Writing: Business or Hobby?

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hey, SE gang, Mae here with a reminder that tax time is looming. Ugh! A battle struggling writers often face is whether or not the IRS considers their efforts a business or hobby. Very few of us make bucketfuls of money as writers. For most, expenses outweigh profits during the…

What’s in a Name?

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names. A couple of months ago, while outlining…

Droll Definitions

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hello SEers! Harmony here. I hope this finds you all well today 🙂 In the spirit of fostering creativity, I thought we’d have a bit of fun today by playing with definitions. We writers can spend a lot of time looking up word definitions in dictionaries or online. Just for…

Kiss and Tell Over At RU

I am so excited today, because I was invited to be a contributor over at Romance University! I’ve loved their blog for years, and it’s such an honor to have been asked to write for them. Because it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, and it is Romance University, I decided to write a post aboutContinue reading “Kiss and Tell Over At RU”

And The Winner Is…

Picture it—Late fall, 2016. Tensions are high. Discussions are getting out of hand. Finally the ballot is released and people rush to cast their votes for the main category all the way down the ballot. And then we wait to see who won. Everyone discusses their selections. Results can’t come soon enough. We’re desperate toContinue reading “And The Winner Is…”

#FridayBookShare of Harmony Kent’s THE GLADE

Today I’m playing Shelley Wilson’s game: Friday Book Share. It’s fun and easy. Just take a book you’re reading and fill in the following blanks. First line of the book. Recruit fans by adding the book blurb. Introduce the main character using only three words. Delightful design (add the cover image of the book). AudienceContinue reading “#FridayBookShare of Harmony Kent’s THE GLADE”

Multiple Fiction Genres and a Guest Post

When I worked in the corporate sector, I was a bit of a corporate identity expert. Today, we know that niche as BRANDING. Essentially, it’s a matter of making sure anything you put out (in the corporate world, that means mailers, brochures, letters, user manuals, etc.) is easily and immediately identifiable as belonging to you.Continue reading “Multiple Fiction Genres and a Guest Post”

BLOG HOP! Decem-brrr Reads… Increase the Heat to Ward Off the Chill

This December, ward off the chill with the Decadent Decem-brrr Reads Blog Hop. Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire. You do not have to enter my prize drawing to be eligible for the grand prize. Simply use the Rafflecopter link to enter. December 15 -19, join these romance authors who are showcasing their winter weatherContinue reading “BLOG HOP! Decem-brrr Reads… Increase the Heat to Ward Off the Chill”

Halloween Novel Sale

WELCOME TO THE HALLOWEEN SALE BLAST!  Now through November 6! If you love reading the supernatural this time of year, you’re in luck. Not only is Love Set in Stone on sale for 99¢, many more novels are as well! And I’m showing you a large selection of seasonal reading materials below. Click on anyContinue reading “Halloween Novel Sale”

Oktoberfic

I’m part German. I know that probably surprises you, given I constantly blather on and on about my Italian roots. (As an aside, I did write a novella about Irish-Americans, given I’m part Irish, too—on my dad’s side. I’m a veritable melting pot because of him.) So, other than October 12 when we go hardcoreContinue reading “Oktoberfic”