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Thoughts on setting up an email list

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Thoughts on setting up an email list

Setting up an email list has not been my favorite extracurricular author duty. They all say, “you have to do this!” No, I do not know who they are.

One company wanted me to import all my contacts. Little did they know if I had contacts I wouldn’t need their help. Contacts were what I was fishing for.

I finally settled on Mailchimp. It has proven to be the easiest. I say this before I’ve even sent out my first newsletter. We’ll see what I have to say after that ordeal. I’m probably having anxiety attacks over nothing.

I have managed to make a landing page. You can see it here. And while you’re there go ahead and sign up. Help a frazzled girl out. There are prizes to be won! A $100 Amazon gift card on publishing day of Avoiding The Tilt to be exact! (6/25/2019). Who wouldn’t want some free money! You can spend it on books. Here’s a good one to start with.

I’m not going to say the prizes will get bigger and better as the time rolls on, but it’s a start and I will have give-a-ways.

My soon-to-be-published book, Avoiding The Tilt can now be pre-ordered as a kindle book. The paperback will be up soon.


“Starting her online business and downsizing into an inherited overly-furnished twelve hundred square foot home in the span of six months was no big deal to Evie Burgess. But when her husband, Leo, known as the neighborhood curmudgeon, suddenly retires two years sooner than expected, Evie’s space has been invaded by the never-ending presence of constant interruptions and impulsive hoarding of all objects nonessential. It doesn’t help that their elderly neighbor is continually gifting them with objects which have no value and serve no purpose. Organization and multi-tasking are second nature to Evie. Trying to curtail Leo’s hoarding tendencies and hook him up with a hobby that won’t annoy the neighbors is at the top of her to-do list. However, becoming an over-controlling maniac is the last thing Evie wants to be known as to her family. Secretly ridding their home of clutter is frustrating as Evie attempts to keep their marriage and home from bursting at the seams and tilting out of control. The only way to keep her sanity is the daily communication Evie maintains with Willie Lump-Lump, her child-hood cat.

*Disclaimer – This monthly newsletter may be shortened to by-monthly newsletters. Trust me when I say my life is not that exciting.



What’s a normal dinner?

What’s a normal dinner?

It’s not often I do nothing, but today I almost took the day off. Now I feel bad that I didn’t accomplish more. If it had not been for the trip to Walmart for groceries, I wouldn’t have left the house.

I could not get warm all day even though the temps were in the 60’s. I think it was because I wasn’t up and moving around as usual.

H taught music lessons at the local music store from nine to three and didn’t even have a break for lunch, so I spent most of the morning procrastinating.

Before I left to wander the aisles of the grocery store, I had an unexpected request from a beta reader to read my first draft of Avoiding The Tilt. I was thrilled. Let’s hope he doesn’t tear it to pieces. I’m interested in seeing a man’s perspective on this story.

Finding beta readers has proven harder than I thought. If you are interested, contact me at

Later this afternoon, after I made H a quick sandwich and insisted I did not want to go ride bikes or go see a movie, I fell asleep on the sofa. I dreamed I asked H if he wanted me to cook something for dinner. He replied, “No. Let’s have something normal like a banana.”

That didn’t happen. We had taco bread and cupcakes from Publix. I would have been happy with that banana.


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