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Where I’m at…

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Where I’m at…

After being in Texas for a while, you begin to pick up some of the jargon. Obviously, I find myself saying ‘y’all’ instead of ‘all of you,’ as if three words were too difficult to say. And instead of saying, ‘where are you?’ for some reason, ‘Where’re you at?’ pops out of my mouth. I do realize that after returning to Canada, I have to let go of my Texas talk. Not that anyone would say anything; folks are much too polite but they might secretly roll their eyes. Canadians are proud of their British roots, which means finishing each word properly and not leaving anything off – like the ‘g’ in words that end with ‘ing.’ It also means speaking slowly and pronouncing each syllable. To Texans, this is a foreign language.

However, I digress. I really do want to tell you where I’m at.

Where I’m at with my writing, that is.

A couple of months ago, I was not pleased with how my writing was going. Basically,  that is because it was going nowhere. It wasn’t that I wanted or had the desire to become a well known author or even make tons of money. I wanted to enjoy what I was doing but I was not. That’s where I was at then.

I decided to change my whole outlook about writing. Writing should be fun. I did not want it to be stressful in any way. When I’m not writing, there is something missing in my life. It’s good for my brain. It forces me to widen my vocabulary. In other words, it’s healthy. Especially as we age.

I was never satisfied with two of my books and I always thought that if someone read one of those books first, they would never want to read another. It feels terrible not liking your own books. However, they were there for anyone to buy. Overnight, I made the decision to republish all my books. It was as if a weight lifted off my shoulders. When you decide to do this without any premeditation, it is like plunging into a pool of cold water!

While family members worked on covers, I edited one book at a time. After publishing my books the first time, I never picked one up to read. I was too afraid they might be as bad as some reviewers wrote. Well, guess what? I read, I edited, I did some rewriting, and in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed every book! Creating covers was a bit of a challenge but I have a very talented daughter, and together with her dad’s finishing touches, I was very pleased with the end result. They were ‘me.’

I now have all my books on Kindle for 99 cents and they will stay that price. These I write for friends and family and for anyone else who would enjoy reading them. Every few weeks, I will pick one book and do a free promotion. I feel happy doing this.

And, that is where I’m at.

BOOKS of the month!

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BOOKS of the month!

Hi Everyone!

Well, autumn is here in full force. There’s a bit of a nip to the air in the morning – unless you live closer to the equator, that is. Where I live, it is COLD in the mornings now. Most of the leaves are starting to turn color except for those that started out slow in the spring. It seems our Ash tree is the last to leaf out in the spring but the last to also lose its leaves in the fall. We do have green all year in our yard because we have cedars and evergreens. I’m sorry to say, we have no palm trees.

Another sign of fall is the crockpot. Out is comes because suddenly you have a yearning for soups and stews. Warm days can bring barbequing but somehow, it isn’t as thrilling as it was during the hot months. Let’s face it, we are tired of hot dogs and hamburgers. Of course, we never tire of steaks but that’s something entirely different. I would barbeque steaks outside if it were thirty below. It’s sad that a couple of pounds of beef now costs about as much as the down payment on a small vehicle.

Oh yes, my subject was BOOKS of the month. Yes, you saw it correctly. ALL the Parson’s Cove Cozy Mysteries are 99 cents for the month of September. After September, you will have to wait a while for them to reappear on Amazon. They are going in for a lube job and overhaul. Meanwhile,  you can become acquainted with Beryl Swallows, my new investigator. She’s not quite as old as Mabel and much better looking. She doesn’t have a friend like Flori but she does have a neighbor named Sam. Book One is called Virtual Enemies and Book Two is Case Closed…not.  It will be available in a few weeks. In it, Beryl delves into her mother’s past. It’s a bit frightening to think that your mother may have committed murder.

Until I talk to you again, as a Canadian, I say, ‘Take care, eh!’

 

 

 

Having fun with words!

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Having fun with words!

Good morning, everyone! Well, it is the second Thursday of the month and even though we don’t have a set schedule anymore, I’m still on a schedule. I thought I would share some cute plays with words. See how many you can come up with.

“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “To write with a broken pencil is pointless.” A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location.

..No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

..If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

..I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

..I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

..Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

..When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

..When chemists die, they barium.

..I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

..I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

..England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

..Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

..This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore

..I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

..A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

..When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

..The batteries were given out free of charge.

..A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

..A will is a dead giveaway.

..With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

..A boiled egg is hard to beat.

..When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

..Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

..Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

..A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

..The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

..He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

..When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she’d dye.

..Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

..Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Rose/e/B00BL8HTZY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Book of the Month

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Book of the Month

Hi everyone!

Where did August go and why did the temperature change overnight? Suddenly, I’m sleeping longer in the morning and feeling chilled even when it’s still warm outside. That’s what autumn does to a person. For many, this is the best time of year. It isn’t mine but then I tend to be a bit of a killjoy. As each day gets cooler and each leaf flutters to the ground, my mind suddenly fills with pictures of blowing snow and icy roads. Sorry about that!

There is, however, something to look forward to every month of the year – whether it’s 35*Celsius (very hot) or -25*Celsius (very cold) – and that is my Book of the Month!

September’s book on Kindle for 99 cents is calamity@thecarwash.

A marital spat at a car wash turns deadly – and Mabel Wickles, Parson’s Cove’s amateur sleuth, isn’t buying the claim that the victim’s wife bashed him over the head with a brick. However, when the woman confesses to the murder, Mabel decides to investigate the crime herself – along with help from her best friend Flori, her cat Sammy, and a busload of senior citizens.

https://www.amazon.com/Calamity-Carwash-Parsons-Cove-Mystery-ebook/dp/B009372BVW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

Not Great!

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Not Great!

And I know I have your attention because there are so many things in life that are ‘not great.’ For example, it could be the weather. Right now, my husband is in bed with  heat exhaustion. We live in a part of the world where it’s so cold in the winter that by March, you are starting to dream about heat. At that point, you doubt you could ever get warm and you would be thrilled to just sit and sweat. Well, guess what? You get heat for three months and you are longing to get cooled down again. Of course, there are other aspects of the weather that are not great either – like tornadoes and flooding.

I’m thinking of something else though and that’s getting older. Now, I know it’s inescapable so there’s no point in moaning about all our aches and pains. Today, I’m dealing with one depressing truth about aging and that’s your memory. Where the heck does it go?? Friends tell me that I have an amazing memory. And it’s true, I can remember when I was a very small child. Many memories are so fresh, it seems like yesterday and not seventy years ago. So, you ask, what’s your problem, lady?

I’ll tell you my problem: Why can’t I remember things that I did a couple of days ago? Or even yesterday when I told my husband that I’d put his phone in a certain place? Why was it somewhere else where I was sure it wasn’t? Now, you know my problem.

What is bringing all this to my mind? As I started to check some of my past blogs, I noticed something. In May, my book Perplexity on P 1/2 was on for 99 cents. No, that can’t be! It is August’s Book of the Month. Surely, I couldn’t have put the same book on only a few months apart. I do have six Parson’s Cove mysteries so why would I keep repeating one book? I’ll tell you why – I am over seventy and have a lousy memory!

On the other hand, I might be able to get away with a few things. Who can get upset with a senior who sports a blank look on her face when she’s in trouble? I wouldn’t try it with a big tough traffic cop though – you might end up having to forfeit your driver’s license.

So, as far as I can remember, my two books on sale this month for 99 cents are Perplexity on P 1/2 (which I’m sure you remember was for that price in May) and Sarah’s Valley. If you didn’t get them then, you’d better get them now because who knows when I’ll remember to put them on special again!

https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Rose/e/B00BL8HTZY/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Made it by the skin of my teeth!

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Made it by the skin of my teeth!

Since the beginning of August, I have been thinking about posting a blog the second Thursday of the month. That used to be my day on the schedule. We now have no schedule so we can post whenever we like. That really throws a person off. I happen to be a person of habit.

So, this is what I’d like to talk about – habits!

There are good and bad habits as everyone knows. People struggle to overcome bad ones and struggle to start new ones. Habits are a bit like New Year’s resolutions – we try to break old habits too quickly or try to develop too many new ones all at once and get frustrated.

Let’s say we smoke, have poor eating habits, and don’t exercise at all. One morning, we wake up with a horrible cough, believe we might have lung cancer, so decide to stop smoking that very day. Since the other two habits tend to cause health problems too, we decide to not only stop smoking but eat properly and exercise.   Our goal is to exercise an hour a day and go vegetarian. We plan to begin immediately.

How long do you think our grand transformation will last? Maybe until noon if we’re lucky. Why? Because we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. Breaking or changing a habit has to be a slow process. You have to be able to visualize the end result and keep it always in your mind. Perhaps, you will be able to break the smoking habit after three months. If that is your goal, it will seem more achievable. If you want to start exercising, why not start with fifteen minutes a day or a half hour three times a week? And you want to become a vegetarian?  After a week, you might cave in, eat a huge double bacon cheeseburger, and give up. Maybe try eating a meatless meal once or twice a week to start out.

And what about writing habits? Do you have a certain routine you have to go through? I do. I have a certain place where I always write. It’s like my brain doesn’t function anywhere else. Do I start writing immediately? No, I have a habit of checking out certain websites before I can begin. And when my mind is going too fast for my fingers to type, I stop and play Mahjong Tiles! Those are my writing habits. They are actually kind of silly but they seem to work for me and I believe they are quite harmless.

Well, this wasn’t a profound blog but it did get published on the second Thursday of the month. I will now make it a habit to mark it on my calendar.

Happy writing everyone!

If you’re a volunteer, thank you!

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You are a VIP and I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.  Can you imagine what would happen if organizations like Red Cross and Meals on Wheels had to pay all their workers?

Last week I donated blood and a writer from the local newspaper was there.  When she asked why I donated I told her that there were so many things that happened in the world that I couldn’t do anything about, but what I could do was give blood.  (Btw, I have very good blood: O negative.) One Pint Can Save Three Lives

I’m on the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation Board and we’ve been working hard to replace the dock on the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse.  On July 5, we took Senator Carper (DE) out to see our lovely lady. He asked each of us why we had gotten involved.  I told him that it was because gone means gone.  Without volunteers working on preservation many of our historic landmarks will simply go away.

Lighthouse

There are so many of you doing such important work out there.  You’re my rock stars!

I hope you’ll comment below to give your favorite charity or nonprofit a shout out.  Go ahead and add in a web address for anyone who wants to know more.

Happy Weekend,

Lane

Tiara Investigations Mysteries

 

June is swiftly passing by…

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June is swiftly passing by…

Today was the first day of summer. It’s hard to believe that spring is gone forever for 2016!  This is my favorite time of  year. The trees and lawns are so green it hurts your eyes. Soon, if it’s a hot dry summer, our lawns will turn a dull brown and leaves will begin to drift down from the tree branches. Now, the flowers are in full bloom and the scent of lilacs fill the air. I know no one really feels like reading – they feel more like getting out into the garden and pulling weeds. Or, at least, they know that’s what they should be doing. On the other hand, gazebos make a wonderful place to enjoy the warm air, the flowers’ scents, and the sound of the birds. And, a wonderful place to read.

This is just a reminder that Frozen Identity is still on for 99 cents until July 1st.

If you live in Arizona perhaps this story will cool you off!

https://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Identity-Parsons-Cove-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00JBNPDQI?ie=UTF8&qid=1466458704&ref_=la_B00BL8HTZY_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3

When a frozen corpse is discovered in a fishing shack on a nearby lake, most residents of Parson’s Cove assume the man succumbed to the blistery cold. However, after the body thaws, the coroner discovers that the man––one Victor Fleming––was actually beaten to death. Eye witnesses suggest that town bad boy Jakie Flanders was seen leaving the shack the night of the murder and was overheard threatening Fleming in town earlier. Add this to the fact that Victor Fleming was Jakie’s mother’s first cousin and was demanding money from her––and Jakie’s motives for murder were piling up. Jakie’s mother Flori, a crier if there ever was one, is so devastated when her oldest boy is arrested that she is drained of all her tears, and only her best buddy and local amateur sleuth Mabel Wickles seems to have any faith that Jakie might just be innocent. Putting her detective cap on, Mabel enlists the aid of her young computer expert friend Nathan Horne and her pal the local Sheriff, Reg Smee, in her attempt to clear Jakie and bring her friend Flori some relief. Soon, Mabel discovers a startling fact. The frozen body, whom everyone assumes is Victor Fleming––isn’t. Did Jakie kill the wrong man––if he killed anyone at all? Or is there another reason entirely for this corpse’s frozen identity? Mabel will encounter many more clues before she puts this mystery on ice.

 

The Second Thursday of the Month

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The Second Thursday of the Month

Well, here it is, the day you have all been waiting for – the second Thursday of the month. My day to blog.

What has been happening since the second Thursday of last month? Well, we won’t go into world politics or reality television shows. Or the weather.

Let’s just go into writing…

I must admit that I find it hard to write in warm sunny weather. My mind and eyes wander to the outdoors. I keep thinking about all the work I have to do in the yard and in my garden. The birds fly in front of the window and I watch to see in which tree they’ve built their nest. Rabbits hop across the yard and I can’t help but look to see if they’re going to sneak into my carrot patch.

Besides these distractions, the closer we get to summer, the less organized I am. Not that I was all that organized to begin with. I suddenly feel in vacation mode even when we are not going on vacation. Since we love taking our vacations in winter, this means that it’s pretty much vacation time year round and that gives me a guilty conscience! (and a messy house.)

I definitely feel the need to have a set schedule for writing so that I not only accomplish something but I can say in all honesty that I am a writer. My job is writing.

BUT what if you don’t feel like writing during the time that you’ve set aside? What if your mind is blank and you have no desire whatsoever to put anything down on paper? In fact, you stare at your computer screen and you feel like giving it a good punch? What then?

There are so many cute sayings that writers (at least, I surmise they are writers)  come up with and these quips all sound so wise, profound, and sometimes very witty.

e.g:  “Start small. Write a few words every day.”  “Write what you know.” “If you hit a writer’s block, stop and take a break.” “Have a muse.” “If you are not writing, writing, writing, you should be reading, reading, reading.” “Writers are weird and insane.”

Okay, I made that last one up  myself. I have no idea what motivates writers to write. All I know is that with all my procrastinating, daydreaming, and laziness, I manage to polish off a book at least once a year. It’s true; I will never be the organized writer that I dream to be. I will never sit at a desk with my computer and sheets of white paper with outlines spread neatly in front of me. My incentive for writing will continue to be sheer panic. The story in my head will plague me until I can’t stand it anymore and I will hole up in my bedroom in my pajamas with a mug of coffee on my nightstand and I will write until the insanity is gone!

Don’t forget my BOOK of the MONTH for June is Frozen Identity and it’s 99 cents!

http://www.sharonrosemierke.weebly.com

 

 

The Write Thing to do?

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The Write Thing to do?

Right now, at this very moment, my books are priced at 99 cents on Kindle. It is free for those on Kindle Unlimited. Should I leave them at this price? When I say ‘leave’, I’m talking ‘forever 99 cents.’

After doing some research and deep soul searching, I have reached a decision.

I am not a great writer – although someone did compare me to Zane Gray in their review of Sarah’s Valley. Another reviewer compared it to Dancing with Wolves. Okay, maybe some of my books are not too bad. I write because I always wanted to write and I enjoy putting ideas down on paper. I love creating characters and seeing where they will take me. I publish them because I hope others will find enjoyment in reading them. Somewhere deep inside me, I feel there must be a great story waiting to emerge. If it does, will I ever believe that it is great? Is there a point in time when a writer truly acknowledges that he is a cut above? Or, does he always question himself? (Or herself.) I am not sure how authors rid themselves of such negative thinking.

Which takes me to my research:  After reading different websites, blogs, and posts discussing e-books, self-publishing, and traditional publishing, I have come to one conclusion. Almost everyone loves a bargain! As a writer, do we fear that if we price it too low, readers will automatically reason that we must be a poor writer? That the book isn’t even worth 99 cents. If we price it higher, will it attract more readers? Well, folks, it doesn’t seem to make any difference. Did you know that about 20% of the top 100 best-selling books on Kindle cost a dollar or less? If you self-publish with Amazon, you will get a 35% royalty for every book sold that costs less than $2.99. However, if you charge $2.99 for your book, you will receive a 70% royalty. A writer must choose if he or she wants to perhaps sell less but make a higher royalty or sell more at a cheaper price and receive a lower royalty.

In my great infinite wisdom, I have reached my conclusion. I am going to hang in at 99 cents – for one book every month! I will make sure and let readers know which book will be the book of the month.

I would love to hear from other writers. If you were a struggling author, what would you do? Or, what are you doing?

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