Friday, September 23, 2016

Catching UP!

Galleys went to press or went to press again this week.
WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS sHOCK AND AWE, by Anna Dynowski, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 4

   Prince Maximillian, the playboy prince, is having way too much fun with the ladies, young and old and everything in between, to keep his name clean. Incorrigible, he’s been synonymous with scandalous headlines since he turned sixteen. While his laughing eyes, smooth talk, and charming manner make him the darling female population, the Graziano royal family despairs of him ever settling down. But can he find a woman who will rein in his wild streak and fix his princely image?

SECOND GROWTH, by Joan L. Cannon

    Serge Dziminowicz is hampered by his past in a dysfunctional family. 
When his career and his marriage both are destroyed by his feckless father, his reputation and his livelihood in shambles, he is forced to leave behind everything that has become meaningful to him. In rural Vermont, he stumbles on a way of life that nourishes a second growth. A near tragedy is the catalyst that enables him to dare to trust. He ultimately learns he must lower his own barriers.


Galleys that went out or went out again this week:
   Fourteen-year-old Luke dreams of spending July at  Camp Unlimited, where campers explore cave networks, set off fireworks in pyrotech workshops, and sleep in tree house hammocks. But to get into the camp, Luke needs to demonstrate excellence in a sport, the arts, or
school.
   More likely, he’ll end up at SURF, his town’s rec camp, where athlete’s foot, mildew, and warts plague the gym, bedbugs and lice infest the couches, and clumps of hair make frequent appearances in the burgers.



LOVE BITES, by Barbara Garro.
   Now in her eighth decade, Barbara Garro, at the early
death of her mom, became powerfully propelled into
poetry. Poem after poem, flows through her as she
shares the spirit of a lifetime in innermost love
thoughts, fears and dreams. Love Bites is Garro’s debut
poetry collection, first in a Series.




































Work began or Continued on the following:
NOODLES, by Elan Mufti 
    An Indonesian army general's son, who recently graduated high school, continues his education at a college in San Francisco. The 19-year-old was a boy headed for trouble. His father hoped that the responsibility and overseas life experience would change his son's attitude. In fact the culture shock does make him change, but not in the way his father hoped for...
















THE LAST CHRONICLER by Judy Johns Heathcoe
While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly.
In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia, and his family.  But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.


 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
      Sorry to say I haven't had a lot of mail this week.

    Arline's depressed, but that's not  unusual. She's had a lot of questions and she's answering them the best she can...I guess.  Personally I didn't think it was so hard to understand...

1. The WriteWordsInc.com web site will close on or before the beginning of next year.

2. All our published books will remain on sale at Amazon.com and other web bookstores unless you tell us to STOP because you've made other arrangements.
    a. In making other arrangements you are free to use, without charge, any and all files and covers created by us, but NOT our ISBNs, as ISBNs are publisher specific. If you sign with another publisher, or self publish, you must NOT use an ISBN attached to OUR company...

3. After the first of next year,  you will only be paid once a year, in January.

See? Not so complicated. Even Spunky gets it!

   Roger's done being mad at me, I guess, cause he played his guitar twice this week. He's still giving me that diet cat food instead of treats, though.

   Spunky snuck out and stayed out all night (everything I do she tries to copy me).  Now I KNOW she wasn't interested in Lady Cats, so I don't know what she thought she'd do out there under the Harvest Moon...
   PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week.
Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Poetry Prize


2017 Griffin Poetry Prize 

Deadline Reminder (December 31, 2016)


This is a reminder that the second and final deadline for the C$200,000 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize is December 31, 2016. Books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2016 for books published between July 1 and December 31, 2016.
Please remember to complete all necessary customs/duties paperwork when shipping your entries.
For information on updates to the Griffin Poetry Prize submission deadlines, click here to read our recent announcement. If you have any questions regarding the rules, or would like to download an entry form, please visit our web site, at:
www.griffinpoetryprize.com.
I look forward to receiving your entries soon!
Best wishes.
Ruth Smith, Executive Director
The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry
363 Parkridge Crescent
Oakville, Ontario L6M 1A8
Canada
Telephone: (905) 618-0420


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Banned Books Anyone?

How Many Have You Read???


by Mark Twain

The classic tale of a young boy and a runaway slave, that was banned early-on because of its anti-slavery sentiments and later, by educators, because of its use of vernacular English.


American Library Association List of Top 100 Banned Books


Actually their website is three short, but The Top 97
Banned Books doesn't quite have the same Punch!

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 

3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck


4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee


5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker


6. Ulysses, by James Joyce


7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison


8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding


9. 1984, by George Orwell

11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov


12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller


16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley


17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell


18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway


19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner


20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston


24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison


25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison


26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell


27. Native Son, by Richard Wright


28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey


29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence


49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess


50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron

64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence


66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut


67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs


74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh


75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer

84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller


88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser

97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hurricane Season!

 By T.J. Watts

Fort Lauderdale shows its sunshine sparkle and its darker underbelly in this I-95-speed novel about two over-the-hill cops, pushing sixty, back on the job, and out on the streets pulling the midnight shift. Aging beach bums, Duncan Moon and Jesse James Vacario, are just trying to make it to retirement, but a blithe serial killer, a society-column-respectable drug baron, along with hookers and druggies and killers, oh my, have other ideas. Welcome to South Florida during the hurricane season. 
HURRICANE CAKE

Ingredients

1 h 5 m12 servings610 cals



Directions

Print 
  • Prep
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  • Ready In
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt and spread 1/2 cup margarine in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle coconut and pecans evenly over the bottom of pan; set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix as directed on package. Pour batter over coconut and pecans in pan. In a saucepan over low heat, melt cream cheese and 1/2 cup margarine. Stir in confectioners' sugar until mixture is smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture randomly over top of cake batter.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool and serve from the pan.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Catching UP!

<<< IMPORTANT NEWS>>>
  
   Write Words, Inc. opened its web site on Jan 1, 2000, with Arline Chase and E. Sandra List as publishers. There were five of us and that first year we published 12 books and learned a lot. Our last editor, Shelley Rodgerson Chase resigned on Jan. 1, 2014.  In 2013 we published 48 titles in both paper and e-book formats. Since then we have been working alone. Last year, we published 52 books, but the work is just too much for one person to do efficiently. 
    
    Sales have fallen, too, to the point where revenue will no longer meet expenses. Writewordsinc.com, Cambridge Books, and ebooksonthe.net will be “downsizing” almost immediately. 
    
    Therefore, No New Contracts for publication will be signed after Sept. 30, 2016. 

    All current contracts will be honored for the full term covered in the contract. The “automatic renewal after the initial two year term, unless cancelled by either party,” clause is rescinded and will no longer be in effect.

    All current two year contracts will be honored for the full two years, unless the author chooses an earlier cancellation date.  All titles under contract will remain on sale at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com and many other Internet Book Stores for the entire two-year term covered by the contract.

   Any authors who wish an early cancellation date will have their requests honored. ON CANCELLATION ANY AND ALL RIGHTS REVERT TO THE AUTHOR.

On the advice of our accountant, the following changes in operation will take place:
      
  *      The WriteWordsInc.com / Cambridge Books / ebooksonthe.net web sites will close on or before       January 1, 2017.

2*       All books currently under contract will remain on sale for the full two years from their         publication date.

3*       Active Cambridge Books Authors, who are past the original two-year designation, will still be able  to purchase personal copies of their paper books until Dec. 10th, 2016 or later.

4*       Payment by Credit Card to Write Words, Inc. will cease on or before Jan 1, 2017, although              payment through Paypal, and by check will continue.

5*       Author’s Royalties for active titles will be paid once per year starting on January 1, 2017.

Questions? E-mail: arline@mail.com
Books that went to Press this week.
    GAIA'S DREAM, by Terry L. White“Reading Terry L. White’s newest collection of poems, Gaia’s Dream, is rather like having a many-layered, meandering conversation with a good friend. She can be casual as she meditates, questions, daydreams, or projects herself into history, but she never forgets the kind of world we live in, the difficulties and disappointments of life — her own and others — and even when she is evoking oldmemories, she is firmly grounded in the present…”
    — Caroline Trippe is a painter and writer. Her own illustrated books, published by Blurb, include Persephone,
Crown of Leaves: Three Tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Cupid and Psyche. Allerleirauh, and The Rapunzel Room. 


by Jennifer Kirsch
Galleys that went out or went out again this week:
Fourteen-year-old Luke dreams of spending July at    Camp Unlimited, where campers explore cave networks,
set off fireworks in pyrotech workshops, and sleep in
tree house hammocks. But to get into the camp, Luke
needs to demonstrate excellence in a sport, the arts, or
school.
   More likely, he’ll end up at SURF, his town’s rec camp,
where athlete’s foot, mildew, and warts plague the gym,
bedbugs and lice infest the couches, and clumps of hair
make frequent appearances in the burgers.



LOVE BITES, by Barbara Garro.
   Now in her eighth decade, Barbara Garro, at the early
death of her mom, became powerfully propelled into
poetry. Poem after poem, flows through her as she
shares the spirit of a lifetime in innermost love
thoughts, fears and dreams. Love Bites is Garro’s debut
poetry collection, first in a Series.




















































Work began or Continued on the following:
NOODLES, by Evanita Mufti 
    An Indonesian army general's son, who recently graduated high school, continues his education at a college in San Francisco. The 19-year-old was a boy headed for trouble. His father hoped that the responsibility and overseas life experience would change his son's attitude. In fact the culture shock does make him change, but not in the way his father hoped for...





























THE LAST CHRONICLER by Judy Johns Heathcoe
While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly.
In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia, and his family.  But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.


 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.

Heard from author Lynette Hall  Hampton, who will be at the event below with other North Carolina Authors:


   The Writer's Bloc is set to meet tomorrow, Saturday September 16th, in Wicomico County Public Library, Room 3, from 1-3. Come early if you like, as we should be out on time.

   As for here in the bookstore this week, Arline is depressed, but I do understand after what the accountant said. He wanted her to just shut down right away, but she argued that she was going to honor the contracts she has signed. 

   But Roger is being Totally Unreasonable!  I just Hate when he gets like this. He has been mad at me ever since Monday, just because I snuck out Sunday night. I am a TOM cat after all, and though I don't like hunting much, there are other reasons for a fellow to sneak out overnight.

   Yes, I get that he is concerned. There are copperheads behind the shed. I know they're dangerous, that's why I Never Go Back There. Even if I were a Hunter, I'd know better than that!

   He keeps telling me that there is absolutely NO reason for me to want to visit lady cats. (SShhhh! Don't tell my girlfriend Lucy. She has my heart, but I Googled Kentucky and it's just too far to walk.) I keep trying to explain that "Guys Have Needs" to Roger.  Just because a fellow is "shooting with blanks" doesn't mean he's not a participant, only that there won't be future complications. 

   Anyway, I've been a bit miffed at him ever since he took me to the vet last week.  THREE shots(!) AND they put me on a diet again! I keep telling him I'm not FAT. There are fat cats, I'll admit. But there are also cats who are built like bears. And while we may look a bit husky, we are NOT FAT! Think about it. Bears may LOOK fat, but just try one's patience and you'll soon see how much muscle is right there under his hide!

   PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week.
Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!