Friday, July 31, 2015

John Kremer: Authors Before They Became Famous

John Kremer posted: "Many book authors didn't start off being bestselling writers. They started with all sort of jobs. Here are a few of the odd jobs writers have worked prior to their success as book authors. [Tweet "Book Authors Before They Became Famous! #books #authors"]"

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bastille Day and The French Revolution

La Marseillaise - paroles en français

Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé
Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras.
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!
Aux armes citoyens
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons

Happy Bastille Day; The day that commemorates Freedom, Justice, Equality, Fraternity? Or the day that commences France’s “Reign of Terror” (1793-1794) and the beheadings of all the bad aristocrats and political enemies of France? A well-intentioned justice for the people of France or a movement that got out-of-hand? Or just plain nasty politics by the Jacobins who wanted their rivals out o the way?

The birth of the Revolution came after several bitter seasons of low food growth and horrific weather. Food was scarce. Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette and their court were out of touch with the realities of their subject’s plight. Their own extravagances were enormous, the people, resentful.

This was the age of enlightenment. The Jacobins, headed by Robespierre (1758-1794) rose to influence and subsequent power during this period. The elite of local societies along with artisans and tradesmen made up the society. They led Paris to storm the French prison, The Bastille, invade the Tuileries and start the infamous “Reign of Terror” (1793-1794) At first they targeted the hated aristocracy, kidnapped the King and Queen an force Louis to turn his power over to them.

Then, they overpowered any factions that disagreed with their philosophies and policies, targeted the clergy and soon after, no one was safe. Neighbor denounced neighbor and nobody was safe from Madame La Guillotine. Not even the King and Queen.

So who invented the Guillotine? The disputed creator was Joseph Guillotin, a medical doctor and member of the National Assemly. According to other sources, the inventor actually Antonio Louis, Secretary of the Academy of Surgeons along with “Schmidt.” A JMV Guillotin was executed at the end of the revolution, but according to some sources it wasn’t Joseph Guillotin.

Whoever it was or wasn’t, the Guillotin was reported to be an efficient and painless killing machine. And could kill hundreds on a single day. France couldn’t keep up with the demands and had to build several, which appeared in many cities around the country. After all was said and done, some 30,000 men, women and children were executed under Madame La Guillotine.

Toward the end, the Jacobins themselves were overthrown and Robespierre executed. The spirit of the Nationalistic movement lived on in France, but the party did not.

Madame La Guillotine

La Marseilles (originally known as Une Marseilles) was written by soldiers upon the declaration of war on Austria and Prussia in 1792. The song was adopted by the revolutionaries and adopted as the French National Anthem.

The storm of the Bastille initiated the Reign of Terror in France and has been acclaimed as a national holiday every July 14.

Sources: Wikepedia: French Revolution, Maximillian Robespierre, Jacobins, Guillotine

Michael R. Lynn, Profession of History, Purdue University
Author of: The Sublime Invention of Ballooning, 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Annie Kelleher---Scenes from Free to Good Home a Delightful Collection of Short Stories

I thought it might be fun for you to whet your reading appetite by reading the beginnings of four delightful short stories by Author Annie Kelleher. "Free to Good Home" is a collection of futuristic, clever and funny short stories--with food for future thought thrown in.  You can buy these short stories on  

Free to Good Home 

The first time Marvin thinks about adoption is at Passover, when his mother burns the gefilte fish.  The second is a few weeks later, when she leaves the group from the casino bus, and is found stuffing dollar bills into g-strings at a strip club.   And the third is the following morning, when she refuses to even discuss the possibility of giving up the third-floor walk-up she shared with Marvin’s father, and moving in with Marvin and his family. 
But as usual, it’s his wife who brings it up.  She has a pamphlet from the Family Adoption Unit of the Community Center, and she pushes it toward him as the dino-bot removes their plates.   Deb doesn’t say anything as she slides the glossy pamphlet across the table.
He glances down as the dino-bot places a plate with a slice of lemon merengue pie in front of him.   The pamphlet reads:  “WHEN IT’S TIME TO SEVER THE CORD” and features a photograph of a smiling gray-haired woman embraced by a younger couple and children, as another younger couple drives off waving in the background. 
“You can’t be serious,” says Marvin, as he plunges his fork into the pie. 
“Of course, I’m serious,” replies Deb.  “Look at how happy Ruth’s family is with the grandparents they picked up.  Look at how happy the kids are.  Why should we deny your mother the same chance for happiness?”

After the Rapture

Bess’s first inkling that the financial markets really had predicted the end of the world came when she awoke before 4 AM on April Fool’s Day to check the futures.   It took her a few minutes to ease herself out of Kitty’s embrace, because the warm nest of her wife’s body was almost too inviting to leave. 
But the niggling sense of unease, the one she’d gone to bed with, the one that had been growing stronger over the last few days, that something was about to happen… something big and bad and akin to aliens’ landing…wouldn’t let her keep her eyes closed. 
For the past week, and for no apparent reason that neither she, the firm’s market analysts, nor all the Talking Heads both online and on TV were able to discern, the broad market indicators had been going nuts.  Crazy nuts, as in far beyond the normal tides of chaos that periodically upended Wall Street. 
Stocks of all kinds started freefalling for no apparent reason – and then reversed themselves just as suddenly; some clients called, demanding to know when she was going to buy more of everything, while others – in full panic mode – demanded she abandon all positions and convert directly to cash.  Or gold… except for the fact that gold was the one thing that appeared to have a clear and obvious direction:  straight down.  

Raising Jerry Garcia 

Raising Jerry Garcia

Celebrity Supernatural #3
(with Don Goodman)


When Bernadette calls to tell me that Stevie Garracino is missing … as in gone … as in not seen for nearly twenty four hours … I’m too busy to even hear the phone ring.   The day before, the mother of all summer storms hit our little town on the South Jersey shore, knocking out all the power, leaving streaming streets and debris-blocked avenues. 

In its aftermath, the August weather has turned predictably gorgeous – if you’re one of the tourists still stranded here or the National Guard that’s come to dig us out, that is. 
If you’re running a flower shop on the first floor of your house as a cover for the illegal pot-growing operation on the third floor, not so  much.   I’m not just out of business until the power comes back on.  I have a much bigger problem. 

It’s two o’clock in the afternoon and Bob, Debby and I have just finished watering all the plants.  Without the ventilation and watering systems operating, not only is the entire crop threatened, but we’re in jeopardy of having our whole business come tumbling down around us.  Without the carbon filters syphoning the air, in the August heat, even with every one of the windows in the entire twenty-seven room house open, the place is going to reek like a marijuana farm in no more than a day or two.  

Walking with Elvis
Celebrity Supernatural #4

After “The Cremation of Sam McGee”
-With apologies to Robert L. Service

“There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold;
The arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold. 
The Northern Lights have seen strange sights but the strangest they ever did see
Was that night in Maine, from the wreck of the train, we hunted down Elvis Presley.”


Grandpa arrived clutching the telegram, just as Grandma was putting the remains of last night’s pot roast on the table.  It was two days before Christmas, and the tail end of the second blizzard in five days had finally stopped moaning around the eaves.   He entered on a gust that blew a swirl of snow all the way to the living room before it evaporated in the heat of the wood-burning stove. 

“I’ll need to be up early,” he said, as he kicked off his boots, and hung up his parka.  He brushed the snow off the beard that made him look a little like Abraham Lincoln, and dropped a kiss on my grandmother’s rosy cheek.  “You’re so young and beautiful,” he crooned.  “You’re everything to me.”  From inside his sweater vest, he whipped out a pale pink rose tied with a silver ribbon.  “Happy anniversary a day early, Mrs. B,” he said with a wink at me.

Grandma giggled like the sixteen year old she’d been when they met.  For as long as I could remember, Grandma resembled Mrs. Butterworth to the degree that when I was five, I thought she was Mrs. Butterworth and told my entire kindergarten class that the syrup bottle lady was my grandma.  I might have been seventeen but I could count on that story being rolled out whenever I was home from boarding school, like an old ornament that refused to break.  “Now that’s young and beautiful.”  She returned a quick kiss on his lips, then dodged his embrace.  “That pelt on your face is all wet…I wish you’d get rid of that thing.” 

 “Keep’s my face warm.”  Grandpa winked at me, then my sixteen year old cousin Travis, who was visiting from Boston for the holiday.  “Pass that stew, young man.”  He ladled out a dripping bowlful then glanced at Grandma, who’d taken her place at the other end of the table.  “Do me a favor after supper, Nellie, and call down to Elise at the hotel?  She’s about to get slammed.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

John Kremer Webinar: "How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon"

John Kremer's Book Marketing Tip
TODAY! - How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon
I'm doing an interview with Penny Sansevieri, author of How to Sell
Books by the Truckload on, today, July 10th, at
3 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
Penny will share with you and me everything we need to know about
selling more books via Amazon. If you want to sell more books this
year, come to this webinar. If you come live, you'll get to ask Penny
your questions. There will be a replay next week, but you won't be
able to ask questions then. So I hope you can make it live.

Register here:

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping
abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how
to learn. — Peter Drucker

Copyright 2015 by John Kremer

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LSPdigitalLLC. Publishers Promotional Sale

A note to all you readers out there:

LSP Digital (not only for electronic books) is having a promotional sale over at
There are many fine authors and their books up for 99 cents on your Kindle. So, if you need some summer reading, this is the time. (7/8 through 7/15) 

Authors include: Patricia a. Guthrie (that's me) Linda Daly, C.J.Parker, John Elliot, Alexis Swanson, Alexis Braguine, Micki Peluso, Erin Collins, Ellen Harris, Bones McDowell, Carol Montague, Stacie Collier, AV Queen and Don Queen.

Genres include: Mystery, horror, adventure, espionage, romance, historicals, inspirational, children's books and young adult, and paranormal. 

Go to: to take a peek at some fine authors and their books. 

REMINDER: In the Arms of the Enemy and Waterlilies Over My Grave on Kindle

Reminder: In the Arms of the Enemy is now on sale at,Kindle edition, for 99 cents from 7/8 through 7/15. Romantic suspense novel

Why does someone want horsewoman Maggie McGregor dead? Maggie and horse owner Adam Blakely uncover an insurance fraud so insidious, it threatens to rock the horse racing world and bring a killer to their doorstep.

Reminder: Waterlilies Over My Grave is now on sale at, Kindle Edition, for 99 cents from 7/8 through 7/15. Psychological suspense novel
Why does eminent psychiatrist Duncan Byrne want to kill his ex-wife?
Annie O'Brien leaves New York City to escape her psychotic ex-husband only to find he's followed her with deadly intentions. And a town is held hostage by fear.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Sunshine Book Show

For all you readers and authors: thought you might be interested. 

Sign up for the EarlyBirdDrawing by clicking on "Going"bymidnight 6/7...big prize for the winner.
Here's the event link:
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July: While Nero Fiddled

This post, written by Micki Peluso is very timely for our great, but poor nation.

"We have met the enemy, and he is us."

While Nero Fiddled . . .
by Micki Peluso
The Roman Empire between 100 and 200 AD encompassed Northern Scotland and reached out as far as Asia. It was one of four classified Empires; including Han China, Mauryan, India and Parthian Persia. The Roman Empire stands out due to its ability to unify and cause major changes in language and the development of lands conquered. It is said that the United States of America is second in this endeavor. So why did the Roman Empire Fall? The glory that was Rome fell by 284 AD due in part by what is taking down our country today — greed, corruption and apathy.
As we watch our own great nation, once the shining star of the free world grow ever weaker, inundated with internal and external problems, one wonders if we are following the footsteps of the once mighty Empire whose arrogance and refusal to see or care blinded them to their own demise. Our country became the United States of America in 1776 with the words of our Constitution written in the blood of those who fought and died for it. That would be about 240 years ago.
We face many of the Roman Empire’s problems and more, which includes loss of respect from other nations, mockery from our enemies, little or no aid from countries that we spend billions upon, as well as major financial, medical, and environmental problems on our front. Scandals in government have scorched the integrity of our political philosophies. We have backed down from stamping out terrorism when it first raised its ugly tentacles in the 1970s; beatable than, not so easily now. Our economy, dependent upon two-income families, has affected the lives of this present generation of children, along with the ever progressive computer technology which is both advantage and bane. We have been forewarned and educated in problems needing immediate solutions. As a Super Power we still ‘talk the talk’ but fail to ‘walk the walk.’ Chicken Little is scurrying about, crying out, ‘The Sky is Falling.’ We don’t bother to glance up.
Can we be so foolish as not to see what’s happening to our once great nation? The greed, corruption, and apathy are snowballing into a massive avalanche that may well bury the country we once knew. Cartoonist Walt Kelly paraphrased Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous quotation, ‘We have met the enemy and they are ours.’ On the second Earth Day on April 22, 1970, Walt Kelly’s first ‘Pogo’ cartoon graced the cover of a magazine. His words were relating to environmental issues but aptly fit all the problems of our times. “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Magazine writer, humorist, and memoirist Micki Peluso  can be found at

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Message from the Universe by Michael Tut

I've been pretty quiet, but also fairly consistent about posting the "Messages from the Universe" by Michael Tut. 

An author has to rely on, not ony his or her talent and learned craft but also tons of rejection, writer's block and life interference. The muse can get discouraged and go hide in the corner. Mine has. (It might be returning. I'm a hopeless optimist.) 

That's why these daily inspiration from Michael and his crew are so helpful for everyone. Especially for writers. I looked at the one for today and thought "You know, maybe they're right. Maybe all I need is a little more patience." (which I'm not abundantly blessed with, by the way.) "Maybe my time will come. Maybe all this hard work and discouragement will pay off and someone will read my novels, short stories, articles, blogs. 

Yes, maybe I'll stick to it a little longer. 

Have a great reading, writing and whatever else you do, day. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Sale: Waterlilies Over My Grave and In the Arms of the Enemy

Once again, is having a sale--this time a summer sale. Our books will be on Amazon's Kindle for .99 cents from July 8th 6:00 am PST until July 15th. Come check out all the authors at LSP Digital. You'll be in for a treat. At LSP Digital you'll find novels about: mysteries, espionage, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventures, historicals, as well as books that are inspirational,  and self-help books (including one on writing) an awesome adventuresome memoir, and for the children, children's books.

Authors include: Linda Daly, Micki Peluso, John Elliot, Alexis Swanson, Erin Collins, D.L. Mains, Carol Rose Montague, Stacy Elliot, Jane Ellen Harris, Bones McDowell, C.J. Parker, Don Queen, A.V. Queen, Alexis Braguine and myself, Patricia A. Guthrie.  I think you'll find some rare treats within these books.

My books: "Waterlilies Over My Grave" and "In the Arms of the Enemy" (see right side panel for You Tube trailers and synopsis/ characterizations of both novels.) Waterlilies is psychological suspense (with romance building at every step) and Arms is a romantic suspense novel about insurance fraud and murder in a horse racing empire. Oh yes, did I mention romance?  

I do hope, that if you purchase one from Kindle and you like it, you will take a few minutes to give it a review on Amazon. That really helps an author. 

Today, I'm editing and critiquing a fellow author's novel Survivor Benefits by Bren Cubbage. It's an unusual historical about a survivor from the Persian Gulf War. And, it's action packed full of adventure. Can't wait until she finds a publisher and has it published. It will be well worth the read. 

Have a great day. Happy reading. Happy writing. Happy horsing around (if you're into horses) and enjoy your life. 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Oh dear. 

It's been over a week since I last blogged. I really do enjoy blogging. My writing time has taken me over. 

Since I was last here, I read two James Patterson books. The Thomas Berryman Number about an assassin, how he plots, kills and the aftermath was the first book Mr. P wrote.  Honeymoon, about a black widow is one of his later books. Thomas Berryman was a bit disjointed in timing and style and not like his later works. It interested me enough, though, to read it to its conclusion. Honeymoon was fast paced, well-timed and chilling, although I would have liked to see more motivation in the killer's logic. (does that make sense?) 

I've read Annie Keheller's book of short stories "Free to Good Home: Collected Short Stories" an adventuresome, if not hilarious look at future events. A time where we can adopt out our parents when they get old (or they can adopt out themselves) A turn-about look at the Rapture, when only bad people disappear, or when science has discovered a way to enhance anybody's body parts, for a price. But at what cost? And, when we can make movie stars appear at will. Ms Keheller has a very creative mind. See reviews at  

Another endeavor has me re-reading "Waterlilies Over MyGrave"  a book I wrote in the 2007 and published by LSP Digital in 2008. I searched for, and found, my writing voice. Yes, Virginia, I had a writing voice, which I'm trying to regain. I actually liked the book. "Isn't that special?" (Church Lady; Saturday Night Live.)

Networking is very profitable for writers as well as business people. My networking has found a way out for my Legacy characters who are currently stranded in a castle. My poor feeble brain has spent years trying find their means of escape. You'd think they'd be starving to death by now. 

Stolen Horses is also starting to take shape. My villain is being a total and criminal jerk I'm happy to announce.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day.

I'd like to direct you to:
for Micki Peluso's article about the history of Father's Day. 

Happy Father's Day. 

Book Reviews Do We Need Them?

My friend Micki Peluso is a book reviewer. I thought you might be interested in seeing her article on book reviews. Her Blogspot is

  On Book Reviews
By Micki Peluso
Do we, as writers, need a slew of five star reviews to sell books? Some readers claim they never read them, others say they do, and many claim not to be swayed by reviews to buy the book. Personally, as a high-ranking Amazon reviewer, I can attest to over 200 potential buyers telling Amazon my review helped in their decision to buy – or not.
As an author I feel that my own 60+ 5 star reviews couldn't hurt but truthfully don't see much increase in sales. Sales seem to be controlled by a book’s ranking on Amazon, raising it to a level where it can be more readily seen by purchasers. Basically, there are two types of reviews; the ‘all my gosh, I was up all night reading this,’ style and the formula type professional review, which is used more for pre-marketing, press releases and promotion. Both are necessary and needed in the ongoing battle with selling books.
The first one is actually a customer comment more than a review. Even bad ones like ‘you won't believe the garbage in this book’ will help sales as readers rush to see what could be so bad. Amazon stars mean little, and are simplistic in their rating which makes it hard for reviewers to use them. For instance, one star means ‘hated it,’ two stars, ‘like did a little,’ three stars, ‘liked it a little more,’ four stars, ‘really liked it,’ and five stars, ‘loved it.’ Seriously? The reviews that are important to writers are from review sites like The New York Journal of Books, Kirkus, Midwest Review, and various newspapers and magazines reviews.
Amazon sets the criteria for review formats now, but it is obviously ignored. They request honesty, prefer a summary, ask for a bestseller the book is similar to, etc., much like the professional review. I believe Amazon prefers the gushy customer reviews because they're likely to sell more books.
A professional review demands the criteria required by the review sites, publishers and publicists, and have specific guidelines. I am required to follow these when reviewing bestsellers like Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Stephen King, and others. The number one rule is to avoid the use of the word ‘I’ in the review. Instead, I might say, ‘This well-written romance will keep the reader turning pages.’
A professional review site expects a summary of the first 30-60 pages of the book, explaining the theme or premise, introducing characters and giving a general story line but with no spoilers. Next comes a description of the writer’s style, talent, if any, character development, general grammar and syntax, as well as outstanding errors and format. The New York Journal of Books prefers the reviewer find one thing wrong with the book, since according to them, no book is perfect. I tend to disagree an often ignore this rule, unless it's a bestseller who should know better. I also refuse to slam a fellow writer and my criticism is constructive to the point of almost sounding like a compliment. It's a gift. Lol  Next comes a teaser regarding the ending, followed by the mention of other books by the author that the reader might enjoy as well. Then my byline and that's it. I do get pleasure from finding fault with bestsellers, but only because I see such talent among independent writers whose books cannot find their way to the top. I get the books mailed from the publisher along with press releases, synopses and other helpful information. It's a treat to find a short segment of review that I wrote in the back of a bestseller. Still, I mostly freelance because I love to promote my fellow writers.
With them I am gentler and when I do point out a flaw I generally take the author aside in an e-mail and mention it to them, suggesting that they make changes in their next printing. If a book is so poorly written that to give it a fair review would reflect upon my integrity as a reviewer, I simply won't review it. It's not the reviewer's job to critique, edit or suggest changes in a writer's style. It's my job to let readers know what the book is about and why I, personally, liked it – or not.
For me at least, my professional reviews which I use for all reviews are carefully crafted and as well written as if it were an article or essay. I believe that the better my own writing is in reviewing the book can only reflect well upon the author.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Writing Purpose and Rekindling the Flame

Writing: Things have been popping for me this week. I enrolled in James Patterson's Masterclass, and my lack of writing purpose seems to be punching me right smack between the eyes.

He advocates: "Do not sit there like 'Oh I don't feel like it today. I don't feel like it tomorrow.' Feel like it"! Do it! Force yourself!"  James Patterson.

If you are a writer, either a beginner or an writer with writer's block or experiencing burn-out, I wholly suggest this class to you. You can find him and his Masterclass on Facebook.

One thing he suggests early on is to complete a writing schedule (which I'm still trying to accomplish, considering the other things I have to do during the day) and writing at least 500 words first thing in the morning to get going. I'm using this blog for my morning workout. I'll write about writing, reading, work I've done during the day and accomplishments--mine and others.

Yesterday, I worked out a writing schedule, something I've never done before. I re-wrote my outline for "Stolen Horses." My original outline wasn't bad, but not complete enough and not enough "raising the stakes." I raised some stakes here not only for my heroine to search for her horse, but put her life and that of her daughter's in jeopardy. Today, I'll outline my villain's journey to parallel her's.

I also think I need to re-outline Matt's Murder, my first novel. Wow. What a contrast between today's world and that of the 90's. The world today is full of cell phones, computers and tablets, drones and more technical goodies to be novelized. (Is that a word?) So many re-introductions.

Also, what can be eliminated. And who can be eliminated?

I've started and stopped so many times with Legacy of Danger, Matt's Murder and now, Stolen Horses that I see it's not the basic stories, but me. I get to a certain point and can't go on. Lack of self-confidence, I think. Writing an outline works for me. And, realizing that first drafts are not going to be clean and polished.

So, it's on to outlining. On to re-evaluation. On to my Masterclass assignments. (this is one) And on to searching the world for story ideas.

I read "Honeymoon" yesterday, after reading James Patterson's outline. It's a good pattern to follow.
Awesome book. I read the book in several hours and had a hard time putting it down for my Writer's Rock Workshop. (on Facebook and AOL Chapter One workshop chat Monday 9EST, 8 CST, 7 MST and 6 PST)

Happy writing/ reading and whatever else you do. Put your heart in it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Writer--Article Writing with Rhythm

This looks like a great article from The Writer. You might want to subscribe. It's free.
Revise your words to make them more pleasing to the ear. Here are tips to incorporate writing with rhythm in your own work.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I Don't Know Why--

I don't know why when I cut and paste an article, the font insists on becoming unreadable. 
So posting with a white background seems like the only option, and I didn't do that either. 

Maybe someone knows and would like to share? 


Marketing: Persistence: What You Have Control Over by John Kremer

Mr. Kremer graciously gave me permission to post some of his articles on my blog. I appreciate his efforts to help all of us market our books. 

Persistence: What You Have Control Over

by John Kremer
When you are writing a book, you have lots of control over the content, style, and format of your book, but once you start to market, you lose a lot of control. You can't force media to feature you. You can't force bookstores to put your book on their shelves. You can't force readers to read your book.
But there is one thing you do have control over: That's your persistence. The authors who get featured in media, the books that get placed on bookstore shelves, the authors who get read by avid readers — they all have one thing in common: The authors are persistent. They keep knocking on doors. They do something every day to promote their books. They pick up the phone and make calls, lots of calls. They do interviews. They socially network, day after day. They create relationships.
They make friends.
What did you do today?
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Monday, June 8, 2015

"Waterlilies Over My Grave" reviewed by CB Hampton (Chuck Bush)

I'm a proud mama this morning. Author CB Hampton (Chuck Bush) reviewed my novel "Waterlilies Over My Grave" and sent it to Amazon with five stars.  I tried to copy and paste the review directly from Amazon, but the formatting didn't work. Mr. Hampton sent me his review via email and I was able to copy it from that format.  Here it is. 

I hope those of you who follow my blog get a chance to curl up, read and review "Waterliles." It means a lot. 

The Review (Waterlilies Over My Grave.) 

A very pleasant surprise, indeed

A friend recommended this book to me. I agreed to read it, though with some skepticism.
Skepticism, because I expected what most guy readers call chick lit or popcorn romance.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Waterlillies Over My Grave is a down-to-earth thriller with
real people, doing real things. I read the first half listening to Mozart sonatas and the second half
listening to Mozart's symphonies.

Of course, the novel has all the ingredents needed for a "real" thriller: a beautiful blond damsel-in-
distress; a mental basket case villain, the damsel's crazy ex husband, who wants her dead at all
costs; a ruggedly handsome detective knight in rusty armor, who starts out not liking her, yet vows to
protect the damsel anyway; a wise mentor for the damsel (detective's mother); a wise mentor for the
detective (his police chief boss); and lots of very interesting people in the very interesting small-
town setting of Lake Nager, Wisconsin.

But in order to have a great read, you have to have a great recipe to properly mix the ingredients. In
this case, it's the plot. The villain, a brilliant, highly regarded psychaitrist, who is both insane and
a genius at disguise, keeps the reader on the edge of their seats in suspense. The book has puzzles,
frights, thrills, action, and a great ending.

So, my recommendation is: if you want to settle down in a quiet place and enjoy the lives and
worries of some well-drawn characters, have a go at this excellent novel.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Horse Racing: Congratulations American Pharoah

The long wait is over. We finally have a Triple Crown winner.

What is amazing is: A great field of contenders, a horse that has a wonderful work ethic and an amazing combination of length of stride, amount of speed and a horse that can rate over all surfaces and distances. 

If I'm not mistaken, his time was the second fastest in history.

Good going, Mr. Zayat, Mr Baffert and Mr. Espinoza. A great team. 

I thought, though AP was a home bred. Not sure (except for a great deal of money) why Mr. Z sold the horse. Will he still retain a partial ownership or was that only for his racing career. 

Inquiring minds want to know. Inquiring minds will do some research. 

Meanwhile, Coolmore isn't such a bad place to retire.