Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Busy November Coming Up

Hey! Wow, I don't have time to write much, but I have much to write!!! First of all, many thanks to the nice folks at the L.A. Cafe in Lehigh, Florida. The L.A. Cafe is the latest outlet to carry my novel A Chance to Say Yes. It's a great little coffee house that caters to writers and their ilk. I want to go to their Open Microphone Night soon and try out my reading voice. FYI, I have taken an ad on this website: and placed on in the upcoming issue of Romance Sells, RS goes out to 6,500 libraries and booksellers. Thanks to author Jamie Rush for suggesting it to me. In other news, three events occur in November, in which I'll be involved: During the Sanibel Writers Conference, on Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida, my book A Chance to Say Yes will be on sale through the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Bookstore. It will be available for purchase, also, at the Florida Writers' Conference Bookstore at the Lake Mary Marriott in the Orlando, Florida, November 14-16. In addition, I will be selling and signing books at the Barnes and Noble in Naples, Florida, on November 15, along with other local writers. The Miami Book Fair happens that weekend, too, but I'm afraid I'll have to miss it this year, although I do enjoy attending. In February, I be doing more events. These included signings along with other members of the SWFRW at local bookstores. Oh, yes, and Jane Kennedy Sutton and I will share a table at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers, Florida, in March. YOU KNOW, as soon as I have time, after I've moved into my new place, I'm going to start posting more on this blog than just my book-related activities. I want to post some of my writing: essays, travelogues, and (gasp) yes, maybe even some things written by other writers. That's right--it's not all about me. Yikes. Btw, here is some verse I wrote for my author-friend Sandy Lender's dragon-story contest. ( Actually, I am writing this, for it is a work in progress. Here's what I have so far: There once was a dragon named Scary Who was huge, yellow-green, and quite hairy But he didn't cause fear Cause he was a big dear Of a dear dragon none could be wary One day cool dragon-bachelor Scary Met a fire-breather he burned to marry Though a lass with a past This hot babe was a blast His lips scorched the first time he smooched Flarey Scary said to The Reverend, "Marry us." But the dragon-priest said, "Too precarious. Though I'd love to toast you Miss Flarey would roast you No, you must wed a lass less nefarious." There's more to come, I 'm afraid. You'll have to stay tuned for the next verse(s). Meanwhile, I'll try to figure out how to make paragraphs and returns on this blogsite. I know I just have to find the right thingy to make it work. Have fun today! Tina

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hemingway and Hiaasen and....!!!

When I strolled by Mina Hemingway's Florida Bookstore ( yesterday morning, I was thrilled to see that she has placed my novel A Chance to Say Yes in her front window, right next to Carl Hiaasen's book!!! A sign nearby reads, "Local Authors." This is FANTASTIC. I am elated, thrilled, and generally just plain knocked out by this occurence. Thank you, Mina. In other news, I have placed new ads for my book. One is on the, run by Denise, a soon-to-be ArcheBooks author. Denise interviewed me, too. The interview is linked to the website, so please check that out. The ad will run on the website for three months. I've placed an ad with As Seen on TV, too. I'll post that link when I receive it. Thanks very much to the Southwest Florida Romance Writers for the astonishingly wonderful cake they gave me last weekend at the monthly meeting. They had a big cake made for me with the cover for A Chance to Say Yes on top in icing. Plus, they presented me with a lovely rose and a festive balloon. Thank you, SWFRW members. You are the best. I am truly grateful for your support ( I'd like to offer my congrats to Tom Williams and Jane Kennedy Sutton on the publication of their new ArcheBooks novels. Please check out the ArcheBooks Publishing website for details ( Aslo, Thanks to Jessica at the Naples Barnes and Noble store for ordering more copies of A Chance to Say Yes. Now back to my research for the sequel A Wild Dream of Love, coming in 2009. Cheers!