WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY:the Writer’s Grapevine Samhain Edition October 2019

WRITER’S GRAPEVINE SAMHAIN EDITION

BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER

BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

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

OCTOBER, 2019

 

 

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GREETING…

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

How do I know it’s Incredible? Because it’s filled with “Incredible” contributors. But the proof is as they say… “In the pudding.” Or in this case on the page. So, grab your favorite drink, snuggle down into your most comfortable reading nest and ready yourself for some great discoveries.

This month we have new releases, great articles and reports of things to come. So, without further ado, here’s the Writer’s Grapevine Samhain Edition just for you.

Of course, as always you’re invited to share. Just make certain to either send out or copy the entire newsletter, or if you choose to share specific items make certain to copy each one in its completion thus giving the author or business full credit.

 

 

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:

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

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

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*NOTE* We’ve a lot of sponsors, and the actual sponsor page which is found on my blog is currently over 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. Keep in mind the sponsor page is a work in progress and is always updating so be sure to check back often.

That having been said, you may note that there are some new additions here that haven’t yet made it onto the blog. So, 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 (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:

 

EZ2SEEPRODUCTS
Learn all about the totally unique, 8.5” x 11” EZ2See® Weekly Planner/Calendar, Specialty Visually Challenged Friendly Sticky Notepads and Markers at:  http://www.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

http://DonnaWHill.com

 

Leonore and David Dvorkin of DLD Books Editing and Publishing Services:

http://www.dldbooks.com/

 

Casey Mathews of WEBFRIENDLYHELP Website: https://webfriendlyhelp.com

 

ERNEST DEMPSEY

Author, editor, citizen journalist, blogger, and human and animal rights advocate, website:  http://www.ernestdempsey.com

 

WHAT’S UP…?

Not only do we have a great group of sponsors for the month, but we’ve also got a bunch of continually busy writers and business owners in our midst. As you can see below the work just never seems to stop.

First up we’ve got author Jo Elizabeth Pinto here to tell you all about her Big news!

 

Hey everybody!

Check out my author Web site.

 

The site includes a book club which, if you join, you’ll get a special offer—a 5,500-word prequel to “The Bright Side of Darkness.” That’s right, several scenes from Rick and the crew, Daisy and her dad, and Walter and Alice that were not included in the book, like a director’s cut.

 

The site also includes my blog, a YouTube channel with several interviews and an author reading from me, and links where you can purchase my award-winning novel and my newly released book in paperback, Kindle, and audio formats.

 

To see more, please visit http://www.brightsideauthor.com

 

If that’s not enough big news to curl your hair, just wait, there’s more. There’s lots of exciting news to report from DLD Books this October. Here are all the incredible details From Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services just as she sent them to me.

 

10/20/19
10:45 PM, Denver

Hello, all.

David and I are back from MileHiCon #51. That’s our big, local sci-fi convention that we have attended for over 40 years. The convention is always held on a weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in late October. This year, David was on three panels. Our son, Daniel (now 50), was on six or seven panels, although David and I were able to attend only one of those, on DNA research. Daniel is a research biologist, with two master’s degrees and a PhD. He often speaks on scientific topics at these conventions.

David gave his solo presentation on “Apollo at 50.” That was about his years at NASA, working on five of the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. It was at 3:00 PM on Friday, which is not a good time slot, as many attendees have not yet arrived by that time. But still, some 20 people came, which was not bad.

I’m so glad that we brought over 20 copies of David’s new book with us to the convention, as we sold at least 15 copies in direct, person-to-person sales. Two of the buyers bought two copies each! On two display tables, we put down lots of book ad cards for David’s moon landing book and for his how-to book on self-publishing, and it appears that quite a few cards got picked up. Again, David’s newest book is When We Landed on the Moon: A Memoir. Full details are here:  http://www.dvorkin.com/moonland/  It’s in e-book ($2.50) and print ($8.50) from Amazon.

After the Apollo presentation, while I was selling the books, I was very surprised to be addressed in Spanish by someone. The man speaking to me, Eric, turned out to be someone whom I taught at least 15 years ago, when he was taking Spanish at a local college where I tutored a great deal for many years. Eric bought a copy of David’s book, and I invited him to my monthly Spanish group meetings. I hope he will come. But what a surprise: that he was there at the convention and that he happened to attend David’s talk. I had had no idea that he was a sci-fi fan. It’s a small world for sure!

Other happenings:

– From Sandy Diersing, a friend who makes inexpensive jewelry and who always exhibits in the so-called Dealers’ Room at MileHiCon, I bought a charming pair of earrings: little hematite bells on silver hooks. I love the shiny dark gray of hematite. Years ago, I had some earrings that were brass bells, but they were very heavy and hurt my ears. These will be far better.

– Sandy’s friend who stopped to chat with her was one of the people who bought two copies of David’s book. That was a very nice surprise, as we had not met the woman before. She makes toys that help teach science to children.

– A local science fiction author whom we have known for decades but with whom we very seldom converse stopped to talk with us for about 45 minutes in the hotel coffee shop. Cynthia is now 77, one year older than David. We had an extremely pleasant conversation, mainly about writing, work, and families. I have noticed before that as people age, they become more and more eager to make those warm, personal connections with folks, taking the time to sit and really talk, rather than just waving and calling out something along the lines of, “Hi! How are you?” and then walking on.

– A woman who sat behind us at one of the panels we attended had a little poodle, some kind of service dog. The woman gave the command “Free” to tell the dog that she could socialize: wagging her tail, licking my face, and letting herself be petted. The words “Service dog” sent her back to service mode. Those commands were new to me.

– There was a blind woman at the convention who, at one point, was having lots of trouble getting her guide dog to take her where she needed to go in the large, crowded, rather frantic lobby outside the main block of presentation rooms. She was obviously getting more and more frustrated, and finally, she sounded almost on the verge of tears. I could not believe that no one was helping her. I myself was some distance from her, guarding David’s and my possessions (jackets, books, etc.) while he was in the restroom, but I was almost ready to just leave most of the stuff on a table and go help the woman when finally another person did. Much later, I saw the same woman sitting with her dog, doing something with her phone, while she waited (I assume) for her transportation. If I see her again at future conventions, I will be sure to keep an eye out for whether she needs assistance.

– Another local author was telling us about his upcoming hip replacement. He’s not yet 60, and he’s in better shape than most people; formerly, he was in really terrific shape from serious weight lifting. So his need for the surgery was a surprise to us. But hey, at least he has the insurance to get the surgery. Another friend told us about his recent, quite successful cataract surgery. I know many people, including relatives of mine, who have had cataract surgery, and one of my language students had successful hip replacement surgery a few years ago. Another of my middle-aged students had successful knee replacement surgery. Given that a great many of our friends and acquaintances are 60 or older, health and health problems are frequent topics of discussion. The discussions can be depressing or encouraging, but the many problems are a fact of aging that we all have to accept and deal with.

All in all, it was a fun convention, and of course we are very happy to have sold so many copies of David’s new book. We may possibly go to more than one sci-fi convention in 2020; there is one in Albuquerque, New Mexico that we could drive to, as that’s about seven hours from Denver. We even have an old friend who lives there whom we could visit. Gary moved to Albuquerque from Denver a couple of years ago, and we miss him.

Tomorrow, it’s back to work, with lots of both editing and housework to do. But we are glad to have had this break from routine. It was mentally refreshing and emotionally satisfying on many levels.

Wishing all of you satisfying work and relaxing breaks from it,
Leonore

E-mail: leonore@leonoredvorkin.com
Home 303.985.2327  (best number)  /  Cell 303.885.1728
Blog:  denverspanishtutor.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leonore.dvorkin

My website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com (books, articles, language services, publishing help, and more)
David’s website: http://www.dvorkin.com
As you can see the Dvorkins are always busy even when they’re supposedly taking a break.

It turns out they’re not the only ones who have been busy these days. Next up I’ve got news concerning multi genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell.

 

On September 26, 2019 at 3 P.M. Eastern the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) Phone Chat proudly hosted, multi genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be available to meet with us that day, now is your chance to hear Phyllis as she spoke about the trials and triumphs of her writing career.

I’d like to encourage you to listen to the entire call for from beginning to end the wisdom she imparted was quite valuable.

Even when we broke off topic at times during our discussion after her presentation the things she had to tell us in the answers to the questions we asked will remain with me for many moons to come.

Here’s the playback number: 712-770-5506. The access code is: 662501.  You’ll then be prompted for the reference number. Since this is the most recent recording, simply press the pound key, and you should be good to go.

 

And now, here’s Phyllis herself with a writerly update!

 

For all those, who have been asking and waiting, “Goin’ Home” the sequel to “Where Sheep May Safely Graze” will soon become a reality. Follow Jim and Amy as they meet challenges, large and small, the church secretary, who confuses names for the funeral home, sending the hearse to pick up a dog, and a convicted murderer, sent home to die.

 

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

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

 

Well, if that don’t beat all. And just in time for holiday buying. Don’t you agree that books make the best gifts?

Speaking of ordering books and readying for the holidays. Lynda McKinney Lambert has just sent me a note with some great book ordering information and Christmas card news. Here she is with more.

 

Hi Patty,

I am sharing some information for my forthcoming publication, a chapbook called, first snow.

Right now, we are in the Pre-Order phase of this book publication and we are taking orders now that will determine the press run for the chapbook.

This is a critical time in the process – the customers who purchase this book will actually determine how many chapbooks will be printed by Finishing Line Press.

This is an exciting time, of working with this press that is known for top quality printing of poetry books.

The paper in the chapbook will be archival quality, and the artwork for the cover is absolutely remarkable.

 

I am particularly happy to say, the designer chose a photograph I took while walking my 2 dogs on a snowy day.  It is just perfect for the theme of wintertime.

 

Some people have told me they are buying the chapbook to keep for birthday and holiday gifts during the year.  Another reader purchased enough to give each of the women in his office my chapbook as a gift.  One other person told me they bought it and will donate it to their public library. All of this is so touching and encouraging. It really lifts the spirits to know that so many different people will get their own copy of this unique, one-of-a-kind publication.  Because of the limited amount of books that will be printed, it is highly collectable, too. This is not a self-publishing company – it is a traditional publisher of poetry books.

Visit the website for more information or for ordering:

first snow by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working on my 2019 Christmas Greeting Letter.  I will be creating my own Christmas Cards, and I will tuck this colourful and newsy letter inside the cards.  I’ll also have a poem I wrote on the inside of my card.  What a delight this will be to send out this little Holiday greeting to everyone on my mailing list.  I will make 100 cards and letters. Each will be numbered and signed.

For anyone who may like to be added to my list you can do that by contacting me via e-mail.

 

Patty, your readers and clients may send me a request   to be put on my mailing list.

It is a GIFT – no cost and no obligation to purchase anything from me.

 

1._For the Subject Line, write “Merry Christmas.”

2_ Ask for my card and letter – I will only be doing 100, so don’t wait too long.

3_ Send your request to:  riverroad@zoominternet.net

 

I will try to have the cards out around Thanksgiving or shortly after that day.

This will be my holiday gift to you, this year.

 

I’d also love to see your name come up on the Finishing Line Press report for Pre-Sales.

I get a weekly report and the names of the buyers are listed along with the amount of books that person ordered.

I look forward to seeing your name there in the next week or so, because the Pre-Sales end on November 7th.

 

Note, you do not have to purchase one of my chapbooks to receive a Christmas card and letter from me.  And, your nae is only on my mailing list for this one thing, this year.  It is my gift – and thank you for responding.  I wish you all the best of everything that is possible for the last months of this year.

 

Lynda McKinney lambert

 

 

My Books

first snow, chapbook

 

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

 

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

 

E-books on Smashwords

 

 

Social Media

Lynda’s Author Page at Amazon

Lynda’s Page at DLD Books

Lynda’s Website & Blog

 

WOW! Lynda’s really on the ball already planning for her Christmas letter and greeting cards. I can’t wait. Great news about her book orders going so well too.

Speaking of things going well, Donna W. Hill has some exciting news to share concerning a contest her book has been involved in. Here below is all the information on how to participate.

 

Blind Author’s YA fantasy in Final Round of Book Cover Competition!

 

How often is there an opportunity to celebrate blind authors doing well in a competition in the mainstream? Earlier this month, Donna W. Hill, advocate, blogger and author of the YA fantasy, The Heart of Applebutter Hill, learned that her novel had been selected to compete in the AllAuthor Cover of the Month contest. AllAuthor is a social media site connecting authors and readers. Hill has been working to get the vote out ever since.

 

Hill calls this challenge a marathon. She’s posting, blogging, sending out newsletters and individual emails. She’s come a long way since casting her first vote. The Heart of Applebutter Hill is in the final round at #10! If you haven’t voted, there’s still time. If you have voted in earlier rounds, you can vote again. Voting closes Mon., Oct. 28, in the afternoon.

 

“I’m working to raise awareness,” Hill says, “about the astonishing achievements and the challenges of being blind. I’d be grateful for your help.”

 

Please help get this educator-recommended, diversity, anti-bullying & inclusion novel into the Winners’ Circle!  Ready to vote? Visit:

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/5725/

 

 

Description of The Heart of Applebutter Hill’s Book Cover

 

The cover shows a cave scene – stalactites reflected in an underground lake & in the bottom right, a hand holds the blue, heart-shaped Heartstone of Arden-Goth. Photos, Rich Hill; design, Bob Lizza – Lizza Studios.

 

 

Why?

 

Blind people come from every race, religion, ethnic, social, age and economic group. From genius to developmentally challenged, straight to gay, we’re a cross-section of humanity. To open the minds of the next generation, we need to get our young adult novels and autobiographies into the classroom, where books can open young minds.

 

 

Instructions for Jaws Screen Reader Users

 

Go to:

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/5725/

 

Page title: “Vote for The Heart of Applebutter Hill”

From the top of the page, use ‘h to next heading which is the book title The Heart of Applebutter Hill.

Down arrow past author & genre till you hear a number followed by “Vote button” At this writing, I have 278 votes, so it will say, “278 sign in vote button.”

Enter. You will need to sign up as author or reader. You can make a nice profile, but you don’t have to. Just enter your email and password & sign up.

Congratulations and thanks bunches! You’ve just voted!

 

I don’t know about you but I’m over the moon what with all the exciting stuff these writers are up to.

But, wait! There’s more. Abbie Johnson Taylor and Accessible World are teaming up to bring Abbie to us live and in person. Read below for all the details.

 

 

Newswire:
Topic: Fiction Old and New discussion group

Time: Meets the first Friday of each month at 8pm Eastern.

 

We are pleased to welcome author Abbie Taylor who will be discussing her new novel, “The Red Dress”, on Friday, November 1, 2019.  The Red Dress is only available on Bookshare and Kindle.  Please bring your questions and comments to what will be a fun and illuminating discussion.

 

Here is the synopsis from Bookshare:

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.  Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.”

About 10 minutes before the meeting time above, execute the below Zoom invitation meeting link on the device of your choice or dial in with a telephone to one of the provided numbers. All are welcome. Your facilitators for this group are Michelle Bernstein (hamletsweetlady@gmail.com) and Sherry Wells (sherrywells1157@gmail.com).

 

Zoom invitation
The Zoom meeting invitation for Fiction Old and New is as follows:

 

Topic: Fiction Old and New discussion group

Time: Meets the first Friday of each month at 8pm Eastern.

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/s/613313488

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +16468769923,,613313488# or +14086380986,, 613313488#

Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 408 638 0986

Meeting ID: 613 313 488

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/cnnUjZ1oh

 

If you execute the above link from a computer with installed Zoom client software, the software should automatically launch and take you to the meeting. If you execute the above link from a smart device containing the Zoom Cloud Meetings app, the app should automatically launch ant take you to the meeting. If you prefer to use your iPhone as a regular phone without the app to call into the meeting, you can double tap on one of the above two numbers to initiate the call.

 

Podcast feed
Those wishing to subscribe to past Fiction Old and Newprogram archives can do so using their mobile device and podcast app of choice or using their computers and podcatcher program of choice. The link with which to subscribe follows:

 

http://accessibleworld.org/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed

Subscription information
Special note:

 

If you wish to subscribe to our one-way announce list, please write to:

 

aw-announcements+subscribe@groups.io

 

You will receive a confirmation email. Just reply to it without writing anything.

 

If you wish to subscribe to the Tek Talk Discussion List, write to:

 

tek-talk-iscussion+subscribe@groups.io

 

You will receive a confirmation email and just reply to it without writing anything and you are on the list.

 

Contacts:
Robert Acosta: Chair Emeritus
http://www.accessibleWorld.org and http://www.radiooutofthepast.org.

Phone: 818-998-0044

Email: boacosta818@gmail.com

Website: http://www.helpinghands4theblind.net

 

Larry Gassman: Accessible World Co-Chair
Phone: 714-449-1958

Email: larrygassman@roadrunner.com

 

Alan Lemly: Accessible World Co-Chair
Phone: 601-919-6907

Email: walemly@gmail.com

 

The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them.

 

Sherry Wells

 

Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) Phone Chat!

*NOTE* This call will be recorded. If you’re not able to attend and you’d like a copy of this recording, email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com with Recording Phone Chat in the subject line and your name and email in the body of your message and I’ll be happy to send you a recording when it’s available.

 

Phone Chat Info…

 

When? Thursday, October 24, 2019 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.

 

We will have a guest presenter for this call.

 

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. In observance, Jackie McBride of Brighter Vision Technologies will be giving a presentation entitled “Welcome to the Worldwide War Zone How to Protect Yourself and Those You Love from Becoming a Victim” A brief introduction in Jackie’s own words follows.

 

Holiday shopping online is a wonderful thing for disabled individuals. No longer do we have to depend on the benevolence of friends to guide us through shoving crowds & dwindling merchandise selections. However, it can also be fraught with perils. Email scams, fake merchandise websites, & stolen information are just a few of the things that can go wrong. However, there are ways to both shop and keep safe. I’ll discuss the dangers, measures you can take to be safe, and also answer questions.

 

So who am I and why should you listen to me? I have been working in the field of cyber security for over 25 years. I have training in computer forensics & unhacking computers. I also repair compromised websites, which can cause site visitors problems even without the site owner’s knowledge. The name of my business is Brighter Vision Technologies. Join me to learn how to protect yourself and those you love from becoming cyber crime victims and hear lots of tales from the trenches while helping victims over the years.

 

 

Looks like our writers are going to be busy straight through October and into November.

Before we move onto the rest of the newsletter though, here’s a quick note from Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House.

 

Hello everyone. I’m sorry to say that Plaisted Publishing House is down with tech trials yet again. We hope to be back up and running by the weekend. In the meantime please feel free to check us out at:  http://www.plaistedpublishinghouse.com

Claire

 

 

NEW RELEASE…

 

Just in time for Halloween from author Anne Copeland.

 

PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN

Folklore, History, Planting Care, and Good Eating

by Anne Copeland (C 2019)

 

In paperback ($12.00) and e-book ($4.99) from Amazon.

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

 

Synopsis:

 

I guess I have always had a special affinity for pumpkins. Pumpkin season has always been more than a time to don masks, carve jack-o’-lanterns, and put out treats for tricksters. It is a season that in my mind lasts long beyond the last pumpkin pie of Thanksgiving.

Each year as my pumpkin season has come to an end, I have found myself seeking special recipes and other interesting information about these wonderful fruits. My quest to find these recipes has taken me through many an adventure, and I have made many friends along the way.

I am happy to share my joy of pumpkins with you here.

 

 

AUTHOR’S CORNER…

Here folks is a Halloween offering from Abbie Johnson Taylor.

*WARNING WEAK STOMACH BEWARE! *

 

HALLOWEEN DESASTER

BY: ABBIE JOHNSON TAYLOR

The Red Dress

 

In the fifth grade classroom,

topless pumpkins sit on our desks.

Still recovering from stomach flu,

while others laugh and chatter over their pumpkins,

I grit my teeth,

stick my hands inside mine, grasp slimy innards.

The stench fills the air.

 

“Please, may I go to the bathroom?” I ask.

“I have to throw up.”

 

“No,” the teacher answers.

“You need to finish your pumpkin.”

 

My stomach heaves, mouth opens.

Amid exclamations of disgust from my classmates,

the pumpkin, desk, floor, teacher

are covered with my own innards.

 

*NOTE FROM PATTY*

I’m ashamed to say I laughed. Served the teacher right.

 

READING WITH THE AUTHORS…

Here we have author Thea Ramsay with another great book review. This one’s going on my TBR list Fur Sure.

 

Her Purrfect Match

By

Milly Taidan

 

I’m just back from another magic carpet ride, courtesy of Audible Escape.

Only, this time I didn’t head back into the past to find horny princes and princesses in underground palaces guarded by powerful djinn of either, or any, gender.

 

No, this time I took a romp in the woods, courtesy of Milly Taidan, author of Her Purrfect Match.

Sassy, salty Alyssa has a good heart. She provided a lot of laughs. I loved the description of her mate’s golden eyes, and soft, thick fur.

Oh, did I mention her mate is a cat? Not a little kitty, but a tiger with golden eyes who shifts back to human form for most of the story.

 

Alyssa’s had enough of losers. So she joins a dating agency which specializes in the paranormal. Since Lis is also a cat lover, the owner of the agency, Mrs. Wilder, knows just what she’s looking for.

Alyssa only knows she wants love, marriage, and kids.

On her way to her first date, she is lost in the woods and is met by a fine-looking, if frightening, tiger.

This tiger turns out to be a shifter named Grayson, who leads her on an earthy, sensual romp through the woods, through misunderstanding and danger, and into an unforgettable love story.

Their hearts aren’t the only things that throb in this story, but throb they do.

 

If, as a teenager, you liked The Twilight Series, you’ll love Her Purrfect Match. It’s much more adult, quite explicit, but chances are, if you were a teen when the Twilight books were first published, you’ve been reading adult stuff for some time now.

Overall, this was an enjoyable romp with characters who are funny at unexpected moments.

 

Well, I’m off to yet another magic carpet ride.

I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

 

THEA RAMSAY AND HER WORK…

 

A VERY SPECIAL HOUSE

A novella by Canadian author Thea Ramsay

C 2018 / In e–book ($2.99) and print ($7.50) on Amazon

Full details of this and the author’s other publications, which are a novel and a short story: http://www.dldbooks.com/thearamsay/

 

BLOG LINKS OF THE MONTH…

 

Featured Business of the Week:  https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/featured-business-of-the-week-brighter-vision-technologies/

 

From All In a Day’s Breath:  https://allinadaysbreath.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/a-unique-experiment/

 

This Is What It Is To Live In True Faith and Birds All a Twitter:  https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/this-is-what-it-is-to-live-in-true-faith-and-birds-all-a-twitter-journal/

 

From Ernest Dempsey’s Recovering the Self a Journal of Hope and Healing:  http://www.recoveringself.com/education/how-to-deal-with-stress-over-providing-your-child-with-better-education

 

From author Joan Myles The Heart Meanders:  http://jewniquelymyself.com/2019/10/18/the-heart-meanders/

 

From author Jena R. Fellers Changing Focus:  http://www.changingfocus.life/three-helpful-words-that-improved-my-outlook/

 

This ends another edition of the Writer’s Grapevine. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

You may have noticed that once again this newsletter coincides with WordPress Wednesday. Unlike last month, this month it was done on purpose.

During the last of September and first of October I had the flu and fell behind. Then today just when I thought I’d finally get caught up the autumn sun was shining beautiful and bright through my Livingroom windows, my dog and I both had a huge case of cabin fever and before I knew what was happening I’d shut down my computer, grabbed my walking shoes, harnessed up my pup and took off into the wind.

We took a leisurely walk during which Campbell sniffed every blade of grass and fallen leaf at least twice, stopped and chattered with several friendly neighborhood dogs, then just as we rounded the corner at the end of our block the bus came snoring up and we were so caught up in the beauty of the day without one thought of work we hopped aboard and the rest as they say is history.

Sometimes when the sun is high and the day is fine, you just have to fly.

Thanks again for reading, 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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5 Responses to WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY:the Writer’s Grapevine Samhain Edition October 2019

  1. Patty, I hate to tell you this. But since we recorded Jackie’s presentation on the phone chat this afternoon, Phyllis’s presentation last month is no longer the most recent recording. But if people have the reference number, they can still access Phyllis’s presentation. So, you might want to ask Jackie about that.

    Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this as usual. Thanks for publishing my poem and information about the Fiction Old and New group’s discussion of my new novel, The Red Dress.

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    • Patty says:

      Ah crap!

      Well, it was when I published this but it ain’t now. Blast it! Didn’t even cross my mind.

      Well, heck. I’ll edit and repost. LOL.

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      • Hey, we authors are only human, right? This sort of thing happens. By the way, what is Samhain?

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      • Patty says:

        Hi Abbie. Here’s the quick answer to your question of “What is Samhain?”

        Samhain (/ˈsɑːwɪn, ˈsaʊɪn/; Irish: [ˈsˠəuɪnʲ] Scottish Gaelic: [ˈs̪ãũ. ɪɲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset.

        https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Samhain

        Because I worship in the Wiccan, Pagan and Native American traditions, this is something I observe.

        Just as I recognized Mabon last month, I recognize Samhain this month.

        Of course next Grapevine we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, which all celebrate in some way.

        Then during the Christmas season not only will I celebrate that but the Winter Solstice as well.

        So glad you asked.

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