Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Open Invite to Published Writers/Publishers/Poets

For those interested, this is an open invite for "artists" to be included in my monthly newsletter.

About the newsletter. On each month, on the first, I send out a newsletter several pages long via emails. The issue is in PDF format and can be printed out. It is free and its free to be included in a issue. I'm looking for someone who is published (those title(s) will be shared with my subscribers). Writers, poets, song writers, etc. Also publishers and agents are welcome because some of the subscribers are writers as well. I have a list of questions already made up so if you're interested in being included in an upcoming issue, send me an email at for the request. Insert "Newsletter Invite" in the subject line.

Important factors to include in your email (with the questionnaire once completed) are....Your pen name, title of all books published, genre, link to your website and/or blog, and your email addy. Once its your turn to be included (I go in order they are received), I'll send you a copy to confirm. I don't want anything being wrong with your information. The idea is to help promote your work or company. As a published author, I know how difficult it is to spread the word about the books. We all could use a little help. Even the big names have help in one way or the other. Yeah, when you tell a friend that so-and-so's book was great, you're helping that author promote the book! I love word of mouth promoting!

If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask. Thank you!!!

If you'd prefer, here's an online form for the newsletter.

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Little Update before newsletter comes out......

Well I've decided to go back to having brown hair lol. Guess you'll never know how I'm going to look from month to month lol. I'd just like to remind you that the end of the month has arrived. You know what that means, right? Yep, the first of the month will sure follow! That means yet another newsletter!! I've added something new for you to enjoy for this issue! Of course, I'll still be adding the author here sometime next week or whenever I have some extra free time. For those who have a subscription, you don't have to wait, you'll be able to see it on the first!

Summer has been really hot. Of course, you already know that. I've been catching a few stories on the news about the weather. Fires going on everywhere it seems. I heard Chicago has a fewer crimes going on up to this point this year, compared to last year at this time. I read it in a newspaper somewhere and couldn't believe it. 177 deaths due to crime! I'm really sorry for all those families and friends who are mourning for them. I also heard (unrelated to the weather lol) that my favorite store, Dollar Tree, has bought out Family Dollar (my second favorite store lol). The name will stay the same though but I thought it was cool to see it. Yellow Stone has been in the news due to the fires. I even met someone who had seen part of it before they left. It was before the roads were closed down so I guess it wasn't that bad, then. I heard it was started from someone driving in an area (at least one part of the park). Don't know how true it is but then again, it was on the news so it has to have some merit lol.

I've been busy working on the rewrite for Cursed Blood. I'm not sure how much I want to change just yet. I just want to make it better than it was. Give you a good thrill when you read it. Keep you on the edge of your seat. I love suspense, especially when it comes to a good horror story. Not sure on the romance part. Of course, that's what set it apart from other horror stories, I think. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. If you haven't read the original, its available on Amazon lol! And the sequel Spawn of the Curse is free to download for a limited time so check it out as well! And if you like either one, just add a small review letting others know. No harm in that lol.

Other than that, I can't wait to see you on the first! If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that on this page here on my blog. Its located on the right side of the page. Just enter your email address and press enter. Its that easy. I thank you, for those who do. If you decide to leave, same process just make sure its on the right line. For those who leave, I'm really sorry to see you go and thank you for the time to remained. So with that, I'd like to say see ya later. Enjoy!!!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Friday, July 4, 2014

July's Author of the Month, James Lawless

James is the author of Peeling Oranges, For Love of Anna, The Avenue, Clearing the Tangled Wood, Find Penelope, Knowing Women, and Rus in Urbe.

You can find him and his books at

His easiest book to write was The Avenue because the images just flowed. The hardest book for him to write was Clearing the Tangled Wood because it involved so much research. He began writing when he was 12 years old when his father bought him a journal. His mother inspired him to become a writer as she read him many stories growing up. He also enjoyed hearing the stories his mother and aunt shared while the men were all at work. His motivation? As he calls it, a condition that leaves him unfulfilled if he doesn’t write.
James overcame three things in his life. He had asthma as a child. The premature death of his mother. And nearly losing his son.

One of his favorite books is the diaries of Virginia Wolf for the insights into the sacrificial day to day craft of writing. James’ advice to new writers is just one comment…”Its not a hobby.”