All of my stories have family as part of the theme whether it is the family we’re born with or one we create. Even though my stories are fiction, I feel it is important to portray honest relationships. Red Steel and Willow’s Retreat also show the family that comes about through shared experiences, such as being part of the local volunteer firefighters. Continue reading In Honor of My Interview with Jeff Aydelette of The County Compass
Success is just a leap of faith into the abyss and surviving the fall. Continue reading Success versus Failure
Toby yawned and his eyes drifted shut. The dream reminded him of the movie he’d seen, The Christmas Carol. Continue reading A Little Christmas Story
What are some things that make the holidays happier for you? Do you love decorating, baking, reading or watching movies? Continue reading Holiday Movies, Stories and Baking…
What are some of your favorite things about the holidays/ Continue reading My Favorite Things
I finally gave into my dark side and really had fun….I do believe in happy endings even if I have to blow things up and kill people to make it happen. Continue reading Holiday Gifts 99-cent eBooks
Inspiration was everywhere and I just had to filter it out. Continue reading What Inspires Me?
Smiling, your middle son hands you a cup and turns to his older brother and says, “I told you she’d be awake as soon as she smelled the coffee.” Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Story
Some of you may have noticed a new addition to my banners and cover photos. Continue reading I’m an ALLi Ambassador!
Each short story or novel begins with a theme that I think has enough inherent conflict to build an engaging story on. GUNS, for example, is about the black-market trade in weapons. I had a friend who’d spent a career in naval intelligence, and he helped fill me in on that. Continue reading Welcome Phil Bowie to Creekside Cafe
Do you love a little mystery? How about a lot of mystery books? Continue reading Win A Bundle!
Vanity presses aren’t evil by any means. Many of them are a
great investment, as they offer a good number of services that take a lot off of the authors’ plates,
including editing and advertising. Continue reading Welcome Natalie Singletary to Creekside Cafe
Over 30 local authors and 100 titles on display at the New Bern Farmers Market November 20th. Continue reading Over 30 Local Authors with Over 100 Titles
Well, the store is of course my main focus. I want the store to be a sort of hub for the literary arts community in Eastern North Carolina. I also welcome other arts like visual and musical. Continue reading Welcome Back to Creekside Cafe
Sev is featured in the Canadian TV docuseries, Encounter: UFO – Physical Contact. Currently, Sev is in talks with producers of a Netflix series. She has been interviewed around the world, and speaks at international conferences. She was the Master of Ceremonies at MUFON’s International Symposium 2022 and is MUFON’s (Mutual UFO Network) Assistant State Director for North Carolina, a Field Investigator, and on the Executive Committee of the Experiencer Resource Team. North Carolina is usually in the Top 10 most UFO sightings in the country. Continue reading Welcome Sev Tok to Creekside Cafe
Who sees the spiritual beauty of these people in this forgotten speck in the world, this little village, this little Lewis, this little piece of Scotland? My father “saw” them and they responded back by “seeing” him and giving him as an eternal reward his identity, his place, his contentment, his home. Continue reading Welcome Murdina MacDonald to Creekside Cafe
I’d say the hardest things was not sounding too preachy. I had to step into the shoes of a twelve year old again. And it was actually fun. Getting lost in that world. But I had to ask myself all along this story…how would 12 year old Lily say this? Or how would Renzo handle that situation? Continue reading Welcome to Creekside Cafe, Jo Anna Kloster
Both of my low fantasy novels include a group of four friends, Kayla, Jerry, Sarah, and Nick, who have a mystery to solve. The first, Good Beasts Bad Creatures, focuses on Kayla, Jerry, and Grimalkin; a panther who escapes a farm and is the progeny of the Beast of Bladenboro. The Beast of Bladenboro was a creature who terrorized the town in the 50s. Continue reading Welcome Veronica Krug to Creekside Cafe
Cheryl is the author of Anxiety~The Joule Thief: How to Take Back Control of Your Life, a guide to prioritizing our energy use and moving from fear-based stress responses to empowered responses Continue reading Welcome Dr. Cheryl Meola to Creekside Cafe
Books make great gifts for the holidays! Continue reading Book Festival November 20th
God bless you, Sherri. You just introduced another three-beer conversation. Perhaps you should start a variation of the Algonquin Roundtable so we can entertain these fascinating questions at length…over adult beverages. Continue reading Welcome W C Furney to Creekside Cafe
Hey, Readers. Here’s a chance to win a $500 Amazon eGift Card just in time for BLACK FRIDAY from The No. 1 Site for #Reader Giveaways~~The Kindle Book Review. Just click the link and enter (everyday if you want). It’s easy & fun. If you love #reading, enter now; giveaway ends November 23, 2022. Click here for details ~> http://ow.ly/XAN750LuO3i Continue reading The Americans are Coming host Shopping Spree!
all of this information is important and helps me as a writer understand my story’s time period and politics, how much of it is really necessary for the story itself. Continue reading Research or Going Down the Rabbit Hole
I am overwhelmed at the heartfelt comments I have received. I am in so much gratitude that my book is having the effect I intended. Continue reading Welcome Nicole Kerr to Creekside Cafe
I want my books to be a treat, a needlessly decadent queer narrative. All my beloved characters straddle that morally grey line, and I want readers – whether they are queer or not – to be able to enjoy reading queer characters whose queerness is not their defining trait. They love, mourn, plot, and yes – commit horrible war crimes – as people first and foremost Continue reading Welcome Sirus to my Midnight Cafe
All of my books have at least one murder, and something usually blows up. I can’t help it. I still love romance, but stuff has got to happen. I’m afraid I’m having way too much fun creating murder and mayhem.
my years at university gave me everything, from confidence to perspective, to insight on the craft, to clarity of purpose, to enhanced empathy. Continue reading Welcome to Creekside Café, Author, Poet and Screenwriter, Nathan Black
New Bern Farmers Market Authors’ Event, Sunday, November 20th, 2022. Continue reading Welcome Sarah Maury Swan to Creekside Cafe
What do you look for in a book cover?
Have you ever bought a book because of its cover? Continue reading What Attracts You?
The kernel of an idea came about thanks to my husband, actually his grandfather. In our home that burned David had a whip that once belonged to his grandfather who’d been a performer in a wild west show. Continue reading The Making of a Novel
“if you feel uncomfortable when you read my poetry, you should because I felt uncomfortable when I wrote it.” Continue reading Unmasking Our Truth
Does knowing how the stories are made ruin the experience or does it give you more insight? Continue reading Reading as a Writer
How resistant to change are you? Are you adventurous or do you like the status quo? What do you do to combat boredom and shake things up? Continue reading Change
I recently listened to a Draft2Digital interview with Google Play Product Manager, Ryan Dingler about their auto narration through AI (artificial intelligence). If you want to learn more about it, check out this YouTube link https://youtu.be/2BuxxC-cppM I found Google Play easy to set up and use. I still want to have the books professionally narrated by an actor but until I can afford that, this … Continue reading AI Artificial Intelligence and Audiobooks
If I start reading and a character is being shot at or chased, I’m interested to see what happens next. BUT…I also enjoy getting to know a character a bit before they’re thrown into the pot of boiling water. The rom coms where we see a little bit of normal life before everything goes haywire, or the cozy mystery that starts with what appears to be just an average day in the life of the sleuth or the accused. Continue reading Starting in Medias Res
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Well, I have done it again. I have allowed myself to get so busy that I am running around chasing my tail. You would think after taking the HB 90 Bootcamp and following Sarra Cannon’s Heartbreathing YouTube channel that I would understand the perils of burning myself out, but I guess for me it seems to be feast or famine. For a few months I … Continue reading Welcome Sweet September!
Making your author dreams come true shouldn’t cost you your artistic joy. Continue reading HB90 Alumni and Sarra Cannon Fan
Characters we love and hate. As an author one of the first things we’re taught is to write characters readers will love, but as a reader I’ve often enjoyed characters who were less than loveable. Most versions I’ve read and seen in movies and on television of the great Sherlock Holmes is he’s a bit unfeeling, he’s narcissistic and at times even a bully, but … Continue reading Characters…
His life was like a bad country song and it just got worse! Continue reading Back To School Giveaway!
Regency Author, Kelly Miller Visits the Creekside Café Author Bio: Award-winning author Kelly Miller is a native Californian and Anglophile, who made her first visit to England in 2019. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she can be found playing the piano, singing, or walking her dogs. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many … Continue reading Tea with Regency Author, Kelly Miller
Check out my new audiobook! Continue reading I Tried Something New!
A friend gave us some crabmeat already picked out and ready to go into a recipe! I looked up a couple of recipes online and checked to what I have, if you know me you also know I sort of go by a recipe. 2- Tablespoons Butter 1- Tablespoon Olive Oil Garlic 6 cloves chopped or in my case 1/4 jar chopped garlic and garlic … Continue reading Crab Pasta
One good thing came of this, I learned how to use my hotspot on my cell phone. There’s always a bright side to everything. Continue reading Loyalty and Service
Destiny was kidnapped and forced to write this at writer point by Ruby. Having written privately for years, Ruby convinced her friend to share her work with the world. She’s traveled around the world, seeing far-off places that inspire the worlds she writes. Continue reading Welcome Destiny Swallows, to Creekside Cafe
As an indie author it is sometimes difficult to take a leap of faith and spend money on ourselves and our careers, especially when we have a limited budget. We tell ourselves it’s a dream or hobby and it’s difficult to believe it’ll ever be anything more. I put off taking Sarra’s class for a couple of years because I was afraid. I was afraid … Continue reading Publish and Thrive
After a YouTube Video ruined her career and turned her into a joke, the last thing Maddie Henries needed was a man. Especially if that man’s last name was Harrell, Continue reading Christmas in July
Well, I may be biased cause I helped write the damn thing, but I hope it touches the hearts of all who read it. Cause I certainly cried in a few places. We just really wanted to tell this beautiful love story between two badasses. Continue reading Creekside Cafe Welcomes Ruby Marley
“…A witch is someone who scares people. I always knew that, sort of, but then I understood it in a different way. You can become a witch without meaning to. You can become a witch by being right.” Continue reading Thomas Kane visits Creekside Cafe
I am hopeful that my books have my readers looking into our history, learning about civilizations that helped create our current world. I have a plan to write worldwide cultures to include African and American Gods. Morimi is the Yoruba Goddess of Fire for example, and she will have a strong role in the series. Continue reading Kaitlyn Kalor Visits Creekside Cafe
I want them to want more! I don’t want readers to just love my stories, I want them to enjoy my writing in general. I’ve had a few readers reach out to me on social media telling me how much they enjoyed my book, and it was such a great feeling. I cannot wait to be someone’s favorite author someday! Continue reading Stasia Mars at Creekside Cafe
betrayal takes a back seat to a stalker bent on revenge Continue reading Release Day Tomorrow
Can they change the tune of an old song, or will their melody fall flat? Continue reading Trent’s Melody
Romance isn’t just about sex, it’s about falling in love. Continue reading Sex Scenes versus Love Scenes
Announcing the winner of the song writer competition–Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem or song to my songwriter contest. I was so amazed by your talent and your willingness to share your work with me. Choosing a song was so difficult. I had to employ a few extra ears. It came down to which song best fit the main character, Trent Harrell and … Continue reading Announcing the Winning Song…
Some weeks I can’t get out of my own way. I sabotage myself. One of my problems is taking on too much. I often struggle to get my writing done amid my other obligations such as two writing groups, a full-time job, and large family. I want to do it all and I want to do it yesterday. While I’m not a planner by nature, … Continue reading Making Goals
Do you write songs or poems? Check out my contest. Continue reading My Work in Progress
Do you want your song or poem featured in my new novel? Continue reading Contest Alert!
we each absorb information in different ways and regurgitate that information through our own filters Continue reading Confessions of a Nerd
What clues to genre does the cover give off? Is the book meant to inform or entertain more? Continue reading The Cover Game
The Leeward Files and The Harrell Family Chronicles are about REAL people, living in a small town just like where I come from. The town of Leeward is struggling to rebuild after several devasting blows. Continue reading My Community, My Inspiration
When Willow’s past collides with their present, secrets and revenge threaten their family’s safety. Willow will put herself in harm’s way to protect those she loves, even if they don’t feel the same about her. Continue reading Goodreads Book Giveaway
How important are the details? The importance of setting and description is how it affects the characters and the story. Continue reading Setting and World Building
Today, I’d like to welcome guest blogger, Tyler Wittkofsky. Tyler is no stranger. He’s been on my blog several times with author interviews and promoting his books. If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen some of Tyler’s posts. He is an advocate for mental health. Tyler is open about his own diagnosis and shares his struggles with the development of his … Continue reading Guest Blogger, Tyler Wittkofsky
What is romance? Continue reading Romance and Valentine’s Day
Don’t miss this Valentine event. Find great gifts or something for yourself! Continue reading What’s Happening at The Venue
If you can touch one life, make a difference for one person then you have led a successful life. I am just one author who has benefited from following Sarra Cannon’s Heart Breathing YouTube channel. I fell in love with her honesty, her openness and her willingness to share the bad as well as the good parts of being a published author. As an indie … Continue reading Just one Author
Have you ever opened a book or started a story and immediately felt different? Maybe you were feeling tired and blue, overwhelmed by the holidays and you start reading a story that begins with… Continue reading Weather and Setting
What makes a character memorable? Continue reading Memorable and Favorite Characters
Give yourself a break. Renew your spirit so you can continue to juggle 20 jobs and a half dozen children! Continue reading Belated Happy New Year
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few delicious desserts, drinks or special meals. What are your holiday favorites? Continue reading Christmas Favorites Part 3
I love Christmas music. Continue reading Christmas Favorites Part 2
The things that we care about say a lot about us. I’m a sentimental slob but my husband is even worse. I look like an old softy, but he looks like a badass biker dude, but he’s a cinnamon roll (think that’s the new term for layers of sweet gooey goodness.) Continue reading Christmas Favorites
As you can imagine a lot of stuff has fallen by the wayside during this time. I did manage to get out both my holiday ebooks and create the print copies in time for Christmas, Continue reading A Rough Few Months
As I look back over this past year, the good and the bad, I know that I am blessed. We’ve known some heartaches, lost some friends and loved ones but at the end of the year I count more blessings than not. I hope you can say the same.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year! Continue reading Holiday Season
A YouTube video fiasco, a hurricane and the threat of losing her aunt’s inn leaves Maddie Henries with no choice but to trust Cole Harrell. Cole isn’t a bad guy. He just has the misfortune of being kin to the man who her sister’s heart. An enemies to lovers romance, this holiday story will make you believe anything is possible at Christmas. https://books.bookfunnel.com/holidayone/hj4s43yyey Continue reading Holiday Romances for Less Than $1!
A You-Tube video destroyed Maddie Henries’ career but Cole Harrell has offered her a second chance. Can she trust him? Continue reading Holiday Book Deals
When things go bump in the night… This has been a busy month. It was supposed to be a month dedicated to writing, finishing my two Christmas novellas and working on my NaNoWriMo project. My friend, Vickie and I went to a writers’ retreat in Murfreesboro where we both were inspired to write something new. We had a lovely farewell ceremony for our fellow writer, … Continue reading October is almost over
we all have difficult times in our lives or times when we’re just overwhelmed and there’s no better way to escape those pressures than to curl up in a chair and read a good novel. I retired and decided to try writing a novel and, hopefully, provide some happiness to my readers Continue reading On The Porch with L C Larsen
Point of View is a tool, and like anything else it takes time to learn to use it well. Continue reading Whose Head Am I In?
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.I have published eight books, nine if you include the box set for my first three books. I’m currently working on three books, two are part of my current series, The Harrell Family Chronicles. The third book is something totally different, a historical series I’ve been playing with for several years. What is the name … Continue reading My Interview with Awesome Gang
Maddie doesn’t have time for men, especially not one named Cole Harrell. Men are what got her in this trouble to start with. Between her cheating ex, her conniving cameraman and Cole’s brother, Trent…she’d had her fill of men and so has her sister. Even if he does look good in a beard and a tool belt, she is not interested in any one with last name Harrell. Continue reading Story Boarding
Isn’t it time you fired up your passion for romance? Writing it, that is? Fall in love with love and writing, join ProWritingAid and our line-up of authors, publishers, editors and more. October 11th through 15th, 2021 for our first ever Romance Writers’ Week. Continue reading A Free Writers’ Conference! Oh Wow!
Am I in a place on earth in the twenty-first century, or have I been transported to some unknown time of yesteryear? Continue reading A Memoir with a Purpose
I believe in love, second chances and good guys winning in the end. Continue reading Introducing The Harrell Family
It only took them thirty years to get it right. Continue reading Saint John
Are you home, Willow? Continue reading Home is where two hearts join, and their souls find refuge.
What grand gestures or special gifts have you received from you special someone? Why was it so special? Continue reading What is Romance?
Thanks to my daughter-in-law, Brandi for connecting me with Linda Major and Flame, the models on the cover of my new novel. Photo by Lee Major. Continue reading Willow’s Retreat
Every time I think I have learned what it means to be an indie author I discover there is something else I didn’t know, didn’t do correctly or forgot. Of course it doesn’t help that I’m often publishing in the middle of the night because I have to go to work at my bill-paying-job the next day, or I have this amount of time to … Continue reading New Book Launching Soon!
Vote here! I’m number 44, I have to move up 20 spots today to make it into the top 24! I have never made it this far. Won’t you help me? Vote today. Right now. It’s free and easy! Continue reading Vote for The Leeward Files Trilogy
K.B.: Hello and welcome to Creekside Café, Sherri Hollister’s virtual café where writers connect! I’m K.B. Davenport, author of Magic in Autumn Springs and your guest interviewer this week. I’ll be chatting with Sherri about writing, life and what she has in store for us next. Hello, Sherri! Thanks for letting me interview you this week! Sherri: Oh wow, KB, it’s strange to be on the other side. … Continue reading K B’s Interview with Me
https://books.bookfunnel.com/christmas_in_july/b5ssnp1aog Evergreen Crystals was supposed to be my first true romance but as I was writing it I just got stuck. After attending a writers’ retreat weekend with my friend Adrienne Dunning, she made me realize that what I enjoyed writing was suspense thrillers with romantic elements. That night I started rewriting Evergreen Crystals and it became more than I expected it to be. I … Continue reading Christmas party in July
Damian is the hero of K.B. Davenport’s new adult fantasy novel, Magic in Autumn Springs. Welcome Damian Baxter to Creekside Café. Continue reading On the Porch with Damian and Marble, a Creekside Cafe Chat
Everyone has to die. The trick is do it on your own terms with no regrets. Continue reading Interview with the Gunman, Keeper Tyree
https://cota.org/campaigns/COTAforLainee/blog/our-story Our Story Posted June 2, 2021 Lainee Jordan is a 14-year-old girl who loves horses. She is awaiting a heart transplant and can use all the help and prayers out there! The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA is the nation’s only fundraising organization solely dedicated to … Continue reading Have a Heart
I’ve been writing forever. Continue reading On the Porch with North Carolina Author, Sandra Cox
My daddy isn’t here any longer but his memory lives on in my sons, in my memories and in the stories I write. He wasn’t perfect, we often butted heads, probably because we were too much alike, but he is missed and he is still a part of our lives. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and to those who do the job of daddy, thank you for stepping up. Continue reading Celebrating Father’s Day with My Books
A romantic at heart representing the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading Celebrating Pride Month at Creekside Cafe with author, K. B. Davenport
Janie was the kind of girl you could never forget. She was warm like a summer breeze just before a hurricane. Continue reading Contemporary Romance Bookfunnel Promo
He was processing out of the Corp. Would she care? Would it matter? Once a Marine, always a Marine! Tobias Anthony Roberts was no coward! He could handle one little five-foot-eight redhead. He swallowed the lump in his throat. He hoped. Continue reading
I’m not easy to love at least, that’s what she said. Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with Protagonist, Clay Dabrowski
I’d like to welcome my fellow crime fiction author, Tiffany Christina Lewis back to Creekside Café. Y’all may remember our previous interview. Tiffany is a publisher at Rebellion LIT, she works tirelessly to support other authors. I was lucky enough to have been interviewed on Rebellion LIT. Welcome Tiffany, it’s so good to have you back. Tiffany: Thank you for speaking with me again Sherri! … Continue reading Welcome Back to Creekside Cafe Tiffany Christina Lewis
How many of us feel we’ve waited too long to make our dreams come true? Continue reading If Not Now, Then When
I have always been a hopeless romantic. Continue reading Tyler Wittkofsky Returns to Creekside Café
1 pound ground Turkey 1 pound Italian sausage 2 Tablespoons Italian Salad Dressing 1 can White Kidney Beans or Cannellini Beans 1 Can mushroom soup 1 bag frozen spinach 1 can crushed tomatoes 2-3 cloves garlic 1/4 cup chopped Onion 1/4 cup roasted red pepper Italian seasonings (oregano, basil and rosemary) to taste, I’m heavy-handed Spaghetti noodles cooked Parmigiana cheese Mozzarella cheese Cook meat, crumble … Continue reading A Twist on Traditional Spaghetti
Dear Writers: In 2021, Haunted Pamlico and the Pamlico Writers Group are teaming up again to sponsor the second-annual Haunt Season Writing Competition. We’re seeking poems, ghost stories, creepy tales, science fiction or horror fiction related to the haunting season, which peaks in October. We will accept prose entries of 2,000 words or poems of unspecified length by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll take submissions from May … Continue reading Writing Competition
Your Point of View character is the most important element in telling/showing this scene because it is through her eyes that we see and FEEL the battle. Continue reading Excerpt from Red Steel
My friends have sent examples of fight scenes from their books. See the variety of fights and how they set them up. As you read them, I realize that they are out of context but see how they set them up, the emotions, the choreography of the fight. Study the scenes. When you read a book you love in the genre you want to write, … Continue reading Fight Scenes from My Writer Friends
Writing a Fight or Action Scene Some of these ideas can be used to write other scenes, especially romantic action scenes but without the fighting unless you are into that, no judgement here. Like sex scenes, fight scenes are often added to a story to make it more interesting but if you do not engage the reader prior to the scene or make the scene … Continue reading Tips and Hacks for Writing a Fight or Action Scene
Presentation for Pamlico Writers’ Group, Tuesday, April 27th. Continue reading Writing Fight Scenes
It has made me realize that perhaps God didn’t want us to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, not because he didn’t want us to know the things he knows but that he didn’t want us to be burdened with that knowledge. Continue reading The Knowledge of Good and Evil
Mystery Thriller New Release
Roxy is no one’s idea of a hero, but she is their only hope. Continue reading Mystery Thrillers NEW Releases
Starbucks and Ferrero Rocher, what could be better as we wait for spring? Continue reading Enter My Spring Fever Contest
Although I don’t outline my stories, I know a few things about my story and main characters before I start writing my first draft. I know some of my character’s backstory, I know or have an idea of how I want the plot to end or the climax of the story. Continue reading Following Other Authors (part 2)
I am a HUGE advocate of studying writing craft books, listening to author interviews, and writing advice videos and podcasts. I take a lot of online classes in a variety of subjects to improve my writing. One of my pet peeves, the thing that will make me so angry, is when an author tells me their way, is the ONLY way to write! Now, I … Continue reading Following Other Authors into the Abyss