Was 2014 a Successful Year for You?

Gas Prices Drop
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Got to tell you … no matter what else happened in 2014, that I could fill my car with gas that cost $1.75 per gallon (OK, OK …I had some “cents-off coupons”, but still …) qualifies it as a great year, no matter what else happened.

But I jest … sort of.

We all have our own definition of “success”. Since this is a blog about writing, I want to focus on that. But first, allow me to put into perspective the really important things in life: Continue reading

Prefer Paperback? Order now and save $2

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Heads-up, faithful Followers: My newest novel, Kissed By The Snow, is available, and I’m anxious for you to read it.

Kissed By The Snow

If you’d like to hold a print copy in your hands, order the paperback directly from my eStore and use discount code QQKLNUEP at checkout to save $2 off the retail price.

Your honest review is appreciated at Amazon and Goodreads.

What do you get when you … self-publish?

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Do you remember the song that starts with “What do you get when you fall in love?” According to Dionne Warwick “…you only get a life of pain and sorrow.” I’m betting if you changed her words to WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU SELF PUBLISH?, you’d get the same answer. Continue reading

On Being An Expert – Part 2

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My last post was about what it meant to be an “expert”, i.e., did our readers expect us to be “experts” in the things we write about? I’m guessing if you are writing a cookbook; well then, yeah … it probably would be good if you knew your way around the kitchen. Or the “Five Easiest Ways To Perform Open-Heart Surgery” probably should be written by a doctor, preferably a heart surgeon. But a reader can hardly expect a writer of vampire novels to be a vampire (i.e., a “real” expert). Or everyone who writes a thriller about the CIA to be an undercover agent in Iran. Continue reading