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

Scandalous Spirited Reads
are going to help you STUFF YOUR eREADER

That's right, we're hosting a bumper FREE books and $0.99 BARGAIN
STUFF YOUR eREADER campaign on the 5th October!

To celebrate we're offering you the chance to WIN a $300 Amazon Gift Card
All you need to do is answer one simple question when you enter the giveaway.

By sharing this competition with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Linked In -
you'll stand a much better chance at winning :)

Enter the giveaway here.

No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited.
Contest ends October 5, 2016. Winner will be notified on October 6, 2016.
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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,


    On #KU for a Limited Time - My Best Friend's Ex #NewAdult #Romance

    She loved him first, but her best friend married him. Now with their divorce, Brooke must choose between her best friend and the man of her dreams. 

    Brooke Janson has loved Garrett Sawyer since she met him on her first day of high school. Now, he’s free to love her too. Except, his ex-wife happens to be her best friend. 

    How can Brooke choose between a friend she’s known since kindergarten and the man of her dreams? 

    This is a complete short story with a HEA

    Free on Kindle Unlimited along with all my other books.

    Available at amazon

    Here's a little snippet of the story-

    Strolling down the grocery aisle, Brooke Janson spotted a familiar man dressed in black. Garrett Sawyer was the one person in the world, she didn’t expect to meet, see, or run into in a huge superstore.
    Memories flooded through her mind, and she adjusted the spaghetti strap of her shirt.  Unable to pull her gaze from his lean, muscular frame encased in a black T-shirt and jeans, she silently wished she’d worn something sexier than an old pair of jeans and a tank top. She glanced down and remembered what she looked like in high school when they met.
    As an overweight teen, she’d worked hard to get his attention, had even helped him pass a few classes.  They had become friends, and she’d decided he was everything she ever wanted in a man.
    At the end of the school year, he’d left for college. After graduating, he’d returned. They had reconnected at a party where she introduced him to her best friend, Janet. They started dating and married not long after her first year of community college. Sadly, less than a year later, it ended in a divorce because she cheated on him with one of her classmates.
    Suddenly unsure how to handle the situation, she choked out his name. To her ultimate horror, he turned.

    His forehead wrinkled into a frown before he smiled and pushed his cart down the aisle. “Hello, Brooke.”

    At Amazon

    Hope you enjoy,


    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.

    Saturday, August 6, 2016

    Need Some Social Media Advice? @Inkitt #writers #contest

    Are you look for some social media advise?

    I'm working in a special social media group  on Inkitt.  I'm answering questions that authors have about what it take to have a social media presence.

    Come ask me any questions you might have.

    Also, if you are interest in entering a writing contest check out the Story Peak Novel Contest.

    Have you written an amazing story and looking to get it published?

    Then this #free contest might be the perfect opportunity for you to get a publishing contract.

    Inkitt is running a contest for authors where they upload their book and get readers to rate them.

    Readers are asked to read and judge your story. They help decide the winners.

    So even if you aren't interested in entering your book in the contest you can go check out some great books.  With a number of different genre to choose from, you are sure to find something to interest you.

    Here's to you finding a great book to read or the perfect contest for your book,

    All the best,


    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Pack Your Ereader with #free #books at #ASMSG website.

    Would you like to load up your e-reader but you don't know what to get? Are you on a budget or maybe you want to read something that isn't mainstream?

    Many author's who are either just starting out or are simply waiting for you to discover them, post their writing for free. ASMSG is a place where author's share their free content and you get the chance to enjoy new novels and load up that e-reader of yours.

    Click to learn more about downloading free ebooks:

    My book "My Future Step Brother" is under contemporary fiction.

    Hope you find some amazing books,