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Should I have a party?

In this time of great change in the book publishing business, it is often hard to know what to do. Especially if you are self-published.  I just read on a agent blog that authors (and as an agent he is dealing with traditionally published authors) should have a realistic expectation of what to do from […]

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Pam Asberry - July 29, 2014 - 1:09 am

ANY excused for a party!

Carol Burnside - July 29, 2014 - 3:48 am

I think FB parties are great if done right. And by that I mean one virtually unknown author (like myself) is unlikely to have much traffic. Invite other authors to participate – especially if they have new releases, then everyone celebrates and promotes and gives prizes. Win/win for everyone. :-D

Dining at Chez Publix

By Marilyn Baron                                   Last month, my sister and I were guests on a radio show in Jacksonville talking about our new musical Memory Lane. I wanted to treat my sister to a nice lunch since she had driven […]

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Adam - July 28, 2014 - 9:43 am

Nice story. There’s never a bad atmosphere for eating a Publix sub!

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 9:48 am

Adam, you’re right about that. I love Publix subs.

Connie Gillam - July 28, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Hey, Marilyn-

Publix makes the best subs but the deli line is always long-at least at my store. I’m glad you and your sister had a fun time.

I’m also very impressed that you’ve done a musical. You are a multi-talented pair.

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 1:25 pm


The lines are long. We waited a while for our lunch and then another woman got in line in front of us, but we were so hungry we had no choice but to wait. I also like their fried chicken but it’s better in their Florida stores, in my opinion. I laugh just thinking about that day. The place where we ate was not designed to eat-in like they have at a lot of the Publix stores. It was just a ratty old table sitting there and we had no place else to eat, as we were going to go food shopping right after that.

Piper - July 28, 2014 - 3:43 pm

I love Publix’s deli! A great choice, and so precious that you got to spend the time with your sister!

Carol Burnside - July 28, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Hey, sometimes the best memories are spontaneous ones that arise from a ho-hum day. Love the selfie. You two appear to be having a good time together and that’s what it’s all about.

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Yes, we were having a good time. We couldn’t stop laughing. Thanks for commenting.

sandra Elzie - July 28, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Hi Marilyn,
Great story. These times are what make life fun. There’s a Publix just outside the gate where I live and I love their Deli. They carry Bores Head meats that are the best.

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 6:15 pm

I always get their Boar’s Head meat and cheeses. Yes, the little everyday things in life are funny.

Pam Mantovani - July 28, 2014 - 9:00 pm

I love it when something good and special comes from the everyday. It’s also lovely that you and your sister enjoy spending time with each other

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Thanks for commenting. My sister and I always have
fun together.

Sites and Sights in the Canadian Rockies

                                            By Marilyn Baron The hotels we stayed at on our trip to Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies made our trip memorable. They were: The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria […]

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sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 5:38 am

Hi Marilyn,
Fabulous pictures. Hey, what travel agency did you use? I’d love to find out more about the trip, like how long it was and costs and ….well, who the agent was so I can check out the possibly of a trip like this in the future.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 6:35 am


We didn’t use a travel agent. It was a Tauck Tour. I took a Tauck Tour to Spain and loved it and was very happy with this trip.

Walt Mussell - July 25, 2014 - 7:43 am


You’ve made me want to return to the Canadian Rockies. My wife used to live in Canada, but she lived in Toronto and wants to take the boys to eastern Canada first.

What is a Tauck Tour?

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 8:03 am

Tauck is a company that has tours all over the world. They stay at the best hotels and always have really neat, extra experiences. They also have special family trips. I like them because they take care of your bags and almost everything is included. My sister took a Tauck tour last month to Paris and Normandy and the year before to Italy.

RebeccaG - July 25, 2014 - 9:42 am

Marilyn — Vancouver and Victoria are among my all time favorite places to visit. The train trip through the Canadian Rockies sounds fabulous. It’s definitely going on my bucket list!

sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Thanks, Marilyn, I’ll check them out.

Marilyn Baron - July 26, 2014 - 8:39 am

Those cities are gems, I agree. I think I could live in Victoria. The train ride was unique. I had always wanted to do that and that was one of the reasons we took the trip.

Piper - July 28, 2014 - 6:43 am

So beautiful Marilyn! I love the picture with the Mountie. Did he think you guys were nutty Americans for wanting a pic with him? I don’t care-even when I’m at Niagara, I’ve got to get a pic with a Mountie. Love those uniforms!

Marilyn Baron - July 28, 2014 - 7:49 am

Thank you, Piper. No I don’t think he thought we were nuts. He was a retired Mountie and really not supposed to wear the Mountie uniform except on special Canadian holidays but our tour operator arranged it. He gave an amazing talk about his life as a Mountie and it was so interesting and then he posed for pictures. We all loved it and I think he did too. That’s an experience I never thought I would have.

BOOK REVIEW: Protector S.O. S. by Susan Kearney

How many of you like reading a good suspense novel?  Well, there are a lot of good ones available, but if you’re looking for a GREAT suspense novel, look no further.  Go to Amazon and purchase any of the numerous Harlequin Intrigue books written by Susan Kearney and you can’t possibly go wrong. I recently […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 24, 2014 - 3:08 am

Susan’s books sound very interesting. Thanks for introducing me to them.

sandra Elzie - July 24, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Hi Marilyn,
Hope you get a chance to read at least one…you just might get hooked also !!

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Sounds like a good read, Sandy. Thanks for sharing.

sandra Elzie - July 24, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Hi Sia,
Thanks for dropping by & commenting.

Welcome to author LORELIE BROWN

RIDING THE WAVE takes place in Southern California, in a town called San Sebastian. It’s make believe, in case you were about to look it up on Google Maps, but I grew up all over California, with a big emphasis on SoCal. I miss California. It’s got a different feel, a different kind of atmosphere […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 23, 2014 - 3:20 am

You”ve led and lead an interesting life.i love your cover it reminds me of a scene in the movie From Here to Eternity. We had an In and Out Burger where I went to college and it was amazing. Love the burgers and vanilla base shakes. Your story sounds great best of luck.

Sandy Elzie - July 23, 2014 - 9:55 am

Beautiful cover. I lived in Calif for decades and I know all about the authenic Mexican food versus Taco Bell. lol I also loved In & Out burgers. If I was dieting I’d ask for a lettuce wrap and they’d wrap the meat, cheese, etc in a lettuce leaf instead of the bun.

Piper - July 28, 2014 - 6:40 am

I love the sound of this novel. I lived in California once, but that was before the fish taco craze took off. I have to go back…

The Chaos of Summer

I love peace and solitude, especially when I write. I haven’t found it this summer. The week after my husband and I returned from a vacation out of the country, we moved my youngest daughter and our three-year-old grandson back into our house. My seven-year-old granddaughter was to come for a week or two before school […]

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Sandy Elzie - July 21, 2014 - 7:02 am

Hi connie,
Wow, what a summer you’ve had. By comparison, mind has been a breeze. We’ve taken a couple of short trips, had our kids down for a visit over July 4th and I started singing (and playing the wash board) in a Hillbilly Band visiting senior citizen’s places and assisted living places. You might say I’m just one of the Otters in the Otter Jug Band.

Marilyn Baron - July 21, 2014 - 7:35 am

My summer has been relatively calm compared to yours. My daughters are grown and out of the house. We took a nice vacation in Western Canada and a week in Florida. And we’re going to a wedding in Washinton, DC this weekend. But even in calm writing doesn’t necessarily come easy. I’ve been trying to finish one of my books for a while and haven’t managed it.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:09 am

Geez, Louise. The editing fairy was on vacation when I wrote this post.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:11 am


You need to video one of your performances. It sounds like a lot of fun. Carry on.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:16 am


So, I won’t see you at Nationals? Have a great time in DC.

I have to give myself permission to write if only for 15 minutes a day. My problem is I have two projects I’m working on and nothing is getting done on either.

Pam Asberry - July 21, 2014 - 9:32 am

I am having a chaotic summer myself. I’m not teaching much but I am on a mission to deep clean and declutter my house and do some much needed home improvements projects. My whole body hurts from all the physical exertion but I am knocking it out-and looking forward to returning to “normal” life when school starts again!

Piper - July 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Uh, oh. Sounds like too much family love!! Well, I’ll be glad to see you in a few days so that you may escape! :)

Niambi Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm

My summer has been pretty smooth sailing, and I’m glad to say that the end of the season will take place on a catamaran sailing in the British Virgin Islands! And I look forward to reading this book – I’m a history-holic!:)

Maxine Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Connie, I’m sorry, but I laughed when I read your post! I like quiet when I write. I’ve had quiet his summer, but I just haven’t been up to writing much. Hopefully, I will be able to get back with it soon. Good luck! I love the title and cover of the book.

Walt Mussell - July 21, 2014 - 3:18 pm


I’m having an interesting summer myself. For starters, my grandmother passed. It made for an impromptu family reunion. She had 9 kids (all present), 17 grandkids (14 made it), ten great-grandchildren (six made it).

We’re finishing the basement. While we were on vacation (we suspended work while we wer gone), our fridge broke, ruining our hardwood floor in our kitchen and flooding our basement.

Marching band has started for my older son. Football practice begins soon for my younger one. The school year is starting again.

Julie - July 21, 2014 - 3:43 pm

You are living my summer. And your books sounds great. How do you find time to write?

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Pam, do you want to come and de-clutter my house? It needs it badly.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:05 pm


Looking forward to escaping to San Antonio. See you there.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Glad you like the cover, Maxine. I’m also not writing. I’m hoping I’ll find the time at Nationals.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:11 pm


I’m sorry about your grandmother’s passing. Funerals often turn into a celebration and they’re better attended than the real family reunions.

As far as the flooding that ruined the basement, been there, done that. I know it’s a real set back.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:39 pm


I admire your fortitude for sailing. I’m cheering you on from the sidelines. Hope you enjoy the book.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Julie, I’m sorry you’re living my summer. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Well, the out of country trip maybe but not the house full of people.

And as far as finding time to write, I’m not doing so well at that. But things are looking up.

Tanya A. - July 21, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Dear Connie,
You certainly do have a lot happening at your house.
The summer seems to go by so quickly. I have four kids, each with their own personality and temperament. There have been times I’ve walked into a chaotic situation and wanted to turn out and leave as well.
I will be traveling to RWA Nationals in San Antonio. I leave on Wednesday. I hope all my fellow GRW and RWA members have safe travels, and to those members not traveling, I hope they get some writing done!

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Wow, Connie. Your summer sounds like mine. Chaotic! Enjoy Nationals and hopefully you’ll have some quiet time when you get back.

No Lions or Tigers, but Bears, Oh My!

By Marilyn Baron On our trip to the Grand Canadian Rockies, we came across wildlife of all types, which we saw from our motor coach, walking near our hotel, or on a wildlife tour. One man on our tour was hiking in the woods and was confronted by a black bear and her two cubs. […]

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Walt Mussell - July 18, 2014 - 5:38 am

Some of the memories I have from my two trips to the Canadian Rockies is all the wildlife that crossed the road. In the southern U.S., I’m used to signs that warn of deer. The variety in the Canadian Rockies is amazing.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

Aren’t the Canadian Rockies amazing? But at the same time our subdivision has so many deer I feel like I’m in a wildlife preserve and it’s pretty cool to see them right in our neighborhood.

Ashantay Peters - July 18, 2014 - 8:36 am

Marilyn, so glad you were able to see some of the abundant wildlife out West! Enjoyed your post and the photos.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you so much for visiting the blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pictures.

Piper - July 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I’ve not gotten along well with wildlife in my life, which is why God blessed me with an animal- crazy son. :) I know he would have enjoyed your sights. Great pictures!

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - July 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Wow! These are some pretty incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thanks for commenting. I love wildlife. We have a birdfeeder on our back deck and we get all kinds of birds from woodpeckers to cardinals, bluejays, and goldfinch. And as I said deer are everywhere.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you like the pictures.

Connie Gillam - July 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. The Canadian Rockies sound like a wonderful place to visit. Like you, my subdivision abound with deer. Our house backs up to a nature preserve. We have owls, blue heron, fox, coyote, but thankfully, no bears.

Diane Burton - July 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Great pictures.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Yes, Western Canada was amazing. I would love it if my house backed up to a nature preserve. We actually do have owls, I only saw a coyote I think once, but no blue heron. And no bears!
The people in Canada called their geese, American geese like we call ours Canada geese. Or maybe that’s just a joke.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

Sandy Elzie - July 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

love the pictures…your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. I love being out in nature. Thanks so much for sharing.

Maxine Davis - July 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Marilyn, It is amazing at the different wildlife you saw – well, except for the tour :)
Beautiful pictures! I’m sure it is a trip that you’ll always remember. I’m enjoying it through your eyes.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and the trip was wonderful.


Yes it was a great trip and especially seeing the two types of bears.

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. Sounds like an incredible trip – just glad you went during the summer. Thanks for sharing.

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