Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #4



 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Next Big Thing! A- Work- in -Progress

The Next Big Thing!

A Work-in-Progress

My WIP blog hop follows a tag from +Kate Thompson. She was tagged by her friend +Patrick JonesThe idea is to answer a few questions about my current work-in progress and then I invite or "tag" other authors to share the love. I never talk about my writing to anyone so this is a BIG step for me!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Historical Fiction Guest Post - Kim Scott

 My Dad was in the Navy when I was born on Charleston Naval Base in South Carolina.  But before I was old enough to pick up the romantic southern drawl he was transferred north.  My parents eventually settled on the coast of Maine where I grew up.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Soulful Word Sunday 2 - Guest Post Susette Williams


“Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.” Proverbs 14:9

Do you remember the movie, Pay It Forward? It was the feel good type of movie that inspired people to do something for someone else just because, hoping others would take the initiative and do the same. Now imagine if we put a different twist to that philosophy, and everyone started to actually try to make amends for something they did wrong?

A to Z Challenge

I stumbled on this mega blog hop called the A to Z Challenge.  Using the letters of the alphabet you blog for the month of April. Sounds pretty simple. Yeah. Right!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #3



 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Madness Book Giveaway

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A Faded Cottage Book Excerpt - Diann Shaddox

The past few years I’ve been busy writing, and writing and writing. Stories for years have been flowing in my mind, but I pushed them to the side hoping they would just disappear. They didn’t. I gave in a few years ago and I sat down in my family room and began to write. I didn’t think or plan what I was going to write about; I just let the first story begin, then the next story and the next one. Love stories, sci/fi, and children’s stories emerged. 

Guest Post - Author, MJ Kane

From Stay at Home Mom to Amazon Bestseller! 

Yes, you read that right; I am a stay at home mom who has managed to make the time in-between cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, field trips, and homework into a means of profitable employment.
Yes, I have created my own job. I am the owner, and author of M.J. Kane Books. I am signed with an Indie Publisher, 5 Prince Publishing, and I have a business manager, (my cousin) and a marketing and promotions manager (my husband).

Interview with Author - MJ Kane


 Please tell me, what does the M.J. stand for in your name? I’m dying to know. : )
Lol, nothing actually, it’s just my initials. Sorry!

OMG!! That book was great! I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it and I was NOT disappointed. 

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Soulful Word Sunday (repost) Guest Post - Andrea Buginsky

I'm slowly healing from my bone-head accident. It's time to start engaging again. 
Sit back and enjoy the very first Soulful Word Sunday post.
Shirley is Not my Name is proud to bring you the inaugural edition of Soulful Word Sundays.  I hope you will find some inspiration, encouragement and soul stirring enlightenment from these posts. Today's guest poster is author and blogger, Andrea Buginsky. I am very excited to have her here at the blog and helping me launch a new chapter in my little blog world. So, without further hesitation let's go! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

The Chosen

Have you ever felt a calling? Like you were meant to be “something?” I’ve had this twitch in my belly for years now telling me I’m mean to do “something,” but I could never figure out what it was.
For years, I thought it was to work with children who had heart disease. I grew up with a heart condition, and I used to dream that when I was older, I would work with kids who were going through the same situations as I did, and be someone who can say to them, “I know what you’re going through. I survived this, and so will you.”
But, alas, life had other plans for me. I tried to make it in the world of pediatric cardiology as an ultrasound tech, but couldn’t pass the math and science classes I needed in college to save my life. So, it was back to the drawing board.
“What do I want to be when I grow up?”
My sister had the answer:
“You love to write, why don’t you do that?”
Thousand-watt light bulb! Of course! I could go to school for journalism! I was already taking writing courses in my first two years of college, and loved those classes. So I talked about it with my English teacher, and she thought it was a great choice for me. She even sponsored me in an independent study course called “Introduction to Mass Communications,” which introduced me to the journalism world and the many aspects of it.
Through the course, I was able to see that my heart definitely lied with magazine feature writing. That’s the course of study I followed when I transferred from St. Petersburg Jr. College to the University of S. Florida.
I loved the program and my teachers. I learned all about becoming a journalist, writing and editing stories, and even freelancing. Because of my heart condition, I knew freelancing would be my best option. I joined the Society of Professional Journalists, and learned even more about my career field. I even had the opportunity to meet several professional journalists in all of the fields. One of them was a great freelance journalist. She became my inspiration.
After I graduated, I slowly started my freelance writing career. I found some websites that offered writing opportunities to freelance writers via the Internet and started writing for them. Over the last few years, these websites have been growing, and so has my career.
Along the way, I also decided I wanted to write a book. I tried several different genres, and finally found that I was chosen to write fantasy for young adults and middle-grade readers. My first book, The Chosen, was born, and I was a published author. It was a dream come true, and finally showed me what I had been chosen for.
So the next time you start wondering what you’ve been chosen for, simply let life take you on your path, and you will soon discover your answer.

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Remember to sign up for Andrea’s newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of her exciting events.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #2

 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Post - Honor Each Moment by Trinka Polite

March Madness dribbles on (pun intended. :) )

Today the guest blogger is author and licensed counselor Trinka Polite.  She is the author of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Speak The Truth Saturday #1 ......just plain Grey!

Native American  Wisdom. Truth just is.  Anything more added to it changes it to opinion. Wish more people knew how to speak the truth.

 Today is Speak The Truth Saturday. I was prepared to write something smart, deep and thought provoking, however, I've decided to speak the truth about a book that I did not like.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

 Follow Friday is being taken to a new level.  Thanks to The Rookie Romance Blog for the post on Feature and Follow Friday.  I like the idea and believe we (authors and bloggers) are not in competition so we should do all we can to support each other! So without further adieu I give to you Feature and Follow Friday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Post - Writing Different Genres by Regina Puckett

March Madness is rolling along! I continue to be excited with the line-up of guests I will be sharing with you.  Today marks a first for my little blog, my first guest post! I'd like to thank Regina Puckett for giving her time and talent to visit with us today! She will give some insight on why she writes in different genres.