Riding on Amtrak

This was a pleasant experience. I’d like to do more of it. Here are some pictures taken at Amtrak  stations. Some of their tours look interesting.

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The Paperback Diva

Welcome to my little corner of the web universe. I’m an author and a voracious reader. I have many interests on the web.

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I hope to use this blog in order to bring some kind of order to my interests and my doings.

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Who’s a Diva?

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Random Facts about me


About me

–    andrea_004-160x209 My name is AndreaJackson. I call myself the Paperback Diva because I love reading, as well as, writing genre paperback fiction. I grew up as an Army brat and then married an Army guy. I’ve had the opportunity to live in some interesting places in the United States as well as Europe, which gives me fodder for my writing ideas. I once had all kinds of hobbies, but I don’t seem to have time for them anymore.  When I’m not writing, I spend time with friends and family, including 5 children and six grandchildren,

–     I wish I could say I spend time every day reading my Bible. However, I don’t have trouble finding time to connect to God. As a natural part of my regular routine, I chat, ask for help, or thank Him for my blessings during my activities all day long.

From the third grade on, I had a book in my hand. When I reached my teen years, I began to venture into creating stories for my friends. I continued to write off and on through many years of work, marriage and family. But I did not seriously think of it as a career until, in 1992, I entered Writer’s Digest monthly contest and won. That made me believe I might actually be a real writer. I joined Romance Writers of America and learned about the business and craft of writing.
In 2002, I entered the Heart and Soul contest for the Romance Slam Jam conference. I placed third or fourth.  That year an editor from Genesis Press was one of the final round judges. Almost immediately after the conference, I shot a query off to Genesis, noting my position in the Slam Jam contest. And they bought it. Bodyguard was followed by Hand in Glove and Who’s That Lady?

Good news!

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. I have some news. I got my author copies of the new book , Who’s That Lady, all printed up and looking good!  LOL. According to my countract I receive 15 copies for free. I can buy more at a discount. And of course they’ll be distributing it to all the major bookstores.  In fact you can pre-order it on Amazon.com.

This is my third book but it’s just as exciting at the first time.  I’ll be taking part in a big group signing at Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake on Jun 2, 2007.  Love to see you there!

Who’s a Diva?

Since my career nickname is Paperback Diva, I decided to look up some definitions of the word.

Merriam Webster: a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality diva>; especially : a popular female singer divas>

Urban Dictionary:. a bitchy woman that must have her way exactly, or no way at all. often rude and belittles people, believes that everyone is beneath her and thinks that she is so much more loved than what she really is. selfish, spoiled, and overly dramatic.

Urban Dictionary:. A diva is NOT a regular chick! Divas are High Maintenance and Expensive Bitches! Men need lots of money to own us;) A TRUE diva will do ANYTHING to get what she wants.

Wikipedia: The term derives from an ancient Italian word meaning “goddess”, which in turn derives from the feminine form of a Latin word divus, meaning “divine one”.

So–Am I a true Diva? Well, I certainly don’t want to be a “bitch”. But I like that Goddess thing!Image If a Diva is someone who will do anything (within moral and ethical reason) to get what she wants and believes in her own self-worth, then I ‘d like to be called that.