Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LitPick Interview Next Week

Wow! It's almost March! And time for my LitPick interview "Six Minutes with an Author." The interview is scheduled for March 2nd. It will be posted on the LitPick site and LitPick on Facebook.

I have two YA stories on LitPick with reviews.

Ally Ally Oxen Free is  short story about a little boy with a strange hobby. It's just a little creepy and a fun story for all ages.

It received a five star review by a LitPick reviewer.

Alfred C. Bogeyman is about three boys and a dog on a mission to give this boogieman a taste of his own medicine.

It's a fun story that is a little bit scary, while being a fun read.

This short story has two 4 star reviews on Litpick

I'll post links to my LitPick interview next week on my Facebook page.

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 20, 2015

My Writing Dream...And Article Burnout

My dream is not to be rich or famous. My dream is just to make a decent living writing fiction. Why? I'm really burnt out when it comes to writing on subjects of no interest to me.

I am an introvert. I don't like being the center of attention, and I don't need a lot of money to be happy. My dream is to spend my days writing fiction, not non-fiction.

Right now, I spend my days writing articles and blog posts for companies on a variety of different topics, but some of these topics are boring. I love writing about gardening and plants, but when it comes to dentists, plumbing, lawyers, bankruptcy...etc...I'm burnt out.

Over the years I've written so much on this boring topics that some days  I feel like I don't have it in me to write one more dentist or plumbing article, but someone how I come up with an idea--I have to because it pays the bills.

But, lately I'm so burnt out, I'm surprised smoke isn't coming out of my ears!

I'm not ungrateful that I have a job writing, and I can work from home. My introverted self loves it, but I feel after writing for other people for years, I'd love to be able to write what interests me. 

So, what am I going to do about it? I'm going to keep writing my stories and getting them out there to the readers, and hope that one day I can make enough money from my fiction writing that I can retire from nonfiction writing and live in my own little fictional world. 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More Audio Books!

All four volumes of Flashes of Fiction are coming to audible and iTunes. One and two are already available. Three is in the final review (it should be available very soon), and four is in production.  Tonya Manns is the narrator for all four books, and she does an amazing job. Tonya gives each character his or her own voice and it brings the story to life. I am absolutely thrilled with her work on these short stories.

I'm still working on Metamorphosis, and so far I'm on schedule to release it by the end of March. I can't wait to get this one finished. It has been a long road with losing my USB drive and having to start over, but I am going to make it! This little book is different from my others because it is spiritual in nature, which some might also see as science fiction.  We all have different beliefs when it comes to life and death, and this book just sort of explores just one.

I have started making notes for a second spiritual book.  I don't have a title yet, but I do have the story outlined and ready to begin after I finish this current project. More to come on that later!

Happy Reading (and listening)!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free Book Week!

I've given Flashes of Fiction Series a Makeover, and Volume 4 is ready for pre-order to download on Jan 30th. Here the schedule for a week of free books.

Free Jan. 26 and 27th. 

Five short stories for quick, fun reads. Each volume contains stories in various genres, so there is something for every reader. 

Metro Dome-(sci-fi) In the future, families live domes to protect themselves for the scorching sun, but one man longs for the days when families lived in houses and the worlds seemed endless. 

Viral Smiles-(humor) A young lady decides to put the theory to test that smiles are contagious with some humorous results. 

Shannon Elizabeth Riley- (mystery) A little girl finally finds her way home after being lost for 30 years 

Operation Onion- (sci-fi/speculative fiction) Samuel is born with a strange affliction that makes him emits different odors based on his moods and this makes people shy away from him. But, Samuel‘s mother says God has a plan for everyone, so does this mean Samuel will find his place in this world? 

The Handbag- (sci-fi) Sara finds a handbag that seems to make money on cue, but all good things have a catch. Right?

Free Jan. 28-29

Stories include: 

Finder's Weepers: Leonard get caught up in his own web of lies. 

Remain Calm: The insane never question their own sanity. 

Punctilious: Being on time just may be a matter of life and death 

Assailant: A strange increase in burglaries occur ahead of a warm front. 

Laugh Like a Baby: A story of mixed up emotions--Literally!

Free Jan. 30-31

Grandma's Scrapbook: Grandma’s bags are packed, and she is ready for a death vacation. 

Destination...3009: Jim finished building his time machine, and he’s ready to see what advances the future has to offer, but he is stunned by what he doesn't find. 

My Friend, Clarence: Jeremy knows intimate details about the murders of several young girls. He claims his friend, Clarence, is the perp. The only problem--Clarence is Jeremy’s imaginary friend 

The Weed Whisperer: Simon is a gardening guru. Weeds never dare to grow in his garden or flowerbeds, but Simon learns that weeds will attack if provoked. 

One Man's Trash: Sometimes a good deal isn't always what it seems.

Available for Pre-order now!

5 Short stories: 

Murder~ of the Future: Artificial intelligence has evolved, and Henry is on trial for the murder of an 

Yesterday's Children: Richard discovers he's only as old as he feels. 

Azure:Dr. Stanton and Dr. Kline's patient seems crazy, until he leaves the hospital in a 
beam of light 

Inside His Mind: A wife is given the opportunity to go inside her husband's mind and do some rewiring. 

Reflections of the Past: Tina's parents were killed in a house fire, but that doesn't stop them from sharing her special day. 

Visit my Amazon Author page to download these and other books I have available. 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What's Better Than A Review of Your Book? An Email!

I've got a couple of good emails in the new year...

Flashes of Fiction Volume 1 is quite popular so far this year, and I just received a new Amazon review last night. I'm always happy to see a new review, but even better than that, I received an email from the reviewer. He sent me a little note to stay he enjoyed my book and left a review.  He said he was off to buy Flashes of Fiction Volume 2.  I think it is wonderful when a reader reaches out to me. I absolutely love it!

Litpick sent me a Twitter message Saturday inviting me to do Six Minutes with an Author, which I gladly accepted.  I'll post a link here when my interview is up at the Litpick site. The interview will also be posted on Litpick's Facebook page.

I'm still working on new release for the 2015. One is Flashes of Fiction Volume 4. I'll post more about that after I get it all put together and ready for release later this month.

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Flashes of Fiction Volume 1 Coming to Audio!

I just approved the audio version of Flashes of Fiction 1. Tonya Manns has done an exceptional job narrating the stories. Each character has a unique voice that brings them to life. I am so pleased with the finished product. She is currently working on volumes 2 and 3.

Right now, Flashes of Fiction Volume 2 is in the top 100 on Amazon. I had to take a screen shot because it may not last long.

I am so thankful for the readers who are buying my books, and I do hope they are enjoying the stories.

So, right now I am still working on Metamorphosis. Since I lost my flash drive, I've had to sort of start over, but during this rewriting process, I've added a little more to the story. Losing my flash drive may not have been  bad thing after all. I really like this extra little tidbit I've added. I'm hoping to have it ready for Kindle in March. That is if all goes as planned, which it rarely does.

This story is not my usual science fiction writing. It is more of a spiritual story that hopefully brings hope to a warm feeling to readers.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LitPick 5 Star Review for Ally Ally Oxen Free

I received an email informing me of my Five Star Book Review Award from LitPick. The book is the Kindle short  "Ally Ally Oxen Free, " which is also available on audible and iTunes. Here is the review and the link to it on LitPick.

When summer comes everybody seems to be doing something cool, except for Tom (he thinks it is cool, nobody else does). He is friends with Mr.Duke who owns a grocery store. Next to the store is a vacant lot. Mr.Duke is allowing Tom to do an archaeological dig in the lot. When he first finds something he is confused about what it is, but when he figures it out he realizes it is very important.


I really like this book because of how it leads up to the ending. But, also I think this book is good because of the character Tom. He stands up for Nancy when she is teased and almost doesn’t care that the other kids think his summer will be bad. What’s better than a good character is some suspense. I really like a book with suspense, and this book has it. So overall this is a really good book. I would recommend it to anybody.
Happy Reading!