Authors? How Do You Handle “Bad Book Reviews?” An Article Share That Just Might Help! Courtesy of ‘Insecure Writer’s Support Group.” #10? My FAV!

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A MUST VISIT FOR Writers and an Article Reshare About?  “BAD REVIEWS”

Bad reviews! Any writer with a published book gets crappy reviews. How do we deal with them?
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Here are ten tips:

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1 – Refrain from responding
As much as you might want to respond, either politely or with harsh words, don’t do it. Once you’ve left a comment or sent out a Tweet or posted to Facebook, your negative response will be out there for all to see forever. You might get a few fans to rally to your cause, but most will view you as the villain, not the reviewer. Even if you later delete it, the damage is done. Sending an email is a bad idea as well. So refrain from adding fuel to the fire and keep your grumblings private.

2 – Know that it’s part of the process
Guess what? We all get negative reviews. It goes with the territory. Remember, you created art. Art is subjective and not everyone will like your book. You can’t please everyone. (And if you do, then you really didn’t say anything of value.)
Shake it off and move on.

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3 – Laugh about it
What are you going to do—cry? Might as well laugh about it! Often a bad review is just as poorly written. So turn the tables and have a good chuckle about it.

4 – Remember they add validity to good reviews
What do you think when a book has nothing but five-star reviews? You start to wonder, don’t you? Friends and family of the author? Paid reviews? A couple bad reviews mean some readers were honest—which means the rest of the good reviews are probably honest as well. Plus sometimes people want to know if the book is really that bad and they read it!

5 – Look for constructive criticism
Often two and three-star reviews will offer constructive criticism. Look for it. Is there any validity to what they said? Can you see areas where you can improve or issues you need to address? (Several reviewers didn’t like the fact there were no women in my first book. I listened and made sure there were several women in the next one, including a female main character. That book garnered better reviews than the first.) Learn from the bad reviews and write a better book next time.

6 – Don’t focus on the negative
We tend to focus on the negative. We can have a hundred great reviews and one bad one. Which gets our attention? The bad one! Who cares? When doing averages, what do they always do? They drop the top numbers and the bottom numbers. So ignore that bad review and don’t even factor it into the equation.

7 – It’s just one person’s opinion
Everybody has an opinion. And they are just that—opinions, not facts. So one person didn’t like your book? Big deal! Out of millions of readers, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. (Unless all of your reviews are bad!)

8 – Don’t let it stop you
Yes, putting a book out there is scary. It’s a creative endeavor, which makes it a little more personal. We can’t take it personally though. We have to believe in ourselves and not let bad reviews stop us. Have you ever encountered a jerk at your work? Did it cause you to give up and stop working forever? No! So don’t let a negative review from someone you’ve never met stop you.

9 – Write the next book
This is the best thing you can do! Just hunker down and write your next book. Show those naysayers that you are a great writer. Take your experience from the previous book and pour it into the next one. Besides, you’ll be so busy writing, you won’t have time to worry about bad reviews.

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10 – Kill off the reviewer in your next book
If all else fails, then just put that reviewer into your book as a murder victim or monster that is slain by the hero!

So come by today for more tips and advice at “The Insecure Writer’s Group”…

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

How do you handle bad reviews?

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Special Spotlight Author Interview With Award-Winning Children’s Popular Author, Uncle Dave Howard. He Has Over 20+Books Now Published …

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Looking for some amazing and fun reads for your children this holiday season? Maybe have a “12 Nights of Holiday Reading” with all of Uncle Daves Books? Then wrap them up and place them under the Christmas Tree as kids love reading them over and over as they are colorful and have teachable little lessons in each one! But who IS Author, David Howard? How did he begin publishing beautiful children’s reads?

Most of that can be answered in Cat’s Spotlighted Post of Uncle Dave here a few weeks ago: “We Welcome Uncle Dave To Cat’s Reading Den”… And about his new book release too! All of his books are available now on Amazon.com, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble.

But recently he did an amazing “Author Interview” over at my friend Vinny who runs the Book Site Awesomegang! Now we can learn just what makes Uncle Dave so passionate about writing, drawing, and producing all his Fabulous Children’s Books…

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All About Uncle David Howard, Author

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
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I am an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. I was born with dyslexia, ADD, and autism. I graduated from the art institute of Pittsburgh with an associate degree and the California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of fine arts. I have over a dozen books I have written, co-authored and illustrated.

I enjoy visiting schools around my state and speaking and sharing my books with the children and my story of overcoming disabilities and let children know they too can be or do anything when they open their minds to all possibilities and what I try to teach within my books.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
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“Green Pickle Juice.” My stepdaughter asked me one day, “Do you have any use for pickle juice?” This question stuck in my head for over five years and I finally put it all in a book!
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Do you have any unusual writing habits?
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Well, I write on anything. I have written on recites, napkins, cardboard boxes. When an idea hits? I write it down fast!

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What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen king. Believe it or not. I loved his worlds, and of course, I love Dr. Seuss with his classic children’s books and rhymes.

What are you working on now?
Many things. Maybe another bible story, or Christmas story and a combination of both of course.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Facebook. I also use a Secret Cat! Lol.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
The three R’s!, read, write, research. Writers write, and writers must-read. Ask yourself questions. Who, what, when, where, why, and what if? Never stop asking yourself questions.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Don’t aim low, always aim high, I’ll tell you why. Aim for the moon and the stars, even if you miss, you’ll land on mars.” This is from my book: ‘Why can’t I fly’ by me, Uncle Dave.

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What are you reading now?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
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What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing because writers write right? Also, I am operating a brick and mortar store where I will be teaching writing, stained glass, and painting.
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If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, The Chronicles of Narnia


Readers can connect with me on Social Media Below! I hope moms, dads, grandparents, and mommy bloggers will stop by my Official Amazon Author Page of  Uncle Daves Books and choose all my Children’s Books for their child this Holiday Season …

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Author Websites and Profiles

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David Howard’s Social Media Links

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What’s New For Affordable Book Promoting Options? Cat’s Sharing Some Marketing Tips For Authors Just in Time For Holiday Book Sale Season!

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Hello and Welcome Authors and Writers!


Since it has been too long since I have posted and shared some of my book marketing and promoting tips, I thought it was a good time to do it and Right Before The Holidays! Is it me or does it seem book sales have been a wee bit sluggish? Then it is time for an e-book promotion perhaps? When summer begins to wind down, kids going back to school, and mom’s and dad’s are busy getting them ready, they are thinking about grabbing a new book to read.


So it’s the perfect time to give them an incentive to do so. Many will be taking the last summer vacation of the summer season for Labor Day weekend and why not take a great book along for some relaxing reading time readers? Even authors and writers are avid readers. So here are some tips and advice for getting a jump start on selling some books when it is a slower time of the year. And hopefully, the book reviews will follow.


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Author Branding and Promotions on All Author

Let’s start with promoting your books and branding all in one new place I came across called “All Author.”  It is a great place for authors to set up a free Author Program profile and can add up to 4 books and use a few of the boo marketing tools. Placement in their Book and Author Directory and more. When I place all my author clients on All Author? Since they have a huge readership all my authors get views and click’s to all their books like crazy!

They have a Pro Plan which is $59 for a 6-month plan (still pretty affordable for 6-months promo blast) that comes with all the tools, bells and whistles and authors can use them as much as they want for a whole 6-month duration! Like a free personalized website, “make your own” book banner/teasers, many nice themes for your profile, free Twitter scheduler and much more. You can see pricing for both plans, Free or Pro here: .“All Author Pricing.” 


All Author
is an exceptional place for all avid readers to find new releases and discounted books and e-book sales too!

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(Banner Made Courtesy of Author Shout – 3-D Book Banners)

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Author Shout Is A Great Book Ad and Banner Place!

Another amazing book promo site that is extremely affordable and has a large readership is my good friend Terry and his team at “Author Shout.”  They have an awesome “Author and Reader Member Zone” where authors for just $25 a month recurring can get all you need to effectively promote your book and brand as an author. If you pay a whole year in advance? He gives you an even bigger discount!

What I love about both Author Shout and All Author? They do an email list and newsletters out to all their readers, but Author Shout even sends text alerts for new releases for those readers who subscribe to both services! Pretty cool right?

Now just like All Author, Author Shout has many affordable services if you don’t want to do the Membership. They have affordable book ads, low-cost beautiful book banners, (like the one above), teasers, and even book trailers made the way you want them! What I like the most is that they promote through many social media channels like Twitter, FB, Google+ and even Instagram and Pinterest. And they connect readers to authors Worldwide.

Now, along with marketing advice and videos unlimited use, here are some of the Member Benefits for promoting your book:

As a monthly Author’s Club Member, you will also get the following:


Book Promotion Benefits

  • Book Promotion: Every month that you are a member we will promote a book of your choice on all of our social media platforms, add it to our recommended reads page, and a feature spot in our “Shout Out” Newsletter.
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  • Book Teaser: You will get 4 teasers in 2 different sizes and formats of your book for you to share on social media that can/will contain your book title/author name, blurb/one-liner, and where your book can be found, whether on Amazon or a link to your website
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  • FREE Book Days:  Giving your book away for FREE?  We will help get the word out and promote your FREE BOOK days through social media shout-outs, a custom-made teaser/banner, and featured spot in our newsletter at no additional charge
  • Author Shout Out (Digital magazine):  You will get access to Author Shout Out; our digital online magazine
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  • Members-Only Pricing for additional services:  You will get a MEMBERS ONLY discount on each of our packages and/or services to promote additional books.….

(*NOTE* Unused benefits do not carry over from month to month if you do not use them.)

 

They do however let you choose which book you want to promote each month with the One Year Membership!

So go visit the team at Author Shout and get your book promo and advertising on! …

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How does this Cat jump-start your book’s sales and reviews when it is a slow time of year?

We do an E-Book Sale! I always suggest to the author clients I work for, there are two times a year you need to lower the price of your e-book and have a sale. This time of year when it slows and now just around the corner? It’s NOW CHRISTMAS Holiday E-Book Sale TIME!  Starting Thanksgiving week thru right before Christmas to include sales from Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, and last-minute e-book Christmas sales!

And it doesn’t have to cost a penny to promote your e-book sale either. But of course, there are some MANY low-cost options to boost the exposure for the SALE. Like my favorite at “READING DEALS!” And? When you have Cat promote your E-Book Sale? You’ll get a discount off your Book Ads!

And they have vetted reviewers who love free books for a READ FREE for an Amazon Book Review promotion! So ask me about it as my Discount Applies to this service too! Your e-book needs to be at a discounted price per their policy, need the Mobi file to place the ad and have 5 reviews averaging 4 or 5 stars.

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Great Deals On eBooks

Great Deals On eBooks From  “READING DEALS!”
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Get Your Sale Organized:

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if you have a publisher, send a request for the dates of your e-book sale a month in advance so you know the PRICE will be lowered for your sale. If you self-published? You have the control to go through your vendor account and lower it a day or two before the sale to ensure it gets done properly.


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 let readers know in advance about the e-book sale and promotion. Here are the places you’ll want to “Add An Event” and it’s free to do on:


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Facebook Event Page and Boost The AD!

A Tip – You can get a bigger reach and exposure when you share the Post of your FB Event and then do a Facebook “Boost a Post.” Then all FB readers and users will see your event and Ebook Sale!

Goodreads – Add Ebook Sales As An Event and Make Sure and add It on your Blog or Author Website too! As others to share it as well!

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Do you know any Book Bloggers? Ask them if they would share the event on their website too! I know I enjoy sharing book promotions on my blog for all my readers. Also, Book Reviewers may share as well. Don’t be afraid to ASK.

Want to boost your exposure for free or low cost?
You can do so at a few more of my friend’s book and reader websites free or for a minimal charge. And they offer a Free Author  Interview to go along with your Book Listing too! Go visit these awesome book sites below to see how they can help boost your Holiday Sale and Promo …
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As my buddy, Vinny of Awesome Gang who works hard to get your books and your E-book sale promos in front of over 69,000 readers combined on their Facebook and Twitter! You can add all your books for free, but for an e-book sale, I think it’s worth the $10 to boost your listing don’t you? Invest in yourself!

Go here and add your E-book Sale at “Awesome Gang.” You won’t regret it!  A couple more places like Awesome Gang? Check out this list Vinny put together for Authors of free and low-cost places to add and market all your books and Book Sales!
“Places for free promotion.”


“My hope is that many of the tips and advice in my post here helps authors sell more books this holiday season!”

AND?  I’m sure you are asking yourself, why is CAT sharing all her book promo secrets? Lol … It’s because there is no shortage of New Authors that need my help and services. I am passionate about what I love to do as my “At Home Business!” And many writers hire me because they may be on a ‘new book deadline’ and just don’t have the time to market their books.

You can check out my New Website at “LYON MEDIA SERVICES”  Today! You can see some testimonials and see just how affordable we are!

And lastly? I have always been a firm believer that authors need to invest in themselves and set a budget to promote and market their books or readers are not going to know the books exist so KEEP a FEW LAYERED Low-Cost Book Ads Running Each Month and especially through the Holiday Season for your books! 

Now you are ready and can market them and do an E-book Sale & promotion like a Pro!  Still, Have Questions or Need Help?

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Contact James H. Mayfield


Shoot Cat an Email if needing a quote for Book Marketing and Promotions!
lyonmedia@aol.com  … 


Happy Book Promoting and Marketing Authors and Writers!


CAT ~ Come Follow me on FACEBOOK! and on TWITTER Too!

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Amazing New Reviews Only Spotlight For “Life Coach Maureen” and Her New Book Garnishing Rave Reviews by Book Bloggers and Readers Alike.

New Book Blog Review Courtesy of Aimee ~ The Redheaded Book Lover
For Author, Maureen Scanlon and “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am

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My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am, Maureen Scanlon

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Follow the ways of our furry friends and learn to focus on positive thoughts and change habits!

Maureen Scanlon is a certified life and spiritual coach and relationship expert with training in cognitive behavioral therapy and NLP techniques. In her book, My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am, Scanlon offers tips on how to take inspiration from animals to make the most of your life and nurture your relationships. Take time for yourself and find peace. Understand others’ beliefs and perspectives to learn compassion. Find the joy and happiness we all seek. All with the help of the animals in your life.

My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is a remarkable book that stands out in the genre of self-help, thanks to the exceptional author, Maureen Scanlon and her unique premise. My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is an interesting book which is full of incredible wisdom that will help many readers be more positive and reach ultimate happiness. If you are a reader who is struggling to find happiness, then the flawless My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is the perfect read for you. My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am will not only help you be happy, but it will also change your thought patterns so that you will always prevail and achieve what you want to in life and be happier and so this incredible guide should not be missed!

My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is written by the talented author, Maureen Scanlon, an incredible woman who will get you results with her outstanding book. Maureen is an exceptional woman, and I admire her for sharing her coaching with us readers in her book to help us. In My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am; Maureen Scanlon will take her readers on a journey on how to achieve happiness and in her book, she will provide you with all that you need to achieve this.

My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is an exceptional book that will help you to be happier, more positive, and form great habits all by using the behaviors of animals. In My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am, Scanlon tells us, readers, that we should be more like animals, especially dogs and that we can use their traits in our own lives. In My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am Scanlon will teach you how to understand one another, find joy and happiness, find time for yourself and so much more! And, this book lovers. is the premise of the incredible My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am!

The wisdom courtesy of Maureen Scanlon laced throughout My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is sensational and actually awe-worthy. As I read Scanlon’s book, I was engrossed and wanting to know more, whenever a question would pop up in my mind while reading this book it was eventually answered by Scanlon, and so it truly is a beautiful and helpful reading experience!

The information and knowledge laced throughout My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am is impeccable, and I am impressed by just how much knowledge there is. Although My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is full of a wealth of information, all the information is useful as well as relevant to the topics explored so do not worry readers that you will be bombarded with information as this does not happen in this book!

As My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is a book laced with incredible wisdom, it is also laced with phenomenal literature courtesy of the wonderful Maureen Scanlon; Scanlon’s words are incredible, and they will flow flawlessly from beginning to end.

Life Coach Maureen has written a perfect, inspirational, and helpful self-help/happiness guide, I have no choice but to award this brilliant book five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers; you will not regret it!

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Thank you so much for reading book lovers!

I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

Goodbye, for now, book lovers,

P.S. Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse.

Thank you so much again for reading book lovers!

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Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

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Connect With The Author: Twitter – Website – YouTube – Facebook – All Author – ABC15  

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MORE ABOUT Life Coach Maureen Scanlon:

“I’m a confidence and relationship coach with a passion for helping YOU help yourself. No, I’m not here to focus on your problems and life struggles. I want to help relieve you of any negativity and concentrate on what’s right. If you find yourself wanting more out of life and have an appetite for moving forward and improving yourself, chances are, you’re ready to take it to the next level. Now let’s begin your path to spirituality, healthy relationships, self-awareness, and clarity! Call Today for an Appointment” ~ Phone(480) 258-9765

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Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. She is an author, relationship expert, motivational speaker, positive change integrator, and spiritual coach and certified who has successfully helped many people, from experienced professionals to young adults, make positive changes to overcome past experiences and negative thinking.

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When Maureen is not working to change the world, you can find her at home relaxing in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Dennis, and her furry babies, Jade and Brodie. Maureen enjoys painting, scrapbooking and travel. She is also the mother of three beautiful adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adores.

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“It’s never too late to dream a new dream. Love yourself, show compassion, and become the person you want to meet.”  ~Maureen Scanlon

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I am Honored to Announce My New Author Interview With NF Reads. I Enjoy Writing.

NF READS ~ NFReads.com | Interesting Articles. Inspiring Stories.

I was honored and had the pleasure of being invited for an in-depth author interview by NFReads.com about my craft of writing, about why I wrote my book, about recovery life, and some other intriguing questions. I included and shared some book marketing tips for authors in the interview and shared about my long-term recovery as well.

I hope you will take some time to visit and read the Full Interview!

Interview with Author/Advocate, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat)

“Books can come by imagination with vibrant storylines and characters. Come in many genres and about real life, or sometimes they come by way of a little “Divine Intervention” like my book.”   ~Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon 

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AND The Last Question Was?

Tell us some quirky facts about yourself?

Oh my. OK. I love dill pickle slices and mayo sandwiches. I am a cat lover with three therapy cats named, Mr. Boots, Miss Prissy Princess, and Simon-Peter. I love writing when it rains and will keep my door cracked and window open to hear it while writing even if it is 20 degrees outside!

Lastly? 

Well, after everything I’ve been through in my life up to now? GOD let me keep my sense of humor!


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WARNING: Writers, Do Not Act Out Your Characters In REAL LIFE…You May End Up Like This Author.

You all know Cat pretty well. If I come across something literary I feel is worthy of sharing? Then I will!

Please, authors, if you are going to be a writer and publish your books of romance suspense novels? Don’t act out your storyline and characters in REAL LIFE!

Actually though, not funny but ironic as someone in real life died… The Author’s Husband by her hands. I feel a new book in the making…CAT

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Nancy Brophy’s Amazon Author Profile and Published Books. Now Charged With Murder.


About The Author:  Nancy Brophy grew up reading and writing. Her imaginary friends have rich lives and less self-doubts with stories that have beginning, middles and happy ending all within four hundred pages. She lives in the beautiful, green and very wet Northwest with her husband, two naughty dogs, PB and J, and forty rowdy chickens.

Novelist Who Penned ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Essay Charged With Husband’s Murder.


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(Nancy Crampton-Brophy has been charged with the murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy. She is the author of romantic suspense novels and, in a 2011 blog post, outlined various motives and methods of killing a husband. Credit: Portland, OR Police Bureau and NPR and The Oregonian)
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“How do you get away with murder? Maybe don’t write a blog post about getting away with murder.”

Last week, police in Portland arrested 68-year-old Nancy Crampton-Brophy. She is charged with the murder in the death of her 63-year-old husband, chef Daniel Brophy.

At 8:30 a.m. on June 2, police and medics arrived at The Oregon Culinary Institute after students and instructors arriving for class found Brophy suffering from a gunshot wound. The first responders attempted to revive him but weren’t successful. In a press conference that day, police said that they were investigating the death as a homicide and that they had no immediate suspects.

Crampton-Brophy is a self-published author of romantic suspense novels, many featuring chiseled ex-Navy SEALs — books with “rugged men, strong women, and a good story,” she touted on her website. There she described her home life — part of which read like the satisfying last pages of a romance novel:

“I live in the beautiful, green, and very wet, Northwest, married to a Chef whose mantra is: life is a science project. As a result there are chickens and turkeys in my backyard, a fabulous vegetable garden which also grows tobacco for an insecticide and a hot meal on the table every night. For those of you who have longed for this, let me caution you. The old adage is true. Be careful what you wish for, when the gods are truly angry, they grant us our wishes.

“… I can’t tell you when I fell in love with my husband, but I relate the moment I decided to marry him. I was in the bath. It was a big tub. I expected him to join me and when he was delayed, I called out, ‘Are you coming?’

“His answer convinced me he was Mr. Right. ‘Yes, but I’m making hors d’oeuvres.’ Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?”

But in 2011, for a blog called See Jane Publish, Crampton-Brophy wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.” (The post is no longer public.)

“As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure,” the post read. “After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.”

The essay described a range of possible motives for murdering a husband, ranging from avoiding the financial hit of a divorce to infidelity by a “lying, cheating bastard,” and even the possibility that the wife is a professional contract killer. It also weighed the pros and cons of different methods: “Guns — loud, messy, require some skill. … Knives — really personal and close up. Blood everywhere. Eww.”

She warned against committing a crime of passion: “Most of the time there is a trail that leads directly to you. Each type of murder leaves clues. A crime of passion does not look like a stranger was involved.”

The couple had been married for 27 years, according to The Oregonian, and were reportedly inseparable. Brophy was a lead instructor at the culinary institute, where he was remembered as “the resident encyclopedia of knowledge” with “offbeat sense of humor and creative approach to teaching.”

The day after her husband’s death, Crampton-Brophy posted an update to Facebook.

“I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now,” she wrote. “While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”

But a neighbor, Don McConnell, told the Oregonian of an odd interaction with the widow. “She never showed any signs of being upset or sad,” McConnell said. “I would say she had an air of relief like it was almost a godsend.” He asked whether the police had been keeping her updated. “She said, ‘No, I’m a suspect,’ ” without emotion, McConnell said.

The news was a jolt to others. “It’s a big shock. It’s a big shock,” Brophy’s mother, Karen Brophy, told The Washington Post. “But we’re not making any statements.”

“Everyone that knows her, especially those close to her than myself are sick at heart,” Anna Brentwood, a writer who says she has known the couple for two decades told the Oregonian. “We are hoping the police are wrong and just going after the easiest target.”

At a candlelight vigil a week after his death, Daniel Brophy was remembered as being gruff on the outside, compassionate underneath. Attendees recalled a cow costume the instructor used with Velcro labels to illustrate cuts of beef.

The costume was hand-sewn by Crampton-Brophy, who spoke of her late husband. “He loved teaching, he loved mushrooms, and he loved family,” she said, according to the Portland Tribune. “Not only was life a science experiment, but sometimes it was an adventure.” Near the end of the blog post imagining how and why to kill one’s husband, Crampton-Brophy wrote that she finds “it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them.”

“I don’t want to worry about blood and brains splattered on my walls. And really, I’m not good at remembering lies. But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us has it in him/her when pushed far enough.”


Crampton-Brophy was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday. The judge approved a request by prosecutors to seal the court document outlining the case against her. She wore a blue jumpsuit.

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BUT WAIT, READERS!!… Here is the CRAZY PART of this…I went to her Facebook page here Author, Nancy Brophy and her Readers are leaving her Supportive Posts for her there??? WHAT? This lady shots here husband and readers are supporting her? WOW! Now I have seen and READ it all! Now I am not a heartless person, but you are supporting a murderer, people.

There is also another Facebook page; Remembering Daniel Brophy by her husbands’ co-workers of “The Culinary Institue” in Portland, Oregon. Let’s remember a man died in this tragic event. I guess will see if Nancy is or is not his killer as she moves through the court proceedings. Yes, I know, Innocent until proven Guilty…

“I just heard on the radio here in Arkansas that Chef Brophy was shot and killed at the culinary school I attended. He was an amazing man, teacher, and friend. He and his class are the best memories I have when I think back on my time there. Flavors of the World taught me so much about spices, herbs, and of course, mushrooms. You will always have a special place in my heart and you will be missed by so many culinarians that you influenced in your life and theirs.”

 

Mystery Author and Writer Kim Carter is Everywhere. New Interview By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ~ Talk of The Town.

Hello and Welcome Readers and New Visitors.

If you don’t know her yet? Please meet my dear friend and award-winning author and writer ‘Kim Carter’ who is the next big shooting star in mysteries! Now published by Kelly Keylon of “Raven South Publishing” of Atlanta, GA., I have been blessed and honored to have worked with Kim beginning in 2015 in promoting her books and author brand and with Kelly on and off to present.

They say it takes a “village” and many hours of marketing until it all pays off and then “BAM! This Begins to happen!” She is featured this weekend in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Talk of Town” and what a wonderful interview it is! Before you know it? Kim and her now six published titles will be seen next on “The New York Times” bestseller list! Well, everyone has to have a dream, right?

Her next featured is coming in October’s AMERICUS TIMES-RECORDER ~~ Life Styles magazine. And of course, Kim has been now chosen as a Finalist for Killer Nashville’s Falchion Awards in “The Best Thriller” category and will learn who wins August 25th, 2018! I hope you enjoy reading her article and interview as much I as have … Cat

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(Atlanta-based mystery writer Kim Carter is a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion award for best thriller. Carter has written and published six mystery novels.)

 

~Atlanta author saved her life by writing mysteries ~

 

In September 1999 Kim Carter (then North) was on the way to drop her son at school before heading to work downtown when she suffered a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of her Grand Prix. She was 33, a mother of three and had never had a seizure in her life.

Carter and her 10-year-old son survived the terror and no one was hurt but the event set her on a long path to recovery. Carter credits her immediate survival to the brave couple who helped guide them to safety. But as the weeks of medical exams, medications and despair turned into months, she said it was writing that saved her life.

Eight months after the incident, Carter began writing mysteries like the ones she read by her favorite authors including the late Sue Grafton and Atlanta-based Karin Slaughter.

“It was my safe place. I had lost so much of my independence that was the one place where I could still be productive,” said Carter. “Even if it was just for me, even if it was a hobby, it was soothing.”

It would take several years, but Carter would eventually publish the books that once lived only on big floppy discs. Her 2016 novel “Murder Among the Tombstones,” — the first book in a series about two 70-year-old women who decide to become private investigators —  is a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion award for best thriller. The winner will be announced Aug. 25.

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(“Murder Among the Tombstones,” by Kim Carter has been nominated for a Killer Nashville award.)

“It is an honor Carter never could have imagined when she was pecking out plots on the desktop computer she set up in her laundry room. After the traffic incident, Carter had developed agoraphobia. She worried that she would have another seizure at any given time.”

She had only learned about what happened that day after the fact. How her foot stiffened on the pedal and sent the car shooting down GA 138 at 70 MPH. How a passing couple realized what was happening and drove their car next to hers to warn other drivers out of the way. How her 10-year old son, Austin, would climb down to the floor, push her foot from the gas and press hard on the brakes until the car rolled across several lanes of traffic and came to a stop near a Saturn dealership.

Carter spent three days in the hospital and underwent weeks of medical testing. She searched for and found the couple that helped her. She even appeared on several televisions shows and in an AJC story. It was an emotional time, said Carter, and the seizures just wouldn’t stop.

It was hard to shake the anxiety and depression that her condition had brought to her life. She was a mother of young children but had limited mobility and her marriage was headed for divorce.

One day, she sat on the swing set in the backyard and resolved to do something to help her find some peace. So she moved an old desk into the laundry room, set up her computer and started writing. When the kids were at school or at night when she felt she needed to decompress, she was at her computer coming up with characters.

“I remember thinking, I have always been a reader. I thought about all my favorite authors and I thought about what I liked and didn’t like about certain books,” said Carter. “I said I was going to write the way I want books to be.”

Initially, no one knew what she was doing. But gradually she would print out her pages, roll them up with a rubber band and share them with neighbors.

In 2002, she began working on her second book. This time she did a lot of research. She visited a warden at the prison and an inmate on death row. She went to the Fulton County Examiner’s Office and began networking.

The process got her out of the house and lifted her mood. She began outlining her stories using sticky notes and storyboards. Though she was in and out of the hospital several times with health issues, her kids were thriving and her hobby kept her engaged.

Over time she reconnected with a family friend and after a shared dinner, they married in 2004. Her husband, Julius Herron encouraged her writing and she began sharing more and more of her manuscripts.

In 2005, she self-published her first book, “No Second Chances,” and threw a big launch party at the performing arts center in Newnan. They made the rounds of book fairs, sold books online and when they traveled they would give away books to people all over the globe and watch orders come in from around the world.

Then the seizures came back.

Julius set up a new desk and office for her. She cried over her old beat up desk but began writing again. For her next book, she worked with a small publishing house. When the book was released she had a signing at Barnes and Noble and sold more than 200 books. But despite what felt like success, the deal with the publishing house wasn’t a good one. Carter was disappointed and tired. Her self-esteem plummeted.

“I felt like I wasn’t really a writer,” she said. So she stopped writing for about a year. She began to feel depressed and the seizures started up again. Julius thought it was because her mind was idle. 

Four years ago, when the couple visited a convention for owners of greyhound dogs, they met Kelly Keylon, co-owner of Atlanta Water Gardens. The became fast friends and Keylon also encourage Carter to write again. “You have talent. You do not want to give up,” he said to her. Keylon was so sure of Carter that he founded Raven South Publishing to publish her books.
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They had to learn how to run a publishing company from the ground up and learned a lot as they worked with printers, cover artists, and editors.

Carter began tackling her writing again. One story was inspired by a girl’s trip to Biloxi, Miss. During a cemetery tour, Carter spotted a tombstone with a baby lamb on top. It said only, “Baby Belle.” She wanted to learn more about this little baby who seemed to have no family. It was so heavy on her mind, it became a plot twist in her book “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle.

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It turned out to be the book in which Clara and Iris, the nosey widows who launch a second act as investigators were first introduced. She patterned the two characters after her mother and her mother’s best friend. “Readers love ‘Baby Belle” but I think what they loved the most were those two characters,” Carter said. So she decided to focus a series around them.

“Clara and Iris offer a humor break but they are also very smart women,” she said. She is now working another Clara and Iris book called “Murder on the Bayou” in which the two women buy an RV and hit the road!

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(From left, Kim Carter and Kelly Keylon pose outside an RV. This summer they plan to hit the road to do research for Carter’s upcoming mystery book, part of a series of novels about Iris & Clara — two 70-year-old women who become private investigators.)

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Soon after the idea formed, Carter hauled Keylon out to Greenville to look at an old RV so they could all take a road trip in October to do research for the book. Carter hopes her readers feel like they know her characters and she loves meeting with fans.
“I love doing book clubs and meeting people who read and hearing what they think about the books,” she said. At the end of the book club meetings, she leaves everyone with a note to send out to someone that has influenced their lives in big and small ways.

Carter also continued her connection to Baby Belle. She and Keylon have donated five large angel statues to the Old Biloxi Cemetery to watch over all of the babies buried there. The Killer Nashville nomination has helped give Carter the boost she needed to continue to reach higher and write the kinds of books that readers want to read.

“I just remain so shocked and humbled that people are reading, purchasing and enjoying what I have written,” she said. “For anyone who is writing and struggling, don’t give up. Just keep doing it even if you are just doing it for the love of writing.” 
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You can connect with Kim Carter on Social Media and please visit her website too.

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Twitter – Official Website  –  FB Kim Carter Mysteries – And On Amazon.

BIG Congrats Kim for making Finalist for a Killer Nashville Silver Award!! CAT

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