Visiting Delilah Devlin!

I’m sharing an excerpt and recipe on bestselling author Delilah Devlin’s blog! Before the Whistle and lemon mousse – yum to both!! It’s HERE

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Research recruitment struggles? Thank you, next.

Excellent and article on recruiting patients for studies with innovative ideas for new recruits!

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By Julia Rybkina


Research recruitment can be a lot like dating: there is a large variety of potential participants and studies in the sea, but the challenge lies in finding perfect matches in a timely manner, using the most effective methods. Enrolling the intended number of participants is essential to the success of a study and its “procreation” (i.e., obtaining meaningful findings, publishing in reputable journals, and creating follow-up studies).

However, recent findings show that approximately one third of clinical trials fail to meet 100 per cent of participant enrollment goals. Insufficient recruitment, in turn, can result in study termination or delays, increased costs, and deprivation of the chance for individuals to potentially benefit from life-saving interventions or aids (1-3).

Understandably, it is no easy feat to ask individuals who experience complex, life-altering conditions to share their time and knowledge for the sake of scientific investigation. Yet research is…

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Now in Print!

I’m excited to announce that my In the Game Hockey Romances are now available in paperback! I have to admit I prefer print books to e-books, so I’m very happy that I can sit back and enjoy paper copies of my 4 medical hockey romances. Check them out HERE

 

Creating Ads with Pizzazz!

After writing and editing, the next biggest task for a writer is to promote their work. You have to let people know about it if you’d like them to read it. Different authors tackle this in different ways. Some do blog tours or arrange to be a guest blogger on fellow author’s blogs. Some authors take out ads on Facebook, Amazon, and Bookbub. My go-to is to promote on social media. I mainly use Facebook and Twitter. I send out a minimum of twelve tweets a day, and I’ve joined a number of Facebook groups where authors can connect with readers who enjoy reading my genre of romance novels.

In order to make my posts more appealing I create ads, and in an effort to keep costs down, I take advantage of services offered on free websites. I love Canva. It’s a website which is set up to help with graphic design. They have templates to use that are pre-sized for ads on different social media platforms, banners, and post cards. You can use some of their free ideas or upload your own images – including book covers, graphics, and backgrounds. It’s easy to add text to jazz it up. I’ll use my story’s tagline, take a quote from a review, or a quote from the story itself. And then with a click, you can download the graphic to your computer – all for free! If you’d like to use your own images, you must pick ones that are royalty free for commercial use with no attribution required. You can’t just grab any picture from the web and assume it’s okay to use. Most are copyright protected. I search Pixabay for images. They have a wide selection of photos and vector graphics to choose from.

I don’t have a design background, but I have fun creating different ads. And because it’s free, I can change them up whenever I have a new idea. Here are two that I made for the books in my Perfectly Series.

pr what color car cartoon adPERFECTLY REASONABLE ~He’s applying to medical school and needs her help. Good luck with that. 😀  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0143ZW2P8 #medical #romance #romcom

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A little white lie can make life a little easier or a lot more complicated! 😀 PERFECTLY HONEST https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S77IW9O #romcom #humor #doctorslife #medical

Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Website: http://www.lindaoconnor.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaOConnorAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaOConnor98

On Tap Tuesday presents: Linda O’Connor

Heather Hambel Curley

What’s On Tap today??

Today we are featuring Linda O’Connor, author of Perfectly Christmas!  Ready to get in the holiday spirit?  Linda brought us a recipe of her favorite drink!!

My drink of choice:
I’m not very fond of coffee. To get through the many hours of studying in medical
school, my caffeine of choice was…chocolate! On a cold winter night or a snowy
afternoon, there’s nothing better than sipping on a mug of sweet hot chocolate. I love this recipe with the hint of peppermint.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
PC with hot mugIn a saucepan, warm 2 cups of half and half cream or whole milk with ¼ tsp peppermint
extract, whisking occasionally. Whisk in 2/3 cup chopped white chocolate (about 4 ounces). Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Serves 2(or one person with a lot of studying to do).
When the studying is done, you…

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Perfectly Christmas (Perfectly Book 5) by Linda O’Connor #christmasatvivis

Viviana MacKade

There’s a whole lot to like here. First off, every cover for each book of the Series is absolutely adorable, and fun, and perfect (look down for a pic or, better yet, on Linda’s Amazon page if you don’t believe me). Every story of the series is fun and, above all, normal–which mean highly relatable. I don’t know you, but every now and then I need normal. Specifically about the last book in the series, the reason we’re here, I do understand the struggle of not having enough time for everything, and the need to set priorities.

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The last book in the series is Perfectly Christmas (Perfectly Book 5) by Linda O’Connor, a romantic contemporary.

Synopsis

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”
That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

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