Happy Hump Day!!

Soooooo, I’ve been a way for awhile. Way longer than I should’ve been I will admit.

I do have a few things going on that I’m excited about!!

I’m finished up  with the follow up to BETWEEN FRIENDS. I can’t wait for you all to read it and hear what you think! All your favorites put in a lot of hard work to make this one come together, Phil, Trip, Idalis and even Lincoln!! Also, I’ve enrolled in Shonda Rhimes course on writing for T.V. and that has me over the moon! My dream has always been to be a part of a strong group of writers for a show or series! So I’ve been preparing myself to soak up all the knowledge and tips I possibly can during the course.

Stay tuned for snippets from my next book and I promise to keep in touch!!

My GPS was broken!

Okay so I’ve been gone for a minute……actually I’ve been gone for more like years. LOL! I’m sorry. Life sometimes just has a way of sending you on detours that you never expect or even see coming. I like to call it my life GPS and yes…..it was tripping! I have definitely been through a lot and experienced a lot but i’m hoping that it will enable me to bring something great to my writing. I love giving you guys the best of me and I truly believe everything happens for a reason and my GPS malfunction is definitely one! I look forward to bringing your the best that i have to give and learned. And I have learned a lot!!

Why Do Fools Fall In Love? No Seriously…….Why?

Now if you are like me….you now have Diana Ross jamming in your head right now, and you’re very welcome for that. 🙂 I was doing some soul searching lately and this has been on my mind heavy. I am single and up until recently been okay with that so I decided to enter the world of dating. This did two things: made me appreciate being single and realize that there are a bunch of fools out there and not a stitch of love in sight so Ms. Ross got some ‘splainin’ to do!

In a world of Catfishing and the ever present accusations of “thirst traps” online dating is all but ruled out of the search for Mr. or Miss Right and then when you add in all the people that have been burned by the aforementioned issues taking it out on everyone you really just have a bunch of people running around mentally and emotionally abusing each other; all in the name of ” finding love”. Now I know I am not that old but I do know that at one point dating was a REAL THING. No really……it was…….for real…………….stop laughing. It was real!!! A guy would call and ask a girl out to dinner and they would go and eat and laugh and talk and maybe even hold hands for a while. 🙂

Now it goes like this:

1. Can I have your number?

2. Text message (not a phone call): Him: Hey! It’s ________ you met from _________

3. You: OH! Hi how are you?

4. Him: I’m good. So when can I come through?


Or something like this:

1. Him: Text message (usually at some unGodly hour): WYD?

2. You: Just relaxing

3. Him: *sends you string of pictures of himself you didn’t even ask for* Send me a pic.

*blank stare*

So is it safe to say that the days of dinner and a movie are dead and gone? There will be no more walks in the park or carriage rides through downtown? No flowers for no reason or surprise gifts just because it’s Tuesday? What’s even sadder than that is that a good bit of women are fine with this missing component. So a good MAJORITY of men don’t even consider it as an option when pursuing women anymore.

In my opinion technology killed romance. Yes….I said it! The only useful tool is Skype because of the number of long distance relationships due to travel, military, etc. But other than that, texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, etc took a knife and chopped romance up into little pieces and dumped it in love’s lap. And well you know love wasn’t having that mess so love turned tail and disappeared altogether. I hate to break it to you but love is more elusive than a bundle of #2 wet and wavy at the beauty supply store. You just can’t catch it and end up having to settle for some mess that you KNOW doesn’t look right with your hair type but hey……..at least you have something……right?

Has It Really Been That Long??

Wow, I was looking at the date of my last post and it has been a minute since I’ve been here. 😦 I’m sorry. Sometimes life gets in the way and it’s harder to push aside than we think.

Well you’ll be happy to know I am 3/4th’s  of the way finished with the next installment in my “Friends” series. I’m really excited about the work that Trip, Idalis and the rest of the crew are putting in on this one. There are some new faces/names and of course all your favorites. This one is definitely a heavy hitter not just for me but for the characters as well. I am pushing all of us to our limits and then demanding just a little bit more. 🙂

Thank you all for the great reviews and emails I’ve received in relation to the book and I see that Trip, Phil, Idalis and Lincoln’s Facebook pages are steadily growing. LOL! You guys are awesome!

Well I gotta run but I promise to get back here more often.

Until next time!


Expert Book Publishing Blog

Over the years, I’ve seen manuscripts and college assignments riddled with commas and I’ve seen them without even the basic commas. When I asked one student what rules he used for inserting commas in his writing, he said, “I put a comma everywhere I pause to take a breath when reading.”

What? Is that in an English textbook somewhere?

It is just a bad to have too many commas as it is to have too few, so check your own writing against these basic comma rules.

  • Use a comma after an introductory clause. (Example: If you are looking for a job, try the Internet.)
  • Use a comma before the conjunction that joins two independent clauses (independent clauses could stand alone as two sentences without the conjunction joining them). (Example:  Job candidates should match their skills to the position, and they should know something about the target company.)
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One of Atlanta’s Georgia Peach Authors Heads North!

Soul Pitt Media Presents


Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ Hill House Kaufmann Center

If you are a published author, editor, publisher or other literary professional and would like to participate or submit book promotional items email Bonita Penn at soulpitte2@gmail.com

Now in its 4th year, Soul Pitt’s

“Meet the Authors” event promises to be an intellectually stimulating networking affair!

Featuring authors, publishers and editors and to celebrate National Poetry Month there will be a group of talented Pittsburgh poets there to share their poetry. Light refreshments will be served.
Come and enjoy the readings and then stick around to meet authors and purchase their books.

Get Inspired to Write Your Book!

Get Tips from the Professionals!

Connect with local publishers & book coaches!

Learn ways to promote your book online



Soul Pitt Media’s 4th “Meet the Authors” EventDate: Saturday, April 28, 2012 Time: 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM – Tickets $15.00

Hill House Kaufmann Center

1825 Centre Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15219

D.L. Wants To Set The Internet On FIRE!!!

Reviews and Feedback for BETWEEN FRIENDS

Tour Updates, Birthday Information and More!

12 Day Reader’s Event SHAMROCKS-N-SIRENS Welcomes Featured Author Carolyn Arnold

The very first Author to be interviewed on the
Shamrocks-N-Sirens 12 day Reader’s Event
is none other than the talented Author
Carolyn Arnold herself.

Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in various genres. Her mystery novels ‘Ties That Bind’ and ‘Justified’ have reached best seller status on Amazon United States for Kindle. Her FBI thriller Eleven released November 2011 made it on The Miami Books Examiner’s ‘Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011’ list.
She was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.
Today, Carolyn discusses her book, ‘ELEVEN’.

What is the main premise of this book?
Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.
Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.
With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Who’s your favorite character in it?

It is hard to pick.  Brandon is eager to please his new boss Special Agent Jack Harper.  He’s strong but possesses vulnerabilities – he wants to prove himself valuable to his team, and stand out.  He has fears, such as claustrophobia, which make him human.  He has a wife he loves, but from whom the years and career decisions have torn him from.
Jack Harper can be gruff around the edges.  He’s tough on his team, but it’s only because he wants to make them the best at their job.  He knows what they’re capable of even if they don’t.  And even though he can come across uncaring and stern at times, he would die for his team.  He’s almost like your grumpy grandfather.  You can be upset with him at times, but you can’t help but love him. What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m writing the fourth in the Madison Knight series and I’m about to start edit rounds on the third in the series to get ready to send to an editor.
What one word describes how you feel when you write?

Do you ever write in your PJs?
All the time! Is there another way?
Who designed this cover? My husband did actually.  He’s a graphic designer by trade.  He took the concept of my book and made it visual.  He also offers this service to other indie and self-published authors.  For more information and how to contact him, click hereWhere and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I prefer to do my writing in the morning before the day job, and on weekends.  There’s no limitation on weekends and I just let the words flow, and the keys fly.
My office is a nightmare…it’s one of those rooms you toss stuff in and close the door LOL  So I do most of my writing at the dining table.  There are a lot of windows in the room so it’s nice and bright.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad – Oh, book reviews.  I think the author has to remember reviews are the expressed opinion of one individual.  A bad review doesn’t mean you’re a bad author just as a great review doesn’t mean you’re the next best thing.
I’ve found in life there’s always a balance – a good day, a bad day, a good review, a bad review.
Of course, I would be remiss not to say I love it when I hear from a reader who loved a book of mine!  It makes my day.  And on the flipside a review which isn’t as glowing, can bring me down.  But an author has to stop focusing on the reviews and focus on what they love to do – write.  Write for themselves and write for those who love their work.
Think of this way too: you don’t love every book you read so you can’t expect everyone will love yours.  If you can accept this, you’ll have a realistic view on reviews.
What’s your bucket vacation?

Has to be Australia!  I don’t know.  I hate planes and this would be the furthest point for me!
And I don’t want to go to live it up in a resort either (although I definitely loved being pampered so go figure and hate camping).  I want to be put to work on the outback, which is very ironic because I HATE spiders (they have HUGE ones there).  I tell my husband this would be the only place I’d ever consider facing this fear in the face.
Your favorite quote –
Dream big, or don’t bother.
If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why? A Leprechaun – he would bring me luck anywhere I went.   Where can your readers stalk you?

Carolyn Arnold Best Selling Author of TIES THAT BIND and JUSTIFIED, Madison Knight Novels
Author of FBI thriller ELEVEN, A Special Recommendation on The Miami Books Examiner’s “Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011”
All available on Amazon for Kindle and in Print

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