Special Announcement! New Audio Books Available

Don Massenzio has just accomplished something I’ve been trying to do for a long time: he’s manged to get 8 of his 10 books published on audio. Check out his post! And don’t forget to share, too, thanks! Congratulations, Don! 🙂

Author Don Massenzio

I know I have been away from my blog for a bit and I’m starting to dive back in. That doesn’t mean that my author life went totally dormant during that time. I spent the time working with voice actors to work toward the release of my books as audio books. I’m happy to announce that eight of my ten books are now available as audio books with the last two currently in various stages of production.

This format seems to be popular and, without promoting them, sales have been surprisingly good. Most of this, I believe, is due to the talents of the wonderful voice actors that produced them.

Here is a list of the books with their Amazon links:

Frankly Speaking – Frank Rozzani Detective Series Book 1

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been…

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A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

A little over two weeks ago, I was advised by my doctor to limit my computer time severely, and I took her advice seriously. I’ve been on a blog break ever since, and it’s not something I’ve enjoyed, frankly. So, I’m planning to work my way back into the blogosphere, bit by bit, with the thought in mind that no one will notice and tell on me.  😀

I probably won’t be resuming my weekly features just yet, as my energy level is still low, low, low. But I’ll try to stop by at least a couple of times a week to let you guys know what’s happening. 

To that end, let me say that I have finally–despite hurricanes, illness, and falling down with a loud BOOM–managed to finish The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4! My editor and I are about halfway done with making it presentable for public consumption, and I’m very eager to get this one “out there.” Hopefully, the eBook will be published within the next two weeks.

I will be revealing the beautiful new cover right here in the next day or so, and even though I’m not quite up to doing a cover reveal “tour,” I do hope you guys will share it far and wide. Stay tuned to see for yourself what a great job my cover designer did on this one. I think it’s my favorite, so far. 🙂

And finally, on a local note, in order to be sure I have the print version of this book IN HAND, I’ve moved the date of the Book Release Party to January 25, 1:00 to 4:00 at the Enterprise Museum. If you are in the area, please drop by to see us!

That’s it for now. Have a great evening, everyone! 

 

 

 

#NewRelease – Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches

Today, I’m delighted to share Katherine, Tudor Duchess, the latest release from Tony Riches, author of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy.  If you have read any of Tony’s work to date, you won’t be surprised to learn that this book is a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon. Anyone who loves historical fiction will certainly want to check it out! And just look at this gorgeous cover! Please remember to pass on Tony’s news far and wide, too. Thanks!

BLURB: 

Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor court. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Katherine knows all his six wives, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and his son Edward.

When her father dies, Katherine becomes the ward of Tudor knight, Sir Charles Brandon. Her Spanish mother, Maria de Salinas, is Queen Catherine of Aragon’s lady in waiting, so it is a challenging time for them when King Henry marries the enigmatic Anne Boleyn.

Following Anne’s dramatic downfall, Katherine marries Charles Brandon, and becomes Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen. After the short reign of young Catherine Howard, and the death of Jane Seymour, Katherine and Brandon are chosen to welcome Anna of Cleves as she arrives in England.
When the royal marriage is annulled, Katherine’s good friend, Catherine Parr becomes the king’s sixth wife, and they work to promote religious reform. Katherine’s young sons are tutored with the future king, Prince Edward, and become his friends, but when Edward dies his Catholic sister Mary is crowned queen. Katherine’s Protestant faith puts her family in great danger – from which there seems no escape.

Katherine’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Katherine, Tudor Duchess  is Available in eBook and paperback here:
 Amazon UK and Amazon US
Also on Goodreads
(Audiobook edition coming in 2020)


Author Tony Riches 

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess and Brandon – Tudor Knight. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

Week in Review

I missed sharing Joan’s latest Weekly update post Friday, because I’m just so far behind. But, better late than never. (I made that up, you know. 😀 ) Check out these great links, and then pass ’em on, please. Thanks, and thanks to Joan as always for compiling such great writing links! 🙂 ❤

Joan Hall

I have thousands of digital photos in my archives, most of which were taken outdoors. (Quite a few of my iPhone photos are of my cats, but that’s a different story.) Since I’ve tried to keep in the theme of mysterious and spooky this month, I wanted photos to match. However, I learned something. Most of my pics were taken on days when there was bright sunshine. Kind of hard to see anything scary in that.

A couple of weeks ago, hubs and I had gone out to dinner. On the way home, we saw a gorgeous sunset. I was driving, and I couldn’t resist pulling onto a side road to take a photo. This is the result:

Okay, the colors on the horizon are beautiful. Nothing spooky. But then I noticed the sign, “No outlet.” A dead-end road. On the left, you can see the lights of a house…

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Personal & Blog Update, and THANK YOU!

Just wanted to let you guys know that I’m doing better each day. I am stiff and sore ALL OVER–like every muscle in my body–but so far, I’m free of the warning signs for various complications that I was given at the ER. And after checking with all my doctors, the spell that brought me down appears to have been caused by a combination of low blood sugar and postural hypo-tension.  I’d gone too long without eating (never a good idea for a diabetic) and that other thingie is just a long way of saying standing up too fast after bending over. (I’ve had that problem all my life, and as my husband can tell you, I fall down a LOT.)

Tuesday, I’d gotten so busy organizing boxes of folders and files that I forgot to stop for lunch. I was bending over and standing up repeatedly, packing and unpacking various things, and did it one time too often. (For those who aren’t familiar with what happens, think of it as the blood rushing to your head when you bend over, and draining  out again really fast when you stand up again, leaving you dizzy.) I’ve only just developed the diabetes issue, but I’ve had the other for most of my adult life, and have the banged up knees to prove it. (Usually I fall forward and catch myself, instead of being poleaxed and landing flat on my back.)

My new plan is to have my iPhone alert me when it’s time to eat, and to sit DOWN when doing things like unpacking boxes. I’m being very, very careful, and I’m not tackling anything strenuous or tiring yet, not even blogging, other than this update. With that in mind, there will be no #FirstLineFriday this week, but assuming all continues improving, things will be back to normal on Monday.

And I do want to thank every single one of you for your kind comments and well wishes. I’m doing a blanket thank you because I don’t yet have the energy to reply individually to all your wonderful responses, but believe me, I read them all! You are such nice folks!! Thank you!

See you next week. 🙂 ❤

#NewRelease – Creative Solutions by Harmony Kent

This morning, I’m very excited to be sharing the news of Harmony Kent’s latest release: Creative Solutions.

I just got my copy today, and I already know I’m going to enjoy reading this one, and learning some new tricks, along the way! Without further ado, I’ll turn the digital floor over to Harmony now.

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Hello everyone. Harmony here. I’m excited to share my latest non-fiction book with you all today. Huge thanks to Marcia for hosting me today.

Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer does what it says on the tin (or cover, lol), and offers tools to fire your imagination. With chapters on things such as using chess and tarot to develop stories, plots, and characters—as well as adopting the principles of nursing triage, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, horoscopes, and more—this little guide is full of fun tips and tricks to get your muse working overtime.

This excellent writer’s companion is available to purchase from October 9th in both ebook and paperback.

Here’s an excerpt for you:

I got the idea for using the ancient game of chess for storytelling while playing the game with my husband one day.

Truly, I’m no expert. I’m still learning and lose frequently, lol. All you need is a rudimentary understanding of the pieces, which I list below for you:

  • Pawns
  • Knights
  • Castles
  • Bishops
  • Queen
  • King

You have eight Pawn pieces, two Knights,  Two Castles, Two Bishops, one King, and one Queen. Of all the various pieces, the Queen has the most flexibility and manoeuvrability. In a nutshell, that’s all you need to know to begin making up a story from the different players.

You can write a character for each and every piece if you want, or keep to the main players. I like to include the lowly Pawns because they can show the smaller picture within the bigger picture. And, who knows, perhaps the little unknown soldier will end up saving the day.

… Here, you can see two Queens facing off with each other while the King and his courtiers stand by and watch. Meanwhile, the Castle threatens the King. This scenario fired my writer’s imagination. Needless to say, having gotten so distracted making up stories, I lost this particular game!

Even though I lost this round, my King stood bravely to the end with one last pawn by his side. The battle was bloody and bitter … utter carnage. All the big guys, generals, bishops, etc., bragged and boasted, thinking they would win the day, but it just goes to show. The battlefield isn’t necessarily where you’ll find all the action.

To use chess as a story prompt, arrange the pieces randomly on the board and ask yourself some questions about what you see.  First up, assign identities to your pieces. Using my layout as an example, you might ask:

  • What are the two Queens saying to one another?
  • How did the Light Queen get all the way into the Dark Court?
  • Is the Light Queen a hostage or a negotiator?
  • What manipulations and subterfuges might the other pieces be up to? The Bishops? The Knights? Etc.
  • Choose one of your Pawns. What’s his or her story? Could that player end up as the new leader?
  • What subplot could a Pawn offer to the main plot of the power players?
  • What started this conflict?
  • What might resolve it?

You don’t have to stick with these classic court interpretations of your pieces. You can set them in the future in settled space if you so wish, or on an alien planet. It’s your game and your imagination, and you can do whatever you want when creating storylines.

Buy Creative Solutions HERE


Author Harmony Kent

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors. 

You can reach Harmony on Social Media here:

Website 
Story Empire (co-authored)
Amazon Author Page 
Twitter: @harmony_kent
LinkedIn: Harmony
Goodreads: Author Page
BookBub 

 

 

 

It’s Always Something

Just a quick post to let you guys know that I took a bad fall a few hours ago, and the back of my head took the full blow on our ceramic tile floors. I just got home from the ER where they did a CT scan to rule out fractured skull and/or brain bleeds. The good news is, it came back clear. I’m home now, with orders to take it easy for a couple of days (like I have the energy/strength to do anything else right now). No driving, or exertion of any kind.

Sorry I can’t answer all your great posts, but I guess I need to rest. Will see how I feel in the morning. Thanks for your understanding and patience. I WILL be back as soon as possible, I promise.

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – The Curse of Time by M. J. Mallon

This afternoon, please help me welcome Marje Mallon who is sharing a lovely review of her book, The Curse of Time. Hope you’ll enjoy reading this as much as I did, and will pass it along on all your favorite social media haunts. Thanks!

REVIEW:

Kevin Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
30 August 2019
EditionVerified Purchase

This is a wonderful YA fantasy read. It’s very different from others I’ve read and I say this in the most positive manner. One way or is unique is through the use of original short poetry at the beginning of each chapter providing a clue to the chapter content. It is very well done. I do love originality.

The whole work has a magical feel about it which draws the reader in with a yearning to learn more about all of the characters and their plight.

My favourite characters are, Esme… The girl trapped in the mirror, and Shadow, the black cat. These two characters alone were enough to keep me rooted.

Meanwhile, on the serious side of things, there are so many issues going on in this work in addition to that of dealing with a dysfunctional family. One’s familiarity will be tested and emotions may arise.

That aside, when you add magic, a black cat, and a guitar and music into the mix… What is there not to love about this work?

Kudos!

BLURB:

A unique, imaginative mystery full of crystal magic-wielding, and dark elements.

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl Esme who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting Amelina to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger. With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness. A magical YA/paranormal fantasy with dark elements set in Cambridge, England.

Buy The Curse of Time Here:
Amazon UK 
Amazon USA 


Author M. J. Mallon

I am a debut author who blogs at: https://mjmallon.com.

My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy/Paranormal YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. 

It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. 

When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Authors Website  | Collaborative Blog  | Goodreads | Facebook | Instagram

#ABRSC: Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time

 

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Amanda in Holland by Darlene Foster

This morning, I’d like to share Darlene Foster’s latest review of Amanda in Holland. These books sound so good, I’ve started sending them to my daughter to read to her my grandson. I know you’ll enjoy this one, too, and will share it all over the place. Thanks!

REVIEW:

5.0 out of 5 stars  A tour of Holland
September 25, 2019
Verified Purchase
D. W. Peach

This book was quite a bit of fun. Foster combines a middle-grade fiction plot with a colourful tour of Holland, including its famous sites, snippets of history, and its wonderful flowers and food. I had the great fortune of visiting my grandparents in Holland when I was Amanda’s age, and her experiences in the book mirror my memories in great detail. It was a blast to traipse along beside Amanda and enjoy the country once again.

The main plot focuses on the recovery of a lost puppy, but secondary plots weave through the story, and all come together nicely at the end. There’s a bit of mystery and some danger to keep the tension up. There are also some very moving scenes when Amanda visits Anne Frank’s home and a war memorial dedicated to the Canadians who helped liberate Holland during WWII. A lovely book for young readers and absolutely perfect for readers who plan to travel the world.

 

BLURB:

Alongside her best friend Leah, Amanda is in Holland to see the all the sights: tulips, canals, Anne Frank House, windmills, and even a wooden shoe factory. She is also keen to find out what happened to her great uncle, who never returned from World War II. What she doesn’t expect is to find and fall in love with an abandoned puppy named Joey. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald. Follow intrepid traveler Amanda around Holland as she encounters danger and intrigue while trying to solve another mystery in a foreign country

Buy Amanda in Holland HERE


Author Darlene Foster

Brought up in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing stories, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. It’s no surprise that after a number of interesting jobs, she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky 12-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When she isn’t travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true if they´re willing to step out of their comfort zone. 

Find Darlene on Social Media here:

Amazon Author Page 

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