Mini Surf Report ~ Richard III, J.A. Konrath, & the Vikings

‘Strong evidence’ Richard III’s body has been found – with a curved spine

Archaeologists searching under a city centre car park for the lost grave of King Richard III have discovered human remains. Here are the latest developments as scientists unveil their “stunning” findings.

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For the Love of History (and other interesting tidbits)

Best of History Websites

Whenever I’m in research mode I use a variety of sources. If I can’t find exactly what I need in the history books on my shelves, I turn to the Internet. Sometimes specific searches yield zero hits because the historical documents haven’t been transcribed and uploaded. Today, I simply typed “history” into the google search field  and this site came up. I’ve hit the mother lode! Continue reading

Surf Report, August 15, 2012

I find historical accounts like this highly entertaining! 🙂

On my wish list for 2013 ~,~

Feast Day of St. Arnulph of Soissons, an 11th-century French patron of brewers. In the year 1612, brewers John Kempster and John Byrd of Bayton, Worcestershire, were charged with making beer “too well,” and selling it at their pubs for only a penny a pint. According to a petition signed by neighbors, Continue reading

Falling Skies, Warehouse 13, & the New Revolution

Some things just don’t make sense. But I don’t care. I may be a lover of all things historical and romantic, but it isn’t the only thing I love. Scifi has always been one of my favorite TV and film genres. I grew up in a family full of Trekkies and Star Wars freaks. Saturday nights with homemade pizza and Space 1999 is one of my favorite memories. Continue reading

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Food for Thought

I’m beginning to think I’d be a lot further along in the game of publishing had I taken this route 2 years ago.  Hmmm…what do you think?  Amanda Hocking did it quite successfully, and now Barry Eisler’s about to switch gears and self-publish.

Here are some links to peruse and contemplate.  I’d love to know  if you’d give a self-published romance novel a read even though there’s a certain stigma of inferiority attached to such literary works.

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Way Will You Make More Money?

Nathan Bransford says:  “Thanks to Barry’s [Eisler] wonderfully transparent conversation with Joe Konrath, we know he was offered $500,000 for two books, turned it down, and currently plans to (I believe) self-publish his e-books on Amazon with a price around $4.99, or via Smashwords.”

Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know by David Carnoy

Mr. Carnoy explains in great detail–easily readable–25 points for those considering the self-publishing route.  Definitely some good food for thought.

Tools for Secure Self-Publishing

LockLizard is a service that Safeguards PDF Security and stops unauthorized distribution of your PDF documents and files, controls what users can do with them, and how long they can be used.

Seller Tools: Five Ways to Sell your Digital Goods Online

Great article on how to sell your work on your own website or blog.

Digital Goods Delivery

Sell downloads on your website and/or eBay with PayPal!

With Payloadz  you can easily upload your PDF, get a buy button and sell your ebook.

How to Publish and Distribute Your Ebook with Smashwords!  It’s fast, easy and FREE!  Publish to the Apple iPad, B&N nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, iPhone and more…  Earn 85% Net at Smashwords, and 60% of List Price from Major Ebook Retailers

Lis’Anne ~ 🙂

Light Up Your Career at the Southern Lights Writers’ Conference

It’s not too late!  Register today to attend!  Spur of the moment decisions are often the BEST!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

*A full day of craft and career workshops

*Keynote luncheon with CL Wilson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling

*Q&A with Industry Professionals editor Tessa Woodward from Avon Publishing & agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management

*Editor and Agent Appointments

*Critique Raffles with incredible prizes from:


Anita Mumm (Assistant to Kristen Nelson and Sara Megibow) Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Andrea Somberg Harvey Klinger, Inc. 

Stephany Evans, President FinePrint Literary Management

Adrienne Rosado PMA Literary & Film Management

Lois Winston Ashley Grayson Literary Agency

Pattie Steele-Perkins Steele-Perkins Literary Agency 

Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency

Scott Eagan Greyhaus Literary Agency

Kevan Lyon, Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency


Jhanteigh Kuppihea, Editor, New American Library (NAL) (Need details from Margie)

Raelene Gorlinksky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave – erotic romances; Cerridwen Press – mainstream genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal, women’s fiction, historical fiction; The Lotus Circle – metaphysical/psychic fiction and non-fiction

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor, Carina Press (E-publishing imprint of Harlequin)

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor

Emily W. Carmain, Noteworthy Editing Services

Sherry’s Sage Suggestions, Editing Service


Margie Lawson, the amazing author of Empowering Characters’ Emotions, Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors,  Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, Digging Deep into the EDITS System, Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist, Powering Up Body Language in Real Life  

Vanessa Kelly, Regency Romance, Zebra

Sharon Page, USA Today Bestselling Author, Sensual & Erotic Romance, Aphrodisia

Karen Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling Author, Historical Romance, Pocket

Joanne Rock, 3-Time Rita Nominee, Historical Romance, Harlequin

Elizabeth Sinclair, The Dreaded Synopsis, Multi-published Romantic Suspense, Harlequin

Kasey Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author, Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense, Harlequin/Warner/Kensington/Zebra, 

*Too many raffle baskets filled to the brim with awesome books and fun stuff to list!

Registration- $110

4670 Salisbury Rd. – Jacksonville, FL

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