September 28, 2014

Rhode Island Blog by Rachel E. Moniz

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country but there is plenty of heart, soul…and writers! I’m proud to be numbered among them and to have gotten inspiration from this little state. There is so much to offer the visitor, whether they are staying for a long weekend or two weeks in the summer. Join me for a quick tour and see how I showcased Rhode Island in my stories.

Since we have miles and miles of coastline here, this is a perfect destination for the lighthouse enthusiast or boater. The beautiful, rural area of Little Compton has the Sakonnet Point Lighthouse (along with a super winery!)  In my story “Unfathomable” in the Rhode Island-author anthology DIVE A Quartet of Merfolk Tales, Jamestown, RI and its well-known Beavertail Lighthouse make a cameo appearance. The Beavertail area is a great spot to stop for a waterside picnic, or to watch the kites flying across the water in Newport.

And speaking of Newport, the famous mansions lining Bellevue Avenue are a beautiful and popular destination. These ‘summer cottages’ showcase the opulence of the Gilded Age. My story “A Newport Thanksgiving”, to be included in the upcoming DCL Publications Thanksgiving anthology, includes references to these homes and the families that built them. You can easily fill a long weekend touring these homes and recall the refinement of a bygone era.

Food is a vital (and tasty!) part of any visit to Rhode Island. We have a vast array of ethnic restaurants that are proud of their unique flavors. Stop by Federal Hill in Providence for Italian, hop over to East Providence for Portuguese fare, or visit an Indian restaurant on Providence’s East Side. Our state drink is coffee milk, our official state appetizer is calamari, and the best desserts to be had are available in the Rhode Island based Gregg’s Restaurant chain.  You will not leave Rhode Island hungry!

Our entertainment scene is alive and thriving, from the Newport Folk Festival for music lovers to Trinity Rep and the Providence Performing Arts Center for theater buffs. Like to try your hand at the casino? Twin River casino brings a little bit of Vegas to its corner of the state.

And then…we have our artists, especially our writers. So much to inspire us in a neat, tiny package.

I invite you to find out more about Rhode Island and its history and attractions. You can start by visiting my website or friend me on Facebook My Amazon author page is

I’m offering a PDF copy of one of my books to one lucky commenter as a thank you for getting to know me today. Please leave your comments and questions and THANK YOU for reading.

Rachel E. Moniz writes contemporary and historical romance with a dose of magic and fantasy. She is a DCL Publications best-selling author and her work is included in DCL's Anthologies 'A Little Bit of Love' and 'The Fourth of July'. Her release, 'The Beltaine Wager' is part three in her Mackenzie series, started by 'Litha Dreams' and 'Yuletide Destiny'.
Her collaboration 'DIVE: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales' was written with three other Rhode Island authors and reached #1 in Hot New Releases for the Sea Adventure category. Have you met the mermaids in DIVE yet?
Rachel enjoys traveling and splits her time between Rhode Island and Mississippi. She loves photography and Walt Disney World and welcomes any opportunity to photograph the Most Magical Place on Earth.

September 21, 2014

Nicole Zoltack Brings Pennsylvania to Life

Pennsylvania is a state filled with rich history. Our first nation's capitol was Philadelphia. The major turning point in the Civil War – Gettysburg – is in Pennsylvania. 
There's shoo fly pie and cheese steaks, Rocky, rabid sports fans, and so much more.

Earlier this year, my family and I went to Gettysburg. I love going to museums to learn interesting tidbits about minor characters, those history has almost forgotten. Only one civilian died during the battle of Gettysburg. A nurse stayed by a patient's bedside until he died and ended up meeting and marrying his brother years later. 

Little nuggets of information like this makes history that much more real to me. We know all about Robert E Lee and Abraham Lincoln, but what about everyone else?

It's no wonder, with my love of history, that I write historicals. Most of mine are Regencies, but even my fantasy stories tend to have medieval-like roots to them. I'd love to write a story loosely based on that nurse one day. With all the rich history of Pennsylvania, I can write stories about so many wonderful figures and never run out of source material.

Nicole Zoltack writes fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical; for adults, YA, MG, and PB; novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She's also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor.

When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb.
To learn more about Nicole and her work, visit her blog at or like her on FB at
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September 14, 2014

West-WORD Ho! To Oregon

My Oregon post dropped at the last minute and it became a perfect opportunity for me to promote a writers group.  I picked the Portland area for only one reason…one of my imported kids, our incredibly talented Ina, of Germany, is in Portland right now for an internship.  I’ve included the initial picture of her adventure. That’s her great and funny boyfriend- traveling companion in the picture standing on the back of that awesome luxury vehicle--yes that's a mattress on the roof--and I feel more comfortable because he’s  along for the ride.   

Here’s some information on Willamette Writers, based in Portland, Oregon. 

Willamette Writers' goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support
system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. Both published, self-published, screenwriters and aspiring writers are invited to join. Dues are $36 a year. Need help writing a novel? A screenplay? Promoting a self-published novel? This is a good group to join.

Our 'dream' writing house is now ready to welcome you!

Use of the writing house is restricted to Willamette Writers members. Not a member? Join by visiting:   It is fun, educational and costs a little over a weeks worth of lattes.

The house is just a hundred feet from Highway 43 and a short distance from I-205 at 2108 Buck St, West Linn, OR 97068. It is near bus stops in both directions. A little way away, across Highway 43, is a Starbucks, restaurants, grocery store and the lovely West Linn Library.

And an upcoming event:  On Tuesday, September 2nd, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers welcomes local author Bill Cameron, who will talk with the membership about his approach to character development.

Visit their site to learn more