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When We Reach Our Goals.

IMG_0713My life has been quite busy over the last few weeks. After years of hard work and dedication my husband graduated from medical school. I was thinking back about our long journey together. For as long as we have been together he has been in school, first college, then graduate, and then medical school. I am going to take a moment to brag, because he graduated with honors from both UCF and medical school.

We had a wonderful time at the graduation ceremony and after we returned home from our traveling, he said it was strange not to have to study for hours everyday. He said he finally reached a goal he had been pursuing for years. So many people don’t get to say that.

We are both very fortunate to be able to make that statement. I achieved my goal of becoming a published author last December and on June 9th my first book came out in print! None of this came easy for either of us and we are very grateful.IMG_4151

Now the second phase of the hard work begins. For me, I have almost completed my second book in this series and my husband will begin a residency program. The hard work isn’t over we are just shifting into a different part of the process.

So I ask you what are you goals? Have you reached them or still working on them like we are?

 

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Everybody Needs A Little Romance Right?

IMG_2484Do you like to read a good historical, paranormal, contemporary or erotica? Well this blog has a treat for you! Today’s blogs has a taste of all of these!

To Love A Wicked Scoundrel is the first book out by Anabelle Bryant. If you haven’t met Anabelle you can find her at www.anabellebryant.com  and here is the link to her latest book – 966d5529c45b940a802b9d7222184670http://goo.gl/jRvaRS

This past week I have been asked by so many readers about the next installment of my Cozy Cozy series. First I want to say I loved writing IRRESISTIBLY DELICIOUS and I’m enjoying writing Cookie’s story right now. I appreciate how patient my readers are. This book would have been finished two months ago if I wasn’t still dealing with the tornado damage that hit my house back in February.

daf-cc-id3I love writing small-town contemporary romance with a touch of humor and a bit of suspense. Kind of like our own lives. We laugh, we cry, and hope for a happily-ever-after. At least in my stories, they do end up that way. Here is a link to my book:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I2TE750/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_L7R6sb19YFSK9 

I’m fortune to be in the company of some wonderful writers in this blog hop. In celebration I’m giving away two copies of my book Irresistibly Delicious if you leave a comment below on my page. Have a wonderful Monday and remember we all need a little romance.

 

 

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Cassandra Curtis – http://cassandracurtis.com

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Cassandra writes romantic comedy, paranormal erotic romance and erotic romance. Her latest book is here:http://tinyurl.com/lgte5ol

Here’s is Cassandra’s bio:

Author of the bestselling paranormal erotic romance series Shifting Tides and finalist in 2007’s EPIC awards, Ms. Curtis always loved reading tales of adventure, romance, mystery, and magic. Then one day she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. Penning both erotic romance under the name Cassandra Curtis, and romantic comedy as Cass Curtis, humor is a common thread in all her books.

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Available now!

Lynne St. James  – http://lynnestjames.com – http://lynnestjames.com/blog/

Lynne writes erotic romance. Her latest book can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Desires-Anamchara-Lynne-James-ebook/dp/B00JORDB24

Here is Lynne’s Bio:

Lynne St. James lives in the mostly sunny state of Florida with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She works in the Internet Technology industry and loves to escape to the worlds of her creation. When she’s not working, she’s writing, reading, taking pictures and sometimes cooking.

If Lynne had her way she’d travel all over the world and set a new book in each place she visited. Maybe someday!

Lynne is addicted to coffee and if she’s not at her desk you can usually find her hovering over her Keurig coffee maker waiting for the next cup to be ready.

Lynne has three books in her Vampires of Eternity Series published with Siren-Bookstrand. Her new series called Anamchara is releasing with JK Publishing.

 

 

 

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Cover Impact – How Do You Choose?

Lets face it, the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” is pretty hard not to do. When you walk into a book store or scroll online to purchase an ebook, the cover gives off a first impression. 1558801_577475915669507_1029084596_nI’ll be the first to admit, if the cover art catches my eye I’m half way sold. Then I glance at the blurb, read the beginning few paragraphs and decide if this is a book for me.embracingherdesires-200x280

Do you read a variety of books or stick to one genre? Up until a few years ago the majority of what I read was historical romance. Then I was given a paranormal romance by Lori Handeland. That book opened a new reading world for me. I branched out to contemporary romance, sci fi, young adult, and again I looked for the amazing cover art to guide me.

My Soul For You Front CoverIt was the cover art that first attracted me to author Airicka Phoenix. Her cover caught my attention and when I read the first few pages, I discovered what a talented author she is. Now I race to read anything she releases. What an impact that one cover had on me.

Of course the moment I set my eyes on my cover, I fell in love with it.daf-cc-id3

So I wonder do you choose a book by the cover, blurb, reviews, or recommendations from a friend? I’d love to hear from you.

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Technology Then and Now

This past December, I looked around at the gifts I wrapped under the tree. There were small packages of iTunes gift cards, dvd’s, cd’s  etc. They cost a lot but didn’t look like much when wrapped and placed at the base of my tree.

The electronic devices have not only gotten smaller, but we can have immediate results at the touch of a finger. When I was on the telephone with my grandmother who is 89, I remarked on this topic. Kids don’t realize how lucky they are compared to when we were growing up.

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Elizabeth Public Library Elizabeth, NJ

I remember when I landed a job at the Elizabeth Public Library as the Senior Accounting Clerk in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I was replacing a woman who had been in that position for the past 35 years. The technology was interesting and ancient to me. I had worked preciously at a bank where everything was computerized and up to date with the latest technology. The library system was not. The woman I replaced still worked with handwritten ledgers!

Part of my Job was to cover the switchboard, lord only knows how old that thing was! They didn’t have a modern telephone phone system installed. The Library director was also in her position for over 30 years, I guess didn’t see the need to move along with the times. I had never worked a switched board, actually I never really saw one either, but I would work it once in a while for a fifteen minute shift to give the operator a break. It was also well know that this switchboard operator listened in on people calls, something that could be done easily with this system. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you picture kids today looking at this old board and  placing a call?

Now we can download music in an instant, read books on a our kindle, nook, iPad  and computers, all in the palm of our hands. I wonder what’s next in store for the future?

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Love and Friendship is at the heart of the Barefoot Bay books.

Today I’m temporarily derailed from my usual topics to talk about a series of books which touched my heart. Love, family and friendship are the foundation and strength to get us through our everyday lives. This series is based on those very things.

When I picked up Barefoot in the Sand, book one in the Barefoot Bay Series. I expected and easy beach read. What I got was an emotional story filled with lovable characters that resonated with me. And I wanted more! I wanted to be in the magical world of Barefoot Bay.

With the release of Barefoot in the Rain and Barefoot in the Sun, I was able to enjoy these four woman all over again. Each book filled with diverse characters and a history I longed to discover. It was like a mini vacation for a few hours, and when it was over I felt good inside. So why am I talking about this today you ask? Well today the final book has been released!

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There is something magical about Mimosa Key, that makes you want to revisit it again and again with each book. So  if you’re looking for a great read with lovable characters, witty dialogue and a compelling story pick up a copy of each of these today!

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E-Book or Print?

Do you prefer an e-book, one in print, or read both? Does it matter to you? This question seems to pop up more often these days when I attend a writers function.

I love my Kindle reader. I can download a book in a split second, but it does make me sad to think the printed book’s days are numbered.

1379156_596885307034538_310340829_nAs a little girl I would make up characters and stories in my head. I remember getting in trouble for day dreaming in class. The truth was, there was really a major story evolving in my mind. Ken, Barbie and the rest of my dolls and plush animals lived very elaborate lives and every day there was a drama. My mother watched soap operas, so my dolls had car accidents like on her TV shows. They needed surgery, and while my Campbell soup doll operated, my Thumbelina waited with my Pillsbury Doughboy to see if they survived. It was a hair raising experience!

When I was eight I started reading comic books, and the stories took a slightly darker turn. I would tell them to the other children in the neighborhood. I remember one mother on the block complaining to my mother that my stories scared her child. Wimps! It was all in fun. Actually, many times I scared myself. That’s what reading Stephen King at a young age will do to a girl.

Comic books from my original collection.
Comic books from my original collection.

As I got a little older, I joined the Doubleday Book Club with my allowance. I waited with enthusiasm for my box of hard cover books to arrive. My plan, one day, I would have them all placed in my library at home. This has yet to happen, but the dream hasn’t died. Or has it?

To tell you the truth I buy books on my Kindle and I often buy the same book in print too. Especially if I can get the author to sign it. Still the library dream lives on in my heart.

But will it ever happen? Several years ago we experienced a hurricane in central Florida. This was before the Kindle era so I could read by flashlight. The power was out for eighteen hours. Thinking back now, if I had my Kindle it would have run out of battery well before the power came back on. So although there are many many perks to my e-reader, there are still many benefits to have a printed copy in case of emergency.

There is nothing like the smell of a new book when you crack open the pages. There’s nothing wrong with downloading a book the moment it’s released. I would love to see a print on demand option for certain e-books. I love to write and hope people will enjoy my stories like the ones written by my favorite authors.

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