A Word or Two on Headers

Getting ready to head off for a presentation at Enterprise Museum on “Those Squirrely Guys,” but I wanted to take a minute first to thank you all for the terrific emails I got yesterday on our new Friday feature. I think this is going to turn into something fun, even for those not interesting in winning free books. 😀 You guys rock!

And I also wanted to mention the latest header at the top of the page. I’m sure you’ve all noticed that I change them pretty frequently, because, why not? I have the power! And the same old picture bores me after awhile, so I switch, just for “pretty.” The header above has special significance for me, though, because my daughter took it.

Erin & family have lived in Charleston for the last few years, but decided to relocate to Denver. They rented their house, packed up all their belongings, and hit the road, determined to make the drive west one they’d never forget. They’ve been on the road for 3 weeks, camping at some gorgeous places, and visiting many of America’s most beautiful locations. My favorites so far have been Niagara Falls (which I visited many years ago) and Mt. Rushmore, which I’d dearly love to see. But it was the pictures of the Badlands, themselves, that amazed me the most. I never expected them to be so beautiful.

Now I won’t say they look like a place I’d want to live–which might be why you see no housing developments in the immediate vicinity 😀 –but they are utterly gorgeous. So for the next few days, you’ll have those stunning rock formations with the colorful striations to enjoy. After that, who knows what I’ll put up. I have a plethora of images to choose from, stretching all the way across the country.

Enjoy! 🙂

A Wonderful Article on The Creative Penn by guest author Rob Eagar #amwriting

Check this one out, folks! Lots of practical advice for how to use words to increase your books sales, with plenty of examples included. This is something we can all do and it doesn’t cost a cent! I’m going to be working on some of these ideas as soon as possible, and I feel sure some of you will try them out, if you haven’t already been using these methods. (Don’t forget to share!) 🙂 

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/05/31/book-marketing-3-ways-to-use-language-to-sell-more-books/

#Sharing – #NickiForde-Ficocelli at #LeesburgArtFestival

 
Nicki Forde-Ficocelli

My very good friend and fabulous cover designer, Nicki Forde-Ficocelli will be at the 42nd Annual Leesburg Art Festival this weekend, in downtown Leesburg, Florida. For those in the area, this is a great chance to see some fine art, including Nicki’s wonderfully whimsical paintings of cats, chickens, bumblebees, and more. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello to her. Here are the particulars:

WHERE: Downtown Leesburg, Florida
WHEN: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 from 10am to 4pm
NICKI’S BOOTH:  700C (on 7th Street, just 2-3 booths off of Main)

Nicki Forde-Ficocelli is best known in Central Florida as a graphic artist, and she intends on changing that.

Nicki has been drawing since before she can remember, and that love for creating led her to study commercial art at International Fine Arts College in Miami (currently the Art Institute). While there she gave in to the fear of being unsuccessful as an illustrator, so changed her course in life and became a graphic artist. “I enjoy the work, but these last 25 years have felt a little like a dream deferred. So now I’m drawing on my heart for inspiration and the courage to put my work out there.” She considers herself an emerging artist, despite a long history of painting and illustrating, since her professional focus has been graphic design since 1994.

Recently, she’s been unable to resist the flow of ideas and inspiration that is leading her down a familiar but neglected path. These ideas are finding themselves on canvas by way of acrylics, or on watercolor paper through a combination of colored pencils and watercolor. “My muse comes from nature and often my sense of humor finds it’s way into my art.” Nicki doesn’t intend to light the art world on fire with her work, but she does want to light up your heart by putting a smile on your face.

Working from her home studio in historic downtown Leesburg, Florida, Nicki describes herself as “an artist, illustrator, crazy cat lady and crusader of kindness. My mission is to live with joy and compassion while spreading love through my art.”

To see more of Nicki’s art, check out her website, Drawing on My Heart, and her shop on Etsy, where you can buy her designs on greeting cards, invitations, and more.

Drawing on My Heart
Etsy Drawing on My Heart Shop

I hope some of you will be able to visit the festival for a wonderful day of browsing and snacking. Be sure to stop by to say hi to Nicki while you’re there.

And remember:

 

#SharingGraphics

Every now and then, I find a few minutes to create a graphic or two. After I finished with my Christmas sale images, I figured why not do a generic review reminder? One that hopefully won’t be a problem with Amazon, since it doesn’t mention anyone’s books specifically and doesn’t suggest giving a book in exchange for a review. I think this one should be fine. If you have a use for it, please feel to save it. I plan to use it on Twitter, etc, since I want to encourage readers to leave more reviews, period, for any author they like. Maybe this will help. Enjoy!

Visiting #HarmonyKentOnline Today

This morning, I have the pleasure of visiting with Harmony Kent, and sharing another excerpt from The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. This is the next to last stop on my mini-tour, and I hope you ‘ll swing by to say hello, and pass the link along on your favorite social media hangouts. Thanks so much!

https://harmonykent.co.uk/the-emissary-2-to-love-somebody-is-now-available-on-amazon/

#Sharing – Just For You Guys!

So happy to be nearly finished with TE2, and close to release time. Mostly, it’s about formatting now, and double checking to be sure everything looks as good as I can make it. And as a thank you for being such a great, supportive group of writers and readers, I’m sharing a wallpaper I recently (this morning) made to inspire me on days when I’m feeling a bit ho-hum about it all. Hope some of you can use it. Enjoy! 🙂

(NOTE: Right click and save. It should save as a full-sized 1920 x 1080 desktop wallpaper. If not, email me and I’ll send you the .jpg. )

A Miracle Named Reya Happened Last Night!

Our beautiful granddaughter arrived last night, just about dinnertime. (I think she planned it that way. Erin said she came into the world hungry!) Both mother and daughter are doing great. I’m almost as besotted by this baby as her 5-year-old brother Kaelen is, and I haven’t even met her yet.

Reya (a shortened version of Mireya, which means Miracle, among other definitions) weighed in at nearly 9 pounds. (Still smaller than her 10-pound-mother was, but don’t tell Erin I mentioned that part.) Her arrival was truly a longed-for miracle! Mark and I will be driving to Charleston soon to meet Reya Love (a family name that seemed perfect for Reya’s middle name) and to spend some time with her big brother, so he knows how important he is, too. I can’t wait!

#ThisJustIn – Tea Drinkers, Rejoice!

 

Got a newsletter from my doctor’s office yesterday, and the word is–tada!–tea drinkers are in luck! Here’s why:

  1. Drinking tea regularly can lower your blood pressure by 2 points, reducing your risk of stroke by 8%.
  2. Drinking just 3 cups of tea a day (easily done by me each morning) can slash the risk of hip fracture by THIRTY percent, and it gets even better!
  3. Black tea contains chemicals called flavonoids which help prevent brittle bones.
  4. Flavonoids are linked with lower cancer and heart disease risks.
  5. Every cup of black tea lowers the risk of hip fracture by 9%, thus three cups a day can cut that risk by a third!

Now if that doesn’t send you running for the Earl Grey (or Ceylon, or Assam, or any other of many, many perfectly delicious black teas), I don’t know why not. Frankly, since both my mother and my grandmother fell and broke their hips in their later years, the reduced risk of osteoporosis is enough to make me glad I’ve been a confirmed tea drinker all my adult life.

Okay, you guys have been alerted to this wonderful news. Now I’m going to go make my second cup of tea for the morning, perhaps a cup of Summer Rose. A perfect black tea with just a hint of rose petals. Sublime.

(Of course, for those of you who prefer a bit of company whilst testing out this whole “drinking tea is good for your health” thing, I happen to know where a really swell tea party is going to be happening this coming Saturday. Just sayin’ . . . )

(Oh, yeah. The newsletter also mentioned something about beet juice. I’ll let you know if I ever work my way up to that one!)