COVER REVEAL: The Crimson Tree

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CrimsonTree-ebook-webThe Crimson Tree

Disembodied voices.
Apparitions.
Waking nightmares.
Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity.
Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn.

Release date: September 1st

 

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ValerieValerie Puri – Author Bio

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

 

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New YA Release: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

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Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

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NEW YA RELEASE: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

Buy on Amazon

 

Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

Follow the author’s Website / Goodreads / Amazon

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REPURPOSED: What is that about?

DancingWORDS COUNT is back!

No, I’ve not changed my mind about blogging weekly writing and editing tips – the newsletter is growing and that’s a manageable hunk of time, so at least for now, I’ll save craft content for other publications.

Being a child of parents who were raised between the two world wars,  I was taught to repair things, repaint things, and often, repurpose them. Few things outlived SOME useful purpose, though we did have some rather “unique” flower containers. I’ve decided to repurpose this blog!

I receive a lot more requests for book release coverage than I have timely space for in the newsletter. So, WORDS COUNT will be home to many of the new releases that come my way from the bloggers and PR folks. Feel free to share this information in all the ways that you can! When my schedule permits, I’ll do interviews or reviews, but mostly it will be cover releases and announcements.

The more we share the word about each others books, the more books will be sold. We aren’t competitors, we’re contributors! We ALL have readerships that are unique in some ways. And let’s face it – the more readers that get to visit a faraway land, or enjoy a time-tested romantic relationship, or even enjoy solving a mystery, the better. OUR JOB IS TO MAKE READERS HAPPY!

Starting this Friday, you’ll see Words Count regularly in your inbox again! I hope you’ll read the quick blasts and maybe even try out some new authors!

And if you aren’t getting the newsletter, BETWEEN THE MARGINS, please let me know or visit OnTargetWords.com and sign up there. My email is nancy@OnTargetWords.com if you’d like to drop me a line.

Happy reading – and writing!

 

 

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THE END

Time is Running OutSince the only numbers this blog has seen in quite some time are the single digit visits by my good friends and fellow writers, I’ve decided in the interest of time and quality of life, to discontinue posting here.

What is the sound of one hand clapping? Does a tree that falls in a forest with no one around to hear it fall make a sound? Does a blog read by so few make any difference?

My newsletter: BETWEEN THE MARGINS will continue – so as long as you are subscribed to that, you’ll continue to receive it on or around the 15th of every month. I’m delighted to say those numbers are going up! And, if you’d like to subscribe, you can do so by visiting: On-Target Words  and completing the newsletter request form.

Be well, keep reading and writing and enjoying life. And thanks for checking in here! Nancy Q.

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OPENING DOORS FOR WRITERS

I’m sharing this newsletter column with you because it has some AWESOME out-of-the-box ideas! And, because the author/owner, Hope C. Clark graciously granted me permission to do so. By the way – if you don’t subscribe to her newsletter, FUNDS FOR WRITERS, you really should! They are worth every penny. Her links are below her signature! Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q. 

Hope C Clark 042716Your Arts and Humanities Commissions

This week I received notice of selection for the South Carolina Humanities Commission Speakers Bureau Roster. I’m so honored! Then I realized I had not discussed the state arts and humanities commissions (sometimes councils) in a while. Trust me . . . every writer needs to know the basics about their state arts commission and their state humanities commission. They can open doors!

These agencies are under the state government umbrella and receive budgets for granting and funding to the arts and humanities. Writers often consider the arts commission but overlook the humanities. While their interests can overlap, they represent opportunities. Opportunities like:

1) Speakers Bureaus where the agency provides a grant to the library, nonprofit, or school interested in having artists/writers present to an audience. Yes, you can sell your books.

2) Fellowships or grants provided to artists/writers who demonstrate serious effort in their careers.

3) Grants to organizations which can include paying you for participating in the organization’s work.

4) Free classes on grants, being an artist, earning a living.

5) Newsletters listing updates on grants, markets, calls for submissions, contests.

6) Book festivals where they seek writers to teach, present, and sign.

7) Arts-in-Education rosters which connect you to schools for appearances.

Here’s how you find yours:

State Arts Councils – https://www.arts.gov/partners/state-regional
State Humanities Councils – http://www.neh.gov/about/state-humanities-councils

As a minimum, sign up for a newsletter for the agencies in your state. And there’s nothing wrong with signing up for ones from other states. You may not be eligible for that state’s grants, but they often list way more writing opportunities in their newsletters. I belong to almost twenty.

And nothing’s wrong with going by to visit or giving them a call. Ask them how they can help you. They exist for the arts and humanities, and that includes you.

Hope Clark

Editor, FundsforWriters
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NOTEWORTHY WRITING NEWS

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APRIL 12-15, 2016

HASTINGS, FLORIDA

Thinking outside the box – or the bowl – is the way to get your brand noticed! Below are some tidbits of information that may be interesting to you – they were to me. Where you see text in colors, just click and you’ll be redirected to the source article for a full read. While keeping up with industry publications is another “thing to do” – it sure is helpful if we want to be aware of the changes, accomplishments and possibilities in this realm.

Keep reading and writing!!  Nancy Q.

POETS & WRITERS, GALLEYCAT

Best-selling author Judy Blume talked to Publishers Weekly about her new occupation as a bookseller; The novelist cofounded the independent bookstore Books & Books two months ago in Key West, Florida with her husband, George Cooper.

Julian Fellowes, creator of the acclaimed television series Downton Abbey, has written a new novel titled Belgravia. The novel launches this week as a serial app, which features eleven “episodes” of text and audio released weekly. In the digital age where seemingly unlimited amounts of text can be published immediately, Fellowes’s experiment to publish his novel as a serial app is a throwback to the narrative tension and suspense of serialized storytelling. As Megan Garber writes at the Atlantic, “Digital capabilities, in theory, obviate the need for episodic storytelling. Yet, by way of digital capabilities, that form of storytelling is flourishing.”

Indie poetry press Alice James Books has released an app that allows users to listen to audiobooks, read new titles from the publisher, purchase books, and sign up for a backlist subscription service. (GalleyCat)

WRITERS BEWARE

EPIC, an association for epublished authors, identifies termination or kill fees as a red flag contract clause–one that authors should absolutely avoid.

NEW YORK TIMES

For the tech-savvy writer on the go, here are some recommended writing apps that will help you to compose the next great American novel on public transit, courtesy of the New York Times.

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