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For Jackie Barbosa


There are no words…help if you can.

Harlie Williams

Originally posted on Ella Quinn ~ Author:

It has been said that the romance community is the most supportive and generous of all the genre communities. It is.

Last week one of our beloved authors, Jackie Barbosa, lost her seventeen-year-old son in a car accident. Although most of us will never be able to understand the depth of her and her family’s pain, Jackie’s loss is also our loss. We grieve for her and with her. 

Today, in support of Jackie, the very talented author, I will be featuring BEHIND THE RED DOOR  which will be on sale for $2.99 until 4/1 at Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble.

You can find a list Jackie’s  books on her site .

She also has two free short stories  – THE REIVER and NINE LADIES DANCING (both are historicals)

A memorial fund has also been set up in her son’s name. Details to donate can be found here. Any…

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Great blog about critiquing and crit groups.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Doing critiques….

Being a writer is great fun. We are storytellers and we love entertaining people. The new paradigm is AWESOME. Suddenly, if you want to publish your work, you can. We no longer have to go the traditional route and self-publishing is certainly an option. Yet, we MUST be careful. Our product should be AS GOOD as anything out of NY. I see a lot of writers who rush to publish when they aren’t ready.

They don’t have a core story problem, or don’t yet properly understand the role of antagonists and how to use them. Many don’t yet grasp narrative structure or POV. There is A LOT that goes into writing a novel a reader will enjoy. Just because we made As in English doesn’t automatically qualify us to create a work of 60,000 or more words that can keep a reader riveted. There is a lot of…

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Originally posted on paidContent (old):

Amazon is changing a policy on affiliate links to free Kindle books, and the changes are likely to have a big effect on the way some self-published authors achieve success online.

In the last few years, entire websites aimed at promoting free Kindle books have sprung up. Their business model is primarily referral fees: When a visitor to one of these sites clicks on a link to Amazon to download a free ebook, but then buys other products on Amazon within 24 hours, the original site gets a percentage of those unrelated paid sales.

Amazon is now cracking down on this. The company notes on its website that as of March 1:

“Associates who we determine are promoting primarily free Kindle eBooks and meet both conditions below for a given month will not be eligible for any advertising fees for that month within the Amazon Associates Program. This change will not…

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Samantha Hunter, Harlie Blaze writer has a new blog. Go check it out.

Is it time for me to step back from writing?

He pretty much sums up how I feel right now.  Dark, lonely and a bit sad.  I think that we could help each other out, don’t you think?  I’m home alone on Mother’s Day weekend.  Hubs is working both days and my mom isn’t feeling too well, so no trip to Dallas either.  :(  I could write but that loving feeling isn’t with me right now.  I know that I need to but the motivation just isn’t there. 

My review blog is taking off right now.  Harlie has hired 6 reviewers and she will be introducing them with their first reviews in the next couple of days.  She needs the help if she wants to seriously write a book. 

Well, as you know I don’t update this blog like I should and its rather sad looking.   I’ll try to be better about it.  Right now, I didn’t even place in a writing contest that I was pretty pumped up about.  It was a writing contest that you wrote a story start based on a picture.  It was menage and if I do say, I was proud of it.  Guess it wasn’t good enough.  Oh well…

This was my second erotic piece that I wrote and I don’t think I will try to write erotic again.  I’m thinking that I’m not cut out for it.  Here’s the link if you want to read it.

I’m waiting on a submission/with partial that I sent over a couple of days ago.  This particular story is sensual, not erotic.  I need to really write that story.  The characters are maddening right now and they really need to stop.  I’m getting a headache.  :)  Maybe tomorrow when the house is quiet again.

I’m going to be participating in a writing challenge that Jodie (love her) from Riverina Romantics (great blog) has put together.  She is an aspiring writer like myself and fellow blogger/reviewer.   This is for fun.  Here’s the linkage if you are interested.

That’s all I have for right now.  Harlie needs to work on her other blog today and set some things up for next week.  Again, I will be better in the future.  Promise.


I’m a complete Loser! Or better yet, an Epic Fail for me.

Just because and I finally saw the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman.  Awesome and can’t wait to see it.

I know I promised that I would post every day about my first conference and trust me, I tried.  I have pictures and everything.  I will eventually post them and my thoughts.  This blog is about what I learned about myself and the writing journey that I am on right now.  Its long and fairly wordy, sorry. 

When I decided that I wanted to go to EpiCon in San Antonio I thought to myself, first conference for me.  I’d meet authors, maybe promoted my review blog and maybe, just maybe have a story to pitch if there was a pitch session.  Well, two out of three isn’t bad.  I promoted my review blog and meet some really cool authors.  Plus the ladies that are associated with are some of the best that I have met.  Please check out the organization.  You’d be a fool not to.  They are solely dedicated to the epublishing world.

I had a great time meeting people and the seminars that I attended were great.  Plus, I had a Starbucks coffee for the first time in a couple of years.  We don’t have Starbucks in the sticks.  Manna in a cup.  *sigh*  Sat at a table on the river walk that morning and contemplated the real reason why I was there.  I was there to learn about writing and what I had to do to become a writer.  You know, besides writing the darn book.  LOL!  The best thing that I learned was that I’m NOT a writer and shouldn’t even say that I’m an aspiring writer at this point.  I don’t have the first clue about how to write much less actually sitting down to write a book.  Sure I can review and blog but actually writing the book…not so much.

“Whoa you say.  Stop it Harlie…don’t beat yourself up about it.  You’ll write your book and eventually it will get published.  Don’t give up.”  Well, I haven’t totally given up on writing my book but at this point in my life, it will have to go on the back burner.  Most of the writers that I meet were great and they love what they do but that’s what they do.  They don’t have an Everyday Job (EDJ) outside the home; their kids are grown and out of the house.  Writing for them is the job and even if they have kids at home, they are at school and are at an age where they are a little more self sufficient that my 6 year old.  Don’t get me wrong, hubs is great and helps out but he does work every other weekend at his job so I’m a single parent for most of the weekend.  I have complete and total respect for authors that can write during the day, promo, blog, hang out on FB/Tweeter all day and then the family comes home and they are in mom/wife mode.  I’m jealous.  Wish I could do it. 

I can just hear most of you thinking…these are just excuses Harlie.  Get over yourself and just sit down and write.  We all have family responsibilities and outside jobs that we have to attend.  I’d love to, really I would but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.  At least not for me anyway.  I leave my house Monday through Friday at 7:15 am to drop off kid at school, get to work in another town at 8 am.  Leave work at 5pm, drive home to pick up son from his after school care.  We usually are home by 6 pm and then its homework, dinner, showers, playtime and family time.  Around 9 pm is when hubs and I can have our time together.  Of course, I still have to read/review/blog/answer emails before bedtime.   Again, I can hear the groaning from yall and you are probably saying that’s just life.  You will have to make some sacrifices if you want to write.  Trust me, I get that and understand that I will have to make the sacrifices.  I’m just not sure when that is going to be. 

Hubs has an opportunity in another town working for the same company.  It would mean more money and a move but the greatest thing about it…I wouldn’t have to work full time.  Part time at best for me.  More time to write, I know.  The bad thing…its not a done deal at this point and if it does happen, it wouldn’t until the summer.  *sigh*  Say a prayer for me and my family.  We really need to move and this is a great opportunity for hubs and our family in general. 

 I will say this, I did two mini pitches to two different publishers and I was actually given their cards and said when the story was finished to send it them.  I was on a self confidence high for a couple of hours but then reality set in and I took a couple of steps back, realized that it will take me at least a couple of months if not longer to get it to them.  I will get it to them eventually and I just hope that they don’t forget about me. 

Sorry this is a long post.  I just needed to get my thoughts (jumbled, I’m sure for most of yall) typed up and read out loud.  Hubs loves this post.  :)  Again, he’s a huge supporter of mine. 

I leave you with this picture and you’re welcome…..

Just because…

He is here just because….

Okay, I just thought of something else.  Please, I’m begging sign up for email alerts.  That way you can get them in a timely manner and keep up with the shenanigans of the conference. 

Also, I’d appreciate it if you are going to be in San Antonio, don’t be shy…look me up.  I’m not a big drinker anymore but I do like to hang out.

Now, you can go back and stare at the picture. 

And your welcome for the picture.

News, sorry its been too long

Couldn’t resist the picture since its late and I’m about ready to turn in myself.  *fans self*  Any woos…

Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m now a Sweet and Sexy Diva.  My first post is April 7th.  My day will always be on the 7th.  I’m very excited about this.  I’m their first reviewer/aspiring writer.  Honestly, I didn’t think that they would want someone like me but Tina was excited and thrilled that I wanted to be a Diva. 

In other news, I’m going to my first conference on Thursday.  Super excited about this.  I plan on blogging about my experiences starting on Friday.  Can. Not. Wait.

If you don’t follow thru email, you might want to start.  :) 

Six Sentence Sunday

 This is my first entry so don’t be too harsh.  Its from my rejection…

He stood at over six foot tall, with coal black hair and the greenest eyes that would hypnotize even the most jaded person.  With wide shoulders, trim hips and thighs that will look spectular naked.  His Wrangler jeans hugged every inch, and those jeans were older, softer looking and would feel oh so good against my own legs.  They’d look even better crumpled around his ankles.  He wore the tightest black t-shirt, it was close to bursting on his biceps and barely containing his six pack abs.  Straightening his Stetson on his head, he turns around and walks up to me, my stomach began to flutter and my palms sweat a bit. 

Pitch Contest

Now that I have you attention…

Okay, so I entered a pitch contest over this past weekend via Twitter.  I had 140 characters to pitch.  Whew…all I could think about was tag line.  What’s a good tag line for my story?  Well…my tagline was good enough that they publisher asked me for a full submission.  I know, I know…

Well, now I have to write a synopsis and put the final touches on my story.  So don’t be surprised if I hit up my crit group (and you know who you are) for help with the final revision and synopsis.  I’m actually not nervous because this is my story that was rejected back in October so even if they don’t want it, I can say that I have done a synopsis and at least was asked for a submission.

Okay, I’m done…talk amongst yourself or give me some advice.



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