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Book Stuff…I’m proud to announce that Love Trip is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Houston Bay Area RWA’s JABBIC contest (Contemporary category). Of course, my cover artist, Christa Holland, at Paper and Sage, is the real winner. I simply told her what I had in mind, and she did her thing…and it was beautiful! Houston Bay Area RWA says so!

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If you’re in the mood for a beach read that includes 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

 

 

 

 

On my mind…. It’s a new year and time that we all get on with the business of looking ahead, rather than back at times in our lives that didn’t go as we wanted or planned. By continuously thinking of past mistakes, or things that happened that weren’t perfect, we keep ourselves in an unhappy state of mind. Break free of that unproductive way to live and become a happier person. I know it’s hard to do that sometimes when we turn on the television and all we see is negativity by the media who are not happy with the election results. But don’t let their unhappiness ruin your happiness. Solution…turn the channel or turn off the TV. And don’t join in negative conversation if it doesn’t include anything you can fix or change. Be happy in 2017!

Racing season… I’m super excited that I have added two new horses to my stable this week. Both are Kentucky-bred fillys–McDove and Distinguishable. Watch gorgeous chestnut filly, Distinguishable, work out at Redmond’s Pegasus Training Center. Pictures to come of both horses…

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 know of this little known Twitter fact;

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!

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

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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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