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Monday Meeting/Book cover reveal!

Monday Meeting

 

Hello People!

Yes, it’s really me. I decided to have you all over for coffee/tea/pop/soda/water/whatever you want to drink on a Monday instead of the weekend. I’m just a rebel that way. 😉

Hope everyone’s weekend was a good one. Mine was a mix of lazy and busy. Come to think of it, that could sum up my whole month! Let me tell you a bit of what has been going on in my world lately. Then we’ll get to the book cover reveal! (Unless you scrolled down and peeked already?)

First, what’s with the crazy weather? It’s been so weird in my corner of Alberta, Canada. One day we are hot (36C/97F) to cold and snow! I kid you not. A couple of days ago it snowed just a bit north of me. In August! Where I live it was rainy, windy and cold! It got down to 3c/37F! My poor tomato plants were not happy. Neither was Sam, as he hates cold rain. Today it’s back up to warm, but we have the smoke from Washington state fires drifting over and so it’s  hazy and smoky. It does crazy things with my allergies.

I’ve been busy doing edits on ‘A Case of Deceit’. I’m close to needing beta readers, so look for a call out soon. Unless you want to volunteer now? I’m done with ‘The Canine Caper’ and just waiting for a bit to upload it to Kindle. I want to be able to offer you the opportunity to pre-order the Deceit story at the same time. I’ve been doing this dance between both stories, Amazon and CreateSpace to get it all in order. Whew! I never realized how much work there was in the back-end of putting a book together!

I’ve been lucky in that I have had a ton of help from a couple of great friends. They both advise me on how to do things and give great feedback when I either vent or have a question. They have been both so patient with me. Let me tell you, having friends that are already published and more than willing to give you a hand is priceless. So I want to take this moment to thank them both…Maddie Cochere...without her input my edits would have been much harder to do. She also has given me great advice on so many things on the book and publishing. I love her to pieces. Thank you, Maddie! You’ll be hearing from me again soon I’m sure.

The second person that has helped me tremendously is Aulikki, most know her as tiny from Tiny Lessons Blog. She has helped with beta reading the Caper story, edits, and my new book covers! She is the designer of both book covers…The Canine Caper and A Case of Deceit. Without her help, I would not be able to publish either story. She has been a so supportive in so many ways. A true friend. Thank you, tiny! You are my hero! She did all this for me even though she is one busy woman. I’m always able to email her to ask dumb questions. With the book covers, she took my visions of what I wanted and made them a reality. I think she did an awesome job on them!

I can’t thank tiny enough for all she has helped me with. One day I want to meet both women in person. 🙂 The friendships one forms in Blogville are strong and true. I value them highly with all my friends on here.

Now on to the exciting part! The book cover reveal for A Case of Deceit! Here you go!

 

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Isn’t it great? I just love it! Tiny and I agree that it fits the story to a T! (or a Tee 😉 )

So look for The Canine Caper to come out sometime next month, fingers crossed! At the same time or very close to the same time I will be offering A Case of Deceit for pre-order! I’m so very excited and scared. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’ve learned so many things and friendships have strengthened during this process. I couldn’t have done all this without Tiny’s help and encouragement. I owe her big time!

In fact, I owe so many people who have helped me on this journey, including the beta readers for The Canine Caper. Thank you all!

 

 

What do you think of the book cover? Do you have blog friends that never let you down? Let me know!

 

 

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Exciting News ~~ I’ve Been Published!

Hello dear readers. Just a quick update on some exciting news. I’ve been published!

It’s true. I heard about Etherbooks.com from my good friend Maddie over at Breezy Books. (Go read her blog and buy her books!) She sent me an email when she heard about Ether books. She believed my short stories were good enough to be published and I thank her so much for believing in me. Big hugs Maddie my friend!

Anyway, Etherbooks.com in their own words:

Ether Books is a new mobile social reading platform, connecting Writers and Readers around the world. Ether publishes “made for mobile” Quick Reads straight to Smart Phones, the fastest growing digital reading device on the planet. Discover talented new and bestselling writers right from your pocket.

my story on Etherbooks.com
my story on Etherbooks.com

 

The gist of it is that you download a free app onto your Smart Phone, that app leads you to the Ether Books site that lets you download short stories in many genres for quick reads. They have loads of stories and mine is one of them! Many stories are free, others cost 69p (pence, they are based in the UK). Payment can be made by credit cards or PayPal. It’s a cheap price to pay for some great reads. Wonderful  if you are waiting for an appointment, riding the bus to work or home, etc.

What is funny for me is that I don’t have a Smart Phone as yet (I’m saving up for one). I managed to download the app onto my iPod. You can also download it to an iPad or Android.

So please if you can go to their website, download the free app and then my story! It would be great to be supported by my readers! I would appreciate it to the moon and back. My story may be a familiar one to some, it’s called “Promises”. I did some editing before submitting it to Ether Books. (They have a team of people who read the stories submitted to them and then decide if it’s good enough to publish)  This story was accepted by them in less than 24 hours! Now that made me super excited.

Promises is under Sci-fi/fantasy. I will be submitting another story later today or tomorrow and then another later this coming week. Hopefully they all will be approved and published. I also go under the pen name of JL Phillips. What is exciting also is Ether Books has Paul McCartney on there too! He writes about vegan living. How’s that for some classy companions?

Go take a look around Ether Books! Thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do this without all of you special people!