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Wonderful! Another 5 Stars for Serpents Underfoot!

First, a short preamble! I first became acquainted with Cristina Pugh a few months ago. Cristina’s late husband, Johnny F. Pugh, is the author of Through Smoke-Teared Eyes: The Vietnam War I Fought. Cristina contacted me through Authors.com. She asked if I’d read her late husband’s book and perhaps post a short review of it…

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Another Five Star Review for Serpents Underfoot

Yep! That’s another five star review! Thank you, DD Gott, for the fantastic five star review of Serpents Underfoot.  What did I like? This is the first book that I have read from this author, but I was struck with the realism of the storyline. He truly knew his subject and characters and brought them…

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Contest: Adirondack Bear Tale Book Cover

Here are the two covers in the contest! Will you please help me with this cover contest by picking which cover you like best for my next book. It is a collection of family-friendly tales about true encounters with black bears in the Adirondack Park! I have two cover designs and both of them are…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #4: Donny Trees A Bear!

Donny Trees A Bear It gets dark early in the Adirondacks. The night’s fire was just about burned out with only a few glowing embers left in the stone fireplace. The two young boys had already brushed their teeth and were ready for bed. They unzipped the mosquito netting and entered the large canvas cabin…

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Promoting Your New Book? Have You Tried Libraries?

Book Promotion 101 You are a self-published author and you have published your first work. Unfortunately, it is not flying off the shelves at Amazon.com. You are selling some books and getting some great reviews, but real success seems to be so slow in coming. Establishing yourself as an author takes time and hard work.…

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Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills

Mixed Reviews on Goodreads? Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover…

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Interview: Success Comes One Step At A Time!

What are you doing to succeed as an author? My first ever interview as an author! After reviewing my novel, Serpents Underfoot, John Purvis was gracious enough to interview me for a post on his blog, John’s Notes! I feel honored! My very first interview as an author! How absolutely cool is that? I will do…

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Flash Fiction … What the heck is that?

Flash Fiction? Last weekend I had a great two-and-a-half hour Skype session with Cristian Mihai. We covered many topics including blogging, writing in general, fiction writing, and things I can do to improve my blog. Cristian provided me with several great ideas. One of them was to try my hand at flash fiction. I was…

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My Tenth 5-Star Review and Why Does it Matter?

My Tenth 5 – Star Review … The Big Double Digit Has Been Hit! Wowsers! I just received my tenth 5-star review for Serpents Underfoot on Amazon.com. Do book reviews on Amazon.com matter? I would say that depends on your goals. I have read that pursuing reviews for the sake of pursuing reviews is a…

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Warning: Doing This May Improve Your Blogging skills.

Improve Your Blogging skills How do you begin to improve your blogging skills? I began blogging some years ago, But to be truthful about it, I have only gotten serious about doing so over the last year.  This is probably because I recently I published my first novel, Serpents Underfoot.  As a self-published author, I…