Archive | October 2015


What a clever Halloween poem!

Butterfly Sand

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There are goblins and dragons

and werewolves galore

they are walking the streets

and nearing my door

the witches are pounding

they want to get in

the dragons are puffing

and huffing to win

the sound is a terror

the zombies are moaning

so scary to see

the Devils are groaning

there’s evil afoot

every year it’s the same

the crazies come out

for one night of fame

I huddle and cower

my heart in my mouth

they’ll bite me I fear

unless I go south

Perhaps there’s a way

to get what I want

I’ll scare them myself

I’ll do the haunt

So scary I’ll be

just watch me evoke

I’ll teach them a lesson

the bitch, don’t provoke


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Picture Books Extraordinaire

You know how much I love children’s books! Picture books with a rhyme and a cadence are my personal favorites. And since I read to five different preschool classes every week, I’m always looking for great new books.

I just received two such books and can hardly wait to read them to the kiddos. Blossom the Book Butterfly heartily endorses both books!


The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a fairy tale was the first book I received this week. The pictures are charming and delightful. But the story is what truly makes this book great. Did you ever wonder where the Dust Bunnies come from? Well, read this wonderful story and you will soon see. The cadence of this book makes it quite easy to read aloud. And the illustrations make it a complete picture book. I highly recommend this one for all your young ones. Five out of five stars


The second book was Dust Fairy Tales Absolutely Aggie also by Michelle Eastman. The description of Aggie made me relate to her so much (she definitely marches to her own beat). Again, the rhyming and cadence made this easy to read aloud. It will definitely entertain young children (it sure entertained me!). Another five star book!

I would also recommend you follow Michelle’s blog at MichelleEastmanBooks and her Amazon author page

More on “Town Father”

Kevin Brennan’s latest book is out on paperback. Pick up yours today!



Launch week continues…

One of the treats for me as a writer this time around — Town Father is very different for me, as you’ll see when you read it — was finding an approach to the material that would let me really immerse myself in it without getting pretentious or phony. You always have to be true to your own identity, but a great benefit of being a novelist is the ability to put on all kinds of costumes.

Here I assumed the role of a novelist of the 1880s. I would write my story of Hestia, California, as if I were telling it in that period, though, as I say, without getting all Victorian in my language and style. It is, after all, a story with contemporary themes. Feminism. Reproductive freedom. Social judgment. Relativism. Plain old morality.

But the tickling thing I understood right away was that no…

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Books on Book Marketing for Indie Authors

Great resources for indie writers!

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThe information here comes mainly from a great post by Chris The Story-Reading ApeSusan Toy’s posts on book marketing, as well as a few more sources. I added the links to make it easier for you to check out or buy the books.

* Books with an asterisk are only available in paperback.


First of all, a free resource, courtesy of our very own P.H. Solomon: recommended Reading for Writers.

Books on Publicity, Promotion and Marketing

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Celebrate Autumn with a Monarch Butterfly Adventure! AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens Only 99¢ October 21-25

This is a great book for children. Check it out!

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

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To celebrate the season’s great Monarch Butterfly Migration, AMAZING MATILDA by Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens is on sale for only 99¢ from October 21—25. Find out more about our amazing monarch pollinators and download your copy of Bette’s award-winning picture book today!

Monarch butterflies are a near-threatened species. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch and its habitat.

Eighth-generation (2015) monarch butterflies in the US and Canada are migrating south right now—destination: Mexico and California’s coast where they will over-winter before mating to create the first generation of monarchs for the northern migration that begins during the spring of 2016.

 Celebrate the Great Migration with AMAZING MATILDA

Kindle version only 99¢
October 21—25, 2015
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About the book

AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens (Ages 4-11 + grownups love it…

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A couple of quick reviews

A couple of really quick reviews:

The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel was an easy read. It tells the story of Wildflower (Louisa May) and her sisters adjusting to life without their father. It begs for a sequel, which was indicated will be forthcoming. A light book, yet engaging. Four out of five stars

Thursday the Twelfth by Ionia Martin is a short story. It is a spoof for all of those “Friday the 13th” type movies and books. This book had me laughing out loud in several places. It was ridiculous, as are the movies it was spoofing. But I think one of the lines I laughed the hardest (no pun intended) was Master Bates. Really, this is the kind of humor you can expect from this story. I literally laughed out loud. Best 99 cents I have spent in weeks. Hilarious. Five out of five stars.

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Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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As a writer I am delighted when a fellow blogger or contact on social media shares my work or my posts. In turn it gives me great pleasure to reciprocate but it helps when people come to me or make it easy for me to share their books, posts, tweets etc.

On WordPress there are a number of buttons that you can install that enables others to follow and share. I notice that some bloggers choose not to display the Reblog button which is quite useful as a sharing method… If a post is special, relevant, contains important information or is entertaining reblogging helps bring traffic to your blog and also gets your post to a wider audience. When it is reblogged only the first paragraph or sentences are shown and then you have to click a link to be taken to the original. It is also best if the…

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