Friday, April 3, 2009

Network with Us April 2009

Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business. Share information and ideas or send articles or advertorial for the next issue by contacting us on our Web site Here are some announcements from our readers this month:

Linda Ballou is proud to announce that Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai’i has been selected by Reader Views as a finalist in their Literary Awards in their historical fiction category. Click here for complete review.

Pamme Boutselis recently joined the management team of a brand new poetry Web site, and invites writers to check out

Friday, March 6, Steve Ouch may have made Twistory (Twitter History) by selling 200 copies of SteamPotVille, enough to reach #208 in Amazon’s ranking system, just behind one of Rick Steves’ travel books. What inspired the push? Steve’s banker had promised him a book tour loan if he could sell200 copies today. So that’s just what he did.

SteamPotVille is at the heart of the eclectic and magical world, with its costumed animals and bright swirling landscapes. Preparing for his publishing debut in May, Steve used March 6 to get the word out. He remained on Twitter for fifteen hours and made hundreds of posts pushing his book. With over 10,000 followers, he only needed 2 percent of them to buy. And they did. He Tweeted when someone made a purchase and promoted that person. He excerpted lines from the book. Suggested adults would love it as much as kids. Offered it as a St. Patrick’s Day gift idea. There wasn’t a sales angle he missed.

If you want to learn something about marketing and self-promotion, follow Steve Ouch on Twitter. Or feel free to ask him, he's always accessible.

Frankie, the partially-paralyzed dachshund of author Barbara Techel, was inducted into the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame on February 28, 2009. Barbara wrote Frankie’s story, Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog after realizing the powerful lessons Frankie taught her about overcoming challenges. Frankie was recognized for bringing a positive face to all animals with disabilities and proving that they can live a happy, fulfilling life if given the chance.

Frankie continues to share her upbeat message by visiting areas schools, nursing homes, hospice and hospitals. For more information, or to watch Frankie's inspirational video visit Kids will especially enjoy

Author Fiona Ingram has just completed The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone. A 5,000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events, pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another! Young explorers will enjoy an interactive journey through Egypt, following Justin and Adam’s exciting adventure on

Readers can also browse the first chapter of the book. Those who survive the journey and manage to translate the Curse of Thoth will be able to read the first chapter in Adam and Justin’s next adventure—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—as they hunt for the Scroll of the Ancients.

T-shirts, mugs, and Stones of Power are available as well. Readers can purchase The Secret of the Sacred Scarab on, B& or Barnes & Noble Bookstores, as well as many online stores. Find out more about Fiona on

Dawn Menge’s book, Queen Vernita’s Visitors, made the finalist list for the EVVY award! The book is also one of the three semi-finalists in the 2008 literary awards for Reader Reviews. See the book video or listen to this author’s interview with Sarah Moore on WITS Podcast. Yvonne Perry has edited Dawn's second book to be published by Outskirts Press in 2009.

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On the Letters from 2030 series, my book ZERO Greenhouse Emissions - The Day the Lights Went Out - Our Future World is non-fiction. It contains many facts that the general public doesn't know or understand about finite resource depletion and climate change. It was writtento alert the general public to these issues and written in plain language that is easy to understand. It simplifies the science and I believe inspires the reader to become involved in being part of a solution to the many urgent challenges we face.

Trouble is if you haven't got a person’s attention (with many issues facing people today ; economic, jobs, U.S. recession, etc) you haven't got the audience. How the Letters from 2030 came about was to use many of the facts about now and the immediate future, but to fictionalize it as how it will be in 2030. By then, and I won't scare you with the details here, the world will be well past the point of no return and we will leave a legacy of our present actions for those who come after us to deal with. They won't find it very pleasant.

So, what I'm looking to do is to connect with writers who wish to become involved with the ongoing series Letters from 2030. It can be viewed at Along with a number of other contributors, I see those wishing to be involved fictionally positioning themselves as a character in a location in 2030 that still supports population / outposts. Have a look at the blog and read the initial post first. It is proposed that the blog will become both a book and submission for a TV series.

Interested writers should write a letter as a fictional character and email it to me. I'll slip in some facts if appropriate then post it to the blog as if it were happening in 2030.

Bob Williamson,
Founder & Chair
Greenhouse Neutral Foundation

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.

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Susan M. Heim is pleased to announce the publication of her new book,Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More. This is Chicken Soup’s first book about the growing world of twins and multiples.

Twins and More provides stories that highlight the special bond shared by twins, the joys and challenges of raising multiples, the unique circumstances of their arrival, the "double trouble" that twins get into, the "multiple blessings" of being a twin or having them in the family, and adventures in raising triplets, too! Twins, parents of multiples, relatives of twins, or anyone interested in twins, triplets, and more will enjoy these inspirational, humorous, and touching stories.

Ever since I started giving talks and workshops around the country about Sitelines, people have told me how my reading the poems adds so much to their experience and that they'd love to have it in audio. So, Daddy and I have been working hard to make that dream come true. Tell you more about that one, later.

In the meantime, you can read my most recent Creative Catalyst post on the Story Circle Network blog (Telling HerStories: The Broad View) by clicking this link. Catch up on the entire Creative Catalyst archive here. This column is written in collaboration with my dear friend Stephanie Farrow of Albuquerque. We're assembling them in themes written in cycles of three posts. Later, these will be available in an e-book and a printed book as well. Love for you to comment on the new post; also, if you have questions or suggestions for a topic, please write me at mailto:janet.riehl@gmail.come

Janet Riehl

Multi-published romance author Kari Thomas is happy to announce two new releases for March 2009! Seducing The Hero, from Eternal Press is a romantic humor with a touch of paranormal. It is available at the publisher site or can be purchased in

print at the end of April on Her Heart, His Soul, from Bookstrand-Siren is available in e-book March 17 and in print late August 2009. It is a darker paranormal romance.

Free pages from any of her books are available by request. Visit her Web site for more info. Free PDF:

I'm forever grateful to Yvonne Perry for pointing me towards her son-in-law, Scott Kidd, as my sound engineer. He's not only a thoroughly competent professional, but he also intuitively understood what this project needed and did it brilliantly. He made thisfive-month process of making the audio book as pleasant as possible, even in the dips. And, often a highlight of the best collaborations I've ever had.

I've gotten great feedback at my poetry readings and talks of Sightlines: A Poet's Diary. Many folks say that the sound of my voice reading the poems added so much. Thus, we introduced our new audio book. If we haven't had the pleasure of meeting at one of these readings in person, perhaps you'll enjoy this audio clip of eight tracks from disc three. Click on this link or copy and paste this into your browser address bar. Once there, you can play the audio or RIGHT-CLICK to download it to your computer (CTRL-CLICK if you are on a Mac). The three poems I read are: Window Frame," "Knick-Knacks," and "Crazy Sewing Box, Sorting." Disc three roughly corresponds to section four called "Homeplace" in the poetry book.

If you already have the book, you can even read along as you listen. The ten-minute clip includes four songs as interludes between the poems. We recorded this music in my father's parlor on the homeplace. Daddy's music group is affectionately known as The Thompson Quartet.

Janet Grace Riehl

Jack Woodville London's debut novelFrench Letters -- Virginia's War: Tierra, Texas 1944 made the local bestseller list in Austin, Texas last month.

Dennis Martin’s books (except for Love and Passions) can be purchased at Books purchased here are about $4.00 cheaper than when purchased from one of the online bookstores like Amazon, B & N or Borders. The links on his Web site will take you to my storefront on Lulu. Much of my work can be viewed on my blog Visitors can leave comments and posts.

His latest book is intended for anyone who has a fondness for rhythmic, lyrical poetry. You've already seen some pieces from this collection over the past few months in this newsletter. Since many of the pieces in this work were done with specific artists in mind, usually country artists, he hopes that someone in the music industry is seriously looking for new, fresh lyrics for recording. Dennis says, "There are a few good drinking/honky tonk songs, a number of love songs, love lost songs, far-from-home songs, and a couple of buddy songs. As usual, the tunes are in my head, but I am neither singer nor musician."

What he needs is a collaborator. Any musician interested? Contact Dennis.

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Linda Ballou is proud to announce that Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai’i has been selected by Reader Views as a finalist in their Literary Awards in their historical fiction category. Click here for complete review.

National Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting the 2009 7th Annual National Latino Writer’s Conference at the NHCC campus May 20-24. At BronzeWord’s Blog, interviews with the faculty are up every Saturday. Visit NHCC register for the conference.

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