Facebook Live Announcement: Enter to Win a Signed Copy of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal

Facebook Live Announcement: Enter to Win a Signed Copy of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal

Tonight on Facebook Live, I announced a signed paperback giveaway and explained how to enter to win. Watch below.

Preview Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal on Amazon.com.




Book Review: Soul Mates & Angels

Book Review: Soul Mates & Angels

Now up on Amazon.com:

This beautiful story drew me in from the moment I began reading. Written in the first person, its tone is at once hopeful, joyful, inquisitive, and thoughtful. Blessed with a supernatural ability to communicate with angels, the main character Anita Lyn Riley struggles to reconcile the mundane aspects of her life — from high school bullies to adolescent crushes — with the knowledge that evil exists everywhere, not just in some far away places.

On a personal level, she knows what it feels like to be misunderstood and feared for being different. When we first meet Anita, she is adapting to her new public high school, having upset the religious sensibilities of the priests and nuns at her former Catholic institution with her tales of reincarnation and otherworldly visions. As the book unfolds, her journey becomes progressively more difficult as circumstances force her to take courageous stands for justice, spurred on by righteous anger.

Filled with endearing characters and thought-provoking insights, Soul Mates & Angels celebrates the unbreakable bond that exists between all humans as children of God, the power of good to overcome evil, and the unseen realm where angels and loved ones are always there to help us.

You can preview and purchase the book, which is now an Amazon Bestseller, here.



Writestream Publishing Founders Day

I spent a fabulous day with my good friend and business partner Lisa Tarves and our lovely client Cynthia Dougherty yesterday. Since we usually work and live in different parts of the country, it was a blessing to have this time together in person — especially with the exciting events happening at Writestream Publishing. Our boutique independent publishing company is growing steadily and surely, with ten titles published over the past year and many more to come before 2016 is over.


Proud of this second edition!

Among other things, we filled in for vacationing host Donna Lyons on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss.  Even though we didn’t figure out Facebook Live, it turned out to be an excellent broadcast. If you missed it, click below to meet our new Monday host Cynthia Dougherty, learn about our revised publishing packages and partnerships, and discover all of the wonderful things taking place at Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio:

From the time I could talk, I’d tell everyone who’d ask “What are you going to do when you grow up?” that I was going to be a novelist, a journalist, and a writer. It feels amazing to finally achieve those early goals, but I could never have known back then that the internet and 21st Century technology would enable me to become a publisher too. The fact that I get to do this with a woman who is an amazing friend and someone I can trust implicitly is the icing on the cake. For several years, I did all of the things I do for Writestream on my own…and I’ve discovered it’s much more rewarding and fulfilling as a partnership with Lisa.

Writestream co-founders Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne pose with all books published by Writestream Publishing.

Writestream co-founders Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne pose with all books published by Writestream Publishing in 2015 and 2016.

Do you have a story to tell? Contact Writestream Publishing today.


Author Spotlight: Curvy Goddess Leila Lacey

Over at Writestream Publishing, we just posted a feature article with the beautiful, talented #CurvyGoddess Leila Lacey about her books, career, and future plans. Visit Writestream Publishing to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:

Why did you create the Curvy Goddess series?

Originally I didn’t intend for there to be a Goddess Series. The first book in the series is The Vixen. I have always wanted to read books with women that I could relate to, women who are smart, strong, successful, plus size, and loyal. To me that is the average everyday woman that isn’t getting a voice in romance. As I wrote the book and finished I realized these women (the core Goddesses are Vixen, Nya, Camille, Phoenix and Jackie) all had such a strong voice and distinctive personalities it would be cheating the readers not to give them all a book. So the Curvy Goddess Series was born

How have your own experiences shaped your plots?

I try and keep two main things in any plot that I come up with: laughter and a little bit of what myself or another woman may be going through on a day to day basis. While I want to entertain my readers, I want them to feel a sense of sisterhood with other women in the world, which I hope with translate to a movement of women having more respect for themselves and therefore other women.

Are your distinctive Curvy Goddess characters based on real people?

Yes, each woman is loosely based on women that I have known, for a great many years. Now while I know a lot of women, I chose these women because of the level of respect that I have for them faults and all. I guess the books are my tribute to the “type” of women these ladies are.

And if you would like to chat with the #CurvyGoddess, I invite you to join us on Twitter tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern when Leila will also give away four of these beautiful shirts to randomly drawn participant winners. You must chat with us for the full hour to qualify.



See all of you Curvy Goddesses on Twitter tomorrow night — get ready to #BowDownToTheCurves!

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