The shoes didn't fit. It was an omen.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Today is the best part of a giveaway. It’s a lot like Chrismakah. Its more fun to give than it is to receive. Its also great to say ‘thank you’ to those who helped out with the party.

Last week, Secondhand Shoes actually had a spot at the top of the Amazon list. The book fluctuated between 13 and 15 for two days. YAY! Now to get it back that way. **shrugs***

Anyway, I’ll do my ‘thank yous’ first. These were the REALBIES who helped (remember the blogosphere is full of peeps like these-YOU, and its almost impossible to help every author out there):

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Siv Ottem

Julie Flanders

Julie Kemp Pick


Lorelei Bell

William Kendall

Kimberly Gabriel

E.J. Wesley

Michelle Wallace

Norma Beishir

Sean McLachlan


The two peeps who won the 15 dollar Amazon cards are:


Michael Di Gesu

The peeps who won an autographed copy of Secondhand Shoes is:


Gwen Gardner

I’ll be getting in contact with these winners soon.

This afternoon I’ll be visiting the grandbabies.

Hugs and chocolate,


Monday, February 25, 2013

Character Wars

This past week was busy promoting Secondhand Shoes. So I didn’t get too much writing done on either of my ongoing writing projects, White Trash and Pill Heads and Yellow Prada’s.

Yellow Prada’s is at 10,174 words. It is the next book/novelette in Lila’s adventure as a psychic-medium. It will be a short one that will pave the way for the third one, Combat Boots.

The first title is at 41,901 words (I’m still trying to figure out the title for the first book). There will be three to four books in this series, possibly more. Many interesting characters have introduced themselves to me. But the main focus for the first four books will be on the paternal and maternal grandmothers and what they go through to help their grandbaby.

But there’s a war going on….

“Excuse me.” An old woman in a lavender chiffon dress floats in front of me. “Don’t you think you should get cracking on my granddaughter’s story? The public is waiting, dear.”

“I’m doing my best, Gram,” I say.

One of my kitchen chairs scrapes across my wood floor and a dark blonde woman plops in a chair beside me. “The Universe wants you to finish the story about my grandbaby first. Mine is an emergency.”

“Faith, I’m doing my best to get it done. I promise,” I say. “I know your story is important.”

“Hmmph.” Gram crosses her arms across her chest. “Sorry. But my granddaughter’s story was here before hers. Lila’s needs to be finished first. Besides, she’s got enough problems all around her to sink a battleship.”

Faith flips her shoulder length. “I don’t want to be rude or anything, but what could be more important than my daughter and her unborn baby?”

My eyes go from Gram to Faith while they carry on.

Gram juts out her chin. “Well, my Lila, is in Florida in a hospital bed with her leg suspended in the air, while her boyfriend is laying  in a Venezuela one .”

Faith frowns. “But my daughter, Pixie, has a drug problem, is homeless, and has no job. And I’m right in the middle  of giving her a baby shower.”

“What could be horrible about a baby shower? We’ve got a demon-slut seeking to steal Lila’s fiancĂ©’ from her. And her mother, Babs has completely gone of her rocker.” Gram pulls out the chair next to the one Faith is sitting in and sits.

“I’m really worried Stu, my ex  and his crack-head girlfriend will show up and ruin everything for Pixie and her shower. Life is hard enough for my daughter without the two of them.”

“I’m really sorry to hear that, dear. But my poor Lila is more important right now.”

Tears fill Faith’s eyes. “How could you say that? My daughter’s in a pickle jar. And I feel its all my fault. I have to make sure the shower runs smoothly.”

“There’s definitely a difference between my Lila’s problems and yours. We’ve got a demon and you don’t.”

I roll my shoulders back and say, “Sounds to me like you both have demons.”

Gram gives me pointed look. “Really, dear. You need to finish what you’ve started. Lila should come first.”

My eyes veer to Faith who is pleading with her eyes. “You’ve got to help me get through the baby shower and I know you’re going to have to help me with my grandbaby when he’s finally born.”

I let out a long and loud sigh, and say, “I’m doing the best I can, you two. I’m trying to give you my equal time. Really.” Jeesh. Characters.

Anybody else out there go through this when you’re working on multiple projects?


Tomorrow, I ‘ll be doing some shout outs and announcing four winners from the Spreading the News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Giveaway. Two will be chosen for the 15 dollar Amazon cards and two will be chosen for autographed copies of Secondhand Shoes.

All of you are GREAT!

Hugs and chocolate,


Friday, February 22, 2013

Writer's Alley: CassaStorm & 'I'm a MINION!'

Writer's Alley: CassaStorm & 'I'm a MINION!'

Alex Cavanaugh is everywhere today revealing his newest cover.

Hugs and chocolate to the Santa Claus of the blogosphere.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day 3: Spreading the News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Giveaway

Ohmygosh! This is the last day up until midnight to get a Free copy of Secondhand Shoes and to put your names in a drawing, either to win a 15 dollar Amazon card or and  an autographed copy. Four peeps will win.


Click here for your Free copy

1. What you need to do in order to have your name put into the drawing. Tweet and Facebook the information below. All you need to do is copy and paste. Make sure you let me know in the comment box.


FREE BOOKS and prizes @, Feb.19,20,& 21st, #FReeBooks#KindleAmazon please retweet

FREE BOOKS and prizes @, Feb.19,20,& 21st, #FReeBooks#KindleAmazon please retweet

FREE EBOOK Feb.19th,20th, & 21st#FReeBooks#KindkeAmazon Please Retweet


FREE EBOOK Feb.19th,20th, & 21st Please Share

2. Please give the run away bride some good advice. She’s escaped into the Florida woods.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone. For a little bit on Wednesday morning Secondhand Shoes ranked in at #13. How cool is that? Its now #15. But its all good. I’m still excited, but exhausted.

People have been so kind with their comments and good will. In fact, I was surprised when Julie Flanders directed her readers to my blog yesterday. Chocolate hugs to you, Julie. The blogsosphere is full of REALBIES.

Speaking of REALBIES, Julie Pick is helping me spread the news today. Thank you sooo much.

Everyone thank you for visiting, Tweeting, Facebooking, and downloading a copy. It means the world to me.***getting teary-eyed over it***

Next Tuesday, I’ll announce the winners. I know I was to do that March 1st, but I’m like a little kid like that.

And also, I’m pulling a 1 to 9’er at the hair lopping establishment so I may not get to comment back until tomorrow morning.

Hugs and chocolate,


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today is Day Two for the Spreading News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Give Away

The one thing I love to do is giving gifts. It’s the best feeling ever. Today is day 2 for The Spreading News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Give Away.

You, too, could win a 15 dollar Amazon card or an autographed copy of Secondhand Shoes. Four names will be drawn and the winners will be announced next Tuesday on this blog. 

Here’s how to win:

1. Promise to Tweet and Facebook. Say so in the comment box.


FREE BOOKS and prizes @, Feb.19,20,& 21st, #FReeBooks#KindleAmazon please retweet

FREE BOOKS and prizes @, Feb.19,20,& 21st, #FReeBooks#KindleAmazon please retweet

FREE EBOOK Feb.19th,20th, & 21st#FReeBooks#KindkeAmazon Please Retweet


FREE KINDLE EBOOK Feb,19th, 20th, and 21st Secondhand Shoes share this with your friend


2. Give the Run Away Bride some good advice in the comment box along with your honorable word to Tweet and Facebook. She’s in trouble since she took off into the Florida woods. There could be snakes, gators, and quicksand in them thar woods, you know.

Also, I want to thank Siv Maria, Lorelei Bell, E.J. Wesley, and Norma Beishir for helping me spread the news today. We have some great REALBIES in the blogoshere.

Hugs and chocolate,


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today Begins Spreading the News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Giveaway

Happy chocolate hugs to all! Today, tomorrow and Thursday, everyone can snag a FREE copy of Secondhand Shoes on Amazon.



The Blurb

The shoes didn’t fit. It was an omen.

Eighteen year old psychic-medium-germ-a-phobe Lila should have listened to her ghostly Gram’s advice the morning of her wedding, “Take off that dress and those shoes. And run.”

En route to the honeymoon, she decides to listen after too many disagreements with her groom. It doesn’t pay to go along to make everyone happy.

Still in her wedding dress and shoes, she escapes out a diner’s bathroom window into the Florida woods despite her fear of snakes and germs with her dead Gram’s direction.

So she begins a journey of finding her inner strength, putting her on a deadly run from her psychotic groom and his deranged friends.

Will she ever get past her fear of germs and snakes? Will she survive her honeymoon?


Sir Poops and Hair Ball have interviewed  me  and can give you other giveaway details. They’ve dressed up nicely for the party, too. CLICK HERE


Also thank you Klahanie, William Kendall, and Sean McLachlan for mentioning the party on their blogs.

And a big thank you to Lorelei Bell and Siv. They’re helping to host my party today.

Hugs and chocolate,


PS I’m working from 9 to 5 eastern American time today so I’ll be back this evening to join in the fun.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tomorrow: My Blog Party and the Indie-Recon Conference



Click Here to take a look

Tomorrow, my party begins. It ends on Thursday, February 21st.

Several good bloggie-REALBIES have come to my aide. Over the next several days they will be Spreading the News and Cheering on the Run Away Bride Give Away. I’ll be visiting blogs and taking notes for the best advice given to Lila, my MC. Every bride needs advice on  her wedding day, even a run away one.

Sir Poops and Hair Ball will be helping me choose who the four winners will be. I’m giving away two 15 dollar Amazon cards and two autographed copies of Secondhand Shoes. Next Tuesday, I will post the winners here.

We’re also asking that peeps Tweet and Facebook about the give away and the Free Ebook. Unfortunately, I’m doing the honor system here. I never have luck with those darned rafflecoptors. They freeze up my computer. So I’ve created the following for your Tweeting and Facebooking pleasure:


FREE BOOKS and prizes @, Feb.19,20,& 21st, #FReeBooks#KindleAmazon please retweet


FREE KINDLE EBOOK Feb,19th, 20th, and 21st Secondhand Shoes Please share this with your friends.

Also, I wanted to give some chocolate hugs to my REALBIES.

Alex J. Cavanaugh


Lorelei Bell

EJ Wesley

William Kendall


Siv Maria

Susan Gourley/Kellly

Sean McLachlan


Norma Beishir

Over the next three days they will be helping me spread the news.


Indie recon

We’ve got this going on, too. I will be attending on Wednesday since I have to work a 9 to 5’er tomorrow and a 1 to 9’er on Thursday. There’s a lot going on out in the cyber-world.

To end this post today, I’d like to let you all know where I’m at on my writing ventures. Currently, the first novella in the White Trash and Pill Heads series is at 40, 320 words. But I don’t have a title for the first book. But I do have this: Faith Wise has planned a baby shower for her daughter, Pixie. Its been rumored that her daughter has been using pills, making Faith concerned. But will Faith be facing an even bigger problem at the shower? Like her crazy, alcoholic ex-husband and his crack-meth addicted girlfriend? NOTE: This could change of course and probably will. 

And Lila’s story continues in Yellow Pradas. I’m at 7 thousand and something words right now.

Also, my blurb has changed because, and since I’m a die hard panster, the characters have changed it up on me again. So the new blurb reads as: Lila now has pneumonia, feeling totally helpless to keep Oshun, the demon-slut from getting to her fiance’, Julio. And something is seriously wrong with Babs, her mother. She’s dressing and talking differently. She’s definitely not herself. When Babs comes around Lila, she gets even more feverish and can barely breathe. What could possibly be going on?

Next Monday, I’m planning a post or rather two of my characters are planning it. They’re at odds with each other as far as whose story should be finished first. Its an argument between Faith Wise and Tilly (she’s a brand new character in Yellow Pradas). ***shrugs and shaking my head***

I’ve rambled enough. Hope to see everyone at the party and the Indie Recon.

Hugs and chocolate,


Thursday, February 14, 2013

An Online Valentine’s Day Party and Free Stuff

Come join me this evening, at, at 7 PM. I’ll be doing a chat with Author Joanna Campbell Slan. She’s hosting me and my book along with other authors. There will be give-a-ways and plenty of fun. I’ll be giving away a copy of Secondhand Shoes, too.

Also, I ask that you copy and paste the info below to your Facebook and Twitter pages. PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE with lots of chocolate and cherries.

Also, if you want to know more about Author Joanna Campbell Slan you can find her at

I had the wonderful opportunity to hear her speak at the Florida Writer’s meeting last month. She, herself started out as a self-published author and is now backed up with all the goodies. But she made it clear that even with an agent and a publishing house, she still works extremely hard, writing, and marketing. Twelve hour days. Nothing worthwhile is easy.

Anyway, I hope you all join us this evening.

Below it everything you need to copy and paste.

Thanks, guys.

For Facebook—

“Kiki Lowenstein and the Empty Heart” by Joanna Campbell Slan is FREE on Kindle Feb. 14-16 Please download a copy, “Like” the page, and share it with a friend!

FREE books and prizes at the Online Valentine’s Day Party at in the chat room on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. EST

For Twitter--

FREE books and prizes @joannaslan at at 7 p.m. EST in chat room #freeebooks #kindle Please Retweet

FREE Kiki Lowenstein Short Story @joannaslan Feb. 14-16 only a Please share with a friend you love!

Hope to see you guys there.

Hugs and chocolate,


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Indie Life: Stop By, Free Donuts, What I Learned from my First Book Signing and Other News


The Indie Life is held by the The Indelibles on the second Wednesday of every month. Its a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier like eating donuts.

Two Saturdays ago, I had my first book signing and it wasn’t at a bookstore. It was at a festival. Well, I brought one hundred donut holes. Those tasty little cakes attracted children who had their parents chasing them over to my table. So guess what I did?

I squeaked my wheel…all day. I sold eleven books at the event  and got five ebook sales to boot. So I took notes regarding that day.

Free Donuts: It attracts old men and children. Not too far behind the old men are their wives. And like I said above, children are usually attached to parents or vise versa.

One liners: This is the perfect time to tell people about your book in one sentence. I now have it perfectly memorized.

If you’re having issues trying to tell people what your book is about join your local Toastmaster’s Group. I became a member way before I finished writing my book. And really helped me focus on delivering the message of my book.

Money Bank: Make sure you have a hundred dollars in change. I brought twenty in bills and seventeen in change. I missed out on a sale because I didn’t have enough to make change for a fifty.

Flyers: When people are blankly passing your table by, get out in front of your table and pass out flyers about yourself and book.

Signs: Have a Meet your Author sign professionally made and ready to be seen at your booth. I didn’t have one. Although, the donuts did help attract attention.

Don’t be afraid: Yeah. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and shake a lot of hands. People like to feel they matter and are important. You’ll have book sales galore if you can really connect with others.

Sunscreen: Bring this in case you get stuck standing in the sun like I did. My nose and throat were tomato red by the time the event finished. A tent would be nice to have as well.


Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so I figured I’d share a kissing diddy between Lila and Max from Secondhand Shoes.

Max took my hand and turned us to face our audience.

He smiled.

I hiccupped.

“You may kiss the bride.”

Before I knew it, Max’s face was on mine, his mouth wide open and his tongue moving over mine, holding himself hard against me. My body stiffened, and I tried to pull back. I couldn’t breathe, but I hiccupped. Vomit hit the back of my throat. I was going to be sick.

I shoved him away, my hand going to my mouth. “I have to go to the ladies room!”

I know, not romantic. My off kilter sense of humor gets in the way. Ever kiss a guy that…well…wanted to make you vomit?


Anyway, next week SAVE THE DATE: Feb.19, 20, and 21st.

I’ll be having a Spread the News and Cheer on the Run Away Bride Giveaway. I’ll be drawing 2 winners for a 15 dollar Amazon card and 2 winners for autographed copies of Secondhand Shoes.

And everyone gets a FREE ebook on those three days, too.

Hugs and chocolate, Shelly

Monday, February 11, 2013

PK HREZO: The Bad Underwear Day

PK HREZO: The Bad Underwear Day

Tired of the wad that creeps up your crack? Well this blog is for you.

Hugs and chocolate,

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Little Things...: Once in a Lifetime

Little Things...: Once in a Lifetime

This blogger takes us back to the eighties with just one song. OMG! Love the group. Love the song. Love and miss the eighties.

Hugs and chocolate,

Friday, February 8, 2013

Oops! I Almost Forgot


When I got up this morning, I had a goal to write 500 more words on Yellow Pradas and a 1000 on the first book to my White Trash and Pill Heads series. So I did that.

After, I figured I’d read some blogs. One blog popped up with L.Dian’s Wolfe’s  newest ebook. I promised to post about it. I almost forgot. My brain took a vacay. OMG!


So here I go!


Author L. Diane Wolfe’s book is here everyone!

Cover Template


Publishing and promoting made simple!

Have you always dreamed of publishing a book but didn’t know where to begin? This book walks you through the steps of identifying markets, budgeting, building an online presence, and generating publicity. Get the whole story on:

· Traditional publishing

· Self-publishing

· Print and e-book setup, formatting, and distribution

· Finding your target audience

· Generating reviews and media interest

· Networking and developing an online presence

· Promotional materials and appearances

Uncover your ideal publishing path and numerous marketing options before you begin. Writing is your dream. Give it the best chance for success!

Available February 5, 2012

Publishing/Marketing, 214 pages, Dancing Lemur Press LLC

$14.95 Trade paperback ISBN 978-0-9827139-5-2

$4.99 Ebook ISBN 978-0-9827139-9-0

Barnes and Noble -

Amazon -

Amazon Kindle -

“She gives an unbiased take on the advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing and self-publishing and publishing paths that combine the two… It's the perfect book for those who want an overview to begin the decision-making process.”

- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning series of how-to books for writers

“A must-read for writers planning on self-publishing or any writer who wants the ultimate how-to on promoting. Tons of links, advice, and how-to, whether you're going for print or e-publication.”

- Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes

Diane’s sites-

Blog - Spunk On A Stick’s Tips -

Website - Spunk On A Stick -

Twitter -

Facebook -

L.Diane Wofe

Short Bio-

Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association and a motivational speaker. She’s conducted seminars on book publishing and promoting for five years and assisted writers through several author services. Her other titles include “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK!” which ties her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together, and a YA series, “The Circle of Friends.” Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.

Now go get you a book, y’ll hear!

Hugs and chocolate,


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013



Looks like Misty has written yet another fab novel. Check out her teaser.

Hugs and chocolate,

Monday, February 4, 2013

Being a Writing Ninja and Goals


Last week, I joined this writer’s group. They have pretty much fashioned themselves a lot like the WriMoNaNo, but its month to month and you set your own goals. To join and find out more, go to the left of my sidebar and click on the tag below the picture.

Since I work what they call a flexible schedule, every week is different. So I have to schedule my writing times and stick to it. If not, nothing gets done. And I want to be like Lisa Olsen, fellow Indie author. Within the last two years she has written ten books and has published each one. She’s also been successful enough that she now stays home and writes all day. One of her books is Pretty Witches all in a Row. I’ve read two or three others of her work and they are GREAT! Lovey-love-love her! You all should go check her out on Amazon.

Since Secondhand Shoes has been out, I’ve sold 44 paperbacks on my own and have given away 3. And now I’ve got peeps asking when is the next book,novella, or novellette. Well, it’ll be sometime this year. Yellow Pradas and then will come Combat Boots. I’ll be keeping the shoe theme. Lila still has a lot to learn and Gram isn’t ready to go into the light.  Oshun has stolen Julio’s soul and Lila must go into the Underworld to find him with Gram’s help, of course. But they only have eight hours to do so before he’s gone forever and Lila’s earthly body dies. Once he’s found, Lila must claim him as hers. Will she be able to find him in time? And how is she going to claim him in the Underworld?

But I’ve got characters bugging the kaka out of me for another project as well. My White Trash and Pill Heads series. The first book to the series is almost finished as well as the third book. This one stars a couple of grandmothers. Faith Wise, a total New Age Hippie Chick meets Laurel Soften, a Southern Baptist. When the two first meet at a baby shower they don’t exactly hit it off with their differences. What eventually brings them together is their grandbaby. The little guy’s parents are using roxies and zannies. Their actions put their baby in danger which eventually lead the grandmothers in a frustrating position with the State and in a dangerous one with their grown kids’ drug dealer while they deal with their extended dysfunctional family and their own haunted pasts.

Also another reminder:

SAVE THE DATE: February 19, 20, and 21st. I’ll be having a Spread the News and Cheer on the Run Away Bride Giveaway. I’ll be drawing 2 winners for a 15 dollar Amazon card and 2 winners for autographed copies of Secondhand Shoes.

Hugs and chocolate,


PS I’m working a long one today. 12-9 PM. I’ll do my best to get to the blog reading.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thank You, Isis Rushdan

I was totally struck with awe when this fellow bloggie-buddy and author-in-the-sisterhood showed up at my book signing today. Her act of kindness left me speechless. I do believe I had a moron moment over her presence. My tongue stumbled all over the place.

Words can’t really explain how surprised or appreciative I am for her making it a point to come see me and buy my book. She came out even though her poor wrist was cradled in a splint. Not to mention, she had her adorable baby with her.

Isis is a paranormal/urban/fantasy romance writer. You should check out her blog and book over at Isis Rushdan

Thank you for your support, Isis!

Hugs and chocolate,


Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Signing

Tomorrow, I’ll be in Lutz, Florida at the Ecofest 2013, being held at the Learning Gate Community School, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM.

Address: 16215 Hanna Rd., Lutz, FL 33549

Hope to see my Florida friends there.

Hugs and chocolate,