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Book Talk ~ Pocketful of Bones

Pocketful of Bones

Brilliant. Inventive. Dark.

Telling you up front I don’t often talk out loud about books I read by my colleagues. Yet once in a while along comes a book that knocks my socks off.  Some indie-authored books I read show raw talent that need polish, although most are well-written and entertaining–which is what a fiction book should be. I’m a writer. I’m a published author. My stories are not going to set the world on fire or earn a million dollars. I don’t expect them to do so. But I know a story teller when I come across one. C.S. Forester is a story teller. His 126 page novel, The African Queen, that I first bought for 35c was made into an unforgettable movie. Canadian author Farley Mowat is a story teller. Even his non-fiction enthrall because they are so honest.

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Why Don’t Men Listen? And Don’t Talk to me About Mars.

YES, I’ve read Men are from Mars, Women from Venus

But I don’t live with a Martian, although My Keeper acts like an alien too often.  Aliens don’t have ears, do they? You know what I’m talking about. Try explaining something to a man and his expression goes flat~unless he smirks with derision as in ‘I already know that’.  This happened: I’ve been ill for a while so I’m not allowed to drive. I asked my Keeper to take me to the UPS Store. He looked it up on Google so tells me he know right where to go. He drives through two shopping centers. We end up at Payless Shoes. No problem, he needs a new pair of sandals. I pull out my lovely new iPhone and ask Siri, ‘how far am I from the nearest UPS Store. Two shopping centers over right behind my bank. Yep. My Keeper wasn’t wrong. Blame Google maps. Bite my tongue!

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If Your Book isn’t Selling~You Need a Breakthrough. Start Here.

What’s the Breakthrough? Your Mindset…No lie…

Roasted Glasses. If you want a man who can cook–message me!

Good Wednesday Evening friends, fans and indie authors.  I woke today feeling really great and after all of the fiascoes last week, I  wanted to write something inspiring. Just so you know how I went from awful to great, last week I suffered through medical tests every dang day. I gave up so much blood I thought I was in a New Orleans vampire novel. Next, my Keeper roasted my glasses in the oven. Then he killed the microwave. I went looking for quotes to feel good about and found one by #NickFoles: Failing Forward.  Boy! Does that adage work for me.

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Wrapping Up 2017~ an Unsettled Year

We are all fast-forwarding to 2018, but this year ain’t over yet.

My Money Jar–Kept on my Kitchen counter where it’s handy.

Telling you up front I’m older than God and younger than Death. I’m cruising eighty years old. My daughter gave me a book this week: Sub-titled: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond. I don’t want to be sexy at 80. What kind of fool notion is that? I just hope for ordinary functions…like waking up every day, snapping in my $7,000 dental implants–which by the way broke in half the first year. I glued ’em back together with Super Glue and they’ve worked fine for three years on.  I want a good, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning until my eyes are open to see if the sun is shining or if it’s raining.  That’s a good start for me and you, too, whatever your age.

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My Book Life Goals for 2017 ~ A To Do List

Snipit Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire–where I want my books to live…

FOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

There have been huge changes in our indie universe over the past several years.  Especially within Amazon. We’ve seen 1000’s of reviews removed, click-bait books come and go; Kindle Unlimited arrived in 2014, KENPC ~ pay by pages read in 2015. Each time there’s been a change, I tell myself stick with the basics to market my books. I have and I’ve sold books. Not in the millions, but steady on.

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#FRUGAL FRIDAY 2

NEED WAYS TO FUND YOUR BOOK’s LIFE?

A few helpful tips here.

Snipit pennies

Pennies add up to $$$. It’s Leap Year! Save all of your loose change in a jar in your kitchen for great good luck all year and beyond. Plus you won’t be broke on January 1, 2017.

If there is any single thing I have learned about indie authors over the past three years it is this: There ain’t no way to shut a complainer up beyond cutting out his or her tongue. A few of the longest running complaints:

“I can’t afford an editor. ”

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Best New Year’s Day Food Ever

Southern is as Southern Does…

Southern Good Luck in every pea all year long

Southern Good Luck in every pea all year long

No Southern family worth its salt is going to sit to supper on New Year’s Day without black-eyed peas and cornbread on the table. For others, kissing the Blarney Stone or pressing four-leaf clovers in books may be a good luck custom.  But in my family  and others across the South’s Gulf Coast, our good luck and success all year is entwined with black-eyed peas and cornbread sticks or pan cornbread, or sometimes fried cornbread fritters. The hock off of the ham we had for Christmas dinner is boiled with the peas.  Even babies get a few mashed up peas. We don’t take chances with our good luck.

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Back Porch Cyber Chatter with Jenny Harper

 

Some authors have more exciting lives than the characters in their books.

Jenny Harper is one of them.

Jenny Harper

Visit Jenny’s blog in the UK. Have a nice trip!

Jenny Harper lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, was born in India and grew up in England. She has been a non-fiction editor, a journalist and a businesswoman. She’s written a children’s novel and several books about Scotland. Nowadays she writes contemporary women’s fiction with bite– complex characters facing serious issues.

A writer’s path is littered with obstacles

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What’s Doin’ with Your Books in 2015?

Striking a Balance

100+ Reviews

2014 has been a rip of a year in our indie universe. New promotion sites went online, Amazon tossed Kindle Unlimited into the mix in July  and the frenzy of Christmas books and collections literally swept the boards clean, and  indie authors have been trying to figure out the market ever since. Now the question is: What can you do in 2015 to get a slice of  the indie pie and put your books in front of readers?

The first rule: Promote.

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The Perils of Pauline vs Indie Authorship

Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

Do you remember silent films? And poor Pauline tied to the railroad tracks, a huge black locomotive chugging toward her, the train whistle blasting and the music thundering? I forget the hero who always rescued Pauline… I liken digital publishing to the Perils of  Pauline–except  we don’t have a lovely hero…we have to rescue ourselves when our careers or books are on the edge of a cliff on in front of that dang train bearing disaster upon us. I just this week rescued No Perfect Secret  and a blot on my career within minutes of a train wreck.

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