National Paperback Book Day

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Readers everywhere, come celebrate July 30th— National Paperback Book Day.

Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic. Although there are those who have declared the death of paper books, almost 92% respondents to an online survey by the Huntsville Times preferred reading hardcopy/paperback. And if you love your paper books, here’s a few hints from the Bibliophile’s Adventurers Club on how-to-care-for-books.

There are different considerations about paperback versus ebook. John Corrigan shared some thoughts at For a touch of humor, read Terry Orr’s post he wrote about being a paperback writer.

I’m thrilled that Dragon Destiny, the first book in the Dragshi Chronicles, and Imprisoned in Stone are available in paperback at Dragon Destiny Paperback / Imprisoned in Stone Paperback. Of course, for those who prefer their Nook©, Kindle©, and pads, the novels are also available in a variety of electronic formats. Just click on the covers at the top of this page for excerpts, a free read of the first chapter, and the latest distribution sites.

To celebrate Paperback Book Day, visit your local library, independent bookseller, or anywhere else paperback books can be found. For myself, I’m going to my library (a euphemism for several sets of shelves in my back bedroom), and pull down an old favorite book.

~Till next time. Helen


Tuesday’s Titles – Dragon Tales

Dragon Tales By Teresa Leigh Judd
A Collection of Short Stories About Everything from Dreams to Dragonflies

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Romance

Buy Links: Amazon

Blurb: Dragons of all kinds breathe fire and mystery into the seventeen short stories in Dragon Tales. Does dreaming of dragons bring riches? Is a dragon necklace good luck? Can snapdragons lead to murder? Turn the pages to discover the many influences dragons can have on our lives.

About the Author: Primarily a short story writer, Teresa Leigh Judd came to writing late in life. She resides in the northern California foothills with her partner Ken and faithful cat, Max. A member of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime, she had had two stories published in their anthologies as well as a number of stories in other anthologies. She can be found at her website:

X-Post, How to Survive The Summer Hiatus and Still Write

Now that the mid-point of the summer is here, and many families are taking vacations, or spending hours in the pool, as a writer I find it harder to keep to my schedule. Intuitive life coach and fellow writer Mary Jo Guglielmo offers suggestions on surviving the summer.

Among the pieces of advice she offers is, “If you’re struggling to write this summer, consider taking a hiatus from writing for a few weeks.  It might just be the antidote for a stalled writing project.” Another is for authors to break the write every day rule and give ourselves permission to un-schedule our writing so that fall temperatures will bring increased interest and rejuvenate our works. 

Although we may stop and smell the roses, it doesn’t mean we turn off our writer’s brains. And she tells how she handles that aspect also.

 To read the entire post, go to

Find Mary Jo on the web at For more information check out:

 On a personal note, color me jealous. Check out the surroundings of her picture.

Aloha ~ Helen

Tuesday’s Title – His Texas Heart

his texas heartHe thought he had nothing to give…until she showed him what love could be.

HIS TEXAS HEART by Lisa Mondello

(Book Six of the Texas Hearts series)

Genre: contemporary romance

Buy Links –  Amazon  Barnes and Noble   Kobo     


Time was running out for Cole Rivers. He may not have been born in the United States, but Texas was the only place he’d ever called home. He had just weeks to find the proof he needed, or risk being deported. All he needed was a little help from the daughter of the local doctor who’d treated him years ago. He didn’t count on Dr. RaeAnne Daniels being so difficult to work with. But despite his own troubles, and the distraction this beautiful woman became with each passing day, how could he leave her in her time of need?

RaeAnne Daniels never knew why it was so important for her father had set up his medical practice on the border of Mexico instead of working in a thriving Texas city like the one she practiced in. But when her father died and left RaeAnne in charge of cleaning up his office, she found it hard to leave the border town and people she’d always resented growing up. Cole Rivers had been her father’s patient and he had problems of his own. The break-ins at her father’s clinic and the drugs being stolen were her problem. But that didn’t stop her from falling for the devastatingly handsome cowboy with a heart of gold…or stop him from showing her how wonderful true love could really be.

About Texas Hearts:

Book 1 – Her Heart for the Asking
Book 2 – His Heart for the Trusting
Book 3 – The More I See
Book 4 – Gypsy Hearts
Book 5 – Leaving Liberty
Book 6 – His Texas Heart

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have.  Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You won Best First Book in the Golden Quill. Her books have finalled in the HOLT Medallion, and the Colorado Award of Excellence contests. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Books of 2012. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at

Tuesday’s Title – Starbound by Brenda Hiatt

starbound_ebook (2)Being a Princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

Starbound byBrenda Hiatt
(Book Three of the Star Struck series)

Genre: Young adult science fiction romance
Publisher: Dolphin Star Press
Buy Links:  Amazon   Barnes and Noble

Between keeping high security secrets from everyone (including Rigel) and trying to keep Rigel and Sean from killing each other (with no help from Trina, of course!) M has more than enough on her plate already.

She knew that as the newly discovered Princess of a secret Martian colony, she’d have to return there someday—but over spring break?? An emergency requires her immediate presence, but not everyone is overjoyed to have their long-lost Princess back.

Can she win her people over in time to save the colony from destruction? And what will she have to give up in return?

Book 3 of New York Times bestselling author Brenda Hiatt’s electrifying new Starstruck series!

Author Bio:  Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery and a new young adult science fiction series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving, Taekwondo, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course! Brenda collects data on writers’ earnings, which she shares at her website, Find more about her YA series at

After the Release – New Series

Now that I’ve caught up on the backlog of Tuesday’s Titles (they’re scheduled and will be appearing throughout the rest of the summer), I’ll be starting a series on life after you’ve typed those two little words, “The End,” and endured the craziness of a release.

Then comes the tracking, the promotion, the “what did I do when?” questions.

The series will include tips on tracking information and what information you might find useful during the initial and the extended promotion.

Till next time. ~Helen

Tuesday’s Title – Wolfsbane Brew

wolfsbane coverWolfsbane Brew by Roxanne Smolen
(Book Three in the Wolf Boy Series)

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: moonRox, Inc.
Buy Links:  Amazon   moonRox
Cody Forester is a sixteen-year-old werewolf. He only found out six months ago and already he is showing powers that Uncle Bob, his mentor, cannot match. His closest friends begin to think he is dangerous. Even Brittany, the girl he loves, says he is scary.
Cody learns to keep his new abilities under wraps. Until another super-werewolf comes to South Florida. Vilk Bodark owns Georgia. He has a hand in a variety of illegal ventures: loan sharking, money laundering, gambling. He has police chiefs, judges, and even sorcerers in his employ.
Bodark conscripts werewolves by force—join or die and he plans to expand his operations to Florida—and he decides Brittany, a fledgling witch, would make a fine addition to his staff. Cody can’t defeat Bodark in a straight-up fight. He must take his new powers in a different direction—in ways that scare even him. If he doesn’t succeed, Brittany will be lost forever.
Will his hidden superpowers be enough to save her?
Wolfsbane Brew is book three in the Wolf Boy Series, but don’t let that stop you. Each book stands alone and can be enjoyed individually.
Author Bio:
Roxanne Smolen is a leading professional in the writing industry. She is a sought-after writing instructor and editor whose tireless efforts help other authors reach their dreams of publication. She co-founded the Coral Springs Writers Workshop and has been a contributor there for over twenty years. She is a prolific writer with twelve published novels and three more expected soon. She also writes a line of children’s books with two of her granddaughters. Roxanne has been married to her high school sweetheart, Gregory, for forty plus years and has two children. You can connect with her on TwitterFacebook,and Google+. Or visit her