I reading this book?" By the fourth chapter, I was frustrated and by the fifth, I was ready to put it down. Nevertheless, out of loyalty to an author I admire (and because some day some reader may be evoking the same sentiments about a book I authored), I manged to finish the book, but was terribly disappointed.

Which brings me to a question, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on...when you're midway through a book and decide it's not working for you, do you finish reading it?

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o pippalou and

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quotes from Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."  Children have learned so much from Dr. Seuss, and his books,  over the years. 

On Tuesday, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss and Charles D. Cohen will be released. Dr. Seuss not only taught children that learning to read could be fun, but he demonstrated how we all -- children and adults -- can learn from reading his books. In honor of this release, I'm posting several of my favorite quotes from one of the wisest men in the world, Dr. Seuss. 

FYI -- Dr. Cohen, I’m proud to say, is a graduate of Haverford College which is in the Philadelphia area.

"A person's a person no matter how small."
(Horton Hears a Who!)

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
(The Lorox)

"And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too."
(Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."
(How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)

If you have a favorite Dr. Seuss quote, please feel free to share. Have a great week, Everyone!

(photos c/o

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!

                                                                                                             (photos c/o

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