Newbie Blogger – Please be gentle. The Blogging Goddess isn’t finished with me yet.

Welcome to my blog, I’ll be updating this blog (probably about once per week) with discussions on books, interviews (authors, editors, reviewers, anybody who will talk to me πŸ™‚ ), recipes and much more.

I’ve been tinkering around, trying to figure this thing out, I think I got it. I’m sure if I did screw up, someone out there will let me know. That strike out thing is interesting, I’ve seen it on other blogs, no idea what it means, so I won’t use it. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I tend to press buttons and tinker with things I’m not supposed to at times.

For the first blog, I guess should postΒ a short bio about myself, but in all honesty, that is one of the hardest things I’m asked to do. I do have a bio on my website, www.selenarobins.com and I tend to use that one when asked to submit a bio. I like to call it time management.

A few tidbits about me, not listed on my site’s bio:

I learned to play the accordian at an early age. Hey, I’m Italian, it’s a right of passage. I wasn’t that good at it. However, I did enjoy practicing at home and driving my older siblings crazy with my attempts at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I also took Highland Dance classes. I bet you’re wondering why a little Italian girl took Highland dancing? I’m first generation Canadian, I was born in Canada, while my parents and siblings all immigrated from Italy. Hence, why my brothers convinced me I was found on their doorstep, but that’s another story.

My parents wanted to assimilate with the Canadian culture. My dad at the time smoked cigarettes (Export A). On the package was a picture of a woman, wearing aΒ Scottish tam and my parents watched Don Messer’s Jubilee to learn the language. After I was born, they associated these things with the Canadian culture, so when I was old enough, they enrolled me in Highland Dancing.

I didn’t learn to speak English until I was six years old, sometimes this can still effect me, as I think in one language and things come out in English in an awkward way. “English wasn’t my first language,” is what I say. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I used to be quite the daredevil.Β Broken knee, wore a full leg cast (downhill skiing), shattered my radial head in my left arm (roller-blading), broken toe (fell down theΒ stairs while multi-tasking, some will say, I can be a klutz, I don’t agree…well, not 100%).

My husband has recently stated that he’d love to start a blog called, “Things my wife says and does.” I’m not concerned, he doesn’t even like to write emails. Funny guy. He makes me laugh, I make him laugh. I love to cook, he loves to eat what I cook. I also like to make him blush, like when I publicly state, he has given me my happy-ever-after that I love to write and read about in romance novels.

Okay, enough about me………

Β To kick off the Holiday Season and my first blog, I’m going to have a draw.

Comment on the blog, or ask me a question (anything goes…….well, almost anything) and I’ll enter your name for a chance to win 1 of three 3 Gift Certificates to My Bookstore and More. Draw ends, December 23rd.

P.S. I’ll be posting some recipes later on this blog.

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87 thoughts on “Newbie Blogger – Please be gentle. The Blogging Goddess isn’t finished with me yet.

  1. Woot you finally got a post up lol.

    I am already following which means every recipe and post gets sent right to my inbox. What is a good stalker for anyhow.

    Congrats on coming into the bloging world.

    And Happy Holidays!

    ~~*Drea*~~

  2. Hi Selena, I enjoyed your first post. I too really like the colors, they are easy to read and I love blue! The water thing is perfect and the photo at the top is awesome, it makes me want to be there sitting on the dock, watching the waves crash and reading a book. I’ll be looking forward to the recipes – food, reading about food, eating food, smelling food, dreaming about food, it’s all good. Do you have a web site where you have your books and WIP listed? If not, do you plan to list them here so your stalkers, err, your fans, can find them easily?

      • I watched the video, very nicely done. Thanks for the pointer to your website, I’ll be checking it out. I’ve always thought that real cooks are the ones who don’t need a cookbook to turn out a fabulous dish. Sadly, I’m hopeless without a set recipe. I even out a book called something like ‘how to cook without a book’ – the idea is to learn some basic ratios and such and to go from there. Didn’t work for me, I couldn’t remember the ratios LOL. Oh well, just like there authors need to have readers, cooks need to have people to appreciate their food – that’ll be me.

      • Susan, I learned with a lot of trial and error, believe me. I remember my mom being in the hospital for an extended period of time, when I was young and I decided I was going to surprise my family with a home cooked meal. It was dreadful! But my dad told everyone to eat the delicious meal I had prepared. LOL As for baking pies, I’m hopeless, more crusts end up in the garbage than in the oven. I have my strengths, which are the dishes I learned at mom’s kitchen table, and I have my weakeness, making food that require a PhD in reading recipes. LOL Like everything else, we find what works for us and have fun with it.

  3. It’s lovely, Selena! Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts, Selena! And it’ll be fun to be able to read some of your writing in between books πŸ˜‰

      • I need a title. LOL But I’m sure one will come to me when I finish the novella.

        It’s about an Italian/Irish decoy mistress heroine, who tends to get into a lot of trouble, especially after one of her “clients” drops dead during a “date” and she ends up in the emergency room with a bite on the ass.

        Her family arrives, the hunka-burning-love cop hero is there along with her high school nemises, not to mention the mobsters that are after her, and she has no clue as to why.

        Did I mention I like to twist things in my plots? LOL

        Thanks for the offer, Fedora.

  4. Love the blog Selena…I like the simplicity of it, not too much going on to distract me (and believe me I’m easily distracted..lol). I’m looking forward to the recipes as well πŸ™‚

  5. Hello Selena,
    Welcome to blogland! We haven’t spoken in ages. I enjoyed reading the bio you posted. How many languages can you speak? How did you and your hubby meet? What are your plans for the holidays? Resolutions for the New Year? πŸ™‚
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xo Mel

    • Hi, Mel,

      Whew! Your questions aren’t too hard. LOL

      1. I can speak 4 languages, however, I’m losing a few of them, since I don’t speak them on a daily basis. Italian, French, Spanish & English.

      2. I met my husband while we worked for the same company. I had borrowed his company car, and got into an accident, (not my fault) but it was that crash that led to our relationship. πŸ™‚

      3. Family fun and I don’t make resolutions, because I never keep them. LOL

      Best wishes to you and your family.

      • Thanks for the best wishes, Selena! Same to you.
        I didn’t ask too many questions, eh? In college my major was Spanish and my minor was French. I wanted to be a translator. Never came to pass. lol!
        However, I can speak Spanish a bit. It’s
        hard when you don’t have anyone to practice with for years. But now it pays to know Spanish! I’d like to learn Russian and Vietnamese as well. OH, and I’m teaching myself Lakota and Cherokee. I pick up language very fast. I’m thrilled because Rosetta Stone will have Navajo now. It’s always been hard to find Native American language tapes. Thanks to my iPhone I can learn Cherokee and years ago I got lucky and found a book with tapes for Lakota.
        Great story how you and your hubby met. A crah of car and heart! Wonderful.
        I don’t make (keep) resolutions either. lol! Who knows what the New Year will bring?! I hope it brings you much joy! πŸ™‚ xo Mel

      • LOL Not too many questions. πŸ™‚ I don’t mind at all.

        I’ve always had an interest in languages, and wish I could speak more of them. I did dabble a bit with other languages, and learned some Russian, German and Dutch words, but not enough to say I am fluent in any of those languages.

        VERY COOL on the languages you are learning. You’ll have to keep me updated!

    • Sabina, if you’d like a free PDF copy of my children’s book, Pippy’s Wish, just drop me an email with the word PIPPY in the subject line.

      For Tempted by An Angel, a short story, free read, visit my website for a free PDF download.

      Thanks.

  6. Adding this to my Droid to have easy access. Nice blog: great look and no confusing mess. I look forward to watching it grow and prosper.

  7. Happy Holidays! Congratulations on your new blog! What a great way to start the new year! I look forward to your recipes : )

  8. Hi Selena,

    I like your blog: very easy on the eyes, and I finally got some uninterrupted time today to read Pippy’s adventures, which were a lot of fun.

    Looking forward to your recipes too…

  9. Are there any particular guests that you would love to have as a guest on your blog or any certain topics that you can’t wait to post?
    Congratulations

    • Thanks for stopping by, Leni. I’m looking forward to posting recipes and hearing from the readers if they tried them and how they turned out. Also, love discussing books, what people are reading, what they like, don’t like.

      As for guests, I would love to interview a few of my writing idols, but I don’t think they’ll have time. LOL George Clooney is out of the country, so he’s probably out. I like to talking to people about books, writing, cooking and fun and quirky happenings tin their lives.

  10. Hi Selena the blog looks good I’m looking forward to your recipe posts.

    what do you think is the hardest part about becoming published. The waiting for a books to be accepted or waiting for your first contracted book to come out?

    • Thanks, Jenn.

      Good question.

      I think it all depends on what type of person you are. Example: If you lack patience, then waiting for the contract offer and for the book to come out can be hard.

      If you are OCD and tend to polish and edit, then the whole writing process can be hard.

      If you have a thin skin, then reviews can be hard.

      Main thing is that a writer loves to write, enjoys the whole process, and accepts that they are not going to please everyone.

      P.S. The hardest part of writing for me is letting go of the story and not overthinking every detail. LOL

      Hope that answered your question.

  11. Great to see you decided to take the plunge too! I started my own blog this week too–great minds must think alike…lol–and am hoping I’ll be entertaining enough. You’re off to a great start!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. Congratulations on your new blog. I’m laughing about the adopted part, my sister said the same thing lol. The fact that we both look alike didn’t convince that I wasn’t hahaha. I’m Italian too and thank goodness I wasn’t asked to take up the acordian roflmao.

    • My brothers actually framed a picture of people from a magazine and told me they were my “real” parents. Brats! I had brown/reddish hair, and lots of freckles, hazel eyes, total different look from the standard dark hair, dark eyes that they all have. When I cried and asked my mom if I really was adopted, she said, “I didn’t purposely go out and get a fifth child! Now ignore your brothers.” LOL I do love them all though.

  13. I would imagine that is you in the bikini? I’m jealous, haven’t looked like that in years! I’ve had several surgeries though on my back and neck which tends to slow your activities and let you put on weight. Needing another surgery on my neck from a recent car accident.

    I’m looking forward to recipes! I believe that word used to be spelled receipts…..?

    • Hi, Brenda, I WISH!!!! LOL No, that’s not me, that’s a picture of the heroine and hero of my recent release with Samhain Publishing, ‘WHAT A GIRL WANTS.’

      Sorry to hear about your neck and back problems, best wishes on your surgery.

  14. Great job on your blog. Looking forward to more in the future. Can not wait for you to post your recipes.
    Best of luck!

  15. Hi Selena,
    Well it looks like you are off to a great start, I hear that the first step is always the hardest so now that that is behind you. You should now have smooth sailing with your blog postings.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win and hopefully the good luck fairies will be nice to me today and allow me to win something as I have entered one scavenger type contest for a kindle, will be partying with Samhain’s day two of their Christmas party tonight from 4 pm to 10 pm and now your drawing.
    Since the holiday season starts so soon I wish you the best of everything for the coming new year, lots of sales on your latest book released but most of all I wish you a safe, happy, healthy and wealthy Holiday season.

    Robin

  16. I like your blog too! πŸ™‚ Very nice colors! I hope you have fun doing it! My friend and I are talking about getting a review blog together so I’ll follow you and see how you like your blogging adventure πŸ™‚

    Kelly
    kittykelly28 @ hotmail.com

  17. Good morning!
    It’s great to join you on your maiden blog and I’m looking forward to following your entries.
    Good luck and happy writing.
    Tracie-

  18. Hi Selena,

    The blog looks great, I really love the soft colors. Signed up to receive your posts by email, so I don’t miss any of the fun.

    Happy Holidays

  19. Your blog looks great. I love going to blogs and looking around and seeing what’s going on with authors. I hope you have a great holiday.

  20. Great job on your first blog! I LOVE the header picture & the side pictures aren’t too bad either! πŸ™‚

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  21. Congratulations on your new blog! Keep posting lovely pictures like the one in the upper right.

    Have a happy and safe holiday season.

    Ciao.

  22. LOL on the blog your hubby started! What one book that you were reading that you said to yourself or confirmed it to you, that I too want to be an author!?

    Caffey

    • Hi, Caffey,

      I grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, Mario Puzo (underneath the blanket so my parents didn’t know I was reading “adult” fiction) and Joy Fielding. They have all inspired me in one way or another. But, it was in the 8th grade, when I won a short story contest, sponsored by the Humane Society, that I thought…hmmmm, when I grow up (still waiting to do that LOL) I’d love to be a writer.

  23. Congrats on the new blog Selena! I think you did a great job on your first blog post! I cant wait to read more of what you have to say. I am going to follow this blog:)
    So the Highland Dancing…was it fun? Did you enjoy it?
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

    • Thanks for stopping by, Tricia. Favorite erotica writer? Let me see, well, I don’t read a whole lot of erotica, but there is one writer that comes to mind, she’s not published yet, but I’ve read her unpublished work, and not only was it super hot, but it made me LOL LOL LOL, her name is Anamica Jayne.

      Two writers that are published, and I have read and enjoyed are Denise A. Agnew and Cari Quinn.

  24. Great site: clean, easy to read and navigate! Italian girl with
    accordion and highland dancing experience! Love it! Welcome to
    the wide world of bloggers!

    Pat Cochran

  25. Congrats on the new blog! It looks great so far and I love the eye candy πŸ™‚ Look forward to the recipes!

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  26. Congrats on your blog; I like its layout.

    Do you work with the same cover artist for all your books? How involved are you in the book cover creation process?

    Thanks!

    • Hi, Trcey, thanks for stopping by.

      My books are with different publishers, so I didn’t have the same cover artist. My latest release with Samhain, WHAT A GIRL WANTS, I had a lot of input into the cover, and it was a pleasure to work with the talented Natalie Winters (cover artist). However, the final decision is always up to the publisher and the marketing team, the author does have the opportunity to give details of what she’d like, it’s a team effort.

  27. Welcome to the world of BLOG (tee-hee) – congratulations on What A Girl Wants. I thought I’d pop in to comment and it looks like you’ve drawn a crowd already!! Good for you.

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