The Liberian Agenda BookBub Promotion Mothers Day 2017

Hi there: I have great news! BookBub is going to feature my book - "The Liberian Agenda" - for a promotion on Mothers Day, May 14, 2017. The fact that "The Liberian Agenda" will be promoted by BookBub on Mother's Day is ironic and a little bittersweet to me for a number of reasons. First, I lost my mother a few years ago. I didn't finish or publish "The Liberian Agenda" until July, 2016, so she...

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Hey there: So I didn't make it to the third level of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.  But that's okay.  I got some very useful feedback from the Amazon.com Vine Reviewers that will enable me to make my novel "False Love" that much better.  I'm thrilled to have made it as far as I did in the contest - further than I've ever gotten before. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my...

My First 10K

Six months ago, if you'd have told me that I was going to train for and participate in a 10K race, I would have laughed it off. Today I walked my first 10K race ever. Overall, it was a great experience. Crossing that finish line was exhilarating. Looking back and knowing I did that gives me a huge feeling of accomplishment. Although it was a great experience, the race was not without its...

Pre-Race Jitters – Upcoming 10K

So my first 10K ever is coming up in just three days. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, I will be participating in the 12th Annual ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease 10K in Coconut Grove, Florida. I'm going to be walking - not running the race. But still, I need to finish within the race's time parameters. I'm a little nervous about it, but at least I don't think that participating in a 10K is Mission Impossible...

Time to Dig in – 10K Training

So I'm signed up to do the 12th Annual ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease 10K on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Coconut Grove, Florida. I'm going to walk it. Running is just not in my wheelhouse right now. Since the 10K is less than two weeks away, I stepped up my training last weekend and lengthened the duration of my endurance walk. I walked 4.5 miles on Sunday. Since I was too lazy to leave the house and...

How to Walk a 5K by Mistake

So, I've been training to walk a 10K next month and I'm freaking out because it's coming up soon. May 11th to be exact.  It's the 12th Annual ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease 10K in Coconut Grove. I haven't been extremely diligent in my training, but I have been training and I have noticed some improvements in my speed and endurance. I'm hoping that what training I have done and will do in the next two...

Getting Back on the Wagon – the 5K Race

So, I lost 60 pounds a year ago and guess what happened?  I got complacent, lax with my diet, got off WeightWatchers, stopped exercising regularly, and gained a large portion of the weight back.   I was so disgusted with myself and so intimidated by the prospect of taking it all off again (and keeping it off) that, for months, I did nothing.  And I do mean nothing.  No exercise, no attempt...

What Writers Can Learn From Rejection

I'm baaaack!  I took a little hiatus to work on some non-writing goals, but I'm back baby and more fired up than ever. Okay, so I got kicked out of the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest during the pitch stage and two of the three e-publishers that requested to see excerpts of my legal thriller have rejected it.  I could sink into a funk, throw in the towel, and stop writing, or I can...

Overcoming Fear

Last year, around this time, I sabotaged any chance I might have had to win the 2011 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest by waiting until the last possible second to edit my suspense novel and then electronically submitting it two minutes past the deadline (which, by the way, was two minutes after midnight on a Monday morning in January). Missing the deadline and not entering the contest...

Happy Thanksgiving and Using the Senses of Taste and Smell in Fiction

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of my mother's cooking - the taste of her macaroni and cheese, her stuffing, her sweet potato pie.  I was watching the Food Network's two hour Thanksgiving Live special and, when Rachel Ray started talking about her stuffing recipe, I was instantly transported to all those holidays when I helped my Mom prepare hers and we shared the food with friends and...