Jo Robertson Returning as Bandita of the Month

Wow, time really does fly.  It seems just like yesterday when I was first interviewed for Bandita of the Month.  A lot of change has changed since then! First, I’ve managed to independently publish 12 units of my work on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.  It’s been a great ride for me.  Visit my website at http://www.jorobertson.com to see all my works in a rotating carousel.   Here’s a quick fun thing many of you may not know about me:  I had an early morning paper route for four years when I was in my thirties.  I’d just had my
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Let’s Talk Audio Books

We just finished production of my very first audio book: The Watcher, a romantic thriller.  Big sigh of relief!  I had no idea how much work went into the creation of an audio book, not only for the author of the book, but for the narrator-producer.   I was fortunate enough to have professional narrator Robert Forge (http://www.RobertForge.com) agree to produce The Watcher and I’m extraordinarily pleased with the result. I chose Rob because I fell in love with the quality of his narrative voice; it’s very pleasant to listen to.  And I especially liked how he portrayed the female protagonist
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Top That

Happy Sunday, everybody! It’s been such a busy weekend chez Sey.  We kicked it off with a random meeting on Friday night (what a weird time for a meeting!), then followed it up with an all-day dance competition on Saturday.  Saturday evening we had dinner guests, so there was a frantic hour or two of house cleaning between the dancing & the dining.  It’s almost midnight on Saturday as I write this blog, & I still have to plan a quick lesson for the Sunday school class I’m teaching in the morning.   (Did you know they let *me* teach Sunday
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Let’s talk…

Up until a few years ago, okay seven, I didn’t use cell phones. Land lines were perfectly fine for my needs. My children didn’t even have a wireless phone in the house until the youngest was in high school. I knew which child was on the phone by following the long cord and finding who was on the end of it. If I was at the grocery, no one could bother me while I was squeezing the oranges, checking out the cuts of meat for sale, or reading the expiration dates on the milk. Having had three children in three
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What Works?

After Bandita Susan’s post the other day about “I Do” – and receiving a very cool wedding invite just today! – I’m in the mood for a wedding!  Also, I’m ever so fond of Bandita Anna S’s Quick Fives, so I thought I’d try my hand at it and make it a combo!  Grins.  By the way, Bandita Nancy was also a bit of the inspiration for this post, since she and her DH have been married 26 wonderful years, as of yesterday! (Congrats, Nancy!!) This one, however, is about relationships.  Whether you’re in one or not, you have an idea
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Tribute

Learning a new skill can be tough.  I imagine we’ve all heard of people who step on the ice the first time, fall once or twice, and then are zipping around the rink like Olympic speed skaters.  Or the ones who browse the craft store for the first time en route to turning out scrapbooks that are gobsmackingly clever and pretty.  Or the ones who sell their first books and, oh yes, hit the New York Times list with them. Yeah, those people are out there.  I’m not one of them. Finding my feet as a writer has taken me
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Fun with Grammar

Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a Grammar Geek. A Word Nerd. A Dictionary Devotee. A Jargon Junkie. A Lexicon Lover. I write intentionally bad Haikus for fun. I dig word games the way a sixteen-year-old boy digs wearing pants that fall down. You can imagine my delight when I stumbled across www.grammarbook.com, a website that’s all about grammar – and about promoting The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, which I, for one, intend to buy. GrammarBook.com covers the minutiae of grammar rules on very specific topics. Oh, the joy, the joy! I found it in a search because I
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Bandita Booty from Love of a Good Pen

I had such a good time chatting with everyone about pens, penmanship and Illya Kuryakin that I’ve decided to award two prizes. The winners are : Shannon and Sue Leech! Congratulations!   If you can visit www.DonnaMacMeans.com and send me your contact information, I’ll send out a copy of the Casanova Code ASAP. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by.

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Welcome Back Theresa Romain

 I hope you’ll help me welcome back Theresa Romain to the lair! Christie and the Banditas, thank you so much for welcoming me today. I love visiting the lair, especially when I have such great news to share.  Such as: this fall, I’m doing something I’ve never done before!  Ok, I’ll actually do several things I’ve never done before, like attend my brother’s wedding and oversee repair of water-damaged ceilings. (Please note: these things are not of equal fun or importance.)  But on a more bookish note, I have the pleasure of releasing two books only four weeks apart. This
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The Love of a Good Pen

    Long before there were computers and smartphones, there were pens… and letters…and really nice handwriting!  (Sadly, I lack the latter.)  Back when I attended Randallstown Elementary school, every student graduating from fifth grade got a cartridge fountain pen.  At that time, fountain pens were fairly common.  Bic ballpoint pens were just finding favor, but they just didn’t have the class of a fountain pen.  For those that are unfamiliar with fountain pens, the early ones were directly filled  from a tiny bottle of ink.  For clumsy people like me – that’s an accident waiting to happen.  The cartridge
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