From Fire Star Press...
Some song titles evoke memories not only of the song, but also of the time…the era…the place. They call for stories all their own, and at Fire Star Press they’ve inspired a new boxed set!
From the 1940’s through the 1980’s, each decade is represented by a song that was made powerhouse-popular during the time.
I'm truly excited to be part of the newest release from Fire Star Press, imprint of Prairie Rose Publications. It's a first for me in two ways: 1) my first traditional contract, making me a hybrid published author rather than solely indie published, and 2) my first inclusion in an anthology. I couldn't resist this call for a musically themed novella and was glad to pull the 1970s spot, since I write a 70s-centered serial novel under my other name. Yes, this novella relates to that serial in a small way, grabbing one of the very minor characters and giving her her own story here.
For more info, please go to Fire Star's Blog and check out the full announcement. You can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the anthology.
I'll be adding posts about it over at my blog, as well. If I can, I rope in some of the other authors to talk about their stories, too!
Shadows of Blues & Echoes was released in ebook March 2016. It is now also at Lulu.com in print.
The second of the Artists & Cottages series, Blues & Echoes reflects depression, the mental health issue presented in this story, as well as the mountain setting of Durango, Colorado. Find info and buy links on the Artists & Cottages page.
The third story of the series is coming to the end of completion with an expected release of fall 2016. Meant to be a novella, the story of Holli, a bipolar pottery artist, and Isaac, a welder looking after his ailing father, grew to a full novel by necessity. I was fortunate enough to recently visit the story setting of Williamstown, West Virginia in order to add first-hand detail to Holli's hometown. Many thanks to Brenda Rainwater for suggesting the setting and assisting with details and info!
Bigger News: The first novella for the new and final EMK series has been contracted to Prairie Rose Publications to be part of a boxed set under the Fire Star Press imprint. More details to come.
In the meantime, there is a story line in development for the first novel of the Songwriters series. This book will begin during Nanowrimo 2016.
So far this year, I've had a major computer crash and various too-long illnesses (what would winter be without them?), but the second Artists & Cottages book will be released on March 17th! To find info, jump over to the series page and scroll down to the newly added cover and blurb.
I'm throwing a release party over on Facebook for anyone who's there, so come on over and win some goodies:
The second Artists & Cottages book is nearing completion, awaiting edits.
In the meantime, I'm working on something different, a for-submission novella that will mark a whole new EMK series. I don't want to release information until (and if) it gets accepted by the publisher doing a very cool new concept line. If it doesn't fit them well enough, it will still come out later.
Shadows of Greens & Memories was released in eBook in February and in print in March, with the print edition available only through Elucidate Publishing or directly from the author. **Edit Note: the print edition is now available in mass market size at Lulu.com
The title comes from Fran's ability with plants, learned partly from her father, and from her fear of early onset dementia, as her father was struck with it early in his life. Green is also symbolic of rebirth, growth, calm, and healing.
Go to the Artists & Cottages page for information and buy links.
You can also try to win a signed print copy from Goodreads through May 2nd.
The second book in the Artists & Cottages series is well underway and due out later this year.
Shadows of Greens & Memories is near release!
Why "Greens & Memories"?
Green is symbolic of renewal, balance, tranquility, rejuvenation, and healing. It can also stand for growth and abundance. Green is often associated with inexperience: greenhorn, green about the collar. Green that tends more toward the side of blue (teal) symbolizes fastidiousness and coldness, and the light version of bluish-green is refreshing.
Fran, our heroine, picked up her father's gardening skills and uses them to rebuild her life, to stabilize and start again. Memories of her past and her choices haunt her, as does her father's early onset dementia.
Shadows of Greens & Memories is a cross-genre novel. It could be called romance. It could be called women's fiction. This one is non-spicy, barely sensual. You can find it under the Books heading and read the beginning under 1st Chapters.
And please, if you read it and enjoy it, tell your friends!
I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far in this new venture and I look forward to meeting more of you! As we know, stories "begin" where something else left off, so a new year is only a continuance, but that continuance can lead to new places, new faces, and new story lines.
Here's hoping your 2014 left you in a good jumping-into-a-new-beginning spot! And here's to you making the very best of wherever you're starting this year.
I have two shiny new books that were left hanging in the rush of end-of-year preparations and celebrations and I look forward to finishing them up, polishing them well, and sending them out to their own futures, whatever that may be.
Thank you also to those who joined my giveaways, both here and at Goodreads. I truly hope you'll grab them online if you didn't win and check them out. More Dancers & Lighthouses books will come. For the moment, I'm onto Artists & Cottages.
Best wishes always,
As part of the grand opening celebration for my new website, and for the coming print release of the first three books in the Dancers & Lighthouses series, I'm holding a Giveaway for the print set of the three books pictured above. They will be personally signed to the winner.
To enter, leave a comment and either include your email (use [at] instead of the symbol to help prevent spammers) or send it to staff [at] elucidatepublishing.net, then LIKE this post on Facebook &/or TWEET it on Twitter. You must leave a comment here to be eligible to win.
On December 1st, I'll draw a winner. [Open to US, Canada, & UK only.]
Please share this with your romance loving friends. If I get enough entries, I may send more than one set, either print or electronic, to increase chances of winning.
UPDATE: Leaving this open until December 5th!
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