AUTHOR HARPER LEE DIES, PLUS A MAJOR LAWSUIT INVOLVING SHERRILYN KENYON

There have been several author deaths in the past few weeks. AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR Margaret Forster, who wrote more than 40 books after her 1960s bestseller Georgy Girl, died this past month at age 77.  Forster’s husband, the writer and journalist Hunter Davies, reported her death at a hospice near her …

Sing Little Earworm

It’s Just Another Day, by the Beatles. Okay, I’m old. That’s no secret. Therefore many songs on the soundtrack in my head are oldies. I woke up this morning humming, “Do,do, do, do-do-do, it’s just another day,” and hearing Paul’s light tenor voice in my head. Here are the lines …

Things My Daddy Told Me

One of my Daddy’s favorite basketball players was Harlan Stanley. Daddy always said: “Stanley can’t run, but he gets down the court. He can’t jump but he rebounds the ball. He can’t shoot but he scores. That’s heart. Some people call it desire. It’s the one thing you’ve got to …

THE SOUNDTRACK IN MY HEAD: Sing Little Earworm

Don’t Let Me Down It’s probably not surprising that the Soundtrack in My Head greeted me with “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Beatles as I awoke this morning. My brother-in-law (who is a Saint!) is redoing my kitchen as my Christmas present and right now the appliances are in …

RIP David Bowie

I’ve had an earworm in my head for days now, since I heard that David Bowie died. STARMAN. I have to say that David Bowie was my Starman, my Thin White Duke, my Ziggy Stardust, back in the day. I have not listened to him as much recently but he …

SELF-E for Libraries, 11/02/2015, on The Hummingbird Place on BlogTalk Radio

SELF-E, Connecting Indie Books, Libraries and Readers Libraries are driving a new era of ebook discovery for indie authors and small presses. SELF-e helps develop robust local writing communities and keeps libraries at the center of the indie book movement. SELF-E is found at http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/ Tonight, November 2, 2015, is …

Romance News, October 26, 2015–Uber-Reviewer Dies. How to Use Metadata.

UBER-REVIEWER DIES: Donna, prior to beginning my topic for tonight, I do have a piece of news that will be of interest to almost all authors and to many, many reviewers and readers. Iconic uber-reviewer and good friend of mine, Harriet Klausner, has died at age 63. Harriet was Amazon’s …

Hummingbird Place Romance News, October 19. 2015

This week the online publication The Memo has reported that phony authors have been employing Amazon reviewers to help them cheat their way into the bestseller charts. These fakers worked by contacting third party QUOTE reviewers UNQUOTE who give misleading five-star ratings and remarks after obtaining low-quality ebooks from Amazon in order to …

HARPER LEE’S NEW NOVEL HITS SHELVES

The FIRST CHAPTER of Harper Lee’s highly anticipated Go Set a Watchman was published on July 10 by The Wall Street Journal. The story opens with Jean Louise, the grown-up Scout, returning to Maycomb by train from New York to visit her father Atticus, who is debilitated by rheumatoid arthritis. …

Saying Goodbye

Fifteen years ago this month I got the call. Tina Colombo, who is now Tina James, called me and bought The Lawman Who Loved Her, my first book for Harlequin Intrigue. That was one of the best days of my life. Who knew that now, in 2015, I would have …