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#RomancingSeptember with Rosie Amber & Stephanie Hurt

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Today is September 1, and that means…tada!…#RomancingSeptember has begun. Thirty days, thirty authors featured on two different blogs, answering two different sets of questions. I have been invited to take part, and my post is scheduled for September 30. I hope you’ll all read it, but PLEASE don’t wait for me. There are some wonderful writers being featured (I’m so lucky to be in the mix!) and you’ll want to meet one each day.

I will be posting the links daily to both Rosie Amber’s blog and Stephanie Hurt’s blog, and you can check each of these authors out for yourself. I predict you’ll learn something from each one of them, find some new books to read, and have a lot of fun along the way.  (You’ll also find two new blogs to follow, as well.)

Today’s featured author is Melissa Foster. Here are the links to her posts:

Rosie Amber:  Romancing September Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Stephanie Hurt: Romancing September Across the World Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Hope you enjoy learning about Melissa Foster, and please remember to share these posts everywhere you can. Remember, it’s all about Writers Helping Writers, here.

Have a great day!

Bookshelf Tag!

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I’ve been invited to take part in two different “events” this week, and am starting with this one. (Look for the Blog Hop tomorrow.) Author Stella Tarakson has tagged me, so I’m invited to take part in Bookshelf Tag. Thanks for thinking of me, Stella. I always enjoy these things, for some reason. Here are the rules for Bookshelf Tag:

“Answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.”

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry? Read more…

One Lovely Blog Award

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I’m very excited to let you guys know that last week, Marjorie of Kyrosmagica nominated Bookin’ It for the One Lovely Blog Award. What a great surprise, Marjorie, and I thank you so much! So pleased you thought of me. Please stop by Kyrosmagica and say hi to Marjorie, a really nice lady with a cool blog. You’ll enjoy looking around there.

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person nominating you and link back to them in your post (See above! 🙂 )

2. Share seven things about yourself

3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

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Here are Seven Things About Me which you probably never knew. I’m sure you could get along fine without knowing them now, but I thought it would be fun to share them with you, anyway. 🙂

1. I’m tall. Nearly 5’11”. That’s close enough to six feet to look most men directly in the eyes, and to look down on a few of them, too. (Not that I’d ever REALLY look down on them, of course. At least not most of them.) But being that tall back in the day was an interesting way to grow up. I was in high school before I had to relinquish my status as the tallest person in the class…including the teacher. (I mean I was 5’5″ in 3rd grade!) Read more…

Sunday Blog of the Week – Nancy’s Notes From Florida

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Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style. She also writes the Drift Lords Series, adventures more in the sci-fi romance vein.  Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.

Nancy’s Notes From Florida blog is always a fun and interesting place to visit. I’ve been following Nancy via email for close to two years, and I have learned a lot about everything from her favorite recipes to her advice on writing cozy mystery novels, and the importance of networking via groups like the Romance Writers of America. She also blogs on general writing subjects of interest to authors in every genre. Her experience in the industry is wide and varied, and I guarantee you can learn something helpful by following Nancy’s blog. Hope you’ll stop by and check it out today.

Nancy’s Notes From Florida

Check out Nancy’s books, too.

Writing the Cozy Mystery

Permed To Death (Bad Hair Day Mystery #1)

Warrior Prince (The Drift Lord Series)

Sunday’s Blog of the Week: Silver Birch Press

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One of My Favorite Silver Birch Press Anthologies
Definitely 5 of 5 Stars

Silver Birch Press was one of the first blogs I started following when I joined the WordPress family, and it’s still one of the most inspiring out there. Filled with every sort of poetry, excerpts from essays and books, and quotes and ideas that inspire me daily, it’s my Go-To place for a quick look at the difference words can make in our lives.

An independent publisher out of Los Angeles, Silver Birch Press represents new voices in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays and Poetry, and does so with flair and style, but they also keep us in touch with the voices of those who have gone before. Part of the fun of seeing what’s new each day is never knowing if I’m going to discover a brand new writer, or be reminded of the brilliance of someone whose work I admired years ago. And I have a special fondness for SBP, since they have given me an opportunity to express my voice, as well. I’ve had poems included in several of their wonderful anthologies. Without that experience, I might never have decided to take the plunge and write my first novel.

For all of the reasons listed above, I’m happy to present Silver Birch Press as my Blog of the Week, and I hope some of you will head on over to check them out. Follow SBP, and you’ll get an email notice keeping you abreast of each new poem or excerpt, so you won’t miss anything that speaks to your heart.  Take it from me, there’s always something wonderful, fun, or inspirational being shared there.

Silver Birch Press

Sunday’s Blog of the Week: Sharechair

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Are you a bonafide computer geek, knowledgeable in all things technological? No? Me, neither. Would you like to learn how to do more with the devices in your life, and have all the tips and tricks explained in easy-to-understand terms that make everything simple and clear? Me, too. That’s why I visit Sharechair: Everyday Technology for Everyday Folks so often.

From the most basic instructions on how to use your iPhone and iPad, to settings that require a bit more understanding, to fun games and apps, Sharechair will show you the way. And you’ll have a good time, too. The link I’m providing takes you to the About The Blog page, but the menu across the top will take you to all sorts of other goodies, like: All Things Kindle, How-To’s, iOS7, and Very Beginner Series. I’d suggest, however, starting at the tab marked New Visitors Please Start Here. (Sort of self-explanatory, that one.)

Wherever you start, if you own an iPad, a Kindle, or an iPhone, I bet you’ll learn a ton of stuff you never knew existed. I sure did. Stop by and say hi, then start finding out about all the cool things you can do that you never knew about before. Have fun!

Sharechair: Everyday Technology for Everyday Folks

Sunday’s Blog of the Week: Backyard Biology

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Chestnut-Sided Warbler by Sue Chaplin

I discovered Sue’s wonderful Backyard Biology blog shortly after I started this one nearly two years ago, and have followed it regularly ever since. Sue’s nature photography just gets better and better, but even more fun is that she combines her love of photography with a genuine interest in all things related to whatever she is taking pictures of at the time. Sue shares this information with her readers, in a way that makes it all entertaining and interesting. If you love animals, birds, scenic prairies, rivers, and more, you’ll love Backyard Biology. Do stop by and see for yourself. And be sure to tell Sue I said hi! 🙂

Backyard Biology

E-readers: E-ink vs Back-lit

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Wondering what the difference is between an e-reader that is back-lit and one that uses e-ink technology? Check out Sharechair’s very simple explanation here:

http://sharechair.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/e-ink-or-backlit-screen-whats-the-difference/?replytocom=5743#respond

The difference, by the way,  is huge, and can impact how much Read more…

Quote #65 – Deborah Harkness

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In a Question and Answer session quoted on Meyer Lane’s Short Attention Span Press (a blog I’m learning to really enjoy), Deborah Harkness  had this advice for writers:

“Say yes.” The world is asking you to try new things, have fresh experiences, meet people, see foreign places, and learn things. Most of the time we say no. Say yes. Go for it. Try. Live. Dream. Refuse to be negative. Be generous with your own time and gifts. See what happens then.

     —Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches)

NOTE: This seems to me to be pretty darn good advice for ALL of us, doesn’t it?

 

Do You Read WordPress Authors?

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I find myself constantly surprised at the number of writers with WordPress blogs, ranging from beginners to very experienced and well-known authors, whose names you would probably recognize immediately.  I have been trying to research Read more…

Blog Sharing On Self-Publishing

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In my Real Life, such as it is, I don’t know a single person who is currently writing a book, who plans to write a book, who has ever written a book in the past, or who even dreams of writing a book someday.  Man, do I hang out with boring people, or what?  Read more…

Blog Share!

Since I didn’t have a chance to nominate a new blog as part of my receiving another Blog of the Year star earlier, I figured I’d post my nomination(s) separately:

You MUST check out moviewriter.nyu !  I insist! *grin*  Seriously, it’s a very well written and funny blog, and it currently features several holiday stories that are hilarious.  One on Santa’s Reindeer, Donner, changing his name to Tony that I really enjoyed, and another about Father Time refusing to be forced into retirement on December 31, simply to make way for the Baby New Year.  Not only are the premises entertaining, but the writing is excellent.  I highly recommend this one.  And I’ll be back later, when I have time to scout out a couple more for your reading pleasure. 

Enjoy!

Another Star!

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Thanks to Sheri of Sheri de Grom for awarding me another star for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award!  I’m tickled to have it, Sheri, and I so appreciate your kind words!  I’m really pleased that you enjoy my reviews, and I hope you’ll continue to stop by to visit as often as you can.  I know I enjoy checking out your blog as well, and folks, you should, too. 

  1. Select the blogs you think deserve the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with this award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page, Blog of the Year 2012 Award. http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/ourawards.blog/of/the-year-2012-awardand include these ‘rules’ in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award (http://www.facebook.com/groups/BookoftheYear/) and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

I’m going to have to sit down this afternoon to work up some nominations for this award to share here.  I haven’t been home much in the last few days, so I haven’t been able to focus on it, but I promise to get back to it SOON.

Thank you, again, Sheri.  It’s been nice getting to know you here on WordPress.  Have a great weekend!

The Tiny Lantern Award

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Thanks so much to Alice at Backstreets and Alleys for giving me her first Tiny Lantern Award!  I’m honored and pleased, Alice, and I thank you so much.  No rules or badges with this one, but to read more about it, please check out her link at: http://alleysbackstreets.wordpress.com/tiny-lantern-awards/ .  Hope you’ll spend some time looking around Alice’s blog, too.  I always enjoy myself there.

Thank you again, Alice!  I really appreciate this one a lot!

Wow! Another award! Tis the Season…

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I am tickled to say that Misifusa of Misifusa’s Blog has nominated me for a new award.  Must be that Gift Giving Time of Year, when everyone feels generous and happy.  Whatever the reason, thank you so much, Misifusa.  I’m very pleased to receive your nomination, and folks, do stop by and check out her blog.  I’m a new visitor there, but I’ve been enjoying it very much. 

Now as to the award.  This is slightly different from the others as you can add extra stars to it every time someone nominates you for it.  That’s a fun variation.  Here are the rules, as explained by the creator of the award. Be sure to check below the rules, where I have added my nominations for other bloggers, as well.   Read more…

A New Award!

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It’s so nice to find out a reader likes your blog well enough to nominate you for an award.  Thanks to Patty at Thoughts From An American Woman for this particular honor. I’m really pleased! And I LOVE the subtext on the icon.  For me, it’s pretty much been the basic tenet of my whole life. 

In order to accept the award, Read more…

An Award! How Exciting!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

As a pretty new blogger, I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive my first blogging award! I was nominated for Read more…

The New Paperwhite Kindle

For those considering an e-reader, or wanting to upgrade to a Kindle that doesn’t need a light, but not wanting to go to the back-lit, harder-on-the-eyes  Kindle Fire, there’s a new game in town.  While I love browsing on devices like Read more…

Blogs I Love A Lot Part 2

In keeping with my new plan to share links to interesting blogs I’ve found now and then, here are two more I really enjoy.  Hope you’ll check them out.  And if you do drop by, Read more…

Blogs I Love A Lot

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Just wanted to share a couple of my favorite blogs with you guys today.  Since we are all readers, I figured some of you might enjoy these as much as I do, if you haven’t already found them on your own.  Yeah, I know there’s a list of blogs I follow down towards the bottom of this page, but every now and then, I’d like to pass along Read more…

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