Frugal or free doesn’t mean without value. What can be one of a writer’s most cherished items is a review. Per Carolyn, “It’s free and it’s a full-of-love gift.” Go here to read the full story. Writers On The Move: The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free! She provides a few steps on how to ensure the author gets the most benefit out of your generous gift. Be sure to check out her books as well. Besides the HowtoDoItFrugally series, Carolyn is also the author of a novel and several books of poetry including her most recent, Imperfect Echoes. And for other ways to help your favorite author? Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes the ways as Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. Her suggestions are at heatherweidner.com/blog/2016/8/28/7-ways-to-help-your-friendly-neighborhood-author.
Carolyn encourages that the holidays are “a time to let your spirit of giving overcome any reticence you may have about contacting a favorite author.”
I promise you, there is no gift greater for authors than hearing a positive comment from a reader. Whether you give a book, leave a review, or attend an author meet and greet, to all the readers out there– you are appreciated.
Ever wonder what the author of that book you’re reading sounds like? Or the hidden secrets behind the story? You’ll have a chance to meet me in the virtual world of blog talk radio. I visited Linda Mooney on her program, Other Worlds of Romance. The best thing, they haven’t figured out how to transmit tomatoes through the internet yet. Yay. So I emerged unscathed.
Stop on by and listen to a live recording where I talk about and read an excerpt from Hatchling’s Vengeance.
And if you haven’t heard them, here’s the links for all the programs on the Dragshi Chronicles.
I love to hike in woods. And I’m not the only one to whom ancient stands of trees call to a special point in their soul.
On of my favorite places to sit and write is pictured. You can sit in the shade of the trees and watch the clouds drift over the lake. Between the hands of man and nature, the trees are not old, but even in a newer growth forest there is still a sense of serenity. However, travel a short distance and the scene steps back in time. You go from woods to a true forest, Climb high enough even go above the tree line to the world of scrubs and blueberry bushes.
If forests call to you or provide an intriguing setting, romance and fantasy author Mary Gillgannon’s tale of searching for the forest primeval is worth a look, if only for the pictures. I particularly like the description of the bluebells.
When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind. But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.
Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.
“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.