Kentucky Derby is just six days away!

Brush up on some horse racing terms to get ready for the big day. Show everyone at your Derby party how much you know. 😉 There is one thing they need to change – at the bottom, their Z is Zayat Stables. The Zayats own American Pharoah and AP won the Triple Crown in 2015, but their definition says “last year.” I suppose it’s an old post. Of course, I let them know about the error. lol



Giant giveaway!

First and second prizes awarded!

Guess who’s participating in this promo? (Me!) Enter to win a free KINDLE or NOOK plus 20+ American historical romances, including books from authors like Heather Blanton and Lorraine Heath. Second prize is all 20+ books! This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry! Good luck!


How about a free kindle or nook? And 20 books!

Have you read my novel Chivalry? For a limited time, you can enter to win the book, plus 20+ fantastic American historical romances from an amazing collection of authors, PLUS a brand new eReader – along with a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering!

Enter the contest by clicking here:

When you’re done, leave a comment to let me know you’ve entered!



I love giving away stuff! This time, you can win a tote bag and Sugar cookie (yummy!) Scentsy circle, which is perfect for the car or any small space.

Giveaway starts April 11, 2018 at 12:00 EDT and ends April 18 at 12:00 EDT. You can earn up to 5 entries by completing simple tasks.

Click here for the giveaway!

Ashley’s Scentsy store, if you need some yummy smelling stuff (I love the wax and warmers!):
“Please select a party to shop with either on the main page or before checking out”.

Business Planning For Any Project, Even Books

I deal with many established and aspiring authors, and one lesson that experienced authors know well and new authors have to learn is that before you write a single word of your book, you should have a business plan for it.

Don’t be scared. Business planning does not have to be difficult. I’ve found a business plan book that makes planning anything very simple.

Instead of the traditional bulky business plan document, this book teaches you to start your business planning process with just three sentences, which is quite nifty. The three sentences are:

  1. What is your project/product?
  2. How will you promote it?
  3. How will you monetize it?

You might recognize that this touches on some of the most important parts of writing a book because you have to choose a good book topic, plan your book promotion and have a sense of whether the book will ultimately be lucrative for you and meet your financial goals for it.

If you have an idea for a new book, especially if this is your first book, try to plan the entire strategy for this book before you begin writing it. If you treat your book as a business, it will be easier for you to meet your financial goals for the book. Plus, if a part of your book strategy isn’t correct, it will be easier and cheaper for you to fix your strategy mistakes earlier in the process rather than later.