SEEN This Week 4/7/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Karen Charlton will run a workshop for aspiring novelists June 12 at Stockton Library, County Durham from 6-9pm. Interested parties may book a spot by contacting Claire Pratt at 01642 528044.

Follow Jeff Guernsey’s wife as she fights with cancer through her journal and writings. He added some comments to help readers follow what she is saying through her good and bad days. It is her hope that this book will help others not give up.
Email jguerns@yahoo.com with questions or to order your copy of the book.

Theresa Oliver’s short story is just .99 cents! Reviews are needed. She is making it into a screenplay for a television movie soon.

Wode Susu-My Uncle: A Story of the Chinese Mafia is Tim Lilly’s first novel that was published on January 3, 2013. You can view the book’s video trailer at at this link. He has begun writing the prequel entitled Wode Susu-My Uncle:The Beginning. In the prequel you will learn many facets of the central character of the Chinese Mafia Boss Chan Wan San and his rise to power by taking over the Shanghai Mafia and morphing it into the Golden Dragon Society.

Renee Roszel’s Valentine’s Knight has been chosen as a RITA finalist and nominated for a RT Readers Choice.

Walter Daniel’s work Aestas, or Poems of Walter Daniel has had its 13th update of the year. Click here to check out what’s new.

Author Event of the Week: Check out The Book Splash, an author signing event that’s like no other. Come sail away in February 2015 with For The Love of Books and your favorite authors on a 4-night Royal Caribbean Bahamas cruise! Book your spot now through May 1 to be part of an author panel, author signing, and more exclusive events for The Book Splash attendees only. Book before April 16 and be entered to win a free event fee. Visit Book Splash’s Facebook page to learn more and how to claim your spot!

My Latest News:

Thanks to all who participated in the April 5-6 free download weekend of all four books in The Cruiseweight Series and Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star. Worldwide downloads reached past the 200 mark!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon paid sales April 3:

#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#49 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 3/31/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

If you’ve written nonfiction books or considering writing one in the genre, wish to establish your authority in your field, are interested in learning new book marketing tactics, and have a desire to make an impact on the world, then a membership with the Nonfiction Authors Association may be for you. Visit the web site to learn more.

Andrea McKenzie Raine’s first novel, Turnstiles was published in December by Inkwater Press and on sale at Amazon for $4.99.

Paul Collins interviewed poet and author K.D. Rose for Angie’s Diary March 23.

Come meet Rebekkah Ford, author of Paranormal/Fantasy series Beyond the Eyes in this Library of Erana feature.

Flynn is kidnaped by Israelis in India; enjoy this chapter excerpt from Phil Rowan’s book Under Cover.

The Queen of Swords: A Paranormal Tale of Undying Love is the latest release by Nina Mason and has already garnered several five-star reviews.

Author Event of the Week: The annual RT Booklovers Convention takes place May 14-18, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Many workshops and events are scheduled and time is running out to register for your spot. Go here for additional details on this year’s event and other updates.

My Latest News:

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star hit #1 on US Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Wrestling for the third time on March 26! Check out the screen shot here

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon March 26:

#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#45 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Thanks to What’s Has Arlena Read and Reviewed? book blogger Arlena Dean for her March 22 review of Life Subject To Change. You can read the full review at this link.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 3/24/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Authors On Show’s main web site has garnered a little over 300 views since its March 8 re-launch. Major publishers and literary agents have visited in the past, and chances are good yet more are having a look at our featured authors.

Congrats to Amy Friedman on winning an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award in Literary Food Writing for her book One Souffle At a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. You can see all other IACP winners at this link.

Wildflower by Dewey Dirks is now available on Kindle at Amazon. Wildflower is a collection twenty love poems written about Dewey and his wife, following their life together over twenty-one years time up until shortly after her death from cancer in 2013. It is a heartfelt chronicle of a couple living, loving, and raising a family together. The poetry in Wildflower is written straight from the soul. It is full of moving, intimate, song-like verses and is certain to bring the reader to tears of both joy and sorrow.

The cover for Holly Kelly’s newest book has been revealed, designed by Marya Heiman. Visit Holly’s blog for a peek!

In Hideous Faces, Beautiful Skulls, a collection of thirty stories of horror and the bizarre by Mark McLaughlin, you’ll enter a boundless realm of dark magic and twisted love, encountering monsters aplenty: ghouls, evil cats, alien lovers, aquatic humanoids, a vicious Egyptian monstrosity, eye parasites, magic zombies, Internet witches and others that defy description. Hideous Faces, Beautiful Skulls is available as in trade paperback or Kindle download on Amazon.

Angie’s Diary has announced its 2014 Seasons Short Story Contests where entrants can receive additional exposure and win cash prizes while honing their writing skills. There will be a prize pool for each season, with the spring contest running now through April. Click here for additional details on how to enter.

Fabulosity Reads featured a post on their blog March 14 discussing Amazon’s new book review policy concerning ARCs and paid reviews.

Lindy Dale received some press coverage for her book, Storm in a B Cup this past week. Click here to view a copy of the article.

Authors Publish is having a writing contest. The goal is to write a one sentence novel pitch. To read all the rules and to enter, click here.

Author Event Of The Week: The K.A. Robinson Author Dinner takes place Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Black Bear Burritos in Morgantown, WV. All in attendance will have a chance to win one of three prizes. More on the dinner can be found at this link. Those interested in attending may RSVP Tammy McGowan at TammyVoiced711@gmail.com.

My Latest News:

Palm Tree Books passed along news March 20 that the Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star book giveaway happening now through April 6 trended on Twitter! Go here to view the screen cap!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star became the #1 Hot New Release in Wrestling on Amazon March 18 and again March 20. Click here to view the screen capture of this moment!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon March 20:

United States:

#12 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling

#30 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Canada:

#18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

#78 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 3/10/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Lorraine Holloway-White has resurrected the Authors on Show main web site. Anyone who remembers the old site is encouraged to contact Lorraine if you’d like to be featured or even lend a hand. We are also seeking self-published authors for future profiles. A new author will be featured every week with their books, book blurbs, and links to their books and blogs.

Publishers Weekly has named Oak Press (the publishing company that released the Bella Andre and Lucy Kevin books) the Fastest Growing Independent Publisher of 2013, the first time a company headed by a self-publisher has hit their list.

Credit crunches and the Internet are making writing careers more difficult that before. The Observer writer Robert McCrum interviewed award-winning authors struggling to make ends meet for his article Tale Spinner. She discussed her new paranormal erotic romance Rough Weather.

Bernard Harold Curgenven started a poetry group, I am Poetry, in October 2013. The group has flourished with about 5400 members at present. Bernard has published 10 books, one being a novel, and the rest are poetry. Seven are currently on Amazon amongst other book stores, all in ebook format.

Do you love werewolves? Then check out Arrival of the Prophecy by Robin Renee Ray. Arrival of the Prophecy is a unique paranormal romance and Robin has not only given us a spine chilling tale about werewolves in this book, but also several other “breeds” in the paranormal realm. The story is solid, very well written and gives us characters we can both love and hate. So if you love ‘were’ creatures as well as a little bit of romance, then this is one book you must include on your reading list!

Author Event of the Week: The Romance Novel Convention will take place July 9-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is hosting this year’s convention, which will feature RNClasses & RNCounsels, each lasting an hour, six socials, an RNCostume Ball, six RNCasanovas, and much more. Visit the web site to find additional details and become part of this great event.

My Latest News:

I received notice from a reader that Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star has been added to Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia pages. It’s quite an honor to know someone thought my book was worth mentioning!

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star  was also one of the top three Hot New Releases in Wrestling shortly following its March 1 release on Amazon.

Many thanks to Kiler Davenport for having me on his show March 8 along with 2016 Compassion Party presidential candidate Roy Dan Baron. Here is the link for those who missed the original broadcast.

I had the honor of appearing on ProSportsFix’s show March 6, where I discussed my latest book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star and other topics. You can listen and download the episode at this link.

I also had a great time talking about the book on The Lost and Found With Danielle March 5. If you missed hearing it live, click here for an on-demand download.

I’d also like to thank everyone who downloaded Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star during the Winter Storm Special free days March 2-3. The book reached #1 in Sports Biographies in the US, Canada, and Germany during both promotions.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 3/3/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Best-selling author Lisa Scottoline will discuss her book Keep Quiet May 29 at the Book Expo’s Book & Author Breakfast. She’ll be joined by Tavis Smiley and Neil Patrick Harris.

Joe E. Legend and Kristal McKerrington are involved with with the making of independent film Azucar. The film will be based on the novel Azucar Moreno by Shelley Halima, a book that drew praise from the likes of NBA superstar Chris Webber, award-winning author Tracey Price-Thompson, and many others. A page to raise funds for production has been opened on FundRazr, and any donation amount will be appreciated.

Roz Lee, C.H. Admirand, Maria K. Alexander, Gabrielle Bisset/K.M. Scott, Sharon Buchbinder, RoseAnn DeFranco, Babette James, Jessica Lauryn, Diane Nelson/Nya Rawlyns, D.C. Stone, and Jennifer Walkup are scheduled to appear at the Romance Book Signing on May 3. The event will take place at Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia, NJ from 1-4 PM. Admission is free, but there will be a $5 fee for optional wine tasting.
The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be held March 14-16, 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL. 115 dealers in books, maps, photographs, prints, ephemera and autographs will be among those scheduled to appear. Additional details can be found at this link.

Rohith Chakrathirtha edits an e-zine that is published twice a month. The specialty of this magazine is that it carries only five stories of various genres in each issue. The magazine first issue will be released on all online platforms in March 2014. Visit Cresco Books to find out more.

Palm Tree Books founder Donovan Rutherford attended the Houston Author Bash February 22. He reports that the event was very indie-author friendly and well-organized. He plans to attend similar conventions throughout the year as his schedule allows.

Author Event of the Week: Ana’s Attic will host the second annual Wicked Book Weekend, which takes place March 7-9, 2014 at the Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A list of authors scheduled to attend, links to order T-shirts and books to be signed, hotel information, and more on the Wicked Book Weekend event may be viewed here.

My Latest News:

My latest book,Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, went on sale on Amazon March 1 for a Kindle introductory price of 99 cents through March 8. Read the official press release at this link.

Speaking of the new book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on its first day on Amazon:

#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#15 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#87 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Biographies

Be sure to tune in to ProSportsFix.com on Thursday, March 6 beginning at 3:00 PM Eastern. I’ll be chatting about my new book and other sports stuff!

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 2/24/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

How about some places that promote almost all genres of books for free? Try ReadCheaply, eBookSoda, or Facebook’s own What To Read After 50 Shades of Grey. These sites are FREE and you’ll see sales whether prices are cut or not. On a side note, you don’t have to write erotica or even romance to have 50 Shades promote you via their 7000 email subscribers! Mysteries/thrillers/fantasy/westerns/etc. all do very well.

A new version of Angie’s Diary Magazine has been launched! See what’s new at this link.

Polka Dot Banner also received a recent makeover with some great new features. Click here to visit the site.

How long have you been looking for a modern-day literary masterpiece in the mold of the greats of the 20th century? You won’t want to miss Bayou Jesus by M.G. Miller. Author and two-time Spur Award winner Dusty Richards calls this book“… a class of artisans whose prose will someday sit on august library shelves alongside Steinbeck and Faulkner…” Bayou Jesus is available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle at Amazon.

Shawn Wallis’ upcoming book, The Devil in Polo, is 230 pages that will be read thoroughly and re-drafted before being shipped back to the publisher for final edits. The expected release date is April 2014. For more info, check out The Devil in Polo’s Facebook page.

Have you heard about Jessica Straub’s Meet the Author pay-it-forward event? Sign up here, but hurry; there are limited spaces remaining.

Edward J. Coburn’s The Dog Who Ate The Airplane is a fast-paced mystery that’s almost impossible to put down and has 24 five-star reviews on Amazon. Click here to get your copy.

Book Patrol offered an A to Z on book covers on their site. See any that inspired you to buy the books?

Enjoy Christian thrillers? Christian indie author Cliff Ball offers The End Times Saga, compromised of five novels, at this link.

Author Event of the Week: The Book Whoreders Delights are planning a signing event for June 13, 2015 in the countryside of Northern Virginia! They are preparing the site and sign up sheet, and would love to know everyone’s interests. The group plans to have wine and Whore-d’oeuvres and have The Wingman James Holeva for VIP entertainment. Email bookwhoreders@gmail.com for additional details.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 2/17/14

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Congratulations to Danielle Zwissler, who received an offer from Harper Collins this past week!

Shelly Ramm is scheduled as a live guest on The L. Anne Carrington Show Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00 PM Eastern to discuss her new book, One Twistedly Funny & Shockingly True Story: Book 2.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between different the types of publishing: Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, Ebook Publishing, Print on Demand? The Long Island Authors and Writers Society will share their publishing knowledge in a workshop February 19 beginning at 7:00. Click here for additional details.

Irina Shapiro’s The Hands of Time (The Hands of Time: Book 1) is the first of a best selling series. Get your copy now for only 99 cents.

Titan Publishing House has officially launched abrand new payment plan to help authors get what they need for their books, whether it’s book cover design, editing, or other services to produce a high-quailty book. Find out how they are willing to help you every step of the way at this link.

A huge book sale by New York Times bestselling author Jill Sanders is going on now! All books are only $2.99 and the sale ends March 1. Go here or here to find out more.

How does The Rubaiyyat figure in a mystery? To the Bone by Erin Quinn digs as deep as the title suggests. Two PIs in Gatsby-era Ireland seek answers … not just to a series of crimes, but to their own complex relationship. This book is the capstone to The Gaslight Mysteries, which share twenty five-star reviews and a dedicated following. Check it out on Amazon.

This week’s featured upcoming author event: The Houston Authors Bash-Book Signing takes place Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in Katy, TX. Over 72 authors from different parts of Texas include Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Hilary Storm, J Bailes, andC.C. Hunter. Click here for the complete list of authors.

My Latest News

Large print paperback of The Marilyn Diaries ranked the following on Amazon February 12:

#95 in Books > Large Print > Literature & Fiction

The official trailer for my upcoming book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, was released February 11 and can be viewed on YouTube.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 2/3/14

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A special SEEN This Week offers news of upcoming conventions and book signings around the United States in early 2014:

Tickets are on sale now for the Southern Girls Author Event taking place July 19, 2014 in Greenville, NC. Click here for pricing and purchasing information.

One of the most reasonably priced events in romance this year will yield 400+ attendees. Parties, aquarium, and book signing under one roof as part of Romance Ink’s “The Novel Experience” in Atlanta, GA March 30, 2014. The venue is large and more authors are needed, so if you live or plan to travel to the Atlanta area, all genres of fiction are welcome to participate. Tickets are on sale at this link.

The Chicago Author Event, hosted by First Class Books, is scheduled May 2-4, 2014 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, IL. Visit their web site for additional details.

For those of you in Anaheim, CA, be sure to check out The Book Ball headed to your area February 28-March 1, 2014. Updates via the blog are often posted along with accommodations, sponsor information, and other important details. Hurry; space may be limited.

Wicked Book Weekend takes place in Fort Lauderdale, FL March 7-9, 2014 at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach. Many authors are scheduled to attend in addition to a full weekend of fun activities for authors and readers alike Go here to learn more.

If you prefer a fall convention, be sure to check out the latest details for Penned Con taking place in St. Louis, MS September 12-13.

Indie Mashup Tampa also has a fall event scheduled to take place September 12-13, sponsored by This Redhead LOVES Books and Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews. More details at this link.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 1/27/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Julian Gallo was recently spotlighted in Angie’s Diary online magazine.

The Life of Iroc the Topless Dancer author Shelly Ramm’s long-awaited new book, One Twistedly Funny and Shockingly True Story: Book 2 was released January 21. The latest edition features photos and the wildest true life story you will ever read, but not suitable content for anyone under age 18. You can order a copy at this link.

Ready for more intriguing background to M.S. Spencer’s latest romantic suspense mystery The Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower? The Tower is not only part of a national center for freemasonry, but a memorial to our first President. Both aspects figure prominently in the story of adventure and romance. Plus you get a sweet excerpt—isn’t the best part of romance that first meeting? Read it at Linda McLaughlin’s site.

Young Adult and Teen Readers presented Gina Marinello-Sweeney with the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue for her novel I Thirst.

Mark Woods’ debut novella, Time of Tides, was recently released on Amazon.

The Houston Author Bash is coming up on February 22, 2014! Houston Author Bash is presented by Wines & Labels Productions and hosted at the Harmony Science Academy of West Houston in Katy TX. The Author Bash begins at 9:00 AM and runs through 6:00 PM. for additional information.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Author and Reader Con events, which take place August 14-17 in New Orleans and in Phoenix October 16-19. Find more details on how to be part of either or both conventions at authorreadercon.com.

Some tickets still remain for the 2014 Louisville Authors Event scheduled for April 5 in Louisville, KY. Anyone wishing to attend can purchase tickets at this link.

The Love N. Vegas signing will take place at Planet Hollywood October 25, 2014. Go here for additional details and purchase tickets.

My Latest News

Be sure to visit Night Owl Reviews next Monday, February 3 beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern. I’ll be participating in their weekly Chat With the Authors, discussing the upcoming release of my first nonfiction book, Life Subject To Change. You can view the full schedule of upcoming author chats here.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 1/20/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:

Alana Lorens’book, Second Chances, the second story in the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series, was featured on Shirley Connolly’s blog January 11.

Check out Randy Attwood’s latest interview on The Troubled Oyster.

Truth and fiction intertwine in M. S. Spencer’s The Mason’s Mark. Read more about the book partly inspired by a true story at this link.

Rosanna Leo’s new book, Predator’s Refuge, was released January 13. Go here for additional details on getting your copy.

A new interview with Kill Daddy author Gerald Freeman was featured on Blogcritics January 13.

Shelby Loves Candy by RyAnn Hall is sweet little book that teaches children how it’s important to brush their teeth and fruit is just as sweet as candy.

Sci-fi and fantasy lovers will enjoy these original offerings from Grimbold Books. What better way to fill your Kindle with new downtime reading?

Six graduates of the NUI Maynooth Creative Writing Certificate and the Two Roads program in NUI Kilkenny Campus had their short stories adapted for a full professional production funded by the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) to be broadcast on KCLR FM in 2014. Click here to read the full story.

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on the departure of Barnes and Noble executive Jamie Iannone, 41, who joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to head operations for the Sam’s Club warehouse unit. Read additional details here

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.