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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dear Diary...



While I’m pretty happy these days with the fact that my birthstone is the yellow-green Peridot, it hasn’t always been the case. Years ago, I had a little blue dictionary that included the birthstones for each month. Of all the colorful and flashy stones, I got stuck with one that was my least favorite color. Move forward many decades and I’ve looked a little deeper into the gem and found that it is a potent love amulet. What better birthstone for a romance author? Incidentally, green is one of my favorite colors these days. Anytime I can watch something grow, including gladiolus the month’s official flower, I’m a happy girl.

I’m sure I wrote all of this down somewhere in a diary that has been lost in one of my many moves. It’s what kids do. Maybe someday, someone will find one of my rambling tomes and discover what life was like during the sixties through the eyes of someone who experienced a rural community and a playtime that didn’t end when the sun went down but well after the lightening bugs came out.

I’ve often thought that these are the bits of bobs of what explains the ordinary, everyday life of people who aren’t Presidents or Generals or people of science but just as important, just as relevant. I had a very astute English teacher one year who requested that we read excerpts of Samuel Pepys diary. His account of the Great Fire of London on September 2, 1666 hooked me from the beginning. I started to understand that history was more than facts and figures and heads of state.

I love collecting diaries and the ones I’ve read are like love letters from the past, written by the people who lived their lives writing down what was important to them at the time. Every influence is evident, not only how they view their family and society but why. A child during war might remark that there are very few treats or laughter while an adult in the same household might record that food is scarce and they don’t know how they’ll feed everyone from day to day.

There is a certain amount of respect that I have for each diary that I’ve ever perused. These are the private thoughts that someone held dear; no matter what their age. I read them as such and have laughed and cried over triumph and tragedy and wondered what happened to the people who wrote them.  

Years ago, Julia Cameron wrote about the artist’s journey and advised starting the day with morning pages, which is about as close as I come to keeping a diary, these days. Like most who journal, I don’t think my thoughts are interesting to anyone but me. Most of the time I’m writing about what I should be writing and I usually end up jotting down lines of dialogue or outlining a new project. Why it would interest anyone else, I can’t imagine but my children might get a chuckle one of these days. It’s always nice to amuse the family.

How about you? Does anyone else keep diaries, these days?

Until next month,
Happy Reading!

Paris Brandon



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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dear Diary by Rose Anderson

The RB4U theme for August includes diaries, so that's my topic this month. I hope you enjoy. 

When we're teens, it typically goes like this: We know who we are and it isn't about to change. I recall my 8th grade year when I knew everything I could possibly know. I was on top of the heap. The cream of the grade school. Then high school happened. Then college happened. Then marriage, then motherhood, then an empty nest happened. And in between I worked and played and had my fair share of highs and lows. While I was living each stage of my life, I never figured my attitudes, opinions or dreams, for that matter, would change much. I never gave much thought to stages back then. 

Many of my friends kept diaries when we were kids. I had one too. It was white fake-leather vinyl with hippie-type flowers and had a small lock fitted with a generic flat brass key. I was never one to journal (as wordy as I am as an adult, that might be hard to imagine.  *smile* ), so the diary had two entries, and two torn out pages, and then promptly fell to disuse and disinterest. But if I had kept a diary at each stage when I was busy being this or that, I would have seen a profound change in me over time.  

Some say journaling acts as a cathartic release. I have a friend who swears by it for just that reason.  Diary/journals are that gauge--a reminder of mistakes made you'd rather not make again and a way to asses to be sure you never do. You can talk out issues troubling you and doing so might just reveal answers to problems. The subconscious mind often intuits solutions long before the conscious mind does, even if the words describing how are a long way off. It's a way to hold on to high points-- those memorable moments and accomplishments you're proud of. Others say keeping a diary/journal acts as a way to harness one's creativity. As a writer I say, just write a novel! 

Many diarists write things down for posterity's sake. Others, by no design of their own, end up having their words define a time in a zeitgeist view of their world. I would imagine they never dreamt their diary would be read by others. Anne Frank's tragic diary comes to mind, as does the diary of Samuel Pepys. Of the former, without her secret diary we wouldn't be aware of the strength in this young girl's dreams as she hoped for a better future, despite the terrible fanaticism that would brutally take those dreams away. (A lesson to the world if ever there was). Of the latter we wouldn't have the clear picture of the scope and breadth of the Great Fire of London in 1666. His words leave a candid description as clear as that from any intentional chronicler.

As a person who does historical research for kicks, I can tell you there's nothing so satisfying as first-hand accounts and citeable references.  If you're like me, then I have something for you!

11 Historical Diaries & Journals Found Online  
  1.  500 historical diaries online
  2.  Wisconsin Historical Society - Historic Diaries 
    (type in Diary in the search bar)
     
  3. 19th Century Travel Diaries 
  4. Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher & More
    An Edwardian England diary
  5.  Diary from Dixie 
  6. Diary of 18th century midwife Martha Ballard
  7.  50 digitized Iowa Civil War diaries & more 
  8. Nebraska State Historical Society
    3000 homestead letters
     
  9. The American Memory Project of the Library of Congress
    African American Odyssey
     
  10. 100 links to diaries, journals & recollections from the Overland Trail
  11.  The diaries from two communities during the Reconstruction
    The period after the Civil War
♥♥♥ Authors and readers, do you enjoy original sources such as diaries and journals? Feel free to share in comments those portions that captured your fancy. Have you any diary/journal links to share? Please do! ♥♥♥
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Rose is a multi-published, award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and discovering interesting things to weave into stories. She lives with her family and small menagerie amid oak groves and prairie in the rolling glacial hills of the upper Midwest.



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Monday, August 3, 2015

Win Prizes with the @RomanceBooks4Us August Contest



Did you know that every month Romance Books 4 Us has a contest to give away prizes which include $100 in gift cards from Romance Books '4' Us for Amazon/B&N...and can include ebooks, print books, audiobooks, other gift cards and non-book items! 


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dear Diary with @kristaames #RB4U



Hi and welcome to my day on Romance Books 4 Us !!
My name is Krista Ames and I am a brand new author member and 
super thrilled to be here among so many other great authors!
My apologies for this being posted a tad late, i had it in my head the 3rd was my day :)

This month we were given a choice of topics 
(Dear Diary, or Birthstone and Flower for the month of August)  
While the birthstone of August, a Peridot, is actually my own,
I think Dear Diary has struck an interest.

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Dear Diary...

Age 8:  I don't think i could ever like a boy, they have cooties and are mean...my mom keeps telling me the boys that are mean to me like me but why would i like some gross boy that pulls my hair and follows me everywhere on the playground?

Age 11:  Sherry, if  you are reading this, STAY OUT OF MY DIARY OR I'M TELLING MOM!

Age 13:   The most fabulous boy in my school looked at me today and i thought I was going to throw up... Dear Diary, what should i do?

Age 15:  I don't think i'll ever eat another thing.  My best friend told me today that i was fat, in front of the whole lunch room!  Can you believe it?  How will i ever be able to face my friends tomorrow at school.  Maybe my parents will move us out of the country instead?  It could happen...right?

Age 17:   Dear Diary, please, please please help me!  Greg just has to ask me to prom or i swear I won't go.  But if he does ask me, i think i'll scream.  Oh my gosh, if he asks, what should i wear?  Are we supposed to match?  Will my dad even let me ride in the same car?  My mom and dad are NOT  driving me to the prom.  How embarrassing...

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I can't say that I actually ever kept a diary where I would write my deepest secrets or disappointments and wishes when I was younger. If i had, it might have looked something like the excerpt above.
 However, now that  I have kids myself and even though I never did, I find myself encouraging my kids to write down their thoughts, good or bad. I can only imagine how similar to the above my kids diaries might be. I try to stay away and let that be the one thing they can keep to themselves.
I think it's a great way to work through their frustrations with school or their siblings or even mom :) Of course, sometimes they think i'm nuts but that's ok.  I'm sure I've had a few pages in their diaries dedicated to this mean old mom!

So, did any of you write diaries when you were younger?
Do you keep a diary now?

I've actually thought about it once or twice but at this point in my life, when my kids give me time to think that is... my stories are consuming my thoughts so much that the diary idea has turned itself into a journal of sorts for all my story ideas.   I would like to say though that after thinking of and writing about keeping a diary, it's given me an idea for a story line :)

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Thanks for visiting me today and I'll be right here again next month !

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Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan.  She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours.  He is excellent at bouncing ideas around with and even helps the occasional writers block.  He’s also a terrific “in house” editor.  Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy.  With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and 2 rambunctious cats, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household. 

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.  She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world. 

She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime.

Email: krista@kristaames.com
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dear Diary with @AuthorNicMorgan #Romance #love



Welcome to Romance Books 4 Us everyone. I'm your tour guide for the day, Nicole Morgan and as some of you may have noticed I drop by with a new post on the first of every month and either ramble like a fool or amaze you with my intellect. LOL. Okay, yes that last one was a stretch, but...I've got you smiling now, don't I? Now that you're good and loosened up, go ahead and kick your shoes off, sit back, relax and enjoy!


Dear Diary... 

For the month of August, the authors of Romance Books 4 Us we have chosen the themes of the August birthstone, Peridot (a potent love amulet; likely to have a sweet disposition), the July Flower, Amethyst and added to that the theme of Dear Diaries. What do these things mean though, once combined together? For each of us we will probably have our own unique thoughts and ideas. And that's what I'd like to focus on for today's post. 

Dear Diary,

I have not had an easy year. In fact, it's been one of the hardest I've ever gone through. I could cry every night about how it's not fair. I could beg and wish for my one true love. I could even wish for riches beyond on my wildest dreams. But, I will not. You see, I'm getting a little wiser in my years and know that money will not buy happiness. The perfect man (not that he exists LOL) will not bring happiness, nor will it fix anything.

Happiness, love and healing starts from within. No one person or thing can make that possible. It's all up to each of us to find that. So please don't dwell on what you don't have. Instead find the blessings and gifts in what you do have.






We are all blessed in this life. Even if we do not realize it, we have things in our lives that we should be grateful for. Please... never ever forget that... ❤



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I'll see you here next month,

Same bat time...Same bat channel.





Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.


She also has a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors, as well as Sweet and Sexy Divas. 

Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her website, blog, Google + Page, Twitter, Facebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole’s Think Tank.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recap of #RWA15 and RUBIES!

Whew. It's been quite the week. For those of you who follow me on social media, you know that I was at the annual Romance Writers Convention in New York. It was crazy and amazing and . . . a tad overwhelming, lol.

One of the best things about the conference was reconnecting with old friends. Most of my close writer friends live in Canada, which is a whole country away. We use conference time to see each other and catch up. Let me tell you, there's nothing more motivating than being with author friends who understand you amd care.



A lot of great projects start at conference as well. This past April, my bestie Lauren Hawkeye and I sat down and plotted the Black Tower series over coffee. Three hours, three books, the first of which was released a couple of weeks ago. This series never would have seen the light of day if we didn't have the chance to get together and work out the fabulous world in which these characters live.


To find out more about this book, and for buy links, go here.

I also had the chance to do a couple of book signings. Let me tell you, these were fun. It was amazing how many people had heard of me and my books. Talking with readers and listening to how they connected with my characters was one of the highlights of the trip! It made me want to do more reader evnts in the future.



Lastly, the best part of the week was watching my close friend, Juliana Stone, win the RITA for best Young Adult Novel. We have known each other for almost a decade and it was so awesome seeing her stand up on stage and receive her award. She has worked hard for it and deserves it. We both cried, and both celebrated, and I'm just so happy that I was able to be there for her.


The gemstone of July is rubies, which are about friendship and love. I have to say that this past week reminded me of how lucky I am to have such wonderful writers as my friends.

How about you? Do you have any friends who are writers? What is the one thing you love the best about having writer friends? Tell me about it in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!



A lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy.
Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency and writes mainstream romances under the pen name Ava Conway.

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