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Get Healthy Blog Hop

#Omnilicious Twitter Party

Good things are happening at Omnific Publishing.

We'll host our first Twitter Party this Friday 5/31/13, starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.



Prizes and giveaways galore! Hop back on my blog on Thursday to snag my secret letter for the scavenger hunt.

Secondly, Omnific has a Facebook group you can join HERE. Check out giveaways, reviews, and other goodies from our growing group of authors! Omnific's latest release Tangled by Emma Chase is tearing it up, sitting at #1 in Erotica on Amazon's Kindle charts.

Thirdly, I want to thank author Carol Oates for her help with beautiful graphics like the Twitter Party one above. She's helping her fellow Omnific chicks with some kickass marketing tools!

Finally, come back on 5/29 for the Get Healthy Blog Hop, when I'll give away a copy of my swimming romance Streamline.

Author R.L. Griffin -- Review and Interview

Editing Has Made Me Crazy

Have I mentioned how much I love the editing team at Omnific Publishing? Jessica Royer Ocken has taught me so much about the right way to write. Mostly I'm grateful for this knowledge.

But there are times when I think I've learned too much, like when typos and grammar gaffes interfere with my enjoyment of a novel. I'll be happily reading a story with good plot and characterization but then halt, wide-eyed, with horror.


Blond is an adjective, BLONDE is a female noun!
A comma doesn't belong there, people!
It's effect, not affect, when describing a noun.
Editing know-how also drives me up a tree when friends make an error in language. I mean, really--who cares? I'm nowhere near perfect at the spoken or written word. Yet when a colleague says something like "It's the same for her and I", I want to shout "Her and ME! It's ME, not I!"

Today my psychotherapy client told me she "could care less" about something.

I had to restrain myself f…

The Mother of All Blog Bounces

Happy Mother's Day! Please join Omnific Publishing authors as we celebrate our mothers on our weekly Thursday Blog Bounce.


Today we discuss how our mothers have influenced our writing.

With her encouragement and kooky sense of humor, my mother had an early influence on my imagination. She enrolled me in art classes before the age of five (too bad the lessons didn't stick!) My mom valued education and the power of the written word, especially for firing off letters to politicians who weren't doing their job! And, my mother is a lot of fun. I remember her driving me and my neighborhood teammates home from swim practice one night . . . for some reason she started making animal noises. We had a blast imitating chickens, rabbits, and wookies.

Here's an example of a movie that cracks us up (Every Which Way But Loose):



Finishing a novel takes bountiful hard work and perseverance--qualities my mother instilled in me. The fact that she's still working four days a week in h…

Insecurity and Judgments: Writing Hiatus

I almost missed ANOTHER month of the IWSG! But I'm posting during a break in psychotherapy clients.


Thank you to Ninja Alex for developing this supportive author meme.

I've been embroiled in some good stuff with my psychologist career lately, so writing/blogging has taken a back seat. My fourth novel has been under contract for a while with Omnific Publishing, and I can't wait to start with the edits. I finally started writing my next novel -- a New Adult romance with sports and politics -- but I only have about 500 words so far.

I could get really insecure about this hiatus in writing, saying things like:

"I should have started another novel by now."

"The NA genre is hopping and I should strike while the iron's hot."

"Maybe I'm being lazy."

But I don't think these judgments will help anything. Instead, I'll use the NONJUDGMENTALLY mindfulness skill. According to Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., the nonjudgmentally skill is:

* See but DON&#…