Is Literature Doomed, A Clueless Woman, TBM Giveaway, 99 Cent November

Back in 2012, I attended the London Book Fair and had the pleasure to hear Howard Jacobson speak. He’s a British author and has won a Man Booker Prize for the novel The Finkler Question.

The talk was quite interesting since Jacobson is funny and opinionated. He’s the type who’s able to express his opinions in a diplomatic way, which is a major plus in my book. I love people who are passionate, but can’t stand conceited or insensitive jerks. He’s neither.

Yet, he did venture into dangerous waters by claiming, in his opinion, literature is doomed. And now that literature is doomed, he thinks everyone wants to write a novel and join in on the fun before it’s too late. To emphasize his point he compared it to wartime when people become more promiscuous since many believe they’ll die soon so why not have some fun beforehand.

As you can imagine, this idea got my attention and since then, I’ve thought about it off and on. So I’m opening the floor to you wonderful folks. Do you think literature is doomed?

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ACluelessWoman (3)In case you missed the announcement, I’m getting ready to release my next novel: A Clueless Woman

If any of you would be willing to help me promote the release of A Clueless Woman please let me know in the comments. The media kit will include excerpts, but even a shout out would be much appreciated.

A Clueless Woman is the prequel to my first novel A Woman Lost. If you sign up to my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of A Woman Lost (details can be found here). All you need to do is tell me where to send your free copy by clicking here.

 

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Don’t forget November’s giveaway. All of the books are fantastic and the authors are fab. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Here the books:

November Covers

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99 cent November.

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Click here to see all the goodies available for only 99 cents!

Have a wonderful week!

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The Miracle Girl is Free, A Clueless Woman, Realms Faire, New Release, TBM Giveaway, 99 Cent November

Happy Monday! I’m unusually perky this Monday morning. Why? No, I haven’t been to the the pub yet, but will be soon since today is a vacation day. Woot.

Before I tune out for the rest of the day, I have some announcements. First, The Miracle Girl is FREE right not on Amazon.

TheMiracleGirl (1)Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Available on Amazon:

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK    /   Amazon Canada    /    Amazon Australia

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In case you missed the announcement last week, I’m getting ready to release my next novel: A Clueless Woman

If any of you would be willing to help me promote the release of A Clueless Woman please let me know in the comments. I’ll do my best to email the media kit soon. It’ll include excerpts.

A Clueless Woman is the prequel to my first novel A Woman Lost. If you sign up to my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of A Woman Lost (details can be found here). All you need to do is tell me where to send your free copy by clicking here.

ACluelessWoman (3)Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.

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Realms Faire

This week is the Realms Faire hosted by M. Pax.  Twitter Hashtag – #RealmsFaire

Don’t miss out on all the games and prizes.

Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Unicorn Hunt ~ Who Roams Here? ~ Beware the Vortex ~ VelociRaffle ~ The Hero’s Dilemma ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Hall of Doors ~ The Joust ~Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke

Click here to enter giveaways offering Amazon gift cards and free books. Two of my novels, Claudia Must Die and Marionette are up for grabs.

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New Release

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from Incandescent Phoenix Books.

Amazon / iBooks / Kobo / Nook

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Don’t forget November’s giveaway. All of the books are fantastic and the authors are fab. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Here the books:

November Covers

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99 cent November.

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Click here to see all the goodies available for only 99 cents!

That’s all for today folks. Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to grab your free copy of The Miracle Girl. I’m off to the pub and I’ll do my best to pop by your blog and say hello once my short holiday is over.

Cheers,

TB

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IWSG and A Clueless Woman

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Today is the first Wednesday of November, which means it’s IWSG time. This month’s co-hosts are the wonderful and talented Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

So what’s my insecurity this month? Simply put, I’m finalizing my latest novel for publication, which means I’m a bundle of nerves. My goal is to publish A Clueless Woman the first week in December. Each day I try to mark off tasks on the get Clueless ready to-do list. Yet, each time I mark something off, it seems three more items appear on the list. How does that happen? The weeks leading up to publishing a novel, in my opinion, are hectic, exciting, and terrifying.

If any of you would be willing to help me promote the release of A Clueless Woman please let me know in the comments. I’ll do my best to email the media kit soon (mental note, add media kit to the never-ending list). The kit will include excerpts.

A Clueless Woman is the prequel to my first novel A Woman Lost. If you sign up to my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of A Woman Lost (details can be found here). All you need to do is tell me where to send your free copy by clicking here.

And now for the first time, here’s the cover and blurb to A Clueless Woman.

ACluelessWoman (3)Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.

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New Releases:

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It Takes Two

It Takes Two by Harper Bliss

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Max Blizzard and The Cup of Kings by Pat Hatt
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Mayhem in the Air by the authors at Untethered Realms

 

 

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Don’t forget November’s giveaway. All of the books are fantastic and the authors are fab. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Here the books:

November Covers

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99 cent November.

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Click here to see all the goodies available for only 99 cents!

That’s all for today folks. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m looking forward to checking in and finding out about your insecurities.

Cheers,

TB

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99 cent November, Giveaway, and a Quaint Pub

Holy cow! Is it really November? I remember when 2015 started and November seemed so far away. Now there’s only two months left till 2016 and I don’t even want to think about how many shopping days are left until Christmas. I’m so not prepared!

November is a big month for many. In the US, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. And for authors, it marks a manic time. Yep, it’s NaNo time, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. I’m not joining the fun, but I’m on the sidelines cheering on all the participants. Write your pants off folks!

What else is happening this month? A whole lot. I don’t want to overwhelm everyone, so I’ll only mention two events today. The first is hosted by Milo James Fowler.

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Every week in November, Daniel AusemaJames Garcia Jr.Anne E. JohnsonSimon KewinMichelle Ann KingTB MarkinsonTyrean MartinsonRhonda ParrishLoni Townsendand Milo James Fowler will be lowering the prices on a few of our eBooks. In the spirit of the season, we’re giving our readers something to be thankful for.Here’s a sample of what you’ll be able to download for only 99cents — Click each cover for details:

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  http://www.amazon.com/Claudia-Must-Die-T-Markinson-ebook/dp/B00OXVABV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415280444&sr=8-1&keywords=claudia+must+die  http://www.amazon.com/Marionette-T-B-Markinson-ebook/dp/B00GIVDDHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384789275&sr=8-1&keywords=marionette+t+b
http://www.poiseandpen.com/publishing/short-stories/waste-not/

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Don’t miss out on these fantastic titles at such a low price!

And now for the second November event, hosted by me. TBMs giveaway 2

Today is the kickoff for November’s giveaway. All of the books are fantastic and the authors are simply wonderful. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

And here are the books.

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Christmas, Actually  Anthology of 6 authors, including Aimee Horton and Katie Rose Guest Pryal

christmas-actually-coverYou never know how Christmas will turn out! Festive and fun, or dreary and dull? While the holidays are magical for some, they are somber for others. Christmas, Actually is a holiday collection that runs the gamut of seasonal emotions: humor, hope, joy, confusion, excitement.

Curl up next to the fire, and laugh, cry and dream along with the characters in this collection of holiday tales. Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future… All play a part in Christmas, Actually.

 

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Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino

paris-rue-des-martyrs-coverSome encounters make a difference.

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs.

Rafael’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… or so she intends.

Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.

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Legacy Anthology with 14 authors, including Regina Calcaterra and Kristopher Jansma

legacy-coverWhat will you leave behind?

Long after we’ve left this world, our legacy remains. Or doesn’t. Or remains only in the minds of those who knew us, those whose lives we’ve touched. Those we’ve written to, or about.

If you had a choice, what mark would you leave? How should people remember you? Should they remember you?

Fourteen authors sat down during the month of January 2015, shut out distractions of the outside world and wrote about the subject. The resulting fiction and nonfiction stories fill the pages of Legacy: An Anthology. The book includes stories from Kristopher Jansma, winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra and Canadian best-selling author Marissa Stapley among others.

Within these pages, there is laughter, pride and hope. There is romance and rock and roll. Certain messages are eerie, while others bestow a sense of peace. The collection, through the discerning lens of each writer, runs the gamut of the human experience.

Author proceeds benefit the charity PAWS for Reading, which pairs pets with children to improve reading and communication skills. Thanks for supporting the cause!

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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

christmas-confessions-frontcover-v1jpgParty girl Vicki tells it like it us, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest (book auction, anyone?) to her even crazier holidays in her new home of Paris (like a marathon 8-hour meal sitting on a stool). Bizarre gifts, weird food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of tales you’ll chuckle at in this collection.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for some great cocktails and some hearty laughs this holiday season!

 

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The 13 Floor Complete Collection by Christine Rains

Backstairs - 5 - in an apartment building.Six supernatural tenants

Living in a haunted apartment building

On a floor that doesn’t exist.

Six novellas telling their tales:

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.

A werewolf is hunted by her pack.

A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.

A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.

A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can’t find.

A banshee falls in love with someone who’s death she has seen in a vision.

And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

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Just a quick note, this is the last giveaway for 2015 since my goal is to take off some time in December to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.

I’m hoping to continue the giveaway in 2016. If you’re an author and would like to give away one of your e-books, give me a shout. The monthly giveaways are a way for me to say thanks to all who visit and it’s an honor to host such amazing and talented authors on my blog. I’m truly thankful.

Here’s the link for the giveaway again.

Before I go, I want to apologize for not visiting blogs as much lately. The Better Half has lots of vacation days to burn before the end of the year. We’ve been enjoying 3 and 4 day weekends. And each time I say I’ll do some work, but it’s hard to focus. Let’s face it, I don’t want to miss out on pub visits. Last week we found a wonderful pub, The Nag’s Head, near Harrods.

Today, we may head out for another adventure. If we find a gem, I’ll share some photos. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to check out 99 cent November and TBM’s Monthly Giveaway. I’ll be back on Wednesday to share some big news.

 

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, Plan Bea, Giveaway

Last week I shared about my 2011 visit to Mark Twain’s house. Just in case you missed, click here.

Right next door to Twain’s house is the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.  As a history nerd and bookworm this was a pure delight.  Actually it was almost overwhelming for me, but delightfully so.  After the tour of Mark Twain’s place we walked over to the Stowe house and signed up for the 2pm tour.

Stowe became famous after publishing Uncle Tom’s Cabin during the years 1851-1852.  It was published in a serial format in the weekly newspaper the National Era.  According to our guide, initially it wasn’t supposed to be so long, but due to the story’s popularity Stowe continued releasing more installments.   The novel had a tremendous impact on many people and changed how some Americans felt about slavery.  If you haven’t read this work I highly recommend the novel not only for its historical impact, but it’s an entertaining and emotional novel.   The book’s impact was felt worldwide and in the visitors center you can see covers of the novel from all over.

The success of the novel was also a financial success for Stowe and allowed her to write for a living.  I learned that Stowe’s first check was actually written to her husband since married woman during her time didn’t have rights to their own earnings.  Fortunately for Stowe, her husband was liberal and not jealous of her success and didn’t keep the money just for himself.  I found this interesting since Stowe’s book was critical of slavery and as a woman, she didn’t have many more rights than slaves.

The house is not as fancy as Twain’s.  However, our guide pointed out that when Twain moved into his Hartford home he was younger and just starting out while Stowe had already acquired fame and wealth.  Also she was older and had downsized to a less elaborate home.

036 026One aspect of the tour surprised me since I didn’t have any knowledge of Stowe’s other skills.  I learned that Stowe was also an artist even though she did not have any formal training.  She completed many delightful floral paintings, some of which hang in the home and can be seen on the tour.  No photographs are allowed inside the home, so I can’t share any with you.  However, if you find yourself in Hartford some day, I would suggest this tour and the Mark Twain tour.  Both are informative and well worth it.

Favorite Stowe quotes:

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

“Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.”

“Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.”

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.”

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

PLAN BEA

My good friend Hilary released her second novel. I’m so excited to read it.

Plan BeaHow well do you really know the people in your life?

Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.

Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.

In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.

PLAN BEA is available on AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, iBooks, AND AMAZON UK

Need an announcement:

Are you releasing a book soon, having a promotion, or other book news you’d like me to share? Feel free to send me an email: tbmarkinson@gmail.com

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TBM’s Monthly E-Book Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter this month’s e-book giveaway. One winner will receive copies of five wonderful books by super cool authors.

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Here’s the Rafflecopter link and here’s the giveaway announcement post.

Free Book:

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Have you signed up to my mailing list yet? Everyone who does, receives a free copy of A Woman Lost. All you need to do is tell me where to send it. Click here for details.

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Mark Twain, Quotes, and Giveaway

Thank you!

Last week I co-hosted IWSG. What a wild and fun ride. I want to thank everyone for stopping by and extra thanks to all of you who signed up for my mailing list. In case you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.

Mark Twain’s House

One of my favorite activities and a great source of inspiration is visiting author’s homes. Several years ago I had the privilege of touring Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, Connecticut. I had been by it before, but wasn’t able to go inside since I had my dog. Miles and I think he should be allowed everywhere, however not everyone agrees. Seriously, who can say no to this face?

Laughing Miles

Anyway, I arranged to visit Twain’s house sans Miles. Was it worth it? Absolutely, but please don’t tell Miles.

I have always been a huge fan of Twain so I was quite curious to see the place where Samuel Clemens (Twain’s real name) worked on some of his most impressive works including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

The outside of the house looks impressive.  Construction on the house began in August of 1873 and the family settled there in September of 1874.  The architect was Edward Tuckerman Potter and the structure is an example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture.   The brickwork, the eaves and the gables makes the exterior look quite busy and at times it feels overwhelming to take in all the detail.

From the outside the house looks massive but it isn’t until I toured the house did I realize just how large.  It has 25 rooms, including seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an impressive grand hall, a large library, a glass conservatory, and a billiard room.  Sam worked in the billiard room and according to our tour guide he kept stuff on the pool table so he wouldn’t stop writing and play pool.  Apparently he was easily distracted and if the pool table was well kept and ready to play he would put down his pen.  In an effort to focus he kept odds and ends on the table so it would be an effort to clean the table to play pool.  Unfortunately no photographs are permitted inside the house.  However, if you are in the area I would suggest this tour!

The family resided in the house until 1891 when financial woes forced the family to live in Europe.  After they returned to America the family did not return to Hartford due to the death of their beloved daughter Susy in 1896.  Mrs. Clemens could not bear to live in the house with so many memories of her late daughter.  They sold the house in 1903.

Favorite Mark Twain Quotes:

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

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TBM’s Monthly E-Book Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter this month’s e-book giveaway. One winner will receive copies of five wonderful books by super cool authors.

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Here’s the Rafflecopter link and here’s the giveaway announcement post.

Do you have a favorite Mark Twain quote? I’d love to hear it.

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#IWSG, Mailing Lists, Giveaways, and Answer to the Mystery Photo

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Today is the first Wednesday of October and I’m honored to be one of the co-hosts for IWSG along with the amazing Tamara NarayanEva E. SolarShannon Lawrence, and Stephanie Faris. Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

Today my niggling insecurity concerns my mailing list. I started my list early, which is good, but I didn’t do enough to encourage people to sign up. I’ve been taking baby steps to change that. The biggest adjustment I’ve made is offering a free copy of my novel, A Woman Lost, to all new subscribers. This has helped grow my list substantially. But I need to keep finding more ways to find new subscribers and readers.

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While prepping this post, I realized I never officially announced on my blog that if you sign up you’ll receive a FREE copy of A Woman Lost. Ooops. Here’s the signup link. And if you would like to find out more about A Woman Lost, just click here.

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TBM’s Monthly E-Book Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter this month’s e-book giveaway. One winner will receive copies of five wonderful books by super cool authors.

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Here’s the Rafflecopter link and here’s the giveaway announcement post.

Calling all YA author’s!

Derek Murphy is offering an awesome giveaway and opportunity. Here’s the deal:

He’s forming a private group of YA authors who can help each other succeed. He’ll let you leverage his platforms and traffic, and suggest lots of ways the group can work together to share readership and sell more books.

The giveaway includes $7500 worth of book design and marketing help. There are five days till the deadline.

So if you want to be involved and get some unique opportunities to market your YA fiction, sign up on the giveaway page.

One more thing before I’m off to visit other IWSGers. Last week I included a mystery photo and asked who owned a particular house in the Garden District in New Orleans.

Here’s the photo:

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Several of you guessed Anne Rice and ding ding ding—you are correct. Rice not only lived in the house, she also included it in her novel, The Witching Hour, one of my favorite books by her.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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October, Mystery House, and Giveaway

Happy October! I love this time of year. The air is crisp. The trees are experiencing an explosion of colors. It’s getting darker earlier and soon the holiday season will be upon us. And October also has a delightful creepy feel to it. I find myself reading more horror and Gothic novels this time of year. Speaking of horror, does anyone recognize the house in the photo below? It belonged to an American author who used it as part of her trilogy about witches. I’ll give you a hint: you can find the house in the Garden District in New Orleans.

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Not only is today the first of October, one of my favorite month’s, but it’s the kickoff day for this month’s giveaway.

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I’m so excited about the books this month.

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It’s such an honor to host these authors on my blog. Here’s the deal, all you need to do is visit the Rafflecopter page and enter. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the month one winner will be randomly selected to win an e-book copy of all five books.

And now for the fabulous books!

close-to-destiny-front-coverv10jpgClose to Destiny by Adria J. Cimino

 

Most disturbing is an encounter with a mysterious woman who introduces Kat to Will. And this lovely messenger has information she desperately wants to share with Kat: an incident from more than a century ago that could transform Kat’s future. But will Kat listen?

A story of the role of destiny in life… and of righting the wrongs of the past.

 

 

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Awkward, 21-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned.

Which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her.

Newly transplanted in L.A. after being kicked out of her father’s house, Greta moves in with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.

When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne’s desperate tactics just push Greta further away. Reeling, Daphne betrays her friend. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?

 

confessions-of-a-paris-potty-trainer-coverConfessions of a Paris Potty Trainer by Vicki Lesage

If you think motherhood in America is a challenge, try navigating the City of Light with a stroller in one hand and a croissant in the other. In this riotous memoir, author Vicki Lesage shares the highs and lows of raising her family in Paris.

A former party girl, Vicki has now traded wine bottles for baby bottles. If she’s awake at 2 a.m. it’s because of a crying baby, not a wild night out on the town. Follow her journey through pregnancy to raising two kids with her ever-patient French husband, all while trying to enjoy life in Paris.

 

MBScoverMinutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful―too powerful―and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him―even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.

 

Once upon a Nightmare ebook coverOnce upon a Nightmare: A Collection by Cherie Reich

A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.

No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.

I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?

Crrraaack!

Hear that noise?

Let me know in the comment section if you know the owner of the mystery house. And don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway.

 

 

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Guest Post: How Not To Lose Your Mind by Tara Tyler

I’m excited for today’s guest. This past summer I read Pop Travel by Tara Tyler. It was such a fun sci-fi thriller that I couldn’t put down. It had a little bit of everything: romance, action, suspense, and fun. Now she’s releasing Simulation: A Pop Travel Novel. For fans like me it’s fantastic news. Please welcome the fabulous Tara Tyler.

 

Keep your mind Fresh!
If I lose my mind, you can shoot me. But seriously, I really don’t want to be around if I don’t know what’s going on and other people have to take care of my slowly decaying form. Morbid, but I’m a realist. I see celebs I grew up with and how some of them still got it – if I can stay sharp, then I’ll deal with getting older. It means I still have more to contribute!

So how do we keep from losing our minds??
One way to keep our minds in shape is just like we’re supposed to keep our bodies in shape. EXERCISE! If you don’t use it, you lose it. And I have compiled a list of brain-exercising games to keep our minds fit and productive!

Word Games:

  • Classic word puzzles – crosswords, word searches, cryptograms, fill-ins, hangman, mad libs
  • Apps – Words w/friends, Wordbrain, Word to Word, Two Birds, Letris, Popwords, What’s the word, Pun of the day
  • Board games – Scrabble, Boggle, Taboo, Scattegories, Upwords, Apples to Apples, Mad Gab, Bananagrams, Buzz Word, Balderdash
  • TV Game Shows – Wheel of Fortune, $25,000 Pyramid, Catch Phrase, Match Game, Password (they don’t make them like they used to! Yay for GSN!)

 

I know I left some out – can you think of any good ones?

Taking classes, learning a new language, and READING! All more ways to keep those brainwaves moving and active!  What’s your favorite way to keep your noggin in shape?

Thanks for having me over, TB! Now I want to play a game!

SIMULATION
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: Sept 14, 2015

In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they’re creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper’s latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.

As if the case wasn’t frustrating enough, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who’s looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn’t her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.

SIMULATION delivers more technology, more intense action, more humor, and more, distinct new characters. Come along for the ride.

Available Now!
Amazon ~~ Barnes & Noble ~~ Kindle
About the Author:

Tara Tyler writes sci fi and fantasy action-adventures from her little corner of the world in Ohio as she tries to keep up with her three boys and coach husband. Always making time to write, she sometimes puts off chores and lets laundry pile up… hence, she’s also the Lazy Housewife, offering advice and tips to other gals out there trying to do it all without going crazy. She and her housewife friends blog at The Really Real Housewives of America.

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Guest Post: Why Novellas are Great by Nick Wilford

Hello everyone! I’m back from my holiday and it was fantastic to get some time away. However, it’s taken me a little longer to get back into the swing of things. Fortunately Nick was willing to help me out by writing a guest post. His collection: A Change of Mind and Other Stories is part of this month’s giveaway. For more info about the giveaway please click here.

Please welcome my buddy and wonderful guest, Nick Wilford.

Reasons why Novellas are Great

Thanks for having me over today, TB! It’s an honour to be included in your giveaway for September and to have the opportunity to contribute a guest post.
I’d like to talk to your readers about why I consider novellas as being one of the hottest trends in literature today. When I wrote A Change of Mind, the central story of my collection, I didn’t set out to write a novella. The story clearly wasn’t novel-length, and yet it required a bit more space than a short story. It rounded out at about 25k, which was the space needed to tell the story. I’ve since written a second novella, a companion prequel to my YA series, and I’ve found that I like the format a lot. Why? 
  •          Depending on the story, a novella can be more intense than a full-blown novel. There isn’t that much room for sub-plots – which I love, don’t get me wrong – but you’re likely to be spending most of the book with just one or two core characters, and if you’re invested in their fate, then you can’t stop turning the pages. For a slow reader like me, a novella is more likely to be devoured in one sitting.
  •          You get to go into that little bit more detail than a short story. I liken writing a short story to trying to cram all your crockery and cooking utensils into a dishwasher. It can probably be done, but it’ll require a few attempts, things are likely to be jammed in at odd angles, and something is bound to get broken. I love writing short stories, but novellas just give me a bit more room to breathe and explore those characters a bit deeper. Of course, you should still polish to make sure your novella is as tight as possible.
  •          When it comes to publishing, it’s much easier to get attention for your novella since the dawn of self-pub. Traditional publishers usually have minimum word counts; they want a big book, especially from an unknown author. Self-publishing allows for unlimited experimentation in terms of word counts and formats. You can publish a series of novellas, or release them all together. Your novella can consist of a series of flash stories linked together, a phenomenon I’ve recently heard about.
  •          For a reader checking you out for the first time, a novella is a manageable length for them to see if they like your style, without committing to the possible weeks or months needed for a full-length novel.
  •          It’s a good bridging point if you’ve only written short stories, but want the satisfaction of having your name attached to an actual book. There are novelettes too, although debate rages about the exact parameters of each.

Do you enjoy reading novellas? What about writing them? Do you have anything to add to the above, or anything you don’t like about novellas?

Author Bio:

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He is the author of A Change of Mind and Other Stories, a collection featuring a novella and five short stories, four of which were previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog, or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.




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