Wednesday, August 27, 2014


#1. First, during the week, I apparently sold copies of both FINDING AMY, my newest romantic-suspense novel, and THE WEDDING GUEST, the Kindle Worlds romance novella. That was fast, although as I said last week, both books were priced at $1.99 at the time.

#2. I had an interesting e-mail from a young woman who is a grad student at an Illinois university, earning her Masters degree in English. Her thesis is on Titanic fiction and she chose my book, COLD APRIL, as one of the books she read. I was also pleased she said she enjoyed reading it.

Since I’m from Illinois myself, I answered all her questions and am sending her an autographed trade paper copy of COLD APRIL.


This started out good, when a friend who lives in Phoenix telephoned to ask if I would be the speaker at a writers’ club where she lives. She’s not a writer herself, but knows some of the members and told them about me.

The meeting at which I was to speak will be held on March 21, 2015, and I said I’d call her back. I postponed the decision to accept because I had a sneaky feeling March 21 was the date of the Spring Arts & Crafts Fair here, and the club I started seven years ago participates. I called the chairman and learned the fair will be March 20 and 21.

“Well,” thought I, “I have a great idea. I can do both. I’ll attend the Fair on the 20th and then DH and I can drive to Phoenix that evening so I can appear at the meeting on the 21st.”

Great idea lasted about twenty minutes. When I mentioned it to DH, he remembered that the spring Arts & Crafts Fair often falls on the same weekend as the Sun City Singers concert and he’s one of the Singers. He phoned the club president and then shared the bad news. That is indeed the same weekend. I called my Phoenix friend and asked, but she’s sure there’s no way they can move the date of that meeting. Woe is me.


Of course my losing the opportunity to talk to writers and, perhaps, sell some books, is also frustrating. However, I was thinking specifically about my Amazon royalties for sales of my books. Yes, it’s nice to suddenly have money show up in my bank checking account, but, most of the time, I haven’t a clue which of my books was sold. The thing is I have eight books listed on Amazon, and the long number they show doesn’t match any numbers I have for my books.

Still, I did receive some money, and, yes, I’m grateful. No sad songs for me. All in all, it was a Very Good Week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I’m so excited. My novella, THE WEDDING GUEST, was accepted into the Kindle World, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIASCO. It went up almost a week ago and is $1.99.

The first books in the “Wedding” series were written by Lucy Kevin, which, as many of you know, is a pen name for Bella Andre, one of the super stars of self-published Romance novels. A few other authors have written novellas for this world, and royalties are thirty-five percent. Bella also has another World, titled, GAME FOR LOVE, which is also open for new books by other writers.

In addition, there are Worlds created by H. M. Ward, Barbara Freethy and Hugh Howey, and, if you write for one of them and yours is accepted, you can boast about being in great company. At least, I am. LOL.

The World Licensor sets up his or her World and a new writer must use that, but the story created can add new characters and plots and belongs to the author. I was lucky that the Wedding series is set in San Francisco, where I lived for twenty-five years, so it was fun.

The Kindle Worlds team is also working on creating new Worlds, so authors should keep watching the site for chances to be published in one of them.

THE WEDDING GUEST is my second book (FINDING AMY is the other) to be priced at $1.99, but that’s unless you get AMY at only 99 cents for one more day. It goes to $1.99 on the 22nd and returns to its usual price of $3.99 on August 25. But THE WEDDING GUEST will always be only $1.99. And worth it if I do say so myself.

The heroine is a financial advisor and the hero comes to her because his twin 85-year-old aunts are also clients. He, too, invests with her, and of course they fall in love. But, when a problem arises, she thinks he was passing on illegal insider information. Read my 27,000 word novella to learn how they are able to come to their HEA ending.

Plus, if you like THE WEDDING GUEST, a review on Amazon will be appreciated. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The e-book version of my romantic suspense novel, FINDING AMY, was free for five days back in April. After that, it cost $3.99. Now, thanks to Amazon Countdown, it’s going to have a lower price for several days in August. So if you didn’t get it before, here’s your second chance for a bargain.

From August 19th to 22nd, FINDING AMY will be only 99 cents.

But wait, that’s not all. From August 22nd to 26th, it will be priced at only $1.99. On the 26th, the price will go back to $3.99. So you have two chances to get a bargain if you act soon.

FINDING AMY is my latest, and one of my favorite, novels. Besides the romance between an American woman and a British gentleman (and I do mean Gentleman!), it’s set in two cities I’ve visited and have fond memories of, London and Paris. Actually, I was a visitor to both cities more than once, especially London, where my relatives once lived, in addition to friends.

I love to write romance, but I don’t write erotica. Sure, sometimes my characters go to bed together, but I prefer to close the door and let readers imagine the love-making in any way they like. Remember GONE WITH THE WIND? In one scene in that film, Rhett Butler carries his wife, Scarlett, upstairs with the promise, “This is one night you’re not going to shut me out.” The first scene the next morning shows Scarlett waking up with a big smile on her face. Use your imagination about what made her so happy.

Romance, in my opinion, should always make us happy. I’m happy writing it and I hope you’re happy reading it. It’s one of the reasons being a writer is the greatest career available.

Oh yes, one more thing. The cover of FINDING AMY has had a slight change. It’s a bit brighter than before. I hope you like that, too. And, please, if you enjoy FINDING AMY, write a review and post it on Amazon. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


But first, a correction. Last week, I said there was one self-published book among the nine Rita Award winners. I was wrong. There were two. The second was TAKE ME, COWBOY, a romance novella by Jane Porter. It turns out Tule Publishing is her own imprint. Congratulations, Jane.

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Language guru Richard Lederer is at it again, making fun of our English language, so here are some jokes to get us through a long, hot summer.

1. Bad spellers of the world: untie!

2. Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.

3. If “Pro” and “Con” are opposites, is Congress the opposite of Progress?

4. Have you heard about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac? He stayed up all night, wondering if there was a “dog.”

5. My girlfriend texted me, “Your adorable.” I replied, “No, YOU’RE adorable.” Now she’s crazy about me and I haven’t the heart to tell her I was just pointing out her typo.

6. The A.P. Style Guide is now accepting “over” in place of “more than.” A number of people have replied, “More than my dead body!”

7. A linguistics professor lectured to his class one day: “In English a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian and Spanish, a double negative is still a negative. However, in no language can a double positive form a negative.”  A voice from the back answered, “Yeah, right.”

Have a great day.