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Pelican Tales – Author Signing

Pelican Tales 2017

Author & Reader Event

Sponsored by Bayou Writers’ Group of Lake Charles

An author signing / reader event where readers meet and mingle with their favorite (and new) authors. Want to spend an afternoon in scenic Bayou Country at a multi-genre author / reader event? Mingle and make some new contacts. Help us grow – spread the word to other readers that you will attend. Bring a friend, or two!

Where:                 Central School, 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA

When:                   October 14, 2017 3pm – 6pm

Reader Tickets:   Only $5.00 admission at the door for readers. Readers Facebook group to see which authors will appear.

Hope to see you there!!

A casino, a cop, and two women

I am a romance author. Surely I can overcome a struggle with tying up the details of a murder scene in a romantic suspense book.

During the writing of Smoke and Mirrors, I came to a question point. I had the murder / drug deal laid out for Abby to witness. The issue I was having was how to capture the villains’ actions so they could be pinned with the crime.

Jump to the below:

My bff and I were at a local casino deli shop. It was late and we were getting hungry. Our hubbies had left us to ourselves earlier in the day. We spent the afternoon working on our crafts – yes, with the casino calling us from down the hall. The thing is, when we get together for a girls’ weekend, we work. As in, I write and she works on her projects. In this case, the casino was just a convenience because the night before we and our hubbies went to a concert. We just needed a room to work, eat, and sleep.

Standing in line waiting to order our food, we continue our previous conversation about how tosmoke and mirrors cover photo catch these criminals in Smoke and Mirrors.

“But remember, he’s a dirty cop. So he knows how to set the scene,” Brandy said.

“Yeah, but he’s not thinking straight at this point. That’s not our problem. We need to figure out how the cops catch them. They’re in an alley in the streets of New Orleans.”

We both look at the man in front of us. He is glancing at us over his shoulder. And he is a cop. He’s probably wondering why the hell these two drunk women are discussing dirty cops, murder, and drug deals. (BTW – we were not drunk. Maybe a little tipsy.)

“Ask him,” Brandy whispers (loudly) to me.

I shake my head. “I don’t know.” Yes, she is the more outspoken of the two of us. So she turns to him, I turn red, and she digs in.

“Sir, my friend here is a romance author and we need a cop’s perspective. Not that you are a dirty cop or anything, but can you help?”

He smiles. There is no way he is believing this. But, he humors us anyway. “Sure.”

“No, really. I am an author. My son directed me to Lieutenant XXX, and I reached out to him, but he’s been very busy.” I said this hoping to convince him we are real.

“Your son?” I gave him my stepson’s name, who is on the local force. He laughed. I look at my friend and wonder what’s so funny. This cop shows me the name of whose dinner he is picking up at the deli. It just so happens to be my daughter-in-law. Yep, my stepson’s wife was working as a dispatcher at the same station as this cop.

We all had a good laugh, and then he asked what our dilemma was with the story. Brandy and I animatedly give him a very brief rundown of the story and the scene I’m struggling with. To know us is to know that when we discuss either one of our projects, we get very excited. So, again, I’m sure this cop thought we were nuts. But in the end, he gave us the solution we needed.

Then he went back to work, delivered my daughter-in-law her dinner, and asked her if I really was a romance author. (yikes) Although I never got his name, he is mentioned in the Dedication of Smoke and Mirrors.

It’s all about research and resources.

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Till next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

(W.I.N.E.) Writers’ Initiatives, Needs, and Expertise

She dreamed. She achieved.

Are you an author or other small business owner needing help with blogs, About Me pages, or website page content?  As an author myself, I know that the written word is not everyone’s strong point. Not sure if your information flows? Does it draw your prospective client? Grammar and spelling have you stumped? Or do you just want more information on the writing world? I can help you with that!

Are you a reader who has questions about an author’s life? What is their schedule like? Where do they find time to write? The list is endless as to what a reader wants to know about their favorite author. Get to know authors as your friends. We all share something in common. Let’s find out what that is.

From personal experience, I know that authors are always learning, growing, and needing help with one task or another. Or sometimes they simply have a question to ask. Or there is an idea running rampant in their head and they want input – will that make a good book / scene; is that something a person (character) would actually do or say; how do I get that idea on paper? Maybe you just need a little positive encouragement. Whatever your needs, I can help you with that!

In the next months I will be bringing you (authors and readers) information you can connect with. It may be a video or a post informing you of an important step in your author journey. It may be an inside look at how I created a scene, or where my inspiration came from. Journey with me and find your own encouragement and inspiration.

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Til next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor



Riesling and Designing Samantha’s Love

Riesling and Designing Samantha’s Love

Designing Samantha’s Love by PJ Fiala

Samantha is terrified of starting over after an unhappy marriage. Family and friends are the core of her life and she doesn’t need anything more. Until she runs into sexy Grayson Kinkaide. Gray has had his own share of bad luck in marriage, but he knows his soul mate will complete his life. All he has to do is find her. That search is complete when he finds Sam and their lives get all tangled up. Gray knows in his heart that Samantha belongs with him. All he has to do is convince her.
Sexy, hot, mature characters who know what they want and don’t stop until they have it. Yep, this was a Riesling kind of book. The aromatic, deliciously refreshing wine with hints of apples, apricots, peaches, and pears was a smooth, crisp choice to sip on while Sam and Gray grabbed my heart. They’ve already lived so much of their life, but the best parts happen once they hook up. Funny, sexy people that speak their mind even if it gets them in a little trouble.

I have to say, I enjoyed their interaction while I sipped on the wine. But then, holy hell, I thought I was going to suck that entire bottle down. This story is about mature characters. Which means, they’re experienced. And experience means hotter than hell intimacy. I thought about switching to a deep red wine for those scenes, but what the heck, I stuck with Riesling… just increased my intake. Sent hubby to the store for more wine (and candles). Lol.
I recommend Designing Samantha’s Love for anyone looking for a fun, intense, story of a couple overcoming their life issues to realize their second chance. Just have that bottle ready because it will get hot!
**** What is your favorite – red or white, sweet or dry? One lucky pick will receive an ebook gift of Designing Samantha’s Love (or another PJ Fiala book if you have this one).

Till next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

Nothing worth having comes easy…

nothing-worth-having-comes-easyTrue in every sense. No matter what you are after in life, short term or long term, you have to work for it. Your dream will not simply fall into your lap. There will be ups and downs along the way. That is all part of the process.

Celebrate those victories – That email from a client or publisher, that encouraging message from a friend, finishing the rough draft you’ve been working on – no matter how small they may seem, these are part of the bigger picture that will help you obtain your goal. These are only a few of the little achievements that push us forward; keep us moving.

Embrace the pitfalls – The dreaded rejection letter, a bad review, not meeting a deadline – these are the obstacles that discourage us. Embrace the moment; have the pity party. Then suck it up and move on. Learn from these instances.

A personal story: This four-day weekend was my planning time for 2017. I was going to lay out the calendar, schedule some blogs, make contacts, etc. Yeah, no, that didn’t happen. Four days wasted because of a hurt arm. I was in so much pain and nauseated, that I had to resort to the pain pills prescribed by the Urgent Care doctor. That put me in a la-la-land cycle for three full days. Wake up, move around a little, eat, take meds, fall asleep, wake up and do it all over again. There just wasn’t anything in me that remotely wanted to open my computer or notebook and get cracking on this new year. Today, finally, a little relief. With my arm propped up on pillows, I figured now was as good a time to get started as Friday would have been.

The reason I tell you this story – Nothing worth having comes easy… No matter what your goal / dream is, and no matter what your obstacles are, you can push through it and achieve what is yours. Claim it. The setbacks will come. Get through them and cheer with the accomplishments! Best wishes to you in 2017!

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor