Friday, May 29, 2009

A Quotable Quote

Thought this was noteworthy....
"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." ~ Ellen Goodman, American journalist (1941 - )

What do you think normal is?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Guest Blogger: Stacy Cochran author of CLAWS

Thanks so much, Eileen, for letting me guest blog at your place to help promote the release of my new novel CLAWS. I am five days into a 45-day blog tour, and I’d like to talk today about an interview I did on Saturday with an online call-in show called


First though, a few words about CLAWS. The novel is a thriller set in Arizona that concerns a wildlife biologist who gets drawn into a Tucson police investigation when two of her best students at the University of Arizona are found dead early one morning on a golf course. The biologist suspects they were killed by a large mountain lion.

I need reviews at more than anything else. Also, I’m offering to interview for my TV show anyone who buys five or more copies at As you know, Eileen, my show is broadcast to some 90,000 homes in our area as well as on YouTube to a global audience.

Which leads me to today’s discussion. So on Saturday, a friend of mine suggested I get in touch with the folks at I did and I ended up speaking by phone with one of the show’s hosts. After the call, I downloaded Skype for free from the website as per her suggestion, and about an hour later I had my first Skype call.

I guess I was surprised at how easy this was to do and how free it was. It looks like the folks at are using WordPress for their website, and in six weeks, they’ve already built up a thousand+ subscriber base. They interview all of their guests using Skype.

One of the challenges I’ve faced with an interview TV show is that I have to physically have a guest in studio. And while I think the video image is more compelling than audio only, a programming model that allows authors to call in via Skype from anywhere in the world would have some very distinct advantages. Plus Skype is able to facilitate video calls, too, though isn’t using this feature yet.

It was inspiring.

And it made me wonder what other kinds of topics you could have for a call-in show like and how best to drum up subscribers and interest. I’ve been batting around the idea of an online literary magazine that uses new-media technologies to tell stories and write book reviews. A video-rich and audio-rich magazine that redefines what a literary mag is in the 21st century… a sort of online TV network/radio show/literary magazine.

As with all new business ideas, figuring out the revenue source is a primary concern. Online advertising has come a long way in the past five years, but it still has a long way to go. And while I’ve made over a thousand dollars in advertising pay producing the site, I’m not sure that’s enough money to build what I have in mind. I guess you have to start somewhere.

At any rate, the point of this post is to say that the tools are in place to create what I’m calling a “New Media Network.” An online amalgam that uses video, text, and audio content, draws its revenue from advertisers, and broadcasts a specific kind of content (e.g. ESPN has sports, Food Network has food, Ovation has Arts). What do I have in mind for content?

Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned!

Thanks so much, Eileen. Now, go write a glowing review of CLAWS at Amazon!


CLAWS on Amazon

CLAWS on Kindle

How To Publish a Book Website - Follow Stacey's Blog Tour

Sunday, May 10, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: "Secrets She Left Behind" Book Signing with Award-Winning Author Diane Chamberlain at Women Helping Women Business Expo

Secrets, surprises, and suspense are hallmarks of Diane Chamberlain's novels. Meet the author at the Coffee and Contacts fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Wake County June 4th at the Shrine Club in Raleigh.

May, 2009 RALEIGH, NC – Secrets She Left Behind is Diane Chamberlain’s 18th novel and is set on Topsail Island. From 5:00 – 7:00pm Diane will autograph books and talk with attendees at the expo about the story that revolves around a teenage boy whose mother says she's going to the store--and never returns. For more information about the book go to

The "Women Helping Women Business Expo" to benefit the Women's Center of Wake County is hosted by Coffee and Contacts, LLC a women’s networking group. The expo will be held at The Shrine Club of Raleigh 6015 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina on June 4, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

"Over 60 professional women will be showcasing their products and services in the 3-hour event. A wide selection of gift items valued at more than $50 will be raffled off with a grand prize of a 3-day cruise to Nassau on Carnival Cruise Lines compliments of Diane Bean of CruiseOne. We appreciate Raleigh publications Women’s Edge and Skirt Magazine! for their support as sponsors of the event." said Sallie Matlack, head of the event committee.

Everyone is invited to attend the Expo and join the community in support of local women entrepreneurs and the important work done by the Women's Center.

Purchase tickets to the event online for $10, which includes a beverage (wine/beer) and light hors d'oeuvres. Raffle tickets to win the grand prize cruise are online as well. Go to or

About The Women’s Center of Wake County:
The Women’s Center of Wake County assists the community through programs and services that provide homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing. For more information please call (919) 829-3711 or visit the Web site at

About Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is an award-winning author of 18 novels published in more than 11 languages. She writes complex stories about love, compassion and forgiveness. Her books, which are often set in her home state of North Carolina, feature a combination of family drama, intrigue and suspense. Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Jet. Email Diane at Visit her on the web at

About Coffee and Contacts:
Coffee and Contacts, LLC was established in March of 2007, by Jean Hedges, a Senior Loan Officers with PrimeLending, and Jeanne Moyer, a Realtor specializing in Green homes with CityGate Real Estate Services. The women’s networking group’s model is to provide a platform for women to expand their business and help each other grow personally and professionally. For more information go to

Media Contacts:
Coffee and Contacts: Eileen Batson – Batson Group Marketing and PR, 919.327.5021

Diane Chamberlain - Tori Jones Clove Marketing 910.619.9449

Women’s Center of Wake County: Jean Williams (919) 829-3711

Monday, May 4, 2009

Moving Mantra Yoga Studio Supports Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with Karma Yoga Day Fund-Raiser

With charitable giving under a strain, Cyndi Bulka of Moving Mantra Yoga Studio has a way for Triangle residents to give so it doesn’t hurt with a fundraiser for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Raleigh, NC, May 4,2009 -- May 30th is a special day at Cyndi Bulka’s N. Raleigh’s Moving Mantra Yoga Studio on Sawmill Road. Nearly 20 Raleigh businesses have pulled together, offering a variety of products and services to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Karma Yoga Day.

"I believe it is vital for all of us to share what we can and pull together, especially when times get tougher. How we act and what we do for our community is what Karma is all about. Since the concept of Karma is a spiritual one, I felt what better way to express this spirituality than to create an event that benefits people of all faiths through a fundraiser for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle." said Bulka.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a food-redistribution effort that has fed thousands of people in the Triangle and surrounding area for nearly 20 years. In the belief that hunger is unacceptable, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, alleviates hunger by developing systems to recover, prepare and distribute wholesome, perishable food for the area's poor, hungry, undernourished and homeless. Volunteers drive 11 trucks across the Triangle every day to deliver nearly six million pounds of food to 200 agencies in the course of a year.

Karma Yoga Day kicks off at 8am with Yoga classes that anyone can participate in for a $10 suggested donation. Attendees can take advantage of $1 a minute Chair Massage, Ayurvedic treatments & Foot Reflexology, $5 Paraffin hand waxes. $10 haircuts with master stylist Stephen Gauquie of Troutman Beauty Affaire and more.

Jewelry, food, beverage, t-shirts and raffle tickets for amazing prizes donated by local merchants will be available for purchase. Supervised activities for children 4 and up are available so everyone can have a good time in a fun, inviting atmosphere.

Celebrate a day dedicated to giving back to our community Saturday, May 30th, 8am – 12pm at Moving Mantra Yoga Studio, 200 Sawmill Road, Suite 101 in N. Raleigh. For more information and to make donations contact Cyndi Bulka at (919) 449-0530

About Cyndi Bulka and Moving Mantra Yoga Studio
Cyndi is the owner and director of the Moving Mantra Yoga Studio. She has been practicing Yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years and teaching as a profession for more than 13. She earned her advanced teaching certificate under master teacher Esther Meyers and has studied extensively with several other master teachers, which has helped her integrate her experiences and knowledge into a loving, intelligent, relational approach to teaching. She founded Moving Mantra Yoga Studio in 1999 to create a loving, nurturing and safe environment to support inward journeys. Moving Mantra Yoga studio offers a variety of Yoga, meditation and movement classes to suit a wide array of people and specific needs. In the true spirit of Yoga, she hopes to foster a sense of community amongst students, teachers, and our larger community. 200 Sawmill Road, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 449-0530

About the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
In 1989 by two women, Maxine Solomon and Jill Staton Bullard, witnessed breakfast sandwiches being thrown away in a fast food restaurant because it was time to put out lunch items. From that inauspicious beginning, the Food Shuttle has grown to be a powerful hunger relief organization providing food for thousands every day. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has many programs to meet the needs of people in Wake County and beyond. 1001 Blair Dr. Raleigh, NC 27603 P.O. Box 14638, Raleigh, NC 27620 (919) 250-0043 Monday-Friday 8-5.

Media Contacts:

Cyndi Bulka – Moving Mantra Yoga Studio, Raleigh, NC (919) 449-0530
Jason Boone - Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC (919) 250-0043