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The Liebster Award...Yah!

Danke to awesome author Nicki Elson for bestowing the Liebster Award upon me. LIEBSTER is a German word meaning sweetheart or beloved person. Nicki is indeed a LIebster!


Breathe.

How have you felt since the Boston Marathon terrorist attack?

I've felt horror, disgust, rage, and sadness. Right now I feel numb.

And this is from miles away. I can't imagine how I would feel if I'd been on ground zero, witnessing the carnage.

But I can imagine what it's like to face trauma such as rape, abuse, accidents, and crime. I hear it from my psychotherapy clients all too often.

Survivors of trauma like bombings or abuse may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a clinical syndrome I detail HEREin my Psycho Author series. Quite a few of my characters have struggled to heal from PTSD.

What's a simple tool to help anyone who's endured a traumatic event? BREATHE.

When we get scared, our breathing changes, becoming quicker and shallower, or stopping for a moment. Such changes only serve to increase our panic and tension.

Simply paying attention to our breath can help calm us when we're feeling stressed. But deep breathing, aka diaphragmatic breathing

BLURBS!

Why do authors complain about writing summaries of their novels for the book jacket?
Because it's TOUGH. Waaaah!
A good blurb captures the voice of the novel. It entices the reader without giving too much away.

We're starting to edit my fourth novel On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3), and we need the book blurb for a press release.

Here was my first effort at writing the blurb:

New Adult Sleepover Weekend!

Do you love New Adult books? Join us in Savannah, Georgia for a NA book convention December 6-8!



We're gearing up for a weekend of fun with the NEW ADULT SLEEPOVER WEEKEND. I'm a featured author and can't wait to meet readers and writers in this exciting genre.

For those sitting on the fence about attending and securing their spot early… we have a tipping point!
If you register by June 15th we will enter you in a special drawing to win one of 5 special VIP baskets for you and your roommates to enjoy! So what’s in the VIP baskets?
Just like they do at awards ceremonies, VIP’s get perks! For NASW the winners of these baskets will be treated to entering their room where they will find a huge basket of goodies, including waters, a bottle of bubbly, snacks, chocolate, goodies from area merchants in Savannah(anything from merchandise to gift cards), Some great bath stuff and of course, candles! Everything you need to make an evening of reading that much more special!
And to sweeten …