Tag Archives: Promotion

Jeanne Jackson’s Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year Book Launch, at Gualala Arts Center, April, 2014

My lovely friend, Jeanne Jackson, has a wonderful book coming out in April. If you’ve never been to Sonoma/Mendocino, or if you go as often as you can, you’re in for a treat with this book. For years, Jeanne has been writing a weekly column in her local paper, featuring photographs from anyone in the area who want to send her a picture of something they’ve seen in nature. They have a fun phone tree that goes into action when whales are spotted off the coast, so everyone can run for a vantage point. Beautiful country, beautiful people!

Jeanne Jackson’s Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year Book Launch, at Gualala Arts Center, April, 2014.


The Time Travel Journals Shipbuilder: Reader’s Choice

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Voting is open for Big Al’s Books & Pals Reader’s Choice Awards. Shipbuilder is nominated in Speculative Fiction!

You can help by voting for Shipbuilder over here. Voting is open through Midnight Eastern Time, March 12.

Spread the word, and THANKS!

Excitement for The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder

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I’ve been doing cartwheels all day: the popular review site, Big Al’s Books and Pals, has nominated The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder for their 2014 Reader’s Choice Award in Speculative Fiction!

Happy author here, you betcha.

B&P gave Shipbuilder a 5-star review back in October. They are continuing the love with this great nomination, but YOU have to help.

It’s a Reader’s Choice award and that means you get to vote for it. Voting opens March 2nd at 10:00 Eastern Time and ends at Midnight Eastern Time on March 12th.

That’s this weekend! Here’s the link:

It’s not live yet, but check back to see your choices. I’ll post the link again once the page is up and running.

Please pass the word. I’d love for Shipbuilder to win!




2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

The most prolific commenters were Angela Brown, Ann Bresnan, Maria Zannini, Lani Longshore, and Rhonda Garcia. Thanks, Ladies! You always leave good comments, too!

If you’re curious, take a look at the report.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Other Writers: Amy Raby’s Goodreads Giveaway

Amy Raby’s new book, Spy’s Honor, is a prequel to Assassin’s Gambit. I helped crit both of these books over at OWW, and I promise you, they are fabulous Roman era-type fantasy.  

Amy is giving away a signed pre-release copy of Spy’s Honor. Click the link to sign up:


Kindle MatchBook

Well what do you know – Amazon has done something I can truly agree with! Assuming of course, that I have an accurate understanding of what they are doing.

Their new program is called Kindle MatchBook. Simply put, if you (the reader) buy a print book from Amazon (hardcover, paperback, whatever), then you can also download the Kindle version of the book for a reduced price. Perhaps even for free.

Here’s the fine print:

You have to buy the book from Amazon. That makes sense, right?

The author or publisher has to enter the book into the program. I don’t know what the big 5 or 6 will think of this program, but unless they enter their books, you have to pay full price for the Kindle version. Even if you buy the print book.

The author/publisher determines how much your discount is. The choices are 50% of the listed Kindle price, or FREE.

Indie publishers – like me – should be all over this. I know I am, because guess what? I read books! Lots of books! And I LOVE the idea that if I buy a print copy of say… Amy Raby’s Spy’s Honor (due out this October) I also get the ebook on my Kindle. (Please Penguin, please).

Yeah, I won’t hold my breath for Penguin to do it.


I’m doing it!  Because I absolutely agree that if you buy a paperback version of  one of my books, then you should get the Kindle version, too. For FREE.

A word of caution: I don’t know how this will work in practice. I haven’t seen anything from Amazon that informs readers about this program. It seems the only way to know about it is to hear from author. Or just get lucky when you buy a book that happens to be in the program.

Along those lines, if you’re an author and you’ve put your books in this program, let me know. I’d like to do a practice run to see how it works.



Reviews: Worlds Apart

Love this Goodreads review on Worlds Apart! 

“This book was a great read and so different from the normal type of relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, as I hope others will. Marlene Dotterer two thumbs up on this great book.”

And this great review is more comprehensive. Here’s a snippet:

“I’m so glad I took a chance on this new novel as I really enjoyed it. It’s full of suspense, intrigue, paranormal, action, and romance. It’s a well-developed story that’s written well that includes an interesting array of characters…” 

If you are so inclined, more reviews are needed at Goodreads, Amazon and Smashwords. Thank you!