Florence Festival of Books Appearance!

It’s actually happening! This is my first post-COVID appearance and I can’t wait! (Insert happy dance here). If you want to escape too the amazingly beautiful Oregon Coast (where you can hike the Hobbit Trail, visit lighthouses, and ATV on the dunes that inspired Frank Herbert) you are in luck!

When and Where

The Florence Festival of Books
Date: September 24th, 2022.
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: 715 Quince St, Florence, OR, United States
Entrance: FREE

Come and join me at the event center to get your books signed and meet other amazing authors at the Florence Events Center.

I’m sharing a table with the fabulous R.M. Seidler who writes fantasy novels with a time traveling twist.

More to Do

Make it a long weekend and add some other activities to your list. See below.

Florence Festival of Books Promo

My Favorite Activities in Florence

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Release

By Sarah Nelsen

Yoga for Writers

I would like to welcome my dear friend, Sarah Nelsen, to my blog for the the final installment of our three part series, Yoga for Writers (or really anyone who works at a desk). Sarah is an expert in restorative yoga and she has some fabulous tricks to help you be kind to your body and refresh your brain. When you take a proper break, you will get more done. So, without further ado, Yoga for Writers—Release


These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release (Keep reading and bookmark it for later)


Working at a Desk is Hard on the Body

Scenario: You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and think it’s your mom, but it’s you. You wonder when your shoulders got so rounded. You’re starting to complain about the same aches and pains your mom had…stiff fingers, jaw tension, hips that feel like they need to be oiled.

Could it be that you’re spending too much time seated at the computer? Is there anything that can reverse what feels like the downward spiral of aging?  Well, I don’t know if I can make that big of a promise, but I can share with you a short yoga practice that helps release the neck, shoulders, hands and feet and may have you sitting up with a bit more confidence and ease! 

Why Release?

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome Sarah Nelsen back to my blog for the Part 2 of a 3 Part Series: Yoga for Writers. Sarah is an amazing person with a heart to help people. She is a multi-certified yoga instructor who went as far as moving away from her friends and family for a year and a half to pursue an international credential in another country. Yes, she is that serious about her craft. So, enjoy Yoga for Writers—Refresh.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh (This post. Keep reading or bookmark for later.)
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Read on to see the importance of breaks or just skip to the short video tutorial and get to it.

Sarah Nelsen practicing yoga. Yoga for Writers—Refresh.
Sarah Nelsen practicing what she preaches: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

Working at a Desk is Hard on Your Body

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Guest Post: Writing Romance

I would like to welcome Brooke E. Wayne to my blog. Brooke is a close friend, writing partner, travel buddy, and confidant of mine. We regularly bounce ideas off one another to keep each other inspired. She has a fabulous take on how to write romance in three acts and twelve beats.

In fact, she even allowed me to use some of her poetry in my creative writing workbook, Prompt Me Romance. Brooke’s specialty is romance, so I asked her over her to share some of her expertise. Here’s how to write romance, utilizing the classic three act structure, broken into twelve beats to drive your story forward.

Author Brooke E. Wayne

WRITING ROMANCE: THREE ACTS,  TWELVE BEATS

“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Rest

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome my dear friend, Sarah Nelsen, to my blog. This is part one of a three part series: Yoga for Writers. Post one is focused on the need to take short breaks to rest so that we can optimize our productivity and increase our creativity. If you work at a desk, you need Yoga for Writers—Rest.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest (This post)
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Sarah is one of the kindest and most gentle spirits of anyone I have ever met. When I pitched the idea of writing a few posts specifically designed to help writers, she jumped at the chance. I am so grateful for her heart to help people. She is a multi-certified instructor with a wealth of knowledge.

Read on to see the importance of rest breaks or just skip to the short video and get to it.

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Storm and Solace on Sale

Robin Woods with her new book, Storm and Solace.

Beauty & the Beast Retelling

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Editorial Review of Storm and Solace. Gulp.

Storm and Solace has been my pet project for upwards of five years, much like The Unintended, I wrote a few chapters and let it ruminate in my brain for a good long while (translate years). It was terrifying to submit this book for independent editorial review, but I’m glad I did.

Without further ado…

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Storm and Solace Giveaway!

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One Link to Rule Them All

Fabulous time savers for busy writers (and other media professionals). Make life easier by minimizing the places you need to go to update links.

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Reading Challenge! Heck, Yeah!

Add a twist to your reading list and complete these fabulous reading challenges!

It’s a new year and the perfect time for reading goals! I’ve set my Goodreads goal for this year. It’s only twenty-four books because I will devote most of my time to writing. Whether you want to read one book a month or seventeen, I have some fun challenges to add some variety.

Besides writing, I’m an administrator for SBCO Silent Book Club Online (a licenced branch of Silent Book Club). I thought it would be fun to share them with you, too.

The WHERE Challenge

Here are twenty-five PLACES to read. Reading is a healthy habit that expands and sharpens your mind. Little challenges like this can help reinforce that habit.

If you would like a printer friendly PDF without the colorful border, scroll to the bottom of this post.


The WHAT Challenge

If you aren’t planning on reading twenty-five books this year, no problem. Part of the challenge of this list is to see how many you can check off with a single book.

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