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
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.
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/
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!
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
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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.
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Judi Betts recently returned from her Alaskan workshop and shared these!
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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.
Author Katy Evans and her husband Jim ran a 5K for a good cause.