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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 7 November 2018 – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER

TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER

Blog tour hosted by Bird’s Nest Books.

CONGRATULATIONS

to

LORI RAINES!!

You’re the winner of Tessa’s Birthday Prize Pack!

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

Just when she believes her life is on an even keel, something comes along to ripple the waters and remind her of her secret. Until the day she gets a phone call that rips her world apart. Who is the mysterious caller? And who knows her secret?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

 

Ms. Mason has seven novels, Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy, in the unsavory heritage series, and The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, and The Whispering Winds of Spring in her Seasons series. All of Ms. Mason’s books are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She is working on a on One for the Price of Two, the first story in her new series, FourSquare, to release next year.

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/

https://plus.google.com/+RobinEMason

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday Giveaway Winner, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 31 October 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY and RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

SPECIAL EDITION – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY and RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

 

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

 “I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories… Since the release of Tessa, I have sought to broaden my writer’s presence.  I have joined writer’s pages and groups, I have subscribed to other author’s pages.  I started a blog and revived another one, and this robin bird finally decided to tweet.  It’s all about shouting to the world, “HEY!  Look at me!”  So, HEY, lookie here, look at me!  And I’m overwhelmed… So, now you know.  I’m learning to swim.  And I think my feet are touching some sand in the murky waters, and I’m starting to wade through this media panoply.  Can’t make promises, not yet, gotta get the rhythm of it yet, but my goal is to post a new blog at least once a week, to introduce myself. That and write my stories.”  excerpted from my first blog post, 11 April 2014

 

Five years ago I had a shiny new degree, BFA in Interior Design—but not the shiny new career to go with it. Disappointed and somewhat adrift, I dove back into the story I had begun just prior to starting my college career. That story was Tessa. Within four or five months, I had the story finished, and I stepped off the relative safety of the pier I had been treading. At first I flailed about, helpless in that tidal wave, and though the sands of this wonderful and amazing industry are ever shifting, I have found some steady footing. I have found my own identity as an author, and embrace this writing career with all the challenges and rewards and friendships it offers. Welcome to my world, and welcome to the party!

 

Today, I’m celebrating my debut novel’s fourth birthday. A brief word of explanation— Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

So welcome to the celebration! Grab a mask, and a virtual cuppa tea and birthday cake!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

 

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

 

Just when she believes her life is on an even keel, something comes along to ripple the waters and remind her of her secret. Until the day she gets a phone call that rips her world apart. Who is the mysterious caller? And who knows her secret?

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

 

Ms. Mason has seven novels, Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy, in the unsavory heritage series, and The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, and The Whispering Winds of Spring in her Seasons series. All of Ms. Mason’s books are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She is working on a on One for the Price of Two, the first story in her new series, FourSquare, to release next year.

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/

https://plus.google.com/+RobinEMason

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

EVOLUTION OF A COVER

dat first cover doh…

 

RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

‘Dat first cover’ was my uneducated and oblivious attempt at cover design.  The second try captured the essence I wanted, but didn’t convey well to the second and third books in the series. Number three was professionally done, but as lovely as it is, I still didn’t love it. I took the design back into my hands last year with the fourth cover, but it was missing something. Now, for Tessa’s birthday, she has a stunning new look!

 

 

Isn’t she gorgeous!!!

 

🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉

* runs through midnight 7 November

Birthday Blitz Bash for Robin E. Mason’s debut novel, #Tessa is under way, starting with this Blog & Social Media Blitz! Tessa is available on Amazon, both in print and Kindle format!  Purchase here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IPZ5JEE/.

 

 

Bird’s Nest Books is celebrating Tessa’s fourth birthday with a tour-wide #giveaway! Robin is gifting one reader a Prize Pack that includes:

A signed print copy of Tessa

3 oz packette of Tessa’s Tea

unsavory heritage mug

necklace with paint palette pendant

unsavory heritage bookmark

three (3) framed mini art prints

BONUS  BOOKS from Heather Gilbert, Lisa Lickel, and Linda Rodante

 

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Giveaway is sponsored by Bird’s Nest Books, and is not affiliated by any social media venues. Open to US residents only.

 

#BirdsNestBooks #bookbirthday #Tessabookbirthday  #unsavoryheritage #RobinEMason

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

 

BONUS STUFF

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

  1. The first sentence of this story came to me in July 2008 while I was taking a walk.
  2. In June of that year, Father God had told me to go to school for my degree in Interior Design. Little did I know how valuable all.that.art.history would be to my story!
  3. I loved art history so much I almost added it as a minor.
  4. Tessa is set in western New York State. Why, I’ve no clue, except it’s what the story demanded. I have never been there.
  5. I Googled maps of the area and situated the town of Sunset Valley north of Salamanca and Allegany State Park. The town of Kcynia was so named for the Polish immigrant ancestry, and was located west of Sunset Valley at Mayville on the north end of Chautauqua Lake.
  6. I wrote Tessa without regard to—truly in ignorance of—genre, Christian Fiction or otherwise.
  7. A sequel hadn’t occurred to me as I wrote her story. It was only when asked that I found two specific spots that pointed directly to the second book. And the series was born, the name of which just happened to be in the blurb.
  8. I thought for the longest that because I didn’t plot and outline that I was doing it wrong! Only when I began to tap into this amazing industry did I learn there are others like me and we have a name—Pantzers!
  9. I type by touch, sometimes with my eyes closed, and in the scene when Connie dies, I was so IN the scene I nearly hyperventilated!
  10. One of the characters is a behinds-the-scenes prayer warrior. I had no clue when I first met (wrote) this person, and was delighted to make the discovery about 2/3 of the way through the story!

 

PROLOGUE (exceprt)

Tessa flopped onto the divan, more worn and weary in her thirty-seven years than the faded and threadbare divan in its 137 years. What will I tell the others, she moaned to herself, too weary even to weep at the events of the past thirteen days.

Two weeks ago, all was sunshine and roses, blue skies and songbirds. Then she got the first phone call.

“Mrs. Trent, I know your secret,” a tenor voice had said. Quite simply, not at all menacing or threatening. Except that he knew. Oh, God, he knew. He gave no name, and on the antique French style phone, there was no caller ID. Had he known that, she wondered idly. Had he realized that she would have no way to trace the call?

The old rotary phone jangled harshly now, shattering her stupor. Reaching to answer it, she knew it would not be him. Not any more. He was finished with her.
“Hello?”

“Mom?” Saundra was alarmed at her mother’s voice, the dismay, the sadness. “Mom, what’s the matter? Why didn’t you answer your cell?”

Tessa knew she owed an explanation, but did not know how to begin. How much to tell. “Just a long day. A long and awful day. I just got in and I think I’ll take a shower and have a bite of supper.”

Saundra knew it was more than just a ‘terribly, awful’ day. She could hear it in Tessa’s voice. “You hop in a shower, Mom. Make it a long, steamy one. I’ll bring some Chinese and we’ll watch a movie.”

Oh, God. How do I get out of this. Tessa knew Saundra could read her better than even Howie after more than twelve years of marriage.

“Thanks, Sweetie, but I think I’ll take an Ambien and go on to bed.”

Saundra knew Tessa was hedging, but gave her the grace to play innocent.

And Tessa knew Saundra knew.

“Have a good night’s rest, Mom. Call me in the morning.”

Not even the Ambien provided a good night’s rest, though. Tessa tossed and turned, drifting off only to be rudely awakened by her tangled thoughts. Like falling in a dream, over and over. That’s my life, she thought, as she drifted off again. Falling, falling, over and over.

 

QUOTES

Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.

 

Marni Miller was an exotic creature. Five-foot-nine and slender. Sleek black hair that she wore long and straight. And ice blue eyes. Now, those blue eyes were snowflakes, misted and adrift.

 

Damn this baby, thought Marni in a flash of rage. Why did you have to be conceived? Why do you have to be flopping around inside me right now?

 

Marni took the bundle, her bundle of joy she presumed, and looked at it. A shock of black hair, and deep blue eyes that blinked back at her. “Hello, my little Cassie. We have the same birthday, you and I.” Then she drifted off to sleep and the nurse walked the baby down to the nursery.

 

Painting, Cassie knew. Painting was, just—there. She did it. Without effort almost. She saw, in her mind’s eye, and she painted. She had taken some of the classes at Mommie’s gallery, and had learned about color and composition and how different mediums worked, separately and together. The classes allowed her to understand more of what she was creating, and to improve her unique talent.

 

Tessa was still merging the two lives into one, was forced to choose between some of her own natural inclinations and what she knew would have been Connie’s choices.  If Marni thought there was a blending of her two daughters, she had no idea how true that thought really was.

 

Marni had never had a cheerleader in her corner until Mr. Bales, and Reid Faulkner, who brought her out of her shell; Cassie, however, had Marni, keeping her in the shadows.

 

Tessa sat on her porch swing on the back deck, drinking a beer.  Marni’s lack of spirituality had transferred to her daughters, but Tessa found herself praying to a God she didn’t know.

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW – TESSA TRENT

rem: Good afternoon, Tessa, welcome.

TESSA: Good afternoon. It’s good to be here.

rem: Your childhood was rather a Cinderella story. What was it like growing up without your mother’s attention?

TESSA: I didn’t know any different, until I started school and my friends talked about their mommies. But, Carlotta was there for me since the day I was born, and Aunt Vandy is in my earliest memories. I grew up with her kids, they are like sibling-cousins to me, perhaps more than anything else. Of course, Molly has always been like a big sister to me, and now that we’re adults, we have an amazing friendship.

Once Mother and Heath began courting—they never just dated, it was so society oriented, and once they finally became exclusive, I guess everyone knew they’d marry. He was kind to me, paid more attention to me than Mother did really. His mother, my Grandmother Lila was particularly sweet to me, too. I know now that was for his sake.

rem: What about Kase? What effect did he have on your childhood?

TESSA: Kase was the one person who made my childhood special. I was still so little when he and Mother split up, and I didn’t understand. I’d see him in the gallery sometimes, and he’d wink at me, and give me great big hugs. He was so withdrawn with other people, but with me, he was the most affectionate and tender man you could imagine. And I mean that in the best way, not inappropriate at all.

rem: How did you feel when your sister was born?

TESSA: I knew there was a baby coming, but I was only ten years old. I thought they would go get her somewhere, or that Santa might bring her. I remember being so disappointed that Christmas morning, because Santa hadn’t come, and Mother and Heath weren’t home.

rem: That must have been difficult for you. How did that make you feel about the baby?

TESSA: Oddly enough, it made me feel protective. After the new baby novelty wore off, something in me kicked in that made me want to protect her, to be sure she never felt as put off as I did. I knew Aunt Vandy would love her too, and I wasn’t jealous. I wanted to be for her what Vandy was for me.

rem: So you two were close. Her death must have been traumatic for you.

TESSA: pause, deep breath In a word, yes. I watched (author privilege, no spoilers here; Tessa was about to give away too much!)

rem: And when your mother arrived in Greece, what was that like?

TESSA: Remember, she had already said how she felt on the phone. She didn’t know it was me she was talking to, of course, she thought I was Connie. That was the more traumatic part. I knew how she felt, but to hear it put into words, I just… deep breath and pause And then she got there, and she was showering me with affection. I tried, truly I did, to tell her. But I couldn’t make the words come out.

rem: Didn’t you think someone would discover what you did?

TESSA: Every day. Not a day went by in thirteen years that it didn’t cross my mind at least once. I couldn’t tell Howie, I couldn’t tell Molly, nobody. I was terrified if they found out, if they knew, that they’d hate me. That they would feel the same way my mother always had about me, unwanted, indifferent.

rem: Why did you choose the name Tessa? You were living life as Connie, why not keep her name?

TESSA: I couldn’t bear it. I loved her, I couldn’t let myself be called by her name. Tessie was my nickname for her from the time she was a tiny baby. And a twisted sort of bonus, Mother hated it. To insist she call me by the name she hated, gave me a sort of wicked glee.

rem: How did it make you feel when you got the phone call? Did you have any idea who it was?

TESSA: Honestly, the cruelty of it made me think of Mother at first, that she was behind it. But then again, she was indifferent toward me, but never cruel. I couldn’t fathom who could know what happened or how they found out. I wracked my brain trying to figure out who might possibly know, or who might loathe me so desperately to be so cruel.

rem: Tessa, thank you for being with us today. I hope our readers are sufficiently intrigued to want to know your whole story.

TESSA: I sure do hope so. Thank you for having me.

 

* originally posted on my blog, https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/, on 31 October 2014. https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/welcome-to-my-party-release-day-and-my-100th-post/

 

MINI AUTHOR INTERVIEW

rem:   If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBINI’mma have to go with the answer I so often get and say I’ll stay right here and now. BUT oh! how I’d love to visit so many lands and eras—Edwardian (since my last series was set there) Regency—you know, on account of Jane Austen! Ancient Rome, Biblical times…

 

rem:   Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Well, once upon a time… I was taking a walk and I “got” the opening to the story, “Tessa flopped on the divan, more weary in her thirty seven years than the divan was in its hundred and thirty seven.”

 

rem:   Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN: Oh my! Always so hard, each character has difficult bits to write, and the delightful bits. Cassie / Tessa was probably easiest because she was like me in so many ways. Marni, however, was rather the antipathy of me, and that’s not always easy.

 

rem:   What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:  Let me check the kitchen… Seriously, I’m a mood eater and/or I have to cater to my [low] blood sugar.

 

rem:   What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBINSo far, I’ve dived immediately into a new story. Except the last time. My brain was done and checked itself out. That and my knee surgery took precedence over writing.

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – SOLD OUT

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have 2 copies of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

BLOGWORDS  – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

“I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

 

“the battle for identity… one story at a time”  Stories by Design

Website: two years— http://www.robinemason.com

Blog: five years— http://www.robinsnest212.wordpress.com

and kitties: six years! — meow.kittylove.meow

 

And I missed ‘em all! Leastways, I missed making mention of them, let alone celebrating them.

Then again, I’ve been, well, “thrown in the ocean, in the deep end, in a tidal wave…” Of writing. And I’m happy to say, the series is DONE! Finis. Complete! And ready to format and upload to CreateSpace!

Both the blog and the website have gotten some much needed attention—facelift, and a few tweaks here and there.

And both the blog and the website are a place for friends to gather, to get acquainted. A place to kick back and have a cuppa—and a cookie! All are welcome (unless you’re spam! LOL), the more the merrier—because virtual coffee and cookies never run out, right!

I’ve made countless author friends, and met so many in person. I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of other such gifted and prolific authors. I’ve found my niche and my calling, and I work to produce the best I can, both on the blog and in my stories; I strive for excellence not perfection. And I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

 

So Happy Blogiversary to Robin’s Nest and Stories by Design!

And to Juniper, Penelope, Jake, and Jasper!

* Shadow decided two years ago she’d rather live outdoors (and besides, I don’t know exactly when she was born—but I do know she’s seven.)

And a million thanks to all my followers and anyone who has ever read a post or commented! You’re the reason I’m here! And for those who didn’t know, I’ve started a readers group on Facebook—Robin’s Readers Flock—and I’d love to have you join us!

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

And today’s cover tease:

C’est moi!

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

I am all about family, and my website is designed like a home. In fact, the drawings are my design for my dream home. I love family gatherings, the bigger and louder and zanier the better. My house is designed for company and for fun. I love windows and window seats. I love the outdoors so there’s a sun porch or Florida room. I love to cook and the kitchen is spacious, and I love to entertain. There’s even a movie room in the basement for movie night.

 

Come on in, take off your shoes, and let’s have a nice hot cuppa. Come sit by the fireplace or on the back deck, and let’s visit a while.

 

 

because The Whispering Winds of Spring releases this month, I give you…

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

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.

 

Simone Dubois’ 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 sixteen 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—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

rem:   Hullo Robin, welcome to… your party!  If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBIN:   I’ll stay here and now to live—but I’d visit any number of ages in history in a heartbeat. I’m enamored of the Medieval Era, and my current series is set in the Edwardian Era, so those would be my first stops.

rem:   Oh, yes, the Medieval Era! So Celtic-ish… Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Like all the rest of ‘em, it came to me. I think I had the girls’ names first, then each of the titles. As a pantser, the story unfolds as I write it and I discover more and more detail along the way. And this series!! Let me just say, I was stunned—and heartbroken—more than once!

rem:   Stories on the breeze… Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN:   Truly, because I write in first person and am “in” the head of my characters –slash- meet them like I meet anyone in person, each one is relatively easy—and difficult—to write. I’ve identified with each of my main characters on some way, which goes a long way to writing. Clara Bess, though, gave me a bit of trouble early in her story—she wasn’t talking to anyone and it seemed she thought that included me!

rem:   I’ve been there for that. You nearly hyperventilated writing a scene once, didn’t you?

ROBIN: [nods] Yup. And utterly bawled at… well, no spoilers.

rem:  What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:   I graze more than have a single preferred munchable. Therefore I have a supply of snackies available. It varies depending on what I’m craving…cookies, cashews, I try to be good and eat fruit… And my blood sugar is dictating more what / when / how I eat than ever before… OY

rem:   mmmmm, CHOCOLATE…. What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBIN:   So far I’ve jumped right into the next story… Yes, again!

rem:   Yeah, well, that’s not exactly what I meant by celebration… 😉

 

 

What’s your favourite part or feature of my blog or the website?

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Blogiversary, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess, Cissy, Seasons Series, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring, #IlovewhatImdoing, #amwriting

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 14 April 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – THIRD BLOGIVERSARY

BLOGWORDS  – SPECIAL EDITION – THIRD BLOGIVERSARY

“I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories.”

 

“because the battle within is the greatest battle of all”  Stories by Design

 

“I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories.  (Well, and get people to read ‘em… )  Write a bio, they say.  What do you want to know?  I write, that’s what I do.  (Well, ok, there’s more too, I’ll get to that later.)

 

And yet, here I am, blogging.  Yippee.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, ‘cause I do.  I know at first I wasn’t sure what to say, but that’s not true.  I’m a writer, there’s never nothing to say.  Ever.  EVER.

So, now you know.  I’m learning to swim.  And I think my feet are touching some sand in the murky waters, and I’m starting to wade through this media panoply.  Can’t make promises, not yet, gotta get the rhythm of it yet, but my goal is to post a new blog at least once a week, to introduce myself. That and write my stories.”

 

That was the beginning of my first blog post. Sheesh, I’ve come a long way bay-bee!

 

Such a primitive post, unpretty, pre-banners, no trimmings or trappings—and *horrors* no hashtags!. Just words and pics—and *gasp* unaware of Pixabay for images. (I know better now and am OCD about citing my source!)

I’ve come from grasping at straws for topics, to a feature for every day of the week. Mostly I rambled through those first posts, those blogging baby steps, in a get-to-know-me sorta motif.

My first focused post, a review, was on 20 April of 2014. A mere 208 words, no date even in the header! In my spreading-my-writerly-wings, I was reading more and broader, and was happy to have Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta as my first-ever review.

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/born-of-persuasion-by-jessica-dotta-book-review/

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Persuasion-Price-Privilege-Book-ebook/dp/B00CH7INR6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492032075&sr=8-1&keywords=born+of+persuasion

 

By September, I was adding hashtags and my links, and dedicated the entire month of October (a last minute inspiration) to the launch of the print version of my debut novel, Tessa. I added character interviews and special interest topics, but no guest posts yet.

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/welcome-to-my-party-release-day-and-my-100th-post/

https://www.amazon.com/Tessa-Unsavory-Heritage-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00IPZ5JEE/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

My first real-person (not that an author’s characters aren’t real, they are… ) interview was with one of my (still favorite) authors, Tessa Afshar, 5 February 2015. Still no header and no banner.

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/author-interview-tessa-afshar/

https://www.amazon.com/Tessa-Afshar/e/B003JS0HLW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1492032214&sr=8-2-ent

 

I seem to get hit with brainstorm ideas when I’m busiest—my Muse (Holy Spirit) nudged me to add guest posts just weeks before my surgery last year—and within days, I had my calendar booked for nearly the whole year!

My good friend, Amy Brock McNew, was my first guest post.

 

… and I’m heartbroken but the link to her post has vanished… Amy, you’ll always be my first face on New Week New Face.

https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Brock-McNew/e/B01ETQMC4W/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

I’ve learned so much in three years, both in my writing—much from reading and lots from, well, writing—and toward blogging. I’ve finessed the blog, and fine-tuned my writing. I’ve a feature for each day of the week with a banner to go with it, and I’ve discovered that I like writing in first person—and apparently that’s “my voice.”

 

Robin’s Nest is a place for friends to gather, to get acquainted. A place to kick back and have a cuppa—and a cookie! All are welcome (unless you’re spam! LOL), the more the merrier—because virtual coffee and cookies never run out, right!

 

I’ve made countless author friends, and met so many in person. I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of other such gifted and prolific authors. I’ve found my niche and my calling, and I work to produce the best I can, both on the blog and in my stories; I strive for excellence not perfection. And I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

 

So Happy Blogiversary to Robin’s Nest, three years and counting.

 

You’re all invited to my Blogiversary Birthday Celebration over on Facebook from 5:00 – 6:00 EST.

https://www.facebook.com/events/195097507661105/

 

 

 

And a million thanks to all my followers and anyone who has ever read a post or commented! You’re the reason I’m here!

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

 

that’s moi!

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

I have three novels published, the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I have begun a new series, Seasons, four stories that will release back to back. The first one, The Long Shadows of Summer, will be available in July.

I am all about family, and my website is designed like a home. In fact, the drawings are my design for my dream home. I love family gatherings, the bigger and louder and zanier the better. My house is designed for company and for fun. I love windows and window seats. I love the outdoors so there’s a sun porch or Florida room. I love to cook and the kitchen is spacious, and I love to entertain. There’s even a movie room in the basement for movie night.

Come on in, take off your shoes, and let’s have a nice hot cuppa. Come sit by the fireplace or on the back deck, and let’s visit a while.

 

  1. Perhaps the number one blooper is giving more than one character (other than father and son situation) the same name. Minor characters are all the more confusing because we don’t get to know them as well, and I’ve caught myself doing this more than once over the course of four books!
  2. I use “master” docs, or templates, and have on occasion, forgotten to change some element to current information relating to what or whom I’m posting about or for.
  3. Most recently, I posted a review on Amazon—only ‘cept what I posted was the blurb and not my review. If I had slowed down I might have seen the “EDIT” option. Instead I deleted and tried to post the review (vs the blurb) but it never showed up. :-/ le sigh…
  4. Kind of along the lines of master docs, I also copy the formatting for each new chapter, and change the chapter number. Not sure how I did it, but there are two chapters in Cissy that begin the same. (the whole chapter is not duplicated, just the beginning) BOONUS: I failed to correct this before I ran my freebie this week!
  5. Also in Cissy and perhaps the coup de grace of bloopers, was when I had the wrong character smoking a pipe. I don’t know how many eyes read past that, including mine, before someone caught it and pointed it out to me. And yes, that one is corrected in the final.

 

and no, Pepper, I did not make memes…

 

“So many secrets that had been hidden for so long, and now they all seemed to be unraveling. And for whatever reason, they seemed to land at my feet.”

“I was being too soft with him. Gentle nudging would never crash through the cell of guilt he had built.”

“Sit down.” I took her hands in mine. “We’ll have some tea.” It occurred to me, we always had tea—cold in summer, hot in winter—when we had a crisis. Sherry if it was an extreme crisis.”

“Now, my adult mind was not at all enjoying the confusion of clues at all. My adult mind—quite pragmatic, as Simone had charged—wanted the riddle solved, the puzzle pieces found and placed together.

I dreaded what that picture might look like.”

“I struggled to my feet and crossed to her, placed my hands on her knees. She rested her hands on mine, and we stood there, two dear friends, speaking without a word.”

 

miscellaneous factoids

 

  1. I am ambidextrous. Right hand dominant because along with hundreds of other kindergarteners, I learned to write right-handed. I do a lot left-handed, though, including chopping vegetables and eating. And I can write left-handed but it’s rather higgledy because I never practice. ‘course my right-handed penmanship is, shall we say, its own font.
  2. Not a secret but I drink cinnamon hazelnut (Dunkin Donuts) coffee and I drink it black.
  3. I am enamored of all things Irish. Also, I am part Irish.
  4. Speaking of Irish, I am an actress and Irish is my second strongest accent. Any takers on my first? (also not a secret)
  5. I am the oldest of three siblings and obviously the coolest! wink wink
  6. I have three amazing adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. They are my heart. ❤ Our family has been hijacked by some pretty heavy issues, but as my eldest once said (written inside the most beautiful Mother’s Day card) “… a lot of struggle… has forged a spectacular family that I am proud & thrilled to be a part of.” (2011)
  7. I believe that the passions and desires in our hearts are put there by the Master Creator, and when we “delight ourselves in Him” He is then pleased to “give us the desire of our heart.” Psalm 37:4
  8. I may or may not be a tad OCD. This may or may not be a good thing…
  9. I am not a morning person. Let me repeat that, I am NOT a morning person. To that end, I start my day with coffee and quiet time. When I log on in the mornings I troll through my messages and emails and get those out of the way—mindless tasks. I then get blog posts and other miscellaneous tasks done, and spend my evenings making the words. Did I mention I am not a morning person???
  10. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for several years, diagnosed in 2010. I shared in a rather lengthy post in June of 2014

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/silent/

I also mention my knees, and since that time have had total knee replacement. I posted on that last year

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/on-knee-surgery-and-being-in-hospital-on-my-birthday/

 

because The Long Shadows of Summer releases in July, I give you…

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 girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

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 Mercedes uncovers more questions than she does answers as she digs among the clues, among them one that unravels her own world and challenges who she really is.

 

rem:   Hullo Robin, welcome to… your party!  If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBIN:   I’ll stay here and now to live—but I’d visit any number of ages in history in a heartbeat. I’m enamored of the Medieval Era, and my current series is set in the Edwardian Era, so those would be my first stops.

rem:   Oh, yes, the Medieval Era! So Celtic-ish… Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Like all the rest of ‘em, it came to me. I think I had the girls’ names first, then each of the titles. As a pantser, the story unfolds as I write it and I discover more and more detail along the way.

rem:   Stories on the breeze… Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN:   Tessa was pretty easy, I was in her head more than the others in that series. So far in Seasons, Mercedes has been easy for the same reason. She didn’t believe she could be anything more than what she had always been.

Hardest to write…  they’re all “fun” to write, exploring different personalities to mine—as an actress I can get into character (acting or writing) and that goes a long way to expressing them on paper (or on screen)

rem:   I’ve been there for that. You nearly hyperventilated writing a scene once, didn’t you?

ROBIN: [nods] Yup.

rem:  What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:   Yes. I graze therefore I have a supply of snackies available. It varies depending on what I’m craving… M&M’s, almonds (not together) I try to be good and eat fruit…

rem:   mmmmm, CHOCOLATE…. What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBIN:   So far I’ve jumped right into the next story…

rem:   Yeah, well, that’s not exactly what I meant by celebration… 😉

 

“You know you can’t keep a secret from me.” Pearl held the china teacup ever so daintily. She was right.

“What secret?” I clattered my own teacup into its saucer, spilling my tea.

“Oh, Mercedes.” She was as calm and collected as a bouquet of fresh daisies. “Of course you have a secret. I can see it all over you.”

“I’m sure I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.” The calmer she remained, the more flustered I became. And I knew I was giving myself away. But I was at a loss to do anything about it. “Pearl…”

“See there. I knew it.” As smug as it sounded, coming from Pearl it was not. “Do tell me Mercedes.”

“Oh Pearl, if only I could.” Had I just confessed that I was, in fact, keeping something from my friend?

“Of course you can, Mercedes, dearest.” Pearl would not let it rest until she knew.

“But I’ve given my word.” I closed my eyes, chastising myself. I had revealed too much with those five words.

Pearl remained silent. Which was worse than if she had relentlessly hounded and wheedled at me.

 

 

Clara Bess in book 2 of unsavory heritage, is a pastry chef, and her specialty is macarons (not to be confused with macaroons.) Here is a tutorial I shared at her launch event.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ636Y8N6E8&feature=share

 

Besides the Kindle freebies this week (today’s the last day) I’ll have some fun prizes. Prized didn’t happen, my apologies. BUT the Grand Prize is still on the table. Everyone who comments on the blog today or the Facebook party (starts at 5:00 EST) will be entered.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/195097507661105/

 

The Grand Prize will be an autographed copy of The Long Shadows of Summer when it releases in July.

 

 

What’s your favourite part or feature of my blog?

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Third Blogiversary, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess, Cissy, The Long Shadows of Summer, Seasons Series, All the Blog Features, All the Feature Banners, #IlovewhatImdoing, #amwriting, #amblogging

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 17 February 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

note: I share my books this months because it’s my birthday month!

 

 Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

Fiction Aficionado

Bibliophile Reviews

http://laurainesnotes.blogspot.com/

 


 

 If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower an email and let her know!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

 

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

 

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening.

Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

I hate you and I wish you was dead.” The window thrown wide, Cissy eavesdropped through the smudged glass of the attic window as her twin sister, Clara, permitted Virgil to kiss her, a token of their betrothal. Cissy welcomed the arctic air.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

My ministry and my writing platform really become evident in this story—our words have power to shape our lives, either for good or for evil.

 

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Cissy, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

 

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

 

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

 

 

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening.

Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series.

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, CISSY in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Cissy, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess

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