If you haven’t been to my website in a while, you may notice a different theme I’m using. I think I switched over about a month or so ago. But I hadn’t added much to it because, well…I’m technologically challenged.
However, I worked on it all day yesterday and with the help of my WG2E Street Team and my WANA friends, I managed to get some things accomplished.
For instance, L.C. Giroux helped me figure out how to get the cool newsletter signup for our Beach Book Blast (BBB) group added to my sidebar. Look to the right. Yeah. You got it! Right where it says, Beach Book Blast Newsletter. Now if you want to find out about some really awesome authors and their latest releases, events and giveaways, just click on the link and add your info. You’ll be among the first to get breaking news. And we promise. No spam!
The BBB is a spin off from our WG2E (Writers Guide to Epublishing) Street Team. If you’re a writer and not part of your own street team, you’re missing out. These wonderful people from the BBB support one another and work together to promote and encourage each other. They share their experiences and are more than willing to answer all my stupid questions with patience. I’m very lucky I found them.
If you look to the right sidebar again — far right — you’ll see a list of some of the Street Team members. I’m still working on getting the rest added, so check back later for more. Take a look at their blogs and books. They really are fantastic people. We’re an eclectic group, so I’m sure there’s something for everyone: YA, Horror, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, Historical Romance, Paranormal, etc.
How did we all hook up? (Don’t even go there. That’s not the kind of hooking up, I meant. Sheesh! You guys have such dirty minds! LOL) We met through the always very hard-working but equally fun-loving, best-selling author, D.D. Scott and her Writer’s Guide to Epublishing. (BTW…if you’re a reader, check out the Reader’s Guide to Epublishing where D.D. gives away up to 50 free books EVERY day.) Thank you D.D. for all you do!
Sign up for the BBB newsletter and you’ll be one of the first to know when I release my debut novel. Yes, really. I’m working on it. Hopefully I’ll have it ready for you by the end of August. I’m so excited! You can see my cover and blurb here.
Now…you see those cute little graphic icons on the near right side? The WG2E, RG2E and WANA? Well, Laird Sapir, one of my WANA peeps actually helped with getting those there. She has an awesome blog and some of her posts help (and help a lot!) with website stuff. Want to know how to add those buttons? Check out this post: Gettin’ Friendly with WordPress…(Pt 2). She makes it so easy. Thanks, Laird!
What is WANA you ask? It’s another of those authors interacting with and helping authors things, only on a mega-huge scale. It’s the brain product of best-selling author, Kristen Lamb and means “We Are Not Alone”. And with the #MyWANA group, you aren’t. If you haven’t read Kristen’s blog and her books, you really are missing out. She’s a social media Jedi.
I also added those cute little link icons on the right so you can
stalk follow me on the web. And I’ll follow back. In fact, just to pay it forward, why don’t you leave the link to your facebook page, if you have one, when you comment?
Another thing you might notice is that the info I had in the sidebar about my blogging schedule is gone. I hadn’t really been following it lately. I tried. I really did try to write more often and on scheduled theme days. But…I just couldn’t do it. I want to write about what I want to write about when I want to write it. I think it’s better that way too. More passionate. I figure if I care more about what I’m writing others will too.
And despite not posting as often and on schedule, my little blog is growing steadily. I have already surpassed the number of views in the past 5 months than I did in the preceding 10 months. And I appreciate every one of you who has stuck with me. I love reading all your comments and sharing my knowledge and, at times, my lunacy with you.
Okay, enough about writing stuff. How about something new that doesn’t revolve around books? I know. You didn’t think I did anything else, did you?
Well, Thursday night my little town (pop. approx. 7000) had the Bellamy Brothers in concert at our very brand new — opening night new — restaurant bar and grill, Red’s Roadhouse. Not quite sure how the owners managed to pull off getting the Bellamy Brothers, but maybe it was because part of the proceeds went to help the recent victims of a tornado that blew through our city. However, they got here, let me just tell you — the Bellamy Brothers ROCK! I’ve been a fan for years. And no I won’t tell you how many years because that would just date me and them. And I’m quite young in my head and heart.
Blain Gray, a local Fort Worth country band, opened for the Bellamy Brothers and let me just say, Blain was awesome! Care to listen? Go here.
Red’s was a pretty cool place. We didn’t get to try the food because it was packed and we wanted to make sure we got good seats for the concert which was outside under the stars. The weather was perfect. The parking atrocious. Very small parking lot and people were parking down and across the highway. However, they did offer free valet parking so that was awesome. I don’t know if they’ll have that all the time, but they did that night. Being on crutches it was definitely appreciated.
The whole place was redone from where a previous business was once located. It has a very rustic atmosphere. Two antique cars are inside the building and antique signs abound, including the old drive-in sign they now use as a marquee.
Red’s boasts a 5-star chef straight from Spago’s in Beverly Hills and advertises “premium dining” in a relaxed atmosphere. From what I was told, the menu is a little pricey, especially for our small town, so we’ll see how that goes over. However, I really hope it succeeds. We need something like this. Plus we get really cool live music that I can hear from my house.
In fact, the manager for the Sweet Spot Band sent me a message today to let me know they would be at Red’s Roadhouse on June 8th. They’re advertised as a high energy classic 80′s band. Just my era. You can give them a listen, here. Sounds like a fun time, doesn’t it?
So, to sum up, in the past week, I’ve learned some new things, met some new people, experienced a new place and have plans to listen to some classic music by a band that is new to me. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s the little things that count. Right? I’ve decided to treasure each new experience, regardless how small, and what it can teach me about the world, others and especially about myself. Now for some BIG experiences, check out CC MacKenzie’s blog.
What new things have you experienced lately?