About Norma Beishir

Author of sixteen novels (so far). Two new works are upcoming, as well as the reissue of my backlist as e-books. Writing under three names: Norma Beishir, Scarlett Martin and Toni Collins. Compulsive blogger with six active blogs at Blogger in addition to my page here.

Authors for Oklahoma ~ Book Bundles 4-6

In our second post, we have three more sets of books, both paperback and ebooks, donated by authors for the upcoming book raffle, benefiting the American Red Cross as they continue their work to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornado. Have a look through this trio of sets, and check out for instructions below at the Crowdrise link for further details.

04Book Set #4

Norma Beishir, Alexander’s Empire

Romance-mystery, ebook

Alexander Kiriakis was a modern conqueror. The only living son of one of the most powerful men in Europe, he was accustomed to wealth and power. But Alexander’s life was a lie. The key to his past lay in the terrifying nightmares that had troubled him since childhood….
Meredith Courtney was a successful TV journalist. The only woman Alexander had ever really loved, she unknowingly held the key to the truth about his past….
Alexander had made enemies in business and in his personal life. Now, one of them was out to destroy him and the empire he controlled. Would the sins of the past ruin him…or save him?

Eve Gaal, Penniless Hearts

Romance- contemporary, paperback

It’s almost Christmas and Penny is not at her desk. The graphic artist abandons her responsibilities and dashes off to Hawaii with a good-looking pilot. Her aging dad, her boyfriend and the people at work are wondering what happened, but before they can say Aloha, trouble is brewing faster than Kona coffee. Meanwhile, Penny is mistaken for a goddess–not just any goddess, but Pele–the fearless goddess of fire. Will she see the resemblance in time to get out of a dangerous situation so she can return safely to everyone’s heart?

Shelly Arkon, Secondhand Shoes

Comedy-paranormal, paperback

The shoes didn’t fit. It was an omen.
Eighteen year old psychic-medium-germ-a-phobe Lila should have listened to her ghostly Gram’s advice the morning of her wedding, “Take off that dress and those shoes. And run.” En route to the honeymoon, she decides to listen after too many disagreements with her groom. It doesn’t pay to go along to make everyone happy. Still in her wedding dress and shoes, she escapes out a diner’s bathroom window into the Florida woods despite her fear of snakes and germs with her dead Gram’s direction.
So she begins a journey of finding her inner strength, putting her on a deadly run from her psychotic groom and his deranged friends.Will she ever get past her fear of germs and snakes? Will she survive her honeymoon?

Barry Parham, Full Frontal Stupidity

Comedy, ebook

Humor columnist Barry Parham is back, launching his latest salvo of hilarious, thought-provoking, take-no-prisoners observations.
On being single…
“Single guys buy milk in small, manageable doses, as if they were bringing home work, or morals. It would never cross a single guy’s mind to buy an entire gallon of anything, much less some expiring liquid that can mutate into something that smells like Detroit looks.”

Sherry Ellis, That Baby Woke Me Up, Again!

Children, paperback

That Baby Woke Me Up, Again! is for all those bleary-eyed families who sincerely believe that they will never again enjoy a full night of sleep. Seen through the eyes of an exhausted sibling, this book is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the most fatigued members of a sleep-deprived household. Can you count the number of nights you slept after you baby was born? Do you remember–or are you now suffering through–the cries that can mean anything from Change me now, to I’m hungry, to Time to come in and play with me? In Sherry Ellis’ That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, there’s no question about who’s the head of the household. It’s the baby! The little darling who was born with feed-and-play-on-demand talents is making his message clear: I want you…and I want you now!

Sherry Ellis, That Mama Is A Grouch

Children, paperback

In Sherry Ellis’ delightful book, That Mama is a Grouch, children from age 3-7 will quickly learn that clutter-caused tension in a home can be avoided. In this story, Mama is having a bit of a tantrum over the mess, and the narrator, a precocious child indeed, soon understands all too well. Toys are strewn about as obstacles that can cause falls and short tempers. Mama is tired-tired-tired of cleaning up this constant clutter. In a voice as wise as it is adorable, the narrator reminds children that parents are human, with feelings and moods. At the same time, parents are reminded that children are, well, children!

05Book Set #5

Nancy S. Thompson, The Mistaken

Thriller, ebook

All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.
His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to Nick’s associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let Nick leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.
There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he’s unleashed.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery-thriller, ebook

Just because the demons are a product of her imagination, doesn’t make them any less real. A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Rosanne Dingli, Death In Malta

Thriller-mystery, ebook

Novelist Gregory Worthington flees to Malta, where he hopes to find sanctuary from his crumbling marriage and inspiration for his next novel. The inspiration arrives upon hearing of the village mystery of a missing child. This becomes the subject of his writing, but his investigations are fraught with difficulty. His romance with a local woman can either restore or ruin his career, but who is the unexpected female visitor? The village parish priest shows veiled antagonism towards him, which is countered by a friendship struck with a mysterious doctor. “Life is not a novel, Mr Worthington, in which everything is resolved by the last twenty pages,” says the parish priest. But there are questions that must be answered, and Worthington determines to find the solutions before he leaves Malta.

Tabatha McGowan, The Tied Man

Erotica- contemporary fiction, ebook

Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle. On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin.  She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer. Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sex.

Lori R. Lopez, The Fairy Fly

Children’s literature, ebook

A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults. Transported out of his element into a realm of dangers and foes, Spider is aided by the insects and arachnids he befriends, but only he can see the Fairy Fly. Is she real or imagined? This whimsical novel about finding oneself while feeling small in a big world takes a step back and several steps downward to peep at humanity from below. At the same time, the story is an allegory of the human condition: life and death matters, war and peace, our everyday struggles on a tiny scale. Part humorous, part philosophical, at times poetic . . . it celebrates a love for animals, books and words. View the planet from a different angle as you take a spiderwalk through the door to adventure.

06Book Set #6

Norma Beishir, Final Hours

Romance, ebook

If you knew your life would end in thirty-six hours, how would you spend it? Jamie Randall is a man who has everything…or so he thought. He’s not only face-to-face with his own mortality, but with all the mistakes he’s ever made…and what they’ve cost him….

Tammy Vreeland, The Family Tree

Paranormal-supernatural, paperback

Katherine looks down at the book as she lightly runs her fingers over the cover. She can feel the raised insignia of the oak tree with mistletoe in the branches. The title is elegantly written with beautiful penmanship which spells out “The Family Tree”. She timidly opens the book and looks down at the familiar pages in front of her. Tears begin to form in her eyes as she subconsciously rubs her stomach. She had always been taught that through her past her future is determined. But, she did not like what her future was to bring. Why were her ancestors allowed to decide the fate of her unborn twins? Why couldn’t she have a choice? Didn’t they know what the consequences were? Or were they so blind to the religion, they didn’t see it for what it really is?

Tammy Vreeland, The Folks

Paranormal-supernatural, paperback

Moving into a new home can become quite stressful. For David, it is the matter of juggling a new job, a mistress and a family at home. For Terry, it is the matter of making her new house into a home and recovering from a nervous breakdown. For Tyler, it is the stress of a five-year-old trying to fit into a new neighborhood with no friends. A move can be quite difficult on a child, so much so that a way for the child to cope is to have an imaginary friend. This is where The Folks come in. You see Tyler not only has one imaginary friend but a whole group of imaginary friends that call themselves The Folks. Tyler meets The Folks the very first day he moves into his new room. When Terry, Tyler ‘s mom, finds out about The Folks she becomes concerned. Terry ‘s family, friends and even her own therapist tell her that it is a healthy way for Tyler to cope with the move. However, when accidental deaths begin to occur and Tyler, with his imaginary Folks, happens to know more than they should, Terry begins to wonder that perhaps The Folks are not so healthy after all.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Lisa Olsen, The Company Of Shadows

Supernatural, ebook

Ethan Shaw is a demon hunter, working for a mysterious organization, simply dubbed – The Company. His neighbor Cady accidentally comes between the hunter and his quarry, a demon, stalking women in San Francisco. This isn’t the scaly, fire and brimstone type demon, but the seductive, stalker type that can jump into any body, feeding off of fear or sexual energy. He can tap into your psyche to become the perfect man – and he’s set his sights on Cady.

Lisa Olsen, The Touch

Supernatural, ebook

Lexi Morgan has always had The Touch; the ability to pick up an object and ‘see’ its past. Doomed to wearing protective gloves at all times, she learned to accept it as equal parts gift and curse. When her brother in law Neil disappears, she’d rather tell her sister to celebrate than try to help find the jerk. But after her young niece vanishes as well, it’s time to put her gift to good use and help track her down, especially when handsome Detective Gabriel Ryan takes over the case. When the investigation leads them to the restless spirits of long dead children, they must work together to keep history from repeating itself before it’s too late.

Our Crowdrise Link:

http://www.crowdrise.com/AuthorsforOklahoma

This is a giveaway for 10 dollar donations to The American Red Cross, for Moore Oklahoma.

This will run through to July 22nd. One can make as many donations as they wish since your names will be drawn at the end. We also ask that you let us know what bundle or bundles you are interested in along with your email address. Also, please make your donation in the
Crowdrise link before the comment boxes. This lets us know immediately that you’ve made your donation.

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Authors for Oklahoma ~ Book Bundles #1-3

Authors For Oklahoma started up in the wake of the Moore tornado in the spring that was so devastating in the area. We decided to put together a book raffle, with proceeds heading to the American Red Cross, which continues its work in the area. Authors have donated books and ebooks for the cause, and today in advance of that, we’re going to show you the first three book sets, with details on each book. The sets are bundled with five or six books, some titles turning up several times, as some of our authors donated several copies.

Collage 01Book Set #1

Norma Beishir, Angels At Midnight

Suspense-thriller, ebook

Ashley Hollister’s fairy-tale world fell apart when she lost custody of her only child. Collin Deverell’s vast inheritance was all but destroyed by his devious twin brother. Together, Ashley and Collin vowed to reclaim what was rightfully theirs.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Rosanne Dingli, According To Luke

Thriller, ebook

Shattered by the breakdown of yet another romance, Jana Hayes becomes a recluse in her tiny Venice apartment and buries herself in her work as an expert art conservator, until an ancient religious icon brings Roman Catholic priest Rob Anderson into her life. The secret they discover hidden in the mysterious artifact is not only devastating, but deadly.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery- thriller, ebook

A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Nancy Thompson, The Mistaken

Thriller, ebook

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.

Barry Parham, Blush: Politics and Other Unnatural Acts

Comedy, ebook

Online humorist Barry Parham is back with another acute collection of satire, targeting politics and other, less evil things. And when Barry’s in the beltway, no party or platform is safe.

Book Set #2

Collage 02Rosanne Dingli, Camera Obscura

Thriller, ebook

Photojournalist Bart Zacharin’s camera doesn’t lie … but his mysterious new lover Minnie Cuff lies for a living. Love-struck Bart can’t get that into focus until he follows her from Australia on her flimsily excused trip to Europe and becomes embroiled in an obscure web of international organised crime, deception and death.

Tabatha McGowen, The Tied Man

Erotica- contemporary fiction, ebook

Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle. On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin.  She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer. Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sex.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery- thriller, ebook

A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Lucy Pireel, Red Gone Bad

Short stories- adult fairy tales, ebook

Once upon a time … Little Red Riding Hood took matters in her own hands And the miller’s daughter struck a flawed deal with Rumpelstiltsken In these–and two more–twisted fairy tales there are no happy endings and you’ll find out those heroines are not what you might expect from them. Parents, read them but let the children keep their dreams.

Lucy Pireel, Bound

Erotica, ebook

A young, successful woman finds herself attracted to a man who is known for his promiscuity. She has no idea he wishes to play with her the way she wants him to. While working together, they become closer. When she dares to reveal her wishes, he only only asks her if she’s ready to say ‘please’. After she does, the games begin. But where will they end?

Collage 03Book Set #3

DeAnna Felthauser, A Million Wishes

Romance, ebook

Mikayla Johnson… Growing up in a poor, abusive household after her father is killed in a car wreck; Mikayla had very few things in life that gave her joy. Her writing, the old oak tree, her big brother Callum and her childhood crush Noah. Could he help her heal from her past and give her the family she has always wanted? Noah Cane… Noah is a Navy seal war hero coming home to the Georgia peach plantation he was raised on to recover from losing his leg in war. His heart was stolen by Mikayla the moment they met under a peach tree where she was stealing peaches off his parent’s property. Can she help him heal from his injuries and give him something worth fighting for?

DeAnna Felthauser, Reflecting On Wishes

Romance, ebook

Six years ago, Dakota was adopted by Noah and Mikayla Cane. Even with a close-knit, loving family, nothing prepared him for falling head-over-heels in love with Angel Vega. When a game of cat and mouse begins between the pair, Dakota is persistent in what he wants. It may take him months to win her over, but he knows she is worth the effort. Deemed the Latina Goddess of the race track, Angel is a Pro-Stock Motorcycle racer that has been burned by love more than once. Letting down her walls and believing in a man again, was the last thing on her mind. Just as Angel finds herself falling for the ruggedly handsome Dakota, tragedy strikes and shatters her racing dreams. Devastated, Angel retreats into a world of doubt, fear and broken dreams. Will Dakota do as she wants and walk away, or will he be the strength she needs and fight for the girl that owns his heart?

Charlotte Kent, A Clue For Adrianna

Romance, ebook

The first novel in the women’s fiction series Captain’s Point Stories, A Clue for Adrianna, written by multi-published, internationally known From Women’s Pens authors Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill under the pseudonym Charlotte Kent, offers the reader romance, mystery, humor, and adventure in a story of love and personal growth. Forced to return to her ancestral home in Captain’s Point, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adrianna Montgomery receives a shock and a challenge when the terms of her great-aunt’s will are read. Faced with a haughty attorney, a crumbling old house and a clue, she must draw upon the resources found in those around her as well as her own inner strengths in order to solve the riddle and secure her inheritance. Little understanding the adventure and danger she will encounter along the journey ahead, she accepts the challenge and ultimately learns who she is destined to be and discovers the meaning of true love. Don’t miss this chance to fall in love again!

Tarah Scott, My Highland Love

Historical fiction- romance, ebook

How does a woman tell her betrothed that she murdered her first husband? Shipwrecked in the Scottish Highlands, American heiress Elise Kingston quietly plans revenge for the deaths of her daughter and the brother who sacrificed his life to save her. When Marcus MacGregor, Marquess of Ashlund, returns to his Highland home to discover a stunning American woman has been taken in by his clan, his attraction is instant and he resolves to make her his–no matter what secret she’s keeping. Elise is shocked by her need for Marcus and, too late, discovers that her feelings make him a target of her enemy–a man powerful enough to destroy even a Scottish nobleman.

Tarah Scott, My Highland Lord

Historical fiction-romance, ebook

London Heiress kidnapped by the Marquess of Ashlund, reads the headlines. Yet no one tried to save her. Phoebe Wallington was seven years old when a mass assassination attempt rocked Regency England. Her father was the only accused traitor to elude capture. Now as a grown woman and a British spy, she is no closer to learning what really happened that day. Phoebe’s quest for the truth takes a sudden turn when she’s kidnapped by a suspected traitor. But Kiernan MacGregor, the Marquess of Ashlund, may not live long enough to stand trial. Someone wants him dead. And Phoebe stands in the killer’s way.

Our Crowdrise Link, for Authors For Oklahoma:

http://www.crowdrise.com/AuthorsforOklahoma

This is a giveaway for 10 dollar donations to The American Red Cross, for Moore Oklahoma.

This will run through to July 22nd. One can make as many donations as they wish since your names will be drawn at the end. We also ask that you let us know what bundle or bundles you are interested in along with your email address. Also, please make your donation in the
Crossrise link before the comment boxes. This lets us know immediately that you’ve made your donation.

Review: Box of Rocks by Karla Telega

WARNING: Do not read this book while eating. To do so may cause you to choke to death on your own laughter.

Box of Rocks Cover

eBook is $2.99, Paperback is $9.95

I’ll start by paying new author Karla Telega the highest form of compliment I can give: in many ways, her writing reminds me of that of bestselling author Janet Evanovich. Another reviewer has compared Maggie and Cher to Thelma and Louise, and I can see that…but to me, they’re more like Stephanie Plum and Lula for the AARP crowd

I’ve been a fan of Ms. Telega’s blog for some time now. If you haven’t yet had the privilege, check it out–you’re in for a real treat. Telega has her liver-spotted finger on the weak pulse of over-50 women everywhere.

But getting back to BOX OF ROCKS–Karla Telega has created characters that are outrageously funny but at the same time people readers can relate to–even Bear (admit it–who hasn’t had a Wile E. Coyote moment in their lives?).

As author and co-founder of upstart publisher Adoro Books, Karla Telega has published a book that’s been handled with pure professionalism, start to finish–from Karla’s exceptional writing to the fine editing skills of Martin Rus and Rosanne Dingli to the brilliant cover art of El Kartun, which would stand out anywhere. I am so pleased to see that this is just the beginning of a series!  

New from Mari Collier ~ Before We Leave

A new e-book release from Mari Collier!

MacDonald, a Thalian-Justine mutant from the planet Thalia has means to return to his planet and complete his mother’s revenge on the Justines.  He needs to gather a force to leave with him, but first he must raise his daughter and convince others to go with him.  Before they leave the Earth mutant offspring experience elopements, Comanche and outlaw raids, hangings, blizzards, madness, quarrels within the family, and a FBI investigation.  The remaining family mutants will be trained to staff the MacDonald Corporation and carry on their family traditions.  The other MacDonald descendants are not mutants, but all carry the recessive mutant genes.

To order, go to Mari’s website: http://www.maricollier.com

 

Advance Review: Heaven & Hell by William Kendall

Heaven and Hell Front Cover

Recently, I interviewed my good friend and fellow author William Kendall on this blog. Now, I’m honored to be the first to review his wonderful first novel Heaven & Hell. The following review was originally posted at Goodreads….


I have to confess here…I’ve read it prior to publication. I’ve been impressed by William’s writing from the start. His narrative and dialogue are strong, his pacing impressive, and his characterization as good as any author currently occupying the New York Times bestseller list. William is a very visual writer–when he describes a setting, a character, or an emotion, the reader will be able to imagine it all quite clearly.


Heaven & Hell is a thriller, to be sure…but it’s also a tale of damaged people, people who come together out of deep emotional suffering, of profound personal loss. His villains aren’t one-dimensional baddies, but individuals who have made some serious wrong turns out of pain. I’m so tempted to go into detail about some of these things, but I know he’d have to kill me if I did. And even though I know what the Very Bad Thing is that he alludes to in some of his blogs, I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Nuts!


Be forewarned–there are scenes involving acts of terrorism that are difficult to read; that’s how realistic they are! I’ve been brought to tears more than once. William says he found himself often apologizing to some of his characters–and with good reason.


His protagonist, Tom Stryker, is no James Bond. But that’s a good thing. Bond, to me, has always been just a bit too perfect. Stryker–he does not like to be called Tom–is human. He’s flawed. And unlike Bond, he does not jump into the sack with every female he encounters. Personally, I would like to see him get a little action. He’s quite a man. Seems to me women should be lined up to provide him with a bit of TLC!


I cannot recommend this novel or its author strongly enough. As soon as Heaven & Hell is available, buy it. You won’t be disappointed! 


(And for those of you who don’t already know and love our William, you can get to know him and his writing at his always-entertaining blog, Speak of the Devil!)

The More Things Change…Well, You Know the Rest

I’ve been a published author for almost twenty-four years now. A lot has changed since I started out. I’m an old-school author. When a friend and fellow writer told me the freelance editor she’d hired had pitched her manuscript at a writers conference, I was amazed. I already had an agent and a publisher before I attended my first conference, but I knew from writers who had made the rounds that if they didn’t show up in person for the meetings, they were out of luck. It took me a while to figure out terms like beta readers and steampunk. These things didn’t exist when I was being groomed for literary stardom back in the mid-eighties.

Seriously. The words “We’re going to make you a star” were uttered. Many times. And they wondered why I developed such an insatiable ego.

We didn’t have Facebook or Google or Amazon back then. We didn’t have the luxury of promoting our books online via Skype. There was no such thing as social networking or blogging or e-mail. Authors didn’t have websites. There were no e-books and the only form of self-publishing–a vanity press–was for writers content to pay a lot of money for a few boxes of books that were usually only read by friends and family. Publishers had to type press releases on paper, of all things. They had to use Snail Mail to send out bound galleys to book reviewers and media people who might be interested in doing an interview with the author. Author tours always involved air travel and hotel rooms.

But some things never change. If you want to be reviewed by the major book reviewers, you have to get your ARCs (advanced reading copies) to them one to three months prior to publication. The mainstream media will not interview an author until they actually have a book to promote.

Dance of the Gods Cover

Berkley Books bought my first novel, Dance of the Gods, on April 26, 1985. It was published on May 1, 1988–three years later. The publicity department did not schedule me for a single interview prior to May 1, 1988. Why? It would have been pointless. Doing publicity too soon would have been counterproductive. I was a new author no one had ever heard of. Since I wasn’t yet a bestselling author or a celebrity and didn’t have a large following for some other achievement, had I done interviews months prior to publication, book buyers would likely have forgotten who I was by the time my novel was in the bookstores.

Today, an unpublished author can build a following–to an extent–through blogging and posting updates on Facebook. But don’t expect Today or Good Morning America to book you for an appearance until you have a book in print.

Review: Wildflower by Beth Muscat

This is my favorite of this author’s work, though I like everything she’s done so far.

Wildflower

eBook version available for $1.19

Wildflower is the story of Sandy, forty-seven, a woman whose marriage has stagnated. Her husband, a successful businessman, is away most of the time. He’s lost interest in her in spite of her efforts to maintain her looks and her body. She’s discovered he’s having an affair. Still, she remains in the marriage. 


Enter Nick, twenty years her junior and co-owner of the gym to which she belongs. In a word, he’s a hunk. Make that HUNK. He’s been more than a little aware of Sandy when she’s at the gym. They get to know each other, and romance inevitably blossoms. 


Author Beth Muscat handles the issues older women/younger men couplings face–the disapproval of family members, insecurities with regard to aging, and the failure of Sandy’s marriage, most notably–with sensitivity and realism. I’ve read several novels dealing with this sort of age-gap romance, and none of them, not even the ones authored by more experienced authors, compare to this one. 


Will Sandy and Nick overcome their own doubts and the objections of her two college-age children? I advise you to buy this book and find out, because I’m not going to tell you. It would spoil all the fun of discovering it yourself as you get to know these two through reading this wonderful novel! 


I’ve purchased all five of Beth Muscat’s novels: The Bracelet, Remember the Eyes, Nothing Without You and Infinite are the other four, the latter three being a trilogy. She’s a fine writer, good at characterization, narrative and dialogue. She’s proven her ability to develop characters throughout subsequent books. 


Five stars, without reservation. I loved it!