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Author Blog-in: Home to Stay by June McCullough

This week I am participating in Kate Policani’s Author Blog-In. Over the next week I will publish different posts about other author’s novels. If you are looking for your next read, or perhaps a gift for someone, make sure you visit this site throughout the week to see if something catches your interest. Something like

Home to Stay

With the weather getting colder and the busy season about to descend upon us, don’t forget to put an evening aside just for you. Get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or a glass of wine and escape with this contemporary romance that will take you to a ranch just outside Calgary, Canada.

Synopsis

Although she has never stopped referring to Aces Corral as her home, it has been two years since Diana Crawford has stepped foot on the ranch. Her decision to return home was made just as abruptly as her decision to leave, but as Diana’s car pulls into the long driveway, she knows it is time once again to build the family ranch into a successful business. Little does she know that waiting for her return is a man determined to change everything.

Coming home is emotional for Diana. She is thrilled to reunite with her elderly next-door neighbours, Len and Dot Mackenzie, who are the closest thing to family she has left. But when she meets their nephew for the first time, his captivating eyes and quiet strength hypnotize her. There is no mistaking the attraction, and it is not long before Barry Daniels lassoes her heart. As Diana works on reconciling her past, she knows she has a lot to learn about running a business and when Diana finds evidence of a betrayal that could destroy everything she has worked for; she is desperate to find a way to expose the scheme.

In this contemporary cowboy romance, a woman on the fringes of finding her own inner strength must expose a web of deceit before she loses everything she has ever loved.

Excerpt

“I better go. Think about what I said. There’s something between us and I don’t think we should deny it. I’m willing to take a chance and I want to know if you are, too, but I don’t want you to answer right now.”

He walked over to the door, opened it, and turned back to face her. “It would be sad if we never took a chance and ended up missing out on one of the best things to happen to either of us. You can let me know tomorrow at the barbeque.”

With that, he shut the door and was gone. Diana stood at the counter for a long time after. The feelings he stirred in her both excited her and scared her. Her mind was swimming as she slid her back down the cupboard, until she was sitting on the kitchen floor.

What am I going to do? Should I back off and play it safe, so I won’t be sorry? Or will I be sorry if I play it safe?

Reader’s Comments
You feel like you are right in the tale with the way she describes the characters and their way of life. S.O.
You need to do a sequel to this. C.M.
A “feel good” book that we could use more of! M.H.

Grab a Copy Now!

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Writing Effective Posts

I’ve been learning a few things to include in posts that have really helped make my posts more interesting and get more views. They’re pretty easy to do and help turn an interesting post into a big success!

  1. Include pictures! I’ve been using http://www.sxc.hu/ to find photos. I grab the url directly from the page to cut down on storage for my blog. Be sure that the pictures you use are licensed or else you might have problems. Stock.Xchng has several types of photos, and some require that you notify or ask permission from the artist for any public work.
  2. Add links. Chances are that someone else has written a post about your subject or something like it. Adding links to their post (especially if you quote them) brings them in on the topic and increases your post’s visibility. Everybody likes to be quoted or have their work highlighted! Here are some other posts about better blogging: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/07/10/nine-signs-of-an-effective-blog-post/ , http://marketing.about.com/od/marketingmethods/tp/blogmarketing.htm
  3. Ask questions. Don’t you want to hear what your readers have to say about what you wrote? If your work is all info with no questions, they might not. To encourage replies and dialogue, ask some questions.
  4. Speak your own words. If you read your blog post out loud, do you sound like yourself or do you sound like a weirdo? Share your personality, not your writing proficiency. We visited your post to hear what you have to say. If we wanted cold, lifeless instructions we’d go to the airport.

I  know I missed some! What makes your blog posts sparkle? What about your posts reflects who you are?

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Author Blog-in: Switcheroo!

This is new to all of us, and we’re figuring out how it works! Please pardon the switcheroo. Today is now my day for the Author Blog-in so the others can have time to catch up.

I’ll take this opportunity to invite you all to join in! This Blog-in is kinda short this time, which I’ll chalk up to August activities and my own laid-back approach. September 14-25 will be the next Blog-in, and we already have a sign-up! Lets fill up all the slots and maximize our collaborative audience. If you were shy about joining until now, don’t be! Shoot me an email and lets get groovy!

If you have blogged-in before, don’t worry! You’re still welcome to join in with a different book. Short stories and freebies are also welcome.

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A New Look for a New Book!

I did it before and I’ll do it again! I re-dressed my website in preparation for my upcoming release. What do you think?

On that note, I’ve also been experimenting with the embellishment idea some more:

This is the Think Tank’s current favorite. All of the permutations are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katepolicani/sets/72157630844844184/

 

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Winner of the Book Giveaway!

Congratulations, John Betcher! You’ve won the book giveaway!

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you for joining me in my Virtual Launch Party! Special thanks to all the awesome folks who participated! Remember to visit their sites and comment to win books.

This is the last official post of the party. Please participate up until 12:00am to win prizes. I’ll post the results tomorrow, so cross your fingers!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog: Rosa Sophia

Host Blog: Rosa Sophia

Thank you, Rosa Sophia, for sharing my book on your blog! Here is where you can see Rosa Sophia’s post: http://rosasophia.com/2012/03/17/the-lustre-by-kate-policani/

Keep an eye out for her upcoming review!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Artist: Erik Sederstrom

Guest Artist: Erik Sederstrom

Erik Sederstrom teamed up with his wife, Heidi Barnett to create the cover for The Disenchanted Pet!

I met Erik and Heidi when I was looking on our church website for an artist for my first book cover. Seattle is a fabulous place to find artists and our church is a very art-friendly community. I had a lot of fun exchanging ideas about the cover art and seeing what they would visualize. Both artists were very patient with all my little details about the perfect image. Erik came over with the final piece and we worked for quite a while photographing it from different angles to get just the right shot.

His website is still under construction.

Here are some of his other fabulous pieces!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog: Avery’s Book Nook

Host Blog: Avery’s Book Nook

Thank you Avery, for your post! I’m so glad you joined my party! See Avery’s post here:

http://averysbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/03/lustre-launch-party.html

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Artist: Heidi Barnett

Guest Artist: Heidi Barnett

Heidi Barnett teamed up with her husband, Erik Sederstrom to create the beautiful cover for The Disenchanted Pet!

For Heidi, art not isn’t just a job or an outlet but a way of life. Color is very important to her and how colors help the viewer feel moods and emotions. The colors often relay a story behind each piece of art.

Heidi is a reissuance artist, having the ability to work in a verity of mediums from oil paints to jewelry designing.Her passion is for painting and she loves to paint murals. She lives in Everett, Washington and loves her job teaching  art to children and elderly, opening their eyes to new and exciting ways of thinking creatively as well as artistically.She is an expert at breaking art down into a level in which all can be satisfied with the creation they have made.

Heidi on “How I came to find myself as an artist”:
“I grew up in Southern California surrounded by art, my Mother being an artist herself. Art has always been a way of life for me and what we do. Christmas time was always exciting because it meant new art supplies. Around the age of fourteen I started getting serious about painting, learning the techniques and how to use color, shapes, and perspective. I have study art in collage as well as Art History. I found that I truly learned the most studying under artist I admire watching their techniques and making them my own.  I also enjoy working with my husband who is an artist himself. I find we benefit each other well in the areas of art I am weak he seem to make up and vise versa. So we are able to encourage and teach each one another.  We have worked on pieces together and apart. We over all help develop and encourage each other to grow in our own unique styles.”

See her page with more of her artwork here: http://heidibarnett.artweb.com/

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party: Post Breakdown

Post Breakdown

(This is what happened so far!)

Freebies, Giveaways and Coupons:

https://www.createspace.com/3806356  for the slate colored cover QPNR7TJ2  $5.00 off!

https://www.createspace.com/3811292 for the black and white cover VK84CASF $5.00 off!

https://www.createspace.com/3811460 for the red cover 3U5B5THD $5.00 off!

The Disenchanted Pet free ebook–enter code : LA26E at this address: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93067

How to Win Free Books

Guest Blog Posts and Reviews:

http://christianfantasyforwomen.com/2012/03/16/fantastic-fantasy-review-of-the-lustre-by-kate-policani

http://cynnerjane.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/the-lustre-virtual-launch-party/

http://kateschannel.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/book-it-party-room-kate-policanis-the-lustre/

http://kathleenfberg.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/12686610-the-lustre

http://kathleenfberg.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/13198452-the-lustre-is-available-for-purchase-

http://pagesunforgotten.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/kate-policanis-the-lustre/

http://quillwielder.com/2012/03/15/book-review-the-lustre/

Guests:

A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Newland

Christopher Barker: Photographer and Musician

Kathleen Firstenberg: Editor

Megan Michaelis: Photographer

The Queen and the Handyman by Maria Tatham

 

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Favor: Discount Coupon for Print Books

The Lustre Party Favor Coupon!

This is for all you traditionalists who love the feeling of a book in your hand. I can’t give you the paperbacks for free, because they aren’t free to make. But I can give you discount coupons!

Buy them here:

https://www.createspace.com/3806356  for the slate colored cover QPNR7TJ2  $5.00 off!

https://www.createspace.com/3811292 for the black and white cover VK84CASF $5.00 off!

https://www.createspace.com/3811460 for the red cover 3U5B5THD $5.00 off!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party: Free Ebook!

Free Ebook!


To celebrate the launch of my new book, I’m going to give you a free ecopy of my first book! Yes, you could end up with two free ebooks today!

Here is the coupon! It expires on the 18th, so use it soon!

Enter code : LA26E at this address: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93067

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Book: A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Newland

Guest Book: A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Short Story, Fantasy

See my review of A Hole in the Pavement and the other short stories in the collection, A Matter of Perception here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/a-matter-of-perception-by-tahlia-newland/

Synopsis

Every morning, Norris watches his goddess walk to the bus stop in front of him, the gap between them far wider than the physical distance. This morning, she stumbles. He wants to run and help her, but finds himself stuck in a hole that appeared along with his self doubt. By the time he gets out, she’s long gone. He vows that if it happens again, he won’t hesitate, but when she falls the next day, he has more than just his own hole to deal with. Can he find his heroic self before she walks away?

 This heart warming, humorous and profound magical realism short story (5000 words) is a readers’ favourite from ‘A Matter of Perception,’ a collection of short stories by Tahlia Newland.

Author Bio

Tahlia writes fantasy and magical realism for adults & young adults that challenges readers to contemplate the nature of reality, mind and perception. She has studied philosophy & meditation for many years and is an avid reader, an extremely casual high school teacher, and an occasional mask-maker. After creating and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, she is now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. She lives in an Australian rainforest, is married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.

 Links

A Hole in the Pavement is an ebook available on Amazon and Smashwords. It’s also one of the stories in ‘A Matter of Perception’ and it’s free if you sign up for Tahlia’s newsletter on her website.

Tahlia’s website http://tahlianewland.com

Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tahlia-Newland-author/188047104605893 

Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/TahliaNewland

Goodreads page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5283573.Tahlia_Newland

An interview about A Hole in the Pavement

Where did you get the inspiration for your characters?

Norris is based on a really lovely student that I taught once. He was extremely bright, well organised, always neat and well presented, very shy and the sweetest person you could imagine. Everyone loved him, but his shyness was a handicap when it came to relationships. When I wrote Norris, I had the warmth in my heart that I always got when I thought of this person. His smile was a blessing to all who saw it.

What does the symbolism of the deep holes mean in your life?

The holes Norris and Georgia fall into represent their emotional holes, the ones we habitually fall into.  It’s dark and muddy in those holes and falling into them make us miserable and holds us back from doing what we want to do. We often don’t realise that we make them ourselves and that we can get ourselves out, and better still, that once we are aware of them, we can avoid falling in at all.

I really liked the chemistry between Georgia and Norris! Do you have any plans to give them their own story?

I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll let the idea percolate and if an idea for where the story could go pops up, I’ll definitely consider it. I really enjoyed writing this and the other magical realism story in ‘A Matter of Perception’ – my collection of short stories – so I’m writing more in that style, presently a YA novella with a bullying theme.

Why did you publish a single short story?

Single shorts, as I call them, are tailor made for busy people, perfect for reading in those in between times, like when you’re waiting for the rest of the family to sit down and watch a movie with you, or you’re waiting for an appointment, or you’ve just finished a novel and aren’t quite ready to dive into another one. They’re also a really good way to taste an author’s style because they’re cheap and don’t require a big time commitment.



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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Artist: Chris Barker

Guest Artist: Chris Barker

In the interest of nepotism and free photographic materials, I’ve included my dad, Chris Barker in my party! He really deserves recognition as an artist too. He took my fabulous cover photos (both of them) for The Lustre and he composed the music for the trailer for The Disenchanted Pet! He is multi-talented!

I met Chris Barker shortly after birth and have been enjoying his creative efforts more or less since then. His “super-runs” and crazy driving habits were especially appreciated in my early years. Lately, since he hasn’t been plagued with providing for and then entertaining children, he has taken to photography. He’s quite awesome!

An online resume of Chris Barker’s music is here: http://home.comcast.net/~cdbarker/Music/Music.htm (The Lustre Video Trailer music is the clip “Messages – trying to remember what happy was like”.)

You can see much of Chris Barker’s other non-cover-art photos on http://www.pixoto.com/ratherbefunny.

Here are a few of his pics:

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