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RED HOT READS – Fan Girl Friday Edition

Hola, Rubies and Ruby friends – TGIF! Am I right? It’s been a loooooong week in the Talley family hacienda and I need a few things this weekend – a margarita, a morning in my PJs and, of course, a good book. I just finished up Colleen Hoover’s latest (as mentioned last week) and it […]

Announcing the 2016 September Hour-a-Day Challenge!!!

Happy End of Summer!!! Oh, ugh. I can’t even say that with a straight face. I love summer–I’m a sunshine and beach girl. And for my writing, summer’s also the best time of year because I’m a teacher, and the start of school means long, intense days in the classroom, plus nights and weekends full […]

What Mama didn’t tell me

…OR IF SHE DID TELL ME, I WASN’T LISTENING Never lug a rolling suitcase full of books to a signing. No matter how rosy your forecast, if you bring that many books, you will sell one. Okay, I sold one. The best thing I brought were my cute business cards that link to my website […]

HOT READS Edition of Fan Girl Friday

Well, it’s Friday again. How did that happen? Rolls around quite regularly, doesn’t it? And since that means the weekend is here, we’ve got some recommendations for you for some RUBY RED HOT READS! First Elizabeth Langston has a recommendation our first FROM THE TBR STACK: I’ve always been fascinated by Thomas Jefferson. So smart, […]

Get Organized with a Bullet Journal

Are you a list maker? Do you get a little giddy when you find a calendar with stickers in the back to mark the dates with things like “doctor’s appointment,” “Don’t forget!” and “Birthday”? Or on the other hand, do you desperately need a way to organize your schedule but can’t find a planner that […]

Wise Words from Beverly Jenkins at RWA

At RWA Nationals, I had the great pleasure of meeting the amazing Beverly Jenkins. I got to sit at her table at the Golden Network retreat (where she gave an awesome talk about developing well-rounded and surprising characters), and saw her in the Love Between the Covers documentary and the post-screening discussion. (Bonus: the cover […]

HOT Reads Edition of Fan Girl Friday

Happy “Good Lord It’s Hot” Friday! Or at least it’s hot in my neck of the woods. Kids are gearing up for back to school, the pool is too hot for a dip (temp of bathwater? No thanks) and fall isn’t even flirting with me yet. BUT, good news – we have some hot reads […]

How Writing is Like the Olympics

I love the Olympics.  It isn’t just watching the greatest of each sport do what they do (though that’s definitely fun too) – it’s seeing the athletes who don’t necessarily expect to come home with the gold (or even the bronze, or even necessarily make it to the finals) put everything they have into an […]

Hot Reads Edition of Fangirl Friday

Hello, friends and welcome to a new take on our Fangirl Friday. Instead of merely mentioning the Ruby books releasing or on sale (yes, they’re terrific) we want to make this Friday spot a place we can talk about all kinds of books. New releases, hot sales, and books that have finally made their way […]

Business Plans for Writers

(The bulk of this post was first published on the Not Your Usual Suspects blog on August 1, 2016.) Most writers long to spend their time writing, not thinking about the business side of, well, the business. But in this day and age, spending all of our time dreaming up worlds and characters isn’t an […]

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