Monthly Archives: January 2011

Love, Don’t Hate – Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

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From “Speeches that Changed the World,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Nonviolent resistance avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.  At the centre of nonviolence stand the principle of love.  In struggling for human dignity the oppressed people of the world must not allow themselves to become bitter or indulge in hate campaigns.  To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world.  Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate.  This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the centre of our lives.”

Wishing you love and peace (and a little romance, too),


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Don’t forget, the last Monday of the month, Cali Cheer Mom, along with the rest of the participating blogs in the author hop will be talking about, and possibly even sharing a pic of their workspace. Stay tuned!


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How Do You Autograph a Kindle?

Borders Bookstore - SeaTac Airport

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As the publishing industry continues to evolve, authors, publishers, and even readers are running to keep up.  Small bookstores are struggling to stay in existence…but the threat isn’t the big chains any more, it’s the eBook.  Even big chains like Borders are contemplating bankruptcy in light of the eBook craze (yup, Borders is in big trouble).  I still maintain paper and print books are not going to disappear, but seeing a company as large as Borders unable to pay for the books it’s selling isn’t helping my case.

Barnes & Noble seems to be surviving okay, so there will be at least one bookstore still alive to go and browse, but if you don’t have a B&N near you, the already gigantic Amazon may be your only choice for hard copy books.  Or the library.  In some ways it’s like we’re taking big steps backwards…going back to the time when books were rare and chained in libraries.  I know, there won’t be chains, but can you imagine if the only place you can go to get a hard cover book is the library?

Now, I don’t think I’m a luddite – I realize that the information in books is more available now than it’s ever been.  I own and love my Kindle, and buy fewer and fewer hard copy books.  Various eReaders, now including the Kindle, even allow users to loan out their eBooks. But now I’m left with the question at the top of this post – how do you autograph a Kindle?

So much for my tongue-in-cheek post!

I do have a temporary solution that I’m trying.  I’m giving out book bling – a ribbon with some sparkly beads and a charm on it – that can be looped over a Kindle, Nook, or iPad cover and has a tag that can be signed.  But if you don’t have a cover for your eReader, I’m not sure what else to do.  By the way – being asked for an autograph, whether it’s for a book or a bookmark – is a total rush!  I just wish my handwriting was neater!

autograph book (1886)

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But the question remains…and I put it to you.  Are autographs a thing of the past, or will autographing something else suffice?  Will old-fashioned autograph books become popular once again (now that’d be ironic!) or will you, the reader, be satisfied with an electronic scrawl in an iPad app?  What would you like?

Meet an Author Monday Blog hop

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I’d like to thank Britney at I.Eat.Words for a lovely interview and review. Please check out her blog 🙂


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A Prophetic Start to 2011

Today is the official end of the holiday season at the DeJarnett house.  Vacation is over (we had a great trip down to Palm Springs to visit family) and school is now back in session.  The holiday decorations will be boxed up this week and sent back into their dark corner in the attic.  The parties are over (except for one 🙂 – be sure and check out the Events tab above) and I’m ready to get back into a routine again.

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We ended our time off last night with a round of take-out Chinese food from our favorite restaurant. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always get the fortune cookie that has a droll, generic fortune like “happiness comes to the quiet heart” or “fortune smiles on those with vision.” I never get the “you’ll be rich and famous” fortunes…my husband gets those.  At least until last night.

Imagine my surprise when I cracked open my little cookie and read this:

A romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life.

I know, it could mean anything, and I’m not really superstitious, but as I tackle the next installment of Melissa’s Whirlwind affair with Jason, I couldn’t help but laugh.  I hope that any “romantic mystery” I encounter will be on the screen of my computer, and will be on its way to your bookshelf this year!

I think we might have Chinese again tonight.  Maybe I’ll get some plot advice in my next cookie!

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…to check out the fabulous authors on the Meet an Author Monday Blog hop! There’s stories, laughs, and some great information to be found, and some great books, too!

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Happy New Year!

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Can you believe the first decade of the new century is now over?  Yes, I know my age is showing, but just ten years ago we were all worried about the Millennium Bug, now we’re more concerned with the Millennium Trilogy.  My how time flies!

It’s only minutes away from midnight here in California, so it’s time to make those dreaded New Year’s resolutions.  I’m not one who usually formalizes such things – especially when I know I probably won’t keep most of my promises to myself, but maybe with your nagging prodding support I’ll do better this year. Don’t worry, this list won’t be long.

1. a classic: eat better and exercise more. This is an annual tradition, but, darn it, I’m going to do better this year!  I need to get back to playing golf with my dear hubby!

2. read more. A couple years ago I managed to read 50 books in one year – basically one a week.  Reading is fun, entertaining, and in the end makes me a better writer, so I’m pledging to read more.  To help me on this goal, I’ve joined the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group on  They’ve got all kinds of challenges to help motivate and keep my reading list fresh.  You’ll be seeing posts about my progress as I go.  The challenges I’ve entered so far are the 2011 A-Z Book Challenge (read one book that starts with each letter of the alphabet), the A-Z Author Challenge (Read an author who’s first or last name starts with each letter of the alphabet) and the Winter Challenge – Italian version (read books whose titles or author names start with I-N-V-E-R-N-O). Books can be used in more than one challenge.  To get started, here’s my list for the Winter Challenge:

Read-the-Season Winter Challenge
Duration: December 21, 2010 – March 19, 2011

0/8 Completed

I: How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown Does this count? If not, I might read Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
N: Tribute by Nora Roberts
V: The Wedding Bargain by Victoria Alexander
E: Something by Janet Evanovich I think I’m on 7
R: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
N: No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
O: Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

Italian Bonus: Inferno by Dante Alighieri

If you’d be interested in joining the group, check out Romance Readers Reading Challenges on

3. and this won’t be a surprise: write more. I have plans to work on at least one book in 2011, but I’m in an ambitious mood and will resolve to get two full manuscripts completed by the end of the year.  Please hold my hand (or kick me in the butt) to help me along this path.  I already have been invited to a yearly writing challenge – and plan on scoping that out tomorrow.

There’s a few more boring resolutions I’m making, but those are the top three.  What are you hoping for in 2011?  I hope the coming year brings you happiness and success!

Happy New Year!


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