Author Promotion – Support Your Local Authors!

A few weeks ago I went to an author event at a local library. Although I haven’t had the chance to read their books yet, I feel the need to highlight them. These authors were very nice and offered me advice and talked to me about their own experiences. I have each of their books on my wish list and will be buying them over time. School is making it hard to read anything for pleasure, but each of these authors has something to offer and I’m making it my goal to read through each book within a year.

 

1. Jocelyn Dabney.

Jocelyn’s book Nana Bea and Me is a story about the love between a granddaughter and her grandmother. Jocelyn is a retired librarian and a member of The National Association of Black Storytellers among others. When I met her, she was very open about her writing and about her publishing process. The more I read about her online, the more surprised I am by how much I’m discovering. Not only is she the author of such a loving story, but she has conducted workshops and has accomplished quite a bit in her life. She was so down to earth and such a pleasure to meet.

 

2. Todd Cole.

Todd is a teacher and uses his job to encourage children to believe in themselves. His book, You are a Masterpiece, follows a young boy who discovers what it means to gain satisfaction in your own work and the inner peace of accomplishment. He doesn’t have a webpage as of yet, but I really enjoyed hearing his story of what it took to get published. I also could tell from our short time talking that he really does have a passion for teaching children to be happy with themselves and not rely on grand gestures to confirm their worth. He works to teach his students to appreciate themselves as they are.

 

3. Bob Whited.

Bob served in the Navy for 4 years and saw a lot during that time. He wrote Navy Grass to put his interesting stories on paper. I appreciated learning a little bit about his time in the service. Of course he couldn’t reveal too much or that would ruin the book ;-). The following link gives more information about Mr. Whited and his book. Robert Whited’s New Book “Navy Grass” is a Tell-All Memoir that Chronicles One Man’s Experience of Enlistment in the U.S. Navy During the Turbulent Early 1960’s.

 

4. M.E. Rich.

M.E. was really sweet. I could tell within a minute of talking to her how much helping children means to her. She works with children regularly on finding what makes them unique and even has a yoga class for kids. Freckles the Fabulous Fish is not only an excellent book for teaching children to find their inner strength and what makes them special, but some of the proceeds go to Juvenile Arthritis. It also includes illustrations from children at a local rehabilitation center; sweet drawings of each child’s interpretation of Freckles. Books can only be purchased at Three Sheep Gallery. Click here to read an article detailing more about Freckles and M.E. Rich.

As a bonus, M.E. sent home a couple hearts (that double as fish) and a baggie of decorations so that a special child in my life could make their own Freckles. Here are a couple pictures of two Freckles that my own nephews made:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Jackson Horvat.

Jackson is only 17 years old, but has already published two books in his series. His father was with him at the event and explained that Jackson has been writing stories since he learned to write. He was very energetic and showed passion for his writing. It was really encouraging to see someone so young chasing his dream and accomplishing so much! His series falls into the sci-fi category. So far he has published The Vortex Entrance and The Healer Enchantment which tell of a young man who discovers he has powers and is on a search for his mom.

 

6. Hugh G. Earnhart

The first thing I feel a need to mention about this author is that, along with two children’s books, he has published two recipe books; one of which is dedicated entirely to hot dogs! Hot dogs! Growing up on a solid diet of hot dogs, mac ‘n cheese, and PB&J, I was thrilled to see so many ways to cook a hot dog. Him and his wife were really sweet. He originally wrote The Forgotten Pumpkin for his grandkids. He was inspired by a single pumpkin in the back of a pumpkin patch that sat alone for a long time, no one venturing to pick it. He was convinced to turn it into a series by sending “The Forest Gang” to Washington, D.C. in A Day in D.C. with the Forest Friends.

 

7. David Kohut and Kathy Palumbo

Standing in the Presence of Greatness is David’s story put to text with Kathy’s help. Kathy had to leave so I only met her long enough to be introduced and shake her hand. I spoke with David for a bit longer and learned about the book they had written together. He spoke very highly of Kathy which impressed me because, even while talking about his book, he didn’t put much emphasis on himself. Their book is a sort of self-help book for turning bad situations into opportunities and seeing the greatness within yourself.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out their books and websites.  If you’ve already ready their work, let me know in the comments. Thanks for taking the time to support locally known authors! If you have authors near you that you would like me to know about, send me a link to their page and I’ll make sure to check them out!

As I like to make sure my information is correct – If you are one of the authors listed and see I have incorrect information listed, please Contact Me and I will update it!

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The Writing Prompt Boot Camp

I recently signed up for Writer’s Digest and as part of the sign-up I got a two-week writing prompt boot camp download. My goal is to use this boot camp to write a post every day for the next two weeks. 

Feel free to join me! I’ll start each post with an introduction of exactly what the prompt is. If you decide to follow along, comment on each day’s post with a link to your own story and I’ll be sure to stop by and read it.

Let’s see if we can hone our skills and become better writers!

An Offer… If You’re Interested

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed tonight, for the fifth night on a row I am completely uninterested. There isn’t much substance to my Facebook feed. It is mostly made up of my family and a few friends/acquaintances/people I went to school with. I would say 1 out of 100 posts isn’t complete, meaningless clutter (not to say I don’t occasionally contribute to the clutter, but that’s not the point. 😉)

I keep wanting more. I want to do more. I want to help authors and other bloggers. My offer is simple; if you would like promotion and help getting the word out about your upcoming book, latest release, or your most recent blog post, let me know. The only catch: I have to be able to endorse you with a clear conscience. If I’m not feeling the vibe, I won’t support it. 

I will reblog your posts. I’ll share them on social media. If you have a book, I’ll promote it as well. If you have a Facebook page, I’ll like/follow it and share it. I don’t do Twitter (I know, I know… Get with the times) so I won’t be able to help on that platform. If you have a webpage, I will promote that as well.

I have a small audience so I know it’s not all that much to offer, but it’s what I have. I am still trying to figure out a “contact” section so for now just comment on this post and we’ll take it from there. Share this post with other bloggers or authors. I’m not asking for money or for anything in return. I just want to help in any way possible. 

Substance is what I’m after. Substance and a purpose.

Resources Anyone?

Hello fellow bloggers!

Do you have any suggestions for writing resources? I have found myself doing a lot of research to make sure my writing is accurate when writing about certain topics. Do you know of any websites or books that are a good resource for writers specifically? I’ve just been using Google and trying to sort through what’s accurate and what’s not, but wasn’t sure if there is anything specific out there.

Any help would be appreciated!

Orange is the New Black – A Review

This is my first book review and it may not be as professional as it should or be done in the right format, but I just want to detail my perspective on the book that now has a Netflix original show based on it. ***MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS***

OITNB

(Picture Origin)

My husband and I started watching the show when it first started on Netflix. We very quickly became addicted to it. It seemed a bit dramatic, but was very intriguing. My husband has always like prison/crime shows and this seemed to be a female (and more subdued) version of Oz. We finished season 2 in a week (the only bad thing about Netflix original series episodes being released all at one time), now we have to wait almost a year for the next season.

In the interregnum, by my husband’s suggested, I started reading the book where it all originated. It took some getting used to as the names are different between the show and book, but I could pretty much guess who was who. I still don’t understand why they changed the names for the show, but it doesn’t affect the story line much. What does affect the story line is how much more is added to each little tale Piper Kerman tells. The book is simple, straight to the point, explaining real-life events without all the added pizzazz. The show, on the other hand, has the pizzazz needed to keep a show going for more than 2 seasons.

For example: If Piper Kerman said she smacked a girls hand, Piper Chapman would have punched the girl in the face.

The real Piper is much more giving and the real-life prison women far less hostile. She describes definite sects based on race and background, but how Kerman tells it, they didn’t want to kill each other every chance they got. I won’t detail all the differences because that would take too long and they aren’t really that important, but there are definitely enough that I would encourage you read the book if you find the show interesting.

The book grabbed my attention and held it. Not because it was filled with drama, women killing women, or women fucking women, but because it gave me insight into a world that I’ve never experienced. I was able to put myself in the shoes of those women and see how much they were suffering, how little help they received, and the sad way convicts can be treated. That is one of the reason I love books, I can immerse myself in a world that, otherwise, would be completely unknown to me.

The only part of this book I was disappointed with was the end***SPOILER ALERT***. The closer I got to the end the more I wondered how she was going to finish in such a short number of pages. When I finally finished it I understood. She ended pretty abruptly for my taste. The whole book was spent describing events, emotions, and people in detail and the end was so…it was just so…bland. I wanted to know how she felt after being released.

Did she keep in touch with the women she had met? How did Piper & Larry’s wedding turn out? Did she get to see Pop on the outs? What about Natalie? I know she only did a small amount of time, but why write about the experience of being inside prison if you’re not going to write how it felt to get out?

These are just some of the questions I have. All in all I’d give the book a 3 out of 5, but I’m not a real authority on good books vs. bad books. This is all just my opinion.