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A-R International … Self-Isolating Authors Edition: Part 5

This is the fifth part of a series in which Authors I’ve promoted in the Authors-Readers International series tell Readers what they’ve been doing during these past few months of self-isolating … See the introduction to Part 1 for a further explanation. Here are links to Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. (All links on the authors’ names will take you to their A-RI promotion.)

Allan Hudson

Thanks again for the promotion. Appreciate all you do.

During the pandemic and being at home so much, I’ve been writing a lot (of course) and I’ve completed three manuscripts. The one I’m most excited about is at the editor now. It’s titled The Alexanders – Dominic. 1911 – 1920. It’s an historical fiction beginning in 1911 when young Dominic Alexander, due to misfortune in his family, must go live with his bachelor uncle. Separated from his family, he learns a new trade, meets new friends but not all goes as well as it should and after three years, he’s faced with tough choices. Deciding to emigrate to Canada, he starts anew in New Brunswick. It follows the ups and downs of resettlement in a new country. Overcoming loneliness, finding his spot in the new world, with a war raging in Europe. The cover is coming soon, I hope for publication in Aug/Sept.

I also completed the follow up to my well received Jo Naylor action story – Shattered Figurine. She has given up being a detective and is on the move, trying to forget the painful memories she left behind. She’s still a cop in her heart and can’t avoid trouble. A grief-stricken mother begs her to help find her missing daughter. No title as of yet. (Still working on that) I have completed three drafts and I think, it’s ready for the editor.

The third manuscript is of the next Drake Alexander adventure. At the funeral of their comrade in Bordeaux, France, he and his team are approached by a man whose daughter was killed by bank robbers and have never been caught. The only clues are twenty years old. When they take on the task to find the Monteux brothers, they become the hunted. At every turn someone is at their back, taking out witnesses and after Drake’s team members. International in scope, Drake follows clues from France to Germany to Mongolia and Switzerland.
This story is also untitled and in the third draft stage.

I’ve started another novel about a Canadian archeologist & University professor, digging for clues of previous habitation on a desolate island in the South Pacific. What she finds is life-changing for her. Relics from the past that are not of this world.

Other than that Susan, I’ve been working on the Scribbler and have guests lined up until the end of August. Many authors are now reaching out to me and I like that. SBS is getting 2-300 page views a day.

Yahoo!. No boredom here.

Take care my friend. I look forward to the day when we actually meet and I hope it can be next summer when all is back to normal. (Maybe!)

Marty Chan

Thanks so much for including me in your blog posts. I’m thrilled to get the added exposure. What have I been up to during the pandemic? Here are a couple of highlights.

The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Metamorphosis was nominated for an Aurora Award in the Best YA Novel category.
Kung Fu Master made the CCBC’s Best Books of 2020.
– I teamed up with local performer Stephanie Wolfe to do a satirical video series called Letters of the Pandemic, which air on my YouTube channel.
– I did two virtual school visits via Google Meet.
– I signed a book contract for a new book to come out in 2021.
– I’ve been shooting writing-tip videos and folktales for kids for the Young Alberta Book Society and I have a project coming up with the TD Summer Reading Club program.
– I’ll be teaching a few online classes through the summer (YouthWrite & the U of A Faculty of Extension).
– I have a webinar coming up June 9 via The Writers’ Union of Canada. I’ll be talking about digital promotion in the social media era.

Well, I guess that’s more than a couple of highlights. Anyway, I’ve been keeping busy. At this point, I’m just having fun learning how to edit together these videos. It’s a skill set that I never thought I’d learn, but thanks to the pandemic, I had the time and inclination.

Brian Brennan

As always, I am super impressed by the amount of promoting you do on our behalf! Thank you again.

So, what have I been doing during the pandemic? I had three paid speaking engagements cancelled, which set me back a bit because they would have generated sales for my novel, The Love of One’s Country. After voluntarily sheltering in place from March 16 onward, I started keeping a pandemic diary. But I gave that up after five weeks because it was starting to turn into Mark Twain’s “got up, washed, went to bed” routine. I have now watched more Netflix series than I ever thought I would see in my lifetime, and look forward to my daughter Nico’s weekly Facebook jam sessions with her partner, Jeff Kushner, when I pull out my keyboard, sip some chardonnay, and harmonize and play along. As for writing, I do a blog post whenever the spirit moves me, and connect regularly by e-mail with friends and family around the world. I’m now starting to feel like I did after I’d been walking a picket line at the Calgary Herald for eight months in 1999-2000. When will this thing end? Limbo has never been one of my favourite places.

Stay well, stay safe.

David Poulsen

I wish I could think of a clever new way of saying “these challenging times” but I can’t so I’ll talk a little about what I’m doing to deal with the inactivity/economic hardship brought on by the pandemic. First of all, the inactivity part doesn’t really apply. While most of what I do as a rodeo announcer/broadcaster and as a writer/presenter takes place in front of a crowd and all of that has gone away, at least for 2020, self-isolation has left me with time I don’t normally have to work around the place (horse ranch) for getting corrals cleaned, fences built and repaired, yardwork done and even some gardening, which I love and usually miss out on. I have completed a YA novel, tentatively called The Dark Won’t Wait, a mystery thriller for YA readers—we’ll see where it goes in the weeks/months ahead. And I have embarked on an editing course at Mount Royal University in Calgary in the hope of hanging out my editing shingle in the next few months. As for the economic challenges, they are a little more complicated. The bills don’t go away just because the bulk of the income has (temporarily) disappeared. Nevertheless, a little belt-tightening, some help from writers groups and the federal government, some cool online video projects with YABS (Young Alberta Book Society) and knocking off a couple of 7-11 stores a month is keeping those wolves at least somewhat at bay. And there are upsides. Staying home means spending less money, enjoying a lot more phone calls, Skype and ZOOM sessions with family and acquiring skills in the garden and the kitchen; all of those are things that don’t happen normally. The need for maintaining optimism and hope—and I admit there are times when that’s difficult—is perhaps most important of all in 2020. And on that note, let me finish with this. My 98 year-old mom is in a long-term care facility in Calgary that has been hit very hard by COVID-19. And a few weeks ago, Mom tested positive. I’ll be honest–I expected the worst and prepped the family for what I thought would be the coming bad news. But Mom had other plans and is now asymptomatic and has been declared recovered. Take that, Coronavirus! For the next while I plan to work with my horses, tinker with an idea for a fifth book in the Cullen and Cobb Mysteries and read more Canadian—next up, Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault (long overdue on my part).

Finally, thank you, Susan, as always, for being the force you are in supporting and promoting writers and writing. It is so appreciated.

Seumas Gallacher

Recent medical history and my age constitute two of the high-risk categories for me, and I am obeying the tenet of Working From Home. In Bahrain, the authorities seem to have managed very well to corral the infections … the mortality rate is extremely low , with less than 20 recorded deaths due to Corona virus. I have been working via my laptop and mobile phone on my external corporate advisory work, and doing some other writing-related projects also. I always like to keep my brain busy, and find no great hardship in being indoors most of the time.. whenever grocery shopping is required or a meting in someone’s office, I wear a face mask, as all residents here are ordered to do, -… I wash my hands at least ten times day, and use plenty of sanitizer. the new ‘norm’ is easy so far for me. The crazy imposition of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK has put my vacation plans on hold until at least the end of the year.

Recently, Seumas posted the following to Facebook and gave me permission to use it here:

..yes! yes! yes! … there is a deputy God, and he works on the express checkout lane at Carrefour in Bahrain… I have waited for years! … yes, years! to witness the glorious event that happened this evening… I was out doing my necessary grocery shopping, and lined up at the queue one along from the express checkout as I had several items to process… a bit of a noise and argument ensued in the express lane… a woman (without a face mask, by the way – that’s obviously for OTHER people to conform to under the current anti-virus local regulations here)… she had a large queue built up behind her… she had started to unload her shopping trolley (yes, a half-full trolley!) onto the counter… loads of items… the checkout clerk did what I have wanted HUNDREDS of express checkout clerks to do for such a long time… he told her she was in the wrong queue and would have to put her stuff back in her trolley and go find a proper queue… at first she was having none of that… a supervisor then appeared, and backed up the checkout man… great stuff!… she continued to remonstrate loudly, only drawing even more attention to herself, and the customers behind her were giving her all sorts of looks and comments from behind face masks, so she didn’t know who was calling her what… it was MAGNIFICENT!… the supervisor bundled her remaining items into her trolley and led off with it to another queue, with her in tow… and lo and behold he lined her up in a queue with about a dozen customers, all of whom looked laden with full trolley-loads… I could not have scripted a better comeuppance… hats off to that checkout lad… my new hero for today! Cheers!

Susan M. Toy

That’s me!

I’ve spent almost the entire past three months on the verandah of my Bequia house – so far unable to travel back to Canada as there have been no flights in or out of the country. We’ve had reasonably excellent internet all this time though, so I’ve kept in constant contact with the world out there, and am especially happy that so many self-isolating authors have responded to my call for updates for this particular promotion series. I’ve tried to keep up with all the promotions I had planned to do, but am woefully behind at the moment … and it’s not because I’ve been frittering my time away on Facebook – well, not ALL my time, anyway!

I HAVE BEEN READING!! (Although I usually have to wait until the cat is finished with the hammock, before I can read there.) I read 16 books during the month of May alone. I believe that’s a record, even for me! Outstanding among these were new books by Richard Ford (Sorry for Your Trouble) and Alex George (The Paris Hours), and many others … Plus I had the great pleasure of beta-reading a new novel by an A-RI Author and new books by authors (one of them is my editor!) who will soon be promoted on my blog. Thank goodness, too, for being able to borrow eBooks from the library! I have never been without something great to read, even though I’m situated on a tiny island smack in the Caribbean Sea, more than 3000 miles away from Canada.  I LOVE LIBRARIES!!

The only problem with this extra time I’ve spent on Bequia this year is we’ve been experiencing a drier than normal dry season that has only just begun to end this past week. But, the cloud with a silver lining (!) in all of this is – PHENOMENAL SUNSETS!! So here’s a photo of one for you that I took just a couple of night’s ago. And you can understand from this why we named our house The View!

A-R International: Allan Hudson

Allan Hudson
Authors-Readers International


I live on the east coast of Canada where the moody waters and fabulous sunrises inspire me. I’m married to a wonderful lady, Gloria.

I love reading and writing.

My short story The Ship Breakers received Honorable Mention in the Writers Federation of New Brunswick short story competition and has been selected by McGraw-Hill Ryerson to be part of their iLit collection.

My short stories have been published on commuterlit.com and in The Golden Ratio. I published my collection of short stories, A Box of Memories, in April 2019.

I have self-published two action/adventure novels in the Drake Alexander Adventure Series, Dark Side of a Promise and Wall of War, that are available in both print and eBook formats through Amazon. I am presently working on a three volume historical fiction project tentatively titled The Alexanders.

I work as a jewellery consultant by day. I write as often as possible. I love adventure and change.

I am fortunate to have a loving family and am a very happy man.

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I have only ever met Allan Hudson online, but that was through a very good mutual friend, Lockie Young, a fellow-Indie author who has since died, unfortunately. I promoted both Lockie and then Allan on my Reading Recommendations blog, and have read much of Allan’s earlier work he published as eBook-only at the time. Allan is extremely enthusiastic about both writing and reading, but he has also been a very stalwart supporter of other Indie authors, such as me, and has provided a forum over the years to many of us on his South Branch Scribbler blog. He has hosted me there a number of times by posting my guest blogs, his reviews of my writing, and even a couple of short stories I’d written. Allan has done the same kind of promotion for many, many other authors over the years, and we all really appreciate the added exposure his blog gives to us and to our work. But wait, there’s more! Allan is also indefatigable in sharing, reposting and reblogging, and commenting on social media whenever we post something on our own blogs! Especially with regards to promotions like this one I am currently writing, Authors-Readers International, I can always count on Allan to share my posts with his own friends and readers. He gets the idea, and has always understood that it helps ALL authors if we promote each other. He gives as good as he gets, and for that, I am very, very grateful to Allan Hudson!

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Detective Josephine Naylor receives an email telling her where to find the last body. The messenger tells her “only you can stop this madness”. Discovering a shattered figurine on the corpse, she’s overwhelmed by the possibility it might be the one she sold in a yard sale. If so, she knows who the killer could be. She prays that she’s wrong.

For more information about all of Allan Hudson’s published print books and eBooks, please see his website.

Allan Hudson was a guest on Reading Recommendations in Feb. 2014.

Readers … resolve to read more in 2019!

HUGE THANKS to Allan Hudson for hosting me once again on his blog, South Branch Scribbler!
Following is much of that original post. Please visit Allan’s link to read in its entirety.

 

I am a reader and I read a lot of books! No matter how many I read however I never seem to catch up with my ginormous to-be-read stack/list of books. Even though I try to follow Dr. Seuss’s advice:

I never manage to come even close to catching up.

But then that’s part of the fun in reading, isn’t it? The search for new books to read, test-driving new authors’ writing, the joy in “discovering” a new-to-you book or even a genre that you’ve never read before. I’ve spent my entire life reading and working with books and authors and am an author now myself, yet I never tire of reading, thinking about, discussing, recommending and discovering new books!

I know there are many others out there just like me, too, so that’s why I say to you now – Make it your New Year’s resolution to read even more in 2019! You don’t need to count the books you do read, or compare numbers you’ve read with others. We are all different, we readers, not only in how fast we can read, but also in when and where we like to read, how we approach our reading, and even why or what we read in the first place. So no judgement calls here at all, folks! Just the suggestion that if you enjoy reading, you might want to make it a priority in your life to read even more.  I won’t go into the many ways that you can make more time to read. I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.

To help other readers along a little bit with suggestions as to what they might consider reading, I recently created a Facebook Group Your next great read … suggestions for readers and authors that I hope will not only generate lists of books and authors for other readers to enjoy reading, but also some discussion about books and reading in general. It’s an open group and anyone may join – authors too, because authors are (or should be!!) readers themselves. Self-promotion is allowed, but authors are requested to contribute information on other books and authors, as well. I would love to see – eventually – a large membership of readers from all around the world (and we already have the beginnings of an international group) who benefit from the reading experience of everyone. I’m particularly interested in world literature (although only what is available in English, in my case) so I would love to hear about authors in other countries, especially non-English-speaking, who are publishing books that are available in English translation. I know other members already contributing to the site are also interested in particular genres or types of writing. Why not join us and see if you find something new-to-you that becomes Your Next Great Read!

So, Readers, are you ready to resolve to read more in 2019? I hope so, and that you will consider joining us. And, if you’re not on Facebook but are still looking for ways to encourage yourself to stick with this resolution of reading more, I suggest you consider following these blogs …

(This one, of course!) Allan Hudson’s South Branch Scribbler

Seumas Gallacher’s blog

And my own blog, Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing (I’m planning on writing a series, actually, about all the How, When, Why, Where, What, and Who on reading – subscribe to my blog and Stay Tuned!)

I mention these blogs primarily because we three authors make a habit of promoting other authors and their books. We also all write or have written about writing and publishing as self-published authors and we reblog interesting articles and blog posts written by other authors as well. As my personal interest has swayed from selling books to finding more readers for writing in general, I’ve written a number of posts aimed at readers (as well as addressing directly authors who continue to promote their own work too much!). You might find something interesting in one of these articles:

Why not read books simply because they’re well-written?

A challenge to all Readers …

HOW to get promotion for yourself and your book … 

A challenge to all Readers …

Earlier in the summer, I wrote and posted this to my blog: Why not read books simply because they’re well-written?

Then I asked Chris Graham, aka The Story Reading Ape, to create three memes that promoted three of the ideas I’d covered in this post: Ask for a meme …

For the purpose of this challenge, I want to focus on the suggestion in one of these memes …

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Why not, indeed?

I recently began following two Facebook pages that were set up for the benefit of Readers. The gist of both sites was an exchange of reading recommendations and a place where readers could find out what they might want to read next. On the one site, there were a lot of rules posted restricting Indie Authors as to how much they could self-promote. Understandably so. However, authors were also restricted from posting links to our own blogs, and I was reprimanded by admin., even though my blog link in question was a list of the best books I had read this past year and not self-promotion at all. I’d apparently over-stepped the limit of one self-promotion post per week on the site. I’ve removed all my previous posts from that site and have stopped posting there altogether. I know, it is their site and they are allowed to make and administer the rules. But, in the meantime, other site members will never see that list of books by other authors I was recommending they consider reading. Not my own books, mind you, but the books of many other fine authors.

Meanwhile, I continue to read posts by other site members in which they’re asking for reading recommendations – and contributing to discussions surrounding reading books written by the same-old bestselling authors or series or genres that the members have already been reading. And no one is asking for something new, something different, something outside of their comfort zone. An author who is new-to-them who will make the reader stand up and take notice and have that reader recommending the author to every other reader they know.

So, this is my challenge to all readers out there … And this includes all authors, as well, because you’re all also readers, right? (If you answer “No” to that, then SHAME ON YOU! You SHOULD be reading. You can’t write well if you don’t read. But that leads us to another blog post: Writer = Reader. And I digress …)

Here’s what I challenge all Readers to do:

1. Discover a new-to-you author. Look for authors who write a different genre than you usually read.

2. Purchase a copy of their book or borrow from the library. (Preferably purchase. I understand if you can’t afford to buy. However, I give you the inimitable Seumas Gallacher as an example of someone who supports Indie Authors by making a point of purchasing one Indie-Authored book a month. That kind of committment is not going to break the bank.)

3. Read.

4. If you enjoyed what you read, tell your friends and other readers. And if you REALLY enjoyed what you read, become a champion of that author. Read more of their books. Follow them on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, their blog. Write a review if you like to write reviews. Post your recommendation to your own blog or social media sites. Spread the word about this new-to-you author as far as you possibly can. (If you want to write a review and don’t have your own blog or don’t like posting to Amazon, contact me about publishing your review on reading recommendations reviewed or this blog.)

5. Write to the author directly to tell them how much you enjoyed their book. Trust me! We love receiving fan mail!!

6. Repeat #s 1-5. Many times.

Simple, right?

I know you’re probably thinking, “It’s easy for her to say. She’s an author who has connections to lots of other authors and knows where to find new books to read. Where the heck am I going to find these new-to-me authors and their books?”

Well, yes, I am well connected, but I have discovered many of the authors I now enjoy reading by watching for listings on Goodreads, Facebook, and mainly through other bloggers. So here’s a list of places where you might consider looking for suggestions on the next great book you’re going to read so you may become part of my challenge!

My blogs (of course):
Reading Recommendations
reading recommendations reviewed
And specific blog posts:
Best Books Read 2016 – Part 1
Best Books Read 2016 – Part 2

And blogs written by many friends who support their fellow authors:
Seumas Gallacher
Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life, Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore
Chris The Story Reading Ape – Authors Hall of Fame
Allan Hudson – South Branch Scribbler
Tricia Drammeh – Authors to Watch
Dylan Hearn – Suffolk Scribblings: Recommended Reads
Anne Logan – I’VE READ THIS
Mary Bailey – 1WriteWay: A Different Kind of Book Review
Happymeerkatreviews

There are many, many more. I leave it up to you, Readers, to discover the best places for finding your own new-to-you authors. Don’t forget the local library, too! Most libraries have websites, and librarians are always eager to create and post lists of books that will be of interest to their patrons. (And, thanks to Calgary Public Library, my first novel, Island in the Clouds, has been listed on two such lists, their Around the World in 14 Mysteries and Accidental Sleuths and my second novel on the eponymously named One Woman’s Island recommendations!)

One other source for discovering new-to-you authors – especially poets, in this case – and even new-to-you music, as well, is Bob Chelmick’s The Road Home. This is 24-hour streaming of Bob’s radio program’s that have long been featured on CKUA Radio. Give it a listen. It’s addicting!! (I’m listening as I write this and just heard one of my favourite authors, Robert Kroetsch, reading his poetry.)

So, off you go! You’ll find a lot of fun in the discovery, but I hope you find even more enjoyment in the reading!

Ready, set … READ!

(No need to comment here that you’re taking my challenge, unless you do find a new-to-you author you’d like to crow about. I always welcome accolades for authors! And if you already review books and authors on your own blog, please include your link in the comments section below.)

Andrea’s Journey on South Branch Scribbler!

Thanks so much to Allan Hudson who is featuring my writing, yet again, on his blog, South Branch Scribbler!

I’m very pleased to release the short story, Andrea’s Journey, into the wild of the internet. While I wrote the story many, many years ago, this is the first time it’s had a public showing. It has gone through a long dormant period and a number of revisions, as well as a complete rewriting and editing. I hope you enjoy this final version.

thXXREGYQ1 You may read Allan’s blog and Andrea’s Journey in its entirety here.

I have been a guest on Allan’s blog 5 times now! Allan has also now posted 4 of my short stories that might not otherwise have been read, had he not given me the platform of his blog. So thanks for all you do for other writers, Allan!

Here are the links to my previous SBS visits:
Interview
50 Ways to Lose Your Liver
Another Day in Paradise
Family Jewels

Allan Hudson has also been featured on my promotion blog, Reading Recommendations, and has always been very supportive of his fellow writers! I encourage you to visit Allan’s blog and read his writing, as well!

Resources for Authors …

I’ve gathered together the Best of the Best! Here’s a list of bloggers – friends of this site, every one! – who offer services to authors, mainly in the area of promotion (guest blogs, reviews, interviews), but also design covers design, create trailers, and edit. Most of these services are free, but for some there is a charge. With the exception of Chris The Story Reading Ape, all are authors themselves, and they have been promoted on my own blog, Reading Recommendations. I’ve included links back to their promotions on my blog. I encourage you to check out their blog links to see what they have to offer, and also buy and read their books, while you’re at it!

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Kevin BrennanScribable: Indie Editing Service sonoma-county Kevin also posts a lot of great information on his blog about writing, publishing and the direction we’re moving in with regards to creating books and finding readers for them.

If you’d like to be listed on a future blog post and outline services you offer to authors (and I’d particularly like to list book reviewers here) please let me know your link (email me at susanmtoy (at) gmail.com) and tell me what it is you can do for us. If you’ve already been promoted on Reading Recommendations … Bonus!

South Branch Scribbler: Guest Author Susan Toy of Bequia

Thanks to Reading Recommendations-promoted Author Allan Hudson for hosting me, once again, on his blog, South Branch Scribbler!

Family Jewels, the story posted, takes place in Paris several years ago …

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Read the complete blog post and story here …

Susan M. Toy on The South Branch Scribbler

Thanks to Allan Hudson for inviting me once again to take part in his weekly blog, The South Branch Scribbler, where he promotes the writing of many authors! You may read my story, Another Day in Paradise, in full here.

While you’re at it, have a look at the promotion I published for Allan on my blog, Reading Recommendations, in Feb. 2014.

My short story on the South Branch Scribbler’s blog!

Thanks to Allan Hudson, who was previously featured over on my other blog Reading Recommendations, for hosting me today and publishing my short story, 50 Ways To Lose Your Liver! Please visit Allan’s blog and check out the many other stories and authors Allan promotes on his blog.