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icedtea-21If there’s one thing Southern gals know how to do, it’s gab. Silly or serious, all it takes is a glass of iced tea and time. Pull up a chair, kick off your shoes, and make yourself comfy…get ready to dish!


Sunday Soundtrack: “Cherish”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in dish | 0 comments

Sunday Soundtrack: “Cherish”

Today’s tune is “Cherish,” one of my favorite classic Madonna tunes from her late ’80s album Like a Prayer. It has an effortless bounce and an absolutely adorable video. Madonna recently won the Woman of the Year award from Billboard magazine, and she had some great things to say about being a woman I’d like to share: “As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be...

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Sunday Soundtrack: “Love Never Felt So Good”

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in dish | 0 comments

Sunday Soundtrack: “Love Never Felt So Good”

Start off this Sunday with “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake. This video is extra fun because it celebrates so much about MJ’s legacy–the great dance moves, that voice, his multifacted appeal. Everything about it, from the happy dancers of all ages and races to the lyrics to adorable twinkly JT, is just perfection. I dare you not to smile. Or dance, even if you stay in your...

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Stay Young, Don’t Look Back

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in dish | 1 comment

Stay Young, Don’t Look Back

Welcome to 2016! Since I’m in the very large crowd that habitually makes New Year’s resolutions but doesn’t keep them, this year I’ll try something different. Instead of coming up with my own list, I’ll borrow one from baseball legend Satchel Paige. His famous “How to Stay Young” was published in Collier’s in 1953. It’s great advice. Here’s how I plan to follow it in the coming year: Avoid fried meats, which angry up the blood. Ah, yes, the food one. There’s always a food resolution,...

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Release Day!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

Release Day!

Today’s the day! The Billionaire’s Deception is being released by Tule Publishing’s Holiday Books. I’m really excited about this book because not only is it my first publisher release, but it is also one of a series of five books by fellow authors and friends Katherine Garbera, Nancy Robards Thompson, Kathleen O’Brien, and Eve Gaddy. I had a ball planning this book with these women. Writing is always an individual effort, but having other voices and ideas boosts your own creativity and also keeps you on your...

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Shoot Me Now

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in dish | 1 comment

Shoot Me Now

So I had to get head shots. Let me just say that the idea of head shots appeals to me about as much as a root canal, since most of the time I look at pictures of myself and wonder how long that puffer fish has been stealing from my closet. Seriously, ugh. But a book is coming out and I have to be serious about the writing and promo and although Mr. Man is wonderful and fabulous, it’s not fair to expect him to take amazing head shots. Too much pressure. He’s artistically and technically capable, but that’s just not something...

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Searching for Shemar

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

Searching for Shemar

For the last week or so, I’ve been working alongside my fellow Amalfi Nights authors to design the covers for the series. The fabulous team at Tule Publishing consistently produces gorgeous covers, so I wasn’t worried about the final result. The process has proved to be quite interesting. Lots goes into an appealing cover design: typefaces, positioning, size, arrangement, color scheme, mood, and, of course, image. You’d think finding the perfect cover image would be easy–but then you’d be wrong. When you’re...

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RWA National: So You’ve Written a Book – What’s Next?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

RWA National: So You’ve Written a Book – What’s Next?

In this session, authors Jennifer Blackwood, Brenda St. John Brown, Chanel Cleeton, Megan Erickson, AJ Pine, and Lia Riley discussed ways to increase and enhance their online profiles through social media.  I was taking notes as fast as I could, so I’ll just clean them up a bit. TWITTER Create a profile for author you, interact as author self. Streamline everything. Make banners, etc. that apply across all social media. Interact as author you. Follow authors in your genre and favorite authors and see who they follow. Follow agents,...

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RWA National: Finding Your Voice and Making It Yours

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

RWA National: Finding Your Voice and Making It Yours

Friends and critique partners Jeannie Lin and Bria Quinlan led this session on identifying the elements of your writer voice and how to develop it. True voice is unique to each writer; you know you’ve found your distinctive voice when people either love it or hate it. Consider the following non-romance authors John Grisham, Jon Krakauer, and Stephen King—there’s no way you would mistake a book by one of them for anyone else. That’s what to aim for. Your voice can be your best friend and your worst enemy. A strong voice will...

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RWA National: Putting the Real You into Your Author Brand

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

RWA National: Putting the Real You into Your Author Brand

Kaira Rouda has spent most of her professional career in business, marketing, and advertising. The founder of the real estate magazine Real Living, she considers herself a woman entrepreneur, especially now that she’s a full-time writer. She has published four titles with Tule Publishing, with more in the pipeline. In this workshop, Kaira focused on the principles found in her independently-published business book Turn Your Passion into Profit, which she has adapted for writers. To Kaira’s thinking, presenting yourself as...

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RWA National: Not So Fast–Finding Success While Writing in the Slow Lane

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in dish | 0 comments

RWA National: Not So Fast–Finding Success While Writing in the Slow Lane

Apparently I have a theme lately, and that’s how to function as a writer in a publishing world that seems to value speed over all. What happens when your natural process doesn’t seem to match the demands of the market? Bestselling authors Meredith Duran, Julie James, Sherry Thomas, and Lauren Willig discussed how being a slower writer affects their process and their careers. The overall takeaway: Your process is what it is. Whether you’re a day-to-day perfectionist who produces a very few pages in a daily session or someone...

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