A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

This is something that has caused me many sleepless nights. I don’t know the answer, but giving away our work free isn’t it.

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Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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Little Lies on sale $.99 for a limited time!


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If you’re looking for a great price on a new read, be sure to catch this sale! Starting Friday morning Jan. 15, 2015 my sexy, secret baby romance novella will be on sale for a limited time. Be sure to get your copy while it is on sale. This is a Kindle deal and the price will increase gradually until it gets back to the regular price of $2.99. Don’t miss this special deal!

A novella of sensual contemporary romance with hot, steamy love scenes, not quite erotica. Dr. Sara Chandler is on a mission and Zack St. Cloud is her target. He owes her and she is determined to collect. The good doctor makes a plan to ensnare former Olympian Zack St. Cloud and collect the debt owed her, but didn’t count on the sizzling chemistry between them trapping her in her own web. This is a secret baby plot.


Asking Strange Questions

How do you collect research for your stories? Here’s how one writer does it.

Pink Fuzzy Slippers Authors

I’m writing a short story about an 18 year old girl who lives in the North Georgia mountains.

If a 1960 Ford truck rolled three times off a mountain, would the windows break out in shards or stay in one piece with lots of cracks?

What kinds of guns would she have with her, shotgun, rifle, and/or hand gun? She hunted with her older brothers.

What kind of hand gun?

What kind of rifle?

When the truck stopped would the radio still play?

Would she try to bring the truck back up or not?

I got a lot of great answers on Facebook. Most were from my former students, now late 40’s and early 50’s.  Most of those were from the girls and their daughters!

Why did I ask those questions there? Because I remembered some of my kids  had rolled vehicles and lived to tell it! 

I also knew…

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Author Beth Warstadt’s tells about Megan’s Christmas Knight

Check out this great interview!

Gwen Bristol

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Beth Warstadt is the author of Megan’s Christmas Knight, which was released about a week ago. I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now, and I’m glad to finally get the chance to spotlight such a fun and inspiring person.

Readers can find out more about Beth Warstadt and her writing journey here on her web site. You can also find her books on Beth Warstadt’s Amazon page.

Beth was also kind enough to answer some questions for me to share. For your enjoyment, here it is!

Tell us about your new book, including where readers can find it for sale.

Megan’s Christmas Knight is a romantic Christmas fantasy. Megan is a woman running away from her life because of something terrible she has done. She is rescued by a mysterious stranger, Nick, who sends her on a quest…

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Lark Brennan Explores the Dark Side of the Caribbean

Found this one and I think I’ll put it on my Kindle for the cruise! Hope it won’t make the islands too scary, but I’ve just got to read it!

Kiss and Thrill

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I am thrilled to introduce you to my critique partner of 10 years, Lark Brennan. On December 1st she’ll debut her multi-genre romance, DANGEROUSLY YOURS. (It’s a romantic, paranormal, suspense-thriller.) Lark is an outstanding author, whose wild imagination and unique world building will turn this industry on its head. Check this out:

Whales don’t just vanish, but marine biologist Lex Durand saw one do just that. With years of research at stake and driven by her bond with the whale, she seeks the help of scientist-in-hiding Bodie Flynn—a man with a mysterious past and a justified hatred of her brother. But while Lex was warned Bodie would be difficult, she never expects to find he has psychic abilities equal to her own.  

bookmark-1.5inx7in-h-frontBodie despises being trapped in Durand Tech’s version of the witness protection program, and when a gorgeous Durand heiress lands on his beach asking for help, he’s…

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Rainy Night in Georgia

Georgia has been getting a lot of rain lately. The sky is overcast and the world outside my window looks dreary. But things are bright and lively inside. I’m spending time writing. Actually I working on three stories. I switch back and forth between them depending on which set of characters are calling my name.

One story is the sequel to A Matter of Trust. After having many, many people ask for the rest of the story I decided it was time to tell it. The Heroine is the Maniac and yes if you’ve read AMOT you know that the Maniac is definitely a challenge because she doesn’t have … Well, I won’t ruin AMOT for you in case you haven’t read it. But when you have please offer suggests on how to solve the Maniac’s dilemma.

The second story has a hero that looks like Augie from Covert Affairs. He is a computer nerd turned JTTF agent in the middle of a sting operation. His op is crashed by a teenager with autism. Said operative must try to save the kid and salvage his covert operation while dealing with the girl he left behind when he joined the military. Wasn’t his idea to join the military or leave the girl behind, but her daddy… well you get the idea.

The third story is somewhat different and will be released as a YA. The Dragon Whisperer idea came from a picture I found that just spoke to me. dragoncover

See what I mean? I just have to write a story to go with this picture.

So that’s what I’m up to this rainy night in Georgia. What about you? Tell me what you’re up to or what you think about my stories or just open a conversation about AMOT or Little Lies.AmazonA_Matter_Of_Trust_Final_LARGE   http://amzn.com/B00FDWOL3C