In Love With My Characters

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Leap… And the net will appear.

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Belle Ami. Today, Belle reminisces about the characters in her novels and shares her latest release, One More Time is Not Enough.

Here’s Belle!

bellamiLet it be known, I do not like saying farewell to the characters in my novels. After all, I’ve slept with them, dreamt with them, fought with them, empathized with them, hated them, and, of course, loved them. They are like my children, oft times difficult, doing things I don’t approve of and a real pain in the ass, but when all is said and done, they are mine, and just like my children, I will defend them with my last breath. However, there does come a time when, as Kahlil Gibran wrote in The Prophet, you have to let them fly on their own. I quote, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows…

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Black Belt at 72

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Inspiration: It’s NEVER Too Late!

Joanne Guidoccio

“The journey was the cake. The black belt was the icing.”

That’s not the comment you would expect to hear from someone who has achieved the highest belt rank in karate. But then 72-year-old Gloria Smith is not the typical karate practitioner.

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A quick look at her back-story…

• Eight years ago, Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and radiation treatments.
• One year later, she retired from teaching at age 65 and decided to take up Tai Chi at the Academy of Martial Arts in Mississauga, Ontario.
• Two years later, she noticed a promotion for an eight-week class in karate. She signed up and was hooked by the end of the course.

While on the five-year journey…

“The more I got into it, the more I realized that martial artists are more than just people who can take a punch and roll on the floor…

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Every Yesterday- @NancyNaigle #Romance #WomensFiction #mgtab @BPICPromos

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Nancy Naigle’s Newest Release!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Every Yesterday
by Nancy Naigle
Series: Boot Creek, Book Two
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publisher:  Montlake Romance

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Join Nancy on August 30th at 5:30pm PDT for the EVERY YESTERDAY RELEASE PARTY!

Megan Howard used to be a successful painter—but that was a long time ago. These days she’s struggling to move forward, convinced her heart is permanently broken after her last relationship and grief stricken over the loss of her father. Clinging to memories of happier times, she holds tight to her father’s most cherished possession: a 1958 DeSoto Adventurer. Though she needs the money, she’ll never sell it—even loaning the prized automobile to her best friend on the day of her wedding stirs up painful memories.

Avowed bachelor and car collector Noah Black has never seen a car he can live without…or a woman he can live with. Reluctant to…

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Key Tips for Awesome Book Signings

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Look at your book signings in a brand new way!

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location-162102_640Internet marketing is by far the most targeted method authors use to promote their books today. Tweets and Facebook posts are free. Blogging can be free. And there are many, many direct email promotions that can be purchased for little cost. And yes, it’s true—online sales—particularly for eBooks, have defined the future of the old-fashioned “bookstore.”

But I believe authors are overlooking the good, old-fashioned way of selling books—in person, at a signing. Nothing beats the face-to-face (okay, this is my door-to-door salesman dad training talking here.) But trust me, you don’t have to land a spot in a Barnes & Noble. In fact, a major bookseller signing does not guarantee a successful event. My first two books, a memoir and a paranormal romance novel, both came out in February and March of 2015. (And just for the record? My big, Tampa, Florida B&N signing was a bust).

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about Siblings, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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For the love of siblings…

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about SIBLINGS  for a happy start to your week, enjoy!


Sharon WrayThat altar standing between Rafe and his brother Rémy was a good thing. Without it Juliet wouldn’t be planning a damn wedding, she’d be planning Rémy’s funeral.

Sharon Wray

When Next We Meet (work in progress)


a5f296_d80c2117417242208bac0db66fb2a788“And why do you think I don’t live in Glenview, sister mine? I like my bachelor existence.

Marsha West


tlight encoreTy could relate, he had two sisters and a brother of his own, all older and bossier. None that looked like Katy Fowler though.
Jacquie Biggar

Featured Image -- 79Craig muttered. “Sara swears like a truck driver and Aimee looks like my older brother.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


A_Taming_Seasonsmall“Don’t you look at me like that, big sister. I’m a grown man. I can drink as much as I want.”

Claire Gem


ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)We were first cousins, daughters of two sisters who had married two…

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Ads are NOT a Brand and Promotion is NOT Platform—Understanding the Difference

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Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Ken. Image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Ken.

Very often when I write about brand and platform, writers assume I am talking about promotion and marketing (ads) and that is not only a false assumption, it can be a fatal one. When we hop onto Twitter or Facebook and are barraged with book spam, a big reason it annoys us (though not the only) is because the author is engaging in these activities with no solid brand or platform.

It then either becomes white noise (invisible) or worse an irritation (negative branding). Writers trying to create a brand by serving up copious book promotion will have a brand all right. The brand of self-serving asshat.

The sight of the author’s face or book might even be enough to spike our blood pressure. We are far more likely to block than buy.

Why? What went wrong?

We have to look at…

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10 Mistakes All College Students Can Avoid

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I met BK at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival last year. She’s such a nice lady. Check out her mysteries!

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m thrilled to welcome English professor and author B.K. Stevens to the Power of 10 series. Today, B.K. provides valuable advice for all college students and introduces her latest release, Fighting Chance.

Here’s BK!

Picture BKS (2)If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re not starting college this fall. If you know someone who is, please pass on this list. I was a college English professor for over thirty years. Every fall, I greeted many bright, likable new students. By the end of the semester, some of them had failed my class; by the end of the year, some had flunked out of college. At least ninety percent failed not because they couldn’t do the work but because they made one or more of the mistakes on this list. Others passed but didn’t get the grades they could have gotten, didn’t learn as much as they could have learned. It’s a…

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Achieving F.O.C.U.S

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Time-Saving Tips for Writers

Joanne Guidoccio

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While journaling (and complaining) about my lack of focus, I received an email inviting me to a webinar featuring best-selling author and educator D’Vorah Lansky. Intrigued by the title—“5 Time-Generating Secrets to Get More Done and Have More Fun!”—I signed up and took notes as I watched and listened.

I paid special attention to D’Vorah’s acronym for F.O.C.U.S.

Fine Tune Your Projects List

Optimize Your Email

Concentrate on What’s Essential

Unplug and Take Time to Recharge

Streamline Your Social Media Systems

Here are D’Vorah’s suggestions:

1. Gather all To-Do lists and create a Master Projects List. Set deadlines for completion and organize the items chronologically.

2. Schedule specific email-checking times during the time. Use a timer if you are easily distracted.

3. Create folders—Receipts, Writing Ideas, Publishers—and tag each incoming email accordingly. Only emails that require immediate attention should remain in the…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about Animals, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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Happy Sunday! Enjoy these lines about #animals! 🐱🐶🐴

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about ANIMALS  for a happy start to your week, enjoy!


Wire urns filled with orange heirloom pumpkins, potted boxwoods, and crimson mums decorated the outside of the shop. The scene was complete with her mom’s golden retriever perched outside the door.

S.A. Taylor
A Step Too Close (a work in progress)


Sharon WrayThe shy doe, with delicate legs poised to run and brown wary eyes, reminded him of Juliet. Always alone, unable to trust, ready to disappear.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

She grabbed her wallet, expecting the paperboy who usually stopped back for his weekly payment after doing the run, but when she opened the door Laurel came nose to whiskers with a bedraggled kitten.
Jacquie Biggar

Featured Image -- 79Both the horse and rider were young and strong, flexing the muscles of their bodies, and no doubt enjoying a heightened sense of freedom with…

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