Monday, October 7, 2019

Mailbox Monday - Oct 7




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Miss me? I disappeared for a bit, but it wasn't intentional. I shared some of my crazy calendar in this Task it Tuesday post. Here are more goings on:


  • Took on a new editing project.
  • As a result of the book promotion workshop, I also picked up a new client looking for editorial development.
  • Listed a new property.
  • Attended the WriteAngles Conference and met with an agent. She wants me to tweak some of what I wrote and submit it to her. Happy dance!!!
  • I'm working on additional material for A Christmas Kindness, which will be released in hardcover by 4RV Publishing next year. 
This week I will be taking the next step in my real estate career by studying for my broker's license. 

Not much reading going on lately, but I picked up this book at the conference.


What was in your mailbox? Anything exciting you like to share?


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Task it Tuesday - Sept 24


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

Hard to believe more than a month has passed since I posted a Task it Tuesday. So, what's been going on with all of you? My world kind of looked like this:


  • Came home from the Outer Banks and moved me mother-in-law in with us two days later.
  • I worked part of our vacation, but things kicked into high gear as soon as I returned: three new listings within a week of being back (one unexpected), met with the elder care attorney, met with some of my business partners, meetings up the wazoo, and the market is moving so fast in some places if you blink twice you might miss something.
  • Both girls started school, which made life easier and more challenging: back to regular schedules, but that means I'm driving the youngest around. Permit is coming at the end of the year.
  • Took in the annual MAR Conference in September and also held a workshop at the library on book promotion.
  • Closed two properties and put four more under contract.
  • Gave the invocation at the Annual Legislative Breakfast and co-hosted a major investor event.
  • Registration for the WriteAngles Conference launched and my treasurer duties kicked up a notch.
  • Edited a manuscript for one of my publishers.
  • Writing group met.
  • Reviewed two books.
  • Board meetings for the Wilbraham Friends of the Library started.
  • Joined the board of Rick's Place.
I guess you have now figured out why I haven't been blogging much. LOL! 

The schedule finally slowed down this week, so I'm taking time to review my to-do list. Many of these are tasks that will take me more than a week, but every little bit helps. 
  • Daily Bible reading
  • Exercise four times a week (never happening, but the doctor says so)
  • Blogging
  • Get the yard ready for winter
  • Clean the house
  • Finish cleaning my office
  • Get 6 hours of sleep a night
  • Edit a manuscript
  • Compile additional content for the hardcover release of A Christmas Kindness in 2020
Phew! Do you want to compare to-do lists? As we enjoy fall, let us take time to remember our many blessings--big and small--throughout the day. Enjoy your week!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

New Release: Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine



A love story based on Annette Valentine’s father, Eastbound From Flagstaff portrays an individual who comes to recognize the significance of family, loyalty, and the richness of his heritage.

Simon Hagan is running from a lie, intent on believing his own efforts and perseverance can overcome anything. He abandons roots that are his foundational strength and hides behind his charm, living every moment as if life’s daring him to fail―again. He’s reckoning with his father’s God who could have delivered better outcomes but didn’t.

This first installment in an epic trilogy that begins in the 1920’s, unique in its purposeful illumination of the human condition and its ideological indifference to God, asks the question: “Why was God silent when I needed him?” Simon’s return to the notion of forgiveness is the catalyst for a new beginning as it reunites Simon to the place he once thought was the impossible dream. The answer for Simon isn’t blowing in the backwinds of his dream chase; rather, it unfolds in the outstretched hand of a villain.

“A wonderful read, a well-fought redemption story.”
– Darrell Waltrip, author, American motorsports analyst, and former racing driver


Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Morgan James Fiction (September 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1642793345
ISBN-13: 978-1642793345

Available at:

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
INDIEBOUND.ORG



Annette is an inspirational storyteller with a flair for the unexpected. By age eleven, she knew that writing was an integral part of her creative nature. Annette graduated with distinction from Purdue and founded an interior design firm which spanned a 34-year career in Lafayette, Indiana and Brentwood, Tennessee. Annette has used her 18-year affiliation with Toastmasters International to prepare her for her position with the Speakers’ Bureau for End Slavery Tennessee and is an advocate for victims and survivors of human trafficking and is the volunteer group leader for Brentwood, Tennessee. Annette writes through the varied lens of colorful personal experience and the absorbing reality of humanity’s search for meaning. Mother to one son and daughter, and a grandparent of six amazing kids, Annette now lives in Brentwood, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their 5-year-old Boxer. To learn more about Annette’s life and work, please visit https://annettehvalentine.com

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Reaching the Masses: How to Promote Your Book Workshop at Wilbraham Public Library



Your book is published. Now what? These days, authors are responsible for the lion's share of book promotion. Local children's author Cheryl C. Malandrinos shares her personal experience of promoting books online and in person. Learn tips on how to write a press release, contact the media, set up a virtual book tour, and how to use social media to expand your reach.

Cheryl is the author of four children's books. She also spent seven years as a virtual book tour coordinator for Pump Up Your Book. A blogger and a book reviewer, she is a member of SCBWI and an acquisitions editor for 4RV Publishing.

Day and Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm
Location: Brooks Room, Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Dr, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Registration required

Contact Caroline Welch of the Wilbraham Public Library at 413-596-6141 or by email at cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Task it Tuesday - Aug 20


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

Came back from vacation to tons of work. I can't complain. New listings are always fun. It will be tough to accomplish all I want to this week, but let's see what the list looks like.


  • Daily Bible reading - I am so far behind, but I am trying to stick with it and read a little each morning.
  • Back to school shopping (Ugh, I hate shopping) - DONE
  • Phone interview - Thursday (being interviewed by the state association)
  • Meet with the elder care attorney - Today
  • Meet with real estate partners - Wednesday and Thursday (need to thank those that help me)
  • Pictures and paperwork for three new listings
  • Exercise - Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat
That's my crazy list. What does yours look like?

    Monday, August 19, 2019

    Mailbox Monday - Aug 19




    Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

    We arrived home from the Outer Banks on Saturday, but the post office appears to be holding my mail hostage. I don't think I am expecting any books, but who knows.

    Right before we left, this book I had on pre-order arrived. I'm so excited. Can't wait to read it.


    What was in your mailbox?

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Task It Tuesday - Aug 6


    Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

    Guess what? I'm cheating. It's late Thursday night and I am posting this as if it were Tuesday. LOL! Where does the time go lately?
    Here is what my week looks like:
    • Read Bible daily - I'm still behind, but I'm still reading. Printed off my list of chapters to read so I can have it with me wherever I go.
    • Edit three chapters - Two done and working on the last one. Only five more to go!!!
    • Exercise - Two days down and hope to get a little exercise in on Friday
    • Prepare Book Promotion Workshop - this will probably move to next week, but I volunteered to hold a workshop on promoting your book for our local library
    • Clean the bonus room - This is slowly becoming the junk room. I won't finish this week, but I need to get started.
    How is your to-do list looking this week?