Archive | September 2015

An Interview with Authors Andrew and Danny…

Love Andrew’s books (and Danny!)

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Today, we’re sitting down with the authors Andrew Joyce and Danny the Dog for a joint interview, so without further ado, let’s get started.

Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

AJ: It’s a pleasure to be here.

DD: Me too.

Tell me a little about yourselves and your backgrounds?

AJ: I’m a writer, which surprises me greatly. For the first three years of my writing career, I never referred to myself as a writer. It was only when the royalties started coming in and I could quit my day job that I dared think of myself as such.

DD: I’m a dog.

What book or books have had a strong influence on you and/or your writing?

AJ: The works of Louis L’Amour and Robert B. Parker.

DD: The genius writings of Danny the Dog.

AJ: Excuse me…

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This is a great book. As was the second one and I’m sure the next one will be too!


I Grew My Boobs in China

“I Grew My Boobs in China” ebook is now FREE until September 22nd! Don’t miss this chance to read Volume #1 in the “Sihpromatum” travel memoir series.

Sihpromatum vol 1 & 2 -Savannah Grace Sihpromatum Vol. 1 & 2 on Easter Island

If you need a copy in PDF or EPUB format for your Kobo (or eReader other than Kindle) just shoot me a message and I’ll send you a copy.

Savannah Grace

Once you’ve read, loved and reviewed “I Grew My Boobs in China”  you can head over to Amazon and get  Vol. 2 “Backpacks and Bra Straps”! Did I forget to mention that “BABS” became a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards this month?!?!


Fingers crossed for the announcement of the winners on October 1st.

Sihpromtatum in ChinaSihpromatum in Mauritius

Sihpromatum in MauritiusSihpromatum in Australia

This is also a shoutout for those of you who already have a paperback or ebook version of either of my books. If you haven’t yet, I would LOVE if you left reviews for the books on (only if you…

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10 Learnings Over 4 Years of Publishing

One of my very favorite authors sharing with us

...and then there was Sarah

Become-a-writerI published my first book, St. Charles at Dusk, on September 26th, 2011. Four years have passed, and with them, more learnings than I could ever fully wrap my mind around. In those early days, I was a woman alone on an island, getting all my advice from Google. I didn’t know a single other author who had published their work.

Flash forward four years. I’m no longer a woman alone on an island, but one surrounded by hundreds of authors, thousands of readers, and years of experience (with many years still ahead). I have seventeen original titles out (and numerous boxed sets), and an endless quantity of ideas. I’ve been lauded by esteemed authors, and appeared on the USA Today Bestsellers list, twice. I’m nowhere near an expert, and far from perfect. I’ve had successes and setbacks, like any author, and I move forward knowing I’ll have more of both…

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BROOK SONGS a poem by Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

BROOK SONGS poem by basInspired by nature, I love to walk to down the brook. It’s only a quarter-mile from “The Farmstead” here in Central Maine and no matter the weather or season, the sights and sounds of the water and the abundance of nature’s bounty always manage to refresh my soul and often inspire the writer child within me. The photo for the poem Brook Songs was taken last fall. As the autumn season nears a new dawning, I put pen to paper for a draft before designing the poem on the computer. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

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It occurred to me that I had only posted this on my Facebook page and not on this blog and I wanted to share it here as well. Even though 9/11 has passed, we should always remember.


Short Story Bonanza: Infinite Waters, Power of Six & Nonlocal SF Magazine

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksStart reading Infinite Waters for free

As you may have noticed from the header banner, today is the first day of my Short Story Bonanza. Until Monday, 21st, you can read Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories for free.

But wait- there’s more! You can also buy The Power of Six: 6+1 Science Fiction Short Stories for only 99c.

What People Say About My Short Stories

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksStart reading The Power of Six for 99c

“Philosophical ideas woven into science-fiction stories that read like classic stories by the masters, often with a delightful, thought-provoking and unexpected twist at the end.”
~ Jamie Maltman

“Phil K. Dick is up on a cloud laughing with glee.”
~ Ryan Schneider

“I found myself looking forward to coming home so I could dig into the next story. Each story pulls you in to its unique little universe and takes you on a…

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Ten Things to Pass Up Even if on Discount

This made me start my Monday with a giggle

Fiction Favorites

for sale

This list is inspired by watching some of the funny things people buy solely because they are being offered at a discounted price. I’ve taken the list to extremes (which I’m sure you have come to understand to by now) but the spirit still lives.

Top Ten Things to Pass Up Even if on Discount

10 Even on discount do not purchase cut-rate bungee jumping lessons. If you do, at best you will only be scared poopless. At worst, your family will be wondering what you were thinking as they hold a memorial for your three-foot tall body. (Not to mention that you are six feet wide as well)

9 Even on discount do not purchase cut-rate meat. If you do, at best you will only miss a couple of days work. At worst, you will be one of morbidity statistics as the USDA issues a countrywide recall of the…

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