Navigating websites isn’t always smooth sailing – written by Julianne Rigali

The Authors Community Website provides us with a great blog post by Julianne Rigali about Websites and how to navigate them. It’s not always easy. Thank you Julianne!

Designing Your Navigation Menu

Before you start design on your website, the second thing to do: You should layout your navigation menu for website navigation. (Wondering about the first thing…that’s for an upcoming post…stay tuned.)

First, use a piece of paper, a blackboard, or a dry erase board.

Second, jot down what your website will offer your readers.

Will you have a blog?
An “about me” page?
A page with excerpts from your writings?
A bookshop page?
A photo gallery?
Are you a guest speaker?
Do you offer any services?
Will you have a Media/PR page?
Giving Back/Charity page?

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19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays

Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading has published a great post with 19 Websites and Magazines that want to publish your personal essays. Maybe a few of us would like to check them out? Thank you for sharing, Colleen!

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry


Not sure where to share a personal essay? Here’s your list of sites to target.

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Winchester Brothers 3-Day Blitz – Author Spotlight Nat Hobson

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Addy’s Choice Book 1

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Sometimes the hardest thing about lowering our defenses is the fear of how far we might fall.

That fear had been Adrienne Baxter’s driving force most of her life. It was far easier to hide behind her radio personality, feeding from her audience, than to risk exposure.

She had James, her brother by choice if not by blood. It was enough – most of the time.

As the co-host of the early morning breakfast show at Music 101, Adrienne is the confident, sassy presenter with the silver tongue and fast-talking wit.

When she meets Sebastian Davies, the station owner’s son, her carefully applied facade begins to slip. He presents a new kind of danger, because this time she could lose her heart.


Heart of Fire Book 2

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Tyler Davies was eighteen when he met the fiery beast he would later battle on a regular basis. Seduced by the beauty of her flaming touch, he had looked right into the heart of the fire and known she had claimed him.

It was the second time he’d seen his future. The first was the day he met Lilly-May Saunders, a girl who burned so bright he was blind to anyone else. If it hadn’t been for her friendship with his brother, a relationship he didn’t truly understand, he would have confessed his feelings. But when his friend dies in the line of duty, and Tyler discovers the truth behind the accident, everything changes. Those he loves are in danger, and the one who owns his heart is at the top of the list.


Author Bio.:

image_for_websiteNat Hobson is a pseudonym of Melissa Barker-Simpson. Publishing under Nat, she concentrates on her passion for writing love stories, focusing on contemporary romance. Although there is an element of romance in all her novels, this is usually interwoven in tales of crime, fantasy or science fiction. By writing as Nat, this allows her to write everyday stories of love, and friendship for a specific audience.






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Winchester Brothers

Meet the characters:


As the series progresses, other characters will make an appearance, but for now I would like to share with you the main players, as it were.


Name: Adrienne Baxter

Nickname/s: Addy

Hair colour: Golden blonde

Eye colour: Brown

Career: Breakfast DJ

Behind the microphone, Adrienne is confident and vivacious. She has a strong connection to her listeners, and enjoys on-air banter with her co-host. She has a deep, smoky voice, and a larger than life personality people respond to.

She survived a fire as a teenager, which took the lives of her foster family – all except James Colby. Her brother, friend, and confidant. It was the first real home she had, and her earlier experiences make it difficult for her to open her heart. She met Tyler Davies on the day of the fire and hasn’t been able to shake him since!

Though head of the radio station, Simon Davies is more than a boss. He is someone she cares for deeply, one she trusts, and Adrienne credits him for helping her turn her life around.


Name: James Colby

Nickname/s: Jamie, Jay, Jay-man

Hair colour: Brown

Eye colour: Green

Career: Actor

James is the bad-boy of daytime television. He is Adrienne’s (foster) brother, and takes this responsibility seriously. She is his family, and he has sworn to protect her.

James has suffered a great deal of trauma in his life, and finds it difficult to foster relationships, though he is a charismatic person and people are drawn to him.

He is a loner, a man who enjoys his own company, though he never strays too far from his family. His only other real bond is with Tyler Davies.


Name: Simon Davies

Nickname/s: Mighty Davies

Hair colour: Dark brown (greying)

Eye colour: Blue

Career: Station owner – Music 101

Simon is a charismatic man, who contributes heavily to the community and takes on more responsibility than he should. He has three sons, and a daughter, though he classes Chris Martin, Adrienne Baxter, and Lilly-May Saunders as his own.

After suffering a heart attack, Simon was forced to slow his pace – a fact he only accepts because it brought his eldest son home. Now his family is complete again, he will do anything to keep them together.


Name: Veronica Davies

Nickname/s: V

Hair colour: Light brown

Eye colour: Blue

Career: Charity Event Planner

Veronica loves her children with a single-minded passion. She runs her kitchen in the same way, a fact which makes the kitchen a focal point in her home. Her son, Sebastian, shares her passion for food, something which influenced his best friend Chris Martin – the only person she allows free reign in her domain!

Veronica has a huge heart, and enjoys nothing more than taking care of her family. She has a strong connection to each of her children and, like Simon – this includes her expended family. She is involved in many community projects and has a full social calendar. So when she isn’t feeding her troops, she is organising events and raising money for charity.


Name: Sebastian Davies

Nickname/s: Seb

Hair colour: Black

Eye colour: Blue

Career: Restaurateur/Entrepreneur

Sebastian returned to Winchester after years of traveling the country, chasing the next big adventure. Having grown tired of his nomadic existence, he is looking for a fresh start – a way to reconnect with his family.

His business experience, and passion for the radio station, make him more than qualified to support his father. Sebastian considers the station part of his roots, and has many fond memories of hiding in the studio and learning the tricks of the trade.

He is familiar with the limelight, being somewhat of a local celebrity, but tries to lie low whenever possible. He is confident, capable, and inherited his drive from both parents. He is also competitive (as are the rest of the Davies’), intelligent, and enjoys to get his own way!


Name: Dylan Davies

Nickname/s: D

Hair colour: Black

Eye colour: Pale blue

Career: Architect

Dylan is fiercely independent, focused, and loyal to his family. He is skilled at whatever he turns his hand to, and enjoys to share the fruits of his labour. He is an outrageous flirt, and enjoys to play the clown. His closest friend, and sister by choice, Lilly-May Saunders, is the only one who can keep him in line (apart from his mother!)


Name: Tyler Davies

Nickname/s: Ty

Hair colour: Dark brown

Eye colour: Light blue

Career: Firefighter

Tyler inherited most of his personality traits from his father. He has a big heart, and carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Tyler is seen as the sensible Davies brother, the one you can count on, the person everyone turns to when they are in a bind.

When he loves, he loves deeply, and finds it almost impossible to let go. He met Adrienne and James on one of his first jobs as a firefighter, and adopted them as his family.

He considers his role within the fire service a calling, and though he could have chosen any profession, he chose to fight fire.



Name: Chris Martin

Nickname/s: Christoff

Hair colour: Blonde

Eye colour: Green

Career: Restaurateur/Entrepreneur

Chris is happiest when he is in the kitchen, creating one of his masterpieces. He enjoys to feed people, a little too much, and sometimes forgets there is life outside the restaurant.

He is highly intelligent and runs the Winchester Brothers restaurants in the south. He also runs a chef training programme, and enjoys a teaching role.


Name: Lilly-May Saunders

Nickname/s: Lilly, Lill

Hair colour: Pale blonde

Eye colour: Green

Career: Co-owner – Café 101

Lilly-May Saunders is a strong, confident woman, with an independent streak as big as her best friend’s – Dylan Davies. She had a difficult childhood and lost her parents as a teenager. Since then she has been adopted by the Davies family and owes much of her success to them. At least that’s how she sees it.

She owns Café 101 with Sebastian, and recently extended the business to provide the addition of a bakery. She is a skilled pastry chef, and is committed to making the café a success. Lilly-May enjoys to keep busy, and often buries herself in her work.

Due to her earlier experiences, she has never been in a long-term relationship, and uses her friendship with Dylan as a safety net.

Her bond with Dylan was developed at a young age, and is based on a mutual respect and understanding. He is the brother she always wanted, and she enjoys his flirtatious nature. She sees the truth behind the clown!

 Please, don’t miss the Blitz-Tour-Event on Facebook:

Blog Tour participants:

 Friday March 20th, 2015
*Melissa Barker-Simpson/Nat Hobson~Opening Post *Updated*

*Renee’s Author Spotlight~Guest Post *Updated*

*Infinite Pathways~Excerpt (Addy’s Choice) *Updated*

*Mama Bear Muses~Review (Addy’s Choice) *Updated*

Saturday March 21st, 2015
*Infinite Pathways~Guest Post *Updated*

*Taren Reese Ocoda~Author Interview *Updated*

*The Book Stalker~Review (Addy’s Choice)

*Kat Ryder~Excerpt (Addy’s Choice) *Updated*

*Mama Bear Muses~Book Interview *Updated*

*Authors & Angels~Author Interview *Updated*

Sunday March 22nd, 2015
*Renee Writes~Review (Addy’s Choice)

*Balancing Act~Guest Post

*Writer’s Treasure Chest~Author Spotlight

*Kat Ryder~Excerpt (Heart of Fire)

*DKC~Review (Addy’s Choice)

*Melissa Barker-Simpson/ Nat Hobson~Closing Post