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Contract Signed for New Book: "A Perfect Fit"

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 16, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a great day today because I signed and mailed the contract back to the publisher for my fourth book, "A Perfect Fit". What an absolute privilege it is to write. I can't believe my life and how lucky I am to do this as my job. The ideas keep coming for books and my desk and office are becoming, well, catastrophic if you can imagine. I have notes upon notes upon notes. Body mannerisms to ...

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Christmas Romance Release Day Drawing Near!!

Posted by talesmith1957 on November 10, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

December 1st will be a special day for me because my Christmas romance in eBook format will be released to retailers including Amazon, Apple iStore, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors and Koorong. The soft cover will follow. This has been a long and patience-building journey since I signed the contract last September. We've been buffing and polishing, selecting the cover art - I ...

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Pie Baking Contest

Posted by talesmith1957 on July 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the pleasure of entering my very first pie baking contest this July 4th holiday weekend. What a thrill that was. The judges lifted the entries to inspect the filling, they broke the pie crust to examine the interior, and allowed themselves plenty of time to come to a final decision.

My pie is the first one on the right- Sour Cream Apple - and although I didn't win first prize, a free...

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Author Events 2017

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 6, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It certainly was busy this last month attending two Author Events. One at West Allis Library and the other at New Berlin Public Library. I really enjoy these opportunities because we, as authors, have a chance to talk with the reading audience, find out what they enjoy reading, and present our books. It’s a win-win. (Pictured here with Wisconsin Romance Writers of America authors).

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A Dog's Birthday

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today was our dog, Rudy's, 10th birthday. He's entered a new decade of life just as I did last month. I'm not sure about you, but I'll admit right now, sometimes I take our furry friend for granted.

Rudy and I walk every day, pretty much the same route - a 40 minutes lap around the neighborhood. He sniffs and tin...

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What Motivates You?

Posted by talesmith1957 on January 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m curious how you are all doing with your New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’re not a resolution person, but instead; you set yearly goals as I do. One of mine being not to worry. Tying in a goal to what motivates us becomes a strong bond to see our goals through. Personally, reading scripture every morning – especially Proverbs – or listening to a new piece of music – usually composed of string instruments – or reading a famous quote – one tha...

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Cedar Communities Presentation

Posted by talesmith1957 on October 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from one of my readers a few weeks ago. Jan said she read my first book, published in 2011, "Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime". What an absolute thrill to hear from her. She explained that she loved the book so much because she had a similar past that she encouraged her book club to read it. She asked if I would be willing to ...

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Two Author Presentations

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 1, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)


I had the privilege of addressing two audiences last week in two separate author presentations. What a privilege, what a joy to be able to stand before an audience and talk about my books, what motivates me to write, and where I see myself going in the future.

The two events were on the heels of a telephone call I received from a reader with a stro...

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Don Beebe, Former Packer, Visit

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was special. Don Beebe, a former Green Bay Packer, spoke for nearly one hour at each of the three services at our church at River Glen. He explained in great detail how he never should have ended up in the NFL. He wanted to play basketball. The former Packer explained each time he tried to walk a path other than the one God had intended for him, he was gently corrected or God simply waited until he was ready. His presentation reminded me of how God’s hand can be seen in our lives...

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I'm a Lucky Woman

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From front left: Evan Marriott, Dody Marriott, Andrea Buford, Catherine DePledge

From front right: Rosemary Wehner, Katie Kolberg Memmel, Deb Baker, Christine Schimpf


Today, I had the privilege of sharing a Christmas lunch at Zesti Restaurant in Hartland with my writing colleagues and our special guest, author Deb Baker. We took the time today to relax and celebrate all we have ac...

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The Inspired Writers Author Panel

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This year, to accommodate requests we've received, our critique group has formed a presentation author panel called - The Inspired Writers. We're a panel of six authors who present our individual journeys in the writing to publication process.


A couple of weeks ago, we had another opportunity to share our work in Menomonee Falls. The group was small but we never close a window that allows us to share our work. Every presentation helps to spread the word that we are a colle...

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A Different Type of Thanksgiving

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a different type of Thanksgiving this year. We were missing some of our “regular” family members. Responsibilities to the other side of the family resulted with my youngest sister and her family’s absence – that accounted for four empty seats. My daughter and her husband, and their three children moved to Nashville last year – that’s five more. And, this year, my nephew and his girlfriend moved to ‘The Big Apple’ – two more. There w...

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Southeast Festival of Books

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)



I spent the day at the Southeast Festival of Books held at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. I rented a table with the intention of selling both of my books and promoting our author panel, "The Inspired Writers". Although I didn't sell oodles of books, I had countless conversations with like minded people on both subjects. The air was electrified with the busyness of attendees rus...

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Spring is Here

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 19, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring was never one of my favorite seasons; however, I've changed my mind on that one. The glorious span of green colors is enough to convince anyone that spring truly is a rebirth. Although I typically suffer from a minor case of pollen allergies, I refuse to let the beauty of spring pass me by. Every night when I walk my golden retriever, Rudy, we wal...

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My New eBook "The Ticket"

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge like I am? Both of these popular series take place in a time period that fascinates me, the same time period Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland.  

When we passed the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s fatal voyage, I was inspired to write The Ticket, my new eBook, now availab...

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December Blessings

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Typically, December brings a real sense of satisfaction and appreciation into my life. Last week, I canned close to 28 quarts of homemade sauerkraut. I’ve been asked why I bother canning when I can buy it right off the shelves at any grocery store. Yet the answer is always the same—for the pure joy of producing something with my own hands a...

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Mount Mary College's Publishing Institute

Posted by talesmith1957 on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


My Writing Colleagues with whom I share a passion for writing. -Andrea, me, Joann, Brenda. Back row: Denise and Katie.

If you're like me, you love to learn. It never gets old.

I had the privilege of attending the launch of Mount Mary College's Publishing Institute located in Milwaukee today. I met my writing collea...

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Ten Things I Love About Summer

Posted by talesmith1957 on July 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of summer. I realize by saying this, I place myself in a minority. Instead, I’m a lover of all seasons, including Wisconsin winters, but autumn is my absolute. As we begin our journey through summer, I realized, I do appreciate what the season brings so my outlook is softening.



Waking to the sound of the birds signing and listening to the chatter of c...

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A Little Bit of Christmas

Posted by talesmith1957 on March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you like I am allowing just a little bit of Christmas to remain throughout the year? Like most people, I love decorating for Christmas, and it seems that I get started earlier and earlier every year.


This year was especially nice because I finally purchased a flocked Christmas tree that I wanted for so long. I just knew it would be welcomed among...

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The Seasons of Our Lives

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Has anyone noticed its staying light longer in the day? I have. Each fall, as we head into the holidays, I notice the dark seeping in earlier and earlier and don’t mind it at all. I’m blessed not having an attraction to the sun. Oh, don’t mistake me, ...

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