Welcome to My Virtual Bookstore!

Nice way to spark interest in books. Marry Christmas to all.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

During the 80s I worked in a Calgary bookstore that didn’t really “do” the Christmas thing. We sold philosophy (Eastern and Western), books on math and physics, Eastern religions, stacks of the I Ching (the Princeton University Press grey-dustjacket hardcover edition), books for gays and lesbians (looong before anyone else had “gender” sections, when stores were still being “busted” for carrying so-called “obscene” literature – for instance, we sold many, many copies of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series), armchair travel rather than travel guides, only vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking in the cookbook section, none of the big bestsellers or even books for children. But we did stock new age and progressive music … on vinyl. The fiction section was one long wall, packed, floor to ceiling, with a ladder to access the nether regions. That section wasn’t divided into genre or nationality either, but was alphabetized according to…

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My Chapters tend to be long

f5c9c-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bam I am one of those writers that hate to stop my story to begin an new chapter so if you are reading any of my books, you will not get to bed on time, you might even be late for work because you just couldn’t put it down.

The nice thing about the type of writer I am is I keep you locked in wanting to know what happens next especially my rewritten books of the Lightning in the Tunnel series. 92930_CVR_FNL_03_02_11 I have even rewritten the next book and the new version will be out in January of 2016 called “Dangerous Rescue”. Look for it next year.

I just wanted to take a minute to talk about the cover for Lightning in the Tunnel for a second, I paid extra to get just what I wanted without the original publisher putting what they wanted. The characters pictured there are Brad in the center, Michele on his right with Vicki on his left all dressed up to attend the Christmas party at Brad’s work. The atomic mushroom cloud symbolizes what happened the next day after the party and the burning buildings symbolizes the changes that occurred after the nuclear blast. Just though you might want to know. Drop by and take a read of Lightning in the Tunnel. If you have Amazon prime it is free for you to read. Have a nice day and great week. Talk back, I’m listening, as always.

Cruising GoodReads and LinkedIn

poster 2x (2)Some times I get emails from Goodreads wondering why I don’t participate that often. I have a habit of going on there and reading what is posted, follow some blogs and comment on some items (which is rare) but mostly I like to read what others are saying. The same about LinkedIn, all the groups I am a member of I daily see what is happening. On LinkedIn I probably post ten times as much as I do on GoodReads because they have interesting subjects most of the time and get into disagreements about a subject that holds my attention. On GoodReads the discussion is normally about books even though I have several on there, I try not to mention them. “Ask the Author” is one part I do enjoy reading what questions others asked about various authors.  Oh well, I am rambling so let’s go onto other things.

If you are wondering why the picture if the picture above has anything to do with this post, it doesn’t but I felt I had to put something besides my picture on this blog. I am sure you get tired of seeing it. How is your week shaping up. Just a warning, it seems like the President and Congress is getting ready to battle again. My email box is getting filled people wanting me to sign petitions for and against things. I have started just deleted them without reading getting so many. The political scene is too early for me to even get interested in the 2016 campaign until after the first of the year. Everyone wants me to support their favorite candidate but I am not ready to donate or commit to anyone.

So have a nice week as Christmas steam rolls our way. Talk back I’m listening.

Planning to publish on Kindle or CreateSpace? Essential Reading: The Absolute Indie by Jo Robinson

A good book to get you off the ground and moving. A.G.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I am eternally grateful that my husband is a book designer and takes care of my publishing requirements. I really would not know where to begin if I had to publish via Kindle or CreateSpace but thankfully for all of us there is a superhero in our midst.

Jo Robinson has written some wonderful fiction which I have enjoyed in the form of novels and short stories (more about those later). What is even more remarkable is that she has completed the publishing process from start to finish herself.

With this level of experience behind her she kindly shared her knowledge via posts on her blog and also on Lit World Interviews. She has now consolidated this into a ‘must have’ for anyone who is contemplating self-publishing and wants to carry out each element of the process for themselves.

There is also the cost element that needs to be considered…

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