Monday Mentions: Review Ops, Writerly Linkage & Pet-astic Shares!

Happy Monday! Lots of new subscribers (~~~waving paws) and so glad to have you. After all the holiday bounty, I’m feeling a bit piggy and over-stuffed, and yes–red eyes from trying to get everything done. Finally getting back into the swing of things, and have actually made some headway already on my 2013 writing goals.

Just so’s ya know, I typically I post here three days a week, mostly about puppy-licious or cat-astic info, and Monday combines lots of schtuff. Fair warning. I make up words, because sometimes there just aren’t dictionary-listed appropriate ones, and because I’m a writer and it’s what I do. 🙂 Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week.

A couple of news-worthy items on my fictioning life. I am blessed with the most PAW-some readers of the LOST AND FOUND book who have loved the story and asked for more. I’ve even been interviewed on the radio about the book. I’m very pleased to tell you that there WILL be more! My editor has given me the go-ahead, and I’ll keep you posted on the progress of the sequel–oh, and if you have specific ideas about what you’d like to see in the next installment (more Shadow? more Macy? Details about September or Teddy or Combs?) please share!


Lost and Found CoverWhile I’ve quite a few (cough-cough-26-cough-cough) nonfiction titles published, fiction is new for me and it’s all about building readership. To a great extent, that happens through reviews. I also know it’s pricy to buy all the books that we’d want to read if’n the wallet overflowed with funds. You can get free books through by signing up for a trial membership.

For print books I’ve stumbled upon a neato new site. Authors, pay attention, you’ll want to check this out–and so will all the voracious readers out there. StoryCartel allows readers/reviewers to connect with authors and my LOST AND FOUND is a featured title this month so you can get a review copy for free!

Enough about my books–here’s what you really came to read.


Writing Foundation Series check out this blog from authors of The Weekend Novelist, thanks to Rachel Funk Heller for the link

Write Here, Write Now Book Retreat from my colleague Sheila Bonham. She says this retreat/workshop in March on Pawley’s Island, S. Carolina is, “- open to all levels with time for quiet reflection and writing, gatherings for feedback, optional readings in the evenings. The emphasis will be on prose (fiction, nonfiction) but poets are also welcome.”

Writer Beware Year-End Wrap If you don’t subscribe to this great blog, DO IT NOW! Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss keep the writing world informed about nasty predators

Write for the founders of Blogger have a new venture that may be up your writing alley

The Reinvented Writer on The Thrill Begins blog (a bit of how I turned failure into success)

How to Combat Book Piracy

Best Times to Tweet and soooo much more…

Submit to Random House’s Digital Imprint

Amazon “Gutting” B&N pretty strong language, that…earnings analysis of holiday shop-athon

WordPress Giveaway Plugin helps you choose winners for your give-aways

Jane Dystel Literary Agent on “new” publishing–adapt or die.

Goodreads Has 13 Million Users & 20 Million Book Reviews I’m just getting started over at GoodReads and wonder why I waited so long.

Improve Book Ranking with Proper Categories thanks to Leona DeRosa Bodie for the link

BookTrakr for tracking sales, reviews and more

For Script Writers/Movie Producers, one of my colleagues shared links to the following that may be helpful:

YouTube Creator Playbook It offers advice for programming, optimizing, and engaging with your online community.

Advertisers Playbook

How to Make A Web Series Ebook


Survey: Counting Ferrets from the American Ferret Association (and no, your ex-husband doesn’t count…)

Let Feral Cats Run Free some good news for a change!

Blessings for Animals these are lovely!

Humans & Animals: The Inevitable Bond an awesome Chicago conference coming up in July

Pam Denison Online Dog Training Schedule, on sale in January! check out her great books, too!

PUPPY CARE FACEBOOK CHAT 1/13/13 at 9:00 pm (EST) Judy Weiss on “The Dos and Don’ts to prevent unwanted behavior

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