Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Missed Review from 2014

West Coast Book Reviews did this lovely review of The Helavite War. I missed it when it originally came out. Thanks goes out to WC Book Reviews for passing it on to me.

Same Great Book...Stunning New Cover

Sunday, September 13, 2015

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - How to BECOME your target audience to create content

The Blab on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 has been cancelled.
The host is experiencing internet issues at her location.
If you were planning on attending, my apologies. We hope to get it rescheduled. 
If you were kind enough to share the original post, please share this one as well so folks will know the Blab is cancelled.
Thanks you.

Have you been on yet? I have, and I am excited about it. Blab is like a combination of Twitter, Skype and Google Hangout rolled into one. I got my first look at it 3 days ago and I am hooked.

Cherrie McKenzie, Twitter handle @CherrieMckenzi2, wanted to introduce me to the site a good month ago. I dragged my feet - yet another social media to figure out and learn. Ugh!

Then I got on and lurked for a session on social media. One of the participates asked me to join in, but I didn't know how. The next day I did join in and it was a blast! It's like Twitter with pictures.

Live and learn - and with Blab you can learn quickly. Let me give you a screen shot so you can check it out.

The 'above' gives you the six basics. (Click on it to enlarge)

From here, if I have intrigued you, have a look at this tutorial. Or hop on the site and have a look for yourself.

Now click the link below and subscribe to my First Ever Blab with Cherrie McKenzie. We would love to have you drop by and chat with us, whether on camera or in the chat stream. I hope to see you all there.

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00 PST

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Marketing through Anthropomorphism

the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know the meaning of this word even though you may not have known it, because you have chatted with my dragon, Farloft.

Throughout the world of marketing you will find talking animals or objects promoting products and causes. Smokey the Bear informs you, "Only you can prevent forest fires." Toucan Sam tells you "Follow your nose! It always knows," to the closest box of Fruit Loops. Charlie the Tuna, Tony the Tiger, Trix Rabbit, The M&Ms team, Chester Cheetah, Morris the cat, the list goes on and on, but you get the picture.

I didn't mean to create Farloft as the 'spokes dragon' for my series and yet he happened and he has become so much more. I have been wanting to tell this story for about two years now. So grab your cup of coffee or tea and sit back in your comfortable chair, and I will tell you how a Star was Born!

I published my first book in June 2013. It was James & the Dragon. Farloft is the main character in the book.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Norwich England's Dragon Walk - Summer 2015

What an incredible walk. Wish I had been able to attend. I cannot possibly pick a favorite.

GoGoDragons! 2015 was an interactive arts sculpture trail bringing 84 large dragon sculptures and 120 school dragons to the City of Norwich.

The proceeds of this projects auctioned off dragons funded the valuable work of Norfolk Charity Break who support vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dad's 89th Birthday!

Dad celebrated his 89th birthday last month, but he, like I, really enjoys dragging it out. 
Since I love tea and had the day off today, I took dad to tea at the
English Garden Tea Cafe
It is a new little place that just opened in June.

Dad and I found it delightful and will not only go back again, 
but endeavor to spread the word about this lovely place. 

The decor is pleasant with hand painted flowers, bushes and dragonflies above the chair rails. 
We met Roanna, our very pleasant hostess, who said her hand was really cramping
before she completed the painting. It runs all the way around the room.

There is a hat-tree with a selection of hats,
which the owner/staff encourage you to wear while enjoying your tea.

Presentation was nicely done. Loved the fold of the napkins.

The first course was a lovely spicy chicken soup. No MSG here and it was delicious.

Second course was a cooling off fruit compote of peaches, pineapple and strawberries.
Real whipped cream ladies and gentlemen.

Dad excited over the three tiered tray of savories
(egg salad, cucumber and chicken salad 'which was exceptional'),
two kinds of scones (plain and cinnamon raisin) and
sweets (just going to let you drool here).
In addition, they offered not one, but two kinds of jam
homemade lemon curd for the scones. 

Treat yourself to a lovely tea experience at the English Garden Tea Cafe.
And follow their Facebook page