Archive for December, 2013

Dream Destination Blog Hop

To celebrate the launch of their books Soul Cutter and The Ghosts of Aquinnah, Lexa and Julie present the Dream Destination Blog-hop and Giveaway.

Lexa and Julies dream destination blog hop



If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Beaches of Hawaii? Slopes of Vail? Cancun, Paris, or Rome? 

Where is your Dream Destination?



If I could hop on a plane right this instant, I’d head to New Zealand.


New Zealand is home to some amazing natural wonders.


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Cape Reinga


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Champagne Pool Wai o Tapu thermal wonderland


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Caitlins Coast


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Fox and Franz  Josef Glaciers




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Tongariro National Park



New Zealand is also where they filmed my favorite TV Show, Legend of the Seeker,

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Legend of the Seeker main characters  in New Zealand


And where you’ll find Middle Earth.

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But the the place I’d like to visit most in New Zealand would be the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.




Waitomo Glow Worm Cave


It would be like sailing beneath a field of stars!


Lexa and Julie are giving away some awesome prizes for their blog hop, so check out their blog to enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway:


Also, check out the other Dream Destination posts below:

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome L. Diane Wolfe, author of How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now!

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 She also blogs about publishing & promoting tips, and book industry news at Spunk on a Stick.

Welcome L. Diane!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

Author L. Diane Wolfe


My husband says I am the Energizer Bunny! But my real nickname is Spunk on a Stick. I’m a professional speaker and an author, and I also provide services to other authors. I began writing young adult/new adult – my series is The Circle of Friends – and now focus on non-fiction. Both of those books tie in with the seminars I teach. I’m a vegan and a roller coaster junkie. I’ve also taken photos professionally for almost 25 years. Hidden talent? I’m super-scary organized.

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Roller coaster junkie!

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in notebook and those small, blank-pages books. Sometimes that’s at my desk, but often it’s at the kitchen table or sitting on the couch. Once I begin the first round of edits, that’s when I’m at my desk, entering the information.


2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

We picked it up at Staples a few years ago and I love my large, L-shaped desk. I needed something to hold both computers, the printer, and my supplies. The work area itself I keep clean at all times. Did I mention I’m super organized?

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Author L. Diane Wolfe’s Workspace


3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I use the Thesaurus in Word, but I like having a physical copy nearby. I use the second computer for research and looking up websites so I can keep the manuscript open.


4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love the space. When we had foster kids and my office was in the media room, I worked out of this tiny Dutch cabinet. (I have no idea how I did that!) I have a couple stuffed toys on my desk and a little toy Tigger. Plus my collector’s box of Flutie Flakes. And my  Cthulhu stuffed toy!

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Collector’s box of Flutie Flakes

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 Cthulhu stuffed toy

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee in the morning, flavored water and diet soda the rest of the day, and a glass of Merlot in the evening.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Anne McCaffrey’s The White Dragon inspired me to write. When I first picked up that book, I could picture my name on the cover. I also loved Richard Adams and C.S. Lewis. These days, I’d say my favorite author is Gary Chapman, who wrote The Five Love Languages.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I haven’t had a typical day in years! My life is often chaotic and that has become the balance. When writing fiction, I can write in short bursts here and there. With non-fiction, I need at least an hour of dedicated time to write.


3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

It may not always be manuscripts, but I write at least an hour every day. As for distractions, the two furry critters pictured are my biggest distractions. Meet Rocko and Spunky!


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Diane’s distraction# 1 Rocco

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Diane’s distraction# 2 Spunky

4. Why do you write?

I write to inspire others to achieve their dreams.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Research all of your options before jumping into the publishing pool. Think like a business owner – no one purchases a business on a whim without doing extensive research. Figure out which path is best for you and learn everything you can.





To find out more about Diane, check out her links: 

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How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now is available in print and on all ebook platforms:

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Diane!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.


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Giveaway Winner & Some Fundraising Campaigns

First off, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Second, I’d like to congratulate all those who survived this year’s NANOWRIMO. You guys seriously rock!!!

I’m giving you all virtual hugs and virtual trophies for all your hard work. :)

Now on to the announcements!

Last month’s Spotlight Week featured the fabulous historical fantasy novel BORN WICKED by the equally fabulous Jessica Spotswood.



Now it’s time to announce the winner of the Spotlight Week Giveaway.

Congratulations, Elodie!

You win a SIGNED hardcover of BORN WICKED.

I’ll be emailing you in a bit to tell about how to claim your very cool prize.



It’s been almost a month since Supertyphoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, but the relief efforts are still underway. There’s still a lot of things to be done and a lot of people who still need our help, so we’re still trying to raise funds as much as we can.

There are two fundraising campaigns which I’d like to share with you.

The first is for my own nonprofit group, the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (

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We are donating 50% of our book sales from November 2013 to January 2014 to the typhoon relief efforts.

So this holiday season, when you purchase STORY SPROUTS to give out to your family and friends, you also help out with a great cause.

To purchase copies of STORY SPROUTS, click on the link below.


The second fundraising campaign for my martial arts family. Los Angeles Doce Pares has launched the Payong Fund Drive to help in the typhoon relief efforts in Cebu. 

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From Nov. 23rd until December 15th , they’re offering Payong Drive Shirts for $20 each. 100% of the net proceeds go to the relief efforts.

The shirt design is below, if you’re interested. Sizes are from Small to 3XL.

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If you’re interested in ordering a shirt to support the drive, you can send the number of shirts and sizes to

Here’s a size chart:

You can pay via Paypal:

Local US shipping and handling is free (except for Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico).


If you’re looking for ways to help out the typhoon victims, check out these two fundraising campaigns. I’d love it if you could help me spread the word, too!

And if you’ve already helped out with the relief efforts, thank you! I wish a thousand blessings on you and your family. :)




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