A few months ago I joined a Paranormal and Wine Book Club. It is uplifting for me to meet with people who enjoy reading about and discussing the paranormal. The latest book we read is "Spirits of New Orleans" by Kala Ambrose. I've never been to New Orleans and, honestly, I never had the urge to go -- until I read this book. In many ways it was more of a travel guide than a book on spirits; although don't get me wrong, there are ghost stories in the book. The author knows the city and knows its history. She is a good writer as well. If you are going to New Orleans, read this book. You can even tweet the author (I did) and she'll get back to you. Her love of New Orleans shows and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.
After listening to Anna-Marie Abell's presentation on marketing, I decided to give KDP's sponsored products advertising another try. But! I needed to come up with a better logline. I found this great article that helped. Maybe it will help some of you authors out there as well. http://noamkroll.com/an-easy-guide-to-writing-the-perfect-logine-why-its-as-important-as-your-screenplay/
I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I blogged. I could make excuses. My husband was sick for many months and that took my time and energy, but I could have written. Today at the HDCWC (High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club) meeting we had a fabulous speaker: Anna-Marie Abell. She spoke on marketing and I want to get going. But, alas, I have to go to a party. Anyway, thought I'd give her a plug. She is the author of Holy Crap! The World is Ending.
Pirating abounds! Recently I discovered websites offering two of my ebooks for a free download. And someone took my "The Secret of Lucianne Dove" quiz off of Goodreads and put it on their metaphysics-knowledge website. Weird. That doesn't bug me so much, but the pirating of my books disturbs me. One site even had a huge review of Chapel Playhouse that included so much detail I know the person actually read the book. They didn't put the review on Amazon which would have been nice for me, but only on their site. Well, if they can pirate my book, I can put their review (at least the last paragraph of it) on my blog.
"Chapel Playhouse is an excellent mixture between a paranormal mystery and a sort of new-age gothic horror book, as it mixes supernatural elements with elements of the gothic horror genre. It offers characters with strong, complex personalities and a plotline with twists and turns that will keep you reading till the very end. The story isn’t very straightforward, it’s complex and multilayered and the mysteries are solved only one at a time, the final clues lingering till the very end of the novel. This book reads very much like a TV series in the style of Supernatural, except that it’s a lot more complicated and would take more than one hour to solve. It also adds the concept of everyone being able to see ghosts, at least up to some level, which I find both frightening and intriguing. This novel was, at least to me, more frightening than the previous one in the series and I loved it all the more for that. If you’re a fan of ghosts, the paranormal or just solving mysteries, then Chapel Playhouse definitely is your kind of thing."
Nice review. Not nice pirating my book to give away for free.
So much has been happening and I haven't shared since October! Well, it's about time. My book, "Simone's Ghosts," took top honors in the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival contest. I love this little young-adult book and I'm so happy that the judges loved it as well. There is a banquet in August, so I'll share pics of that in a couple of weeks.
Where else could you have received an afternoon of entertainment with Travis Rhett Wilson as Edgar Allan Poe performing "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Annabel Lee," and "The Raven?" And also see psychic medium Susan Grau share her unique abilities? Spirit showed up and she read two people in the audience. Charlie Ray was the perfect MC and he sang his original Halloween song. Mike Raff showed his book trailer for his new novel, "Skeleton Man," and I showed my video for "Simone's Ghosts." We had nine authors on hand everyone sold books. It was a fabulous event all around.
An amazing woman in the California Writers Club, High Desert Branch runs the Victor Valley Arts and Education Center. She has made a dream of hers come true by organizing the first ever High Desert Book Festival which takes place October 1, 2016 in Victorville, California. I'm honored to be one of the authors at the event.
Horror Book Fest 2016 is only two months away. We are going to have a great time. Of course, we are promoting the horror and paranormal genres once again, but this year will include both the dark and the light. The dark is Poe with master impersonator, Travis Rhett Wilson. The light is Susan Grau, a medium who comes from a healing place of love.
Susan Grau, nationally recognized Evidential Master Medium and Psychic who comes from healing love and light, will talk about her gifts and give us a demonstration of those abilities.
It's official. We're doing it. Third annual Horror Book Fest here we come. Last year's event was fun. We expect this year's fest will be even better. We're keeping the same venue because it worked nicely. But the presenters are all new. Not saying what we have lined up yet. But soon. Very, very soon. And let's just say, that picture you see, it's a hint.
I was born with an interest in ghosts. As a kid, if a story had a ghost in it, I wanted to hear it. In putting my talk together, I realized four things influenced and developed this interest.The first is a short story titled “Georgie.” Georgie is the original friendly ghost. The tale was in my beloved childhood anthology, “The Tall Book of Make-Believe.” I must have read that story a hundred times. I started naming pets Georgie, too.
Another influence is a poem titled “The Highwayman.” In it, lovers are willing to die for each other and in doing so become ghosts who will be together for all eternity. To my young mind, ghosts were romantic.
In sixth grade, my class had to memorize the poem, “The House with Nobody in It.” We had to punctuate it correctly, too. But that’s not the point. The second stanza of the poem laments that the house “wouldn’t be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.” Once again, ghosts are viewed as something positive.
And finally, as a thirteen-year-old, I read “Rebecca.” If you know the story, you know there is no ghost per se in the book. But Rebecca is such a force to be reckoned with, her memory haunts the living. The book haunted me. Maybe I love to be haunted and that’s what I try to do with my novels: write stories that will haunt the reader.
I’ve been asked to come back to Menifee and give my “Ghosts in Literature” talk in September. Of course, I said yes.
Here goes . . .
I write novels. I've written screenplays, short stories, newsletters, business communications and articles. I'm not great at thank you notes. My sister is, but she doesn't know it. I'm not much for blogging. Don't have something to say worth reading everyday. But this is a blog and we'll see what turns up.