Monday, August 29, 2016

Tips to Control Too Much Information - Staying Organized

Another tip – is if you have too much information-
  • break it down or file it until you need it.
  • Don’t read the whole article.
  • Get rid of outdate material and start over.
  • Mark, scan and file.
Sometimes we do this unintentional. Over the years, I've accidentally killed my email connection which deleted several years worth of information that I had stored in email. Class information, business connections, interesting items, all gone in only a few seconds with no hope of recover.

Luckily, I never missed anything, but I don't recommended it as the way of cleaning out your files. Yes, it is faster, but way more painful.

Also, I have an author friend, that does this after each book. She clears off her desk and puts everything away from the work she's done on a certain book and starts over fresh.

Might be worth a shot.

May look like they are just gliding along, but we all know they are working their legs underneath the water. 

Have a great day,


Friday, August 26, 2016

Scandalour Spirits - #Win - #Readers Awesome Ebook Deals

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Authors Helping #Authors - Fall Exchange Romantic Travel

Fall's Exchange #RomanticTravel

Here's how it works:

  1. You sign up and agree to host others on your blog by leaving your email address in the comment section of my author helping author page Put your Name, Email address, genre.
  2. Then email others on the list and let them know that you are interested in doing an exchange
    • Give dates you have available to host them.
    • Please put Author Exchange in the subject line so they won't think you are spam.
    • Decide on dates and exchange posts.

Post should included the following information:

  • Title should use #RomanticTravel (this is to make it easier to retweet)
  • Also include the graphic above.

- a link to your cover (blogger doesn't let me upload pictures anymore.) Some people prefer it as an attachment.

- blurb - less than 300 words
- excerpt - less than 500 words
- Purchase links not more than 5
- author short bio - 100 words or less.
- author links - no more than 5
- A romantic place to visit. (can include pictures and why you enjoy this place or what makes it romantic)

Now you might be asking why should I or anyone do this. 

  1. Because it gains exposure to your books.
I personally have
  • over 45 K followers on Twitter
  • I'm on Triber and my post are retweeted by others which claims over a million more people are reached (but I have no way to confirm this number)
  • my blog feeds into facebook and goodread
  • If you use the #in the title your post can be easily retweeted by other people involved in the author exchanged.

Add in other authors that also have twitter, goodread and facebook accounts and you increase the exposure for your book.

The Exchange starts  (Aug. 25 - Nov 1) Check back daily for others who have signed up for the exchange.  ****No one will be allowed to join after Sept. 30

If have any question or problems email me. subject  #RomanticTravel

    Thanks for letting me share your book with the world,


    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Want to Discover a New Author? #free #ebooks @Inkitt

    Hi everyone,

    I hope you have checked out Inkitt's Contest and taken advantage of some of their free reads.

    Here they are divided out by genre. Why not check it out?

    Also, if you are looking for Media or Publishing advise - visit me at

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    The Good, the Bad and the Ghostly - #99cent Box Set with 8 #Mysteries #TGTBTG

    Up for PreOrder on Amazon

    What do you get when you mix cowboys with ghosts? A collection of eight (stand-alone) amazing stories from the Old West with haunts of every variety.
    Fulfill your love of alpha cowboys and feed your addiction for the bizarre (and sometimes spooky) world when you download The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly.
    New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award-Winning authors are pleased to bring you this fantastic boxed set!

    Wild, Wild Ghost by Margo Bond Collins
    With everyone she loves in the grave, Ruby specializes in the dead.

    Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo
    An outlaw returns to his childhood home to find his parents and brother dead, and the lovely widow in grave danger.

    Long A Ghost, and Far Away by Andrea Downing
    Ghosts are restless souls, and Lizzie Adams is one of them. How many lives will she get to find the perfect love?

    A Ghostly Wager by Blaire Edens
    Even a skeptical detective needs a little otherworldly help.

    How the Ghost Was Won by Erin Hayes
    There are ghost stories. And there are ghost legends.

    McKee’s Ghost by Anita Philmar
    The ghost living in his house might have saved him from an unhappy marriage and brought him the girl of his dreams but when his ex- fiancé returns, the same spirit turns his life upside down.

    A Ride Through Time by Charlene Raddon
    P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson wants to find out if Eagle Gulch, Colorado has genuine ghosts. But he found far more than he expected, including a horse ride that could change his life forever
    The Ghost and the Bridegroom by Patti Sherry-Crews
    She’s sent west to solve a case. What she finds will change her forever.


    Excerpt for McKee’s Ghost by Anita Philmar
    The hands he’d dropped to her waist shifted. One drew Ruth deeper into his embrace while the other nudged her chin up with a knuckle until their eyes met. His searing gaze lit a fire, heating her core and arousing every cell in her body.
    “No. The gentleman in me heads south whenever you enter the room. All I can think about is getting my hands on you.” Konnor sprayed his palms over her back and tugged her deeper against his chest. “I want you in a way I’ve never wanted a woman before, under me screaming while I make you completely mine.”
    She gasped. “But you don’t even know me.”
    “You’re wrong. Some instinct inside me knew the moment we met you belong to me. Now, all I need to do is convince you of that fact.” He dropped his mouth over hers. His kisses were gentle and sweet one moment, demanding and urgent the next.
    The crisp flavor of the apple he’d just eaten played over her taste buds. Pleasure overruled the sound logic of keeping him at a distance. Instead, she gave into the tempestuous assault to her senses and slid her arms around his neck. Minutes passed. The hunger inside her growing until she couldn’t catch her breath.
    He tore his mouth from hers, and she gasped for air. “Please, sweetheart, I’m not a patient man, especially when I’ve waited so long for you. I need—”
    “Don’t say it,” she whispered and lowered her head to avoid eye contact. She’d tempted him, let him think if he asked for more, she’d willingly give him whatever he wanted.
    Realizing how much she already cared for him, she rebelled against the likelihood of losing her heart to another man. More than once, she’d fallen into the trap of believing a man would love her no matter what.
    Every time, she paid with a broken heart. This time, she needed to give him a day or two to come to terms with the true nature of her abilities. Once he saw her in action, he’d change. The desire he felt would wilt until he had no feeling for her at all.
    “I’m sorry, but we need to take this slow.” She lowered her hands and pressed them against his chest. “Now, you should tend to your horses.”
    Konnor studied her for a long moment before he slowly released his grip. “Make yourself at home. I’ll be back as soon as I’ve finished my nightly chores.”
    She nodded, and he turned for the door with a sigh.
    The light click of the latch falling into place felt like a shot through her heart. She’d come here determined to do her job and leave. However, Konnor had blindsided her with his charm. She’d broken her new rule of not becoming involved with a client.
    Now, she had to figure out a way to keep her heart safe when everything inside her wanted to give in to Konnor’s demands.

    Bio for Anita Philmar
    Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.
    Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.
    Naughty or Nice?
    Read her books and decide.


    Wow, this sounds like a great box set.

    Thanks for sharing,


    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Problem with Cell Phones - #Excerpt for Marketing Exec's Widow @AuthorTinaGayle #romance

    Blurb - Needing to revive her live and jump start her heart, Jennifer Larson faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wives Club continue to mourn their husbands, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney. But does he really love her or is he only after her money?
    “I shouldn’t kiss you. Not with the current mess my life is in but…” She slid her hands around his neck and fell against him in a full frontal attack. Plush breasts lay flat against his chest, and the whole length of her luscious body caressed his. Blood pounded through his veins and a roar sounded in his ears.
    If she wanted to talk about whose life was in a bigger mess, some people might claim he’d win. The past—he shook his head to clear his thoughts—didn’t determine the future.
    Bull’s-eye. For once, he felt right on target and had no plans to deviate off course.
    He lifted his hand to cup her cheek and skimmed his fingers over smooth skin. Oh, how he yearned for this woman. Why, he couldn’t say, didn’t care. They’d work out whatever problems that arose.
    Now, he had to allow her time to grow used to having a man in her life again.
    Tilting her face toward his, he stared into her eyes. A dark flame burned in their depths. He inched closer and heavy lids veiled the blazing fire. Velvety soft lips greeted his.
    After one little nibble, he couldn’t resist sinking into the pure bliss of kissing her. A groan rumbled in his throat and he gave himself over to the pleasure. Heat ignited and he broke out in a sweat. His hands took on a will of their own, sliding to her shoulders, down her back, tugging her closer and keeping her pinned to him.
    The rough wool of her coat chafed against his palm and warned of a scratchy exterior. She might fight him every step of the way by resisting his advances or denying the strong attraction between them but...
    She melted against him and her hands tunneled through his hair. The light scrape of nails raked his scalp, igniting his nerve endings. His brain grew foggy. Only his tongue pumping hard into her mouth kept sanity in sight.
    He’d replayed their last kiss in his mind for days, but it paled in comparison. Her body hadn’t trembled with hard shock waves in his memory. Nor had she tugged on his hair in the same demanding way. Her taste, with its unique flavor, hadn’t held the smooth caress of chocolate. When had she partaken of the tasty treat?
    Pulling away, he stared at her heat-stained cheeks. Lips slightly swollen, air swished in and out of her mouth on quick little breaths. She didn’t speak, but her hands stayed buried in his hair.
    “Want to try another one?” Hagan held her tight, afraid if he loosened his hold she’d race away. “No phone, no dog, no one to stop us from enjoying a second kiss.”
    Jen kept her eyes on his, unwilling to admit she’d relinquished control. “Wrong. I have my cell phone.”
    He leaned in and whispered against her lips, “Then I better hurry.”
    His mouth seized hers, snatched the air from her lungs and threw her off balance. The wicked punch of his tongue plunged her into a firestorm. Bold, battering desire caught fire. Passion flared. The war on her senses shut down all logic.
    Only the heat, the inferno sliced her in half and demanded she surrender to Hagan’s eagerness—her needs. Breasts aching, she hated the barrier her coat created, which kept the caress of his rock-hard chest at bay. She shimmied against him, silently wishing their clothes would simply disappear.
    Hagan slid his hand over her hips and under her jacket.
    She moaned encouragingly and eased her mouth from his. “Hagan, I...”
    A low chime rang between them.
    “Damn,” Hagan grumbled and scrambled in his pocket with one hand. “I can’t believe this. We must be cursed or something.”
    Jen eased away, chuckling at the truth of his statement.
    Could Craig’s spirit somehow be watching and dwarfing her attempts to become involved with someone else? She smiled at the whimsical theory. Craig couldn’t have cared less what she did while alive. Why would he care now?
    After retrieving his cell, Hagan flipped it opened. “What’s up, Dad?”
    “Are you in town?” A deep voice growled from the phone.
    She wiggled and laid her hands on Hagan’s chest to create a little more space between them.
    “No, why?” He tightened his grip, not allowing her to move.
    “Because the weather is bad and visibility has dropped to less than a quarter of a mile. How soon are you headed back?”
    Jen glanced over her shoulder. Hagan dropped his hands to his sides, and she walked back into the living room. The front window displayed the blizzard raging outside. Snow, several inches thick, had already accumulated on her car.
    She’d known about the weather forecast but had pushed the possibility of a snowstorm aside. Hagan had called every day, wanting to see more houses. With this being his only day off until Sunday, he’d stressed his eagerness to visit the houses she’d found today.
    How could she refuse his request? He’d understood when she claimed to have other commitments earlier during the week. Now, she had to man up and perform her job, even if she had a good reason for avoiding him.
    She ran her finger above her lips and recalled the moments before Hagan’s phone rang—the heat, the man, the yearning to forget everything and jump him. What would it be like to be held, touched, and loved by Hagan?
    Memories of Craig rolling over and falling immediately to sleep after sex filled her head. Once his needs were met, he had no more desire for her and complained if she tried to snuggle, saying her nearness disturbed his ability to rest.
    No, sleeping with Hagan wasn’t a good idea. Sex required a certain amount of trust. And what did she know about him?
    She glanced around at the deserted house. Not the place or the time to let things get out of hand.

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Where are You in the Process of Writing Your Book? #MFRWauthor

    Every author needs to think about where they are in the journey to getting their book published.

    Some like to enjoy the writing process without thinking about the venture ahead.

    Others have already jumped into the pool of getting their name out to the world.

    Where are you?

    * Are you writing the book? – There are steps you can take right now to get your name out there. (They are listed here but I will cover them in more detail below.) The world can learn about you right now– therefore making it easier when you release your book.

    • Set up a blog

    • Get your website domain name and set up your website.

    • Join writing groups.

    • Join social networking sites.

    * The book is written and you’re ready to roll. Fork in the Road Already – Understand the benefits and drawbacks of choosing to either follow the traditional route or self-publishing road. (Special note – promoting yourself as an author and your book is still your responsibility no matter which option you chose.)

    This is no easy decision and an author should check into both before making a decision.

    Hope this helps,


    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    A Cowboy that is "More Than Ready" #Western by @AnitaPhilmar -

    More Than Ready in Naked Bluff, Texas

    Genre: historical, western, erotic
    Theme: friends to lovers

    short read.

    After losing his brother, Kirk Pepperman planned a future with Richard’s wife, Sadie. Kirk wanted to honor his brother and take care of Sadie.
    She had other ideas and married another man.
    Now, Kirk is uncertain what he should do with his life
    Mary Beth Owens knows her parents are arranging for her to marry Kirk. The problem is he’s been stuck on the wrong woman for years.
    She is determined to find out if he can please her. If not, then she has no desire to marry him either.
    Can these two let go of the past and move into the future? 
    Available for .99cents and free for KindleUnlimited.
    Theme: friends to lovers
    This story is part of the Naked Bluff series.

    Kirk is introduced in the story In Too Deep 

    Sadie Pepperman is looking for a chance to escape the demands of her in-laws. With her husband’s dead, they want her to marry her brother-in-law so they can take control of her farm. 
    Suddenly, the peace of the day is shattered when her best friend steps too far into the river. Rushing to save her, Sadie meets a handsome stranger that ignites her dormant lust. She sees her friend rescued by a steamship and backs away from Logan Jansen, only to turn her ankle. 
    The agonizing pain leaves Sadie with the inability to walk. Needing help, she offers Logan a place to stay if he’ll help with the chores on her farm. With his agreement, Sadie adds another problem to her list. Now, not only does she have to worry about how to bring her crops in from the field and run her farm alone but she also has to fight her attraction to Logan. 
    Can Sadie end her in-laws’ interference in her life, 
    run her farm alone, 
    and give love another chance? 

    “Kirk, where are you?”
    Unhappy about the interruption, Kirk Pepperman debated not answering Mary Beth Owens’ call. He’d snuck away to the barn’s upper floor to escape his parents and to have a few moments to himself.
    The view outside the open loft door showed the sun drifting steadily toward the horizon. A nice cross breeze blew inside and cooled the large space. For the last couple of weeks, he’d found he enjoyed sitting up here alone, maybe because it helped him forget.
    “Kirk?” Mary Beth’s voice rang from the ladder, leading to the stalls on the ground floor.
    Not bothering to turn, he leaned forward and gripped his hands over his knees. The three-legged stool, where he sat, was right in front of the center pole for the barn. The position afforded him a backrest if he should want one.
    The floorboards squeaked, telling him Mary Beth stood behind him. He pictured her in his head. A petite blonde, she had small breasts and appeared much younger than him. In truth, they were around the same age.
    Hoping, if he remained quiet, she’d leave. He continued to stare out across his family’s property. The last days of summer and the recent harvest had turned the parched land to dust. What did this place hold for him?
    He’d never ventured outside of Naked Bluff to travel or to experience another way of life. Depression filled him at his brother dying so far away from home. Now, though, Kirk understood Richard’s desire to leave.
    What future could Kirk have here?
    He toyed with the idea of heading off to join the Confederate army. The latest news from the returning soldiers was the south wasn’t faring too well against the Northern armies. Maybe, if he had something to fight for, he’d feel alive again.
    The familiar noise of a rope flying through the air alerted him. The lasso fell over his head and circled his chest before it tightened, pinning his arms to his side. “What the...”

    With a sharp tug, he fell back against the center pole and hit his head against the solid bulk. “Mary Beth, what are you doing?”

    Anita Philmar enjoys writing hot stories to get the blood a pumping. She grew up in Texas and enjoys sharing information about the state with her readers.
    Currently, she is working on a historical series call Naked Bluff, Texas. No, it is not a real place, but the people there do have problems and with the gift of love they do find happiness.

    Just for fun–
    What is your favourite drink? Arnold Palmer – Tea and Lemonade
    Are you a cat or dog person? Dog – have a small terrior.
    Love or lust? Both, One helps grow the other in my book.
    If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why? Mark Twain – love the way he looked at life.

    Do you laugh at your own jokes?
    Yes, because no one in my household thinks I’m funny. Men have no sense of humor.

    Are you fun to go on vacation with?
    I like to think so. I enjoy seeing new things and love to travel.

    If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
    Proceed with caution, this woman is known to cry over sad movies and make you burn with her smoking, hot, sex scenes. She’s loyal, kind, and fun to snuggle with but hurt anyone she loves and she’ll cause you intense pain while relishing every moment of your suffering. Best to avoid if not looking for a lifetime commitment because friends are for life, lovers are forever, and enemies live in hell.

    Find Anita at

    Thanks Anita for sharing,