Barbra Streisand’s Stage Fright

Some time in the late 90s I learned that Barbra Streisand suffered from stage fright. I was perplexed. How could someone with that much talent be afraid to sing in front of people? Because her condition didn’t pertain to my life, I soon forgot about it. I’m sure I didn’t even hear the term social anxiety disorder until years later. …

DEAD WITNESS, Free eBook

Now until Friday,  midnight September 14th, my suspense novel Dead Witness is available at MuseItUp Bookstore for FREE. Why? Because we love you. Joylene Nowell Butler’s mystery thriller, DEAD WITNESS, now available for FREE until Friday. “Dead witness is a brilliant thriller that hooked me from the start and never lessened its hold on me.”  Need a gift for that …

STRENGTH cover reveal!

I’m thrilled to share in the reveal of the cover for Carrie Butler’s new novel STRENGTH, available from Sapphire Star Publishing March 7, 2013!  Yay, Carrie! Cover:  WOW, WALLACE IS LIKE SO WOW!   About the Book: When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a …

ASK PZM: Sept 2012 book covers

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, time for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group Welcome to my 2nd IWSG post. I hope you enjoy Phyllis’s post on Book Covers. Ask PZM Sept 2012 book covers Q: How important do you think book covers are for marketing a book?  What are the important elements of a cover? While I am …

Nancy S. Thompson

I’m very pleased to introduce my guest today. If you don’t already know Nancy, you can find out more about her at her blog. What I’ve learned is that besides looking way too young to have a son in college, she’s a gentle, thoughtful, and generous human being with a talent for writing suspense. When she mentioned her book was …

Peace vs Happiness

The 2012 Global eBook Awards announced the winners this morning. No, I didn’t win, but it gave me an idea for a post, which probably sounds weird. You see, I try not to blog about disappointments. With so many struggling writers out there, it feels wrong to reiterate how published writers have bad days too. You already know that: no …

The Unthinkable: Doing Nothing?

Gabrielle Desjardins Nowell I don’t remember my mother ever doing nothing. Even when she watched her soaps, she’d bake, iron, or sew. Idle hands, never. Summertime, she gardened. When dad was working, she’d tend to the farm animals. In the winter she’d can, bake bread and sew. Later years she hooked rugs. She was always doing something. Bibianne Gauthier Desjardins …

ASK PZM – Aug 2012: Kindle Direct Publishing

Q: What is your opinion of KDP Select? Is it worth forgoing putting an ebook anywhere else than Kindle? To answer this question, let’s first start with the basics.Anyone can upload an ebook via kdp.amazon.com. The Kindle ebook format is mobi as opposed to epub used for the Nook and other devices. But Amazon cleverly provides for free Kindle apps …

The Secret to Being Published

My very first IWSG post! It’s that time again… INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP To find out more about the group, visit: Alex J. Cavanaugh [Our Ninja Captain] @ http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com.au ~ ~ ~ It’s not an easy life choosing to be a writer. We write because we love writing, but we also open ourselves up to rejection, lots and lots of …

The Fabulous Blog Ribbon Award

Cher Green from Footsteps of a Writer awarded me The Fabulous Blog Ribbon. Thank you, Cher, you are a gracious friend.  Ribbons and awards are one of my favourite things. I hope you check out Cher’s blog, especially her series on Voices of Fiction. Here are the rules:  1. Post the rules on your blog.2. Name five of your most …

Blessed versus Unblessed

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know I stay away from controversy. I don’t like stirring the pot, rocking the boat, or anything else resulting in an overuse of too many cliches. But in light of what happened in Toronto and Colorado last week, I have to say something about a painfully overused phrase. Several …