In other words, I’m going to try to stay off the computer and enjoy my personal life more.
It was past time to take a break … I was spending too much time online in general, but getting less and less done. My excuse has always been that, “I need social media to promote my books and those by other authors.” But when I took at long, hard look at this excuse, I realized the promotion there really wasn’t working at all. For anyone!
So, I’ll be taking a break from constantly checking Facebook. I already don’t use Twitter much as all, so I don’t need to cut back. And I’ve deleted both my LinkedIn and Google+ accounts, because I just never used them or even checked them, and I can’t say that either account ever did much for me by attracting new readers.
Now I can concentrate on getting caught up on all the outstanding emails and subsequent work I have to do – not to mention getting back to my own writing, and keeping up with reading other books.
I’ll continue to post to this blog and What Are You Reading?, and will start again posting to Reading Recommendations. I’m woefully behind in promised promotions for other authors! I haven’t decided yet whether I will continue the Friday morning “What are you reading?” posts on Facebook. They may instead become a weekly feature on this blog. I have to think about that.
So … if you wish to contact me now, it’s best to do so via email – susanmtoy(at)gmail.com. I’m hoping to get caught up with messages there soon. I seem to have a lot of deleting and filing to get through before I can heave a sigh of relief on that front. But I will try to get back to you.
In the meantime … it’s back to reading for me!
From Tim Baker … It’s about time he got this draft of his new novel completed!
Time is a funny thing.
We use it to measure everything from how long to cook an egg to how long we’ve been on the planet.
Time is used to determine winners and losers, and to mark history.
In fact, without time, there would be no history.
The rate at which time passes is inversely proportional to the desire of what one is waiting for.
There have been more songs written about time than there are seconds in the average song.
According to Albert Einstein, time sums up his most famous theory…
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”
We blame time for all kinds of problems because there never seems to be enough of it…unless we have too much of it on our hands.
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Dorothy Adele has published a very comprehensive article on her blog, The Places She Goes, about a recent visit to Bequia … and she mentions my novels at the end! Dorothy sent me a further comment by tweet: “I enjoyed your book, and I mentioned it in my post because, though it’s fiction, I felt that people would enjoy the story and would get a good feel for the Island.”
Following is an excerpt and link to the entire blog post.
Thanks again, Dorothy, for the shout-out!
Why We Love Bequia, SVG, Caribbean
Bequia St.Vincent and the Grenadines
The beauty of Bequia (BECK-way), SVG, or St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is the peaceful pace and the beautiful beaches like Princess Margaret Beach and Lower Bay Beach. The island is colorfully uncommercialized, and some of the best things to do on Bequia is in Port Elizabeth and along the Belmont Walkway.
You won’t find a highrise, casino, high-end designer shop, or jewelry store chain. Instead, you can select from Caribbean artwork, brightly colored clothing, handmade jewelry, handcrafted wooden boats, and scrimshaw. Most importantly, no one peddles their wares on the beach.
In addition to shopping, you have your choice among several seaside restaurants that serve excellent food.
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And here are my links to the two Bequia Perspectives Novels …
Let the birds sing and the bells chime because … IT’S HERE!!! Tim Baker has published his new novel, “24 Minutes” and it’s available in both eBook and print formats!
Once again I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you…
Like the last time I’ll give you the bad news first;
There will be no FREE book this week.
After a month of giveaways, and well over 500 FREE books downloaded – I’m pulling the plug on it (at least for the foreseeable future).
That’s the bad news.
Now for the good news;
Well, strike up the band and let loose the doves!
It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my tenth novel – 24 Minutes!!
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Yesterday I discovered a new-to-me travel blog, because the recent post that drew my attention was about Bequia and Moonhole. With Dorothy Adele’s kind permission, I am posting the intro, the cover photo, and a link here to the post. Other visitors to Bequia and readers of my novels will be very interested to learn more about this island. Please follow the link through to Dorothy’s blog, “like” the post after you read it, make a comment (tell Dorothy you found her through my blog!) and consider following her blog for more informative posts on her travels. Thanks, Dorothy!
You Can Still Stay in Moonhole Bequia, SVG
When Tom Johnston drew his plans in the sand to build his home in Moonhole on Bequia (Beck-way), did he know that magazines and newspapers from afar would send journalists for the story? Did he know that his decision to build his unstructured home in a dangerous location would have a lasting impact on the people of Bequia and those who visited?
In the early 1960’s, untrained in architecture or design, Tom Johnston had used what was available to build his home on the undeveloped island of Bequia in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It was and still is, an icon that represents the Johnston’s tie to nature. Unfortunately, today the house is condemned due to falling rocks and other hazards, and the only way for you to see it is by boat.
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Oh, nooooo!!!!! I go away from the computer to have a nap and come back to find that TIM BAKER IS GIVING AWAY ANOTHER NOVEL AS A FREE DOWNLOAD!!!!!
That’s right! Here we go again…time for another FREE Book!
If you’re late to the party, find out what’s going on here.
Since I started this give away on Valentine’s Day, I’ve given away 449 FREE books! I think breaking 500 is a reasonable goal – so let’s get after it…
This week’s freebie –
Full Circle is actually a story I conceived and began writing in 1988 – you can learn more about that here. I don’t remember exactly what sparked the idea for the story way back then, but I liked it enough to hold on to it for nearly three decades. Here’s a little more info about it.
Full Circle will be FREE form Thursday March 8, 2018 thru Monday March 12, 2018.
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TWO MORE FREE eBook DOWNLOADS from Tim Baker this week!! Will this madness ever end? Well, yes, the free books will end once his new novel “24 Minutes” is published, so take advantage of this time-limited offer and catch up on reading the rest of Tim’s great novels!
This may seem like déjà vu, but I’m back again to tell you about yet ANOTHER FREE BOOK…
Beginning today, March 2, 2018 and going until Tuesday the 6th you can download Pump It Up for FREE.
Speaking of 24 Minutes…here’s an update;
The editing process is done and the book is now in the hands of the formatter.
If things go well it should be available by the end of next week sometime around March 10th).
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!!
Since we are so close to the release of 24 Minutes – and thus the end of the free book give away…I’m going to up the ante…
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Usually I would not recommend replying to reviewers who give your book a negative 1-star review, but in this case, I think Tim Baker’s response nailed it!
Any independent author will tell you how important reviews are.
Word of mouth is great – we love it when you tell your friends and family that you enjoyed our books, but an on-line review is forever.
One written review is worth a hundred verbal recommendations, because many people will forget the part of the conversation you had at the party about the last book you read – but once you put that praise in writing on a site like Amazon it’ll be there long after the party is forgotten.
So it’s no surprise that independent authors often (shamelessly) beg people for reviews.
I, personally, have written a few blog posts asking people to write reviews, (here’s one) even offering to name reviewers in my books…often to no avail.
Of course, there is a downside to getting reviews…
The Bad Review
Whether you’ve written one poem or…
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It was the cover of this book that first drew my attention to Tim Baker and his writing! It’s now the next to be offered by Tim as a free download Another great book!
Both of these books are from my Steve Salem collection.
Steve Salem is a former Boston cop now working as a Private Investigator in Flagler Beach, Florida. For some strange reason Steve and his partner Val Casey seem to stumble across some very unusual cases, and they usually end up recruiting the services of Ike.
Ike – for the uninitiated in the audience – is the main character in almost all of my books. He is an ex-Navy SEAL now living in Flagler Beach and in the employ of local bookie…
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