Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about FOOL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about FOOL

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A weak copy of Ciara—how did I miss it? Oh, how she made a fool of me. Not anymore—she’ll join the others.

Marian Lanouette


“That’s commendable, but the behavior seems foolhardy given the threats on her life.”

Marsha West


At the exit, where freedom awaited from this mortifying and horrifying experience, Ben planted his feet and did an about-face. “Mom says, Auntie Caren needs a good man—

Vicki Batman


He flashed her a smile from his soot-darkened face that made her foolish heart tumble.

Jacquie Biggar


“Quin, you’re not making a fool out of yourself and I’m trying to grasp the fact that my fantasy just became my reality.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Sarah drank and fooled around too much. She was a pretty girl, but not too many men would put up with her behavior.”

Joanne Guidoccio


I reversed a step or two, glanced first at his angry expression, then past him at the remains of the office door, and of all fool things, a giggle escaped me.

Kathryn Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Listen to Your Inner Critic

By Joanne Guidoccio

I realize this is contrary to all the advice that’s out there. But there is something to be gained by analyzing the selected thoughts of our inner critic and taking action.

How can you distinguish those selected thoughts?

Very simply, take note of all sentences that start with “Someone should…”

Here are some examples:

“Someone should write a letter to the editor about that issue. It’s bugging me.”

“Someone should organize an arts festival that showcases the talents of artists, artisans, musicians, and writers in our county.”

“Someone should put her name forward for an executive position on that board. We need new blood.”

“Someone should design and create clothes that fit and flatter women over fifty.”

“Someone should offer decorating services for seniors, who are moving into assisted living, retirement and nursing homes, or downsizing to a condo.”

“Someone should write a cookbook filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare recipes for singles and couples on budgets.”

“Someone should run for mayor.”

Once you have identified your favorite “Someone should,” it’s time to…

Take action!

Entering the political arena, assuming an executive role in a non-profit organization, organizing an arts festival, writing a novel…these are all goals that can be accomplished but probably not within the immediate future.

Instead, set move-the-needle steps for the season in which you are in. These small steps will lead to larger ones, and subsequent steps will always be within your grasp

You could start by attending an information meeting, offering to help with an established arts festival, signing up for an online or offline course, joining a local writing group, or listening to a webinar. Don’t worry if certain steps don’t work out. Keep moving forward and course-correct along the way.

Good luck!

 

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

Website | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Pinterest

Book News!!

I’m excited to announce that ACT OF SURVIVAL, Book 4 The Second Chances Series releases April 16, and right now it’s available for Pre-Order at Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and KOBO. Unfortunately, you can’t get a Pre-Order at Amazon for this book.

Here are the links:

B & N https://bit.ly/2WiINmV

KOBO https://bit.ly/2TVasOi

iTunes https://apple.co/2HQFSxZ

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This is the first book I’ve done entirely through Draft 2 Digital. Aside from the Amazon Pre-Order glitch, I’ve been happy with them. They’ve been quick to respond to my questions. (And you know I’ve had some.) LOL

Previously, I put up ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 The Second Chances Series and my first published book, VERMONT ESCAPE. I did those specifically to get my books up on iTunes. One of my very good friends reads books that way. Not sure why VERMONT ESCAPE wasn’t on iTunes, because I think I used a formatter who did that. At least that was the case for all the books after that.

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Now, I use D 2 D for formatting, and as I said, they’ve put the book up everywhere. Please stop for a minute and imagine how much nicer this is for me. Yes, I did upload to all the venues individually for the books before BETRAYAL (except iTunes), but oh my goodness, it was sooooo stressful!!! So many moving parts and opportunities to mess up. LOL This is soooo much easier for me. Now I know some of you format your own books. Well, good for you. I’m impressed, but that’s not something I want to learn to do. This would not be a good use of  my time.

I’ve only had two problems with formatting with D 2 D, and they were both pilot errors. 😊 On ACT OF BETRAYAL, I’d apparently added extra spaces to the ends of lines and when I uploaded the document, the result was odd spacing and gaps between lines. This was one of those times when the staff was great and helped me fix it. Act of Betrayal

The second problem was with the center **** dividing markers being in odd places rather than the center. That I fixed myself when I used a different formatting option. (I would tell you exactly what that is, but I’m afraid if I go into that section to check the wording, I’ll somehow unpublish the book!) It is the last option under the basic heading. There is an option to pay something, but I don’t do that.

I learned about D 2 D from a fellow writer at an NTRWA meeting. Writers helping other writers is cool. 😊

This is book is over six months later than I originally planned, but life happens. For me, that has involved taking on some very time consuming (but needed) leadership roles at my church. I kept pushing off the book. When I took on the jobs, I knew that was going to happen and just accepted the consequences. We all make choices.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have reached this point. I hope many of you will Pre-Order and when the book releases, you’ll read and write a review. Thanks in advance for those.

If you’re a writer and you’re the publisher, how do you publish your works? How do you do that? Do you handle the formatting?

I hope Spring is close to arriving wherever you live. In Texas, we’re right on the cusp of seeing huge fields of bluebonnets. 🙂

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about EASTER #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about EASTER

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Tucked away in the remote north eastern section of Washington State, we were a two hour drive on dirt roads from a town in any direction.

Kathryn Jane


He’s one of the reasons we don’t have holiday parties anymore. The last one we had to call the cops—”

Marian Lanouette


“Kate, I want to have a permanent place in your life and in Bailey’s. I don’t have regular hours. Sometimes, I’m gone for weeks like I was during the holidays, and then I’m home at odd times.”

Marsha West


I watched him squint at his phone, then shift his gaze to the street signs. He consulted his device again, and then swiveled about, moving in the opposite direction. The spring breeze stirred his short, dark brown hair.

Vicki Batman


He noticed more than one filled with Easter baskets and was startled to realize the holiday was almost upon them. It was easy to lose track of time when the job was your family.

Jacquie Biggar


Every one of the ER staff seemed frazzled and upset. Odd. This group could handle the busiest day and the highest level of stress like an Easter Sunday picnic.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Lovers Con ’19: Come to New Orleans to Meet Your Favorite Authors!

In a few months I’ll be headed down to New Orleans for a huge reader event known as Book Lovers Con May 15-19 2019. For those of you familiar with the Romantic Times Conference, this is the new version of RT Con.

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According to the Book Lovers Con website“Book Lovers Con is the place to meet your all-time favorite authors, discover new-to-you authors and forge relationships with fellow Book Lovers. From our Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party to our Brunch & Bubbly breakfast, our program provides ample opportunity for readers and authors to connect!”

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“We want BLC to be a valuable experience for attendees, one that will create cherished memories you’ll reminisce on for years to come. Readers will enjoy many opportunities to interact with their favorite authors and connect with new authors. Because we want to make sure everyone has a chance to meet, author registration slots will be limited. It’s the perfect environment for book lovers to mix and mingle, affording authors the opportunity to sit and chat with a new group of fans each day!”

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As a participating Book Lovers Con author, I’m excited to attend author-led events such as:

Jazz Festival Welcome Party
“We’re planning a BIG welcome for Book Lovers! Our kick-off party will emulate New Orleans’ famous annual Jazz Festival. A Second Line Band will gather all of our guests in the lobby and escort them to a jazz fest designed with Book Lovers in mind! Of course, you can’t have a jazz festival without live music! A local jazz band will play tunes guaranteed to get your foot tapping. All that dancing will make you work up an appetite. Book Lovers who are feeling hungry can step outside to enjoy a taste of New Orleans’ food truck scene at our very own food truck area.

Three Truths & a Lie: Romantic Suspense, Horror, Mystery, and Thriller Signing
“Amateur sleuths wanted! Play Three Truths and a Lie with authors in an attempt to win a prize! Then join your favorite authors for a book signing!”

Wags, Whiskers, and Pet Swag
“Like animals? Read books? So do we–and we write them, too (books, not animals).  Get to know 10 “animal authors” in a rousing game of FETCH! Qualify for 10 raffles.. and pick up some swag for your pet!  We’re PAW-sitive you’ll have fun!

French Quarter Ghost Tour
“Take a walk through history (and spooky legends) with a Ghost Tour to the French Quarter. Readers will join several Sourcebooks authors on the trek with a professional guide, gorgeous swag, goodies and whatever ghosts decide to tag along!  Transportation provided to the start the tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.”

Book Bash Signing
“Join over 230 of your favorite authors for our Book Bash Signing! You can buy books on site or bring some of your dog-eared faves to get a signature. Many authors will be holding raffles so you might also win some prizes as you browse the aisles!”

Sourcebooks’ Bookseller, Librarian, and Blogger Reception

“Booksellers, Bloggers, and Librarians come to rendezvous with Romance Reads! Enjoy sips and sweets and chat with Sourcebooks Casablanca authors over yummy food, delicious reads, and tantalizing giveaways!”

As a reader, there are tons of events, booksignings, and chances to meet your favorite authors. There are brunches, swamp tours, champagne parties, Faery and Fantasy DinnerVoodoo Vampire Club and Dinner Dance, and the Book Bash Dance Party just to name a few.

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I have no doubt it will be an incredible experience and I’m excited to go to Book Lovers Con not just as an author but also as a reader. Registration is still available and I hope to see you there!
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Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets meet their match in smart, sexy heroines who teach these alpha males that Gracealways defeats Reckoning.

Her acclaimed debut book EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a sexy, action-packed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is about an ex-Green Beretdetermined to regain his honor, his freedom, and his wife.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE is available on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBoundKobo|  Google

And adding it to your Goodreads TBR list is also always appreciated!

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SPRING #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SPRING

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 His thoughts turned to a spring day in Monterey where he and Quin had made love in a setting much like this one.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Logic would point to Adam, who had been close to Sarah throughout the winter and spring.

Joanne Guidoccio


She’d bet his feet were flat on the floor and just slightly behind his center of gravity, because he was always ready to spring into action.

Kathryn Jane


Murder-wise, it had been a busy spring and summer. Wilkesbury, Connecticut had crime, but murder cases the last couple of years had decreased.

Marian Lanouette


When the weather was good in the fall, winter, and spring she made a point of walking partway around the lake every couple of days.

Marsha West


Look to the horizon, my child, and you will see this each year with the coming of spring; the cycle of life is never-ending.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about BETRAYAL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about BETRAYAL

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“How can you ask me that?” Reaction was setting in, that must be why she couldn’t stop her teeth from chattering or the thick taste of betrayal from coating her throat.

Jacquie Biggar


 A ball of anxiety formed in Quin’s gut. AJ hadn’t talked about the fear his father’s abandonment and betrayal had left him with.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


This was a betrayal. The mental image of Jason sleeping with that tramp week after week, and then coming back to her bed within hours, made her want to vomit.

Claire Gem


I had started to recover from Luigi’s betrayal, but I couldn’t deal with running into him or anyone who knew of the circumstances that had ended our marriage.

Joanne Guidoccio


Aside from his feelings for Alexandra, he had nothing to lie about. Well, almost nothing.

Kathryn Jane


“Yes.” He tugged her up off the chair, drawing her toward him until she fell into his arms. Still hurt she’d lied to him. Louie figured he had two choices: accept it, or cause a further rift in his marriage. He swallowed his pride and decided on peace.

Marian Lanouette


Walking away would rip him to shreds and Elise would never forgive him for standing her up – again. But his feet betrayed him and moved on their own. He shuffled right out of the restaurant, a hand clutched to his chest, and toward his Jeep.

S.A.Taylor


“I’d like to trust you, Brett, but I’ve been betrayed before and now again by Franklin. I’m not depending on anyone again.”

Marsha West


“I’m counting on you being a good guy, Nate Walker,” Sarah said. “I’ve not had luck with trusting coworkers and if you betray me, I’ll hunt you down and beat you with a shovel.”

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thieves… plagiarists and scammers

by Kathryn Jane

Yesterday was my day to blog, and I tried, really tried to write about the recent blowup in the writing world. I wrote and deleted two long, wordy attempts to address the horrors of people stealing a writer’s hard work, and how thieves and the dirty underbelly of the writing world affected me personally…then I gave up and put it away for the night.

Here instead, a day late, is the simple version.

Around a week ago, a plagiarist was caught stealing the work of over thirty writers. Bringing this to light also exposed other scammers and thieves preying on readers and writers, and the entire situation was mind-boggling enough… and then I discovered my books being offered for free on a pirate site.

And I started to wonder whether this writing gig was worth what it was costing me–literally, and figuratively.

Is it worth my time to try and compete for readers in a world where scammers hit bestseller lists with fake books? Where book stuffers collect thousands of dollars while real authors barely scrape by? Where readers have been conditioned to search for free or 99 cent books and don’t care if they are stolen?

And what about the dollars? Each book I publish costs me at least $2000 for editing, cover design, and basic marketing. Can I make that money back? Probably. But can I make enough to pay myself for even a small portion of the hundreds of hours I spend writing, revising, formatting, uploading, advertising…

Not when I can’t get my books noticed because the market is flooded with fake books, plagiarized work, and other scams.

So I’m considering other options right now. Considering going traditional. Giving up the creative control I cherish, for a chance at having a big publisher marketing my work.

Why? Because I love writing, I love giving readers an emotional experience, and I don’t want to quit. But seven years into self-publishing I’m still operating at a loss, and it is time for a change.

In the nature of one last ditch effort to get my work out there, I’ve put a six book bundle of books on sale for just 99 cents.  Yep, the first SIX full-length books in my Intrepid Women series, for a grand total of $0.99 … Grab them HERE right now.

If you would like to find out more about the plagiarism and other scams, go to,  Nora Roberts blog, Fall Into The Story.  A kickass woman I have always admired, Nora lays it out beautifully…such a way with words!


Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.

Want to know what else I’m up to in my life? The books, the painted rocks, the workshops?  Click here to  visit my website.

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY

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The irony was that he was returning to the psych ward while he was in the best physical shape of his life. If there’d been a time to meet his enemy and save his men, it would be now.

Sharon Wray


United in conquering our enemy, we bumped fists. As we walked companionably back to the office, he said, “This looks like the launching of a fine friendship.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


While she’d been daydreaming, the enemy had arrived on their doorstep.

Jacquie Biggar


His enemy knew his weaknesses, and each time the man healed from an assault, Wolfe would tear off the scab and start him bleeding again.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


The deep freeze. It wouldn’t be the first time for either one of us. As life-long friends, we often experienced these frenemy periods.

Joanne Guidoccio


But experience is better.” A thousand times better. Until you’ve looked an enemy in the eye…

Kathryn Jane


The one from the bar. This would mean he’s escalating, screwing up. It would be the break I need. Too many viable suspects, but only one killer, that’s what I believe. I hope I’m right.

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Outdoors

 

…is the view right outside my office window. Why is that important?

 

My desk where I play What if??? is adjacent to a large window, and when stuck, I take a look outside. Invariably, I’m inspired by the massive red oak trees in my front yard, the leaves changing from dark green to red orange and back. Or the large variety of cars streaming past my house, some speeding more than others.  Occasionally, the emergency vehicles with blaring sirens race to help someone. I spy colorful blooms in the flower beds which tell of Spring’s arrival and make me happy. quince 2

 

So why is The Great Outdoors important?

 

Many times, I’ve incorporated the scenery I see outside my window in my writing because being able to describe those things makes my work more authentic. And hopefully, a reader will be so engrossed, he/she is transported into the world I created and imagining him/herself where the action is. What the characters look like. What the weather is like. What people wear. What cars they drive. And et cetera.

 

Right now,  spring is creeping in. I can see the lacey white blossoms of the Bradford pear trees have pushed out. My quince with flowers in shades of salmon have already bloomed, leaving only the late stragglers, and tiny tiny bees buzzing from blossom to blossom searching for pollen. The grass is dry chaff. The gloomy gray sky makes me want to curl on the comfy sofa with a good book and my favorite beverage and snack. snoopy reading

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Near my home are restaurants and shops I frequent. In the Hattie Cooks mysteries, I have incorporated  a family-owned Italian restaurant similar to the one Handsome and I have frequented. The interior oozes Italian – the faux finished walls from which hang pictures of the Italian countryside, the Frank Sinatra-Tony Bennett-Dean Martin tunes, the ambiance created by the low lights—all perfect for Detective Allan Wellborn to seduce Hattie in Temporarily Out Of Luck. Here’s a sample:

 

Hunger overruled anger. I folded my hand around his and walked with him to our favorite Italian restaurant. He held the glass entry door wide and let me pass through first. My senses were overpowered by the greatest scents ever—spicy garlic, sweet tomato, yeasty bread, and sharp onions.

 

I loved Mama & Papas Italian Restaurant, a place my parents had brought Tracey and me to since elementary school. The same Tuscan prints decorated the golden faux-finished walls. The same Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra tunes oozed from the sound system. I breathed in deeply then looked at Allan, feeling gratitude. “Nirvana.”

 

               The corners of his eyes crinkled. “Forgiven?”

 

What’s outside your window?

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Have you read very short stories? In very shorts, description is cut to the bare minimum, one choice word or two, to convey the really important things we need to know.  Find out in Just Desserts…and other stories:

 

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