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…and thanks for stopping by.

Book Stuff…I’m pleased to say I’ve been making good progress on my new book, Every Little Lie, which is different than my usual contemporary romance. This book will include a touch of mystery, and of course, some humorous moments because that’s how I keep my sanity. I don’t have a release date yet, but stay tuned.

It’s not too late for a fun summer read! If you’re in the mood for love, a dash of heartache, and tons of drama, then Love Trip might be the book for you! Feel free to buy it here…Amazon…or here…Barnes & Noble

On my mind…. I’ve been considering getting a new pup. I think it’s almost time. Not quite, but almost. My fur babies have been gone a year now and I long for the sound of dog paws hitting the hard wood floor.

A Great Book…Gizelle’s Bucket List, by Lauren Fern Watt. If you’ve ever had a dog leave your life too soon, you might enjoy this book. And I only say might because this is a hard book to read if you’re grieving your own loss. But if you think you’re up to it, grab a box of tissue and make yourself comfortable because once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. Gizelle is one big dog, with one big heart and when her best human friend discovers that Gizelle won’t be around much longer, it’s time to take a road trip and do all the things every dog loves to do.

I know, I know, I’ve been reading far too many dog books lately that don’t have an HEA. But for some reason, I find it comforting to know I’m not alone in my grief over losing my beloved dogs. They were with me so long…and now they’re not. But as I said above, it’s almost time for me to open my heart to a new pup. And if God really blesses me, that new pup will fill my heart to overflowing.

Thanks, Lauren Fern Watt, for the smiles…and the tears.

Tips on writing…

1)  Don’t listen to most people (who don’t write). They can’t relate to or really know what you’re going through, and they also aren’t writers. So instead of listening to people who don’t write, read. Read a lot. And when you find a sentence or paragraph, etc., you absolutely love and are so envious that it makes you almost hate the author, write it out long-hand…and then study it to try and discover what it is about that piece of writing that is so magical.

2)  Read your work out loud. You’d be surprised at how different a sentence might sound when you hear it rather than just see it.

3)  When you’re trying to come up with a plot and you think you’ve found the perfect story to write…but then you discover a similar story has just come out, don’t let that stop you! Your voice and your story will be completely different and maybe even better.

4)  More to come…

Many Thanks…to Stephanie Queen, USA Today Bestselling Author (and queen of Quirky Quips Blog), for making my day with a nice review of Kiss Me Twice. See it here.

Things I’ve learned about Twitter that you might also want to know…but don’t follow me, I’m lost too! Okay, for a long time, I didn’t add anything new here, but today is the day! One more lesson learned about Twitter from a very reliable source (which I won’t give out, so please don’t beg) has been added to my list of Things you might want to know about Twitter.

1)To thank someone for following you on Twitter is considered overkill. So there you go all you people who thought you were simply being polite. Stop saying thank-you. Evidently, it’s just not expected. Remember, those aren’t my words. They came from that reliable source I mentioned above.

2) If you’re a writer, don’t just follow other writers. Follow all kinds of people…like travelers. You never know when   you might find a great story setting.

3) To DM someone is considered rude. Sorry, I had no idea, but from all the DM’s I’ve received, I gather not many are aware of this;

4) You can shorten lengthy links to save space. Here’s how: go to bitly.com and there you’ll find a place to paste your long link and voila! bitly will create for you a shorter link, which saves valuable space on your Twitter posts. And when you go back to bitly.com, you will be provided with info on how many people clicked on your link. So cool! You can use other link shorteners, as well, but I like bitly.

5) A lot of people will follow you, but some are simply collecting followers. When you follow them back, they unfollow you.

One More ThingBack to dogs…I didn’t think I could love my dogs anymore than I already did, but when they got old and needed me to give them medicine and oh so much tender loving care, I loved them beyond measure. They were the most precious things in my life. It’s so sad to see a dog get tossed aside just because he or she has gotten old. And that’s why I believe in Old Dog Haven. They do great things for our furry senior citizens!

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Thanks again for the visit…

Romantically ever after…

Alexa Darin

 

A random thoughtGood food and exercise may keep you healthy, but a good man and laughter will keep you alive.

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