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Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 10:09 AM
Hello CTR!

Hope everyone is having a great day! This will be our last monthly chat for the year, as we take off November and December because of the busyness that happens then. (I love winter! :) )

Here's a little something I'd like to start off with today:
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Sure, we've all interviewed other authors, agents, publicists, reviewers...but what about one of those people who help us earn our bread and butter? You know, a READER??

How do they feel? What do they look for in a good book? Their opinions DO matter to us, right?

Today, I have a fantastic guest, Louise Pledge, at my blog. Turns out she's more than a reader, by the way. She has lived in a unique part of the globe where her own husband has interviewed folks with names you might find familiar.....does Nixon ring a bell????

Come over and discover Louise, leave a comment to let this amazing woman know how much you appreciate her love for, and dedication to, authors!

http://www.missmaesite.com

*ALSO: For ALL new people who sign up as a MEMBER at my site, and COMPLETE THE PROCESS, (it's a two stage set-up), you'll win a coupon for a FREE download of my P&E award winning short story, "Dove Island".

That's today, Oct. 14 at Miss Mae's site/blog. Thank you!

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 12:15 PM
I loved the interview with Louise, Miss Mae. Her life is like an exotic movie.

I think you just opened a new can of worms. Maybe if we interview more readers, we will get more readers. Readers are the folks we are after. When they bring their friends in to read our blogs, we will get more exposure.

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 12:56 PM
I loved the interview with Louise, Miss Mae. Her life is like an exotic movie.

I think you just opened a new can of worms. Maybe if we interview more readers, we will get more readers. Readers are the folks we are after. When they bring their friends in to read our blogs, we will get more exposure.


I totally agree with you, Laurie. This year I tried to interview a specialist who grows hydrangeas, (I happened to be researching) but she got a little uncomfortable and backed out. I always meet such interesting people and I've had the thought to ask them if they would be on my blog but I've never followed through.

I think it just goes to show you--everyone has a story worth sharing. Now you've inspired me to follow through with my idea to write about the girl who taught me how to coupon. She's amazing!

daniellethorne

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 01:01 PM
Hello back, Miss Mae and Hello CTR members!

It is an awesome autumn week here in Georgia! I relish every second I get outside. It really inspires me to write--and read, too! I hope everyone is having a great month. I've been insanely busy with my family and with the writing life but it's all good. That's what it's about.

This morning I just got news my final edit has been submitted for my first Regency romance coming out this winter. Whoo-hoo! I'm really looking forward to feedback from this historical. You can see the book cover for JOSETTE here:
http://whimsicalpublications.com/comingsoon.html


Hope everyone has a great day!

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 01:16 PM
Dani, I just thought of another idea. Maybe we could check out our blog followers, the ones who aren't authors, find out what makes them tick. They might have amazing stories to tell. Hm.mmm.

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 01:23 PM
Dani, I just thought of another idea. Maybe we could check out our blog followers, the ones who aren't authors, find out what makes them tick. They might have amazing stories to tell. Hm.mmm.


Yes, great idea. I admit I am much more interested in what readers are doing in their lives some days!

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 01:25 PM
Okay, question for all--

What's the FIRST thing you dig for in the Halloween candy bucket? That very first piece of candy you grab so no one else gets it?

MY ANSWER: The Reeces peanut butter cups! If I don't get them first, they'll all be gone!

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 01:26 PM
I loved the interview with Louise, Miss Mae. Her life is like an exotic movie.

I think you just opened a new can of worms. Maybe if we interview more readers, we will get more readers. Readers are the folks we are after. When they bring their friends in to read our blogs, we will get more exposure.

Absolutely agree, Laurie. Readers are WONDERFUL!! And they just might surprise you, too. Remember that thing that used to be shown sometimes on CBS news, I think it was, called, "Everybody has a story." ?

Well, readers certainly have a story, and I think it's past time that they were heard!

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 01:27 PM
Okay, question for all--

What's the FIRST thing you dig for in the Halloween candy bucket? That very first piece of candy you grab so no one else gets it?

MY ANSWER: The Reeces peanut butter cups! If I don't get them first, they'll all be gone!

I don't have anything to do with Halloween since...um, 1980??? But Danielle, I will fight you over those Reeces cups! :1eye: LOLOL

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 01:34 PM
I don't have anything to do with Halloween since...um, 1980??? But Danielle, I will fight you over those Reeces cups! :1eye: LOLOL


I'm an eater, not a fighter, lol...I try to be good but I can't resist those things. Can't eat just one!

:M_Mbrown:

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 01:41 PM
Oh, I wouldn't fight you, either! lol Okay, we'd share, how's that? One cup for you, one cup for me.... and the dog sniffs the wrapper! LOL

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Anything chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter. Chocolate combined with caramel or peanut butter would be an added bonus. Yum!

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:00 PM
We could also check out our Twitter followers. Could be all these readers think authors are stuck on ourselves because we've only interviewed one another. If we "included" them, they would see that we are real people just like them. Something to consider.

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Oh, BTW I have a small batch of chocolate oatmeal cookies (the no-bake kind) sitting on my counter. I add a couple TBSP peanut butter to the mixture for extra deliciosity. (Did I just make a new word?) LOL. I'll try to send a cookie or two thru the screen. Reach out your hand!

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Oh, I love those things! (and I ALWAYS add peanut butter!). But I think they should be called candy instead of cookies.

My country hubby calls them, "cow piles"...:p

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 02:14 PM
I'm excited to announce my latest romantic mystery, "It's Extraordinary, My Dear Winifred".

This had previously been published under a different title, but after lots of rewriting, and re-editing, it's now available under a brand new name! :)

See the cover at this Amazon link. (http://www.amazon.com/Its-Extraordinary-My-Dear-Winifred/dp/1453766502/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_4/184-0708405-6711702)

Under its old title, it was reviewed by Anya of Coffee Time (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/itselementarymydearwinifred.html). Hope you'll want to read her FIVE cup review!

Watch the incredible video at my site (http://www.missmaesite.com/extraordinarywinifred.htm)! :) (scroll down to view)

Blurb:

Do bizarre and unusual mysteries only occur in imaginary tales?

Amateur sleuth Winifred Merryweather, along with dashing newspaper reporter Remington Hawthorne, find themselves in the throes of a real life mystery when they're plunged in the bowels of a dark and ancient castle. Booby-traps abound with disappearing floors, hidden sliding panels, and spider-webbed shadowy corridors.

Danger threatens to steal Winifred's very breath -- or is that the annoying allure of Remington's flirtatious charms?

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:16 PM
A Summer Collection Anthology consists of 5 romances by 5 authors. "Over The Coals" by Laurean Brooks is a heartwarming inspirational.


OVER THE COALS

Jill Landers tags the boisterous Rob Canter as a Cassanova when she spies a flirty blonde hanging onto him at an outdoor barbecue. But when Jill finds herself alone with Rod she's not so sure. He evades simple questions, clams up at the oddest times.

Jill determines to get to the bottom of Rob's duplicate personality. But, will she prepared for what she unearths?

Rob is concealing a secret from his past. Jill must never know the truth. He attempts to break off all contact with the curious young woman? But the chemistry is too strong. Will his relationship with Jill become his downfall?

A Summer Collection Anthology-- OVER THE COALS by Laurean Brooks Available at Smashwords and Amazon. com. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14519/

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Cow Piles? Now there's an unwholesome visual. I may never think of these cookies the same. Ugh!

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 02:27 PM
Cow Piles? Now there's an unwholesome visual. I may never think of these cookies the same. Ugh!

Well, I just tell him they taste NOTHING like cow piles. LOL 'Course, you understand, I have NO idea of how a cow pile tastes... :sick:

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:30 PM
A Sweet Christmas Anthology--(Due to release by December 1, 2010)

5 authors, 5 sweet stories.

SEVERED HEARTS by Laurean Brooks

Set in 1970, Julie Blanton works at her parents grocery store/grill. Shy construction worker, Johnny Michaels drives 20 minutes each day to eat a sandwich, swig down a soda, and oggle Julie.

Julie is smitten with Johnny despite his timidity. Will he ever ask her for a real date? But when Johnny finally musters the courage, he overhears a conversation that cuts him to the core.

When Julie discovers that Johnny's left town, she is devastated? He enlisted without so much as a goodbye. Why? Will he ever return to her? Why doesn't he reply to her letter?

Stay tuned for the release of A Sweet Christmas Anthology by Victory Tales Press.

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 02:34 PM
True story: In my grandmother's day, white skin was "to die for." As a young lady, she complained that her skin wasn't as white as she'd like. Her mother (my great-grandmother) replied, "Go out to the pasture and find a cow pile, then rub it on your face."

Apparently, something in the cow pile bleaches the skin. Ugh!

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 02:38 PM
True story: In my grandmother's day, white skin was "to die for." As a young lady, she complained that her skin wasn't as white as she'd like. Her mother (my great-grandmother) replied, "Go out to the pasture and find a cow pile, then rub it on your face."

Apparently, something in the cow pile bleaches the skin. Ugh!

Oh! Ugh! Gag!! Did folks really do that??? Who could stand the smell??? Oh, so gross! LOLOL

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 02:39 PM
I need to get off the pc for a while. Will return later. :)

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Anything chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter. Chocolate combined with caramel or peanut butter would be an added bonus. Yum!


Yum. Reminds me of turtles. I love those.

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 02:51 PM
Oh, I love those things! (and I ALWAYS add peanut butter!). But I think they should be called candy instead of cookies.

My country hubby calls them, "cow piles"...:p


hahahah, that's what I was going to say. We LOVE those cookies! YuM! We call them cow patty's. ;)

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 02:52 PM
True story: In my grandmother's day, white skin was "to die for." As a young lady, she complained that her skin wasn't as white as she'd like. Her mother (my great-grandmother) replied, "Go out to the pasture and find a cow pile, then rub it on your face."

Apparently, something in the cow pile bleaches the skin. Ugh!


That is GROSS! *Gag*

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 02:53 PM
[quote=Laurean;134156]A Sweet Christmas Anthology--(Due to release by December 1, 2010)

5 authors, 5 sweet stories.

SEVERED HEARTS by Laurean Brooks


Congrats on the Christmas Anthology. Look forward to it.

Gail Pallotta
October 14th, 2010, 03:20 PM
I'm not sure I'm in the right place. If I am it looks as though we've gone from cow piles to broccoli cheddar. And Congratulations to Laurean on the Christmas anthology!

DanielleThorne
October 14th, 2010, 03:22 PM
I'm not sure I'm in the right place. If I am it looks as though we've gone from cow piles to broccoli cheddar. And Congratulations to Laurean on the Christmas anthology!


Yep, cowpiles is where the action is. I think I posted the broccoli recipe here last week.

Gail Pallotta
October 14th, 2010, 03:23 PM
I just came home from an appointment. I must be in the wrong place, so I'm going to say blessings to all for a happy day and sign off.

Gail Pallotta
October 14th, 2010, 03:24 PM
Oh hey, Danielle,
I'm glad I found someone. How are you? You've got lots of exciting news about your new books. You've been very prolific.

Gail Pallotta
October 14th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Tell me about your new books, Danielle. You've written so many lately I can't keep up with them. Do you have three at Desert Breeze Publishing?

Gail Pallotta
October 14th, 2010, 03:42 PM
:wideeyed:I'll let everyone know I have a new devotional at http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com It's a fun little story about a lizard stuck in the sand on the beach. Stop by if you get a chance.

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 03:46 PM
:wideeyed:I'll let everyone know I have a new devotional at http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com It's a fun little story about a lizard stuck in the sand on the beach. Stop by if you get a chance.

I read that, Gail, and loved it. Poor little lizard. I'm glad your hubby saved him. :)

And yes, cow piles is our topic of conversation today! How is that for sweet authors???? LOLOL

Miss Mae
October 14th, 2010, 03:48 PM
If there are new readers today, I have a free read called Fated Destiny available for download at Smashwords. Please go over and grab your own copy, and come to my site and leave a note if you'd care to. :)

Smashwords. (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18215)

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 05:56 PM
Sorry Dani and Gail, I didn't mean to mix cow piles with broccoli and cheddar. LOL.

Thanks for your congrats on the Christmas Anthology. Funny thing: right after I posted that I found the book cover for the anthology in my email. It is beautiful. I don't know how to put it here, but I can send it individually to you. It is one of the sweetes covers for a Christmas book, I've ever seen.

Laurean
October 14th, 2010, 06:05 PM
Any of you readers who haven't read "Fated Destiny" are in for a thrilling surprise. Better take Miss Mae up on her free offer while it lasts. You don't know what you're missing.

If you like suspense, you will LOVE "Fated Destiny."

LarryH
October 14th, 2010, 06:36 PM
Just dropping in to see who is here and what is going on. Larry

LarryH
October 14th, 2010, 07:00 PM
Okay, I don't think any of the gang seems to be here. I'm going to post this and see if my editing of my signature worked. One link is very long but I couldn't figure how to shorten it to Red Rose Publishing like it is in my original signature. Larry