May 2017

Pimping the Product

Reviews make a difference in an authors life! It takes less than 5 minutes to write a couple of sentences and can make an author smile from ear to ear. Pam’s blog post today is a really cute way to ask for them. If you love a book, tell them on Amazon or Goodreads, or both… an extra minute to copy and paste.


One of my most enthusiastic readers.

We writers aren’t allowed to be introverts anymore.

Back in the day, a writer was a man most times (women were home frying the bacon and changing the diapers) with thick dark hair that he pulled with one hand as he wrote down his words furiously on paper with his special pen.

Then that man walked dejectedly to the local pub or bar and drank away his creative problems. Somehow, he produced a masterpiece with a good editor, and then his publisher made sure the book sold tens of thousands of that hard-earned tome.

Those were the good ole days.

Now men and women write on fast-paced computers, editing with a keystroke, and banging their heads against the monitor between washing the sheets and emptying the dishwasher.

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50 Shades of Cabernet

Just What The Doctor Ordered!

50 Shades Of Cabernet!

Did you ever hear the expression, “there is a very thin line between loving and strongly disliking!”

Well that’s how I have always felt about short stories. You know when you read a book and it takes maybe two or three days, and you are devouring every word and just loving it? And then it ends! You think, “that was wonderful, I want more”! Short stories end so quickly that I am always wanting more. But, 50 Shades gives us, the reader, all we want and more! It is filled with many genres, and definitely has something for everyone! Since my illness, I can only read a little at a time. So now, I am a short story kind of gal! They are perfect and just what the doctor ordered.

50 Shades Of Cabernet is awesome! There are 18 mystery authors who have written 17 short stories! You can take your time and read them one at a time, a couple at once, or as many as you desire! But one thing for sure, you need to get started. So grab your favorite glass of wine, (or if you are a teetotaler, like me, grab your favorite drink), pull up a comfy chair and let yourself enjoy.

Please read on, and head over to my friend, Amy Reade’s blog for a look at three of the short stories in 50 Shades along with author interviews.

And as always, don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh and by all means Read!


Reade and Write

It is my great pleasure to have THREE authors here today–Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, and Heather Weidner. They’re here to discuss their stories in the newly-released anthology 50 Shades of Cabernet. This book, perhaps more than any other I’ve discussed on my blog, fits in perfectly with the theme of my blog which, besides reading and writing, is wine!

I should apologize in advance that some of the links below have to be copied and pasted into another browser for them to work. I tried two dozen times to get the links to work for this post, and unfortunately not all of them do.


Let’s get started. Here’s how it’s going to work: the authors, arranged alphabetically, will each provide an answer to my questions.

How does an author get invited to participate in an anthology?

Maggie: I have stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries and

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Sally Cronin is Back!

I just recently started following Sally, and agree with all the others that her blog is amazing….. And I just recently started reading short stories…. I especially like them because my attention span is becoming very short. 🙂 Great interview… love the questions and the answers.

Reade and Write

For many of us in the world of authors-marketing-ourselves, we know Sally Cronin as a treasure who selflessly promotes others, spotlighting their new books, re-showcasing their old ones, and offering endless encouragement and support to artists of all stripes.

But Sally is also an author, and a prolific one at that. Not only does she write blog posts that enlighten her readers on everything from the benefits of garlic to heart health to the weather in Ireland, but she also writes short stories and books, both fiction and nonfiction. And she’s here today to tell us about her latest work, What’s In a Name.

Welcome, Sally!

Thank you so much Amy for asking me over for an interview.. It is a real pleasure.

Tell me about your new book, What’s in a Name.

The short stories in this collection are about ordinary people who in some way bring their…

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