Thursday, May 10, 2012
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer: Happy Mother's Day Kindle Fire Giveaway!: Orangeberry Book Tours Happy Mother's Day Kindle Fire Giveaway May 10th to 17th A swirl of recipes from around the world, a love...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
For the next six weeks I will be on a blog tour for Mrs. Tuesday's Departure, hosted by Pandora Poikilos of Orangeberry Virtual Book Tours. Pandora is an absolute profession and a pleasure to work with, so I know this month will be exciting. We kicked it off this past weekend with two days of KDP Freebies and had a terrific response.
Now we're going to slow things down a bit and take a tour of some friendly blogs and give away a lot of books. If you'd like to join us, please take a look at the schedule below, click on a link, and visit one of our new friends.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Check out where this author will be talking about her latest release!
8th May - She's being featured at Peace from Pieces
9th May - She's having a Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos
10th May - She's being featured at Writers & Authors
(A World Without Books)
11th May - She's having a Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
12th May - She's being featured at Rachel Cotterill Book Reviews
13th May - She's being featured at Mommy Adventures
14th May - She's having a Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos
15th May- She's having a Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
16th May - She's being featured at Another Author
(Guest Post & Author Interview)
17th May - She's being featured at Book Lovers Paradise
18th May - She's being featured at Mommy Adventures
19th May - She's having a Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos
20th May - She's being featured at Books Are Magic
(Guest Post & Book Feature & Author Interview)
21st May - She's being featured at We Fancy Books
22nd May - She's having a Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos
23rd May - She's having a Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
24th May - She's being featured at Mommy's Reading Too
(Guest Post, Author Interview & Book Review)
25th May - She's being featured at John Zunski's blog
26th May - She's being featured at Book Spark
27th May - She's being featured at Cora Parks' blog
28th May - She's being featured at Smartypants Teacher
29th May - She's being featured at Libby's Book Blog
30th May- She's being featured at Dee's White
31st May - She's having a Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
1st June - She's being featured at Super Single Mom & Her Kids
(Guest Post, Author Interview & Book Review)
2nd June - She's having a Twitter Blast with We Fancy Books
3rd June - She's being featured at Gimme the Scoop Reviews
(Guest Post & Book Feature)
4th June - She's being featured at Heather Huffman's blog
5th June- She's having a Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
6th June - She's being featured at Pandora Poikilos' site
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Today at The Divining Wand, where Larramie works her magic for authors and readers alike, she's featuring Mrs. Tuesday's Departure. In her article, she discusses why I chose to re-launch Mrs. Tuesday and re-introduces the book to new readers.
I hope you'll stop by to read her wonderful article. I believe it's the best presentation of Mrs. Tuesday that I've read!
Thank you, Larramie!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Today Mrs. Tuesday is being reviewed over at Little Sprout Growing with the fabulous blogger, Elise! Please click over and check out her review and her beautiful blog.
In honor of Mrs. Tuesday remaining in the Top Ten in Religious Historical Fiction, I'd like to give away ebook versions of Mrs. Tuesday. All you have to do is click over to my author page, like and leave a comment. That's it!
Monday, February 13, 2012
I first published Mrs. Tuesday's Departure as an ebook on Amazon's Kindle a little over a year ago. It went well. But as the year went on, I felt that the book was not as good as it could have been. Which inspired me to take advantage of an ebook's fluidity, to make some changes and plan it re-launch.
This post will give you an overview of the myriad events involved in this process. Later I'll delve into some of these areas in greater depth to provide you with more information, so you may be inspired.
Changing the Story...
Mrs. Tuesday's Departure, in its original form, was quite a bit different from the book I published in some important ways:
First it was written in the First Person Point of View, which gave it a much more intimate feel, which as it turns out, was the right POV for a story about a family experiencing the most terrifying moments of war.
Second, it was actually set in Budapest, Hungary during World War Two, not in the fictional other-world it was thinly disguised as.
And finally, it had a spiritual element that explored a particular element of religious faith that has always perplexed me....the challenge of believing in something we cannot see.
With that in mind, a few months ago, I resurrected the original manuscript and set to work dusting it off and making a few changes, hopefully clearing up things that in reviews of the first Mrs. Tuesday release had caused consternation for some readers.
Changing the Cover...
Then I decided to re-design the cover of the book. And with your help I finally decided on the cover you see at the top of this post. By the way, thank you for your invaluable input. It really did make a difference.
To create this cover I used the 'Cover Creator' on CreateSpace.com, which was part of the process of creating the new paperback version of Mrs. Tuesday which will also be launching in the next week or so....more on that later.
Formatting the Different Book Files...
I wanted to make sure my ebook read like a professionally produced book, and not something I tossed online from a Word file (which is pretty much what my first book looked like). So I hired Lani Rich Davis from Storywonk.com to handle the formatting of the different file formats for Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, as well as the paperback version for CreateSpace.
Lani and I had a wonderful time and quickly developed a terrific working relationship, made possible by her incredible patience when I went through my book cover melt down, which lasted about two weeks.
And the beautiful interior that she created for the paperback version of Mrs. Tuesday is truly special.
We'll discuss why it's important to work with a formatter, or how you can tackle this project yourself in an upcoming post.
Creating a Book Trailer....
Then I began to think about marketing the new book and decided that what I'd really love is to have a book trailer that would provide a quick visual story of the new Mrs. Tuesday.
I read a few posts online and was inspired to try it myself. I got as far as finding music and video images. And then stopped when I realized that I had no idea of how to operate 'imovie' and even less desire to learn how.
Then I remembered that my friend Mariellen, had recently embarked upon a new career in video and film making. I contacted her to find out if she would have an interest in creating a book trailer.
Thankfully she said yes....and I was able to work with her and Ed, her partner atThreeMoonBay.com to create the video you see below.
I highly recommend Mariellen and Ed, for their incredible attention to detail, their desire to exceed the goals of their clients, and in my case, for their infinite patience in working with a client who stares off into space and then asks, 'but,what if?' about one hundred times.
The good news is that they are wonderfully patient and produce beautiful work. Check out their website for more videos and stay tuned for another post, in the coming week, about their process of working with clients.
In the meantime, enjoy the video...and if you haven't read the book, please download a copy or order a paperback from Createspace.
This is just the beginning.....stay tuned!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I have completely revised my first novel, MRS. TUESDAY'S DEPARTURE. Turns out that was the easy part. I've spent the last few days tormenting my friends and family trying to decide on a new cover for the book which will be coming out as an ebook and in paperback.
Now I'm appealing to you.
Which is your favorite?
And just in case you're one of those sticklers who actually want to know what the book is about before deciding...here's a brief synopsis:
Faith is the evidence of things not seen...
Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie and her family out of harm's way for most of the war, but as the Führer's desperation grows during the waning years of the conflict, so does the threat to anyone in its path. Natalie's sister, Ilona, married a Jewish man, putting both her and her young daughter, Mila, in peril. Natalie is hiding all of them, including her schizophrenic twin, Anna, under her roof, and now, as the streets of Budapest thrum with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, they are all at risk.
It is time to run.
Then Ilona and her husband betray them by taking the only two tickets to safety for themselves, abandoning Natalie to shelter Anna and Mila from the encroaching horror alone. As the danger seeps ever nearer to her door, Natalie is forced to reach down into the core of her faith to believe in what she must and save what she can, no matter what the sacrifice.
An inspirational story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate victory of love over hate, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure shows the power faith has to light even the most imposing darkness.
So, which is it going to be???
Please leave a comment below and let me know your favorite.
I can't wait to see the results!