From Kindle to Print: Memoirs Released in Paperback

Seasons SpringExciting news! My award-winning memoir vignette, “1945,” which was selected for the Seasons of Our Lives anthology in 2014, is making a comeback on Amazon. My story was written from the point of view of my childhood alter ego, Nellie Quinn—the little girl who tells so many of my memories. In this one, she’s barely more than a toddler when she experiences one of the harsh realities of life. Another vignette, “Why Didn’t You Catch Me?” (told by the adult me) was selected in 2015 for the award-winning anthology, Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond. This story tells about my sister’s suicide and its immediate aftermath.

Tales PondAll of these anthologies—the Seasons series and the Tales series—were originally published as Kindle books, but you know, as great as e-books are, I still like the feel of a print book in my hands. The good news is that all four Seasons anthologies and the two Tales anthologies are available now in paperback. My sister memoir authors have written powerful stories in these anthologies, and I know you will get as much out of them as I have. Collectively, they speak to all our lives.

Those of you who are interested in writing memoir would do well to read the many vignettes included in these anthologies, along with the commentary that editors and memoir coaches, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnet, offer about our stories, along with their advice for aspiring memoirists. In fact, in the anthologies, you will find a mini-lesson following each story, something focused on the skills that story demonstrated.

Butler is the award-winning co-author of the collective memoir, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, and other books. A psychologist, online and in-person memoir coach, and writing conference speaker, she writes and teaches in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Bonnett is the award-winning co-author of Rosie’s Daughters and Writing Alchemy and author/ghostwriter of nine books, a marketing executive, a speaker, and memoir coach. She regularly blogs with Matilda Butler at WomensMemoirs.com, writing and teaching from her home in Downeast Maine.

About Seasons of Our Lives, Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Writing from Life, said, “It is true that each woman is a story waiting to be told—and in this outstanding collection of memoirs you’ll find many wonderful women’s stories. It is also true that each woman’s story is everywoman’s story, for we share so many of the same experiences. As I read these stories, I am reading bits and pieces from my own life, and I am inspired to write my own with a more passionate and compassionate heart. I hope you are, too.”

The paperback publisher, Knowledge Access Books, has listed these four volumes—Seasons of Our Lives (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)—at a special introductory price on Amazon for family and friends of the authors. My vignette featuring Nellie Quinn is in Seasons of Our Lives: Spring. If you are interested in getting a copy, the price is $9.97. Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond, which has the story of my sister’s suicide, is available for $19.97. After June 15, the prices will go up by $2.

I’d love for you to read the stories in the volumes—mine and those of the other authors as well, and if the spirit so moves you, post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are the links to the books with my stories:

Seasons of Our Lives: Spring

Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond

The other anthologies are available at:

Seasons of Our Lives: Summer

Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road

 

 

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Karen J. Mossman: Author Spotlight

A secret is a secret for good reason. Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

A New Feature

I’m pleased to introduce a new feature to my blog called Author Spotlight with Karen J. Mossman as my inaugural author.

Karen J. Mossman is originally from Manchester in the UK, but she has now settled into retirement with her husband of nearly 40 years. She lives on Anglesey, a small Island off the North Wales coast and says, ‘Retirement means I am busier than ever as I’m able to spend more time writing. I’m also an avid book reader and blogger. When I am not working on my computer, I belong to an embroidery club where I cross stitch. I am also involved in Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institute. So, retirement has improved my life by enabling me to do the things that make me happy.’

Karen’s book is called The Secret.

Catch up with her on social media: Facebook Twitter Google+ Website Book Blog

The Secret

Image 1A secret is a secret for good reason.

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

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What Readers are Saying

Karen Mossman’s The Secret is the beautifully written story of high-spirited, Irish-born Kerry O’Brien who struggles to walk a tightrope in her dangerous home life. Set in Manchester, England, in the 1970s, a more “innocent” time when family secrets could be even more deadly than today and the cloud of secrecy over domestic abuse made it hard for victims to find a way out.

Lynne Murray

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.

S. Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen, and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.

Jenna Hodge

The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let’s hope others can find the strength, just like Kerry, to come out the other side.

Lindy-Lou

 

 

5 Questions Book Bloggers/Reviewers Should Answer on Their Websites

There is a lot to love about being an author, but there are a number of frustrations that have nothing to do with actually writing. It’s the marketing and promotion that get to me. Currently, on the top of my list is the challenge of finding reviewers or book bloggers from whom I can request a review.

Navigating book reviewer/blogger sites

I’ve spent hours going through website after website of reviewers from Amazon’s Top Reviewers using Amazon’s website as well as this site, which makes it a little easier to find and check the reviewer out. Or you can go to Twitter and do a search for “book reviewers” or “book bloggers,” adding your genre as part of the search terms. No matter where you go to find potential reviewers, you will follow the same procedure once you’ve found a website link for them. Continue reading “5 Questions Book Bloggers/Reviewers Should Answer on Their Websites”

The Clay Series

One Pot…Three Women…Eight-Hundred Years

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The Clay Remembers:  Available at Amazon, B&NKobo, Smashwords, and Antigone Books and Mostly Books, Indie bookstores in Tucson, Arizona.

The Clay Endures: Available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, and at Antigone Books and Mostly Books, Indie bookstores in Tucson, Arizona.

The Clay Sustains: Available July 30, 2017.

5 Excellent Self-Published Books

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison
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Self-publishing often takes a beating–sometimes deserved and other times undeserved. It’s true that many self-published books are thrown together without much thought, which makes readers assume that these ill-conceived, poorly written, badly formatted books are typical of self-published books. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. There are excellent self-published books out there that compare with professionally published, best sellers. You just have to look for them.

My goal here is to pass along some titles of excellent books that should be on your reading list.

Continue reading “5 Excellent Self-Published Books”