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April 6, 2016

Design Lessons from 10 Amazing Book Covers 
Link to Book Cover blog from Shutterstock.

Another interesting article from Wine Enthusiast!

March 21, 2016
Happy World Poetry Day!

March 17, 2016
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  On Bing's site today, the featured photo is the Reading Room of the National Library of Ireland.  Great for bookworms!

The horseshoe-shaped dome of the Reading Room gives visitors this soothing view -- a break from careful examination of the various historical publications and periodicals available in the National Library of Ireland.  The shades of minty green and blue are a big contrast to the polished wood floors, shelves and desks of the Reading Room.

Like the US Library of Congress, Ireland’s National Library is as much museum as it is a research facility. The library’s collection is the most comprehensive documented record of the history of Ireland. But beyond these studious walls in Dublin today, there will be a more active history taking shape in the streets, as the city celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade and various other festivities. 


Mark Your Calendar!  March 30 at La Divina, Ruth Williams will read Peter and the Spindle Whales during Kid's Night!

The Louisiana Book Festival will take place on October 31 this year and it is going to be another great festival!  This initial information is to let you know that exhibitor registration forms are now available on our website, so if you are interested, please register as soon as possible.  We are offering tiered pricing again this year, so the earlier you register, the lower your costs! 

Early Bird Registration      :           now through August 9
Standard Registration       :           August 10-October 4
Late Registration                :           October 5-October 16
Applications are not accepted after October 16.  Please mark your calendars with these important dates so that you can join us!  For registration forms, please visit http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/ExhibitorInformation.html.
Please be aware that the authors who participate as exhibitors are distinct from authors who are invited to participate in the festival as featured authors.  If you participate as an exhibitor, your location and listing will be in the exhibitor section, not the author section. 
SEND ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS TO ME AT lbfexhibitor@state.lib.la.us  ***
Thank you!
 Lesli Gray
Exhibits Coordinator
Louisiana Book Festival

On Mardi Gras Day (Tuesday, February 17, 2015), Dionysios Simopolous sent me two links to this wonderful haven for this Published Authors page!  (Thank you Dionysios!!)  I hope you all enjoy!  http://readingaddicts.co.uk/

and http://bookpatrol.net/library-lounge-b2-boutique-hotel-zurich/  

Check out Judi Betts' 2015 Workshop Schedule!

December 11, 2014
A photograph taken by Martin Ratcliffe, with Sky-Skan, was selected and posted on today's APOD (Astronomy Photograph of the Day). Congratulations Martin!

Moondog Night
Image Credit & Copyright:
Martin Ratcliffe

Explanation: In this night scene from the early hours of November 14, light from a last quarter Moon illuminates clouds above the mountaintop domes of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Bright Jupiter is just left of the overexposed lunar disk with a streak of camera lens flare immediately to the right, but that's no fireball meteor exploding near the center of the picture. Instead, from the roadside perspective a stunningly bright moondog or paraselene stands directly over Kitt Peaks's WIYN telescope. Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae (plural) are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk they are more often faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low. About 10 minutes after the photograph even this bright moondog had faded from the night.

Posted November 10, 2014

Randolph Thomas Book Release Party - Sunday, November 16, 2014

See Paul A
llen on December 16, 2014.

October, 2014
Lynn Shurr also paints. Check out her page to see her flower paintings.  She offers the paintings as note cards.  Her work is currently on display at St. John's Restaurant in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

September 5, 2014
As seen in the September edition of Astronomy Magazine, an article by Martin Ratcliffe, "Mars Meets Its Rival."  Read the article:  http://astronomy.com/magazine/sky-this-month/2014/07/mars-meets-its-rival

Posted September 5, 2014
As seen August 4th in USA Today - Rachel Sharpe highlighted!  Congratulations Rachel!
Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe. When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof's edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston's finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

Read the entire article here:

Late August 2014
Check out this new drawing by Michael Gravois.  This illustration was created for an illustrator workshop he will attend soon.

August 13, 2014
Judi Betts recently returned from her Alaskan workshop and shared these!

See her individual page for another image!

Visit Michael Gravois at Gravois-Fare and check out his mosaics!


















August 11, 2012
Hammond Daily Star
reported on the writer's conference.  See the attached PDF's and if you have an online subscription, here is the link to the story:  http://bit.ly/1sNykuZ.












Read the entire news story from the e-edition of Hammond Daily Star in these two PDFs.
Page 1.   Page 2.

August 7, 2014 - Synchronicity Story!
I am excited to be attending the Creative Minds Writers Group 2014 Conference on Saturday, August 9 themed "Berries, Bridges and Books" featuring keynote speaker author Erica Spindler.  This past weekend I read my first Erica Spindler novel entitled, "Breakneck."  I enjoyed the book and recommend it.  Joe Mariano was named in the acknowledgements and he had been referred to me as an Apple computer expert by graphic artist Cathy Throop Linder, with whom I attended high school.  I read Ms. Spindler's bio, learned she resides in Mandeville, Louisiana and asked Rachel Sharpe, a featured author on this site, if she knew Ms. Spindler.  Though she did not, Rachel discovered this writers conference being held in Hammond.  I now follow Erica Spindler on Twitter and sent her a tweet regarding #BerriesBridgesBooks.

July 9, 2014
Review of Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe (as seen on Twitter, Facebook and more!).  
Rachel Sharpe (@RachelCSharpe) tweeted at 10:58am - 7 Jul 14:
Always nice to start a new week with a good review...#Authors #ColdAmbition #FiveStars pic.twitter.com/q25Zzad7uZ (https://twitter.com/RachelCSharpe/status/486177343128338432)
  I retweeted this!

Check out two new authors to this site - coming soon:  Ruther Williams and Gordon Hutchinson.

June 24, 2014
It is obviously summertime...just look at all the hot author news!

See more note cards on her page on this site.

Michael Gravois had a mosaic showing in Bay St. Louis yesterday.  See his new FaceBook page at

Judi Betts is featured with an 8-page article in July/August 2014 edition of The Artist's Magazine, the Sports Illustrated of the art world.  (I am pleased to share that I assisted with the article.)

Click here to read part of the article.

June 23, 2014
Laurie Gregg demonstrated stained glass at Lincoln Center's Craft Festival on June 14 and 15.  New York City!

See more photographs on Laurie's individual page!

June 23, 2014
Rachel Sharpe's new novel is now available from Amazon!  Buy your copy of Cold Ambition here.

May 26, 2014
Rachel Sharpe tweaked this blurb for “Lost Distinction”:When Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore... COMING SOON FROM SOUL MATE PUBLISHING!


Saturday, April 12, 2014
I met with both David Atwood and Christee Atwood at the Jones Creek branch library in Baton Rouge during Louisiana Authors day.

March, 2014
Author Katy Evans and her husband Jim ran a 5K for a good cause.


Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

If you are interested in having any of these authors speak at an event or meeting, please contact me and I will help connect you.

(225) 295-3125

A few of my favorite posts seen on Social Media:



I follow these on Twitter:

www.eBooksHabit.com  @eBooksHabit

www.BookBub.com  @BookBub

Indie Author News @IndieAuthorNews

WriteIntoPrint @WriteIntoPrint

BookTweeters @TheBookTweeters

Erica Spindler, author @EricaSpindler

SeanMcCabe @Seanwes

Sue Monk Kidd @suemonkkidd

Deepak Chopra @DeepakChopra

Rachel Sharpe, author @RachelCSharpe

Rachel Sharpe with Erica Spindler!















Interesting Sites and Links:


John Kremer - Book Marketing Tips - www.bookmarket.com


Plus, please visit each author's page on this site to see their websites.

Cool Bookworm Sites!

Cool Bookworm Sites!

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - www.imaginationlibrary.com






See the Links tab for Twitter and links.

Sean McCabe
I follow him on Twitter and enjoy his writing, advice and drawings.  At 25 he already knows so much and readily shares it.  Because of him, I now begin each day writing at least 1,000 words before any electronic media (including email and my phone!)








Natalie Goldberg
What an inspiration!  I've mentioned her throughout this site.  I thoroughly enjoy her books and am eager to read her fiction.  I have learned a lot and plan to do a video on this site explaining her workshop and writing advice, as I understand it.  Further, she is a very talented artist.  I love her work and hope you check it out. 

At her recommendation, I purchased J.I. Rodale's "The Synonym Finder".









John Kremer

I subscribe to his newsletter.  He has a LOT to offer authors and writers.  I've read his famous book and recommend it.  (I need to purchase a copy.)


East Baton Rouge Parish Library - www.ebrpl.com.  Also, visit www.overdrive.ebrpl.com - a digital library serving East Baton Rouge offering eAudiobooks, video and ebooks for download.

(Be sure to go to your own library web site often!)

Favorite Author Sites

Favorite Author Sites

Vince Flynn - www.vinceflynn.com