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Mar
28

Conference Spotlight: NECRWA April 7-8, 2017

Conference Spotlight: NECRWA April 7-8, 2017 From Tamsen Parker, NECRWA Conference Agent and Editor Chair The New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is getting ready for their annual conference! If you live in New England or are in the area for the weekend, this is a great opportunity to indulge your bookish inclinations. We have an amazing slate of events for both writers and readers, and we can’t wait to share them with everyone. Our reader events are taking place on the evening of Friday, April 7th, and will be a great way to unwind for the week. No registration is required and the events are free and open to the public. From 6-8pm, join us for a book signing with 70 of today’s most fabulous authors, including Molly O’Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Cecilia Tan, Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, Loretta Chase, Joanna Shupe, Shannon Stacey, Jamie Beck, and Alyssa Cole. There will be raffles for baskets provided by the authors and a cash bar. From 8:30-11pm, a selection of authors including Damon Suede, Caroline Linden, and Jen Doyle will be reading from their books. If you hear something fabulous that you need to get your hands on ASAP, books by the readers will be available for purchase. For writers, conference registration is still open, and we’ve got a jam-packed schedule to offer you including over 30 workshops to choose from, a master class on sexual tension from Molly O’Keefe, a keynote speech by Joanna Bourne, and a luncheon speech by Zoe York. We also still have agent and editor appointments available, not to mention the Saturday night sessions which are a great way to round out your conference with three choices: a PAN retreat, an Indie Un-Con, and a Camp NaNoWriMo Write-In. Pajamas welcome at those events! You can find all the information about the conference at NECRWA’s conference website (http://necrwa.org/blog1/conference/), and if you have any questions, the conference committee is a friendly bunch–we’re happy to help you with anything you might need. Our emails are all on the conference homepage. We hope to see you in a couple of weeks in...
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Oct
10

Test Post October 10, 2016

Test Post October 10, 2016 Dear Friends. Thank you for your continued patience as I deal with a blog issue. When I pre-schedule a post, for some reason Jetpack does not send my subscribers an email, nor does it cross-post to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. While not serious, this issue is annoying and time consuming. Plus, my email subscribers are missing out on the posts. Anyhow, this is a post testing the system, again. I hope you are enjoying your...
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Sep
11

One More Test

I apologize for the inconvenience. I am still working on fixing some things with the blog. I hope email and social media are working again. Thanks! Jen
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Sep
11

Test Post

This is a test post. I am experiencing problems with my blog, so your patience is appreciated. Thank you!
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Jul
4

Happy U.S. Independence Day 2016

Happy U.S. Independence Day 2016 I’m off today, playing with my family! I hope all those who celebrate have a  Happy 4th of July! Be safe and...
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May
30

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016 While most of us here in the U.S. enjoy an extended weekend full of barbecues, friends, fun, and family time, let us reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives serving and protecting. Thank you. TAPS written by Major General Daniel Butterfield Day is done…Gone the sunFrom the lake…From the hills…From the sky.All is well…Safely restGod is nigh.Fading light….Dims the sightAnd a star….Gems the sky….Gleaming brightFrom afar….Drawing nighFalls the...
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Nov
26

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 To each of my readers: THANK YOU for stopping by, leaving a comment, tweeting me a message, entering a contest, just saying hello. My blog comes from my love of reading and desire to talk about books and other fun stuff, so I appreciate having a place to do that. To my review team: THANK YOU for sharing your love of reading with me and our readers, and most of all for your friendship. To the authors who share their stories: THANK YOU for creating so many wonderful worlds for me to visit each time I crack open a book. To the amazing #FitReaders Group: THANK YOU for your constant support and friendship. Thanks for challenging me to be a better, healthier me. To Liza (Blogging by Liza), Felicia (The Geeky Book Blogger), Melanie (on BookLikes), Jennifer (Books Make Me Happy), and so many other wonderful bloggers: THANK YOU for sharing your love of reading and listening to audiobooks with me. Thank you for your recommendations and your friendship. Thanks for allowing me to indulge in my late night frantic texts and sharing with me yours as well. I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving today has a safe and happy holiday. And… Don’t forget about the #ThanksgivingWalk #StrutMyStuff #FitReader challenge! Join us and get out and exercise! For more details and to join check...
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Nov
18

Getting Over the Hump…

Getting Over the Hump… Happy Wednesday! Everyone calls Wednesday HUMP DAY… which makes sense as it is the “hump” in the middle of the work week; implying everything is “downhill” for the rest of the week. The term also causes snickers among the romance crowd, implying a more adult meaning to the word. (Or maybe it’s just me and the teenaged boys that snicker!) But is it really a “hump” for you? Sometimes people have non-traditional schedules and maybe Wednesdays are the best day of the week! For me, Monday through Wednesdays are my busiest days at work, so once Wednesday is over, I do feel like the worst is behind me. Plus, I work part-time and have Thursdays off. Thursdays are crazy busy with errands, housework, appointments, etc. So even though it’s a day off, it’s also very busy. Fridays are Fridays – always good! However, my weekends are pretty packed with kids’ sports and other life events. So when do I get a day to relax? How do I make time for myself? One of the things I do is walk – lots and lots of walking and listening to audiobooks. This helps me reset mentally and get through the week. I also read, chat with friends, and play with my kids. I try to make sure I take some time each day to slow down and clear my mind. This helps me get over the proverbial hump. What about you? What do you do to get through the week? Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your HUMP...
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Nov
15

Website Woes

Website Woes I just wanted to update our readers as to what is happening at That’s What I’m Talking About. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that pretty much every post I scheduled was “missing schedule.” This is a WordPress issue, and I’m not entirely sure what causes it. All I know is that I wasn’t having a problem, and suddenly I was having a significant one. What does “missed schedule” mean? It means that when I schedule a post to go “live” at a certain date and time, that post stays “scheduled,” and never goes live to the public. In order to push it through, I have to log into my blog, open the post, and republish it. This is very frustrating, as I schedule 99% of my posts ahead of time. After talking to a few people on Twitter, Googling the issue, and finally speaking with a Go Daddy representative, it was suggested that I try a plugin that was specifically created to solve this very annoying problem (apparently it’s not an uncommon issue). The plugin “scans” the blog, and if it sees a post that missed its schedule time, it pushes it through. Yea! Problem solved… or not. Unfortunately, what’s happening is that WordPress isn’t recognizing the posts as being published, even though they are. This means that WordPress isn’t sending out emails about new posts, nor is it publicizing the post on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. It also seems to be impacting my feed; however, it looks like all the posts eventually make it on the feed, but usually it’s 24-48 hours late. This post worked because I manually pushed it through. Edited to add: Apparently, even with me attempting to manually push this post through, the publicizing piece still has issues. I’m continuing to play with it to see if I can do something. So what does that mean for our readers? First – our reviews and content are continuing to be published everyday Sunday – Friday. You can visit the site and read our posts anytime. Second – if you connect with posts via Twitter or Facebook, you should still be okay because I’m manually publicizing on those social media sites. However, if you keep up with That’s What I’m Talking About via email, you are missing out on 99% of our new material. Also, if you find out about new posts via a feed burner, you *may* be missing some posts, that’s still not clear. I’m hoping WordPress sends...
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Jan
1

Happy New Year: What I want to read in 2015!

Happy New Year: What I want to read in 2015! Happy New Year to all!! I hope you aren’t hung over, hiding in the dark somewhere! I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2015, full of great books. Here are a few that made my Most Anticipated list for 2015: FIRESTORM by Nancy Holzner DREAMWALKER by Allyson James MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs PIRATE’S ALLEY by Suzanne Johnson SPIDER’S TRAP by Jennifer Estep OF SILK AND STEAM by Bec McMaster THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE by Molly Harper IF I EVER by S.E. Jakes SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh And these books haven’t been announced, but if they come out in 2015… I am ALL over them! IRON SEAS #5 by Meljean Brook GUILD HUNTER #8 by Nalini Singh MOONBOUND VAMPIRE CLAN #3 by Larissa Ione HIDDEN LEGECY #2 by Ilona Andrews TWILIGHT OF THE GODS #4 by Eleri Stone I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Day, and I look forward to sharing all sorts of awesome books with you in...
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