RG2E Featured Author Liz Matis talks “Men Decoded”

Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!

RG2E Featured Author Liz Matis is talkin’ “Men” today…as in “Men Decoded”.

Oh boy…here we go…

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Even though my male Peruvian dance instructor reads/writes poetry, says that East of Eden reminds him of Thanksgiving and writes things on Facebook like, “When I’m with you, there is a million dances but not enough songs.” and “Fingerprints that you left in my soul.” he will then post as his Facebook status: Counting sheep is boring…. one Playmate, two Playmates….

As a female writing from the male point of view you need to remember that men like sex. Men think about sex. All the time.

What else do you need to know? You need to decode what men say.

For instance below are the results from a Men’s Health magazine survey that asked men to list of The Top 5 Qualities Men Want in a Wife.

And as a public service to women writers I will decode this list – what these men are really thinking are in the parenthesis.

The Top 5 Qualities Men Want in a Wife Decoded:

1. Financial Savvy (will not spend more than $100 on a single item of clothing – including shoes and handbags)

2. Independent (has her own stuff going on so she won’t notice if I go out with the guys for a beer)

3. Intelligent (knows not to walk in front of the TV or talk during a game)

4. Loyal (will not disclosed embarrassing info about him to her girlfriends/family)

5. Sexually Adventurous (will have sex more than once a week)

So there you have it – men decoded.

Here’s a sample from Playing For Keeps.

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Once seated, Ryan did his best with small talk as dinner was served. Having Jake and Hannah act as chaperones helped. It kept him from jumping Samantha, who at the moment seemed to be interested in the intricacies of her place setting, leaving her dinner plate untouched.

“You’re not eating,” commented Ryan.

“I’m supposed to tell you I’m not hungry, but I’d be lying. The truth is, my dress is ready to bust at the seams.”

Bust. He couldn’t help it. Really, he couldn’t. His eyes dropped to the material straining against her full breasts. An amber necklace fell just above her cleavage like a sign saying ‘This Way’. Would he be a complete degenerate if he silently wished for the fabric to give way? No, he didn’t think so. He was being a man. That’s what men did, they wished, fantasized, and dreamt of sex. Statistics proved it. Who was he to fight Mother Nature?

“Ryan?”

Whoops, caught in the act. “Just admiring your necklace.” Taking a sip of water, he looked across the table at Jake.

“By the look on your face you want to be my necklace.”

He choked on the water as a laugh threatened to burst out. If he wasn’t mistaken she was flirting with him and he responded in kind. “Or your dress.”

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Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment to be entered to win a print or eBook copy of Playing For Keeps. Any reader who wants a set of my romance trading cards please email me at:  elizabethmatis@gmail.com and I’ll mail you a set!

About Liz:

Liz Matis is a mild manner accountant by day and writes fun, flirty, fiery romances by night.

Both Playing For Keeps and Going For It, her popular football romances, hit the Amazon’s Hot New Release list and the Amazon Best Seller list in Sports Fiction, reaching #1 with Going For It.

Also available is Love By Design, a Sex and the City meets HGTV romp and where you’ll meet Victoria and Russ, Ava’s friends in Real Men Don’t Drink Appletinis.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching sports, and attending Zumba classes. She’s been married for 27 years and believes in happy ever after.

Fun Fact: Liz read her first romance at the age of fifteen and soon after wrote her first romances starring her friends and their latest crush!

Keep in touch with Liz Matis at:

Blog:  http://www.taoofliz.blogspot.com

Twitter: @LizMatis

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Matis-Fan-Page/308197599253896?ref=hl

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/5289185.Liz_Matis

Want a free (while supplies last) set of her romance trading cards?

Email your address to:

elizabethmatis@gmail.com

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This is sooo much fun, Liz! Thanks bunches for chatting with us today and for the Ebook and/or Print Gift Copy and the chance to snap-up your Romance Trading Cards too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Reader Poll: Do Book Trailers Help You Decide to Buy an Ebook?

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

It’s time for our next RG2E Reader Poll!

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Lately, I’ve been sharing Book Trailers for our RG2E Featured Authors.

For example, here’s my trailer for Bootscootin’ Blahniks…

And here are a few others we’ve recently shared with you:

What do you think?

Participate in our poll and comment below for a chance to win either an Amazon or Barnes & Noble $5 Gift Card! Also, if you’re an author, please share the link to your Book Trailer(s), so all of our fabulous RG2E Readers can check ’em out!

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RG2E Featured Author Elise Stone on “Places Near and Far”

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Oh, the places we go…in real life and in fiction too! And here’s RG2E First-Time Featured Author Elise Stone to take you along on her story world journeys…

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One of the things I love about reading is discovering new places. I can travel all over the world, even travel in time, without leaving my recliner. There are some books which wouldn’t be the same stories if they took place somewhere else.

I fell in love with Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon mystery series because each book takes place in a different National Park. Since Anna is a park ranger, she spends a lot of time outdoors. Because she’s always new to the park at the beginning, she has to learn about it, explore it, and ask questions of those who have been there longer. In the process, the reader is immersed in these places. I’ve never been to the Natchez Trace, but I certainly feel like I’ve visited.

I’ve been to Washington, DC with Margaret Truman in her Capital Crimes mysteries and to Mississippi with John Grisham. I’ve been on the Navajo Reservation with Tony Hillerman and to Medieval Europe with Jeri Westerson.

On the other hand, it’s lots of fun to travel around a place you know with one of your favorite characters. I lived in Boston for eight years, so it’s like a visit home when I read one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser mysteries. I love when Spenser travels on Storrow Drive and I can say, “I’ve been there!”

Naturally, when I started writing my own mysteries, the setting was very important to me. I began Faith, Hope, and Murder shortly after moving to Tucson, Arizona. Having spent most of my life in the Northeast close to the ocean, where you’re likely to have a sump pump to keep your basement dry, the desert was a very different place. I’m sure I was a major traffic hazard for the first few months. Every time I glanced in the rear view mirror, I’d catch sight of the mountains and stare, thinking, “Look at that! Mountains!”

Sometimes I’d even say it out loud.

The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place. It’s not at all like the Sahara. The variety of plant and animal life is amazing. When the cacti bloom in late spring, the desert is filled with color. Tucson is on a major flyway, so there are a large number of bird species to see. Hummingbirds regularly visit my yard. The sky is huge and open and filled with stars at night. And there is nothing like the scent of the creosote bush after a monsoon rain.

Faith, Hope, and Murder could only have taken place in the desert Southwest. The climate and culture are essential to the story. If you read it, I hope it comes alive for you so that one day you’ll come and visit Tucson. You won’t be sorry.

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When Faith Andersen’s best friend asks her to help a stranger with a legal issue, she has no idea that Ursula’s problem is a fiancé convicted of murder. As a web designer, Faith’s knowledge of law is sketchy at best, but, having just lost her job, she has plenty of hours to fill.

The victim, a smuggler who brought both drugs and human beings over the Mexican border, had plenty of enemies. And even more dangerous friends.

Pastor John Menard has problems of his own. His ministry rocked by scandal, he’s already lost his wife and may just lose his congregation. It’s too soon after his divorce to think about another relationship; but there’s something about the pretty skeptic that draws him to her.

As Faith investigates the murder, she finds herself with more questions than answers. Who killed the coyote? Is Ursula really who she seems? And has Faith gotten herself into more peril than she’s ever imagined possible?

I’ll Ebook Gift 5 Copies today! So, let us know below if you’d like one, and you just might win it! Please leave your email address in your comment too so we can get your Gift Copy to you quicker!

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About Elise:

I was born and raised in New York, but I was never really a New Yorker. In New York, you’re one of many. There were 1,000 in my high school graduating class. I probably knew fifty of those people. The rest were a crush of students in the hallways. Commuting to work means joining the throngs on the Long Island Expressway and sitting in traffic. Manhattan always gave me a headache. It’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s intense. You can feel the air vibrate with the intensity. Yes, it has terrific museums and Broadway shows and Rockefeller Center at Christmas, but for the most part I can live without those things.

The one thing I did like about living in New York, and on Long Island in particular, was being close to the beach. I love the ocean. I can walk along the shore or sit on a driftwood log and watch the waves roll in for hours. I love the smell of the salt air and the cry of seagulls soaring overhead.

I wanted to go to Amherst for college, but in those days Amherst was still an all-male school, so I looked at Mount Holyoke instead. My most vivid memory of that visit was when the woman showing me and my mother around the campus brought us into this lovely, quaint room and announced, “This is where our writers meet.” I longed to be there with other women who wanted to write. I imagined myself in that room, writing and reading my work with the girls of Mount Holyoke. But after that visit my mother convinced me I wouldn’t fit in with those girls. We, after all, were barely middle class and lived in a blue collar neighborhood. There was also the matter of cost. Even with the scholarship they were willing to offer me, Mount Holyoke was much too expensive for my parents to afford.

I went to Michigan State because it was far away from home, they had a Big Ten football team, and they offered me a full scholarship. Since my dream of being a writer had been pretty well quashed by this point, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I majored in psychology because it was about as close to not having to declare a major as I could get. I found out I wasn’t a Mid-Westerner either.

Time passed. I graduated, got a job as a social worker, got married, had a child, went back to school (degrees in psychology not being conducive to doing much practical work), got a job as a bookkeeper, kept going to school at night, and discovered computers. I became a computer programmer, then a manager, then the director of a small IT department. In between, I got divorced, bought a condo, and raised my son.

In time, my son went to college and I lost my job due to the merger of my company with another, larger one. I had a boyfriend in Boston, so I sold my condo, packed up my things, and found a job in Massachusetts. I loved Boston. I loved all the history in it. I loved walking through Paul Revere’s house and the little house where Abigail Adams grew up and seeing the site of the Boston Massacre and having all those places we’d learned about in American history class come alive. There was a burgeoning folk music community in Boston and my boyfriend and I spent weekends going to see Cheryl Wheeler and Dar Williams and John Gorka and Garnet Rogers and so many other talented musicians. I was also close to the beach again.

And then 9-11 happened and the whole world changed.

What it did for me was make me take a close look at my life. I kept thinking about how those thousands of people had gone to work like any other day or gotten on an airplane for a routine trip and suddenly were dead. It made me think about how I would feel if my life had ended that day. Death was no longer something in the distant future, but an immediate possibility. What had I left undone? What did I want to do before I died?

It turned out there were two things. One was to find my faith. I’d given up on religion back in college, but had always had this nagging in the back of my mind that I should reexamine it. After 9-11 I felt the need for God in my life again. It was just too big to deal with on my own. I spent a year going to various churches until I found House of Prayer in Hingham. My faith journey brought me full circle back to the Lutheran church I’d been raised in. Not quite the same church, but with similar core beliefs.

My second unfulfilled desire was to be a writer. I hadn’t written anything other than computer programs in decades. I didn’t even know where to begin. But I remembered the joy I’d had in creating stories when I was young and I wanted that joy again. So I started, slowly. Writing is like playing tennis or playing the piano. You get rusty when you don’t practice. I had a lot of rust in there.

Another merger, another job loss, and I relocated to Arizona for work. I love Tucson, even though it’s so different from Boston. Maybe because it is so different. I love the mountains surrounding the city, cradling it, guarding it. I love the smell of the creosote bushes after it rains. I love the harsh beauty of cactus and mesquite. I love the echos of the Old West that are part of the culture, Mexican food and mariachi bands. I love the big, blue sky that’s filled with stars when night comes.

And I’ve kept writing. I feel like I’m getting close to having a novel worthy of publication. It’s probably the fifth novel I’ve written and it’s still not totally there yet. But I have rediscovered the joy of writing, of making stuff up. It’s like magic and you get to do it all by yourself, you and your muse whispering ideas into your head. Hopefully I’ll be sharing some of that magic with readers soon.

Connect with Elise here:

Web site: www.elisemstone.com

Blog: elisemstone.blogspot.com

Twitter: @EliseMStone

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I’m with you, Elise, in that I look forward to visiting and re-visiting great towns, cities and countries with my fave authors and their wonderful characters! I also look forward to returning to the fabulous fictional places and worlds they create too! 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing with us today and for the Ebook Gift Copies too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Lara Nance on “The Allure of Steampunk”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

I’m over the moon thrilled to bring the Steampunk Genre to The RG2E with RG2E First-Time Featured Author Lara Nance!

Take it away, Lara…

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Tomorrow, Jan. 29th, the first book in my steampunk trilogy will be free on Amazon Kindle. So, what is it about steampunk that is alluring?

Perhaps you’ve thought about writing a steampunk novel? Now may be the best time ever. Or maybe you’d like to try reading a book in that genre but don’t know where to start.

First of all, What is steampunk, anyway? There are as many definitions as there are people giving them. Here’s mine:

It’s a Victorian themed world, where steam is the power of the day, running everything from furnaces to automatons. There are iconic images that pop up in this world, such as: corsets (worn on the outside, of course), goggles, top hats, pocket watches, airships, an occasional octopus, and lots of gadgets made from clockwork parts.

People are flocking to steampunk. The last convention I attended, Steamcon IV in Seattle this past October, had around 3,000 attendants. And that’s only one of hundreds of other conventions and events around the world. You can check out information about conventions and local groups at www.airshipambassador.com

What’s the allure? Speaking for myself, I think it’s the romance of the era. There’s adventure on every corner with airship pirates, mad scientists and clockwork monsters. Fashion is at the forefront with everything from bustled satin ball-gowns, to bustiers and fishnet hose, to leather, chains and studs.

Some people say steampunk is when Goths discovered the color brown…But the beauty of steampunk is that you make of it what you want. You can go for a genteel Victorian flavor or a leather bristling with weapons look. Or, a combination of the two. If you don’t want to create your own outfit, there are shops on the internet with everything you need. My favorites are steampunkthreads.com and clockworkcouture.com. Etsy has a huge variety of folks selling their original steampunk jewelry.

Inventions are key. You can invent a steam powered computer or a clockwork robot. Weapons are only as limited as your imagination, as long as you stick to the clockwork/steam scenario.

This year I saw major fashion designers incorporate steampunk into their fall lines, Movies add steampunk elements that never existed in the original story (think Three Musketeers with its airships and corsets), TV shows focusing a segment on the steampunk culture (remember the Castle episode?). Take a look at women’s boots for this fall and winter – you’ll see lots of buckles and retro styling.

Now there are steampunk themed restaurants like this one: http://steamhausgastropub.com

How about a steampunk card game: http://growingupgamers.blogspot.com/2012/11/ruse-steampunk-murder-mystery.html

Want to play an online steampunk game? Try Steampunk Odyssey here: http://www.begamer.com/flash-game/242519/steampunk-odyssey

You can even get your steampunk Santa cards for Christmas here: http://www.mylespinkney.com/gallery/painting.html?painting=christmas-time

Okay, you get the picture. Steampunk is everywhere.

In 2011, people said steampunk had peaked. But in my opinion, the culture is on the rise. On-line games and series are coming out everyday, new cons are popping up everywhere, and new books are coming out with interesting steampunk characters and environments.

So, if you’re interested in writing or reading steampunk, the time is now. You can choose between a variety of base genres in which to incorporate the steampunk theme. Sci-fi, fantasy, romance or mystery/thriller. Add some spunky, resourceful, characters and a splash of imaginative adventure and you’ve got a steampunk novel. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of goggles, top hats, and corsets!

Don’t forget the father of steampunk (in my humble opinion), Jules Verne. His book, Around the World in Eighty Days inspired my own trilogy. Books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, are great examples of an imaginative high-tech Victorian era.

If you’re looking for movies, check out The Golden Compass, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Wild Wild West, or Hugo. They’ll give you some great images of different steampunk worlds.

Some people argue whether steampunk is alternate universe or alternate history. To me, it’s both…or either. It’s what you want it to be. And that’s the beauty of this genre– freedom to create an imaginary world, or simply say “what if” within the real Victorian world. You can add magic, or paranormal creatures, or stick with plain old humans.

This is a chance to unleash your imagination and take a new look at the world through a pair of goggles. Steampunk folks are some of the most imaginative people I’ve ever met. And they definitely know their history. So if you plan on using real historical events in your novel, do your research and get it right.

Oh, by the way, you’ll have to learn the proper way to drink absinthe, too.

If you’d like to give the romance of steampunk a try, go to Amazon tomorrow or Wednesday and you can download Revenge of the Mad Scientist for free.

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Let me know if you like it. You can e-mail me from my website: www.laranance.com Plus, if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get a free steampunk short story free.

Thanks for having me!  Lara

About Lara:

Entertaining Women’s Fiction

Novels with Thrills, Chills or a Shiver of delight

Winner of 2012 Beanpot Award from NEC for Best Paranormal Romance:

Memories of Murder!

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale of entertaining women’s fiction that will take you on an adventure of imagination. Smart stories that make you wonder, and live the romances you dream about.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales to paranormal romance and adventure, she’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

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This is just sooo cool, Lara! Your book will be my first Steampunk experience! Thanks bunches for bringing this genre to The RG2E!

Btw, how superfab fun that you and your hubby and little Rio too live on your sailboat! Luv it!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Lizzie Starr on “The Time Suck of Reading”

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Do authors take time to read like all of your superfab RG2E Peeps?

Here’s the scoop from RG2E Feautured Author Lizzie Starr…

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Great title for a post on a reader’s blog, isn’t it?

I’ve been thinking a lot about reading lately—because over the past year, my reading has really sucked. Instead of curling up before bed with a good book, I’ve let myself get hooked on simple games—Mahjong in a current favorite. Matching tiles does give my brain a challenge, at least that’s what I tell myself. But does it help my writing?

Not in the least.

Authors must first be readers. I’m sure when you ask any author they’ll admit to a voracious reading appetite. An author spills thousands upon thousands of words across the pages of their works in progress. Some are good words, some great, and some destined for the delete button. Sometimes I worry I’m going to run out of words.

That’s part of the reason attacking the TBR pile is so important. Reading refills my well, and refreshed, my own words sprout into new ideas, a delightful turn of phrase, or a new way of saying something old and tired. Reading encourages writing far beyond an author’s original thought of ‘I can do that’.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  ― Stephen King

It’s also so important to read in different genres. Our favorite type of story will always be there, but sometimes, just sometimes, another tales, something we’d never considered, will capture our attention and keep us enthralled for the entire story. And surprise! Often we want more of the same. A new reading love is born.

So is reading a time suck? Not at all. It’s an opportunity for growth, a chance to escape into another place, even another world. Most important, reading refreshes your mind, spirit and outlook better than any drug. Even chocolate! (I can’t believe I said that!)

This year I’m challenging myself in the reading department. I’ve got TBR piles of physical books, ebooks and audio books just waiting for me. There are favorite genres, a variety of books that simply caught my eye and a big pile of non-fiction I’ve been promising myself I’d get to. I’m setting myself a steep challenge—because I know I’m going to learn and discover new authors this coming year as well.

The RG2E is a perfect place to make first contact with a new genre, or an ‘as of yet unknown to you’ author. Take advantage of this excellent reading resource.

And take my challenge to read more in 2013!

To start you off I’m gifting up to 6 ebooks to commenters. You can choose between a contemporary romantic suspense Birds Do It!, or the first book of The Double Keltic Triad, By Keltic Design. Oh, I suppose if you find another of my books you might want, I’d consider gifting those as well. Check out the tabs on my blog  starrwords for my available titles.

Birds Do It!

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An avian expert, Birdie Simons is called to help control a cantankerous hyacinth macaw during a young girl’s birthday party. Inexorably drawn to each other, she and single father Garr Logan share an afternoon of joy and bittersweet memories, for Garr’s wife died the same day as Birdie’s newborn child.

Something about Rachelle makes Birdie wonder if the golden-haired girl is her daughter, switched at birth. Then her child’s father returns, dogging her search for understanding and throwing her deeper into fear and confusion.

Ready to move on after his wife’s death, Garr wants the intriguing woman, but Birdie keeps the search, threats and hidden relationships to herself, driving a wedge between them.

Will discovering the truth from nine years ago bring them closer, or forever tear them apart?

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Allyn Keely, Celtic artist and friend of Faerie, finally finds a man she can love. But she’s older than he is and faces the insurmountable task of helping him realize his destiny in the Otherworld.

Successful businessman, Jaye Zeroun prides himself on his realistic, but lonely, view of life. Until Allyn knots her way around his heart and fills his life with a fantasy he refuses to believe. Then danger threatens their love, forcing him to either accept a deadly battle or lose the very things he never included in his life, a family and a love beyond his wildest imagining.

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About Lizzie:

Lizzie always made up games and stories to keep her company, so, a witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed into boat a carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with sheep that turned into lions and cannibals. Now, filled with fantasy and love, the stories of her imagination have found their way into the mundane world. And when Lizzie has to return to that mundane life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Author and lunch lady~~what a combination!

Lizzie adores hearing what you think about her tales of romance with a sparkling twist.

Connect with Lizzie here:

www.lizziestarr.com

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www.twitter.com/lizziestarr

www.facebook.com/lizzie-starr

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I read a ton, Lizzie! Literally, pun intended, every night I curl up in my reading chair with a glass of wine or (in the Winter months) hot cocoa and brandy and read for fun from my TBR Kindle Library! 🙂 Okay…I also play a few games of Bejeweled on my Fire too! 🙂

Thanks Bunches for chatting with us today and for the Ebook Gift Copies too! And Happy Reading!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon talks “On Thin Ice” (FREE this weekend on Amazon) and Life’s Embarrassing Moments

Thank you so much for having me back here at the RG2E. I’m sharing a story today that is near and dear to my heart.

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ON THIN ICE is the story of Penny Trudeau, a seventeen-year-old figure skater who deals with many challenges that teens face today—a parent with cancer, the pressures of competition that lead to an eating disorder, and a teen pregnancy that forces her to face her destructive choices head on. Add a handsome young hockey hunk and family secrets that will change her world forever, and you’ve got a complex and richly woven tale that shows the power of love and forgiveness, and how holding on to hope can get you through the darkest of times.

Although Penny’s story is different from my own in many ways, we have a few things in common. I was a figure skater, my mother did die of cancer when I was a teenager, and I became a mother at seventeen. My personal experiences definitely came through in the story, but one episode during my skating career that I didn’t write about was an embarrassing moment that made national television.

I believe I was about twelve at the time and the skating club I belonged to was honored with the task of providing skaters for the opening ceremony for the 1976 US National Figure Skating Championships. I was chosen to carry the Connecticut State flag and we were supposed to skate around the rink in formation—easy peasy for someone with my grace and considerable skill, right? Um…no. In my nervousness, I forgot to remove my skate guards and as I stepped onto the ice, my feet went in different directions and the flag went flying, taking out a few other skaters at the same time. I can laugh now, but you can imagine my embarrassment. In the true spirit of “the show must go on,” we picked ourselves up, regrouped and skated around the rink to cheers of support. As we stood center ice and the National Anthem played, the tears that ran down my cheeks had more to do with my wounded ego and sore butt than any sense I had of national pride. What it did teach me was humility and how to get up and keep going—a lesson that has served me well in my writing life.

I hope you’ll read Penny’s story and be reminded that we each have an internal strength that carries us through the most difficult of circumstances, and that through lessons of adversity we have opportunities for growth.

In honor of National Skating Month and the US Figure Skating Championships taking place in Omaha, Nebraska this week, I’m offering ON THIN ICE for FREE from AMAZON Saturday, January 26th to Monday, January 28th. Download it today, and feel free to spread the word to friends who might enjoy a “triumph over tragedy” kind of story. Readers of all ages will appreciate Penny’s struggle and root for her hopefully ever after end.

How about you? Any embarrassing moments you’d like to share? Lessons learned the hard way?

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Connect with PJ here:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

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What a story, PJ! Kudos to you for getting back up and moving on with your life! You are such an inspiration!!!

And thanks sooo much too for treating us all to ON THIN ICE for FREE! U rock!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Patrice Williams Marks on Screenwriting, Novel Writing and Tom Selleck

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

How ’bout we kick-off the weekend with a Tom Selleck tale…

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Patrice Williams Marks to tell you all about it…

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Hi, I’m Patrice Williams Marks, the writer of THE UNFINISHED short story, and the soon to be released full novel, THE UNFINISHED 2..  I’ve always been a writer; loved it from infancy.  In the second grade I wrote the wildly successful (in my own mind) “The Day Snoopy Got Married.”  My teacher shared it with her fellow instructors.  Never got it back.

By third grade I was writing commercials for shaving cream after watching my grandpa wield a razor expertly.  I can still hear him, “drink buttermilk; it’ll put hair on your chest.”  Yuck.  Needless to say, I never drank buttermilk.

Right out of college I took a job at a bank in Portland Oregon.  It was a new branch, so we had few customers and time to kill.  I decided to write my first script.  It was an episode of Magnum P.I.  Not because I saw myself as a screenwriter or television writer,  but because I just HAD TO MEET TOM SELLECK! (No I didn’t this time in my life.  However,  several years later, I met him twice… see photo of the two of us).

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I went to the library (way before the internet) and checked out the only book on screenwriting.  It had cobwebs covering it, but it taught me the basics of formatting a script.  I hired a friend of the family to type up the script, ordered a list of agents from the Writer’s Guild of America, and sent off my mimeographed letters of inquiry.

Some agents actually wrote me back saying they could not take me on as a client, but they were impressed with my ability to have a bank pay for my postage!  However, one agent from Woodland Hills, CA did reply and wanted to read my script.  I shipped that sucker off the next day (of course with the bank’s postage).

I was very naive.  But sometimes naivety can work for you.  It lets nothing stop you.  I expected to get interest, and I did.  This agent actually got this poorly written, poorly executed script into the hands of the producers of Magnum P.I.  Negotiations were fast and furious for a month before they petered out without a sale.  I later found out that they were interested in the idea, and would have re-written it.  They would have paid $5,000 back in the early 80’s for the storyline.  Not bad for a teen just out of high school who only wanted to meet Tom.

I’ll continue the story in Part 2.

Be sure to visit my newly launched KICKSTARTER PROJECT where, as a supporter, will get access to the full novel before it is released, as well as my next novel, CLEAN KILLS AND OTHER TROPHIES,  (a screenplay that is being re-written as a novel).

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The UnFinished:  In a future where the Unfinished (murdered) are brought back to life for only 72 hours to testify against their killers before being “put down” for eternity… an Unfinished is resurrected to what he believes is his one chance to point the finger at his accused killer.

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BOOK TRAILER: The Unfinished and Unfinished 2 by Patrice Williams Marks from Patrice Williams Marks on Vimeo.

If you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of THE UNFINISHED, it’s yours!

I’m giving away unlimited free downloads through Smashwords until January 28, 2013 

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: JH57B
Expires: January 28, 2013

For those of you who haven’t used Smashwords Coupons yet for Free Ebooks…simply use the Smashwords link above for the book, add the book to your cart, and at checkout, enter the coupon code above, which will make the final price FREE! 🙂

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www.ReadTheUnfinished.com

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Fabulous fun post, Patrice! Go, Girl, Go!

Thanks bunches for sharing your story with us today and for the Ebook Gift Copies too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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