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BLOGWORDS – 31 March 2018 – NEWSLETTER – a little birdie told me

31 March 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Edition VII

 

Roll Call

HALLLOOO!!!

Tell me who you are and where you’re at!

The Bird House Book Club

What I am / have been reading!

High Treason by DiAnn Mills

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Unforgotten by Kristen Heitzmann

 

What are you reading?

 

Friends of Authors Society

Who knows the best way to show your love for your favorite authors? (I’m one, right? Your favorite?) Besides the obvious of buying and reading my books, leaving a review on Amazon tickles their calculations and formulas and moves my books up in their ranks, which in turn means more peeps see my books, which means more peeps are likely to buy them.

There are other things you can do, as well. Suggest my books to your library or book club. Tell your friends, buy gift copies to give to your friends. Heck, tell ME how much you love ‘em!

 

Robin’s Readers Flock

New on Facebook—a group just for my readers!! Ya’ll this seriously trips me out! I appreciate every one who has read or will read my books, and this group is for you!

“This group, as with my blog and (languishing and sadly neglected) website—and my writing—are all about community and family. It is a place to gather to chat and discuss my books, but also to become better acquainted and to encourage and pray for one another.”

If you’re interested, gimme a holla! I’d love to have you as part of my Flock!

 

Robin’s Nest, Stories by Design

Writing first, blog second. Is that rude? Perhaps, but the blog supports the writing and if there’s no writing, then the blog is, well, a solo act. And while I love blogging, and welcoming readers and other authors, writing is my first love. I have guest post topics for the rest of the year, if not actual guests… Interviews will reappear hopefully in June, possibly as early as May—and I do have the fellas lined up for Manly Man July Interview Blitz so there’s that at least…

 

Seasons, the Series

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

The Long Shadows of Summer…

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

The Long Shadows of Summer, available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Long-Shadows-summer-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B07569MM8S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

…and The Tilting Leaves of Autumn…

Scarlett was the shrinking violet in the group. Faithful to her friends, and hiding secrets of her own. When Mercedes steps in to rescue her, she unknowlingly plucks the thread that unravels Scarlett’s whole world.

But as Scarlett strives to hold fast to what is familiar the fabric of her life continues to come undone and secrets that are best kept hidden are exposed.

 

The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tilting-Leaves-Autumn-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B077PYCZG3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

… The Silent Song of Winter…

Pearl had lived under the impossible taskmaster of perfection. Nothing she does or ever did pleased her mother. And nothing she ever did could disappoint her father.

Caught up in the mystery of her friend’s curious—and secretive—return, Pearl wrestles with her own decisions, and flees lest her own secrets are exposed.

 

The Silent Song of Winter, available now on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Song-Winter-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B079YZTZYD/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

… COMNG IN MAY—The Whispering Winds of Spring

Simone Bishop’s life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons fifteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes, Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

* not the final cover

The final chapter of Seasons, The Whispering Winds of Spring.

 

COVER REVEAL 11 MAY

RELEASES 31 MAY

 

Seasons is ONE | GIANT | STORY, told by four main characters, each with their own contribution and perspective to the story. One set of characters, one fictional setting, one timeframe to research (1912 – 1913.) And it concludes with The Whispering Winds of Spring.

(seriously, ya’ll, this series has whipped my butt!! LOL)

Leave a comment with your email for a copy of the first chapter. If you don’t want your email public, send it to me privately at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

Coming in 2019

Yes, I’ve got my next series in mind, The Steppe House. A literary tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Steppe House is fashioned after Mr. Wright’s Falling Water House. Built into the side of a mountain, each of seven (I think) levels is home to a different family, each with their own story. It’s set in the 1940’s, a la Dame Agatha Christie, along the lines of Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None,) and there is a character named Francis Llewellyn Wiggins; beyond that, I don’t know much about it at all.

 

This summer, after Seasons wraps up and my surgery (see below), I plan to write a fun departure from deep dark secrets, One for the Price of Two. Twins Elizabeth and Meredith are so identical their parents can’t even tell them apart.

 

BUT FIRST

A Christmas novella, The Key on the Christmas Tree.

I started this story a while back as part of a series, The Key, and have a short story, The Key in the Mailbox, included in an anthology by my friend, Mary Blowers, Blood Moon, and can be found on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Moon-Anthologies-Heart-2/dp/1511811897/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

* not the final cover

Facebook Live

Technical difficulties…

 

All in the Family

 

 

I am so proud of my oldest son, Doug. After twenty-plus years of drinking, he has been sober for over a year now. HUGE shout out for a HUGE accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son #2, Russell, is a biker. He has ridden in the Ride for a Cure for a couple of years, and will be riding again this summer. The link for anyone who would care to donate (or share) is:

 

 

 

https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?idb=1450210931&df_id=35220&35220.donation=form1&FR_ID=10937&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=13229140&PROXY_TYPE=20

 

 

 

My poor daughter, Maggie, has had a most horrific struggle with asthma complicated by allergies and, sadly, smoking. After yet another trip to the ER, this time in an ambulance, she is making every effort to quit smoking. I have read / heard that is the single most difficult addiction to break!

 

 

 

The Knewbie Kneebie, Part 2

Scheduled for Tuesday 26 June! After the book launch and blog tours, after this amazing series is done and I am SO excited! Reviews may or may not happen later in the year as I plan to read whilst recovering, and work at a more leisurely pace (yeah right! bwahahahah) on the Christmas novella and the twin story before launching (see what I did there?) into the next series.

 

Manifesto and Author Tag

The manifesto short version is,

“Stories for Christians to see or remember the ugly effects of the lies of the enemy, and for unbelievers to see the beauty of the Truth of the Word of God.”

 

And my author tag:

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time.”

 

 

Chatcha’ll next time.

 

Got questions? Email me at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

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BLOGWORDS – 30 September 2017 – NEWSLETTER – a little birdie told me

3o September 2017

Edition V


 

Robin’s Nest, Stories by Design

 

 

 

The blog is semi-suspended, on hold, AKA sadly partially neglected. I’ve read a few posts lately about over commitment, one specifically addressing the blog VS writing deadlines. And since I’ve such a tall order with this series, the blog is the most immediate way I can scale back. Temporarily, though. After the final book releases (and my second knee surgery) the blog will be back up and running. And I don’t ever plan to slam myself with such a grueling (okay, maybe not actually grueling… ) schedule.

 

Newsletter Sign Up…

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, again, still… OY!! (see above, re grueling schedule) Among other things, the mail list tutorial is languishing. So for now, Little Birdie is a special edition blog post. Hopefully by next-next (‘cause I said that last time) edition (31 December) I’ll have that pesky little tutorial mastered, and sign up button properly displayed on the blog.

 

Roll Call

 

 

 

Tell me who you are and where you’re at!

 

The Bird House Book Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I am / have been reading!

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Acting Married by Victorine Lieske

With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson

Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

A (nearly) Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips

Mowed Over by Christina Coryell

An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Unleashing Love by Jessica Patch

Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann

The Covering by Dana Pratola

Critical Condition by Richard Mabry

* Irkadura by Ksenia Anske

* Rosehead by Ksenia Anske

* Not Christian Fiction, and not appropriate for sensitive readers.

 

What are you reading?

 

Friends of Authors Society

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so it’s not an actual society—although maybe it should be. You know, with levels of support.

Who knows the best way to show your love for your favorite authors? (I’m one, right? Your favorite?) Besides the obvious of buying and reading my books, leaving a review on Amazon tickles their calculations and formulas and moves my books up in their ranks, which in turn means more peeps see my books, which means more peeps are likely to buy them.

There are other things you can do, as well. Suggest my books to your library or book club. Tell your friends, buy gift copies to give to your friends. Heck, tell ME how much you love ‘em!

 

 

The Long Shadows of Summer

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

 

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

The Long Shadows of Summer released in August, and is available on amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Long-Shadows-summer-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B07569MM8S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

Coming in November

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Scarlett was the shrinking violet in the group. Faithful to her friends, and hiding secrets of her own. When Mercedes steps in to rescue her, she unknowlingly plucks the thread that unravels Scarlett’s whole world.

 

But as Scarlett strives to hold fast to what is familiar the fabric of her life continues to come undone and secrets that are best kept hidden are exposed.

 

 

Seasons is ONE | GIANT | STORY, told by four main characters, each with their own contribution and perspective to the story. One set of characters, one fictional setting, one timeframe to research (1912 – 1913.) And it continues with The Tilting Leaves of Autumn.

 

COVER REVEAL 10 NOVEMBER

RELEASES 30 NOVEMBER

 

Leave a comment with your email for a copy of the first chapter. If you don’t want your email public, send it to me privately at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

Manifesto and Author Tag

The short version is,

“Stories for Christians to see or remember the ugly effects of the lies of the enemy, and for unbelievers to see the beauty of the Truth of the Word of God.”

 

And I’ve reworded my author tag:

“the battle for identity, one story at a time.” Many thanks to Amy McNew for brainstorming with me! New banner to accompany this… when I have a minute to do it.

 

All in the Family

Earlier this year, a friend suggested I start a GoFundMe campaign to get my license and a car, which I did. Got my license, now I need that car…

To read more of my story, or to help a gal out (donate and/or share) here’s the link:

 

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/robin-needs-a-car

 

 

 

Chatcha’ll next time.

 

 

Got questions? Email me at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – 30 June 2017 – NEWSLETTER – a little birdie told me

3o June 2017

Edition IV


 

Newsletter Sign Up

Yeah, ‘bout that… Among other things, the mail list tutorial is languishing. So for now, Little Birdie is a special edition blog post. Hopefully by next edition (30 September) I’ll have that pesky little tutorial mastered, and sigh up button properly displayed on the blog.

Roll Call

Tell me who you are and where you’re at!

 

The Bird House Book Club

 

What I am / have been reading!

Understory by Lisa Lickel

Bellanok by Ralene Burke

Walking on Sea Glass by Julie Carobini

The Scarlet Coat by Angela Couch

Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

Pages of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

That’s When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson

Falling for the Beast by Victorine Lieske

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

Just the Way You Are by Pepper “Swoony” Basham

Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith

The Patriot and the Loyalist by Angela Couch

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Memory of You by Catherine West

Promise of Peppermint by Valerie Comer

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

Stronger than Mountains by Lynn Dean

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

Summer of Deception by Elva Martin

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

 

What are you reading?

 

Friends of Authors Society

Okay, so it’s not an actual society—although maybe it should be. You know, with levels of support.

Who knows the best way to show your love for your favorite authors? (I’m one, right? Your favorite?) Besides the obvious of buying and reading my books, leaving a review on Amazon tickles their calculations and formulas and moves my books up in their ranks, which in turn means more peeps see my books, which means more peeps are likely to buy them.

There are other things you can do, as well. Suggest my books to your library or book club. Tell your friends, buy gift copies to give to your friends.

 

The Deferred New Series

I’m 100% Pantzer, well okay, maybe 95-5 split. That said and guesstimating from my unsavory stories which came in between 120K and 130K words each, I figured (with no rhyme or reason) the Seasons books would be closer to 100K even. The Long Shadows of Summer has come in at 110, 808.

 

COVER REVEAL 24 AUGUST.

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

Coming in 2017

The saving grace with this series is that it’s ONE | GIANT | STORY, told by four main characters, each with their own contribution and perspective to the story. One set of characters, one fictional setting, one timeframe to research (1912 – 1913.)

 

The Tilting Leaves of Autumn

COMING IN NOVEMBER

Leave a comment with your email for a copy of the first chapter. If you don’t want your email public, send it to me privately at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

 

Robin E. Mason, Stories by Design

Poor website is still languishing. Ranking low on the totem pole of priorities, it sits neglected for all intents and purposes. I have much I want to do with the site, features and gidgets and gadgets and such. Stay tuned…

 

Manifesto

The short version is,

 

 

 All in the Family

 

My oldest grand girl reached a landmark this year—she is no longer in elementary school. She is a bit nervous about starting middle school and having seven different teachers every day. But she’s a star and I know she’ll do well—and make lots of new friends—she always does.  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Making plans for this adorable little pixie to come spend a few days with Granny Bird—that’s me. #1 girl lives across the street so I see her most every day. But this cutie lives 50 miles away and it’s harder to spend time with her. This Granny Bird is so excited! PS, SHHHH, #1 doesn’t know yet, I’mma surprise her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After nearly three years, I have my driver’s license back! AND I have the use of a friend’s car, for a few weeks at least. And no, it’s not what it sounds like. Three years ago I was driving an older car and I revved the engine to keep it from shutting off. And hit 52 in a 35 zone. And caught the attention of blue lights. The ticket was $185, which I did not have. The fine at DMV was $100, which I also did not have. Earlier this year, a friend suggested I start a GoFundMe campaign to get my license and a car. She donated the first $$. Next up—a car of my own again.

I feel like Pinocchio—I’m a real girl again!

To read more of my story, or to help a gal out (donate and/or share) here’s the link:

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/robin-needs-a-car

 

 

Chatcha’ll next time.

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BLOGWORDS – 22 April 2017 – WRITING RECOVERY MODE

WRITING RECOVERY MODE

 

I’ve said it before. I’ve posted about it and blogged about it.

 

I DON’T GET SICK.

 

I really don’t.

 

This time though…  Bronchitis steamrolled me, and it’s lingered for weeks. Ten if you’re counting. I did. I’m over the bronchitis now, but my writing suffered miserably. Already I have cut writing my own posts to devote that time to writing, well, my stories. Of all my features, interviews are the next most time intensive for me. I love them, enjoy getting to know other authors. Rather than going totally “dark” and for the sake of me – my health – interviews and recipes are on hiatus, through April at least. Otherwise, I’ll never get Seasons did in time!

To date, I have written roughly 20K words this month, and while not impossible, it’s a tall order to reach my goal of 50K in the next 8 days! YIKES! I also have to edit The Long Shadows of Summer to be ready for my editor, soooo…..

WRITING RECOVERY MODE will continue through May, although (perhaps) not so intensive.

 

That said, I had designated April as my personal writing challenge month, RemApWriMo, copied after NaNoWriMo. (thus the 50K word challenge.) The challenge continues.

 

In my defense, I had some obstacles to overcome that I’ve not faced in my precious writing. This story clips along at a speedy pace—all four stories take place (and will be released) within the span of a year. Unsavory did not on either count, and I had more time to get to know my characters. I had to stop and realign my who’s who for the new series (which saves time in the long run) and will have to do character sketches as well. I love these (fictional) people but they’re all talking so fast and all at once…

 

 

Blogwords, Author Down, Writing Recovery Mode, #nointerviewsinapril, The Long Shadows of Summer, Seasons Book 1, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, RemApWriMo

 

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BLOGWORDS – 20 April 2017 – RECOVERY MODE

RECOVERY MODE

 

I’ve said it before. I’ve posted about it and blogged about it.

 

I DON’T GET SICK.

 

I really don’t.

 

This time though…  Bronchitis steamrolled me, and it’s still lingering. Already I have cut writing my own posts to devote that time to writing, well, my stories. Of all my features, interviews are the next most time intensive for me. I love them, enjoy getting to know other authors. Rather than going totally “dark” and for the sake of me – my health – interviews and recipes are on hiatus, through April at least. Otherwise, I’ll never get Seasons did in time!

 

Blogwords, Author Down, Recovery Mode, #nointerviewsinapril, The Long Shadows of Summer, Seasons Book 1, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn

 

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BLOGWORDS – 19 April 2017 – RECOVERY MODE

RECOVERY MODE

 

I’ve said it before. I’ve posted about it and blogged about it.

 

I DON’T GET SICK.

 

I really don’t.

 

This time though…  Bronchitis steamrolled me, and it’s still lingering. Already I have cut writing my own posts to devote that time to writing, well, my stories. Of all my features, interviews are the next most time intensive for me. I love them, enjoy getting to know other authors. Rather than going totally “dark” and for the sake of me – my health – interviews and recipes are on hiatus, through April at least. Otherwise, I’ll never get Seasons did in time!

 

Blogwords, Author Down, Recovery Mode, #nointerviewsinapril, The Long Shadows of Summer, Seasons Book 1, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn

 

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