Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Winners, Book Signings, & Free Pics for Your Website!

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Today’s Naked Truth is newsy stuff. First, I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in the contest I hosted over at the Facebook group, In Like Sin. If you joined the group, then you already know that there will be shenanigans aplenty. If you haven’t joined, you’re missing out! The contest is over, but the fun continues with my friends, authors Casey HagenVikki RomanoElaine Marie, and S.L Stacker.

Five winners from In Like Sin are walking away with all three signed Fireflies books and a mug featuring Spooky, my cat-on-the-books muse. As always, winners were chosen at random via

Congratulations to the following winners!

Magdalena Szabelska

Pat Hensley

Donna Young

Diane Silvia

Misty Sulouf 

Ladies, please contact me with your mailing address (use the contact form under “Meet Lisa” in the menu to maintain your privacy) and allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of your prizes. Congratulations again!

The second newsy bit is that I have a couple of book signings scheduled for this month. If you’re nearby either of these places, I hope you’ll drop by and say hello!

Thursday, February 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Book Exchange
2932 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066

Book Exchange in Marietta, Georgia is hosting an Evening of Romance with authors Donna Gentry Morton, Richard Lutman, and me. We’ll be talking with readers, signing, and chatting about our books. Big thanks to Jennifer Gillman for inviting me to be part of this event.

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.

Book Mart and Café
120 E. Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759

This book signing is part of the annual Starkville unWine Downtown event, and offers wine tasting and after-hours shopping in Starkville’s downtown. This will be my first trip to Mississippi, so if you live in the area, please come out and say hello. You get the extra bonus of meeting Terry Lynn Thomas whom you met here at Writing in the Buff last week. She and I will be hanging out together doing a lot of book talking and signing. Please put it on your calendar and come sip wine with us!

Since you were kind enough to read this far, I’d like to share some links with you.

If you have a blog or website and, like me, are always looking for free photos to use without worry of copyright infringement, you’re going to want to take a look at these sites. Both have more quality offerings than Flickr’s “creative commons” and you don’t have to worry about copyright infringement. Check these out:

Pixabay’s home page states: “All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications.”

Pexel’s statement: “It’s hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.”

Let me know how you like those sites!

That’s it for today, gang. Thanks so much for hanging out with me. Leave a comment below to say hello!

Have a great week, and I’ll see you next Wednesday.


Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last, Love to Believe, or Love to Win in eBook or print, go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Black Opal Books, or Kobo. Or just click the book cover on the sidebar. That works too. And autographed copies are available for purchase on my home page. 🙂

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12 Responses to "Winners, Book Signings, & Free Pics for Your Website!"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    February 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm  

    Oh, yay, book signings! ‘Bout time, Lovely Lisa!♥

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 3, 2017 at 8:03 am  

      You’re right, of course. I must do more of these. It’s fun to meet new readers.

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    February 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm  

    Wish I could come to even one of your signings. I’m heading to my sister’s in mid February and my plate is pretty full right now. I hope lots of people come out to meet you.

    Congrats to the winners. If they haven’t read your books yet they will love them!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 3, 2017 at 8:04 am  

      The signings aren’t in your neck of the woods, either, so I forgive you for not attending. 😉 If I do another signing at LeLu on Siesta Key I’ll let you know!

  3. Comment by Sioux
    February 2, 2017 at 6:27 am  

    Lisa–I know about but not about so thanks. Since I don’t have a daughter who takes professional-looking photos, I need sites like those.

    And congratulations to the winners!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 3, 2017 at 8:04 am  

      You’re going to love Pixabay. It’s my favorite.

  4. Comment by Pat
    February 2, 2017 at 8:18 am  

    Thanks for the links, Lisa. I plan to do some browsing later.

    You are one busy lady. Good luck with the signings-sounds like fun!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 3, 2017 at 8:07 am  

      Thanks, Pat. You’ll find both of these sites to be a real boon for images, but Pixabay is my hands-down favorite.

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm  

    Lisa, you are a gem. Have fun at your book signings. I always attract people to my display table with Hershey’s Kisses.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 3, 2017 at 8:07 am  

      Hershey’s Kisses it is, then! How you stay out of them yourself, though? lol

  6. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    February 6, 2017 at 9:16 am  

    Thanks for the links, Lisa, and congratulations on your busy book signing schedule!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm  

      Thanks, Donna. I hope you find the links useful.

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