WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY: Writer’s Grapevine August 2019 #Authors#Books#Reviews#Writing

WRITER’S GRAPEVINE

BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER

AND:

TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING (AUTHOR, BLOGGER, BUSINESS ASSIST)

AUGUST, 2019

 

 

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Hello everyone and welcome to another Incredible edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.

How do I know it’s Incredible? Because it’s comprised of “Incredible” contributors. But the proof is as they say… “In the pudding.” So, read, and enjoy.

 

 

SPONSORS…

Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) is now seeking sponsors to assist with keeping our prices reasonable so those who are unable to afford the high cost of advertising will have a place to turn for part of their marketing needs.

Here at Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing where we marry social media marketing with more traditional approaches, we strive to assist clients with the promotion of their books, blogs, and small businesses.

We provide services such as:

§  Featured blog posts

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§  Twitter

§  LinkedIn

Our prices range from $60.00 for three-months to $150.00 for a full year package.

We provide services such as Facebook Page admin Assistance for those who aren’t able or who don’t have the time to maintain their author, blog, or business Facebook pages.

We also provide, Network and Outreach which can range from something as simple as assisting you with a query letter to a task as complicated as researching and creating a marketing mailing list so you can send out information which will target those you serve as well as many other promotional assistive services.

What will you as a sponsor of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing receive?

If you become a sponsor of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, you will receive…

§  An ad up to 500 words in length on the homepage of my blog which will remain until you either request it removed, or ask it to be updated in some way

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§  A spot in the front page of the annual Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing catalog Books and Those Who Make Them Happen.

The price for becoming a sponsor is just $25.00

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For more information including ad guidelines please write me at:

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*NOTE* We’ve a lot of sponsors, and the actual sponsor page which is found on my blog is 13 pages all on its own, so to put up their ads in full would take an enormous portion of this newsletter. Rather than put up 13 pages of ads, I’m going to list their names, and how to find them. You can of course visit:  http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ . click the sponsor page and see all their ads in full including photos.

In the meantime, here are all this month’s sponsors.

 

 

COLONIAL HEIGHTS ANIMAL HOSPITAL:  http://www.colonialheightsvet.com

 

AUTHOR JO E. PINTO

NEW RELEASE 2019

DADDY WON’T LET MOM DRIVE THE CAR: TRUE TALES OF PARENTING IN THE DARK

BY: JO ELIZABETH PINTO (COPYRIGHT 2019)

For more details and to buy her books please visit:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto

 

AUTHOR MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON
RELEASED AUGUST 8, 2019

REBEKAH’S REFUGE

To see and buy her books visit her at:

 

EDWARD COEN OF…

EZ2SEEPRODUCTS
Learn all about the totally unique, 8.5” x 11” EZ2See® Weekly Planner/Calendar at, EZ2SeeProducts.com.

 

PLAISTED PUBLISHING HOUSE LTD
Author Assist Program

https://www.facebook.com/groups/indiepublishingnews

 

Lynda McKinney Lambert

ANNOUNCING

STAR SIGNS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (2019)

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

https://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

 

AUTHOR DONNA W. HILL BOOK: THE HEART OF APPLEBUTTER HILL

MORE ABOUT DONNA AND WHERE TO FIND HER WORK…

http://DonnaWHill.com

 

 

As you can see from that list, lots of folks have newly released work, but those on my sponsor page aren’t alone. Here are more newly released books for your perusal pleasure.

 

NEW RELEASE…

Just published!

 

RATINGS GAME (TALK SHOW QUEEN)

by Trish Hubschman (C 2019)

In print ($9.50) and e-book ($2.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.

Cover image, free text preview, buying links, and more:

http://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/

 

Just released!

 

THE RED DRESS

A novel by Abbie Johnson Taylor (C 2019)

 

In paperback ($11.95) and e-book ($3.99) from Amazon and Smashwords.

236 pages in print. The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.

Editing, print layout, e-book conversion, and cover design by DLD Books.

The Red Dress

 

FROM MISHAPS TO MISSION 2019

 

A faith–centered true story by pastor and author Jena Fellers.

In e–book for $1.50 .

Details, buying links, and free text preview: https://www.dldbooks.com/jenafellers/

 

 

COMING SOON…

From multi Genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell who recently wowed readers with her sixth book comes a long hoped for announcement.

For those who have been sleeping underneath a toadstool that didn’t know, Phyllis recently announced that while she has no date of release she is indeed working on a sequel to her well-received ‘WHERE SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE.’

Here below, from the author herself is the answer to the question I asked during our regular morning email chat.

 

ME: I’m working on the Writer’s Grapevine today. Do you have anything you’d like to share with readers about your upcoming book?

 

PHYLLIS: Sure. Here’s just a nibble.

😊

Goin’ Home.

In this awaited sequel to Where Sheep May safely Graze, Pastor Jim, blinded in Iraq, and his wife Amy, settle down to serve in Pleasantville, and find that the most peaceful garden can have its serpents. The town is divided when a convicted killer of fifty years earlier, is returned home to die, a country music singer, with a murky past comes to town, and Pastor Jim, must face secrets from his own past.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.

Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.

 

She is a graduate of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (DPT for the Blind). Further education, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia; Creative Writing, The Hadley Institute for the Blind; Creative Writing Creative Writing Institute; Novel Writing University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

New Release 2017

Where Sheep May Safely Graze

 

If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net

Or

campbellphyllis17@gmail.com

To see all book details visit:  http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all

Find her on Facebook:  https://­www.facebook.com/­Phyllis-Staton-Campbe­ll-361675114286715/

 

 

WHAT’S UP…?

It appears to me, lots of authors have end of summer events going on. Here’s the latest scoop.

 

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor will sign copies of her new novel, The Red Dress, on Saturday, August 24th, at Sheridan Stationery Books & Gallery, located at 206 North Main Street, Sheridan, Wyoming, from 1-3 p.m. The Red Dress is a work of women’s fiction about how such a garment affects three generations of women. For a synopsis, excerpt, and more, please visit the author’s website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

 

Book Sale and Signing

Three Local Authors

Jo Elizabeth Pinto, Rosalee Remington, Charles Peraino

 

Barnes & Noble, Thornton, CO

701 E. 120th Avenue

Saturday, August 31, 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

Both my novel “The Bright Side of Darkness” and my new book “Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark” seen here:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto will be available. Rosalee Remington will have her book, “Painted Daisies.” If you would like a sneak peek at that book, check out her Web site at http://www.Missourihills.com. Charles Peraino will have several books to suit your tastes, including a redemption series about the dark side of mistakes and the bright side, a spy novel, a collection of short stories, and a book of memoirs from his mother-in-law.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2420922858185013/

 

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When? Thursday, August 22, 3 P.M. Eastern.

Where? dial-in number (712) 770-5505.

How? The access code is 662-501. Once you’ve entered that, the automated voice will say, “If you’re the host, press Star. If not, please wait, and you’ll be joined into the conference. Just ignore that and wait a few seconds. If you’re the first one in, you’ll hear music.

Topic of discussion will be Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) services, and how they can help to promote you, and what you hope to gain from working with me.

Promotional goals, and whatever else we come up with.

This call will be recorded. If you’re not able to attend and you wish to have a recording sent to you, please let me know.

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READING WITH THE AUTHORS…

From time to time, I’m able to pull author David L. Faucheux away from his busy writerly life and get him to share a book review or two. Here’s one he recently sent to me. Once you’ve enjoyed this offering, please keep reading to learn all about him and his work.

 

Massey_ Sujata The Widows of Malabar Hill

 

In this historic mystery, Massey introduces Perveen Mistry, a Parsi and a pioneering female lawyer in Bombay, India.  It’s 1921 and Oxford-educated Perveen assists her lawyer father with a case involving three widows, the wives of a Muslim mill owner.  They have signed papers that would give away their inheritance to a family trust, a wakf.  Someone is murdered and Perveen is stuffed in a sack and stashed in a warehouse.  Her English friend Alice uses her mathematical abilities to identify a hidden passageway in the home of the three widows which is crucial to solving the case.

 

Massey’s novel combines several subgenres: traditional mystery, domestic fiction, historical novel, and even legal thriller.  It jumps between 1916-1917 and 1921 and gives much, possibly too much, of Perveen’s backstory as that relates to her marriage and separation from a Parsi businessman, Cyrus Sodawala, whose devout Calcutta family insists she stay shut away in a hot cramped room for eight days during her menstrual cycle.  When she learns of his adultery with a prostitute, she flees back to Bombay and soon after goes to Oxford to pursue a law degree.

 

This mystery is rich in atmosphere and its sequel, The Satapur Moonstone is out in print.  I expect will be just as unique.

 

For interesting reviews of this book, please check out

Crime and History in “The Widows of Malabar Hill”

and

https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/widows-malabar

 

Notes

1) A Parsi is a person of Persian ancestry who immigrated to India in order to escape persecution after the Muslim conquest of Iran in the 7th century.  They are Zoroastrian in belief and are known for their philanthropic endeavors.  Noted Parsis include conductor Zubin Mehta and the late Freddy Mercury of Queen fame.  They largely live in Bombay, often now called Mumbai, but only number about 60,000, a very tiny minority indeed.

 

2) You have to love that a protagonist in a mystery novel has the name Mistry which sure sounds a lot like mystery to me.

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID …

 

Selections from Across Two Novembers

A Bibliographic Year

 

About the Book
A masterful abridgement of the 2017 Across Two Novembers, this book preserves the erudition, poignancy, and occasional quirkiness of the original. It cuts out the lengthy bibliography and some of the daily journal entries, but one is never left wondering what might be missing when a day is skipped. Mentions and fine reviews of dozens of books share the stage with the more personal details.

Preface to This Edition

An Amazon reviewer described my 2017 book, Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile, as reminiscent of that famous diary kept by Samuel Pepys. While surprised and truly flattered, I wondered if subconsciously he was giving me some advice. Pepys wrote a masterful account of nearly a decade in his life. But who reads long nowadays? Hence this abridgement. I hope this glimpse of my year with only the highlights included will give you a taste, yet be as satisfying as the original, unabridged version.

From the Afterword of Across Two Novembers

I wanted to craft a love letter, a valentine, to books, and to tell you a bit about me and my world. I suspect that I wrote this journal to make sense of my life, asking what would happen next. Would I leave anything as a legacy when I’m gone?

From a Reviewer

“Thank you, David Faucheux, for your spirit and tenacity, your lovely writing, and this inspiring journal.”
—Priscilla Cummings, author of 23 young adult novels

 

For buying details for both versions of David’s book visit:   http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/

 

Contact Information
Phone: 337-264-3785
Email: scopist65@gmail.com

 

To see a great interview of the author visit:  https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/dirty-dozen-author-interview-david-l-faucheux-authors-meetanauthor-uniqueauthors-wordsarepower/

 

 

A SUMMER’S TALE…

One scorcher of an evening around first of July I was out on a walk with Campbell. I’d had snatches of a story rolling round all day long in my head and as we headed toward home, with the roar of the factory a stone’s throw away echoing in the distance, the heat of the day baking off the sidewalk under our feet, and the humidity clinging to us as if it were made of a thin coating of plastic wrap, the whole thing just clicked into place.

Now, there are some I’m sure who will think I should keep this all to myself, finish it to its completion and either self-publish or try to sell it to a publisher, but I’ve got a real aching in my storytelling bones to just have some fun.

The first three chapters are on the blog, and the fourth should be up later today or first thing in the morning. Below are links to the first three chapters and the book info.

I hope you enjoy and if you do, please comment on the blog or drop me a note to let me know.

If you’re reading this newsletter from another source other than my blog and you’d like me to send you installments as they come out, please send me an email with Miss Mazie in the subject line and I’ll be happy to send them to you.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK…

 

Blending Adventure, mystery, supernatural, Romance, and Suspense, author Patty L. Fletcher weaves a tale of fiction, all readers are sure to enjoy.

 

James Landing Tennessee was a peaceful little town just trying to keep up with its neighbors, which seemed to always be growing by leaps and bounds around it. Then one day Roy Dingus took over Friedman chemicals, a lady of unknown origin known only as Miss Mazie bought the old house on the outskirts of town and as the heat of August blazed with no end in sight, what was once a city with no promise came to life.

Follow the adventures of three small-town boys, Joe, Ronnie, and Jake, and their newfound friend Billy Ray as they try to unravel the mystery that surrounds the newcomers and all the strange goings on before James Landing is no more.

***READER’S NOTE***

This is a work of fiction. Any similarities to Kingsport Tennessee and its people, places, and things are simply that Similarities.

 

CHAPTER ONE: JOE’S WARNING

 

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/wordpress-wednesday-miss-mazie-a-summers-tale-by-patty-l-fletcher/

 

CHAPTER TWO: OVERTIME AND FAMILY LOVE

 

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/wordpress-wednesday-miss-mazie-chapter-two/

 

CHAPTER THREE: MEETING MISS MAZIE

 

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/miss-mazie-a-summers-tale-chapter-three-meeting-miss-mazie/

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT…

 

(This is the truth if I ever read it)

This early morning as I sat on the side of my bed waking in the stillness of the beginning of my day, I thought about all the things I needed, and wanted to get done. I thought over all the important things, those things which had to take priority over all else, then I thought about that which I wanted to do, those things which I sometimes put off for “another day” and then I shook myself into full wakefulness, and I said, “One thing at a time. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Focus on the here and now, realize that you’re doing just what you need and want to do every day and don’t stress.”

Sounds great, right? Well, yeah, and it is just that, great. But, up until this moment, when I read the following post, I couldn’t find a way to say what I was feeling and thinking.

Over these last few days I’ve been having conversation with people who keep saying, “When I get things sorted, I’m going to…” or  “Next month maybe we can…” I’ve been wanting so badly to say, “Just do it!” But felt I couldn’t put into words what I meant by that statement, and then, I opened my inbox, and read this.

YAY! All I want to say is here.

 

Waiting for Someday
by Madisyn Taylor

All the joy and passion you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in a future point in time.

The time we are blessed with is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now–because we view failure as a possibility, our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, however, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain us.

When regarded as a question, “Why not now?” drains us of our power to realize our ambitions. We are so concerned with the notion that we are somehow undeserving of happiness that we cannot see that there is much we can do in the present to begin courting it. Yet when we look decisively at our existence and state, “Why not now, indeed!” we are empowered to begin changing our lives this very moment. We procrastinate for many reasons, from a perceived lack of time to a legitimate lack of self-belief, but the truth of the matter is that there is no time like the present and no time but the present. Whatever we aim to accomplish, we will achieve it more quickly and with a greater degree of efficiency when we seize the day and make the most of the resources we have at our disposal presently.

All the joy, passion, and contentment you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in some far-flung point in time. You need only remind yourself that there is nothing standing between you and fulfillment. If you decide that today is the day you will take your destiny into your hands, you will soon discover that you hold the keys of fate.
 

This concludes this month’s edition of the Writer’s Grapevine. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. I’m sorry it’s a tad late this month but that’s life, you make plans then stuff happens.

If you’ve comments, suggestions, or complaints don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know.

Until next time this is Patty, who loves what she does, and King Campbell Lee Super Retired Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba who’s snoozing in the sun saying…

Happy reading and writing may harmony find you, and blessid be.

 

 

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

For more details visit:

https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG

 

 

 

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3 Responses to WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY: Writer’s Grapevine August 2019 #Authors#Books#Reviews#Writing

  1. Hi Patty, thank you for the mention. You’ve got the right idea, doing this only once a month. I look forward to reading next month’s issue.

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Abbie.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this and was happy to have you in the newsletter.

      I had visions of doing this neat weekly newsletter having cool articles favorite links, etc. but reality quickly sat in. What with all I’ve got going on and so many other things for people to read and do each week, I quickly realized that was simply not doable.

      Please feel free to share the newsletter with your friends.

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