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How to Do a Social Media Party or Account Guest “Takeover”

If you’re marketing your writing, you know that growing your audience is the most difficult part.  One powerful tool: leveraging other people’s audiences.  If someone a potential reader knows and trusts has you on as guest, that reader will be more likely to trust that your work has quality too. One fun way to do […]

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My Favorite Movies About Writers and Books

The more I think about it, the more I realize that some of my favorite movies involve writers and writing.  (Which, as an author, is only natural.)  I thought I’d share some of my favorites.  This is not an exhaustive list.  It’s just the ones I could watch over and over.  You may have already seen many of these films, […]

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Writing Craft - Books!

Let’s talk books!  Specifically writing craft books.  As writers, wanting to improve our art is natural, and learning from the insights – and the mistakes – of others is one of the quickest ways to do that. It’s no surprise that my own writing manual is my favorite.  Obviously, it reflects the way my mind […]

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70% Dark Intentions - Book Launch Eve

Here it is, very late the night before 70% Dark Intentions comes out.  I’ve just finished editing some video for the launch party tomorrow, and I’m finally getting to my book-launch eve blog post. What did I learn this time around?  For one thing, how warm and supportive people can be, when you are approaching […]

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A 15 Day Journey

I decided to do a writing challenge on Instagram, where you were supposed to explore different aspects of your writing practice/writing life.  I though the results were interesting, especially the way the prompts built on each other.  I know not everyone is on Instagram, so I compiled the Insta segments into one long diary-style post.  […]

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Grand Openings Book Launch Eve Post

Here it is, the night before my first cozy mystery comes out. This was a fun one to write, and it got me thinking about how story is story, no matter what the genre. Because story always comes down to people, and human nature is the same, whether writing someone who comes from the area […]

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Literary Interview -- Diane Kelly

I have known Diane Kelly for years.  She volunteers to help with literacy and for getting young writers off to a good start.  And in addition to being an animal lover, she’s also a prolific mystery writer.  Be sure to check out her award-winning Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.  […]

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Grand Openings Can Be Murder Roundup Post

Here’s where to find me doing the virtual book tour thing.  I will be adding to this post over the next few months, as I am doing a TON of guest posts and interviews relating to the Bean to Bar Mysteries.  But I wanted to get everything in one spot, as the links go live. — […]

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