Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Did You Know This About NRT and Coldwell Banker?

NRT LLC is the number one residential real estate brokerage firm in the US. According to a study by Real Trends, NRT was #1 across all brokerages. To read the full market leaders report — if you're a numbers person — click here: REAL Trends 500

Did you know? "NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) that operates under the brand names of Coldwell Banker®, Sotheby's International Realty®, The Corcoran Group® and ZipRealty®, has held the No. 1 spot in the REAL Trends 500 rankings for 18 consecutive years." source

That's right! NRT is the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Sotheby's International Realty, and The Corcoran Group. Not only did our parent company, NRT top the REAL Trends chart, but Coldwell Banker was the #1 real estate brand! In the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is number one in dollar volume with $4.17 billion.

I am so proud to be working with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. I can confidently say that I’m a Realtor with a company that has a proven track record of success and a reputation for quality service that dates back to 1906.

When you're ready to sell your house or buy a new home, give me a call. 

(305) 306-7677

Friday, May 22, 2015

What is the Top Occupation in Your City?

Every wondered what your neighbors do for a living? According to data from the US Census, every city has its own most popular occupation. For example, in Miami Lakes, Health Care and Social Assistance dominate. Did you know? Out of all the people who live in Miami Lakes, most work in the Health Care industry. Take a look at the chart below to see which career came in second.

According to these Neighborhood reports from Miami Association of Realtors and RPR, the cities of Coral Gables and Weston share the same top Occupational Category. Professional, Scientific and Technical came in first. But in Coral Gables, Education is the second most popular occupation among residents. And in the city of Weston, Health Care and Social Assistance came in second place.

Of the cities I'm highlighting today, Doral's residents live the closest to Miami International Airport, and one of the largest areas for import/export. This entire area is a vital hub for trade. It's no surprise that the leading Occupational category among Doral residents is Wholesale Trade, with Retail Trade a close second.

What do you think is the top occupation in your city? If you'd like a full report these or any cities in South Florida, don't hesitate to call me (305) 306-7677. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Neighborhood Report - Miami Lakes, Florida 1985 and Today

Miami Lakes is one of the youngest cities in Miami-Dade county, incorporating in December 2000. "Urban planners nationwide have consistently praised the Miami Lakes Master Plan for its winding streets, lush landscaping, generous parks, peaceful cul-de-sacs, and controlled mixed use and exclusive business parks." —

One well-known Miami Laker, Coach Don Shula, was a long-time resident of Miami Lakes. Today, Miami Lakes is home to Shula’s Steak House, Shula’s Hotel & Golf ClubThe Spa at Shula’s and Shula’s Athletic Club.

Source: Main Street via Facebook

Ernest Graham moved to Florida in the early 1920s. In the early 30s he took over a parcel of "swampland" which he turned into one of the most successful dairy farms in all of Florida. The Miami Lakes Master Plan was started in the early sixties. The plan included single family homes, town homes, schools, shopping, hotels and even a championship golf course.

Source: Main Street via Facebook

In the picture above — circa 1986 — construction was underway for what would be the city town-center known as Main Street. 

Source: Main Street via Facebook

"A twenty–two year old live oak was transplanted from the fourth fairway of the golf course to grace the main circle at Town Center’s Main Street. The twelve thousand pound tree was “walked” to its new location with the help of a forty–five ton crane." source

Source: Main Street via Facebook

Source: Main Street via Facebook

Below is the beautiful oak tree during the Holidays after the traditional lighting ceremony.

As a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and a member of the Miami Realtor Association, I have access to very detailed neighborhood reports. Below are some Housing Stats and Charts for the Town of Miami Lakes.

Report updated 5/22/2015

Would you like to receive a complete (and most recent) report on the Town of Miami Lakes? Call or text me and I will send it to you! (305) 306-7677

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fisher Island Zip Code Has Third Highest Average Income in America

According to a new map from data compiled by the credit company Experian, my absolute favorite place to live - FISHER ISLAND - has the 3rd highest average income in America.

Growing up as a teenage girl in the 80s, I was convinced that 90210 had to be the wealthiest zip code in America. Back then, I couldn't have imagined that Florida one day would match the glitz and glamour of California, or even New York. But times do change. Florida not only has surpassed New York as the Nation's Third Most Populous State, but Miami's own Fisher Island (33109) is now the third-wealthiest zip code in America!

This very exclusive island - FISHER ISLAND - can only be accessed by yacht or seaplane, or a private round-the-clock car ferry. Residents and guests are greeted by the island's exotic birds like the colorful peacocks that parade around as its protectors.

These colorful creatures even have Bernard Lackner, CEO of Fisher Island Club, tweeting about them.

The exclusivity and tranquility of its private pools and beaches; with its own restaurants and nightlife, it is no wonder the wealthiest people in the world are purchasing their very own luxurious property in 33109.

Wealthiest ZIP Codes in America

If you live anywhere in the world and are looking to purchase property in Miami, Florida my team can help! (305) 306-7677

Friday, May 15, 2015

A New Chapter With Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Last week, I had a meeting with the President-Elect of the Miami Association of Realtors. I was so impressed with her. She is an amazing person… and I love that she is a voracious reader. We met at her Coldwell Banker office in Hollywood (FL). Long story short, I’ve decided to align myself with the Coldwell Banker brand.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from my client Lipton Toyota is the importance of brand loyalty. The Toyota brand is second to none in brand trust and brand recognition. The Coldwell Banker brand, in my opinion, evokes a similar kind of brand loyalty. Working with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate makes me proud. I can confidently say that I’m a Realtor at a company with offices in 51 countries and territories, and a reputation for quality service that dates back to 1906.

Tufel Media Digital Marketing LLC is still going strong. By leveraging my time with a team of such tremendously talented individuals, and with the incredible resources available from a premier real estate organization, I expect to provide an unprecedented level of customer service to ALL of my clients.

If you or anyone you know is looking to buy a new home, sell your house or relocate, give me a call. (305) 306-7677

Friday, April 4, 2014

Supporting Jim Wahlberg On His Boston Marathon Run

I am so excited to promote this! 

Jim Wahlberg, who attends a local Church that is near and dear to my heart (you can see the Church in the video below), is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise $100,000 to benefit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

Please consider joining Lipton Toyota in supporting Jim Wahlberg's run. You can donate at

This is a post I put together on my blog for Lipton Toyota. You can view my original post here.

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We, at Lipton Toyota, are very proud to support our friend, Jim Wahlberg’s 2014 Boston Marathon Run! 

Jim Wahlberg is a Film Producer and Executive Director of The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. The Youth Foundation, named after his brother Mark Wahlberg, has an important mission to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations.

Lipton Toyota's donation to Jim’s Boston Marathon Run will benefit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

"Our goal is to remove and eliminate barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. Our mission is to assist youth in order to ensure that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. Through the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, we will provide financial and community support to assist in making the dreams and ultimate potential of inner city youth become a reality." — The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

Established in 1974 as the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is dedicated to making a positive impact on the youth and their families in the community.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Provide:
  • A safe place to learn and grow.
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
  • Hope and opportunity.

Jim Wahlberg is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise $100,000. If you would like join Lipton Toyota in supporting Jim's run, you can donate at

The Boston Marathon is right around the corner, taking place on Monday, April 21st.

Join Lipton Toyota in cheering for Jim Wahlberg!

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Oh, and a quick side note... Have you watched the Wahlbergs' new show on A&E, Wahlburgers? It's very entertaining! I absolutely love their MOM! I'm a big Alma fan!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology, a post I put together for Lipton Toyota

Here's a cool blog post I put together for Lipton Toyota. You can view my original post on their website here and on their blogger here.


Introducing the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The same hybrid technology at the heart of the Prius but with a hydrogen and fuel cell stack.

Oh, and it only emits WATER VAPOR.

With a driving experience that’s on par with a gasoline engine. It’s not just the next movement in automotive technology; it’s the next big movement towards a better future.

The Fuel Cell Vehicle is anticipated to have an EPA driving range rating of approximately 300 miles. And a refueling time as low as three minutes, which is roughly the same as a gasoline vehicle.

The Fuel Cell Vehicle is emission-free. As in no CO2, no greenhouse gas produced, no emissions. The only by-product is water vapor.

Hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The electricity produced by this chemical reaction is used to power the electric motor and to charge the battery.

It’s simple science. Our fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen, a fuel that can be produced from a variety of renewable sources like solar and wind power.

Toyota has been working on hydrogen fuel cell technology for more than 20 years. How far has Toyota engineering come? What if YOUR car could provide power to your home during an emergency? When fully fueled, the Fuel Cell Vehicle has enough juice to power a small house for one week!

The Fuel Cell Vehicle hits US roads in 2015! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!



Feel free to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. I manage all their social media sites, and if you know me, you know I'll always follow back! Let's have a conversation over at Lipton Toyota. ;-)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lipton Toyota: Where Are The Muppets Now?

Lipton Toyota: Where Are The Muppets Now? 

Have you wondered what the Muppets have been up to lately?
Here is a blog post I put together for Lipton Toyota. It's a recap of The Muppets road trip to the premier of their new movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

To view the entire post, click here. The Muppets are so adorable! I'm sure you'll find really fun photos to pin for your Pinterest!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Using Pinterest as a business.

As a social media manager and speaker, I teach my clients the difference between using Pinterest as a consumer and using Pinterest as a brand and a business.

If you're using Pinterest as a brand, you should be sharing high quality content that others will love and want to share. This is very different from using Pinterest as a consumer and re-pinning other people's pins just for fun.

"Re-pinning" as a business is okay, but when you are re-pinning make sure you make it part of your strategy.  It shouldn't be the only way you share on Pinterest. As a business, it is crucial that you provide your followers with unique and original pins.

I'd love to connect with you on Pinterest. Follow my personal account as well as my client accounts. We follow back!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Build Your Dreams!

If you don't build your dreams,

someone else will hire you to build theirs.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mark Harrow Private Investigator Mysteries

There is a piece of all of us in Mark Harrow PI‬. How many times have you asked yourself if what your doing for a living was worth it? How many times had you considered moving into something else, for any reason? 

Mark Harrow is college graduate who had once pursued the dream of making a living in civil engineering. In the course of that quest, he got fired a few times, quit some other non-producing positions, married once and went through a divorce. His world was a roller coaster of success and defeat. He toughed it out all the way to age 38 when he decided to chuck it all and become a private investigator, something he wanted to do for himself, not what society, friends or family thought he should be doing.

The Torrance File is a slick, sexy ‪#‎whodunnit‬ featuring plenty of plot twists and turns. 

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

An afternoon with Lili Tufel learning to make money with social media

Business owners, entrepreneurs, moms and dads who want to learn more about social media and how you can make money by converting online followers into clients. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2 - 5PM
2642 W 84th Street
Hialeah, FL 33016
Near Palmetto Hospital
 Click to get directions

I will share an afternoon teaching you step-by-step my easy-to-apply secrets. 

Who is Lili Tufel? I am the author of SAND: The Colonel's Daughter. My action adventure novel hit #1 on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon France. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, a sales background and a love for teaching. I’m a mom. I home-schooled my kids for 3 years and I continue to teach and mentor teenagers at my church. I helped manage a company that was sold to an e-commerce business for millions of dollars. I’ve been a Realtor and have listed and sold a million-dollar-home in nine days. Currently, I'm the owner of Tufel Media, the trusted social media content manager for small businesses. Click here to view our client portfolio. 

Are you looking for a career change? Have you ever thought about becoming a social media consultant for small businesses? This class is for you. 

Do you already have a product or service and are looking to reach more clients? This class is for you. 

I'll show you how to optimize your accounts on different platforms: 

  • LinkedIn I'll show you my method to getting so many endorsements and connections. 
  • Twitter How I reached 16,000+ followers in a short period of time and how I've turned followers into paying clients. 
  • Facebook I'll walk you step by step in building a Business Page that is compliant with Facebook rules and builds your branding. 
  • Wordpress Blogging made easy. I will show you the pattern set by the best bloggers online. I will go over both platforms, Worpress and Blogger. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a website. I'll show you how you can do it yourself. 
  • Google+ Optimizing your posts. I'll go over the difference with Google local pages. 
  • Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr I will go over branding and the importance of tags. 
  • Beginner's Photoshop You don't need to be a graphic designer to learn the basics. 
  • Do's and Don'ts, safety, etiquette 

It is important that you don't feel overwhelmed. Once you understand the different platforms, you will be able to make a more informed decision. And you'll know which social networks you want to focus on according to your niche. 

Bring pen and paper, your smart phone, your laptop! Be ready to take lots of notes! 

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat now.

$137 Only $97 if you register early.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Relating to Your Audience through Sports

Relating to Your Audience through Sports

By John Enfield

This year, I watched the Super Bowl online and was amazed at the major role that social media played in the experience. In all of the pre-game hype and build-up, one thing struck me especially: the CBS Sports Twitter poster said that over five million tweets had been posted about the game that day and the game hadn’t even started yet. I’m sure that at least five million and more tweets went out during and after the game. On top of that... read the entire blog post here.

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media and manages accounts for a variety of businesses. He is Chapter Master of Clark County Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Guild in Las Vegas. He’s a computer tech, horticulturalist, movie buff and bookworm.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr

A note from Lili Tufel:

Hi there! 

I just want to jump in here and thank John for being an amazing contributor to the Tufel Media blog. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to fill out our contact form. 

I'd love for you to visit me on Twitter and say hello. I look forward to hearing from you. You can find me at: @Lili_Tufel 

Talk to you soon! God bless.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook: 

Privacy Part 2 

by John Enfield

The Timeline and Tagging features of Facebook will become even more important once Graph Search is made widely available. What Graph Search is able to see will depend on what relationship the user has with you through Facebook (public, friend or friend of friend) and on the settings of your Facebook Account.  

Let’s take a look at the settings 
that you can change on your Facebook Account 
to take control of what people will find.

Click here to read the full article.

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media, managing accounts for a variety of businesses.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr

Monday, January 28, 2013

Why You Might Be Breaking Facebook Rules And Not Know It

Here's an excerpt from my guest blog post:

Thank you so much, Linda for inviting me to be your first guest blogger. I am truly honored. Linda and I met while we were both indie publishing our first novel. She went on to publish again and continues to write regularly. I’ve taken a different path. I started a new business, Tufel Media. I still consider myself a writer and will always write because it’s embedded in my genes, yet I’ve not published my second novel and my writing has slowed quite a bit. After some reflection, I realized that this one thing, the business of writing books doesn’t define me. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, a sales background, a love for teaching. I’m a mom. I homeschooled my kids.  I continue to teach at my church. I helped manage a company that was sold to an e-commerce business for millions of dollars. I’ve been a Realtor and have listed and sold a million-dollar-home in nine days. There are so many other elements that make me who I am. Social Media is second nature to me. I found that because I was able to navigate social networks with ease, I could help others who were struggling. After trying to help a few business owners, I found that they’d rather pay me to do the work for them. And that’s how Tufel Media began.

Find out how you might be breaking Facebook rules and not know it. Check out the entire post here...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook: Privacy

Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook:

by John Enfield

Have you heard about the new update coming to Facebook? It’s called ‘Graph Search’ and it is being beta tested with small groups of desktop PC users first, but will eventually be available to everyone. You can sign up to be on the waiting list for the beta test by going to, but in the meantime, you can adjust your account settings so that you will have some control over who finds you with Graph Search.

With Graph Search coming out, it is important to go to each Page you have created in your Facebook account (they are listed on the left side of the main screen you see after you log in under the heading “Pages” and below the “Favorites” and “Adverts” headings) and make sure that the information in the “About” and “Map” sections of your pages, especially the business-related ones, is complete, current and accurate. The more accurate it is, the more easily people will find your page. This is also where a professional media manager can help by making the ‘About’ put your best foot forward. This is what people first see when they consider ‘Liking’ your page.

This is a two part blog. In the first part, we’ll look at changing the basic privacy settings. Part two will be about changing Timeline and Tagging settings.

Part 1: Adjusting your Facebook Privacy

After you log in, look at the blue bar across the top of your Facebook pane check out the full post here. 

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media and manages accounts for a variety of businesses.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How To Use Twitter Like A Pro

Tufel Media's "It's Time" Episode 2:

On this episode I explain how to use Twitter like a pro.

I don't consider myself a guru BUT I have spent A LOT of time learning from people who have 100K+ followers. I have implemented many of their teachings to the point where I have been able to attain 16,200 engaged followers and have also been able to monetize by converting followers to clients. I have also received up to 700+ retweets for one tweet. Let me show you how to retweet and use Twitter like a pro.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

How to Have a Pleasant Experience on Facebook Without Unfriending People

Tufel Media's very first episode of our It's Time series. Yes, that's me in the video! On this episode, I discuss how to have a more pleasant experience on Facebook without unfriending people. I teach you how to make interest lists. I also teach you how to add someone to a list. Check it out!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Taking Twitter to the Next Level: Tweetdeck vs. Hootsuite

Hootsuite vs Tweetdeck

Taking Twitter to the Next Level:
Tweetdeck vs. Hootsuite
By John Enfield

In 2008, Tweetdeck and Hootsuite launched to help us get a better handle on our Twitter accounts. Both have much in common. Both of them can be used online with no downloads. They let you see your Twitter’s timeline, interactions and direct messages all at the same time which is the chief reason to have one of these programs in the first place. In Twitter, you have to do a lot of fiddling with the settings and check the email you linked with it to see all of these things. Both programs let you do the same things in Twitter such as replying, favoriting, retweeting, direct messaging and sending to an email. Both also let you schedule a tweet so that it appears on a future time and date. Very handy, especially if you do most of your tweeting once a day, but don’t want to flood your followers with a whole bunch of tweets at once.

There are two main aspects of each that set them apart: check out the full post here. 

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media and manages accounts for a variety of businesses.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Social Media a Major Presence at Consumer Electronics Show 2013

Consumer Electronics Show 2013
Las Vegas, NV
by John Enfield

I have seen a lot of new trends, inventions and improvements on existing technology first hand over the past six shows and this year was no exception. One of the trends that I’ve seen over time is the increased presence and importance of social media and blogging at CES. It has gone from a mere curiosity and novelty six years ago to a major presence this year. The impact of social media was apparent at almost every booth as each company and inventor had various ways to interact with the social media sites from signs with Twitter hashtags and Facebook pages to QR codes and digital press kits on USB flash drives.  The biggest evidence, however, was the...check out the full story here.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Classic Reads Blog Hop

Classic Reads Blog Hop 2013

What, for you, makes a book a classic?

As soon as I read what this blog hop was about, I knew I had to join! Not only because of the wonderful blog hop hosts who are great online friends of mine, but because of my great-great-great grandfather's Hispanic Literary Classic, Lejos Del Nido

The question for this blog hop is what, for you, makes a book a classic? To me, for a book to become a classic, it has to withstand the passage of time. There are many contemporary novels that have potential to become classics but in my opinion, only time will tell.

Thanks so much to my good friends and hosts of the blog hop! Check out their books below:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Coolest discovery about Facebook TO-DATE!

Okay, so here it is!

According to a bunch of people in the chemeng cluster (chemical engineering students), there IS a way to see who is viewing your Facebook profile.

I tried it myself and it works!

Not only does this show who is viewing your profile BUT it lists them in order. It means you can finally see who’s creeped your profile the most. Haha!

According to another source, this list takes everything into consideration and not just profile views. It also counts likes, comments, tags and photos along with page views. But even if this is true, wouldn't you want to know who is your biggest fan...err...stalker? ;-)

Until to now, all we had available were articles like this one on
When you use Facebook, you usually chat and connect with family members, friends or co-workers. Sometimes, a person appears in your Friend List whom you have never met before. If this person repeatedly tries to contact you and sends you odd messages, you may be a victim of Facebook stalking. Facebook stalkers range from annoying to potentially dangerous. Those who stalk you violate your privacy and disrupt your Facebook experience. Facebook stalkers are often identifiable by their strange behavior. Read more: How to Tell If Someone Stalks You on Facebook
The instructions given by eHow are very important but the article doesn't mention the people who repeatedly view your profile and NEVER 'like' or comment on anything. They are the quiet lurkers. I believe what I'm about to show you can help you find the quiet lurkers. You'll be able to see who has viewed your profile most.

Before I tell you though, here's my disclaimer: I learned about this through the grape-vine. I used it myself and it worked for me. If it doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work for you. I'm only sharing and I make no guarantees.

  1. As far as I know, it only works on a Google Chrome browser. I tried it on Internet Explorer and couldn't get it to work.
  2. Once you're on a Google Chrome browser, log into Facebook. Click to view your profile. You should be looking at your wall, the one your friends see.
  3. Right click anywhere in the light blue area. (On a blank space outside your wall.)
  4. Once you right click, you should see a menu. Click on View page source.
  5. A new window will open. Don't freak out. It's just a bunch of code. On your keyboard, hit F3.
  6. The F3 key opens a search bar on the top right-hand corner of your screen. On the search bar, type: OrderedFriendsList (all together, no spaces).
  7. The words OrderedFriendsList will then be highlighted within the code. Next to those words, you'll see a list of numbers in quotation marks and separated by commas.
  8. Each of those numbers represents a person's profile. The first number is your #1 stalker. Copy the number only
  9. Open a new browser and paste the number after the forward slash:
  10. Repeat with the second number, third number, etc.

Follow me on Twitter: @Lili_Tufel
Stalk me on Facebook

Do you feel overwhelmed by so many social networks? My team at Tufel Media will do all the work for you! Starting at $50 a month, we can post daily to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Eugene De Luca Before Atlantic City by Lili Tufel

Short Story submitted to Kabam
The Godfather: Five Families 

"Write a short story with an origin story for Eugene De Luca and how he came to be in Atlantic City."

“Eugene, wake up!” A balding, burly man pressed the day’s newspaper to Eugene’s chest. He removed the lit cigar from his mouth and said, “Take a look at the front page headline.”

Eugene De Luca ran a hand over his slick brown hair, grabbed the paper and sat straight up. Staring at the front page, he winced.

“I told you not to trust that girl,” family friend, Anthony Massolo mumbled from across the room. Massolo sat on an oversized leather chair holding his own copy of the morning paper.

The burly man, Eugene’s longtime assistant, Jacopo handed Eugene a cup of coffee. “What do we do now? Ain’t we gotta leave town?”

Eugene slammed the paper on the sofa where he had been sleeping. “No! We ain’t gotta leave town. If anyone’s leaving town, it’s her father.” Confirming his worst fears, he searched his mind for answers. “Her father’s behind all of this. This ain’t her doing.”

Massolo folded the paper and leaned forward, pointing at Eugene. “The way you stand up for this girl, it ain’t right. Your family comes first, even before love. Your father taught you better than that, Eugene. You’ve been entrusted to my care and I’ll be damned if you go down over a dumb broad.”

Jacopo sucked on his cigar and said, “Massolo’s right. What did I tell ya ‘bout going out with the daughter of a snitch? It ain't nottin' but trouble.”

Eugene buried his face in the palm of his hand. He regained composure and stood up. “Jacopo, call Nicky NoNose and tell him to get a hold of the Doctor.”

“What Doctor?”

“Who do you think?” Eugene groused. “The Park Avenue Doctor.”

Jacopo dropped his cigar, “Oh, yeah, that Doctor.” He looked over at Massolo and said, “He ain’t a Doctor I ever wanna see.”

Eugene rolled up the newspaper and pointed at Jacopo. “Tell Nicky I said to order the hit on Laura’s father. Tell him to hit that rat bastard brother of hers while you’re at it. Tell him no matter what the cost.”

Massolo reclined in the chair and with a smooth, calming voice said, “You did the right thing, Eugene.”

Eugene grabbed his coat. “I need some fresh air,” he said and opened the office door. He walked down Prince Street, letting the cold New York air permeate his face. He entered a phone booth and made a call. 

A woman’s raspy voice came on the line. “Hello?”

“Laura,” Eugene said excitedly.

“Eugene? I didn’t think I’d hear from you again.”

“Listen to me Laura, pack a bag and get the hell outta that house.” “Eugene, I’m so glad you don’t think I had something to do with your brother’s death.”

“My brother’s what?” He went over the newspaper story in his mind; the indictment of a Boston Mafia boss on criminal racketeering and man slaughter. “Laura, my brother’s in jail, he ain’t dead.”

“Eugene,” she paused, “My dad’s got somebody on the inside. It’s too late, I heard him on the phone an hour ago.” 

Eugene’s eyes widened, “And you didn’t call to warn me, Laura? Why didn’t you call me? …Laura?” 

“Eugene, there’s somebody—”

Eugene placed the phone over his heart, holding back the emotion of having listened to the rat-a-tat-tat of the Tommy Gun fired on the other side of the receiver. At that moment he vowed to move far away, from the gut wrenching pain of betrayal, and start fresh in a new city…Atlantic City.

Short Story submitted here.

Wait, there's more!

My #1 Bestselling Novel, SAND: The Colonel's Daughter is FREE today 9/29!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Do you have time for Facebook and Twitter?

Do you have time for Facebook and Twitter?

Do you feel overwhelmed with so many tips and how-to's?

Are you tired of spending hours of precious time on social media sites?

Do you think to yourself, what can I possibly write everyday that will entertain and engage my audience?

Has your confidence been hurt after you've compared your results to a social media expert that promised you the world?

Hey, social media and brand building is NOT for everyone. Why should your lack of time keep you from achieving the same results the experts are achieving?

Just because you don't have time to clean your house, clean your pool, mow your lawn, doesn't mean you can't hire someone else to take care of it. I'm not a gardener. I'm not good at it. But my house has a beautiful lawn. The landscapers come by every two weeks and take care of it.

Tufel Media can do the same for you. 

For only $50 a month, Tufel Media helps you build brand loyalty by managing your day-to-day social network accounts so you can focus on running your business or writing your next book.

Our unique business model provides full-time staff for a fixed monthly fee. 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Three C's of Brand Building

It is important for individuals and small businesses to embrace the paradigm shift. Your conceptual view of advertising must be replaced by another. Selling products online was once only considered by major retailers with selling power to reach the masses. This is no longer the case. Now, anyone can offer their products online.

But it is the branding and marketing of your products that will lead to success. Here's our golden rule for brand building. We call it the 3 C's Philosophy.


Your brand - think of it like your name. If you keep changing your name, people will have a difficult time remembering it. Be consistent with your branding. It is the way people identify you online. Choose one profile image that represents your brand and stick with it. Fans and followers recognize your profile by its avatar. Don't continually change your avatar. Maintain consistency with your customers. 


Clarity with a well-defined brand is crucial to your online success. A strong brand can be defined in an elevator pitch. This means that you should be able to describe your brand in one sentence or tagline. Think about the message that your tagline sends to your customers. Your tagline should always be visible on your website and social media profiles.


Building an online reputation takes time and continuity.

Subscribers, fans and followers can become loyal customers who look forward to your updates with their morning cup of coffee. They comment on your posts and share your videos with others. Building up strong, loyal subscribers is essential for creating a powerful online presence. It takes time and continuity.

Tufel Media builds your social media branding on a daily basis using the 3 C's Philosophy.

Our unique business model provides full-time staff at a fraction of the cost when compared to internally staffing your own PR department.

Contact us today to see how Tufel Media can save your company time and money.