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


The eyes have it… 👁👁

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

Almond shaped eyes, the color of strong black coffee and wide with terror, glittered with the tears streaming down her dusky cheeks.

Jacquie Biggar
The Beast Within (work in progress)

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AJ was mesmerized as he gazed upon a radiant face and beautiful green eyes that seemed oblivious to him as she bathed.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

true-deceptionNo one would ever call him a pretty boy, even when he smiled and those dimples appeared and a boyish laughter reflected in his blue eyes.

Veronica Forand

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)And his large, black-rimmed glasses accentuated those unforgettable blue eyes. Bluer than blue. Sky blue. Cornflower blue. Robin’s egg blue.

Joanne Guidoccio

Jeannie Hall - book cover - violation of faithShe lifted one delicate brow and glared at him, mute. Those eyes of hers – an almost iridescent version of gold blended with bronze – though angry, held him…

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Author Brands & Book Sales—Why Boutique is BIG


Go SMALL or Go Home!

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Normally my blogs are all about telling y’all you are not a special unique snowflake. But yeah y’all are but don’t get a big head about it 😛 . We just need to discern the places we are not special (I.e. we all have to do the work) and figure out the places we are and then USE that, especially when it comes to creating an author brand.


We’re now into the Digital Age, and the ramifications of a connected world are still being revealed daily. But, there’s one trend I’d be hard-pressed to argue with. The 20th Century was all about homogeneity. Madison Avenue flourished by telling us which clothing brands made us cool, which car made us special, what foods were “healthy.”

Information was controlled by gatekeepers and commodities restricted by retailers, thus homogeneity was the goal. Homogeneity was simpler and required less paperwork and thinking.

Generations bought

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about the CEREMONIES, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverWhat’s with all of these questions about my birthday? Do I have the job or not? If it means you go with me to my birthday party—For. Get. It.

Vicki Batman

Then there was the ceremony. The ancient beat of the wedding march and the bridesmaids leading the way to the stage.

Jacquie Biggar

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He hated attending funerals, and this one pained him as a reminder of his failed rescue.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

true-deception“I can’t believe you brought a gun to our wedding.” Her head rested on his shoulder, her blonde hair drifted across his arm.

Veronica Forand

Would we all be asked to take our seats before someone announced the band’s entrance, like at a wedding reception? Or would they just walk through the door, engulfed within a crowd of adoring fans?


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Why the Fashion Industry is Dying—Laughing at Salad & Cleavage Snacks


What it means to be a woman over 40 who still wants to, you know, still wear pretty stuff…

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Today we are going to talk about something a bit different, but maybe this might inspire your fiction, because if the world changes guarantee you a writer was behind it 😉 .

As I was perusing Facebook Friday evening, I came across an article that gave me an odd reaction. It made me want to stand and cheer, yet at the same time, rail at the heavens for the unfairness of it all. Tim Gunn from Project Runway leveled his crosshairs on the fashion industry. OMG I so love him for doing it, too.


A Plus-Sized Problem

According to Washington State University, there are over 100 million plus-sized women. The average woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18 and yet plus sizes are almost never represented in fashion and if they are, the clothes are…ridiculous.

Most are passive-aggressive jabs at overweight women.

I am…

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Three Steps, No Failure


Three Steps, No Failure

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When asked about her extraordinary success, recording artist and motivational performer Jana Stanfield said, “I believe in the power of small steps to create great changes.”

Jana left a lucrative career as a broadcast journalist and moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of securing a recording contract. While waiting for her breakthrough, she signed up for voice lessons and took classes in song-writing, stand-up comedy and dance. She took advantage of Open-Mic nights and sang for free in the evenings. With the help of a small producer, she made a few recordings.

None of the record companies were interested.

As her funds depleted, Jana started to doubt her talent and decision to switch careers. She even had what she calls a “lying on the bed, crying phase.”

Her uncle, Rev. Clyde Stanfield, stepped in and guided her through the Three Steps, No Failure technique. He met with her with…

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Happy National Day of Encouragement


Joanne Guidoccio

The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September, Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas. Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official “National Day of Encouragement.”


Here are ten of my favorite quotes about encouragement…

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about the SKY, #RSsos #RomSuspense


Lines about the sky…

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

Sharon WrayOf course, as Juliet hiked her bag higher on her shoulder and the cab drove away, the sky picked that exact moment to dump every raindrop God ever made.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverMy brows shot sky-high. He better not be hinting for a kiss.

Vicki Batman

The sun was little more than a thought on the horizon, shading the sky with the faintest hint of what was to come. Oranges, yellows, and a blush of pink like a young girl’s cheeks.

Jacquie Biggar
The Beast Within (a work in progress)

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Fireballs shot from its fingers, glowing in the sky like the Devil’s offspring, until it fell and consumed any house or tree it landed on.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

A_Taming_SeasonsmallWhen her vision came into focus, her first view…

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Living History: Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton, VA)


Love this place!

History Imagined: For Readers, Writers, & Lovers of Historical Fiction

FALLFOLIAGE0920Pitts3-1In this second post in the Living History series, we move from Tidewater Virginia to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians on the west, the valley has sheltered families since the beginning of human history.

The word Shenandoah is believed to be of Native American origin; although in its present form, it would probably be unrecognizable to the original native speakers. Legends abound for the word’s origin, giving credit to various groups, but there is no definitive evidence to support one theory over the others. Wherever the word originated, today it engenders images of a wide green valley resting between the softer shoulders of two great mountain ranges. The valley is dotted with towns and farms and lends its name to a beautiful national park. One of the most picturesque drives one can make in the southeastern US begins…

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A Plethora of birthdays! Me, Michael, & a new book


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Six Lit Birthday Candles Six Lit Birthday Candles — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Happy birthday!

To me

To Michael Buble

And to my newest romantic comedy baby, Temporarily Insane!

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I began writing about twelve years ago on my first romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Employed. But the ideas for Temporarily Insane kept popping into my head and I had to get them scribbled down. It wasn’t the whole book and I had to work hard to get it shaped up, but with the help of my Wild Rose Press Editor, Leanne Morgan, Temporarily Insane became a reality.

Like a lot of writers, I have always been amazed when a work of mine has been published. I never trained as a writer, didn’t study creative writing or journalism in college. But I have always been a huge reader, primarily in the mystery and romance genres. It’s funny how my books and stories are a combination of…

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