Upcoming WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Natalie Nifora’s “I Asked the Wind”

Hello BookWorms;

BookWorm is participating in another blog book tour after the second leg for Jackie Rod’s book “Georgia Stories on My Mind “ (February 8, 2020). The Name of the book is “I Asked the Wind” and it’s a collection of romantic poems by author Valerie Nifora. Today I’m posting the press pack and tour dates (part of 2020 vision for 2020, 😁) for this tour. See y’all February 8. ❤️❤️❤️

Valerie Nifora’s



I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry

Book Summary

Tour Begins February 10th

I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry is a journey into romance, love and loss through poetry. The poems published in this collection span over 15 years of writing. Often starting with short rhythmic patterns, each poem’s lyrical tone is filled with inspired words to express the deep emotion experienced in the intricacies of romance.

Handwritten in a journal and hidden away until this publication, the poems chronicle the journey into and out of love. Written in three parts, the book enables the reader to transverse the intensity of romantic love, from the first moment of falling in love, to the intense pain of heartbreak.

Beautiful and powerful in its lyrical and simple verse, the reader is immediately immersed in a world of sensuality, passion, desire, and innocence; all woven together into a tapestry of human emotion. Each poem transports the reader to a story through the art of poetry. Drawing on natural elements such as the sun, sand, wind and moon, this collection explores the light and darkness of romantic love, leaving the reader questioning if love was ever real at all.

Print Length: 108 Pages

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: The Unapologetic Voice House LLC


I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry is available to purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Target.

Praise for I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry

“….a breathtaking compilation of tender poetry .“

– Jessica Tingling, The San Francisco Book Review

“Valerie’s poetry evokes images of tangled butterflies caught in a breeze, leaves falling too soon, and speaks with a deep, deep tenderness.”

– Troy Turner, Poet

“A beautiful tribute to reflective thoughts of love and losses suffered…this was well done… ”

– Wanda Firman-Cooper, Reviewer

“Valerie’s poems are not only magnificent to read, but they stick with you.”

– Robert Robinson, Executive Producer, The Dinner Salon

“In today’s age of fast-food thinking, attention-deficit scanning, and thumb scrolls past click-bait, it’s refreshing to find a relatable, digestible read that harkens back to an era of leather-bound literature’s reign in terms of meter and word choice.“

– Amaani F. Lyle, Military Journalist

“Val’s poetry goes deeper…into a mosaic of sensuality that leaves you hearing love as if it were a song.“

– Myra Jo Martino, Writers Guild Award Winner for Ugly Betty

About the Author, Valerie Nifora

Valerie Nifora was born and raised in New York to Greek immigrant parents. For over twenty years, Valerie was Marketing Communications Leader for a Fortune 50. She served as a ghost writer for several executives and has executed award-winning campaigns using her special gift as a storyteller to inspire. Her first book is a collection of romantic poetry that explores innocence, sensuality, passion, desire, heartbreak and loss through the lens of her personal experience spanning over 15 years. Her beautiful and powerful voice immediately calls forth a time of leather-bound books and invites the reader to find a comfortable chair and begin their journey through the powerful human emotion of love. Valerie holds a B.A. in Communications from Emerson College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. She is married and a mother of two amazing sons.

Website: www.valerienifora.com.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vnifora/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValerieNifora/

Twitter @vnifora

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/valerienifora/

— Blog Tour Dates

February 10th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you stop by WOW! Women on Writing’s blog today and read an interview with author Valerie Nifora as we discuss her book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry. You can also win a signed copy of her book!


February 11th @ Karen Brown Tyson

February 13th @ Michelle Cornish

Stop by Karen’s blog today and read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora who will be talking about what prevents people from following her dreams.



February 14th @ A New Look on Books

Visit Rae’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora about what helped her get through heartbreak.


February 14th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Visit Veronica’s blog today and read a feature that spotlights one of the poems from the book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


February 15th @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog today and read her review of Valerie Nifora’sbook I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


February 16th @ Phy Roselle

Stop by Phy’s blog today and read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about what most people miss about live.


February 20th @ Precious Phyllis

Visit Phyllis’ blog today and read her review of Valerie Nifora’sbook I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


February 22nd @ Beverley A. Baird

Visit Beverley’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


February 24th @ A Storybook World


February 25th @ Lori’s Reading Corner

Visit Lori’s blog today and read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about whether we really have to love ourselves before we love another person.


February 28th @ Beverley A. Baird

Stop by Beverley’s blog again and you can read author Valerie Nifora’s guest post about how life is short, do it now before you die. Get inspired today!


February 29th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry. You can also read her interview with the author as well.


March 1st @ Choices 

Visit Madeline’s blog today and you can read Valerie Nifora’sguest post about what her children taught her about love.


March 2nd @ Armed with a Book

Visit Kriti’s blog and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’sbook I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


March 4th @ Armed with a Book

Stop by Kriti’s blog again and you can read her interview with author Valerie Nifora.


March 6th @ The Faerie Review

Come by Lily’s blog today and you can read author Valerie Nifora’s guest post about why risk is sometimes worth it.


March 9th @ It’s Alanna Jean

Visit Alanna Jean’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora, who will discuss why people fear failure. Don’t miss this one!


March 10th @ Jill Sheets Blog

Visit Jill’s blog and you can read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about why we settle on mediocre.


March 15th @ Teatime and Books

Stop by Janet’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.


WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Mari L McCarthy’s “Heal Yourself through Journaling Power”

Hello Bookworms;

Here’s the first leg in my participation in WOW’s blog Book Tour for Mari L. McCarthy’s Heal Yourself through Journaling Power. In this week’s post I’m including a guest post on the subject of journaling power for emotional health and an interview with Ms. McCarthy.

Journaling for Emotional Health:

When you decide to be more attentive to your physical health, you usually know where to start. You may strive to eat more vegetables, go for morning walks or quit smoking. But what about when you want to care for your emotional health? What steps can you take to make it as much of a priority as your physical well-being? 

Journaling has a way of shining a light on your inner life. In the pages of your journal, you can safely express all of youremotions, fears and desires. Regular journaling will help you define what you are feeling and why, giving you insight into what is going well in your life and what you’d like to change. 

Try one of these journaling exercises to give your emotional health the attention it deserves. 

 1. Name That Emotion 

 Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” Can you identify your emotions – boredom, worry, frustration, happiness, enthusiasm? Notice and name your current feelings in your journal. Explore why you might be feeling a certain way and how your emotions are affecting your actions. This processhelps you build self-awareness, minimize the impact of negative emotions and make healthy changes. 

 2. Let It Out

 When you are feeling unpleasant emotions – anger, shame, sadness, envy – give them an outlet in your journal instead of bottling them up. Vent about whatever is bothering you, jotting down stream-of-consciousness thoughts until you feel you don’t have anything else to say. 

3. Gather Gratitude 

A funny thing happens when you practice focusing on the positive moments in your life: you notice more and more of them and encourage an attitude of gratitude. Positive psychology research shows that simply remembering and writing down three good things that happened to you in a day can give you a huge happiness boost over time. 

 Every day for at least a week, write a detailed description of three things that went well that day. Why do you think it happened? How did you feel at the time? How do you feel now, looking back on it? The items on your list can be as small as, “I sat in the sunshine during my lunch break,” or as big as, “I finished my last round of chemo today.” 

Incorporating journaling into your daily routine – even just a few minutes a day – can have a remarkable impact on your emotional health.

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

My Journal prompted me in this direction. She’s my muse and mentor. We’ve been partners for 21+ years and she’s always sending me universal messages and one day the message, journaling power trilogy, appeared so I knew it was time to write and publish my journaling power experiences. With her help, I published the first book in the trilogy Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live in 2016 which is an introduction to Journaling Power. It was my Journaling Journey story. I call it a self-help memoir as it contains lots of practical exercises for people to create and enhance their own life-changing journaling practice. The second book in the trilogy, Heal Your Self With Journaling Power, the book I just published, focuses on the Journaling Journeys of 10 other writers and how they use journaling to master life’s mental, physical, and spiritual challenges. My Journal and I have so far created a title for the third book in the trilogy Create Unconditional Self-Love – A Journaling Power Book which will be another self-help memoir about my journey from self-sabotage to self-love.

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I majored in journalism looking for a practical major that would help me be a success in the real world. After a short stint as a weekly newspaper editor, I set off into the business world and then the only writing I did was business reports. A health challenge forced me off the road (I owned a management consulting firm traveling 24/7) and I took up journaling (Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages) for physical therapy purposes only since I’d lost most feeling on the right side of my body and needed to teach myself how to write with my left hand. But lo and behold, Journaling opened up many, many memories and I remembered how I loved words, writing essays and stories and I was back into the writing profession.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

Keep a Journal. Pen to Paper every day. That way, you’ll stay connected to your Muse, your Inner Writer, your True Self. Inner Critics hate it when we take care of ourselves first. So write, write, write in your Journal every day and you’ll never encounter page fright, writer’s block or other literary ailments.

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

I’m the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of CreateWriteNow.com, The Journaling Power Center. I mentor health conscious writers in using Journaling For The Health of It, also known as therapeutic journaling, to heal the issues in their tissues and grow and transform their life. We have tons of resources: complimentary ebooks, 375 unique and soul searching Journaling Power Prompts, a Journaling Power Journey Blog where other writers share their journaling experiences and AHA adventures, and a store with 20+ Journaling Power workbooks that cover life challenging topics such as Empower Your Self, Heal Your Life and Journal Magic For Writers.

Please come visit and please always #JustWriteON!

Here are the remaining dates for the tour:

As always, make Ms. McCarthy feel welcome feel free to post any questions you have in the comment section of this post. Next week I’m posting my review and all additional information about the CreateWriteNow.com program. Have a blessed day and enjoy 😉

WOW Blog Book Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s “Born Under Fire”

Hello Bookworms;

Who is this strange lady in the video below? Click on it and find out….

Now that we’ve answered that question, here’s a link to the promotional video for the book.

And here’s the media press kit information for the tour. I look forward to seeing y’all. Hopefully, I didn’t scare you with the above video. 😂😂😂

Rina Z. Neiman’s


Born Under Fire

Tour Begins May 20th

Book Summary

Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..


Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144


Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.


Praise for Born Under Fire


“I went to high school in Israel in the late 50’s and heard many personal stories about the early years and the struggle for independence. Your book makes these years really come alive. Also, most of my relatives’ tales were set in Kibbutzim and rural Palestine. Your book describes life in Tel Aviv as just as heroic. Lastly, I share your mother’s love for Yemenite embroidery and am happy that your book calls attention to this beautiful art form.”


Vita Hollander


“This lovely coming of age story provides a view into the challenges, conflicts and dilemmas facing the European Jews fleeing Hitler’s reach and trying to make Palestine their home. It pulls no punches and honestly acknowledges the dilemmas posed by the creation of this new country, but as it tells the story from the eyes of a young girl, we see those intricacies as she would have seen them, allowing the reader an understanding not only of historical events that readers may not be aware of (the proposed partition, the ethical dilemma posed by Jewish terrorist groups, etc.) but also of the emotional journey of these refugees and their children. This story is an important reminder of the effects of war and provides a critical piece of history necessary for understanding the world today.”


Nima M. Vincent via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review


“This story drew me in from the very first page. The vivid descriptions of smell, sights and taste, longing, disappointment and joy, evoked real emotion and made me wish I were sitting at the kitchen table with Shula and her aunts. I appreciated the many history lessons tucked into the adventures, and was relieved to discover details about this time period without being burdened by the author’s politics.”


Lisa Fliegel via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review


About the Author, Rina Z. Neiman


Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.


You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


— Blog Tour Dates


May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.



May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!



May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.



May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.



May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.



May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.



May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.



May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.



May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.



May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.



May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!



May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.



June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.



June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.



June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.



June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.



June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!



June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.



June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!



June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.



June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.



June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.



June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.



June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.



June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.


June 19th @ Inquiry and Beyond

Join Kathy on Instagram and on her blog PYP in Paradise as she reviews and features Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.




June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.



June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.



Guest Author Spotlight: Deborrah Cooper

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Hello Bookworms,

I know it has been a while since I blogged but I’m getting BOOKWORM back up and running and hope to have fresh content on a regular basis again. As I promised before this blog is about ALL THINGS BOOKS. That means content about books, authors, and anything other current events in the book, writing, and publishing worlds. In keeping with that promise, today I’m featuring a Q&A from well known author and advice columnist (as well as fellow blogger)Deborrah Cooper. I have been a follower of her YouTube channel and advice column for a few years now and I hope you will this Q&A as informative as I did and want to check out her blog  AND buy a book.

Q: I made your acquaintance because of an article you wrote that made the national news (I saw it on Michael Baisden’s Facebook page). The name of the article was “The Black Church: How Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely”. You also wrote a book on the subject called The Black Church: Where Women Pray and Men Prey, which I read and found very interesting. Your background is as a relationship expert. What made you decide to tackle this subject?

My primary market is African American women. And over the years I’d noticed a consistent pattern with the women who came to my AOL and web pages who were single – the majority were frequent church goers and said they believed in the word of the bible. Connecting the dots between the things the sistahs were telling me they were being told in church by their pastors, and the high number of single black women looking for their God-sent husband to be a church goer too – it was easy to see that they were being duped by the millions into believing in and hoping for something that was never gonna happen.

Black men, unless gay, married, damaged, very young or very old (and undesirable for marriage by a woman seeking a husband and children), are the only men up in churches. I wanted to point out the contradictions in the messages being given to single black women and the reality of the church environment. I also wanted to highlight the benefits that black pastors received from having hundreds or even thousands of single black women in their churches. Ultimately though, whether a black woman decided to go to church is her business. My goal was simply to point out that what you believe something is about, is not always what it really is.

Q: Can you expound a little more on your education and expertise in the area of relationship advice? What made you decide to become a relationship coach?

My major in college was communications, with a minor in psychology. I’ve always been a great listener – able to hear what people say as well as what they don’t say, and then ask some really hard-hitting questions that dug deep and get to the root of people’s issues within just a few minutes. That’s a skill set I’ve had since I was five years old my mom and aunts say, so I can honestly say I was born with this expertise. I believe that our path in live is fate. I didn’t choose to be a relationship coach – it chose me. People came to me for help, understanding, support, encouragement and guidance. I was able to provide it, and to do a really good job of understanding not only their problem, but how they got themselves into that mess in the first place. Based upon their belief systems, experiences, the mental messages they fed themselves, socialization – all kinds of things come into play to make us desire the things we desire, and make the choices that we make. My goal has always been to guide people, especially black women, to take a look at their choices with an open mind and ask themselves why. Who told you this was the best way to do things? The right way? Who told you that you had to say, look, act, talk, walk wear these things to get approval? Why do you feel you need others okay to be who and what you are? These and many other very probing questions form the basis of the advice that I give.

Q: I see that your latest book is about the vegan lifestyle. Can you describe it and discuss what made you transition into that lifestyle?

Hey my name is Ms. HeartBeat! Whether that heart is beating from love, or beating from health – the fact remains that the heart is central to the health and longevity of the body. I help guide sistahs to a healthier lifestyle in two ways – through diet and exercise (I was a nationally

certified Senior personal trainer for 13 years), and through education and advice about their interpersonal relationships. To me they tie together, as health encompasses the entire body our hearts and our minds. Black people are killing themselves with greasy, high sodium fast foods and chemically laden packaged imitation food products. Our ancestors never ate like that! Look at how many of us have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes! Look at all the kidney dialysis companies in black neighborhoods! We are killing ourselves with food and I thought it was high time to bring this to the attention of women who cook for their husbands and families. You cannot in good conscience keep giving them that garbage food and calling it love. I wanted to provide black people with options for eating an animal free diet with flavors that their palate was used to. That’s why I took a lot of my grandmother’s and aunt’s recipes, removed the salt pork, butter and bacon fat, and made them vegan. They taste very similar but have zero cholesterol, one-third or less of the sodium, and all of the flavor of the originals.

Q: If you would like to, you can use this space to promote one your works or your advice blog (shameless plug)

LOL! I would like to invite single women looking to understand why they’ve chosen the men they have and how to make better choices going forward to visit my blog and You Tube channel.

The blog, Surviving Dating (www.survivingdating.com), is designed for mature singles 30+. There is info for dating after divorce, as a single parent with one or more children, how to avoid becoming a “baby momma”, and how to figure out what it is you really NEED in a man vs what you’ve been wasting time with.

My You Tube channel was dormant for a few years while I wrote books, but I’ve finally revived it this past summer. I created a series of 25 videos exposing The Games Black Men Play to Make Black Women Jump Through Hoops. I talked about everything from why black men promote that “give a broke brotha a chance!” Mess to the men who manipulate women’s minds and behavior by holding marriage out as a carrot. Find all 95 of the videos on my channel at    http://www.youtube.com/debsterism.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for Her Novel “Half a Yellow Sun”

Hello BookWorms;

African feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the “Women’s Prize for Fiction” for her novel Half a Yellow Sun. The novel is set in Nigeria, during the Biafran War, and tells the story of how love complicates issues of race, class, female empowerment, ethnic allegiances, and the end of colonialism. Click on the picture below to read the article.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If y’all remember, I mentioned Ms. Adichie during Black History Month when I celebrated 29 days of Black Feminism. If you follow her social media ANYWHERE, show her some love by congratulating her. You should also look a sista up on YouTube and hear her in action.

Eclectic Weekends WILL be on and poppin tonight on Anchor.fm. It will be in podcast format so you can access it NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PHONE YOU HAVE (iPhone OR Android). Tonight’s theme is “British Invasion”. I’ll think y’all will like it and find it interesting. See y’all tonight.

Two Celebrity Memoirs that are Worth the Read

Hello BookWorms;

I know it’s been a while since the last time I posted (personal mess) however, I thought I would post about two new books (one fresh off the presses, available on Amazon at a $12.21 discount and the other is set to drop October 6, also on 2020 on Amazon, where they’re offering free shipping and a $10.01 discount) that both sound like excellent reads.

The first is singer extraordinaire, Mariah Carey’s personal memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. From I’m told, this her no holds barred, straight with no chaser life story (and she names names). Click on the picture below to go to Amazon to read all accompanying information and order your copy.

The next memoir is from musical polymath, Lenny Kravitz. It’s called Let Love Rule and if you’ve read any the snippets available on news outlets all over the internet, then y’all know this promises to be an excellent read. Click on the picture below to go to Amazon, read all accompanying information, and pre-order your copy (it’ll be available to order October 6, 2020, but it’s getting really good reviews already so reserve your copy).

Even though I don’t normally read celebrity memoirs, these two sound too good to resist. Once I get mine, I’ll post reviews of each here on BookWorm. If you’ve already got Ms. Carey’s book, you can leave your opinion of it in the comment section below.

This week I hope to be posting a couple of podcasts for AnjanetteSpeak under my “Respectability Politics” series and hopefully I be back on the air this weekend with Eclectic Weekends. There have been a lot of technical difficulties with the Stationhead app. But, as always I’ll look forward to talking to y’all on the internet where ever you’re following me.

Love y’all 💋

WOW (Women on Writing) for Rita Pomade’s “Seeker: A Sea Odyssey” and Pamela Taylor’s “Pestilence: Second Son Chronicles Volume 3”

Hello BookWorms;

Bookworm is participating in two (actually three, but, I’ll be posting information about the third one in another post) blog book blog in the month of July. I’ll be reviewing “Seeker” July 11 and “Pestilence” July 18.

Here are the media press kits for both tours:


WOW! Women on Writing Presents

A Book Blog Tour for:

Seeker: A Sea Odyssey

Tour Starts June 29th

Ends August 2nd

About the Book:

Seeker: A Sea Odyssey is the story of two people who meet in Mexico and fall in love. Rita is an American part-time English language teacher and freelance reporter for an English language tourist magazine struggling to raise two young boys on her own. Bernard is a French geologist under contract to the Mexican government to search for underground thermal springs. She dreams of finding Shangri-la after witnessing a bloody government crackdown from which she barely escapes. He dreams of having a yacht and sailing the world. Their dreams mesh, and they immigrate to Canada to earn the money to build their boat.

Print Length: 330 Pages

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: MiroLand

Read more about the book at GoodReads.com.

The book is perfect for real life and armchair adventurers, people who see travel as a learning experience, and anyone who loves the sea.

Praise for the book, Seeker

“A crackling sea story, an adventure yarn to stand with any of them – except that this sailor is not a swashbuckling, peg-legged pirate with an eyepatch but a soft-spoken, introspective woman with a keen eye and (although she never mentions it) bottomless courage… an experience most of us can only read about.” –  Jack Todd, winner of the Mavis Gallant Award for Non-fiction and the Quebec Writers Federation First Book Award.

“This book will appeal to the nomad hidden in those with a dream to roam, to those who love to meet others, try their foods and languages, and it may spark something even in the most sedentary reader. Travel with Rita and Bernard in this wonderful tale of adventure!” – Goodreads Reviewer

About the Author

Rita Pomade, an intrepid nomad originally from New York, now lives and writes in Montreal. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and poetry reviews, and her monologue for auditioning actors was selected for inclusion in the Monologue Bank. An excerpt from her forthcoming memoir Seeker: A Sea Odyssey was included in two travel anthologies.

WOW! Women on Writing Presents

A Book Blog Tour for:


Tour Starts June 22nd

Ends July 26th

About the Book

At the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred – the eponymous second son – must discover the special destiny foreseen for him by his grandfather.  Now, the unthinkable has happened: Alfred’s brother is king.  And it isn’t long before everyone’s worst fears are realized. Traditional allegiances are shattered under a style of rule unknown since the grand bargain that formed the kingdom was struck over two hundred years ago. These will be the most dangerous years of Alfred’s life, forcing him to re-examine his duty to personal honor and to the kingdom, while the threats posed by his brother constantly remind him of his father’s final words of advice. What choices will he have to make to try to protect the things he holds most dear?

Print Length: 234 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Read more about the book at GoodReads.com, and the series website: https://www.SecondSonChronicles.com.

This book is perfect for fans of Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Hilary Mantel, and Diana Gabaldon and anyone who enjoys historical costume dramas.

About the Author, Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor brings her love of history to the art of storytelling in the Second Son Chronicles. An avid reader of historical fact and fiction, she finds the past offers rich sources for character, ambiance, and plot that allow readers to escape into a world totally unlike their daily lives. She shares her home with two Corgis who frequently reminder her that a dog walk is the best way to find inspiration for that next chapter.

You can follow her online at:

Author Website: https://pamela-taylor.com

Series Website: https://www.SecondSonChronicles.com

Twitter: @PJTAuthor 

Instagram: PJTAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSecondSonChronicles

Unfortunately, I had difficulty uploading the picture for “Seeking“ for this post, but, I will show it to you during Wednesday’s midweek update. See y’all this Wednesday.

BookWorm: WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Carrie T. Ishee’s “Seduced into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist’s Sexual Abuse”

Hello BookWorms:
Here’s part one of my review for Ms. Ishee’s book. I will posting part two April 18, 2020. I like it and recommend it for anyone who has been through a similar situation. In part two, I will discuss her use of the word TRANSCEND in the title and how this whole situation was handled and how I feel about that. Enjoy your holiday weekend, stay home, and stay prayed up. Tap on the picture below and here my review:


See y’all April 18.


WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Linda Rosen’s “The Disharmony of Silence”

Hello BookWorms;

Here is the review AND interview for Ms. Rosen’s latest book that I promised y’all last week (my apologies). Please make Ms. Feel welcome, like y’all ALWAYS do. Ask lots of questions and comment all you like. Tap on the picture below to hear my review:

And here is the interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

A: The inspiration for this novel came from a story my sister-in-law told me while we were sitting on the beach in Hilton Head Island. She was getting her mother’s house ready for sale and there was a painting that had hung in the living room her whole life. No one in the family wanted it and my sister-in-law didn’t want to simply throw it away. Instead, she decided to search for the artist and, if alive, return it to her. I thought that was a great premise for a story. And, since I’ve always been fascinated by family secrets, though as far as I know my family doesn’t have any, I created one around the painting. The storytook off! It wasn’t until I was on one of my later drafts that I realized the definition of family was a major theme. I had been focused on secrets and lies, which are also themes in the novel. My personal feelings of what makes a family influenced me, without me realizing it, as I have an extended family, not all from blood.

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?A. I’m smiling as I answer this. I wish I could call writing my profession though I came to it much later in life after many years of owning a fitness business, teaching group classes and doing personal training. In looking up the definition of profession, I found: “a principal calling, vocation, or employment” so, I suppose, writing is my new profession since it is my calling. It is what I love to do. It chose me.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?A. Keep at it. Don’t give up your dream. Hone your craft. Revise, revise, revise. Claim the title of writer – you are a writer as long as you are seriously writing, whether or not you’ve been published.  

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

Thanks so much for the opportunity to talk about The Disharmony of Silence. You can find out more about the novel and me on my website www.linda-rosen.com. There are links to short stories I’ve had published as well as other interviews and to my blog, The Literary Leotard, which I promise myself and my readers I will get back to. The road to publication, as well as being stressful, has been a joy, especially when one of my favorite authors, Kristin Harmel, wrote “Linda Rosen spins an intriguing tale of long-held family secrets…”. And, a review in Indie Reader thrilled me with stating, Generally, it’s thought that honesty is always the best policy, so it’s interesting to see a character grapple with the idea that this truism may not, in fact, always be true. The ending gives the reader a lot to think about in those terms, and it’s an interesting and somewhat unexpected question for a novel to raise.” I hope you and your readers will agree.

The Disharmony of Silence is perfect for book clubs with suggested questions posted at the end of the novel. If any of your followers are in book clubs, I’d love to meet with them either in person or via Skype. Contact me on my website.


WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Carrie T. Ishee’s “Seduced into Darkness”

Hello BookWorms;

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves during this crisis. BookWorm is participating in another blog book tour for author Carrie T. Usher’s latest work Seduced into Darkness. April 11 is our date to participate (I’ll be reviewing). I’ve postponed today’s review for Linda Rosen’s The Disharmony of Silence until the 28th of March (along with my interview with her). Here’s the press kit for Ms. Ishee’s book:


Carrie T Ishee’s

Seduced Into Darkness

Tour Begins March 23rd

Book Summary:

Seduced Into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist’s Sexual Abuse is a vivid and captivating story of hope for survivors of abuse as well as a case study in a skilled manipulator’s tragic exploitation of his professional power.

This poignant memoir chronicles the traumatic psychological abduction and sexual exploitation of depressed college student Carrie Tansey at the hands of her psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Romano―thirty-one years her senior. For three years, their secret “affair” was carefully calculated and controlled by Romano, as Carrie’s mental and emotional health continued to deteriorate, bringing her closer and closer to the edge.

Their dual-relationship―clinical and clandestine―finally came to light when Carrie’s suicide attempts landed her in a world-renowned psychiatric hospital. Gradually, she began to reclaim her power, reported Romano to the state licensing board, successfully sued him for malpractice, and testified before the state legislature to help pass a law aimed at curbing such abuses.

As Carrie tells her tale, it is a journey paralleling that of the mythical archetype Persephone, the naive innocent who was abducted into darkness, reemerged and regenerated herself, then fearlessly returned to the prison she had fled, this time to help free others. Today, Carrie Ishee is a widely respected art therapist and life coach as well as a teacher specializing in the issues of ethics and boundaries for mental health professionals.

Print Length: 286 Pages

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: Terra Nova Books

ISBN-10: 1948749483

ISBN-13: 9781948749480

Seduced Into Darkness is now available to purchase at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

About the Author, Carrie T. Ishee:

Carrie Ishee has been a student of healing, human potential, and consciousness for more than 35 years. Her quest to know herself began in college when a severe health crisis compounded by her psychiatrist’s seduction and sexual abuse shattered her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. After doctoral studies in clinical psychology, she worked as a behavioral therapist, pursued a master’s degree in art therapy, and later completed a two-year training program in life coaching. Her work today is focused on helping victims such as she once was break free from the suffocating shroud of trauma.

Follow her on FacebookInstagram, and GoodReads.

— Blog Tour Dates

March 23rd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Stop by the Women on Writing blog The Muffin as well celebrate the launch of the Seduced Into Darkness blog tour. Read an interview with author Carrie T. Ishee and enter to win a copy of the book.


March 25th @ The New England Book Critic

Visit Victoria over at The New England Book Critic and read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s powerful book Seduced IntoDarkness.


March 25th @ Choices

Visit Madeline’s blog today and read a poignant guest post by author Carrie T. Ishee. She talks about the signs of a healthy relationship versus a toxic relationship and how to set boundaries to see if a person is safe for you. 


March 27th @ Writings and Reviewings

Visit Judith’s blog today where you can read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s book Seduced Into Darkness.


March 30th @ Dog-Eared Days of Summer

Stop by Courtney’s blog and you can read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s book Seduced Into Darkness.


April 2nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab your coffee and join Lacey as she reviews Carrie T. Ishee’sbook Seduced Into Darkness.


April 6th @ Writing Through Life

Visit Amber’s blog today and you can read author Carrie T. Ishee’s guest post. She talks about women’s intuition and paying attention to cues that arise from within. You can also enter to win a copy of the book Seduced Into Darkness.


April 11th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s book Seduced Into Darkness. 


April 13th @ World Of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog today and read Carrie T. Ishee’s guest post talks about the power of art as medicine.


April 15th @ A Storybook World

Stop by Dierdra’s blog and read author Carrie T. Ishee’s guest post about the personal growth and transformation that happens as a result of trauma. A powerful post you don’t want to miss!


April 20th @ Teatime and Books

Visit Janet’s blog today and read Carrie T. Ishee’s guest post about the journey of healing and how creating art helps this process.


April 24th @ Angie Mangino Looks at Books

Stop by Angie’s blog today and you can read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s book Seduced Into Darkness.


April 25th @ Teatime and Books


Visit Janet’s blog today and you can read her review of Carrie T. Ishee’s book Seduced Into Darkness.

I look forward to hearing from you.

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Linda Rosen’s “The Disharmony of Silence “

The Disharmony of Silence

Hello BookWorms;

BookWorm is participating in yet another blog book tour. This month’s offering in author Linda Rosen’s latest work The Disharmony of Silence. It’s a novel about family secrets, reuniting, and tragedy. Here’s the preview and tour dates.

Linda Rosen’s



The Disharmony of Silence

Tour Begins March 2nd

Book Summary

In her desperate quest for family, Carolyn Lee is determined, against all advice, to reveal the shocking eighty-four-year-old secret she uncovered…until she realizes that “family” means more than blood.

In 1915, jealous, bitter Rebecca Roth cuts all ties with her life-long friends, the Pearls. Eight years later, Rebecca’s son and young Lena Pearl begin keeping company in secret. Rebecca agrees to a truce when the couple marries. But the truce is fragile. Rebecca’s resentments run deep.

In 2010, Carolyn Lee, fitness instructor and amateur photographer, must come to grips with the fact that her mother’s imminent death will leave her alone in the world. While preparing her childhood home for sale, she realizes for the first time that her mother’s antique brooch is identical to the one pinned to the lady’s dress in the painting hanging above the fireplace. Coincidence or connection? Carolyn is determined to find out. What she discovers has the potential to tear lives apart or to bring her the closeness and comfort she longs for. It all depends on how she handles her newfound knowledge.

Print Length:

Genre: Women’s Upmarket Fiction

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

ISBN-10: 1684334306

ISBN-13: 9781684334308

The Disharmony of Silence is now available to purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. 

Praise for The Disharmony of Silence

“Linda Rosen spins an intriguing tale of long-held family secrets, an emotional search for identity, and a painting that may just be the key to untangling the complicated past. The bittersweet mystery kept me reading rapidly until the last page!” —Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife

Rosen paints a vivid picture of a family torn apart then shows us what true family means. – Pamela Taylor, author of the Second Son Chronicles

A wonderful novelist . . . Ms. Rosen’s writing is both tender and inspiring. The Disharmony of Silence unfolds with emotional and wise insights. – Bunny Shulman, author of After Aida

“A family torn apart by jealousy and reunited by love is devastated again when tragedy strikes. A poignant and moving debut novel about the fragility of life, the power of love, and the cost of keeping a secret.” Gina Sorell author of Mothers and Other Strangers

About the Author, Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen, fitness professional turned writer, lives with her husband splitting their time between New Jersey and Florida. She was a contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication for the Women’s National Book Association and has had stories published in Foliate Oak and Crack the Spine, both in their online magazine and print anthology. Follow her at www.linda-rosen.com

— Blog Tour Dates

March 2nd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us as we celebrate the launch of Linda’s blog tour The Disharmony of Silence. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book too!


March 4th @ A Writer’s Life

How much does setting matter in a novel? Author Linda Rosen talks about this very subject over at Caroline’s blog today. You can also enter to win a copy of her book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 6th @ 12 Books

Make sure you visit Louise’s blog and read her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!


March 7th @ Lori Duff Writes

Be sure to stop by Lori’s blog today and you can read her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 8th @ Bring on Lemons

Visit Crystal’s blog today and you can read a review written by her daughter Carmen about Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence. Don’t miss it!


March 10th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Make sure you visit Anthony’s blog today where you can read his interview with author Linda Rosen.


March 11th @ A Storybook World

Blogger Deirdra Eden spotlights Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 13th @ Lori’s Reading Corner

Stop by Lori’s blog today and you can read a fitness inspiring post by author Linda Rosen! She shares some tips about strength training while reading audiobooks. You can also enter to win a copy of Linda’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 14th @ Boots, Shoes and Fashion

Stop by Linda’s blog today and you can read her interview with author Linda Rosen. Don’t miss it!


March 15th @ Choices

Make sure you stop by Madeline Sharples’ blog today and read Linda Rosen’s blog post about inspiring your creative self by getting outdoors. Don’t miss it!


March 16th @ Reviews and Interviews

Visit Lisa’s blog where she interviews author Linda Rosen about her book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 17th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and join Lacey over at her blog today. She reviews Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 18th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit Anthony’s blog again today and read his review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence. Don’t miss it!


March 19th @ AJ Sefton’s Blog

Make sure you visit author AJ Sefton’s blog today and read a review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 20th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for a new book to add to your reading list? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today and read her review of “The Disharmony of Silence.” You’ll want to add it to your list!


March 21st @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and you can read her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 22nd @ 12 Books

Are you part of a book club? Author Linda Rosen shares fun activities you can do for your book club. Don’t miss this fun, inspiring post!


March 23rd @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Make sure you visit Cassandra’s blog today and read her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 25th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

What do you do if you are writing about a made-up setting? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today and you can read Linda Rosen’s guest post where she shares her advice.


March 26th @ Lady in Read Writes

Stop by Vidya’s blog today and you can read her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


March 27th @ Jessica Belmont’s Blog

Over at Jessica’s blog today, you won’t want to miss her review of Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!


March 28th @ Bookworm Blog

Stop by Anjanette’s blog again today and you can read her interview with author Linda Rosen.


March 30th @ It’s Alanna Jean

What does your writing space look like? Author Linda Rosen shares her tips for setting up your writing space over at Alanna Jean’s blog. 


April 3rd @ Joyful Antidotes

Make sure you stop by Joy’s blog today where she reviews Linda Rosen’s book The Disharmony of Silence.


April 5th @ Teatime and Books

How much do you love revising? Does it spark joy? Linda Rosen shares her thoughts on the joy of revising over at the blog Tea Time and Books. 


As always I look forward to you visiting my blog on the two dates we’ll be participating. ❤️❤️

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Valerie Nifora’s “I Ask the Wind”

Hello BookWorms;

Today, BookWorm is participating in WOW’s (Women on Writing’s) Blog Book Tour for Valerie Nifora’s latest work, I Ask the Wind, a collection of poems about love, loss, and healing. 

Today I’m my review and an interview with Ms. Nifora. As always, feel free to comment all you like, her feel welcome (like y’all always do), ask her as many questions as you like.

The Review:

Unfortunately, because I had difficulty uploading my video to this blog site, I’m installing this link for y’all to click on and listen. Click here

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

Love is the underlining reason why we do anything in life. It’s what drives most of our decisions: conscious and unconscious. People spend an entire lifetime seeking love, whether it’s love and acceptance of self, finding your one true love, finding the thing you love to do. Mostly, I wanted people to realize that wherever they are in their journey in love, that they are not alone. The book is arranged in three parts, so you can choose which part you’d like to read, and it follows an arc of most romantic relationships including falling in love, out of love, or having lost love. 

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

I think writing has chosen me. It probably started in my youth when I was handed a diary with a lock as a birthday gift. It was pink with little hearts on it. And I thought to myself, well, what am I supposed to do with this? So I opened it up and started writing. I haven’t stopped since. And believe it or not, I still have that journal.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

Write whatever is true to your heart that you are willing to share. And just know that once you share it, it will no longer be your own.

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

My website is: www.valerienifora.com

Twitter: vnifora, Facebook: Valerie Nifora, Instragram: Valerie Nifora

If people would like to purchase items with my poetry they can visit: www.valerienifora.com/shop

Here’s the remaining tour dates:


WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Jackie Rod’s “Georgia Stories on My Mind “ Pt. 2

Hello BookWorms;

Today is part two of my participation WOW (Women on Writing) blog book tour for Jackie Rod’s book “Georgia Stories on My Mind “. This leg of my participation in the tour is the second part my book review, the author’s guest post, and Ms. Rod’s answers to my interview questions. Me. Rod will be stopping by so make her feel welcome and ask lots of questions. Also, make sure to enter your information to win a free of her book. Love y’all ❤️❤️❤️, enjoy your weekend.

Click on the link below the picture


Interview Questions from BookWorm

I enjoy literary fiction more than commercial work. Therefore, I write across genre lines. My subject matter of strong women growing towardtheir maximum potential and discoveringthemselves in the process is close to my heart. As a Georgian who has traveled extensively, I wanted to tell others about my state. I grew up in Atlanta but wanted to write stories of small towns made up of people with hearts of gold.

Writing was not my first profession. I’m a History, Psychology, Sociology teacher who retired after thirty years of teaching delightful students. I began writing ten years ago when my husband received a promotion that took us to another state. I didn’t want to be bored, so I enrolled in a college Fiction Writing Class. After the first quarter I was hooked. I have written lengthy short stories in ten anthologies. This is my first stand-alone book.

My advice to future writers would be to write your unique story, the story that no one else can write. Read in your genre, write most days, learn the craft, take every writing class and workshop you can, review your grammar skills, join a writing group, know your audience, set goals, hire a good editor, use social media, and learn marketing skills. Writing a book is about ten percent of your task. Selling your book is ninety percent of the process. Be patient and stay positive.

On his blog today, Anthony Avina gave my book, Georgia Stories on My Mind, a 10/10 review and a 5 star review on Amazon. He captured the feeling for the characters I hoped all readers would. I want readers to identify with the experience of love, loss, heartbreak, and happiness we encounter in our lives. It’s what makes us who we are. Although I’ve written lengthy short stories in ten anthologies, my most recent ones areChristmas Roses and Forever and Always. The setting for the first is the Gardens of the American Rose Center, and the setting for the second is a historical Bed & Breakfast. I’m honored to have the privilege of writing with New York Times best sellers and authors who write for Harlequin, Wild Rose, and Hallmark. My next two books will be out soon, Driven in the summer, and Bittersweet in the fall.