And here it is! Kevin Brennan’s new novel, Fascination, is now available as an eBook! This is a great book that I read in its beta version … exactly the kind of pitch-perfect writing I’ve come to expect and enjoy from everything Kevin publishes! Congratulations on this new release, Kevin!
Yesterday, with no fanfare whatsoever, I published Fascination on Amazon.
I know. Unexpected, right?
You can probably guess why I did it. Two main reasons: One, that after an initial blast of sales to, pretty much (no, exclusively), people who read this blog, I couldn’t give away a copy. There was no follow-up, no word of mouth, and though a number of potential readers expressed interest via comments on reviews of the book on other blogs, none of them pulled the trigger. Two, aside from the blog and Twitter, there’s no way to market the thing. I knew this going in, of course, but I’d hoped that Janey would tell Jenny and Jenny would buy it and then tell Jackie, who’d buy it herself and then tell Jill. It’s #guerrillapublishing, right? The word spreads and strangers start showing up. Six degrees of separation.
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Here’s a terrific guest blog post by Christopher Graham, better known as Chris The Story Reading Ape. Rachel Ritchey asked the questions and we all benefit from Chris’s answers, from a reader’s standpoint!
Hey all! Happy day! I’m so excited to introduce to you (and you to) Chris Graham aka The Story Reading Ape as a guest on the blog. Chris is a super supporter of authors and if you haven’t you’d do well to swing over and follow his blog. Chris offers so many free services to authors as well as helping with book design. He’s encouraging and helpful, scowering the world of blogs for worthwhile information to share too. I appreciate his hard work and his dedication, not to mention his insights. And today he’s here to answer some questions and offer some helpful advice.
Thanks for coming over Chris!
Chris Graham, Guest to the blog:
My thanks to Rachael for her kind offer to post an article from me – also for the challenge she set me for the topic:
- From a reader standpoint, offer some advice, maybe something…
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Thanks to Sally Cronin who has featured my Bequia Perspectives novels on her blog as part of the Autumn Reading series!
One Woman’s Island by Susan M. Toy, is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds which I read and thoroughly enjoyed.
Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help!
By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by…
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Tim Baker with an easy choice, for a change!
It’s time to make a choice.
Between you and me, I hate this crap. I hate arguing with the people I like and respect because of differences of which one is better and which one is the certain ruination of all that is good and holy.
I can’t wait until it’s over and the only thing left to argue about is football.
In the meantime – I have another choice for you.
The difference is – with this choice you can choose one, the other – or both! You can also choose neither if you want, but then you would be passing up free stuff!
That’s right…FREE STUFF!
As you may, or may not know – my ninth novel (12th book when you count short stories and novellas) was released earlier this month. It’s called Blood in the Water and it’s available in paperback here
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My fellow Queen’s alumna and Caribbean resident, Gwen Whitford, has written a beautiful tribute for a Dominican friend she recently lost. My condolences to you, Gwen, and to all of Mona’s family and friends.
Mona George-Dill was a beautiful, dynamic and gracious Dominican woman.
It is with profound sadness that I write this post as a tribute to Mona George-Dill, my first friend on Dominica. She departed this earthly life and ascended to heavenly paradise on Sunday October 30, 2016.
It is she to whom I give credit for guiding me during my early days in Dominica and helping me to understand a culture very different from my own.
Perhaps it was serendipity that brought us together in 1997. I was looking for a place to live that would give me an improved quality of life, as I had been suffering from severe environmental health challenges in Canada for several years. When I started to research other countries that offered clean air, food and water, I rigorously quizzed Mona, who was at that time the Manager of Springfield Plantation Guest House and a research…
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