Wednesday, July 31, 2013



I can't even believe it! I'm crying happy crazy tears of joy! 
I'd love to see it hit first place tonight, before the free promotion ends. Chances are that it won't stay in second place for long after the free promo is over.

"THIS JUST IN!" will be going up on the FREE PROMOTION tomorrow! Which means, maybe, just maybe, it too will make the bestsellers list!!!!!

Help me get it there, won't you please!?
Click here on Thursday or Friday and you can DOWNLOAD "THIS JUST IN!" for FREE!!!! And help it make the bestsellers list! Even if you don't have a Kindle!

And did I mention?
My book, "Increase E-Book Sales With Social Media Marketing" is the #4 bestseller in its genre too?!
(hey, talk about credibility! One of my e-books is #2 and the other is #4- I'd say maybe, just maybe, I know what I am talking about!)

I'm going to fall asleep a very happy writing girl tonight!

This is one of the best days on the books ever!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Authors and Free Stuff

Did you know I have an Author's Page on Facebook?
It's true, I do.
Why? Well, because sometimes I'd like to keep the people I know in real life separate from the people who like my books. I don't want the real life people ruining the illusion for the other people. So I have the two accounts where I keep them safely sequestered from each other.
Depending on the type of friend you are, you are welcome to join me on my Author's Page at I make no promises, but I suspect I will post there more often than I will post here in the coming months.
I don't know. Convenience I guess. I'm getting tired and lazy in my old age, what with all of the full-time employment responsibilities and all.

By the way, this book-
is free on Kindle this week. You should go get it! You should get it even if you don't have a Kindle. Why? To boost my numbers obviously. And because it's only about 50 pages long, and you can always read it on you computer if you want.

Hey You! Check out my new novels, "You Heard It Here First" and the sequel "This Just In!"

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Beginnings Again

My head is swirling with dozens of emotions, and I’m trying to stay above the exhaustion cloud.
It has been a crazy, busy, stressful, exciting, sad, and hopeful few weeks.
Three weeks ago I had my first interview with a company. Four days later I had my second interview with them. 3 days later I had a job offer. 5 days after that I went to girls camp for a week. And 2 days later I lived in a new town and started my new job.
I survived the first week of work. I really think I will really enjoy my new job. So far I feel like I am catching on and learning a lot. And I think I will really like the actual work I have to do. I’m still working to get a firm grasp on what it is my job entails. The new workplace is a bit fun and quirky. Or as my direct supervisor described it, “A frat house mentality.” I can’t complain!
Today, Sunday, I had my first chance to stop, think, plan, and figure out my life from here. It only hit me today that I’m finally back in DC, and I have things I want to do, but I need a plan, goals, schedules, and expectations. And I have to live through being the new girl in a new town again. I do have a few friends here, but it isn’t like there is/was someone waiting with open arms for my return. I do have the comfort or convenience of knowing people here already, but in most every respect, I am starting anew. New friends, new home, new job, even new furniture. 
Here's to new beginnings!

Free Books- Go Get Them!!

If you haven't had a chance yet to download my two newest books, now is your chance! 
"You Heard It Here First!" and "This Just In!" are free on Kindle this week!
What? You don't have a Kindle yet? No problem! (Neither do I- I'm a Nook user myself.) You can always download the FREE Kindle app to your computer, tablet, phone, etc. 
Still old school and prefer the feel of "real" books? You will be happy to know that "This Just In!" is now (finally) in paperback!
The free special will only last a few days, so go download and "buy" it now!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5 quick updates

It's a little bit completely crazy and overwhelming around these parts.
1. I survived Girls Camp, and so did my girls, in spite of a heat wave last week. The heat index reached 107 deg one day. But we're all good and we all had a good time!
2. I moved! Sort of! I've packed up everything I own at the Roanoke house, and it's sitting in various garages across the state, awaiting delivery to my new home.
3. I started my new job! (just 48 hours after leaving girls camp) So far, so good. I was a little worried about getting back into the office lifestyle and routine after so many years of working from home. But it's just like riding a bicycle. As usual, I'm the coldest person in the office and shivering like I'm at the North Pole. And I'm still allergic to whatever it is they make office buildings out of, and I still sneeze a ridiculous number of times a day.
4. Through yet another "tender mercy of the Lord" I won't have to wait 6-8 weeks to get my apartment. A few days ago the complex had an unexpected opening, and I get to move in on Saturday. My furniture (what very little I have) won't arrive for at least another week. But I'll gladly trade the 70 miles each way commute from my sister's house to the office, for sleeping on an air mattress for a few nights.
5. To say I am completely exhausted would be a gross understatement.

Hey You! Check out my new novels, "You Heard It Here First" and the sequel "This Just In!"

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fear of Flying?


Mom: I need to figure out what I'm going to wear on the plane tomorrow.
Me: I know what you mean. You have to dress both for the temperatures at your departure and destination. I always bring extra socks so my feet don't freeze on the plane.
Mom: I always try to think of what can I wear that is both warm enough for the plane, comfortable, works where I am going, and if the plane were to crash would let me move freely so I could escape and survive outside until help came.
Me: You actually make contingency plans for a plane crash?
Mom: Always!
Me (incredulous): I can't even imagine thinking like that. I'm putting this on my blog- in the form of a question of course.

Question: Do you ever think and act in terms of contingency plans for plane crashes? For instance, do you plan your wardrobe around it? Make sure you have certain survival items in your carry on? etc.

Hey You! Check out my new novels, "You Heard It Here First" and the sequel "This Just In!"

Saturday, July 13, 2013

And now we REALLY do the (Tao) Dance of Joy!!

It has been a crazy, crazy week.

It all started with a JOB OFFER!!

I got a job!

I'm moving!

Obviously this calls for the dance of joy!!

Oh my. So that was the Tao Dance of Joy.
This dance makes me MUCH happier- my Baby Ducks doing the Harlem Shake!

As you may imagine, leaving my "Baby Ducks" is the hardest part for me! I'm thrilled and excited to take a new job, move back to DC, and get on with my life. But my heart breaks every time I think of leaving these sweet girls.

Speaking of which...
Adding to the crazies of this week (which included packing, finding a new place to live, etc.,) I am also packing for Girls Camp! Off into the woods I go for the third time with these crazy, fun girls!

Speaking of which... here's a little flashback to last year at camp!

Obviously, my Baby Ducks are the best YW ever. I can only hope I have corrupted taught them all the important things before I leave. During a spontaneous Slurpee run this week I attempted to "teach" them the ways of the Chinese fire drill. And would you believe they had the gall to say, "Maybe that was just something you did in the 90s when you were a kid?" Dagger to the heart, my friends. Dagger to the heart!

Who let these girls get so tall and grown up? Because it sure wasn't me!
But you probably want to hear more about the job. I'm not going to post specifics or details about it for a while. I'd rather start the job and get settled first. Here's all I shall share- I'll be the marketing manager for a publication that is the competition to a publication I used to write for. It is in the DC area. It's so much back in my old stomping grounds that the office park actually shares an entrance road with the first pre-school I ever attended! (Affectionately known to me and my parents as my "pretty school.") Yep, I am really and truly moving right back to my hometown, and I couldn't be happier about it! I start work less than 48 hours after I get home from Girls Camp.

I will be in some creative temporary housing situations for the next 2 months until I am able to move into the place I really want to live in. (It's a great, slightly bigger than usual 1 and den apartment, with a dog run!!, w/d in the apartment, AND I can walk to work- that is something that just NEVER happens in the DC area! It is a few dollars out of my real price range, but for the luxury of walking to work, and having a dog run on the premises, I don't care what other expenses I have to cut out! I'll take it!)

Things are looking good! Now I just have to finish packing to move, and pack for camp, and pack for 6 weeks of living out of a suitcase! And about a berzillion other things. (Which include my parents visiting from out of the country, a family reunion, my grandmother's 90th birthday party, publishing "This Just In!" in paperback, and the logistics of an actual MOVE, to name a few...)

You'll understand if the blog has to take a bit of a backseat, won't you?

Hey You! Check out my new novels, "You Heard It Here First" and the sequel "This Just In!"

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I love my dog

You know I love dogs. Not all dogs, mostly my own dog. But I do try to love other dogs. But no other dog will ever compare with the cuteness of my own pup, Kaya.
True, Kaya is really not a pup anymore. She's getting a little gray around her snout, and showing a few signs of old age. But she still has a strong puppiness about her, and is the most loving, loyal dog you will ever meet.
Yesterday, I took her to the farmer's market, like I do most Saturdays. She gets to socialize, sniff dog bums, and meet lots of toddlers. She loves toddlers- and the food they tend to carry with them, both intentionally and unintentionally. Yesterday a fairly young dad was holding a baby girl who looked to be about 9-12 months old (lots of chub). She was doing her best to divebomb out of daddy's arms and go to Kaya. She was reaching and wiggling her fingers at the dog. It was all very cute. The dad asked, and I gave permission, for the baby to meet the dog. The baby girl was so excited she was kicking and squealing- the sort of thing that would scare most dogs. But Kaya was totally good with it. She let the baby grab her fur and give her lots of excited baby loves. And then Kaya proceeded to lick the baby clean. The baby loved it. Kaya licked every last inch of that baby, and the dad didn't pull her away. I wasn't worried in the least, because I know my perfect little pup would never in a million years hurt a baby.
When I saw this video today, I just fell in love. It's totally something Kaya would do. Show her love, and she'll show it right back to you in her own special way. (Even though that way is often just allowing you to throw her favorite toy or give her a belly rub. And you can never give her enough belly rubs. In fact, as I type this, she is sitting on the floor below me, paws in the air, on her back, watching me and waiting for a belly rub. I have no idea what she thinks she has done to deserve one.)

One more thing to love about the KayaDog- when I watch the video, with the dog whimpering in the background, she gets up and gets nervous. She starts looking around trying to figure out where the hurt dog is. I love the unconditional love of puppies!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

The Amazing Handheld Bug Zapper

I know you are thinking I've posted a picture of a strange looking tennis racquet.
But oh no! That is not a tennis racquet!
That, my friends, is a handheld, electric, bug zapper.
Yes, an electrified fly swatter.
And I just bought one.
And I can't wait to take it to girls camp, where I will do my best to only use it on bugs, and not teenage girls that bug me.
You know you want one. (You can get it here on Amazon.)

Hey You! Check out my new novels, "You Heard It Here First" and the sequel "This Just In!"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Given enough Dr Pepper I could rule the world

A few days ago I decided I needed to revamp my social media consulting portfolio. Many of my past clients were so long ago that the work I did for them is no longer showing online. Time passes, things change, no big deal. And I felt like I was up to a good challenge, and wanted to flex a few marketing muscles. So I offered friends and family some free marketing services.
30 people responded!
That is a lot of work!
But I am up for it! I'm excited for it. I have a wide variety of clients, and it will give me the chance to really experiment, and test different ideas out. I've been working on another e-book about marketing, and I really want to test some of my theories, and a few of these free clients are perfect guinea pigs.
However, I really should have checked with the calender before I took on such a big task! My parents are visiting from the "Magic Kingdom" (our name for the foreign country they live in) for the month, there's a big holiday this week, plus I'm about to go off to girls camp for a week too!
Not exactly a lot of time in there to do consulting work for 30 people on top of my regular daily work that already keeps me plenty busy!
Meh. Who needs sleep anyway? Not me! I just need more Dr Pepper!
But today I am mostly just happy because I've decided to go up to DC for the holiday and hang out with friends. I was just in the DC area on Monday, so this will mean a lot of driving for me that I'm not actually up to. But I am desperate and miserable for some social interaction with other singles! It has been rough and lonely in Roanoke lately. (If you couldn't tell from my depressing previous posts.) The drive and gas money will be worth it!
So I am going to bed (way too late tonight) a very happy camper. Lots of work, lots to do, and some of it is even fun stuff for me. I can live with that!

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