What’s a book festival like?

I love meeting fellow authors, almost as much as I love meeting readers!  At the end of last month, I had the terrific opportunity to do both at the Florence Festival of Books.  This annual event held in Florence, Oregon (central coast) includes so much to enjoy – new authors and seasoned ones (Philip Margolin…

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Fall and Food – September 2016 Kohano Newsletter

In this blog –  What makes Fall special? Food and Fall – a great pairing News releases, what I’m working on, and more! Read on! Hi Avid Readers! Happy Fall. Or Autumn. Or Harvest. I love this season almost as much as I love spring.  And winter and summer too – to every season, there…

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Life Should Come with Traffic Signs

It’s too bad life doesn’t come with slow down signs.  Or maybe it does, and we just don’t pay attention to them.  We can’t see them in the glare of the important and urgent – or at least, the things we think are important and urgent. I’m as guilty as the rest of us.  I…

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Have You Lost the Joy?

This reflection will speak to writers out there, but other creatives, I think it will work for you too!  I recent attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Conference, and it kicked my creative mode back in to gear.  Don’t just tie up in port – sail away on your creative voyage! Remember when…

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NEW RELEASES! (I’ve been busy!)

I haven’t meant to be out of touch, dear readers – but I’ve been a tad busy!  Inventory of completed manuscripts has been stacking up, just waiting for that editing spurt.  I’m on it!  Here are the early results – and more to come!  Happy reading – Yvonne   NOW AVAILABLE – “Love’s Fiery Prescription”…

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Letting Go is Hard to Do

Four first responders – two sets of siblings in two nascent love affairs – fight wildland arsons with multiple suspects, including one of their own. They are the reason I’ve been quiet this last month, busy in deep editing to bring these books to market.  I’ve been living with these folks for over a year…

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Betting on “Little Bets” – and a Contest Opp

So many books, never enough time… One condition of deep editing mode for my fiction work is that I tend to shy away from reading anyone else’s fiction at the same time. No particular reason, other than I find someone else’s characters and world distracting when I’m working to improve mine. I do, however, read…

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Desperately Seeking Endorphins

Like many of us creative types, exercise is part of my ‘process’. I rely on it to help me figure out complicated points in a story, or ruminate on what motivates a character, or organize my authorpreneurship business. What I don’t rely on it for is a ‘high’. That’s right, you heard me. I don’t…

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On My Knees

I spent a significant portion of my yesterday on my knees. Before you wonder if I’ve suddenly become fervently religious or you have other (ahem!) ideas, let me provide the reason. I was weeding. Lots and lots of weeding. Happy First Day of Spring! The first day of this season of renewal can be a…

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Creations in the Sea

I am a BIG fan of TEDTalks.  If you haven’t found TED yet, allow me to introduce you to a video that captured my attention recently. It’s about being creative, and leaving a legacy for posterity.  Not only outliving you, but serving the needs of creatures we should protect. Intrigued?  Click on the title below…

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