Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School Reading

Hate mail, mean-spirited pranks, bomb scares, and some very bad poety all threaten to ruin the holiday season for Toby Martin and her foil, Freddy Galvin.

Little kid pranks escalate into serious threats when Toby, her pals, and Mrs. Trattles are specifically identified on a “hit list.” After Toby’s beloved Grandma is also targeted, Toby knows she must become Toby Martin: School Sleuth.

Your kids will love this Back-to-School Recipe
featuring Peanuts, and plenty of time left
To discuss the Day!

Chicken Lo Mein

Stir up this version of a Chinese menu favorite with chicken, crunchy peppers and smooth peanut sauce. Even with all the flavors, it's low-cal and low-fat. 

What You Need

1/2 lb.  linguine, uncooked
1/4 cup  KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
1 lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cloves  garlic, minced
1 pkg.  (16 oz.) frozen bell pepper and onion strips, thawed, drained
1/2 cup  fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp.  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup  lite soy sauce
2 Tbsp.  chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp.  chopped PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts

Make It

COOK Break the linguine in half and cook as directed in large saucepan, omitting salt.
MEANWHILE, heat dressing in large nonstick skillet ( or Wok) on medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; stir-fry 3 min. or until chicken is no longer pink. Add vegetables, broth and peanut butter; stir-fry 3 to 4 min. or until chicken is done.
DRAIN spaghetti; return to pan. Add chicken mixture and soy sauce; mix lightly. Spoon onto platter; top with cilantro and nuts.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Labor Day Weekend Treat

The Russian military is trying to perfect a secret system that will make their submarines virtually immune to attack, and secure them control of the world's seas. An American working in Russia as a spy for Israel is trying to uncover the secret. In The U.S.A. an unsuspecting family has developed a product that is capable of solving the one problem preventing the Russians from achieving their goal. russian agents, led by the country's top femal operative, Olga Andreyeva, are dispatched to steal the product's formula.

Happy Labor Day!
And more good news from

The new September Page for the Web Site will be finished this afternoon (at least I hope it will!), featuring the new books this month.

New Books for September!
CANDLE SONG, Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey in Paper and ebook formats

DEOMONCHASER III, by David Berardelli in paper and e-book formats

THE PROMISE, by Karen Rossi in Paper and e-book formats

NIGHT UNDONE, by K. S. Brooks in paper

THE NEW NORMAL: A Novel of Alternate Reality,  by A.G. Case and P. A. Papineau
in paper and e-book formats.

News about Pricing and about New Editions

If you notice books popping up, seemingly out of turn in the sequence, here's why.  Paper prices have risen to the point where the pricing on some of our older titles no longer covers the costs. Amazon still lists them, but they are deemed "out of stock."

In order to get them better recommendations we are putting out "Second Editions" of some of our older works (those priced below $18.00).  This is not a labor intensive decision, as the printing and proofing usually doesn't need redoing. All we have to do is give them a new ISBN, with a higher price, and mark the older edition "Out of Print.

So if some of you wondered by books were Not always being done in order, this is the skinny:

We can replace an older edition with about an hour's work.

Books get delayed, too, when authors don't send galleys back on time, or send the list of corrections in a format we can use.  So while we try, as much as ever is possible, to do your work in the order it comes in, we cannot always guarantee the Friday lists on Catching UP! will always  show them in the order they appear.  We do always try to get all the books done as quickly as possible. 

We do know things have slowed considerably without Shelley to help. But we are doing the very best we can to get everything done. 

Question from the E-Mail: I'm new. Very happy with the way my book looks, but -- when can we expect to see payment for books sold? 

Answer: Authors are paid quarterly in: January, April, July, and October.  The next payment will be made early next month. Authors are always paid in the quarter after we receive payment from the vendors. We sell very little from our own Write Words Inc. web site. About 80% sell from Amazon.com. About 8 % from Nook, the rest are scattered around at Kobo, Smashwords, etc. 

Some sites pay slower than others.  We received payment in late April from Smashwords for books they had sold last September. We paid those authors in July.  The good news is they are paying reliably, even if late...

Most sites pay monthly, but not in the month the book was sold in.  We just received a payment from Nook, for books sold in July.  When we do our October payments for Nook it will their checks for June, July, and August, as we won't receive September's payment from them until late in October. 

Hope everyone is enjoying  a wonderful holiday!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Catching UP!

Catching UP!

Books that went to press, or back to press this week:

CANDLE SONG, by Bobbi Sinha-Morey
    In this collection you get the essence of the poet’s inner soul, the fine artistry of her spirituality, the
memorable imagery she displays, the depth of her imagination, her pastiches of life and people who
inhabit them. Her words are like a breath of the golden dawn; their gentle taste and wisdom fall lightly on the tongue.

It's Hell With the Wrong Shoes!
DEMONCHASER III,  Demonchaser Series, vol. 3, by David Berardelli.
    Sexy, sassy and dead, Tiffany LeBouf, aided by her friend Chip, the trickster, continue their wild adventures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they’ve gone to help their friend Ashley escape the powerful super demon Braithwaite, who wants revenge for what the three of them did to his Central
Florida land deal. Along the way they meet handsome Jimmy Russo, a popular local magician, who immediately captures Tiffany’s heart. Although Jimmy is equally smitten, he seems to have demons of his own that could easily destroy their future relationship.

Gallies that went out, are still out, or went out again, this week:

 TINY TIMELESS TALES: The Writer's Bloc Anthology III
    A Collection of tales by members of the Bloc that includes short stories, poetry, pages from a nonfiction childrens book, and articles about a number of subjects, one including recipes for cooking bugs.
THE NEW NORMAL, by A.G. Case, Ph.D. and P.A. Papeneau, Ph.D.
   A Novel of Alternate Reality that explores what might have happened if the 9-11 attacks had been fully successful. A thoroughly frightening tale.
    ANNALS OF A DANGEROUS HANDYMAN portrays the tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.   Son of a woman driven to the brink of madness, by a family who disowned her, he fights to contend with poverty, ignorance and hard labor, showing that bitter wit and courage may be just the right tools to shield one from disaster.

DEMONCHASER II: One Foot in Hell, but with the Right Shoes, by David Berardelli
   After successfully sending Gutrillus Canus back to Hell, Tiffany LeBouf and her sidekick Chip, the
mischievous inferior demon, are sent to Central Florida on a brand-new assignment—to find a delinquent inferior brought up by Braithwaite, the new super demon who has come up from Hell to replace Balberith. Along the way they meet Ashley, a young girl innocently caught up in one of Braithwaite’s evil schemes. Just as they befriend and try to help Ashley, the three of them are caught up in a web of corruption involving rich oil sheiks and a sinister scheme to sell off Central Florida land and turn it into a terrorist training center. Will Tiffany and Chip be able to sour Braithwaite’s land deal? Or will they be sent back to Hell and forced to remain there forever?
REWIND FORWARD: Kathy Sear and Greg Hawkins Series, Vol. 4, by Michael E. Field. 

   Paul Buckler had everything he could want from life: a beautiful wife, wonderful children, and a great home. But all that came crashing down when false allegations were levied against him and he found out that you are really guilty until proven innocent
  THE KIDNAPPING OF SEN. ANDY THOMPSON: Adventuires on Capital Hill Series, by Celine Rose Mariotti.
    A real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get at the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!   
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover.  
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are conditions...

Work began or Continued on the following books:

THE VANISHING BREED: The Volunteer Series, Vol. 2, by Tom Ward.
    Heroic firefighter Robert J. Doyle is back, still struggling with his inner demons, the result of an incident in wartorn Lebanon, when he ordered the destruction of a complete village. As he walked through the carnage, Doyle vowed one day to pay for the loss of innocent lives.

MINISTER'S SHOES, VOL. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal Mystery Series, Vol. 1

   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.

TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis

Jack's News!

  by your bookstore cat,  gossip columnist, and feline friend.

Author Kris Condi sent us a clip of the publicity she is getting  in her home town of Crescent City, IL. She will do a book signing of her latest book COUNTING ON YOU, on Sept. 23, at the Watseka Library from 6:30 TO 8 P.M. Don’t miss it if you’re in her neighborhood. Way to go on getting recognition, Kris!

Dorice Nelson, author of two historical favorites, CLAN GUNN:GEREK and SARATOGA SUMMER 1863, has moved from upstate New York to balmy Carolina. Hope she enjoys not shoveling this winter!

And speaking of moving, Carolina author Joan L. Cannon, who wrote MAIDEN RUN, has moved north, to Litchfield, CT, where she reports finding many new friends in an active writers' community. I sure hope she likes snow...

Our wooly bears report it will be a cold one this year. I found my first bear on the back porch this week. I wanted to play, but he ignored me and went back to wherever Wooly Bear Caterpillars come from. Wide bands of black, means cold and very fuzzy brown means snow... He had both!

Me? I'm staying inside...

   If you are going to have a book signing somewhere, make a personal appearance, or are planning a launch party where you live, please let us KNOW. Just put NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, and we will be sure your news is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!