Lately there has been a lot of discussion about blogs and whether people still read them or comment on them. In fact, lots of big online sites have eliminated the comments feature not because it incited sometimes unpleasant discussions, but because of a lack of discussion.
I wonder whether people still like reading blogs like mine, where I share some fun things, some serious, and of course, some book info. I love books. I love to write them and I love to read them.
I wonder if you’d like to see some different things, so here’s your chance. Let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!
When I was a kid, we didn’t have much. Things were tough in some ways. I was a stranger in a strange land and there was sadness about a lot of things. There wasn’t a lot of money, but there was family and support. Those things do make a big difference in a child’s life. Unfortunately, too many children today lack that family structure.
There were also books. My mom and grandmother were both avid readers and they instilled that love of books in me.
With books, I could go anywhere. I could escape into worlds that were new and different and exciting. I learned new words. In fact, when my parents sacrificed to buy us an encyclopedia set, I read through the entire set and I would do the vocabulary tests in the back and challenge myself to expand my vocabulary.
My mother delighted in that because she knew all that knowledge from those books would help me in life. That it would set me free to do whatever I wanted.
I still read. Not as much as I would like due to time constraints, but any moment that I can, I read the news, magazines, papers, and of course, books.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here since I know so many of you are avid readers. I just hope I can reach someone else to let them know that the power to succeed is something they can hold in their hands.
The power to succeed can be found in a book.
Woo hoo, it’s Friday and I’ve got a freebie for you! Claim your copy of the TAKE A CHANCE Box Set #2 which has all 6 – YES SIX – stories in the Take a Chance Military Romance Series.
I have loved writing this series and am currently outlining the next three in the series that I hope to have out later in the year. I just love writing about our military heroes.
By the way, if you’ve read any of the stories, help a girl out and leave a review!
Just use this link to claim your copy: http://www.instafreebie.com/free/eENTm
So sorry to have missed you yesterday, but it was a hectic day since my daughter, one of her friends and I went to see Jimmy Fallon. I had to finish a lot at work before I could go, took them to lunch and then went over to 30 Rockefeller Center to line up for the show. Along the way my daughter got interviewed for one of the skits and we can’t wait to see if it made it into the show. Here’s a picture of us waiting in line!
But back to reality. What happens when inspiration disappears? I have to confess I’ve been struggling with what to do this year and when. I have a new proposal and just got back some comments from my new agent! Yeah. That’ll get me going, but what really got me going was attending my local writing group’s meeting last Saturday. You can check out the Liberty States Fiction Writers here along with their awesome March conference that has both readers and writers tracks.
We had a wonderful speaker – Anne Frazier Walradt – a dear friend and amazing lady. I talked with others about what they were doing and I mapped out a schedule for me for the year. That seemed to open floodgates in more than one way. Suddenly I had some ideas for a new story and then another dear friend asked me to join another box set for mid-year. It has to be new material so . . . have to think about that story as well.
Friends inspire as do fellow writers. Much like Weight Watchers or AA, there is something about being with people with common goals and ambitions and yes, problems, that makes you feel not so alone and can help you keep on moving in the right direction.
I guess the morale of the story is – When inspiration disappears, find like-minded individuals to help you keep on the path if you feel you are drifting away from your intended course.
A couple of years back a group of us got together for a booth at Philly Comic Con. Stephanie Julian, Judi Fennell, Laura Kaye and myself had a blast there meeting people, selling books, and chasing after our own fav movie and television stars. Here’s a photo of Laura and me at our booth.
It’s Freebie Friday and/or Friday Read depending on which hashtag you follow! Regardless, I’ve put together a sampler of free reads from my 2013 and some of my 2014 releases for your reading pleasure.
This sampler includes free reads and bonus content from the following novels:
Now and Always
Faith in You
The Perfect Mix
The Prince’s Gamble
To Catch a Princess
For Love and Vengeance
To Love and Serve
Born to Love
Die for Love
I hope you enjoy them and have a great weekend!
If you cannot see the excerpt of the Free Read Sampler below, you can click here to read it and/or download it as a PDF file.
Caridad Pineiro Free Read Sampler
It’s that kind of Monday and one piece of Man Candy is not enough! I need a whole handful of deliciousness and since it’s my favorite time of year – BASEBALL season – I’m sharing with you a bunch of handsome Boys of Summer. Just click here to check them out!
However, I must take exception to some notable exclusions from the list!
What no David Wright, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee? Seriously, how can you not like this cuteness?
Photo Credit: Wknight9@en.wikipedia.com
On another note, our Double Trouble Blog Tour continues today! Visit with me at the fabulous Froggarita’s Bookcase! Find out about how I make my characters suffer and what I do so that readers can relate to them. Plus, follow the rules for the #giveaway.