Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

Flowers for Tina and The Rifters

These are my flowers for Remembering Tina Downey. I couldn’t find any real sunflowers, so made this little arrangement for her. Tina was a really sweet person, full of spunk and life. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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The Rifters

The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.

The Rifters is available at an introductory price. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.


M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. Learn more at MPaxAuthor

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Insecure Writer's Support Group Anniversary

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Don’t forget to check out the Facebook IWSG, too.

Today marks three years since the very first IWSG post. Next month marks one year since the The Insecure Writer’s Support Group site and Facebook group opened. And we’d like you to help us celebrate!

The IWSG Team is putting together an eBook that will benefit all writers - The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. And we invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute.

Here are the details:

The three topics will be writing, publishing, and marketing.

Each contribution needs to be between 200 and 1000 words. Focus on one of those three aspects and give us your best tip or procedure. The essay can include bullet points, top ten lists, and recommendations. (Websites, software, books, etc.)

You can either post it for your October 1 IWSG post or email it directly. or (Since the length can go over the standard IWSG post length.) Include a one sentence byline and a link to your site. Also state that you give us permission to use it in the book and which topic it falls under. (We will only edit for misspellings and grammar mistakes.)

All submissions need to be sent or posted by October 2, 2014. We will compile them into an eBook and aim for an early December release. The book will be free and available for all eReaders.

Thank you for making the IWSG such a huge success!!

And on that note, I will be taking most of September off to work on my next book.

I’ll be back September 8th to post my sunflower for Remembering Tina Downey

And I’ll post on September 22 for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Underrated Treasures Blogfest.

I did want to post for the Shelfie Blog Hop before then, though.

Hosted by Tara Tyler Heather M. Gardner, Christine Rains, Vikki Biram, CD Coffelt, M.J. Fifield, Elizabeth Seckman, and Rena Rocford

Although I could barely get them all on one shelf so the covers could be seen! Yes, they really are that full and overflowing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Don’t Rely on Facebook and No-So-Accidental Hop

One trend I’ve noticed is relying on just one form of social media to carry news, namely Facebook.

This past summer was my 30th high school reunion. For the 20th, they sent out emails and tried to contact everyone. This year, there were no emails, only a Facebook page. Which I never saw. Thus I didn’t find out about it until a week after it happened.

My husband’s classmates also set up a Facebook page. He’s not on Facebook, but the day the announcement went up, he got three emails about the reunion. Plus they have a committee trying to track down people by any means possible. Needless to say, we will be able to attend Craig’s reunion.

The point is that while we all have our favorite form of social media, it shouldn’t be our only form. Twenty social sites is too much, but we have to remember that not everyone is on Facebook. Or Twitter. (Or a blogger!) And an email database is so valuable, especially to an author.

Don’t limit your audience - spread your message far and wide.

Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop

Thanks to Freeda Baker-Nichols for tagging me in the Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop started by Crystal Collier.

Freeda Baker Nichols was born in Arkansas, has lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Maine, Virginia USA and in the romantic country of Spain where she wrote her first short story. She has studied creative writing at San Antonio College, Oklahoma University and the University of Central Arkansas. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She has published two children’s books, Little Bug Eyes and Badfellow the Bull, a poetry chapbook, Tigers and Morning Glories and a mainstream novel, Call of the Cadron.
(And I got to meet her at a conference in Arkansas 9 years ago!)

1.What am I currently working on? A paranormal romance collection called Four in Darkness.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I wanted to show creatures who deserved sympathy rather than fear & hatred, plus one is a bit unusual.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? I began writing my YA/NA series to inspire others to follow their dreams. What I’m writing now is purely for enjoyment, and it’s kinda fun.

4. How does your writing/creating process work? I work on character profiles first, then a basic outline, then I dive right in with pen and paper. I think better when writing by hand, but I can move to someplace other than my desk. (I sit there enough!)

Every author I contacted had either participated already or declined, so I’ve no one to tag. If you’d like to run with this, please let me know.