Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Be My Guest



 To Blog or Not to Blog


So it's been said all writers need an author's blog. I have no idea who said it first, but it's been floating around out there for a while. There is actually another school of thought, though not as popular, that says blogging is a waste of time, because writers should spend their time working on their latest projects.

It's pretty apparent since you are here reading this which option I chose. My first name choice for this blog was The Joyful Scribe, because everyone knows happiness can be circumstantial, but no one can steal your joy. Unfortunately, that name was already taken, so I chose The Cheerful Scribe instead.  The truth is, I'm not always cheerful, but I do try to present a good front, at least in public.

I believe anyone who writes anything is a writer. For me, the word author has a more professional connotation. Just between us, it's a little bit hard for me to call myself an author, but if I want people to actually read my books, it's something I'll have to get used to. It's kind of that old, If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will either thing.

The Books


In case you haven't read any of my books, allow me to tell you a little bit about them. They are meant to be humorous, light, and entertaining reads that don't require the reader to use a lot of brain power. I wanted total escape fiction aimed at the baby boomer crowd. They are Christian books, although I do not proselytize or preach in them. The stories take place in a small, fictional west Texas town called High Plains. My MC, Faylene, is a common sense, but somewhat accident prone gal whose friends involve her in all sorts of wacky situations. Faylene is not me, although some of you who know me well have suspected she might be. I won't get into the books in detail, but if they sound like something you might enjoy, please check them out here.

I just want to say how utterly TERRIFYING it was when the first one went up for sale on amazon.com. Literally, I laid awake in bed that night thinking about all the things that could have, were going to, and had already gone wrong. Since then, the books have undergone some transformations and improvements. It has been a learning process, and I am still learning.

The title of my series is Faylene in High Plains.
Book one is "Faylene's Biggest Catch."
Book two is "Faylene Sees a Pig," and book three is "Faylene's Diamonds."


I also have a short dessert cookbook titled "Easiest Desserts on the Planet." It's something I got talked into, and I doubt I will do another one.



I Need YOU


This blog is not just about me, though. From time to time, I'll be doing something else. I really would love it if my friends who have written books would join me here and tell me all about their work. In fact, I would love for anyone who has written anything to stop by and share with me. Consider it promotion. (Wink.) And if you're an indie author, all the better, though that is not a requirement at all. "Wait!" you say, "that's not fair. I haven't written anything. What about me?" I've got you covered, too. Maybe you'd just like to tell me about a great book you've read. I'll be taking some quotes from my friends, and if you'd like to say more, this is the place.

I'm going to ask some of you I know are authors to share here. In the meantime, if I haven't gotten to you yet, and you want to chat about your book here, email me at aciedeucie@hotsheet.com with the word "Blog" in the subject title.

 And I'm just going to go ahead and beg here. Please sign up to receive this blog in your inbox, and I'll send you a brand new Ferrari if you'll follow me, too. Okay, maybe some of that won't happen, but I'll really be happy - no - "cheerful" if you'd oblige me.

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!

Betty


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