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The Book Bazaar / Serendipity House
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:49:18 am »
I just realized that I never started a thread for the very first book I published. Lynn O'Dell from the now defunct Red Adept Reviews named it the Best Indie Romance of 2011. It's now been reduced to only 99 cents. Here is a brief synopsis.

Sylvie was a pleaser. She did as her mother pleased, and she did as her fiance pleased. Then she did as she pleased. Determined to take back her life, she heads to the hills instead of the altar on the day she's to wed. Coming across a quaint, country inn with an intriguing name, she impulsively checks in. Peopled with an odd assortment of characters, the inn has clearly seen better days; even the regulars have a bit of wear on them.

When Alex arrives and is strangely comfortable vacationing among the geriatric set, Sylvie tries to ignore him. But Alex will not be ignored, pushing her buttons until she admits, if only to herself, that she's falling for him. Not until she's hired to manage the inn does she learn he's not the businessman he pretends to be, but a streetwise P.I. hired by her ex to find her. Adding insult to injury, he buys the inn and asks her to help renovate it.

Thanks for reading. Serendipity House is the first book in the first row below. Hope you'll check it out.


The Book Bazaar / Before Love Had a Name
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:16:33 am »
*** Book 1 is free and Book 2 is discounted Dec. 6 through Dec. 10, 2019. Hope you check it out. ***

Before Love Had a Name is presented in serial format with the story in each book continuing into the next one. Series is complete at four books. I hope you'll check it out. Here is a brief description.

A romantic entanglement is the last thing Nina wants after she's acquitted of murdering her abusive husband. Anxious to heal her broken spirit, she flees south where she meets and falls in love with Lee and his daughter, Robbie. Tasked with raising his daughter alone after her mother takes off, Lee also struggles to keep the small beachside cottages he inherited solvent. Nina gives him a hand and soon becomes a treasured helpmate to him and a surrogate mother to Robbie - at least until the little girl's wayward mom shows up.

Click on the book cover below to go to its page. Thanks for reading.

The Book Bazaar / Storm Country
« on: December 13, 2015, 09:39:21 am »
STORM COUNTRY: BOOKs 1, 2, 3, & 4 out now. All are Kindle Unlimited books. And for a limited time, Book 1 is FREE.

Running a successful resort in present-day Montana has its challenges for the Storm family. Falling in love is only one of them.

Storm Country is presented in serial format with the story in each book continuing into the next one.


Writers' Cafe / Facebook blocking
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:24:12 pm »
Does anyone know how long Facebook blocks a person from posting or sharing? I've been posting promos to the groups on FB for a long time and never had trouble. Now, I get a message saying I'm blocked for misusing the feature by going too fast. I haven't done anything different than I have been.

Last week I was getting messages saying one of my links might be unsafe and had to pick out all the tigers, flowers, or waterfalls in a group picture to prove I was legit. It was the link to my website by the way, so I used a bitly link and it went through. Now, I'm blocked "temporarily".

I would just wait it out, except I'm in the middle of a Kindle Countdown for my book All That Never Was. Also, what do they consider "temporary"? Anyone know?

The Book Bazaar / All That Never Was
« on: August 09, 2015, 09:39:23 am »
All That Never Was is now only 99 cents. Here's a short blurb.

They say your life flashes before your eyes in the moments before you die. But who are they, and how do they know? No longer able to live with himself after committing an unspeakable offense, Jeffrey wants to end his life in the quickest way possible. Megan has also lost the will to live after losing her husband and only son. But she's taking the slow approach, withdrawing from life little by little. When an injured and unconscious Jeffrey ends up on her porch in the middle of a blizzard, Megan does what any caring person would do and takes him in. But Jeffrey's road to recovery is hampered when he awakes with only vague, troubling images from his past, a past that's inexplicably linked with Megan's.

5 stars from a top 50 reviewer. "A most interesting story that delves into how past incidents affect the future . . . The author takes the readers into the minds of both of the main characters. Both have problems and each helps the other overcome their fears . . . The plot and the characters are both well defined and the reader has a mystery tossed in to boot . . . Most highly recommended."

Writers' Cafe / Can you stand another promo thread?
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:24:46 am »
Okay, I debated whether I wanted to post this here and possibly embarrass myself with my pitiful sales. I tried a Kindle Countdown last month for So Wonderful as Want, got only three sales, and one was from an online friend. Now, Iím trying again with The Mercy of Time and Chance.

This is the first book I ever attempted to write, and itís very close to my heart as itís my grandmotherís life story. But it wasnít ready for prime time thirty years ago and sat in a drawer all this time. It was only recently that I felt competent enough to rewrite it and put it out there. I wasnít sure how to categorize it, though, because it has more drama in it than my other books. Consequently, at some sites I listed it in literary fiction, which might be the kiss of death, and at others itís in womenís fiction.

So hereís my lineup of affordable sites. What do you think? And if you have any suggestions for May 15, Iíd appreciate hearing them. Thanks.

Kindle countdown 8 am May 11 to 8 am May 16 @.99

May 11    Robin Reads W/F                            $10.00
                Ebooklister                                        FREE

May 12    Bknights                                              5.50
                Ebooklister                                         FREE
                Booktastic       L/F                               5.00

May 13    Ebooklister                                         FREE
                Booksends    W/F                                10.00
                Ereaderiq  W/F                                    10.00
                ENT        L/F                                       25.00

May 14   Sweetfree       W/F                                5.00
               Awesome Gang         W/F                   10.00
               Ebooklister                                          FREE

May 15  No ads scheduled

I also submitted to these free sites, but thereís no guarantee theyíll be posted.

OHFB                                                                   FREE
Daily free ebooks                                                 FREE
Reading Deals                                                      FREE
Bargainbooksy                                                     FREE
EbooksHabit                                                        FREE

The Book Bazaar / Romance for the modern woman.
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:00:21 am »
Check out my article on Joyce Strand's blog about transitioning from category romance to women's fiction. All my books but one are listed. It was an honest slip so I'm not saying anything. Oh, and I don't consider myself an expert on the subject by any means. LOL.


Writers' Cafe / Hoping for traction.
« on: December 04, 2014, 07:00:31 am »
I've been around for a few years, but I'm not big on social media. I'm also not a fan of all the free books out there. But I keep reading how a free book can change things around. I tried it a few years ago with disappointing results. I gave away 7300 books in two days and in the following six months only sold 6 of that book and not many more of my other books.

Well, I tried it again and it remains to be seen where this one will lead. But I'm very pleased to report that my free book, Angel Wishes, is now #21 in the free store, and #1 in romance and in women's fiction. Today is the last day of my giveaway, and I hope I haven't shot myself in the foot by giving so many away that there's no one left to actually buy.


The Book Bazaar / The Tea or Sympathy Romance Series
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:13:19 am »
Books 1 and 2 of the Tea or Sympathy series are now only 99 cents. Now all 4 books in the series are 99 cents. Each can be enjoyed as part of the series or as a standalone read. Snippets of each story will follow in this thread. Thanks for reading.

Angel Wishes, Book 1 - When Addie inherits her parents' small antique shop, she realizes it's more of a meeting place for friends to gossip and share tea in the back room. Because no one's life is free of problems, the running joke is to ask if they're there for tea or sympathy. Addie frequently finds herself in need of both as she and Gabe, her firefighter boyfriend, face the ups and downs in their relationship.

Penny Dreams, Book 2 - After the death of her husband, Pam devotes herself to raising their daughter. When she meets Barry, she begins to dream again. Barry would marry her in a heartbeat were it not for one problem, her teenage daughter. Convinced her mother is trying to replace the father she adored, she takes a strong dislike to Barry. Now Pam wants to adopt the child her dead husband fathered but fears Barry will bail when he learns the package is about to get bigger and he now has to win over two daughters.

The Book Bazaar / The Mercy of Time and Chance
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:12:55 am »
Drastic price reduction! Now 99 cents at all online bookstores including Amazon. This is the story of my family as told to me by my grandmother until she passed away in 1980. But I have to warn you--it's not a feel good type of story.

I'd like to announce the release of The Mercy of Time and Chance. After spending 30 years in a drawer this story is finally getting told. I hope you'll check it out.

The Mercy of Time and Chance spans three generations of an Italian-American family. The first generation is steeped in old world customs and values, living in the manner expected of them by their church and community. The second clings to the old and familiar while the world around them changes. The third embraces the modern but reverts to the past when it suits them.
Caught in the middle is Renie. Orphaned at two, she's never known a mother's love. Weaned on rejection and raised on neglect by a bitter stepmother, she's unsure how to mother her own children, passing on what she believes are the proper roles of men and women.

After a life filled with tragedy and heartbreak, she realizes she may have created a respectful, obedient daughter, but she's also made her meek and submissive. Her son, on the other hand, has been groomed from birth to assume his father's role as lord and master of the family. Unfortunately, he also inherits his quick temper.

Thank you for reading.


The Book Corner / First grownup book?
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:05:52 am »
I thought it would be interesting to know what was the first grownup book you remember reading. Mine goes way back. It was "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and I was about ten years old. What was your first grownup book?


Writers' Cafe / E.L. James to publish again.
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:31:18 am »
Just read my morning newspaper and saw an item saying the author of the Fifty Shades book was publishing a writing guide. Will you be giving her your money to learn how to write?


Not Quite Kindle / The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:59:33 am »
. . . in the hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
How many others remember when your Christmas stocking was a clean sock from your drawer? I can't be the only one who did that as a child. We didn't get lottery tickets or jewelry in our stockings either. We got big, red apples, large, perfect oranges, and walnuts. It wasn't till I had kids of my own that stores started selling fancy stockings. And if I tried to give my kids what I received as a child they would've looked at me as if I'd given them coal, which is another thing that's completely foreign to them.

I admit the stockings today are a lot more attractive than an old sock, but they're sure expensive to fill. I can't find anything cheap that will fit in the stocking even in the dollar store.
What do you put in your kids' or grandkids' stockings?


Not Quite Kindle / Piecrust woes
« on: November 23, 2012, 07:19:21 am »
First, let me say that I've never been able to master the art of making a decent piecrust. Never. And I've tried all through my married life. So when Pillsbury developed pre-rolled piecrust, I rejoiced. But even there, I have problems. While I don't have to worry about rolling it out and scraping the results off my counter to a pie plate, I can't seem to get the bottom crust to bake properly. It always seems undercooked no matter what kind of pie it is.
I place them on the center rack and use the right temperature, so what am I doing wrong? In my own defense, the turkey and side dishes were all great, so it's not that I'm a lousy cook in general. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?


Not Quite Kindle / New M & M commercial
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:47:02 pm »
Is it just me or does anyone else find the young man in the new M & M commercial extremely attractive? He's seated at a table and speaking to an M & M. She says she thought he was attracted to her because of her brain and he asks if that's made of chocolate too. Don't know what it is about him, but I think he's so-o-o attractive. Maybe his accent?


Not Quite Kindle / New Fall TV Shows
« on: September 03, 2012, 12:17:36 pm »
I read in today's newspaper that the big-haired girl in the new Fall show, Made in Jersey, is actually British. I find it odd they couldn't find a real Jersey girl to play the part. I'm sure there are enough actresses from Jersey who would've loved to have that part. I just hope she doesn't overdo it with the Jersey accent. Sometimes TV shows slap it on too thick with the accent. I was born and raised in New Jersey, doncha know, and I don't talk like that. The only time I hear a hint of Jersey in my speech is when I hear a recording of myself. That's why I use the pre-recorded message on my answering machine.

I think the detective drama Elementary sounds good with the new Sherlock Holmes character. Are there any TV shows you're looking forward to?


Not Quite Kindle / Anyone else in Isaac's path?
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:29:42 am »
Here where we live in SW FL, everyone's busy prepping for the storm. After taking everything inside that could possibly be a projectile, we're now putting up storm shutters. We're only putting them up on the side of the house that's most vulnerable though. There are just too many windows to do all, and hubby has to go over and help two daughters and son-in-law put up theirs too.

Oh, well, it's the price we pay for sitting in shorts and tank tops in the winter while the Northern reaches of the country are shoveling out from a blizzard.

Anyone else prepping?


Writers' Cafe / Guest post for LATripp
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:33:00 am »
What inspires you to write your masterpieces? See my guest post here:  Stop by and read if you have time.


Writers' Cafe / Transitioning to Women's Fiction
« on: May 19, 2012, 03:36:54 pm »
I have an article up this week at Strand's Simply Tips called Transitioning from Category Romance to Women's Fiction. Check it out if you find time. Thanks.


Writers' Cafe / copyright notice
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:45:52 pm »
The book I just released, So Wonderful as Want, takes place in the early part of the last century. While I have the usual statement about resemblance to persons living or dead being purely coincidence, there are a few brief scenes with people who actually lived during that period like a newspaper editor and a sheriff. Should I amend the copyright statement to say that scenes where those people appear are completely fictionalized?


Not Quite Kindle / Computer help?
« on: April 28, 2012, 04:04:02 pm »
I just realized my new laptop (HP) doesn't allow me to make a full screen by moving the cursor toward the top edge to eliminate the address bar. And the F12 key which did the same thing on my old computer is now for enabling the wireless function instead. Anybody know how I can see more of the page? Stumped by this.


The Book Bazaar / So Wonderful as Want, women's fiction/romance
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:42:34 am »

So Wonderful as Want, still the favorite of all my books, is now 99 cents on all platforms.

Set among the natural beauty of Southwest Florida before and during the land boom of the twenties, young Dinah's childhood dream of ever leaving her small river town seems doomed when she becomes pregnant by an unscrupulous older man.

Zach also has a dream. At eighteen, he wants to be his own man and go his own way. But when tragedy strikes Dinah's family, his soft heart won't allow him to walk away. Assuming responsibilities beyond his years, he's there through every joy, every sorrow in her life.

Years later, although Zach's dreams now center around the family they share, Dinah steadfastly holds tight to her childhood dream. Foolishly believing it easier to leave should the opportunity arise, she won't allow any words of love between them. She wants it all; all Zach wants is her.

Opportunity finally arrives with Tyler, an ambitious land developer who's interested in more than just her land. Dinah, no longer an ignorant country girl, must now choose between the man who can make her dreams come true, or the man whose only offense is loving her.

I hope you'll check out the Amazon sample. Thanks for reading.


Not Quite Kindle / Anyone else have trouble with Turbo Tax this year?
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:38:29 pm »
After spending so much time on Turbo Tax and paying my fee I get to the last page to efile, click, then get a message saying "It appears this return has already been filed with this SSN. Please amend your return and mail it in" or something to that effect.

Now, I know it hasn't been submitted yet and after reading the Q & A on the site, others have also received this message this year. Contacting them results in them telling you to contact IRS and they will look into it. Others have said they went to HRBlock online and it went through just fine.

I contacted them and got the same message. I told them to just refund my fee and I'll try HRBlock. They said to let them know if it goes through.

Has anyone else encountered this and how did it turn out for you?


Writers' Cafe / Another cover question...sort of.
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:19:20 am »
When you change the cover on one of your books, what do you do about all the many book sites that have your old cover? I don't imagine they'd like all the extra work involved in replacing the old with the new.

I ask because I just got a great new cover from Christine Pope for Rubies and Other Gems. You can see it in the lineup below.


Writers' Cafe / Definition of historical?
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:03:48 pm »
I'm getting ready to release a women's fiction/romance book that spans the period between 1911 and 1931. How would such a story be classified? It's not exactly what people think of as historical or contemporary.



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