Guest Post: Looks Can Deceive

Today I would like to welcome my friend, Christina Zarrella as she shares another of her insightful posts. I’ve been following Christina’s blog for some time and if you have not had the pleasure of reading her stories, please follow the links at the end of the post. She is currently working on her memoir and I know I am not the only one who can’t wait to read her finished product. Enough from me, I’ll turn things over to our guest and for the rest of you, enjoy. Read more…

My Writing Process

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by two wonderful authors/friends who asked me to participate in a blog hop about my writing process. The first was Claudia Burgoa who happens to be a fantastic writer, supporter of many and a lady who has no problem expressing her loathing of, Taco Bell. I’ve yet to ask her about Chipotle Grill, however, I am fairly certain that too is on her banned fast-foods list. If you haven’t met Claudia, hop over and check out her site, grab her books and follow her on social media. She is about as genuine as they come. http://www.claudiayburgoa.com Read more…

Author Spotlight…James Jackson

Welcome to another edition of, Author Spotlight. This series gives me the opportunity to put indie authors in the hot seat so we can find out their deep, dark secrets. Actually, I send them weird questions and hope they agree to answer so you readers get to know more about, the writer behind the book. Today’s author is my friend, James Jackson who pens the sci-fi series, Terran Chronicles. If you haven’t met James, here is your chance to get to know a great guy who was willing to chat about his journey to the United States, his love of cookies, motorcycles and of course, writing. I’ll include the link to his fantastic website at the bottom so make sure you stop by and say, hello. Read more…

Jenna Brooks: Live From the Edge

Today, I’d like to welcome back the very brave or mentally unstable author, Jenna Brooks. Jenna sat down with me last year to discuss her first novel, October Snow. Many have subjected themselves to my interviews, however, Jenna is the first to muster up the courage for round two. See why I question her sanity? I’d heard rumblings that she was last seen wandering the forest, mumbling and holding an empty beer can so I figured, we better check in on her. Turns out, not only has she been very busy but, she is also having a free kindle day for October Snow. We’ll provide links at the bottom and in the meantime, here’s what Jenna had to say: Read more…

Tips For Living With Anxiety

Every day situations can become traumatic events for a person, like me, who is burdened by social anxiety, occasional agoraphobia and a host of other peculiar quirks. My ability to conquer trips to the grocery store, attend parties or keep appointments fluctuates on a range of: somewhat challenging to completely out of the question. What a pain in the ass. I’ve spent years learning more about what makes me tick, recognizing the onset of symptoms along with identifying situations that trigger episodes. After years of practice, I have developed an arsenal of tactics for handling situations that cause my internal sensors to misfire. Some suggest that I learned what sets me off and creatively find ways to avoid particular situations. While that is partly true, I prefer clinging to the belief that I have learned how to work around my limitations. Allow me to explain. Read more…

Message of Hope: Autumn the IVDD Dachshund

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a sassy new writer, Autumn the IVDD Dachshund. This special little lady is in the process of penning her memoir—with help from her human— in hopes of helping other special needs dogs and the people who love them. No matter if you are a dachshund lover or an individual who enjoys stories about beating the odds, you’ll want to take a few minutes and get to know my vertically challenged friend. If you’ve been following the blog, you are already familiar with Autumn, however, today she gets real as she discusses her plans for the future, her vast collection of mangled toys and a few things—or people— that get on her nerves. Read more…

You’ve Got Mail

I hate checking my mailbox. I can’t explain why I hate the mailbox because my aversion to emptying it—baffles me. Each time I leave my house, I reach the end of the driveway, glare at it and keep going. I find the anxiety caused by the process of sifting through the contents while hoping there is nothing awful (um, jury duty) wedged between the various sales flyers quite off-putting. How do I handle it? I ignore it. My plan of avoidance loses its effectiveness once the mail carrier can no longer jam a single item in the box, which I assume, pisses him off. There have been many occasions when he has had to exit his truck in order to throw the mail on my porch. One would think the sight of a fuming mailman storming up the driveway (Yes, I watched from between the slats in my wood blinds) then pelting my front door with a pile of mail would jolt me out of this pattern. Did it? Nope. Read more…

The Virgin Weighs In

Today marks the beginning of month two on my quest towards nutritional virginity. I won’t lie, this has been one of the longest months of my life and I’m craving, um—everything. Compounding an already tricky situation is that fact that I have decided to embark on the path to better health during one of the worst winters I can remember. The forecast is calling for another blast of freaking snow and I completely understand why Jack Nicolson’s character lost his shit in the movie, The Shining. No worries, I am not typing the same sentence 100,000 times, however, I could go for a pizza with a chocolate lava cake chaser. Instead, I’ll settle for the damn smoothie that offers up an occasional chunk of unblended spinach and mind-numbing brain freezes. Good times and gluten-free. Read more…

Author Spotlight, Taylor Fulks

Good morning and welcome to another installment of my Author Spotlight series. Today I am excited to share an interview I did with my dear friend, Taylor Fulks. Many of you already know Taylor from social media or her award winning book, My Prison Without Bars. Today you’ll see the more personal side of this fabulous lady who is talented, funny, compassionate and strong. Enjoy. Read more…

Book Tour: Getting By, Claudia Burgoa

I’m thrilled to have author, Claudia Burgoa as my guest on the blog to share an excerpt from her new release, Getting By. You’ll probably remember Claudia from our Author Spotlight interview last month. She is a talented author, great friend and generous supporter of her fellow authors. If you haven’t had the pleasure of connecting with her, I suggest you do. Links to purchase the book and connect with Claudia will be shared at the end of the post. Enjoy. Read more…