Showing posts from July, 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 …

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 alway…

New Beginnings Again


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!

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 ge…

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!&quo…

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"…

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…

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!"

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…