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Special What is Success Show on Blog Talk Radio

It's Oscar night for Virginia S Grenier, Marsha Cook and Bennet Pomerantz . Join them on Wednesday February 27 10 PM EST 9 PM CST 8PM MT 7PM PST for a lively discussion about the Oscars. If you missed the Oscars they will fill you in on everything that happened and everything that didn't. It's going to be a fun packed show. It will be an open show for callers. Bethany Cross will be there to open the chat room. Call in to speak with the hosts (714) 242-5259 Feel free to call in with your questions or opinions on who should have won or shouldn't have. If you've ever thought of writing a screenplay this would be the show for you. You might just come away with the inspiration to write one! for more info Listen in at

Book Review Tuesday: Fairy May

Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy? Overall Thoughts: The story is mostly about Fairy May and how she tires so hard to pass her fairy classes and test, but no matter what she does...she just can't get it right. However, I love how the story does cover the importance of taking care of your teeth. As the daughter of a retired dentist (my wonderful step-dad), I understand the importance of teaching children about this simple daily task. In Fairy May, children learn how important it is to take care of their teeth as Fairy May studies and practices these basic hygiene skills so she can pass her Tooth Fairy test. I highly recommend this book due to all the hidden messages for children about hard work, not giving up and taking care of your teeth. Written & Illustrated by Jo Linsdell

BTR's Featured World of Ink Network show: The Writing Mama with guest Amber Lea Easton

  Join BTR’s Featured World of Ink Network show The Writing Mama at 2pm EST - 1pm CST - Noon MST - 11am PST with host Virginia S Grenier, who will be chatting with multi-published fiction and nonfiction author Amber Lea Easton. For twenty years, Easton worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry. Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere. Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers

Interview Friday with Illustrator Jessica Love from the Night Buddies series

Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC. Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist. VS: Jessica, I want to thank you for taking the time to be interviewed on my blog today. How long have you been illustrating? Love: I've been doing it since I was a kid. The way that I have drawn has always been story-based. That was what drew me in, stories about people, the way you could tell a story through images. So when I was little I would narrate the story out loud as a drew, and I suppose that's still what I do. VS: Is your family supportive of your work? Love: Very. My parents are both artists (my mom is a basket weaver and my dad is a potter), and so I grew up believing it was a totally normal job to have. VS: Was Night Buddies

Guest Post Wed: Kindling the Fire in Romance with Amber Lea Easton

Ah, anticipation...the breath before the kiss...accidental touches that stir the embers...the boundaries yet to be crossed...the art of sexual tension.   Just like in real life, flirting needs to be a part of every romance novel.   The give and take, lean in, lean away, to kiss or not to kiss, the glance, the biting of the lip, the inner debate between yes and no...all of that is integral in fueling desire.   Think about how you first know you’re attracted to someone.   It’s usually a physical reaction that you can’t quite put into words, right?   Sure, it’s easy to say someone is attractive, but I’ve met quite a few attractive people that I don’t feel sexual toward.   Desire is a purely physical and emotional response to someone else.   Conveying that in written word is best done through non-verbal cues or physical responses.   As the saying goes, show don’t tell.   In the beginning, I’ll often have my characters acting nonchalant with their dialogue while conveying desire

Top 5% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles

I woke this morning to begin my daily routine to find some exciting (or interesting news) in my email. Now, I have a lot of writers and published authors who have asked me at conferences, on blog talk radio shows or in passing conversations if I feel certain social media outlets are really worth the time and effort. One such social platform is LinkedIn. To be honest, I never really had an opinion about LinkedIn. What I mean is I don't pay for advance services or options for my profile account. I have the basic free account, I'm in a few groups (who send me digest updates of discussions) and I get "Connect" requests. My profile is basic and does give a nice quick snapshot on all I do and have done. I don't promote my LinkedIn profile at all. In fact, I think it is my least maintained social media platform I have. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw an email from LinkedIn saying my profile is one the Top 5% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles. Really? But it d