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Happening Now (updated April 2013)
Camp Nanowrimo's Project - Final Strokes
In June 2003, I released my first novel, Finishing
Touches. Set in my hometown area of Peoria, Illinois with
jaunts into Chicago, Finishing Touches is the story of a young
artist, recently widowed with a new baby and no life direction. Her
past weighs on her heavily and she has to pull herself from it in order
to move on.
This short novel won rave reviews
and although an epilogue lets the reader know how things work out in
the very near future, Jenna has a way to go yet. Therefore, a sequel.
It's hard to believe that release was 10 years ago!
In June, it will be 10 years. This coming June will see the release
of the sequel, Final Strokes.
This month, for Camp
Nanowrimo, I'm finishing up that story that's been langouring in
my files for years as I pursued other books and characters that screamed
for attention. Jenna doesn't scream for attention. She keeps things
to herself. She's quiet. She can be fiery and adament at times, but
in small ways. And yet readers find her very easy to relate to and empathize
with in her largely subconscious quest for whatever path she needs to
find. She's been waiting patiently, but it's her turn.
Now, until the release of the sequel, I'm offering Finishing Touches
in ebook for only $1.10 (the .10 is for 10 years, of course!). This
offer is only good directly from me, as a file that will download upon
purchase. It uses Paypal.
You can find more info about Finishing
Touches on its page, along with reviews and the beginning
I have very few prints left of this book and will not order more of
the first edition. Final Strokes will be available by itself
in ebook, and in print combined with Finishing Touches in one
To order Finishing Touches through me directly, choose Epub
(Nook, Sony, Kobo), Mobi (Kindle), or PDF. It will give you the download
link upon payment. Offer good only through mid June while it's posted
here. Of course, you can also still get it through Smashwords, BN.com,
Diesel, Sony, and iTunes at regular price of $1.99.
(The following will open on a new page.)
Touches in Epub
Touches in Mobi
Touches in PDF
Watch my Blog
for features related to the book and the Peoria, IL area from now through
TALK RADIO EVENT
was invited to be a guest on Mark
Lipinski's Creative Mojo for the March 20th episode. You can catch
the archive HERE
REBIRTH OF MY INDIE ARTS SITE
It's been stalled
for far too long, so now it's back, moved to an easier-to-update place,
with the same web address and with a little help from some friends.
Elucidations.us, my tribute to the indie arts, is now back up and running.
Look forward to more interviews, articles, and info related to indie
arts and artists. http://www.elucidations.us
I have occasional
bits and pieces on my blog.
If you subscribe, you'll know when I've been able to get there. ;-)
I'll be hitting a
few local arts fairs and other events this summer, to include the Mercer
Farmers Market on Saturday mornings starting the beginnig
of July and running through early fall (disclaimer: I will not be there
every Saturday-- attendance depends on schedule availability). Watch
page for info.
LOCAL VENUES that carry my books:
The Java Bar in Mercer. While you're
there, have a cup of coffee, tea, or a smoothie, and grab a sandwich
and a cake pop. Tracy will review most of my books for you if you ask.
The Paperback Place in Mercer (now open only
Nelson's Flowers in Mercer (the flower shop,
not the garden center)
Leana's Books and More in the Shenango Valley
Mall, Hermitage, has my first three books, discounted. (These books
will soon have new editions and are in limited supply.)
Volant Mills in Volant has Protect the
Heart and Stanley.
Watch for more venues in nearby towns.
Check the Reviews
page to see what readers are saying about my books. (I do not pay for
or solicit reviews.)
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"Better to write for yourself and have
no public than to write for the public and have no self."—
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