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Waking Up Dead

Authors name/Pen name: Margo Bond Collins
Author’s Bio: Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
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Blood & Bone

Blurb - The stakes are high in the second installment of The Iron World Series as Avery Quinn decides which path her life will take. Become a vampire and be with Jack forever, or pledge herself to the Fey and help save Faerie from the horrible Queen Mabry? The more she thinks about it the more she wants to remain human. But as she sinks further into the magical world she has come to love, Avery realizes that remaining human is next to impossible, especially when a dark king sets his sights on her. To make matters worse, a secret society of shape shifters have sworn themselves as Avery’s enemy all because of a certain classmate with a caustic temperament. With a mythical war brewing and Evaine close on her heels, Avery must decide who to give her humanity to before it’s too late.
About the Author Candace Osmond Authors Bio: Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four…

Take an Assessment of your Personal Inventory

"Life is a Balancing Act" 
"Ask yourself these questions and give yourself honest answers" Are you constantly rushing and at the end of the day you don't feel like you have accomplished anything?  Are you able to focus on the task at hand and don't let interruptions bother you?  Do you practice good time management techniques?  Do you know what you need to do?  Do you feel like your life has direction?  Are you able to take time for yourself?  Do you set priorities and plan for the best time to accomplish the most important tasks?  Have you learned to say "No" without feeling guilty?  Do you keep a calendar for yourself and your family?  Are you organized? Have you eliminated clutter in your home?  Do you ask for help from others?  
Now, that you have asked and answered the above questions, what are you going to do to make the necessary change(s) to balance your life? 
"Your Responsibilities" 
Look at the responsibilities you have within your life. Pu…

Paying it Forward

This is a good time to give away product or services.   I don't mean to give away the farm, so to speak; I mean, discount your product or services to what you feel is a reasonable discount for you and your business.  Hold a drawing or a raffle for your product or services.  Or better yet, give away someone else's product or services.  Now I know you're wondering what I mean by that, it's really simple and I've done it more often than not.  Here goes...

Get together with different entrepreneurs, have them donate their product or service which is not the same as your own.  Make a pretty gift basket of the items and then hold a drawing or a raffle for the gift basket.   Or you can raffle the products or services off individually.   This way you are paying it forward, networking and helping another entrepreneur as well as helping yourself.  

When asking to partner with others, their product, their business cards and marketing materials go into the basket or to be sent wi…


The holidays will be here before you know it...are you ready?

Have you sent out brochures, booklets, pamphlets, etc. to your customers and potential customers?  

Are you talking to everyone you meet about the product or service you have or offer?  Not just talking to your friends on Social Networking Sites, but people you come in contact with when you're out and about? 

Keep in mind, even though the person you're talking to may not be a potiential customer, that person may know of someone that may be able to use your services or may want to purchase your product.  So, don't discredit the person, let the person pay it forward for you. Some good may come from it.

Remember to keep your business cards, marketing materials, and whatever else you use to showcase your business with you at all times and don't be afraid to give them out, people are seeking new things as opposed to the same old, same old.  So, what you have to offer could be fresh and new to them.  Remember the old …

Shipping Customers Products

Shipping products to customers

When shipping products to customers do you sometimes feel that it's time consuming to go back and forth to the post office just for one maybe two packages?  Do you usually wait until you have enough packages such as three to five packages or more before mailing out the product to your customer, therefore making your customer wait?  Do you feel that by making your customer wait is good customer service?

Look at the major stores. When you purchase online from the major stores they give you shipping options.  True, their options are between one to seven business days depending on the option you selection, but have any of the companies stated, "Your product will go out when we have enough orders?"  Well, with being an entrepreneur, you should adapt the same practices such as the big businesses.  Meaning, the Post Office, UPS and the FedEx all will pick up packages right from your front door, and if you're not home you can leave the package(s)…

Romance Series

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There's Always The One

Publisher:  Hot Press Ink Release Date:  23 November 2012 There's always the one...
He's one person throughout life you think about every so often, the one who leaves his unique indelible mark on you, the person with whom you need closure.
For Margaret Collins that person was Mike Taylor.  After he broke he heart seventten years ago, she left everything she knew and reinvented herself.  With a new hone, a new look and a new name, Riley Williams is now an up and coming journalist given the assignment to interview a Mike Taylor. She never suspected he would be her Mike Taylor.
With Mike having no hint of Riley's true identity, she must decide if she will make him pay for sins he doesn't remember committing, or if she can wipe away the past and be with the one man who she has always wanted?
Can she finally have closure? Excerpt 1:   "Are you worried I'm going to g…

6 Easy Ways to Authentic Networking

Networking is simply building relationships.

1.  Be yourself.            a.  Allow yourself the opportunities to meet new people            b.  Review your membership in specific groups            c.  Be actively involved in your most fun groups            d.  Smile with eye contact            e.  Use names
2.  Pay attention to who they are.             a.  Describe personality             b.  Listen carefully             c.  Watch body language             d.  Look for common interests             e.  Give sincere compliments
3.  Help them connect with others.              a.  Know their needs              b.  Introduce them
4.  Do what you say you'll do.               a.  Take actions promised               b.  Thank others for meeting               c.  Keep in touch               d.  Maintain relationships (LVC)
5.  Maintain your database.               a.  Set up EASY               b.  Make automatic               c.  Schedule               d.  Review monthly
6.  Have fun.   …