About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Learning to be a more social me?

2012-08-09 10.58.30It’s taken me a long time to be okay with standing on the sidelines and not jumping into the cold water just because every one else is doing it. While I was never a “follower” in the classic sense, and my school days weren’t always fun because I didn’t often conform, there are times you question the sanity of the way you’ve been doing things.

What’s everyone doing these days?

The latest “pool” is what I consider social media overload. And over the past few months I’ve learned that I do not want to spend my time learning the ins and outs of every social media site out there – and even worse, I do not want to post my entire life online.

Do I have to?

I’m just fine with standing along the sidelines, picking and choosing the sites that work best for me and embracing them. If social media is about being social, how can that happen if we’re in a hundred different places at once? Sure there are plenty of sites where you can schedule your tweets, your Facebook postings, and yes…I did schedule this blog before it went live. 🙂 But, are we really just fooling ourselves that this is a conversation? Because if everything is scheduled and you’re never “there” to interact – who is conversing? No one. We’re all just drive-by posting, tossing stuff against the wall hoping it will stick and get some likes or retweets or repins.

How is that helping me? Do I need to take classes or go back to school to learn how to text with both fingers on a virtual keyboard?

I’m a social girl by nature…get me in a room, give me a drink and I’ll talk your ears off all night long – but develop relationships and conversations online in dozens of places? Not so much. And it’s taken me a long time to learn that it’s okay to be me wherever I am. I want to be comfortable, and make real connections – because that’s who I am. I’m more comfortable with a few places I can learn well.

So, if you’re looking for me online and really want to connect with me – you can find me here, and on personal blog once a week. I tweet (@deboradennis) and I respond to tweets if you mention me. I’m on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/deboradennis.author) and comment and reply to everyone who posts on my page. I also enjoy Pinterest (deboradennis). Where won’t you find me? I don’t instagram, I don’t tumblr or reddit, I have a page at Goodreads – but rarely go there. Is there anything I missed – I bet there are dozens of places I don’t even know about.

Tell me where I can find you!

Don’t forget that every comment this month is entered into our random monthly giveaway! So don’t be shy!

 

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Heart-Shaped Glasses August Mash Up

IMG145Can you believe that August is almost over? I know I can’t. While my favorite season is just around the corner, I still always feel sad when those last days of summer roll around and the kids had back to school.

We hope you enjoyed the August blog theme of “travel and settings” – I know we all did. And for those of us who weren’t able to vacation this summer, I felt as if I traveled the world this month with all of you.

As you sit back and enjoy the last days of the month, we’ve got a few sites and articles we’d like to share.

Nina recommends:

What Does a Literary Agent Want to See When They Google You?
http://thewritelife.com/what-does-a-literary-agent-want-to-see-when-they-google-you/

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Bethanne shares:

http://ramp.ie/index.php/reviews/books/top-ten-horrible-book-covers/

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Debora suggests:

Great article on writing dialogue:
http://writerswrite.co.za/writing-great-dialogue

Small actions, deeper characters, better stories!
http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/small-actions-deeper-character-better-scenes/

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Jennifer likes:

Why authors should respond to reviews of their book on Amazon http://www.takepermission.com/publishing-books/self-publishing-reviews-amazon-respond/ … via @andytraub

How Can I Possibly Write AND Market? Here’s How! – http://ow.ly/nNxtH

13 Ways to be a Better Writer http://rebeccatdickson.com/2013/08/22/13-ways-to-be-a-better-writer/

And…

42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists – http://ow.ly/o1DJ2    #writers #writetip

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Julie enjoyed:

Both reader and writer friendly. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/magazine/stephen-kings-family-business.html?_r=0

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Tina recommends:

The trademark issue in writing sports romance
http://romancingthejock.com/2013/08/the-trademark-issue-in-writing-sports-romance/

The Three Pillars of Selling More Books
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/3-pillars-of-selling-more-books-online/

 

We hope you find a little bit of inspiration or learn a little something from the links we’ve passed along. Remember that all comments through the end of the month are entered to win our monthly prize, this month it’s a free download of the winners choice from the Decadent Tease imprint sponsored by Clarissa Yip!

Have a link to a great article or blog you’d like to share with us? We look forward to seeing it in the comments!

See you next month!

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

It’s All About The Experience, Right?

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Campsite views

Sometimes a travel idea just doesn’t work out exactly like I planned.

When my boys were little I thought it would be a great experience to go tent camping in the mountains of southern California. In my mind I had visions of campfires, hikes and relaxing by the lake.

The reality? It was over 90 degrees, our campsite was perched on the side of the mountain where the ground was so hard, my husband broke three of our tent spikes just putting up the tent. The incline of our site was so steep, if I could have found a rope to tether my kids to a tree, I would have. We couldn’t go boating on the lake BECAUSE it was 90 degrees and they only had aluminum boats for rent. Fried children on the lake – no thanks.

But it’s an experience we won’t forget.

Tubing on the Colorado River, Yuma, Arizona

Tubing on the Colorado River, Yuma Arizona

A few years later I was talked into another trip I thought my boys would love…boating on the Colorado River in Yuma Arizona.

The night we pulled into town it was 103 degrees at 8pm!

Not being a water girl, I planned to spend my days under an umbrella on the shoreline with my young daughter while the boys and hubby did their water-skiing and boating.

When the temperature climbed to 116…the water started looking good, even to me. At which point I was talked into tubing.

Another experience I won’t forget.

Whether we write small town contemporary romances, paranormals, historicals, time travels or romantic suspense, there is always an adventure to be had. There is always something that our characters experience that adds to the fabric of their backstory or their current journey toward their HEA.

Over the years I’ve touched electrified fences in Amish country (because I didn’t believe they would HAVE electrified fences!) I’ve walked down a mountain in Vermont carrying my skis after running over my husband and he had to be taken down the mountain by snow-mobile stretcher. I’ve watched my kids swim with sharks off a LaJolla cove because I was too chicken to join them. And all those memories of adventures are sitting there waiting to be used in a story somewhere.

Because life really is all about the experience.

Have a funny experience you can share with me? Your comment just might win you a free digital download from the Decadent Tease line!

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Welcome to a month of exotic locations and out of this world settings!

ws_Red_Surf_Board_1600x1200From sandy beaches to ski slopes or out of this world trips to the future, the month of August will find the ladies of Heart-Shaped Glasses thinking about exotic locations.

We hope you’ll stop by often to journey around the globe and the universe with us this month as we explore vacation destinations, settings in our novels or places we only wish we could visit!

And this month one winner will be chosen at random from all the comments to win a free digital download of their choice of a title from the new TEASE line at Decadent publishing – a big thank you to Clarissa Yip for donating the give away this month!

This month we’ll have guest blogs by Gina Conkle on August 15th and Robin Bielman will be stopping by on the 30th!

We’re looking forward to a fun month around here…how about you?

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Just for the Summer with Jenna Rutland

Please join me in welcoming today’s guest blogger, Jenna Rutland. Sit back, grab a cold drink and enjoy the visit…as always, all comments are entered for a chance at our monthly drawing, so don’t be shy!

I’d like to thank Bethanne and all the wonderful women here for their very generous offer of allowing me to be a guest blogger today!

I was excited to hear that the July theme is summer! We are smack dab in the middle, although here in SE Michigan the weather has been chilly the last few days with a hint of fall in the air. Of course, it doesn’t help when the stores are touting their back to school sales.

As a kid, we took one vacation every year. It was to a little place in Northern Michigan right on the Canadian border called Sugar Island. It was a family vacation, but centered on my father needing his much-earned two week vacation from work. It was a fishing vacation, which I learned to love. At an early age, I could even bait my hook and remove my own fish, it if wasn’t too big.

My family knew that even though I enjoyed being on the boat, I wasn’t a diehard like the rest of them. My mom let me take my best friend every year and that made all the difference. We spent time exploring the woods, sitting on the dock working on our tans, and the best part of all—reading late into the night, anything and everything romance. We didn’t care if it was historical, contemporary or suspense. We would read until the wee hours, and there were times that we’d barely gotten to sleep when the adults were up and getting ready to go out fishing and we’d sleep in.

Even though our annual vacation wasn’t going to Disneyworld or sightseeing in a foreign country, we looked forward to those two weeks every year. I can truly say that those summer vacations by the lake rooted my love of reading romance, and for that I will always be grateful.

Living in the north, there are things we get to experience for only a small part of the year—windows wide open to catch the smell of fresh-cut grass, digging and planting in our gardens, and eating outside at cookouts with friends and family.

When I began writing this story, I knew I wanted to include some of my favorite things so it didn’t take me long to decide to set it in the summertime. And guess what? My characters enjoy the same things I do about summer! At the last minute, my book title was changed to the current, Just for the Summer. I fell in love with the title immediately and am so thankful my publisher came up with this great title. Hope you enjoy reading about Dani and Matt’s unforgettable summer.

Take care, and enjoy the rest of your summer!
xoxo – Jenna

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Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother!

While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance—stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun?

She is a member of RWA and is active in her local chapter. After several years on the MVRWA board, she now chairs the group’s annual fall brainstorming weekend as well as acts as food coordinator for several other events.

Jenna takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and loves the challenge of a new recipe.

She welcomes the chance to connect with writers and readers. Head to her Connect page to join her on Facebook or Twitter, sign up for her newsletter, or e-mail her.

Website:     http://www.jennarutland.com

Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/JennaRutlandAuthor

Twitter:       http://twitter.com/jennarutland

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/jennarutland

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His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.

Recently divorced Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

JUST FOR THE SUMMER is available as an e-book from the following retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iBookstore

Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with us and our guest! We’d love to know your favorite childhood summer memories and every comment gets entered into our monthly drawing!

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Heart-Shaped Glasses July Mash-Up!

2013-07-06 15.49.54Welcome to the monthly mash-up! It’s been a hot July were I live on Long Island and while I enjoy spending some time outside with my puppy, Toby, the lure of cooler air usually prevails.

If it’s hot where you are, I hope you’re finding a way to stay cool…and if you’re looking to spend some time surfing the ‘net, we’ve got a few hot links for you!

Jennifer’s Links:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HATE YOUR NOVEL
http://storyfix.com/what-to-do-if-you-hate-your-novel-a-guest-post

6 Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building: http://bit.ly/11XIQRZ

Social Media: Have You Got It All Wrong? | Catherine, Caffeinated http://ow.ly/kKGzQ

Tina’s July Finds:

Where to Get Photos for Your Blog: http://meghanward.com/blog/2012/06/21/where-to-get-photos-for-your-blog/

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue (Infographic): http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-infographic/

Debora Suggests:

Always looking for ways to improve or create an author newsletter?
http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-how-and-why-of-author-newsletters

Visit our July guests!

Here at Heart-Shaped Glasses we love our guests and we hope you do too! Here’s the links to their websites so you can visit them again! This month we welcomed Christy Gissendaner on July 15 and Jenna Rutland will be our guest on July 30th!

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That’s all we’ve got for this month – but if you have a great link you’d like us to check out or would like to see us feature…don’t be shy, add it here in the comment section and we’ll give you a shout-out next month!

As always, every comment is another chance to win our monthly giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll be back next month with more fun links!

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

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