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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.

 

 

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

 

 

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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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31 March 2017

Edition III

 

Bronchitis and Author Down

 

 

 

 

More of this quarter has seen me sick than not—and I never get sick. No really. I get mild symptoms for two or three days, maybe four, and that’s it.

But Tuesday 10 January was different.

I had a scratchy throat when I went to bed, fully expecting it to be gone when I got up. It was not. Not only was it not gone, but I had a fever and chills (only recognized when I got up the following day without fever and chills—again a rare-to-never occurrence.)

From there I developed a head cold which sank into a chest cold and graduated itself to full blown bronchitis. Two inhalers and an injection later, it’s STILL not completely gone!!

The blog has suffered, but worse, the writing has taken a crushing hit—I am two months behind schedule. The next several weeks will be dedicated to making up for lost time.

STAY TUNED

 

Recovery Mode

To that end, I made an executive decision (I can do that, it’s my blog! LOL.) For the month of April at least, I have suspended interviews. After writing my own posts (which I had already suspended for the duration of writing this series) interviews are the most labor and time intensive posts I do. What’s In Your Kitchen, although not nearly as labor intensive, will also be suspended simply because that’s the one feature that’s the most… expendible.

 

RemApWriMo

And per the previous article, the month of April is devoted to getting caught up and back on track. The four stories in Seasons release back to back (July, October, January, and April)—a tall order for me.

I have designated April as my own personal NaNoWriMo, with the goal of writing (at least) 50K words in The Tilting Leaves of Autumn.

 

The Languishing 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. I have, however, now surpassed the 100K mark in The Long Shadows of Summer, and at this writing (Sunday the 26th) have a few more loose ends to tie up. 110K maybe??

Coming in July.

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

 

 

 

 

Robin E. Mason, Stories by Design Takes a New Direction

That tag at the bottom? That’s the core of my writing. The struggle for identity is a battle within, that I believe we all have to face in our lives. Some own the knowledge they’ve always had, while others—including this writer—have to claw our way to the surface to discover who we really are.

And thus the tales begin…

 

 

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.) I already have a smattering of words written for each story, and have dipped my toes in Tilting Leaves, and know much of Scarlett’s story. And I know what it is that’s tilting….

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Bonus Feature for Release Day Reviews

 

Inspired by the lovely Sydney Anderson over at The Sing Librarian Books – http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/ – I created several new mini bonus features to hightlight new books on release day. In the line-up are the Blurb, and Excerpt, Mini-Interview with the Author, About the Author, Quotes, Bloopers, Top Ten, and, of course, my Review.

 

 

 

I duplicated them for Wreading Wednesday as well, for books I have not [yet] read but feature when I can to help celebrate the release.

 

 

 

Family Wise – Love is (Still) in the Air

 

I mentioned last time that all three of my nephews popped the question (and all three gals said yes) First wedding was two weeks ago and it was a spectacular event! One of my granddaughters was the flower girl.

Next wedding is in October of this year, the third one in October next year. And methinks there’s another wedding in the works….. (no, alas, not me)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 26 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – LIVE EVENTS

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PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – LIVE EVENTS

 

 

In addition to any online fanfare, I host a live event here in my town. When I was a wee (figuratively speaking) novice of an author, I stumbled on what has become my go-to spot for events. Turns out the owner’s son and my granddaughter were in the same class that year. And Lisa and I have been friends ever since!

 

Slide2

 

I like to incorporate the story into my event setup. For instance, Tessa was an artist. Her mother was an artist, and her sister was an artist. All different styles, and all very gifted. So I printed miniatures of some classic pieces of art to display on the table.

 

Slide3

 

Tessa, book 2, is also artistic, her art being in the kitchen. Her specialty is macarons and not that’s not a typo or misspelled. A macaron is a different cookie to coconut macaroons. So I served macarons, which I found at an authentic French bakery here in town. I displayed the mini art pieces from Tessa, and printed some recipes you might find at Clara’s bakery, The Cocoa Crescent.

 

Slide4

They are raspberry and lemon, the girls’ favorite flavors. I had stacks of each book, and lemonade and a selection of hot tea.

 

Slide5

 

The actor in me loves to read a good part, so I chose some excerpts from the story, and wrote a couple of bonus bits.

 

Slide6

 

And of course, the signing! It’s not an author event unless you sign your books for your readers!

 

Slide7

 

I like the intimate setting of the coffee house. I’ve held a couple of other events at local bookstores, and have talked to the director of a library in my area. I have a list of other venues to contact about scheduling an event.

 

Of course, if no one knows about the event, then no one is going to come. I created banners and posted it on Facebook, and I wrote copy for press release for the newspaper in my town. I scheduled a giveaway on Goodreads, and freebie days on Amazon. I told everyone I could about my event and passed out flyers.

 

Slide8  old cover design

 

It’s your event, own it. Make it your own. Put your signature on it. These are the things that work for me. Do something no other author does. You wrote your book, it’s your creation. The launch event should be unique, too.

 

Slide9

 

Cissy is Book Three in the unsavory heritage series. The culmination of the stories, and overreaching story arc, the resolution to generations of unsavory conflict. A story that illustrates how powerful our words are, and the devastating effects of believing the worst of yourself.

 

Slide10

 

 

So if you’re in the Greenville area, you’re invited. I’d love to see you there! Friday 30 September from 5:00 til 10:00. Come on out and show some love for this author, y’all!

 

 

rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head 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, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  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.

 

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

Blogwords, Stories by Design, Planning a Release Event, Live or Online, Or Both, Live Events, Author Signing, Q&A, Excerpts and Bonus Bits, #newbookrelease

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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 19 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – BLOG BLITZ

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PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – BLOG BLITZ

 

 

Last week I mentioned the blog blitz I host to kick off a new book release. It totally breaks the don’t toot your own horn too loudly or too often. Then again, I only do this in anticipation of release day.

 

 

And releasing a third novel is a pretty big deal, fanfare worthy.

 

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I realized yesterday that with the three books in the series, I have worked with these people, er, um, characters, for three years! It will be bittersweet to say farewell and move on to another story. And there’s LOTS rambling around in my brain, lemme tell ya!

 

So, Cissy. Book Three in the unsavory heritage series. The culmination of the stories, and overreaching story arc, the resolution to generations of unsavory conflict. A story that illustrates how powerful our words are, and the devastating effects of believing the worst of yourself.

 

Slide4

 

So to celebrate this milestone in my writing career, you better believe I’m gonna celebrate. I’ve attended several events and parties on Facebook, and seen plenty of blog  release announcements and celebrations. And here’s my take, my plan of action. I mentioned last week, I rather stumbled into it. It’s a lot of work, and this time, third time around, I seem to have a better handle on it. Maybe…

So, because I post different features on different days of the week—and honestly, some of that was birthed from my first blitz two years ago for Tessa.

 

 

I took it a step further. You may notice there’s no feature for Wednesday or Saturday. That’s by default, not by design. For the blitz, however, I got something going on every.day.of.the.month. WHEW!

My interviews are characters interviews, which are fun to do, an extension of the story. I use excerpts and write bonus bits for Saturday. Wednesday is special feature, a theme that is central to the story. With Tessa, it was art because they all are artists. Clara Bess is a pastry chef, so for her I shared recipes. Like the others, Cissy is a phenom, skilled as an artist and genius level intelligent. Her feature will be some of her poems. Brace yourself, some are dark and horrid.

 

Slide6

 

This hoopla begins in eleven days! Are you ready? Are you coming to celebrate with me? (correct answer is YES!)

 

 

There’s also the Facebook party event. I kick off the party at 1:00, welcoming guests and reminding everyone to refresh the screen. I provide guidelines and give the link to my blog for scavenger hunt style questions. I post a new question or comment, or share something new, every fifteen minutes. I ask questions about the covers and about the character interviews and other blog posts I had done throughout the month. Last year I had all this printed out, as a script so I could keep up with myself! LOL And my handy red pen to check off each incremental post as I shared it.

The floor is also open for guests to ask questions. And as most if not every FB event I’ve been part of or attended, I offer a giveaway and prizes for anyone who participates.

 

 

 

And of course, you can’t forget the virtual refreshments! (there’s more than this, but I’ve been busy writing, not squeezing lemons and baking lemon bars!)

 

RASPBERRY TEA, A FAVORITE!

 

So you’re invited. Here’s the link (just remember it’s not live til 30 September.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1849598995263289/

 

 

 

rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head 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, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  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.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 12 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT

 

PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT

LIVE or ONLINE

 

Decisions, decisions. When you’ve written a book and want to have an event to celebrate, there are two types to consider: online or live and in person.

 

 

This month, in honor of the release of my third novel next month, I’m going to share what I’ve learned about both, and hopefully garner some ideas and suggestions in the process.

 

Slide3

 

I’ll start with online events. I basically live on Facebook, and so have hosted my two release parties there. The other biggie (to this author’s knowledge) is on my blog. But not my blog only—other bloggers can get involved and share in the big event on their blog.

 

Something I started—more like stumbled on—is doing a month long blog blitz. (I seem to do a lot of blitzes!) My debut novel, Tessa, was first released for Kindle only, in March of 2014. I soon realized the advantage of having print copies, and set the print release for October. Since the story is about a woman hiding her identity, setting the date for Halloween seemed appropriate. Then, ‘long about the last week of September, I had this brainchild of an idea, and the blog blitz was born. I do NOT recommend setting up a blitz in that short amount of time. I will discuss more in next week’s post.

 

The other type of event is held local to where the author lives. There are several venues open to such events. I stumbled onto my favorite spot quite by accident. I was checking out locations in our small downtown area, and discovered this nifty little coffee shop and wine bar. More on that in my post on the last Friday of this month. Local libraries like to have local authors host events. As an Indie, I have also held events at small bookstores. I have yet to venture to the national chain stores.  One thing I did find out about book stores, is they expect a percentage of any book sales made. For this newbie, I’m happy to do that—it’s all about getting my name out there still!

 

Slide6and yes, that’s me, reading an excerpt.

 

 

 

rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head 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, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  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.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

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