On June 23, Out of the Shadows: Coming Home is coming to major retailers!
This eBook will join the rest of the Scoops and Schemes series - The Essence, Unexpected Impact, and Cinnamon Bourbon and Deception.
That's good news if you read on Nook, Kobo or Apple devices.
If you want an advance copy, it's available NOW at Samashwords.com for immediate purchase and reading for a presale discount - only $.99! (Regular price is $2.99)
For the sale, just go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/presale/1397396
Watch for new books coming out Fall of 2023!
My novel, Andromache's Story: What Really Happened in Troy, was recently reviewed by on Maria Karamitsos' Blog, along with two other Greek mythology retelling novels.
It's an honor to be in such good company with the other authors in the blog. (They both sound good, I've added them to my TBR list.)
To read the blog, visit: https://www.mariakaramitsos.com/2023/03/my-greek-books-march2023-reads/
Note: I was inspired to write this story because I felt Hector was the real hero of the Iliad, and his spunky wife is the only woman who is given lines to speak. I wondered what else she might have to say, and I thought she should have a book to tell her side of the saga. I hope you'll check it out!
Gifts for Readers and Bookworms
Books make good gifts, but there are times when you may be looking for something else for that avid reader or bookworm you know.
If that's the case, check out a few of these items:
Book stamps for the book collector: Library type or embossed.
You can find a variety of tee shirt styles and sayings, and yes, even earrings.
But how about a custom library sign?
Or a bookmark that's a book tracker?
Or maybe they would like this little green bookworm.
Thanks for reading! Do you have a favorite book-themed gift idea? Please add it to the comments.
Note: I am not affiliated with any of these Etsy shops and do not get any commissions.
Have you read these books?
I found this great site for book recommendations. They allow authors to post five book recommendations with a theme.
Though this was an intriguing idea (and it's always nice to get some more publicity!), it was also a fun challenge.
Which books should I recommend?
Being an avid reader as well as a writer, I’ve read an eclectic array of books, spanning biographies, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and romance (normal and paranormal).
When I thought about it, the books I love the best have stories with characters who are witty or have humorous points of view.
For example, in Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, it is Eleanor’s unique way of making her way in the world that makes what could be a sad story into a delightful one - one that gives the edges of your mouth an upward curl.
Check out what I’ve recommended at Shepherd.com. You might be surprised.
Thanks for reading!
Can you think of a book that you would have included in this list?
Let me know in the comments.
The sunflower presiding over my garden is a volunteer, a seed of one of the dwarf sunflowers I grew last year. It popped up just outside the raised bed while we were away at the beach. I have a soft spot for volunteer plants – it’s like they want to be in our yard – so I let it grow.
It grew and grew, up to 6 feet, with a green bud on the top that reminded me of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Feed me! It was a bit creepy, having that blind, green thing over me as I tended the tomato and pepper plants.
Then it sprouted buds on the stalk – but still no sign of a flower. Perhaps I had a mutant plant?
Luckily, I didn’t cut it down. Patience (and some good advice from our family plant expert) paid off with the huge, beautiful sunflower you see here. I smile every time I see it, I hope you will too.
The trick to writing well...
You could of won a free book!
This giveaway is over, but you could join my mailing list to be part of future ones!
Did you know that February 14th is International Book Giving Day? It's a day to share the love of reading.
So to celebrate, I'm giving away two paperback copies of my new novel, Andromache’s Story!
It’s easy to enter – just sign up for my email list - where you’ll get news about new books and free stuff - before midnight on February 14th, 2022!
Summary of the terms and conditions:
No purchase necessary
You can unsubscribe from my emails with one click.
Due to shipping costs, your mailing address must be in within the United States to receive a free book.
The winner will be selected at random from my subscriber list on February 15th, 2022. Winners will be notified via email after the drawing. If a winner does not reply with their email address within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
Both current and new subscribers will be eligible, so if you get my emails, no worries -- you’re already entered! Family members are excluded from the drawing. (Sorry but that's the rules).
So don’t miss out – sign up today!
Here's the link: http://eepurl.com/g_iAyT
Here's the legal stuff:
For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, "The Promoter" refers to Broad Reach Marketing Services, LLC, on the behalf of Nancy MacCreery, whose Instagram handle is @NancyAuthor. The "Prize" refers to a paperback copy of Andromache's Story : What Really Happened in Troy, paperback edition ( a $9.95 Value).
Many thanks to to The Gin Guide for the template for these rules! (This is not an endorsement for gin, but we appreciated the useful template :) )
Can you caption this picture?
A picture can help get your creativity started.
What do you think this couple is saying?
Is it a mystery, or are they at an impasse in their relationship?
Add your thoughts in the comments!
And if you find yourself puzzled about presents, just remember:
Books make good gifts!
(And e-books save shipping!)
The History of Saint Nicholas
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
I think you can call St. Nicholas the prototype of Santa.
St. Nicholas was born wealthy and his parents died while he was young. He committed to obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor” and used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. (If Scrooge was his guardian things might not have turned out so well.)
There are many legends of his good deeds, and some include him tossing coins of gold into the windows of needy families, which landed in their shoes/stockings that were left in front of the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.
St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6* and children leave shoes or stockings outside of their door or on the hearth. The next morning, if they were good, they may find a coin or simple gift, and often a candy cane (which represents his crozier, or staff/shepherd’s crook).
Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day?
*Saint Nicholas Day, also called the Feast of Saint Nicholas, observed on 5 December or on 6 December in Western Christian countries
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