BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER
MAY 19, 2019
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Good morning readers one and all, and welcome to the May 19 edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.
I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to this week’s first sponsor.
The following product would make a fabulous Father’s Day gift.
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This month we’ve got exciting news from author Lynda McKinney Lambert. Make sure to read her announcement carefully to be sure you get all the important details.
I am so pleased to let everyone know that my first chapbook, first snow, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press, for publication this year. My chapbook has a wintry-themed collection of thirty poems.
My themes are nature, passage of time, place and human passage.
When you write to let me know you wish to be added to the mailing list please be sure to request a link to a sample of 3 poems from the chapbook; Table of Contents; and Acknowledgments.
Finishing Line Press will send a publication announcement card for advance sales and I will put together a list of friends who would like to receive this invitation to purchase the chapbook. Finishing Line Press is a small specialty press. The editors need to know in advance that at least fifty-five chapbooks will be sold at the retail price of $13.99.
While it feels uncomfortable for me to ask you to purchase my chapbook, I understand why a small press must know in advance that the book sales will be able to help defray the costs of printing it.
I sincerely hope that you and your friends who love literature will want to be on my mailing list. The little book would be a really lovely holiday gift to send to friends on your personal list next Christmas!
Just send back a reply with your name and mailing address on it.
Your response will let me know you want to be on my mailing list and that you would purchase a chapbook. I’d certainly love to hear from you. Once I received your reply, I will have the publication announcement sent to you in early summer prior to publication.
Once the card arrives, you will have 2 weeks to order a chapbook
If you have friends who love literature and poetry, please forward this message to them ASAP. I will be creating a mailing list and will include all who have sent me a response with your mailing information if you indicated you want to buy a book when you received the Pre-Publication Card.
The pressrun for the Chapbook
“will be determined by the SUCCESS or LACK THEREOF of advance sales.”
I will love knowing that my first chapbook, first snow, will be in your personal library or collection or that you chose to gift it to friends. This is an exciting new development in my writing life! Thank you, in advance, for your support of my poetry publication, first snow.
Lynda McKinney Lambert
104 River Road
Ellwood City, PA 16117
Phone: 724 758 4979
Is that not just the coolest news a writer could ever have to share? Please be sure to get in touch with Lynda right away to let her know you wish to be included.
Another incredibly cool announcement this week comes from author Trish Hubschman, and here she is to tell us all about her fabulous news.
My memoir article, Meeting My Man (about how I met my husband, through a newspaper Personal add) was published in the spring/summer issue of Magnets and Ladders
To get in touch with Trish Email: email@example.com
Book: Stiff Competition (Miss America) A Tracy Gayle Mystery
Available on amazon.com, dldbooks.com, smashwords, kindle
More information at Facebook – Trish’s Page
Congratulations to you Trish. All that hard work you’ve been doing is paying off and I for one am very proud of you.
STORY OF THE WEEK…
Our Story of the Week comes from author Jo E. Pinto who also happens to be another one of this week’s sponsors. First, her information, then the Story of the Week.
About J. E. Pinto
Jo E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audiobooks. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book, “and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.”
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up within a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself. But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future.
Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
For more details and to buy the book please visit: http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Moms
Reflections After Mother’s Day
by J. E. Pinto
Human beings have a long history of valuing their moms. One of the earliest known annual tributes to motherhood occurred in ancient Greece, where people held spring festivals in honor of Rhea, the goddess of fertility and generation. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world throughout the year. Besides the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Samoa, Georgia, Australia, and Thailand have set aside official holidays to show respect for the mothers in their nations.
In the United States, Mother’s Day began after the Civil War with a peacemaker named Ann Jarvis. Eager to foster community between mothers who had suffered incredible losses on both sides of the war, Ann Jarvis helped to establish “Mother’s Friendship Day” in 1868. Her daughter, Anna Reeves Jarvis, built on the legacy by creating the official holiday. The first modern American Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. President Woodrow Wilson placed the holiday on the second Sunday in May and signed it into law in 1914.
A century later, Mother’s Day has become a tremendous commercial event, an outcome Anna Reeves Jarvis fought hard against when she set up the original holiday. Around 122 million phone calls are made on Mother’s Day, more than on any other day of the year. The holiday ranks third in flower sales after Christmas and Hanukkah. About one fourth of the plants and flowers purchased in the United States annually are bought for Mother’s Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, about 87 million adults dined out on the second Sunday in May of 2018, and roughly 4.4 billion dollars were spent on lunches and dinners. Another 4.6 billion dollars were spent on jewelry. On average, shoppers spend $180 on Mother’s Day gifts. The most popular gifts are greeting cards. Every Mother’s Day, approximately 152 million cards are mailed.
With so much commercial hype and social pressure surrounding the holiday, Mother’s Day can often lead to resentment and disappointment. Some moms are missing children who have left the nest, or worse, passed away. Some are estranged from their children. Some women long to be mothers but haven’t been blessed with that chance, and some are grieving the loss of their own mothers. Many moms are deep in the trenches, worn out by crayons and carpools, and wanting a day off more than they want a dinner out or a bouquet of flowers.
As I scrolled through my Facebook feed on Mother’s Day, I could identify with the feelings of the women who posted. Some rejoiced, some mourned, some raged, some simply prayed for bedtime. As a woman who has battled infertility, as a daughter who had her share of conflict with her own mother and who now grieves the resolutions death has forever stolen, as a mom who has spent eleven challenging and wonderful years raising a child, I could relate to all of their raw and rightful emotions.
I began thinking about how dealing with Mother’s Day, and life in general, has a lot to do with letting go of preset expectations.
I had to do exactly that on Mother’s Day and the day after. My daughter had asked her dad to help her fix a holiday brunch for me. We’d bought bacon and eggs and fresh raspberries and strawberries at the store Saturday night. But by Sunday morning, our little girl had a fever, a sore throat, a headache, and an upset tummy. We went out to dinner once she felt better, which made her a little sad, but it suited me fine. Plans change.
Monday came, and my daughter still felt slightly weak and feverish. At lunchtime, she asked me to make the bacon and scrambled eggs for her that were supposed to be on the menu for my Mother’s Day brunch. I didn’t mind cooking bacon and eggs. But I was starting to feel exasperated–no, downright hacked off–because, although my kid wasn’t quite over the bug that had zapped her on Mother’s Day, she was definitely playing up her delicate condition so I would wait on her. I’d been fetching and carrying cold drinks, headache and tummy medicine, and pillows all morning. The crowning moment came as I washed the lunch dishes and she called for yet another glass of ice water. Annoyed, I asked her if I were her mom or the maid.
“I just fixed you my Mother’s Day brunch,” I reminded her.
“But it’s not Mother’s Day anymore,” she snipped in that tone that makes moms of tweens go from zero to livid in less than a nanosecond.
Biting my tongue, I went back to washing dishes. Then I started putting things in perspective. The brunch didn’t really matter. What matters is that I have a thriving child who, although she hasn’t always learned to be empathetic, is kind and caring most of the time. I spent many a Mother’s Day grieving my empty arms, which are now blessedly full. Conflicts come and go, but I have much to rejoice about.
My daughter eventually revived her brunch plans. She peeled herself off the couch in the middle of the afternoon and shooed me out of the kitchen. From the sounds I heard as she got busy making my snack, I guessed the feast would consist of a strawberry Poptart, some fresh berries, and a strip of packaged fruit leather. Not exactly bacon and eggs, but who cared? She told me the scrambled eggs I had fixed for her were delicious.
I’m sure you all can see why I chose this as our Story of the Week. If you enjoyed this as much as did I and you’d like to let Jo know, drop her a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FROM TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING…
Here at Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, where we support talented authors, as well as successful business owners in their marketing, by marrying social media, with more traditional approaches,
the goal is to help the client market their Book, Blog, or Business to the very best of their ability.
One of the best ways for me to do this, is to share tips with my clients, so that they can define the services I provide them, to better meet their needs.
Sometimes the best resources fall into my lap while having friendly chats with my writerly friends, and today’s marketing tip comes in just that way.
Multi-Genre Author Phyllis Staton Campbell sent this to me, and she assures me it’s well worth the time, effort and money. Considering how wonderfully successful Miss Phyllis has been over the years, I’ve no reason to doubt.
Have a look and do share with your writerly friends.
If you found this tip helpful, let Phyllis know by emailing: email@example.com
READING WITH THE AUTHORS.
Our book review comes from author, Meredith Leigh Burton who is also another of this week’s sponsors. Be sure to check out her book details so you can have all the information necessary to get a copy that meets your reading needs.
Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983. She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12. She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing. She also enjoys helping with church activities. She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy. Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways. Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil. All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight. Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.
To see and buy her book visit her at:
Find her on Goodreads at:
Find her on Audible at: https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Beauty-Other-Tales-Redemption/dp/B07KBC52JJ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542207638&sr=8-1&keywords=blind+beauty+and+other+tales+of+redemption
Buy her book in braille at:
Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption is now also available on cartridge from the Tennessee branch of the National Library for Books and Accessible Media, (National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). Meredith is working to get it uploaded on BARD, but that will take a while. People may call and request the book on cartridge.
To get in touch with Meredith email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES
REVIEWED BY MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON
Pay Attention, Carter Jones is a funny and poignant story of a young boy’s coming-of-age. Gary D. Schmidt is an author with the ability to make me laugh and cry, often within the span of a few paragraphs. This novel is no exception. Carter Jones’s family is going through some difficult trials. With Carter’s dad fighting in Afghanistan, the new school year starting, car trouble and even more distressing occurrences, the family is struggling to stay afloat. But, when a portly butler arrives on their doorstep with a satellite-disc umbrella and a take-charge attitude, things will never be the same.
I loved how Gary Schmidt cleverly wove the story with the analogy of an English cricket game. Cricket has much to teach us about life, and each chapter begins with an explanation of some facet of the game. As Carter and his friends learn the finer points of the game interspersed with life-changing moments, the story of a young man’s growth gracefully unfolds. While this novel deals with heartbreaking issues, the author does a superb job of leavening the sadness with plenty of laugh-out-loud humor. One of my favorite scenes occurs when the butler tries pizza for the first time. I also love when Carter Jones is encouraged by the butler to explain the British viewpoint regarding the Declaration of Independence. I could not put this book down and even read it twice in order to fully appreciate the witticisms and wisdom to be unearthed. If you like books that remind you of classics such as Mary Poppins but that also contain modern sensibilities and engaging main characters, Pay Attention, Carter Jones may just be the book for you. I would be thrilled if this novel received a John Newbery Award or at least an honor. Happy reading.
Pay Attention, Carter Jones is available from NLS, (the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped), in audio format, and the narrator is superb. http://nlsbard.loc.gov/index.html
The novel is located at db 94145.
FAVORITE POST OF THE WEEK…
As those of you who follow me regularly know, I love reading and sharing fellow blogger’s work. I read tons of posts each week, and while not all of them make it into campbellsworld many do, and this week my most favorite post comes from friend and fellow blogger Sally G. Cronin who has a new series called, Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives Do You Trust Me.
Sally is, with permission rummaging around in blogger’s archives and picking posts she enjoys and sharing them on her blog. If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me
This week my favorite post from this series is Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – The Auditions: Part One – Snore Poison So I’ll Know It by Jane Risdon.
BECOME A SPONSOR…
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ABOUT PATTY L. FLETCHER
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer and Social Media Promotional Assistant.
She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye.
She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light
And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales
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Thanks for reading this week’s Writer’s Grapevine.
Patty L. Fletcher