Spank You Very Much!

The foibles of promoting can hurt an unknown author. Let’s face it, majority of writers dislike promoting and marketing their works. We’d much rather write than shout out In the past, I’ve wanted to help other authors promote their works. Not only did it expose my own publishing imprint and writings, I also enjoyed learning about other authors. After doing a few promotional projects, such as First/Opening Lines of Fiction Novels, There’s a Silver Lining Out There, Author Interviews, and a Pay It Forward (from my old blog), I find myself wary of doing any more other than author interviews. …

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My book club finished the book Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Before reading it, I was curious and appreciated being introduced to the book. Americanah is about a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who leaves University in Nigeria and her first love, Obinze, to work and study in America. It delves into her troubles as a Non-American black woman. Racism she never experienced before, frustration in finding work, and a constant search to find herself. As an expat, I was able to relate to her sadness and depression. I have been away from the familiar, life’s comforts I had grown accustom to, …

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A Trip Down Medieval Lane

This past weekend, my husband and I drove to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a town in Ansbach District of Germany. I had always pictured Germany looking just like this preserved medieval town. Since we traveled here during off-season, the weather wasn’t the best, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. At this time, we had gray skies, cold weather, minus rain and snow. We spent only a little over 24-hours in this historic town, so we have to return to do the things we couldn’t fit into our short stay. Let’s get started. Founded in 1170, the settlement of …

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An Uncover and Conversation

I’ve been working with Ana Cruz to redo my book covers. In October, I redid a book cover for my dark, psychological suspense thriller, Net Switch. Mental institution. Internet chat room. Stalker. Chicago. Seattle. Murderer. “But have you ever felt as if the room’s air is seeping out and your body starts itching from impatience?” “The bitterness of loneliness always comes unannounced…and uninvited.” “What little scraps of compliments he tosses my way, I gather for the times I hunger during his punishing silence.” “I had played Russian Roulette in that chat room and lost.” Here is the uncovering of my …

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An Israeli-Ukrainian Colorful Life

I’m thrilled to have Nik Krasno with us today. He has lived a colorful life through travels and historical experiences such as the ousting of the Ukraine’s president and an aggressive Russia. The beauty of writing is that we get to take our knowledge and relive it through a story we weave together with fact and fiction. These events were an imagination trigger for Nik. Please give him a Ukrainian Вітаємо, or a simple hello will do. Describe yourself in 150 words or less. After long turbulent years of extensive traveling for business and work and after some more spent …

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