Wills & Estates: PLAN for it, baby!


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Writing Historical Romance is like digging up Jewels from our past and polishing the rough edges till the glitter and brilliance shines through.

Writing Historical Romance is like digging up Jewels from our past and polishing the rough edges till the glitter and brilliance shines through.

What happens to your literary works, published or still in draft form, when you die? If you’re an artist, of any medium, you need to protect your work beyond your own days here on this beautiful earth. You owe it to your loved ones to set this up now, before you think you need to, and no, it’s not inviting death to your door. Creating a will and setting up survivor’s rights to your real and intellectual property is the same thing as carrying an umbrella–just in case there might be rain, you (your literary works) will be protected.

If you’re still not convinced, click the link below. Neil Gaiman says it best, and he’s made it terrifically simple by providing a Do-It-Yourself form. Fill it out using Option 1 or Option 2, and BAM! You’re done. Thanks for playing!

My First Official Book Signing!

My first book signing, 04/05/2014

My first book signing at NTBF, 04/05/2014

Finally, it happened. I attended my very FIRST published author book signing. WooHoo! Here’s the scoop…

My good friend and multi-published author, Carla Rossi, and I drove up to Denton, Texas, to attend the North Texas Book Festival. We arrived the night before, so we had a chance to scope out the town.

Denton is picture-perfect, small town America, complete with the town square at the top of the hill. The old courthouse with its century-old charm dominates the shopping district. At Cartwright’s Ranch House, right on the city square, I enjoyed the best catfish dinner, ever.

Carla Rossi at NTBF, 04/08/2014

Carla Rossi at NTBF, 04/05/2014


We claimed our author table, and with a signing veteran at my side, the day couldn’t be lovelier. I learned so much with Carla at my side. We sold some books, traded with other authors, enjoyed pizza provided by the good folks at NTBF, and I won a door prize.

Best personal moment? Signing my paperback for a total stranger. Natch! True, I’ve signed bookmarks for people I’d never met before, and blogged about it. (See Sept. 24th, “Jaye’s Moment of Fame” for a quite unexpected and funny encounter in an airport.) But, signing the paperback novel is an experience akin to holding your newborn baby. The heart swells with joy at what you have accomplished, and pride with how well it turned out, thanks to a great publisher.

One of my clients, Angela Christina Archer, and me at the NTBF, 04/05/2014

One of my clients, Angela Christina Archer, and me at the NTBF, 04/05/2014

Best professional moment? I met fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Angel Christina Archer and her author friend, Sabrina Fish.

Angel Christina Archer and Sabrina Fish at the NTBF, 04/05/2014

Angel Christina Archer and Sabrina Fish at the NTBF, 04/05/2014

They drove down from the Oklahoma City area.






I edited Angela’s debut novel, The Woman On The Painted Horse, which is an awesome story. Angela is a very talented author! (What, you didn’t know I’m also an editor? See the “News” tab on this website.)

Having learned a few new tricks—including what to bring and not to bring—I’m off to fine tune my travel kit for future book signings. Happy Dance!!

As you can see, I haven’t posted in a few days. That’s because I’ve taken a few days off from looking at my site so I can see it with clear eyes. After tweaking a bit here and there–and getting my photo uploaded to the sidebar–it was time to check into moving my WordPress site into my existing Web Hosting site. That’s the end goal, to be able to use the domain name of choice and make it easy for everyone. Well, that was easier said than done. I spent about an hour last night on the phone with a very lovely and patient technician who got my hosting site ready for the move. She emailed the instructions I’d need to move the WP site myself. I looked through that and found about seven layers of additional techno-gibberish that makes my head swim. This is me, calling my girl (or guy) back and begging them to bail me out of hot water. “Uncle! Help me, plu-eeease.” If you don’t hear from me for days and days, you’ll know I’m still treading the techno-geek waters.

More Website Issues: Merging

I’ve been playing around with a couple practice sites on WordPress to get a better handle on what I’d prefer for my live website: visual appearance, user-friendliness, necessary pages, widgets, etc., Of course, the attributes I liked best didn’t all end up on the same practice site.

It would have been fine to simply use the one site that looked the best and move on with it, but there was one problem. The web address wasn’t the one I needed in which to ‘go live’. Its web address was “” and that just wasn’t gonna happen.

Looking up the Help features gave me a couple options.

  • I could Rename the good practice site to what I wanted. But that name, “”, was already in use.
  • I could move everything that I liked from “JayeLearns” over to the “” web address. But, that meant reformatting the entire site and more time invested.

I chose the second option. The payoff was clear. I already had everything I wanted figured out via the practice sites and the good address was already mine.

‘Nuff said. I got busy and here’s the result. I’m quite happy with my decision. Now, on to the next step. As soon as I figure out what that is, I’ll be back. Muah!

Life Notes

So, The Hubs, otherwise known as Mr. Jaye, gave me quite the scare last night. Thanks to him, we’ve discovered a cute little health trick called Cough Syncopy. After a 14 hour stint at the local ER, we found out that his heart is healthy, thank God, but he’d blacked out here at home due to lack of oxygen to his brain while coughing. Who knew? Okay, maybe some of you already knew about this but it’s news to us. His cardiologist yelled at him, appropriately, for not getting checked earlier for bronchitis and put him on a Z-pac. Dr also said Hubs couldn’t drive until his cough is completely gone. If you know my guy, you know he’s into his ‘wheels’. So, I will be taking ALL the car keys with me whenever I leave the house…just in case. And, I’ll be playing taxi driver this next week IF he decides he’s able to work.

Can you say H-O-U-S-T-O-N  T-R-A-F-F-I-C ??? Oy!