Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Latest News

New information about my YA historical novel, Caves, Cannons and Crinolines. The release date has been set: June 15, 2010. The book is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble., at a big discount.

A little about this story: One summer we visited Vicksburg, Mississippi, and toured some of the old Victorian homes that were standing during the Civil War. We also drove through the military park where monuments stand, dedicated to the many soldiers, both northern and southern, who fought and died there. They also have a super museum that's located in the old courthouse and dates to the war. Pictures, old clothes, and books, of course. One of the things that interested me most was the stories I heard about the people living in caves during the siege of Vicksburg. And I knew I had to tell their stories, their fears, their thoughts, and how they survived. My characters are purely fictional, though some familar names of real people are mentioned. And some not so familiar. But that's a different story.

Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books brought my story to life. Ardy M. Scott did the gorgeous cover.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Love is in the Air

It's spring. Love is in the air.
Cupid is busy.
Are you a hopeless romantic?
Do you love humor?
Then you have to read Stupid Cupid, the first book in a series by Rhonda Stapleton.

Felicity Walker is a hopeless romantic who believes in true love. She gets a  job at Cupid's Hollow, a matchmaking company, where she discovers something very interesting about herself: She is a cupid. When she starts matching her friends and classmates at school with their perfect soulmates, she learns it's better to play by the rules, instead of making up your own.

I laughed, I sympathized, and I thorougly enjoyed reading Felicity's story.

Friday, March 26, 2010

PATCHES ON SPRINGTIME

Hey, Patches here. Haven't been around in a while. Springtime, ya know. And for a cat, spring brings all sorts of excitement. For instance, yesterday, I spotted a baby rabbit in the flowerbed. Now catching a rabbit is a challenge for any cat. So I do my thing.


But that rascally little bunny kept hiding under the bush. Everytime I crawled under the bush, it ran to the other side. What a fun game. I'd catch the little critter eventually. It didn't stand a chance against my superior hunting abilities. In the meantime, I was having the time of my life.

Until Beverly saw us. And you know what she did? She made me come into the house. Do you believe her? She said I couldn't have rabbit for dinner. Instead, she fed me some of that canned stuff that I have every day. Spoiled all my fun.

Think I'll read a book about bunnies. What are your favorite bunny books?

Monday, March 22, 2010

SPRING?

Quote of the Week: "The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to his desk at all, there is nobody to scold him." Roald Dahl

March. Spring. Snow. Wait. Spring is sunshine and flowers and baby birds and rabbits. Today we have sunshine. Lovely. But Saturday, the first day of spring, as much of our America experienced, we had snow, blowing winds. Icicles. Have you ever seen a slanted icicle dripping from the rooftops? I hadn't until Saturday. No kiddding. Wish I had a picture, but it was too cold to snap photos. The icicles on the house slanted to the south. The wind was that strong. So now, to help me "think" spring, I'm showing some pictures of former springs and what our land will soon look like. I hope. Enjoy














Welcome Spring.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Indie-Debut 2010: Member Spotlight - Donna M. McDine

Indie-Debut 2010: Member Spotlight ~ Featuring Donna M. McDine.


I invite you to visit http://www.indiedebut2010.blogspot.com/ and learn all about what this group of talented authors have to offer.

Intuitive interviews, hot discussion topics, excerpts of soon to be released books, and member spotlights is a brief sampling of what this dynamic group has to offer.

Take the time out today and visit and be sure to leave a comment on the posting of your desire.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Match Made in High School

Quote for the week: "I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells." Dr. Seuss.

Do you like to laugh?




Do you like romance?



Do you like to meet characters that are so real you feel you know them?



You do? Okay, then you have to read A Match Made in High School, by Kristin Walker.



From the back cover: "When a mandatory course forces Fiona to "try the knot" with super-jock Todd Harding, she's convinced life couldn't get any worse. Until her crush is paired with her arch-enemy (otherwise known as Todd's obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that's nothing compared to her best friend's fate--a year with the very goofy, very big Johnny. Mercer."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Confessions of a Debut Author



I have the pleasure today of hosting author Kimberly Blackadar,  whose debut novel Nothing but Trouble After Midnight, for young adults, has just been released. Here is Kim, in her own words.






-Reaching Your Target Audience-



If you think your book is for everyone, then you’ll have a hard time marketing it to anyone.


This has never been truer in the publishing industry: with so many new titles releasing every day, authors must find their niche.


I found my home with young adult fiction. As a former English teacher, I know the value of teen fiction and wanted to write books that would inspire young people to read. Plus research shows that YA fiction is the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry. A 2008 Newsweek article reported that book sales for ages 12-18 rose a staggering 25 percent.


But knowing your target audience is only part of the battle; you have to know how to reach them. Luckily, my readers are “held in captivity” from early in the morning to mid-afternoon for about nine months a year. So all I have to do is visit schools to interact with them.


But in actuality, school visits are a win-win situation for everyone. Teachers get a well-deserved break; authors receive feedback from their target audience; and students are able to ask questions about the book—ones that only the author can answer.


Many young adult fiction authors offer school visits, and to book an author event with me, contact my publicist at blackadarbooks@yahoo.com. My book tour is heading to Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida before the end of this school year, but we are always open to new locations for next year.


This guest blog post is written by Kimberly Blackadar, author of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Follow the link to tomorrow’s blog post: http://www.debutauthorsblog.com/
Follow the link to yesterday’s post: http://ann-crabs.blogspot.com/


Thank you, Kim, for sharing your thoughts with us today. To learn more about this amazing author, visit her site:
http://kimberlyblackadar.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Katie Hines and Her First Novel Guardian


I’m delighted to interview Katie Hines, author of Guardian, a middle grade urban fantasy, for her virtual book tour. She patiently replied to the questions I asked. Here’s what Katie has to say:



1. Who is your favorite character in Guardian? My favorite character would have to be Desiree because she was the most fun to create and she fills a traditionally male role.

2. Twitter your story in 140 characters or less. (This one was tough!) Drew made a promise that leads him to an incredible treasure and ancient power, but must defeat an age-old sect claiming it for themselves.

3. What was your favorite book growing up? I suppose it would be A Wrinkle in Time, which I read over and over again, even as an adult.

4. You have no cell phone, computer, electricity, or batteries. How would you spend your day? I’d be in writer’s heaven with my pencil and paper!

5. What are 5 things you especially enjoy doing? I like organizing! If I’m not organized, I feel displaced. I like spending time with my husband and kids. I enjoy playing board games with friends and family, love camping, but my number one thing is reading. Ah, I can never get enough of that.

6. What is your favorite kind of music? Classical.

7. Tell us about your writing schedule. What writing schedule? LOL. I take care of emails first, then work through my “pending” file, and get everything out of the way so I don’t have anything left to do other than write. To be honest, I don’t always use that time to write, as I have to balance my writing life with my personal life and the needs of running a household.

8. Do you outline your stories or just let them flow? I do some general outlining. I know what a chapter is going to do in a particular chapter. Flow? Well, sometimes I have a wonderful flowing experience, but most of the time it is more a matter of wrenching the story from me. I much prefer to edit, but you can’t edit what you don’t write!

9. Where can your fans reach you? Through my website at http://www.katiehines.com or email through katiebug1957@gmail.com.

10. What are your goals/plans for 2010? I’m getting this blog tour behind me, but will continue to market and promote my book in other venues. I’d like to do some school visits and book signings, and those things are in the works. Most of all, I want to finish a second middle grade story that I am writing and begin editing.

Thank you, Katie, for stopping by today and sharing your story with us. Katie is giving away a copy of
Guardian to some lucky person. All you have to do is leave a comment, and at the end of the tour a winner will be chosen. Guardian can be purchased at 4 RV Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other leading book stores.

Don't you just love the cover.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Read an E-book Week

Read an EBook Week March 7-13, 2010


The following titles will be offered as free give-aways via the

Twilight Times Books web site during Read an E-Book Week,

March 7-13, 2010.



Behold the Eyes of Light by Geoff Geauterre

Darrell Bain's World of Books by Darrell Bain

Jerome and the Seraph by Robina Williams

No Place for Gods by Gerald Mills

The Last to Fall by Anne K. Edwards

Who is Margaret? What is She? by Celia A. Leaman

http://twilighttimesbooks.com/ttb_free_ebooks2010.html



In addition, the above titles will be displayed as give-aways in the

Read an E-book Week catalogue in the Aldiko app for Android

Smartphones.

http://www.aldiko.com/blog/



Be sure to check out the official web site for Read an E-Book Week.

A number of publishers are offering give-aways during the week. For

example, Smashwords is offering hundreds of free ebooks.

http://www.ebookweek.com/



Several of our titles will be available at a 50% discount from

OmniLit during Read an E-Book Week March 7 - 13, 2010.

Feel free to post info regarding Read an E-Book Week on

your web site or blog, newsletter, etc.

http://twilighttimesbooks.com/News.html#ebook_discount

http://www.omnilit.com/discounts.html



In addition, *all* of our ebook titles are currently available at a

steep discount from Barnes and Noble. For example, Dragon's

Moon (ebook version) is $1.60 (not a typo).

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Dragons-Moon/Bent-Lorentzen/e/2940000070277/

Now who doesn't like free books? Stop by when you have a chance and grab some bargains.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Savage Survival



Do you enjoy a story with suspense?
How about strange creatures from other planets?
A good mystery?
Or survival against all odds?
Characters that you find yourself caring what happens to them?
If you asnwered "yes" then take a look at Darrell Bain's novel Savage Survival.
It has all of the above, and more.

From the jacket flap:

"Millions of earthmen have been captured by aliens and are being put through the strangest and most terrifying survival tests ever imagined. Young Lyda Brightner's first experience after being thrown into the midst of undisciplined humans is so horrible that she vows she will live long enough to take revenge on the creatures responsible for it. She has no idea her trials are just beginning."

To learn more about Darrell and his writing, check out his blog.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Read Across America

Quote for the week: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  Dr. Seuss.

Tomorrow, March 2, is Read Across America Day. This event takes place each year on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Check NEA's Read Across America site for details.You'll find tips, books our Members of Congress love and why, and what schools, libraries, and readers from coast to coast are doing to celebrate this day.

So grab a good book, a kid or two and be part of this event.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS