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Next gathering of the Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) writers’ tribe, at the Chandler, AZ, Mimi’s Café: 
11:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 14, 2019

Don’t miss Ann’s third of three presentations at the Tempe Public Library:

  • Nov. 16, 9:30–11:30 a.m: “You’ve Got to Read This Book!”
    Generate unique, irresistible, marketing ideas to prompt readers to organically recommend your books to others. 

  • Ann.Tea.Carmel'sCome on in!
  • I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here, we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.”
  • Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating village?
  • Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about our—and others’—cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us…
  • Ann

 

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Ann Videan’s Phoenix-area writing events this spring:

Ann with her books at the Tempe Public Library

You may benefit from these writing events…

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)

Meet in-person with the ALWAYS writers’ tribe of established authors to discuss writing and support one another. In March, we’re talking about the structure of the ALWAYS group and how to better interact with and support one another. I hope you can join us! (We meet the second Thursday of each month in Gilbert, except for the first Thursday of each quarter when we meet in Phoenix.)
Romeo’s Euro Cafe, downtown Gilbert, AZ
11:30 a.m., Thurs., March 14, 2019

My Words Jump Off The Page!
[A presentation at the Society of Southwestern Authors—Valley of the Sun Chapter.]

Authors, learn a handful of writing and editing techniques to help you discover ways to build visual imagery and emotion, and subconsciously compel readers into your story. I’ll share my thirty years of marketing experience to show you how to make your story “jump off the page” for readers and publishers. In this two-hour hands-on session, explore:

  • The edits I make most often as an editor
  •  What to look for when hiring an editor
  • Leveraging the scene question to develop a compelling plot line
  • Writing with active voice, and deep point-of-view
  • More effective editing tips using MS Word

Tempe Public Library
2:30–4:40 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019


Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth strategy

P.S. Learn more about my novels on my Amazon Author Central page.

 

Coffee CommuniTea: Prickly Pear Lounge, Howard, CO

Today’s Cup o’ Tea: Prickly Pear Lounge, Howard, CO

The sign to watch for…
In this coffee shop in one of the
smallest towns in America, I tasted my favorite chai tea ever.

Perks (what I really like!)
Besides the friendly service and delicious coffee and tea, my favorite part about this beautiful, refreshing stop is the featured artwork from the many local artisans. Relaxing atmosphere. Cozy rooms. Friendly staff.

Share a Cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)
With an affinity for the prickly pear cactus, the owner, Danielle—who sports a tattoo of the cactus—envisioned a place for community to gather and enjoy good food and beverages, music, and camaraderie.

My daughter Codi (left) and dear friend Paula (in blue) with founder/owner Danielle.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
• Made-to-order breakfasts and lunches
• Baked goods
• Fresh-roasted coffees
• A variety of teas (Did I mention that incredible chai tea?)

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Danielle has turned her “community gathering place” vision into reality with coffee chats, kid programs, crafts, and community learning programs.

The Grind (what I would change)
If I could, I would make a change at every other indie coffee shop to emulate Prickly Pear. Coffee shop owners worldwide, please install a rack with hooks where regulars can hang their favorite mugs!

The Grounds (location): 
9236 US Highway 50
Howard, CO 81233
United States
719.942.3789

Tea Times (hours)
M.–Sun: 7 AM – 6:00 PM

Yelp rating: 5 stars from 3 reviews
Facebook rating: 5 stars from 20 reviews
(You know only 500 people live in Howard, CO.) Though there are few reviews, trust me when I say it’s amazing…
Totally worth a side trip from State Route 285.

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Coffee CommuniTea: Lia Leaf Tea House, Flagstaff, AZ

Today’s Cup o’ Tea:
Lia Leaf Tea House, Flagstaff, AZ

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Share a Cuppa (pertinent details)

What better way to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer than with a cup of REAL tea from a tea house tucked in the high pine forests of Flagstaff, Arizona? Owner, Christine, opened the shop in February of 2018 as an authentic tea house for true tea aficionados.

Lia Leaf.4Perks (what I really like!)

  • Clean lines of the interior, yet comfortable
  • Knowledgeable baristas
  • All teas are made with 100% real ingredients, no added chemical flavors
  • Tea books to study while you sip
  • Tasty teas
    (Sorry, coffee lovers, you’ll have to jump across the parking lot to the Dutch Bros. where my daughter works.)

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Hubby, Bob, checks out the menu: hot bar, cold bar, matcha bar, and loose leaf teas.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

Lia Leaf specializes in:
  • Single origin teas
  • Specialty tea concoctions
  • House blended tisanes

A few pastries are available, too… tasty tidbits to munch on while enjoying your cuppa.

Percolation Factor
(the activity/environment/energy/service)

The location is handy to Northern Arizona University and popular restaurants and shopping.

You can rent space for meetings of up to 10 people, too, at a very reasonable rate.

 

The Grind (what I would change)
It’s a true TEA house! What’s not to love?

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Morgan and Sydney helped us out with excellent tea descriptions, options, and yummy ideas. Thanks, ladies!

The Grounds (location)
601 E Piccadilly Dr, Ste 10
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
 (928) 440-5386

Tea Times (hours)
M.–F.  7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sa.  9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sun.  9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Yelp rating:
4 stars from 4 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Coffee CommuniTea: Festive Cup Coffee, Highlands Ranch, CO

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Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Festive Cup Coffee – Highlands Ranch, CO

Don’t let the small storefront fool you. This charming spot houses not only an excellent and diverse coffee and tea bar, but a sizable and compelling gift and clothing boutique!

Perks (what I really like!)

  • The gift shop brims with wonderful finds: jewelry, clothing, household items, funny/inspirational desk and wall decor.
  • It’s quiet.
  • The comfortable seating and furniture lends well to either work or a “catch-up” with a friend.

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I find the owner—Anthony Whitham—his family and staff always kind, thoughtful and helpful.

Lexi (left) helped me on my last visit. She was so accommodating, plus a sweetheart of a person.

 

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

In partnership with a local, Colorado-based coffee roaster, Festive Cup offers everything from classic coffee to Frappe Brezzas. Those wanting an alternative to coffee can indulge in “Refresher” smoothies, teas, and other non-coffee alternatives.

My favorite, though… Tea Forté as their tea brand of choice. Per the company’s Web site, they are “known for the variety and unparalleled quality of handcrafted teas, design-driven accessories, exquisite packaging and opulent approach, Tea Forté re-imagines and re-defines the contemporary tea experience by delivering a delighting and luxuriant encounter.” All true, in my estimation.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

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Whether you want a place for your bridge club, expect to share a conversation with a loved one, or are looking for that perfect unusual gift that only independent gift stores offer, this is your spot.

It also serves as the perfect getaway for a short respite with a cool refreshing drink in the summer or a warm comforting cuppa in the winter.

The Grind (what I would change)

Nary a thing! I adore visiting this lovely get-away whenever I visit Colorado.

The Grounds (location)

Festive Cup nestles in the corner of an unobtrusive strip mall atop one of the rolling hills in Highlands Ranch—a community in Littleton, CO, of enough size to warrant its own zip code.

50 W. Springer Dr.
Highlands Ranch, CO 81029
(720) 627-5075

Tea Times (hours)

M–Sa. 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Su. 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars from 35 reviews

 

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Coffee CommuniTea: BuzzBerry Bistro, Scottsdale AZ

BuzzBerry - 04Today’s Cup o’ Tea
BuzzBerry Bistro Coffee, Smoothie, and Espresso Bar —Scottsdale, AZ

 

IMG_0377Perks (what I really like!)

I recently discovered BuzzBerry in the Park Scottsdale Shopping Center just a minute off Interstate 101 at McDonald. This down-to-earth, hot spot offers:

  • A comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.
  • A wee, bright outside patio.
  • Rave reviews about the made-in-front-of-you omelettes.

Baristas with personality: Bronte and Hannah.

Baristas with personality: Bronte and Hannah.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Coffee
  • Smoothies
  • Espresso
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (BuzzBerry menu)

The Grounds (location)

5959 N Granite Reef Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 717-9962
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Open 24 hours a day!

Yelp rating: 4 stars from 164 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Coffee CommuniTea: Cultured Cafe yogurt and coffee – Flagstaff, AZ

Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Cultured Cafe—Flagstaff, AZ

You have arrived!

You have arrived!

The perfect tea stop in Flagstaff, AZ.  Oh, and did I mention frozen yogurt, too? Photo: ANVidean ©2015

The perfect tea stop in Flagstaff, AZ. Oh, and did I mention frozen yogurt, too?

 


Perks (what I really like!)

Yogurt and coffee counter.

Yogurt and coffee counter.

  • A great tea selection, not to mention special coffee concoction, and the self-serve frozen yogurt bar!
  • The décor… how did they manage to pull off a comfy industrial mountain theme? Apparently, through the creative brilliance of “owner Kelly, who combined the influences of mountain lodges with olde-world flare and a twist of lime.”
  • Free wi-fi
  • Varied seating, from large meeting tables and high bar tables to comfy couches
  • A fireplace to cut the chill.
  • A piano in the upstairs loft. Love!

Share a Cuppa (the stories)

Per, the Web site, “Owners Kelly and Jesse found themselves craving frozen yogurt in middle of the Flagstaff winter, but wanting to enjoy it in the inviting warmth and ambiance of mountain coffee shop. Combining the creativity and creamy goodness of self-serve frozen yogurt with a full specialty coffee house seemed so natural.”

The fireplace view from the loft.

The fireplace view from the loft.

It just feels natural and comfy, too.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

    • Nice, loose-tea selection, complete with your own brewing tray, tea steeping carafe, teapot, teacup, honey pitcher, and tiny spoon.

      Tea for one, please. Photo: ANVIdean ©2015

      Tea for one, please.

    • Specialty coffee, “every cup carefully prepared  to exacting standards.”
    • Truly cultured yogurts, “artfully produced and Certified Live and Active with 5 active culture strain and 3 probiotics in your cup.”  Now you know fro-yo can be healthy!

The Grind (what I would change)
No complaints here.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Get Cultured on Fridays with its “Coffee Q” and explore a variety of coffee origins and preparation methods, complete with free tastings.

The Grounds (location)
319 West Regent St.
Flagstaff, AZ
928.213.0999

Tea Times (hours)
Mon-Sat: 7am – 11pm
Sun: 8am – 11pm

Yelp rating: 4 stars from 40 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!