Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Georgia Stories on My Mind by Jackie Rod

Georgia Stories on My Mind





Come visit Georgia within these pages as you read heartwarming stories shaped by local traditions and legends. The characters live life to the fullest through joys and hardships. Inhale the essence of Georgia’s revitalized small town squares while eating hand- scooped ice cream on a park bench. Each town has its own magic. Sometimes the most real things in life are things we cannot see but those that deeply touch us, as the folks in these tales learn. Share smiles and shed tears as you travel the curving road of life with these Georgia characters. Are you ready for an unforgettable experience of hope, faith, trust, reconciliation, and love?

Print Length: 259 Pages
Genre: Short Story Anthologies
Publisher: Touch Not the Cat Books
ASIN: B07FXVRZGG

Georgia Stories on My Mind
 is available to purchase on 
Amazon.com.



About the Author, Jackie Rod

“A good book transports me to another time and place. It lets me feel the sensation of heroes and heroines— dark loneliness, deep passion, a father’s pride and a mother’s grief.” Jackie Rod is a fiction writer, loving wife of a legal beagle, and mother of three children who has blessed her with seven fantastic grandchildren. After Jackie retired from teaching, her love of words and stories led her to begin writing fiction. Reading and traveling enrich her life and she jumps at the opportunity to teach a workshop or attend a writing conference. She belongs to five writing chapters/groups. Jackie’s work can be found in twelve published books on Amazon, in several Metro Atlanta libraries, and independent bookstores.




You can find Jackie at: 

www.Instagram.com/jackierod039


More from Jackie:

Importance of Writing Conferences
I love, love, love writing conferences. I urge everyone to invest the time and money to attend one or more. They can benefit your future. Conferences are invaluable for learning the craft, meeting editors and agents, and making connects within the writing industry. I attend writing conferences as often as I can.
The Romance Writers of America national conference is the largest one I have attended, but I would not necessarily recommend a conference of that magnitude for beginning writers. The crowd can be overwhelming. Veteran authors thrive on large conferences.
RWA raises thousands of dollars for literacy organizations with its mass book signing. This is a huge contribution to literacy across the country.
The education and information workshops are numerous and phenomenal.  Plot Structure, Character Development, Dialogue, Point of View, Show—Don’t Tell, Body Language, Using the Senses, Male Voice v. Female Voice, and How to Build an Audience, Create a One Sheet, Write a Query Letter, Write a Synopsis, etc.
 My guess is that veteran authors concentrate on the Value of Social Media, Indie Publisher v. Large Publisher v. Self-Publishing, and How to Launch a Book, Market a Book, and Maintain a Presence.
One of the first super successful self-published YA authors, Amanda Hocking, made over two million dollars simply with eBook sales.
Veteran writers interact with editors, agents, publishers, venders, retailers and other publishing professionals. There are so many choices on how to utilize your time. Veteran authors know how to earmark the events that suit their own needs. Novice writers could be hard-pressed to pinpoint their needs. The offerings at large conferences are so numerous that no attendee can do all of the events.
Networking with other writers, agents, publishers and readers is a great take-away. Bonding with available others while you are there is essential. Don’t sit at a table with just friends. Socialize and meet new people, exchange ideas and business cards. Make new friends for life.
An example of a good sized Conference is Moonlight and Magnolias hosted by Georgia Romance Writers in Atlanta, GA.  They draw high professional Keynote speakers, teachers for workshops, and host an awards ceremony for the winners of each year’s writing contest. In 2019 Pamela Vanardo won the Maggie Award after she had won the Golden Heart in 2018 at RWA’s national Conference in Denver.
Bottom line: writing conferences are great sources of education, inspiration, networking, friendship, and fun. I want to encourage you to put a writing conference on your calendar. You will be glad you did.
If you have a minute, tell us about a writing conference you’ve attended. National and local conferences for all genres are available, Sleuthfest, Worldcon & North America Science Fiction, Christian, etc.
Please share any “genre” writing conference you found beneficial.








Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz






Flarence knows that Genies are supposed to help their masters by granting wishes, but he’s never been comfortable taking orders. To him, pummeling bad guys with magically enhanced weaponry feels like a much better way to use his powers.Darren is a gangster who wants to leave his reckless life behind so he can focus on providing for his family. Unfortunately, there are people in the neighborhood who won’t let him move on. Soleil is a humble man who tries to lead a passive lifestyle. In times of peace or times of war, he can be found cleaning his cafe or singing along with rock-’n’-roll tunes while tending to his houseplants.Darren, Soleil, and Flarence will have to work together and step outside their comfort zones when a rogue Genie and a hot-headed police officer threaten the lives of their loved ones. Flarence will be challenged to work with a criminal, Soleil will be forced to leave his sanctuary and act to help his friends, and Darren will face the possibility that being a gentle and caring family man may not be an option for him.  


Print Length: 240  Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B07RGX8VR3

Made to be Broken  is now available to purchase on Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and  IndieBound.


About the Author

Hugh Fritz is a fan of monsters, mad scientists, sorcerers, and anything that involves being with incredible powers beating each other senseless. After years of writing research papers, he decided it was time to give reality a rest and let his imagination run wild. This is his first book, and it has been an illuminating experience making the transition from reader to author.

He was born in Chicago where he spent most of his life until moving to the Southwest in 2015. He finds inspiration bouncing ideas off other novelists in a critique group, but hours of television and finding the right songs to put him in the writing mood play an important role as well. He has no plans to end the Genies' adventures here, so be on the lookout for more magical mischief in the next book of the Mystic Rampage series.


Find Hugh Fritz online:
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Author's Website: http://www.hughfritz.com/

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later



The Unfaithful Widow
Ten Years Later



Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness.

Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between.

Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own super hero facing life’s good and bad moments.

About the Author

Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years
ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906
historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for
the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as
Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger
for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives
with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her.



Visit her web
at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/

Her books are available on Amazon and Kindle.
Amazon author page: https://amzn.to/2mFs1T1

Friday, October 25, 2019

Welcome to Maravilla by R. Douglas Clark

Welcome to Maravilla




Book Summary

The tiny hamlet of Maravilla, New Mexico is not immune to modern-day problems. But the citizens of Maravilla have their own special problems, as well:

A developer wants to build a Christian-themed amusement park next to Maravilla’s historic church.
The county line runs right through the town, splitting it in two.
And the government is threatening to close their post office!


Into this muddle steps Jake Epstein, a young writer from the big city. Jake is seeking peace and quiet to finish his current project: a science fiction story in which adventuress Tai-Keiko must deliver the secret formula for Zeton-9—with the evil Krossarians in hot pursuit.


But then reality and science fiction converge—and Tai-Keiko finds herself in present-day Maravilla, face to face with a gobsmacked Jake.


Join Jake on this comic run along the dusty roads of Maravilla, and find out who won the fight between Father Ignatius and the heathen pig farmer. How a basketball game changed the fate of the town. And was that white flash in the sky a UFO? 




Print Length: 195 Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Beeline Press (June 19, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1645400646
ISBN-13: 978-1645400646

Welcome to Maravilla  is now available to purchase on Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and  IndieBound.


About the Author

R. Douglas Clark was born in Vermont, grew up in Colorado, attended college in Chicago, and received a Master's degree in music from Brown University. Seeing no future for himself in academia, he spent a year in the Oregon woods, living in a primitive cabin, writing music reviews and cultural commentary for magazines and newspapers. Next stop, Eugene, Oregon where he spent 20 damp years as a bootstrap businessman, father and musician. On a vacation trip, he and his wife, Shelley, fell in love with sunny northern New Mexico and subsequently moved there. After four years running Boys and Girls Clubs in Chimayó and Abiquiú--and another four, running a U-pick raspberry farm--he retired to write fiction full time.  

Find R. Douglas online: https://www.rdouglasclark.com/

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Protectorate Wars: Born Hero by S. A. Shaffer


The Protectorate Wars : Born Hero

Book 1 of The Protectorate Wars series
Sixty cycles after the Protectorate War all seems well with Alönia and the rest of the Fertile Plains, especially to David, a determined young aide with a keen mind and a caring heart. Pain and turmoil have plagued his life, but he’s worked hard and things should improve at his new job as assistant to a popular politician. He has no idea that during the next few seasons political saboteurs will slander his mentor, murder his colleagues, and threaten everything for which he stands. Only time will tell if David can solve Alönia’s governmental corruption before the rest of the Fertile Plains fall into chaos. 
Take flight in spectacular airships and soar through the clouds. Feel the wind in your hair along daring voyages and narrow escapes. Solve murders, forge friendships and watch an ordinary boy become the hero he was born to be.
The Fertile Plains

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Heal Your Self with Journaling Power by Mari L. McCarthy




Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes through the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing. You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just a few of the thousands of people who have tapped into this highly-effective way to heal, grow, and transform your life. The wisdom and lessons revealed in Heal Your Self with Journaling Power will help you mitigate existing health problems; manifest everything you desire; create a new life story for yourself; fill your life with uplifting positive energy; and fully leverage the power of journaling to solve your most pressing problems so you can live your best life.


Mari L. McCarthy’s international bestselling book, Journaling Power, started a movement. Now, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is igniting a revolution!
You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just some of the thousands of people who have tapped into the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing.
These are people just like you, and their challenges are the same ones you have.
 Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes with living your life in the present from the inside out. It will help you transform your life and…
       Manifest everything your desire
       Fill you with uplifting positive energy
       Put you on a path to better health and wellness
       Give you the inspiration and motivation to live your best life
       Show you how to use journaling to solve your most pressing problems

The only right way to journal is YOUR way. Just grab a pen and paper and do it!
Praise for Heal Your Self with Journaling Power

Mari McCarthy's latest, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power, represents the voice of a warm friend who not only talks the talk but also has lived first-hand the transforming power of writing. Packed with focused, fun prompts to jump-start the journaling process, this book is a motivation and an uplift! I especially enjoy the stress-bucket exercise. Not to be missed."
--Melanie Faith, educator and author of In a Flash and Poetry Power, 
https://www.melaniedfaith.com/
In a world of ever-present scary news, stress, and technology that distracts us from genuine human encounters, Mari McCarthy invites us to do something both simple and radical: pause daily to encounter our own souls. And she not only tells us to just do it, she shows us how with her own life story, the stories of others, and her many ideas about how to maximize the transformative power of journaling time.
-- Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., Author of Now is Where God Lives: A Year of Nested Meditations to Delight the Mind and Awaken the Soul and The Inconceivable Surprise of Living: Sustaining Wisdom for Spiritual Beings Trying to Be Human.
The most important lesson illustrated in Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is that anyone can enhance their health and wellbeing through the therapeutic power of expressive writing. This is the definitive book that shows you how. So just grab a pen and a pad of paper and do it! 
—Mike Bundrant, Co-Founder, iNLPCenter.org




About the Author
Mari L. McCarthy is the Self-Transformation Guide and Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer of CreateWriteNow.com. She is also author of the international-bestselling, award-winning book Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live.
 Mari began journaling to relieve the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) over 20 years ago. Through journaling, Mari was able to ditch her prescription drugs and mitigate most of her MS symptoms. Now she teaches people throughout the world how to heal, grow, and transform their lives through the holistic power of therapeutic journaling.
 She lives in a gorgeous beachfront home in Boston, where she has the freedom, flexibility, and physical ability to indulge in all her passions, which include singing and recording her own albums.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ghost Moon: The Wolfborne Saga Book 4 by Cheree Alsop


Ghost Moon: The Wolfborne Saga Book 4 
by Cheree Alsop
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Zev has been given a new start in life, but cleanup after the earthquake is proving difficult.
When Zev starts to see the spirit of a girl he feels a connection to, he can’t just walk away.

Not All Of The Souls Are Peaceful.
Can he help settle the restless spirits before the town catches on to the supernatural world around them, and will he find a way to help the girl who continues to haunt his thoughts long after he frees her soul?

The Wolfborne Saga is a clean paranormal series that will have you on the edge of your seat!

~>Grab book 1 for #FREE 
Defiance: The Wolfborne Saga Book 1
by Cheree Alsop

Sunday, March 24, 2019

LAWLESS by Bryce Smith



Merrick Albright, a former military officer, is now a salty sheriff’s deputy who is frustrated and sickened by the current state of the United States and its ongoing political soap opera. He feels helpless to effect change on a national level and focuses on bettering his community by putting one bad guy behind bars at a time.

After a series of coordinated nationwide terrorist attacks, the United States drifts into chaos. Police and other first responders scramble to keep control, but the divided and frustrated nation sinks lower as cities riot to the point that crime can’t be contained.
What can Merrick do when law and order are a thing of the past? He must fight to keep those he cares about alive, but he cannot do it alone.
About the Author
Bryce Smith has served both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer in the United States Army, and he continues to protect and serve the rights and lives of those in his community as a police officer. In his first book, Lawless, he uses his real-life experiences to bring a depth of character and interaction that comes only to those who have been in the trenches and who have had to cope with the aftermath of intense situations. He is passionate about the American Constitution and protecting individual rights, and for more than fifteen years, he has worked with people to help them become more self-reliant and prepared for the kind of crises he sees average citizens facing every day.

Order your copy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UPImA5







Thursday, December 20, 2018

All Eyes on Alexandra

Anna Levine’s
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR
OF
All Eyes on Alexandra









Book summary
 In All Eyes on Alexandra, young Alexandra Crane is terrible at following her family in their flying Vee. She can’t help it that the world is so full of interesting distracting sights! When it's time for the Cranes to migrate to Israel's Hula Valley for the winter, Alexandra is excited but her family is worried. Will Alexandra stay with the group, and what happens if a dangerous situation should arise? Might Alexandra—and the rest of the flock—discover that a bad follower can sometimes make a great leader?

Based on the true story of Israel’s annual crane migration.

Print Length: 32 Pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub
ISBN-10: 1512444391
ISBN-13: 978-1512444391

All Eyes on Alexandra is available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and NobleTarget and Thrift Books.

About the Author, Anna Levine
 
Anna Levine is an award-winning children’s book author. Like Alexandra Crane, the character in her latest picture book, she loves to explore new worlds. Born in Canada, Anna has lived in the US and Europe.  She now lives in Israel, where she writes and teaches.

You can find Anna Levine online at --

Author website: http://www.annalevine.org/

Twitter: @LevineAnna 

Instagram: @booksfromanna 




About the Illustrator, Chiara Pasqualotto,
 
Chiara Pasqualotto was born in Padua, in northern Italy, currently teaches illustration and drawing classes to children and adults, in particular in Padua during the summer at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics and in Rome. Since 2008 she's been living in Rome and working with illustration professionally: her first picture book, Mine, All Mine! was published in 2009 by Boxer Books (UK), since then she published with Oxford University Press, Giunti, Terranuova and some American publishers (Paraclete Press, Tyndale, LearningAZ, Kar-Ben Publisher).

You can find Chiara Pasqualotto online at -