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Rainbow Snippets May 25th

Summer is (officially and yet unofficially) here! Time to break out the boats, paddleboards, hit the open highway (if you can find one) and take in Memorial Day in all its glory.

For me and my little clan, we are seeing my folks over the weekend, and hubby is getting a much needed break! I’m cleaning up ‘Bernard’ a little bit more before his big re-debut in mid-June (about 3 weeks away)! Like is crazy with work, volunteering, and trying to find a moment to write at all. So much so that I’m considering a tablet. Who out there has one? What can I do with it? I want to: send/save emails, docs, and take conference calls on it via Zoom.

This week we are back with Bernard’s Diary, and things had taken a drastic turn…ending up en route to the hospital 😦

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m posting from an up-n-coming re-release. Bernard, Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop has been transformed into Bernard’s Diary. I’ve set a release date of June 15th and will tease up to that date.

Blurb:

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether.  That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr. Perfect?

Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with.

Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack’s phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard’s diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul…

“Mr. Covington? Can you hear me?” He pulled out his exam flashlight and pulled up the man’s eyelids one at a time to check the dilation.

“He’s out cold, doc. Cops said they found him like this, pills were right next to him.” One of the medics chimed in.

“How many and what kind?” Dr. Larson asked.

“Effexor, 50 mg. Had 30 pills filled, only 20 were found, and it was just filled.” The nurse drew the necessary blood and labeled it for the lab.

The doctor groaned. He hated seeing suicide cases. “All right, let’s pump his stomach, suture these wrists too. They’re pretty deep.”

“Yes, sir.” The nurse prepared the needle, cleansed the wounds, and very skillfully sewed up the wounds. He wrapped them in a thick, cushy layer of gauze and laid them at the patient’s side. “Good job, Higgins.” Dr. Larson nodded at him

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Too hot to paint? Not with this sale…

Do you love what you see? I’m on my 12th painting (in two years) and love it! Now you can get kits to recreate the MASTERS of painting,,,like Van Gogh, Monet, Gustav Klimt…etc. There’s even a custom set to create your own, unique painting from a photograph.

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Rainbow Snippets May 18th

Hubby off working his arse off in this heat whilst I’m at home in the nice, cool house busier than a beaver in a petrified forest! I’ve been running soooo far behind! Yet…I’m making great strides in progress 🙂 Oh yes, hear me roar! (meow) LOL. Kitty doing well and he joins me to help mommy do her tasks and take cuddle breaks.

This week we are back with Bernard’s Diary, and things had taken a drastic turn…ending up en route to the hospital 😦

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m posting from an up-n-coming re-release. Bernard, Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop has been transformed into Bernard’s Diary. I’ve set a release date of June 15th and will tease up to that date.

Blurb:

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether.  That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr. Perfect?

Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with.

Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack’s phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard’s diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul…

“Shocked him twice. 46-year-old male, obese, two bad wrist lacerations, and ingestion of pills.”

10-4, we’ll be ready.”

The ambulance pulled into the emergency department at Adams County hospital. It wasn’t a fully-equipped center, but it would have to do. The patient was near death. The doors on the ambulance flew open and the stat team ran out to greet them. In charge was a tall, handsome young doctor named Jack Larson. They ran with the gurney inside and to a treatment room. There were four people working on him at once, but Jack kept order to the chaos.

“Nurse, type and cross-match his blood and start him on Narcan.”

“Yes, Doctor.”

“What’re his vitals?” he demanded.

“BP is 90 over 50, pulse 135,” the lead nurse replied.

“Damn, too high. What’s our patient’s name?”

“Bernard Covington.” The other nurse read it from the report. He touched the patient’s shoulder and leaned over him. “Mr. Covington? Can you hear me?” He pulled out his exam flashlight and pulled up the man’s eyelids one at a time to check the dilation.

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Great Blogging is a Conversation

Great advice! I’ve changed up my topics quite a bit so it’s not all about this author’s life 🙂

The Art of Blogging

Have you ever been on a date with someone who can’t stop talking about themselves?

You know the type. They go on and on about their plans for renovating the guest bedroom, battles with back spasms last weekend, or their latest accomplishments.

The topics are seemingly endless.

Along the way, you might pick up an interesting fact or two, but when you finally extract yourself from them, you feel annoyed (“That’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back”) and maybe even angry (“The jerk never asked me about my family”).

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How to Get Your Comment Noticed

The Art of Blogging

How do you get more readers?

While the first (and most obvious) answer is to write quality content, the truth is that networking with other bloggers, especially if they are in the same niche as you, is essential to getting more readers.

And doing all that is as simple as commenting on their blog posts.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest eight tips for leaving comments on blogs that not only get (you) noticed but will compel others to visit your blog.

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Rainbow Snippets May 11th

Another dreary Saturday…but perfect for catching up on my six hobbies. 🙂 Kitty is by my side as we sit on the edge of the bed and just enjoy being together whilst hubby is off earning the bacon. 🙂 This week we are back with Bernard’s Diary, and his last note was about telling his favorite hottie hotel guest how he feels….let’s see how that turned out.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m posting from an up-n-coming re-release. Bernard, Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop has been transformed into Bernard’s Diary. I’ve set a release date of June 15th and will tease up to that date.

Blurb:

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether.  That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr. Perfect?

Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with.

Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack’s phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard’s diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul…


Something’s gotta change in a big way or…shit. I’ve just, I’ve got to do this before I fall apart and die a 46-yr-old virgin. Wishing myself luck!

August 8th. 10 p.m. The blinding red and blue strobing from the ambulance lights lit up the dark street. It’d been a silent evening until its arrival. Two paramedics rushed up the concrete steps to the midnight blue steel entry door on the far side of the long, rectangular apartment building. The lights from the ambulance painted a brilliant hue onto the otherwise dull, gray brick building. Even the trim was gray and all of it was rusted and falling apart.

Another medic followed after, steering a gurney down the steps. Their patient was out cold and stripped from the waist up. He had all kinds of medical apparatus on him; IVs, a breathing mask, and a defibrillator on standby. Finally, the two medics maneuvered their patient down and into the waiting ambulance.

“Ok, what’ve we got?” barked the voice over the radio.

“Heart attack and attempted suicide,” the medic replied in a professional, matter-of-fact tone.

“Any defib?”

“Shocked him twice. 46-year-old male, obese, two bad wrist lacerations, and ingestion of pills.”

“10-4, we’ll be ready.”

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What makes you angry?

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Anger. It drives us to do curious things. One moment we’re calm and rational. The next we’re yelling our head off at someone we love. Or worse, we drive it all inside and are angry only at ourselves.

Before I wax too much into the psyche realm, I am curious just what makes us tick, or rather…ticked off.

For me, I have a fairly short fuse. I attribute this to my mom’s side, who had a quick wit and quicker temper. My father is the lucky one with a slow burn to his anger.

So what sets me off? Traffic? Very much…but there’s little I can do about that unless I want to find the graveyard shift somewhere.

Stupidity? Of course.

Missing a deadline in my writing, or having it interrupted when I’m in ‘the zone’.

Not remembering how to do something which I know I knew how to do years ago. (crazy but that’s how I tick).

People not responding to me? In the info age, it’s annoying, but not anger-inducing (anymore).

Mistreatment of my family, definitely a way to piss me off in a hurry.

When I mess up, I’m angry at myself a lot and dwell on the ‘inner chat’…so I make myself angry.

Beyond loud noises, annoyances of everyday life like whiny cats, notifications on my phone (which are silent now), and disturbances of my familiar patterns, not much will set me off tooo fast beyond what I’ve mentioned above.

What sets you off? Comments welcome 🙂

Steph

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How do you celebrate when your book is completed?

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For most authors out there, finishing a book is one of the most rewarding experiences around.

I recall when I finished my first (published) book; I was euphoric and felt like I could take on the whole world.

These days, I still get a big smile on my face, a thump in my chest, and my nerves are all tingly over the anticipation of showing off my latest baby to the world.

As for celebrations…they vary. I’ve gone out to dinner with my husband (or ordered in as we are both introverts), or bought something that will help me with either creating stories or something for the area in which I write. My favorite games are simulations like The Sims, Pharaoh, Caesar, you get the idea. Music will vary from pop to classical. My best writing music is alternative, especially for angsty characters (which I adore).

How about you? What’s your favorite way to celebrate months or years worth of labor to create your book?

Steph

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KDP Piracy Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation – by John Doppler…

Piracy hurts us all….

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on Self Publishing Advice:

In my discussions with authors who have deal with piracy of their books, a recurring theme is the loss of royalties. Authors rarely see the lost royalties stolen by pirates, counterfeiters, and other copyright violators, and most assume the money is securely in the pockets of the thieves.

But there’s an interesting clause tucked away in the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Terms and Conditions that can turn the tables on that platform’s pirates:

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