Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Spotlight The Legend of El Panda Paws by M.C. Arvanitis

About The Legend of El Panda Paws

For hundreds of years the Claus Corporation has contracted with the ELVanites to make Love Bears which are delivered to seriously ill children around the world. Only Elves with love and happiness in their hearts can make the bears properly -- insuring that each bear carries love and comfort for these children. Negative feelings are discouraged in ELVanland. Frowning, fussing, criticizing and crying are rarely seen or heard. The ELVanites know that these feelings bring on unhappiness and disease. From early childhood they are taught to push any sad feelings out of their thoughts by thinking happy thoughts instead.

ELVina, Head of Production, finds her elf workers suddenly afflicted with the negative disease, an illness that makes them slow and careless. They whine and break into tears at the least little happening.

"What is going on, ELVina?" Inspector ELMonte asks. "I have never seen so many unacceptable bears come from this factory. The work is sloppy and certainly will not meet Mr. Claus's standards."

ELVina blows her nose and hangs her head, unable to speak for a moment. She starts to cry. "I have been feeling depressed also.” 

"There, there, now." Inspector ELMonte places a comforting arm on her shoulder, "It will be all right. We'll work it out.”

But ELVina cannot be comforted. She knows that if the Love Bears are not made in time the Claus Corporation will not renew their contract for next year. No contract -- no work; no work -- no pay; the ELVanites will starve.

Worse yet, their reputation as bear makers will be ruined. Something is wrong in ELVanland. Something is terribly wrong!

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About M.C. Arvanitis


Ms. Arvanitis was born in the Nebraska Sand Hills, married and raised her family in South East Nebraska. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers. Her occupation as a preK and early grades teacher gives her insight into the stories children like. She has written many short stories for preschool curriculums. Now retired, she writes full time bringing to the young readers books she calls "fables." She brings mythical creatures such as fairies, elves, mermaids, pixies, and other strange beings to her stories. She now offers her first two 'fables' for Mid graders. "THE LEGEND OF ELPANDA PAWS," and "FORBIDDEN WINGS, A MERMAID'S STORY." as e-books and plans to publish them in print books also. She is presently working on her third Fable, "PIXIES OF THE FERNS: FERNELLA'S MAGIC." to be out early 2013. She also plans to launch her upper teen historical series, HANK OF TWIN RIVERS," which takes place in 1855 on the Platte River. Now retired, her life has been filled with younguns (As Hank would say) hundreds of students throughout the years and her own five children, grandchildren, and they just keep coming. She claims eight Greats. Keeping track of family is her hobby. Writing is her occupation.




Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When did the American Civil War Underground Railroad begin?


The American Civil War which was from the years of 1861 - 1865. The Underground Railroad started nearly 50 years before the Civil War did. In a network of secret routes, passageways, safe houses and meeting places, slaves were assisted to freedom through those involved in the Abolitionist Movement. Only an estimate can be made, but it is suspected that over 100,000 slaves escaped slavery in the South from the years 1810 through 1850.




Underground Railroad Network in 1860
The network extended far across the states and along with this came “stations or depots”, “conductors”, “stockholders”, and “safe havens”. These provided houses, money, goods, clothing, and assistance in finding work. Many, who lived in fear in the North, escaped to Canada. Upon their travels, “Keep your eye on the North Star”, became a watchword and even without a compass they were able to keep on track to freedom that the North offered. 



The risk that the persons involved in the network consisted of punishment which included prison, whipping or even hanging. White men
received harsher punishment than white women, but at the minimum the convicted person would receive jail time. Negro men or women who were caught assisting slaves in escaping could expect dozens of lashes with a whip, burning, shot, or hanging. 


And while all of this was in process, there were those who exploited free Negroes at the border of North and South. On the border of the Ohio River, a reverse Underground Railroad was taking place. 

Negro men and women, whether or not they had ever been slaves, were kidnapped, hidden in homes and barns until they could be transported into the South and sold as slaves in the South for a profit. 







In my book, Journey to Freedom, Marrissa and Eliza travel through the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War taking place. Later in my book, after the Civil War has begun, Daniel and Tom escape from a prison in the South and are found and taken back to the prison for a profit. 

Journey to Freedom depicts the travels of Greggory (aka, Black Arrow), Robert, Marrissa,  Eliza, Daniel, Mike, and Tom. I hope you will consider reading about their journey to freedom.
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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Sunday, July 27, 2014

#PrincessAlexia Snippet from Princess Alexia and the Dragon

Thank you for stopping by! Princess Alexia and the Dragon has been a fun children's book to write.

Back of the book blurb:

Follow Princess Alexia as she and her brave dog, Zoey, as they embark on a mission to confront a fire-breathing dragon. She hopes to do what her father’s soldiers could not, capture the dragon so another Ample Apple Orchard celebration would not be attacked and the land set ablaze.


When Princess Alexia faces her adversary, she is frightened, but her fears abate once she and Titus, the dragon, begin talking. Can she convince Titus to stop plaguing her father’s kingdom, and will the festival be celebrated without fear of destruction?




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“Are you ready, Zoey? I’ve never been in the woods before. But, by golly, I don’t want our celebration ruined tomorrow! That has happened for the last three years.”  

Zoey wagged her tail.   


“Okay, then. We will hunt like the sharpest hunters ever. We will run like the wind. We will shoot arrows with the straightest path. We will succeed!” Princess Alexia shifted her quiver of arrows and made sure the bow was still secure. 



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Getting Your #Book to the Top of the Pile

Everyone who has ever written a short story or novel thinks highly of their work, but how distinctive and unique is it compared to the millions of other books being published year in and year out?

If you don’t know the answer, then how can you convince anyone to pick it up at the bookstore, let alone buy it?

To give you a push in the right direction, here are a few things for you to think about:

What makes your book stand out from others in your genre?

Does your story cover a well-documented theme, but with a new energetic slant?

Are you marketing your book to its greatest potential?

Make your book exist, not just for yourself, but for your readers. Using simple book marketing techniques can help get you convey your message.

Create a Multimedia Showcase

Many books sold today cover a vast range of subjects, everything from music, air flight, cars, cooking, to fashion—you name it, and there is a book about it.

If your book covers a subject such as a brand of car, why not put a multimedia slide or video show together for interested groups in your area? Many local places are happy to help a local author. Having copies of your books available for sale during the event will certainly help your marketing plans.

Invest in “Spin-Off” Products

A great way to have your book seen each day by your readers and potential readers is by investing in “spin-off” items. The same technique used by all advertising agencies for their products.
Having your book cover illustration or a quote from your story printed on coffee mugs, bookmarks or phone cases

Having a plastic or thermal non-spill mug engraved with a quotation or an illustration of one of your characters

Create a series of postcards showing your book cover, characters and even a photo of yourself
Use these as giveaways at events you have organized yourself or are attending with other self-published authors.

Donating Your Time to Others in Need
If you have written and illustrated a book on dogs or cats, why not spend time at your local animal shelter? In many cases, these societies are self-financed and need help with their own written material. So giving a few hours a week and donating some of your copies to sell to people coming in helps your sales and aids a good cause.

Write a Column in Your Local Newspaper

Again if your book is genre-related, why not approach your local newspaper to write a column? This will establish you in the eyes of the readers as an expert in your field and will give you a wide audience of readers who are also interested in your subject. Of course, during your weekly or monthly column, never forget to mention your book and events you will be attending and organizing to promote your work.

Be Proactive—Sell, Sell and Sell Some More!

You may not think you’re a salesperson, but you will learn to be one. To market your book at an event, you have to get out there and be the best at what you do. Here are a few simple ideas:
Look like you want to be there. There is nothing worse than seeing someone sitting with a grumpy face. So smile and smile again.

Getting things for free is great. Give out some of your “spin-off” items, such as bookmarks and mugs.

Chat with people. Don’t just stand there waiting for people to come to you. Entice them with a quick chat as they stroll by.

Location, location, location. Make sure your book or books are in clear view. Don’t hide them in a box in the corner.

If someone seems interested, ask them if they would like you to dedicate the book to someone and autograph it for them.


These are just some of the small areas authors may neglect when looking at a bigger picture when marketing their books. Activate that hidden salesperson inside you.

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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio. Your support is appreciated. www.authorkmeador.com

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Spotlight In a Milk and Honeyed Land by Richard Abbott

About In a Milk and Honeyed Land


In a Milk and Honeyed Land is a novel about everyday life 3,000 years ago in the hill country of Canaan - now called Israel and Palestine - close to the end of the time of Egyptian rule of that province. It explores how the vast changes in lifestyle, politics, religion and music that occurred in that area between what archaeologists call the Bronze Age and Iron Age might have been mirrored by individual people's words and actions. The large-scale actions and military campaigns of the Egyptian pharaoh and other great kings are nowhere in sight; this is a story of the resources and people available within four small allied communities.

It is set close to the end of a long period of comparative stability in the hill country of Canaan. The Egyptians – the Mitsriy of the story – have governed the region with a fairly light hand, on the whole. Population has declined, and towns and villages have dwindled in size as the occupants have moved out into the more prosperous lowlands. Within a hundred years or so, the political landscape will be quite different again, with the Mitsriy gone and small kingdoms arising to compete over the territory. For the time being, communities continue in their traditional ways, with local priests and chieftains chosen from among the people by merit rather than dynastic ambition. The book follows the life of a village priest in one of the towns as he struggles with timeless issues of life and love, loyalty and betrayal, greed and generous giving.

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About Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott writes historical fiction set in the Middle East at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200BC.

Richard lives in London, England and works professionally in IT quality assurance. He also develops mobile/tablet apps with a focus on the ancient world, a subject for which he has great enthusiasm.

When not writing words or computer code, he enjoys spending time with family, walking, and wildlife, ideally combining all three pursuits in the English Lake District.




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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#History Civil War Nurses and the roles they filled...

In a male dominated era, women refused to be left behind. Unfortunately, there are very few records of women serving in the Civil War as nurses but that does not diminish their value.

However, some women who volunteered as nurses became famous such as Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women), Clara Barton, Susie King Taylor, Jane Stuart Woolsey, Dorethea Dix, and Katherine Prescott Wormeley.



From the beginning of the Civil War, thousands of women volunteered at military hospitals. But after the famous Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, Clara and Dorethea organized the nursing field to help care for the incoming wounded.





In my book, Journey to Freedom, the nursing aspect is addressed when Daniel, Greggory, and Robert volunteer to serve in the Union. We follow Daniel as he is stationed with a company that has a hospital service and, therein, gets to know, "Mother" as the soldiers affectionately called her even as she took away any useful items they may have received from their families.

Check out Journey to Freedom on Amazon. Amazon Link



Sunday, July 20, 2014

#Chosen4life Sunday Snippet from Chosen

Hello and welcome to my blog. I hope you will stay a while and browse through the latest posts. It is a pleasure to be interacting with you and I love to hear feedback from readers/visitors.

To read previous Snippets from my Work In Progress, Chosen: 

May 25, 2014 Chosen Snippet Marcy confides in Tom.

June 01, 2014 Chosen Snippet Lisa and Jim. Lisa is a character you will love to hate. 

June 15, 2014 Chosen Snippet Beth learns the reason why she and her husband, Alan, can't have children.

June 22, 2014 Chosen Snippet A Glimpse into Marcy's life at home. 

Here we have another glimpse at fifteen year old Marcy's life..


Chosen

Marcy pulled back the sheet that covered her bedroom window and looked at the snow-covered yard. She couldn’t hide the baby for much longer. Dianne commented about her weight gain, reminding her that they didn’t have the money for new clothes. Marcy took a deep breath, and settled her hand upon her bulging stomach. The baby kicked. Marcy smiled and wished Michael wanted her and the baby. How am I going to keep this baby?



About Chosen



An adoption story that will move you to your core. Based loosely on true events. Chosen is a story all about choices:
  1. giving birth vs. abortion
  2. to keep the child or put the child up for adoption

It is also about the adoptive parents:
  1. Reasons why the couple can't have their own and choosing to stay together.
  2. Choosing the various routes to pursue adoption

Love,

It is a choice. 

Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  www.authorkmeador.com



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tips from Fiction #Authors

Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors.

Use these tips as an inspirational guide—or better yet, print a copy to put on your desk, home office, refrigerator door, or somewhere else noticeable so you can be constantly reminded not to let your story ideas wither away by putting off your writing.

Tip 1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt." — Michael Moorcock

Tip 2: "Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you." — Zadie Smith

Tip 3: "Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution." — Michael Moorcock

Tip 4: "In the planning stage of a book, don't plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it." — Rose Tremain

Tip 5: "Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever." — Will Self

Tip 6: "It's doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction." — Jonathan Franzen

Tip 7: "Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting." — Jonathan Franzen

Tip 8: "Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out—they can be got right only by ear)." — Diana Athill

Tip 9: "Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." – Anton Chekhov

Tip 10: "Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted 'first readers.'" — Rose Tremain

Tip 11: "Fiction that isn't an author's personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn't worth writing for anything but money." — Jonathan Franzen

Tip 12: "Don't panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror, as I contemplate the drivel on the screen before me and see beyond it, in quick succession, the derisive reviews, the friends' embarrassment, the failing career, the dwindling income, the repossessed house, the divorce . . . Working doggedly on through crises like these, however, has always got me there in the end. Leaving the desk for a while can help. Talking the problem through can help me recall what I was trying to achieve before I got stuck. Going for a long walk almost always gets me thinking about my manuscript in a slightly new way. And if all else fails, there's prayer. St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers, has often helped me out in a crisis. If you want to spread your net more widely, you could try appealing to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, too." — Sarah Waters

Tip 13: "The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement – if you can't deal with this you needn't apply." — Will Self

Tip 14: "Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless!" — Joyce Carol Oates

Tip 15: "The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator." — Jonathan Franzen

Tip 16: "Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful." —Elmore Leonard

Tip 17: "Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong." — Neil Gaiman

Tip 18: "You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished." — Will Self

Tip 19: "The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it's definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter." — Neil Gaiman

Tip 20: "The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’" — Helen Simpson

Even famous authors sometimes have a tough time with writing; they also go through periods of self-doubt. Despite this, they always manage to come up with the goods. So take a lesson from them and stop putting off your writing plans and get started on your publishing journey today.


There has never been a better time than now to realize your dream of becoming a published author. Let your voice be heard and let your story be told. Never let your passion for writing wane. Let iUniverse help you achieve your ambitions »

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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Release: Bus Pass Holiday




About: Bus Pass Holiday

In May 2014 Karenne Griffin spent five days travelling around 

Wales using her bus pass. This is the story of the places she 

visited, the people she met, the fun she had, and how easy it 

was to get about for free.






About the Author:

I was born in Australia and upon reaching adulthood went on a working holiday to Europe from which I never returned.

After seeing something of Europe and the Middle East I settled in London and started writing. My short stories became longer and I started writing my first novel which is still at first draft stage but I will get back to it one of these days!

Then the idea for Beyond the Island came to me in a dream. That took several years to write and is my first published novel.

I now live an idyllic life in Wales and in 2013 published my second novel, New Voices in the Valley, which is set in Wales.



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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Son!

Happy 22 Birthday Devon! 




Not My Son! haha 

Just Remember......




     


DON'T BE SHARK BAIT, DEVON! 























Happy Birthday to you,

         Happy Birthday to you,

                     Happy Birthday Dear Devon,

Happy Birthday to you!

I love you and am so proud of you,
Mom.



Monday, July 14, 2014

#BookReview Liverpool Connection: Unbroken Bonds

About: The Unbroken Bonds Series – Annie's Story 

Annie and her friends leave Ireland in 1926 young and optimistic, hoping to find a better life in Liverpool. Only things do not turn out the way they had imagined.

Annie falls in love, marries and starts a family of her own. But with the onset of World War Two comes tragedy and loss, testing Annie’s strength to the limit.

Little does she realise that the salvation of her loved ones lies partly with a German woman named Hilde, whose life and situation mirrors Annie’s own.

Liverpool Connection is the second book of a trilogy and is based on a true story. The first book, The Night I Danced with Rommel, tells Hilde’s story. The books are historical novels based on facts and tell the writer’s family history.


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About the Author:

ELISABETH MARRION was born August 1948 in Hildesheim, Germany. Her father was a corporal in the Royal Air Force and stationed after the war in the British occupied zone in Germany, where he met her mother Hilde, a war widow. 

As a child she enjoyed reading novels and plays by Oscar Wilde, Thornton Wilder and never lost her love of reading novels by Ernest Hemingway, or short stories by Guy de Maupassant. In 1969 she moved to England where she met her husband David. 

Together they established a clothing importing company. Their business gave them the opportunity to travel and work in the sub-Continent and the Far East. A large part of their working life was spent in Bangladesh, where they helped to establish a school in the rural part of the country, training young people in trades such as sign-writing, electrical work, and repair of computers and televisions. 

For inspiration Elisabeth puts on her running shoes for a long coastal run near the New Forest, where she and her husband now live.

My Review:

5 Stars.
Gutwrenching. This story is about the savages of war that binds family, friends, strangers, and foes in unwanted hardships and evil untold. Except in this story it is not left untold and leaves the reader on an emotional roller coaster. There is not a way that someone can read this book and be left unaffected. Get to know Anne and Flo while following their plight through harsh conditions that war brings about. This book is an emotionally packed, action gripping tale of love, grief, survival, and sacrifices. Highly Recommended 

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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated.