Monthly Archives: July 2018



Cereal Authors

Any author, artist, musician, or actor should always promote themselves and their projects, be it a book, new painting, a musical piece or themselves as an actor. While there are many ways of doing this, one way is to have a professionally done trailer.

Every book should have its own trailer, or if it is a series a multi-book trailer. Each video should be eye-catching, not too long or too short. It should give enough of the book to pique the interest of a prospective buyer. If the desire is to promote yourself as an author, one should also promote a book or books while doing it. It is difficult to only help yourself without adding what you write into it.

An actor can use clips of him/herself in various roles, adding headshots, and text into the trailer to show themselves capable of many characters, thus promoting themselves further.


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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Alexsys, Karen & Scott


Dellani Oakes

It’s summertime and it’s HOT! In order to take our minds off how sweaty we are, I’ve got three really cool authors lined up to chat with us today.

First up, alphabetically speaking, is Alexsys Thompsonthe creator of the Trybal Gratitude Journal, a keynote speaker, executive coach, member of the Forbes Coaches Council. This is Alexsys’ first visit, and we intend to make it a fun one. Welcome, Alexsys! So pleased to have you here.

Second is Karen Vaughan is the author of the Laura and Gerry Mysteries, as well as Holmes in America and Dead Comic Standing. She is also a PA for authors, and a talk show host here on the Red River Radio Network. Welcome back, Karen. You’ve been here so often, I’ve lost track. It’s like a second home…

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Cereal Authors

I was prompted to write this blog based on a question I was asked by my brother>


By definition according to google:

In book publishing, an anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts by different authors

All the stories have a central theme of mystery, fantasy sci fi or romance even horror.

I am taking part in 2 such collections:

Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil: An Anthology by [King, Joe, Ford, Taylor, Stein, Sarah, Roach, D.A., Pranaitis, Joe, LeCrow, Freya, Drewa, Viv, Vaughan, Karen, Gauthier, Crystal, Rankin, Skyler ]

The worlds of multiple authors stalk in the shadows of the late-night hours of the Midnight Oil Anthology, a collection of stories highlighting tales of deception. Mingled with romance, horror, dark humor, and fantasy, this suspenseful collection of stories will have readers on the edge of their seats, biting their nails in worry, and unable to put it down until they know what…

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Road Trip! by Dellani



ABC ChallengeWhen I was a child, we traveled a lot. Sometimes, we were moving, other times we were taking road trips. Since my family consistently lived far away from everyone else, we were the ones who hit the road every summer for our family vacation. My father didn’t enjoy making the extended trip, so my mother, sister and I hit the road.

Since we lived in western Nebraska and the family units lived in Tennessee and Ohio, we’d head east. We were able to save money on accommodations by staying with friends along the way. My mother was a sensational planner and would plot out our trip carefully. My sister and I, when we got old enough, acted as navigators—a job I eventually took over, because it was apparent fairly early on that my sister couldn’t read a road map to save all our lives.

Mom liked to try new routes…

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Cereal Authors

As a parent of teens, I try to stay observant in regards to what my kids are doing with their devices and use of technology. As an author who has written a couple of award-winning YA books, I tend to research what teens are doing with technology period.

I want to be clear it’s not that I want to bust teens or even seem like a super mom, because I’m far from it, though like every other working mom we sure try our best to get it all done. My research is for the work that I do (my novels, fiction) to ensure the work has truth in it. I like to show the dangerous side of what can happen when teens aren’t careful with the technology that they have access to these days. I try to explain the dangers through my characters so teens have the opportunity to think…

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