Surprise!!!! It’s Me!!

Posted By on November 29, 2015

Holy moly, it’s been a long time since I last posted. Time flies when you’re trying to keep your head above water. I spent most of the summer on the back of my husband’s motorcycle and enjoyed every moment of it. I won’t lie, I didn’t even think about being online while I had the wind in my hair.

But winter is upon us and it’s time for me to get back into my realm. I’ve been working my real world job, doing my wifey/grandma thing, and trying to take care of my mother. It’s been pretty time consuming, but it keeps me busy.

The site owner, my buddy Christopher Lynn, has been keeping this site going for a long time and I’m very honored to get to be a part of it. I just hope I can do him justice. He’s a hoot.  A little on the weird side himself, but I think that’s why we get along so well.

Well, I had to get some words out in order to get my fingers loosened up for the future. It’s my time to shine.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted By on June 15, 2015

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I am the proud winner of an awesome giveaway put on my one of the best book sites online, Parajunkee’s View. Now mind you, I’m not one of those people who can sit down and read an entire book in like a couple of hours. For some reason, I need to live each moment of the entire thing in my mind and sometimes that can take as long as a few months for me to accomplish. However, I’m totally addicted to books. I love both e-books and real ones alike, and when they’re free, even better.

Miss Patti–owner and operator of Parajunkee–holds some of the best giveaways out there. I haven’t entered too many giveaways over the past few years, so I wasn’t expecting to actually win anything. Imagine my surprise when I got an email telling me that I’d won the big prize in a giveaway that had two different prize packages to offer. The smaller one was giving away a flash drive with 18 ebooks downloaded onto it, as well as some dog tags, some earrings, and a couple other things I can’t really remember at this moment. But I didn’t get that one. (it was actually the one I was trying to win–lol)

When I got the email, I was shocked to find out I’d won the first package. And no, I am not complaining….not one little bit. I was thrilled beyond belief. I won 4 actual real books—An American Duchess by Sharon Page, Last Kiss by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick, Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell, and Cat’s Lair
by Christine Feehan.


I also won a shot glass, a nice cup to drink my sun tea out of, a silly little highlighter, and an ashtray that used to be a Louisiana license plate made by actual prison inmates. As you can see from the picture, one of the books is missing. Not because I’m reading it, but because I went to the post office during my lunch break at work to pick up my package and when I got back to work and my boss saw all those books, she decided she needed to read An American Duchess. LOL

I want to thank Miss Patti from Parajunkee Views for always having such cool giveaways and offering up great reviews on some of today’s hottest books and hotter authors. I may not be a super reader, but I will always love a good book.



Are You a Real Person?

Posted By on May 25, 2015

What’s the one thing you look for when networking with others in your industry? Someone who can further your career along? Someone who will give you the answers to all the questions in your brain? How about someone who can show you how to make some real money with your site? Those are all very good things to look for, but that’s not the one thing that makes me stand up and take notice. For me, it’s finding someone who is a real person.

In my quest to find ways of getting my blogs out there for the world to see, I came across Linky Followers.  I’d seen this site in the past, back when I was writing and blogging before, but it was mostly for those who were into doing giveaways on their blogs. I’d signed up, but never really did anything with the site.

Yesterday, as I was entering a few more giveaways, I came across Linky Followers again. As you can see on the sidebar of the site, I rejoined and added the widget. Yes, I’ll admit it, I like to think people are actually following me and what I do. I’m odd that way.

Today, I decided to check out the site a little more and read some of the posts on the Linky Blog. I’d noticed last night that there was an Urgent post on the site and wanted to see what it was about. It led me to a survey on the site, which of course I had to take. But, being the total bonehead that I am, I screwed it up and only managed to take part of the survey. I’d sent in my request to the site owner, Brent Riggs, for my gift for taking the survey before I realized that I’d made a mistake. However, I still got a reply back with a link to my free gift. What caught me off guard is that it wasn’t your typical form letter, it was an actual response from the man himself. I was beyond shocked and impressed at the same time. (I was kind of bummed to see that there hasn’t been an update to the blog in almost a year, but there’s still a ton of information to be read).

I think it’s important to be a real person. When I have a question or I need some information, I want to talk to a real person. I hate when I have to call some place and get those automated computers. “Press 1 for blah, blah, blah…”. I don’t want to talk to a computer, I want to talk to a real person who can help me out as fast as possible so I can get on with the rest of my day.

Are you a real person? Do you go out of your way to make sure to contact those in your network or is everything automated? People remember you for what it is you can do for them, and when they can get in touch with you instead of just a basic form letter, they’ll remember you even more.


Book Giveaways for 5-9-15

Posted By on May 9, 2015

I’m a sucker for a good giveaway. And because I’m always looking for a new book to read, or at least hoard into my ever-growing stash, I love rummaging through all the book giveaways held all over the web each week. The really cool thing is that there are a lot of time that those book sites giveaway things other than just books. For example, The Budget Bookworm is holding a giveaway for a $100 giftcard. Do you realize just how many books that can put on your Kindle? I’d never get anything else done.


There are a lot of giveaways throughout the Internet, but one of my favorite types of giveaways is when someone reaches up on their bookshelf at home and finds an old title that they want to send on to a new home. To me, this is one of THE coolest ideas. It’s a great way for those who have way too many books to thin out their stash, while allowing someone else out there to give that book the love it still deserves. I found one of these types of giveaways at The Book Bag. Susan is giving away a copy of Nameless Night by G.M. Ford. I’d never heard of the book or the author, but that’s half the fun.

Then there are the ones you’ll find most of the time. These are fun because there’s usually an interview with the author of the book they’re giving away and you not only find out about the book, but how the mind of the author works and sometimes that’s a scary thing. Sometimes you’ll find a single blog talking about a book giveaway, others you’ll see them in a full-length book tour, like this one about a book titled Velvet by Temple West. It sounds like a very cool book, complete with vampires and damsels in distress all set in modern times. I kinda wanna read this one just because.

So there you go. I’m going to try and do one of these posts at least once a week, but we’ll see how that goes. I learned a long time ago  not to  make any promises as I usually end up breaking them for one reason or another. Not intentionally, but life just gets in the way, and you get the rest. But keep your eyes open and as time goes on, I’ll find more of these to bring your way.

Happy Reading!!!




Rediscovering the Power of Twitter

Posted By on May 7, 2015

I have to admit that I am NOT a huge fan of Twitter. Nothing personal against it, I just never got the whole thing about only posting a few characters and trying to get my message across at the same time. As you can tell from reading any of the posts on this site, I’m kinda scatter-brained. But that’s okay, I’ve heard it’s the mark of a talented writer (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

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So, I was rummaging through my emails again tonight and realized that I had several new followers on Twitter. Normally, I’d just delete the messages, think I was a goddess for attracting so many wonderful people, and move on. But something told me to go check it out and see what all the fuss was about. To my surprise, Twitter’s like a whole new place these days. It’s like going to your high school reunion and finding out that the ugly old gym got a new coat of paint, new bleachers, and a new coach. I was slightly impressed.

What really caught me off guard was the number of people that are following me. I’m just now finding my way back into the writing world. It’s taken me several years to get back into it, and trust me, I tried to force it for most of the past year and a half. However, it’s only been in the past couple months that the real urge has taken over again. Now, I find out that I”m being followed by several authors, publishers, editors, and blogging specialists from around the world. Granted, most of them are only following me because my name comes up on the “writers” list, or because someone else they just started following is also following me, but it’s still a win in my book.

So that got me to thinking. What makes these people want to follow a washed up, old wanna-be writer like me? Simple. They’re looking for ways to market themselves, and that’s what I’ve got to do in order to get myself back into writing. So, I went through the entire list and followed nearly all of them in return. There were a couple names in there that seemed a little “odd” to me, so I skipped them, but not too many. I’m going to try and embrace Twitter and see if there isn’t a way to take the things I find there and use them to my advantage. I’m always looking for things to write about, as is every writer EVER, but this could be just the thing I need.

I’m almost kind of excited about the idea of rediscovering Twitter and everything it has to offer. I’m sure it’s not going to be the one thing that shoots my writing into the cosmos, but it could be just the thing to help get my feet off the ground.