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I am a contemporary romance writer. I published my first novel, Take 2, in Dec 2012. I chat about relationships and love. I'm no expert! I'd love your feedback!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Meet the Artist Behind My Legs


Meet Rebbekah White! Many of you may not know her because she hides behind her wizard geek glasses, but she is the genius who does all of the websites for MKSP and heads up our graphics team (http://www.masterkodaselectpublishing.com)

Rebbekah has been around the internet for eleven years. When she first came online she didn’t even know how to send an attachment in emails – yeah I know, it’s hard to believe because now she is seriously one amazing webmaster and virtual assistant. You can find out more about all the wonderful stuff she does here at this link (http://www.advantagemarketingforyou.com)
Just to tease you a bit I will tell you this lady can customize and design wordpress websites, create marketing strategies for product launches, set up newsletters and format books all while dancing an Irish jig on a pool table. Her nifty graphics win awards, and her work ethic is beyond reproach. Does it sound like I love this woman? Yeah, well that’s because I do! Oh and if that’s not enough, she is a radio personality and owns Heal Yourself Talk Radio. http://www.healyourselftalk.com
She started the radio show about 9 years ago as a way to heal her own body, mind and spirit when she was hit with several life altering events happened one right after the other. 
Here is what Rebbekah has to say about her journey of the last decade: “Over the years I have grown in many ways both professionally and personally. I met Kim Mutch Emerson a few years ago, while networking on a popular website called Ryze. Over the years we have worked together on many projects. Last year Kim and I were talking and we both wanted to be able to help authors realize their dreams and become published. Yet we didn’t want our company to be a company without a heart. Both Kim and I love giving, and we love helping. Yet we both had different talents. We are a perfect fit! Kim loves to engage in people and be the mother hen. Kim’s talents in the marketing arena far outweigh mine as far as party planning, and making what seems to be so boring and hard, exciting and fun! I love being creative. I love doing graphics and bringing an author’s vision for their book cover to life. A cover they can be proud of. I also love helping those same authors learn how to brand their websites, and how to take over their websites with confidence.” 
So there you have it - the quiet (yet marvelous) half of the small publisher with the big heart (Master Koda Select Publishing, LLC) and owner of Advantage Marketing For You, Rebbekah White. 
As a special gift for all my readers, Rebbekah has offered to give you a special ebook! 365 Social Media Tips. It’s filled with ideas and easy ways to market yourself in a fun and exciting way. Easy to follow! Just go to http://advantagemarketingforyou.com/gifts/365-social-media-tips/
Once you grab your 365 Social Media Tips eBook, be sure to go to the page and sign up for the Advantage Marketing For You Newsletter where you will receive MORE FREE Gifts, to include a video that will walk you through how to use Pinterest in your business! http://www.advantagemarketingforyou.com/newsletter 


Testimonial from Nadia Kilrick and the Cover created by Rebbekah White for her book Escape: Rough Hewn Book II
Rebbekah White created the cover for my latest novel, (Escape (Rough Hewn II). Without reading the book, and with very few words from me about the story, she interpreted it as if she’d written Escape herself. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the reaction from readers. They love the cover, and agree that it captures the evil of the nefarious Jim. [Nadia Kilrick]
estimonial from Marni Spencer Devlin on the work Rebbekah White did for her  author website:
Bekah makes it possible – it’s as simple as that. Before Bekah I had all these ideas about how to grow my business but no way to apply them. I kissed a lot of frogs before I found my Bekah.
Now I just dream it up and sometimes seconds later I can view it on my site. She knows everything about everything, and there’s something she doesn’t know immediately she learns it and can apply it be the next day.
She is the most responsive VA I have ever worked with. Even if she is buried under other work she responds immediately and let’s me know why she cannot do it right now and when she can do it. Then she completes is ahead of her own schedule.
I often ask myself – is this heaven? No – it’s Bekah!
Marni Spencer-Devlin
#1 Bestselling Author & Mentor
More about Rebbekah White:
Rebbekah White of Advantage Marketing for You prides herself at staying on the cutting edge of technology and marketing that works in today’s fast changing world. Some of her specialties include podcasting, audio and video marketing, customized WordPress websites, compelling graphics for eBook covers, Social media integration, mobile website integration and applications.
She continually tests and studies new techniques in order to propel her clients to a greater level of success on the internet.
Rebbekah takes great pride in every project she undertakes and knows what works! She will never suggest a product or marketing technique that she has not used with success herself.
Let Rebbekah White help you make your dreams come true today! Visit her website at http://www.advantagemarketingforyou.com or come chat with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/advantagemarketingforyou or follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/rebbekahwhite

Monday, December 2, 2013

Unrequited Love

This time of the year I love to watch the movie "The Holiday" where Kate Winslet plays a woman in love with a man who is marrying someone else. She thinks doing him favors like editing his book or doing his laundry will make him fall for her. She finds all her hard work is for nothing, the other woman wins him.

I can think of a man or two I fell for to find out "He Just Wasn't That Into me". No matter what is said or done, I'm just not the one for them. Doesn't hurt any less but I pick myself up, dust myself off and move on.



If you're familiar with the movie, Kate does something pretty outrageous...she goes on a last minute vacation from England to the USA. What's even crazier, she does a home swap...with Cameron Diaz who is also having man trouble. I don't know about you, but I've had some heart ache. Not enough to fly to England over, especially a last minute plane trip during the Christmas holiday. What's even nuttier is the fellow Kate is running from follows her because he needs a favor. I think I would have punched him in the nose! Some nerve, even after she has told him she's trying to get over him.

Ok, so where am I going with this? We can't run from relationships that don't exist. Can you stop talking to the person? Sure, provided it's not someone you work with (Kate worked with her sadist). Is it ok to cry your eyes out, throw something, delete their phone number and email? Naturally. But to run away for two weeks during the holidays, or any other time, may be a waste. First, you'll probably run into them when you get back. Second, one of your friends will run into them and tell you about it. And, third, in this day and age with social networking and online dating, you will see them, again and again. It just best you figure how you want to deal with it head-on instead of hiding from it.

What do you think? Have you had an unrequited love? Did you run and hide, or dabbed your eyes and got back on the horse? How do you deal with running into them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Great Way to Spend Your Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Reading! Yep, reading!

What's that? You don't have anything to read? Let me help you...


Black Friday/Cyber Monday Bash

You can have some fun playing games with us and winning great prizes. Or, you could check out the list of authors and visit Amazon where all our books are $.99! That's right, $.99 for the weekend!

Here's a couple to get you started! Remember, they'll all be $.99 Friday!

Take 2













Digitus 233












Shattered Reality












Escape (Rough Hewn)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just in time for the holidays....The Christmas Visitors and Victory

Please Meet DeEtte! She's an amazing writer and has two books out you'll love! 



Got freedom? Want to keep it? Victory.
They love freedom but forgot its cost. Will they remember before too late? Victory.






Victory is the story of a little girl, and the town where she lives. The town of Victory has a history of patriotism, faith, and friendliness. The little girl, Brown Eyes, orphaned when her missionary parents were killed in a fire, lives with her only known relative who does not want the girl. When The Guest comes to town, the people open their hearts town to him, without knowing who he is or what his motive is. Shortly after his arrival, The Stranger appears, much to the discomfort of The Guest. Slowly, the town loses its freedoms as one of the men takes over little by little. When there is a face to face showdown on the mountain, the life of the child and the future of the town are at stake. Who will have the Victory? http://tinyurl.com/c3tel2c













It's Christmas Eve - A blizzard and a paranormal sighting cause an accident on a country road. Sam and Ellen seek refuge at a nearby farmhouse. Their experience with the elderly couple that live there will change their lives forever.

















Author and blogger, DeEtte Anderton started writing in 2007 when her son challenged her to get involved in NaNoWriMo. The manuscript sat untouched with several others until January of 2012 when a good friend encouraged her to seek publication. The Christmas Visitors is her first short story, and her current novel, Victory is also her first.
            DeEtte spent much of her childhood playing the piano, clarinet, and guitar, reading, and making up stories. She was active in Girl Scouts, which gave her a wide variety of experiences. While in college, she was on the University of Utah Synchronized Swim team, and taught year-round camping and survival skills for Girl Scouts. She has spent many years working with people with disabilities.
            Originally from Utah, currently DeEtte lives in New England where she writes full time and works on the editing team of Master Koda Select Publishing. Her other interests include swimming, crocheting, reading, traveling, history, and her grandchildren. In addition, this devoted mother of six and grandmother of twelve (thirteen, come January 2014!) has been a concerned participant in dog rescue services for many years. 



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Broken Spokes

"One of the best books I've read! As a little girl she had the courage and determination to overcome the hurdles put before her. As an adult more tragedies were thrown at her and she overcame those as well. She is definately a survivor!


Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read. It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.

Biography of Arlene R. O'Neil
"Writing is what lights me up," states Arlene R. O'Neil. "Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears." Her current book, "Broken Spokes," refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O'Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O'Neil says, "My son, SGT Tanner O'Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears." SGT O'Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.
Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. "These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly."
Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that she and her beloved animals enjoy.
An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O'Neil may be contacted at 
arleneoneil@aol.com
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WOW Wednesday - Meet Kim Emerson - My Publisher




  This sort of tale-spinning takes TALENT! All I've gotta say is this: KD - you'd better get the sequel written pretty darn quickly...!! ~ Liberty


A group of teens are caught in a web of deceit.  Will they break free of the world’s controlling power or are they doomed to die trying?




K.D. Emerson has this to say to her readers.
Thanks to all the readers of my work and for your precious input. I don’t think you realize how much it means to me. Each one of you has given me a gift with your kind words. May God bless you in every step you take and may your life be filled with that glorious peace that passes all understanding.


~What Readers are saying ~

  • This book has a fascinating storyline and great characters with hidden talents. When I got to the end, I kept trying to flip to the next page before I realized it was a cliffhanger. No! I MUST know what happens next! ~ Laurie Boris
  • Looking for fantastic characters and a breath-holding, heart-pounding, hair-raising edge of your seat good time? Then look no further, Digitus 233 has it all ~ Maria
  • This knocked The Hunger Games right out of the running for me (and that's one of my favorites!) ~ Dominique
  • This sort of tale-spinning takes TALENT! All I've gotta say is this: KD - you'd better get the sequel written pretty darn quickly...!! ~ Liberty
  • Digitus 233 is an excellent example of an author whose characters look and sound real, and whose behaviour - while not always exemplary - rings true to me ~ Lynette
  • If you're a teacher, this is a book that is sure to capture the interest of your entire class! If you're a parent with a reluctant reader, I'd definitely suggest downloading this book to get him/her interested in reading! ~ Anne
I first met K.D. Emerson on a blog tour summer 2012. I have to be honest, she amazed me. The one thing that stood out in my mind about her was ability to do so many things. She works full time, runs a publishing company, writes and spends time with her family and friends. She does it all.

Since that time I have discovered that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to K.D.  Emerson. Today, just for fun I would like to expose some of the weird and wacky things I discovered about her. I am posting this pop quiz to see if any of you can guess the three things on this list that K.D. Emerson has NOT done in her life.  I’m sure you will agree the things left on the list equal a pretty interesting life.

Here is a list of possible facts about K.D. Emerson. What three things are false? 
  1. Ridden a wild horse
  2. Ridden an unicycle
  3. Worked at a bank
  4. Worked at a carnival
  5. Got expelled from school  a week before high school graduation
  6. Never got expelled from school
  7. Sold her first story at age eight
  8. Was in a moving traffic accident with a truck that had no driver
  9. Won a dance contest in high school
  10. Lived at the top of a mountain with a pack of wolves
  11. Her first published work was three lines long
  12. Received a 5 star review from her ex-husband after they were divorced
  13. Loves cotton candy
  14. Acted in and directed live theatre
  15. Tore the finger board off a grand piano while performing on stage


Monday, October 28, 2013

The Suicide Princess


The Suicide Princess by Anthony Bryan On Sale for Today Only!!! $0.99c! Get it on Amazon -> http://amzn.to/1hmP7Ry





"Not your mother's old romance, this is a romantic-thriller that will leave you breathless and have you begging for more..."

Stephanie Bradford is a young, attractive, and successful District Attorney on her way to the top. She has the near-perfect life, with an amazing husband, and she has it all in the palm of her hand. When her marriage falls into a romantic rut, Stephanie is skillfully swooned by a charming, mysterious and intriguing stranger who looks to be the answer to all of her fantasies. A whirlwind and exciting affair quickly spirals out of control, and before long, she learns that things aren’t always as they appear and people are rarely who they seem. One poor decision becomes the catalyst for a series of events that rips her life apart, and Stephanie is left with nothing but the thirst for revenge against the man who viciously stole everything from her. The Suicide Princess is a highly charged roller coaster ride where nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake!

The Suicide Princess is the debut release by breakout author Anthony Bryan. It's the story critics are calling "Breathtaking," "Unbelievably hot," and "It just doesn't get any better!" Find out what all the excitement is about, and get your copy today.

Note: The Suicide Princess is an intoxicating, romantic thriller containing adult language and themes. It is intended only for those readers who are comfortable with such.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dante's Day Off

Take a look at a new short story!

Dante's Day Off




In early July 2013, the following news article made headlines: "Possibility of First Head Transplant Fraught with Ethical and Medical Dilemmas." Are head transplants really in our near future, and what will that mean for mankind? Dante Marando understands that the human body is fragile. With recent medical advances, he's certain scientists will soon be able to keep healthy people alive for longer stretches of time, and he is determined to be a part of history in the making. Is Dante interested in helping mankind thrive, or is he only looking out for himself?



Crossroads of Humanity Blog post: First Head Transplant Fraught with Dilemmas

Official Author Website: http://slwallace.com/ 

S.L. Wallace is an upper elementary Montessori teacher and life long writer who is a descendant of the famous William Wallace. Like him, she believes in freedom and independence. Unlike him, she fights her battles with the pen. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

I Dream Of Zombies

I just love zombies! Are you a zombie follower? Check out Vickie's zombies! Special release price of $.99!


It starts with a dream and the nightmare takes over.


  A zombie novel set in London over six weeks in 2013.

  It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla takes it all with a pinch of salt until she experiences the nightmares herself. Cue paranoia and disbelief until reality shows its new face. 
  All over London there are incidences of people becoming sick and aggressive. As the attacks mount, the media is forced to take the matter seriously, but what is causing it? Is it a virus, and is it natural or man-made, and is the government responsible? 
  Marla, her sister, Ellen, and friend Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. Will the army and police maintain control or will the country find itself in lockdown, isolated from the outside world? 

Excerpt

  “A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. 
  “There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter.”

About the author



Vickie lives in London, UK, and works as a freelance layout sub editor. Her first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002 and self-published in 2011, and she has scribbled stories and poetry all her life. Vickie’s loves include cats, reading, films, travelling, rock music, Castle, The Walking Dead, tea, the sea, dancing like an eejit, sleeping and Milky Bar. 

Vickie has self-published the following 14 books: 
Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle-grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for middle grade readers); Day of the Pesky Shadow; The Sea Inside (fantasy); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance); and I Dream of Zombies (horror, under pen name VJ Stone). The Kiwi Series has wonderful illustrations by Nikki McBroom.


Contact / book links

Twitter: @vickiejohnstone
Kiwi Series website: Kiwiincatcity.com



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What She Knew


What She Knew Trilogy is a fast paced, on the seat of your chair story that explores the question, "What if Marilyn Monroe had lived and shared the secrets she knew?"  Could that have changed the course of history and saved the life of John F. Kennedy? Fateful Night,book one in the What She Knew Trilogy, is on sale for .99 cents.

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 #99cent Book Event! 9/15-30! Top Kindle Seller "Fateful Night” bk 1 of What She Knew trilogy http://dld.bz/cJc8C
Darkest Day Release! 9/20 7-9p.m. EST http://dld.bz/cPCrQ 

Links:

AUTHOR BIO'S:

K.R. Hughes
Hughes is an English major from Amarillo, Texas. She now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys writing with her co-author T.L. Burns. They have just finished writing book 2 in the trilogy and are currently in the process of writing book three.
Hughes enjoys working with budding writers and tutoring English. Her passion is for at-risk teens. She volunteers to help teens realize their potential and find their passion. Hughes has two grown children, Justin and Kayti, and two four legged girls, MayZee and Ruthie.
Find other works by this author in the Historical Romance section, pen name is Kymber Lee, "Treasured Love" and "Lord Tristan's True Love" are both a fun romp written in Regency England in 1811. Lee (Hughes) wrote these novels for her grandmother who is a huge supporter of her work.

T.L. Burns

As Burns' co-author puts it "She is the foremost researcher and historical guru for the "What She Knew Trilogy." They have just finished writing book two in the trilogy and are in the process of writing book three.

Burns passion is for at-risk families. She volunteers her time to help the needy, not with a hand-out but with a hand-up. She is married and has two grown sons, best sons in the whole world, Kenny and Deven and one 4 legged son, Digby.

Burns is very proud of her boys. Her oldest, Kenny, is married with three kids and is the artist for all of their book covers.  Deven is in college pursuing his degree in Engineering.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Relationship Speak

Communication.

I call it the root of relationship evil. Either there is too much or not enough, never a happy medium. You know what I mean, he barely speaks, or in some cases, he talks too much. I know, you're asking, "Where'd I find that guy? How great that would be!" Trust me, it's not.

Picture it...nice restaurant, quiet music, not crowded. You had a bad day at work and you want to share it. You don't want any advice or a fix, just to vent (This is a basic foreign concept for most guys. They have an innate need to fix.). You both sit down, order your meal and WHAM! He gets diarrhea of the mouth. You can't get a word in edge-wise. No, he didn't have a bad day, or a good day, he's just rambling. By the time dinner is over you're feeling like you need to sneak out the back and leave him behind.

Then, there's the other option (and it's just as bad). You've ordered your meal and you start to vent. By the third sentence you realize his eyes have glazed over and he has left the building. You could tell him Big Foot stopped by your office and his comment would be, "That's good". You're feeling like you need to sneak out the back and catch up with your girlfriends for a drink. At least they'd listen.

What about the guy you find that seems like a happy medium, until he has some drama in his life. Whether it's a work or family (his kids) emergency, he forgets to text you and let you know he's not making your date. Nothing like being stood up by someone you've been seeing.

Communication...it's a fine line but somehow you have to learn to walk it. Too much is bad, too little is bad. Of course, you could avoid it all together and spend a lot of time kissing! That's way better!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lord Tristen's True Love


Did you know that the society of Regency England forced members of the ton to marry should they been seen in public together? The unescorted young lady’s reputation would be quite ruined otherwise.

This book is one such story and tells of Miss Caroline Denise Whittingham’s misadventures in trying to get her betrothed to ‘cry off’. Unfortunately, one of her scheme’s has her thrown out of the realm of society and her betrothed, Lord Tristan Darlington, refuses to end the engagement until she finds her way back into their good graces. Of a certainty the odds of regaining favor with the peerage are slim, in 1820 London, but Lord Darlington is a great friend of the Countess Lieven and enlists her aid.

Caroline finds him to be a pompous, stuffy lord who is puffed up with himself and his reputation; not caring a whit for her. In her efforts to expel Lord Darlington, she is deliberately rude to him in public and pretends that she is afraid he will hurt her. These escapades force him to show his nastier side to the peerage that he so desperately wants to impress.

On the day that their engagement is announced in the London Times, there is to be a grand ball. Caroline presents herself in a most inappropriate gown and causes everyone in the room to turn their backs to her. Lord Darlington merely comes to her side and forces her to dance the waltz with him acting for all the world as if nothing is amiss. Once the dance is over, he leads her into the gardens to show her how women are treated who behave so outrageously.

The tearful pleadings to her strict parents all prove to be in vain. Miss Whittingham cannot seem to win in this matter of the heart, for her father is certain that she should wed to save the family from disgrace. Her temper tantrums and quick wit keep the story moving swiftly, carrying the reader from page to page like rapids in a river.

The sparring between Miss Whittingham and Lord Darlington cause many a raised eyebrow in society, which makes the book amusing and charming to read. It is my sincere desire that you will find this book energetic as well as entertaining for it has been a pleasure to write.

$.99 Download it today!



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Lee is a Christian historical romance novelist. Her first published novel, Treasured Love, is available in audio or paperback. Lord Tristan's True Love, is now available on Kindle and will be offered in paperback in 2013.
Lee also has a conspiracy novel, Fateful Night; A What She Knew Trilogy by K R Hughes and T L Burns, a mystery conspiracy novel with a twist. Marilyn Monroe is saved and it's a race against time to see if "What She Knew" can save JFK from that fateful bullet.  Fateful Night is now available on Kindle, Darkest Day is due out in the late summer of 2013 and the final book will be released this fall.
Lee is a native Texan. She enjoys mentoring beginning writers to editing advanced writing. She has an English degree with a minor in Journalism from West Texas University.
Lee currently lives in Atlanta, GA and owns a production company with her co-author, T L Burns. They are currently working on the sequel to the Marilyn Monroe novel e to be released in the winter of 2013.