Sunday, October 19, 2014

Contest Update...



Friends, you never know! Your writing success may just start with feedback -- or perhaps winning -- a writing contest. Contests are a great way to get your work seen by industry insiders. Here's an update on a few approaching deadlines. Good luck!

15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest Magazine; early bird deadline, November 17, 2014; Entry deadline, December 15, 2014; cash prizes, and winning entry in Writer’s Digest Magazine. FMI, http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/short-short-story-competition


The Smooch 2015 sponsored by Yosemite Romance Writers; deadline January 9, 2015; Entry “First Kiss” scene, 4-8 pages of an unpublished work. FMI, visit,
http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/


2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest sponsored by Northeast Ohio RWA; deadline February 14, 2015, first chapter up to 5,000 words. FMI, visit,

Have a great week, Everyone! 


(photo c/o FlashBuddy and MorgueFile.com)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Columbus Day!






...or as I think of it "Happy Three Day Weekend!" There's so much to do here in Philly this weekend -- the Columbus Day Parade, Olde City Fest in the city's historic district, and the Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square. 

And, today the sun is out. I hope everyone is enjoying Autumn and the holiday!

See you next week.





(photo c/o pippalou at morgueFile.com)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Reading to Baby Brother...







Earlier in the week I was at the library. While I waited at the counter for the librarian to find a DVD I’d placed on hold, a booming little voice echoed from the Children’s section and grabbed my attention.

A woman, about six or seven months pregnant, sat in a chair. Across from her sat her daughter who was about four-years-old. The little girl held open a picture book, propped up on her knees, facing outward at her mother. Although I doubt very much if the child was saying the exact words in the book, she was clearly telling a story. Her eyes occasionally shifted from the book to her mommy’s stomach and back to the book.

And, this child was L-O-U-D.

Her mother said to her, “Shh. You’re supposed to be quiet in the library.”

The child’s reply was adorable!

“But, Mommy,” she said. “I’m reading to my baby brother and I want to make sure he can hear me in your tummy.”

Have a good week, Everyone!


(photo c/o digitallatina and MorgueFile.com)



Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Running to Love" Cover Reveal



A few weeks ago when I clicked open my inbox, I got a big -- and pleasant -- surprise. Julie Strugeon, Imprint Manager at Crimson Romance, was letting me know that my novel, Magic Moment, would be included in Crimson's upcoming suspense bundle release, Running to Love.

Today, I'm delighted to present the cover to you!



I'm proud to be sharing the spotlight with some fabulous authors and their great books. Included with Magic Moment will be Thunder in the Night by Karen Fellowes, In Hot Pursuit by Karen Sue Burns, Killing Cassanova by Traci McDonald, Desperate Obsession by Anji Nolan, Love's Secret Fire by Rena Koontz, Trial Run by Anne Metikosh, Unbound by Nikkie Locke, Saving Maggie by Glenys O'Connell, and Deadly Star by CJ Peterson.

10 wonderful romantic suspense novels for only 99 cents!

Tentative release date is October 27th. I'll keep you posted. But, in the meantime what a great looking cover!

Thanks, Crimson (and, Julie!)

For information on all of Crimson's bundle releases, and latest Crimson Romance reads, check out the "ebookstore." Visit, http://www.adamsmediastore.com/crimson-romance

Have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Welcome, Autumn!"






This weeks starts Autumn (some folks like to call it "Fall" but I prefer "Autumn," it's prettier, don't you think?). It's one of my favorite times of year! I fell in love with the season during my college years in Vermont. There is no other place on earth that has more beautiful autumn leaves than the state of Vermont!





Back here in Philly, our neighborhoods are decorated with Autumn wreaths, silk orange and red leaves are wrapped around wrought iron rails, planters of rust-colored mums decorate patios, and pumpkins sit on our front steps. Everyone starts decorating their homes, and our streets, for Halloween. Autumn is one last opportunity for outdoor activities. We have loads of flea markets, harvest festivals, and street fairs. I spent the last two days enjoying the weather and activities in our Philadelphia parks.




But, what I love most about Autumn is pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread. Yes, I guess if I wanted to, I could figure a way to have my pumpkin treats throughout the year. But, there's something so special about pumpkin anything in Autumn. 





Is there anything special you like about the Autumn season? Please share. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great week, Everyone!





(Autumn leaves photo c/o openopin at morgueFile.com)
(Autumn wreath c/o jlpeterson at morgueFile.com)
(Coffee photo c/o thesuccess at morgueFile.com)
(Muffins photo c/o Kellyp42 at morgueFile.com)




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 morgueFile.com)

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 www.facebook.com/Dr.SeussBooks)