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The Monday Writing Prompt-Fool Me Once

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. What happens to your character? Is he or she the one who pulls the prank? Or does someone get the upper hand over them? Either way, what are the consequences?

The Monday Writing Prompt-Another Time Idea

The clocks sprang forward this past weekend. For this writing prompt your character can’t account for 24 hours of time. What happened?

Promotional Events with Coffee Time Romance

If anyone’s looking for ways to promote their books here are two ideas from my friends at Coffee Time Romance-

Coffee Time Romance & More is scheduling author events….

We are open for live chat scheduling for 2014. You can schedule dates for our Tuesdays or other days of the week depending on your schedule. Our new chat room allows book covers, copying text, pasting in blurbs and links, and saving a transcript. Our chat room is also compatible with mobile devices and readers love it! You can see it here

Contact our Live Chat Coordinator, Cassie, to set up a date:

If you’re an author or publisher looking for ways to get the word out about your book(s) then consider scheduling a forum or e-loop chat with Coffee Time Romance & More! Contact Regina here:

A Review of Self-Publishing: Writing A Book And Publishing Books And E-Books For Yourself And Others by William Benitez


Over the holidays I finally got a chance to finish reading William Benitez’s book on self publishing. If you’re thinking about adding some titles on this topic to your bookshelf, here’s my review.

As someone very interested in self-publishing, I’ve read lots of books on this subject. One thing I preferred about this title was most of the information was brand new to me. Mr. Benitez offers you a been there, done that approach which will probably cut down on the learning curve for many of us.

He includes lots of screen shots to help clarify what he’s talking about…which is great for techno phobics like myself.

And added plus for me was he talks a lot about using the Serif Page Plus software which I happen to own but haven’t really explored yet. This book and his advice gave me lots of confidence to do just that, and then put it to good use in my own self-publishing adventure. In fact, it could a boom to self-publishers who don’t have a big budget. So if you own this low-cost software or thinking about buying it, then this is must read. And for others, I think it’s a good pick because it delves into self publishing topics other books haven’t tackled.

Coffee Time Romance Promotion Sale

My friends at Coffee Time Romance ( asked if I’d pass this along. If you’re thinking of promoting and advertising your books in 2014 they have a Holiday sale going on-

Tis the Season to Save on Promos (falalala)

Book Brew (Blog Event)

January : New Starts and Second Chances. Does your book feature a character whose heart has been broken so badly s/he does not dare trust and love again? How about one who has suffered some really terrible hardship or trauma-physical, financial or emotional, but is going on with grit and determination to earn that happy ending? Maybe one who hurt or left the love of his or her life only to run into them again unexpectedly and maybe have a chance to win them back? This is the kind of inspiring stories we are looking for this month. Hit us with your best shot!

February: Well, what can we possibly do in February but celebrate love and romance!? Let’s see Romeo and Juliet with a surprise happy ending, Any of those classic love stories but told with your unique and special twist. While hearts and flowers and sweet sentiment are nice, many people do not fall in love that way or work their way to the HEA that way so tell it like it is. Give us real people with real problems but finally ending up together and knowing –as we will also-that they’ll be together truly until death do them part!

March: March is Myth Madness with St. David’s Day falling on March 1, the ides of March on the 15 and St Patrick’s on the 17th. Everyone loves a good myth, Greek, Norse, Roman, Celtic, even Native American or Asian. Readers want it; we’ve got it. From kilted lads, the brave and ardent Irishman, the hero or heroine from mystic Wales, arrogant deities, selfish nymphs, the stories go on . They can be ancient, medieval or modern but let’s celebrate the mythical mayhem that has come down to us over the centuries and still fires our imagination and ardor! Dance a jig with a leprechaun, ride the waves with Neptune, take a tour of Mt. Olympus, throw a thunderbolt with Thor. Music, good eats, sentiment, bravery, mysticism, warriors and monsters permeate mythology; share it with our readers!

If you want a guaranteed spot, contact Our Book Brew Coordinator, Gaye today.

Interviews…we have opened up the 2014 spots

Yearly Membership – On Sale for $25.00 – Click here

Take advantage of this membership and get the month you need!
•A personal interview with your book cover on interview (scheduling based on availability)
•Book cover up at one of our Yahoo groups (PG & Adult rated groups) for 7 days
•We will create an author group for you to keep your readers informed of what you are doing and your releases.
•Add all upcoming chats, your book signing, your Launch Party, and more to our live calendar.
•We will list your web site on our Blog
•Web Site listed in our site for readers to find you
•Keep you informed of special events that will help you with the promotion of your book and/or authors in your field.

New This Month – Spots Open for 2014
Normally $50.00 – On Sale for $35.00 – Click here

Show readers your new release book cover on the front page of Coffee Time Romance & More.

On the 1st of each month, we put up new book covers linked to your website for readers to find.

Please check with us before making your purchase to ensure availability.

Coffee House Author Membership
Normally $35.00 – On Sale for $20.00 – Click here

Show readers your new release book cover on the front page of Coffee Time Romance & More.

On the 1st of each month, we put up new book covers linked to your website for readers to find.

Please check with us before making your purchase to ensure availability.


December Special – FREE with your Purchase of one of these promo items (above) (Normally $10)

Are you looking for a different way to get in touch with readers and let them know about contests, events, or blurb/cover? This is a great way to do it!

Once a month (around the 10th) we send out an eNewsletter to readers who have requested to get this type of information in their mail box….an entire eMail newsletter filled with Contest and Author news.

I’m At ARe Cafe Today

Today I’m blogging about NaNoWriMo with some tips for starting a novel and keeping it going.

Here’s the link-

How To Get Good Reviews On Amazon By Theo Rogers-A Review

MEDIA KIT How To Get Good Reviews JPEGYou probably remember that Theo Rogers stopped by This Writer’s Life a few weeks ago as part of his book tour to promote his book, How To Get Good Reviews On Amazon. He kindly gave me a copy to read so here’s my review-

I always judge a how to book by how much information it offers me that I didn’t know before, and this one scores high. As a book junkie, I visit Amazon’s site a lot and wasn’t aware they have ratings even for the reviewers. Another thing I learned from Theo’s books was you can actually approach them about the possibility of reviewing your book. I thought it was all down to luck. He even takes you through the process of how to contact them and what to say and what not to say.

Theo’s writing is down to earth and easy to read. He didn’t use too much insider jargon and when he did, he explained it.

And if you’re pushed for time, as most of us are these days, the book won’t take you more than an hour to read. I think it’s a book you’re likely to keep on your Kindle or computer just to go back and see what other tips you missed on the first reading. I also think just about anyone can benefit from reading it. Publishers, authors, self publishers, and yes, even people who are thinking of reviewing products and books on Amazon.

Seeing Forever Cover

As promised in my Friday Ramblings, here’s a look at the cover of my next release (Monday August 19th) Seeing Forever, Book Five in the Perfect Pairing Series-


Some People Walk or Run, I Write-A Tribute To My Dad

My father would have 85 years old today. Some of you already know the story of how I couldn’t write for ten years after he died. Many of you also know that he died from pancreatic cancer.

While he was ill I was working on what is now Death Likes Me. We’d drive back from him taking his radiation treatments and we’d sit and chat about my ideas for the characters and plot. He was always very supportive of my writing. When I’d get a rejection, and yes, there were plenty of those, sometimes he’d want to phone the editor and ask why they’d said no to this great story. He even turned the cold storage area under the garage into my writing nook. And he wouldn’t think twice about driving to the only office supply store in town that sold the printer refill cartridges for my Magnavox word processor. And he was my best sounding board for stories that popped into my head.

I’m happy that he got to hear about my idea for the Niki Webber series and today as I wonder what he’d look like now, I’ve thought about ways to pay tribute to him. Some people run or walk to raise money for a cause, and while I thought about going out and playing golf today…something he loved to do, bottom line is I’m a lousy golfer. I’ve finally decided  the best tribute is to start work on the next Niki Webber story. So today I’ll be beginning on that project and I’m sure wherever he is he’ll be watching over my shoulder.

Coffee Time Romance Seeks Volunteer Editors

If anyone’s interested in being an editor Coffee Time Romance needs three people. It’s a volunteer position but they’re a fun bunch of people.

Here are the details if you’re interested-

Coffee Time Romance & More is looking to bring in 3 editors to join our staff.

An editor position is for editing the reviews before they go live on Coffee Time and More.  In exchange for editing which should (after you finish the training) should only take about an hour a month, I was offering free advertising (on 2 pages of the site). 

If this sounds like something you might want to do or if you have questions, please contact KarenneLyn at

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