Friday, September 15, 2017

Catching UP!

NO Books Went to Press this week:


Work began or Continued on the following:
LAKE EERIE: Haunted Homicide, by Thornton Parsons
   The police photographer snapped pictures of the body in the rowboat. Special Agent McCreary ruminated on the initial K that Renda had written in her own blood—she had recognized her killer! Trapped in a dark future between here and the hereafter, Renda Rousseau finds that even in death, she cannot escape the weasel with the Coke-bottle glasses who murdered her family. Despite her ethereal rage, she is unable to contact her twin sister, Brenda, who knows that Renda is still at the lake house. But, why? Renda will capture your heart as you join her on her heart-stopping quest to leave her ghostly realm and join David and her children in Heaven. But how? Is she doomed to haunt the lake house for eternity? Relive this riveting tale of love, betrayal, and death with Renda as she makes her way back Home. Or does she?

DELICATE DAMES, by Barbara Grengs, author of the popular teen Toby Martin series.
Four filthy rich, entitled, spunky old broads livie in an upscale senior high rise in Mendota Heights, Minnesota where they fight their boredom by playing games, but their usual games of  canasta and poker have lost their allure. So what do the girls do to add excitement, adventure, fun and satisfaction? They invent Pop Goes the Weasel, a game where they plan to pop deserving old coots. Whats not to like about conspiring to commit murder? 

IS JESUS SERIOUS? A Garro Guide for Christians
    If, like me, you struggle with some of the behaviors Jesus asks of His followers and with St. Paul's telling us we are called to be saints, I write this 4th Volume in The Jesus Series, "Is Jesus Serious?" to speak to Christians' personal struggles to meet Jesus's and Paul's expectations.


Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
HI everyone, 
   Jack here, your favorite bookstore cat.

I'm pleased to announce the long and eagerly awaited arrival of Eastern Shore Noir, along with a second Edition of Eastern Shore Life and Lore, whose popularity exceeded the supply.

Both will be available Tomorrow, Saturday, at Sharptown for Heritage Days. Our meeting will be at the regular 1 to 3 hour, but those interested in vending can bring their wares and participate at the Bloc's stand. Please let Andy or Tom know if you're bringing books or whatnot so we can try to have good room for all.

The festival schedule says "Free Admission. Timed Events: 7 a.m. Town Wide Yard Sales; 9 a.m. Main Street Closed, Vendors/Museum/Town Hall Open; 10 a.m. Parade; 11 a.m. Bake off Contest; 12 p.m. Nanticoke Indians; 1 p.m. DUCK Race, Winner of Bake off Contest; 2-3 p.m. Winners Announced of Various Raffles. 

And Equally pleased to say!

 
   Helen Chappell, our neighbor over to Oysterback, has a new book out and Arline says it's Real Good! She laughed so hard she almost fell out of the chair. I wanted to read it, but she wouldn't let me have the Kindle, and Sid has the spare.

   All is well here, although Arline forgot her medication two days in a row. It'll take her 3 or 4 days to get back to normal now, but in time she'll get back on track. Until then, we'll all just have to be patient with her.

   If anyone knows how to get an adolescent baby sister to Shut UP, please e-mail me. Spunky snuck out again and sang with Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown, the Tom Cat who lives half a mile down the road that goes to the river. They sang to the moon a cappella all night long, right under Roger's bedroom window. He was not amused!

   Spunky may not sing on-key, but at least she isn't very loud. Leroy, on the other hand, sounds like he has fish bones stuck in his throat and has more volume than Alice Cooper.
 
Meanwhile,  if any of you -- my favorite authors -- are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or have heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along right here for all the world to See. 

Just drop 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!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Catching UP!

NO Books Went to Press this week:


Work began or Continued on the following:
LAKE EERIE: Haunted Homicide, by Thornton Parsons
   The police photographer snapped pictures of the body in the rowboat. Special Agent McCreary ruminated on the initial K that Renda had written in her own blood—she had recognized her killer! Trapped in a dark future between here and the hereafter, Renda Rousseau finds that even in death, she cannot escape the weasel with the Coke-bottle glasses who murdered her family. Despite her ethereal rage, she is unable to contact her twin sister, Brenda, who knows that Renda is still at the lake house. But, why? Renda will capture your heart as you join her on her heart-stopping quest to leave her ghostly realm and join David and her children in Heaven. But how? Is she doomed to haunt the lake house for eternity? Relive this riveting tale of love, betrayal, and death with Renda as she makes her way back Home. Or does she?

DELICATE DAMES, by Barbara Grengs, author of the popular teen Toby Martin series.
Four filthy rich, entitled, spunky old broads livie in an upscale senior high rise in Mendota Heights, Minnesota where they fight their boredom by playing games, but their usual games of  canasta and poker have lost their allure. So what do the girls do to add excitement, adventure, fun and satisfaction? They invent Pop Goes the Weasel, a game where they plan to pop deserving old coots. Whats not to like about conspiring to commit murder? 

IS JESUS SERIOUS? A Garro Guide for Christians
    If, like me, you struggle with some of the behaviors Jesus asks of His followers and with St. Paul's telling us we are called to be saints, I write this 4th Volume in The Jesus Series, "Is Jesus Serious?" to speak to Christians' personal struggles to meet Jesus's and Paul's expectations.


Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
HI everyone, Jack here, your favorite bookstore cat.

Heard from Ann Foley at the Writer's Bloc, wit the following info:
I'm pleased to announce the long and eagerly awaited arrival of Eastern Shore Noir, along with reprinting of Eastern Shore Life and Lore, whose popularity exceeded the supply.

Remember, in lieu of our regular meeting September 16, we will gather in Sharptown for Heritage Day and unveil Noir during the festivities. Our meeting will be at the regular 1 to 3 hour, but those interested in vending can bring their wares and participate at the Bloc's stand. Please let Andy or me know if you're bringing books or whatnot so we can try to have good room for all.

The festival schedule says "Free Admission. Timed Events: 7 a.m. Town Wide Yard Sales; 9 a.m. Main Street Closed, Vendors/Museum/Town Hall Open; 10 a.m. Parade; 11 a.m. Bake off Contest; 12 p.m. Nanticoke Indians; 1 p.m. DUCK Race, Winner of Bake off Contest; 2-3 p.m. Winners Announced of Various Raffles.

Check www.PAC14.org for a video of a past Heritage Day. If you haven't already, like and watch the Writers Bloc facebook page for info and post the event on your own page. 

Things have been pretty quiet around here this week. Except Monday night my baby sister snuck out and stayed out all night lonnnnnnnnnnng! It's shameful how sneaky she is. She tried it again last night, but I woke Roger up and told him and he got right up and made her come inside. Yes, I know I shouldn't be a tattle-tale, but it's embarassing for me to be a Tom Cat when it's my baby sister who goes sneaking around all night, singing loud songs to the full moon. It sure was a pretty moon, though.
Meanwhile,  if any of you -- my favorite authors, are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or have heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along right here for all the world to See. 

Just drop 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 7, 2017

News on Eric Hoffer Award

FIRST CALL:  THE 2018 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD

One of my frmer students, Weam Namou, won this last year

SMALL PRESSES  * ACADEMIC PRESSES  * MICRO PRESSES  *  SELF-PUBLISHERS — $2,000 GRAND PRIZE — LOW ENTRANCE FEE

New or old, we want to read your book. … Each year, independent publishers release extraordinary books to little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in publishing. A SINGLE REGISTRATION gives you SIX WAYS TO WIN by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. There is a category for every book. (See submission guidelines below or check our listing in Writer’s Market or visit www.HofferAward.com.) E-books and chapbooks also accepted.

          * $2,000 GRAND PRIZE * Low Entrance Fee of $55 * Many Categories *
          * E-BOOK categories for fiction and nonfiction *
          * CHAPBOOK category at a reduced rate: $40 *

AWARDS/BENEFITS:
* $2,000 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers
* Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors
* Winner and First Runner-Up awarded for every category 
* Honorable Mentions for every category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Coverage in The US Review of Books (www.theUSreview.com) and on www.HofferAward.com
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure

CATEGORIES: Art, Poetry, Chapbook, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction.

In this tough economic time, your book is always a great value, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award is the most economical way to achieve publicity and recognition. Read Hoffer Award success stories (www.hofferaward.com/Eric-Hoffer-Award-success-stories.html). Read previous contest coverage in the US Review of Books (www.theUSReview.com) and view past winners and press releases at www.HofferAward.com.

Internet payment for entrance fee accepted. (visit www.HofferAward.com)

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2018):

     AWARDS ARE OPEN to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the LEGACY FICTION or LEGACY NONFICTION category.) 

     AWARDS/PRIZES: One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by CATEGORY and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.

     FOR EACH ENTRY, submit the book, entry form, and $55 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to Hopewell Publications, LLC, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. In May, all entrants will be notified of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2018.

     JUDGES may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Note: Contest closed to the staff of Hopewell Publications and previous WNBA winning entries. At the low entrance fee, it is not feasible to provide judge’s critiques for each entry.


ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):
You may also visit www.HofferAward.com and click on the “Nominate” link.

Book Information

Title: 
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Author:
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Publisher: 
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ISBN: 
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Press Designation (check only one; see description below):
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Author Debut?  Yes __  No __ (select Yes if author’s first book)


Contact Information

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AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

* ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry.
* POETRY: Titles with poetry or highly stylized prose.
* CHAPBOOK: books 40 pages or less, with typically some form of saddle stitch binding and/or artistic assembly. (Qualifies for special registration fee.)
* GENERAL FICTION: non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, and mainstream.
* COMMERCIAL FICTION: genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, and horror.
* CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books.
* YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.
* CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including true story, essay, multicultural, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events.
* MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience.
* BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet.
* REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including but not exclusive to history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, fashion, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to.
* HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets.
* HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
* SELF-HELP: titles involving traditional and emerging self-help subjects.
* SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical.
* LEGACY FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* LEGACY NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* E-BOOK FICTION: any fiction titles published in e-book format.
* E-BOOK NONFICTION: any nonfiction titles published in e-book format.


INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one):

In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application. 

* SELF-PUBLISHED – books financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
* MICRO PRESS – books from a press producing 24 titles or less per year.
* SMALL PRESS – books from a press producing 25 titles or more per year.
* ACADEMIC PRESS – books from a press with an academic or library affiliation.


ADDITIONAL AWARD DISTINCTIONS:

All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following:
* MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s).
* DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art.
* FIRST HORIZON AWARD ¬– superior books by debut authors.

If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description at info@hofferaward.com, and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation. Category designations may be reassigned to better suit the submission. Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. After the contest, books will be donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate, which are fine places to promote your book!

QUESTIONS:

Visit: www.HofferAward.com 
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Please be patient. We receive many inquiries this time of year. We will help you.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Catching UP!


Galleys Went out For the Following:
LAKE EERIE: Haunted Homicide, by Thornton Parsons
   The police photographer snapped pictures of the body in the rowboat. Special Agent McCreary ruminated on the initial K that Renda had written in her own blood—she had recognized her killer! Trapped in a dark future between here and the hereafter, Renda Rousseau finds that even in death, she cannot escape the weasel with the Coke-bottle glasses who murdered her family. Despite her ethereal rage, she is unable to contact her twin sister, Brenda, who knows that Renda is still at the lake house. But, why? Renda will capture your heart as you join her on her heart-stopping quest to leave her ghostly realm and join David and her children in Heaven. But how? Is she doomed to haunt the lake house for eternity? Relive this riveting tale of love, betrayal, and death with Renda as she makes her way back Home. Or does she?

DELICATE DAMES, by Barbara Grengs, author of the popular teen Toby Martin series.
Four filthy rich, entitled, spunky old broads livie in an upscale senior high rise in Mendota Heights, Minnesota where they fight their boredom by playing games, but their usual games of  canasta and poker have lost their allure. So what do the girls do to add excitement, adventure, fun and satisfaction? They invent Pop Goes the Weasel, a game where they plan to pop deserving old coots. Whats not to like about conspiring to commit murder? 


Work Began or Continued on the Following
IS JESUS SERIOUS? A Garro Guide for Christians
    If, like me, you struggle with some of the behaviors Jesus asks of His followers and with St. Paul's telling us we are called to be saints, I write this 4th Volume in The Jesus Series, "Is Jesus Serious?" to speak to Christians' personal struggles to meet Jesus's and Paul's expectations.


Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Everyone,
    Jack here, your favorite bookstore cat with all the news and gossip. 
 

    Actually,  this week, I did hear from Ray Morand, and her cat Oreo (that's Oreo, taking no chances, in the middle shelf above), and they are OK in Austin. No water rising there, but Oreo not taking any chances. Also Mathew Schoonover said Harvey went North of him, so  our Texas authors seem to be okay, though we've has no word from Nancy Madison yet.

I guess everyone has been  glued to the TV, like me,  watching the disaster in Texas develop. I could barely stand to watch!
     I saw one Ginger Tom swimming for his life. By the looks of his ears, he doesn't look very happy, does he? They did catch him, and take him to a shelter, but he still hasn't found his people yet.

Poor thing is still in Cat-jail this morning. Sure hope he finds his humans. 

Meanwhile,  if any of you -- my favorite authors, are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or have heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along right here for all the world to See. 

Just drop 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!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Catching UP!

No Books went to press, or back to press this week

Work began or Continued on the following:
LAKE EERIE: Haunted Homicide, by Thornton Parsons
   The police photographer snapped pictures of the body in the rowboat. Special Agent McCreary ruminated on the initial K that Renda had written in her own blood—she had recognized her killer! Trapped in a dark future between here and the hereafter, Renda Rousseau finds that even in death, she cannot escape the weasel with the Coke-bottle glasses who murdered her family. Despite her ethereal rage, she is unable to contact her twin sister, Brenda, who knows that Renda is still at the lake house. But, why? Renda will capture your heart as you join her on her heart-stopping quest to leave her ghostly realm and join David and her children in Heaven. But how? Is she doomed to haunt the lake house for eternity? Relive this riveting tale of love, betrayal, and death with Renda as she makes her way back Home. Or does she?

DELICATE DAMES, by Barbara Grengs, author of the popular teen Toby Martin series.
Four filthy rich, entitled, spunky old broads livie in an upscale senior high rise in Mendota Heights, Minnesota where they fight their boredom by playing games, but their usual games of  canasta and poker have lost their allure. So what do the girls do to add excitement, adventure, fun and satisfaction? They invent Pop Goes the Weasel, a game where they plan to pop deserving old coots. Whats not to like about conspiring to commit murder? 

IS JESUS SERIOUS? A Garro Guide for Christians
    If, like me, you struggle with some of the behaviors Jesus asks of His followers and with St. Paul's telling us we are called to be saints, I write this 4th Volume in The Jesus Series, "Is Jesus Serious?" to speak to Christians' personal struggles to meet Jesus's and Paul's expectations.


Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Everyone,
    Jack here, your favorite bookstore cat with all the news and gossip. 
 
    Barbara Garro is hard at work on her Galley for Is Jesus Serious, but she is finding quite a few mistakes in it. I tried to tell Arline to pay better attention, but she worked on when she was out of meds. So silly not to listen to ME, her Bookstore Cat. I've told and told her that trying to work without taking her meds is Just A Waste Of TIME!

   The Writers Bloc  has 200 copies of NOIR on the way! The Good News is they should arrive in plenty of time for Launch Party the Harvest Festival.

     Also we heard from author Jan Shapin. That Great Review we posted a copy of yesterday, must be working, because now she needs more review copies. 
   As for around here, Roger is sad, because the Little Angels Day Care next door is closing down. Today is their last day.  I know he will miss all those wonderful kids a lot,because he loves them almost as much as he loves ME and that IS a lot. I'm gonna have a big big job on my hands trying to cheer him up for the next few months.
   Now as your Official Bookstore cat, I'm off to check on those copies of NOIR and RED YEAR, just to make sure they all arrive as planned.
    Meanwhile, if any of you -- my favorite authors, are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or have heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along right here. Just drop 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!