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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Winter is warming

cj Sez: Lyrical Pens readers, take heart. I have proof Spring is about to get sprung.  In the midst of a dreary day in my yard yesterday morning, I found ample evidence that winter is warming into spring. There, just there, at the edge of my “eyebrow garden” . . .


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Writers Alert:

  If you’re self published, you might want to look into this Writer’s Digest competition (Info from their website):

 "Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is now accepting submissions. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books."


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  Tropes: Hate ‘em, love ‘em, or meh, who cares? Everyone has an opinion. What’s yours?

  A recent post on Jane Friedman’s blog by romance author and book coach Trisha Jenn Loehr (@trishajennreads) delves deeper into the discussion.


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Mobile and near-Mobile readers and writers:

  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 23, SAVE THE DATE, and come on down to the place to be …



Best of all, the awesome Mobile Literary Festival is FREE.

  And here’s the schedule so you can pre-plan your day. 

  At this one-day conference published authors will present panels on character development, setting, marketing, and plotting. The Haunted Book Shop will hold a pop-up sales store (including some of my stories), and some local authors will be in attendance to sign your purchase.

  For more information and to learn more about the panelists, click this link: 



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  My Covid update: I’m feeling blessed. My bout of Covid turned out to be mild—now over and done. I’ll be back in the gym come Monday morning, working to re-new my energy. (yay) 
 
  You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you and yours.

cj

Now some words from my sponsors:



  For your to-be-read stack: My novels, THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a touch of romance. The books are available on Amazon or through your favorite eTailer and bookstore. Got a library card? You can read the ebooks free from Hoopla.

  The Haunted Book Shop has signed copies of my paperback books in stock (and they’ll have more at the Mobile Literary Festival). TO ORDER on line, contact: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us  .

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Things to do coming soon

cj Sez: Let’s get to the Important News first: Local or near-local readers and writers, mark your calendars for Saturday, March 23. SAVE THE DATE, and come on down to the place to be . . .


  At this one-day conference held at Mobile’s Ben May Library in conjunction with the Mobile Writers’ Guild, published authors will present panels on character development, setting, marketing, and plotting. The Haunted Book Shop will hold a pop-up sales store, and some of your favorite local authors will be in attendance to sign your purchase.
  
  Best of all, the amazing Mobile Literary Festival is FREE.

  For more information, click this link: 

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A reminder (From a dot com news article.*):

    Hey, all you local Mobile-area peeps and post-Mardi Gras revelers! There’s a way you can put all the shiny Mardi Gras beads you snagged at the parades to good use, and it’s a two-fer: You can give back to the community and get rewarded with a sweet treat at the same time. 

  On March 2 and March 3, bring 12 pounds of Mardi Gras beads (the article said "about a grocery bagful") to Augusta Evans School (6301 Biloxi Ave.) and get a Krispy Kreme coupon good for a dozen original glazed donuts. Augusta Evans students get the beads ready for resale, and the proceeds help support programs at the special needs school.


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  There are no absolutes in writing (my words), and I just found a bit of support for that comment in a recent post by author Randall Silvis on Jane Friedman’s blog. Read on: https://janefriedman.com/writing-rules-that-beg-to-be-broken/

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  Health follow-up: Son Jeff bested his Covid bug and is doing fine. I, however, did test positive for Covid . . . actually turned out to be one of my birthday presents . . . and I am now in quarantine. According to CDC guidelines, if all continues as it has (praying it does), I should be “free to move about” the world in a couple more days.

  You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you and yours.

cj

Now some words from my sponsors:



  For your to-be-read stack: My novels, THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a touch of romance. The books are available on Amazon or through your favorite eTailer and bookstore. Got a library card? You can read the ebooks free from Hoopla.

  The Haunted Book Shop has signed copies of my paperback books in stock. TO ORDER, contact: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us 
 
➜ Follow me on . . .  
➜ Amazon:    Amazon Central Author Page
➜ Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3fcN3h6