Top Posts of 2013

Top Posts of 2013


This was going to a be “wrap-up” post, with the number of books I’ve read this year, and all kinds of fun stuff. However, as I have a few hundred books on my Kindle that I have read, but still need to post to Goodreads, this wouldn’t even be remotely accurate. So I’ll just stick to the blog posts. I hope to get Goodreads updated at some point in the near future. I just got caught up with my 2012 books a couple of days ago. (I know they were 2012 because they were on my phone, not the Kindle. Don’t ask.)

Of course, nothing can be simple, so when I went to Google Analytics to find my top ten posts for 2013, I found that most of my top 2013 posts weren’t even written in 2013. Now I have to decide if I want to make this post “Most Popular Posts in 2013” or “Most Popular Posts Written in 2013”.  If you’re wondering is this is really a problem, you have no concept of how my mind works. Continue reading

31 Days (or Weeks) to a Better Blog



I’ve been getting the ProBlogger emails for a couple of years now, and I’ve wanted to buy the books, but I either didn’t have the extra money or I didn’t have the time I knew I would need to actually implement the ideas. But right now, all the ProBlogger ebooks are 50% off until Jan 1, 2014, and I’ve decided now is the time to step up my blog. Blogs, actually.  I have four, and they all need work. This blog is, and will continue to be my main focus, but I need to not only post more often on my other blogs, but do some work to make them more reader- and Google-friendly.  Continue reading

2014 Word for the Year: Mindful #oneword



This is only second year to choose a word to focus on for the year. My word for 2013 was Freedom. Life is always a work in progress, but having come nearly full circle, I can say that I’ve come a long way toward my own freedom in so many areas of my life. I’m happy. 🙂

I’ve been thinking and praying about my 2014 word for weeks. I thought about love or kindness, not just toward others, but toward myself, as well. Continue reading

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Everything you read about good blog content says to use pictures. Not only does it break up the text, but it makes your page visually appealing, and as a bonus, it gives readers something to pin. However, because of fear of copyright issues, and never quite figuring out that whole Creative Commons thing, I never used a picture I didn’t take or a graphic I didn’t make. (The exceptions are obviously events in which I was provided a graphic by the blogger/author running the event.)

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Looking for Some Peace on [Your Little Spot of] Earth for Christmas?

I’ve had an interesting year. (Ha!) A big part of my attitude shift this year has been toward less stuff and more simplicity. Between having my apartment flooded and having to go through boxes of stuff I didn’t even know I had, and moving yet again, I have determined that we have way too much stuff and I’ve been working on getting rid of some of it. It’s a work in progress.

Christmas tree 2010. Some of those gifts are for my grown stepkids, but most of them are for our TWO kids.

Christmas tree 2010. Some of those gifts are for my grown stepkids, but most of them are for our TWO kids.

That quest for simplicity affects all aspects of life – from not buying things you don’t truly need, to toning down the holiday celebrations so that you have time to actually enjoy your family and friends. Continue reading

Author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Holding Book Signing in Athens, GA


I’m very excited to share that a fabulous author, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, will be in Athens, GA, on January 1, 2014! In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that Mohana is an online friend and an editing client, but that has nothing to do with her amazing story-telling abilities. I don’t read many books that aren’t romances, but I love Mohana’s books (and as a bonus, some do have a love story!)

Mohana doesn’t just write fiction. Her “momoir” Mommy But Still Me was so entertaining that I loved it both times I read it, and So You Want to Sell a Million Copies? walks authors through the steps they need to acquire a publishing contract. The book also contains more than enough valuable information for all authors to make it worth the purchase price.

Love Comes Later

Shortlisted for the New Talent Award by the Festival of Romance, this contemporary tale about the conflict between love and honor, duty and passion, will keep you turning pages until the very end.

Hind is granted a temporary reprieve from her impending marriage to Abdulla, her cousin. Little does anyone suspect that the presence of Sangita, her Indian roommate, may shake a carefully constructed future. Torn between loyalties to Hind and a growing attraction to Abdulla, Sangita must choose between friendship and a burgeoning love.

A modern quest for the right to pursue love and happiness, even when it comes in an unconventional package, LOVE COMES LATER explores similarities between the South Asian and Arab cultures while exposing how cultural expectations affect both men and women. Identities are tested and boundaries questioned against the shifting backdrops of Doha, Qatar and London, England.


324d27998d0c0a8239080b.L._V358233939_SX200_Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a writer who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Doha and a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. She has been a regular contributor for Variety Arabia, AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, Expat Arrivals, Speak Without Interruption and Qatar Explorer. She hosted two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio.

Currently Mohana is working on a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and a novel based in Qatar. She believes words can help us understand ourselves and others. Catch up on her latest via her blog or follow her on Twitter @moha_doha.

In the DC area? Mohana will be there Dec. 21. Check out the Facebook Event Page for details.

Facebook Event Page for Athens book signing

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
6:30 PM
The Coffee Shop of Athens
2950 Atlanta Highway
Athens, GA
Get directions

I am not being reimbursed in any fashion for this blog post. I’m only spreading word for a friend. This post does contain Amazon affiliate links, but that has nothing to do with the subject of the post.