I’m Going To See Oprah Plus Loads Of Other News…

                                SOME EXCITING NEWS!!

I've snagged a ticket to the one-off Oprah Show which is taking place on 14 October!


There's an amazing line-up of guest speakers… amazing women with unbelievable biographies… they are so busy… I don't know where they find the time to do so much… like superwomen…

JULIE MORGENSTERN who is dubbed the "queen of putting people's lives in order" by USA Today, a professional organizer, productivity consultant, speaker, author, and media personality

ARIANE DE BONVOISON who is a writer, speaker and change optimist who has been a competitive swimmer and a runner in a series of marathons and triathlons, a management consultant, worked in the music business, in the internet world, she's been a venture capitalist and worked for a non-profit, worked on TV… in Europe, Africa, Asia and the US She is the author of a book entitled: The First 30 Days: Your Guide To Making Any Change Easier, published by Harper Collins in 2008. It has been translated into several languages and reached the bestsellers list on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

And then there's Oprah Winfrey herself!

And an AMAZING line-up of sponsors who are going to (hopefully) give away some amazing gifts/vouchers etc.(fingers crossed)

The show is interactive, and time is set aside for book signings and chatting to guest speakers etc.




This sweet announcement is part of the weekly hop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.

In other news, on Wednesday the IWSG site was launched. It was an instant hit! Thank you to our Ninja Captain, the brains behind this writerly platform. yes I am excited and honoured to be a part of such an awesome initiative. Thank you Alex.


I've been submitting my flash fiction pieces to various e-zines, and within the last few weeks, I received…  mail wait for it… 8 rejections!cheeky But that's okay… I'm still plodding along… smiley


I also forgot to mention that I won second place in the More Than A Kiss kisscompetition, which was hosted by Christine Rains and Cecilia Roberts. Can you believe it? What do I really know about wriiting romance? Sweet nothing. Oh, I've read enough romance novels but I've never written a romantic scene in my entire life!! Never mind a kissing scene… Imagine that, these two ladies, who are the queens of romance writing placed me second!? I'm still trying to figure it out myself…

If you missed it, then you can read my entry here

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                          And now for some more exciting news!

It's time to celebrate a book release with another one of our writer buddies…



A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? …

Who is she? …

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects …

Hannah unravels a century old murder.


Author Bio:



Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

Find Julie at:
The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013

                              And onto more exciting news…

The talented Nick Wilford has started his online editing business.


Here's what Nick has to say about his new venture ————

With the unstoppable rise of self-publishing, it’s easier than ever to put your words and stories out there in the world. This is a great thing, and I’m all for it. However, it’s not just about the story – although of course, that is the most important part – but the way it’s presented. After spending months or years on a novel, building an incredible world and honing your characters and storylines to perfection, the last thing you want is to be let down by a lack of editing. It’s just as important as an arresting cover image.
Nick Wilford, Freelance Editor is a one-stop shop for affordable editing, proofreading and formatting services. With professional training and ten years of experience as a journalist and editor, the time has come to transfer these skills in order to help out the fellow authors I have come to love.
But it doesn’t stop there. I’m ready to edit anything; from a crucial term paper, to memoirs and other non-fiction books, short stories, articles or job application letters. Let me put that finishing touch on your masterpiece.
Feel free to take a look at my website for further details of my services and prices.
Nick Wilford is a writer, freelance editor and stay-at-home dad. Fascinated by words from a young age, he trained as a journalist before embracing the calling of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland.
Later on, there will be a special announcement with regards to the IWSG Facebook page… so be sure to check in again…                                    
                                      Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Bames on October 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Cngratulations on the chance to watch Oprah live! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  2. PK Hrezo on October 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    WOW! That's fantastic!! I always wanted to go to an Oprah show. Hope you have a rockin' good time! And the IWSG site is awesome! You guys did such a great job! I feel even closer to all the writers out there now. 😀

  3. PK Hrezo on October 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    And congrats on 2nd place! Your entry was great!

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Wow, so much happening!

    Where is the Oprah Show being filmed? That is really amazing you got tickets.

    You are that many rejections closer to an acceptance, so keep submitting. Cool that you came in second place.

    Congratulations to Julie and Nick.

    And I didn't do the site alone. I certainly didn't do the Facebook page – you and Joy and the others have rocked that!

  5. krystal jane on October 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on scoring that ticket!! Look at that lineup! Lucky. 😀

    Keep sending stuff out! ^_^

  6. Julie Flanders on October 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Wow, how exciting! I hope you have an amazing time and I can't wait to read about the event here on your blog. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing my cover, and big congratulations to Nick! And congrats to you on your prize-winning blogfest entry, yay. I'm sorry about the rejections but I know the acceptances will start coming in soon.

  7. C. Lee McKenzie on October 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Give us the news about your experience at the show, Michelle. Sounds very exciting. 

  8. S. Katherine Anthony on October 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! How exciting 😀

    Congrats to Julie and Nick!

  9. Nick Wilford on October 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Lots going on! I imagine there is quite an enthusiastic audience when you go to see Oprah. I hope it is very inspiring.

    Thanks for helping out with my launch, and here's to some good success with your short stories soon! Very sweet that you uncovered a hidden talent for romance, too!

  10. J.L. Campbell on October 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, sounds like you're going to have a whale of a time. Soak up some of the good times for me. Congrats on your win and to Julie too.

  11. Kimberly Gabriel on October 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

    This is all exciting! Where to begin? Have fun seeing Oprah! I saw her once in person – such a fun experience. Congrats on the IWSG site too. What a wonderful thing to be a part of!

  12. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on October 5, 2013 at 3:11 am

    What a heck of a lot of news! Congrats on seeing Oprah and on getting second place! 🙂 I've been seeing Julie – she gets around! And that's great about Nick. Hope he does very well. 

    Also, thanks for sharing about your rejections. I've thus far gotten three rejections on one story I've been submitting, which slows me down in submitting again. But I must keep it up, with the belief that the right ezine will grab it!

  13. Vidya Sury on October 5, 2013 at 6:18 am

    So many things to celebrate, Michelle! 😀 So happy for you. I look forward to reading all about your trip. How awesome it sounds!


  14. Michael Di Gesu on October 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    WOW.. That is exciting… Have an awesome time with Oprah!!! Hope you get lots of GREAT goodies!!!

    All the best to Julie and Nick!

  15. Robin on October 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Very exciting about Oprah!  Love some of her shows on OWN (Super Soul Sunday, Life Class).  It sounds like this will be inspiring in the extreme.  Lucky you!!!!!!

    Dedicated something to you on the Thursday post.  Hope you like it:)

  16. Sydney Aaliyah Michelle on October 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hey Michelle, How fun? I saw Oprah last month when she taped a LifeClass here in Dallas. It was so much fun. The best parts are the things she does and says in between filming the subjects and how smooth the whole production in run.  Can't wait to hear how you liked it.  

  17. Viklit on October 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Congrats on the 2nd place and OOOH OPRAH! Enjoy!

  18. Gary on October 6, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Some many feel good notifications on here.  And I reckon that Oprah should be honored to have you at the show.  

    Have a great Sunday.

    Gary 🙂

  19. Murees Dupé on October 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Congratulations with winning a ticket to go see Oprah and for placing so well in the competition! Don't worry about the rejections, it is just something to encourage you to keep trying. You go girl! Keep rocking on. 

  20. Lexa Cain on October 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Yay for going to see Oprah! Boo for the 8 rejections. Yay for the 2nd place finish!

    Congrats to Julie for her awesoe cover and to Nick for his new editing business. Have a great week, Michelle! 🙂

  21. Milo James Fowler on October 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Remember: every rejection letter is just a permission slip to send your story where it really belongs. Get them back out there! And have fun at Oprah's. =]

  22. Lara Lacombe on October 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Lots of good stuff to celebrate this week!  Glad to hear it! 🙂

  23. Hilary on October 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hi Michelle – the Oprah tickets and show should be interesting .. to read about!  Looking forward to it .. fun time.

    Julie's book looks just brilliant .. while Nick starting out his own editing service sounds an excellent idea … I wish one and all much success … cheers Hilary

  24. Jen on October 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats on the tickets AND the second place in the “kiss” contest :). Thanks for posting Nick’s new business venture. Editing is something I’m in the process of getting into.

    Happy week!

  25. Kelly on October 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Congratulations on the chance to see Oprah! What an opportunity!

  26. Lynda R Young on October 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Many things happening! Congrats to Julie and Nick and to you for second place!! Go you!

    Have a super time seeing Oprah!

  27. Misha on October 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Totally envying that you're going to see Oprah! 

    And I'm glad to hear that you're still going despite the rejections. One day you'll get an acceptance. 🙂

  28. Cherie Reich on October 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! So much exciting news! And I'm sure you'll see some acceptances too. 🙂

  29. Cecilia Robert on October 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Ooh, congrats on snagging that ticket, Michelle! Have lots of fun. 😀 And congrats for winning the 2nd Place in the Blogfest. Totally enjoyed reading that snippet. Have fun!!

  30. LD Masterson on October 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Have a great time seeing Oprah and company. And your 8 rejections were 8 more than I manage to get in the last few weeks so you're doing something right. You're getting your work out there.

  31. Medeia Sharif on October 11, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Good news all around. This post is bursting with it. 🙂


    Yes, we must plod along. You have many great things going on for you. 

  32. Julie K Pick on October 11, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I was just checking-in and realized that my comment didn't go through from a few days ago. Sorry about that Michelle. Anyway, you will love seeing Oprah if you haven't already gone yet. I can't wait to read all about it! Congrats again on your big kissing scene win! I also believe that those acceptances will come through in no time.

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