Monday, September 15, 2014

T. B. Markinson - Confessions

Today, we have a special guest. T. B. Markinson has stopped by as part of her 'Confessions From A Coffee Shop' blog tour to share her own confession.


I have a confession. To be honest I’m not sure I should admit it, but they say honesty is the best policy so here it goes. I’m asked a lot what advice I would give to people who want to become a writer. I usually say, “Write every day no matter what.” It’s great advice that’s been given to me so I want to tell others.

But, you also know that phrase, “Do as I say, but not as I do.” Yep, that’s right. I don’t even follow my own advice. Before you start waggling a finger in my face, screaming, “Liar!” let me explain.

Finding time to write every day isn’t always easy. I’m going to tell you about some projects I’m currently working on. First, I’m releasing my third novel Confessions From A Coffee Shop. Promoting is time consuming. Second, I’m in the editing and cover design stage for my novella Claudia Must Die. Third, I’m preparing a manuscript for my editor, which is due this October for the first round of editing. Fourth, life. No matter how much I plan, life rears its ugly head. And it’s not always big bumps that I hit. Little tasks in life eat up precious hours each day: laundry, cooking, cleaning, walking the dog, feeding the cat a gazillion times a day—it all adds up.

Okay, how pathetic is that? I’m trying to get you to feel sorry for me. Don’t fall for it. I love staying busy and I tackle a lot of projects all of the time. I do this to myself. I set the goals and deadlines.

I’m the type that loves to stay busy. I set goals, meet them, and set more goals. But lately I’ve been having a hard time following my own advice. Last year, I sat down and wrote every Monday through Friday and I was cranking out 3000-5000 words. It was exhilarating and I was able to get projects to the editor quicker.

Now I’m struggling. I don’t think I’m suffering from writer’s block since ideas are bombarding me all of the time. It’s a focus thing. I sit down to write but my mind wanders. I check my email. Goodreads. CNN. Twitter. Blogs. Before I know it, I’m watching funny pet videos on youtube that are hilarious. And there are so many of them. Seriously you have to check them out—wait, don’t. It’s a trap for procrastinators.

I need to get my groove back. Go back to the basics of writing each morning before I start any tasks. That worked for me for months. Maybe it’s time to start a simple goal. Write for five minutes Monday through Friday. Don’t set a word count, but just write.

Have any of you experienced a lack of focus before? What helped you snap out of it?

By the way, I still think the advice of writing every day is good advice. Don’t let my inability to follow my own advice discourage you.



Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?

About the Author:

T. B. Markinson is a 40-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. A Woman Lost, Marionette, and Confessions From A Coffee Shop. 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne

Last month, Aubrie Dionne visited the blog to give us a little insight into her latest book, Minstrel's Serenade.

I haven't read much of Aubrie's work since the New Dawn Series. To be honest, most of my reading has been non-fiction, except for the fiction audios picked up from the local library website.

Aubrie has supplied me with a few copies of her books.

I chose Pan's Conquest as my first reading venture. I had forgotten the way Aubrie's smooth, easy-going voice flows off the page. I haven't picked up a book so easy to read in a while. My own author's inner voice shut up and let me enjoy the read.

My Review: 5 stars

Pan’s Conquest is a fun, easy read. The author, Aubrie Dionne, lulls you into the mythological tale of Pan (God of Fertility) and Syrinx (Goddess of Chastity). And then, she takes you on a journey of modern day love with a Godly twist.

Tired of running from Pan’s pursuits, Syrinx escapes her life and becomes Sylvia Rains, a florist. She creates a life for herself among the human race. But, what she doesn’t count on is Pan’s determination. When Parker Thomas, a rich businessman, shows up in her life requesting her floral services and some personal time, she doesn’t know what hit her. And she sure doesn’t know it’s her long lost stalker.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, romantic read. You’ll enjoy the story, the characters, and most of all the love.

You may also enjoy:
Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne
Fighting Gravity by Cherie Reich
Escape to Love by Cher Green 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labels - Categories and Sub-categories

I've made a few changes to the blog. I'm hoping it will make it easier to navigate through the many posts.

You'll notice on the left side bar - Main Categories. You'll find almost everything the blog has to offer in these few topics.

At the bottom of the page, you'll find a cluster of All Categories. Some of the Main Categories have also been broken down into sub-categories to further help in finding your way.

I hope this helps new readers find more information, and past readers revisit areas long forgotten.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Aubrie Dionne - Minstrel's Serenade versus Game of Thrones

Today, we have a special guest. It's been a while since we've had her here. Please welcome back, Aubrie Dionne.

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews.

She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference.

Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


3 Ways Minstrel’s Serenade is like Game of Thrones and 3 Ways it’s not!

  1. There are dragons, zombies, and warriors! (Although the zombies are stories from the past. The real threat in this book is the dragons.) 
  2. Epic battles abound. (Not kingdom against kingdom- people against dragons!)
  3. Marriages are for political reasons. (Which is the central romantic conflict through the story.)
Not Alike 

  1. There are no prostitutes and no one’s running around naked. (Thank goodness!)
  2. The dragons are already taking out towns in the beginning. (No waiting around.)
  3. No dogs are killed. (Thank goodness again!) 


Minstrel's Serenade

 He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?

Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting.

With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.

As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Author Links: Website, Blog, Twitter @authoraubrie

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Interview with Aubrie Dionne
Tricks to Keep Writing - Aubrie Dionne
Bad Attributes by Aubrie Dionne

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