Highlights of the Fountain Hills Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat

Here are some updates from the Fountain Hills, AZ Retreat where 27 people finished their books in 3 days! I’m happy to say that four of them are living in my hometown of Las Vegas, NV right now. Check out the results of one weekend retreat:   Good job Bryan Perry, probably the youngest member of the retreat. Bryan is from Tempe, Arizona and said that he came to write for fun. He finished his murder mystery on day two of the retreat, and plans on writing many more.   Michelle Jazwinski is a highly innovative hair stylist from Las Vegas Nevada. She was writing her book to further her business interests, which involves a really radical hair extension system, which is really great. I know for sure, because my six year old daughter left with two hair...

Harry Potter Love {Party}

Most writers have a passion for literature of all kinds. Some love to read historical romance, others delve into sci-fi realms, and still others daydream of Pemberley. While I dabble in many genres, one of my favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. Her Harry Potter series never ceases to entertain and enlighten. I’ve passed on my passion for HP to my oldest son who finished all the books before his birthday last year. We commiserated on a Harry Potter party that turned out to be as much fun to plan as it was for him to have. I’m guest posting all about it over at my friend Emily Nelson’s creative blog ReMarkable Home. Here’s your invitation to come check it out! http://remarkable-home.blogspot.com/2012/02/harry-potter-bash-party.html...

The Last Day of Gabriel Michael Donovan {Short Story}

This is the last of my short story submissions. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I loved writing them. This one is perhaps my favorite….. The Last Day of Gabriel Michael Donovan The life of Gabriel Michael Donovan came to a peaceful end a short eighteen years from its commencement. Grace saw it coming during vigorous treatments for leukemia that took his curly brown hair and wasted his muscles. Yet she was still unprepared when his final days arrived.  Gabe’s last wishes were unorthodox, but so was Gabe. Forgoing the usual suit, pallbearers were asked to wear their soccer jerseys from the team he led to nationals. Instrumental music was supplanted by tunes from his favorite band. No one was allowed to wear black and only one bunch of...

Cookies for Writers {Family Recipe}

I spent Saturday at UNLV with a group of promising new writers eager to learn more about Tom Bird’s method. I think my favorite part was meeting and visiting with these new friends and talking to them about the books they hope to write. With Tom’s help I know they can realize their dreams. Having been in their shoes only a few shorts years ago, I feel a special kinship to those looking for a way to write from their heart and find success. As part of the fun I brought homemade cookies in these little Book Page Cookie Pockets. There’s nothing like a little literary yumminess to inspire you. I love using book pages for things. For this project I used two medium sized book pages, folded them down the middle and sewed the sides together on a large...

Thoughts on Tom Bird

Here’s a quote from featured Author of the Week – Cindie Hubiak ‎”Tom’s Publish Now program provides a turn-key approach to turning a rough draft into a published product, complete with a marketing plan. This results in one of the easiest and fastest ways to move a quality book to market. Additionally, Tom’s books and CDs offer insights and tools to access my author within.” – Cindie Hubiak {Wife of a Prostate Cancer Survivor and Author}

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