To celebrate TRUE TO ME the first book in Kay Bratt’s By The Sea series reaching over 100,000 readers, and the release of NO PLACE TOO FAR, the second book on September 1st, Kay is giving away this amazing prize pack! To enter: comment below with the next place you’d like to go to for vacation…

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I’m a “The Glass is Half Full” person. Always have been. Like most of you, I’ve had my share of difficulties, from losing loved ones to painful ends to relationships to financial uncertainty. And now, add the COVID-19 pandemic to that list. Despite these challenging times, I work to focus on the good that inevitably…

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I love Spring—the newness of the longer days, the flowering trees, and the sense of new opportunities in the coming months. But in a time of the pandemic, those feelings are dampened by the realities of what we all now face. I think of my readers often and hope you and your families are safe…

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For many, winter can be a time of cold, even arctic weather. For others, it’s just viewed as an unnecessarily long step between Fall and Spring. But during the month of January, it can be the perfect time to take a trip to Sweet Lake, Ohio and visit the Wayfair Inn, where “…each room of…

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Whenever I’m invited on a blog for an Author Q & A, one question invariably pops up: “Where do the ideas for your novels come from?” The simple answer is, “they come from within.” For me, within is the quiet, contemplative place of my mind. It is when I am silent—not engaging in conversation, listening…

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You never know where you’ll sell your next book. At your kid’s football game, during an impromptu chat on Facebook, or while standing in line at the bakery—potential readers are everywhere. Making a memorable impression, and sealing the deal, is easy when you’re equipped with an elevator speech. An elevator speech—or elevator pitch—is a quick…

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Searching for rocket fuel to launch your book? Great reviews can shoot your masterpiece right up the Amazon lists.  Potential buyers demand an unbiased critique of a book’s merits to simplify the task of finding the next great read. Most expect to find at least ten glowing reviews on a book’s product page before they’ll…

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If your relationship with the blogging community consists of a mass email dump to Dear Blogger every time you release a new book, you’re missing the point. Book blogs don’t just add to the string of 5-star reviews you’re hoping to wrap around your new release. Book bloggers also host authors, participate in book hops,…

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Tell the truth: After indie publishing your book, did you rush to Goodreads and attempt to “friend” dozens of authors and attract hundreds of new followers in a misguided belief the effort would ignite book sales? No doubt many of those authors who ignored your friend request wish you nothing but good fortune—they’re simply too…

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In the early 1980s, I attended a benefit at the Palm Springs Art museum alongside a host of movie stars and business tycoons. The goody bags handed out at the door to the women swishing their way inside the marble palace brimmed with expensive perfumes and silk scarves from Saks; the sculpture gardens glittered with…

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