Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Collaborative anthologies – The Posse – Guest Post – Lyn Horner


The Posse and I are on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord. Come have a look at Sally’s wonderful site!

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Today I am delighted to welcome author Lyn Horner to the blog with a guest post on the recently published collaborative anthology The Posse perfect for romance and western fans.

Sally, thank you for hosting me today on Smorgasbord. I’m grateful for this chance to introduce your lovely readers to THE POSSE, a collaborative anthology containing eight tales of the American Old West.

Early in the fall of 2016 I received an online call for short stories in the western genre to be part of an anthology. The request came from a micro publisher located in Alabama, USA. Eight stories were needed, each to feature a posse. Intrigued, I submitted a story idea, and to my delight, it was accepted.

I’ve self-published twelve books and had stories included in two other anthologies, but this is my first time with a traditional publisher, so I’m quite excited. Finding myself in…

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Unconventional Research Sites for Writers

Unconventional Research Sites for Writers


Excellent research sites.

WordDreams...

writer researchI read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. Really? Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? And then, not two days later, I heard Twitter has reclassified their app as a news purveyor rather than a social media device. Once again: Who gets news from Twitter? Apparently a lot of adults. No surprise news shows are littered with references to listener’s tweets and the President breaks stories via his Twitter stream.

One more stat — which may explain the whole social-media-as-news-trend — and then I’ll connect these dots: Only 6% of people trust the press. I guess that’s why they prefer blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

Research is a similar change. Your grandmother relied on encyclopedias, reference books, and museums. Your mother probably…

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Monday Funnies…

Monday Funnies…


I love Maxine!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Maxine Asks:

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Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

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If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea…

Does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?

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Why do croutons come in airtight packages?
Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?

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If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

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If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

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If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked,

then doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted,

musicians denoted, cowboys deranged,

models deposed, tree surgeons debarked,

and dry cleaners depressed?

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If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

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Do Lipton Tea employees take ‘coffee breaks?’

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What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

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I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks,

so I wondered…

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Scaling Up My Amazon Ads


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Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

Well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? Following my small success with Amazon Marketing Services, I’m about to scale up my promotions. I have been reading up on AMS and to reach that goal I’m planning to increase everything, ie:

  • Number of keywords and products,
  • CPC bid,
  • Budget, and
  • Number of ads.

Keywords/products

Keywords are probably the most important thing to research. According to Michal Stawicki, aka Kindlepreneur:

  • Amazon’s suggestions aren’t worth much so don’t rely on them, and
  • It’s better to target your competitors directly instead of using descriptive words.

So, with that in mind, what is the right number for my keywords? Michal suggests we use at least 300 keywords. I plan to use even more. I’ll select them by going to a similar book to mine, check out the “also boughts” in the same genre and respective sub-genres, and…

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St. Patrick’s Day Headlines


Read all about it!

First, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I have lowered the price of DARLIN’ IRISH (Texas Devlins, Book Two) to just 99c. This sale will last only a few days, so if you haven’t read this sizzling historical western romance, now is the time to get it. By the way, book one WHITE WITCH, an introductory novella, is FREE.

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THE POSSE anthology successfully launched on Wednesday (March 15th.) It climbed all the way to #4 in westerns>short stories on Amazon, and #38 in anthologies as of last night. I’m thrilled!

This collection offers 8 gritty, high voltage short stories of the old west. The authors include a real-life cowboy, a soldier turned logger, a book cover designer and more. All are acclaimed western writers.

In my story, “The Schoolmarm’s Hero” spinster schoolmarm Mattie Schoenbrun is abducted by a pair of drunken cowboys. Her new beau, Marshal Trace Balfour leads a posse in pursuit. Will his heroic quest end in love or tragedy?

Guest Author Charlene Raddon


Today, I am happy to have Char-portrait-2009smer3_thumb.jpg Charlene Raddon as my guest. Char is a good friend and – drum roll please – fellow author of THE POSSE Western romance Anthology, now available for pre-order on Amazon.  US  UK  CA  AU

About the author:

Charlene Raddon is an award-winning author of historical romance novels set in the American West. Originally published by Kensington, she is now an Indie author. Her first book, Tender Touch, was a Golden Heart Finalist, and another of her works, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination. Recently she received a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Book Club for her years in the business. Charlene is also a graphics book cover artist and created the cover for The Posse.

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Lyn, thank you for hosting me today. Like you, I’m thrilled to have a story in The Posse, with so many great western authors. Unlike the other stories, mine is more of a coming of age story than a romance. It features Gavin McAllistaire, about to turn thirteen and torn between the world of the Shoshone where he was raised and the world of the whites where he now lives.

The Reckoning by Charlene Raddon:

Here is an excerpt:

Gavin snorted at that. “You had no right to hold her down like that and try to get under her skirts.”

“Hell, half-breed, she’s only a tart. Lots’a fellas been under her skirts.” Jason laughed as he danced around on the bank like a prize fighter.

“She told you no. I heard her.” Gavin slowly made his way out of the water onto the bank. His wet canvas trousers clung to his legs and weighted him down, but he didn’t care. If Jason wanted to go another round with him, fine with him. “A man doesn’t keep after a girl after she’s told him no, no matter who she is.”

The boy laughed. Not only was he three years older than Gavin, he also weighed more. A lot more. He threw a mock punch. Gavin didn’t blink.

“Oooh, gonna play the stoic Injun, eh?” Jason danced around him. “Fine by me. I’m looking forward to beating the crap outta you. Grab ‘em, boys.”

Before Gavin could prepare himself to fight, the other four kids jumped him. Snarling and grunting, he fought hard, kicking and trying to strike out. They had hold of his arms. Then Jason kicked his feet out from under him, and he went down, taking the other boys with him.

The next thing he knew, Jason was pounding stakes into the ground and tying his wrists and ankles to them so that he lay facedown and spread eagle on the ground. He clenched his fists, bucked and tried to kick. But couldn’t move enough to help.

“Now comes the fun part, Injun. We’re gonna see how tough you are.” Jason cut down a sapling and whipped through the air several times. Gavin flinched inside with each snap, though the lash never touched him. Otherwise, he lay still as death. They wanted him to cry, beg and wail. He would not give into them.

The first strike forced a whoosh out of him and set his skin on fire. He made no sound.

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Charlene Raddon is an award-winning author of historical romance novels set in the American West. Originally published by Kensington, she is now an Indie author. Her first book, Tender Touch, was a Golden Heart Finalist, and another of her works, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination. Recently she received a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Book Club for her years in the business. Charlene is also a graphics book cover artist and created the cover for The Posse.

Purchase Charlene’s books here:  Amazon author page

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