12 Topics of Conversation

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means hoards of family and friends will be converging together for a day of festivities. It doesn’t take long to “catch up” with regards to the job, the kids, etc. Then here it comes. That dreaded awkward silence. Well, here’s a list of questions that will help keep the conversation flowing.

·        Tell me something about you I don’t know.
·        If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Why?
·        What’s the oddest [funniest, most embarrassing, etc] thing that’s happened to you since we last talked?
·        What’s the best gift you ever gave someone? Received?
·        Name five things you can’t live without.
·        What’s the worst job you ever had?
·        Tell me about your most memorable vacation. Your best? Your worst?
·        What would you do if you won the lottery?
·        Have you ever broken the law?
·        What underutilized skills do you have? In other words, what are you good at that others might not know about?
·        Tell me about your guilty pleasures.
·        What one book do you think should be required reading?

Remember, conversation is a two-way street. Offering your perspective will inspire others to do the same. Relax, enjoy this time with family and friends. And if all else fails, turn to the NFL; the Bears will play the Lions, the Eagles will take on the Cowboys, and the Seahawks will challenge the 49ers.

Do you have an unusual conversation starter? Please share in a comment below.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Creamy Italian Chicken Soup #Crock-pot #Recipe @DonnaFaz

Delicious, flavorful, and husband approved! This soup serves 6 hearty portions.

1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 14 ounce can diced tomato (with juice)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 15 ounce can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
3 medium carrots, sliced into half-inch rounds
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

1. Add the coconut milk, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the crock-pot and stir to combine.

2. Add the beans, carrots, celery, and onion. Stir.

3. Add chicken breasts. Cover crock-pot with lid and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. (All crock-pots vary in cooking temperatures, so adjust cooking times to your crock-pot.)

4. When ready to serve, shred chicken using 2 forks. Stir to distribute chicken. Enjoy!

Wow! #99¢ eBook Extravaganza - 20 Bks That Are Less Than A Buck

Update! Some prices have changed. Please check price before purchasing!
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Each e-book below has been reduced to 99¢. I don’t know how long these prices will last, so grab them while you can. Clicking the covers will take you directly to the Kindle Store. This is one time I don’t mind being called easy and cheap. *laughing* Now, go! Shop! Let's celebrate the arrival of November.



Self-Publishing 101: Your Amazon Author Page

Many of you know I run a blog called Awesome Romance Novels. All too often as I write up the posts for the books I promote, I'm surprised to see that authors have not created an Author Page on Amazon. Why, oh, why do authors not take advantage of this wonderful marketing tool?

I won’t lecture you about the many reasons you should climb up onto this FREE soapbox that Amazon offers, but I will recommend that you do it. And I’ll even give you a quick how-to:

1.     Create an account at AuthorCentral.com. Here’s how.
2.     Once your account is created, claim your books.
3.     Upload a photo of yourself. Readers love to actually see you!
4.     Write an active bio which includes accolades, awards, and social media information.
5.     Use Author Central to update the product descriptions of your books.
6.     Check your Author Ranking. It’s a really cool feature.

For more information on Author Central and the importance of this platform, see Jackie Weger’s post on Novel Authors At Work. Also, check out what Amazon has to say about all that Author Central has to offer.

Now go do it. Do it now!

Do you have a Self-Publishing 101 tip to offer? Please share your knowledge in the comment section. 

Ode to my #Mazda Miata

Oh, my Miata, I love you so
I must put you in park, but I want to drive mo’
Your gleaming liquid silver just melts my heart
Your sporty curves are a true work of art

My husband wants to drive, but I say, “NO!”
Oh, my Miata, I love you so
Your gorgeous leather feels good on my rump
With such smooth handling, I feel nary a bump

You can fly like the wind; you can stop on a dime
Behind the wheel, I have a grand time
I even dream about driving; I want to go, go, go
Oh, my Miata, I love you so

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Understanding Goodreads for Authors With Julie Whitely, Goodreads Librarian

Understanding Goodreads for Authors

Goodreads has been a mystery to many authors who would like to make better use of the site without making etiquette mistakes. It was my good fortune to meet Goodreads librarian, Julie Whitely, who has come to our rescue. I collected a list of the biggest concerns to authors and Julie has graciously addressed them in this informative and helpful blog. She is sharing a lot good information and tips. I appreciate that Julie is, above all, a lover of books, as are all the participants on Goodreads.

Now, from Julie:

First of all, I would like to thank Cheryl for inviting me to be a guest on her blog.

As a reader, I never really gave much thought to Goodreads from the author's perspective. Well, I am thinking about it now that I have put my foot in it. I mentioned on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that authors and publishers were not using the site to their advantage. It seemed that authors were assuming their books were being added by little fairies. Of course that wasn’t the case, so many books are missing. I stop several times a day to add a book I want to put on my own Goodreads shelf. This had me thinking that someone somewhere was sleeping on the job, and that authors were missing out on valuable free exposure.

I got more responses than I could ever have imagined. I learned that most authors have shouldered the responsibility of promotion, but ma...

To read the rest of this great article, click the link to Cheryl St. Johns website:

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