I was so pleased to be included in this collection. Wonderful job, SBP, with something for everyone!
Check out Mishka’s page for information on her new releases. THREE books at once! You go, girl! Proud of you!
This is it… This is really it!
My books are out there, they have been released into the world.
And I think I’m about ready to explode with excitement and nervousness all at the same time 😀 Months and months of work and there they are… out for sale!!
Before doing all the release links and things, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone of the blogging and writing community.
When I started this journey, I wanted to connect with others who are going through the same process. And I did, but I also found so many great people who are supportive and genuine in their want to help others succeed in this tough world of books and writing! Every time I’ve asked for help or advice, you guys have been there!
The Queen’s Jester
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Happy Freya’s Day! And you know what Fridays are around here…why, What Are You Reading Day, of course! As usual, inquiring minds wanna know!
If you were visiting here at any time on Monday, you can probably guess what I’M reading…Skin Game, of course. Catching up with what the heck is happening in Harry Dresden’s ever-expanding world of madness, mayhem, and things that go bump in the night. Our Wizard, who has become so much more than just that, is in a mess once again, thanks to Mab, the Winter Queen of the Fae, and all-around cold-hearted, tough as nails, bad-ass ruler of her realm. Now that she has made Harry her Winter Knight, he has no choice but to obey her every command, grumbling and snarking every step of the way as he may. Between her and that parasitic thing he has growing in his head, Harry is changing. And some of his friends aren’t sure it’s in a good way. The book is EXCELLENT so far, and the only bad thing about reading it is that once I’m done, I’ll be waiting another LONG year or more for the next one. Oh, that Jim Butcher torments his fans so!
Now, your turn. What are YOU reading this week. I’m sitting here, pencil in hand, ready to take notes. Let us hear from you! 🙂
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Okay, I ask you…how lucky am I to have a Graphic Design Goddess as my very, very good friend and cohort? No matter what I ask for, she can do it! I’m so tickled with this layout of the cover for my print version of Swamp Ghosts, I can’t tell you! Okay, I CAN tell you. And I am. I’m ecstatic! I’m finishing up the final formatting details on the book today, and then I’ll be uploading to CreateSpace. If all goes well, I could be ordering my proofs in a day or so. Once I approve those, the book will go live on amazon in no time at all. So all you good folks out there who prefer not to read eBooks will have access to it. And for those of you who do just fine with eBooks…well, why wait? Here you go: Swamp Ghosts
This is why I love writers so much! They support and sustain each other, learn from each other, offer advice to each other, and sometimes, when you are very lucky, write reviews that sound like this one, which Celeste posted on amazon for my little chapbook, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. How wonderful to read this and imagine my words inspiring such a response. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Celeste. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your posting this. I’m ridiculously happy, and I’m going to share your the entire review so my followers can see why:
“Summer is magic! If you want another way to experience a bit of that magic I invite you to read Marcia Meara’s recently released book of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. It’s a perfect read for a languid summer’s day or a long weekend like this one. Taking a breather from grilling and eating, reading the book is like dangling your toes in a cool, rippling brook. It’s not just her poems that reflect the childhood joy of plunging into cool green waters from a “Rope Swing,” or the ‘drip-drip’ of “Showers” on a rainy day that will give you that creekside, summer experience. “Summer Magic” the first poem, and the one that gives the book its title, is awash in words that conjure summer. My favorite lines from the poem:
There! A thin curve of molten red!
A far away sliver of fiery light
Breaks the horizon.
Part One of the book, “Mac at 10,” contains poems celebrating summer from the vantage point of MacKenzie Cole, lead character in Marcia Meara’s wonderful book, Wake-Robin Ridge. As you can imagine, from the glimpse of her poetry provided here, setting matters. In both Wake-Robin Ridge and her new book, Swamp Ghosts, she brings her poetic bent to bear on her story telling.
My favorite of the poems in this part of the book is “Star-Gazing.” Even though I’m still a little annoyed that my late-night effort to catch a meteor-shower this week was such a bust! The “Giraffes” meteor shower was slated to rival Perseid, the meteor shower featured in Marcia’s poem that occurs each August. Perseid has no rival, trust me. Still, star-gazing was a favorite teenage pastime and this poem evoked fond memories of times in my life when I was privileged to witness sky-borne wonders.
Part two of Summer Magic, “Poems of Life and Love,” presents more adult-themed visions of summer. Especially poignant are images of summer waning, as we are dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming into fall, and other seasons of our lives. I love the meter of the first poem in part two, “On the River,” the moody tone of “The Last Rose,” and the wanton disregard for structure in “Attitude Really is Everything.” So true, btw! Here’s to Summer Magic, in Marcia Meara’s book, or wherever we may find it.”
You can find Anna Celeste Burke’s books on amazon:
So happy to report that my Romanian follower was able to download his copy of Skin Game this morning. He discovered that he could charge the book on his own credit card, and then redeem his gift card from me against that. So we may have a workaround for international folks. I am very happy about this, as I want ALL of my followers (and visitors) to be able to participate in my Monday Giveaways. I’m so glad we didn’t give up on this, and were able to work it out. Someone far wiser than I once said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” and by golly, in this case for sure, it worked. Marjma, perhaps this will work for you, as well?
Have a great day, everyone. Keep on keepin’ on! It’s all you can do, and you never know when the rewards are going to fall into your lap. Besides, the pleasure is in the journey, right? Takes a few years to figure that out, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Happy Tewe’s Day!
Now’s your chance to read my Romantic Suspense novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, for free! Grab it while you can. Offer good today only! Find out why Sarah Gray leaves her dead-end job in Florida and moves to a deserted cabin in the mountains. Find out why her nearest neighbor, MacKenzie Cole, lives alone on top of the mountain, with only his Irish wolfhound for company. Find out what happened in Sarah’s cabin nearly fifty years earlier, and why it impacts her life, and her relationship with Mac, all these decades later. And then, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t read this sooner! 🙂 Seriously, hope some of you will take advantage of this free promo and download a copy today. And then, I hope you’ll enjoy the book enough to leave me a positive review on amazon, so it will move ahead in the ranking. Reviews are critical to the success of a book, and mean so much to an author…even well-established ones. And they mean even more to us new writers. So…what are you waiting for? Go get your download right away! And happy reading!
After much sturm und drang for half the afternoon, and carefully reading instructions on amazon, I sent my winner (in Romania) a gift card so he could download Skin Game. It still isn’t working. (You were right, Marjma…it’s a pain!) I’m still working with him to get him his copy, but by golly, I wanted someone to be smiling TODAY, so I went for the next entrant in line, who was here in the U. S., and Joe, I hope you will enjoy this book every bit as much as I expect to! Congratulations!!
As for getting the first book to Romania…well…I’ve always wanted to see Vlad Dracul’s castle. Maybe hand delivery would be a good option! 😀
Stay tuned to see what’s being given away next week. It won’t always be a brand new release. It might be a classic from decades ago, or a best seller from last year. Any genre, and year, any style…all fair game for Monday giveaways. So, check it out!
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this event. If I don’t have a sure-fire way to get downloads off to my international friends by next Monday, I’ll have to limit the contest to folks here in the United States, but I hope that won’t be the case. I’d like everyone to have a chance!
Okay, working on this. My winner is in another country, and I have already found out, you can’t gift a Kindle download to other countries. But it says on amazon that you CAN give a digital gift card, so I’m making sure this will work for my EXTREMELY excited winner.
However, in the interest of fairness, and because I want immediate gratification, too, I’m also going to give away a free download to the next entrant in line who lives in the U. S. (I’ll be emailing you shortly.) When I have definite answers, I’ll post again. And believe me, I will figure out the way to make this happen more easily next time. I never thought about international complications, I guess, thinking we are all connected these days. Obviously, some restrictions still apply. But I WILL have two happy winners today, before I’m done!
And thanks again for such an enthusiastic response.
I say probably because I need to verify the location of the winning email. I’m still having some trouble getting free downloads to people in England. 😦 So bear with me while I confirm my winner’s location. If I’m not able to get a download to her, I’ll try another approach for her, and give a download to my second place entrant. (Why does amazon make it so hard, at times? I just want to have a nice, simple contest and make someone happy. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it?)
I’ll be reporting in very shortly, I hope, and let you know and THANK YOU ALL so much for your participation. This Giveaway had the biggest response of any I’ve done, so that just proves what I’ve been saying for years: Jim Butcher ROCKS! And by extension, so does Harry Dresden!! Hands down, the best Urban Fantasy series anywhere!
Be the first to email me today AFTER 3:00PM eastern standard time, and receive a free download of Jim Butcher’s new release, Skin Game. This is the long awaited next book in my favorite urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. You KNOW you want this one. Set your timers and alarm clocks! Email me! The first to ask WINS! And remember the Monday Motto: Free Is Good! 🙂
Please don’t forget to honor our fallen heroes today, the ones who sacrificed all for our country! Have loads of fun with your families, fire up the grill, and enjoy your day. But save a moment for a prayer or two for those in whose memory we celebrate this holiday!
With THREE, count ’em, THREE, exclamation points! And Blog Woman deserves every one of them. I “met” this wonderful blogger during the #mywritingprocess blog tour a couple of weeks ago, and I’m so glad I did. Her blog is just fantastic. Please stop by and check it out. Her current post, Songs of Small Town Mothers and Daughters, is so beautifully written, I’ll confess, it made me cry. (Don’t give that too much importance, though. Mark says I cry at K-Mart openings!) But it IS a beautiful and poignant story of perseverance and triumph. It reminds me that we should never forget that every day is a new beginning, and a chance to do it all better.
Please visit Blog Woman today, and tell her I said hi! 🙂
Baby Cardinals in my confederate jasmine vine. Just for fun! 🙂
Posted a picture two weeks or so ago showing Mama Cardinal sitting on her nest in my jasmine vine. The vine is on a trellis at the end of my screen porch, so we have to take pictures through the screen. I apologize for the quality, but I’m not going to come at her the other way and scare her. Last weekend, Mark managed to get pics of two babies, reaching for food. Thought you might enjoy them. I sure do.
Needless to say, my poor cats have been banned from the back porch until the babies fledge. No glaring through the screen at them with their big, cat eyes! 🙂 They are not happy kitties, but they’ll survive. It won’t be a lot longer before the babies are leaving the nest. Sadly, baby birds fledge before they can fully fly, and spend a few days, running, hopping, and taking…
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Today is What Are You Reading Day, as always. Inquiring minds wanna know. Let us hear from you. (Some of us take notes, you know. 🙂 )
I’m reading several things at once, this week. Just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, am working on Dana Mason’s Dangerous Embrace, and Anna Celeste Burke’s A Dead Sister. Will be reviewing the O’Dwyer books soon, and hoping to wrap up the others before long. I’ve got Skin Game coming next week, and nothing shall get between me and Harry Dresden! Nothing, I say! 🙂
Your turn. What are you reading?
This one makes me laugh way more than it should. It just looks so funny. Of course, if you’re not OLD enough to remember Forest Gump (and some of you aren’t), you might not get the reference. But the picture is pretty funny, even without the caption, I think.
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