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Sneak read! Get the first chapters to #PetsInSpace for FREE #Instafreebie #ScifiRom

Pets in Space

Pets in Space won’t be published until October 11, but you can get a jump and read the first chapters to all nine stories! Download the Instafreebie here. If you like romance, alpha heroes, strong heroines, action, suspense, and adorable pets, you’ll love Pets in Space. The Instafreebie first chapters are a great way to try before you buy.

Pets in Space is an anthology of nine science fiction romances by nine authors; each story features a pet of some sort. Ten percent of the first month’s proceeds will be donated to Hero-dogs.org, an organization that trains and places service animals with veterans.

Pets in Space blurb

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet.

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I’ve read my co-authors’ stories, and they are amazeballs! I’m so honored to be a part of Pets in Space. You are in for a real treat!

My story in the volume is called Spark of Attraction and features a hunky cyborg spaceship captain, a heroine who has important information he needs to hear, and a cute-as-a-button robot dog named Sparky, who has one hell of a bite.

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Get #spanking romances on #iTunes, #iBooks…new!

Now you can get the Rod and Cane Society spanking romance series and other standalone spanking romances on iTunes! Until recently, they were only listed on Amazon, BN & ARe.

The Rod and Cane Society is a series of standalone novellas about a secret organization of men who spank their wives to maintain discipline in the home.

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Newlywed Melania Traynor loves life, shoes, and most of all, her husband Jared – a tall, handsome, protective man with a commanding side. He’s a member of the secret Rod and Cane Society, an organization of men who maintain discipline in the home with a loving heart and an open hand. When he tells her he believes in domestic discipline and will spank her if she misbehaves, she enters into their marriage with eyes wide shut confident she’ll never be on the receiving end. But when she disobeys Jared, she discovers that discipline isn’t all talk.

Unexpected Consequences on iTunes

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Aspiring journalist Emma Dupree needs a blockbuster story to boost her career into the big leagues. When she learns of a secret organization of men who spank, she goes undercover at the Rod and Cane Society to expose the organization and give her career a needed boost. Unbeknownst to Emma, her new boyfriend Dan Tanner is a member of the society and itches to get his hands on Emma’s bottom. When his secret comes to light, Emma will have to decide…will she choose the story… or love?

False Pretenses on iTunes

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Feminist Stephanie Gordon knows the instant she meets blind date Mark DeLuca it’s not going to work. Sure the deputy chief of police is criminally sexy, but he’s arrogant, domineering and sexist. Thank goodness after the evening ends, she’ll never have to see him again.
A member of the Rod and Cane Society, an organization of men who spank, Mark DeLuca is attracted to Stephanie like a paddle to a well-rounded bottom. He sees beneath the shield of feminist militancy to the soft, sensitive woman she tries to hide. When she storms away in a snit, the chase is on. Can a spanko convince a diehard feminist her true strength lies in submission?

Body Politics on iTunes

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Widow Liz Davenport assumes when she begins to date, her new man will be like her late husband–a member of the Rod and Cane Society and an experienced disciplinarian who can provide her with loving guidance she requires to feel grounded and secure. So why is she attracted to Grant Davis, an ex-Naval JAG officer who works for her nemesis and has never spanked a woman in his life?

Events in his recent past have forced Grant to take stock of his life and try some new things. But spank a woman? He’s never considered that before, but with Liz’s coaching he’s willing to try.

But when the past collides with the present, will he be able to step up and become the disciplinarian Liz needs?

Reasonable Doubts on iTunes

Irresistible Attractions – a Golden Flogger BDSM Best Book of the Year Finalist!CaraBristol_RandCSociety_IrresistibleAttractions_400x600

College student Hannah Laurie works nights for a cleaning service. Among its clients is the Rod and Cane Society, an organization of domestic discipline practitioners. As she cleans the mansion headquarters, she becomes fascinated by the idea of being spanked. One evening, she surrenders to the impulse to try out the equipment in the secret disciplinary chamber.

Billionaire cybersecurity magnate Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, ensures the rules of the organization are followed to a T. Using the disciplinary chamber for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden. But when he catches the shy little cleaner girl trying out the equipment, what’s a fellow to do but bend the rules and give her a hand?

Everything seems like fun and games, until their relationship deepens and their respective worlds collide and clash. Can a lowly cleaner girl ever find acceptance in her boyfriend’s monied world?

Irresistible Attractions on iTunes

These standalone, single title spanking romance are also on iTunes:

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Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?
While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy’s new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man’s undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.
But is Mary Sue’s jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband’s attention?

Stolen Moments on iTunes

 

Domestic Discipline – a two-story spanking romance setForeplay

Love, desire, domination, and submission. Two domestic discipline romances by USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol in one volume. One story is light and humorous; the other is more intense

Wife on the Lam
Janelle wants to take a luxury vacation for her wedding anniversary. Despite numerous hints, husband Brent misses all the clues and plans a business trip! Miffed, she flies off alone to a luxury resort. She’s going to celebrate—with or without him. Brent didn’t have to work. He’d planned a second honeymoon to the luxury Cabana Resort. Janelle might have ruined his surprise, but he’s not going to let her ruin their anniversary, too. He has a little trick up his sleeve to take his errant wife in hand and get their marriage back on track.

Rahm’s Way
Before her military husband left for his tour of duty, Cadence Simmons relied on Rahm’s love, direction, and protection. His absence forced her to become more independent and make decisions for herself. After serving his country, he’s home for good and eager to resume their marriage as it was before. Only Cadence isn’t quite sure she wants things exactly as they were. Can domestic discipline guide this couple through some major changes?

Domestic Discipline on iTunes

These books are also available on Amazon, Kobo, ARe, and Barnes & Noble.

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My experience at Penned Con, a St. Louis writer/reader conference

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The St. Louis arch at night from the Sheraton Hotel, the Penned Con location.

Over the weekend I attended Penned Con, an author/writer conference in St. Louis, Missouri, which raises money for Action for Autism.  As with most conferences of this type, the event included seminars, a book fair, keynote speakers, and a couple of banquets. This was the third year of Penned Con, and my first to attend. I didn’t know what to expect (more about that later). For me the draw was primarily the location—the event was “local,” a four-hour drive.

I had a good time. Most of all, I enjoyed meeting authors I “knew” from Facebook and getting to know better some people I was already acquainted with. I handed out a lot of book postcards and heart magnets to readers and sold some books (not as many I would have liked). Several people I met told me they already owned Naughty Words for Nice Writers, my sex scene thesaurus, which was a big thrill.

Every time I attend one of these conferences (I’ve been to RT, Lori Foster, and ORA Con), I learn something new. This time, I picked up tips about other conferences I might want to attend and got ideas for my author booth. Just being able to talk to people and share ideas is the best part of these conferences. I’m amazed at how excited readers get at these events. I signed a lot of event bags, and some readers even made autograph books with each author’s photo in it!

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My booth at the book fair.

 

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“You wrote Naughty Words?” I met several people who already owned/used the sex scene thesaurus I wrote, including Isabelle Peterson.

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I met Gemma Brovato. I love her banner!

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I’ve ‘known’ Andrea Fenichel for years, but until Penned Con, I’d never met her.

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The event hotel was near Union Station in St. Louis. Tierney James, who wrote Dance of the Devil’s Trill, which was set at Union Station, gave a group of us a tour.

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With Lisa Medley at the Penned Con Luau. Lisa’s shifter romance, Shifted in Seattle, will release on Oct. 3.

 

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Many readers made scrapbooks with every author’s picture and then went around and had authors sign them.

Pros and cons of Penned Con:

Pros: The location. St. Louis is “local” for me. Because the conference is small, there is more reader/author interaction. At larger conferences like Romantic Times, unless you’re a big name or conduct a seminar, you get lost in the sea of people. At Penned Con, all authors are on an equal footing.

I like that the emphasis seemed to be on the book fair, which was held on two days (although only four hours each day). Seminar topics looked interesting, although I didn’t attend any of them because I was manning my book fair booth. The check-in process for authors was the easiest of any conference I’ve ever been to. All our materials were on our booth tables. Also, I don’t remember what I paid, but Penned Con is not that expensive to attend (although the hotel bill adds up!).

Cons: Pre-event communication needs to be improved. At first there was almost no information about what to expect as far as scheduling or events, so you didn’t know what you were signing up for. A couple of months before the event, each author was given six tickets to give away, but there was little info about what was offered at the conference, so that made it challenging to promote. Close to the date, there was a flood of information, which was overwhelming and difficult to process. Also, using a Facebook group as the primary method of communication is not the most effective means to get the word out (although for critical info, authors were emailed).

Given that the book fair is such a big part of the event, I think organizers missed out on a big opportunity by not allowing the public to attend the book fair free or at a nominal fee. The only way to get into the book fair was to attend the conference one or both days. Organizers had said before the conference that 900 people were expected to attend. It did not feel like 900 people – more like half that amount.

If you attended Penned Con, what did you think of the event?

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From Spark of Attraction…romance, aliens, cyborgs & one cute as hell dog #8Sunday #ScifRom #PISA

Pets in Space

Something new for Weekend Writing Warriors! I’m excerpting from my story, Spark of Attraction from the Pets In Space anthology, to be released October 11. Let’s begin at the beginning with the opening lines of the story:

“What’s the status on the colonists?” Dante asked Lieutenant Commander Lucille Brack when she strode onto the bridge.

“Eleven hundred and fifty-nine perished in the Tyranian attack,” his first officer replied. “Two hundred twelve were rescued from the planet’s surface.”

“We’re sure that’s all of them?”

“Yes, a bio scan has identified all humans, both alive and deceased.”

“How are the survivors doing?”

“Some are handling it well, but others—” Brack shook her head. “They’re traumatized, sir.”

“They never should have been on Verde Omega to start with.”

Maltese puppy, 6 months old, sitting in front of white backgrounSpark of Attraction blurb:

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

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Pets In Space blurb

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

 

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Coming up next: St. Louis book fair this weekend & future romances

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Here’s a quick update on my future plans, immediate and mid-term.

Meet me in St. Louis

On Thursday, I leave for Penned Con, an author/reader conference in St. Louis, Mo (Sept. 24 & 25) withe panels, workshops and a big book fair.  I’ll be signing books at the day-long book fair both days and will be giving away heart magnet chip clips. Though most of my books are in ebook format only, I do have paperbacks of Captured by the Cyborg, the Goddess’s Curse, and Naughty Words for Nice Writers. Tickets to the event are $20 for either day or $35 for both days. See more about Penned Con here.

Gonna be a G’Day

Upon my return on Monday, my husband I will have breakfast with Deanna of Deanna’s World and her husband. Deanna is a book blogger from Australia! They’re coming to our house!

The next book to be publishedPets in Space

My next book to be published will be Pets In Space, an anthology with eight other sci-fi romance authors. Each science fiction romance features a pet of some sort. My story is called Spark of Attraction and features a cyborg hero, a Terran colonist heroine, a robot dog named Sparky, and some evil aliens. Ten percent of the first month’s profits of Pets in Space will be donated to Hero-Dogs.org, an organization that trains service animals for veterans.

Coming soon: Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance No. 5

And continuing with cyborgs, the next Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance will be Claimed by the Cyborg. I have almost 20K words done, and expect to release the book in January 2107.  I don’t have a cover or a blurb yet, but I can tell you that the hero is March Fellows, who was a secondary character in Captured by the Cyborg. The heroine is Princess Julietta of Xenia. She made her cameo appearance in Married to the Cyborg, the freebie Cy-Ops extra my newsletter subscribers received last week.

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Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping.

Anyone who is anyone attends the annual Association of Planets gala, the largest, fanciest soiree in the galaxy. Escorted by her husband Brock, Penelope “Pia” Aaron attends the event, to mix and mingle with the galaxy’s power elite to further her career as an AOP ambassador.

Brock Mann isn’t there to serve as his wife’s plus-one. A cyborg and a field agent with the covert force Cyber Operations, Brock knows the glitzy, glamorous evening isn’t going to end happily for one individual. An intercepted partial communique has revealed that one gala attendee will be the target of a kidnapping. Who the intended victim is, why the person is being taken and by whom—that’s what Cy-Ops must find out to stop the abduction.

And then Pia is taken.

Without knowing who or why she was targeted, Brock must race against the clock to find his wife before she’s killed.

Saving the girl and the galaxy just got personal.

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What I learned about real life from watching (the not so) Real Housewives…#RHOC, #RHONY, #RHOBH

My husband calls Bravo-TV’s Real Housewives “the screaming ladies show.”  He has also said, “I don’t understand how someone so intelligent can watch that stuff.”

I can’t help it. I like it. The Real Housewives is my not-at-all-guilty pleasure. If I needed an excuse, I would say, I’m an author. Observing and analyzing behavior and relationships is what I do. But I don’t need an excuse. I just like it. So there.

I got addicted to the shows with the Real Housewives of Orange County back in its second season (2007). As franchises (cities) have been added, I’ve jumped on board. I now watch Beverly Hills, New York, New Jersey, Miami, and Dallas. There are a couple others (and some international ones) I don’t watch. OC and BH are my favorites because I grew up in Southern California. I like that the women are closer to my age. Due to the time required to achieve a certain level of income and status, the women are in their 40s, some in their 50s, a few in their in their 30s. I like watching a show that isn’t filled with twentysomethings.

If you’ve escaped from a bubble somewhere, the reality show follows the lives and tribulations of groups of well-to-do women. Probably due to deliberate casting, some  women don’t get along, but because of the show are forced to spend time with one another, and fights ensue.  (They don’t always fight, as outtakes reveal, but what airs are the disagreements so it seems like they’re always arguing and screaming). But snippets of real life emerge. You see the women experience divorce, illness, family disputes, domestic violence, business and financial setbacks, legal troubles. You see them at their best–and you see them at their worst. Most of the women are not actual housewives, which I define as a homemaker who takes care of the house & kids while hubby works.  Most (though not all) are career women or successful businesswomen. Quite a few are not even married (Only one woman of the NY cast this season was married, and her marriage had ended in divorce at the end of the reason). So even the title isn’t real.

But having watched season after season, I have learned a few things about real life from the show:

  1. Broken friendships can be mended. I have seen  friends torn apart by misunderstanding and misbehavior come back together stronger than ever when the parties are willing to forgive and forget. I have seen women who couldn’t stand each become BFFs.  This is actually one of the most heart-warming things I’ve seen on the Real Housewives. There are very strong friendships on the shows, and I like that aspect a lot.
  2. Discontent and unhappiness breed bad behavior. It’s not that different from children who act out at school when there are problems at home. The women on the shows who are most grounded and even-keel are the ones with stable, satisfying marriages. The ones whose marriages are on rocks (and are trying to maintain appearances) or are unhappy are the ones who act out the most. Post divorce when things settle down, the troublemakers generally become much nicer and likable people.
  3. A mother’s love is universal and all encompassing. No matter what their flaws or how badly they act with each other, these women would kill for their children. Their children come first, always. It makes you realize how serious a breech, how deep the lack is when a mother-child bond breaks down (such as when you hear on the news of a woman who let her boyfriend abuse her children).
  4. In a stable marriage, spouses support each other. It doesn’t mean that they never make mistakes or act inconsiderately, but when a pattern of disregard exists, it is a major red flag. Common but consistent “discourtesies” mean there’s a big problem in the relationship. Every marriage on the show which has exhibited this behavior has ended in divorce. A demonstrated lack of caring and support signals that one or both parties have already checked out of the marriage.

Do you watch the Real Housewives? What do you like about the shows?

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From Married with the Cyborg, weddings–alien style #FREE #ScifiRom book

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Married to the Cyborg has been released, and it is FREE to readers and fans. To get your copy, sign up to receive my newsletter. For more details, click here.

Terran Ambassador Penelope Aaron is attending a big Association of Planets gala. In this scene, she meets Princess Julietta of Xenia. Julietta happens to be the heroine of the next Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance, Claimed by the Cyborg, coming in January. Julietta tells Penelope she will be getting married, and invites her the ceremony…

“I have not sent out the invitations,” Julietta said, “but I’m hoping you’ll be able to come to the wedding next year.”

“I would be honored! Is your fiancé here? Will I get to meet him?”

The princess smiled. “No, I haven’t even met him yet. I don’t meet him until after the Sha’A’la.”

“I’m not familiar with the ritual.”

“It is commonly referred to as the bride fight. A husband was chosen for me when I was born–before we can wed, he must prove his worthiness in hand-to-hand combat.”

Married with the Cyborg blurb

Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping.

Anyone who is anyone attends the annual Association of Planets gala, the largest, fanciest soiree in the galaxy. Escorted by her husband Brock, Penelope “Pia” Aaron attends the event, to mix and mingle with the galaxy’s power elite to further her career as an AOP ambassador.

Brock Mann isn’t there to serve as his wife’s plus-one. A cyborg and a field agent with the covert force Cyber Operations, Brock knows the glitzy, glamorous evening isn’t going to end happily for one individual. An intercepted partial communique has revealed that one gala attendee will be the target of a kidnapping. Who the intended victim is, why the person is being taken and by whom—that’s what Cy-Ops must find out to stop the abduction.

And then Pia is taken.

Without knowing who or why she was targeted, Brock must race against the clock to find his wife before she’s killed.

Saving the girl and the galaxy just got personal.

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Married to the Cyborg is here! FREE. Open your newsletters! #SciFiRom

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If you’re a Cara Bristol newsletter subscriber, you received a free gift today — an exclusive, science fiction romance, Married to the Cyborg. It’s a special edition of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, and my thank you for subscribing to my author newsletter.

To download your free copy of Married to the Cyborg, click on a Book Funnel link in today’s newsletter.  Book Funnel is simple and easy to use and will send the book direct to your reading device.

If you are not currently a subscriber, it’s not too late to get the free story. Sign up to receive my newsletter and in your “welcome email” you’ll get the download link. Subscribe here.

Married to the Cyborg blurb

Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping.

Anyone who is anyone attends the annual Association of Planets gala, the largest, fanciest soiree in the galaxy. Escorted by her husband Brock, Penelope “Pia” Aaron attends the event, to mix and mingle with the galaxy’s power elite to further her career as an AOP ambassador.

Brock Mann isn’t there to serve as his wife’s plus-one. A cyborg and a field agent with the covert force Cyber Operations, Brock knows the glitzy, glamorous evening isn’t going to end happily for one individual. An intercepted partial communique has revealed that one gala attendee will be the target of a kidnapping. Who the intended victim is, why the person is being taken and by whom—that’s what Cy-Ops must find out to stop the abduction.

And then Pia is taken.

Without knowing who or why she was targeted, Brock must race against the clock to find his wife before she’s killed.

Saving the girl and the galaxy just got personal.

Married to the Cyborg is a spinoff from Stranded with the Cyborg, book 1 of the series, and tells what happens to the hero and heroine when their book ended. You don’t have to have read Stranded with the Cyborg to enjoy Married to the Cyborg, and there are no spoilers in Married.  After reading Married, you can still read Stranded and be surprised. But if you have read the other romances in the series, you’ll probably enjoy seeing what some familiar characters are up to now.

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The secret to taking a good #selfie; 4 ways to improve your #selfies

You think your selfies are bad? Ha!

I’ve never been photogenic. The camera hates me. I have to take at least 25 photos to get a good one.  Even my husband gets disgusted because I ruin most photos we’re in together. My wedding photos, taken by a professional photographer, were bad. I had my eyes closed in all the key shots (first dance, cutting the cake, the toast, etc.; I’m not actually sure I saw our wedding).

How to improve your selfieAnd selfies? Worse. Way worse. I look like the photos were taken in front of a fun house mirror. My features are distorted. My smile is goofy.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have improved my selfies tremendously.

The secret? Practice.

I can’t show you “before” photos because I deleted them from my phone (and I wouldn’t show them even if I still had them), but I’m showing some of the after shots. They’re decent.

If I can improve my selfies, you can, too.

What you want to do is practice these tips one at a time. Master each step before you move on to the next one. Then put it all together.

How you look in a selfie and how you look when someone else takes the picture are two different things, and you need to adapt for selfies.

To take a good selfie you have to control four elements: lighting, how you hold the phone, how you position your head and body, and your smile. It will take trial and error to find what works for you. Take a bunch of photos, until you get each element “right” and then move on to the next. Then, put it all together.

  1. Lighting. Where you stand indoors and outdoors in relation to the light source makes a huge difference. Take some selfies and move around, noting the how the light changes your appearance on the screen. You will be in shadow, you will be “flat,” you will glow – it varies by the location and type of lighting.
  2. How you hold the phone. People have told me “you need to hold the camera up, slightly tilted and shoot down.” That did not work for me. It turned into another not-so-fun funhouse shot. Try different angles to find your sweet spot. Maybe it is holding the phone slightly up. Maybe it’s with the phone straight on, arm fully extended (that’s what worked for me). Or maybe you need to bend your elbow. Hold the phone slightly to the left or to the right. You won’t know what works for you until you try a bunch of photos.
  3. How you hold your head and body. Do you tilt your head? Right or left? Chin slightly up? Chin down? Eyes up? Body turned sideways. Hand on hip? Take a bunch of photos with different face and body poses to find your best angle. Practice. Practice. Practice.
  4. Smiling. My selfie smiles always looked goofy or forced or both. Finding the right head/body angle helps a lot. For a natural-looking smile, think of something funny. A joke. A funny scene in a book. Your own previous goofy photos.

You have more time than you think to get into position. In the beginning I found it hard to hold the camera, pose, and press the button. Try this: hold the camera, press the button, then pose. You have several seconds to get into position. Find your camera angle, click the button, and then adjust your head/body position based on what you see on the screen.

Here are some recent selfies of me. The “after” photos.

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Did you notice I’m standing in almost the same place and my head position is about the same in all three photos? What you can’t see is that I’m standing in front of a large window–good lighting. Also, this particular “pose” works for me.

Do you have a secret for taking good selfies?

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