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The Carrot and The Stick

Hello everyone,
Last week I had an epiphany that I would like to share with you. It came to me following a lunch date with a fellow writer/friend. She had devoted about three months to her novel and for all intent and purposes,  it was turning out to be a good story. However, after realizing how frustrating and pain staking the process is, my friend decided to throw in the towel. You can imagine my surprise. After all, this person is an over-achiever. For as long as I’ve known her the word quit was not in her vocabulary. Yet, when the going got tough on the writer’s road to publishing, my friend abandoned her journey.

On the drive home that day, I wondered what it was about the carrot that enticed me to follow the stick for the last fifteen months. After all, there is no guarantee my work will ever be published. For that matter, I may have written three-hundred and eighteen pages of drivel. Yet, day after day, month after month I immerse myself in the world I’ve constructed.

I final…

Giveaway update

Hello all,
I am writing from my I-phone because my Internet is down until tomorrow. Thanks to all those who participated in the giveaway. I will contact you shortly to get your addresses so I can mail the chocolates and the books out. Thanks for your patience.

Summer Giveaway

Hello All,
It's hard to believe we are already halfway through summer. Time flies when the weather is nice. I don't think there is a better way to pass the time than laying by the pool, or relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink in one hand and a book in the other. Although those days have been far and few between, I've already finished three novels this summer: The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, The Book of Unholy Mischief, by Elle Newmark, and per the recommendation of my seventeen year old, Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith (BTW, I loved it).

Each of the books had unique appeal. The Lost Symbol's premise of life after death was inspiring and interesting. For the budding chef, Unholy Mischief immerses the reader in a Venetian world of culinary delights, intrigue, romance and so much more. Last, but not least, Lincoln Vampire Hunter was surprisingly gripping and interesting. My disbelief was suspended in the first chapter. The author brilliantly…