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Sunday, October 8, 2023

It's that time of year again

cj Sez: It’s the time of year when all the stores, and I do mean all, gather the end of the year holidays into one gigantic marketing blitz.

One of my regular favorite toons

So I ask you, “Do you have your Christmas shopping done yet?”


  This fourth installment of the Mobile Writers Guild PIECES anthology series is a perfect complement to the first of the upcoming holidays.   

“Once in a Blue Moon” is a paranormal short story that was my first effort in that genre. I hope you enjoy the teaser…it was also a first effort.

  The book is  readily available in paperback or ebook—Kindle is $1.99.


  Writers: I don’t know about you, but my first thought when someone says write a “pitch” is that brief, grab-the-gist-of-the-story elevator pitch, boiled down to about 27 words—given the amount of time you might have to describe your novel if you happen to get caught in an elevator with an agent. Well, surprise, surprise. Did you know there is more than one kind of pitch? Read more about it in author Amy L. Bernstein’s recent post on Jane Friedman’s blog:

  By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book (new or old) you want to promote with a blog post, drop me a note. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.
To quote a master . . .

“Here's what I want from a book, what I demand, what I pray for when I take up a novel and begin to read the first sentence: I want everything and nothing less, the full measure of a writer's heart. I want a novel so poetic that I do not have to turn to the standby anthologies of poetry to satisfy that itch for music, for perfection and economy of phrasing, for exactness of tone. Then, too, I want a book so filled with story and character that I read page after page without thinking of food or drink because a writer has possessed me, crazed with an unappeasable thirst to know what happens next.”   ― Pat Conroy ( )


 Okay, that’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you.


Now a note from my sponsors:

 My novels THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a smidgen of sweet romance. (Perfect diversions for a quick weekend getaway.) 

  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.

  Little note: The Haunted Book Shop has some signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact:  If she happens to be sold out, I have a small stash. Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you any book(s) by any author of your choice.
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