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While many of you gorgeous babies plunge into National Novel Writing Month, I will embark on my own “National Novel Finishing Month”! The Stray remains open on my task bar for (mostly) daily work. I’m not sure if I can finish this month but I definitely hope to complete it before the year ends.

Also, The Disenchanted Pet sits on metaphorical blocks for an overhaul! My darling first book deserves the touch of all the knowledge I have learned over these two years since its publication. It feels fitting to work on the series books together, and I find I discover many insights to share between them.

Sorry to say it, but The Stray will not appear on Kindle as soon as I finish it. I will be searching for a most excellent literary agent to help me take the book to traditional publishers. If you know somebody or are somebody, give me a holler!


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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:

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:

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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:

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Book: Dark Impressions by Rosa Sophia

Guest book: Dark Impressions by Rosa sophia

Genre: Dark Fantasy


In “Grave Chesapeake”, a young girl discovers that the scariest place–and the most comforting–is in the middle of the bay on a dark night. In “The Landing”, an old woman loses her mind, and an old man loses his footing. And finally, in “Photograph”, Claudette finds the horrors of her own past confined within a negative. In these short tales, Rosa Sophia tackles the darker sides of the human condition–loneliness, depression and most of all, a fear of facing the person that stares back from the other side of the mirror.

Buy it for Kindle

or Buy it for Nook

Author Bio:

Rosa Sophia has been writing since childhood.  Taking 1960, her first novel, was published by Oaklight Publishing in August of 2010.  Rosa began her editing work while she was still in high school; she worked as an intern and reviewed submissions for the Bucks County Writer.  Shortly after that, she joined the staff of Wild River Review and began doing freelance editing on the side.  She also taught a fiction writing workshop at Tinicum Art and Science and edited for a Writers Community geared toward alternative faiths.

Rosa currently divides her time between writing, editing, working, and pursuing a degree in Automotive Business Management.  Rosa is also the official Historian for the Village of North Palm Beach.  When she finds the time, she enjoys writing about automotive topicsand history.  Click here to visit her personal blog, The Back-words Writer.  Rosa currently resides in south Florida.

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party: Post Breakdown

Post Breakdown

(This is what happened so far!)

Freebies, Giveaways and Coupons:  for the slate colored cover QPNR7TJ2  $5.00 off! for the black and white cover VK84CASF $5.00 off! for the red cover 3U5B5THD $5.00 off!

The Disenchanted Pet free ebook–enter code : LA26E at this address:

How to Win Free Books

Guest Blog Posts and Reviews:


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:  for the slate colored cover QPNR7TJ2  $5.00 off! for the black and white cover VK84CASF $5.00 off! 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:

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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:


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.


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

Facebook page 


Goodreads page

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: (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

Here are a few of his pics:

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party–How Do I Win?

How Do I win? 

Ok, let’s get right down to it. How do you win the books?

Each of these options will give you a chance to win a free ebook of The Lustre and a chance at one of three free print books:

If you are one of these winners, I’ll put your name in a hat (well probably a bowl or something) and pick 3 to get print copies of The Lustre! Double Win!

Another special giveaway is a print copy of The Queen and the Handyman by Maria Tatham. To get this goodie, impress Maria! One blogger of her choosing will win it.

Everyone who pays attention will win, too, because I’ll be posting a coupon for a free copy of The Disenchanted Pet for all my party guests!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog: J.R. Jones, pagesunforgotten

Host Blog: J. R. Jones, pagesunforgotten

Thanks to J. R. for the support of my new book with your blog post! Read it here:

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog and Review: Maria Tatham

Host Blog and Review: Maria Tatham

Hearty thanks and kudos to Maria Tatham at for her wonderful support and her fantastic review! Read it here

Also, be sure to read and comment on her blog to win a copy of The Queen and the Handyman!

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