In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

What goes on in this story that makes someone want to read it – and other “shadows” that authors think about as they design cover art and write blurbs. Ever experience a time in your writing life when you stare at the screen absently and mutter to yourself, “What now?”  And this is not some mental block that keeps you from writing. Oh no. It’s more like the inescapable time when you have to consider what will work for your cover art, and what won’t, and you are stricken with a lack of ideas for blurbs. My hubby, who is a

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POSITIVE reinforcement: FIVE TIPS

POSITIVE reinforcement: FIVE TIPS

What would you do if you had a magic tool for injecting positive attitudes and ideas directly into your writing career? Would you use it? I think the idea that if we had a magic button that we could push and all of our negativism would disappear is a rather interesting idea and one that I want to enlarge upon. Let’s pretend that there IS a magic formula. Would you use it? I guess we will see because below are a few tips for doing just that. Go on. Steal this list. You need the positive input anyway, right? FIVE

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5 Ways to use Twitter effectively

5 Ways to use Twitter effectively

Twitter for you and me. Sounds like a song, right? Everyone knows what Twitter is, but most people, still are not using it. That is, people over the age of fifty. We know HOW, but we just don’t “GET” it.  What is the purpose of a format that only allows 140 characters? Why wouldn’t someone just use Facebook or another social media forum to say what they are thinking, what’s on their mind, what’s happening in their world? Well, they would. But we can also use Twitter and benefit. Here’s how: Five Ways to Use Twitter and Benefit From It

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Tuesday Teaser Excerpt from new book!

Tuesday Teaser Excerpt from new book!

Here we are in May and you know what that means? The number two book in the Shannon Wallace Mystery series is about to bust out of here! That’s right. and I am going to give you a special sneak peek into the book but first… The new TITLE!!!!!! Yew to a Kill Isn’t that snazzy?  I know, right? It’s a cool little twist to “View to A Kill” and I did it to match  Disk of Death  which is a twist on “Kiss of Death”. Okay, so now that you are in the know, here is a bit of Yew

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Goals and what they mean to you

Goals and what they mean to you

Goals and what they might mean to you Have you ever noticed words inside of words? I have. Like GOALS – it has the word GO in it. And DIET has the word DIE in it. Yeah, well, I never promised you I wasn’t a weirdo. But, we do play mind games with ourselves sometimes (like seeing words in words!) If you are like me, seeing GO in GOALS made me a little more motivated. I wanted to share with you. How to take a big goal and turn it into little smaller bites First, make a BIG GOAL-an over-arching

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