TED Talk: How Do You Build A Sacred Space?

This architect in this TED talk, and the others who helped him with this project, gave years of their lives to create something that thousands of people will enjoy. Why did the architect do this? He one time saw a regular man doing a regular job touch a building with reverent appreciation. Creatives have their hearts open to the mundane, the average, the regular stuff. We just see it in a different way. However, I think any human can choose to see it, but it requires walking around with hearts wide open.

I remember once being out to lunch with the people I used to work with at my technology job. We were in a Chinese food restaurant. Across the room, I saw a small child–a girl about three or four–dressed in a bright red coat. She was standing close to her parents’ table, but extending her reach from them as much as they would let her. She danced, sang, spoke. She asked them questions. Got answers and resisted. She was not impolite, but rather just being completely and utterly what she was meant to be.

My lunch companions caught my distraction and asked what I was doing. I told them I was “making up a story in my head” about the little girl, her parents, what she would grow up to be. They went dead silent on me, no one quite knowing what to say in reply. That was over twenty years ago. Now I make up stories and I write them down. I put them out into the world. That place in my head and heart where stories are born is my sacred space.

Hope you enjoy this.

Want To Be One Of My Reviewers? Here’s How…

Here’s the bottom line. I choose my early book ARC reviewers from active readers on my mailing lists who consistently open the emails and click the links inside. If a reader is reading all the excerpts and using the book links in the email, that’s a pretty good indication to any author that the reader is someone who really enjoys their work.

About once a year, I sort my email list and make the offer to a range of 30-50 new readers. I keep my reviewer lists small (around 150).

I talk to my reviewers most. They might not hear from me for a couple months, then suddenly I’m emailing them several times over a month. It’s the nature of the creative process. It comes in waves of activity. I sometimes send reviewers emails asking for things–nothing big, easy peasy things. For example, recently I took a heat level poll because my new romantic comedy series is a bit tamer than my normal. I wanted some feedback before I told my characters to close the door–LOL.

What do my reviewers get for their help? They get all the books early, and if they’ve missed one, they can write to me and ask for it in exchange for a review. 

Want to be considered? Here are the links to sign up to my mailing lists. I have two–one for each genre group–so you only need to sign up for the email you truly want. 

Happy reading,

Donna

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Never Is A Very Long Time – Early Availability At My Bookstore

The book releases officially at the other channels next Monday, but is available now at my bookstore. To see that link and some other discounted links for store users: CLICK HERE. Link is to the browser version of a special email normally sent only to those who have previously used the store for a purchase or download.

Hurry if you want to take advantage of the discounted pricing on other releases. Special pricing ends April 30. Still haven’t tried my store? You can download one of the free books and see what you think of the process. It works similarly to Bookfunnel. 

Want to pre-order at your favorite retailer instead? CLICK THIS LINK

Special Promo – Get 12 Romantic Suspense Titles

From now until April 13, you can download this titles from Instafreebie. Get your copies today!

Live Facebook Interview – Monday Night, April 3.

Monday night, at 8pm EDT, I will talking live with Romantic Suspense Author,  Heather Sunseri.  Heather is going to be sharing a 12 author Romantic Suspense giveaway happening all week. If you’re on FB, stop by and listen to our chat. The interview will be hosted on my “I Love Romantic Comedy” page.