Saturday, April 4, 2015

Angela James Speaking in Phoenix on Branding!

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Don’t Miss This Month’s Valley of the Sun Romance Writer’s meeting on April 14th!
Angela James, Editorial Director at Carina Press, will speak for two hours on Branding. Every writer needs this valuable information!

Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first fiction imprint, is both an avid reader of digital books and a veteran of and advocate for the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed over a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses, Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin's Carina Press.

She has edited bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Shelly Laurenston and more. She was profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry and is the creator of the popular self-editing online workshop for authors, Before You Hit Send. In 2013, Angela was named New York Romance Writers of America's Golden Apple Editor of the Year.

You can find Angela on Twitter at @angelajames.

VOS will keep the business portion of our meeting to a minimum to make time for the full two hours of Angela’s speeches.
5:30 – Dinner & Networking
6:30 – Business meeting
6:40 – Guest Speaker


Building Your Brand, Part I:  (The first hour.)
How many times has someone told you to build your brand, but not told you what that means? You think it might mean something about a tagline, or your website header, but in reality, building your brand is an important, and sometimes complex, endeavor. One that can start right before you ever publish a book and continue throughout your career. In this workshop, learn what constitutes author brand, how it can support your career plan, why its important, how you can get one, and some things you should avoid.

Building Your Brand, Part II:
As an author, youre told you should have both a website and a brand. In this workshop, discuss how the two should work together, and how you can use your website to support your brand. Learn via actual visual examples things to avoid and things to consider when setting up and maintaining your website.

Valley of the Sun Meets the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
December: holiday party, regular meeting date, different location
Location:
Ironworks Restaurant
17233 N. 45th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85308
Bellair Golf Course
Crossroads: Bell and 45th Ave, just North of Bell.
(A few miles south of the 101 and a few miles west of the I-17.)
Non-members may attend two meetings before joining




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Judi Thoman



Last night, I spent the evening with my writing friends sharing memories of Judi Thoman. Judi was a long-time member of The Valley of the Sun Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. She recently lost her battle with breast cancer and will be greatly missed.

Many of the writers who spoke last night were members of her critique group. They all said she had taken them under her wing when they first joined the chapter and helped them learn the craft of writing. They are all now published authors.

There were three thoughts I left with last night. One, I believe sharing memories and saying good-byes in small, intimate groups is beneficial. It brought a sense of piece. Second, hearing how Judi helped all of these women made me reflect on my own life. There are times in a person's life when we decide if we want to continue on the path we are on or choose a new path. Three, it is important for woman to get yearly breast exams.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Introducing Brenda Whiteside



Writing murder mysteries is all in a day's work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe's stories to life.



Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her...or murder to follow her.

Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.


With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.


You can find this cowboy romance at
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TWRP:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What Are You Reading Now?



I am reading What Janie Saw by Pamela Tracy. Harlequin's Heartwarming line publishes clean, well-written books that can be shared by mothers and daughters. This particular one is a romantic suspense.

Harlequin Heartwarming May 2014
The last person she wanted... was the only one who could keep her safe...
Janie Vincent had no use for cops.  They'd never done her any favors, but when she uncovers a lead into the disappearance of a girl at the college where she's a teaching assistant, suddenly Janie's life depends on the officers of Scorpion Ridge.  And one in particular: Sheriff Rafael Salazar.  
Rafe knows how much destruction a missing-persons case can cause a family, and so to solve this case, he's determined to stick to Janie like glue.  She's clearly not a fan of the 24/7 surveillance, but he intends to break down her distrust.  And maybe they'll discover what Janie saw can be the key to healing them both.

RT reviewer says:  Tracy’s story is a suspenseful and entertaining one readers will enjoy as they follow the twists and turns.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do We Need A Hero?

I finished watching my recording of the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder and I felt conflicted. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I have since the beginning, but I have been losing interest in the series. After the finale, I was leaning towards not watching it again. On the other hand, I do enjoy those twists and turns. I thought about the shows I usually record. They are crime dramas with a hero or heroine. The good guys go after the bad guys and win. I was left wondering whether or not a show needs a hero?

Romance writers and readers are used to having a hero and a happy ending. We leave our books or television with a sense that good overcame evil and all is right with the world.

Then I remembered Breaking Bad. I believe the character development was superb. We watched the nice guy, a teacher, turn bad for good reasons. Eventually, he had to admit he reached a point where he enjoyed being bad because he was good at it. But even when he was bad, he still protected Jesse and his family, including his brother-in-law, who worked for the DEA.

I get the impression that Annalise on How to Get Away with Murder would throw anyone under the bus if it fit into her scheme to win. I feel sorry for the character she had affair with. He seems to be a nice guy who has suffered the most from knowing her. The students who work for her have been dragged to the dark side as well. I feel sorry for them, but that isn't enough to keep me watching. I need a hero on this show. It is a popular series, so I am sure many people do not agree with me. We are all entitled to our own opinion.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Promotion on Twitter

You have a book for sale, now what? It won;t sell itself. You need to market, promote.

While tweeting and retweeting on Twitter, I have come across book promoters. I haven;t used any, but I plan to keep an eye on them and determine if they are worth using. I also don't plan on spending much money, so I'll check their price schedules. I'm not recommending these people, but I will share their names so you can do your own research.

Author Retweet
Free Book Promotions
Review My Ebook
Elite Book Promotions
AllBookBot
Free Kindle Books
NovelAuthors
Tweet Your Book

If you have any information about this list, I would appreciate the feedback.

Good luck,

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year's Resolutions


Every New Year's Eve the topic of resolutions comes up. I resist making them, but usually give in. This year I've decided to think of them as continued growth in areas that concern me.

1, Organizing my home. I've started cleaning out the old already. I finally gave up my VHS tapes. Well, most of them. They went to Good Will today along with old cups and glasses I rarely use. I still need to place old pictures into albums and scan paperwork I want to toss.

2.  Increase my writing time. I've decided to keep the laptop on my lap while watching TV if I haven't written that day. This will allow me to open the file and work at a leisurely pace. I think I procrastinate sometimes because writing is work even if it is my passion. I don't know anyone who writes a perfect draft every time.

3. Increase promotion. My new laptop is helping tremendously. The touchscreen has allowed me to place my social media on my start screen. The links are at my fingertips. This too can be accomplished during TV time. Right now, we are watching The Sopranos.

4. Diet. I already reduced my sugar intake which helped me drop ten pounds. Next, I am going to reduce snacking. Changing one area of my life at a time is the key for me.

I hope your new year is everything you want it to be whether you make a resolution or not.

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