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Welcome to my blog, SCRIBBLING THROUGH TIME! First time here? I'm a romance writer who wants to believe most problems can be solved over coffee, a mixed drink or by anything covered in chocolate. I'm a believer in second chances and that it's always the right time to fall in love. As the saying goes, you're a guest in my house only once...then you're family. So I invite you to join the fun! I love comments but it's okay to lurk too - just know I'm glad you've found me and I hope you visit me again soon!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday: Shake It Off

Confession 1: I am a morning person.
Confession 2: I love Monday.

I know, I'm strange...hey, I'm a writer, I admit I don't dance to the same beat as the rest of my world...but that's ok.

Why do I love Monday? Because it's the start of fresh week, a great place to start toward a new goal or continue on the path toward making a dream a reality.

Are there naysayers out there trying to bring me down and suck me into the abyss of negativity? Of course! Not everyone embraces the day the way I do.

Which is why this new song from Taylor Swift has gotten under my skin this week.





Hope your day and week ahead is filled with AWESOME and here's to shaking off the negative vibes!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Self Publishing Sunday - Cover Design

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 Choosing to go the self-publishing path for my sweet holiday novella series meant I needed to consider the cover designs carefully. Let's face it, we all do it - judge the book by the cover, that is.

Cover design is important and not something to thrown together by anyone with PhotoShop on their computer. Even though I know what appeals to me, and I know what I want in a cover...I also know I don't have the skillset to create a cover I'd be happy showing to the public.

For the Starlight Hills Sweet Novella Holiday Series I went to one of my favorite cover designers, Elaina Lee at For The Muse Designs.

The books all feature a small town bake shop and it's matchmaker owner. They are lighthearted, seasonal novellas and we definitely wanted the covers to reflect that.

When I first started working with Elaina we worked on my name - you'll notice the font and the position are always the same - a branding technique that makes my books easy to spot.

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Next, we talked about the general feeling I wanted to evoke on this particular series - which was lighthearted, flirty and small town.

Elaina came up with the fun font you see on the books and I absolutely adore the way she's added the touch of whimsy to each title using a cupcake or cake for the dot in the "I". That tiny attention to detail is just one of the reasons Elaina is my go-to girl for cover art!





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Each cover reflects the story and the series - I think the feel of each one hits exactly the tone I was looking for and I couldn't be happier with the end result.

By the end of October the 4th book in the series will have a cover - the Thanksgiving themed  A PROPOSAL AND PUMPKIN PIE will be a November release - and I'm already looking forward to see what Elaina will create for this one.

What do you think of the covers for this series? Is it easy to tell they are part of the same series? Are they eye-catching enough to make you want to click and at least read the blurb?

If you're a self-published author, who is your go-to cover designer?


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Favorite (or new fear?) Friday...SnapChat!

If you've got teenagers in your house, you've probably heard of this social media site. Since I'm always on the lookout for something new and fun to do on my phone and get the importance of keeping up with the social media world, I downloaded it and gave it a whirl.

The idea of this is to have a conversation of sorts using quick pics you snap. You can choose how long the recipient of your snapped pic can view it - but the longest is 10 seconds, unless you choose to save it to your "story" in which everyone on your "friend" list can view.

FACT 1:

It's kinda fun to take those selfies and pics and know they disappear almost instantly.

FACT 2:

I can see the allure for the teens...take a quick pic, send it on it's way to a particular recipient and POOF it's gone.  As a mom of teens, this is scary. Looks like that "NO Pics you wouldn't me or your father seeing" talk is on tap again for this weekend...just to reinforce my nervousness and continue my campaign of being socially responsible.

FACT 3:

Did I mention this can be silly and fun?

FACT 4:

I don't think this is in anyway an app to promote my writing, reach readers, etc. Unless you want to see pics of Toby the YorkiPoo, my cats or random shots of me drinking coffee in the car...you probably shouldn't try to find me. ;)

FACT 5:

I'm a little sad that I only have one (yes, 1!) SnapChat friend, because I have been informed by all three kids that I am not allowed to friend them there - I guess it's uncool to have your mom as a SnapChat buddy? I argued that I'd behave - they didn't buy it. :)

FACT 6:

I did recently sign up for Instagram too - and you can find me there as deboradennisxo - I promise I am relatively normal there!

Any other new favorite social media apps I should try out?

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Real Life Disney Prince?

So, we've all heard that romance novels give women unfair expectations of men and relationships (which I DO NOT agree with, btw) but what about all those Disney movies our daughters love and devour?

Well, if you've never given any thought to what one of those princes would be like in real life and what it would be like to actually date one...here's the chance.

Enjoy!