Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Politics Then and Now

By Barbara Plum aka AB Plum

A Two-Word Story

A week later … post mid-term elections.

Are you glad you voted?
Did you imagine the aftermath?
Can you envision the days ahead?

I am delirious I voted—early. I never imagined the aftermath, and I’ve sent my crystal ball out for refurbishing. I plan to consult it many times over the next months.

In the meantime, I’m going to read, read, read for escape, entertainment, and enlightenment. Top of the list: Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times.

Also, I’m looking forward to some down time from writing and some more quality time with friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Barbara Plum, aka AB Plum, writes across the gamut of light and dark (paranormal romance to dark, psychological thrillers). As always, her two latest books explore families.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Thrilled Beyond Measure

So, this happened! That’s me in the November 12 issue of Woman’s World.

I can safely say, this is probably the one and only time in my life I’ll be hanging out between John Grisham and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The nice-women-don’t-toot-their-own-horns part of me wanted to say nothing. The that’s’-me-between-Grisham-and-Roosevelt part of me did a little shimmy (a big shimmy). The time-to-make-a-living part of me was thrilled beyond measure.

This holiday season, give an author a gift. Take a moment to tell a friend about the best book you’ve read this fall. Encourage them to request the book from the library, hurry off to their local bookstore, or one-click. Believe me, somewhere an author will be thrilled beyond measure.


Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures. 

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Her latest book, Back Stabbers is available at your favorite on-line retailer.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Importance of Pre-Orders by Debra H. Goldstein

The Importance of Pre-Orders by Debra H. Goldstein

Until I became an author, the only time I thought of pre-ordering a book was when I knew a new Harry Potter was being released. Once I was published, I heard from other authors that pre-orders were extremely important. Knowing that the first book in my Sarah Blair cozy mystery series, One Taste Too Many, releases on December 18, but is available for pre-order now, I decided to research what the importance of pre-orders is.

 It turns out there are several reasons to encourage (beg) for pre-orders:

1)    If publishers see books are receiving numerous pre-orders, they will increase the print run. More books being printed means the publisher will put more advertising help toward the book because it doesn’t want to get stuck with unsold books. More promotion translates into additional sales.

2)    Pre-orders are reported in first week sales. People often have a surge during their launch parties, but the additional numbers created by pre-sales may help a book make a national or local best-seller list. Word of mouth and recognition again translates into more sales.

3)    Whether Amazon, other online sources, big box stores or independent booksellers receive numerous pre-orders, they will tend to stock more copies of the book. Often, the booksellers will check out and potentially promote a book that customers are showing an interest in.
4)    Authors want publishers to accept their next books. Publishers want to sign authors whose books sell. Pre-order numbers serve as an indicator to a publisher as to whether there is interest in additional works by an author.

5)    Pre-orders are especially important when a series is debuting its first book. Few know of the existence of the series, so it is important to use any means possible to build excitement and interest immediately. One of the best ways to do this is through high numbers of pre-orders which catch the eye of booksellers and readers.

Now that I know how important pre-orders are, I hope you will consider spending $7.99 (paperback) or $4.99 (e-book) to pre-order One Taste Too Many from one of buy links listed below.
About One Taste Too Many:

For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!

Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired town she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant.

Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!

Pre-Order/Buy Links:

Books-a-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/One-Taste-Too-Many/Debra-H-Goldstein/9781496719478

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Juliana Aragon Fatula And the Woman I've Become

Hello Readers:

The above photo was taken after my autumn harvest. I realized that I had been so busy with my Chicana Garden, picking, canning, drying, freezing my bounty that I had neglected everything else. I realized that I have a penchant for concentrating on one job and being obsessed by it. 

I spent the last month working on my harvest and as soon as I finished that my bestfriend called inviting me on a road trip to Denver. Perfect timing. We both needed a break from harvesting. 

We were invited to play abuela and tia abuela for her son's toddler. Day care emergency or some nonsense. The baby boy, Bennett, is learning to walk and talk and is so beautiful he draws a crowd everywhere he goes. He reminds me of one of the babies in the film Raising Arizona. There's a scene where Holly Hunter and Nic Cage are trying to kidnap a baby from the nursery and all five of the quintets are crawling on the floor towards the stairs and Nic is holding one trying to keep him quiet and the other four go in four different directions. That's how it went with Bennett. He would cry when he fell down, or was tired, or got scared by a noise and he would let out a grito. 

Luckily for us, my bestfriend and I, I brought dried cinnamon apple rings. Bennett loved them and when we needed to divert his attention, we would hand him one and he'd munch on it and ask for another. He was an apple ring addict. 

But the best part of the trip was just riding in the van to and from Denver chatting with a friend of 30 years. We've become family and she shared her grandson with me. I dream of grandchildren but have accepted I may never be a grandmother, ever. I'm cool with it as long as friends and family are willing to let tia abuela babysit and feed their babies my home made cinnamon apple rings. 

Now that I'm home, it's back to the work, writing. But sometimes you need to walk away and just take a break from home, work, the routine so you can return and feel excited to be home.