Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “BUG” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Lightning bugs in jar.
Boy collects in mason jar
Mom will set them free

Cockroach on the floor
Then stomp on them with your shoe
Sweep into dustpan

Take care when you talk
Boss has bug in your office
To hear what you say

I would love to get your feedback here


After some long thought-processing of what I should do regarding my current WIP endeavors since CreateSpace has ceased all of its support services for authors, I’ve decided to forge ahead with one of manuscripts that my erotic side [Kathryn Heart] has going for her. One of the reasons I’ve chosen this particular manuscript from the total of four we’ve got between us is that going forwards we won’t be producing any paperback versions of our books.

Going forwards with a KINDLE version only, we [my erotic side and I] know the covers [front and back] will have to be part of the file being converted to the KINDLE format. The biggest problem with designing the cover on our own would be to have the title/author’s name overlaid onto the artwork for the front cover, and for this particular manuscript an overlay won’t be required, given what my thoughts for the cover design are. The only issue we’ve basically got is for the formatting of the text pages, specifically to get the page numbers to start a few pages in. But, I’m going to check a dozen or so KINDLE only books I’ve got on my computer to see if physical page numbers are actually necessary for a KINDLE book.

Right now, since I haven’t looked at this particular manuscript or any of my other ones since the middle of November of last year, I’ve got to begin by looking at each one before starting to write anew. So, in regards to this manuscript which is an erotic GLBT/BDSM novella entitled “The Transformation”, I’ve already re-read and edited about 65% of the existing manuscript, and still need to write about 15% more to reach my projected total of 32,500 words. As it stands now, I’ve got 115 pages with approximately 27,600 words.

With the writing of my manuscripts resuming the velocity at which I’ve been reading/writing reviews will now be tapered back.

Lastly, I’d love to start interviewing my fellow romance authors here. So, if you’re interested please send me a DM to my Twitter account [@mypennameonly] and we can start the process [first come, first served basis]. Be advised I’m only taking the first 15 individuals who respond.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Let us not forget an old-fashioned, but true marketing technique; which is known as the simple mouth-to-mouth advertising.


If you use FaceBook, make sure you’ve got an author’s page there; and if you don’t create one.


I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted a marketing/promotional idea. So, to make up for it; today I’ll be posting three of them.

You’ve got your book published, you’ve gotten people to look at it on Amazon, B & N, etc. Now all you need to do is to tell them what the book is about. When you do make sure it’s captivating summary and include with the book and any of the publicity for it.


With CreateSpace having ceased all of their support services, most important of which had been editing and cover design, in my opinion; I’d been left with four WIPs that I’ve been working on, and no non-vanity place to go to self-publish them. And since then, almost a month ago now, I haven’t written a single word in any of them. [Two of which are being written under this name, and two being written under my erotic pen name, Kathryn Heart.]

This has left me with plenty of time to think about my next move regarding my second career as a romance author, as well as time for me to engage my passion in being a Book Reviewer, my 2nd second career since I retired just over eight years ago; and here I’d thought I’d be bored silly without a single thing to do. BTW – since my last entry I’ve posted around 30 new reviews for a variety of genres on Amazon and my other usual review sites. So, if anyone is looking for their book to read, you’re invited to check them and the rest of my 773 reviews on Amazon:

I know I’ve been amiss in not posting some entries on a regular basis; however, once I posted the ones I’m posting soon, it will be on a more regular basis.

Lastly, getting back to my current WIPs, I’ve decided to move ahead with writing the least problematical one; one which I believe can be done using a very simplistic cover design, which I can do on my own. This endeavor is for one of my erotic GLBT/BDSM novellas entitled, “The Transformation” by Kathryn Heart; which I’ve last worked on back on November 22, 2017. At that time the manuscript has: 22 Chapters, 107 pages and approximately 27,000 words, leaving me with it being about 90% completed according to my estimates. So starting today, I’m going to start off by re-reading what I’ve already written, and making any necessary edits along the way.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “HAIL” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Hail, pieces of ice

Round as a pea, or marble

Falling from the sky

Conquering hero

Here is your hero salute

From gracious public

Hail, the gang’s all here.

Reminisce over old times

Hoping they’ll be back.

I would love to get your feedback here.

Friday, March 2, 2018


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “EGGS” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

A bird lays an egg.

Then patiently sits on it.

Later new life’s born.

Age old question is

What came first, the egg of bird.

Both came at same time.

How do you eat eggs?

It doesn’t really matter.

Because they’ll taste GREAT !!!

I would love to get your feedback here.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “MOON” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Full moons. Special names.
Harvest, Hunter’s, and there’s Blue.
What’s your favorite?

Silvery moon’s here.
Time to ask special question.
Will answer be YES?

Harvest moon is here.
Farmer can work far more hours.
Getting his crop in.

I would love to get your feedback here.

Monday, February 12, 2018


Soon after I’d written my previous status on January 25th, which I’d forgotten to post until today I started to hear rumors about CreateSpace shutting down ALL of its support services: Editing, Cover Design, Interior Design, etc.  This caused me to slow down my writing endeavors even more than I’ve already had, as well as causing me to become somewhat depressed. Now that the news about CreateSpace is official, I’ve become TOTALLY DEPRESSED.

This depression only involves my being a romance author with several endeavors in various stages of being worked on. I’m not going to stop working on these four endeavors, but my writing might only be about 3-4 pages at most on each of them. Being a General Member of RWA [Romance Writers of America] I can self-publish my books; however, I can’t use any of the multiple vanity presses which can easily be found to have a romance genre book I’ve written to be accepted by them. In the hopes remedying this situation I’d sent RWA a message, asking them to tell me which other self-publishing entities to they accept books from.

This depression has caused me to miss my Haiku prompts, posting my marketing/promotional ideas, etc.  In order to feel as if I’m doing something I went into HIGH GEAR regarding writing my book reviews. Since January 25th I’ve posted 23 reviews on Amazon US/UK, GoodReads, and LibraryThing. I’ve now got 744 reviews posted on and 487 posted on As far as this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge, I’ve already posted 49 reviews [24.5%] out of my original goal of 200 reviews, which according to their site puts me at 26 books ahead of schedule.

Being an Amazon-US TOP CONTRIBUTOR for True Crime Books I’ve just reviewed Jack Smith’s “The Most Devious Killers of All Time,” and the next book on my TBReviewed pile is “Sex Criminals” by Hannah Clarkson. I hope those of you who love to read romances have gotten to check my reading suggestion list for Valentine’s Day which I’d posted yesterday.


I can’t believe I’d forgotten to post this update on January 25th, I probably had gotten distracted by my dear OH asking me to do something at that time which definitely could have waited a while.

With an apparent lack of sales despite some marketing activities I’ve decided to revamp my writing endeavors. Instead of attempting to write one page per day in one of my four current WIPs., I’ll be concentrating my attention on completing one endeavor at a time. The first endeavor will be one which I’m writing under my erotic pen name, as I want to give this side of me some much-needed exposure since I don’t review any books under this name. The only thing now is to decide which one of my two erotic endeavors it will be.

My book reviewing endeavor is moving along quite nicely as I’ve already written and posted over 25 reviews so far, this year on Amazon, etc. This is creating my being several books ahead of schedule in meeting my goal of 200 books for this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge. And on Amazon my ranking is now below 1,900 and hopefully before the end of this year I’ll be one of the 1,000 TOP REVIEWERS on Amazon.

Later, some of my reviews have had problems in actually getting posted, instead of having them appearing for a book almost immediately, they’ve take up to almost three days; a book might appear on Amazon-US one day and almost a day later on Amazon-UK, which has caused me to increase the monitoring I need to do for these books. Amazon’s increased screening process for reviews might be the reason for this happening.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


As we all know Wednesday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, a day on which cupid is supposed to shoot his arrow into the hearts of two individuals so they can fall in love and obtain the HEA they’ve desired as long as they can remember. This is also the period of time when, romance authors write and their readers search for, stories which will personify the spirit of this day and the days surrounding it.

Since last Valentine’s Day I’ve written about 250 reviews covering many genres, including a variety of romances. It is for this reason I’ve decide to compile a list of the romances I’ve written reviews for during this period. I hope by reading this list you might find your next romance book.

“Behind Blue Eyes”
By Karen M. Bryson
4.6 STARS/18 Reviews

“Madamoiselle: A Novella”
By Suzanne Jenkins
4.8 STARS/17 Reviews

“Dogged by Love”
By Holly Tierney-Bedord
4.5 STARS/45 Reviews

“His Captivating Confidante [Secret Sentinels]
By Lisa Weaver
4.6 STARS/16 Reviews

“Valentine Vision”
By Tammy Tate
4.9 STARS/13 Reviews

“Sweet Child of Mine: 6 Secret Baby Romances”
By 6 Various Authors
4.5 STARS/8 Reviews

“Romancing the Rogue [Passion and Promises Book 3]
By Erica Ridley
4.5 STARS/103 Reviews

“The Fix It or Get Out Series [Books 1–3]
By Christine Ardigo
4.8 STARS/9 Reviews

“Breathless [Players to Men]
By Georgia Lyn Hunter
4.6 STARS/35 Reviews

“Songs of the Heart”
By 7 Various Authors
4.7 STARS/12 Reviews

“Dear Viking: Christian Historical Romance Novel”
By Lori Soard
4.7 STARS/20 Reviews

“One Weekend Away [Stubborn Romance Book 1]
By L Marie Apps
4.9 STARS/16 Reviews

“Never Let You Fall”
By Kate Smith
4.8 STARS/5 Reviews

“Marrying Ms. Kringle: Lux”
By Lucy McConnell
4.8 STARS/32 Reviews

“Season Shenanigans [Volume 5]
By 14 Various Authors
4.5 STARS/38 Reviews

“Snowstorm [Christmas Inspirational Romance]
By Jennette Green
4.9 STARS/11 Reviews

“My Wild Duke [The Dukes’ Club Book 8]
By Eva Devon
4.6 STARS/23 Reviews

“Betty’s Blessing”
By Jo Huddleston
4.8 STARS/6 Reviews

“Can’t Stop Loving You”
By Miranda Liasson
4.5 STARS/143 Reviews

“Marriage With a Proper Stranger [Men of Wollstonecraft Hall]
By Karyn Gerrard
4.7 STARS/7 Reviews

And if you would, I’d appreciate you checking out the two books I’ve written, both are available as a KINDLE Unlimited download.

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “FORGE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Being an heiress

My ex-lover forged my name

He now lives in jail

I forged my dream

It’s now my reality

Shows it pays to dream

To forge or not

With ten acres of prime land

Where should my home go

I would love to get your feedback here.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


With the myriad of internet options available you might consider transitioning your main source of promotional activities over towards your author page. And to attract readers you need to be engaging them.


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “AIM” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

My guy’s aim was great.

He really knew how to love.

His death broke my heart.

The aim of women.

Is winning the man she loves!

Everything’s fair.

Schools are there to teach.

They can’t teach everything

Life’s biggest teacher.

I would love to get your feedback here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


I couldn’t resist taking a few days of some well-deserved R/R. Now I’m ready to get back to work on ALL of my endeavors.

I believe 2018 will be a banner year for myself. To begin with, I’ve just posted my 700th book review on Amazon where my Amazon Reviewer Ranking has now dipped below 2,000:

The next item I’ll be posting is another Marketing/Promotional idea.

Since I haven’t gotten any response back on whether my followers here would like to see ALL of my reviews posted here or only a select few, I’m going to hold off posting any until I resolve this issue on my own.

If anyone is interested in being interviewed here, please send me a DM [Direct Message] to my twitter account: The same goes if anyone is interviewing me for your website/blog site.


Here is this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “BUNDLE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:  

Very cold outside

Must go out to get some wood

Comes back with bundle.

Wanting to conceive

Sue tries everything there is

Gets bundle of joy.

Bundle of old clothes

Is carried on the hobo’s back

Worldly possessions

I would love to get your feedback here.

Monday, January 1, 2018


First and foremost, I’d love to wish everyone who is following me and your families A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS New Year.

This year has been some year for me:

I’ve once again completed last year’s GoodRead’s Reading Challenge by having read/reviewed 233 books when my goal had been a total of 200 books: I’d reached my goal last year on December 3rd. This is one more book than I did in 2016 when I’d done a total of 232 books. For this coming year, I’ve once again set my goal at 200 books.

I finally got around to having my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost” re-edited.

My reviewing of books on Amazon has progressed quite nicely give my being ranked at below 2,500.  Amazon has honored me by posting a badge for being a TOP CONTRIBUTOR for True Crime books on my profile.

Going forwards for this year I hope to finally finish the two writing endeavors I currently have. The first is an adult Contemporary novel with a paranormal element running through the storyline entitled, “His Darkest Secret.” The second is a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella with a romantic backstory entitled, “The Secret of the Well;” this endeavor is a stand-alone sequel to my debut endeavor.

Hopefully, this year I plan to be more diligent in my posting of marketing/promotional ideas, posting my Haiku responses to the Haiku Horizon website. I’m debating whether or not I should post all of my reviews here; so please give me your feedback here by saying YES/NO.

If you’re looking to give a book as a gift to someone, a family or even yourself, I’d love for you to consider giving one of my two books. Both of these books are available as a KINDLE Unlimited

I’ve just begun writing an article which I hope will get published in the RWA’s [Romance Writers of America] monthly publication “RWR” [Romance Writers Report.”

This year I’d love to me interviewed on as many blog sites as possible, my schedule at the moment is totally open. So if you’d like to interview me, please send me a DM [direct message] to my twitter account

I’d love to hear from my followers. So don’t be shy leave a comment on something I’ve posted.