Update from The Writing House

Happy Spring! Here is the Monday Morning Blog!

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Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota. We had a cold start to April, but at least the snow had started melting. That is until the weekend of April 13-15 when we had a good ole fashioned blizzard. The kind where it snows, snows and snows. Just when you think it was going to stop, it started up again. It didn’t stop until late Sunday night. We wound up with about 16 inches of snow at our house.

Then jump to the following weekend. We had 50 degree weather and the grass was turning green. We have a north facing deck at our condo, so things don’t melt as fast as we would like them to in front of our place. Here is my view last Monday, after our first spring like weather weekend. Looks like winter on our side and spring across the lot!

April was a busy reading and marketing month for me in the writing house. Here’s what happened

  • Happy 1st Birthday to The Hard Way. Can’t believe I published it a year ago this month. I ran a $.99 sale on Amazon.com for the e-book from April 11-15 to celebrate.
  • I attended an editing seminar which will help me with my upcoming editing project.
  • Beta read a novel for another Minnesota author, Christopher D. Schmitz, called Through the Darque Gates of Goth. It is the second book in Wolves of Tesseract series. Look for it to be published soon! Here is a link to Chris’ author website Christopher D. Schmitz for information about him and his books.
  • Monthly book club read, Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Great read about hockey and loyality to small town team and community. Our club had a great discussion about it over coffee.

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I also did some fun reading including Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik and A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa. It is always nice to just relax on the couch with a good book. An escape from the stresses of life, at least for a little while.

In May, I will be starting the next round of edits for The Bully’s Way to have it ready for an alpha read this fall. Looking forward to see where this editing journey takes me. Be sure to get your copy of The Hard Way so you can have it read before The Bully’s Way is published. My anticipated publishing date is October 2019. Here is my promo for it!

Looking for a good teen read? Be sure to pick up a copy of The Hard Way! It is available in e-book format on Amazon.com and paperback on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Here is the Amazon.com link! The Hard Way – Amazon.com

And the Barnes and Noble link! The Hard Way – Barnes and Noble

Have a great week!

Note: The view from the Writing House window is a photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. from Pexels

Happy 1st Birthday – The Hard Way

Good Morning! It is a big day of celebration in the Writing House today…

Happy Birthday to you

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Happy Birthday to The Hard Way

Happy Bithday to you…

A year ago, on April 12, 2017, I pushed the publish now button and became a published author. To celebrate, I am offering the e-book version of The Hard Way for $.99 through Amazon.com from today through Sunday, April 15th. Please check out the books tab on my website for a link to it.

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Featured Image by Aubrey Fernandez on Unsplash

Happy Easter!

How did the Easter bunny do? Did he bring lots of candy and gifts? Are you getting ready for a big Easter egg hunt this morning with the kids?

It is neat that we have all of these fun traditions for kids on a holiday with a more religious meaning. It brings us together as a family whether young or old.

Celebrate the day and make some good memories with your friends and family, so when you look back, it will warm your heart and make you and them smile.

Happy Easter!

Book Review – The Lake Lights by William Burt

Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog!

Networking and author connections brought this read to me. It is kind of fun to meet other authors this way. It opens my eyes to other books I may not have even known about. And it is a great way to get to know other authors who you can check in with and bounce ideas off of.

The Lake Lights is a young adult Christian Fantasy, a genre that has recently become more popular. The stories tend to have a fantasy or science fiction feel with references to the bible or religion put into it. I was a little leery to read these books at first wondering how much the bible would be referenced throughout the story. With the ones I have read, I found the authors have done a good job with the references and descriptions to keep a YA reader engaged. I hope YA readers keep an open mind to what they read, and don’t get scared off by the word Christian in the description. There are some really great reads out there for you.

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Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

The Lake Lights

Author

William Burt

Type of Book

Young Adult Fiction – Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Background

This is the first book in Burt’s The Creation Seekers Series published in June of 2017. He is also the author of the award-winning series, King of Trees, which won a silver medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest, Christian Fantasy category.

Summary of the story

Jonathan Oliver has recently become the man of the house when his father went missing in Afghanistan. His mom, his sister Jennica, and Grandpa are left to deal with some weird things going on under their house. Strange noises and smells have Jon and his Grandpa searching for answers. Through their investigation, they find out what has been living under their house. And through his dad’s disappearance, Jon finds out about a special project his dad has been working on and that his business partner desperately wants information about.

Reactions to the book

I really liked the story. It was engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down. I got to know the characters which made the story even more enjoyable. It was a fun read with some education about science thrown in.

The Lake Lights would be a great read for a YA reader who enjoys the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

If you interested in learning more about the author, you can find out information about him and the other books he has written at William Burt

If you are looking for a copy of the book, you can purchase on on his website or here is a link to it on Amazon.com The Lake Lights

And, if you are looking for another good teen read, be sure to check out my book, The Hard Way. To learn more about the story and find a link to get your own copy, be sure to check out books tab on my website.

Remembering my first blog post

Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog! Hope you had a great weekend.

UnbrokenI finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday. I was drawn to the book for two reasons. One, I love the author. I wrote a post about her. I was looking for significant events that happened on May 15th and found out it was her birthday. Here is a link to that post. May Holidays continued

She also wrote the book Seabiscuit, which I enjoyed. You know, the book set during the depression about an undersized race horse who beats the odds and wins? They made a movie out of it like they did for this one. I remember taking my Godson to see it at our local theater when he was ten. He is going to be twenty-five this year. What a great memory!

The second reason I was drawn to the book is for the story itself. Not only is it about aviation, but it is also putting World War II history in the context of someone’s life story. That of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and a bombardier in Army Air Corp. His B-24 bomber crashes into the ocean, he is captured by the Japanese and becomes a POW. I enjoyed reading it.

Staying in that reminiscing frame of mind, I wondered about what my first blog post was about.  I scrolled through my one-hundred and eighty-six published posts and found the very one. It was posted on July 6, 2014. Here is a link.

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It was a pretty basic post since I was just learning how to blog. The title was only a date and it didn’t have any pictures or tags. It is a reminder we all started someplace. Things have changed quite a bit since then.

Current projects from the Writing House-

Working on promoting my book, The Hard Way. There is a link to purchase it on my The Hard Way Thumbnailwebsite under the books tab.

I also the first edition of my quarterly newsletter coming out this month to share upcoming news and announcements. What will it contain? Some items about mareketing and little bits about The Bully’s Way, book two in The Way Series coming out in October 2019. Be sure to sign up under the subscribe tab to receive your copy.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

Book Review – Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

According to Wikipedia, Chinese New Year is known as the Spring Festival in China and the Lunar New Year in Asia. New Years Day in a particular year falls on the day of the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. In 2018, it fell on February 16th, one of the days I was reading this book. I didn’t know their years started and ended on different dates than our traditional new year. Each year is assigned an animal as a zodiac sign. 2018 is the year of the dog.

Our neighborhood Chinese restaurant has placemats which list all of the signs for the Chinese zodiac. It is always fun to find out what sign we are, what traits are associated with that sign, and how well they match up. In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee’s character, Samatha, makes references to Chinese Horoscopes when se does something. She would say, “he did that because he was born in the year of the rabbit.” I found it an interesting way to draw in some additional Chinese culture into her story.

Lee includes characters of different races and cultures in her story, which was and is still a part of American culture. I did the same thing with my book, The Hard Way.

 

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Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

Under A Painted Sky

Author

Stacey Lee

Type of Book

Young Adult Fiction – Adventure/Historical

Background

The author, Stacey Lee, takes us back to Missouri in 1849. Time when people of many races and cultures were moving westward to find riches and the American dream. Published in 2015.

Summary of the story

Samantha was a Chinese American who had recently relocated to St. Joseph, Missouri from New York City. Her dream was to play her violin, which she called Lady Tin-Yin, in a conservatory where she would teach with her father and her father’s friend Mr. Trask. Her plans take a terrible turn when her father is killed in a fire and she winds up killing a man. She flees the city with a teenage slave named Annamae westward on the Oregon Trail in search of Mr. Trask and Annamae’s brother Issac. To hide their identities, they dress up as teenage boys and meet up with a group of them on the trail.

Reactions to the book

I really liked the story. It was engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down. I was drawn into the historical setting and I felt like I was really there. It was fun to watch how the girls keep their identity a secret from the boys in the group. I could feel the tension between the characters as their relationships developed, but there were no actual love type scenes until the end of the book.

This book would be a great YA read for someone into adventure type books. Themes of friendship and loyalty shine through. There is a little bit of a romance feel in it which didn’t overwhelm the story until the end. I think most readers would enjoy it. Since there isn’t any swearing or sexual scenes in the story, I believe this book would also be good for a late preteen reader.

If you interested in learning more about the author, you can check out her website, Stacey Lee, Author or follow her on Twitter @staceyleeauthor

If you are looking for a copy of her book, here is a link to it on Amazon.com Under A Painted Sky

If you are looking for another YA read, check out the books tab on my website for a link to my first book, The Hard Way. Avaiable in e-book and paperback.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week! 

Valentine’s Day is kind of a fun holiday. I know some people get bummed out about not having the romantic dinner or flowers. It is kind of the girl’s dream right? I have had those feelings at a time in my life.

When I was out shopping last weekend, I saw something that made me smile. Two brothers, both under the age of ten, were walking together each one had a shopping basket with a box of valentines in it. They each had a different kind. 

I have fond memories of sitting at our kitchen table when I was a kid, with the class list, writing one out to each of my classmates. And getting to school and dropping one in each of their handmade boxes.

How about the conversation hearts? I loved and still love those. I think I read everyone of them before eating it.

These are the things I think of for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to give little messages of appreciation to those around you today. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about a dinner and flowers. It is about sharing love with one another.

Picture from Unsplash by Laura Briedis.

Another author interview about me!

With 2018 being the year to market and promote my book, I have been keeping my eyes open for different ways to do just that. I met another blogger, Rosie Russell, through a Facebook group we are both members of. She offered to write and post an author interview about me! Here is the link to the interview on her site.

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Please feel free to leave a comment on her site about the interview. And be sure to check out her page while you are there. She is a blogger, children’s book author and illustrator. I really enjoy her Kidlit Blog. Her most recent post about Sherman the shopping cart is a very creative way to approach the subject of picky eaters.

Author interviews and book reviews are great ways to publicize a book for an author. I have reviewed many books and it has been my way to feature them and their books on my site. 

While on my marketing journey this year, I have met many authors, bloggers and other people who are helping me get my name out there and sell books. I appreciate the time that Rosie took to feature me this month. It can be challenging to market products, but it is also fun and rewarding, especially when it is your own.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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If you haven’t gotten a copy of The Hard Way yet, be sure to head over to the books tab on my page and purchase your copy today! Available in both e-book and paperback.