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Interview with Thyra Dane

Thyra was my second interview. We will both have stories in the winter historical anthology published by the New Romance Cafe, Kisses and Other Scandalous Pastimes. Thank you for being a part of my journey as a writer and interviewer. I hope someday to meet in person. Today I have the luxury of visiting with a new writer friend, Thyra Dane. Some may recognize her … Continue reading Interview with Thyra Dane

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Interview at Creekside Cafe with Donna Steele

In lieu of new author interviews during the weeks leading to Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank the authors who first gave me a chance to interview them for my Creekside Cafe. Donna Steele was my first interview and I’d like to take a moment to honor her kindness and friendship as well as update her interview. Those of you who read the original interview, thank … Continue reading Interview at Creekside Cafe with Donna Steele

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Fluctuating Word Count

Do you get discouraged by your word count? Do you have one week that is really fantastic and another that is just not something to be proud of? Yeah, well that’s me. Some days, some weeks I have so much going on at work, with my life, in my head that I don’t get the word count I’d hope for. Doing NaNoWriMo this month, we … Continue reading Fluctuating Word Count

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A Warm Friendly Chat with Hannah Meredith

also known as Merry Simmons I am thrilled to welcome Hannah Meredith to Creekside Café, my dream job if I ever win the lottery or get a million-dollar movie deal, for now, the café only exists on my website. Hannah and I are both members of Romance Writers of America and our local Heart of Carolina RWA. We met at local meeting and became friends. … Continue reading A Warm Friendly Chat with Hannah Meredith

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The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers

The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers by Christi Caldwell Narrated by Tim Campbell Audiobook Clara Winters dreams of leaving behind her old life at the mercy of controlling men and opening her music hall. No matter how many times she is knocked down, she is bounces back up. When she discovers a man being assaulted on the streets of East London, she knows if she doesn’t intervene, … Continue reading The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers

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My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

My first week of NaNoWriMo 2019 I’m not sure what I expected this week during the first week of NaNoWriMo. My only other experience with NaNo in 2015 was more harrowing. As an inexperienced writer who usually only made five-hundred words per day, trying to triple my output to make my NaNo goal wasn’t easy. I had to really push myself to write every day. … Continue reading My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

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Enjoying the Breeze with Maida Malby

It is so nice to have author Maida Malby here at Creekside Café. Welcome Maida, have you ever been to North Carolina before? Maida: Yes, I have. The first time I came to the US was in 1994 as a participant in the YMCA International Camp Counselors Program. I was assigned to the Sandy Ridge Girl Scout Camp in Bennettsville, SC for two months. I … Continue reading Enjoying the Breeze with Maida Malby

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What Doesn’t Kill Her by Christina Dodd

What Doesn’t Kill Her by Christina Dodd Narrated by Vanessa Johansson When your whole life is built on a lie and you are living a constant nightmare it is difficult to trust anyone, even the man you love. For Kellen Adams, the person she trusts the least is herself. A year-long memory gap, a nightmare and a seven-year-old daughter she never knew threaten to undermine … Continue reading What Doesn’t Kill Her by Christina Dodd

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Dead Wrong by Leigh Ann Dobbs

Read by Hollis McCarthy (Chirp) This cozy mystery is the first in the Blackmore Sisters Series. The setting is the small, oceanside town of Noquitt, Maine. A huge family home the sisters are trying to save and a legacy of tall tales, family lore and antiques still to uncover. Their home, family history and even their cat are somewhat mysterious. What is even more of … Continue reading Dead Wrong by Leigh Ann Dobbs

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Star Gazing at the Cafe with Science Fiction Author, Joe Pranaitis

Today I’d like to introduce science fiction author and producer, Joe Pranaitis. It’s great to have you here, Joe. I believe you are my first sci-fi author. Welcome to my Creekside Café. Joe: Hello Sherri, thank you for having me. Sherri: My husband and sons are all Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Star Wars fans. Your parents first introduced you to science fiction? The books … Continue reading Star Gazing at the Cafe with Science Fiction Author, Joe Pranaitis

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What Happens When a Pantser Plots?

For years I have suffered a debilitating disease of UNABLE to Plot. I’ve taken classes and courses, bought books and listened to other authors, but when it comes down to plotting and outlining, I freeze up. This year for NaNoWriMo, after listening to several YouTube videos and webinars, I decided to give it another try. In the past when I thought of outlining my story … Continue reading What Happens When a Pantser Plots?

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Finding Hope by Michele Brown

Second Chances with all the FEELS This was an amazing story. I started crying with the opening sentence and found myself laughing, crying and falling in love with these characters. As the mother of a former soldier who served two tours in Afghanistan, this story touched my heart right from the beginning. I thought Michele handled the PTSD and the main character, Jackson’s loss of … Continue reading Finding Hope by Michele Brown

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Coffee on the Porch with Author, Tirza Schaefer

Tirza Schaefer, it is great to have you at my Creekside Café, this is my virtual café where I meet the most interesting people from all over the world. If I ever win the lottery it would be my dream job, a place to write, drink coffee and talk to other writers and readers. Tirza: That sounds absolutely beautiful! I’ll be a regular guest there! … Continue reading Coffee on the Porch with Author, Tirza Schaefer

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The Role of Secondary Characters and Their Importance to the Story

Part of my Prepping for NaNo Series In most stories there is more than one character. Even in Tom Hank’s Cast Away, Wilson, the soccer ball became a secondary character in the story. He didn’t talk much but he was an important part of the story. In some stories the weather, as in The Perfect Storm or even an animal as in Jaws may be … Continue reading The Role of Secondary Characters and Their Importance to the Story

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Chatting With The Singing Author

Today I’d like to welcome K G Fletcher, “The Singing Author” to Creekside Café. Wow, when I was doing my research for our interview and I came across this moniker, I thought, I need to know more about this. So welcome to my virtual café, and why are you called the singing author? KG –I am a professional singer/actor as well as a romance author. … Continue reading Chatting With The Singing Author

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The Importance of Developing Characters (NaNoWriMo)

Whether a plot driven story or a character driven story someone or something has to be doing the action, at least in most stories. It might be different in a literary novel, but I would think something, or someone has to move the story from beginning to end. A brief explanation, plot driven is all about what is happening, and the characters are secondary to … Continue reading The Importance of Developing Characters (NaNoWriMo)

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Sticky Notes and Note Cards NaNoWriMo Prep 2

My secret weapon isn’t so secret: Sticky Notes and Note Cards, color coated of course. Now many of you probably use Scrivener or some other program. I do have it on my desk top in my office, but I haven’t fallen in love with it yet. Plus, since I also write on a cheap laptop with not a lot of memory it cannot handle something … Continue reading Sticky Notes and Note Cards NaNoWriMo Prep 2

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo As a Pantser

I have searched the web for programs, YouTube videos, blog posts, and webinars to help me get ready for NaNoWriMo. The one thing I’ve noticed is they are not geared to pantsers. I know, I know, if I’m a pantser how can I “get ready” for NaNo? Well, when I was preparing for my very first NaNoWriMo in 2015 I knew I had to have … Continue reading Preparing for NaNoWriMo As a Pantser

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Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh, read by Justine Eyre

Chirp Audiobook Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is the best at what she does but she’s not prepared for the Archangel Raphael or the mission he has for her. In a world where the monsters are real, and vampires and angels are interdependent upon each other, a human has little chance of survival. Thankfully, Elena is a little more than human. A born hunter, she heals … Continue reading Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh, read by Justine Eyre

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Cooking and Chatting With Nins the Writer

Sherri: I’m chatting today with Nina Romano, whom I know as @ninsthewriter from Twitter. You know what they say about seven degrees of separation, well, we have a mutual friend, award-winning cozy mystery author, M. K. Graff. Since meeting Nina through Twitter, I have wanted to host her on my website. I am so excited to finally be able to welcome to my Creekside Café, … Continue reading Cooking and Chatting With Nins the Writer

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Happy Birthday Marni “M K” Graff

Happy birthday to this dear lady who is not just a friend but my mentor, too. When I first met Marni, she was hosting the Writer’s Read at a bakery in Washington. Her open heart and gentle manner made trusting her with my rough, less than eloquent prose, easier. I have often described sharing my writing as being like standing in a Walmart parking lot, … Continue reading Happy Birthday Marni “M K” Graff

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Sipping Lattes with Author, Clara Winter

I met or discovered Clara Winter through Instagram. We were both participating on an author loop, I saw her book covers and decided to check out her books. In my true bass-akward fashion, I read King of Kings, the third in the Immortal Kindred Series. I fell in love with her writing and asked her to be a guest on my virtual café. Welcome to … Continue reading Sipping Lattes with Author, Clara Winter

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I’m In LOVE with The Beards!

Grin and Beard It  by Penny Reid, Narrated by Chris Brinkley, Cielo Camargo When Jethro Winston stumbles upon a beautiful woman lost and stranded in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, he has no clue that she is the award-winning actress, comedian and writer, Sienna Diaz. The curvy, vivacious woman makes him smile and he falls a bit in love with her that very first … Continue reading I’m In LOVE with The Beards!

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Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter, Read by Kathleen Early (Chirp) I liked and hated this book. It felt unfinished at the end but then again, it made me think and isn’t that what a good book does? This thriller brings us into the life of a sweet and beautiful young college girl, Julia Carroll, who struggles to find her voice amid the male-dominated … Continue reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

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On The Porch with Debut Author, A J Andersen

A J Andersen, author, happy wife, firefighter mom, book reviewer Current release: Finding Faye Upcoming release: Acquiring Analise I met A J through a Romance Loop on Instagram. I meet the coolest people online. A J is a debut author of romantic suspense. Welcome to my Creekside Café. You describe yourself as a happy wife and firefighter mom…How many years married and tell me who … Continue reading On The Porch with Debut Author, A J Andersen

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels

by Victoria Alexander, Read by Marian Hussey (Chirp by Bookbub) India Pendergast had no desire to travel. She never dreamed of anything more than what she had. Content or at least she accepts her life just as it is, that is until her cousin goes missing. India cannot imagine any place better than England, anyone smarter than herself and anyway but her own. Before believing … Continue reading The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels

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Discovering a New Author

I belong to several on-line groups both on Facebook and Instagram, through these groups I’ve been exposed to new authors. Some authors’ books have been suggested by fellow members of the group and others are members of the groups themselves. I found Clara Winter while we were both participating in a writers’ loop. In the loop we follow each other, check out each other’s posts, … Continue reading Discovering a New Author

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On the Porch with Ruth Akright

I’m here at my creek side café with the wonderful Ruth Akright. It was wonderful to meet you in person. I enjoyed the writers retreat in Murfreesboro. It was a fantastic reprieve from the hurricane. Your house, the Murfree-Williams House is such a delight. I love old homes, the history, the stories, the architecture. When did you buy and restore the Murfree-Williams House? Ruth: We … Continue reading On the Porch with Ruth Akright

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Lifemates by Donna Steele

When Chicago Detective Wesley Conall comes home for his cousin’s lifemating ceremony he doesn’t expect to find his own lifemate. When Wesley first senses his lifemate, he has no clue who she is. When he learns she is the sister to Wyoming’s Alpha, he knows her reputation but little else. Clarissa Johnson is not the mate Wesley would have chosen for himself. She is too … Continue reading Lifemates by Donna Steele

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Meet and Greet

WHAT: $200 Meet & Greet Giveaway (10″ Kindle Fire and (2) $25 Amazon eGift CardsWHEN: Sept 9-27, 2019 Link:https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/enter-our-september-meet-greet/ Hey, Y’all! Here’s a chance to win a 10″ Kindle Fire, and (2) $25 Amazon eGift Cards ($200 value) 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 … Continue reading Meet and Greet

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An Exotic Retreat in Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Murfree-Williams House Writers Workshops, Retreats and Residencies Dorian threatened to keep me from my mini vacation but thankfully, he didn’t do as much damage around my home as he did to others. My heart goes out to those on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach and especially the Bahamas. With only the inconvenience of power outages at home, my husband waved me off and I … Continue reading An Exotic Retreat in Murfreesboro, North Carolina

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Rivals

Rivals Frenemies who Changed the World by Scott McCormick Narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan and Josh Hurley An Audible Original I found this to be both interesting and entertaining. I love history and science, well, the history of science and invention. This is a collection of short stories about people in history who were both friends and competitors. The competitions … Continue reading Rivals

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Spinach Basil Pasta

Ingredients: 2 rolls of ground turkey (Italian seasoned or season your own with Italian blend seasons) 1-2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon corn starch diluted in 1/4 cup water (I use pasta water) 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 cup Italian Blend cheese 1 cup mozzarella cheese fresh or frozen spinach 8 ounces Fresh basil Roasted red pepper garlic mushrooms (I didn’t add mushrooms because … Continue reading Spinach Basil Pasta

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The Wallflower Wager

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare, Narrated by Mary Jane Wells  (Audible) Girl Meets Duke series, but this girl, Lady Penelope Campion meets Mr. Gabriel Duke, known as the Duke of Ruin. The wealthy Duke is known for being ruthless in his business dealings with the ton. He cares for nothing but what will make him a penny. Having grown up with nothing, Gabriel has … Continue reading The Wallflower Wager

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Creekside Cafe Chat with Reese Ryan

Reese and I met when she was president of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, her open, engaging smile and outgoing personality made her an excellent and inclusive president, welcoming all who attended. I am so excited to welcome Reese Ryan to Creekside Café. Reese: Thank you for this opportunity. Sherri: I’ve been wanting to ask you back to the area since the workshop you gave the … Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with Reese Ryan